AAST 2023 Annual Appeal

Every year the Association reaches out to its members to ask for their help in supporting its Scholarship Foundation. As you see in the letter below, last year’s donations made it possible for the Foundation to fund over $80,000 in scholarships to its members dependents. If you would like to be a part of helping us fund these well deserved scholarships next year, please call the office at (800) 765-5456, send in a donation using the address below or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a call back number.

Thank you in advance for your support, and have a

Happy Thanksgiving! 

 

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New Hampshire State Police collect Toys for Tots

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HOOKSETT, N.H. — New Hampshire State Police collected toys Saturday for Toys for Tots.

Troopers collected toys at Bass Pro Shops in Hooksett from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Two officers greeted customers and received donations that will go to the Marine Corps Reserve Foundation in Londonderry.

Sgt. Megan Walsh said it made for a busy day but was all worth it to give back.

"It's really wonderful at these events to see how many members of the community are willing to come out and help and take from their own pocket to give to those in need," Walsh said. "It's really refreshing and it's very nice to be a part of."

She said she hopes every child gets a toy this year.

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When purchasing the 2023 Cruiser Calendar you will be supporting the American Association of State Trooper Foundation. 100% of  the proceeds go directly towards the AAST Foundation which provides college scholarships to dependents of AAST members across the county. To date AAST has awarded over 3 million scholarships to more than 4,000 students.

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Troopers graduate from Michigan State Police 142nd Trooper Recruit School

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November 10, 2022

A total of 59 troopers graduated from the 142nd Trooper Recruit School Thursday morning. 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer acted as keynote speaker and Col. Joe Gasper, director of Michigan State Police (MSP), administered the Oath of Office to 59 individuals who will begin their assignments at MSP posts across the state next week.

"The Michigan State Police is one of the nation's premier law enforcement agencies, and I am so proud of the 59 Michiganders in the 142nd Trooper Recruit School for joining their ranks," Whitmer said. "As a former prosecutor, public safety will always be a core issue for me, and I will work with anyone to bring down crime and build up our communities. I am so grateful to the sacrifices our law enforcement officers make every day to keep us safe. Together, let's keep families safe as they go to work, drop their kids off at school, or run errands in their neighborhood."

The 142nd Trooper Recruit School started last June with 85 prospective troopers. 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. 

Trooper Matthew Patercsak was elected Class Orator by his fellow recruits and spoke on behalf of the graduating class at their ceremony; Trooper Kevin Brown received the Outstanding Performance, Physical Fitness and Marksmanship awards; Trooper Shiloh LaButte who received the Team Building Award; and Trooper Gavin Lamarche who received the Academic Achievement Award.

"We welcome our 59 newest troopers with the confidence that they will continue our tradition of service," Gasper said. "The standard we subscribe to as members of the Michigan State Police is to treat all those you encounter with dignity and respect, always. These newest troopers represent not only the future of the MSP, but the future of policing, and I'm confident the work they will do day-in and day-out will help to raise the standards of our industry."

About 1,192 troopers, including the 59 newest members, are assigned statewide with a total of 1,888 enlisted members.Line

Texas DPS dedicates new highway sign in Memoriam of Trooper Chad Walker

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A Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Aircraft and Highway Memorial sign was dedicated in honor of Trooper Chad Walker on Tuesday, Nov. 8.2022

Walker died in the line of duty in 2021. Walker’s family, DPS Director Steven McCraw, fellow Troopers, area law enforcement, and state and local officials attended the ceremony at the Groesbeck Convention Center in Groesbeck.

Walker, 38, died on March 31, 2021, a few days after he was shot while stopping to assist a driver on FM-2838 near U.S. 84 in Limestone County. Walker, who joined DPS in 2015, was stationed in Groesbeck at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife and four children.

“Trooper Walker is a hero,” stated DPS representatives, “He's a hero to his family, his friends, his community, and his DPS family. His selfless sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

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2 FHP K-9s named ‘Top Dog’ winners during K9s United Law Enforcement Competition

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November 13, 2022

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – On Sunday, K9 teams from across the state came to Jacksonville to see who really was “Top Dog.”

K9s United hosted its inaugural Law Enforcement K-9 Competition from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Bishop Kenny High School Athletic Complex.

