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April 1, 2019
EMPHASIS: Career Recruitment Division & Office Of Community Engagement & Outreach Functions Merge

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the following organizational change:

The Career Recruitment Division and Office of Community Engagement & Outreach merged effective April 1, 2019. The new division is known as the Recruiting & Community Outreach Division, and remains under the Administrative Services Bureau, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, MO. The main office of the Recruiting & Community Outreach Division is in General Headquarters with personnel assigned throughout the state. Captain Benjamin C. Jones has been designated the Patrol’s community outreach officer and is serving as director of the new Recruiting & Community Outreach Division.

This division's mission is twofold:
The Recruiting & Community Outreach Division will also work to cultivate partnerships with diverse groups and organizations that work with young people. These partnerships will offer an opportunity to become more familiar with the Patrol and its employees and build long-term relationships with the agency. One such program is the Missouri State Highway Patrol Youth Academy. These privately funded camps began in 2017, and allow the Patrol to highlight careers with young men and women who attend the residential camps. The program also allows Patrol members to interact with the kids in small-group settings. The camps feature team-building and recreational activities, in addition to introducing the participants to the work of law enforcement officers.

"I believe the Patrol's outreach efforts will help lay the foundation for an increasingly positive relationship between the Patrol and the communities we serve," said Col. Olson. "I hope these stronger relationships will also assist the Patrol in connecting with tomorrow's best and brightest employees."

Those interested in a possible career with the Missouri State Highway Patrol are encouraged to visit the Patrol website at www.mshp.dps.mo.gov and select the “Careers” tab at the top of the site. The site includes information about civilian and trooper career opportunities and current openings.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol currently has more than 1,200 sworn members and more than 1,100 civilian employees in its nine troops around the state and at General Headquarters.