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Oklahoma Highway Patrol receives donation for K-9 Purchase

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On Thursday, officials from Express Employment Professionals presented a check to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, allowing for the purchase of a new K-9 officer.  The ceremony took place at OHP’s Robert R. Lester Training Center in Oklahoma City.  Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael C. Thompson accepted the check from Express representatives Bob Funk, Founder, CEO and Chairman; Bill Stoller, Founder, President and Vice Chairman; and Cathy Keating, Philanthropic Chairperson.  “This past year Express Employment Professionals employed a record 510,000 people, with a long-term goal of putting a million people to work annually.  We are pleased to add the employment of a K-9 with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to those numbers – that’s a new one for us,” said Bob Funk, CEO, Founder and Chairman, Express Employment Professionals.  Thompson said, “I would like to thank Mr. Bob Funk and former First Lady Cathy Keating for their strong interest and steadfast support of public safety.  This generous gift to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol will enable State Troopers to better serve the people of Oklahoma for years to come.  “This explosive detection dog will replace OHP’s oldest active K-9 officer, who will be retired at age 11.  Training should be complete and the new K-9 should be in service by late fall or early winter.  The OHP currently has four explosive detection dogs.  “These explosive detection dogs ensure safety across the state in our schools, stadiums, arenas and other venues,” Keating said.  “It is vital that we at Express Employment Professionals provide the funds for this K-9 as a show of support for our law enforcement.”

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Michigan State Police officer is American Legion's top cop nationally

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A Michigan State Police officer at the Tri-City Post has been selected as this year's sole winner of a national award honoring heroic acts and community service in law enforcement.  Sgt. Joseph Rowley, a 17-year veteran of the department, was chosen for the American Legion's 2017 National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and will receive the award in August in Reno, Nevada.  Michigan State Police Lt. David Kaiser said Rowley is a leader who often seeks out opportunities to help co-workers and their families.  Rowley coordinated and planned the Michigan State Police Trooper Jeff Werda Memorial Baseball Tournament in Gladwin, Kaiser said.  Werda was killed on duty in 2011 when he lost control of his vehicle during a car chase in Saginaw County's Chapin Township and was ejected from his patrol car.  In his off time, Rowley volunteers for Camp Quality Michigan, which provides services and opportunities for children with cancer at no cost to their families, Kaiser said.  On duty, Rowley is a firearms and defensive tactics instructor for the department as well as a field training officer at the Michigan State Police Tri-City Post, where he is based, Kaiser said.  Rowley is an accomplished investigator, Kaiser said.  Rowley was among five people in the running for the national award.  "Each year, the American Legion honors an officer who has performed heroic acts, exceeded what's expected and demonstrated a distinct pattern of community service along with professional achievement," Kaiser said in a statement.  He was first selected as the American Legion's Michigan Officer of the Year and then the Central Region Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.  In 2000, Rowley enlisted with state police and graduated as a member of the 119th Trooper Recruit School, Kaiser said.  Prior to being assigned to the Tri-City Post, he served at the Gaylord, Detroit, Metro North, Gladwin and West Branch posts.

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Governor Cuomo Congratulates State Police on 100th Anniversary

