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-time certified Police Officers, and is supported by a group of certified Reserve Police Officers. In addition to patrol and investigative personnel, the department is also comprised of many specialized units to address specific crimes and community problems.
NEW CHIEF OF POLICE JEFF HEAD
Chief Head replaces Charles Brotherton Jr. whom retired in July 2014. Pictured with Chief Head is West Plains City Administrator Tom Stehn.
NEW ASST. CHIEF GEORGE BUEHLER
Asst. Chief Buehler replaces Darrell Jones whom retired in July 2014. Pictured with Buehler is Chief of Police Jeff Head.
NEW LIEUTENANT RICHARD RHOADS
Lieutenant Rhoads replaces the previous position held by Chief Head. Pictured from left: Chief Head, Lt. Rhoads, and Asst. Chief Buehler.
NEW DETECTIVE JEREMY POUNDERS
Detective Pounders replaces the position previously held by Asst. Chief Buehler. Pictured with Det. Pounders is Chief Head.
5 NEW FLEET VEHICLES / NEW STRIPING PACKAGE
Decals by South Central Area Vocation Training Center of West Plains
2014 RESPECT FOR LAWMEN AWARDS
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-time, accurate data and effective, open communication and transparency so you know what we are doing and why we’re doing it. One of the primary ways we do this is through this website and social media.
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.