Missouri State Highway Patrol graduates 27 new troopers

Missouri State Highway Patrol December 2018 graduates

Lieutenant Colonel Eric T. Olson, acting superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces that 27 troopers graduated from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy on December 21, 2018. The ceremony took place at 10 a.m. in the Academy gymnasium. The 106th Recruit Class reported to the Academy on July 2, 2018, to begin the 25-week training to become a trooper. The new troopers will report to duty in their assigned troops on January 7, 2019. Governor Michael L. Parson provided the keynote address during the graduation ceremony. Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Sandra K. Karsten served as a special guest speaker and Lt. Col. Eric T. Olson also addressed the class. The Honorable Roy L. Richter, Missouri Court of Appeals-Eastern District, administered the Oath of Office to the new troopers. Dean Roger K. McMillian, vice president of College Affairs for Mineral Area College, conferred an Associate of Applied Science to 16 of the new troopers. Troop F Color Guard presented and retired the colors. Trooper Orry R. Baker, Troop C, sang the national anthem. Minister Eric Bridges, Delray Christian Church, Delray, WV, provided the invocation and benediction.



31 Washington State Patrol Troopers Sworn In

WSP December 2018 graduation

At a ceremony held in the Capitol Rotunda December 13, 31 Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers were sworn in by Chief Justice Mary E. Fairhurst of the Washington State Supreme Court.  They were presented their commission cards by Governor Jay Inslee and Chief John R. Batiste, who welcomed them into an organization known and trusted by the citizens of Washington State. After completing over 1,000 hours of training, these men and women will join Washington’s premier law enforcement organization.  The Washington State Patrol Academy produces approximately three cadet classes each biennium, which accounts for about 100 to 120 new troopers. Historically, only about four to six percent of the total number of applicants makes the grade to become WSP troopers. “The 31 cadets graduating today endured a rigorous application process, extensive background investigation, and received the best training, unmatched anywhere else in the nation,” said Chief John Batiste. “Today, they will join the ranks of Washington’s finest, as troopers of the Washington State Patrol.” A tradition that began 97 years ago on June 21, 1921, when six brave men kick-started their Indian motorcycles, strapped on an arm band, and started a proud tradition known today as the Washington State Patrol.  The tradition continues to this day with the graduation of the 110th Trooper Basic Training Class at the Capitol Rotunda, signaled by the stream of shiny white patrol vehicles parked in the lanes leading up to the Capitol steps.



Indiana State Police graduates 54 new troopers

INSP December 2018 graduation

December 13, 2018, the 78th 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 Mr. John Stehr, a local Indianapolis television news anchor. After the commencement address the oath of office for the 54 new state police officers was delivered by The Honorable Justice Mark Massa, of the Indiana Supreme Court. Each new trooper was then presented their badge and official identification by Superintendent Carter and his staff. Today’s graduation marked the culmination of 22 weeks of intense training that exceeded 1,018 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 academy 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.



Introducing Liberty and Justice, the newest Virginia State Police K-9s

VSP new K 9s

Introducing Liberty and Justice, the newest Virginia State Police K-9s. After more than 3,300 name suggestions, state police announced the named for the Bloodhound pups last Thursday morning. This comes after the department asked the public to help name their newest brother-sister recruits. “These four-legged crime fighters are ready to start school in March, and we can’t wait to bring you updates on their progress,” Virginia State Police wrote on Facebook. The siblings will be trained to become search dogs.



Kansas Highway Patrol graduates 24 new troopers

 KHP December 2018 graduation

Thursday, December 13, at the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy in Salina, the 24 newest Kansas state troopers graduated from their 23 weeks of classroom training. They will now move on to their counties of residence and begin training with their field training officers.  Class #58 and their family members spent much of the morning together at the training academy, going through family programs and a program for the spouses. At 1:00 graduation began as the class entered the auditorium with a cadence. “We are proud of the accomplishments of our new troopers so far,” said Colonel Mark Bruce, Superintendent of the Patrol. “They still have much to learn as they apply their academy knowledge to working the road with a field training officer. Today we gladly welcome them and their families into the Kansas Highway Patrol.”  Throughout their time at the training academy, recruits have gone through classroom and practical training. They have learned accident investigation techniques; testing of impaired drivers; Kansas laws and statutes; among many other things. They have practiced car stops; at the firing range; defensive tactics; testing for DUI; and other critical training components that they will need to incorporate as they are on their own out on the road. One milestone for KHP Class #58 is that this class has the largest number of female graduates (4) of any of the KHP’s recruit classes.




Iowa State Patrol Colonel to retire

Iowa State Police Colonel retiring

The leader of the Iowa State Patrol is retiring after a 32-year career with the force. The service retirement of Col. Michael Van Berkum was approved Monday and will be effective in January.  He had been the patrol's chief since 2015.  In a statement to The Associated Press, Department of Public Safety Commissioner Roxann Ryan says Iowans should thank Van Berkum for his decades of service.  She says he embodies the best of the patrol - "leadership, integrity and dedicated service for the public good.  In announcing his retirement Ritzman said, “It has been the honor and privilege of my life to serve the men and women of the Iowa State Patrol as their colonel.  In my eyes, there is no finer group of troopers or people.”  "Ryan has not named a replacement for Van Berkum, but the department says more information will be released when he retires next week.



