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Florida Highway Patrol Trooper seriously injured in crash leaves hospital

FHP Crash Andy Ong

A Florida Highway Patrol injured in a crash last month on Interstate 95 in Lantana has been released from a hospital, a spokesman for FHP said.  Trooper Andy Ong was released Friday from Delray Medical Center, Sgt. Mark Wysocky said.  Ong, 51, is still recovering from serious injuries from the Oct. 1 crash and a GoFundMe online fundraising page has been created to help pay for his expenses.  On the day of the injury, the trooper was standing on the shoulder of the highway near the rear of his patrol vehicle, pointing a speed-measuring device, when the driver of a Honda Accord heading north near Hypoluxo Road changed lanes and hit a Ford Focus.  The driver of the Ford lost control and slammed into Ong and his patrol car.  Ong, a Palm Beach County resident, had several surgeries while in the hospital.  The driver of the Honda, 31-year-old Aliz Beauplan of Boynton Beach, and the driver of the Ford, 27-year-old Amanda Winnegar of Palm Springs, were taken to JFK Medical Center in Atlantis with minor injuries.  The crash remains under investigation and no charges have filed, Wysocky said.



Tennessee Trooper Rescues Driver Impaled by Deer Antler

THP Trooper saves life

A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper sent to the scene of a Nashville area car crash is credited with saving the life of a driver whose neck was punctured by an antler of a deer that went through her windshield.  When Trooper Russell Bernard arrived at the scene, the driver of the crashed car was bleeding heavily from a large puncture wound in her neck, according to a news release from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.  Bernard applied pressure to the wound until emergency medical services personnel arrived.  The deer had been hit by another vehicle and thrown through the victim's windshield.  Its antlers also punctured the driver's seat, according to the release.  "I commend Trooper Bernard for taking swift action to save the life of the injured driver," THP Colonel Tracy Trott said.  "Trooper Bernard was able to apply his cadet training and respond quickly using the proper technique and protocol.  I am proud of the work we do every day to save lives on our Tennessee roadways."  The driver, who had a torn artery, was taken by EMS personnel to a Dickson, Tenn., hospital and later flown to Skyline Hospital in Nashville for emergency surgery, the release states.



Wyoming Highway Patrol graduates 8 troopers

WHP November 2017 graduation

The Wyoming Highway Patrol recently commissioned eight recruits to the rank of Trooper upon the completion of their intensive training academy.  During their academy, the new Troopers were instructed in a variety of classes including firearms, commercial carrier, physical training, RADAR/LIDAR, emergency vehicle operation, custody and control, crash investigation and other pertinent training.  The members of Class 93 that were new to law enforcement participated in over 1,210 hours of academy training.  Being a State Trooper for the Wyoming Highway Patrol can be a challenging, yet rewarding career as it takes a special person to become a Wyoming State Trooper. All Troopers take an oath to protect and serve all citizens of this great state with courtesy, professionalism, and integrity as Wyoming’s Troopers represent the agency brand of “Guardians of the Cowboy State”.  The new Troopers participated in their swearing-in ceremony in front of family and friends at the Wyoming Supreme Court on Nov. 2nd.  The ceremony marked the 93rd graduated Wyoming Highway Patrol Academy.



Texas Senior Trooper killed in line of duty

End of Watch Texas Trooper

Senior Trooper Tom Nipper killed in a vehicle crash while conducting a traffic stop on southbound I-35, near Midway Drive, in Temple.  He was sitting in his patrol car during the stop when it was struck from behind by a pickup truck.  The impact caused the patrol car to strike the stopped vehicle and Trooper Nipper.  He was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.  Trooper Nipper had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for almost 35 years.  He is survived by his wife and three children.



