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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Springfield Police Department released its third-quarter Quarterly Public Safety Report (QPSR) this week. This issue introduces SPD's new partnership with Springfield Public Schools, "SPD in PE." Through this initiative, Springfield Police Officers directly interact with middle school students during their physical education (PE) classes.
For the 2019-2020 school year, officers are working with seventh-grade classes at Cherokee and Jarett Middle Schools. Officers visit each PE class four times, with varying curriculum during each visit. On the final visit, officers bring some of the gear we use during the agility test required of candidates who wish to be considered for the police academy.
This quarter also features safety tips about warming up your vehicle while unattended and Springfield crime statistics for the third quarter of 2019. Between July and Sept., SPD reported an overall increase in crime by 6 percent, compared to the same time frame in 2018.
Crimes against persons (violent crime) decreased by one percent compared to the third quarter of 2018, while there was an eight percent increase in crimes against property.
Media Contact: Jasmine Bailey, Public Affairs Officer 417-864-1786 [email protected] Release authorized by Chief Paul Williams