Springfield Considers Deal with Mo. National Guard
SPRINGFIELD (AP) - Some Springfield residents have raised concerns about a proposed agreement that would have the Missouri National Guard help the city's police with drug enforcement.
Police Chief Paul Williams says the agreement calls for one unarmed, military-trained information analyst with the guard working at a desk to help curtail drugs sales in Springfield. The analyst's salary would be paid by the guard.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that several citizens complained at a City Council meeting earlier this month that the planned partnership focused too much on marijuana instead of targeting more harmful drugs.
About 30 words have been since cut from the agreement, removing all references to marijuana-specific, counter-drug efforts.