Washington State Patrol graduates 39 troopers

WSP November 2017 graduation

Thirty-nine state troopers were sworn in Thursday at a ceremony in Olympia, officially beginning their service.  Governor Jay Inslee and Washington State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste recognized the cadets at the swearing-in ceremony.  “Twenty-six weeks of training has prepared you for the moment that has led you to stand before us today,” said Batiste.  Cadets train for over 1,000 hours in defensive driving, firearms management and how to interact with the public.  “You are the recipients of the best training of any law enforcement agency in the United States,” said Inslee.  The Washington State Patrol Academy produces approximately three cadet classes each biennium, accounting for about 100 to 120 new troopers.  Only about four to six percent of the total number of applicants makes the grade to become state troopers.



Fallen South Carolina trooper laid to rest after he 'accomplished his mission'

SCHP Funeral of trooper killed in line of duty

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety mourned the death of trooper Daniel Keith Rebman, Jr. who was buried Sunday in Greenville.  The funeral services were held at Bob Jones University, and graveside services were held at Woodlawn Cemetery.  Rebman died after his patrol vehicle was struck early in the morning on Oct. 24.  He is the 51st state trooper to die serving the state of South Carolina, according to the SCDPS.  “Tuesday was a reminder that while – yes, we are strong – we are not invincible,” SCDPS director Leroy Smith said in a news release.  “We too are subject to the same forces of nature, accidents and violence – just like those we protect.  I believe that is why ‘Blessed Are the Peacemakers’ is such a comforting verse at a time like this.  It is these special people – the peacemakers – who are so blessed because they risk their lives for you, and me and for strangers.  Trooper Rebman was doing just that on October 24, 2017.”  Rebman, 31, died from injuries sustained in a line-of-duty collision.  Rebman was stationary in his Patrol vehicle in the emergency lane of I-385 near Bridges Road when his Ford Taurus Patrol car was struck from behind by a pick-up truck around 12:23 a.m., according to the SCDPS.  Private visitation services were held Saturday for family and friends of Rebman, who is survived by his wife, Michelle, and three young daughters – Olivia, Charlee, and Kennedy.  Rebman always desired to serve his community, and shortly after moving to Greenville in 2011 he began to pursue a career in law enforcement, according to his obituary posted by the Mackey Mortuary.  After serving as a dispatcher for the Highway Patrol for 4 years, he graduated from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in 2016, at which time he was awarded the Captain Cecil Dilworth Marksmanship Award.  Rebman joined South Carolina Highway Patrol in September 2016.  The Orlando, Fla. native began his career in Troop Six/Charleston/Berkeley before being transferred to Troop Three/Greenville.  “He believed in his mission and he accomplished his mission,” Smith said of Rebman, who was given full honors by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.  “And for that, the state of South Carolina says a humble and grateful ‘job well done, Trooper Rebman.’ ”  Members from more than 15 state patrols from as far away as California came to pay their respects along with hundreds of state and local officers.  “Trooper Rebman died as he lived – a quiet hero – to his family, to his fellow troopers, to his church, and to his community,” SCHP Col. Chris Williamson said in a news release.  “Trooper Rebman’s death was a cruel reminder that this job doesn’t come with promises or reassurances.  But I want to remind our men and women in uniform that even through this sense of tremendous heartache and loss, we must continue to lean on each other and assume the watch from this point forward.”  “Trooper Rebman died as he lived – a quiet hero – to his family, to his fellow troopers, to his church, and to his community,” SCHP Col. Chris Williamson said in a news release. “Trooper Rebman’s death was a cruel reminder that this job doesn’t come with promises or reassurances. But I want to remind our men and women in uniform that even through this sense of tremendous heartache and loss, we must continue to lean on each other and assume the watch from this point forward.”    Michelle Rebman shared an example of law enforcement rallying around the family of their fallen brother.  She posted a picture on Facebook Saturday of a fellow trooper sitting on the grass with one of Rebman’s daughters.  In addition to his wife and children, Rebman is survived by his parents, Daniel and Theresa Rebman, of Georgia, a sister and many extended family.



