Texas Highway Patrol now has a 1,080-hp Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat cruiser

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Anyone driving in Texas should beware. The Texas Highway Patrol now has a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody pumping out 1,080 hp.

The car was awarded to the Texas Department of Public Safety, which encompasses the Highway Patrol, by a judge, according to a Facebook post by the agency. It seems the Hellcat was once the property of a criminal suspect.

“The 1,080 hp Dodge Hellcat went from evading law enforcement in Harris Co. to now catching criminals wherever it roams in Texas,” the post reads.

The four-digit horsepower output quoted by the cops also indicates the Hellcat has been modified. Recall that the Hellcat’s 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 initially produced 707 hp (and 650 lb-ft of torque) from the factory. For the 2019 model year, it got a boost to 717 hp and 656 lb-ft of torque for the standard version, and 797 hp and 707 lb-ft of torque for the Hellcat Redeye version.

This isn’t the first time cops have enlisted a Challenger. The Florida Highway Patrol unveiled a Challenger police car in 2019, although that was based on the naturally aspirated 5.7-liter V-8 R/T model rated at 372 hp. The Challenger’s four-door Charger sibling has also become a staple of police fleets.

The Challenger and Charger are going away after the 2023 model year. Dodge is sending them off with a series of seven Last Call models, after which it will shift focus to electrified cars. Dodge’s first EV, a performance car previewed by the Charger Daytona SRT concept, is scheduled to arrive in 2024. When it does, maybe it will be pressed into police service as well.Line

Maryland state police airlift injured hunter from wooded area

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October 8, 2022

Maryland state police rescued an injured hunter from a remote, wooded section of Howard County, using a helicopter to retrieve him from the ground and airlift him to a hospital.

The rescue took place just after 8 a.m. Friday, after the hunter had fallen between 20 and 30 feet from a tree stand off the Cascade Falls Trail in Ellicott City, state police said in a statement.

The hunter had multiple broken ribs and a possible pelvic fracture, police said.

Howard County first responders determined that an ATV could not make it to the man, so they turned to state police, who dispatched a helicopter rescue crew.

As pilots hovered an AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter 150 feet above the scene, a state trooper, who also serves as a flight paramedic, dropped down to the injured hunter. The medic assessed the man’s injuries and, along with Howard County rescuers, secured him to an extraction platform. The hunter was hoisted up to the helicopter and flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment. His condition was not immediately available on Saturday.Line


Trooper recruits to graduate, begin careers with South Dakota Highway Patrol


PIERRE, S.D. — Eight South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper recruits are set to graduate Friday, Sept. 9, during a ceremony in Pierre.

Graduation ceremonies for Class 67 will start at 10 a.m. in the State Capitol Rotunda, and South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo will be the keynote speaker.

Class 67 recruits and their stations are:

Jason Abbitt – Northern Hills B

Andrew Correll – Pierre

Vernon Gebers – Sioux Falls

Seth Ireland – Mitchell

Terrell Janis – Badlands

Kyle Maciejewski – Rapid City B

Jordan Rentschler – Sioux Falls

Mychal Rydeen – Webster

“This graduation ceremony is the culmination of a process that took about a year starting with the recruits applying to the Highway Patrol and then being accepted,” said Col. Rick Miller, Superintendent of the state Highway Patrol. “They have worked hard to get here. They all have shown a great desire to serve and protect the public.”

Some of the new troopers were already certified law enforcement officers and have been working in the field on their own since Spring 2022. The other recruits are just finishing their training and will receive their new Highway Patrol vehicles after graduation on Friday.Line

New Jersey State Police alongside New York State Police send Aid to Hurricane Stricken Puerto Rico

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New York and New Jersey Troopers line up before taking flight to Puerto Rico

September brought, yet another, devastating natural disaster to Puerto Rico.  Her name Fiona.  Over 100 New Jersey and New York State Police (combined) were initially deployed to Puerto Rico to assist with the recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona in late September.  The mission was primarily humanitarian in nature with additional efforts focused on traffic detail, distribution of much needed water and food supplies, as well as individual welfare checks.

