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.

4/6/17

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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.

4/5/17

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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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Trooper helps deliver Lombardi Trophy to Bangor after car hits deer

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Maine State Police Trooper Tyler Maloon acknowledges he never knows what he will encounter when he goes to work every day.  But he knows the call he handled early Saturday will be one for the books: He unexpectedly transported the Vince Lombardi Trophy.  The 23-year-old trooper responded Saturday to a report of an accident involving a northbound car that had struck a deer just after 1 a.m. on Interstate 95 near Exit 133 in Fairfield.  He offered to give the driver and passenger a ride to the Irving gas station in Pittsfield, where the driver’s father would be waiting to pick them up.  They were an amiable couple, Allen Lennox Jr. and his wife, Megan.  Their Mazda sedan had been damaged and was not drivable, so it had been towed away from the scene.  As they traveled the 17 miles north on the interstate to Pittsfield, Maloon chatted with the couple in the back seat.  “I said, ‘What brings you up here?  Just traveling?’ Maloon recalled asking.  “They said: ‘Yeah, we left today to try to beat the storm.  We have to be in Bangor for a presentation,’ and they started talking about a trophy.  I asked what they were talking about and she piped up and said her husband works for the Patriots and they have a trophy in the back seat.  “I didn’t say anything for a few minutes, and then I was like, ‘You’re telling me the Lombardi Trophy is in my car right now?’  Maloon said in an interview later Saturday that he learned Allen Lennox works for the New England Patriots’ team operations at Gillette Stadium.  The Patriots won Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5.  The couple were taking the Lombardi Trophy, which is awarded each year to the team that wins the Super Bowl, to Bangor for a presentation at the Cross Insurance Center.  They needed to be back in Massachusetts afterward for opening day Monday at Fenway Park, where another presentation is scheduled.“It was definitely mind-blowing,” Maloon said.  “I even said that in the car, and they both laughed.  It was cool.”  Driving in the dark with the Lennoxes to Pittsfield, Maloon did not see the trophy until they got to the Irving station off Somerset Avenue in Pittsfield.  Allen Lennox produced it from a case and bag, Maloon recalled.   “He took it out and let me touch it, and then he put it back,” he said, adding that Allen Lennox took Maloon’s photograph with the trophy.  The accident was the last call Maloon covered on his shift Saturday.  “I had 10 or 11 calls yesterday – three different crashes.  You never know what’s going to happen, being a trooper, on a day-to-day basis.”  When the young trooper reached home in Pittsfield, he posted a story on Facebook about the incident and Katie England, who handles social media for the Maine State Police, posted the story and photo on the state police Facebook page with Maloon’s comments.  “My mind was blown – seriously what are the odds!  A story for the ages!” Maloon’s post says.  In the post, he recounts the incident and his discovery.  A Patriots fan, Maloon was excited about his encounter, as was his girlfriend, two young children and other family members, including his grandparents who live in Pittsfield.  “People are just kind of mind-blown, just like I was, that the trophy was actually in our town for a short while,” Maloon said.

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Firefighters honored for saving state trooper's life

 

Department of Public Safety Trooper Ronald Slay underwent a physical assessment test on Sept. 8, 2016 at the Killeen DPS office and was driving home when he suddenly felt ill.  He stopped at Killeen Fire Station No. 3, and it’s a good thing he did, because he was suffering a major heart attack.  Firefighters John MacDonald, Brian Hammes, and Clark Channel checked him out as they waited for paramedics Matthew Harper and Chris Shelley to arrive.  On the way to the hospital, Harper and Shelly performed CPR after he went into cardiac arrest.  Slay made a full recovery and returned to work in January.  "We take a lot of things for granted and it was just a blessing to see the sun the grass the trees,” Slay said.  “I made it a habit when I recovered to go back and talk to those guys and send flowers and just let them know how much I appreciated them.  "The five firefighters were presented with the Department of Public Safety Director’s Award during a ceremony Friday at the Killeen Central Fire Station.  "In our day-to-day routine of taking patients to the hospital, we usually don't get to see what the outcome is or ever cross paths with that patient again,” MacDonald said.  “So it was really good to see the outcome and now we have a lifelong friendship with Mr. Slay.”

