Courtesy of Missouri Highway Patrol
Missouri State Highway Patrol
Historical Events 1931-2011
• 1933 — Troopers are in a shootout with the notorious Bonnie and Clyde in Platte City and later in Joplin.
• 1934 — The Bureau of Identification is established. Over 10,000 fingerprint records were on file by the end of the year. The Patrol remains the Central Repository for the state.
• 1942 — The Patrol assumes responsibility of operating Missouri’s weigh stations.
• 1946 — Troopers participated in escorting President Harry S. Truman and England’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill to Fulton, where Churchill delivered his famous “Iron Curtain” speech.
• 1948 — The Highway Patrol is placed in control of the Missouri Training School for Boys to restore order and investigate conditions at the school.
• 1952 — The Highway Patrol implements the newly created driver’s license examination program.
• 1954 — A riot breaks out at the Missouri State Penitentiary. Highway Patrol Troopers from across the state responded and quickly quelled the riot.
• 1965 — The Breathalyzer is first used to determine if a driver has been drinking alcohol. The Patrol continues to remove drunk drivers from our highways.
• 1969 — Over 200 troopers are called to Lincoln University twice during the month of May due to student disturbances.
• 1983 — The Division of Drug and Crime Control (DDCC) is established.
• 1984 — Approximately 60 officers provide security for the Olympic Torch as it travels through Troops E, C, F, and A.
• 1985 — The Highway Patrol hunted down David Tate, a member of the Aryan Nation, after Tate murdered Trooper Jimmie E. Linegar.
• 1992 — The Highway Patrol becomes the 10th state patrol/state police in the United States to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. The agency remains accredited today.
• 1998 — Troop C officers respond to a 98-vehicle crash. Troopers cite a high percentage of drivers wearing their seat belt as the reason there were no fatalities. More than 40 were injured, and the final report totaled 221 pages.
• 2004 — Highway Patrol criminal investigators rescue baby Victoria Jo and bring her home. She had been taken from her mother’s womb after Bobbie Jo was murdered.
• 2005 — The Highway Patrol sends a contingent to Mississippi to assist in recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina and to Louisiana after Hurricane Rita.
• 2008 — A new full-service Patrol Crime Laboratory opens in Springfield. This facility offers the same forensic services as the General Headquarters Lab, and has reduced the workload of the GHQ Lab by 30-40%, thus improving efficiency and case processing time for all law enforcement agencies throughout the state.
• 2011 — The Missouri Automated Criminal History Site is implemented. This service allows the public to request an open-records background check via the Internet. The response to an online record check request takes a matter of seconds, rather than the six to eight weeks previously required for written requests.
• 2011 — The Patrol activated a mobile reporting application which enables the officer to gather information more quickly and to create an electronic citation. A driver’s license is read electronically and the information placed into the fields of an electronic summons. The trooper then completes and prints the ticket.
• 2011 — Effective January 1, 2011, the Missouri State Water Patrol joined the Missouri State Highway Patrol as its Water Patrol Division.
Throughout its history, the Highway Patrol has responded to areas hit by tornados and floods to render aid and provide security.