Lt. Les Thurston

Assistant Director, Information & Communications Technology Division

Missouri State Highway Patrol

Lieutenant Leslie (Les) Thurston is the Assistant Director of the Information & Communications Technology Division for the Missouri State Highway Patrol, headquartered in Jefferson City, Missouri. Thurston joined the Patrol on July 1, 1996, as a member of the 72nd Recruit Class.

After graduating from the Patrol's Law Enforcement Academy, he was assigned to Troop I, Zone 2, Phelps County. He was promoted to corporal in 2006. Thurston transferred to the Training Division, General Headquarters, in 2007. He was promoted to sergeant in 2009 and lieutenant in 2013.

Lieutenant Thurston grew up in Rolla, MO, and earned a bachelor's of science degree in criminal justice from Southeast Missouri State University.


March 30, 2016


Customer Spotlight: Missouri Highway Patrol Improves Multi-Agency Emergency Response

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) is one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the state of Missouri. In addition to being responsible for highway safety throughout the state, we often work in conjunction with other state, local, and federal agencies to respond to emergency situations, such as natural disasters or public safety incidents. […]