Special Enforcement Bureau

The Joplin Police Department Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) continues its focus on analyzing crime trends and traffic patterns and executing proactive solutions for long-term crime prevention. In 2012, the SEB carried out multiple tasks and plans in its efforts to implement innovative strategies to support crime reduction and community involvement. The SEB is comprised of one lieutenant, one sergeant, two corporals, 22 patrol officers and three civilian support staff. The SEB is augmented by 11 part-time crossing guards, three part-time police officers, ten auxiliary officers, and 12 explorers.

Citizens' Police Academy

The SEB hosts a Citizens Police Academy offered to interested members of the community. The 12-week academy allows citizens a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to work as a police officer in Joplin. The Citizens Police Academy is an opportunity to produce informed citizens who have a better understanding of the expectations and operations of the Joplin Police Department. Likewise, officers also gain valuable input from the community. Two sessions of the Citizens Police Academy were conducted in 2012, which graduated more than 30 students.


The Special Enforcement Bureau also continued to coordinate work offered through grants sponsored by the Highway Safety Division of the Missouri Department of Transportation. Mini-grants were utilized throughout the year, including the “You Drink and Drive, You Lose” campaign; Click It or Ticket; and I-44 HEAT. Over 100 vehicle stops yielded two DWI arrests and more than 80 citations.

DWI Unit

During the 2011-2012 grant cycle, the full-time DWI unit, comprised of two officers, generated 284 DWI arrests, 792 vehicle stops, and 855 citations. They assisted at 15 DWI checkpoints, gave 191 blood alcohol content breath tests and 382 standardized field sobriety tests. These officers became DRE-certified (drug recognition experts) in late 2010, and in 2012 conducted 4 DRE evaluations.

Through the Hazardous Moving Violations, DWI Saturation, and Youth Alcohol grants, similar encouraging numbers were produced: 1,046 vehicle stops and 554 citations for HMV; 1,712 vehicle stops, 122 citations, and 23 DWI arrests for DWI saturation. There were also 125 vehicle stops and 64 citations for youth alcohol. Work continued with the Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws grant offered through the Missouri Department of Public Safety which focuses efforts on prohibiting alcoholic beverages being sold to and consumed by minors.

Special Events

One of the primary functions of SEB is the planning and organization of special events. We assisted with coordinating security, traffic control, and egress plans for several events in the Joplin area in 2012, including Boomtown Days, Freedom Fest, Mother Road Marathon, and the Christmas parade.

In 2012 President Barack Obama came to the Joplin High School Graduation which was held at the Leggett and Platt Gymnasium at MSSU. The Special Enforcement Bureau along with the Patrol Bureau was responsible for working with the Secret Service and the MSSU Police Department in coordinating the security and traffic plans for this event. The Joplin Police Department was able to work with several different agencies and coordinated the efforts of over 100 police officers for this event. We are fortunate to have such a great group of law enforcement agencies in our surrounding area to assist us in our times of need.