The Category 1 Hurricane, Fiona, resulted significant infrastructure damage as well as massive power outages and even an island wide blackout in the Southwest Region.   In addition, a post-tropical cyclone only compounded the effects and resulted in catastrophic flooding and substantial winds.  All this devastation to an already damaged area which was still recovering from a series of earthquakes in recent years.

New Jersey’s Governor Murphy recalled New Jersey’s own devastation after a Hurricane, when making a statement of understanding and compassion for those in Puerto Rico. Col. Patrick Callahan, the New Jersey State Police Superintendent sited the vow made during the recovery from Hurricane Maria (2017) that if Puerto Rico ever needed them again The New Jersey State Police would render assistance.  Additionally, New York’s State Police also have a history of assistance with Puerto Rico and pledged ongoing assistance if needed.  During this mission New York State Police were primary made up of Spanish speaking State Police to assist with the potential language barrier. 

The initial troopers deployed to Puerto Rico have begun to, safely, return from their 2-week deployment. New York State Police Major Harold Litardo reported a warm welcome from the people and local government of Puerto Rico.  He also praised the Puerto Rican police for their organizational efforts to outline where and what was needed from the NJ and NY state police.  New Jersey State Police Major Chris DeMaise also described the genuine appreciation he and all the troopers felt as they provided assistance throughout the areas impacted the most.

To read more about the relief efforts link to the NJSP and NYSP Social Media Platforms. Line

Indiana State Police trooper helps deliver a baby


September 1, 2022

Wednesday, an Indiana State Trooper saved the day, and delivered a baby at a home in French Lick.

Just before 5:30 p.m, dispatch received a call that there was a female who was in active labor at her house and did not think she could make it to the hospital.

While the call was being dispatched, Trooper Mackenzi Alexander recognized the address to be only a few minutes away and rushed to help. Once she arrived, she was able to get the woman in a comfortable position while waiting for EMS to arrive.

Trooper Alexander, who has prior EMS training and is a certified EMT, was able to time the contractions and found them to be a minute apart. The trooper quickly gathered towels and blankets for the delivery of the baby, as local firefighters arrived on scene.

A few minutes later, Trooper Alexander delivered the baby, and a fireman assisted while she unwrapped the umbilical cord from around the baby’s neck and arm.

Local EMS arrived on scene a few minutes later to clamp and cut the umbilical cord.

ISP tells 44News, mother and baby were transported to the hospital, and are doing great.Line

DPS Graduates 45 New Texas Highway Patrol Troopers

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August 30, 2022

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) commissioned 45 new Texas Highway Patrol Troopers from recruit class A-2022 during a graduation ceremony on Friday, August 26. The department was honored to have Texas Governor Greg Abbott give the keynote address.

“Each member of A-2022 has trained extremely hard and pushed themselves to the limits to get here today,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “The department is proud to welcome them to the DPS family and I know they will go on to do great things in service of our great state.”

The ceremony was held at Great Hills Baptist Church in Austin. This was the department’s 169th recruit class, with trooper trainees ranging in age from 21 to 54 years old.

“We honor the hard work each of you have put in to get to this moment, and we celebrate alongside your friends and family members,” said PSC Chairman Steven P. Mach. “You have made a commitment to protect and serve the people of this great state. You are the first line of defense, and we thank you for your willingness to join the Texas Highway Patrol.”

The recruits underwent a 28-week training academy to graduate, which tested them mentally and physically. This year’s recruit class included 17 military veterans and 13 recruits with prior law enforcement experience.

Of the 45 graduates, 11 come from other states and 13 speak more than one language. During the academy, one trooper trainee welcomed a child to their family and one trainee got married.

The newly commissioned Troopers will report to their individual duty stations on September 18.

You can view more photos today’s graduation ceremony on the DPS Facebook page.Line

2023 America’s Best Looking Trooper Cruisers Calendars- Get Yours Today

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We are pleased to announce the arrival of the AAST 2023 “America’s Best Looking Trooper Cruiser” Calendars. Congratulations, again, to Kentucky for winning the cover!