State Highway Patrol troopers seize 70 pounds of marijuana

OSP Pot bust

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has filed felony charges against a California man after a Tuesday traffic stop in Wood County.  Troopers stopped a 2001 Acura MDX with California license plates on Oct. 24 at 12:05pm.  The driver, 25-year-old Pablo Ryan Herrerra of California, was pulled over for a following too close violation on I-80 near milepost 65.  A Patrol drug-sniffing dog alerted to the vehicle, and officers found 70 pounds of marijuana, valued at approximately $280,000.  Herrerra was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both second-degree felonies.



North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers aim to combat misconceptions

NCHP Ride Along

“We are not here to hand out tickets and to put people in jail.  We are here to save lives.”  Those were the words Tuesday of N.C. Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Jimmie Silver during a near daylong ride-along as he talked about misconceptions and stereotypes that surround the agency.  The ride-along was meant to illustrate everything the Highway Patrol does in order to keep Twin Counties drivers safe on and off the area’s roads each day.  From changing a flat tire to reminding a driver about a license plate that was about to fall from her car to responding to a wreck on Interstate 95 and more, Silver showed what troopers do each day to keep drivers safe.  He stressed throughout the day that changing the view of what the agency does is important due to people’s perception of not just the Highway Patrol but law enforcement in general.  “People think law enforcement is out to get them,” Silver said.  “I think that is because there is so much negativity surrounding law enforcement on television.”  He added parents telling their children that the police might come to get them if they misbehave does not help combat those stereotypes and misconceptions, either.  Local resident Keauna Blunt, who is a parent, said her perception of the Highway Patrol was only positive after trooper Macy Cannon changed a flat tire on Blunt’s car.  “I feel like this is great,” Blunt said.  “This is a wonderful thing because I really needed this.”  Cannon said knowing she made a positive difference in someone’s life just by changing a tire made her happy.  “Being able to help anybody makes doing this job worth it,” Cannon said with a smile.  Changing Blunt’s tire was just one of the ways that the Highway Patrol made a positive difference Tuesday in the Twin Counties.  Silver reminded one driver along U.S. 64 that she was about to lose her license plate because it was not secured and educated another about ways that a seatbelt can be worn without it causing discomfort, rather than giving the driver a ticket.  Silver said that both stops ending peacefully was encouraging.  “It makes you feel good,” Silver said, adding not every stop is so peaceful.  Keeping drivers safe from each other and from themselves is just one more way the Highway Patrol keeps the state’s roads safe.  Its employees also work in the state’s many weigh stations, making sure tractor-trailers are not overloaded or improperly loaded.  Silver said tracking tractor-trailers — along with checking the state’s rest stops, schools and other locations — is another side of troopers’ work that few people know about.  He said he hopes that by showing that work and everything else that troopers do, drivers would see that the Highway Patrol “is not out to get anyone, but just to save lives.”  Silver, who is also a military veteran, recently announced he will retire from the N.C. Highway Patrol at the end of this month.



New York State Police make a major drug seizure

NYSP drugs seizure

On October 21, 2017, the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET), in conjunction with the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office, conducted a narcotics investigation resulting in the arrest of a Poughkeepsie man on felony drug charges.  State Police made a major drug seizure of approximately 12 kilograms of cocaine and 42 pounds of marihuana.  The estimated street value of the illegal drugs is over two million dollars.  K9 Rickie and his handler assisted with the seizure of the drugs.



South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper killed in line-of-duty

 SCHP Officer Down October 2017

 Trooper Daniel Rebman was killed in a vehicle crash when his patrol car was struck by another vehicle on I-385, near Bridges Road, in Greenville County.  He was parked on the shoulder of I-385 when a pickup truck left the roadway and struck his patrol car from behind at approximately 12:20 am. Trooper Rebman was transported to a local hospital where he died later in the afternoon.  Trooper Rebman had served with the South Carolina Highway Patrol for 13 months and was assigned to Post C.  He is survived by his wife, three children, parents, and sister.