The competition showcased the remarkable skills of the police dogs and simulated situations they encounter in the field, including a timed obstacle course, vehicle bailouts, car window jumps, tunnel crawls, wall jumps and an apprehension obstacle.

Participating Florida K-9 teams included the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Highway Patrol’s Jacksonville, Orlando and Ocoee departments.

The three “Top Dog” winners crowned in the following categories were:

Obstacle course: Konner Achors and K-9 Ace, Florida Highway Patrol

Fastest: Geoffrey Pubillones and K-9 Rico, Florida Highway Patrol

Hardest Hitting: Ashton Boyster and K-9 Kenzo, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office

All proceeds from the event will go towards K9s United to help provide First Coast K-9 teams with the vital training, lifesaving equipment and crucial legislation they need to serve on the front lines.Line

LSP graduates 23 new troopers

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NOVEMBER 6, 2022

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - This morning, Louisiana State Police conducted the historical graduation of Cadet Class 101, the first LSP Cadet Class to be exclusively comprised of prior law enforcement officers from around the state. The Louisiana State Police Training Academy hosted the graduation ceremony where 23 individuals completed their dedicated journey to become Louisiana State Troopers.

On July 31, 2022, 28 cadets from across the state began an accelerated 14-week advanced training program to expand upon their foundation of basic law enforcement certifications. Throughout the academy, cadets received training in various subjects including crash investigation, emergency vehicle operations, impaired driving detection, fair and impartial policing, legal aspects and constitutional updates, advanced firearms, and leadership skills in addition to a rigorous physical training regimen. Surrounded by family, friends, and fellow troopers, 23 of those cadets achieved their goal this morning and received the distinguished badge of the Louisiana State Police. Having successfully completed the LSP Training Academy, the newly graduated Troopers will deploy across the state, where they will participate in a 10-14 week field-training program while supervised by a veteran Louisiana State Trooper.

Troop A – Baton Rouge

Grant Auzenne

Tenekia Kemp

Troop B – Kenner

Cory Castin

Amber Chopin-Smith

C.J. Seruntine

Troop C – Gray

Aric Mackay

Henry Perez

Austin Travis

Troop D – Lake Charles

Jesse Jordan

Matthew Verheyden

Troop E – Alexandria  

Silas Axsom

James Glenn II

Terry Johnson

Dwayne Rice Jr.

Troop F – Monroe

Arthur Bradshaw

Chason Carroll

Troop G – Bossier City

Trent Perritt

Eddie Thomas Jr.

John Wynn

Troop I – Lafayette

Dustin Lavergne

Tyler Scott

Troop L – Mandeville

James Harper

Todd Henry Jr.Line

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Captain Maurice Hughes promoted to Colonel of the Alaska State Troopers

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September 2022

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Within the Department of Public Safety a historic promotion has been made.

On Wednesday, August 31, the State of Alaska announced Captain Maurice “Mo” Hughes was promoted to Colonel of the Alaska State Troopers. Colonel Hughes, a veteran of the Coast Guard, has served Alaskans as a State Trooper for 32 years. 

A graduate of the FBI National Academy, Colonel Hughes is a certified police instructor in Alaska and holds an advanced police certificate. 

Since 2016, he has served the Kenai Peninsula and southeast Alaska as the AST Commander of Detachment E. During his state service, he has supervised Western Alaska State Troopers, worked in the recruitment unit, and managed Court Service Officers in the Anchorage area. Additionally, Colonel Hughes has been a firearms instructor, a K9 handler and a member of the Tracking Team.

“I’ve kind of traveled around during my time in the Coast Guard, ended up wanting to come to Alaska,” Hughes said. “Got here, never wanted to leave, so I’ve been here since then.”

This is a historic promotion for the Alaska Division of Public Safety, making Maurice Hughes the first African American Colonel in the department. “I think it speaks volumes to the department,” Hughes said. “I think it speaks volumes to the diversity within the department and I’m proud to be here.”

Being the first African American Alaska State Trooper Colonel, it’s an honor and I am humbled at the appointment,” added Hughes.

In a statement, Hughes called it “the honor of a lifetime to serve Alaskans”. Hughes stated he is looking forward to addressing important issues.  He continued saying “I’m working with (the command staff) from a different perspective now, but I’d like to get in, see how things are going, see what I can help with.”

