“One of our goals in establishing the south station is to provide a convenient access to residents for our services,” said Police Chief Lane Roberts. “We feel this location is a good fit for that because it is centralized in the growing southern portion of Joplin.”
The building has approximately 2,200 square feet and will house the departments’ special enforcement unit. This includes the traffic division, community policing division, school resource officers and the K-9 program. The reception desk of the station will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Citizens can meet with police officers there to report a crime or discuss a neighborhood or community issue.
The city purchased the building for $198,000. It formerly housed Companion Animal Hospital. Funds for the substation were provided through the public safety sales tax that was approved by voters in November 2006.
Police headquarters at 303 East 3rd St. will continue to provide copies of police reports or accident reports for citizens.