The Hannibal-LaGrange University Criminal Justice Department will be hosting the director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Drew Juden, who will be speaking to its criminal justice students and local law enforcement agencies as part of our spring speaker series. This informational session will take place on Thursday, April 20, at 1 p.m. in the Page Dining Room of the Partee (Cafeteria) Center.
Charles A. (Drew) Juden was named director of the department of public safety by Gov. Eric Greitens on Jan. 2. Prior to this appointment, Juden was director of the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, where he served since 1978 and was one of the department’s first three public safety officers.
Prior to holding the position of director in Sikeston, Juden developed many courses in fire science and criminal justice; he is both a state and national level certified instructor. He was Sikeston’s first training officer. He also served as a squad sergeant and a shift commander in the police division. He has held the positions of fire and police division commander.
Under Juden’s leadership in 2011, the Sikeston Department of Public Safety was chosen as the pilot agency as the state of Missouri began to build its statewide interoperable communications system, known as MOSWIN. In that role, he worked closely with the Missouri Department of Public Safety to develop policies and implement the system that enables real-time, seamless, agency-to-agency and discipline-to-discipline interoperable communications.
Director Juden is a member of the State of Missouri Homeland Security Advisory Council. Previously, he served as a member of the board of directors of the SEMO Major Case Squad, SEMO Drug Task Force, and is the founding member of SEMO Bomb Team. He served as president of the Missouri Police Chiefs Association in 2015.
In 2008, Director Juden received the Missouri Police Chiefs Association’s Donald "Red" Loehr Outstanding Police Chief Award. He has received many awards locally, including Outstanding Young Law Enforcement Officer, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and Citizen of the Year.
The Missouri 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.