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the start of the New York State Police Centennial Celebration with the dedication of an historical marker commemorating the Division’s 100th Anniversary at the Cavalry Club in Manlius, Onondaga County.  Governor Cuomo also proclaimed April 11th as New York State Police Day.  The Department of State Police was created on April 11, 1917, when Governor Charles S. Whitman signed the Wells-Mills Bill into law, establishing the State Police as a full-service police agency.  The Cavalry Club is the site of Camp Newayo, where the first 232 Troopers received their training starting in June of 1917.  "The New York State Police built a 100-year legacy of innovation and excellence in public service, giving it the well-deserved recognition as one of the most highly-respected law enforcement agencies in the nation,” Governor Cuomo said.  "From Buffalo to Plattsburgh to New York City and everywhere in between, Troopers put their own safety on the line each day to protect all of us.  I join the State Police in celebrating this important milestone, and on behalf of all New Yorkers, I congratulate and thank all Troopers for their outstanding service."  Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said, "Since the days when troopers protected our rural communities on horseback, they have been a force for law, order and justice.  From highway patrols to the highest level investigations, our state police force is unmatched in its professionalism and dedication to duty that remains as strong today as it was 100 years ago.  As we celebrate this milestone in the history of a truly great law enforcement agency, we offer our congratulations and deepest gratitude to the men and women whose willingness to serve and sacrifice touches the lives of every New Yorker."  State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, "Since April 11, 1917, the State Police have been committed to helping New Yorkers by providing them with friendly, professional service.  I am humbled and honored to serve as Superintendent as we celebrate our centennial, and I encourage everyone to join us and learn about the outstanding work our sworn and civilian members perform each and every day."  As part of this year’s Centennial celebration, each State Police Troop will host an open house for the public, starting on April 29 with Troop D in Oneida and continuing with other Troops throughout the summer and into October.  Each open house will feature a travelling exhibit showcasing State Police history.  Information on the schedule of open houses, along with a timeline of historical events and photographs, can be found at the centennial website: centennial.troopers.ny.gov. The State Police will also unveil a brand new exhibit at the New York State Fair, which runs from August 23-September 4.  The idea for a State Police force started in 1913, when a construction foreman named Sam Howell was murdered while delivering payroll to a jobsite in Westchester County.  Before he died, Howell was able to identify his attackers as a group of men he recently released from the construction site, due to poor performance.  Even with this information, the men were never apprehended.  His employer, Miss Moyca Newell, and her friend, author Katherine Mayo, concerned by the state of rural law enforcement, started the movement to form a state police force to provide police protection in all of New York’s rural areas.  In June of 1917, the first Recruit Troopers started their training in Manlius, NY at Camp Newayo, named for Newell and Mayo.  When training ended that fall, the original 232 Troopers were sent to their first assignment to patrol the New York State Fair, then set out on horseback to start policing the State's rural areas.  There are currently more than 5,600 sworn and civilian members in 11 Troops across the State, including Troop NYC based in New York City.  The New York State Police is a full service police agency.  In addition to the uniformed force, there are more than 1,000 members of the plainclothes Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which investigates felonies and major crimes, and is able to assist local law enforcement agencies that don’t have the resources to undertake major criminal investigations.  The State Police also support the state Office of Counter Terrorism and manage the New York State Intelligence Center, which brings together federal, state and local agencies to analyze and share information on terrorism and related crimes.  Other specialized details include the Aviation Unit, Special Operations Response Team, Canine Unit, Dive Team, the Community Narcotics Enforcement team, and the Bomb Disposal Unit.

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Tennessee Highway Patrol launches distracted driving campaign

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Shelby County Sheriff's Office deputy Sgt. Vernon Greer weaved through traffic on Germantown Parkway and pulled over a gray SUV Monday morning.  The driver was attempting to make a phone call when Greer pulled over the vehicle.  "The call itself is not against the law, it is the fact that the driver was not devoting full attention to the road," Greer said.  "The driver was issued a citation for failing to devote full attention to the road."  Local police joined the Tennessee Highway Safety Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol in Memphis Monday for the launch of the statewide distracted driving campaign.  For the first time, the Highway Patrol brought in its distracted driving enforcement bus to crack down on distracted drivers on roadways, said Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Chris Richardson.  "If they don't pay attention to a big old bus that says State Trooper on it, you know they are not paying attention to the roadway and the other motorists out there," Richardson said.  "Anything that takes your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel or mind off driving is a distraction.  Whether it's using that cell phone, or people doing their hair and makeup and even reading the newspaper.  We have seen all of that."  Police issued a total of 22 tickets, including eight for texting in about 45 minutes Monday on roadways including Interstate 40, Germantown Parkway and Stage roads.  Drivers face a $50 fine for distracted driving and, if the offense reoccurs, possible suspension of the drivers’ license, Richardson said.  The statewide crackdown is part of the month long National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and also the state Safety Office's third annual "Thumbs Down to Texting and Driving" campaign.  According to the NHTSA, nearly 3,500 people were killed and about 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015, the latest figures available.  Paul Atchley, a psychology professor at the University of Kansas, who has done research on distracted drivers for the last 15 years, said distracted driving is a major factor on roadways.  "All the research we have available says that someone using a phone while driving is equivalent to or maybe worse than a drunk driver, Atchley said.  "There have been multiple studies that have looked at this.  We have been doing research on phones in cars for 50 years.  This is not a new research area.  But when you compare a drunk driver to a distracted driver scenario, the drunk driver actually drives better."  Atchley added that education and awareness campaigns need to be coupled with legislation and enforcement to make an impact on the issue.  "The roads have been increasingly riskier over the last 10 years and distracted driving is one of the biggest causes," Atchley said.

