Governor LePage nominates new Maine State Police Chief

Maine State Police Chief nominee

Gov. Paul LePage has nominated Lt. Col. John Cote to take over the top spot at the Maine State Police. Cote, who has been the deputy chief for the last two years, would succeed Col. Robert Williams, who retired in February to take over security at Colby College in Waterville. “I am pleased to nominate Lt. Col. Cote,” LePage said in a statement Friday. “He is an experienced law enforcement professional who will help us continue to provide the highest level of service to the people of Maine. He understands the needs of the agency as we work to recruit more troopers and fight the opioid epidemic.” Cote has been with Maine State Police for 29 years. Prior to serving as deputy chief under Williams, he commanded the state police’s Troop F in Houlton. He has an associate degree in criminal justice/legal technology from the University of Maine and has completed numerous law enforcement professional development courses, including a 10-week program at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, last year. His nomination will be heard by the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee and would then go to the Maine Senate for confirmation. LePage announced his nomination on the same day he spoke at a graduation ceremony for five new troopers at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.

4/18/18

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South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper does push-ups in blizzard to honor fallen officers

 

Doing push-ups on their own can be difficult. Doing them in a blizzard, in uniform? Now that's impressive. To honor those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in 2018, a Trooper with the South Dakota Highway Patrol did 39 push-ups to honor each life lost. The unnamed Trooper did all of the push-ups during an April blizzard sweeping through South Dakota.

4/17/18

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New Colonel of Tennessee Highway Patrol named

THP New Colonel

The first African-American has been named as the top leader of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a veteran of the agency who was responsible for its daily operations for the past seven years. Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner David W. Purkey announced Lt. Col. Dereck Stewart as colonel Wednesday, The Tennessean reported. Stewart will take over as new colonel of the agency June 1. Col. Tracy Trott will retire after 40 years of service on May 31. “It’s always worth it to notice when history gets made,” Haslam said at a Nashville ceremony noting Stewart becoming the first African-American in the position. “We promoted him because he is the best, most qualified, (and) has the right track record.” Haslam said it had been an honor to work with Trott. Under Trott’s leadership, the highway patrol has grown to a force of more than 900 troopers and has been the recipient of several national awards, according to a Facebook post from the agency. Purkey noted that Tennessee has experienced the lowest traffic fatality rates since 1963 during Trott’s tenure.Top of Form Stewart, who was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 2011 after serving in various agency roles, called Trott a friend and mentor. Stewart is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University.

4/16/18

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South Dakota Highway Patrol graduates 12 recruits

SDHP Patrol Cruiser

Twelve new recruits officially join South Dakota’s Highway Patrol at a graduation ceremony Friday, April 13, in the State Capitol Rotunda in Pierre. Class 60 consists of nine men andthree women.  Graduation was the culmination of a one-year period which started with the recruits making the initial application to the Highway Patrol. After being selected, the recruits completed eight months of training which included basic law enforcement training, attending the South Dakota Highway Patrol Recruit Academy and finally, field training. “We always tell our recruits that it is not easy to become a Highway Patrol trooper, but we want them ready for any situation they might face,” says Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol. “Graduation is a major achievement for the recruits and their families. We are proud to share the moment with them.” “These recruits bring their own backgrounds, life experiences and skills to the Highway Patrol,” says Col. Price. “Each of them will help make the Patrol stronger and better able to meet the needs of the public.” Gov. Dennis Daugaard was the guest speaker for the ceremony. At the end of graduation, the new troopers received their patrol cars which were parked behind the state Capitol. Many of the graduates are scheduled to be on duty as early as Saturday, April 14.

4/10/18

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