South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper killed in line-of-duty
Trooper Daniel Rebman was killed in a vehicle crash when his patrol car was struck by another vehicle on I-385, near Bridges Road, in Greenville County. He was parked on the shoulder of I-385 when a pickup truck left the roadway and struck his patrol car from behind at approximately 12:20 am. Trooper Rebman was transported to a local hospital where he died later in the afternoon. Trooper Rebman had served with the South Carolina Highway Patrol for 13 months and was assigned to Post C. He is survived by his wife, three children, parents, and sister.
Indiana State Police graduates 33 new troopers
October 19, 2017, the 77th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy completed their graduation ceremony in the Indiana State Capitol Rotunda. Opening remarks were made by Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter, followed by a commencement address from The Honorable Eric J. Holcomb, Governor of the State Of Indiana. After the commencement address the oath of office for the 33 new state police officers was delivered by The Honorable Christopher Goff, of the Indiana Supreme Court. Each new trooper was then presented their badge and official identification by Superintendent Carter and his staff. This graduation marked the culmination of 24 weeks of intense training that exceeded 1,000 hours. Some subject areas of training included criminal and traffic law, crash investigations, emergency vehicle operations, defensive tactics, firearms, and a host of other subjects related to modern policing. Each graduating trooper will be assigned to one of 14 State Police Posts across Indiana. Once at their assigned district, the new troopers will spend the next three months working side by side with a series of experienced Field Training Officers (FTO). The purpose of the field training is to put to practical application the training received over the duration of the formal academe training. Upon successful completion of field training, the new troopers will be assigned a state police patrol vehicle and will begin solo patrol in their assigned district.
New Jersey State Police announces new Superintendent
The New Jersey State Police have announced that Lieutenant Colonel Patrick J. Callahan will succeed Colonel Rick Fuentes to become the Division’s 15th Superintendent. Lieutenant Colonel Callahan replaces Colonel Fuentes who has served as Superintendent since being appointed by Governor James McGreevey in 2003. Governor Chris Christie selected Lieutenant Colonel Callahan as Superintendent effective November 1. Lieutenant Colonel Callahan earned his Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University and a Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He enlisted in the State Police in April 1995, as a member of the 115th Class. He was most recently the Deputy Superintendent of Operations, supervising and directing the operational activities of the 1,800 enlisted members assigned to Field Operations, as well as the operational duties and responsibilities of the Traffic and Public Safety Office, Victims Services Unit, Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, Highway Traffic Safety Unit, and the Criminal Investigations Offices within Field Operations. Callahan served as the Recovery Bureau Chief in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and worked with state and federal partners to develop and implement long term recovery effort strategies. He served as the commanding officer of the Emergency Management Section and Assistant State director of the Office of Emergency Management. He was the chairman of the Command and Control Subcommittee of the Emergency Management Section when New Jersey hosted Super Bowl XLVIII, working to develop and implement all operations undertaken by the Public Safety Compound. “I am truly privileged to have had the honor of leading one of the finest law enforcement organizations in the country. I attribute the agency’s accomplishments to the outstanding efforts and sacrifices of the civilian and enlisted men and women of the New Jersey State Police,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “I have the utmost confidence in the experience and leadership Lieutenant Colonel Callahan will bring to the Office of the Superintendent.” “I am truly humbled and honored that Governor Christie has the trust and confidence in me to afford me this opportunity and I look forward to the continued privilege of serving the citizens of New Jersey,” said Lieutenant Colonel Callahan. Callahan is the son of retired State Police Major Mick Callahan, who served as Chief of Staff for Colonel Clinton Pagano, the 9th Superintendent of State Police. Callahan and his wife Linda have two sons and two daughters.
Washington State Patrol emphasizing "Move Over" law this week during patrols
The Washington State Patrol is cracking down on drivers who fail to move over for emergency vehicles. Troopers are conducting statewide “Slow Down, Move Over” emphasis patrols from Wednesday through Friday “to help both troopers and citizens get home safe by bringing awareness to the ‘Move Over Law.’” In the last two years, 62 patrols cars have been hit and 24 troopers injured, an average of one trooper injured every month. Under state law, drivers are required to use caution, slow down and move over or change lanes when approaching an emergency. An emergency vehicle includes police, fire, medical, tow trucks and vehicles providing roadside assistance using warning lights. The ticket for failing to obey the law is $214 and cannot be waived or reduced. Last year, more than 4,100 drivers were contacted by state troopers for “move over” violations. “The inclement weather season is about to start and is when we see a rise in the number of patrol cars hit,” Sgt. James Prouty stated.
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