Delaware State Police Troop 3 Hosting Community Café

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April 15th, 2022

Kent County, DE- Delaware State Police Troop 3 will be hosting a Community Café on Friday, April 29, 2022. The event will be held from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.atRudy’s Family Restaurant and Pizzeria located at 17064 S DuPont Hwy Harrington, DE. The Community Café will have Troop 3 Administration, Community Outreach Officer, and Harrington Police Department Administration in attendance to meet and interact with members of the public. This Community Café is often referred to as “Coffee with a Cop” in other police agencies and is being held in an effort to build a stronger relationship between the Delaware State Police and the communities that we so proudly serve.Line

Purses with a Purpose returns to Michigan State Police posts statewide

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Mar. 28, 2022

Often there isn't time to pack personal items like a toothbrush or clean socks when leaving an abusive situation, per Michigan State Police.

To gather necessities for survivors of sexual and domestic abuse, the MSP Women Leading Change employee resource group is leading an effort called Purses with a Purpose.

Purses and bags filled with comfort items, such as socks, toiletries and candy are being accepted through April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, according to the agency.

"In our line of work, we see people leaving horrible situations all the time, and sometimes they can’t even grab necessities," said Trooper Andrea Tillman, of the Cadillac Post, in a March 17 press release. "I saw something online and tweaked the idea to fit our need. That’s how we started Purses with a Purpose."

The purses are set to be distributed to partnering women's shelters locally at the end of April.

Tillman started Purses with a Purpose in 2019 to get residents involved in events throughout Sexual Awareness Month. The idea came during a meeting with the Oasis Family Resource Center, according to the release.

More than 500 purses were collected and filled for survivors seeking help at Oasis during the first year. "It was an easy decision to make the effort an annual thing," stated MSP in the release.

Purses with a Purpose expanded to be a statewide initiative in 2021.

"This was our committee’s first big project," said Trooper Cabria Shirley, who co-chairs the Community Involvement Committee of the Women Leading Change ERG, in the release. "Like the original initiative, it was super successful with more than 6,000 purses, and countless comfort items, collected during the monthlong donation drive."

To find a donation site and what's being accepted near you, visit the Community Calendar on MSP's website. Every MSP district participated and is set to again in 2022 with more posts taking part. Collection locations are to be added throughout March and April as they are scheduled.

All donations are to benefit local women's shelters across the state.Line

After more than 100 days, critically injured OSP trooper returns home from hospital

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April 8th, 2022

After spending 105 nights in various hospital beds, Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper John Jeffries, who was critically injured in a police incident on Highway 30 near St. Helens on Veterans Day 2021, is now recovering at home.

According to authorities, a police pursuit started in Longview, Washington on November 11, and ended when the suspect crashed into Trooper Jeffries and his patrol car.

OSP said in January 2022, Trooper Jeffries and his wife Trisha flew to a hospital that specializes in trauma.

“They were then escorted to the hospital where John received state-of-the-art treatment and care,” OSP wrote in an update Friday.

While at the hospital, OSP said Jeffries was provided a comprehensive system of care and a rigorous rehabilitation program where specialists in various fields worked with him.

His care was centered around his physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral challenges and recovery, according to Oregon State Police.

“John’s survival and his return to his family is a reminder for all of us about how precious life is and how quickly it can change. John is an encouraging example of resiliency, determination, stamina, and positive thinking and he was a recipient of so many positive prayers,” said Superintendent Davie in an email to OSP staff.

"The Oregon State Police along with the Jeffries family says thank you for your love, support and prayers,"Line

Massachusetts State Police host 2nd Annual G.I.R.L.S. day

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Mar 28, 2022

“At yesterday’s second annual G.I.R.L.S. day, our members gave young girls an inside look at what it’s like being a police officer and showed them that one day they could be one too.

The girls got the chance to partake in mock activities, see K9 demonstrations, and even get an up-close look at a helicopter landing.

The Association would like to thank the City of Everett for hosting this year’s event and all the first responders who were in attendance. Giving these young girls an opportunity to see what the job is all about empowers them to hopefully grow into first responders themselves one day.” -State Police Association of Massachusetts.Line

State trooper falls through ice rescuing autistic man from frozen pond in northern Oakland Co.

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March 17,2022

A 30-year-old autistic man is expected to recover after Michigan State Police troopers rescued him from a freezing cold Oakland County pond Wednesday night, officials said.

Troopers received a call at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday about a missing man in the Groveland Township area. The caller told them an autistic adult male had left a group home.