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Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper killed in crash

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The Wisconsin State Patrol trooper killed early Tuesday morning when he lost control of his patrol car and crashed on I-90/94 near Wisconsin Dells has been identified as Anthony J. Borostowski of Tomah.  The crash happened at about 4:30 a.m. on the eastbound side of the highway near marker 89, the Sauk County Sheriff's Office said.  Borostowski was on duty at the time of the crash, but it wasn't known if he was in pursuit of a vehicle.  The Sheriff's Office was asked by the State Patrol to conduct the investigation.  The preliminary investigation showed the trooper lost control of his patrol car, with the car going off the road and into the roadside ditch, hitting a tree.  The trooper was pronounced dead at the scene.  Gov. Scott Walker issued a statement after learning of Borostowski's death.  "Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the loss of Anthony Borostowski, who passed away early this morning in the line of duty," Walker said.  "I had the honor of meeting him in 2015, when he received the Wisconsin State Patrol's lifesaving award for saving a man's life by performing CPR," Walker said.

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State Police land ex-UM football player

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Cam Gordon had just been cut by the Kansas City Chiefs and was “team hopping” in the National Football League when he found his second calling.  The former University of Michigan and New England Patriots linebacker is enlisting with the Michigan State Police.  “I came to the realization that I just wasn’t performing the way that I once was,” said Gordon, 25, a Detroit native and Inkster High School graduate whose bruising football career included three stress fractures in his back, a knee injury and multiple concussions.  “So I said, ‘What is another career that will allow me to have an impact, have influence on younger kids and also leave behind a positive legacy?’  Instantly, state trooper — law enforcement — jumped into my mind.”  State police last week extended a conditional job offer to Gordon that would make him an official member of the next trooper recruiting school.  Gordon fills multiple needs for his new team, which is seeking young talent as hundreds of state police become eligible to retire in the next three years.  As an African-American, he also complements the department’s efforts to boost diversity in what remains a predominately white police force.  “I’ve heard it’s tough,” said Gordon, who signed with the Patriots in 2014 as an undrafted free agent.  “I don’t want to go in there thinking, ‘Oh, man, I played pro.  This is going to be easy.’  I don’t want to take it lightly.”  Gordon, whose older brother works for the Detroit Police Department, said he always has looked up to law enforcement officers and wants to help improve any negative perceptions that may exist.  “I feel like I can be the difference and have a positive impact,” he said.

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Wisconsin State Patrol welcomes 41 new troopers

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After more than six months of intense training, 41 Wisconsin State Patrol officers were sworn in Friday at a graduation ceremony in La Crosse.  Joshua Helmer of Fond du Lac was among the officers and will serve as a trooper in the Northeast Region and Fond du Lac County.  The new officers began their training as cadets in the 62nd Recruit Class at the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy at Fort McCoy on Oct. 2, 2016.  Their comprehensive training has prepared them for law enforcement careers as either State Patrol troopers or inspectors in the state.  Troopers patrol highways to enforce traffic safety and criminal laws while inspectors focus primarily on enforcement of motor carrier safety laws and regulations.  “Throughout their rigorous training, our newest officers displayed the mental, physical, and emotional strength needed for the State Patrol’s traffic and public safety missions,” said Capt. Paul Matl, commander of the State Patrol Academy, in a recent press release.  “They successfully completed training in an array of subjects including traffic and criminal law, firearms marksmanship, emergency vehicle operations, crisis management and traffic crash investigations.  They will continue their training and education throughout their careers.”

