55 Troopers Graduate, as 75 Recruits Begin Next Academy; State Police Seek Applicants for Next Class

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With hundreds of trooper vacancies due to continued attrition, the Michigan State Police (MSP) Recruiting and Selection Section and Training Division remain busy. On Thursday, 55 troopers graduated from the 138th Trooper Recruit School, which was quickly followed by the start of the 139th Trooper Recruit School on Sunday, March 7.

During a virtual graduation ceremony on March 4, in which Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was the keynote speaker, Col. Joe Gasper administered the Oath of Office to 55 new troopers, who this week start their assignments at MSP posts across the state.

“I’m honored to recognize the 55 graduates of the 138th Trooper Recruit School as they join the ranks of the Michigan State Police and begin a career serving the people of Michigan,” said Whitmer. “Public service is both an honor and a calling, and I know that these new troopers will commit themselves to keeping our communities safe and step up to serve our state in times of need. Together, we will create a safer and more just Michigan for all.”

The 138th Trooper Recruit School began on Sept. 8, 2020, at the MSP Training Academy in Lansing. Recruits received training in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, cultural diversity and implicit bias, decision making, leadership, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving.

Tpr. Anthony Hoffman was elected Class Orator by his fellow recruits and spoke on behalf of the graduating class at their ceremony. In addition, Trooper Hoffman also received the Team Building Award. Other award recipients included Tpr. Janice Dixon who received the Outstanding Performance and Academic Achievement awards and Tpr. Zachary Smith who received the Marksmanship Award.

“We celebrate adding these 55 women and men to the Michigan State Police family,” said Col. Joe Gasper, director of the MSP. “I’m excited to see them start a rewarding career serving those who live in Michigan and visit our wonderful state.”

Including the 55 graduates of the 138th Trooper Recruit School, there are approximately 1,225 troopers assigned statewide, and a total of 1,900 enlisted members in the MSP.

The 139th Trooper Recruit School began on March 7, at the MSP Training Academy in Lansing with 75 prospective troopers. They are expected to graduate on Aug. 20, 2021.

With a goal of achieving a strength of 2,100 enlisted members, the MSP is actively recruiting for future trooper recruit schools. Persons interested in learning more about a career with the MSP should visit www.michigan.gov/mspjobs for information on how to apply. 

Applications are now being accepted for the 140th Trooper Recruit school.

Contact: Ms. Lori Dougovito, Public Affairs Section, 517-281-9586

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Child Seat Safety Event

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MEDIA EVENT: CHILD RESTRAINTS AND BOOSTER SEATS

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TAMPA, Fla. – All 50 states and U.S. territories have laws requiring children to be secured in car seats or booster seats while riding in vehicles. However, some parents and guardians may find it difficult to locate and afford a car seat for their child. Recognizing a need for children of the Tampa Bay area, Suncoast Credit Union has teamed with the American Association of State Troopers and the Florida Highway Patrol to purchase child restraints and booster seats for parents in need of these critical safety tools. Additionally, with nearly 50% of child restraints installed incorrectly, members of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital are also teaming up with the Florida Highway Patrol to ensure the seats are properly employed by drivers. To announce this exciting partnership, the Florida Highway Patrol will host a media event at Troop C Headquarters, 11305 North McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL 33612 on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at 10:00 AM.

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Do you know Florida law? Knowing the following information and tips can help you travel safely with little ones. Child restraint requirements: Every operator of a motor vehicle, while transporting a child in a motor vehicle operated on the roadways, streets, or highways of this state, shall, if the child is 5 years of age or younger, provide for protection of the child by properly using a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint device. For children aged through 3 years, such restraint device must be a separate carrier or a vehicle manufacturer’s integrated child seat. For children aged 4 through 5 years, a separate carrier, an integrated child seat, or a child booster seat may be used.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles: providing A Safer Florida by securely maintaining the records of more than 19 million registered vehicles and over 15 million licensed drivers, as well as providing safe travel along Florida’s highways. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit

www.flhsmv.gov, follow us on Twitter @F LHSMV or find us on Facebook.

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North Carolina State Trooper dies after fighting Covid-19

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A member of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol has died following a battle of COVID-19.

Authorities said Master Trooper James “Brent” Montgomery was a "friend, brother and dedicated public servant" and served in Troop C, District 4 (Vance, Warren and Franklin Counties). According to ABC affiliate WTVD, Montgomery had been battling COVID-19 since February; Troopers escorted his body from Duke University Hospital to Granville County Tuesday.