Florida Highway Patrol trooper struck by vehicle

FHP trooper struck by car

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was seriously injured after being struck and tossed in the air by a spinning, out-of-control car along a busy interstate Monday -- just seconds after the trooper pushed another man out of harm's way. The Florida Highway Patrol said Trooper Mithil Patel, 31, was standing on the side of Interstate 95 north of West Palm Beach as part of an accident investigation. As Patel was on the side of the road a truck ran into the back of a black Audi in a nearby lane, sending the vehicle spinning out of control towards the trooper. Video of the terrifying incident was captured by CBS12, which was covering the original accident. Patel then pushed another man to the side before Patel was struck by the vehicle. The man Patel pushed out of the way, Rony Bottex, told WPTV he hasn't stopped praying for the trooper who saved his life. "If he wasn't there, if the officer wasn't there, I'd be dead," Bottex told the television station. Patel was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach and was reported to be in good condition, according to CBS12. While authorities said the crash remains under investigation, they also stressed motorists should always remain cautious when first responders are tending to incidents on roadways.

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Tennessee Highway Patrol donates supplies to Bay County in Florida


Two semi trucks full of donations rolled into the Bay County, Florida Highway Patrol headquarters Tuesday morning. The Tennessee Highway Patrol along with members of the Tennessee department of transportation, drove down plenty of needed items for individuals impacted by Hurricane Michael.  Items include food, water, cleaning supplies, hygiene products and blankets. Tennessee Highway Patrol Lieutenant, John Harmon, said after seeing the damage first hand, its unreal— and they're glad they can help. "We Knew you still needed help, and so we contacted our brother agency, The Florida Highway Patrol, to see if that need was still here. They said it was and we asked them if we could help them and they told us exactly what the communities needed," said Harmon.  FHP thanked them for their donation by presenting the Tennessee officers with a Florida flag signed by Florida officers. FHP said they plan to distribute these donations to local food banks and non-profit groups.



Texas Department of Public Safety welcomes 92 new highway patrol troopers

Texas DPS December 2018 graduation

The Texas Public Safety Commission welcomes 92 new highway patrol troopers Sunday. “Law enforcement officers have the opportunity and privilege to change people’s lives, and to serve as an inspiration and a positive influence to others — both on and off duty,” said PSC Chairman Steven P. Mach. “As you embark on your new career as a Trooper, you will no doubt make a difference in the lives of countless Texans as you protect and serve them.” This marks the 164th recruit school, which includes 11 women, 20 former law enforcement officers and 29 military veterans. The oldest graduate is 51-years-old and the youngest is 21-years-old. “Today you join an elite group of law enforcement professionals, and we are confident that you will uphold the traditions and values of both DPS and the Texas Highway Patrol,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “It takes extreme courage to risk your own safety in order to protect the safety of others. We thank you all for answering the call to serve and protect your fellow Texans, and we are proud to be welcoming each of you to the DPS family.” The state’s newest troopers will report to duty stations across Texas to spend the first sixth months in on-the-job training. The troopers underwent 26 weeks of training. Instruction included a variety of subjects including counterterrorism, criminal law and Spanish. They also received training in the use of force, firearms, and physical fitness.



North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper delivers baby

NCHP Trooper delivers baby girl

State Highway Patrol Trooper Sgt. Brian Maynard can add baby deliverer to his resume. After leaving his family’s home Saturday night, the on-duty officer saw a couple going roughly 85 mph past him on the highway. They were in labor, according to WTVD. “I just feel lucky and blessed. To have been at the right place at the right time,” Sgt. Maynard said. The highway patrolman’s dash cam video during the traffic stop Saturday night captured the scene off Highway 64 near exit 429 in Wake County. Parents Jimmy and Laura Baker could no longer make it to the hospital. The baby’s head was pushing through. “He said ‘hey my wife is having a baby,'” Sgt. Maynard said. “I said OK well we’re going to do this right here me and you. I contacted EMS. Got them on the way. Grabbed my gloves, blanket. It was interesting. It was scary. I just tried to do the best that I could do with things I’ve seen on TV and things I had heard. Relieved that everything went good.” The Bakers and Sgt. Maynard, who is a 15 year veteran officer, delivered a healthy baby girl. “For so many years, I’ve seen a lot of death,” Sgt. Maynard said. “To be a part of the process that actually brings a life into this world is absolutely amazing.”