Officials began searching for the man using canine units and a helicopter unit, they said.

After two hours, troopers received a call about a person who had fallen through the ice on a pond about 4.5 miles from the group home. Troopers could hear someone in the water calling for help.

Authorities said troopers went onto the ice to rescue the man, who was submerged up to his chest and suffering from hypothermia. One of the troopers fell through the ice, but continued moving toward the victim. Officials said the trooper broke the ice in front of him with his fists.

They said a second trooper was able to reach the man without falling through the ice.

Together, the troopers hoisted the man out of the water and got him to shore, according to state police.

They identified the victim as the missing 30-year-old man.

Officials said the man was taken to a hospital to be treated. They also said the two troopers who rescued him from the water were not injured.Line

Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper donates 50 bicycles to church

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Oklahoma Highway Patrol helps communities statewide in many ways.

On Friday, LT. Jeremy Tolman donated 50 brand new bikes to the Disciples First Christian Church in Oklahoma City, where they have a ministry that gives bikes to people in need of transportation.

Rev. John Malget, senior minister at the church, thanked Tolman and said his donation was the largest the ministry had received.

As soon as the bikes were donated, 30 of them were out the door to NorthCareVeterans Affairs, and Hope is Alive, which will give them to people who need them for transportation.Line

State police officer and NMDOT worker help save grandmother and two children from burning car

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Mar 29, 2022

New Mexico State Police officers and a New Mexico Department of Transportation worker helped save a grandmother, her two grandchildren and their RV from a fire that sparked in a car they were towing on Friday morning.

According to New Mexico State Police, an officer was traveling on I-40 eastbound near Prewitt when they came across a vehicle fire and called for assistance.

While officers were waiting for fire crews to arrive, two officers and an NMDOT worker shoveled dirt on the vehicle to keep it down. During that time, the DOT worker was able to disconnect the family's RV from the burning car. Firefighters later arrived and put the fire out.

State police say the grandmother and her grandchildren are OK..Line

53 trainees take oath at Connecticut State Police graduation ceremony

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March 24, 2022

Fifty-three Connecticut State Police trainees took an oath of office during a graduation ceremony Thursday at the Hartford Armory.

This year's class is made up of 38 men and 15 women.

During a 28-week period, the group completed more than 1,400 training hours, both online and in person.

They also completed physical conditioning, firearms training and active shooter responses.

Troopers will now be assigned to one of 11 state police troops.Line

Maine State Police trooper whose leg was amputated shares his journey

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April 7, 2022

AUGUSTA, Maine — There are moments in our lives that shift the ground beneath our feet. When those moments come and our journey changes dramatically, the story becomes not what happened but how we rise to the challenge.

Maine State Police Trooper Mickael Nunez's life changed in an instant two years ago when trying to stop a high-speed chase. The 32-year-old, who joined the Maine State Police five years ago, has not spoken about the incident with any television reporters until now. 

Nunez, who grew up in Massachusetts, thought he would pursue a career in medicine. But as a young adult, he realized his passion for the community was better suited for law enforcement.  

"It's the service to the community and putting myself out there for the community and the country," Nunez, who is also a member of the National Guard, said. 

Nunez remembers hearing a call on the radio in the early evening of June 14, 2020, about a nearby high-speed chase. In an attempt to deter the driver from possibly causing injury to others, Nunez arrived at Route 3 near China. He was starting to set up spikes when he was struck by the driver, Robert Belmain of Caribou. The crash threw Nunez from the side of the road into a ditch. 

"For a fraction of a second, I thought, 'Oh no. This is really bad.' And I felt this overwhelming sense of fear," Nunez said. 

As the only officer on the scene, his years of training kicked in, and he forced himself to remain calm. The pain was intense, and Nunez quickly realized he was severely injured. 

"I just knew I had to keep mentally fighting," Nunez said.

Nunez was rushed to Maine General Medical Center in Augusta, where he underwent hours of surgery for his broken right leg. Surgeons took an artery from his left leg and implanted it in his broken leg to try and save it. Nunez, who was an avid runner and hiker, pleaded with surgeons to do all they could to keep his leg. 

"He's a physical guy," Lt. Patrick Hood, troop commander, said. "He needs this to come out in the most positive way. And for me, not having a lot of experience with amputees, [I thought] he can't lose that leg. That is not an option."

"The [surgeons] wanted to do everything they could to help me out," Nunez said. 

