Missouri State Highway Patrol
|Missouri State Highway Patrol|
|Patch of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.|
|Flag of the State of Missouri|
|Motto||Together Protecting Missouri's Citizens|
|Simul protegens Missouri scriptor Cives (Latin)|
|Employees||2,248 (as of 2004) |
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||State of Missouri, U.S.|
|Missouri State Highway Patrol Troops|
|Size||69,704 square miles (180,530 km2)|
|Legal jurisdiction||State of Missouri|
|Governing body||Missouri Department of Public Safety|
|Headquarters||1510 East Elm Street Jefferson City, MO 65102|
|Troopers||1,097 (as of 2004) |
|Civilians||1,151 (as of 2004) |
|Elected officer responsible||Governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon|
|Parent agency||Missouri Department of Public Safety|
|Dogs||11 German Shepherds|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
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). 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).
- Missouri Capitol Police
- Missouri State Water Patrol - Missouri Water Patrol has been merged with the Highway Patrol.
- Missouri Homeland Security
- Missouri State Emergency Management Agency
- Missouri Gaming Commission
- Missouri Fire Marshall
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
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.
Superintendent: Colonel J. Bret Johnson
Deputy Superintendent: Lieutenant Colonel Sandy K. Karsten .
Major Gregory K. Smith 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.
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.
Personnel killed on duty
- USDOJ Statistics
- USDOJ Statistics
- USDOJ Statistics
- Missouri General Assembly web site
- Missouri State Highway Patrol web site - The Ultimate Sacrifice
- The Officer Down Memorial Page
- Missouri State Highway Patrol web site
- Missouri State Highway Patrol History
- Missouri Department Of Public Safety