Lana­gan PD Has Grown Over Five Years

McDonald County Press - - PROTECT & SERVE - Rachel Dickerson McDon­ald County Press rdick­er­[email protected]

It has not been long since the Lana­gan Po­lice De­part­ment was just an idea in the mind of Lana­gan Mayor Stan Hay­wood.

When Hay­wood took of­fice in 2013, the po­lice de­part­ment was all but aban­doned, he said. There were no po­lice of­fi­cers. There was one car, but its bat­tery was miss­ing.

“Since that time, we’ve brought it up to what you see now,” he said.

The de­part­ment has five reg­u­lar of­fi­cers and seven re­serve of­fi­cers. There are four cars in the fleet, which in­cludes a Hum­mer. The of­fi­cers have de­vel­oped re­la­tion­ships with other lo­cal, state and fed­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions to help pro­cure the needed equip­ment and re­sources to keep the res­i­dents of Lana­gan safe.

Asked how they ac­com­plished it, Hay­wood said, “A lot of scrimp­ing and sav­ing. A lot of neigh­bor­ing cities; we’d buy cars from them for $1 or $2.”

Po­lice Chief C. Creek­more said the de­part­ment was ex­cited to re­ceive a con­tri­bu­tion to its ar­mory from the De­part­ment of De­fense through the state of Mis­souri this year. The de­part­ment re­ceived five 12-gauge shot­guns, two M-14s, five M-16 A2s and five M-1911s, he said.

The de­part­ment has four new of­fi­cers this year: Of­fi­cer A. Le­mon, Of­fi­cer A. Miller, Sgt. J. Phillips and Corp. C. Poitras.

RACHEL DICKERSON/MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

Lana­gan city po­lice of­fi­cers in­clude Sgt. J. Phillips (left), Corp. C. Poitras, Chief C. Creek­more, Capt. C. Peek, Of­fi­cer J. Wills and Of­fi­cer A. Miller.

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