Congratulations to the Georgia State Patrol, this year's winner of AAST's Best Looking Trooper Cruiser Contest. When all of the "likes' were counted at 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, August 15, 2016, Georgia State Patrol had collected 18,174 likes, with West Virginia State Police close behind with 17,461.
This year's contest received more positive attention than any previous contest, including more than 153,000 votes cast for a favorite cruiser and over 13,000 post shares, reaching more than 1.75 million people with news of this contest.
We would like to extend warm thanks to all who participated and made this contest a success, from submitting the official agency photos to simply visiting our Facebook post and clicking "like". The many positive comments that came in for law enforcement officers over the contest's ten day period were wonderful and showed how much communities across America love and support their law enforcement officers.
We will soon begin working on our "2017 America's Best Looking Trooper Cruisers Calendar", using the photos of the 13 cruisers that received the most overall votes during the contest period (see list of top 13 cruisers below). Calendars will be available for purchase in October with delivery expected well ahead of the holiday season. These calendars make for a great and inexpensive holiday gift. 100% of the net proceeds of the calendar sales will be placed in AAST's Foundation, an IRS registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which provides scholarships to the dependent children of AAST member troopers. Since 1989, AAST has awarded more than $2.5 million in scholarships to dependent children of troopers.
Top 13 Cruisers:
Georgia, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Ohio, Florida, Kentucky, Alabama, Colorado, North Carolina, Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, New Jersey, Michigan
Delaware State Police Mounted Patrol Unit patrol Alder Park apartments
Officers from the Delaware State Police Mounted Patrol Unit have been spotted in recent weeks on horseback in the Alder Park Apartment complex and other areas around Rodney Village. Master Cpl. Alison Meadows said the area’s residents should not be concerned — the places the troopers patrol are usually chosen at random. He said the Mounted Patrol Unit serves a two-prong approach for Delaware State Police. “Alder Park and Rodney Village are among the many neighborhoods we like to visit,” Master Cpl. Meadows said. “It’s a two-pronged approached to getting involved within the community because we get the chance to have face-to-face policing and our presence in the community alone helps to be a deterrent to prevent crime from happening.” Chris Ott, property manager at Alder Park, said “it’s been great” that the horseback patrol has been hoofing it around the apartment complex and surrounding areas. She said the horses are “intriguing” and command respect from the community. “We love it. It’s a positive thing,” Ms. Ott said. “Not only is it intriguing for our residents and their children but it helps to create a great rapport between the officers and our residents here. It’s all a positive thing. “I hope they will continue making appearances in the future. It’s all been positive for our residents.” The increased police presence comes in the aftermath of several incidents at the Alder Park Apartments since June. But, according to Master Cpl. Meadows, the occurrences weren’t the impetus for the Mounted Patrol Unit’s presence. On June 11, police were called to the complex when a woman stabbed another female in the parking lot. On July 18, police responded to a murder/suicide that took place at the apartment’s complex. There was a reported armed robbery in the basement of one of the complex’s buildings on July 22 and just two days later, on July 24, a Delaware State trooper and a male suspect exchanged gunfire during a foot chase at the apartments. “We are not targeting any neighborhood,” said Master Cpl. Meadows, “It’s all a part of having proactive control.” The mounted patrol units have also patrolled areas in Capitol Park, the Dover Air Park and its surrounding areas and Meadowbrook Acres near Woodside. They routinely patrol commercial and residential areas in all three counties and help maintain order at large events such as the Firefly Music Festival and the Delaware State Fair. The State Police Mounted Patrol Unit includes six draft horses and seven officers who are under command of Ms. Meadows, a 20-year veteran of the state police and an accomplished equestrian. It was Master Cpl. Meadows who approached former state police superintendent Col. Robert M. Coupe in 2011 with the idea of putting troopers on horseback, much like they do in cities such as Philadelphia. She said horses can go into areas that police cars cannot and the officers are able to interact much easier with people atop their steeds. Master Cpl. Meadows said it has been a pleasure getting the chance to meet people she sees while on horseback. “They’ve been very complimentary about our presence,” she said, about the residents of Alder Park. “We’ve received face-to-face compliments and received written compliments that have gone through their appropriate channels. “All of the correspondence seems to be thankful for the extra police presence.”
