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The Missouri Safety Center provides the benefits of combining academic and professional programs with a training center, creating a hybrid unit dedicated to the safety and welfare of all citizens.

It draws together the expertise of organizations and professionals in a common effort to reduce deaths and injuries through education and awareness.

Activities include conferences, instruction, publications, public information, research and other special services.

Located on the campus of the University of Central Missouri (UCM), the Center is part of the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies.

The Center is staffed with professionals from a variety of safety related fields including transportation, education, public policy, law enforcement, and more. Partnerships are a key to the Center’s success and include federal, state, and local agencies, safety advocate groups, civic organizations, business, industry, and other professional organizations.


The Missouri Safety Center is proud to announce hitting a milestone! Since being established in 1967, and with the addition of all the good work in 2015 (57,055 people served by the MSC in some way), the MSC’s total number of customers/students served since being established is…2,086,252!

Missouri Safety Center Divisions

Transportation Safety

Driver Safety Education:

Utilizing the Center’s 14 acre Highway Safety Instructional Park including:
  • Beginner to advanced training for automobile drivers
  • School bus drivers
  • Commercial drivers
  • Beginner to advanced training for motorcyclists
  • Specialty vehicles including Dirtbikes and ATVs

Institute for Rural Emergency Management (IREM):

Established in June 2005, IREM meets a demonstrated need for technical assistance in rural communities by gathering the best practices from successful rural projects and developing guidelines and targeted information for distribution to elected officials and community leaders. In rural areas, human resources are often limited, so IREM provides supervised student interns and researchers to complete vital projects, implement new programs, and deliver training workshops and exercises.

Law Enforcement

Institute for Public Safety (IPS):

Established in July of 2011 to meet the service and training needs of Missouri’s public safety professionals, including law enforcement, corrections, firefighters, emergency medical services, and other public and corporate safety and security professions.

Central Missouri Police Academy (CMPA):

A 600-Hour basic law enforcement training academy developing well trained, competent graduates seeking a career in law enforcement.

Office of Highway and Traffic Safety Partnership:

The Center serves as a partner to the Highway and Traffic Safety Division of the Missouri Department of Transportation involved in a variety of traffic safety-related initiatives. With federal flow-through grant funds, averaging $1.5 million annually and a state trust fund, the Center administers the following programs:

  • Breath Alcohol Instrument Training and Testing Laboratory
  • Crash Investigation and Reconstruction Training
  • Driver Improvement Program
  • Drug Recognition and Standard Field Sobriety Testing State Coordination
  • Ignition Interlock Device Program
  • Missouri Motorcycle Safety Program
  • Observational Seat Belt Usage Surveys

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