Who They Are

The Joplin Police Department Sentinels are a group of uniformed volunteers who are dedicated to making their community a better, safer place. They provide a valuable supplement to the police force, taking on many non-enforcement tasks in order to free up officers to focus on public safety issues. They act as "good-will ambassadors" helping to forge a strong link between the Police Department and the community.

What They Do

The sentinels provide a variety of services to citizens. Some of these services include:

Vacation House Checks
Vehicle unlocks
Found Bicycle pick-ups
Community Events
Fire scene support
Traffic control at traffic accidents and major events
Abandoned Vehicle calls
Assisting in searches for missing juveniles
Other various non-enforcement support functions.


Currently the sentinel program is made up of 12 members from all areas of the community. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, and have completed the Joplin Police Department Citizens' Police Academy. Each member must complete a minimum of 8 hours of service every month, attend one meeting per month and work at least 2 special events per year. Many of the members work full time jobs but still make the extra time to serve their community.


If you are interested in becoming a Sentinel, please contact:

Cpl. Joe Kowis
Phone: (417)627-8880 or e-mail.

Applications are also available at:

Joplin Police Department
303 E. 3rd St.
Joplin, MO 64801


Joplin Police Department
South Substation
702 E 32nd #1
Joplin, MO 64804