West Virginia State Poice to increase DUI Patrols
West Virginia State Police will be on the lookout more often for drunken and impaired drivers. State Police say in a news release that grant money through a partnership with the Governor's Highway Safety Program will enable troopers to increase DUI patrols late this summer and in the early fall. The release says the increased patrols will be in the area of events such as high school and college athletic contests, and fairs and festivals. State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says such events routinely result in a higher number of vehicles on the roadways.
Michigan State Police uses PIT Maneuver during chase
A vehicle reported as stolen drove over the center line and went through a red light while trying to evade a Michigan State Police trooper, according to footage from the trooper's in-car camera. The video shows the moment the trooper used a bumping tactic known as a precision immobilization technique, or PIT maneuver, to stop the vehicle, ultimately sending it off the road. Police were called about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, to a report of subjects attempting to break into a vehicle in the 2800 block of Ontario Court in Howell Township in Livingston County, according to a press release from Michigan State Police. The subjects were reported to have left in a white vehicle, police said. A responding trooper witnessed a white vehicle leaving the area and attempted to pull it over, but it kept going. Police said the trooper pursued the vehicle for about two miles and the suspect vehicle attempted to enter westbound I-96 from Pinckney Road. There, the video footage shows the trooper struck the vehicle on its right rear side, causing it to go off the road and down into a grassy ditch. Police said the vehicle rolled over. Although the speed of the chase was not immediately available, Michigan State Police Sgt. Mike Foley said PIT maneuvers are only done at speeds less than 40 mph. Of the three men located in the car – a 20-year-old, 19-year-old and 18-year-old from Lansing – one suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to an area hospital. The other two suspects were lodged at the Livingston County Jail. The 2007 Mercury Milan had been reported stolen out of Lansing, police said.
6 year old boy becomes a CHP Officer for the day
A 6-year-old boy with leukemia saw his young dreams come true when he was able to join the California Highway Patrol for a day, even dressing in uniform and helping pull over speedy drivers. Tristan, whose last name was not disclosed, has been battling the illness for three years, Fox 29 reported.
He used a radar gun to monitor traffic and checked out the patrol’s helicopter fleet. “We saw right away that Tristan was an especially brave kid and knew immediately he would make a fine Highway Patrolman; and for one special day, a very special boy became a CHP officer,” the patrol wrote on its Facebook page. “As children, many of us dreamed of being California Highway Patrol Officers. We imagined that one day we would be able to protect others. We stared at the shiny gold star and dreamed of one day becoming a CHP Officer… This little boy dreams of being a CHP Officer when he grows up,” the post said. A video shows Tristan pulling over a “suspect,” who was a fellow officer that drove by too fast. After checking the officer’s license and registration, Tristan tells him to “have a safe day,” and gets ready for more. “He’s stronger than I could have ever been when I was younger,” said Tristan’s dad, who was not identified, according to Fox 29.“It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a smile that big.”
Michigan State Police on the lookout for distracted drivers
Michigan State Police on the lookout for distracted drivers
TheMichigan State Police Tri-City Postis increasing patrolsthroughout the month of August in an effort to cut down on distracted driving. "As motorists are traveling the roadways for the end of summer vacations and back to school shopping, troopers will be out on patrol looking for those not wearing their seat belts and those driving distracted in an effort to keep motorists safe and prevent senseless traffic crashes," a Michigan State Police Tri-City Post news release states. State police officials say the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has cited driver inattention as the leading factor in most crashes and near crashes. Any non-driving activities that cause a driver to look away from the road should always be avoided, the release states. Troopers urge drivers to stay alert and offer the following tips to avoid distractions while behind the wheel:
Have your trip planned and know your route before your leave.
Put your phone down and do not text, access the internet, watch videos. play games or search using the phone.