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Wisconsin State Patrol welcomes 41 new troopers

Wisconsin graduation April 2017

After more than six months of intense training, 41 Wisconsin State Patrol officers were sworn in Friday at a graduation ceremony in La Crosse.  Joshua Helmer of Fond du Lac was among the officers and will serve as a trooper in the Northeast Region and Fond du Lac County.  The new officers began their training as cadets in the 62nd Recruit Class at the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy at Fort McCoy on Oct. 2, 2016.  Their comprehensive training has prepared them for law enforcement careers as either State Patrol troopers or inspectors in the state.  Troopers patrol highways to enforce traffic safety and criminal laws while inspectors focus primarily on enforcement of motor carrier safety laws and regulations.  “Throughout their rigorous training, our newest officers displayed the mental, physical, and emotional strength needed for the State Patrol’s traffic and public safety missions,” said Capt. Paul Matl, commander of the State Patrol Academy, in a recent press release.  “They successfully completed training in an array of subjects including traffic and criminal law, firearms marksmanship, emergency vehicle operations, crisis management and traffic crash investigations.  They will continue their training and education throughout their careers.”

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Maine State Police welcome 8 new troopers

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Maine State Police welcomed eight new troopers Friday.  They received their badges at a graduation ceremony at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.  After eighteen weeks of training required of all police students, Maine’s newest troopers completed an additional ten weeks of specialized State Police training.  There are currently 19 vacancies in the department.  The graduating class honored tradition of paying tribute to fallen state troopers.  The State Police Chief administered the oath of office and discussed the changing society in which these graduates will be working.  “You do not have to look far throughout the country to see that we are divided and that each side has little tolerance for the opposite’s opinions or viewpoints.  There is less self-responsibility today than ever before.  It’s always somebody else’s fault.  I don’t know how this has happened to our society but we seem to thrive on conflict. This is why we have invested huge amounts of time, energy, and money into providing you the best training possible, because you are a pivotal part of bringing calmness to the chaos,” said Col. Robert Williams.  The new troopers will be partnered with veteran troopers before patrolling on their own.

To watch video, go to:  https://wabi.tv/2017/04/07/maine-state-police-welcome-eight-new-troopers/

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R.I. State Police: Man's road rage led to fatal crash 'that should have never occurred'

RISP Road Rage

Numerous 911 calls from other drivers helped the state police piece together the events leading to the “road rage” crash that killed Erik Salazar — a 22-year-old Brooklyn man who was driving on Route 295 in Johnston last week.  Mitchell Savard, 41, was driving north in the high-speed lane of Route 295 when he switched lanes, cutting off a tow truck driver at about 9:50 a.m. on March 30.  The driver of the tow truck honked at Savard, state police said.  Savard, of Woonsocket, then began to “continually apply his brakes,” Capt. Matthew Moynihan said at a news conference at state police headquarters Wednesday. This behavior is “indicative of road rage,” he said.  After doing the “brake dance” for a few minutes Moynihan said Savard stopped his car in the center lane of the highway.  The driver of the tow truck — 28-year-old Trevor Armstrong — slammed his brakes.  Armstrong, of Bristol, Connecticut, suffered minor injuries.  A third vehicle, the box truck driven by Salazar, crashed into Armstrong’s truck. Moynihan said Salazar’s view of the road was obstructed by another vehicle that swerved out of the way.  Salazar was driving with 23-year-old Andy Salgado, also of Brooklyn, in the passenger seat.  Salgado remains in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital.  Savard did not report injuries, the police said.  “We are upset about this tragic event,” Moynihan said.  “This crash should’ve never occurred.  It was completely avoidable.”

