Missouri State Highway Patrol

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Missouri State Highway Patrol
Abbreviation MSHP
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Patch of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
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Flag of the State of Missouri
Motto Together Protecting Missouri's Citizens
Simul protegens Missouri scriptor Cives (Latin)
Agency overview
Formed 1931
Employees 2,248 (as of 2004) [1]
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* State of Missouri, USA
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Missouri State Highway Patrol Troops
Size 69,704 square miles (180,530 km2)
Population 6,010,688 (2011 est.)[2]
Legal jurisdiction State of Missouri
Governing body Missouri Department of Public Safety
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters 1510 East Elm Street Jefferson City, MO 65102
Troopers 1,097 (as of 2004) [3]
Civilians 1,151 (as of 2004) [4]
Superintendent responsible Colonel Ronald K.Replogle
Agency executives
Parent agency Missouri Department of Public Safety
Child agency Missouri State Water Patrol
Facilities
Troops 9
Website
MSHP Website
Footnotes
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is the highway patrol agency for Missouri and has jurisdiction anywhere within the state. Colonel Ronald K. Replogle has served as Superintendent since March 1, 2010.

State laws pertaining to the Highway Patrol including its creation, powers, structure, mission and duties are specified in Chapter 43 of Missouri Revised Statutes (RSMo).[5] According to Chapter 43.025 RSMo: "The primary purpose of the highway patrol is to enforce the traffic laws and promote safety upon the highways. As near as practicable all personnel of the patrol shall be used for carrying out these purposes." The MSHP has a criminal investigation division that investigates crimes statewide such as murder, robbery, burglary, rape and financial crimes. The Missouri State Highway Patrol is more than a Highway Patrol; MSHP functions more like a full service state police agency.

In 1992, MSHP became only the 10th State Police/Highway Patrol to receive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is a division of the Missouri Department of Public Safety.[6] Other DPS agencies include:

Organization[edit]

General Headquarters (GHQ) and the Law Enforcement Academy are located in Jefferson City, Missouri, the state capital.

The state is divided into nine troops, with troop headquarters and communications centers located in the following cities:

Troop A: Lee's Summit (Kansas City)

Troop B: Macon

Troop C: Weldon Spring (St. Louis)

Troop D: Springfield

Troop E: Poplar Bluff

Troop F: Jefferson City

Troop G: Willow Springs

Troop H: St. Joseph

Troop I: Rolla

In addition, three of the troops maintain service centers:

Troop C: Park Hills

Troop D: Carthage

Troop E: Sikeston

Vehicles[edit]

The MSHP utilizes a variety of vehicles, including the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (CVPI), the Dodge Charger, the Dodge RAM 1500 and 2500 series, the Chevrolet Tahoe, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2500 series, the Chevrolet Impala 9C1, the Chevrolet Caprice, the Ford Interceptor (Taurus), the Ford Explorer, and the Ford F-150 and F-250. Both regularly marked and slicktop vehicles are used frequently. Colors include: white, tan, blue, silver, black, and maroon.

Command staff[edit]

Superintendent: Colonel Ronald Replogle
Deputy Superintendent: Lieutenant Colonel Sandy K. Karsten .
Major J. Bret Johnson commands the Patrol's Field Operations Bureau, which has authority over the Patrol's nine Troops, the Aircraft Division and the Water Patrol Division.
Major Luke Vislay oversees the Criminal Investigation Bureau, which has authority over the Crime Laboratory, Drug and Crime Control, Gaming, MIAC and Governor's Security Divisions.
Major Kemp A.Shoun is commander of the Administrative Services Bureau, which has authority over the Budget and Procurement, Human Resources, and Training divisions.
Major Dale A. Schmidt has authority over the Support Services Bureau, which directs the Public Information and Education, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Driver Examination, Motor Vehicle Inspection, and Motor Equipment divisions.
Major Timothy P. McGrail is responsible for the Technical Services Bureau, which directs the Communications, Criminal Justice Information Services, Information Systems, Traffic, and Research and Development divisions.
Major Thomas E. Roam is the director of the Water Patrol Division.

Captain Tim McDonald is Chief of Staff for Legislative and Governmental Inquiries.

