Joplin, MO PD Told By City Manager To Stop Posting “Incident Spotlights”

Well they’re at it again.  That’s right, dumbass, unknowing politicians sticking they’re noses where it doesn’t belong.

Joplin city manager Sam Anselm recently told the Chief to stop posting “Incident spotlights” on the departments website.  Says it puts the criminal in a bad light.  What??

And just what is a “Incident Spotlight” you ask?  Good question.  It’s the tale of what happened during any police activity.

The latest being numerous calls about gunfire in a neighborhood.  This elicited a prompt and heavy response.  Officer’s were able to determine what happened and make an arrest.  The arrest was featured on the department website under “Incident Response.”

This let the citizens know that all is well and your safe in your homes.  After all, isn’t it the police departments duty to keep residents SAFE?

I think it’s a great idea and the department should taJoplin-Police-Departmentke this issue to the city council for an up or down vote.

By the way, if you’d like to call Sam Anselm and express you’r thoughts you can reach him at (417) 624-0820 ext. 205.


About Ken Dye

Having grown up in Missouri, Ken Dye graduated from Northeastern Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and served his country. When he returned to St. Louis, he joined the St. Louis County Police Department and served in the tactical operations unit, as an undercover narcotics and homicide detective, and with the intelligence bureaus. After 13 years, he moved to Chicago to work with the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. He is the author of three books: two crime novels, Shadow of the Arch and Beyond the Shadow of the Arch and his new release Michael Brown, Jr. didn’t have to die, a non-fiction narrative. For more information about the author, visit
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