Junior Police Academy of Springfield
The Junior Police Academy is a special program that gives kids ages 8-17 an opportunity to learn about the Springfield Police Department by participating in activities at the Springfield Police Academy. Applications for the 2015 session are now being taken. Requirements and an application can be found by clicking HERE
On April 14th
the Springfield Police Department hosted the 2015 Region 16 K-9 Detector Certification Trials
. The trails consisted of indoor and outdoor searches for drugs, explosives and cadavers.
Springfield Police Department K-9 handler Officer Ron Howard and his partner Jax finished in first place. There were a total of 15 K-9 teams competing in the trials, 6 from the Springfield Police Department. The following is a list of SPD handlers and their finish.
Ron Howard 1st place
Jeff Coker 2nd place
Ryan Machin 3rd place
Tim Day 4th place
Dave Pletsch 5th place
Ryan Maddox 7th place
The Springfield Police Department is inviting everyone to McDonald’s at 501 South Grand East on Friday, March 20th for the next Coffee With a Copstrong
. This is an opportunity for the public to meet their officers and have a conversation over a cup of coffee or a soft drink. Please stop by and say hello.
On Saturday, February 7th from 4:30-6:30pm
the Springfield Police Department along with the Lincoln Land Chapter of NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executive) will be participating in “The Law and Community” presentation at the Saint Paul AME Church at 1130 S. 16th in Springfield. The presentation’s focus is on police procedure and philosophy in relation to citizen’s rights. It is a great tool for opening dialogue between, and understanding the concerns of, the police and the community. For more information please call Saint Paul Church at 217-522-4796.
02/06/15 - On Wednesday, February 11th from 8:00-10:00am
the Springfield Police Department will be participating in the “Coffee with a Cop” program. The first event will take place at McDonald’s restaurant located at 501 South Grand East. There is no agenda or planned speeches, just an opportunity for the public to meet their officers and have a conversation over a cup of coffee or a soft drink. It is a great opportunity for the public to ask questions or voice concerns.
Here are some kind words in regard to the recovery of a stolen vehicle by one of our officers. I wish we could say that this happens all the time, but in reality finding stolen vehicles is difficult and in most cases there is not a "true" victim like we have in this instance. But rest assured when we have difficulty finding them its not from a lack of trying. On a happy note, the person who stole the vehicle has been arrested and is also facing additional charges. Great work by Neighborhood Police Officer Ryan Leach!
SPD members visited the St. John's Children's Hospital on December 22nd in order to spread a little Christmas cheer to those who need it most. The group visited with and handed out gifts to each child in the pediatric section of the hospital. They also donated a play work bench for the kids to use while they're receiving treatment. The gifts were made possible because of the PB&PA #5 fundraising efforts throughout the year. Kudos to those officers!
12/30/14 - January 9th is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Please show your support for local law enforcement officers who are working hard to keep you safe. There are a number of ways to show your support and some are listed at the C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) website. It's time for everyone to combat the tide of negative press and irrational beliefs that create a divide between the public and its officers. Thank you to those who keep the faith and acknowledge the hard work that is being done on a daily basis by their police departments.