Decreasing Crime & Increasing Safety

What does crime and safety mean to Joplin?

Through the City Manager’s Listening Tour, crime in the Joplin community is primarily defined by (but not limited to) increasing drug use and related criminal actions, as well as vandalism in public parks. To reduce such acts, citizens have asked to see harsher punishments for repeat offenders and increased police visibility and monitoring.

The reduction of crime to increase safety can be addressed by increasing citizen, business and community safety awareness through education. To do this, the City must make sure the proper technology for public safety services is available and that it is used to reduce repeat offenders and focus on drug related crime. These are only a few examples of what the City will have to proactively prioritize with future investments and resources.

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How does it affect the future of the community?

Public safety is a fundamental need for the entire community. Without a safe and secure community, our businesses, schools, and institutions cannot flourish. As the community grows, there will be a need to expand city provided Public Safety services. Additionally, more communities are embracing concepts that incorporate safety considerations into the design of physical environments.

Improved public safety would not only enhance quality of life for current residents, but would encourage and promote new families/ businesses to come to Joplin. Without community supported efforts to balance and deter those that harm, vandalize, and threaten the safety and viability of the community, it will hamper the City’s ability to grow and thrive.

How can these issues be addressed?

Please click on any of the links below to learn more about each strategy developed by staff in order to decrease crime and increase safety in the community.

To see the full set of 2021 Action Plans please click here.

We encourage our citizens to learn more about these initiatives that have been identified as potential uses for funding provided through the use tax that will be on the ballot on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. To learn more about the use tax as a potential source of funding please see the Proposition Action FAQ page.

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