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First responders 'Light 'Em Up' to show support for South Carolina trooper hit by car

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GREENVILLE, S.C. —

First responder agencies from across the Upstate joined together to honor a South Carolina trooper who was hit by a car during a traffic stop last month.

The "Light 'Em Up" event honored South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Devin Kugler.

Kugler has been at Greenville Memorial Hospital since mid-October, after being hit by a car during a traffic stop.

Kugler's recovery continues, but his extended family of first responders wants him to know that he's cared for.

"It's really, really great to see our local communities step in and really do something together," said Sgt. Joel Hovis.

Stylialos Katsamperis, an owner of Big Clock in Berea, is paying it forward, donating 5% of his restaurant's sales to Kugler's family through the end of November.

"I knew him personally," Katsamperis said. "He's a great guy, and also I always want to help as much as we can and show our support for this community."

That support is helping his wife Mandie, who is expecting their sixth child, to get through this tough time.

"The community and your selfless contributions have left to let us navigate through this stressful scenario with the most amount of peace I have ever felt," she said. In addition, she shared that he started rehabilitation Tuesday after seven surgeries; a positive step forward in his long road to recovery.Line

Move Over' law: Trooper explains what many drivers miss about Wisconsin Act 115

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According to AAA Wisconsin, there were nearly 2,400 crashes involving emergency vehicles in Wisconsin between 2017 and 2021.

While enforcing the speed limit or helping a motorist, Trooper Knowlton says drivers should move over or slow down for emergency vehicles. It's the law here in Wisconsin.

"When people tell you they slowed down to 60-65 when the speed limit is 70, that's not really slowing down. Slow down, give me 4 or 5 seconds to try to make my job as safe as possible," said Trooper Knowlton.

On Monday, many of the drivers gave the trooper space during a traffic stop or when helping a driver, but that's not always the case.

According to AAA Wisconsin, there were nearly 2,400 crashes involving emergency vehicles in Wisconsin between 2017 and 2021. Roughly 735 people were hurt and five have been killed. Trooper Knowlton was also hit while in his vehicle on the side of the road back in 2017.

I had a good idea I was going to get hit, they struck my Explorer going 60 miles per hour," said Trooper Knowlton.

In addition to the "Move Over" law, to make work zones safer for emergency responders and construction crews, in 2021, Wisconsin Act 115, a state law went into effect that bans cell phone use in an emergency response area, doubles fines for certain violations that lead to injury in an emergency response area, and protects workers in construction, maintenance, and utility work areas. Trooper Knowlton says behind every uniform is a person wanting to get home to their family at the end of the day.

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FLHSMV, FHP launch annual “Stuff the Charger” food drive

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) and its division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), announced the start of the annual “Stuff the Charger” food drive – a statewide effort to support Floridians who could use a little extra help this holiday season. Today through November 30, the department is collecting non-perishable food donations for food banks across the state.

“Each year, I am humbled by the amount of generosity and kindness shown by all who support our annual ‘Stuff the Charger’ food drive,” said FLHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “Last year, FLHSMV collected more than 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food items and delivered them to food banks across Florida to help those in need in our communities. We are proud to continue this tradition to make a meaningful impact in the lives of our fellow Floridians.”

“Help your fellow Floridian enjoy a meal this holiday season. Make a difference in your community by donating to our annual ‘Stuff the Charger’ food drive,” said Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Hurricane Ian devastated southwest Florida, and with your help, we can provide those in need with critical food donations.”

The department is partnering with a network of local organizations whose mission is to deliver much-needed food and educate the community in the fight against hunger. The department’s goal is to conduct a successful food drive to make a meaningful impact in the lives of Florida’s families.

The following items are needed:

Canned Goods: canned meats, vegetables, fruits, and soup

Dried Goods: stuffing, boxed potatoes, rice, cornbread mix, grits, cereal, and oatmeal

Other Goods: nuts, peanut butter, evaporated milk, bottled water, and broth

Individuals wishing to donate food can take their contributions to any local FHP Station, or contact a FHP Public Affairs Officer in their area for more information. FHP will be hosting events and accepting non-perishable food donations at each troop headquarters across the state including FLHSMV General Headquarters in Tallahassee.Line

TROOPERS WRAP-UP SEASON OF FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

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October 28, 2022

Lincoln, NEB

As the NSAA high school football playoffs get underway for all classes, Nebraska State Troopers are closing out another season of sharing safety messages under the Friday night lights.

