Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives. For a complete list of Show Me the Records, go to http://columbiamissourian.com/records.
The records: The Missouri State Highway Patrol Sex Offender Registry
Why you’d want them: This will help you stay informed about the potential sex offenders living in your area. Additionally, the Missouri State Highway Patrol requests help in finding information concerning absconders who have a non-compliant status or don't have a home address.
Where to get them: You can find this list on the Missouri State Highway patrol website, mshp.dps.mo.gov. Below the logo at the top of the page, click "sex offender registry." This will take you to a disclaimer. Clicking "I agree" will take you to the registry.
At the top of the page are absconders the police have requested help with. At the bottom of the page, there is a button that reads "View Entire Missouri Sex Offender Registry" if you would like to see the whole list.
How much it will cost: The information is free.