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Tech plays larger role in Jefferson City police operations

JCPD Sgt. Andy Lenert is in charge of many of the department tech devices, such as remote-controlled drones.

Lenert and the three other members of the department assigned to do drone work have to obtain a remote pilot certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration. This certificate demonstrates they understand the regulations, operating requirements and procedures for safely flying drones. The FAA says drones can fly at or below 400 feet in controlled airspace.


by Jeff Haldiman | August 7, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.

Sgt. Andrew Lenart is seen through a thermal imaging camera as he demonstrates some of the technology that the Jefferson City Police Department has available. (Julie Smith/News Tribune photo)


Jefferson City School District Honors SRO Les Martin

Officer Les Martin, a JC Schools School Resource Officer for 22 years, reflects on his time as an S.R.O. and the impact he's made in the lives of students. JC Schools thanks Officer Martin for his years of dedicated public service and wishes him the best in retirement!

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911 operator: civilian ‘molded into a responder’

From the beginning, Ashley Schepers felt strongly about a service-oriented career. Though she said, "it's kind of cheesy," she was geared toward helping others locally. Before joining the Jefferson City 911 Center, she pondered a job in nursing. Yet, 16 years later, Schepers finds being "a cog in the machine" for emergency services rewarding, even as it involves highly-stressful situations. "Another thing that's so rewarding: You don't understand emergency services, all the little details of it, until you are in it," Schepers said.


by Anna Watson | July 12, 2022


Natalie Rosslan, a communications officer, is seen Monday, July 11, 2022, at her dispatch terminal located in the lower level of the Jefferson City Police Department. (Julie Smith/News Tribune photo)


The designation of Chapter Life Member is an honor that is bestowed to those members who have worked for the betterment of their peers and the emergency communications profession in Missouri. Nominees for the distinction must first qualify by having been a member of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) for at least 15 years, been a member of the Missouri Chapter for at least five years and must have made three significant contributions towards meeting the needs of MOAPCO and/or APCO International.

By Zachary Dykes - May 24, 2021


Totes of Hope — Sharing Love and Support

APCO volunteers remind telecommunicators who have suffered traumatic incidents they are not forgotten.

By Cheryl Konarski

MOAPCO recognizes Jefferson City Communications as Missouri Teammates in Action!

By Zachary Dykes Jul. 15 2020
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Rachel Irey finds herself prepared for everything as 911 operator

When people ask Rachel Irey why she still finds her job as a 911 operator so fulfilling after 15 years, she tells people she was "bit by the bug" a long time ago.

by Jeff Haldiman Aug. 30 2020 @ 11:41pm

Rachel Irey poses at the command center where she serves as communications supervisor. The department is located inside the Jefferson City Police Department. Photo by Julie Smith / News Tribune.

Jefferson City Animal Control manager ‘in heaven’ in new role

Lori Blatter has been at the Jefferson City Animal Shelter for only three weeks, but already she’s feeling at home.

by Emily Cole Oct. 20 2019 @ 12:05am

Emily Cole/News TribuneLori Blatter, the new manager of Jefferson City Animal Control, likes to spend time with the animals at the shelter, like these mixed-breed puppies. She plans to feature a different dog each week on Facebook and let them spend time in her office.


JCPD officer driven by passion to help

Police officer Charlie St. Onge received the Jefferson City June outstanding employee service award for his passion to help people and remain calm in difficult situations.

by Nicole Roberts Jul. 7 2019 @ 12:05am

Police officer Charlie St. Onge stands outside the Jefferson City Police Department. Onge received the city's June employee service award. Photo by Greta Cross / News Tribune.

Emergency responders look back on the chaos, support of May 22 tornado

One month ago, Jefferson City and Cole County went through an experience many thought they would never see here, as an EF-3 tornado with winds as high as 160 mph cut a path of destruction of nearly 20 miles.

by Jeff Haldiman Jun. 22 2019 @ 11:29pm

Jefferson City 911 Communications Supervisor Angie Stiefermann is seen between computer monitors Friday as she pays close attention to the information in front of her while on an emergency call. Stiefermann was on duty the night of the tornado and answered numerous calls about lines down, house destroyed. Photo by Julie Smith / News Tribune.


JCPD officer serves to protect local students

Jefferson City Police Department Officer Chris Gosche said his reasons for being in law enforcement are pretty simple.

by Phillip Sitter Aug. 19 2018 @ 11:46pm

Officer Chris Gosche of the Jefferson City Police Department poses in the department's classroom. Gosche serves as a School Resource Officer in the Jefferson City Public Schools. Photo by Julie Smith / News Tribune.

New JCPD officer pursues lifelong dream of law enforcement career

When researching police departments in the area, Christina Greenwalt said JCPD was at the top of her list based on officers' retention and years of service, the department's treatment of officers, and the size of the department.

by Brittany Ruess Jul. 17 2016 @ 4:00am

Christina Greenwalt is a new officer with the Jefferson City Police Department. Photo by Julie Smith / News Tribune.

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K-9 Chopper is JCPD's newest employee

The Jefferson City Police Department announced Thursday the arrival of K-9 officer Chopper to their department.

by News Tribune May. 14 2016 @ 1:00am

K-9 officer Chopper sits for a portrait Thursday with JCPD officer Jeremy Bowman outside the police station. Chopper is new to the station and will work with Bowman. Photo by Shelby Kardell

King, Sederwall earn state's highest honor for life-saving effort

Dec. 10, 2013 - just 53 weeks and two days ago - turned out to be a very extraordinary day in the lives of three Jefferson City employees.

Dec. 18 2014 @ 11:00pm

Officers Jason Sederwall, left, and Brad King, right, pose for a 2014 photo with Katherine O'Neal in the Governor's office in the Capitol. Sederwall and King were the recipients of the Missouri's Medal of Valor after saving O'Neal from a burning car on Dec. 10, 2013. Photo by Kile Brewer

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