Solve a Neighborhood Problem - Contact Your PAR Officer
You can call 911 and ask for an officer to come out which may solve the problem in the short-term. However, you know from experience that it will happen again. What you want is to have the underlying problems resolved so that these incidents stop and don't happen again. This may be a long-term problem that can be solved by your Police Area Representative (PAR) officer.
Springfield is divided into three zones (north, south and center city) for the purposes of Community Oriented Policing. Currently, two PAR officers are assigned to each zone and they are a part of the Community Services Section (CSS). When PAR officers get involved in a neighborhood issue, their job is not to find fault or place blame, but to coordinate and facilitate efforts in hopes of solving the identified problem. PAR officers work with all involved parties and request assistance from other departments within the city when necessary in an effort to accomplish their goal. PAR officers have received extensive training in handling conflict and resolving long-standing problems.
Contacting a PAR Officer
If you're having an ongoing problem in your neighborhood and would like to discuss it with your PAR officer, first determine what police response area (or zone) you live in by checking the zone map (or call 864-1810 if you need further assistance). Find your neighborhood's PAR officer in the table below and leave a message for him. PAR officers work a varying schedule and may not be available when you call, but will return your call as soon as possible. If you need immediate assistance or feel that your problem can't wait, call 911.
|Community Services Section|
|CSS Commander||Lt. Jennifer Charlestonemail@example.com|
|CSS Supervisor||Sgt. Nelson Kibbyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|CSS Special Events Coordinator||Cpl. Chris Welshemail@example.com|
|Northwest PAR Officer||Officer Zachary Pughfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Northeast PAR Officer||Officer Zach Schlupemail@example.com|
|Southwest PAR Officer||Officer Christopher Laughlinfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Center City North PAR Officer||Officer Jacob Miller (temporarily until Ofc. Grundy's return)||email@example.com|
|Center City South PAR Officer||Officer Keith Wrightfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Southeast PAR Officer||Officer Jacob Boomgaardenemail@example.com|
|Business Watch Officer||Officer Casandra Lightwinefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Crime Prevention Officer||Officer Laura Kitta||417-864-1320||Lkitta@springfieldmo.gov|
|Crime Prevention Officer||Officer Jacob Milleremail@example.com|