Department of Public Safety
Sandra K. Karsten, Acting Director
Truman Building, Room 870
P.O. Box 749
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102
The mission of the Department of Public Safety is to ensure the safety and security of Missouri’s citizens and their property. It is responsible for all elements of law enforcement, criminal investigation, and public safety activities undertaken by state government, and for coordinating these efforts with local and federal law enforcement and public safety agencies.
The director of Public Safety is appointed to this cabinet-level position by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The office of the director is responsible for developing public safety programs, police officer training and certification, and providing legislative guidance on law enforcement issues. Additionally, the director oversees the Crime Victim Services Unit (CVSU) to promote the fair and just treatment of victims of crime and the distribution of federal and state funds in grants for narcotics control, victims’ assistance, commercial vehicle safety, and juvenile justice. Other programs in the Director’s Office provide support services and resources to assist local law enforcement agencies and promote crime prevention.
Missouri Capitol Police
The Missouri Capitol Police is empowered to enforce state law, conduct criminal investigations, control parking, building security, and monitor life safety systems in the buildings and on the grounds of state owned property located in the city of Jefferson.
The Division of Fire Safety
The Division of Fire Safety conducts investigations of fires and explosions, provides bomb threat assistance with the use of explosive detecting K-9 units, administers the state’s boiler inspection program and the elevator safety unit, enforces the state’s fireworks laws, certifies firefighters and ensures that firefighter training meets national standards.
Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control
The Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is responsible for the regulatory enforcement of Missouri’s liquor laws and the youth access to tobacco. The division licenses approximately 25,000 alcoholic beverage retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers annually, and collects license fees and taxes due on alcoholic beverages.
Missouri State Highway Patrol
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is a fully accredited, full service law enforcement agency. The MSHP enforces the state’s traffic laws and promotes safety on Missouri highways, conducts criminal and drug investigations, operates commercial motor vehicle weigh stations, enforces commercial motor vehicle safety laws and regulations, and is responsible for Missouri’s driver examination program.
Missouri State Water Division
The Missouri State Water Division ensures boating and water safety through enforcement of Missouri’s watercraft laws and boating regulations. Patrolmen also conduct criminal and drug investigations, recovery dive operations and conduct boating safety education classes.
Missouri Veterans Commission
The Missouri Veterans Commission provides counseling and referral assistance regarding state and federal benefits to Missouri veterans, their dependents or survivors, and administers state Veteran’s Homes in St. James, Mt. Vernon, Mexico, Cape Girardeau, St. Louis, Cameron and Warrensburg. The Commission operates State Veterans Cemeteries in Springfield, Higginsville, Bloomfield, Jacksonville and Fort Leonard Wood.
Office of the Adjutant General
The Office of Adjutant General commands the Missouri Army and Air National Guard in both their federal and state missions. About 11,500 Guard members serve in 65 communities across our state and overseas. They maintain readiness for federal missions, in the United States or overseas, or when the Governor calls for assistance in Missouri.
State Emergency Management Agency
The State Emergency Management Agency is responsible for coordinating statewide disaster response and recovery. SEMA also plans mitigation activities with the federal and local governments and volunteer and faith-based organizations. In addition, SEMA coordinates emergency preparedness activities among federal, state, and local agencies.
Missouri Gaming Commission
The Missouri Gaming Commission regulates riverboat gambling at 12 licensed casinos, charitable bingo games and horse racing in Missouri. There are currently no horsing racing facilities in the state.