Tennessee Highway Patrol Graduates 38 State Troopers

Tennessee Highway Patrol Graduates 38 State Troopers pic

December 07, 2023 

On Dec. 7, Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long and Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Matt Perry welcomed the newest graduating classes of Tennessee State Troopers. The department simultaneously instructed a regular 17-week trooper cadet class and an 11-week lateral trooper cadet class. The lateral class returned from their district assignments for the graduation ceremony that took place at Belmont University, 15th Avenue South, Nashville.

The 13 graduates of Trooper Cadet Class 1223 included eight cadets with prior military service, five cadets with bachelor’s degrees, and one cadet with a master’s degree. Cadet Class 1223 additionally hosted a blood drive with the American Red Cross and Blood Assurance. 

Lateral Trooper Cadet Class 1123 graduated 25 cadets composed of all prior Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified law enforcement officers from across Tennessee. Class 1123 included six cadets with associate degrees, two cadets with a bachelor’s degree, one cadet with a master’s degree, and eight cadets with prior military service. The lateral class brings a combined 161 years of prior law enforcement experience to the THP.

Commissioner Jeff Long served as the keynote speaker during the graduation ceremony and swore in the new troopers as they delivered their oaths of office.

“The Tennessee Highway Patrol is not only one of the premier law enforcement agencies in the state, but in the entire country,” said Commissioner Long. “As such we recruit the best of the best. During the past few months of rigorous physical and academic training through your hard work and perseverance, you’ve earned the right to be a Tennessee State Trooper. Congratulations and thank you for serving the people of our great state.”

“Joining any law enforcement agency makes you a part of something far bigger than yourself,” said Colonel Perry. “Today, you represent the Tennessee Highway Patrol while in uniform and out. You will be held to a higher standard – not only by the public but also by your peers and your leaders.” He spoke to the importance of their individual actions, stating, “You are not just part of a larger agency; you are a unique force capable of influencing positive change. During this holiday season, it is especially important to remind ourselves that service is at the heart of everything we do as Tennessee State Troopers.”

Trooper Kelsey Gray of class 1223 was named the top cadet for her class and was presented with the Trooper Calvin Jenks Memorial Award for Excellence for his leadership, work ethic, and academics. The award was named in honor of the late Trooper Calvin Jenks, who was killed in the line of duty in January 2007.   Line

Vermont State Police trooper Dives into Icy pond saving life of 8-year-old girl in Cambridge

Vermont State Police trooper Dives into Icy pond saving life of 8 year old girl in Cambridge pic

Jan 6, 2024

A Vermont State Police trooper is credited with saving the life of an eight-year-old girl in Cambridge eight days before Christmas, according to the Caledonian-Record. The incident had not been public knowledge until now.

Trooper Michelle Archer was patrolling in Cambridge on December 17 when two children fell through thin ice into a private pond off of Eastview Road. The landowner rescued one child before Trooper Archer could arrive.

Once Archer arrived, she grabbed a life preserver from her cruiser, dove into the pond and rescued the eight-year-old girl from the icy water. The girl has since been released from UVM Medical Center.

The newspaper reports that body camera video of the incident could be released for public view as soon as this coming week. Trooper Archer, and another trooper who provided the girl with first aid and carried her to an ambulance, have been recommended for a VSP lifesaving award.Line



January 5, 2024                           

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) welcomed more than 90 of California’s newest members of law enforcement during a graduation ceremony at the CHP Academy in West Sacramento.  Today’s ceremony is the culmination of more than six months of rigorous training, hard work, and commitment.

“During the past six months in the Academy, these men and women forged a foundation of dedication, discipline, and duty,” said CHP Commissioner Sean Duryee.  “Congratulations to the newest members of our CHP family.  They are not just officers – they are leaders who have chosen to serve and protect the communities that depend on them.”

At the CHP Academy, cadet training starts with nobility in policing, leadership, professionalism and ethics, and cultural diversity.  Cadets also receive instruction on mental illness response and crisis intervention techniques.  Training also includes vehicle patrol, crash investigation, first aid, and the apprehension of suspected violators, including those who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  In addition, cadets receive training in traffic control, report writing, recovery of stolen vehicles, assisting the motoring public, issuing citations, emergency scene management, and knowledge of various codes, including the California Vehicle Code, Penal Code, and Health and Safety Code.

