The St. Joseph Police Department proudly serves the citizens of St. Joseph and holds itself to the highest standards of professionalism and accountability. With an internal system of checks and balances, Captain Richard Eaton's job is to ensure that we continue our tradition of excellence in service and competence to the citizens that we serve. We strive to be a department that citizens take pride in, and work in partnership with, to prevent and control crime.
In 2017, the department reached a major milestone by achieving State Certification through the Missouri Police Chief's Charitable Foundation (MPCCF). The MPCCF program has over 200 assessment standards that ensure the department meets the strict criteria for professional policing set forth by the program. In November we underwent our on-site assessment. A four person MPCCF assessment team spent two days reviewing files, touring our facility, inspecting our equipment and interviewing personnel.
On December 7th, the department was awarded final Certification at the annual Missouri Police Chiefs conference in Jefferson City. Certification benefits the department by providing greater accountability, reducing liability, increasing public trust and providing fiscal savings through the MOPERM rebate program. We are proud of this accomplishment, and grateful for this recognition. We strive to apply the principles of certification including continuous improvement and ongoing self-assessment.
We have created and maintained a strict system of written directives and standards that clearly define our lines of authority. This system also demonstrates our agency's commitment to excellence in leadership, resource management and service delivery. This allows government officials more confidence in our ability to operate efficiently and to meet community needs.
In addition to the duties listed above, Captain Eaton is also responsible for the triennial staff inspection process, he coordinates the first line supervisor promotional process and arranges the annual department award ceremony. He also assists the Professional Standards Sergeant with internal investigations of citizen complaints. To contact Captain Eaton, you may call his office.
Some specific areas of concentration by the Police Department include:
- Strengthened crime prevention and control capabilities
- Solidify interagency cooperation and coordination
- Improve the delivery of police services
- Formalize essential management procedures
- Establish fair and non-discriminatory personnel practices
- Increase citizen confidence in the agency
These specific areas should address every aspect of the department's operations and establish the best professional practices for us to follow.
Part of our self-assessment process includes conducting internal audits performed by subject matter experts from outside our agency who are familiar with various operational and administrative functions of the police department. They are specifically asked to look at strengths and weaknesses of our department and make suggestions on how we can improve our service and performance.
In addition to the duties listed above, Captain Wilson is also responsible for the annual staff inspection process, coordinating the promotional process, and arranging the Awards Ceremony. He also assists the Professional Standards Sergeant with investigations on citizen complaints. To contact Captain Wilson, you may call his office:
(816) 271-4709 or email Captain Eaton.