Governor Parson appoints new Superintendent of Missouri State Highway Patrol
Gov. Mike Parson appointed Col. Eric T. Olson as the 24th Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol on Tuesday afternoon. Parson said Olson has been the acting superintendent since Sept. 1. Olson replaced Colonel Sandy Karsten, whom Parson appointed as the Missouri Department of Public Safety Director in August. "Eric has the background experience a colonel needs," Parson said. Olson served as a Troop Commander for Troop A and an overseer for the patrol's division of Drug and Crime Control. "In all these positions, Eric has worked closely with the local law enforcement, he also has extensive experience working with federal law enforcement and the joint terrorism task force," Parson said. Olson was appointed to the Highway Patrol in July 1, 1990. He is also a graduate of the FBI's National Academy. Olson said he thanks Parson for the opportunity to lead the Highway Patrol. "This is certainly a humbling experience for me and I will do my best to represent the patrol that is consistent with those that have gone before me," Olson said. He said he wants to identify potential law enforcement needs for the citizen of Missouri and how the patrol can best contribute to public safety is a high priority. "Closely examining the use of allocated resources, safety for all patrol employees, opportunities to improve public service and strengthening diversity and recruiting for the agency will also receive my full attention," Olson said. Karsten said she believed Olson was the best choice to lead the Highway Patrol.
Alabama State trooper injured during tornado
A GoFundMe account has been set up for an Alabama State Trooper who was critically injured in a weekend tornado. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says the family of State Trooper Sgt. Robert Burroughs set up the account in the wake of Sunday’s massive tornado in Lee County. Burroughs, who is with the Opelika Highway Patrol Post, was injured when the tornado struck and destroyed his home. As of Tuesday, he remains in the Intensive Care Unit at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika. “Troopers responded to the community immediately following the storm and remain,” ALEA spokesman Cpl. Jess Thornton said. “Troopers have a strong sense of comradery and will surround the Burroughs family at this time and offer support both short and long term.” Burroughs is among more than 40 victims who were taken to area hospitals after the tornado devastated southern Lee County Sunday afternoon.
Nine new troopers graduate from Montana Highway Patrol academy
On Thursday, February 28, Montana Highway Patrol graduated nine new troopers for the MHP’s 65th class. The men and women who graduated completed 20 weeks of rigorous training and many graduates received recognition in areas of physical fitness and academic leadership. In a room full of family, friends, and loved ones, the troopers took their first steps into their careers after being sworn in. Brennen Plucker was honored with the Michael Haynes Memorial Grant for his exceptional work in training. The award is in memory of State Trooper Michael W. Haynes, who was killed on duty in his patrol car, which was struck by a drunk driver in March 2009. After being sworn in Plucker said, “Today’s important to me because this is the next step, this is the transition from my time in training to being out on the road and being able to make the impact that I set out do from the start.”
I-81 bridge named after slain Virginia State Trooper
A bridge on Interstate 81 is being named after fallen Virginia State Police Trooper Lucas Dowell. The Virginia House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate both unanimously passed a resolution this month to name a bridge in Smyth County after the officer. The bridge crosses over Whitetop Road and is located in Chilhowie. Dowell graduated from Chilhowie High School in 2009. The trooper died on Feb. 4 after being hit by gunfire while executing a search warrant at a residence in Cumberland County. Dowell was serving on the tactical team assisting the Piedmont Regional Drug and Task Force. Police returned fire and killed the suspect, identified as Corey Johnson, 44. Now that the bill has passed, the Virginia Department of Transportation would place and maintain appropriate markers indicating the designation of the bridge. The Senate passed it unanimously on Feb. 20 and the House passed it unanimously on Feb. 23. An effort also is underway to name bridge over the U.S. 29 Bypass at the Ambriar exit into the town of Amherst after Dowell. The petition was started by Steve Martin, owner of Martin's Body and Paint Shop in Amherst. Dowell was assigned to patrol Lynchburg and Amherst and Campbell counties and was based at the state police’s office in the Town of Amherst.
Cancer patient becomes an honorary Texas Ranger
Honorary police officer and cancer patient, Abigail Arias is now a Texas Ranger. Earlier this month, Freeport police department made her dreams come true by making her an honorary police officer. On Monday, her dreams were taken to the next level as she became an honorary Texas Ranger. Abigail was taken on a tour of the state capital and was also given a Texas Ranger hat, badge, and a pair of pink boots. Senator Larry Taylor even presented Abigail with a Senate Resolution in honor of her bravery during her fight with cancer.