But after three surgeries that lasted more than 12 hours, the doctors determined his leg could not be saved. 

His right leg was amputated. It was a decision those around him worried would take him from the work he was passionate about and the sports he loved. 

At Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Nunez learned how to tackle life without a limb. While there, he approached each day, each physical and occupational appointment, with tenacity, rising early, in part because the pain was so great, he could not sleep. He worked hard, did more than asked, and was able to leave the rehab days ahead of schedule. 

"I think I have always known that I am resilient, but I realize it is helpful to be that way, and I have become highly aware that it makes a difference to keep pushing on," Nunez said. 

The two years of pushing, grinding, dealing with overwhelming pain, and learning to live with a prosthetic leg have paid off for Nunez, who returned to full-duty service with the Maine State Police in June of 2021: the first Maine State Trooper amputee in the state's history. 

Nunez had to retake his driver's license because he now drives with his left leg. He could have had a special car to accommodate his prosthetic leg, but Nunez didn't want that. He said he wants to be able to react to any and all circumstances as a law enforcement officer, just as he did before the crash. That means being able to use any car, especially in the case of an emergency. 

Nunez has been taking and passing Maine State Police tests as they come without any special accommodations. 

"It is just another testament of the type of person Mickael Nunez is," Hood said. 

Pushing limits while in uniform and out of it is a theme for Nunez, who has returned to his beloved hobbies of running and hiking. He has even added new sports to his repertoire, including ice skating and jump roping, in large part to show other amputees they can do anything with a prosthetic.

In 2021, Nunez hiked Katahdin for the first time with his new leg. 

"I wish I could tell folks it was this emotional thing, but the first thing I started thinking [at the top of Baxter Peak] was: 'Can I do it faster?'" Nunez said. 

He has since climbed Katahdin three more times, with his quickest time clocked at about three hours. He also hiked Mount Washington last year and has participated in a Spartan Race and an event with the Travis Mills Foundation. 

Nunez, who was very private on social media before his accident, has decided to use it as a forum to inspire other amputees. His recovery has been buoyed by his family, his brothers in blue, and the community. 

"The community started to know this is Mickael Nunez. This is the guy who stood in front of that speeding car to stop a chase that needed to be done before someone got killed," Hood said. 

"I am so grateful for all the people who have helped me to continue on this journey," Nunez said. 

The driver who hit Nunez was charged with aggravated assault and was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison. Nunez said he doesn't spend time thinking about the driver. 

"The more time I dwell on that, the more time I am not thinking about my own life and how to move forward," Nunez said. 

Nunez still has one surgery ahead of him to help with the nerve pain he continues to deal with on a daily basis.Line

MSP trooper saves swan on shoulder of I-696 in Detroit area

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It wasn't the sort of emergency Michigan State Police usually find on Metro Detroit roads but it ended up a successful rescue.

While on patrol during the Monday morning rush hour, a trooper with the Metro North post in Oak Park spotted a swan standing on the shoulder along Interstate 696, the agency said on Twitter.

"He was able to get the swan into a bag and bring the swan to the post," MSP tweeted. "We have a swan rescue on the way!"

Troopers snapped photos with the white-feathered bird on the grass outside the post.

The swan has since been transferred to a rescue group, MSP First Lt. Michael Shaw said.Line

Tennessee Highway Patrol Graduates 56 State Troopers

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Friday, March 4, 2022

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner 
Jeff Long and Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Matt Perry announced the newest graduating 
classes of Tennessee State Troopers on Friday.

The department simultaneously instructed a regular 16-week trooper cadet class and a 10-week lateral trooper cadet class. The lateral class returned from their district assignments for the graduation ceremony that took place at the Hermitage Hills Baptist Church on Lebanon Road in Nashville.

The 46 graduates of Trooper Cadet Class 1021 included five prior law enforcement officers, 14 
cadets with prior military service, six cadets with associate’s degrees, 19 cadets with bachelor’s 
degrees and one cadet with a master’s degree. 

Lateral Trooper Cadet Class 921 graduated 10 trooper cadets composed of all prior Police Officer 
Standards and Training (POST) certified law enforcement officers. Class 921 had two cadets with 
bachelor’s degrees and one with a master’s degree. 

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

“Law enforcement is a calling, and I commend Tennessee’s newest trooper class for their 
commitment to protect and serve their fellow Tennesseans,” said Governor Lee. “The Tennessee 
Highway Patrol plays an essential role in ensuring public safety, and I remain dedicated to 
supporting them with strong investments in high-quality training, recruitment and the resources 
needed to keep our communities safe.”

