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CITIZEN'S POLICE ACADEMY Open Enrollment
This year’s Citizen Police Academy will be every Tuesday evening from September 5th – October 10th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dinner will be provided each night.
Applications can be printed from the featured link below and mailed or brought to the Sedalia Police Department at 300 W. 3rd. Applications can also be picked up in the lobby of the Sedalia Police Department.
This is a free, interactive and fun event designed to educate and build relationships. Class size is limited so get your application in early to ensure a place in the academy. If you have any questions call Commander David Woolery at (660) 851-7658.
** PRESS RELEASE **
On July 21, 2023, 3:50 p.m., the Sedalia Police Department responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of W. 11th Street. While en route, officers were notified that the suspect had brandished a knife and that he was threatening to kill the neighbors.
When officers arrived on scene, the suspect had already fled to his residence and it was surrounded by law enforcement. There were three victims that were identified and they wanted to pursue charges against the suspect. A search warrant was sought out and obtained through the Pettis County Prosecutor’s Office. The search warrant was issued for the knife and the suspect’s person.
The Sedalia Police Department served the search warrant at the suspect’s residence and he was taken into custody without incident. Found during the search was the knife in question, according to the victims. The suspect was transported to the Pettis County Jail.
The arrested person was identified as Richard C. Paxton, 52 years of age. The charges being requested on him are Assault 2nd Degree x 3, Unlawful Use of a Weapon x 3, Harassment 1st Degree x 3, and Armed Criminal Action have been requested from the Pettis County Prosecutor. The Pettis County Prosecutor subsequently filed charges on Mr. Paxton and bond was set at $100,000 cash or surety.
On July 13th, 2023 the Sedalia Police Department Traffic Division-DWI Unit received the very prestigious National Highway Safety Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) People Saving People Award at the annual Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Advisory Council (LETSC) conference. The unit’s work has led to a 23% reduction in night time crashes, reducing injuries and financial loss to innocent people on the streets of Sedalia. In addition, Officer Franken and Officer Schmitt both received awards for their yearly DWI arrests along and the SPD traffic vehicle won an award for best looking police car. We are very proud of the SPD Traffic Unit’s accomplishments and their work to improve traffic safety in Sedalia.
The Sedalia Police Department DARE unit is proud to announce the 2023 DARE Scholarship award winners. Mariana Restrepo and Leyton Levi Burt both graduated from the SPD DARE program while in elementary school. Their respective paths to success are leading them to higher education with assistance from the SPD DARE scholarship fund. Congratulations to both scholarship recipients and we wish you well!
On July 14th, 2023, at approximately 0940 hours, the Sedalia Police Department Crime Resolution Unit, Criminal Investigations Bureau and the Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force responded to 410 N Hurley to serve a drug related search warrant. Upon arrival, entry was made and five adult subjects were found inside the residence. After everyone was safe and secured detectives searched the residence and located a substantial amount of fentanyl along with methamphetamine, Suboxone and Oxycodone.
At the conclusion of the investigation, one subject was determined to be involved in the illegal activity and he was arrested. Officers then transported him to the Pettis County Jail, where he was placed on a 24 hour hold pending formal charges. The suspect and charges being requested are as follows:
Lukas E. Ellis, 410 N. Hurley, Sedalia MO. 36 years old:
• Trafficking Drugs, 2nd Degree
• Delivery of a Controlled Substance
• Possession of a Controlled Substance
• Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Do you want to maintain one of the most recognizable fleets in central Missouri? Do you want to feel like your hard work is part of keeping this community safe through your talents as a mechanic? We are looking for a full time mechanic to repair and maintain the Sedalia Police Department fleet. SPD needs a talented mechanic that strives to do the job right and always think of the safety of officers operating the vehicle and the public. We need a hard working individual that wants to be a part of our team by following proper maintenance protocols with a primarily Dodge fleet. This job is for a self-motivated person that wants to serve their community as one of the valuable support staff at the Sedalia Police Department. Each one of our employees play an integral role in making our community a better place, whether through policing or supporting our mission by maintaining our police fleet. If this is something you would enjoy then come join our team!
For a Full Job Description and to Apply, click here:
Sedalia Police Crime Resolution Unit
300 W 3rd ST, Sedalia Missouri 65301 PHONE: 660-827-7823 FAX: 660-827-7805
On June 26, 2023, at approximately 1309 hours, Detectives with the Crime Resolution Unit, Criminal Investigations Bureau and Mid Missouri Drug Task Force responded to 2026 E 6th St to serve a drug related search warrant.
