The Sheriff's Posse
Myth: If the Sheriff's Office is short of manpower and funding is so scarce, why do
they provide staff and funding at the Springfield-Greene County Parks Equestrian Center?
Fact: While not a budgeted or physical part of the Greene County Sheriff's Office,
the Sheriff's Posse of Greene County is a non-profit organization that supports the efforts and
endeavors of the Greene County Sheriff's Office. The Posse, through volunteerism, promotes good
horsemanship and fellowship through clinics, charity events, fundraising, trail rides, and other
park events. While most members of the Sheriff's Posse are volunteers, a Greene County Sheriff's
Office Deputy is also a staff member. This position is completely funded by the Springfield-Greene
County Park Board. This Corporal is stationed at the Equestrian Center and is responsible for
managing the educational programs. All of this Deputy's salary and benefits are reimbursed to Greene
County by the Park Board.
Myth: The Greene County Sheriff's Office wasted money on specialty vehicles instead
of hiring additional staff.
Fact: The Greene County Sheriff's Office obtained and utilizes each of the
following vehicles in the described manner.
Crime Scene Unit: This vehicle was paid for through a Federal Grant and seized
drug money. Total
Cost $89,661.40. This vehicle has been utilized over 20 times since it was purchased. This
vehicle was purchased and built specifically with the processing of crime scenes in mind. This
vehicle proved invaluable during the investigation of two double homicides in 2011. This vehicle
provides shelter, equipment, computer / printing ability, technical support and a mini crime
laboratory for GCSO Crime Scene Investigators.
Greene County Sheriff's Mobile Command Post: This vehicle was awarded through a
grant. Part of the agreement in the GCSO receiving this vehicle was the requirement to respond
with the Command Post to emergency events within 18 counties in the MSHP Region D area. This
vehicle has been used at DWI checkpoints, major incidents and in Joplin after the tornados.
Sheriff's Office ATV: This vehicle and the equipment on the vehicle were
purchased with seized
drug money. This vehicle was utilized by Deputies in the double homicide investigations of 2011,
the Joplin tornados and the Ozark Empire Fair. These tasks could not have been done as
effectively without the use of the ATV. This vehicle has not only transported needed equipment
at crime scenes, but has been utilized to transport victims of homicides and natural disasters.
Military vehicles: Donated to the GCSO by the United States military
specifically for law
enforcement use. These vehicles are utilized in many roles but specifically in the event of
natural disasters (tornado) or extreme weather (snow / ice).
*Little known Fact: Federally seized drug money must be used for equipment and provides no ability
for the long term, continued employment of Deputies.
Myth: Sheriff Arnott started a SWAT team that was not needed.
Fact: Sheriff Arnott started a SWAT team at the Greene County Sheriff's Office for
several specific reasons.
With increasing violent crime in unincorporated Greene County it became evident that it was
difficult at best and not safe to wait for another jurisdictional team to respond. This does not
take into account the instances other teams were not available as they were being utilized
within their own jurisdictions.
The Greene County Sheriff's Office serves 84,000 citizens in unincorporated Greene County. The
need for a team with the proper training and capable of responding to high risk entries,
barricaded subjects, hostage situations and arrests of violent offenders has been shown many
times over since the GCSO SWAT met the training requirements and became mission ready. In fact
since becoming mission ready GCSO SWAT has made over 45 high risk entries and responded to three
barricaded subjects. GCSO SWAT has also been utilized by other jurisdictions within Greene
SWAT is an extra assignment at the GCSO. This is not a full time endeavor and no extra pay is
given for this assignment. The average SWAT member has attained over 300 hours of specialized
training specific to SWAT needs.
Tickets and Speed Enforcement
Myth: If the Sheriff's Office is so short staffed, why are Deputies regularly seen
Fact: The answer to this question is shown below:
The Greene County Sheriff's Office is short staffed. For details of the staffing shortages
please watch the GCSO informative video on our website.
Deputies often are seen on local highways for the following reasons:
Highways typically provide the quickest route from one portion of Greene County to
Deputies consider themselves fortunate to have the ability to work paid overtime for
projects such as speed enforcement and DWI enforcement. These grants, provided by MoDot
are typically the only way Deputies can earn overtime pay. As part of these grants,
MoDot REQUIRES the GCSO to work the highways in an effort to save lives.
Sheriff's Deputies are mandated by State Law (RSMO 57.113) to patrol all State highways
in the County.