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Governor Bruce Rauner is declaring April 1st as Illinois State Police Day in honor of the landmark occasion

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The Illinois State Police is recognizing its 95th Anniversary and celebrating two upcoming cadet classes.  Governor Bruce Rauner is declaring April first as Illinois State Police Day in honor of the landmark occasion.  He is thanking Troopers for their service and sacrifices.  "I personally believe we have the finest state police force anywhere of any state in the nation.  Incredibly well trained.  Dedicated to their principals of integrity, service and pride."  As the agency marks it's birthday, State Police Director Leo Schmitz says he's pleased that over the next two years they will be able to hold two cadet classes and put about 170 new troopers out on the roads"  Our agency is looking forward to these classes.  Which we will train further troopers to become part of the Illinois State Police legacy to providing exceptional service to the citizens of the state of Illinois."  The State Police was created in 1922 and now has more than 25-hundred sworn personnel and civilians.

3/31/17

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Ohio Highway Patrol arresting more daytime drunk drivers

In 2015, OHP investigated four fatal drunk driving crashes in Delaware County.  The next year, that number spiked to eight.  It's a 100 percent increase.  Even more shocking, almost all of the crashes happened on a weekday, not on the weekend.  OHP said the trend extends to OVI arrests.  "Of the 400 OVI arrests we had last year, half of those were during the week," said Lt. Pirrone.  OHP has beefed up staffing in Delaware County where OVI arrests were up 15 percent in 2016.  Troopers said those arrests are not happening when most people think.  Even with limited manpower on the road, troopers in Delaware County said they're arresting about 15 drunk drivers every month between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.  "Basically half of all of our OVI arrests last year were during the day," said Lt. Pirrone.  Troopers point out if you see a driver swerving on the road at 2 a.m., you're likely to assume they're drunk.  "When you're driving down the road the middle of the day and you see that same driver, your assumption is 'oh, they're texting,'" said Lt. Pirrone.  Troopers are trying to change that mentality because they need everyone's help keeping impaired drivers off the road.  "We can't be everywhere.  But people are everywhere at all hours, so if you see something and you call us it's like an extra set of eyes for the highway patrol," said Lt. Pirrone.  Trooper's efforts seem to be making a difference.  OHP has only investigated one deadly car crash in Delaware County this year, compared to seven fatal crashes by this time last year.

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Highway Patrol busts multiple cars this month

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Whatever the Missouri State Highway Patrol is doing, it’s working.  Even if that means just working harder.  The Highway Patrol busted four vehicles this month that have led to more than 100 pounds of marijuana seized.  Sgt. Jake Angle said the troopers haven’t changed much that has led to this unusual amount.  He said they’re just out patrolling the area and trying to keep it safe.  “These are just our troopers going out working hard every day just conducting complete traffic stops; stopping cars and paying attention to what’s going on around them,” Angle said.  “Nothing’s going on.  We’re not doing anything special.  It’s just guys going out there, working hard, and through the course of those guys out there doing what they do every day, here lately, we just hit several fairly sizable seizures.”  The first bust came March 5.  It was a Sunday morning around 7 when troopers stopped a Nissan Sentra near the 63-mile marker on Interstate 29 in Andrew County.  Eight pounds of marijuana, ecstasy pills and $5,000 in U.S. currency were recovered that day.  The driver, Michael L. Nelson, 22, of Nebraska, and passenger Miya A. Jackson, 20, of California, were arrested for possession of a controlled substance and second-degree drug trafficking.  A little more than two weeks later, the patrol made three more stops in a five-day span that led to drug busts.  On Wednesday, March 22, Troop H found 47 pounds of pot along with two handguns after stopping a Honda Civic with four people inside at the 53-mile marker.  Those four individuals — Guillermo Cortez-Guzman, from Fellsmere, Florida, and Wenatchee, Washington, residents Elias Ramirez-Aguilar, Rosario Perez-Rodriguez and Beatriz Luna-Serato — all were charged with possession of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful use of a weapon.  The following day, a K-9 with Troop H led them to another bust, this time for 20 pounds of marijuana.  A Ford Fusion driven by Joseph Fartantonio of North Hollywood, California, was stopped near the 50-mile marker heading south on I-29.  Then, this past Sunday, a traffic chase led to another 26 pounds of marijuana.  The patrol stopped a fleeing car after the suspect crashed his Dodge Charger in Holt County.  Driver Charles E. Jones of Denver lost control of his vehicle at the 70-mile marker and crashed into a guardrail.  Jones was transported to Mosaic Life Care via Holt County ambulance, where he is in serious but stable condition.  He faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.  That’s 101 total pounds and eight people arrested.  “I don’t think Missouri was their final destination,” Angle said.  “It’s been kind of crazy here the last three or four weeks, but that’s good.”  Angle added they’ve found more than just marijuana.  Illegal weapons and fugitives from out of state also have been captured because of the stops.

