Ensuring public safety

In Jefferson City, public safety is paramount, exemplifying a dedicated community and law enforcement collaboration to ensure the well-being of residents and visitors alike.

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A Secure Haven, Prioritizing Public Safety for All

Jefferson City prioritizes public safety with unwavering commitment, creating a secure and thriving community. The city’s law enforcement agencies work collaboratively with residents, fostering a sense of shared responsibility for safety. Through community engagement programs, proactive policing strategies, and state-of-the-art technology, Jefferson City strives to maintain a safe environment for all. Emergency services are responsive and well-equipped, ensuring swift action in times of need. With a focus on vigilance, cooperation, and the well-being of its citizens, Jefferson City stands as a model for effective public safety initiatives.

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Jefferson City Police Department

The Jefferson City Police Department is a dedicated law enforcement agency that works daily to prioritize public safety and maintain peace within the Jefferson City community. It strives to serve the community with honor and integrity; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against oppression and intimidation and the peaceful against violence or disorder; to enhance the quality of life with dedication, compassion, and pride and to respect the constitutional rights of all to liberty, equality, and justice.

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The Jefferson City Police Department provides our community with a full range of police services, including receiving and responding to emergency and non-emergency calls for service, performing directed activities, and solving neighborhood problems. Led by a team of experienced and highly skilled employees, the Jefferson City Police Department is committed to building and maintaining strong relationships with the community it serves. Through community engagement initiatives, such as neighborhood watch programs and other community events, it works to foster trust and collaboration between residents and law enforcement.

The department places a strong emphasis on training and development, ensuring that all employees are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to handle a wide range of situations. From de-escalation techniques to advanced crime investigation methods, members of the Jefferson City Police Department are always prepared to handle the diverse challenges they face daily.

Furthermore, the department embraces the use of technology to enhance our effectiveness. With state-of-the-art equipment and systems, they can respond quickly and efficiently to emergencies. From advanced communication tools to state-of-the-art investigation equipment, the Jefferson City Police Department utilizes the latest technologies to keep the community safe and to improve overall law enforcement operations.

The Jefferson City Police Department is a highly respected law enforcement agency that is dedicated to public safety. By prioritizing community engagement, continuous training, and the use of cutting-edge technology, they work tirelessly to maintain peace and serve the residents of Jefferson City.

Jefferson City Fire Department

The Jefferson City Fire Department was founded in 1912 after a fire destroyed the state capitol in 1911. The Fire Department is currently staffed by 76 personnel in 5 fire stations and one administration office. The Fire Department recently obtained its ISO Class 2 status, rating in the top 20% of the almost 40,000 fire departments surveyed. The Department responded to 5,000 incidents in 2024. The Fire Department provides an “all-hazards” service to the City including Fire Suppression, Prevention and Education, Technical Rescue and Medical First Responder services. The Department has a strong focus on training at all levels, including the company level, seeking outside instructors, tuition reimbursement and supporting distant training for its personnel.

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In 2023 the City of Jefferson invested in a new $1.8 million training tower and burn rooms for its fire department personnel. The City has recently remodeled or reconstructed 4 of the 5 fire stations and is seeking designs to remodel the remaining station. A new firefighter can expect to make over $50,000 the first full year, with guaranteed yearly raises by the current contract with the Firefighter’s Local every year in November. Under that same contract, all personnel are paid a premium rate for staffing overtime. The Fire Department is full of opportunities for varied types of incidents with construction ranging from old to new, rescue services supporting its neighboring departments, and aggressive prevention and education practices.

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