110 lbs of marijuana seized
The Missouri Highway Patrol posted a photo to Twitter Friday night that showed someone’s weekend plans had gone up in smoke. “110lbs of marijuana seized from a traffic stop!” the patrol wrote via Twitter. The attached photo shows dozens of bags of marijuana. Sgt. Collin Stosberg of the patrol told The Star that the bust occurred in Platte County. A trooper detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and a probable cause search revealed the stash in a hidden factory compartment. “#JustSayNo #MakeSmartChoices,” the patrol wrote on Twitter.
South Carolina Highway Patrol gets first African-American commander
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety announced Friday that Director Leroy Smith has named a new Highway Patrol commander. Christopher Williamson, a 29-year HP veteran, was chosen to succeed Col. Michael Oliver, who is retiring after 35 years with the patrol. Williamson makes history as the first African-American commander to lead the S.C. Highway Patrol. Oliver was promoted to lead the Highway Patrol in 2011, and Williamson was named as the deputy commander of the division where he has served since. Marc Wright, a 35-year veteran, has been named deputy commander of the South Carolina Highway Patrol. He has been serving in the role of major since 2012. He has extensive experience in administration, field operations and resource management. “This is both an exciting and bittersweet day,” SCDPS Director Leroy Smith said. “We welcome an enthusiastic and visionary leader in Col. Williamson. But we will miss Col. Oliver who has led the Highway Patrol with strength and integrity – often through difficult seasons for law enforcement in our state and nation,” Smith said. Williamson worked alongside Oliver during critical times such as the 1,000-year flood, Hurricane Matthew and events following the Emanuel Nine shootings. He has been instrumental in important infrastructure and technological advances within the Highway Patrol. Williamson, a Darlington native, joined the Highway Patrol in 1988. He was promoted to captain in Troop Seven/Orangeburg in 2003 and transferred to Troop Six/Charleston as captain in 2009. Williamson began his career in Berkeley County and has spent his career with the patrol in the Orangeburg/Charleston region until joining headquarters in 2011. As lieutenant colonel, Williamson managed the day-to-day operations of the Highway Patrol, which has statewide jurisdiction. Williamson oversaw the administrative, operational and support functions of the patrol associated with enforcement and public safety. He has also overseen traffic/specialized enforcement and safety outreach for 11 Troops. Williamson is married to Deloris Williamson and has two daughters, Krissy and Daysha, and two granddaughters, Kristina and Kailyn. “With this new role comes great responsibility to the citizens and visitors of this state and to the troopers and civilian personnel of the Highway Patrol,” Williamson said. “My primary goals are to continue creative enforcement and safety education efforts to reduce highway fatalities and collisions; to work diligently to ensure our men and women are recruited, retained and compensated fairly for the dangerous and difficult job they do; and to continue to enhance our relationships with the communities we serve.”
South Carolina Highway Patrol graduates 33 new troopers
The South Carolina Highway Patrol announces the graduation of 33 troopers from Highway Patrol Basic Class 92 on Friday. Gov. Nikki Haley spoke to the graduates about the sacrifices of law enforcement and the importance of character as they go out to represent their communities around the state. The governor has spoken at the last four Highway Patrol graduation ceremonies. “You have proven yourself to be able to wear this uniform but now there is something else you have to prove,” Gov. Haley told graduates. “You have brothers and sisters who have come before you and wearing that badge and wearing that uniform means something,” Haley said. “So, when you are out in the community, you have a responsibility. When you are not in uniform they still expect you to have the same integrity, the same demeanor as when you are wearing a uniform.” Basic 92 will bring the total number of troopers in South Carolina to 762. The troopers began training in January and have been trained by the Highway Patrol and Criminal Justice Academy over the past 21 weeks in all areas of law enforcement including DUI detection, traffic laws, collision investigation and the use of firearms as well as three weeks of field training. Director Leroy Smith said, “Being a public servant isn’t just what we do, it’s who we are. You have to have a passion to help one another and I know that passion resides in each and every one of you. Law enforcement is a calling. It is more than just a paycheck. It is more than just a pension. You are now in the lifesaving business. That’s what we do and we do it well.” SCHP Col. Mike Oliver said, “You have now earned the privilege to wear the grey uniform and campaign hat of a South Carolina state trooper. Your training has been long and difficult, the vocation you have taken as a public servant is likewise a difficult journey, your time away from home, however, has been to serve a greater good.”
Illinois State Police trooper killed in crash
Trooper Ryan Albin was killed yesterday in a vehicle crash on I-74, near milepost 155, in the area of Farmer City at approximately 3:10 pm. His patrol car collided with a box truck as the vehicles reduced speed for slow moving traffic in a construction zone. He was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Trooper Albin's canine was transported to a veterinary hospital with minor injuries. Trooper Albin had served with the Illinois State Police for 11-1/2 years and was assigned as a canine handler in District 6.