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Maryland State Police to crack down on distracted driving

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Maryland State Police plan to aggressively ticket motorists who are caught using their cellphones or doing other things that pull their attention from the roadway.  Capt. Michael Fluharty, commander of the state police barracks in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties, said troopers are going to work overtime to look for people who are breaking distracted-driving laws, such as using their cellphones, putting on makeup and reading maps.  "We don't like to write the tickets," he said.  "But it's the best way to get the message across."  He said the tickets will cost $83.  The initiative started across the state on Saturday to kick off Distracted Driving Month.  Fluharty said motorists still will be allowed to change radio stations and speak on their cellphones via Bluetooth.  He said the push against distracted driving is timely, considering 13 senior citizens were killed in Texas last week when their church bus was struck by a driver who a witness alleged was texting.  It has been estimated that a person texting takes his or her eyes off the road for an average of five seconds.  That is like covering the length of a football field while driving blindfolded at 55 mph, according to a state police news release.  Motorists often are unaware that diverting their attention from the road can unconsciously lead to unsafe driving behavior, such as failure to drive in a single lane, following too closely or failing to reduce speed to avoid a crash.  Drivers should eliminate any activity while driving that diverts their eyes from the roadway, their hands from the steering wheel or their awareness of the traffic conditions around them, the release said.  The Maryland Highway Safety Office determined that distracted driving causes crashes that result in more than 31,100 injuries across the state each year.  Under Maryland law, also known as Jake’s Law, a driver causing serious injury or death while talking on a handheld cellphone or texting could receive up to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.  These are primary offenses, and police officers can stop drivers when those activities are observed, regardless of the presence of other violations.  How to prevent distracted driving as a passenger: Request that the driver put down the cellphone while behind the wheel.  Offer to send a text or make a call for the driver, so he or she can focus on the road.  Offer to help watch the road.  As a parent:  Be a good role model and practice what you preach.   Do not call or text your child if you know he or she might be driving.  As a driver:  Turn off your cellphone while you are driving.  Pull off to the side of the road to send a text or make a cellphone call.  If you think you will be tempted to check your cellphone, avoid the temptation by putting it in the trunk or the back seat.

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Louisiana State Police get 46 new troopers

LSP Graduates April 2017

Louisiana has 46 new state troopers.  Louisiana State Police held a graduation ceremony Wednesday for its latest cadet class, the 95th in their history.  Graduating troopers got gold boot badges at a ceremony in Baton Rouge.  The new troopers will participate in a 10-week field training program under the supervision of a senior trooper and then will be deployed around the state.  The troopers have been in training for 22 weeks since November. Sixty-four potential candidates started the training, and 46 finished it.  Training areas include physical fitness, crash investigation techniques, emergency vehicle operations, impaired driving detection and traffic incident management.

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State Police: $13.7M in drugs seized this year

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State troopers seized $13,755,803 in illegal drugs through the first three months of 2017, according to an announcement Wednesday by the Pennsylvania State Police.  Heroin accounted for the vast majority of seizures — 29.26 pounds valued at $10,194,375. Troopers also confiscated fentanyl totaling 8.5 pounds, valued at $52,000, as well as a mishmash of 4,075 pills, including prescription opioids.  More than 3,500 people died of a drug overdose in Pennsylvania in 2015, with heroin and prescription opioids found in a majority of the cases.  “Heroin is the big thing we’re seeing now,” said Cpl. Adam Reed, state police communications director.  “You are seeing more and more of that across the state.”  Heroin seizures are on pace to exceed 2016 totals, when 100 pounds valued at $34.2 million were seized.  Trooper Rick Blair, public information officer based at the Milton barracks, said the state trend of heroin as the drug of choice is evident locally.  “We’re seeing the same thing,” Blair said.  The totals from the state police show proactivity in a job that’s often reactive, Blair said.  Troopers are making traffic stops or responding to 911 calls, and they’re looking beyond the obvious.  A speeding violation led to the arrest of a New York man accused of delivering 2.27 pounds of cocaine to Cleveland, Ohio.  He was stopped while traveling west on Interstate 80 in White Deer Township, Union County.  Charges were filed by troopers from the Lamar station.  The stop netted a third of the 6.6 pounds of cocaine seized across the state this year.  “They’re seeking clues and other identifying factors to say, ‘You know, we may have someone stopped that might be more than a speeding violation,’” Blair said.  In addition to opioids, state police confiscated 22.2 pounds of methamphetamine valued at $1,004,642 as well as 539 pounds of processed marijuana valued at $1,884,625.  A December arrest — falling just outside first quarter 2017 figures — on Interstate 80 in Valley Township, Montour County, netted 67 pounds of marijuana valued at $402,000.  The types and amounts of illegal drugs seized at any one time are unpredictable.  Reed said the totals are a combination of multiple large busts and many more smaller seizures.  It’s not just during traffic stops, either.  “We have troopers seeking drugs at shipping facilities, train stations and airports,” Reed said.

