New officer passes probation

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Monett native Dwayne Rice now full fledged officer

Monett Police Officer Dwayne Rice has completed his probationary period and field training with the department is now a full-fledged officer.

Rice, a 2011 Monett High School graduate, brings three years of experience to the department, having served as a Springfield Police Officer and a Barry County Sheriff’s Deputy.

Rice began his career with the Monett department on Aug. 21, 2020. He lives in Monett with his wife, Mary, and two daughters, Athena and Aubrey.

Rice said he comes from a family of police officers on his mother’s side, and has always been drawn to the idea of protecting and serving.

“I want to be a role model for the younger generation,” he said. “With everything that’s been going on, people don’t look at the police the same way. I want kids to see cops the same way I saw them when I was a kid, as positive role models.”

Rice said it was an easy decision to take a position at the Monett Police Department and serve his hometown community. I have family here, my wife and kids are here, and I’m all about community oriented policing,” he said.

Since hitting the streets, he said he has enjoyed working in his hometown, getting to know residents and keeping the community safe.

“We have a lot less crime in Monett, obviously, and we have a lot more rapport with citizens,” Rice said. “That really helps.”

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