Indiana State Police graduates 33 new troopers

Indiana SP October 2017 graduation

October 19, 2017, the 77th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy completed their graduation ceremony in the Indiana State Capitol Rotunda.  Opening remarks were made by Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter, followed by a commencement address from The Honorable Eric J. Holcomb, Governor of the State Of Indiana.  After the commencement address the oath of office for the 33 new state police officers was delivered by The Honorable Christopher Goff, of the Indiana Supreme Court.  Each new trooper was then presented their badge and official identification by Superintendent Carter and his staff.   This graduation marked the culmination of 24 weeks of intense training that exceeded 1,000 hours.  Some subject areas of training included criminal and traffic law, crash investigations, emergency vehicle operations, defensive tactics, firearms, and a host of other subjects related to modern policing.  Each graduating trooper will be assigned to one of 14 State Police Posts across Indiana. Once at their assigned district, the new troopers will spend the next three months working side by side with a series of experienced Field Training Officers (FTO).  The purpose of the field training is to put to practical application the training received over the duration of the formal academe training.  Upon successful completion of field training, the new troopers will be assigned a state police patrol vehicle and will begin solo patrol in their assigned district.



New Jersey State Police announces new Superintendent

NJSP New Superintendent

The New Jersey State Police have announced that Lieutenant Colonel Patrick J. Callahan will succeed Colonel Rick Fuentes to become the Division’s 15th Superintendent.  Lieutenant Colonel Callahan replaces Colonel Fuentes who has served as Superintendent since being appointed by Governor James McGreevey in 2003. Governor Chris Christie selected Lieutenant Colonel Callahan as Superintendent effective November 1.  Lieutenant Colonel Callahan earned his Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University and a Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  He enlisted in the State Police in April 1995, as a member of the 115th Class. He was most recently the Deputy Superintendent of Operations, supervising and directing the operational activities of the 1,800 enlisted members assigned to Field Operations, as well as the operational duties and responsibilities of the Traffic and Public Safety Office, Victims Services Unit, Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, Highway Traffic Safety Unit, and the Criminal Investigations Offices within Field Operations.  Callahan served as the Recovery Bureau Chief in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and worked with state and federal partners to develop and implement long term recovery effort strategies.  He served as the commanding officer of the Emergency Management Section and Assistant State director of the Office of Emergency Management.  He was the chairman of the Command and Control Subcommittee of the Emergency Management Section when New Jersey hosted Super Bowl XLVIII, working to develop and implement all operations undertaken by the Public Safety Compound.  “I am truly privileged to have had the honor of leading one of the finest law enforcement organizations in the country.  I attribute the agency’s accomplishments to the outstanding efforts and sacrifices of the civilian and enlisted men and women of the New Jersey State Police,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.  “I have the utmost confidence in the experience and leadership Lieutenant Colonel Callahan will bring to the Office of the Superintendent.”  “I am truly humbled and honored that Governor Christie has the trust and confidence in me to afford me this opportunity and I look forward to the continued privilege of serving the citizens of New Jersey,” said Lieutenant Colonel Callahan.  Callahan is the son of retired State Police Major Mick Callahan, who served as Chief of Staff for Colonel Clinton Pagano, the 9th Superintendent of State Police. Callahan and his wife Linda have two sons and two daughters.



Washington State Patrol emphasizing "Move Over" law this week during patrols

WSP move over

The Washington State Patrol is cracking down on drivers who fail to move over for emergency vehicles.  Troopers are conducting statewide “Slow Down, Move Over” emphasis patrols from Wednesday through Friday “to help both troopers and citizens get home safe by bringing awareness to the ‘Move Over Law.’”  In the last two years, 62 patrols cars have been hit and 24 troopers injured, an average of one trooper injured every month.  Under state law, drivers are required to use caution, slow down and move over or change lanes when approaching an emergency.  An emergency vehicle includes police, fire, medical, tow trucks and vehicles providing roadside assistance using warning lights.  The ticket for failing to obey the law is $214 and cannot be waived or reduced.  Last year, more than 4,100 drivers were contacted by state troopers for “move over” violations.  “The inclement weather season is about to start and is when we see a rise in the number of patrol cars hit,” Sgt. James Prouty stated. 