When purchasing one or more of these, 13 month, Calendars you will be supporting the
American Association of State Trooper Foundation. 100% of net proceeds goes directly towards the AAST Foundation which provides post-secondary financial scholarships to eligible dependents of trooper members across the county. To date AAST has awarded over 3 million to over 4,000 students to advance in their educational achievements.

We thank you all for your support and contribution to such a worthy and beneficial program.

These calendars can be purchased on our website www.statetroopers.org or directly by contacting our office at (850) 385-7904 x 201Line

FHP’s providing Service to South Florida and Hurricane Response Efforts




FHP’s response to Hurricane Ian has been both swift and exceptional. Executing the deployment of their mobile command center FHP was, quickly, able to provide enhanced communication skills as well as additional resources to the areas most effected.

More than 200 extra FHP troopers have been deployed to work throughout the Ft. Myers, Sarasota, Arcadia, Seminole County, and Orlando areas, just to name a few.

FHP has utilized high-water rescue vehicles to aid in the search and rescue efforts and has used fixed-wing aircraft to assess traffic resources and assess damaged roadways.

The search and rescue efforts ranged from; stranded motorists, disabled vehicles due to flood waters, as well as using ATV’s and UTV’s to assist with rescue in less urban areas and those trapped due to down power lines and impassable roadways.

In addition, FHP has been hands on in the communities, assisting with basic need supplies, removing storm debris, dispensing water, putting up tarps on damaged roofs, and overall clean up efforts.

We are very proud of all the hard work and tireless efforts these men and women continue to demonstrate in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. Thank you all. Line

State trooper returns home after receiving multiple gunshot wounds last month


Oct. 2, 2022

A Washington State Trooper returned home on Sunday after he was shot multiple times last month.

Trooper Dean Atkinson Jr., a five-year veteran of state patrol, was shot in the left hand and face multiple times, according to the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. Atkinson managed to drive himself to the Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla before he was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for lifesaving treatment.

His family told the Union-Bulletin he is expected to make a full recovery.

Brandon O’Neel, 37, of Walla Walla, was arrested shortly after the shooting. He has been charged with attempted first-degree murder with a firearm, first-degree assault with a firearm and attempting to elude with a firearm, the Union-Bulletin said.

O’Neel used his vehicle to ram Atkinson’s police cruiser before he shot at him, officials said. A multi-agency team is investigating the shooting.

“Trooper Atkinson’s road to recovery will now continue with his family, friends, and colleagues at his side in the community he serves,” the Washington State Patrol said in a statement. “The outpour of community support, thoughts, and prayers for Trooper Atkinson and his family have been immensely appreciated.”Line

MA State Trooper Reunites With Girl He Helped Deliver 9 Years Ago


DARTMOUTH, Mass— It was a "wow" moment for Massachusetts State Police at a Family Fun Day event held by Hope Evangelical Community Church over the weekend. A 9-year-old girl, inspired to become a police officer because of the heroic actions of an officer who saved her life at birth, was reunited with the man for the first time since that terrifying day.

When Amiyah was born, the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck, a complication that, although not extremely uncommon, can potentially cause strangulation or other birth injuries. New Bedford Police Officer Nate Monteiro delivered the baby and quickly unwrapped the umbilical cord, potentially saving her life.

Since that day, 9 years ago, Officer Monteiro has joined the Massachusetts State Police as a member of the Recruitment and Diversity unit.

When Amiyah told officers of her story at the Family Fun Day, they called now Trooper Monteiro at home. He arrived at the event to meet the little girl he had kept safe as he brought her into the world all those years ago.

There, the two reunited for the first time. Trooper Monteiro and Amiyah hugged and she got the chance to thank the man who inspired her to follow her own dreams in becoming a police officer one day.

"There was, after all, nine years of catching up to do," Massachusetts State Police said.Line

Florida Highway Patrol on Hurricane "Ian" watch

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FHP- Ready and on Hurricane watch in Tampa Florida.. stay up to date on hurricane information @ https://www.flhsmv.govLine

West Virginia State Police swears in largest cadet class in nearly 30 years

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West Virginia State Police cadets are sworn in on Monday during a ceremony at the State Police Academy.

