New York State Police Academy Graduation, 214th Session

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The New York State Police Department welcomed 228 new troopers to its ranks.

The Basic School of the New York State Police Academy held a graduation ceremony for the new troopers at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany on Wednesday, May 14.

Trooper Jack Merritt, a graduate of SUNY Oneonta, was recognized as the class student representative for this session. He was awarded a firearm from the Troopers’ Police Benevolent Association. He served in the United States Marine Corps before attending the academy and will be assigned to Troop F, stationed out of Middletown.

The new troopers will report to their respective troops beginning on Friday, May 17, for 10 weeks of field training, which will be supervised by senior field training officers.

There are now 4,977 sworn members of New York State Police.

This is the 214th session graduation from the school.Line

Delaware State Trooper diagnosed with Acute form of Leukemia

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Kevin Schrader has been a Trooper with the Delaware State Police for the last 14 years. Kevin has dedicated his life to protecting and serving both the county and community. Prior to joining the Delaware State Police, Kevin was enlisted in The United States Air Force where he served two tours in Iraq.   Trooper Schrader has always demonstrated qualities that set an example for others and always put the wellbeing of others before his own.  

On May 3, 2024, during a routine work physical Delaware State Trooper, Kevin Schrader, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of T Cell Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Due to the serious nature of this illness, he was immediately admitted into the hospital where he began intense treatment and will remain there for several months. During this treatment Kevin’s contact with family and friends is limited and he will not be able to see his 10-month-old daughter, Capri, at all during this time. Kevin and his wife Cpl. Courtney Schrader (DSP) used their Family Leave when their daughter was born, as she was premature and required a lengthy NICU stay. In continued efforts to help support the Schrader family DSP has allowed Cpl. Schrader to work remotely during this time. However, the financial burdens are and continue to be extensive.

Please click the links below to support Kevin, Courtney, and Capri during this challenging time. Thank you for your generosity and support.


California Highway Patrol swears in 106 new CHP officers

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MAY 11, 2024

The newest members of the California Highway Patrol were sworn in on Friday during a graduation ceremony at the CHP Academy in West Sacramento.

The 106 officers are part of the CHP’s multiyear recruiting campaign to fill 1,000 vacant officer positions by hiring qualified individuals from California’s diverse communities.

“These men and women have chosen to dedicate themselves to a career in public service. They have completed several months of rigorous training at the CHP Academy to prepare them to serve the people of California,” said CHP Commissioner Sean Duryee. “While this job is one of the most difficult things they will do in their entire life, it is also the most rewarding thing that they will do, and we are proud to have them as part of the CHP family.”

The swearing-in ceremony for the new officers marks the completion of a challenging 26-week journey at the CHP Academy.

They will report to one of the 103 CHP Area offices throughout the state to begin serving the people of California.

At the CHP Academy, cadet training starts with nobility in policing, leadership, professionalism and ethics, and cultural diversity.

Additionally, cadets receive instruction on mental illness response and crisis intervention techniques.

Training also covers vehicle patrol, crash investigation, first aid, and the apprehension of suspected violators, including those who drive under the influence.

Cadets also receive training in traffic control, report writing, recovery of stolen vehicles, assisting the motoring public, issuing citations, emergency scene management and various codes, including the California Vehicle Code, Penal Code, and Health and Safety Code.

Iowa State Trooper survives tornado in car, patches window and continues helping victims

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April 29, 2024

An Iowa State Patrol trooper is lucky to be alive after being caught in a tornado that ripped through a small town.

Trooper Dustin Pieken found himself trapped in a whirlwind of tornado debris that crashed through his patrol car window near Minden on April 26, 2024.

With remarkable creativity, Trooper Pieken cleverly utilized materials he found in his trunk, including plastic sheeting, tape, and cardboard, to patch up his patrol vehicle. Once his patrol car was repaired enough to continue through his night shift, Trooper Pieken, drove to Minden (which took a direct hit from the tornado). Trooper Pieken went door to door checking on people and helping those affected by this catastrophic tornado. Line

National Peace Officers Memorial Week 2024

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In 1962, President John F. Kennedy, along with a joint resolution of Congress, declared May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the Calendar week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week. National Police Week focuses on remembering and honoring our nation’s federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement officers, particularly those who have given their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. It’s one of two days on which federal law requires American flags to be flown at half-staff. 

As part of this year’s commemoration, 282 names of U.S. law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The names include 118 federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2023.On Wednesday, May 15, 2024, a memorial service was held on the West Lawn of our U.S. Capitol paying tribute to all those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice this past year. Additionally, Law enforcement agencies around the country organize and hold memorials, vigils, and ceremonies to honor and pay tribute to those who have fallen. These tributes stand as a reminder of the inherent dangers all law enforcement officers face every day as they put on their uniforms and before leaving their homes, families, and friends and begin their job of protecting and serving their community.

Troopers, Officers, Sheriffs, and all members of peace officers are not the only ones who carry the heavy burden of their oaths. The families of these officers carry the burden without ever taking the oath of an officer. During this week of recognition, we include all those who support these officers with unwavering encouragement, love, and devotion. National Police Week acknowledges that law enforcement is a community and along with the officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice we remember the families who experience the loss and must continue without their loved ones.

All of us here at The American Association of State Troopers would like to take this time to Thank all of those who protect and serve our nation, states, cities, towns, and communities. We also pray that all Peace Officers can perform and navigate their duties and return home safely each and every day.

Thank you all for all you do and God speed.Line