The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Inc. recently recognized the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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 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  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.

Courtesy of MSHP