Upon arrival, entry was made and five adult subjects were taken into custody. A search of the residence was conducted and a substantial amount of methamphetamine and psilocybin mushrooms were located.
At the conclusion of the investigation, one subject was arrested and transported to the Pettis County Jail, where he was placed on a 24 hour hold. The suspect and charges being requested are as follows:
David G Williams, 31 years old:
• Trafficking Drugs, 1st Degree
• Delivery of a Controlled Substance x2
• Possession of a Controlled Substance x3
The Sedalia Police Department's 2nd Annual DARE Camp was a fun success. We had about 40 DARE Graduates that participated starting the day at Leisure Park. The kids enjoyed unlimited go cart rides, video games and miniature golf. We had 6 teams who ultimately competed in the final race for the Mayor's Cup. We would like to congratulate Journi Johnson who was selected to represent Red Team and was the ultimate winner. Red Team was presented the trophy by Mayor Andrew Dawson, who also took part in the race.
After Leisure Park everyone was transported by First Student Busing to Katy Park where everyone enjoyed lunch provided by Tyson Foods, Wal-Mart and Domino's Pizza. Beverages were donated by Pepsi.
After lunch the camp continued at The Wheel Thing Skate Center where everyone had a great afternoon of skating and games.
Thank you again for all of our sponsors, kids, parents and officers who volunteered their time to make this a positive example of the relationship between our community and law enforcement.
This Memorial Day the members of the Sedalia Police Department remember the brave men and woman that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. From our family to yours, may the courage of those who died for our freedom never be forgotten.
Andrew N. Frantz was last seen in Sedalia, MO on 04/20/2023. He left the residence he was staying at and his destination was unknown. Andrew was last seen driving his white 2019 Ford Escape SUV (Sample photo below) bearing a Florida license plate number of AV1-3NF. Andrew is known to frequent the Kansas City, MO area and has a large tattoo on his neck that includes a Ram (See photo). No foul play is suspected at this time.
Law Enforcement is just trying to locate Andrew to check on his well-being and make sure that he's safe. If you happen to see Andrew, know of his whereabouts, or have been in recent communication with him, please contact the Sedalia Police Department at 660-826-8100. If Andrew is seen outside of the Sedalia area, please contact the local law enforcement agency of jurisdiction.
Officers responded to the 2400 block of W. 3rd street reference a juvenile who had been accidentally shot. The juvenile was transported to the hospital for treatment. An investigation is ongoing.
Commander David Woolery #136
**REWARD AVAILABLE FOR INFORMATION THAT LEADS TO AN ARREST**
The Sedalia Police Department is requesting your assistance with identifying this male subject in reference to a felony property damage case. The incident occurred in the 1400 block of South Limit Avenue in the early morning hours of 04/29/2023. Pettis County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000.00 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. If you have any information please contact the TIPS Hotline at 660-827-TIPS (8477), where you may remain anonymous. You may also contact Detective Travis St.Cyr with the Sedalia Police Department at 660-827-7823 Ext. 1212 or [email protected].
The Loftus Early Childhood Center invited the Sedalia Police Department out to their facility yesterday to demonstrate our K9 unit. K9 Officer Rocky showed off his skills in obedience and narcotics detection and Officer DeSalme spoke to the kids about our police equipment. The kids were able to see the inside of our police cars and their favorite part of his visit was the lights and siren. We also invited our friends from the Drone Unit with the Pettis County Sheriff's Office. Sergeant Cline and Deputy Crampton kept the smiles going with their drone deployments. The kids enjoyed assisting with the lift by counting down, "3, 2, 1..." What a great opportunity it was for us to be able to share a few of our tools with them!
Please join us in thanking Pettis County Joint Communications (PCJC) during National Public Safety Communicators Week. PCJC works tirelessly to provide communications to all public safety in our community and provide the calm voice during the storm. Thank you PCJC for all you do!
Today the Police Department was visited by over 30 seniors from the Smith Cotton High School JAG program. The Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) program came to hear about employment opportunities with the City of Sedalia. After hearing from several department leaders, the students took a tour of the PD, got to see the vehicles and some of the equipment we use while policing. The students then went to the Fire Department where they were served lunch. Members of the Police Department enjoyed spending the morning with these students and hope to get to work with them one day.
The Sedalia Police Department is trying to identify this female in reference to a theft and fraud investigation. She was also driving the pictured dark colored Chevrolet Camaro at the time of the incident. It's believed that this individual is not from this area, so please share away! If you have any information please contact Detective Travis St.Cyr at 660-827-7823 Ext. 1212. Thank you.
