Sheriff's Office - Frequently Asked Questions

The Ex Parte Process


How do I report a crime?

While this may surprise many people, the way to report a crime is by calling 911. It does not matter if it is an emergency or not. This will allow a Deputy to be dispatched and assigned your crime.


What should I do, if I am the victim of a crime such as a car break in, burglary or robbery?

First and foremost you need to call 911. While there may not be a danger or an emergency, a call to 911 is how are Deputies are notified that a report needs to be taken.

Do not touch anything that may have been touched by the suspects. If you already have touched these areas, all hope is not lost, but it can be more difficult to obtain suspect evidence.

Provide the Deputy as much information about the crime as you can. For instance if it is a car break in and you had items stolen, be prepared to provide the Deputy a list of all the stolen items. If it was a robbery try to remember everything you can about the suspect and describe it to the Deputy.

If the crime is assigned to the Criminal Investigations, a Detective will be assigned the case and will contact you.


What about "CSI"?

Certainly the CSI concept makes for a great television show. However many things exhibited and performed on those type shows are simply not true. In fact there have been evidence collection methods and analysis of the evidence that no one is capable of doing, particularly within the time frame of a 1 hour episode.

The Greene County Sheriff's Office does not have its own designated crime scene investigation team. The Greene County Sheriff's Office utilizes appropriate Patrol Deputies and if additional expertise is needed at the scene of a crime, Detectives respond to process the scene. These Detectives have extensive training in evidence discovery and collection, including but not limited to, the use of ALS (alternate light source) fuming (to lift difficult fingerprints) techniques such as grid searches and blood spatter analysis. In addition to this training, Detectives are fully trained in the use of the Greene County Sheriff's Office, Mobile Crime Scene Unit. This specialized vehicle does not just offer shelter and the use of computers and printers, it also gives the ability to process and analyze evidence from a crime scene while at that scene acting as a small mobile crime lab.

However, many times Patrol Deputies can and will collect all of the needed evidence including potential DNA, fingerprints and photographs. The case will then be sent to Detectives to determine follow-up investigation.


How do I become a Greene County Sheriff's Office Citizen Volunteer?

Step 1: Fill out an application at Greene County Human Resources at 933 North Robberson, Springfield, Mo 65802, 417-868-4116. Your application needs to be marked VOLUNTEER.

Step 2: Once the application is filled out completely and it is determined the applicant meets the GCSO standards to apply, you will be notified of a date that you will be interviewed by GCSO staff.

Step 3: Upon passing the interview process, you will be given a back ground packet to fill out and return to the GCSO by a designated time. This background packet will then be given to an investigator to begin the extensive back ground investigation. This will include talking with references, past employers and checking past financial information.

Step 4: Upon being accepted into the Citizen Volunteer Program you will be scheduled to attend the GCSO Citizen Volunteer Academy. This academy consists of 40 hours of classes to include Greene County geography, GCSO History, report writing and driving.

Step 5: Graduation.

Step 6: After graduation you will spend 15 hours with an experienced Volunteer as part of your field training.

Step 7: Once you have completed the 15 hour field training we will then ask you to volunteer 15 hours a month.

** While most applicants pursue the Volunteer Program to be part of the patrolling section, the GCSO has many different areas of work that Volunteers can be utilized such as, Civil, Transport, Jail, Court Security and CID. **

Click here for online application


How do I become a Greene County Sheriff's Office Reserve Deputy?

Prior to becoming a Reserve Deputy at the GCSO you must first be a certified Peace Officer within the State of Missouri.

Once your Peace Officer credentials are obtained the process is relatively simple.

Step 1: Fill out an application at Greene County Human Resources at 933 North Robberson, Springfield, Mo 65802, 417-868-4116

Step 2: Once the application is filled out completely and it is determined the applicant meets the GCSO standards to apply, you will be notified of a date and time for written testing. Our written test covers knowledge of Missouri's RSMO's, spelling, grammar, math and geography.

Step 3: If a passing score is achieved on the written test, you will be scheduled for an interview before a board consisting of the GCSO Patrol's Command Staff.

Step 4: Upon passing the interview process, you will be given a back ground packet to fill out and return to the GCSO by a designated time. This background packet will then be given to an investigator to begin the extensive back ground investigation. This will include talking with references, past employers and checking past financial information.

Step 5: After passing the back ground investigation, a psychological test will be administered. You may receive a conditional offer at this time.

Step 6: Prior to starting in the Reserves a physical and drug tests will be given.

Step 7: Upon passing everything up to this point you will be given a date to start the GCSO Reserve Academy. This Academy consists of classes relevant to the GCSO and is 310 additional training hours.

Step 8: Graduation and the start of Field Training. You will be assigned with a senior GCSO Patrol Deputy and be expected over the course of 240 hours to demonstrate your ability to be a Greene County Deputy.

