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TOPS & Roadside Safety

Law Enforcement Training: TOPS & Officer Roadside Safety
Sponsored/Hosted by the Missouri Safety Center

TOPS - Traffic Occupant Protection Strategies 8:00am to 12:00 noon

This 4 hour course is designed for officers and supervisors to increase understanding of how law enforcement officers save lives and prevent injuries by enforcing traffic laws.  The class will also discuss:

  • The toll traffic crashes have on the community
  • Occupant protection laws
  • Crash dynamics
  • Special risks to law enforcement
  • Effective methods of issuing citations
  • Effects of high visibility traffic enforcement on preventing and clearing other crimes

Officer Roadside Safety 1:00pm to 5:00pm

More officers are killed as a result of automobile accidents struck by vehicles and intentional vehicle assaults than any other method.

This 4 hour course will review and discuss the prevalence of officer accidents, traffic related accidents and deaths in recent history.  Various contributing factors will be discussed including fatigue, equipment, staffing and individual officer experience. 

This program will include specific recommendations on how to prevent and survive roadside incidents, including vehicle positioning, traffic stop recommendations, lane closure and traffic direction recommendations.

Both classes are POST Certified; 8 hours POST credit will be provided by the Missouri Safety Center. There is no charge for this training; the tuition is funded by Missouri Division of Highway Safety for all Missouri law enforcement officers. Arrangements for meals and lodging will be the student's responsibility. Because our classes have limited seating, and are filled on a first come first serve basis, we request 48 hours notice of cancellation. This may allow waiting list students to take the course. TO CANCEL a class hosted at the Missouri Safety Center, Warrensburg, MO, CALL: 660-543-4834 OR E-MAIL:


2014 Course Dates/Locations:





Contact #

Contact Email

Lebanon, MO


Lebanon Police Dept.

Kathy McGuire


St. Joseph, MO


St. Joseph Police Dept.

Sgt. John Olszowka


St. Louis, MO

8/7 &

St. Louis Co Police Academy

Academy Staff



St. Peters, MO


Eastern MO Police Academy

Fred Sobotka


Jefferson County Police Academy

7/1 & 10/21

Jefferson Co Police Academy

Jennifer Roux



For information on training in areas contact:

Art Amato
119 S. Church Street
Union, MO  63084
Cell Phone:  636-584-1792
Work Phone:  636-583-3700

Bill Sullivan
Law Enforcement Liaison, Region 7
Enforcement and Safety Services
On assignment at NHTSA