Washington State Patrol graduates 39 troopers
Thirty-nine state troopers were sworn in Thursday at a ceremony in Olympia, officially beginning their service. Governor Jay Inslee and Washington State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste recognized the cadets at the swearing-in ceremony. “Twenty-six weeks of training has prepared you for the moment that has led you to stand before us today,” said Batiste. Cadets train for over 1,000 hours in defensive driving, firearms management and how to interact with the public. “You are the recipients of the best training of any law enforcement agency in the United States,” said Inslee. The Washington State Patrol Academy produces approximately three cadet classes each biennium, accounting for about 100 to 120 new troopers. Only about four to six percent of the total number of applicants makes the grade to become state troopers.
Fallen South Carolina trooper laid to rest after he 'accomplished his mission'
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety mourned the death of trooper Daniel Keith Rebman, Jr. who was buried Sunday in Greenville. The funeral services were held at Bob Jones University, and graveside services were held at Woodlawn Cemetery. Rebman died after his patrol vehicle was struck early in the morning on Oct. 24. He is the 51st state trooper to die serving the state of South Carolina, according to the SCDPS. “Tuesday was a reminder that while – yes, we are strong – we are not invincible,” SCDPS director Leroy Smith said in a news release. “We too are subject to the same forces of nature, accidents and violence – just like those we protect. I believe that is why ‘Blessed Are the Peacemakers’ is such a comforting verse at a time like this. It is these special people – the peacemakers – who are so blessed because they risk their lives for you, and me and for strangers. Trooper Rebman was doing just that on October 24, 2017.” Rebman, 31, died from injuries sustained in a line-of-duty collision. Rebman was stationary in his Patrol vehicle in the emergency lane of I-385 near Bridges Road when his Ford Taurus Patrol car was struck from behind by a pick-up truck around 12:23 a.m., according to the SCDPS. Private visitation services were held Saturday for family and friends of Rebman, who is survived by his wife, Michelle, and three young daughters – Olivia, Charlee, and Kennedy. Rebman always desired to serve his community, and shortly after moving to Greenville in 2011 he began to pursue a career in law enforcement, according to his obituary posted by the Mackey Mortuary. After serving as a dispatcher for the Highway Patrol for 4 years, he graduated from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in 2016, at which time he was awarded the Captain Cecil Dilworth Marksmanship Award. Rebman joined South Carolina Highway Patrol in September 2016. The Orlando, Fla. native began his career in Troop Six/Charleston/Berkeley before being transferred to Troop Three/Greenville. “He believed in his mission and he accomplished his mission,” Smith said of Rebman, who was given full honors by the South Carolina Highway Patrol. “And for that, the state of South Carolina says a humble and grateful ‘job well done, Trooper Rebman.’ ” Members from more than 15 state patrols from as far away as California came to pay their respects along with hundreds of state and local officers. “Trooper Rebman died as he lived – a quiet hero – to his family, to his fellow troopers, to his church, and to his community,” SCHP Col. Chris Williamson said in a news release. “Trooper Rebman’s death was a cruel reminder that this job doesn’t come with promises or reassurances. But I want to remind our men and women in uniform that even through this sense of tremendous heartache and loss, we must continue to lean on each other and assume the watch from this point forward.” “Trooper Rebman died as he lived – a quiet hero – to his family, to his fellow troopers, to his church, and to his community,” SCHP Col. Chris Williamson said in a news release. “Trooper Rebman’s death was a cruel reminder that this job doesn’t come with promises or reassurances. But I want to remind our men and women in uniform that even through this sense of tremendous heartache and loss, we must continue to lean on each other and assume the watch from this point forward.” Michelle Rebman shared an example of law enforcement rallying around the family of their fallen brother. She posted a picture on Facebook Saturday of a fellow trooper sitting on the grass with one of Rebman’s daughters. In addition to his wife and children, Rebman is survived by his parents, Daniel and Theresa Rebman, of Georgia, a sister and many extended family.
State Highway Patrol troopers seize 70 pounds of marijuana
The Ohio State Highway Patrol has filed felony charges against a California man after a Tuesday traffic stop in Wood County. Troopers stopped a 2001 Acura MDX with California license plates on Oct. 24 at 12:05pm. The driver, 25-year-old Pablo Ryan Herrerra of California, was pulled over for a following too close violation on I-80 near milepost 65. A Patrol drug-sniffing dog alerted to the vehicle, and officers found 70 pounds of marijuana, valued at approximately $280,000. Herrerra was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both second-degree felonies.
