1. The members of the patrol shall have the right and power of search and seizure
to take from any person under arrest or about to be arrested deadly or dangerous weapons
in the possession of such person, and to search and seize on a public highway of this
state, or off the public highways of this state as an incident to an arrest made following
a hot pursuit from a public highway.
2. When ordered to any county or municipality in this state by the governor because
of civil disorder, members of the patrol during that time may exercise all powers
of search and seizure in the same manner and to the same extent as any sheriff in
3. The members of the highway patrol may request that the prosecuting or circuit attorney
apply for, and members of the highway patrol may serve, search warrants anywhere within
the state of Missouri, provided the sheriff of the county in which the warrant is
to be served, or his designee, shall be notified upon application by the applicant
of the search warrant except for offenses pertaining to driving while intoxicated. The sheriff or his or her designee shall participate in serving the search warrant
except for offenses pertaining to driving while intoxicated and the investigation
of motor vehicle traffic accidents. Any designee of the sheriff shall be a deputy sheriff or other person certified
as a peace officer under chapter 590. The sheriff shall always have a designee available.
4. The superintendent of the highway patrol shall see that every member of the highway
patrol is thoroughly instructed in the powers of police officers to arrest for misdemeanors
and felonies and to search and seize in order that no person or citizen traveling
in this state shall be hindered, stopped, or arrested or his person or property searched
or seized without constitutional grounds existing therefor.
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