New Jersey State Police to equip all state troopers with body cameras by mid-2019

NJSP Body Cameras

One-and-a-half million dollars in criminal forfeiture funds are being used to equip New Jersey State troopers with body cameras, and Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said all members of the state police should have them by the middle of next year. Grewal said when law enforcement officers and citizens know their encounters are being recorded, they behave better. He says there are thousands, maybe even millions, of those interactions in the state each year. “And they are 99.9 percent positive, so we invite the scrutiny. It is those out-of-context cellphone videos that sometimes paint a negative picture of an interaction,” said Grewal. “So, we would welcome an entire picture of the interaction, and entire video of the interaction to be available, and I think it promotes confidence and public trust.” State Police Superintendent Patrick Callahan said most troopers welcome the use of body cameras, and they’re already used to having cameras mounted in their cruisers. “I tell the troopers when I’m with them, ‘You’re on camera anyway, whether it’s a store camera or somebody holding a smartphone,’” said Callahan. “So let’s show things from our perspective and capture the entire encounter.” Callahan said while body cameras are a good tool, a police officer’s training on how to treat the public is what can really make a difference. “If the person wearing the camera doesn’t have that notion of treating people with dignity and respect, all we’re going to end up with is a bunch of negative videos, and that’s not going to help us in building that public trust,” said Callahan. Grewal said internal affairs complaints have dropped in jurisdictions around the country that use body cameras.



California Highway Patrol K9 Officer Beny did it again!

CHP K9 Beny

K9 officer Beny did it again!  On August 28, a California Highway Patrol Officer conducted a traffic stop on a 2013 Jeep Patriot for speeding.  The officer pulled the driver over on the westbound SR-152 at Dinosaur Point. The officer observed indications that the driver was engaging in criminal activities, so K9 officer Beny was called in.  During a search of the vehicle Beny found approximately 30 pounds of crystal methamphetamine inside what officers say was a sophisticated roof compartment. The driver was taken into custody and booked into the Merced County Sheriff's Office Jail for possession of methamphetamine for sale, and transportation of methamphetamine.



Massachusetts State trooper issues Beanie Baby to baby instead of ticket

MSP Beanie Baby

When State Trooper Nate Monteiro pulled up behind Alexandra Schirmer on Wednesday afternoon in the breakdown lane on Route 24 in Raynham, she thought she was in trouble. Instead, she’d found a guardian angel. Schirmer, a certified nursing assistant in Bridgewater, was heading home from work with her 4-month-old son, Sebastian, and they were stuck in heavy traffic. “It was so hot and Sebastian wouldn’t stop crying to the point he was making himself choke. He was just hungry. I couldn’t take it anymore,” the Berkley native posted on Facebook. Schirmer, 22, pulled over into the breakdown lane to give Sebastian a bottle. When Monteiro pulled up behind her, she was so scared, she waved the baby bottle out the window, she said. But she had nothing to worry about. “He was so nice,” Schirmer said Thursday. Monteiro went back to his cruiser and came back, not with a ticket, but with a Beanie Baby for Sebastian. Then Monteiro sat in his cruiser and waited there until Schirmer was done feeding Sebastian to make sure they were safe, she said. “It was pretty cool,” Schirmer posted.



Two Washington State Patrol troopers awarded Life Saving Awards

WSP Life Saving Awards

2 local Washington State Patrol Troopers were recognized for their life saving efforts. WSP Chief John R. Batiste recognized Trooper David Franzmann of Hoquiam and Trooper Edgar Quintero of Naselle and awarded them the WSP Life Saving Award for efforts during two separate incidents in April 2018. On April 17, Trooper Franzmann responded to an unresponsive 17-year-old on the 100 block of Anderson Place in Elma. The young man was not breathing. Elma Police Officers had begun CPR and Trooper Franzmann arrived and used Naloxone, continuing CPR until the teen began breathing again on his own. The 17-year-old was transported to Summit Pacific Medical Center where he regained consciousness and survived the narcotics overdose. On Monday, April 30, 2018, Trooper Quintero responded to a shots fired and stabbing incident in Illwaco. Trooper Quintero was the first law enforcement officer on scene, finding multiple victims. Determining the suspect was no longer a threat, Trooper Quintero went to help the injured victims, including a man bleeding excessively from his right arm. He applied a tourniquet and bandages to open wounds on the victim’s arm and torso until aid could arrive and transport the victim. The man survived, and other officers and medics on scene said that the acts of the Trooper ultimately saved the victim’s life. Troopers are recommended by their supervisors for the Life Saving Award, which is later selected by Chief Batiste.




Nebraska State Troopers seize more than 200 pounds of drugs in traffic stop

NSP Drug Bust

Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested two men and seized more than 200 pounds of various drugs in a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Alda, Nebraska. At approximately 11:20 a.m. on Tuesday, August 28, state troopers stopped a semi-truck with a license plate violation. During the stop, the trooper became suspicious of criminal activity and an NSP K9 detected the presence of a controlled substance inside the tractor. During a search of the tractor, troopers discovered duffel bags filled with packages of marijuana, THC vape cartridges, and an unknown white powder. The seizure totaled 95 pounds of marijuana, 996 vape cartridges, and 88 pounds of the unknown white powder. With the possibility that the white powder is fentanyl, it has been transported to the NSP Crime Lab for testing in a safe and controlled environment.