North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers aim to combat misconceptions
“We are not here to hand out tickets and to put people in jail. We are here to save lives.” Those were the words Tuesday of N.C. Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Jimmie Silver during a near daylong ride-along as he talked about misconceptions and stereotypes that surround the agency. The ride-along was meant to illustrate everything the Highway Patrol does in order to keep Twin Counties drivers safe on and off the area’s roads each day. From changing a flat tire to reminding a driver about a license plate that was about to fall from her car to responding to a wreck on Interstate 95 and more, Silver showed what troopers do each day to keep drivers safe. He stressed throughout the day that changing the view of what the agency does is important due to people’s perception of not just the Highway Patrol but law enforcement in general. “People think law enforcement is out to get them,” Silver said. “I think that is because there is so much negativity surrounding law enforcement on television.” He added parents telling their children that the police might come to get them if they misbehave does not help combat those stereotypes and misconceptions, either. Local resident Keauna Blunt, who is a parent, said her perception of the Highway Patrol was only positive after trooper Macy Cannon changed a flat tire on Blunt’s car. “I feel like this is great,” Blunt said. “This is a wonderful thing because I really needed this.” Cannon said knowing she made a positive difference in someone’s life just by changing a tire made her happy. “Being able to help anybody makes doing this job worth it,” Cannon said with a smile. Changing Blunt’s tire was just one of the ways that the Highway Patrol made a positive difference Tuesday in the Twin Counties. Silver reminded one driver along U.S. 64 that she was about to lose her license plate because it was not secured and educated another about ways that a seatbelt can be worn without it causing discomfort, rather than giving the driver a ticket. Silver said that both stops ending peacefully was encouraging. “It makes you feel good,” Silver said, adding not every stop is so peaceful. Keeping drivers safe from each other and from themselves is just one more way the Highway Patrol keeps the state’s roads safe. Its employees also work in the state’s many weigh stations, making sure tractor-trailers are not overloaded or improperly loaded. Silver said tracking tractor-trailers — along with checking the state’s rest stops, schools and other locations — is another side of troopers’ work that few people know about. He said he hopes that by showing that work and everything else that troopers do, drivers would see that the Highway Patrol “is not out to get anyone, but just to save lives.” Silver, who is also a military veteran, recently announced he will retire from the N.C. Highway Patrol at the end of this month.
New York State Police make a major drug seizure
On October 21, 2017, the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET), in conjunction with the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office, conducted a narcotics investigation resulting in the arrest of a Poughkeepsie man on felony drug charges. State Police made a major drug seizure of approximately 12 kilograms of cocaine and 42 pounds of marihuana. The estimated street value of the illegal drugs is over two million dollars. K9 Rickie and his handler assisted with the seizure of the drugs.
South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper killed in line-of-duty
Trooper Daniel Rebman was killed in a vehicle crash when his patrol car was struck by another vehicle on I-385, near Bridges Road, in Greenville County. He was parked on the shoulder of I-385 when a pickup truck left the roadway and struck his patrol car from behind at approximately 12:20 am. Trooper Rebman was transported to a local hospital where he died later in the afternoon. Trooper Rebman had served with the South Carolina Highway Patrol for 13 months and was assigned to Post C. He is survived by his wife, three children, parents, and sister.
Indiana State Police graduates 33 new troopers
October 19, 2017, the 77th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy completed their graduation ceremony in the Indiana State Capitol Rotunda. Opening remarks were made by Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter, followed by a commencement address from The Honorable Eric J. Holcomb, Governor of the State Of Indiana. After the commencement address the oath of office for the 33 new state police officers was delivered by The Honorable Christopher Goff, of the Indiana Supreme Court. Each new trooper was then presented their badge and official identification by Superintendent Carter and his staff. This graduation marked the culmination of 24 weeks of intense training that exceeded 1,000 hours. Some subject areas of training included criminal and traffic law, crash investigations, emergency vehicle operations, defensive tactics, firearms, and a host of other subjects related to modern policing. Each graduating trooper will be assigned to one of 14 State Police Posts across Indiana. Once at their assigned district, the new troopers will spend the next three months working side by side with a series of experienced Field Training Officers (FTO). The purpose of the field training is to put to practical application the training received over the duration of the formal academe training. Upon successful completion of field training, the new troopers will be assigned a state police patrol vehicle and will begin solo patrol in their assigned district.
