Missouri Department of Public Safety

The Missouri Department of Public Safety (DPS) is a department of the government of the state of Missouri. The department is responsible for the protection and safety of residents and visitors.[1]

Department of Public Safety of the State of Missouri
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Missouri Department of Public Safety
MottoCourtesy, Service, Protection
Agency overview
Annual budget$352,06.98m
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionMissouri, USA
Size69,715 square miles (180,560 km2)
Population6,137,428 (2019)
Legal jurisdictionMissouri Statewide
Governing bodyGovernor of Missouri
General nature
Headquarters1101 Riverside Dr Jefferson City, Missouri
Director of MO DPS responsible
  • Sandy K. Karsten
Agency executives
  • Kenny Jones, Deputy Director of MO DPS
  • Tracy McGinnis, Director of Administrative, Fiscal and Legal Services
  • Kylie Dickneite, Director of Homeland Security
  • Nathan Weinert, General Counsel
  • Mike O'Connell, Director of Communications
  • Courtney Kawelaske, Director of Legislative
Missouri DPS website

The agency is headquartered at 1101 Riverside Drive in Jefferson City.[2]


DPS is divided into ten divisions & (including two commissions) :

Office of the DirectorEdit

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 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.

Division of Alcohol and Tobacco ControlEdit

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 PatrolEdit

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Division is the unit of the department most frequently seen by citizens. Uniformed troopers of the highway patrol are responsible for enforcing traffic and criminal law, usually in unincorporated areas, and serve as the uniformed Missouri state police.

The Driver and Vehicle Safety Division is responsible for the issuing and revocation of Missouri driver licenses and identification cards.

Troopers in the Highway Patrol Division also serve a capitol security role, as well as operating the DPS Bike Patrol, Motor Patrol, and Mounted Horse Patrol, all of which serve the Missouri Capitol Complex in Jefferson City.

Missouri Capitol PoliceEdit

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.

Office of the Adjutant GeneralEdit

The Office of Adjutant General commands the Missouri Army and Missouri 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.

Missouri National GuardEdit

The Missouri National Guard Division is the unit of the department less frequently seen by citizens.[citation needed]

Missouri Division of Fire SafetyEdit

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.

Missouri State Defense ForceEdit

The Missouri State Defense Force is the state defense force of Missouri. It is responsible for augmenting the Missouri National Guard in state missions, and replacing it when the National Guard is in federal service.[3]


The Director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety is appointed by the Governor of Missouri. must be confirmed by the Missouri Senate The director is assisted in managing the Department by one deputy director and several division directors.

  • Missouri Public Safety Department
    • Director
      • Deputy Director
        • Administrative, Fiscal and Legal Services Division
        • Homeland Security Division
        • Capitol Police Division
        • Fire Safety Division
        • Alcohol and Tobacco Control Division
        • Missouri State Highway Patrol
        • Veterans Commission
        • Office of the Adjutant General
        • State Emergency Management Division
        • Missouri Gaming Commission
    • Inspector General


  1. ^ "MISSION STATEMENT". Missouri Department of Public Safety. Retrieved 2015-06-27. provides services in support of protecting our citizens and visitors by promoting safer communities through prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, education and enforcement
  2. ^ "Contact Information". Missouri Department of Public Safety. Accessed October 26, 2008.
  3. ^ "EXECUTIVE ORDER 82-17". Missouri Secretary of State Official Website. Retrieved 19 May 2018.

External linksEdit

Website: http://www.dps.mo.gov/ Missouri Department of Public Safety