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Godson of fallen trooper in Ohio receives special badge number

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New Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper A.J. Torres was given a badge number with a symbolic meaning to him and his family.  After completing his training at the Highway Patrol’s training academy, Torres, 21, was assigned badge number 511, which corresponds to the unit number of fallen trooper Kenneth Velez.  Velez was Torres’ godfather and the gesture by the Highway Patrol was not left unnoticed.  Torres said he was initially assigned a different badge number and completely in the dark about the symbolic gesture until after he was pinned, the day before his graduation from the academy.   “At first I didn’t recognize it, but then when I went back, it clicked and said, ‘man, this is my uncle’s number,’ ” Torres said.  Velez, 48, died in the line of duty Sept. 15, 2016, from injuries suffered in an accident on Interstate 90 in Cleveland while conducting traffic enforcement.  Torres completed his first shift with the Elyria Post and said he was excited to put what he had learned into practice after working hard at the academy.  Torres is assigned to the same post as his father, also named A.J. Torres.  The elder Torres was named Highway Patrol’s retired Trooper of the Year for 2016 and served as a trooper with the Elyria Post for 26 years.  The younger Torres said growing up in a police family had an enormous influence on his decision to enter the academy and become a trooper.  Torres said he admired the memories of growing up in a police family and has always been a part of the police culture.  He said he remembers always seeing his father’s police cruiser in the backyard and the sage advice given to him by Velez.  “My uncle was always a huge influence and just said if you want to do it, just do it,” Torres said.

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Vermont State Police receives CALEA Accreditation

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The Department of Public Safety and the Vermont State Police are proud to announce that the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®) has awarded the Vermont State Police with official CALEA Accreditation.  Received this past weekend, this CALEA award makes the Vermont State Police the second Vermont law enforcement agency to currently meet the state-of-the-art standards required for this national law enforcement recognition.  The CALEA Accreditation award was presented to Vermont State Police Director Colonel Matthew T. Birmingham, and Office of Professional Standards Commander Lieutenant Dee Barbic in Mobile, Alabama Saturday evening.  The recognition comes after a multi-year effort, overseen and coordinated by Lieutenant Barbic, to identify and address areas within the Vermont State Police requiring improvement to meet CALEA standards.  Colonel Birmingham commented after receiving the award, “I want to thank all members of the Vermont State Police, and especially Lieutenant Barbic, for their efforts in achieving this award. As a law enforcement agency working for all Vermonters, we hold ourselves to the highest professional standards on a daily basis, and want Vermonters to be assured of that.  The CALEA accreditation is a standard Vermonters can be proud of, and hold us to as we serve around the state.”  Department of Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson also congratulated VSP on the achievement, “As an organization solely dedicated to improving the delivery of public safety services, the CALEA Accreditation achieved by the Vermont State Police is highly meaningful and important.  Holding law enforcement agencies to high professional standards for performance and training translates to improved and more professional service to our citizens.  I am very proud to be working with and for an organization with these kinds of high standards in law enforcement.  My thanks to Colonel Birmingham and Lieutenant Barbic for their outstanding work in achieving this accreditation”.  The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®) was created in 1979 to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence.  Achieving and maintaining “accredited status” is an on-going project for all accredited law enforcement agencies and requires constant monitoring and periodic updating of policies and procedures to ensure compliance with internationally accepted law enforcement accreditation standards.  This accreditation program provides public safety agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards.  Please visit the CALEA website for more information.  With this award, the Vermont State Police becomes the 10th state police agency in the country to be CALEA accredited.  Currently, there are 634 fully accredited law enforcement agencies, including the UVM Police Department, in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.  CALEA Accreditation is guaranteed for 4 years, however agencies must continue to meet the standards required by CALEA to retain the recognition beyond that period.

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