Missouri State Highway Patrol

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Missouri State Highway Patrol
Common name Missouri Highway Patrol
Abbreviation MSHP
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Patch of the Missouri State Highway Patrol
Flag of Missouri.svg
Flag of the State of Missouri
Motto Together Protecting Missouri's Citizens
Simul protegens Missouri scriptor Cives (Latin)
Agency overview
Formed 1931
Employees 2,400 (as of 2017)[1]
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* State of Missouri, U.S.
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Missouri State Highway Patrol Troops
Size 69,704 square miles (180,530 km2)
Population 6,083,672 (2017 est.)
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 1,347(as of 2017)[1]
Civilians 1,189 (as of 2017)[1]
Elected officer responsible Eric Greitens, Governor of Missouri
Agency executives
Parent agency Missouri Department of Public Safety
Troops 9
Dogs 11 German Shepherds
Anniversary April 24, 1931
MSHP Website
* 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 Sandy K. Karsten has served as Superintendent since Feb 1, 2017.[2]

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.


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).[3] 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.

Missouri State Highway Patrol officers (circa 1910)


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:


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.


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.




  • Colonel Superintendent Sandy K. Karsten was appointed Superintendent March 9th, 2017. The Superintendent is supported by the Assistant Superintendent and Bureau Commanders.
  • Lieutenant Colonel / Assistant Superintendent Eric T. Olson commands the Patrol's 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 commands the Criminal Investigation Bureau, which has authority over the Crime Laboratory, Drug and Crime Control, Gaming, MIAC Divisions.[5]
  • Major Vince S. Rice commands of the Administrative Services Bureau, which has authority over the Budget and Procurement, Human Resources, and Training divisions.[6]
  • Major Malik Henderson 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.[7]
  • Major David A. Flannigan is responsible for the Technical Services Bureau, which directs the Communications, Criminal Justice Information Services, Information Systems, Traffic, and Research and Development divisions.[8]
  • Major Kemp A. Shoun has oversight of the Executive Services Bureau, which directs the Budget and Procurement and the Governor's Security divisions.[9]

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.

Fallen Heroes[edit]

31 Troopers have been killed on While on duty. 1 member died while serving in the military in World War II.[10][11]

The causes of death are as follows:

Cause of deaths Number of deaths
Aircraft accident
Automobile accident
Struck by vehicle
Vehicle pursuit
Vehicular assault
Weather/Natural disaster

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.[12]

Their rank structure is as listed:

Rank Insignia Description
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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 Professional Standards and Public Information and Education divisions as well as the Patrol's legal counsel.
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Majors are responsible for a command within the Highway Patrol.
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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.
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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.
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Sergeants act as first-line supervisors and are usually assigned in specialist positions.
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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]


  1. ^ a b c USDOJ Statistics Archived 2008-11-20 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Missouri General Assembly web site
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ [3]
  6. ^ [4]
  7. ^ Major Malik A. Henderson
  8. ^ https://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/AboutThePatrol/CommandStaff/commandStaff.html]
  9. ^ [5]
  10. ^ Missouri State Highway Patrol web site - The Ultimate Sacrifice
  11. ^ The Officer Down Memorial Page
  12. ^ 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. 

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Police appointments
Preceded by
J. Bret Johnson
Missouri State Highway Patrol
Succeeded by