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Michigan State Police Detective Sergeant Sarah Krebs honored as a top cop under 40

MSP Honoree Det. Sarah Krebs

Sarah Krebs has made a name for herself.  The Michigan State Police announced that the Det. Sgt. Krebs was selected by the International Association of Chiefs of Police as one of 40 law enforcement professionals from around the world, under age 40, who demonstrated leadership and exemplified commitment to law enforcement.  Krebs was chosen for the association's 40 Under 40 Award for her efforts to find and identify lost and missing persons.  She will be honored at the association's annual conference in Philadelphia this week.  “The MSP prides itself in providing service with a purpose,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, Michigan State Police director.  “(Krebs) lives our mission and is passionate about helping the families of missing persons find closure."  She credited Krebs for development the Missing Persons Coordination Unit, which has led to the positive identification of more than 70 previously unidentified remains cases throughout the United States.  Krebs is credited with founding “Missing in Michigan,” an annual event which brings family members and law enforcement together to help resolve missing persons cases, as well as “ID the Missing,” a DNA collection program that assists in identifying previously unidentified human remains.  She is also an accomplished forensic artist whose composite sketches have led to the identification of numerous wanted persons in major cases around the state.   “Many families go years without answers as to where their loved one is,” said Krebs.  “Knowing I can help bring these families closure and peace of mind keeps me motivated.  I view each day as another opportunity to provide relief to loved ones of the missing.”  Krebs enlisted with the MSP in 2000, graduating as a member of the 119th Trooper Recruit School. Before being assigned to the missing unit in Lansing, she served at posts and task forces in the metro Detroit area.



South Carolina Highway Patrol shortens training to get troopers on road

SCHP Shortage

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says it wants about 950 troopers on the roads to help keep community members and drivers safe.  Currently, the division is short about 200 troopers.  The shortage has led to changes in the agency’s recruitment and training policies.  There are 759 troopers in the state, 37 are in training, but there are dozens more positions to fill and major changes are coming to make that happen.  “More manpower.  I think if you look everywhere in the state, we’re needing troopers,” says Cpl. Sonny Collins with the highway patrol.  Troop five, which covers Horry, Georgetown, Marion, Florence, Darlington, Dillon, Williamsburg, and Marlboro counties currently has 132 troopers.  In an effort to hire more people state-wide, Cpl. Collins says they’re changing to an immediate turnaround in their application process and cutting training hours.  Prior to the changes, Cpl. Collins says a certified officer would still have to go through 12 weeks of training at the academy to become a trooper.  “With the four weeks compressed for the certified officers, I feel like that’s going to be a good calling card for those already seasoned, trained officers to come to us because before, they would have to go through multiple weeks at the academy – up to twelve weeks,” explains Cpl. Collins.  Now certified officers won’t have to go back to the academy, they’ll just have four weeks of advanced training, and training in their county.  Uncertified officers will now spend 12 weeks at the academy and 12 weeks training with the highway patrol and the county they’ll patrol.  “With the old process, it was taking so long to get people through the process and then the academy because of the weeks of training, we were only able to get classes two times a year, sometimes three,” says Cpl. Collins.  “So, those numbers were just not growing as fast as we needed them to do by doing this new way.  We feel like the numbers can come up much quicker and therefore reach our goal.”  Cpl. Collins says because the training quality is the same, and continued education will be implemented, they’re not worried officers will be any less qualified.  “We’re not lowering our standards by any means, but we’re just compressing the time that it takes to get these folks trained and on the road so we can have more visibility on our highways,” states Cpl. Collins.  The South Carolina Highway Patrol has faced a shortage of troopers since the recession, Cpl. Collins says, and although they’ve advertised for the open positions on billboards, social media, and even increased pay, the division is hoping this change in training will lure new applicants to become troopers.