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Burton named Licking Chief of Police

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Chief of Police Pat Burton is sworn into office.
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Pat Burton was named Licking Chief of Police on Fri., Nov. 16, following former Chief of Police Scott Lindsey’s election as Texas County Sheriff. Burton had been Assistance Chief of Police since Sept. 11, 2018, and started with the Licking Police Department in April 2011. He was promoted to corporal Jan. 1, 2013. He also serves as the department’s firearms instructor and K9 officer. He has attended numerous other classes including several drug investigation courses. Burton graduated from Salem High School in 2001 and from LETI - University of Missouri Extension (Law Enforcement Training Institute) in 2008. Following graduation, he worked as a road deputy for the Texas County Sheriff's Department from 2008-2011.
“I am excited about the upcoming challenges the position will bring and look forward to continuing the professionalism this department has become known for over the years,” stated Chief Burton.
            Brian Allgire and Daniel Mobley will remain full-time officers with the Licking Police Department alongside two new full-time officers added to the talent at Licking P.D. Officer James McConnell became a full-time officer in September, and Officer Jordan Goodwin’s first day was Nov. 26.
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Officer James McConnell advanced 
to a full-time position in September.
            Officer McConnell graduated from the Licking High School in 2010. He graduated from the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Law Enforcement Academy in 2013 and was commissioned as a reserve officer for the Licking Police Department in Jan. 2014. He served as a correction officer at the South Central Correctional Center. While at SCCC, McConnell instructed several classes including CPR/First Aid, Cell Extraction, Pepper Spay and Defensive Tactics. He received his Ministers License in 2017 and is currently the Director of Missions at the Licking Pentecostal Holiness Church. McConnell states he plans to have a long career helping the citizens of Licking.
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Licking P.D.’s newest member, Officer Jordan Goodwin, is sworn in by City Administrator/Clerk Renee Keaton.
Officer Jordan Goodwin moved to West Plains with his family in 2005, where he later graduated high school. He served four years active duty in the U.S. Army and eight years with the Missouri Army National Guard as a military policeman. He has completed over 1500 combat patrols during his time in service, including areas in Iraq and Afghanistan. While in the military, Goodwin became a U.S. Army Military Police Firearms Instructor, and attended courses including Police Transition Team, Personal Security Detail, Squad Designated Marksman and Resiliency Trainer, to name a few. Staff Sergeant Goodwin was honorably discharged from the military in Dec. 2017. In 2012, Goodwin graduated from the Missouri Sheriff's Academy. He was recognized and gave an honorable mention for his dedication to removing narcotics and impaired drivers from the roadways in 2014, at the LETSAC (Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Advisory Council) conference. Goodwin is continuing his education at Columbia Southern University by working toward his bachelor degree in criminal justice.


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