JOPLIN, MO--- Joplin Police Chief Jason Burns met with the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People today. Joplin's NAACP leaders hosted a meet-and-greet for Chief Burns. The group's goal is to build a line of communication between the police and the organization's needs. Members expressed their concerns regarding diversity and racial profiling statistics to the police chief. Burns says he plans to ensure all minorities in Joplin are receiving professionalism and fair treatment.
"Every year the racial profile report in Joplin seems to have a little stiffness to it. So he's looking at that hard to see where the problem is and I think that's the most important thing right there. We have a good force and we just have to see if there's any concentration that needs to be done and work on it to see how to correct that," according to NAACP Vice-President Jim West.
"What I'm looking for is transparency and not just minority groups, but city wide. When people have an issue, I want them to feel comfortable to come to me and work with me," says Joplin Police Chief Jason Burns.
Chief Burns says diversity within the police department is one of his priorities. They are currently looking to hire three more officers.