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The Cape Girardeau Police Department will soon be hosting public forums on their upcoming implementation of body-worn cameras. A program they’ve been working on for a few years, the cameras have been partially funded through a federal grant.

Cpl. Ryan Droege, crime analyst for the department, says they’re hosting the forum to give the public a general overview of the program, and attempt to get everyone on the same page.

Courtesy of: Cpl. Jeri Cain

The Perryville Police Department recently added a new K9 officer, Edo, to its force. He was assigned to his handler, Jon-Erik Bradford last month, and the two completed an 8-week training course together.

Edo began patrol last Friday. He is cross-trained in narcotics detection, scent tracking, and handler protection.

Corporal Jeri Cain says Edo replaced their last K9, Punner, who they lost due to medical issues last June. She says they’re not looking to get more than one K9 officer.

This Saturday, the Perryville Police Department will be hosting a free training event at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville on how to defend against an intruder in places of worship.

Safe House For Women

Early next month, the Safe House for Women will be holding a ceremonial groundbreaking in celebration of building a new shelter.


After several years of fundraising efforts for a shelter campaign, the organization has reached the halfway point of their nearly $2 million goal, and has decided to proceed with the project.


Jessica Hill, executive director of the Safe House, says there has been a growing number of domestic violence reports within the southeast Missouri area.


Lindsey Grojean/KRCU

The Cape Girardeau Police Department recently moved from their previous location on Sprigg Street to their new headquarters located at 2530 Maria Louise Lane. Open houses have now been scheduled for the public to view the police department’s new home.