The Administrative Division has a responsibility for the overall administration of office operations and coordination of office activities. Some of the essential tasks for this division is the responsibility of budgeting, planning, and personnel assignment. The division continually strives to find effective ways to administer the affairs of the office and improve structure and operating procedures.
Personnel development is a high priority at the Greene County Sheriff's Office. Every opportunity is extended to the employees to move forward in their chosen profession through continuing education and development programs.
The Civil Division consists of a Supervisor, an Office Manager, a Garnishment clerk, and 8 Civil Deputies. This unit serves all Civil Papers, including Criminal Subpoenas, Civil Summonses, Landlord/Tenant Process, as well as some Child Support Enforcement Process. This Division also serves and tracks all garnishments of wages within Greene County. All Evictions and sales of property are handled by this unit as well.
The Court Security Division is responsible for maintaining appropriate levels of security in the courthouse and courtrooms to protect the integrity of the court procedures, sustain the rights of the individuals before it, deter those who would take violent action against the court or participants in court procedures and sustain the decorum of the court. Activities also include bailiff services for all residing and visiting judges, secured prisoner movement and monitoring within the courthouse and the coordination of evacuation and safety plans during emergencies.
Criminal Investigation Divisions
The Criminal Investigations Division, commanded by Captain Jim Farrell, consists of 1 Lieutenant, 1 Sergeant, 13 Detectives, and 3 Investigators assigned to drug task forces.
Detectives provide follow-up investigations in felony cases. Detective duties include tracking down leads, major crime scene processing (including the detailed collection and preservation of evidence,) as well as interviewing victims, witnesses, and suspects. Detectives also spend a lot of time and effort in locating and arresting wanted felons associated with the cases under investigation. Much of the responsibility for in-depth investigation of narcotic trafficking and clandestine methamphetamine labs rests on the shoulders of the 3 Deputies assigned to multi-agency and/or Federal task forces.
Within the Criminal Investigations Division, 3 sections exist: Crimes against Persons, Property Crimes and Special Operations. While each of these sections constitutes an area of specialization, the Criminal Investigations Division intends to operate as a team. This philosophy comes into play with great effectiveness at major crime scenes, particularly in homicide cases.
Every member possesses the capability of investigating any criminal act occurring within Greene County. In other words, we expect each Detective to be able to work any crime they encounter. Nevertheless, in order to maximize effectiveness, many investigations require specific training or experience, so we assign 4 Detectives to the Crimes against Persons section. 2 of them specialize in child abuse, sexual assault, and felonious assaults. Another Detective engages in locating missing persons, apprehending dangerous fugitives, and coordinating with the United States Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force. A grant funds the 4th Crime against Persons Detective who investigates crimes of domestic violence. A total of 5 Detectives provide follow-up investigation of felonious property crimes such as burglary, felony stealing, fraud, and felony property damage.
Finally, 4 Detectives are assigned to the Special Operations Section. These 4 officers pursue all sorts of intensive investigations which compel us to devote a sustained and collaborative focus such as drug activity, street gangs, cattle theft, and illicit firearms trafficking.
Truly effective Law Enforcement relies on people who witness crimes and suspicious activity to pass along the information in order to assist with the apprehension and conviction of suspects. Please report any information on criminal activity.
The Greene County Patrol Division comprises all the men and women officers who wear the uniform and patrol the county in marked vehicles. You know them by the "circled star", both on their uniform and on their car. When you need an officer, whether an emergency or not, please dial 911. Even if you merely wish to make a report, remember that you should contact the dispatch/communications center by calling 911, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Patrol Division provides a full range of law enforcement services to the citizens of Greene County. In addition to answering all calls for service -- from seemingly routine animal situations to life-threatening emergencies, and initial crime scene investigation. In addition, the Patrol Division provides backup and mutual aid assistance to the various city police departments and other law enforcement agencies when needed.
