The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune from Chillicothe, Missouri on July 3, 1980 · Page 4
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The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune from Chillicothe, Missouri · Page 4

Chillicothe, Missouri
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Thursday, July 3, 1980
Page 4
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I*APE 4--CMILLICOTHE, MISSOURI--44*01 CHILLICOTHE CONSTITUTION-TRIBUNE, THURSDAY, JULY 3,If* Emphasis is on quickness on firing range TVcu? Troop H headquarters Computerized information storage.... "We're sure proud of this," said Capt. Fred H. Roam, commanding officer of Troop H of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, of the troop's new headquarters building at St. Joseph. "As far as I'm concerned, it's the best in the state." Captain Roam and Lt. Ben Patchen, zone sergeant at Chillicothe until his promotion and transfer to the 15-county Troop H headquarters, greeted Publisher Chuck Haney and Bill Plummer of The Constitution-Tribune on a tour of the new building that the Chillicotheans had requested. They'd heard much about the headquarters, four times the size of the old troop building occupied from 1948 until last year,.and wanted to see it. Roam said the design was like no other patrol headquarters in the state. In a building one-fourth the size, you could see why the old was overcrowded. Lieutenant Patchen said Troop H, which covers northwest Missouri to the tier of counties from Livingston north to the Iowa state line, has 75 commissioned officers, plus support personnel of three civilian motor vehicle staff, 28 weight inspectors and nine driver's license examiners. Radio communica-' tions is staffed by licensed communicators. Captain Roam s a i d the 17,400-square-f oot building cost $1,044,800. It is on the same state property at the north end of the Belt highway that the old structure occupied. The old building has been torn down. The headquarters is a long brick building with wings north and south off a spacious lobby staffed by uniformed troopers like Sgt. Dean Green. Radio communications, administrative offices, the main business office--"where the work is done," said Captain Roam--and a small lunch room presided over by Housekeeper Mary Tompkins, a 21-year employee of the patrol. The south wing has the motor vehicle Inspection and commercial motor vehicle enforcement teams, the polygraph room, offices and a serology laboratory. The basement has a spacious meeting room, radio transmitting gear, and a firing range. Before the new building, the range was outdoors and troopers fired into the side of a hill. Whenever the weather was bad, said Range Officer Sgt. Corky Cundiff, there was no firing practice. The building has its own vehicle repair garage with fulltime mechanical help. A separate building houses a state patrol satellite laboratory. David Nan- neman, lab director, and Chemist James Crippin perform such services as drug, arson, blood, urine, and trace analyses. They also do serology. The new headquarters is quite a professional setup and it's run by professionals. It's quite a change from the early days when the troop had to work out of the Missouri Highway Department office across the road in the early 1940s. V* Capt. Fred Roam Commanding officer Constitution- Tribune photos I I Reception desk at main entrance Interrogator Sgt. Jim Shirley Complete laboratory Chemist James Crippin Calling up a license from California.... Lt. Ben Patchen and Communicator Odis Younger in communications room Mdhi entrance

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