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January 11, 2018
EMPHASIS: Patrol Marks 25 Years Of Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Inc. recognized the Missouri State Highway Patrol recently according to Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Patrol. CALEA Regional Program Manager, North Central Timothy G. Baysinger visited with the Patrol's command staff and special guests. Mr. Baysinger, who is also a retired MSHP captain, shared a letter from the CALEA Executive Director W. Craig Hartley Jr. The letter applauded the Patrol's 25 consecutive years of accreditation and expressed his appreciation for the agency's voluntary support of the commission and its accreditation program. "This noteworthy anniversary is an achievement very few agencies have attained and exemplifies the agency as a progressive public safety leader," wrote Mr. Hartley.

The Patrol first began seeking accreditation in September 1990, under the direction of then Colonel C.E. "Mel" Fisher. Members of the Research and Development Division coordinated the effort and continue to oversee this responsibility. On November 11, 1992, the Patrol became the 10th state police/state patrol agency in the United States to be accredited by CALEA.

"The Patrol prides itself in providing the best possible service and protection to the citizens of Missouri," said Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. "Achieving accreditation eight times shows our commitment to the public and dedication to remaining one of the nation's premiere law enforcement agencies. CALEA's accreditation standards coupled with the Patrol's Core Values provide the framework for our success in achieving our mission to 'serve and protect all people by enforcing laws and providing services to ensure a safe and secure environment' in Missouri."