West Virginia State Police graduates 40 new troopers

WVSP November 2018 graduation

For the first time since 2015, the West Virginia State Police has a new cadet class. The graduation ceremony for 40 new West Virginia State Troopers was held Friday, November 16, at the University of Charleston’s Riggleman Hall. “We are so excited about this,” Col. Jan Cahill, West Virginia State Police Superintendent, said. “It’s been almost four years since we had hired a State Police cadet class.” This new class of troopers took part in an accelerated course. They came from law enforcement backgrounds such as county, city, campus, or natural resource police officers. The accelerated class took about 10 weeks to complete with a couple weekends, according to Cahill. The basic class, that all of the 66th graduating class had already been through, is for trainees new to law enforcement and it takes between 25 and 30 weeks. “It was just a great class,” Cahill said. “This class just jived well together. After the first week, they were like a division one football team. They really worked well with each other and were talking last night at their dinner. “I think they wouldn’t have minded staying a few more weeks, they liked it. They liked the camaraderie and brotherhood together. It was an outstanding class.” Cahill said the force is up to around 630 with this graduating class, not as high as they’ve seen in the past with 690. “Any police agency across the state and nationwide will tell you recruitment, retention, and attrition are all the challenges of law enforcement right now. “It’s a tough job, It can a thankless job but it’s a rewarding career. The guys that put this uniform on, they never regret it.” Cahill and Governor Jim Justice announced at the ceremony that there is enough money for a 67th Cadet Class that will be starting January 7. It will be around the same size as the 66th class. Justice was among a number of speakers as he gave a graduation address. “I could not be more proud of you,” Justice said. “I mean that from the bottom of my heart. God bless you in every way. Thank you so much for having me and thank you for all those who came today to support you.” The 66th Cadet Class finished with an average GPA of 96.8, according to Cahill. The valedictorian of the class was Carolton E. Smith, who finished with a 99.9 GPA.



Florida State Trooper's 3 year old daughter diagnosed with Cancer


A Florida State Trooper’s 3 and a half year old daughter needs our help! Sgt. Ramirez’ precious daughter has been diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma or brain cancer. Rosie, a normal toddler, began complaining of stomach pain and began eating very little, her parents took her to be checked out and that is when a large mass was found in the toddler’s stomach. Later the mass was confirmed as stage 4 neuroblastoma, this cancer is aggressive and has spread to her bone marrow.

Please keep Rosie and the Ramirez family in your thoughts and prayers.

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Texas Department of Public Safety former trooper needs assistance

DPS Go Fund Me

DPS Trooper Daniel Shown was shot in the head 8 days before Christmas, 24 years ago in Waco, Texas.  He was giving back up to a sheriff's deputy who had reported "shots fired".  The deputy had been trying to persuade a drunken man to come out of the house, lay down his .22 rifle and quit shooting.  Daniel ran behind a big tree and shined his flashlight at the house.  The shooter fired at the light.  A bullet struck Trooper Shown in the center of his forehead.  Daniel had to have part of his brain removed and had complications during surgery.  He lost vision in his right eye, his left arm is totally paralyzed and his left leg partially paralyzed.  Daniel lived thanks to another Trooper named Ramos that opened his airways and kept him from choking to death on his own blood. Daniel owes many thanks to surgeons, doctors, nurses and many DPS officer friends.   Daniel has had many struggles over the years, including an automobile accident which crushed his right knee so he had to have a total kneecap replacement.  He acquired an infection due to a sponge being left in his knee during surgery and now his right leg is fused together and does not bend like it should.
Daniel is a very humble man that is in need of some assistance.   He desperately needs an updated motorized wheelchair that will allow him to live more independently within his home alone.  He also is in need of a handicapped accessible vehicle to transport his wheelchair to church and to his doctor's office and to the grocery store. Any help you can give is appreciated to help Daniel keep living on his own.    Please feel free to donate what you can and please share this with your friends so that we can get Daniel mobile!  

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North Carolina Highway Patrol graduates 14 new troopers

NCHP November 2018 graduation

The State Highway Patrol proudly welcomed 14 new troopers at a graduation ceremony for the 146th Basic Highway Patrol School. The ceremony was held at the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Auditorium in Raleigh. Governor Roy Cooper and Colonel G. M. McNeill Jr., the 27th Commander of the State Highway Patrol provided remarks to those in attendance. The oath of office was administered by Associate Justice Cheri Beasley of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. “These newly sworn troopers are now a part of the promising future of our esteemed organization,” said Colonel Glenn M. McNeill Jr. “They are expanding on the great history of the State Highway Patrol and taking this exceptional training to the field to fulfill their role as ambassadors for our state.”



New York State Police swear in 158 new troopers

NYSP November 2018 graduation

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today congratulated the 158 new members of the State Police at the 207th session graduation ceremony from the Basic School of the New York State Police Academy. "These new Troopers have answered the call and dedicated themselves to selflessly serving the people of New York State," Governor Cuomo said. "I commend these men and women for their hard work over the last 26 weeks and for their commitment to public service. Our state will be safer with these members joining the ranks and enforcing our laws." "There is no greater or more noble calling than protecting and serving the people of this state," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who spoke at the graduation ceremony. "I'm honored to congratulate the more than 150 brave and selfless men, women and veteran graduates, who are committed to keeping New York and its citizens safe. Congratulations to the 207th graduating class and thank you for your brave and selfless service making a difference in the lives of others." New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, "After 26 weeks of difficult classwork and training, the 207th Basic School will continue the fine tradition of the State Police members that have come before them. This graduation ceremony is the culmination of the hard work you have shown over the past six months. It is also a testament to your continued dedication, as you waited years before your name was called to join the long gray line.  I congratulate all of our new members and wish you luck as you start your career."