New Jersey State Police announces new Superintendent
The New Jersey State Police have announced that Lieutenant Colonel Patrick J. Callahan will succeed Colonel Rick Fuentes to become the Division’s 15th Superintendent. Lieutenant Colonel Callahan replaces Colonel Fuentes who has served as Superintendent since being appointed by Governor James McGreevey in 2003. Governor Chris Christie selected Lieutenant Colonel Callahan as Superintendent effective November 1. Lieutenant Colonel Callahan earned his Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University and a Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He enlisted in the State Police in April 1995, as a member of the 115th Class. He was most recently the Deputy Superintendent of Operations, supervising and directing the operational activities of the 1,800 enlisted members assigned to Field Operations, as well as the operational duties and responsibilities of the Traffic and Public Safety Office, Victims Services Unit, Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, Highway Traffic Safety Unit, and the Criminal Investigations Offices within Field Operations. Callahan served as the Recovery Bureau Chief in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and worked with state and federal partners to develop and implement long term recovery effort strategies. He served as the commanding officer of the Emergency Management Section and Assistant State director of the Office of Emergency Management. He was the chairman of the Command and Control Subcommittee of the Emergency Management Section when New Jersey hosted Super Bowl XLVIII, working to develop and implement all operations undertaken by the Public Safety Compound. “I am truly privileged to have had the honor of leading one of the finest law enforcement organizations in the country. I attribute the agency’s accomplishments to the outstanding efforts and sacrifices of the civilian and enlisted men and women of the New Jersey State Police,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “I have the utmost confidence in the experience and leadership Lieutenant Colonel Callahan will bring to the Office of the Superintendent.” “I am truly humbled and honored that Governor Christie has the trust and confidence in me to afford me this opportunity and I look forward to the continued privilege of serving the citizens of New Jersey,” said Lieutenant Colonel Callahan. Callahan is the son of retired State Police Major Mick Callahan, who served as Chief of Staff for Colonel Clinton Pagano, the 9th Superintendent of State Police. Callahan and his wife Linda have two sons and two daughters.
Washington State Patrol emphasizing "Move Over" law this week during patrols
The Washington State Patrol is cracking down on drivers who fail to move over for emergency vehicles. Troopers are conducting statewide “Slow Down, Move Over” emphasis patrols from Wednesday through Friday “to help both troopers and citizens get home safe by bringing awareness to the ‘Move Over Law.’” In the last two years, 62 patrols cars have been hit and 24 troopers injured, an average of one trooper injured every month. Under state law, drivers are required to use caution, slow down and move over or change lanes when approaching an emergency. An emergency vehicle includes police, fire, medical, tow trucks and vehicles providing roadside assistance using warning lights. The ticket for failing to obey the law is $214 and cannot be waived or reduced. Last year, more than 4,100 drivers were contacted by state troopers for “move over” violations. “The inclement weather season is about to start and is when we see a rise in the number of patrol cars hit,” Sgt. James Prouty stated.
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Michigan State Police Detective Sergeant Sarah Krebs honored as a top cop under 40
Sarah Krebs has made a name for herself. The Michigan State Police announced that the Det. Sgt. Krebs was selected by the International Association of Chiefs of Police as one of 40 law enforcement professionals from around the world, under age 40, who demonstrated leadership and exemplified commitment to law enforcement. Krebs was chosen for the association's 40 Under 40 Award for her efforts to find and identify lost and missing persons. She will be honored at the association's annual conference in Philadelphia this week. “The MSP prides itself in providing service with a purpose,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, Michigan State Police director. “(Krebs) lives our mission and is passionate about helping the families of missing persons find closure." She credited Krebs for development the Missing Persons Coordination Unit, which has led to the positive identification of more than 70 previously unidentified remains cases throughout the United States. Krebs is credited with founding “Missing in Michigan,” an annual event which brings family members and law enforcement together to help resolve missing persons cases, as well as “ID the Missing,” a DNA collection program that assists in identifying previously unidentified human remains. She is also an accomplished forensic artist whose composite sketches have led to the identification of numerous wanted persons in major cases around the state. “Many families go years without answers as to where their loved one is,” said Krebs. “Knowing I can help bring these families closure and peace of mind keeps me motivated. I view each day as another opportunity to provide relief to loved ones of the missing.” Krebs enlisted with the MSP in 2000, graduating as a member of the 119th Trooper Recruit School. Before being assigned to the missing unit in Lansing, she served at posts and task forces in the metro Detroit area.
