Joplin Police Department

  • Agency: Joplin Police Department
  • Address: 303 E 3rd St, Joplin, 64801 MO
  • Chief: Lane Roberts (Chief of Police)
Phone: 417-623-3131

Joplin Police Department is located at 303 E 3rd St, Joplin, 64801 MO. The Chief of Police of the department is Lane Roberts. The Joplin Police Department phone number is 417-623-3131.

Joplin Police Department News

The streets are starting to freeze up and we are working an elevated number of crashes at this time. Please slow down and drive safely. Salt trucks are out, give them room to work!

Throwback Thursday This picture is from 1976, showing Joplin Police Officers at a fire scene downtown. No other details are known about this picture

Police Activity We are getting multipe inquiries about police activity last night and this morning. -This morning we were dispatched to 1301 South Maiden Lane for a suspicious vehicle. A male ran from the vehicle into the woods and others in the vehicle were detained. It was determined to be a stolen vehicle. Officers are finishing up in the area. There is no substantial threat to public safety in the area, but there was a large police presence initially. -Last night Miami Nation Tribal Police attempted to stop a vehicle in Miami. The vehicle initially stopped and then fled from them. They initiated a pursuit which involved Ottawa County, Quapaw PD, and several Tribal Police agencies. The pursuit entered Missouri and they requested assistance from us to try and deploy Stop Sticks. We were not able to get in position to deploy Stop Sticks, however the driver stopped and fled into the wooded area around McClelland Park. A perimeter was established and track was conducted utilizing K9 Ax. The driver was located by K9 Ax. He was taken into custody without incident. The driver was identified as Travis Perry and had several felony warrants out of Jasper County. His bond totaled $60,000.

Today marks Stephanie Welch's last day as a dispatcher. Stephanie has been with us since 2010, and has been a great asset to the department. She has trained many new dispatchers, and has always provided the department and the public with kindness and compassion. In 2017, Welch was responsible for entering 13,692 calls for service! We wish her the best of luck in her new job endeavors!

Thank you to everyone who voted for us, and F.M. K9! #ourcommunity

Do you have what it takes? The Joplin Police Department is accepting applications for 911 Emergency Dispatchers. Our Dispatchers are the first point of contact for our citizens and emergency responders. If you would like a career that’s exciting, fast paced, and meaningful, come join our team! • Pay starting at $14.35/HR • Excellent benefits! • All training and certifications are provided! • Previous experience is preferred, but not necessary. (Please note: Applicants must be able to pass a thorough background check. Qualified applicants will be required to take a CritiCall pre-employment test. This test simulates a generic dispatch environment and determines if the applicant is a good fit for the job. For more information on CritiCall click here > ) Submit your application to the Human Resources Department at City Hall, 602 S. Main Street or apply online @

Did you know? The Joplin Police Department finished 2017 with 80,313 calls for service. Included in this number is 14,989 car stops. The first call for service in 2018 came in at 1201am. #jpddidyouknow

Did you know? The bitter cold temps last night kept a lot of people home, and many others planned ahead with sober drivers or ride services. The Joplin Police Department made 3 arrests for DWI. We appreciate everyone who started 2018 playing it safe! #jpddidyouknow

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in Colorado. They have 5 deputies who were shot early this morning, and one has died.

Today We Remember Police Officer Claude Brice End of Watch; Saturday, December 31, 1904 On December 31st 1904 Officer Brice received information from person who had overheard a gang at the St. James Hotel planning the burglary of a meat market in the 100 block of Main Street. Officer Brice went to the location to investigate. Failing to see the suspects he began to cross the street, he then saw the three suspects on the northwest corner of 1st and Main. Officer Brice ordered the men to halt as they began to run. Two of the thieves took up positions behind a pole and another behind a corner and opening fire on Officer Brice, striking him multiple times in the chest, killing him instantly. The three men, Estile Butler, Teddy Daley, and John Franklin, were later apprehended and sentenced to lengthy sentences. Daley and Franklin later escaped custody. Officer Brice, 31, served on the Joplin Police Department for 18 months.

FATALITY CRASH Contact: Sgt. Jared Delzell We responded to a single vehicle, single occupant crash at Woodland and South Range Line near the Silver Creek neighborhood at 11:45 pm on 12/29/17. The southbound vehicle left the roadway, rolled down a ravine, and struck a tree line. The vehicle was a 1997 Buick passenger car driven by Trenton Intessimone, 30 of Granby. Mr. Intessimone was pronounced dead at the scene. This incident is still under investigation and alcohol appears to be a factor.

