New officers hit the road

Saturday, October 16, 2021

3 new Monett police officers to finish training in January

Monett’s police department is expanding its ranks with three new officers who will be completing their field training to become full-fledged police officers this January.

Berry

Skyler Berry, Frank Iannaccone and Blake Sperry all began work at the Monett Police Department as recruits this past June and recently completed their second phase on Oct. 15.

Berry said becoming a law enforcement officer has been a life-long dream that he has been working towards since high school.

“Growing up, my mother worked in the emergency room, and I knew I wanted to do something for the community,” Berry said. “I knew law enforcement was for me since I was a little kid.”

Iannaccone

Berry graduated from Monett High School in 2018 and worked at Cox Monett while he worked towards getting his criminal justice degree from Crowder College.

In 2020, he began work with the Barry County Sheriff’s Office as a correctional officer while attending the Missouri Southern Law Enforcement Academy in Joplin.

In June 2021, he began work a the Monett Police Department.

Sperry

Berry is the son of Julia Eden, of Monett, and brother of Preston Berry, a former Monett Police Officer and Marine who now operates a local gym.

“I’ve enjoyed working in Monett so far,” Berry said. “The people I work with a great and they’re helpful teachers.”

Iannaccone comes to Monett with prior law enforcement experience with the Christian County Sheriff’s Department and the Springfield Police Department.

He said he applied for a position with Monett after receiving a recommendation from Officer Dwayne Rice, a current Monett Police officer who had worked with him at the Christian County Sheriff’s Office.

Iannaccone said he got into law enforcement following a 14-year career in the U.S. Army.

“I figured it would be a good transition,” he said. “The best part is having a purpose.”

Iannaccone said the transition from the larger communities of Christian County to Monett has been a smooth one.

“Being smaller, there are some benefits, so you don’t get lost,” he said.

Iannaccone lives in Nixa and has two children, ages 12 and 13.

Sperry is another officer born and raised in Monett, graduating from Monett High School in 2016.

He said his interest in law enforcement began at an early age. Once he turned 18, his neighbor, a Missouri State Trooper, took him on a ride-along, and since then his goal has been to serve his hometown as a police officer.

Following graduation, Sperry obtained his criminal justice degree from Crowder College in 2018 and worked for a time for the Aurora Police Department, then security at Cox South in Springfield before being hired on in Monett.

Sperry said serving his home town as a police officer has its benefits, as he is familiar with the community, individuals and, possibly most importantly, the terrain.

“It’s helpful because I was raised here, so I don’t have to learn the geography, I know how to get around,” he said.

Sperry also said he hopes to remain in Monett and would like to one day become a K-9 handler with the department.

“The department itself, they give you everything you need to be successful,” he said. “Everybody here is willing to help.”

Sperry is the son of Pat and Marla Sperry and the brother of Haley Sperry. He is engaged to Josie Allcock.

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