Missouri State Highway Patrol

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Missouri State Highway Patrol
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Flag of Missouri.svg
Flag of the State of Missouri
Common name Missouri Highway Patrol
Abbreviation MSHP
Motto Together Protecting Missouri's Citizens
Simul protegens Missouri scriptor Cives (Latin)
Agency overview
Formed 1931
Employees 2,400 (as of 2017)[1]
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction Missouri, U.S.
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Missouri State Highway Patrol Troops
Size 69,704 square miles (180,530 km2)
Population 6,083,672 (2016)[2]
Legal jurisdiction State of Missouri
Governing body Missouri Department of Public Safety
Headquarters 1510 East Elm Street Jefferson City, MO 65102

Troopers 1,347(as of 2017)[1]
Civilians 1,189 (as of 2017)[1]
Elected officers responsible
Agency executives
Parent agency Missouri Department of Public Safety
Facilities
Troops 9
Dogs 11 German Shepherds
Notables
Anniversary
  • April 24, 1931
Website
MSHP Website

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is the highway patrol agency for Missouri and has jurisdiction anywhere within the state. Colonel Sandy K. Karsten has served as Superintendent since March 9, 2017 when she was appointed by the Governor of the State of Missouri Eric Greitens[3]

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.

Purpose[edit]

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).[4] 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. In addition the Missouri State Highway Patrol has responsibility in criminal interdiction which involves the suppression of marijuana, cocaine, and narcotics on the state’s roads and highways including the Missouri Interstate System. 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.

Missouri State Highway Patrol officers (circa 1910)

Organization[edit]

A state trooper during the Ferguson unrest, September 2014

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:

In addition, three of the Troops maintain service centers:

MSHP districts with their constituent troops and scale complexes
Troop A (Lee's Summit (Kansas City)[5] Troop B: (Macon)[6] Troop C:(Weldon Spring (St. Louis)[7] Troop D: (Springfield)[8] Troop E: (Poplar Bluff)[9] Troop F: (Jefferson City)[10] Troop G: (Willow Springs)[11] Troop H: (St. Joseph)[12] Troop I: (Rolla)[13]

Vehicles[edit]

The MSHP utilizes a variety of vehicles, including but not limited to, the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, Dodge Charger, Ford Police Interceptor (Taurus), Ford Police Interceptor Utility (Explorer), Dodge RAM 1500 and 2500 series, Chevrolet Tahoe PPV, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2500 series, Chevrolet Impala 9C1, and the Ford F-150 and F-250. Both regularly marked and slicktop vehicles are used frequently. Colors include but not limited to: white, tan, blue, silver, black gray, and maroon.

Weapons[edit]

MSHP troopers are issued a Glock 22 GEN 4 .40 caliber pistol, a 5.56x45mm Colt AR-15A1 (M16A1), and a 12 ga Remington 870 Police Magnum. Prior to the Glock 22 GEN 4, troopers had the older Glock 22 .40 which was the first semi-automatic pistol issued to the agency replacing the Smith and Wesson 586 .357 magnum revolver in 1991. They are also issued less-than-lethal weapons such as OC Spray, ASP baton, and taser

Staff[edit]

[14]

Command[edit]

  • Superintendent Sandy K. Karsten was appointed Superintendent March 9, 2017. The Superintendent is supported by the Assistant Superintendent and Bureau Commanders.
  • Assistant Superintendent Eric T. Olson oversees the Patrol's Office of Community Engagement and Outreach, Professional Standards and Public Information and Education divisions as well as the Patrol's legal counsel.
  • 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 Sarah L. Eberhard oversees the Criminal Investigation Bureau, which has authority over the Crime Laboratory, Drug and Crime Control, Gaming, Governor's Security, and MIAC divisions.[14]
  • Major Vince S. Rice commander of the Administrative Services Bureau, which has authority over the Career Recruitment, Human Resources, and Training divisions and coordinates their activities with the troops.[14]
  • Major Malik Henderson authority over the Support Services Bureau, which directs the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Driver Examination, Motor Vehicle Inspection and Fleet and Facilities divisions and coordinates their activities with the troops.[15]
  • Major David A. Flannigan responsible for the Technical Services Bureau, which directs the Criminal Justice Information Services, Communications and Patrol Records divisions and coordinates their activities with the troops.[16]
  • Major Lance M. MacLaughlin oversight of the Executive Services Bureau, which directs the Budget and Procurement Division, Research and Development Division, and legislative liaison.[16]

Field Operations Bureau[edit]

  • Captain Norman A. Murphy, Captain Mark E. Richerson, Captain Matthew C. Walz, Lieutenant Brian L. Daniel and Lieutenant Michael W. Watson.

Criminal Investigation Bureau[edit]

  • Captain Kyle D. Marquart works under the direction of the Commander.

Office of Community Engagement and Outreach[edit]

  • Captain Ron Johnson works under the direction of the Assistant Superintendent.[17][18]

The Office of Community Engagement and Outreach is housed in the Wainwright Building in downtown St. Louis, Missouri.

