54 Troopers Graduate, Prepare to Serve Michigan Residents

54 Troopers Graduate Prepare to Serve Michigan Residents pic

June 07, 2024

Michigan communities will soon benefit from the addition of 54 state troopers who graduated this afternoon from the 145th Trooper Recruit School.During the ceremony in Lansing, Col. James F. Grady II, director of the Michigan State Police (MSP), administered the Oath of Office to the graduates who begin their assignments at MSP posts across the state next week.The 145th Trooper Recruit School began on Sunday, January 21 at the MSP Training Academy in Lansing. Recruits received training in patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, cultural diversity and implicit bias, decision making, leadership, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing, firearms, water safety, defensive tactics and precision driving. 

Tpr. Phillip Craven was elected class orator by his fellow recruits and spoke on behalf of the graduating class at their ceremony. Recognized during the ceremony was Tpr. Peyton Workman who received the Outstanding Performance Award, Tpr. Anastasia Mohler who received the Team Building Award, Tpr. Xzavia Price who received the Physical Fitness Award, Tpr. Kyleigh Huttenga who received the Academic Achievement Award and Tpr. Dakotah Spidle who received the Marksmanship Award.“It is an honor to welcome and congratulate our newest troopers. Earning your badge is a direct result of determination, resilience and hard work,” said Col. James F. Grady II, director of the MSP. “This job will not be easy, but it will be rewarding. I’m confident the work our new troopers will do, will help to raise the standards of policing.”Of the 54 troopers, 10 are former cadets making up the largest group of cadets turned troopers to date. The cadet program was built to serve as a pipeline to recruit school, to get young adults familiar with the MSP and the policing profession and to support them through the process.

Memorial ride, fundraiser to be held in honor of fallen Pennsylvania state trooper

Memorial ride fundraiser to be held in honor of fallen Pennsylvania state trooper pic

Jun 10, 2024

A memorial ride will be held later this month in honor of a state trooper killed in the line of duty a year ago next Monday.

Supporting Our Heroes of Central PA is hosting the ride in honor of Trooper Jacques F. Rougeau on June 23.

Rougeau was killed in the line of duty on June 17, 2023, in Walker Township, Juniata County.

That is where the ride will begin, organizers said, near Harshbargers. It will end at the Port Royal Lions Club in Port Royal, about 50 miles.

Any vehicle, be it a bike, car, or fire truck, can participate at a cost of $20 per vehicle.

A basket raffle will be held at the Lions Club, and T-shirts will also be sold.

All proceeds go to the Mifflin/Juniata Scholarship Fund, in honor of Trooper Rougeau.Line

Virginia State Trooper struck during DUI stop after another impaired driver slams into patrol vehicle

Virginia State Trooper struck during DUI stop after another impaired driver slams into patrol vehicle pic

June 13, 2024

Virginia state trooper is recovering after an impaired driver hit her patrol vehicle while she was stopped with another motorist for allegedly driving under the influence.

Virginia State Police said Trooper C. Aziz responded to a sedan stopped in the northbound lane of Interstate 495 in Fairfax County at around 3 a.m. on Tuesday. 

The driver of the sedan was still inside the vehicle and refusing to cooperate with the trooper's requests to exit or move the car to safer location, state police said.

While Aziz was dealing with the sedan driver, a Jeep Cherokee struck a tractor-trailer that was stopped in a travel lane because of where the sedan had stopped.

The Jeep hit the tractor-trailer so hard that it spun around and struck the trooper's patrol car, which caused the patrol vehicle to hit the sedan that was pulled over and the trooper, who was standing outside the sedan's driver-side door.

Luckily, Trooper Aziz only seemed to have suffered minor injuries, but was taken to Fairfax INOVA Hospital to be evaluated. Line

American Association of State Troopers Awards NYSP Trooper Richard W. Albert 2024’s Trooper of the Year

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June 6, 2024

New York State Police Trooper Richard W. Albert was presented the AAST Trooper of the Year award by AAST Executive Director John Bagnardi this past Friday, June 6, 2024. NYSP Trooper Albert was selected by the AAST Trooper of the Year Committee from 38 nominees by 27 different state police agencies. This is the 17th year AAST has presented the award.

NYSP Trooper Albert was selected based on his heroic actions, courage, and his commitment to ensure the public’s safety all while under almost consent gunfire which took place on June 16, 2023.

In addition to AAST’s recognition of Trooper Albert’s bravery both SIG SAUER AND HENRY USA acknowledged his dedication with special awards.

Senior Director of Law Enforcement Sales from SIG SAUER, Matt Farkas (Ret. NJSP) along with AAST NY State Director Mike Doney, presented Trooper Albert with an engraved handgun with the NYSP seal and notation of 2024 AAST Trooper of the Year. SIG SAUER is a Marquee Sponsor of AAST’s Trooper of the Year.

Additionally, Executive Director Bagnardi, on behalf of Henry USA, presented NYSP Trooper Albert a Henry Law Enforcement Special Edition Rifle to commemorate his selection of AAST Trooper of the YearLine

Tennessee Trooper Grant Gouldie’s Fight Against Cancer

Tennessee Trooper Grant Gouldies Fight Against Cancer

Before being accepted and joining the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Trooper Gouldie started his career with the Knox Co Sheriff’s Office where he served the citizens of Knox County for 2 years. He then served the citizens of Oak Ridge with the Oak Ridge Police Department for 4 years before transitioning to the Clinton Police Department for a year. Trooper Gouldie has 15 years of experience serving East Tennessee.

Grant is a trooper at the Tennessee Highway Patrol and has worked daily to serve and protect his community. Tom King wrote a profile of Trooper Gouldie in 2022 and described him as “passionate about most everything”. Throughout the profile interview it was clear that Gouldie’s pride for THP was heartfelt and is quoted describing THP as the “Cream of the Crop”. Gouldie’s love for law enforcement especially the THP shows through in his commitment to high standards, values and character. Gouldie is quoted as saying “To be at the THP is about as high of an honor as you can have. Who we are as people is a big part of what we do – our values and our character – and why we are troopers.”

Away from THP Grant’s priority was his family- his wife Amanda and his 3 children. Grant stated that he tries to instill the values he has in his kids and puts the same effort into his family as he does on the job.  

Grant Gouldie has recently been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. Since the diagnosis he endured 13 weeks of intense chemotherapy. Sadly, the chemotherapy was ineffective, and the tumor has grown,
Grant, however, has been accepted to MD Anderson Hospital in Texas where he is seeking a second opinion and possible alternative treatments.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist the Gouldie family with the heavy financial burden for any who can donate. If you are unable to donate the family only asks for prayers for the family during this “hard time”.

Click link below

https://gofund.me/53abab6e

Additionally, a Car Show and Tribute Ride fundraiser is being hosted at Halls High School on July 13, 2024. See link below for details.

https://www.easttnmini.net/event-details/the-thp-trooper-grant-gouldie-benefit-car-show-and-tribute-rideLine