University Police Force Reaches Milestone

August 29, 2012

Kenneth Kennedy
University Police Chief

robert kew pic JOPLIN, MO (SNS) – The Police Force at  Missouri Southern State University reached a major milestone  this week.

MSSU no longer has security guards.  Instead, all members of the University Police Force are sworn police officers.

“This step is in accordance with our attempt to continually improve the professionalism of the University Police Department,” said University Police Chief, Ken Kennedy.

“We believe fully trained, fully qualified police officers will offer better service to our students.”

Two new officers were sworn in on Monday, August 27 at MSSU.

Officer Robert Kew (pictured top right) graduated from the MSSU Police Academy in May 2010. 

Justin Keller pic He has worked at Missouri Southern for 2 1/2 years, starting in January 2010 as a dispatcher, moving to the position of security guard and, now, police officer.

Kew is a graduate of Carthage High School. He and his wife Andrea reside in Carthage.

Officer Justin Keller, Duenweg, (lower right) graduated from the MSSU Police Academy in 2000. 

He is a ten-year veteran of the Joplin Police Department. He was sworn in in the presence of his wife, Kimberly.

A total of seven officers now serve on the MSSU Police Force.