The Lake Ozark Police Department is involved in many aspects in the community. Community policing is more than just a phrase it is the philosophy by which we carry out our duties. Some programs have been established, others are waiting to begin pending interest in the community. Lake Ozark Police Department is also involved in many chairty and volunteer events throughout the year.
- Teen Drug Testing
- Conceal and Carry
- Neighborhood Watch
- Lunch with an Officer
- Kids Police Academy
- Charity Sporting Events
- Lake Area Policeman's Ball
- Text Alerts
- Coffee with a Cop
- Youth Mentoring Program
- Business security and crime prevention
- Safety presentations/powerpoints at schools and daycares.
These are just a few of the programs which are currently being implemented or are already in use. Our door is always open for ideas from the community we serve. Please contact the Police Department for more information or to volunteer your services.
If you would like to have an officer come visit your school or daycare to talk about safety and safety programs, please contact Cpl. Boren or Officer Pierce at the Lake Ozark Police Department. (573) 365-5371.
Interested in becoming a Police Officer? Want to know if it is really something you will enjoy? The Lake Ozark Police Department is hosting a Junior Police Academy (JPA) for kids ages 10-16. The two day academy will consist of many aspects of policing such as; crime scene processing with a mock crime scene, traffic stops, building searches, SWAT team and K-9, arrests, and firearm qualification and safety discussions (conducted with training simulators.)
Students will receive a T-Shirt on day one, and Certificate of Completion at the end of the course.
This year the JPA will be hosted on June 17th and 18th, 2021.
Limited number of spaces available! Reserve your spot today!
Registration/Medical Waiver Form below!
Registration/waiver form required. Contact the Lake Ozark Police Department at (573) 365-5371. Please have forms completed and returned by June 10th 2021. Thank you.
See more photos from past years on our facebook page!
Citizens requesting a ride-along with a police officer must complete a Ride-Along form, which includes ride-along requirements and a waiver.
Applicant must have:
- Clean criminal history
- No criminal cases pending
- Appropriate dress (slacks/collared shirt)
- Complete a background records check
First considerations given to:
- Active duty police officers or other public service officials such as federal law enforcement, park rangers etc..
- Academy students
- Criminal justice students and internships
- Concerned city residents
All ride alongs must receive prior approval from the Chief of Police or his designee. Ride alongs will not be granted unless a reasonable justification for observing is provided.
The applications are available online or at the Lake Ozark Police Department, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The office notifies the applicant by telephone of the date and time of their scheduled ride-along.
The Lake Ozark Police Benevolent Association (LOPBA) is organized exclusively for charitable purposes, specifically to benefit the Lake Ozark Police Department and the community of Lake Ozark.
LOPBA membership is comprised of Lake Ozark Police Department employees and headed up by four board members: Chief Mark Maples, President; David Platter,Vice President; Shane Pierce, Director of Public Relations and Amber Ridenour, Secretary/Treasurer.
The LOPBA hosts fundraisers and participates in many community events, often in conjunction with other associations and/or departments. Monies raised benefit local charities, other non-profit organizations, and provide the officers of Lake Ozark Police Department with necessary equipment.
LOPBA funds and collected donations help to provide support for:
The Lake Ozark Police Department
- Portable Breath Testers
- New radar units
- In car video cameras
- Police golf cart
- Other Miscellaneous Police Equipment
Community Organizations & Beneficiaries
- Kids’ Harbor
- Citizen’s Against Domestic Violence (CADV)
- MO Special Olympics
- Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)
- Blue Moon Sanctuary
- Convoy of Hope
- Scarlett Heart Foundation
- School of the Osage, Leland O. Mills Elementary
- Special emergencies such as Joplin Tornado
- Guns and Hoses Charity Game
- Kids Police Academy
- Secure the Cure Breast Cancer Awareness
- Boy Scouts/ Pack 21
- Shop with a Cop
- Coffee with a Cop
If you would like to donate to the Lake Ozark Police Benevolent Association please see our information below. Your gift is most appreciated!
4th Annual Guns and Hoses charity basketball game will take place on April 18, 2014! (Tentative Date)
Community BBQ starts at 5:30 and game tip-off at 7pm
Currently looking for sponsors for the event, contact Officer Pierce if you or your business would like to sponsor Lake Ozark Police Department