Avoid smoking, eating, drinking and reading while driving.
Do personal grooming at home and not in the vehicle.
Ask a passenger to help with activities that may be distracting.
Travel at times when you are normally awake, and always avoid alcohol or other medications that may make you drowsy.
New Jersey State Troopers Rescue a Dog from a house Fire
Troopers from the Tuckerton Post of the New Jersey State Police were able to rescue a dog from a fire over the weekend. Late Saturday afternoon, troopers were alerted to a fire on Route 9 at Route 9 in Eagleswood Township. Troopers Thomas Rende and Ryan Labriola were able to save a dog, named Daisy Anchor. Here’s the story from a State Police News Release: When the troops arrived, the rear of the building was already in flames, however they noticed that there was a residential portion of the structure that was not yet fully engulfed . The two troopers immediately entered the residence and found the owner’s dog, Daisy. They were able to save Daisy, an electric guitar, and two amplifiers before flames began to come through the windows as they exited. As you can see in the pics, Daisy is one adorable pooch, and the fire all but destroyed the business. Although the business owner suffered a tremendous loss, luckily no person or animal was seriously injured as a result of the fire.
Indiana Troopers inspect 300 school buses
State Troopers inspect FWCS's nearly 300-bus fleet before school begins
The new school year is just around the corner for Fort Wayne Communicant Schools.
To make sure kids can get to school without a hitch, specially-trained officers with the Indiana State Police inspect each and every school bus in the district's nearly 300-bus fleet. They make sure the vehicles are safe and in tip-top shape for students and their drivers. "They are looking for everything from headlights not working, making sure the break systems are working, making sure the buses start, seat belts work, exhaust system everything from front to back, making sure everything is working like it should be... And if it's not, the bus is not allowed to go out and pick up one student," ISP Sgt. Ron Galaviz said. More than 15,000 students within the district ride FWCS buses.
School begins Aug. 15, and officers want to remind you to stop for school buses when they are picking up or dropping off children.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Saves 3 year old girl.
A Kentucky State Police Trooper is being hailed as a hero after saving a man and his 3-year-old daughter from flood waters. KSP report at approximately 2:46pm a 911 call was received by Pulaski County from the father. The father told dispatchers he was stuck in his car on Norwood Mount Zion Road in rising flood waters. Trooper Adam Childress was near the area and responded to find the man and his little girl "on the verge of being overtaken by strong flood waters." Trooper Childress put his own life in danger and waded out against the current. KSP says he was able to rescue the child and carried her to safety before helping her dad. Trooper Childress is a 5 year vet with the force and in June was named the 2015 state wide “Trooper of the Year."
26 graduate and join the ranks of the Rhode Island State Police
They are athletes, college graduates, some military and some former police officers. On Friday, they all had earned the same title — new Rhode Island state troopers. The 26 graduates, chosen out of more than 1,500 applicants, made it through a grueling 24-week academy. They are graduating into a climate of turmoil and tension between police and the community they serve, as their new boss, Col. Steven G. O'Donnell, and other graduation speakers noted at the ceremony at the Rhode Island Convention Center. The academy was designed to test them, in order to keep them safe, O'Donnell said. The black mourning bands they all wear on their uniforms symbolize the recent deaths of police officers in the line of duty, in Dallas, Baton Rouge and in San Diego, just Thursday night. "It's not an easy time to be a police officer, in some ways it's more difficult than it's ever been," said Gov. Gina Raimondo, as she congratulated them for "choosing to serve." For the new troopers and their loved ones, potential danger didn't overshadow the joy of graduating. As new trooper Andrew B. Pilling, an Army veteran, quoted in his speech for the class: "Only one kind of person makes it through, and that's the person who doesn't quit." Of the 26, there was one Hispanic male and only one woman. O'Donnell said last month that the training academy originally had minority recruits but they dropped out. The state police recently launched a Diversity Academy, in partnership with Providence College, to increase recruiting of minorities. New trooper Lauren E. Lanoie, the only woman to graduate, is also the first in her family to join law enforcement. "It's terrific," said her grandparents, Monica and