State Police -vs- City Police

For Tuesdayâ??s Facebook Story of the day many of you wanted to know what exactly the jurisdiction is for Missouri State Highway Patrol and if they can operate within city limits.

The purpose of the highway patrol is to enforce laws on the highways. The definition of a highway in the state of Missouri is any public thorough-fare. This means that patrol can enforce a law on any public roadway.

â??Back in 1931 the Missouri State Highway Patrol was created to promote safety on our highways and although our primary purpose is to enforce the laws on the highways of the state of Missouri, we do have statutory authority to investigate crimes or make an arrest anywhere in the state of Missouri. Primarily when you have municipalities or counties, a lot of times the municipality police department, city police department, do handle the traffic enforcements, do investigate traffic crashes, or criminal investigations that occur within the city limits. Whenever we are called upon to investigate a crime or whenever we observe a crime taking place in our presence we do act on that and do make arrest within those city limits,â?? said Sgt. Brent Bernhardt with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Sgt. Bernhardt says that the Missouri State Highway Patrol and local police departments have the same objective, to keep people safe. Working hand and hand when situations arise is a big part of that.

Missouri State Troopers only have the right to enforce state laws. They do not have the authority to enforce municipality, city, or county ordinances.