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SPD Annual Report a "Crucial Investment"

(Springfield, MO) -- Springfield Police are debuting a new crime fighting tool. It's not the kind of weapon you might expect.<br>
(Springfield, MO) -- Springfield Police are debuting a new crime fighting tool. It's not the kind of weapon you might expect.

Chief Paul Williams calls the newly released annual report a crucial investment.

"It started from all the officers and non sworn staff on things they thought were important that people needed to know about," Williams says. "Everyone shares in it, it's not just my report, it's the department report really and truly."

The annual report highlights crime stats, which indicate totals are down. The chief credits increased hiring, good work by the department, and renewed involvement from the community.
 
But the report goes beyond numbers really telling the story of the force. Segments include information about efforts in Joplin after the tornado, a commitment to the Special Olympics and implementation of a new records management system.

The annual report hasn't been released since 2008. Cuts in budget and staffing kept it from being a priority. But now that it's back, the chief expects big results.

He says, "Any time you can provide information about how you do things and what you're doing and successes or failures and put it out there and engage the public, I think it helps.
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