As opposed to past practice, when the office used a Traffic Division -- which only employed 4 officers tasked with enforcement of all traffic laws within Greene County -- the Patrol Division now bears this responsibility in a dedicated attempt to make our roadways safer for all our families and friends. Instead of only 4 officers with radar, all 34 patrol officers now drive cars equipped with radar. ALL Patrol officers receive training not only in speed enforcement, but also in accident investigation, DWI detection, standardized field sobriety testing, and breath analysis of blood alcohol content.
To further enhance our capabilities to enforce the traffic laws, all Patrol officers employ portable preliminary breath testers, use mobile data terminals to efficiently compose and edit their reports, and drive cars equipped with video cameras to record the events of a traffic stop as they unfold, in great audio/visual detail. All of this extensive training and effective equipment, when combined with the intelligence and enthusiasm of individual Deputy Sheriffs, produces a very proactive and productive Patrol Division. Current figures show that from 2002 thru 2007 the Greene County Sheriff's Office has arrested 3429 drunk drivers.
Seen from a positive perspective, in this 6 year period, we prevented 3429 potential traffic collisions -- many of them possibly involving fatalities. Prior to 2001 traffic enforcement was fairly limited to the 4 officers on the traffic detail who had radar, only one patrol car carried a video camera, no Greene County Deputies carried preliminary breath testers, and there existed no imperative to train all Patrol officers in accident investigation DWI detection or standardized field sobriety tests.
For Patrol purposes, the Sheriff's Office divides Greene County into four districts. Each shift, a squad commander assigns an individual Deputy to a district, and a district encompasses about 125 square miles. For that district, the Deputy holds a duty to preserve law and order, respond to, investigate, and document with written reports, a wide variety of emergency calls, misdemeanor, and felony allegations. Each shift overlaps the other, and on certain shifts, Reserve Patrol officers supplement the numbers of officers available to handle the call load. Often, the amount of calls awaiting dispatch exceed the number of Deputies available to send. As Greene County continues to develop and grow in its steady transition from a rural to a metropolitan community, so too grow the needs of the people for an officer to respond to address their concerns and complaints. Because of the rural/urban environment patrolled by the Greene County Sheriff's Office, Deputies must develop skills and employ techniques that go beyond what the conventional wisdom may envision as county, i.e. rural, law enforcement. Computers and video cameras in the cars are just two of the more readily visible manifestations of how much more sophisticated our Patrol operations became in the past 6 years. Even long after the calls and duties that fill a shift end, a Deputy receives many summonses to testify in court about his actions and investigative efforts. A Patrol officer works in all kinds of conditions, exposed to every sort of weather, and rotates shifts every six weeks.
Greene County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies are called upon to perform a challenging job, one that can be difficult and dangerous. It is a job that is uniquely demanding and rewarding. It provides a feeling of satisfaction for those who are motivated to serve and protect citizens and their property.
The training division of the Greene County Sheriff's Office is made up of three full time training officers and one full time administrative assistant. The training division is responsible for coordinating all continuing education for the 246 full time employees and 30 reserve deputies.
There are three overriding priorities for the training division. The first is to provide all officers with the tactical skills they need to win any potentially life threatening situation they are confronted with. The second is to provide the officers with the skills and knowledge needed to professionally investigate and solve crimes. The third is to keep officers updated on legal matters that can assist in reducing the potential liability of the agency.
The training division is also responsible for recruiting and instructing an annual reserve academy in order to train new reserve deputies. This is an in house academy that builds off of the basic peace officer academy. This reserve academy orients the new reserve deputy to the policies, procedures and tactics utilized by the Greene County Sheriff's Office.
The Records and Warrants division consists of 12 records clerks and a supervisor. It is the Office's repository for all warrants, reports, traffic summons and is where the Conceal Carry Permit application process is completed. The records and warrants division is responsible for maintaining 30,000 arrest warrants, enters and maintains all MULES / NCIC entries.
If it meets a certain criteria you may request a copy of a report. To begin the process, you may call the records’ direct line at 417-829-6235. Or use this form and mail it to: Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Records Division, 1010 N Boonville, Springfield, MO. 65802
To help with your request we need the following:
- Report Number
- Address where crime occurred
- Victim & suspect information
Information on reports may be blacked out to protect parties involved.
Positive identification and / or signature of release may be required before some reports are released.