New Mexico State Police surprise boy with ride in patrol car
State Police treated a boy who's battling a genetic disease to a huge surprise. Luis Aguilar is only 4 years old. He suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, which affects his nervous system. State Police heard that Aguilar's big wish was to have his picture taken in a cop car. "He's a kid. He loved it. Before his mom left she said, thank you for making my son's dream come true," State Police said. The special operations team not only took pictures with Aguilar, but they also took him for a ride and even showed him how their equipment works.
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West Virginia State Police recognized by Legislature for 100 years
The West Virginia Senate and House recognized members of the West Virginia State Police on Wednesday on the occasion of the agency’s 100th anniversary, which will be celebrated later this year. On June 19, the WVSP will celebrate its 100th anniversary, according to the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs & Public Safety. The state Senate celebrated Wednesday with the passing of Senate Resolution 52, and the state House honored the state police with a pre-floor session ceremony. According to the resolution, during the coal mine wars of the early 20th century, Gov. John Jacob Cornwell advocated for the formation of a statewide police force that would be a neutral agency between business and labor. On March 29, 1919, in a session of the West Virginia Legislature, a bill was passed creating the Department of Public Safety, also known as the West Virginia State Police. The resolution said it was passed after “hours of negotiation and heated debate.” It was signed by Cornwell on March 31, 1919, making it the sixth oldest state police agency in the country. The agency’s mission is to enforce criminal and traffic laws statewide, according to the resolution. It continues by saying, “with emphasis on providing basic enforcement and citizen protection from criminal depredation throughout the state and maintaining the safety of the state’s public streets, roads and highways.” In 1948, the West Virginia State Police Academy was constructed in Institute, where all West Virginia law enforcement officers are trained and certified. Other entities with the state police are the West Virginia State Police Forensic Crime Laboratory, the West Virginia Criminal Identification Bureau, the West Virginia Automated Police Network System and the West Virginia Intelligence Exchange. The resolution thanked the members of the state police for 100 years of serving citizens with “integrity, fairness, respect, honesty, courage and compassion.” “Therefore, be it resolved by the Senate: that the Senate hereby recognizes the West Virginia State Police on the occasion of its 100th anniversary; and, be it further resolved, that the Senate extends its most heartfelt thanks to the men and women of the West Virginia State Police for their dedication and commitment to protecting the citizens of West Virginia; and, be it further resolved, that the Senate extends its sincere gratitude and appreciation to the West Virginia State Police for the sacrifices they make every day to ensure our safety ...,” the resolution said.
Kelly Clarkson invites Kansas Highway Patrol troopers known for singing to join her on stage
The first ever American Idol and current superstar Kelly Clarkson had a surprise up her sleeve when she brought her “A Minute and a Glass of Wine” tour to Sprint Center last Thursday night. At one point during her show she invited two Kansas Highway Patrol troopers to join her on stage, and the crowd went wild. The two troopers, Lamonte Jackson and Mike Pagel, work as Kansas Capitol police officers. Clarkson played a portion of the police car karaoke video the two created in May 2018 before they joined her with their own microphones. Clarkson even chimed in as their backup singer as they performed, “Stand By Me.” See the awesome moment in the video above.
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Please note: The actual time on the video with the troopers and Kelly Clarkson begins at 14.23 minutes.
Driver Crashes into Alabama State trooper vehicle stopped along interstate
An Alabama State Trooper avoided serious injuries Sunday when his patrol car was struck by another vehicle on Interstate 59. Investigators said the trooper was parked off of the road on I-59 southbound near exit 89 in Tuscaloosa County. Troopers said a passenger vehicle driving southbound left the roadway and crashed into the back of the trooper's car and sideswiped a State Trooper SUV. A tow truck driver was also struck by the vehicle. Both the trooper and the tow truck driver were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The person driving the passenger vehicle was not injured. State Troopers said they are still investigating the wreck to find out what caused the driver to leave the road.
Women posts inspiring photo of West Virginia State trooper saluting funeral procession
A photo of a West Virginia State trooper saluting a funeral procession is inspiring people all over the country. Tonjia Ray-Tompkins posted the photo on Monday, writing that she moved back to Oceana, West Virginia, for the small-town feels that the trooper was displaying. "Small towns that pull over and sit as your loved one is carried out of town to their resting place," Tompkins wrote. "The people on the streets even stood still as we passed." The funeral procession was led by the state trooper, who at one point blocked all traffic and saluted each car until everyone reached the grave site, Ray-Tompkins wrote. "The people here are just different," Tompkins said. A spokeswoman for the West Virginia State Police identified the man in the photo as trooper Richard Paynter.