3/30/17

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Domestic call turns violent on Trooper

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A veteran state trooper encountered a hostile situation when dispatched to an early morning call Tuesday in Lincoln County.  Corporal David Fry of the WVSP Hamlin Detachment was nearing the end of this shift when he responded to a domestic complaint at an apartment complex on Midway Road near the Lincoln-Kanawha County line, according to State Police Spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous.   “He could hear shouting from inside as he approached the apartment,” Baylous said Tuesday on MetroNews “Talkline.”  “The way the apartment was laid out he couldn’t see the male suspect inside, but he could see the female.  He was able to get her attention and get her to come out the door which most likely saved her life.”  Once the female fled the apartment, Fry came under a hail of gunfire from inside the apartment.  The suspect, identified as Jeremiah Yeager, 40, opened fire with a rifle.  Two of the shots struck Fry in the wrist and shoulder.  Earlier reports indicated Fry had also been shot in the leg.   Baylous said it turned out that report was inaccurate.  Fry returned fire as he retreated from the building.  “He returned fire at the suspect and it got to the point he was out of rounds in his pistol,” said Baylous.  “Because of the severity of his injury to his wrist, he didn’t have use of that hand and was unable to reload.”  Knowing he was in rural Lincoln County at 2 a.m. Fry realized backup would take a while, so he got into his cruiser and with two severe wounds began driving toward Charleston.  “Along the route he did encounter the female victim and tried to coax her into coming with  him,” Baylous said. “She was so frantic that she took off and hid in the woods or along the creek bank.”  Fry met the ambulance at the Southridge Shopping Center in Charleston and was transported on to CAMC via ambulance.  State police units responded to the scene where Yeager had barricaded himself inside the apartment.  State police incident response teams along with Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department deputies spent several hours attempting to establish communications with Yeager inside the home using robots normally deployed for explosive removal.  They were able to locate him in the bathtub of the apartment’s bathroom where the entry units were in position and did establish communication.  “He put the rifle aside, but he had a handgun still within reach which he was trying to conceal from the entry team,” Baylous explained.  “When they got in they did notice the handgun and there was a scuffle and they were able to take him into custody without injury to any other officers.Fry is being treated for his wounds and according to Baylous is doing remarkably well for the severity of the injuries.  He’s in serious, but stable condition.   The female victim is also being treated for her injuries suffered in the initial domestic violence incident and Yeager was taken to the hospital for evaluation for minor injuries he received during the apprehension.  Yeager is charged with domestic assault, domestic battery, malicious wounding, attempted murder on a police officer, obstruction, brandishing and strangulation.  He allegedly struck the woman several times with the gun.