Fallen Officers[edit]

31 Troopers have been killed while on duty since 1931 with one Highway Patrol member dying in World War II.[19][20]

The members are as follows:

Rank Name Date of Death Cause of Death Age Location
Sergeant Benjamin Oliver Booth 06-14-1933 Shot and killed along with Boone County Sheriff Roger Wilson while manning a roadblock in an attempt to catch 2 bank robbers 35 Intersection of U.S. Highway 40 and U.S. Highway 63; just north of his residence in Columbia, Missouri
Trooper Fred L. Walker 12-03-1941 Shot and killed while transporting 2 car thieves to jail; he failed to find a pistol on them and was shot going down the road 33 Near Ste. Genevieve and Bloomdale in Ste. Genevieve County
Trooper Victor O. Dosing 12-07-1941 Shot and killed in a cafe/apartment while helping Trooper Sam Graham, local officer John Love, and Justice of the Peace A.F. Stubbs arrest an Army Private wanted for murder 34 In the Coffee Pot Cafe one mile south of Galloway, Missouri and near Springfield, Missouri
Trooper James D. Ellis 10-16-1942 Killed in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp; the only Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper to die in the military 29 Manila, Philippines
Trooper Charles P. Corbin 09-15-1943 Killed while on patrol with Public Service Commission Inspector Ed Bilyeau; a tractor trailer came into his lane and hit him head-on while on a narrow bridge 27 On U.S. Highway 71 north of Carthage, Missouri
Trooper Ross S. Creach 12-12-1943 Struck and killed by a speeding car while helping a tow truck get a tractor trailer out of a ditch 24 U.S. Highway 36, 5.5 miles west of Shelbina, Missouri in Shelby County
Trooper John N. Greim 07-13-1945 Killed in a plane crash during a pursuit along with the plane's owner 32 Just over the Missouri-Arkansas line near Corning, Arkansas
Trooper Wayne W. Allman 10-27-1955 Killed in a car crash while en route to another crash 34 Intersection of Missouri State Route 35 and Missouri State Route B
Trooper Jesse R. Jenkins 10-14-1969 Shot and killed during a court sentencing hearing 29 In the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office in Montgomery City, Missouri
Trooper Gary W. Snodgrass 02-21-1970 Killed in a single car crash after losing control in a curve 24 On Missouri Highway 36; 7 miles east of Salem, Missouri in Dent County
Trooper William R. Brandt 06-12-1970 Killed when tornado-like winds put his car into a bridge abutment 23 U.S. Highway 36 near Macon, Missouri
Trooper Dennis H. Marriott 06-13-1981 Died from injuries sustained after being hit by a car during a traffic stop on 06-01-1981 36 U.S. Highway 54 in Jefferson City, Missouri in Cole County
Trooper James M. Froemsdorf 03-02-1985 Shot and killed while taking a wanted man to jail; the suspect got his hand free and stole Froemsdorf's gun 35 On I-55 near Brewer, Missouri
Trooper Jimmie E. Linegar 04-15-1985 Shot and killed while on a traffic stop with Trooper Allen D. Hines 31 At the intersection of U.S. Highway 65 and Missouri Highway 86 south of Branson, Missouri
Trooper Russell W. Harper 02-08-1987 Shot and killed while on a traffic stop 45 East of U.S. Highway 65 and U.S. Highway 60 near Farm Route 189 in Greene County, Missouri
Corporal Henry C. Bruns 02-16-1987 Killed after the vehicle in which he was a passenger, lost control on the icy roadway and hit a bridge abutment 41 Missouri Highway 6 in Buchanan County
Trooper Robert J. Kolilis 11-21-1988 Struck and killed by a truck while investigating 2 stopped cars on the side of the road 24 On Missouri Route M in Washington County near Irondale, Missouri
Corporal Michael E. Webster 10-02-1993 Struck and killed by a drunk driver while on a traffic stop 33 On U.S. Highway 40 in Blue Springs, Missouri in Jackson County
Sergeant Randy V. Sullivan 02-17-1996 Killed in a single car wreck after losing control and hitting trees while trying to pull over a speeding car 40 On Missouri Highway 72 in Madison County, 8 miles west of Fredericktown, Missouri
Sergeant David C. May 05-17-1999 Killed in a helicopter crash while having a photographer take pictures of the ongoing local Special Olympics 41 Behind the Union Planter's Bank in Poplar Bluff, Missouri in Butler County
Sergeant Robert G. Kimberling 10-06-1999 Shot and killed after pulling a suspect over who didn't pay for gas 43 On I-29 in St. Joseph, Missouri in Buchanan County
Sergeant Robert A. Guilliams 02-16-2001 Killed after losing control in the rain while responding to a car crash 41 On I-55 in Pemiscot County approx. 16 miles north of the Missouri-Arkansas state line
Trooper Kelly N. Poynter 01-18-2002 Struck and killed by a drunk driver while helping out at a car wreck 27 U.S. Highway 63 in Texas County; 2 miles south of Houston, Missouri
Trooper Michael L. Newton 05-22-2003 Struck by a truck and killed while sitting in his car with a driver he had pulled over 25 On I-70 near the 47 mile marker in Lafayette County
Sergeant Carl D. "DeWayne" Graham, Jr. 03-20-2005 Shot and killed after an ambush at his residence as he just got home 37 Van Buren in Carter County, Missouri
Trooper Ralph C. Tatoian 04-20-2005 Killed in a single car crash while responding to a manhunt for an armed bank robber in the Franklin County who shot at deputies in Gasconade County 32 On I-44 in Franklin County
Corporal John A. "Jay" Sampietro, Jr. 08-17-2005 Struck and killed by a vehicle while directing traffic at a car crash scene 36 On I-44 near Stafford in Webster County, Missouri
Trooper Donald K. "Kevin" Floyd 11-22-2005 Struck and killed by a truck while on a traffic stop 45 U.S Highway 60 approx. one mile east of Missouri Route MM in Texas County, Missouri
Corporal Dennis E. Engelhard 12-25-2009 Struck and killed by a truck on the icy roadway while investigating an earlier crash 49 On I-44 east of Eureka, Missouri
Sergeant Joseph G. Schuengel 10-15-2010 Killed in a helicopter crash 47 Near the intersection of Clarkson Road and Kehr Mills Road in St. Louis County
Trooper Frederick F. Guthrie, Jr. 08-01-2011 Drowned along with his K9, Reed, when they were swept away by high water while working Missouri River flood duty 46 In the area of Big Lake near Missouri Highway 118 and Missouri Highway 111 in Holt County, Missouri
K9 Reed 08-01-2011 Drowned along with his handler, Trooper Frederick F. Guthrie, Jr., when they were swept away by high water while working Missouri River flood duty N/A In the area of Big Lake near Missouri Highway 118 and Missouri Highway 111 in Holt County, Missouri
Trooper James M. Bava 08-28-2015 Killed in a single-car crash while trying to pursue a motorcycle 25 On Missouri Route FF, just east of Audrain County Road 977 in Audrain County, Missouri

