The Department of Public Safety comprises eight different agencies (including two commissions) and six separate programs all committed to ensuring the safety of the citizens of Missouri. Additionally, the Office of the Director administers the Homeland Security Program and state and federal funds in grants for juvenile justice, victims’ assistance, law enforcement and narcotics control.

Other programs in the Director’s Office provide support services and resources to assist local law enforcement agencies and to provide training criteria and licensing for law enforcement officers.

Colonel Sandra Karstan

Sandy Karsten,
Director

Sandy Karsten was named Director of the Department of Public Safety on Aug. 27, 2018.
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Senior Staff

Sandy Karsten, Director
Kenny Jones, Deputy Director
Tracy McGinnis, Director of Administrative, Fiscal and Legal Services
Kylie Dickneite, Homeland Security Director
Nathan Weinert, General Counsel
Mike O'Connell, Communications Director
Courtney Kawelaske, Legislative Director