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Educational Programs Offered To The Public By The Patrol


Captain James E. Wilt, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, would like to remind citizens that the Missouri State Highway Patrol offers free safety presentations to the public.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol was created in 1931 with the purpose of promoting safety on the highways and saving lives. Keeping that important goal in mind, many specialized services are provided by the Patrol. Those services range from troopers enforcing Missouri traffic laws to criminal investigators who investigate serious crimes, including terrorism. Another specialized service provided is giving presentations to the public about safety, crime prevention, and other law enforcement-related topics.

Although local troopers assigned to road duty give some presentations, the public information and education officers assigned to each of the nine troop headquarters are mainly responsible for this duty. Public information and education officers are experienced troopers with insight in safety and crime-related issues. These officers make presentations at no cost to schools, civic clubs, youth and fraternal organizations, banks, church groups, trucking companies, emergency responder organizations, and others interested in safety, crime prevention, and the Patrol.

Some of the presentations provided by the Patrol include: traffic safety (seat belts, child restraint seats, driving while intoxicated, distracted driving, rail grade crossing safety, bicycle safety), bank robbery safety, stranger danger, bullying, response to an active shooter, church security, drugs, safety for women, Patrol history, and Patrol careers. Public information and education officers also provide demonstrations/exhibits which include: Patrol car displays, rollover simulator or seat belt convincer (which both demonstrate the importance of using a seat belt), and display tables.

If your group or organization would like to request a presentation or demonstration in the Troop B area, please contact Sergeant Brent Bernhardt at (660) 385-2132. Please remember to request the presentation at least six weeks prior to the presentation date.

The Patrol encourages motorists and watercraft operators to protect themselves by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint and everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket. Click It 4 Life and Wear It!!!

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