FOB Staff[edit]

Also assigned to the Field Operations Bureau (FOB) are: Major Tommy E. Roam, Captain Ronald L. Walker, Captain Gregory K. Smith, Captain Mark Richerson, Lieutenant Ethan P. Ahern, and Lieutenant Paul D. Kerperin.

Fallen officers[edit]

Thirty officers have given their lives in the line of duty serving the citizens of the state of Missouri. One member died while serving in the military in World War II.[9][10]

Sergeant Benjamin O. Booth (June 14, 1933): Shot after stopping two bank robbery suspects at a roadblock.
Trooper Fred L. Walker (December 3, 1941): Shot by car theft suspect.
Trooper Victor O. Dosing (December 7, 1941): Shot by murder suspect.
Trooper J.D. Ellis (October 16, 1942): Wounded in the Battle of Bataan, died in a Japanese prisoner of war camp.
Trooper Charles P. Corbin (September 15, 1943): Struck by tractor-trailer.
Trooper Ross S. Creach (December 12, 1943): Struck by drunk driver.
Trooper John N. Greim (July 13, 1945): Killed in plane crash.
Trooper Wayne W. Allman (October 27, 1955): Killed in auto accident while responding to call.
Trooper Jesse R. Jenkins (October 14, 1969): Shot by burglary suspect in sheriff's custody.
Trooper Gary W. Snodgrass (February 21, 1970): Killed in auto accident.
Trooper William R. Brandt (June 12, 1970): Killed while tracking tornado.
Trooper Dennis H. Marriott (June 13, 1981): Struck by vehicle during traffic stop.
Trooper James M. Froemsdorf (March 2, 1985): Shot by detained suspect during traffic stop.
Trooper Jimmie E. Linegar (April 15, 1985): Shot by wanted suspect at traffic spot check.
Trooper Russell W. Harper (February 8, 1987): Shot during traffic stop.
Corporal Henry C. Bruns (February 16, 1987): Killed in auto accident.
Trooper Robert J. Kolilis (September 21, 1988): Struck by vehicle during motorist assist.
Corporal Michael E. Webster (October 2, 1993): Struck by drunk driver.
Sergeant Randy V. Sullivan (February 17, 1996): Killed in auto accident.
Sergeant David C. May (May 17, 1999): Killed in helicopter crash.
Sergeant Robert G. Kimberling (October 6, 1999): Shot after stopping fuel theft suspect.
Sergeant Robert A. Guilliams (February 16, 2001): Killed in auto accident while responding to call.
Trooper Kelly L. Poynter (January 18, 2002): Struck by vehicle while working traffic accident.
Trooper Michael L. Newton (May 22, 2003): Occupied patrol car struck by tractor-trailer during traffic stop.
Sergeant C. Dewayne Graham Jr. (March 20, 2005): Ambushed at his residence by a suspect under investigation for a traffic fatality.
Trooper Ralph C. Tatoian (April 20, 2005): Killed in auto accident while responding to manhunt.
Corporal John A. Sampietro Jr. (August 17, 2005): Struck by vehicle during accident scene investigation.
Trooper Donald K. Floyd (September 22, 2005): Struck by vehicle during traffic stop.
Corporal Dennis E. Engelhard (December 25, 2009): Struck by vehicle while working traffic accident.
Sergeant Joseph G. Schuengel (October 15, 2010): Killed in helicopter crash.
Trooper Frederick "Fred" F. Guthrie, Jr. (August 1, 2011): Drowned during river patrol during flood conditions.

Rank structure[edit]

Title Insignia
Colonel
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Lt. Colonel
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Major
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Captain
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Lieutenant
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Sergeant
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Corporal
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Trooper
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Recruit
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Contact Us[edit]

Missouri State Highway Patrol
General Headquarters
1510 East Elm Street
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Telephone: (573) 751-3313

Water Patrol Division
1510 East Elm Street
Jefferson City, MO. 65102
Phone: (573) 751-3313, ext 1036,
1-800-525-5555 or *55 (Cellular)
Fax: (573)522-1287


See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ USDOJ Statistics
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ USDOJ Statistics
  4. ^ USDOJ Statistics
  5. ^ Missouri General Assembly web site
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ [3]
  8. ^ [4]
  9. ^ Missouri State Highway Patrol web site - The Ultimate Sacrifice
  10. ^ The Officer Down Memorial Page

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