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1912 Holiday Lane | West Plains, MO 65775
Phone: (417) 256-
Fax: (417) 257-
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CHIEF OF POLICE: JEFF HEAD
ASST. CHIEF: GEORGE BUEHLER
The mission for every member of this department is to consistently seek and find ways to affirmatively promote, preserve and deliver a feeling of security, safety and quality service to members of our community.
To fulfill this mission, the West Plains Police Department is committed to providing professional and effective police services to the citizens of West Plains. The department is currently comprised of 21 full-
West Plains Police Department
Holiday Shopping Safety tips
The busiest shopping season of the year is now upon us, so we put together a few safe shopping tips to help you get though the holidays without problems.
When you’re shopping in stores
Shop during daylight hours when possible. If shopping at night, take a friend or family member and park in a well-
When you’re shopping online
Use trusted and reputable companies you know. When making purchases online, make sure the Web site you are using is secured with “https://” in the URL not just “http://” and make certain the padlock symbol is on the bottom of your browser. Trust your instincts, if something doesn’t seem right, then it probably isn’t. Limit the amount of personal information you give out and print all online receipts. Consider obtaining a credit card that you use only when shopping online to easily keep track of all your purchases. Never, ever give anyone your credit card numbers or other sensitive information through an email…ever. Make sure your computer has an anti-
If your property went missing, would you be able to provide serial numbers, photos and receipts for your property? This information is vital to any investigation. Take some time to securely register your property online with.
Knowing what you own could be the difference between recovering and not recovering missing property. We suggest that you register your property online with Report It. The information you enter is completely secure and you can access from any computer with internet access using your username and password.
West Plains Police uses the Leads Online module of the Report It software to track pawns, so if you do register your items and they show up in a pawn shop, we can easily track and recover those items and get them returned to you.
If you opt not to use Report It, we strongly encourage people keep a secure record of their valuable items and the accompanying model and serial number information, as well as photos of the items, as this information greatly improves the chances of us recovering the items in the event they are stolen.
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Decals by South Central Area Vocation Training Center of West Plains
Chief Head replaces Charles Brotherton Jr. whom retired in July 2014. Pictured with
Chief Head is West Plains City Administrator Tom Stehn.
Asst. Chief Buehler replaces Darrell Jones whom retired in July 2014. Pictured with Buehler is Chief of Police Jeff Head.
Lieutenant Rhoads replaces the previous position held by Chief Head. Pictured from left: Chief Head, Lt. Rhoads, and Asst. Chief Buehler.
Detective Pounders replaces the position previously held by Asst. Chief Buehler. Pictured with Det. Pounders is Chief Head.
Detective Neuschwander replaces the position previously held by Ofc. Jeff Williams. Pictured with Det. Neuschwander is Asst. Chief Buehler (left) & Chief Head (right).
Presented by the West Plains Optimist Club. FROM LEFT: WPPD Officer Ivie Powell, West Plains Mayor Jack Pahlmann, and MSHP Trooper Jason Kuessner.
Ofc. James Ligon, Ofc. Josh McDaniels, Ofc. Kevin White (PIO).
Interacting with you as a resident of West Plains is one of the most important things we do. The more information you can access through Police Department bulletins, special events and other resources, the safer the choices you can make. The more information you can provide to us by staying aware, reporting a crime or spotting a suspect, the better we can protect you.
Your safety is the reason we’re here, so we provide real-
This page includes recent West Plains Police Department and community media releases. Documents in PDF format require Adobe Reader.
As you know, crime is on the increase in most large U.S. cities. It is also becoming more prevalent in small communities. Thinking that it can only happen to someone else and doing nothing to prepare yourself or take precautionary measures in case makes you the perfect victim criminals are looking for.
Periodically, the West Plains Police Department seeks the assistance of the public in helping solve cases. View our active case file to see if you can help.
This list is intended for reference only and no liability is assumed or implied for names which may appear herein. Please request information from the West Plains Police Department regarding official warrant information.