Texas Department of Public Safety graduates three new canine teams

DPS canine teams

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today graduated three Troopers and three canines from an eight-week training program.  These canine teams will join 42 other DPS teams stationed throughout Texas, including six explosive-detection teams stationed in Austin.  “DPS canine teams are an integral part of the department’s efforts to detect and disrupt drug trafficking and other criminal activity that threaten the safety of our communities,” said Director Steven McCraw.  “We are proud that these canine officers are officially joining our ranks, and we are confident that these expertly-trained teams will work together, following their instincts, to help make Texas a safer place.”  Two of the dogs were obtained from the U.S. Department of Defense and one was donated – including a yellow Labrador Retriever, a German Shepherd and a Malaherd.  The newly-trained canines will be used for drug detection.   The new dogs and their duty stations are as follows (pictured left to right above): Netti (Dumas); Kelsey (San Antonio); and Loko (San Angelo).  Three additional canines who also recently completed their training will replace retiring dogs in the DPS canine program. 



Nebraska state troopers find 41 pounds of 'club drug' in car on I-80

NSP Drug Arrest

Nebraska State Patrol troopers arrested a man after they found a variety of controlled substances in his car following a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Kearney.  The patrol said they spotted a westbound 2017 Nissan Altima speeding on I-80 about 5 p.m. Tuesday.  The trooper determined that the 40-year-old driver’s license had been suspended, and the man was arrested.  A search of the car uncovered 617 vials of ketamine, an anesthestic, which weighed 41 pounds.  The estimated street value of the ketamine was $617,000, the patrol said.  Troopers also found 3.5 grams of marijuana, one gram of methamphetamine, a gram of what they think was cocaine and unmarked tablets.  According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, ketamine is used as a “club drug” by young adults at bars, nightclubs, concerts and parties.



20 troopers join the Nevada Highway Patrol

NHP January graduation

Twenty graduates from the Nevada Highway Patrol Advanced Academy 78 received the title of trooper at their graduation ceremony on Jan. 5 at the Nevada State Capitol.  The NHP Advanced Academy is designed to enhance and build upon skills developed in the 16-week Department of Public Safety Basic Peace Officer Academy.  It also targets specialized training to prepare new officers for their careers as Nevada State Troopers.  The approximately nine weeks, 350 hours of advanced instruction included crash investigation, patrol procedures, tactical firearms, patrol rifle training, Advanced Roadside Impairment Detection and Enforcement, Fusion Liaison Officer training, emergency vehicle operations, Traffic Incident Management, and courtroom training.  Following graduation, troopers begin 14 weeks of field training with multiple training officers in the Public Safety Training Officer program.  The 20 new troopers are assigned to duty stations statewide, with nine in Las Vegas, five in Reno, two in Fernley, and one each in Winnemucca, Moapa/Glendale, Fallon, and Hawthorne.



Missouri State Highway Patrol celebrates 25 years of accreditation


The Missouri State Highway Patrol celebrates 25 consecutive years of accreditation.  The Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement congratulated the Missouri Highway Patrol on its 25 year streak.  They also expressed appreciation for the agency's voluntary support of their commission and its accreditation program. The anniversary is a high honor for the department.  "We believe we're doing the right thing on a daily basis.  We believe we're doing a really good job serving the state of Missouri but when that accreditation firm comes in and they validate that, that just gives us, you know, that pride that we are doing what we say we're doing,” says Sgt. John Lueckenhoff with the MO State Highway Patrol.  In 1992, the state patrol became just the tenth state police or patrol agency to be accredited in the nation.  Since then, it has been accredited eight times and it believes that it remains one of the nation's premiere law enforcement agencies.



Ohio Highway Patrol names Trooper of the Year from Chardon Post

Ohio SP Trooper of the year

When Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Evan Mace graduated from high school in 2004 and was trying to decide what to do next, being named the OHP Chardon Post Trooper of the Year hadn’t crossed his mind, even though a career in law enforcement had.  “I wanted to go into law enforcement right out of high school and I wanted to go into the military right out of high school,” Mace said.  “I didn’t know what path I was going to take and I ended up going to college first,”  After graduating from Mount Union College, where he majored in psychology with a double minor in legal studies and criminal justice, he went into the Army, where he became an intelligence officer.  After serving 5 1/2 years in the Army, Mace joined the OHP, where he has been for the past five years.  “All of those options were always going to be there, it’s not like they were ever going to go away,” he said.  “There is always going to be the need for law enforcement; there is always going to be the U.S. military; so I kind of chose that path to give myself some time to sort some things out and figure out what I was going to do after high school.”  Mace’s decision to choose OHP as the law enforcement organization to work with was influenced by his grandfather.  “I had two grandfathers who were in the military, and my one grandfather who is still living ... has always had a deep respect for the patrol,” Mace said.  He described how his grandfather is a very traditional guy who always watched the news and had seen interviews with troopers and with police officers and the way OHP supervisors and leadership talked when they spoke with the media impressed him.  “There was just such an air of respect he saw,” Mace said of his grandfather.  “He told me if you are going to go into law enforcement, that is the organization that you want to go into.  So, that made an impression on me when I was younger, so it was the patrol after the military and the rest is kind of history.”  Mace, who has been with the Chardon Post since he started with OHP in 2012, enjoys the work he does.  “I like the fact that it is something different every day and that it is what I make it,” he said.  “If I want to go out and work traffic enforcement and just sit on the interstate and write speeding tickets and slow people down, I can do that.  If I want to go down into the city and target narcotics and get drugs off the street, I can do that.  If I want to work midnight shift and focus on removing impaired drivers from the roadway and arresting OVIs (operating a vehicle impaired), I can do that.  I can tailor my job to what I like to do within it and I can do something different every day if I want to.”  Mace feels that the ability to do different things is what keeps him interested in his work every day.  He is currently serving with the criminal patrol team, which is a part of the drug interdiction unit that he describes as a group that watches for large shipments of narcotics in an attempt to take drugs off the street before they reach the cities and get distributed.  “We are trying to get it at the source,” he said.  “We have had some success but, there is obviously stuff that we are missing.  We are not getting all of it and that is the goal, to get it all.”  Mace feels he was nominated for Trooper of the Year because he worked really hard this year and thinks he has had a successful year as far as statistics and numbers go.  “I just kind of buckled down and did what I was supposed to do and stuck to the goals of the division, and I think that my peers and my supervisors saw that I worked really hard and they rewarded me by nominating me for the Trooper of the Year,” he said.  He sees the nomination as a great honor because it came from those with whom he works directly.  “They recognized that I was working hard and doing my job and hopefully that I was helping them out and making their lives and their jobs easier through my hard work.”  OHP Chardon Post Commander Lt. Charles Gullett said in a new release that the selection of Trooper Mace was in recognition of his outstanding service at the Chardon Patrol Post during 2017.  “Fellow officers stationed at the Chardon Post chose Trooper Mace based on leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous treatment of others, enthusiastic work attitude, and cooperation with supervisors, peers and the public,” Gullett said.