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City of West Plains, Howell County, Missouri  |  Population 12,268

CHIEF OF POLICE
JEFF HEAD - 507  [Email]
Serving Since 1989

Head began his career in law enforcement in 1986 as a deputy at the Howell County Sheriff Department.  He began his full-time duties with the Police Department in 1989 as a Patrolman.  In 1989 he began the duties as a Public Safety Officer and was promoted to the Rank of Sergeant in 1996.  Head has served as the Department’s D.A.R.E. Instructor for 10 years and served as the Evidence Supervisor.  He was promoted as the Chief of Police in July 2014.

ASSISTANT CHIEF OF POLICE
GEORGE BUEHLER - 514 [Email]
Serving Since 1991

Buehler began his career in law enforcement in 1990 as a reserve police officer for the West Plains Police Department. In August 1991, he began his full-time duties with the Police Department as a Public Safety Officer. In 1997 he was promoted to the Detective Division with the Department. Buehler served as a Detective with the department from 1997 to 2014. In August 2014, Buehler was promoted to the position of Assistant Police Chief and the direct supervisor of the Detective Division.  Currently he is the departments Less than Lethal Instructor, and TASER instructor. Buehler was the SWAT Team Leader from 1998-2007, and has held numerous user and instructor certifications while with the department. He is currently an instructor with the Missouri Sheriffs Training Academy.


LIEUTENANT
RICHARD RHOADS - 521  [Email}
Serving Since 1996

Rhoads served as a Reserve Officer for a year before joining the Department full-time as a Dispatcher in 1996.  He began duties as a Patrolman in 1997 and has served in the capacity as a Corporal for 3 years and a Detective for 2 years.  He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in September 2014 and serves as Evidence Supervisor.

TRENT KINDER
PATROLMAN - 506
[Email}
Serving Since 2010

STANLEY VANDIVER
PATROLMAN - 508  [Email}
Serving Since 1991

SHANNON SISNEY
PATROLMAN - 518  [Email}
Serving Since 2011

J.W. MURRELL
PATROLMAN - 527  [Email}
Serving Since 2014

JAMES LIGON
SCHOOL RES OFC - 548  [Email}
Serving Since 2014

BRADLEY JONES
PATROLMAN - 556  [Email}
Serving Since 2003

BRADY GRINNELL
PATROLMAN - 555  [Email}
Serving Since 2016

JUSTIN BROWN
PUBLIC INFO OFC - 570
[Email}
Serving Since 2015

BRANDON STEPHENS
PATROLMAN - 582  [Email}
Serving Since 2013

KEVIN WHITE
SCHOOL RES OFC - 568  [Email}
Serving Since 2015

IVIE POWELL
PATROLMAN - 571  [Email}
Serving Since 2007

SEAN BARRETT
SCHOOL RES OFC - 578  [Email}
Serving Since 2008

DUSTIN TACKITT
PATROLMAN - 590  [Email}
Serving Since 2015

BRANDON ROMANS
PATROLMAN - 567  [Email}
Serving Since 2006

DETECTIVE
BRYAN BRAUER - 580  [Email}
Serving Since 1993

Brauer served as a Reserve Officer for 2 years prior to joining the Department full-time in 1993 as a Patrolman.  He was promoted to Public Information Officer in 2008 and later to Detective in February 2012.  In addition to his duties, he is a Accident Reconstructionist.

DETECTIVE
JEREMY POUNDERS - 545  [Email]
Serving Since 2002

Pounders joined the Department in 2002 as a Patrolman.  He was promoted to Public Information Officer in March 2012 and has also served as an Asst. Team Leader of SWAT Operations.  In addition to his duties, he is a Crisis Negotiator.   He was promoted to Detective in September 2014.

DETECTIVE
JOE NEUSCHWANDER - 592  [Email]
MO Children’s Division Liaison
Southwest MO Cyber Crimes Task Force

Serving Since 2003

Neuschwander joined the Department full-time in 2003 as a Patrolman.  He was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 2005.  He has served as a member of the SWAT Team for 10 years.  He is currently the Departments Live Scan Instructor and is a LEO Fitness Specialist He was recently promoted to Detective in October 2014.

The Investigative Unit is responsible for the follow-up investigation of all the crimes that reach beyond the scope of the patrol personnel. This includes crimes like burglaries, thefts, assaults, robberies, sexual assaults, narcotics investigations and homicides.

The most basic police functions are the protection of lives and property and the maintenance of the peace. Officers assigned to the Patrol Division carry out the bulk of this function. However, there are often times when follow-up investigation is needed after the patrol officers complete their work. This can be due to the lack of available time and resources, difficulty in locating people that need to be interviewed or the need for specialized evidence collection and investigative resources. In these cases, investigators continue where the patrol investigation left off and attempt to uncover the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident.

Investigators work on both criminal cases and non-criminal cases. Criminal cases are incidents where violations of laws and/or ordinances have occurred. Non-criminal cases include such things as death investigations (e.g. suicides, accidents, etc.) and missing persons cases. The purpose of these investigations is to not only ensure that criminal acts did not occur but also to gain the necessary understanding of the incident for families and other concerned parties.

All of the Investigators for the West Plains Police Department receive specialized training in interview and interrogation, death investigation, crime scene technology, crime scene photography, evidence collection and a variety of other specialized areas. Investigators are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for instances when their resources are needed immediately.

Investigators must also maintain a close working relationship with prosecutors at the Howell County Prosecutors Office, probation and parole officers, caseworkers with MO Department Children’s Division and Child Advocacy Center, and with investigators of other area departments.

Multi-jurisdictional crime is very common and regular meetings are held between departments to address these issues.

DETECTIVE
KYLE PARRISH - 515  [Email]
Serving Since 2013

Parrish was promoted from Patrolman to Detective in August 2016.

BRIAN BUNCH
SERGEANT - 522  [Email}
Serving Since 1993

KYLE ELLISON
SERGEANT - 509  [Email}
Serving Since XXXX

TREY DEWITT
SERGEANT - 594  [Email}
Serving Since XXXX

MATTHEW BELL
Corporal - 528  [Email}
Serving Since XXXX

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The Patrol Division of the West Plains Police Department is the largest division and provides the basic law enforcement protection for the citizens of West Plains.


Made up of 24 uniformed Patrol Officers who are responsible for 24-hour 7-day a week patrol of the city. Commanded by a Sergeant and three Corporals, the Patrol Division is spilt into two patrol zones. Each officer is responsible for their zone throughout their 8-hour shift. The goal of this division is to prevent crime by deterring those who would violate the law through highly visible proactive patrolling of the city. To accomplish this objective Officers rapidly and prudently respond to calls for service, conduct thorough preliminary investigations, and assist the citizens of this city with a myriad of legal, medical, social, and humanitarian problems.

Non-Commissioned Personnel

Brad Vannada animal control 529
Serving Since 2012

Tracy Morris
Code Enf. OFC.  552
Serving Since 2013

Paula tupper
Dispatcher
576
Serving Since XXXX

Theresa Brawley
Dispatcher
577
Serving Since XXXX

Alan Jackson
Dispatcher
578
Serving Since 2015

Tara Riley
Clerk / Records
550
[Email}
Serving Since 2012

JORDAN REED
PATROLMAN - 532  [Email}
Serving Since 2017