Four year old made Honorary New Jersey State Trooper

A 4-year-old battling cancer was welcomed into the New Jersey State Police family as an honorary trooper. Sophia Colavito was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor that has since spread to the lining of her brain and her spine, which caused her to lose sight in her right eye. She is an enthusiastic law enforcement supporter who collects police patches. When State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan heard Sophia's story, he immediately invited her to visit the division headquarters in West Trenton. Earlier this week, he was joined by Governor Phil Murphy and a contingent of police officials to welcome the family and surprise Sophia by officially making her an Honorary New Jersey State Trooper. The colonel spent time with Sophia and her family, leading them on a tour of the NJSP log cabin and Regional Operations Intelligence Center. "We were honored to host Sophia and her family today," the department wrote on Facebook. "She continues to inspire all of us in the State Police family. Now that she is officially an Honorary New Jersey State Trooper, she will forever remain a part of our family, because 'Once a Trooper, Always a Trooper.'" He also told Sophia how much her strength, courage and optimism have inspired him. 

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California Highway Patrol Appoints New Commissioner

Amanda Ray

Amanda Ray has served on the California Highway Patrol since 1990 and has donned eight uniformed ranks within the department. On Tuesday, she was named the first woman to lead the CHP as commissioner, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday. She will fill the role for Commissioner Warren Stanley, who is retiring Nov. 16. Ray, has served as cadet, officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, assistant chief, chief and assistant commissioner. She was also Special Response Team Tactical Commander at the California Highway Patrol for Superbowl 50 in 2016. "I would like to thank Governor Newsom for the outstanding opportunity to lead this great Department and to continue to work each day with the women and men of the California Highway Patrol," Ray said in a Tuesday statement. "I couldn't be more honored and proud to accept this appointment and further the CHP's mission of providing the highest level of Safety, Service and Security, and ensuring California is a safe place to live, work and travel." "I am confident that Deputy Commissioner Ray will be a crucial partner as we continue the important work ahead to strengthen community engagement in public safety and advance reforms to our criminal justice system that will help foster a more just and inclusive future for all Californian," Newsom wrote Tuesday. Stanley has been with the CHP since 1982 and has held every rank in the department, including Lieutenant of the Border Division Investigative Services Unit and Commander of the California Highway Patrol Academy. "I'm very proud of my career, but what I'm most proud of is the current and past CHP employees who I have had the privilege and honor to work with," Stanley said in a Tuesday statement. "All of you are the primary reason I believe the CHP is one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the world. I also want to thank Governor Newsom for his support of me, the 11,000 women and men of the CHP and for selecting Deputy Commissioner Amanda Ray as the next CHP Commissioner." During his service, Stanley worked on several highway and traffic safety initiatives, including the Impaired Driving Section, which revised enforcement policies consistent with the use of cannabis when it became legal. He also pushed for research on the drug to see how it affected the ability to drive. "As the leader of the fifth-largest law enforcement agency in the country, Commissioner Stanley championed causes to enhance public safety for everyone who travels on California's roads and freeways," Newsom wrote in a Tuesday statement. "We are grateful for his forward-looking vision and pursuit of innovative strategies to prevent injuries and save lives."



Nevada Highway Patrol Appoints First Woman to Lead the Department



Anne Carpenter has been appointed colonel of the Nevada Department of Safety, Highway Patrol Division, making history as the first woman to hold the position. "I am humbled to be appointed Colonel of the Nevada Highway Patrol, and work alongside the men and women who have dedicated their lives to public safety," said Carpenter in a press release. "I look forward to working together with our partnering agencies and community members to ensure the safety and protection of every life on Nevada roadways." Carpenter will oversee 492 sworn officers and 96 non-sworn personnel, according to a press release. Her career with the DPS began in 1995. She rose through the ranks and served as an officer, sergeant and major.  She recently served as a chief and oversaw 330 sworn officers and 264 non-sworn personnel, according to a press release. The previous colonel, David Solow, announced his retirement earlier this month.



Nevada Highway Patrol names newest K9 for slain trooper


The agency said it will welcome Skipper, a 4-year-old German Short Haired Pointer, to the K9 team during a ceremony at the Department of Public Safety Headquarters. The name is meant to honor Sgt. Ben Jenkins, who was killed in the line of duty in March when he stopped to help an apparently stranded driver near Ely. NHP says Jenkins was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating, the last of which earned him the nickname "Skipper." Jenkins also worked as a K9 handler for a time while in the Highway Patrol, partnered with a Belgian Malinois named Thor. Skipper the K9 will officially take part in a graduation ceremony and brief demonstration on Thursday.



Ohio Turnpike Sign dedicated to Injured State Trooper resizeimage

A new Ohio Turnpike sign located at milepost 69.9 westbound in Wood County was dedicated to its namesake Tuesday morning at the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) Bowling Green Post. Rep. Haraz Ghanbari hosted the ceremony and honored OSHP Sgt. Frederick A. Raby, whose name is featured on the sign, for his bravery in a brush with death 30 years ago. "Just over thirty years ago, on Sept. 1, 1990, State Highway Patrol Sergeant Raby was critically injured in a traffic accident on the Ohio Turnpike near mile marker 70 in Wood County," Ghanbari described. "He was in his patrol car which was stopped behind a violator on the right berm with flashing lights in full operation. Another vehicle traveling at full speed drove off the roadway and struck his patrol vehicle from behind." Raby was life-flighted to the former Medical College of Ohio with severe head trauma, a broken neck, a broken hip and shoulder and leg injuries. "At one point the doctors gave him a five-percent chance of survival. But Fred was physically fit, an Army veteran and he had a strong will to live. He slowly improved and was transferred to a rehabilitation center in Howell, Michigan which specialized in traumatic brain injuries. He spent a year there and was then transferred to the Eisenhower Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a longer-term TBI facility where he continued to receive care and therapy." The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission Memorial Sign Program has honored 12 people who perished on the job during services for the Ohio Turnpike and OSHP since 2018. Move Over Ohio requires all drivers to move over one lane while passing any roadside vehicle stopped with flashing or rotating lights.