Step 9: Upon successful completion of Field Training you will then be fully accepted into the GCSO Reserve Program. Once in this program you are expected to work 20 hours equaling two shifts a month.

** While most applicants pursue the Reserve program to be Patrol Deputies, the GCSO has many different areas of work that Reserves are utilized such as, Civil, Transport, Jail, Court Security and CID. **

Click here for online application


How do I take part in a Ride Along with a Deputy?

This is a relatively simple process you can come to the Greene County Sheriff's Office, obtain, fill out and turn in a ride along application or you can obtain a ride along application from our website, fill it out and turn it in at the Greene County Sheriff's Office.

As you are filling out the application please take time to read the rules and requirements for a ride along. They cover such things as why you may not be allowed to take part in a ride along and what is acceptable attire.

After turning in the ride along application, please allow some time for the application to be processed.

Once your application is processed and you meet the standards to take part in a ride along, you will be contacted by a Greene County Sheriff's Office Patrol Deputy and be given a date and time to meet your host Deputy at the Greene County Sheriff's Office for your ride along.

Click here for Ride Along Application


How do I file a complaint against a GCSO Employee?

In order to file a formal complaint against an employee of the Greene County Sheriff's Office you must complete a Citizen Complaint Form in full and return it the Greene County Sheriff's Office.

Click here for Complaint Form

The Ex Parte Process; Need to Know Items

Please note that filling out the forms for an ex parte does not mean that an Order of Protection will automatically be granted. There are three possible outcomes after the Judge reviews your petition:

  1. The petition can be denied completely, which means that there is no temporary protection order in place and no hearing will be held.
  2. The petition can be denied and set for hearing, which means that there will be a hearing to determine if a Full Order of Protection should be issued, but there is no temporary order of protection in place until the hearing date.
  3. An Ex Parte Order of Protection can be issued and a hearing date set, which means that there is a Temporary Order of Protection in place until the hearing date.

What information do I need to bring with me when I file?

  • An address where the Respondent can be served
  • Any applicable police report numbers
  • Dates that the incidents occurred
  • Photos of injuries or damage to property

Is there any cost to file?

There is no cost to file an ex parte. However, there may be additional expenses incurred if the court determines they are warranted.

Will my case show up on case.net?

Restraining orders do not show up on case.net until a judgment is entered on the case.

Do I have to fill my paperwork out at the courthouse, or can I take it home with me?

You do not have to fill your paperwork out at the courthouse. If you choose to take it home with you to work on, you must either sign it in front of a notary before you bring it back, or wait to sign it until you are back in front of a Clerk in the Circuit Clerk's Office so they can witness your signature.

If I need help filling my paperwork out, who can help me?

The Clerk's Office can only explain the paperwork to you, they cannot advise you. If you would like help with what to write, please contact an attorney. You may also contact the Victim's Center (417-863-7273) for the limited assistance an advocate can provide.

If I am granted a Protection Order as an Adult, will my order protect my children?

No. An Adult Ex Parte protects only the Petitioner listed on the case. If you would like to obtain an Order of Protection for your children, you must fill out a Child Ex Parte petition for a Judge to review.

How long will it take for the Judge to review my Petition?

Petitions are usually reviewed the same day, but it is easier to ensure that you will receive an answer the same day if you come in early. The Circuit Clerk's Office is open from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday. When you turn your completed forms in, you will be asked to call back at a given time to check on the status of your paperwork. It is your responsibility to return to the Clerk's Office to retrieve your copies.

Where do I go if I need to file after the Clerk's Office is closed?

The Springfield Police Department and the Greene County Jail have ex parte paperwork for petitioners wanting to file in emergency situations after the Clerk's Office is closed. Again, please note that the staff in both of these locations will not be able to assist you with what to write if you need help filling out the paperwork. After you have completed the forms, your petition will be faxed to a Duty Judge. If you choose to wait, you will be notified of whether or not you have been granted an Ex parte Order of Protection before you leave. If you have been given a court date, you will receive a copy of your paperwork.

What happens if I receive a court date?

  • The Respondent will be served with the paperwork you filed, and will have an opportunity to come to the court date. If any incidents with the Respondent occur between the day you receive your paperwork and your scheduled court date, call the police.
  • You will need to appear for the court date listed on your paperwork, or your case will automatically be dismissed.
  • If the Respondent is not served before the court date and you appear, the case will be continued to another day so proper service on the Respondent can be obtained.
  • Come to the courthouse early on your hearing day, and prepare to wait your turn. Protection Order hearings are only held once per week, which means that there could be a large number of cases heard before yours is called.

If I am granted a Full Order of Protection, how long is it in effect?

A Full Order of Protection is put in place for one year, unless otherwise specified by the court.

If my Order is granted, where am I protected?

A Full Order of Protection, like an Ex Parte Order of Protection, protects you wherever you are in the State of Missouri at any given time for the duration of the Order, as well as the address listed on the Order.