Monday, August 29th 2022

INSTITUTE, W.Va. — State Police Superintendent Col. Jan Cahill says an increase in locality pay this year is one of the reasons why they’re seeing an uptick in recruitment.

“We’ve had three pay raises over the last five years, but the last one was historic,” Cahill told MetroNews.

State lawmakers approved a $10,000 pay raise for troopers earlier this year. Cahill said the raise, which kicked in July 1, has lead to the largest cadet class in nearly 30 years.

The 71st Cadet Class was sworn in during a ceremony Monday morning at the State Police Academy in Institute. There are 63 new members, the most since 1994.

“It’s our second largest class we’ve hired in our 103 year history, so as you can imagine we’re extremely excited about this,” Cahill said.

Cahill called it “a hybrid/blended class” that is a mixture of 38 certified officers and 25 non-certified officers. The certified officers will start conducting rotations across the state as part of their training.

“If an officer is from Princeton, he’s going to go to Wheeling or Martinsburg and work all over the state,” Cahill said. “We feel like that makes a more well-rounded trooper.”

The non-certified officers will start rotations after graduation. All 63 new members will graduate on the same day.

Cahill said he believes expanding testing opportunities to other parts of the state have also generated interest in becoming a trooper.

“We go to Charles Town, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Beckley, Elkins. Way back many years ago if you wanted to test, you came here to Institute, but we go all over the state and even hire people from out-of-state,” he said.

State police training is expected to last 20 weeks.Line

NJ State Trooper Wins Four Gold Medals At US Police And Fire Championship Event

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TRENTON, NJ – A New Jersey State Trooper took home the gold…and the gold…and the gold…and the gold at this year’s annual police and fire championships.

“Earlier today, Colonel Patrick J. Callahan presented a letter of congratulations to Trooper Alan Laws, who recently won four gold medals at the 2022 United States Police & Fire Championships in San Diego, California,” the NJSP said in a statement today.

Trooper Laws won gold in the men’s 400 meter run, men’s 400 meter hurdles, 4×100 meter relay, and 4×400 meter relay.

The Colonel congratulated Trooper Laws for his achievement, his leadership, and representing the State Police with honor.Line

WWII vet, retired state trooper celebrates 100th birthday

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Aug. 27, 2022

Not much surprises Melville “Roy” Anderson, but a gathering of family, friends, and neighbors, as well as representatives from the Massachusetts State Police and the military, caught him off guard Saturday. They cheered his 100th birthday at a surprise party at the Red Rose.

“I’m overwhelmed with the turnout,” he said. “My entire street, all my neighbors are here. I can’t believe all these people came here.” Originally from Chicopee, he has lived in East Longmeadow since the 1960s.

His four children, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren were on hand to celebrate.

A World War II veteran, Anderson served as a gunner’s mate third-class, onboard the USS Meredosia protecting convoys on the North Atlantic route and later in the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific.

At his party Saturday, Lt. Cmdr. Josh Thompson, commanding officer of the Navy Reserve Center in Plainfield, Connecticut, presented Anderson with a letter of appreciation and commendation from Adm. Michael Gilday, chief of naval operations.

“That really meant something to me that an admiral sent a note like that,” Anderson said.

In 1947, he was appointed to the State Police initially as an emergency hire to help fill wartime vacancies but he became a full-time trooper within several months.

Over the course of his career, Anderson served as an aide to Gov. Christian Herter, commanded Troop B in Northampton, and Troop A in Framingham. In 1970, he was promoted to major and retired from the force a year later. He subsequently went to work as an investigator for the New England Telephone Co.

Anderson said the force has changed over the years and he is proud of serving as a trooper.

“There have been many changes that I have to thank these modern troopers for, making the job what it is today. I’m proud of the outfit. They have maintained their standards and they have done a great job,” he said.

Members of the State Police Commissioned Officers Association presented Anderson with a plaque commemorating his service on the force. Major Brendhan Shugrue noted that the plaque is common now for retirees, but the association did not exist when Anderson retired. The association were able to catch up to him and make sure he was remembered properly.

Anderson always enjoyed his golf, his friend Edward Sheehan said. The two worked together at the telephone company and served on the company credit union Board of Directors.