Joseph A. Janton, of West Warwick. "It's a big honor. We're so proud of her." Lanoie, 24, said she joined the West Warwick police explorers when she was a teen, and "I just fell in love with it." She pursued a job with the state police after graduating from the University of Rhode Island. New trooper Jason R. DiFusco pushed to graduate with a finance degree in three years from Bryant University and put his ROTC program on hold to get through the academy. "He's dedicated, and he knew it was something he wanted to do from the beginning," said retired Lt. Col. Kevin Kugel, professor of military science, "to achieve his dream of being an Army officer and a Rhode Island state trooper." The new troopers are: Robert M. Bentsen, Thomas D. Bruso, Colby A. Clarke, Michael A. Colasante, Jason R. DiFusco, Travis G. Drappi, Michael J. Farais, Matthew D. Fox, Robert T. Fox, Jake A. Hesford, Corey A. Hopkins, Matthew A. House, Jeffrey S. Konieczny, Lauren E. Lanoie, Adam J. Lepre, Dean R. Marr, Zachary D. Mattera, Antonio J. Miguel Jr., Brendan T. Morgan, Andrew J. Phillips, Andrew B. Pilling, Scott T. Potter, Nicholas P. Ryan, Patrick T. Sarasin, Corey D. Sheehan, and Craig A. Stinson.
Speed Awareness Day in Illinois
Today is Speed Awareness Day in Illinois and the Illinois State Police (ISP) will be out in full force to promote safety on Illinois roads. ISP District 10 officers are teaming up with Illinois’ other districts to promote awareness about the dangers of speeding towards motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists. ISP officials say in Illinois, speed was the reason for 32.4 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2014. District 10 Trooper Tracy Lillard says lives can be easily saved by being aware of speed and understanding the risks. “We are trying to raise awareness that we are looking out for speeders,” Lillard says. “The purpose is to reduce fatalities out on our roads. We’ve determined speed is one of the major contributors to causing fatal crashes and if we can reduce people’s speeds, hopefully we reduce the number of fatalities.” Lillard says District 10 is sending out extra officers today to monitor speed. They’ll be employing some advanced techniques to catch speeders including Air Speed, LIDAR details, and Radar Details. The Air Speed technique involves utilizing small planes and a machine that measures how quickly you travel between two white lines. LIDAR radar can detect speed from one mile or more away. ISP troopers will be patrolling State and U.S. Highways, county roads, city streets, and Interstates throughout District 10 including I-57, I-72, and I-74. Lillard says they aren’t necessarily looking to give out citations, but instead letting people know speeding can be dangerous. “Our goal is not to write tickets but to have compliance, and that’s what we are encouraging motorists to do,” she says. “If you can go the speed limit, it won’t be an issue and you won’t get pulled over.”
5 year old honorary Michigan State Trooper
“Am I allowed to go on a ride?” Aidyn’s day was to be filled with wonder. “You’re certainly allowed to go for a ride.” This is his special day. “Can I?” Almost more than a 5-year-old could hope for. “Yes.” Because this is Aidyn Sharrow’s Day. “We were contacted by the Rainbow Connection and the director asked for us, the Grants and Community Services Division, to put together what we’re calling Aidyn’s Day.” “How is your day going so far buddy?” “Good! Real fun!” answered the excited boy. “Aidyn was sworn in as honorary trooper with the Michigan State Police. He received a fitted uniform shirt,” said Aidyn’s father Kevin Sharrow. “We got to ride in the trooper car we’ve got to a whole bunch of stuff that I never thought we would get to do. And since he wants to be a police officer when grows up, this is very exciting. Aidyn is five years old he’s been diagnosed with leukemia and so he’s going through treatment at this point in time,” explains Michigan State Police First Lt. Troy Allen. “Makes us feel really privileged to be able to do something like this, very lucky that he gets to enjoy it even though he’s gone through such a rough experience. Aidyn had the opportunity to meet with the canine unit for a canine demonstration our Emergency Support Team to see what Aidyn refers to as the tank as well as the helicopter. Here’s an opportunity for us to be able to bring some happiness to a young man’s life and to his family and to let the public know that they are Michigan State Police are out here to protect them and to serve them with a true purpose.” And what’s the best part of the day for Aidyn? “Being a state trooper!” Eventually the day does come to an end. And for Aidyn Sharrow the adventure is just beginning. “See you when I come back!” And the troopers are looking forward to that day. “Okay, I’ll be waiting for ya.” With a happy “alright” Michigan’s youngest honorary State Trooper is on his way.