Badge and rank structure[edit]

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is one of only five State Patrols forces that do not wear a badge on their uniform shirts.[21]

Their rank structure is as listed:

Rank Insignia Description
Superintendent
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The Missouri State Highway Patrol is under the command of Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, who was appointed Superintendent effective March 9, 2017. The Superintendent is supported by the Assistant Superintendent and Bureau Commanders.
Lieutenant Colonel /Assistant Superintendent
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The assistant superintendent oversees the Patrol's Office of Community Engagement and Outreach, Professional Standards and Public Information and Education divisions as well as the Patrol's legal counsel
Major
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Majors are responsible for a command within the Highway Patrol.
Captain
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A captain is a troop commander in the Field Operations Bureau or a division commander in one of the other bureaus.
Lieutenant
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A lieutenant is the assistant commander of a division/unit.
Master Sergeant
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A Master Sergeant acts a zone sergeant commanding a group of troopers.
Sergeant
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Sergeants act as first-line supervisors and are usually assigned in specialist positions.
Corporal
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Corporals are the first-line supervisors and are usually assigned as road supervisors within barracks. In the absence of a sergeant, they may act as the duty officer.
Trooper Candidates successfully completing the academy and field training are appointed as troopers.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c USDOJ Statistics Archived 2008-11-20 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ https://www.census.gov/search-results.html?page=1&stateGeo=none&searchtype=web&cssp=Typeahead&q=Missouri+population&search.x=0&search.y=0&search=submit
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Missouri General Assembly web site
  5. ^ Staff. "Troop A". Missouri State Highway Patrol. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ Staff. "Troop B:". Missouri State Highway Patrol. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  7. ^ Staff. "Troop C". Missouri State Highway Patrol. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  8. ^ Staff. "Troop D". Missouri State Highway Patrol. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  9. ^ Staff. "Troop E". Missouri State Highway Patrol. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  10. ^ Staff. "Troop F". Missouri State Highway Patrol. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  11. ^ Staff. "Troop G". Missouri State Highway Patrol. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  12. ^ Staff. "Troop H". Missouri State Highway Patrol. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  13. ^ Staff. "Troop I". Missouri State Highway Patrol. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b c [2]
  15. ^ Major Malik A. Henderson
  16. ^ a b [3]
  17. ^ [4]
  18. ^ [5]
  19. ^ Missouri State Highway Patrol web site - The Ultimate Sacrifice
  20. ^ The Officer Down Memorial Page
  21. ^ Kidd, R. Spencer (2012). Uniforms of the U.S. State Police & Highway Patrols. lulu.com. p. 11. ISBN 978-1-4717-7729-5. OCLC 929822564. 

External links[edit]

Police appointments
Preceded by
J. Bret Johnson
Missouri State Highway Patrol
2017–Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent