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JPD announces 54th Citizens Police Academy class for Fall

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin Police Department announces the upcoming Fall session of the Citizens Police Academy.

The academy is a 14 week program geared toward people who want to learn more about the JPD. It will be free of charge and will provide a behind-the-scenes program taught by experienced police officers, who share their unique perspective on law enforcement.

The classes will be held every Thursday evening starting August 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The CPA will conclude on November 4th with a closing ceremony and dinner. The classes will be held at various locations throughout the City. The class size will be limited to approximately 25 participants.

Topics covered will include: crime scene investigations, narcotics investigations, child abuse investigations, vehicle stops, SWAT operations and equipment, use of force tactics, building clearing, DWI enforcement, an introduction to the K9 unit and much more.

Interested persons are encouraged to contact Officer Lacey Baxter at lbaxter@joplinmo.org or at (417) 623-3131, ext 1632. An application can be submitted or printed from JPD’s website, www.joplinpolice.org, under the Events tab. An application can also be obtained at the front desk of the Joplin Police Department at 303 E. 3rd Street, in Joplin

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Joplin’s DWI checkpoint results in 12 arrests

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin Police Department released the results of its DWI checkpoint setup on Friday, March 19. The checkpoint was at 7th and Illinois Avenue from 9:00 p.m. Friday night to 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning.

According to the report released Wednesday morning, 2,022 drivers passed through the checkpoint. Police conducted 17 field sobriety tests, which resulted ten DWIs and eight total tickets. Officers arrested twelve people in total, two were for outstanding warrants.

The department says the goal of the checkpoint was to detect and apprehend impaired drivers, raise Awareness to the dangers of driving while intoxicated and encourage people to plan events and alternate transportation accordingly.