New Hampshire Family grateful for Vermont State Police
Suzanne Beaupre said she and her son couldn’t afford to get back to New Hampshire after their car had a flat tire, but the help and generosity of some state troopers and a tow truck driver in Vermont turned their luck around. Earlier this month, Beaupre picked up her son in Middlebury, Vermont, but they ran into car problems when her pickup truck got a flat tire and they couldn't dislodge the spare tire. “I wanted to be home, absolutely. I mean there's a lot of frustration. I was praying,” said Hayden Smith, Beaupre’s son. Beaupre couldn't afford a tow, and she didn't have many options. “We're going through some financial difficulties, (and) really at that point of night, a lot of stores are closed and stuff,” Beaupre said. That's when the Vermont State Police stepped in. “We didn't really want to leave them stranded there because it was about 1 (o'clock) in the morning and nothing's open,” Trooper Stacia Geno said. Troopers called a tow truck and offered to front the $75 charge to replace the tire. “The troopers themselves said they would split the bill and pay me,” tow truck driver Kyle Blakeman said. “I said, 'No way.' I was, like, so thankful. I just felt like crying,” Beaupre said. But then, the tow truck driver refused their money, changing the tire for free. “I would never come out and ask. So when he said that, it was a done deal. They had already done it. It just made me want to cry,” Beaupre said. Troopers then followed the family to the interstate, making sure they were safely on their way back to New Hampton. The generosity caught them by surprise, furthering their appreciation for police. The love and the care that they showed, it's amazing,” Beaupre said. The family said they'll never forget those three Vermont state troopers, who ended up spending about four hours with them.
Pennsylvania "Coffee with a Cop"
State police from the Reading station are inviting local residents to meet them for coffee. "Coffee with a Cop" is scheduled for Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Wyomissing Family Restaurant, 1245 Penn Ave. Capt. Kristal Turner-Childs, commander of Reading-based Troop L, will be on hand as will other local troopers to answer questions from residents and to hear their concerns. The theme of the program, which has been done in other areas, is "building community, one cup of coffee at a time," said Trooper David C. Beohm, Troop L spokesman "It's very informal and has been done in other places," Beohm said. "It's just an opportunity to be able to talk to a cop in a very stress-free environment."The hope is it will improve communication between police and the public, he said. Another Coffee with a Cop outing is being planned for northeastern Berks in the fall, Beohm said.
Bible Camp Honors Police Officers in Louisiana
Local law enforcement officers sang, hopped, danced, twirled and shook with nearly 150 children attending Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Opelousas on Friday for the camps closing ceremony and officer appreciation activities. Senior State Trooper Scott Simmons said he was honored to come see the children, especially in light of the recent stress added from the Baton Rouge officer shootings. "We're often times only seen in certain facets of the community and our job, normally, with a wreck or taking somebody to jail or writing tickets, and whenever we're asked to participate in civic organization events, it's refreshing," said Simmons. "It's good that people can see us in a different light and not always in an area that's expected." Simmons said he's been with the state police for over 14 years. "I love what I do," said Simmons. "I'm just doing it more cautiously these days." Tiffany Hebert, director of the week's camp, said the kids, who vary from first to sixth grade, also made cards for the policemen, as well as local firemen. Troop I of the State Police, St. Landry Parish Sheriff Department, Wildlife and Fisheries, Opelousas Police Department and members of the local fire department were invited to meet and be thanked by the kids, said Hebert.