“He could always hit the ball well,” Sheehan said. “Always down the middle.”Line

Pennsylvania State Police Welcomes 64 New Troopers

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​Harrisburg, PA – Colonel Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, announced that 64 cadets have graduated from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. The class was the 164th to graduate from the academy in Hershey since it opened in 1960.

Colonel Evanchick told the cadets the rigorous training and education they received serve as the foundation of their careers.

"You will be scrutinized for every decision you make and sometimes for the decisions other law enforcement officers make," said Colonel Evanchick. "You need to be true to yourself, our Call of Honor, and do the right thing, even when doing the right thing may be the most difficult decision you will ever make."

Five cadets received special awards and recognition during today's ceremony at LCBC Manheim in Lancaster County:

Sean P. Gordon received the Ronald M. Sharpe Leadership Award for exemplifying the qualities of leadership and the John K. Schafer Memorial Award for the highest combined score on a series of physical skills tests;

Mitchell W. Obenrader received the American Legion Award for all-around academic, physical, ethical, and moral qualifications;

Nathan B. Burkhart received the Daniel F. Dunn High Scholastic Award for the highest level of academic achievement in the class;

Bryan J. Carlson received the Colonel Paul J. Chylak Memorial Driver Proficiency Award for the highest proficiency in driver safety training;

Roberto Spezza Jr. received the Sergeant Charles B. Gesford High Pistol Award for the highest score on the department's pistol qualification course.

The new troopers will report to the following stations on Sept. 6:

Troop B, Uniontown
Jordon R. Macfarlane
Dillan H. Nudi
Stephanie L. Seitz 

Troop D. Butler
Patrick J. McClure
Jessica A. Mosura 

Troop D. New Castle
Nathan B. Burkhart
Michael A. Forstrom Jr.
Garret L. Young 

Troop E, Corry
Joshua A. Kirwin 

Troop E, Erie
Haylee N. Schick 

Troop E, Meadville
Mitchell W. Obenrader 

Troop F, Milton
Jacob T. Horan
Joseph M. Yedlosky 

Troop F, Montoursville
Bryan J. Carlson
Dylan M. Houser
Gary W. Kunkle
Matthew R. Patrick

Troop G, Bedford
Cory A. Storm 

Troop G. Lewistown
Quinn A. Hunter
Cole L. Morey

Troop H. Carlisle
Tyler C. Black 

Troop H, Chambersburg
Christopher M. Alleman 

Troop H, Gettysburg
Parker M. Hoyt
Brock A. McCulloch 

Troop H, Harrisburg
George W. Martin III 

Troop H. Lykens
Dallas J. Bulsak 

Troop H. Newport
Logan P. Knesh
John P. Shannon 

Troop J, Avondale
Joseph W. Certo
Ryan J. McLaughlin
Joshua H. Padua
Jarrett D. Tolby 

Troop J, Embreeville
James Frank V
Adam M. Stata

Troop J, York
Olivia P. Gard
Jacob T. Goranson
Matthew J. Johnson
Ross B. Venman 

Troop K. Media
Sean P. Gordon
Nicholas P. Peroni 

Troop K, Philadelphia
Brian Jaraba
Michael J. Kessler
Jeremy S. Knell 

Troop K, Skippack
Reginald H. Washington 

Troop L, Jonestown
Mohammed N. Ahmad
Nicholas S. Mowry
Jamie L. Restanio
Ryan S. Schuetrumpf 

Troop L, Schuylkill Haven
Marc D. Buchhalter
Jordan T. Jimenez
Connor J. Nettles
Niklaus K. Yeastedt 

Troop M, Bethlehem
Michael J. Limoli 

Troop N, Lehighton
Shannon A. Grundmann
Roberto Spezza Jr.
Paul J. Steinmetz
Theodore J. Wilson Jr. 

Troop N, Hazleton
Stefan L. M. Lawson 

Troop N, Stroudsburg
Michael J. Besten Jr.
Alan M. Jadush
Paul D. Nye
Andy G. Singh 

Troop P, Towanda
Damon C. Barhight
Anthony J. Pisano