There are several low budget ways to get home this weekend if you’ve been drinking. We will have extra officers out aggressively looking for impaired drivers. Please bring in the new year responsibly. If you don’t, we will find you! #DriveHammeredGetNailed #noexcuses #buckleup

Update! Artilius Jordan was taken into custody at 901 South Jefferson at about 520pm today by Joplin Police. He was the second suspect wanted for the Christmas Eve Homicide of Sean Harris.

Incident Spotlight Yesterday evening at 9:37pm officers were dispatched to area of 26th/ Florida for approximately 10 gunshots. (called in by multiple callers) The area was extensively searched to the north, east, and, west, where the shots were reported. Officers decided to move south to 28th St, when they contacted a male exiting 2510 E 28th, who stated he nothing to do with it, and was told to leave. He said he had secured a handgun in his vehicle. While officers were speaking to him, they heard what they believed to be a muffled gunshot within the residence, based on the intial calls they had received. As officers surrounded the house and made a plan, the garage door opened, and officers could see an older male and a younger male actively fighting. Officers successfully detained both. The house was entered and cleared. TV's were broken, doors were torn down, or destroyed, and two bedrooms were completely demolished, and there was broken glass everywhere. The suspect, a 21 year old male, had been threatening to kill his father and was destroying the home while officers were outside. The believed gunfire was the suspect banging on doors and walls. The suspect was in possession of Valium, about 49 grams Marijuana, and 83 rounds of 9mm ammo. The firearm was located in the pickup outside the residence. It's believed the suspect was driving around the area and discharging the firearm from his mothers vehicle, resulting in the initial calls. Austin W Smith, 21, was arrested for numerous charges. #jpdincidentspotlight

Homicide Investigation Update! Moses Ramsey was taken into custody by Joplin police this morning around 9am, at a residence near 21st and Empire, without incident. This arrest was for the murder of Sean Harris on Christmas Eve. Artilius Jordan is still wanted for his warrants related to the murder, and his whereabouts are unknown. This is still an active investigation. Info on Jordan? Call 911 or 417-623-3131

Please share! Suspects are identified, warrants have been issued in Christmas Eve Murder of Sean Harris. Neither suspect has been arrested, their locations are unknown. Moses M. Ramsey, 27, Joplin. Murder 1st Assault 2nd (2counts) Armed criminal Action (3 counts) Artilius Jordan, 47, Joplin Murder 1st Assault 2nd (2counts) Armed criminal Action (3 counts) Info? Call 911 or 417-623-3131

Press Release Homicide Investigation On 12-24-2017 at 9:04pm The Joplin Police Department responded to a report of gunshots at 627 South Byers. When officers arrived, they found an adult male at the front of the apartment building who had been shot, with life threatening injuries. He was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead shortly thereafter. He is identified as Sean A. Harris, 47, Joplin. While officers were on scene and the male was arriving at the hospital, Joplin Police Dispatch was notified there was a male who arrived at Freeman by private vehicle, also with a gunshot wound. His injuries were not found to be life threatening. That gunshot victim is related to the first shooting. Detectives worked overnight on the holiday, and more are working today, in attempts to identify and locate a suspect or suspects in this case. No arrests have been made at this point. No other details are being released, this a very active case.

Police activity Update at 11pm: The male transported from the address with life threatening injuries has died. The second male is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. Original: We are currently working a shooting at 627 S Byers. One male has been transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. A second male has been located who has also been shot. Detectives have responded and Jasper County Deputies are providing additional manpower. No arrests have been made. This investigation is very early on.

Our own K9 Ax wasn’t sure what to think of the snow this morning, at the end of his midnight shift

The main roads are clear, but still a good idea to slow on the side roads and buckle up!

Emergency Road Conditions We are working 6-8 crashes on I-44 this morning, overwhelming our resources. We suspect this will last a few hours this morning, depending on warming on the roadways mid day. Emergency Road Conditions December 23, 2017 Immediate Release Due to the inclement weather, the Joplin Police Department has initiated emergency road conditions. Under these conditions, the department asks all drivers to only venture out if it is absolutely necessary. If you are involved in an accident and no one is injured, the drivers are to exchange information including names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance companies, and policy numbers. Officers will respond to any accident involving injuries or where one of the drivers leaves the scene without exchanging information. Drivers who are involved in a non-injury accident during the inclement weather and would like an accident report may come to the Joplin Police Department after the weather conditions improve and complete a form. Media Contact person is; Sgt. Austin Wolf Joplin Police Department 303 E. 3rd Joplin, MO 64801 417-623-3131