City of Clever Police Department

           Responsibility - Accountability - Professionalism


File a Police Report

The Clever Police Department provides this document for the convenience of the citizens of Clever. To file a report please use the link below where you can download and print a copy of the form. Once completed, please bring your form to the Clever Police Department.

Please Note:

The Clever Police Department main office is not staffed on a full time basis and therefore not all calls may be answered or returned in a timely manner.

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday - 8AM to 5PM, Closed 1PM to 2PM for Lunch

Clever Police Department Non-Emergency: 417-743-5109

Christian County Dispatch Non-Emergency: 417-582-1030


Protecting Your Rental Investment
Rental properties present a unique challenge for law enforcement. The typical neighborhood watch approach to
residents in single-family homes is not easily adapted to rental communities. In single-family homes, owners
generally have a large cash investment in the purchase of their home. This motivates owners to a greater
concern about crime in their neighborhoods. When crime rates rise, property values lower.

An owner of a single-family home might also be looking at long term residency. Typically, homeowners have a
thirty-year mortgage for their property. Home is where they come to each day and perhaps raise a family.
There tends to be a lot of pride in ownership of their property. When crime problems begin to appear, owners
are likely to organize some form of a neighborhood watch to protect the long-term interest of their family.
In rental properties, the communities tend to be more transient. Most often, residents sign a year lease for
rental property. This allows for an occupant to move more easily if they feel crime has reached a level they will
not tolerate. It is easier to move away from crime than to confront it.

With these challenges and more facing the residents of the City of Clever, the City of Clever Police Department
has developed the Safe residence Program. The program’s concept was to take a multi-faceted approach to
crime prevention. It is a unique coalition of police, property managers, and the resident. The program is an
ongoing program, with a three-phase approach to addressing the challenges facing rental properties.

The first phase of the program is to educate and assist the landlord with the screening process of a potential
tenant. Landlords are asked to screen a potential tenant using financial, criminal, and rental history.

The second phase of the program is to have a tenant sign a Lease Addendum. By signing this addendum, the
tenant agrees not to participate in criminal activity or allow criminal activity in their residence.

The third phase of the program is cooperation between the landlord and the police. Each time a police officer is
called to a property of a Safe Residence participant a Rental Property Incident Report is filled out and forwarded
to the property manager. The property manager contacts the tenant and advises them they have violated their
lease agreement. The property manager has the option to either start the eviction process or notify the tenant
that any further violation will result in eviction.

• Increased property values
• Less money lost due to failure to pay rent
• Reduced repair and maintenance costs
• Increased demand for their rental
• More time for routine management and life as opposed to dealing with crises

When drug criminals and other destructive tenants operate out of rental property, neighborhoods suffer, and
landlords pay a high price. That price may include:
• Decline in property values, particularly when the activity begins affecting the reputation of the
• Property damage arising from abuse, retaliation, or neglect
• Fire resulting from manufacturing or growing operations
• Civil penalties, including temporary closure of the property, or even property seizure, and loss of rent
during the eviction and repair periods
• Fear and frustration when dealing with dangerous and threatening tenants
• Increased resentment and anger between neighbors and property managers

• Improved safety for owners, managers, and tenants
• Closer partnership with the police and other agencies
• Reduced risk of crime and personal injury
• Reduced police calls for service
• Increased safety due to prevention
A list of participating landlords will be kept by the City of Clever Police Department and can be distributed to the
property management community and the Chamber of Commerce.


City of Clever Police Department via the International Association of Chiefs of Police

As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve the community; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all to liberty, equality, and justice.

I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all and will behave in a manner that does not bring discredit to me or to my agency. I will maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed both in my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the law and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty. 

I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, political beliefs, aspirations, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of police service. I will never engage in acts of corruption or bribery, nor will I condone such acts by other police officers. I will cooperate with all legally authorized agencies and their representatives in the pursuit of justice.

I know that I alone am responsible for my own standard of professional performance and will take every reasonable opportunity to enhance and improve my level of knowledge and competence.

I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession… law enforcement.


 The Police Department, in serving the people of the City of Clever, strives to reduce crime and provide a safe city by:

  • Recognizing that its goal is to help people and provide assistance at every opportunity;
  • Providing preventive, investigative, and enforcement services;
  • Increasing citizen satisfaction with public safety and obtaining community cooperation through the Department's training, skills, and efforts; and
  • Realizing that the Police Department alone cannot control crime, but must act in concert with the community and the rest of the Criminal Justice System.

In achieving this mission, the men and women of the City of Clever Police Department will conduct themselves in an ethical manner. They will:

  • Respect and protect the rights of citizens as determined by the law;
  • Treat citizens and their fellow employees courteously and with the same amount of dignity with which they expect to be treated themselves;
  • Be examples of honesty and integrity in their professional and personal lives, thereby earning the public trust;
  • Perform their duties with the knowledge that protection of the lives and property of all citizens is their primary duty; and
  • Comply with the spirit and letter of the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.

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