“Friday Night Lights” is part of NSP’s community service effort, which includes troopers throughout the entire state. Troopers give public safety presentations in many venues throughout the year, including school programs and community events. Those efforts are made possible thanks in part to grant funding from the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office.

Troopers utilize demonstration tools such as the NSP Persuader, Seat Belt Convincer, and Rollover Simulator in safety programs. Troopers also discuss the dangers of distracted driving, impaired driving, and other general safety topics.

To request a public safety demonstration, contact your local Nebraska State Patrol Troop Area Headquarters. Contact information can be found on the NSP website.Line

Rangers, Troopers hold ninth annual reunion in Liberty County

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October 26, 2022

A reunion of Texas Rangers and state troopers brought the past and present together on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office gun range in Cleveland. This year marks the ninth year that this illustrious group of law personnel has gathered for the reunion, which has affectionately become known as the Ol’ Farts Fish Fry and Retiree Shoot.

Organized in recent years by Texas Ranger Brandon Bess, assigned to Liberty County and the Texas Rangers’ unsolved crimes investigation program, retired Pct. 6 Constable Royce Wheeler (who now manages the range for the sheriff’s office, and a host of other volunteers, the annual reunion was founded in 2013 by Capt. Dan North and Lt. Kevin Pullen of the Texas Rangers, and Constable Wheeler. Since that time, the reunion has been held every year except for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s important to get everyone together. The brotherhood we share in law enforcement is unlike any other profession, in my opinion,” said Bess. “When you work with someone for 5-6 days a week, they become an extension of your family. When you retire, you don’t get to see them any more. We know the retired guys miss it. When they come to the reunion, they get to visit with the new highway patrol troopers and Rangers, and their old friends. It’s important for them to know they are still a big part of our family.”

Over the last decade, the reunion in Cleveland has grown significantly. This year more than 300 retired and current state troopers and Rangers, along with law enforcement personnel from other agencies and honored guests, attended the event, making it the highest-attended gathering so far. Bess said attendance appears to grow every year as more retired personnel learn about the event through their peers in law enforcement.

During the luncheon, retired DPS Lt. Jim Fife was honored for his 55 years of service to the agency. The award was presented by Major Grover “Frank” Huff of Company A, who previously was assigned to Liberty County and still lives in the area, and Texas Rangers Chief Jason Taylor.

A retired trooper who set the standard for drug interdiction was among the guests at the luncheon. Ben Lamar “Butch” Bean, a native of Dayton, spent 28 years patrolling Texas highways before being elected as Chambers County Pct. 4 constable, a position he has held for the last 16 years.

Bean’s exceptional work in drug interdiction for Texas DPS earned him three director citations over the course of his career, a distinction that puts him in an elite group of law enforcement personnel.

“I don’t know if there are even five members of the department who have three director citations. It’s a very prestigious award from the DPS colonel for exceptional work, and Butch has three of them,” Bess said. “He made super good cases and is excellent in testifying in court cases. He is the guy that, when he was in court, the younger troopers would go watch him testify just to learn how to do it right.”

Bean’s largest drug interdiction case, at least the one he can remember most vividly, involved a tractor-trailer carrying thousands of pounds of marijuana. Drug cases have changed over the years as the drug of choice has migrated from marijuana, cocaine and amphetamines, to harder substances like fentanyl and opioids.

Bean comes from a law enforcement family. His father is the late Dayton Police Chief Buddy Bean and his brother, Gordon, is a Liberty County sheriff’s deputy. Gordon’s son, Kelby, also is a LCSO deputy. Bean’s sister was once a peace officer and another brother, who was killed in a car accident, was an undercover agent.

The food for the Ol’ Farts Fish Fry and Retiree Shoot was sponsored by Texas Department of Public Safety Foundation. Door prizes were sponsored by the American Association of State Troopers, Texas State Troopers Association, PPI Security and William Hall, a reserve deputy for Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. Desserts were provided by Liberty County District Attorney Jennifer Bergman Harkness.

Ammunition used for the range qualification was provided by DPS majors, regional directors and chiefs.Line