“Each one of you earned this incredible honor of being chosen to serve as a Tennessee state 
trooper,” said Commissioner Long. “You now rank among the best of the best. Congratulations 
on your graduation and you will be a representative for Tennessee’s finest.”

“This class has presented you with some unique challenges, and throughout your career, you will 
continue to be challenged,” said Colonel Matt Perry. He reminded the graduates that adversity 
comes with the job and challenged them to rise to the adversities they will face. He continued, 
telling the newest members of the Highway Patrol, “You no longer serve only yourself; you serve the citizens of the state of Tennessee and those that travel to and through our state."

Cadet Class #1021 hosted a blood drive with American Red Cross and Blood Assurance. They also collected money to donate to Waverly Police Chief Grant Gillespie to help with flood recovery efforts in Humphreys County as part of their class project.

Bethel University presented a $5,000 scholarship to Trooper Bailey Williams. Trooper Williams will 
serve at the Nashville District.

Trooper James Roark of class 1021 was named the top cadet for his 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

Montana Highway Patrol welcomes 13 new troopers

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Mar 04, 2022

HELENA — On Friday at the Civic Center in Helena, 13 students officially became Montana Highway Patrol troopers.

After 23 weeks of training, the 74th class of MHP officers graduated, becoming the first class to train at the new Boulder campus.

With their family members and friends in the crowd, the officers dedicated their careers to serve the communities where they will be stationed.

Graduate Lance Hansen says the weeks of training and support from his family have pushed him to do his duty to serve.

Here is the roster of the graduates and their respective home towns:

Matthew Cope; Dahlonega, Georgia

Tyler Dager; Oneida, New York

Michael Gray; Mount Vernon, Illinois

Lance Hansen; Wibaux, Montana

Tyrel Hendrickson; Chester, Montana

Andy Ivanoff; Kalispell, Montana

Jacob Millington; Castle Rock, Colorado

Joseph Oliver; Damascus, Maryland

Eric Paulsen; Stevensville, Montana

Tiana Ripo; Long Island, New York

Virgil Sadewasser; Libby, Montana

Tierney Wienholz; Great Falls, Montana

Ethan Yordsilp; Shreveport, Louisiana

This first class at the new location highlights some of the advantages MHP leaders identified when they moved their headquarters from Helena to Boulder last summer.

The campus – the former site of the Montana Developmental Center – includes more than 30 acres and a variety of buildings that were ready for use. Cadets have “combatives” self-defense training in the gymnasium, get their meals in the cafeteria, and stay in the former residential cottages.

“It’s helpful to get to live by the other cadets, so that after hours, if there’s studying that we need to do or physically training together to prepare, we have each other to help each other out,” said Tierney Wienholz, a cadet from Great Falls, about the months-long experience.Line

Trooper rescued from burning car after crash in Puyallup

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State trooper recovering after civilians rescue him from burning car

A semi-truck and WSP patrol car crashed at an intersection in Puyallup, causing a state trooper to become trapped in a burning car. Bystanders quickly rushed in to carry him to safety and treat his wounds.

People pulled a Washington State Patrol trooper from a burning car early Friday, Patrol officials said Saturday.

The trooper was involved in a crash with a commercial motor vehicle near highways 167 and 161 in Puyallup. The trooper’s car caught fire around 1:20 a.m., and people in the area rescued him. State Patrol Trooper Anthony Reese on Saturday did not know how the people came to help the trooper or how many pulled him to safety. The trooper was taken to MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The trooper, who has not been named, was in stable condition Saturday afternoon. Information about the other driver’s condition was not immediately available.

The Patrol’s criminal investigation division is investigating the collision, Reese said.Line

ALEA Trooper Class 2021-B graduates at ALEA’s Training Center in Selma

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SELMA – The 20 Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Trooper Trainees who composed Class 2021-B, successfully completed their respective training and graduated from the ALEA Training Center in Selma on Tuesday, Feb. 8.

ALEA’s Department of Public Safety Director and Colonel Jimmy Helms served as the guest speaker at the ceremony and commended the class on their hard work and perseverance to become ALEA Troopers. Colonel Helms recently celebrated 25 years with the Agency and over 30 years of law enforcement experience. As he reflected on his time as a Trooper Trainee, as well as his experiences as Director of ALEA’s Training Center, he encouraged all members of 2021-B to build upon the lessons they learned while at the Training Center and continue to meet expectations of excellence.