3/29/17

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Ohio State Highway Patrol's Trooper of the Year

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A Lorain native committed to serving his community has been named Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year from among nine District Troopers of the Year across the state.  Ray Santiago is honored to be named trooper of the year, but says it is still unbelievable.  “It is all so surreal,” Santiago said.  “Once they called my name, I took a deep breath and did a mental checklist — kiss your wife, shake captain’s hand, and hug your mother — before walking to the stage.”  Santiago said he had no idea he would receive this recognition.  “It’s one of the state’s best kept secrets, literally,” he said.  “It’s human nature to want to know, but no one would budge.”  Santiago said his passion and longing to make a difference in the community came from a childhood dream of being a member of the military.  “I had a regret of not joining the military when I was younger,” he said.  “When the opportunity presented itself to me to join the Patrol, I felt it was kind of a way to fulfill that regret.  “It gives me a chance to serve at a local level, at home and still get that sense of service .”  Santiago joined the Highway Patrol in 2010 as a member of the 150th Academy Class.  In 2011, he earned his commission and was assigned to the Ashland Post.  In 2013, he was transferred to the Elyria Post in North Ridgeville.  “I was blessed to be able to return home and I have been here ever since, which is about four years now,” Santiago said.  He has earned the Criminal Patrol Award in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.  Santiago was selected as the Elyria Post Trooper of the Year in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.  He also was selected as District Trooper of the Year for the Bucyrus District and Cleveland District and earned the Chiaramonte Humanitarian Award in 2014 and 2016.  While appreciative of the recognition, Santiago said he feels everyone who was nominated for Trooper of the Year merits it as well.  “Every trooper nominated deserves the title because we all contribute in different ways,” he said.  “The only thing I take credit for is the blessing to be able to help my community.”  Without his great support system, he said he would not be where he is now.  “I have amazingly supportive coworkers, supervisors and family members,” Santiago said.  “If I don’t have any one of those ingredients, I would not be able to do half as much as I do.”  Aside from Highway Patrol duties, Santiago is active with Operation Open Heart, a nonprofit organization started in 1962 by former trooper David Harper.  It facilitates support and mentorship by law enforcement and public safety services of boys ages 6-17, receiving assistance through Lorain County Children Services.  “I’m a huge proponent of early intervention and interaction; going to visit them is very fulfilling,” Santiago said.  “I’m not there because something bad happened, but because I want to be there.”  Santiago also is active in his church, Sacred Heart Chapel, 4301 Pearl Ave. in Lorain, and participates with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County.  He said he makes frequent visits and last year he was able to provide school supplies for the children at the Boys and Girls Clubs.  “I truly want young people to know that I’m not their adversary; I’m here to serve them, like a friend,” Santiago said.  “Too often, we are viewed as the bad guys.  But that’s not the case.  We are here to serve them.”  Santiago said he wants to continue being a positive influence in the community.  “I want to continue contributing to my hometown and making a safer Ohio,” he said.

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State trooper saves woman from burning home

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An off-duty Indiana State Trooper is being credited for saving the life of a woman trapped inside a burning Muncie home.  Trooper Jacob Ridgeway was driving in his marked state police car in the city Wednesday night.  As he passed a home in the 1200 block of Cowing Drive, he saw white smoke coming from the back of the residence.  Then, he noticed the smoke go from white to black in his rear view mirror.  Police say Ridgeway backed up in front of the house and got out off his vehicle.  When he went up the driveway, he told police he could see a vehicle engulfed in flames under a carport.  The homeowner, Jack Mitchener, was standing outside the carport.  Ridgeway was able to get him away from the fire but couldn’t get an information because Mitchener appeared to be in shock.  A neighbor told the trooper Mitchener’s wife, Virginia, was still inside.  Meanwhile, the fire was spreading to the back of the home.  Ridgeway was able to get inside through a side patio door.  He found Mrs. Mitchener sitting in a chair with her walker nearby.  Smoke was beginning to fill the home as he helped her outside.  Once everyone was safe, the trooper radioed Indiana State Police Dispatch to bring fire units.  Paramedics also responded and evaluated everyone at the scene. No one was hurt.  Ridgeway is a one year member of the State Police and is assigned to the Pendleton District.  State Police said the incident is a reminder that a trooper is always on duty and shows the value of troopers living in the communities where they serve.

