Governor Baker names Kerry Gilpin new Massachusetts State Police Superintendent
Kerry A. Gilpin, a 23-year State Police veteran who turned to a career in law enforcement after the murder of her sister, took command of the 2,200-person force on Wednesday, a day after her predecessor and his top deputy abruptly retired amid a scandal over an altered police report. In a closed door ceremony at his office, Governor Charlie Baker swore in Gilpin, 47, a major who previously served as deputy division commander of the Division of Standards and Training, which oversees internal affairs as well as the State Police training academy. “It is the mission of the Massachusetts State Police to keep the Commonwealth safe and I have the utmost confidence that Colonel Gilpin will excel as the leader of our tremendous police force,” said Baker in a statement. “Colonel Gilpin brings decades of experience and knowledge to her post, with a deep understanding of the State Police force at every level.”
North Dakota Highway Patrol switching from white to black vehicles
After more than 20 years, North Dakota Highway Patrol's white vehicles are being replaced with black ones, with the thought that they will sell for more at auction. "Every year we have patrol cars hit out there and it's usually during those days where we have low visibility during those snow events we have going on in North Dakota,” said Niewind The NDHP has started switching their fleet from white to black, saying safety is one of the reasons. "There's reflective markings on both the passenger and driver side of the vehicle, and then on the rear of that vehicle. So as traffic is coming up on that with their headlights on at night, our cars light up like a railroad vehicle, or a fire truck or ambulance,” said Niewind. Niewind hopes the new reflectors ends the trend of cars getting hit. The Highway Patrol says it will take about four years for the entire fleet to be changed to black.
Florida Highway Patrol Trooper seriously injured in crash leaves hospital
A Florida Highway Patrol injured in a crash last month on Interstate 95 in Lantana has been released from a hospital, a spokesman for FHP said. Trooper Andy Ong was released Friday from Delray Medical Center, Sgt. Mark Wysocky said. Ong, 51, is still recovering from serious injuries from the Oct. 1 crash and a GoFundMe online fundraising page has been created to help pay for his expenses. On the day of the injury, the trooper was standing on the shoulder of the highway near the rear of his patrol vehicle, pointing a speed-measuring device, when the driver of a Honda Accord heading north near Hypoluxo Road changed lanes and hit a Ford Focus. The driver of the Ford lost control and slammed into Ong and his patrol car. Ong, a Palm Beach County resident, had several surgeries while in the hospital. The driver of the Honda, 31-year-old Aliz Beauplan of Boynton Beach, and the driver of the Ford, 27-year-old Amanda Winnegar of Palm Springs, were taken to JFK Medical Center in Atlantis with minor injuries. The crash remains under investigation and no charges have filed, Wysocky said.
Tennessee Trooper Rescues Driver Impaled by Deer Antler
A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper sent to the scene of a Nashville area car crash is credited with saving the life of a driver whose neck was punctured by an antler of a deer that went through her windshield. When Trooper Russell Bernard arrived at the scene, the driver of the crashed car was bleeding heavily from a large puncture wound in her neck, according to a news release from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. Bernard applied pressure to the wound until emergency medical services personnel arrived. The deer had been hit by another vehicle and thrown through the victim's windshield. Its antlers also punctured the driver's seat, according to the release. "I commend Trooper Bernard for taking swift action to save the life of the injured driver," THP Colonel Tracy Trott said. "Trooper Bernard was able to apply his cadet training and respond quickly using the proper technique and protocol. I am proud of the work we do every day to save lives on our Tennessee roadways." The driver, who had a torn artery, was taken by EMS personnel to a Dickson, Tenn., hospital and later flown to Skyline Hospital in Nashville for emergency surgery, the release states.