Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper’s cruiser struck for 6th time!
Feb. 23, 2024
An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper was irritated when his cruiser was hit during a traffic stop over the weekend. That’s because it wasn’t the first time that it has happened. In fact, it was the sixth time!
Trooper Russell Callicoat’s dash camera was rolling when a driver slammed into his squad car. It was a traffic stop on Interstate 44 near Sheridan Avenue in the Oklahoma City area over the weekend.
Callicoat estimated the vehicle was traveling at least 60 miles per hour and there was a strong smell of alcohol when he approached that driver.
The trooper appeared so calm in the dash camera video; that’s because it’s not the first time this has happened.
“What I’d tell people, on a personal note, is stop hitting me,” Callicoat said.
It’s not the second time, or even the third time.
“In some aspect, they hit me or my patrol car,” Callicoat added. “I think I’m up to approximately around six times.”
Before the collision on Saturday, the trooper said he was hit by another driver in April of last year near Tulsa. In that incident, “A young female was texting on her phone and drifted off into the shoulder and slammed into the back of my patrol car while I was in it,” Callicoat described. The trooper also detailed the accident before that.
“I had just arrested a drunk driver, and another drunk driver slammed into the back of my patrol car again,” Callicoat said.
Several months ago, new legislation was passed in Oklahoma to try to stop these collisions, whether they involve troopers, officers, or anyone else.
“Before November, if you got pulled over for failure to move over or slow down for an emergency vehicle on the side of the road, it was a $249 fine. As of November, they raised it to a $1,000 fine,” Callicoat said.
Amazingly, Callicoat isn’t currently dealing with any medical issues from any of the collisions.
Tennessee Highway Patrol Graduates Five State Troopers
Feb. 22, 2024
Congratulations to Tennessee Highway Patrol Cadet Class #224. Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long and Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Matt Perry welcomed the newest graduating class of Tennessee State Troopers at the Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s Training Center in Nashville. These new troopers are all prior highway patrol or state police. One is a returning THP Trooper. The others are joining THP from the Florida Highway Patrol, Louisiana State Police, Arkansas State Police and New Jersey State Police.
Due to the extensive training they previously received, these new troopers were able to graduate after an in-depth five-week training familiarizing them with THP procedures and Tennessee traffic and criminal laws. Combined, the graduates bring 25 years of law enforcement experience to THP. Two troopers have prior military service, two others have Associate’s degrees, and one has a Bachelor’s degree.
"We are honored that these experienced law enforcement professionals chose to serve the citizens of our great state,” said Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long. “The Tennessee Highway Patrol is one of the most well-respected law enforcement agencies in the United States, which helps us recruit the best of the best from across the state and the nation. Congratulations to each of these new troopers. I commend them on their commitment and dedication to public service.”
Massachusetts State Police holds 89th Recruit Training Troop graduation ceremony
FEB. 15, 2024
The Massachusetts State Police held their 89th Recruit Training Troop Graduation ceremony Thursday morning at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield.
The 75 recruits, who began their time at the police academy in September of last year in New Braintree, began the event with a group demonstration before each member was presented with their state police badge.
State Police Interim Colonel Jack Mawn said this is the least number of graduates the department has ever seen, which he believes is partly due to a national workforce shortage. He said during his graduation speech these new troopers will face many challenges in their new role.
Mawn said the key for the new troopers to be successful, as well as recruiting future generations of police officers, will be to establish strong relationships with their community.
"We want to make sure that the way we get to the outcome is the right way to get there," Mawn said. "And in order to do that, we have to engage the community, we have to build trust, we have to operate in a procedurally just way, and that's the way best way to build legitimacy in any community that we assist our municipal friends with, particularly in western Massachusetts."
Mawn said the graduating class will next be assigned to veteran state troopers, where they will shadow them for a few months before taking on more independent roles.
Washington State Trooper Shot 9 Times and Survives
On Friday February 16th, 2024, Trooper Ray Seaburg, a 21-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol, attempted to pull over a vehicle for suspicion of DUI when the vehicle fled. Ray terminated the pursuit and moments later he observed the vehicle involved in a collision and the driver fleeing on foot. Ray pursued the driver on foot. Ray caught the driver of the vehicle and during a physical altercation, the suspect shot Ray repeatedly.
Trooper Seaburg suffered a severed femoral artery among other injuries. A Kent Police Officer and a WSP Trooper applied lifesaving torniquets to both of Ray’s legs, preventing massive blood loss. He was rushed to Harborview Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery for 9 bullet hole wounds in his legs and a bullet wound in his hand. Trooper Seaburg is expected to survive.
Trooper Seaburg is the sole provider for his family, wife Devon, daughter Payton and twins Autumn and Logan. If you would like to help the family during their road to recovery click the link below