Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announced the creation of the Office of Community Engagement and Outreach within the Patrol.

Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announced the creation of the Office of Community Engagement and Outreach within the Patrol. Effective June 1, the office will be established and placed under the direction of Assistant Superintendent Eric T. Olson. The office will be in the Wainwright Office Building in St. Louis.

Captain Ronald S. Johnson has been designated as director of the Office of Community Engagement and Outreach. The new office will focus on cultivating and enhancing partnerships with Missourians, community groups, and organizations across the state that may not frequently interact with the Patrol. Johnson will engage community members and professionals to develop solutions to challenging social issues and will assist in connecting community members with resources. 

Johnson has distinguished himself as a national expert in cultivating community relations with law enforcement. He is frequently asked to present on best practices for community engagement and outreach, and he has spent many years teaching and mentoring various groups across the country on relationship building.

“Captain Johnson's skills and abilities in creating impactful partnerships make him a tremendous asset,” said Karsten. “A highly sought after expert in this area, we are excited for what he will accomplish as the founding director of this new office.”

“While the Patrol enjoys great relationships with those we serve, there is always more work to be done across Missouri. Captain Johnson will work to foster relationships based on mutual respect and trust,” said Karsten. “The Office of Community Engagement and Outreach will work with a wide variety of stakeholders, including churches, schools, civic organizations, and other groups to create opportunities for open dialogue and engaged communities.” 

“The Office of Community Engagement and Outreach will be an unprecedented and outstanding opportunity for our state,” said Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden. “The office will serve as a national model for fostering relationships based on trust and respect within communities throughout the state.”