3/28/17

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How 'It's Always Sunny' paid tribute to a fallen New Jersey trooper

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If you blink, you just might miss it.  "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" paid a subtle tribute to a fallen New Jersey trooper in a recent episode – a move that the New Jersey State Police called "well played" in a Facebook post on Friday.  In "A Cricket's Tale," episode nine of the 12th season of the show that aired March 1, there's a photo of Trooper Sean Cullen placed in Paddy's Pub.  Cullen, who was born in Dublin, Ireland and came to the U.S. when he was three years old, died after he was struck by a vehicle on I-295 in West Deptford Township last March while responding to a car fire.  He was 31.  State police were a little more than curious to find how the photo ended up in the show.  After a bit of investigative work, they found that "It's Always Sunny" contacted Cullen's family to get their permission.  Some family members were cast as extras for the episode, too, according to the New Jersey State Police's Facebook post.  "Well, played 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,'" they said in the post. "Well played."

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Friday, 85 new troopers officially joined the Ohio State Highway Patrol

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The Patrol’s 161st Academy Class graduated today after 23 weeks of intense training. The keynote address was provided by the Governor of Ohio, John Kasich.  Additional remarks were provided by Director John Born, Ohio Department of Public Safety, Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol Superintendent and Captain Arthur J. Combest, Academy Commandant.  The Oath of Office was issued by Judge Peter B. Abele, Fourth Appellate District, Ohio Court of Appeals.  Courses completed by the 161st class included crash investigation, criminal and traffic law, detection of impaired drivers, firearms, physical fitness, self-defense, and emergency vehicle operations.  Tpr. Joshua E. Jones of Tipp City, Ohio, was selected as class speaker and thanked the Academy and cadet family members for being supportive during their training.  Each of the graduates will report to their posts on Monday, March 27, 2017.  The graduates’ first 60 working days will be a field-training period under the guidance of a veteran officer. The new graduates are assigned to 24 of the Patrol’s 58 posts.

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Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Class 92 Commissioned

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It takes a special person to become a Wyoming State Trooper.  They have to be willing to give much more then they will ever get back.  They have to be committed to serve and protect all people in Wyoming with courtesy, professionalism and integrity.  Our newest troopers are up to the challenge.  The Trooper Basic Academy has concluded and the members of the academy recently  commissioned (March 23rd) where they took their oaths of office and transitioned from their "Recruit" badges to their official badges in front of family and friends.  The ceremony marked the 92nd graduated Wyoming Highway Patrol Academy Class.  These troopers recently completed an intensive training period of instruction.  During the Trooper Basic Academy, they were instructed in a variety of classes including firearms, commercial carrier training, physical training, Radar/LIDAR use, emergency vehicle operation, custody and control, crash investigation and others.

3/27/17

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Fellow officers keep badly injured Trooper's promise to son

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Before Friday's horrific accident on the Dolphin Expressway, Trooper Carlos Rosario-Flores had planned to watch his son play in an all-star basketball game on Sunday.  The 12-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol was instead in a hospital room at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center hooked up to machines and recovering from multiple surgeries.  But Joshua wouldn't be alone on this day when he took the court just a few blocks away from the hospital at the Slam Arena.  Joshua was surrounded by the only people who truly understood what a life of service can take from a family.  "Today we stood proud with #FHP as we supported Trooper Rosario-Flores' son at his basketball game," Miami police posted on social media.  Law enforcement officers filled an entire section of the bleachers — not just five or six officers, but at least 39, and not just from Florida Highway Patrol.  Miami officers came as did men and women from other agencies — officers standing shoulder to shoulder to help the badly injured trooper keep a promise to his son.  Such a simple gesture, but it sent a clear message that the Miami trooper's family was not alone.

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