I did notice some statements which are missing information or are incorrect in your Our View editorial
In your Our View editorial from Friday March 19, 2010, I did notice some statements which are missing information or are incorrect. Please allow me to clarify.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol administrative officers are required to patrol or as we refer to it, Supplemental Road Duty, two days each month as well as all major traveled holidays especially the peak travel days of those busy holiday weekends.
This includes the Lake of the Ozarks area as well as many other areas around the state. The Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) campaigns and the 10 mile Trooper Operations we conduct over the holiday periods are staffed by road officers and administrative officers.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers can and do accumulate overtime, which they are compensated for in off-duty time known as compensatory time.
Zone supervisors are very diligent in watching each troopers comp. time to keep it to a minimum, by allowing time off in full days, and/or time at the beginning and end of shifts, while still allowing for maximum coverage of their designated zone.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has been responding to disasters since our inception in 1931. Some of our most recent responses include the Floods of 2008 and the Southeast Missouri ice storm of 2009. We have photos available of our response upon request.
Through history the Missouri State Highway Patrol has always responded to the call for assistance. Our history through 2006 can be viewed at www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/AboutThePatrol/History/history.html.
The updated history, which will include the most recent five years, is currently being written and will be available next year for the Patrol's 80th Anniversary. We also provide troopers to staff the State Emergency Operation Center at SEMA when the State EOC is activated due to a disaster or critical situation.
On the question of search warrants. Under current law, Chapter 43.200, paragraph 3 states; The members of the highway patrol may request that the prosecuting or circuit attorney apply for, and members of the highway patrol may serve, search warrants anywhere within the state of Missouri, provided the sheriff of the county in which the warrant is to be served, or his designee, shall be notified upon application by the applicant of the search warrant except for offenses pertaining to driving while intoxicated.
The sheriff or his or her designee shall participate in serving the search warrant except for offenses pertaining to driving while intoxicated and the investigation of motor vehicle traffic accidents. Any designee of the sheriff shall be a deputy sheriff or other person certified as a peace officer under chapter 590, RSMo. The sheriff shall always have a designee available.
Thank you for allowing me to clarify some of the questions or statements in your article.
Captain Tim Hull, Director
Public Information and Education Division, Missouri State Highway Patrol