Community members are asked to keep his wife, Heather, and their three children in their thoughts and prayers, as well as other members of Troop C, District 4.

"The overwhelming support of the Montgomery family by the Patrol, the people of Vance County and strangers from all over the country is a true reflection of Brett’s dedication to serving and protecting those in need,"a Facebook post from Highway Patrol read.

Arrangements for his celebration have not yet been announced, but officials said mourning bands will be worn in honor of Montgomery until 11:59 p.m. on the day of his funeral.

Read the full post from Colonel Glenn M. McNeill, Jr., below:

Dear Patrol Family,

As a Patrol family, our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy and a sense of loss as we have lost a friend, brother and a dedicated public servant with the passing of Master Trooper James “Brent” Montgomery, C-440. Brent was a true warrior who fought a courageous battle against COVID-19 with the love and support of his wife Heather, and their three children; Jabe, Collin and Emma. The overwhelming support of the Montgomery family by the Patrol, the people of Vance County and strangers from all over the country is a true reflection of Brett’s dedication to serving and protecting those in need.

Arrangements related to Brent’s celebration of life ceremony will be provided in the near future once the Montgomery family finalizes plans. In the interim, effective tonight, mourning bands shall be worn in honor of Brent until 11:59 pm on the day of Brent’s funeral.

Please continue to keep the entire Montgomery family and members of Troop C, District 4 in your thoughts and prayers during this time of great loss. May God provide peace, comfort, and courage during their time of sorrow.

Most sincerely,

Colonel Glenn M. McNeill, Jr.

To view story go to: https://wcti12.com/news/state-news/state-trooper-dies-after-fighting-covid-19

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Ohio State Trooper talks about rescuing man from car in freezing water after crash

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An Ohio State Trooper is being credited with saving the life of a passenger after a driver crashed over an embankment while fleeing police.

Trooper Shane Meyer tried to pull over a Dodge Charger Tuesday morning around 1:30 a.m. after it blew a red light. The trooper's dashboard camera shows the car accelerate on Route 4 in Hamilton, briefly going out of view of the trooper.

The car left the road, crashing over an embankment, estimated to be at least a 50-foot drop.

"I wasn't actively pursuing, and I wasn't going to throughout the city," Meyer said. "Then I realized the damage that was done on the tree line, so I went running over there and that's when I observed the vehicle on its top in the water."

Out of view of his cruiser's camera, Meyer made his way down the embankment he said was muddy, steep and slick.

"The only thing going through my mind was, 'I need to try to get whoever is in this car out.' I could tell they were in about 2 to 4 foot of water and the top portion of the passenger cabin was completely submerged," Meyer said.

You can hear someone screaming for help and saying, 'I can't breathe' in audio from the incident.

Meyer said the 19-year-old driver was wiggling out of the back seat of the car on his own but the 20-year-old passenger was trapped and saying he could not feel his legs.

"They had to be ejected through the rear windshield and were partially trapped under the trunk. At which point, I was able to get to him. He was struggling to keep his head above water as he was belly down," Meyer said."I was afraid that he would have died if I wouldn't have been there. It probably would have been a while before they were found."

Troopers said the driver, 19-year-old Logan Morris from Hamilton, admitted he drank a lot of alcohol before crashing. The car had been stolen out of Hamilton shortly before the crash. Morris is facing numerous charges and remains in the Butler County Jail.

OSHP is consulting the prosecutor's office about possible charges for the passenger.

The trooper who saved him said he has never been put in a similar situation but is glad he was there. "It's what I signed up to do. It's what I enjoy doing. It's another day's work really," Meyer said.

To view video go to link below:

https://www.wlwt.com/article/ohio-state-trooper-talks-about-rescuing-man-from-car-in-freezing-water-after-crash/35718780

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California Highway Patrol almost Fooled by Fake Passenger

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California Highway Patrol officers in Los Angeles County were so impressed with a dummy in a passenger seat they posted it on Facebook. For years people have tried to pass off dummies in the passenger seat to be able to drive in the HOV lane (High-Occupancy Vehicle) to get around traffic. On Wednesday, CHP Officer S. Sullinger pulled a truck over because he could not see if there was a passenger due to the tinted windows. When he got to the passenger side, he got suspicious when the "man" didn't move at all and realized it was a manikin. It was so realistic; it even had sunglasses in its shirt pocket and work boots on. The driver wasn't talking much, so they don't know where it came from. The driver told the officer he had been driving with it for over a year. “Nice try, driver. Here’s your ticket!” An HOV lane violation ticket is a minimum $490 fine.

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