The graduating class of 95 officers, including four women, report for duty on Jan. 15, 2024, to one of the CHP’s 103 Area offices throughout the state.  A new class of more than 100 cadets will begin their 26-weeks of training at the CHP Academy that same day, bringing the total number of cadets in training currently to more than 300.

In June 2022, the CHP launched a multi-year recruitment campaign to recruit and hire 1,000 officers.  If you are interested in an exciting career that offers diversity, challenges, and opportunities, the CHP invites you to apply to become a part of our professional organization.

The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide Safety, Service and Security.Line



Figure 1: The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency issued a reminder to motorists of the Move Over law after a trooper working at a crash scene was injured.

Figure 2: Nevada State Police and other law enforcement officers embrace in the parking lot after the body of a state trooper was taken into the Clark County Coroner's Office in Las Vegas, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023. Two troopers who were assisting a motorist early Thursday morning were hit by a vehicle and killed.

Figure 3: Florida Highway Patrol cruiser hit during traffic stop 1/1/2023.

Figure 4: New Hampshire State Police Cruiser hit by driver on icy highway while attending another accident.

Figure 5: NYC tow-truck driver fatally struck responding to disabled vehicle.


The “Move over Law” was enacted to help protect and reduce the frequency of “struck vehicles” injuries and fatal accidents on the shoulders of highways for all, law enforcement officers, first responders, construction workers, transportation workers, and tow truck drivers.

On November 29, 2023, the National Move Over Law Resolution Passed the U.S. Senate (S.Res.476). This Bipartisan effort was to support, promote, and raise awareness of current State laws designed to protect Federal and State agencies, nongovernmental organizations involved in traffic incidents. This resolution was inspired by the death of Corey Iodice, a Connecticut tow truck operator, who was struck and killed while assisting a driver in 2020.

A statistic, provided by Connecticut Senator Blumenthal, reports that on average a first responder, construction worker, or tow truck driver is struck and killed every 4.65 days while working on American Roadways, with 51 deaths in 2022 alone.

Unfortunately, many drivers are either not familiar with or do not pay attention to this law, and members of the organizations stated above are seriously injured or killed. Time and time again we are reminded of these tragedies on the news; it sometimes seems like a first responder and/or any member of the above category of workforce is fatally struck by a motor vehicle daily.

Here in Florida, the law expanded as of January 1, 2024. The Florida Move Over or Slow Down law now extends and includes all cars stalled or disabled with flashers on and carries fines ranging from $60.00 to $158.00.

Even though laws may vary from State to State, the general rule is when an emergency vehicle, construction workers, or tow truck drivers, etc. are using any visual signal and stopped or parked on or next to a roadway, drivers approaching should, if safely able, make a lane change into a lane not immediately adjacent to the emergency vehicle. If unable to safely change lanes, the oncoming drivers should slow down to a reasonable speed, accounting for weather, roadway and or traffic conditions.

The text of the Resolution is available hereLine

Maryland State Police Helicopter Crew Rescues Injured Person Who Fell Off Cliff In Frederick County

Maryland State Police Helicopter Crew Rescues Injured Person Who Fell Off Cliff In Frederick County pic

December 29, 2023

 Maryland State Police helicopter crew rescued an injured man who fell off a cliff behind a residence Thursday evening in Frederick County.

Around 10 p.m. yesterday, Maryland State Police Aviation Command (MSPAC) was requested to assist Frederick County Sheriff’s Office deputies with the extrication of an injured person who fell 30-40 feet off a sheer cliff behind a residence in Keymar, Maryland. Trooper 3, based at the Frederick Municipal Airport, responded to the scene.

While on the scene, deputies from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office rendered first aid to the victim, and advanced tactical rescue members safely and successfully extricated the victim from the steep creekside terrain onto a small landing at the base of the cliff. Based on the patient’s condition, terrain and the extended extrication time, Trooper 3 was requested to perform an aerial rescue of the victim.

Pilots maneuvered the Augusta AW-139 helicopter into a steady 80-foot hover above the terrain, while a state trooper/flight paramedic was lowered below. The trooper/paramedic obtained the report from fire/EMS personnel, assessed the victim, and secured him into a PEP (Patient Extraction Platform) bag. While maintaining its 80-foot hover, the crew of Trooper 3 safely hoisted the patient and the state trooper into the aircraft. Once in the aircraft, Trooper 3 transitioned into a medevac role and transported the patient to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment of his injuries.Line