The Standards include:
* Juvenile Officer Code of Ethics
* Administrative Standards for Juvenile Officers
* Standards for Pre-Disposition Delinquency and Status Offense Matters
* Standards for Juvenile Officers in Matters of Child abuse and Neglect
* General Practice Standards for the Juvenile Officer
Missouri has long been recognized as a leading state in dealing with Abuse, Neglect, and other Juvenile matters. Our Director and his capable staff are constantly working to keep us among the best in the nation. They do not have an easy job as abuse and neglect cases are constantly increasing in number and they rarely have adequate personnel to go around. We are trying to find a way to increase their funding enough to hire and properly train additional people, but the state's dismal revenue growth causes a lot of competition for the dollars. It has become obvious to me that most of the front line people do this work because they are really dedicated to their jobs not for the money! Thank them if you get the opportunity.
Jane and I went over to Bob Brumley's at Powell on Saturday afternoon for a Mule Jump. Bob told me that they had been having this event for 40 years. Most of the participants had been on a trail ride all morning and the parking lot was full of trucks and horse trailers. There were about 15 participants in the contest and at least 100 spectators enjoying some great food and the beautiful weather. I have to admit, this was my first time to watch a mule jump and I was duly impressed. The "fence" was started out at about 2 feet high and was raised 3 inches every round until the final jump was at 4 feet! It is really amazing to watch a thousand or twelve hundred pound animal walk up to a four-foot fence and clear it with ease! I did have to wonder if they might be teaching them something they might regret later on when they found them out of the fence at home? It was great fun and we'll be back next year.