State Criminal Justice Profile


BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $11 million* in state and local funds to Missouri.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $4,240,880
Justice Assistance Grant Program—17 Local Awards $1,584,576
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $5,281,320

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Missouri Department of Public Safety 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program $4,240,880

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Boone County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Boone County and City of Columbia FY 2014 Byrne JAG Budget Assistance Project $46,236
City of Berkeley 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Computer-Aided Enhancements, Phase 3 $20,207
City of Cape Girardeau 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Emergency Response Units and Weapon Accessibility and Security $21,342
City of Jefferson 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Law Enforcement Equipment, Safety, and Training $20,469
City of Joplin 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG Equipment Project $39,074
City of Kansas City 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Greater Kansas City Crime Prevention Initiatives $555,213
City of Saint Charles 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Surveillance Equipment Initiative $11,122
City of Sedalia 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 See Me and Hear Me Project $11,646
City of Sikeston 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG Equipment Project $27,049
City of Springfield 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG Law Enforcement Equipment $123,161
City of St. Joseph 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Application $26,466
City of St. Louis 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 City of St. Louis Justice Assistance Program $519,139
City of St. Peters 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 St. Peters JAG FY 2014 Equipment Purchases $10,919
Jefferson County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Communications Enhancement $31,818
St. Charles County Government 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 2014 St. Charles County JAG Equipment Purchases $12,811
St. Louis County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 Edward Byrne Memorial JAG—St. Louis County $91,308
University City Police Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program $16,596

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Cole County 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 120-Day Diversion Treatment Court Program (Breaking the Cycle) $182,034
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. 06/01/2012 – 06/30/2017 Continuing National Outreach Programs to Provide Healing, Love, and Life Renewed to America’s Law Enforcement Surviving Families $3,000,000
Missouri 22nd Judicial Circuit, St. Louis City Drug Court 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Risk/Need Classification Project $200,000
Missouri Department of Public Safety 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Missouri FY 2014 John R. Justice Program $33,898
Missouri Department of Public Safety 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program $193,536
Missouri Department of Public Safety 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Reallocation $103,530
Missouri Office of State Courts Administrator 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Evidence-Based Evaluation Project $1,047,368
St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 You Only Live Once (YOLO) Youth Diversion—Tech Training $520,954

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 561

Sworn Officers: 14,400

City     County     Tribal     State*     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 90% of the 561 law enforcement agencies in Missouri have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 48% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.
Note: Detail may sum to less than 100% due to rounding.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 12 officers were feloniously killed (0 in 2013) and 18 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 2,291 officers were assaulted (4.60% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for Missouri:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 27,155 26,197 -3.5
Murder and Manslaughter 389 371 -4.6
Forcible Rape* 1,511 3,886 N/A
Robbery 5,782 5,484 -5.2
Aggravated Assault 19,473 18,055 -7.3
Property Crime 199,590 189,606 -5.0
Burglary 42,466 38,865 -8.5
Larceny-Theft 140,816 134,416 -4.5
Motor Vehicle Theft 16,308 16,325 0.1
*This state’s agencies submitted rape data according to the revised UCR definition of rape.

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (276,973) decreased 4.45% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests decreased 7.84% (9,234), and property-related arrests decreased 6.02% (40,261).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
Intermediate Appellate:    Court of Appeals
General Jurisdiction:    Circuit Court
Limited Jurisdiction:    Municipal Court


Prisoner Admissions: 18,983
Prisoner Releases: 18,790
Total Prisoners: 31,537

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 21

Source: Missouri Department of Corrections

Recidivism Rate*: 41.9%

Source: Missouri Sentencing Advisory Commission
*The first incarceration following the start of a new probation or a release from prison. The incarceration may be for a technical violation while on probation or parole or for a new sentence.

Top Offenses: Distribution/delivery/manufacture of a controlled substance, Robbery 1st degree, possession of a controlled substance (FY 2014)

Source: Missouri Department of Corrections

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC), a RISS Center, serves Missouri. There are 314 Missouri criminal justice agencies that are members of MOCIC.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

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In Missouri, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • Jackson County Drug Abatement Response Team (DART), a multijurisdictional initiative that provides comprehensive enforcement services to Jackson County, Missouri, residents in an effort to identify and shut down drug houses and street-level narcotics operations. DART provides an interagency mechanism through which residents throughout Jackson County’s 13 municipal jurisdictions can report illegal narcotics activity within their respective communities. DART personnel take information about suspected drug activity, primarily anonymously, and communicate it to the appropriate law enforcement agency for confirmation. Investigations are conducted, operations are shut down, and sellers are arrested and prosecuted. DART also coordinates property inspections for housing and fire code violations that often merit that properties be vacated until the violations are corrected and the properties are made inhabitable. In addition, DART engages otherwise uninformed property owners of drug activity in or near their facilities and works with them to eliminate whatever factors led to the drug activity. However, in certain circumstances when property owners fail to take corrective action, or in severe cases, drug properties are subject to expedited eviction, nuisance, and forfeiture actions. Finally, DART members attend various community meetings to engage the community in discussions related to criminal drug activity, its toll on the community, and actions they can take to help fight its effects.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

Missouri Department of Public Safety Lane Roberts, Director

Missouri At-A-Glance

Total Population: 6,044,171
Population Under 18: 1,397,685
Population Over 65: 907,777

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
Missouri State Highway Patrol Colonel J. Bret Johnson, Superintendent

Local Governments: 3,768
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 0
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Offices: Richard G. Callahan—Eastern District of Missouri, St. Louis Tammy Dickinson—Western District of Missouri, Kansas City Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Missouri Department of Public Safety Lane Roberts, Director

Drug Courts: 126
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center