Massachusetts State Police K9 'Caber' helps find two missing girls

Mass SP K9 finds girls

Past a cliff and multiple trails, a Massachusetts State Police K9 tracked down two missing teenage girls over the weekend in Western Massachusetts, authorities said Tuesday.  Trooper Matt Baird learned around 1:45 a.m. on Saturday that law enforcement in Palmer were searching for two girls, ages 13 and 14, who went missing around 11 p.m., according to a statement from state police.  After receiving an object with the girls’ scents on it, Baird deployed his K9 partner, a dog named Caber, behind the family’s house, the statement said.  Family members crossed over the search area many times looking for the girls, authorities noted, which made tracking more difficult for the dog. “Caber pulled around the house to the street, working northward,” state police said.  “After getting no results, Trooper Baird and Caber turned and worked back on the street in a southward direction.”  The dog ventured across the street to a small cliff when a possum ran in front of him.  Caber, ignoring the wild animal, moved onto a trail, according to state police.  As the trooper and the K9 continued onto a second trail, Caber began to show “increased intensity,” authorities said.  The dog eventually pulled through “thick mountain laurel and displayed a proximity alert," according to police.  “A few feet later, Trooper Baird saw the two girls just ahead, crouched beside a tree,” state police said. “The searchers walked the girls out of the woods and returned them to their home.”  This is not the first successful search Caber has pulled off.  In 2016, the dog helped locate a lost hunter in Petersham after local authorities unsuccessfully deployed a bloodhound in the area of the hunter’s vehicle.

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Indiana State Police names 2019 Trooper of the Year

Indiana SP 2019 trooper of the year

Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter recently announced the recipient of the 2019 Indiana State Police Trooper of the Year. This honor is bestowed upon a deserving Trooper that exemplifies the Department’s high standards and expectations as related to the overall mission. Leadership, productivity, service to the community both on and off duty, and assigned responsibilities are just a few areas taken into consideration when nominated.  The 2019 Indiana State Police Trooper of the Year is Trooper Tyson M. Waldron.  Waldron’s performance and accomplishments during that year are worthy of such recognition and have earned him this award.  Trooper Waldron is a seven-year veteran of the State Police and was appointed on December 21, 2012.  During 2019, Waldron was assigned to the Fort Wayne Post, primarily working a night shift in Allen County.  Waldron, who has been a K-9 handler with his partner Zeus since 2016, is also certified as a drug recognition expert (DRE).  In 2019, Trooper Waldron had 1515 traffic contacts, 31 operating while intoxicated (OWI) arrests (which led the District), 220 criminal arrests (44 of which were for felony crimes), and 124 K-9 usage reports.  While working with his K-9 partner, he seized Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Crack, Ecstasy, and Heroin; six firearms and more than $32,000 in U.S. currency.  Waldron achieved these goals while missing over 38 days while on active military orders and 20 days of time off taken for the birth of his son.  In his nomination, Trooper Waldron was described as a natural leader as exemplified through his genuine courtesy, hard work, and unquestionable integrity.  He is a very proactive, dedicated, and self-motivated Trooper that consistently encourages his co-workers to put forth a maximum effort during their shifts.  Waldron maintains a rigorous fitness routine, keeping himself fit for duty, and motivates others to do the same.  In addition to the duties required by the Indiana State Police while serving the citizens of Indiana, Waldron also serves his country as a soldier in the Indiana National Guard.  His notable 18-year military career has included stateside and overseas deployments, and he currently holds a position at the Regional Training Institute at Camp Atterbury, where he serves as a Company First Sergeant.  First Sergeant Waldron’s overseas service has included deployments to Afghanistan in 2004, and Iraq in 2008, where he earned his Combat Infantry Badge.  He is the graduate of numerous military schools, including: Army Airborne, Air Assault, Pathfinder, Sniper, Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Non-Commissioned Officers Course, Advanced Leadership Course, Senior Leadership Course and Mountain Warfare.  Waldron has a future goal to serve as a District Squad Leader at the Fort Wayne Post, and is currently preparing himself for when that opportunity arises.  He attributes the secret to his success to a strong family support system.

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Louisiana State Police trooper dies in line-of-duty

LSP dies in line of duty May 2020

Trooper George Baker succumbed to injuries sustained on May 20th, 2020, when he was struck by a Hammond patrol car while removing stop sticks from the roadway during a vehicle pursuit.  The pursuit started when officers from the Hammond Police Department attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle.  Trooper Baker and another trooper successfully deployed stop sticks on Wardline Road, near the intersection with Kate Street, causing the vehicle to hit them.  As the troopers attempted to remove the stop sticks from the roadway, they were inadvertently struck by a responding Hammond patrol car.  Both occupants in the fleeing vehicle were arrested a short time later.  Both troopers were transported to a local hospital where Trooper Baker succumbed to his injuries on May 24th, 2020.  Trooper Baker's organs were donated upon his death.  The second trooper suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  Trooper Baker was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Louisiana State Police for three years.  He had previously served with the Greensburg Police Department for four years and the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office for three years.  He is survived by his wife, daughter, parents, and sisters.

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Light Up Mississippi May 25, 2020

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Georgia State Patrol graduates 31 troopers

Georgia May 2020 graduation

The Georgia State Patrol graduated its 108th Trooper School on Thursday, May 14, at the headquarters of the Georgia Department of Public Safety in Atlanta.  After 32 weeks of intense training, 31 new troopers will report to one of the 52 patrol posts throughout the state.   Instead of the traditional graduation, troopers received their patrol vehicles and were issued the Oath of Office by Governor Brian P. Kemp.    Trooper Cadets spend 20 weeks at the academy and 12 weeks in field training.  The Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) requires all peace officers receive a minimum of 400 hours of Basic Mandate Training.  At the completion of Trooper School, these newly graduated trooper cadets received over 1,500 hours of training, including driving, defensive tactics, vehicle stops, Spanish, criminal law and criminal procedure, firearms, accident investigation, and various other training.

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