Iowa State Trooper hears unusual excuse by speeder
State troopers have probably heard every excuse from speeding drivers, but this claim was unusual. A man pulled over by an Iowa State Patrol trooper claimed he was driving more than 100 mph to “beat the bad weather,” KCCI reported. The trooper pulled the driver over Saturday near Fort Dodge after clocking him at 114 mph, the television station reported. The driver claimed he was trying to outrun a snowstorm that had been forecast for the state later Saturday, KCCI reported. The trooper did not buy that argument. The Iowa State Patrol posted the incident on its Facebook page and warned drivers to “slow down, put the phone down, and buckle up.”
Florida Highway Patrol Master Sergeant dies after training exercise
Master Sergeant Daniel Hinton suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in a defensive tactics training exercise at the Fort Myers FHP Station. He was transported to the Gulf Coast Medical Center where he passed away a short time later. Sergeant Hinton had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for 32 years and was assigned to the Criminal Interdiction Unit. He is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren.
Virginia State Police Graduates 129th Generation of New Troopers
On Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, the Commonwealth graduated its 129thgeneration of Virginia State Troopers. The 80 new troopers were presented their diplomas during commencement exercises at at the State Police Training Academy located at 7700 Midlothian Turnpike in North Chesterfield County. Governor Ralph Northam and Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Ryant Washington were in attendance of the graduation ceremony. The new troopers have received more than 1,300 hours of classroom and field instruction in more than 100 different subjects, including defensive tactics, crime scene investigation, ethics and leadership, survival Spanish, police professionalism, firearms, judicial procedures, officer survival, cultural diversity and crisis management. The members of the 129th Basic Session began their 30 weeks of academic, physical and practical training at the Academy July 25, 2018. The graduates of the 129th Basic Session are from every corner of the Commonwealth, as well as New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The new troopers will report to their individual duty assignments across Virginia the week of February 18. For their final phase of training, each trooper will spend an additional six weeks paired up with a Field Training Officer learning his or her new patrol area.
Lawmakers introduce bill to rename bridge after fallen Virginia State Police trooper
Lawmakers have introduced a bill to rename a bridge in honor of a fallen southwest Virginia state trooper. Virginia SB 1789 was introduced yesterday. If passed, it would designate the bridge on Interstate 81 over Whitetop Road as Trooper Lucas B. Dowell Bridge. That is the bridge at exit 35 in Chilhowie. Trooper Dowell was a Chilhowie native who was killed while helping serve a search warrant in Farmville, Virginia on February 4th.
Ohio State Highway Patrol announces new Superintendent
Richard Fambro grew up as one of three sons of a single mother in a home a mere five blocks east of the State Highway Patrol Training Academy on 17th Avenue. But he does not recall seeing a state trooper as a kid. He admired Columbus police, walking into the department’s headquarters as a young man to apply before thinking better of potentially being called upon to police friends and acquaintances in his inner-city neighborhood. A few weeks later, someone suggested he become a trooper. Fast forward nearly three decades and Fambro soon will become the first African American to lead the State Highway Patrol since its founding in 1933. Fambro was introduced as the next superintendent of the patrol, carrying the rank of colonel, Thursday morning by Gov. Mike DeWine and Public Safety Director Thomas Stickrath. Fambro, 53, has served as an assistant superintendent and lieutenant colonel in charge of planning, finance, personnel, logistics and security services since early last April. He was criminal-patrol commander for eight years and former commander of the personnel office. Fambro joined the State Highway Patrol in 1989 and once served as its news media spokesman. He also is a former commander of the Lancaster patrol post, where he began his career as a cadet dispatcher. He will succeed Col. Paul Pride, a near-30-year-veteran who is retiring effective March 15 after leading the Patrol’s 1,600 uniformed personnel and 1,000 support personnel since mid-2013. Fambro called his elevation “hard to put in perspective. It’s a blessing to have this opportunity. It speaks to the opportunity in the patrol, an organization rich with talent, rich with leadership.” Hundreds of troopers and cadets packed the training academy Thursday to hear from the governor, Fambro and Pride. Fambro said he and Stickrath are committed to increasing diversity among the state troopers — 9.6 percent are women and 7.8 percent are black. “As always, the division wishes to be as diverse as we can. We need to look like the population we serve. Diversity is at the top of our list,” Fambro said.