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Thursday, August 15, 2019
Upcoming City Talk

We want to hear what you have to say... So, we are inviting you to attend the upcoming City Talk, which will be held at 7pm, on Monday, August 19, at Fire Station 9, 3202 Faraon Street. This City Talk is being hosted by Mayor Bill McMurray and Brenda Blessing, Councilmember At-Large. Light refreshments will be provided from 6:30-7pm, if you'd like to come early and visit with your City Council representatives.

This is your opportunity to let us know what is on your mind. We welcome questions, suggestions, complaints and even compliments. Or, you can just come and listen to what your neighbors have to say.
Tunnel Boring Machine Progress

Carrie, the tunnel boring machine (TBM) is approximately 4,224 feet into her journey from MacArthur Drive toward the receiving shaft east of St. Joseph Avenue near the Second Harvest Community Food Bank. This places the machine under Highland Avenue just east of North 3 rd  Street. Tunnel boring operations are estimated for completion in October. The approximately 6,600-foot long tunnel is part of the Blacksnake Creek Stormwater Separation Improvement Project.
The Work of Multidisciplinary Teams

Modern law enforcement operates very differently from years past. Multidisciplinary teams operate with the presumption that no one entity or person will possess the technical skills or qualifications for every situation. Law enforcement is no exception, so we participate and engage in a variety of multidisciplinary teams to achieve the highest level of service for crime victims and the public we serve.

For instance, the police department participates on a child abuse specific team which meets monthly and reviews current investigations. The team consists of a variety of community partners which include: doctors, nurses, counselors, therapists, juvenile officers and prosecutors. These professionals leverage their technical expertise to change policy and direct a coordinated response to child abuse within our region. 

The Sexual Assault Response Team, also known as SART, is another example of an effective multidisciplinary team. Members from the YWCA, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph Police Department, Buchanan County Sheriff's Office and Mosaic Life Care represent the team. As of recently, the team enacted a county-wide protocol which facilitates a coordinated response, standardizes the quality of care a victim receives and addresses the needs of the victim while promoting the criminal justice system response. 

The Child Abduction Recovery Team (CART) is a team of individuals from various agencies, jurisdictions and disciplines who are trained and prepared to rapidly respond to a missing, endangered or abducted child. CART leverages inter-agency resources to aid in the search and rescue efforts and members are ready to activate at any given time. CART also seeks out community stakeholders who have valuable resources that could aid in a missing child incident. This could be anything from lighting equipment, billboard signage, horses, heavy-duty equipment, ATV’s or airplanes. CART acknowledges there are community members wanting to assist in the search and recovery efforts and offers the opportunity to be pre-vetted and trained prior to a missing child incident. 

When it comes to criminal investigations, members participate in multi-jurisdictional task forces and partnerships with other local, state and federal agencies along with private industries. These collaborative efforts increase efficiency and work toward the goals of providing a safe community for our residents and visitors. So, if you’re thinking of tackling a complex problem like sexual assault, child abuse, a neighborhood issue or a community problem maybe it’s time to establish a multidisciplinary team and bring stakeholders to the table to solve the issues.
Your Home Deserves a Plan

Life happens. Sometimes we have control... sometimes we don’t. Whatever we are faced with, we have two options for a resolution – we can either have a plan in place for how to deal with it, or we wing it... read more
Sculpture Walk

Whether it's an up close look at a sloth or playing music for a maestro, there's a wide variety of sculptures on display throughout downtown for the St. Joseph Allied Arts Council's Sculpture Walk. Plan your visit and take time to appreciate some of the intricate details of these amazing works from artists across the country. You can also pick up a ballot and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award. 

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