Detention Service Officer Teri Sandlin was named the Blue Springs Police Department’s Employee of the Month for February. Teri has been employed with the Blue Springs Police Department since March of 2008.       

Detention Service Officer Teri Sandlin was named the Blue Springs Police Department’s Employee of the Month for February. Teri has been employed with the Blue Springs Police Department since March of 2008.       

Teri is originally from Albuquerque, N.M., and has worked in the criminal justice field for the last 12 years. Teri worked in security for 10 years at a Native American casino in New Mexico where she interacted closely with tribal police before joining the Blue Springs Police Department in her capacity as a DSO. 

Teri’s background includes being a registered Emergency Medical Technician Basic in New Mexico with an emphasis in hazardous material training. She moved to Missouri in 2007 in order to be closer to her family. Teri has one child that takes up 90 percent of her spare time, and she says rightfully so. When Teri does have extra time, she enjoys camping and fishing.

Teri attended the University of Phoenix and received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Criminal Justice Administration. She also holds an Associate of Liberal Arts from Central New Mexico Community College. 

Teri says that “working here as a BSPD Detention Services Officer has taught me a great deal about the inner workings of police services, dispatching, record keeping, and the court system. This position has also allowed me to explore other possible career paths within the criminal justice system that I have been interested in for some time. I am extremely customer-service oriented and I enjoy the challenges that arise with my position because every day is different and ever-evolving.”

Dispatch Supervisor Patti Clark states: “Lucky for us Teri moved back to this area to be near her family. Teri is upbeat, professional and kind to those around her. She’s enjoyable to work with because of her positive attitude. When Teri comes into dispatch and sees that we are busy, she does not hesitate to help out any way she can and makes relays as they are needed.

She maintains her professionalism even when she gets overwhelmed with work. She keeps us posted on her work load so that we know when to call in officers to assist, which doesn't happen often.”

Sgt. Don Rapp (Patrol Supervisor) writes: “As DSO Sandlin’s immediate supervisor, I know that any task given to her will be handled professionally and thoroughly. DSO Sandlin is counted on by every member of her squad and when she is absent she is greatly missed.

She keeps the jail facility orderly and running smooth throughout the day, but that’s not all that she does. DSO Sandlin takes walk-in reports, fingerprints, relays to city hall and to the central garage, assists police dispatch and the detective unit when they are busy.

DSO Sandlin is an important member of her squad and it is with great appreciation that DSO Teri Sandlin has been selected as the February 2010 Employee of the Month for her efforts with the Blue Springs Police Department and for the citizens of Blue Springs.”