The Sedalia Police Department would like to thank Bob Hiller, all of the volunteers and donors for another successful D.A.R.E. Car Show! The day started off cold and windy but that did not stop our organizers, contestants or the public from showing up and making this a great day. The D.A.R.E. Car Show helps us reach more kids about the dangers of drug use and the value of good decision making.
What an amazing day of leadership training. Supervisors from both the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office and the Sedalia Police Department attended a seminar with internationally renowned speaker Paul Butler on effective leadership strategies for both law enforcement on the job and at home. I first heard Paul’s training at the Missouri Sheriff’s Conference last year and knew immediately that our officers and deputies would benefit from this. In my 20+ years, I’ve not attended a better session focused on leadership. We plan to bring Paul back for the rest of our team members at both the Sheriff’s Office and SPD later in the year. Thank you, Chief Wirt, for helping make this a reality!
Citizen’s Police Academy Week 6
This week, we covered Use of Force: more specifically when and in what capacity it may be used. We’re all familiar with seeing law enforcement use handcuffs, but did you know that there are numerous methods in which handcuffs may be used? Factors considered on each method depend on a range of differences for the person they’re used on, such as how big their wrist is, are they sitting, standing, kneeling, etc. and the situation in which they may or may not be complying with officers.
Every situation in which officers respond where force is used must be balanced and justified to do so. Is the person elderly or younger? How is the weather outside? What is the suspect’s demeanor? Is the officer or suspect in any harm? Are those passersby or the reporting party in danger? These are all areas that each officer must be able to assess quickly. Much of the time, the simple presence of an officer is enough to de-escalate situations, making any use of force unnecessary. However, many times our officers are faced with situations in which the subject in question poses harm to themselves or to others. In either scenario, the approach may differ, but the process is relatively the same.
All dispatched calls are met with caution as an officer approaches the scene and scans it for safety before making their presence known. If their visual presence is not impactful enough to affect the situation in a positive way, verbal commands are always the next step. The resulting steps rely on the compliance of the individual and whether or not the Crisis Intervention Training officers put to use to de-escalate the situation have any effect. If those methods are not successful, intermediate weaponry, or non-lethal/less than lethal measures can be taken. These tools include OC spray, the pepperball gun, baton, Taser, and the WRAP system. In order to use any of these tools, officers must train and become certified in the proper way to use them, know why they’re used, and when to deploy utilization. They practice technique and recertify on a regular basis. Our officers know that they have a responsibility to recognize any and all flaws in their training and work to set the absolute highest standards possible in all aspects of their training, certifications and deployment of any specialized use of force tools.
Citizen’s Police Academy 2022
Week 5 of the Citizen’s Police Academy was packed full of information on how our Crime Resolution Unit manages numerous roles within our community and how our K9’s are trained to serve alongside our officers. We had a great turn out and participants were able to get an inside view of how to properly “slice the pie” while completing a building search.
The Crime Resolution Unit, or as we call it, the “CRU”, is comprised of two drug detectives and two community policing officers assigned to our Investigations Unit. They’re led by a Detective Sergeant and a Commander that oversee daily operations ranging from tips given from our community to making sure we have officer presence during community events that are held downtown, like the Christmas parade. In addition to these responsibilities, the CRU investigates drug trafficking and is involved with special tactics operations such as serving search warrants. They complete knock and talks with members of our community that have reported seeing suspicious activity in their neighborhood and follow up on reports that are received in the same manner. Thanks to citizen tips and reports of concern, the CRU has successfully served over 20 search warrants that aided in the removal of drugs, weapons or illegal contraband from our community so far this year.
Because the search warrant process may not always be an easy task, our K9’s are invaluable help to aid officers in not only locating drug contraband, but also people who might happen to flee on foot from a scene. The SPD currently employs two K9 officers, Ace and Rocky. Rocky was able to join our class on Tuesday evening to give a presentation on how he sniffs out drug odor. He impressed the whole class with how accurate he was in being able to locate the source of planted drugs, even with distractions all around him. You’ll notice in his video that the neighboring dogs are barking on the other side of our fence. What you don’t see are the ten onlookers behind the camera, and the wind that tried to waft the odor away during his presentation.
Citizen’s Police Academy 2022
The SPD held week 4 of our 2022 Citizen’s Police Academy on Tuesday night. Attendees were given insight into what it takes to do a thorough investigation. After reviewing a number of solved cases ranging from animal cruelty to theft and murder, the class was given an opportunity to process a mock crime scene. They were instructed on how to lift fingerprints and pour molds of footprints. We enjoyed quite a bit of amusement and awe as the class put together clues that would serve as leads and asked questions on what next steps would typically be taken with each one.
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