The Public Safety Division is involved in a wide range of criminal prosecutions at the investigation and trial level. The division’s special prosecution unit prosecutes or assists in the prosecution of cases throughout Missouri, many of them homicide cases, child sexual abuse and assault cases. At the end of calendar year 2015, the Public Safety Division had 420 active special prosecutions pending in 102 of Missouri’s 114 counties and the City of St. Louis. 

The workers’ compensation fraud and non-compliance unit prosecutes fraud or misconduct involving workers’ compensation.  

The sexually violent predator unit seeks the civil commitment of sexual predators who suffer from a mental abnormality making them more likely than not to commit additional predatory acts of sexual violence.

Division attorneys also defend the state in all habeas corpus actions filed by prison inmates in state and federal courts. Each year they litigate hundreds of federal habeas corpus actions in the federal district courts, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. The Division also litigates State habeas claims in Circuit Courts, the Missouri Court of Appeals, and the Missouri Supreme Court.