South Carolina Highway Patrol shortens training to get troopers on road
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says it wants about 950 troopers on the roads to help keep community members and drivers safe. Currently, the division is short about 200 troopers. The shortage has led to changes in the agency’s recruitment and training policies. There are 759 troopers in the state, 37 are in training, but there are dozens more positions to fill and major changes are coming to make that happen. “More manpower. I think if you look everywhere in the state, we’re needing troopers,” says Cpl. Sonny Collins with the highway patrol. Troop five, which covers Horry, Georgetown, Marion, Florence, Darlington, Dillon, Williamsburg, and Marlboro counties currently has 132 troopers. In an effort to hire more people state-wide, Cpl. Collins says they’re changing to an immediate turnaround in their application process and cutting training hours. Prior to the changes, Cpl. Collins says a certified officer would still have to go through 12 weeks of training at the academy to become a trooper. “With the four weeks compressed for the certified officers, I feel like that’s going to be a good calling card for those already seasoned, trained officers to come to us because before, they would have to go through multiple weeks at the academy – up to twelve weeks,” explains Cpl. Collins. Now certified officers won’t have to go back to the academy, they’ll just have four weeks of advanced training, and training in their county. Uncertified officers will now spend 12 weeks at the academy and 12 weeks training with the highway patrol and the county they’ll patrol. “With the old process, it was taking so long to get people through the process and then the academy because of the weeks of training, we were only able to get classes two times a year, sometimes three,” says Cpl. Collins. “So, those numbers were just not growing as fast as we needed them to do by doing this new way. We feel like the numbers can come up much quicker and therefore reach our goal.” Cpl. Collins says because the training quality is the same, and continued education will be implemented, they’re not worried officers will be any less qualified. “We’re not lowering our standards by any means, but we’re just compressing the time that it takes to get these folks trained and on the road so we can have more visibility on our highways,” states Cpl. Collins. The South Carolina Highway Patrol has faced a shortage of troopers since the recession, Cpl. Collins says, and although they’ve advertised for the open positions on billboards, social media, and even increased pay, the division is hoping this change in training will lure new applicants to become troopers.
Virginia State Police graduates 30 new troopers
The Commonwealth graduated its 126th generation of Virginia State Troopers on Friday, October 6. The 30 new troopers received more than 1,600 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 126th Basic Session began their 29 weeks of academic, physical and practical training at the Academy March 23, 2017. Upon graduation, the new troopers will report to their individual duty assignments across Virginia beginning Oct. 10, 2017, 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.
State troopers seize large amount of marijuana
After following up on a tip about marijuana growing on public property near Petoskey, the Michigan State Police reported that its troopers seized 30 such plants from that location on Monday. State police said troopers from the Gaylord post received a tip Monday about an outdoor marijuana growing operation hidden off a walking trail, on public property in Emmet County’s Bear Creek Township. The witness who called it in had seen a man walking around in the area tending to some plants, and after further investigation noticed it was marijuana growing in pots and contacted law enforcement, according to state police Lt. Derrick Carroll. The troopers made contact with the individual and, through investigation, concluded he was the suspect. “Upon interviewing him (suspect) and doing some search warrants, they (troopers) determined he was the suspect,” Carroll said. “They recovered fertilizer and other equipment that this person was using to grow these plants outdoors.” Uniformed troopers seized 30 marijuana plants, not yet mature, from the outdoor operation. According to Carroll, this is the largest quantity of the plants which Gaylord-based troopers have seized this year. The officers also confiscated fertilizer, magnesium and a vehicle that had been used to grow the marijuana.
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Maryland State Police welcome new cadaver dog
The Maryland State Police K-9 Unit has welcomed its first human remains detection dog in two decades to their ranks. Skye, a 3-year old springer spaniel, is currently one of only three law enforcement human remains detection dogs in Maryland, according to a news release from the Maryland State Police. She officially began work on Sept. 13 and will be made available to allied Maryland police agencies that may require the services of a cadaver dog. Ron Snyder, public information officer for the MSP Office of Media Communications, said a cadaver dog is brought in when police are searching for a person that is believed to be deceased. “Cadaver dogs are trained differently from search and rescue dogs, which are utilized to find living humans and not detect decomposing flesh,” he said. Skye’s handler is Sgt. Rick Kelly, a 15-year veteran of the K-9 Unit based out of Barrack A Waterloo in Jessup, and she is assigned to the Special Operations Command. According to the release, Skye was donated to the MSP on June 24 and underwent training leading up to her official start this month. Two handlers from the FBI Evidence Response Team Unit, Forensic K9 Consulting — Wynn Warren and Jay Topoleski — trained Skye in the detection of human remains and they were also involved with her MSP training, according to the release. The MSP K-9 Unit has been in operation since 1961, with K-9’s assisting in drug detection, search and rescue, explosive detection and criminal apprehension. Currently the MSP employs 32 handlers and 41 K-9’s throughout the state, according to the release.