Violent Crime Support Unit
The Violent Crime Support Unit (VCSU) within the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) is available to assist Missouri criminal justice agencies during the investigation of serious violent crimes.
The VCSU began operation in August of 1995 as a result of the MSHP's continuing commitment to provide support services to law enforcement agencies across the state.
The VCSU provides three crucial services to local law enforcement agencies. These include Case Management Services, Case Reviews, and Professional Services.
Future plans of the VCSU include development of a statewide violent crime case comparison system.
The Violent Crime Support Unit was established as a resource to be utilized by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies in the investigation of violent crimes committed in the state of Missouri. The mission of the unit is to provide an array of investigative services such as case management services, unsolved violent crime case review, and professional service funds.
The services and resources utilized by the Violent Crime Support Unit will be provided at no cost to the requesting agency. This will allow agencies regardless of funding, access to a variety of investigative resources without budgetary concerns.
The goal of the Violent Crime Support Unit is to provide investigative resources to law enforcement agencies and prosecutors across the state of Missouri, hopefully assisting in the successful investigation and prosecutions of violent crimes.