“There is an expectation of excellence, as it relates to the overall performance of ALEA Troopers, that has never changed. Each one of you will have to overcome obstacles and hardships, but nevertheless you will protect and serve the citizens of the state of Alabama,” he said. “The perception is, that when citizens see you, they believe you are the best the state of Alabama has to offer. When they look at you, they see a professional, and that is what we strive to provide to the citizens and visitors of this great state, quality service and true professionalism.”

On behalf of ALEA’s Secretary Hal Taylor, Colonel Helms also recognized the families and friends for their continued support of Trooper Class 2021-B, made possible with continued support from Gov. Kay Ivey and Alabama’s Legislature.

All members of 2021-B were certified by the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (APOST-C), and they were sworn in by the Executive Secretary of APOST-C Chief Alan Benefield.

Class members are Carlton R. Anderson, Guidon Bearer Connor R. Bevis, Brett L. Burgett, First Squad Leader Patrick J. Carter, Starlan A. Ellis, Levi E. Hasselbring, Secretary/Treasurer Lee F. Jenkins III, Sergeant-at-Arms Mary A. Little, President Brian C. Pearce, Xavier P. Pouncey, Montrell L. Rice, Michael D. Sanders, Michael J. Schooley, Kobie B. Smith, Second Squad Leader Tommy M. Stephens, Chaplain Nickolas L. Thompson, John A. Warren, Griffin L. Webb, Steven D. Wilson and Vice President Sedrick S. Woodget.Line

Thank You For Saving My Life’: Unlikely Friendship Formed Between State Trooper & Drunk Driver

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s a friendship so unlikel that it seems impossible. A college student, on the worst night of his life, meets the best person he could’ve imagined.

Meet Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Keenan Jones.

“I work the dog watch shift in west metro Minneapolis,” Jones said. “I work from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.”

It’s work this Army brat-turned officer loves.

“Meet a lot of people, talk to people that aren’t always like me and they’ve got their own stories and experiences that they share with me,” Jones said.

And boy, was that ever true on one fateful night four years ago. Minnesota native Jake Bosacker, a criminal justice major at Texas Christian University, was home for Christmas break.

“I was downtown with some friends and tried to make it back home after having a few drinks,” Bosacker said.

It was a pretty busy night for Trooper Jones.

“I think I had arrested two drunk drivers,” Jones said.

He heard another call about another erratic driver. Jones had already gone back to the station to do some paperwork, but he had a feeling this was a call he needed to answer – and he was right.

“As soon as I got back on [Highway] 100 there, he was right there in my face, just weaving all over the place,” Jones said. “I figured that I’d definitely had to make a stop.”

Bosacker says the next thing he remembered were blue lights and sirens behind him. Jones said as he approached the vehicle, he saw Bosacker “covered in blood.”

“Instantly smelled the strong odor of alcohol that he’d been drinking,” Jones said. “He was pretty, pretty upset, emotional about what was going on, beating himself up because found out that he wanted to be a cop so he thought that his life was over and that he had ruined every chance that he could get with becoming an officer.”

Bosacker said he felt suicidal at that moment.

“[Jones] comforted me and he said that my life isn’t over, and that there might be some work that needs to be done, but the journey can start tonight,” Bosacker said. “I don’t remember specific words that he told me, but I just remember how he made me feel.”

Instead of shaming Bosacker, Jones inspired him.

“A lot of us have made mistakes, we’re not perfect,” Jones said. “The biggest thing is if you make a mistake, try to do better, not be that same person that you were at that time of that mistake.”

And now Bosacker isn’t that person, because of that pivotal moment and poignant speech. He’s now a college graduate, sober and married.

Bosacker and his wife, Natalie, live in Fort Worth, Texas.

“I am so proud of him,” Natalie said.

Bosacker was able to call Trooper Jones via Zoom and offer his gratitude.

“Thank you for saving my life that night, and possibly somebody else’s,” Bosacker said.

He is still dreaming of becoming an officer.

“I feel like if it’s still in God’s plan for that to happen, I think he’ll make it happen, and we’ll just see where the road takes us,” Bosacker said.

And thanks to a trooper on a mission, that road is taking him in the right direction.

“That’s what I’m in this job to do is help be the best person I can be while making somebody else better,” Jones said.

Trooper Jones said he learned from Bosacker, too. He has a goal of becoming a pilot, and he says Bosacker inspired him to keep trying harder at life.

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