AAST has a new corporate partnership with Galls, LLC

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The American Association of State Troopers, Inc. (AAST) is pleased to announce our newest corporate partnership. Galls, LLC, the leading distributor of public safety equipment in America, headquartered in Lexington, KY has generously signed on as a corporate partner in support of the American Association of State Troopers Foundation, Inc. (AASTF).  Galls services the needs of law enforcement, military, security, fire, ems, postal, public transportation and more.  Galls offers an extensive selection of products and brands, competitive prices, responsive service, fast deliveries, and seamless ordering.  With nearly 50 years in the industry, Galls offers thousands of agencies and departments a 360° solution and provides each with a personalized web portal that makes ordering super easy, fast and convenient.  The American Association of State Troopers is proud to partner with corporations like Galls that work every day to support our state troopers and all public safety heroes.



AAST member appointed to be US Marshal

WVSP Lt. to be US Marshall

West Virginia State Police Lt. Michael Baylous has been confirmed to serve as the U.S. marshal for the Southern District of West Virginia.  Baylous was the spokesman for the West Virginia State Police, where he has served since 1994. Prior to joining the West Virginia State Police, Baylous served in the Marine Corps Reserves in Cross Lanes from 1987 to 1995.  In September, he was one of five candidates nominated for the position by President Donald Trump.  On Thursday, the Senate confirmed Baylous to serve as the Southern District’s U.S. marshal.  U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito released the following statement following Baylous’ confirmation:  “I was proud to recommend Michael Baylous to serve as the next U.S. marshal for the Southern District of West Virginia and to support his nomination throughout the confirmation process. There is no doubt that he has a strong commitment to maintaining the rule of law and ensuring West Virginians are safe. I am thrilled the Senate has confirmed him and look forward to working with him in his new role.”  Baylous holds a master of arts in government and public administration from Regent University, a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the West Virginia University and an associate of arts in police science from Marshall University.  U.S. marshals perform the essential functions of protecting the federal judiciary, apprehending fugitives, transporting prisoners and protecting witnesses.


Article courtesy of WCHS TV


Florida Highway Patrol troopers stop SUV with stuck accelerator that went 50 miles on highway, reaching 100 mph

FHP Saves speeding car

Florida state troopers managed to stop an SUV with a stuck accelerator after it traveled about 50 miles on Interstate 95 at speeds up to 100 mph.  A Florida Highway Patrol report said 28-year-old Joseph Cooper called 911 Monday afternoon from south of Port St. Lucie, saying he was heading north and couldn't slow down.  The 911 operator told Cooper to put the vehicle in neutral, but he said he couldn't.  He said he didn't want to use the emergency brake at the speed he was traveling.  State troopers and local police drove alongside the SUV to clear traffic.  Deploying stop sticks three times to flatten the SUV's tires, they finally brought the vehicle to a stop west of Vero Beach.  Cooper was taken to a nearby hospital after complaining of chest pains.



Connecticut State Police K-9 sniffs out big drug bust

CSP Drug Bust

State Police K-9 Silver helped sniff out a big drug bust in Orange. State Police seized a significant amount of marijuana, cocaine and cash.  A Hamden woman and a Derby man were arrested, State Police said.  State Police say troopers seized more than one pound of marijuana, one half kilogram of powder cocaine and approximately $2,500 in cash during motor vehicle stop.  At 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, troopers from Troop G-Bridgeport were conducting motor vehicle enforcement when they saw a 2004 Acura TSX conduct a motor vehicle violation, State Police said.  Troopers stopped the Acura on Route 114 near New Haven Avenue in Orange.  Troopers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle and determined that marijuana may still be contained in the vehicle, State Police said.  Troopers and State Police narcotic detection dog, K9 Silver located and seized the pot, cocaine and cash, State Police said.



New Commissioner appointed to California Highway Patrol

CHP New Commissioner

On Friday, Feb. 9 Governor Jerry Brown appointed a new commissioner to the California Highway Patrol.  Warren Stanley, 56, of Sacramento is the first African American person to hold the rank of commissioner.  According to the governor's office, Stanley has been serving as acting commissioner since 2017.  "Commissioner Stanley has been employed with the CHP since 1982, and is one of the distinguished few to hold every position from officer to commissioner within the CHP," a statement from Gov. Brown's office said.   While working as a patrol officer, Stanley served as a member of the Protective Services Detail and worked as a field training officer.  He excelled through the ranks, supervising the CHP’s Border Division Investigative Services Unit as a lieutenant, and served as commander of the CHP Academy, where he was responsible for the leadership of 191 employees and the training of approximately 1,700 cadets.  Commissioner Stanley released the following statement following his appointment:  I would first and foremost like to thank Governor Brown for placing his trust in me and giving me this incredible opportunity to lead the California Highway Patrol.  I am extremely honored and proud to accept this appointment and serve as your commissioner.  I vow to continue the CHP’s long and distinguished legacy of providing safety, service and security to the people of California, and lead a department committed to earning the public’s trust every day.  Commissioner Stanley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Los Angeles, and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Executive Institute.  “CHP Commissioner Stanley has served the public for more than 35 years with the California Highway Patrol, excelling at every role from patrol officer to deputy commissioner where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the CHP,” Acting Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Annis said.  “Warren has led the CHP’s response in the face of some of the worst natural disasters in this state’s history.  We know that under his leadership the department will continue to uphold its mission.”