Welcome to the Pleasant Hope Police Department website. I am honored to be your Chief of Police. The Pleasant Hope Police Department is committed to providing quality public safety services to our community.
I was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee until moving to Nixa, Missouri in 1994. I graduate from Nixa, High School in 2000 before attending Ozark Technical Community College. September 2001 happen and I wanted to pursue a career protecting other like I always wanted, so I applied and became a Cadet with the City of Republic, until August 2002 when I was accepted into police academy at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Missouri. I graduated on November 20th, 2002 and began my full-time career that same night.
After 14 years of service working many different assignments, I was asked to be the Director of Security for a large private community in Springfield, Missouri where I am also their K-9 Handler. Still having a passion to be a police officer, I then began my career with the City of Pleasant Hope as a Reserve Officer. I was promoted to Corporal in November 2016 and then Police Chief in January 2017.
I am very proud of our dedicated officers and volunteers who, through their daily activities, are making a positive impact by enhancing the safety and the quality of life in the City of Pleasant Hope.
The members of the Pleasant Hope Police Department are committed to being responsive to our community in the delivery of quality services. We recognize our responsibility to maintain order, while affording dignity and respect to every individual. Our objective is to provide contemporary police services through a community partnership which promotes a safe and secure city.
I have an open-door policy and I am here for all of you. Do not hesitate to contact me anytime at the office or by email.
2017Court Dates will all be at 9:30 am.at the Polk County Courthouse
Holiday Safety Tips
To be safe for the holidays, remember the Three A’s of Crime Prevention:
Be Aware of Your Surroundings, Be Alert to Suspicious People and Vehicles, Avoid Dangerous Situations. Your goal is to avoid being injured. There is nothing in your purse or wallet worth serious injury or death!
Is it absolutely necessary to carry a purse at all times?
A wallet or credit card in a pocket would be less tempting.
Carry only the amount of cash or credit cards that you need.
Zip or close purse securely to avoid pickpockets. Carry purse or shoulder-bag in front of you and close to your body.
Do not carry spare keys in your purse.
Keep your purse on your lap when dining or at meetings.
Avoid carrying a lot of packages, it can make you look defenseless. Place all packages and gifts in the locked trunk of your vehicle.
In the supermarket, do not leave your purse in the shopping cart. REMEMBER: Out-of-sight, out-of-mind, out-of-purse!
Avoid displaying valuables such as jewelry or large sums of money. Also, dress so you can walk or run easily to avoid an attack.
Throughout Missouri, citizens are facing follow-home strong-arm robberies. As you drive home day or night, look for potential danger before entering your driveway. Walkways, doorways, and driveways should be well-lit around your home.
Do not enter your driveway if a suspicious vehicle has followed you. Go to the nearest safe location, or an area where there are people and call the police. If you are confronted in your driveway, remain in your locked car with your windows up and blow your horn. The distance from your car to your front door is no man's land.
If attacked outside, just give up the property and when attacked, if you are going to be knocked down, sit down.
When using the ATM, make sure that it is not in a secluded location and is well lighted. Also, use the “buddy system”. Go directly to your car and count the cash in your vehicle, not at the ATM.
At home, do not display all your gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway.
Going on vacation for the Holidays – have a friend or family member check on your home and leave emergency contact information with them.
Beware of con-games and fraud schemes, only give to charities that you have dealt with before.
Be aware of where you are and where you are going at all times. Stay away from a potentially dangerous area or situation.
Trust your instincts. If you suspect something is wrong, or if a situation seems dangerous, you may by right! Don’t dismiss suspicious people, cars, or situations. Report them immediately.
The mission of the Pleasant Hope Police Department is to provide the community and visitors with the highest quality of law enforcement services. We continually improve the public’s perception of community safety through eradication of criminal activity and any conditions that have a detrimental impact on public safety. The Department will accomplish this task while using the Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) model.
Providing this service to the public will be conducted in an efficient and effective manner, consistent with statutory authority, available budgeted resources and professional skills. The Department recognizes its members as its most valuable resource, and will strive to maintain the quality of public service through committed leadership, supervisory direction, career development, succession planning and training.
The Pleasant Hope Police Department will continue to grow, adapt and evolve as we provide the highest level of service and protection to our residents and the visitors of our community.
With this vision in mind, we will achieve and surpass them by providing our officers and employees with the knowledge, tools and opportunities to meet and exceed all present and future needs of the City, within the scope of law enforcement services. We will work in cooperation with our community to proactively identify and address areas of needed improvement, and to continually provide the level of service and safety deserved by our City, its residents and visitors.
•Being dedicated to quality, timeliness and excellence in our service to the community.
•Candor, honesty, and ethical behavior by the members of our department.
•Having pride in our work, in our dedication to public service, and being the best we can be.
•Both personal and organizational integrity as being essential to the maintenance of the Pleasant Hope Police Department.
•Community-Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) that involves a partnership between the police and public in problem solving and crime prevention.
•Honesty, integrity, and consistent discipline within our organization to maintain our credibility with the community.
•A partnership with the citizens of Pleasant Hope in making the City safe for all to work, live and visit.
•The opportunity to provide service to our community in a manner which is fair, courteous, responsive and efficient.
•Innovative, creative and proactive approaches in meeting the demands of our crime prevention and law enforcement responsibilities.
•The need to engage in strategic and future planning and to keep abreast of the latest in law enforcement technology.
•The need to treat people with respect and dignity, regardless of their age, race, gender, appearance, individual beliefs or life style.
•Sensitivity is the key quality that we should bring to our interaction with the public and other agencies in the criminal justice system with whom we interact.
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From Chief Smith's Desk:
I would like to say Thank You to all the Citizens and the Polk County Sheriff's Office for the recent arrest in a male subject that was causing problems within the city limits