Moving Over: Trooper's vehicle hit while conducting traffic stop

WSP trooper injured during crash investigation

For Washington State Patrol (WSP) Troopers, the highway serves as an office.  On April 14, 2017, a WSP cruiser was struck along the highway injuring the trooper.  In this case, the trooper was in the middle of a traffic stop along Interstate five near Fife when he was injured and transported to a nearby hospital for neck and back pain as well as facial lacerations.  “Each and every time we turn on our lights and get out of the car, we know we are stepping into potential danger from our fellow motorists passing by,” says WSP Field Operations Captain Tim Coley.”  Tragically, last year, 15 officers around the country were killed after being struck by a vehicle.”  According to preliminary investigative reports, the driver of the car was driving drowsy, which may be a contributing factor to the collision.  This incident puts a spotlight on the dangerous reality that some drivers aren’t paying attention while on the road.  This behavior puts other drivers and trooper’s lives at risk.  This collision, along with 29 other patrol cars hit just last year, were all preventable.  “Don’t let distractions, drowsiness, or impairment lead to the injury or death of your fellow Washingtonians, especially those out trying to make your journey safer,” says Captain Coley.  According to the “Move Over” law, RCW 46.61.212, drivers approaching an emergency zone are required to either move over to another lane in the same direction, if it is safe to do so, or if a driver is unable to move over safely, proceed with caution and reduce the speed of their vehicle.  Emergency vehicles are defined as police cruisers, fire vehicles, medical units, tow trucks and vehicles providing roadside assistance which make use of hazard lights.  “Our request of the public is simple: stay alert and stay safe,” says Captain Coley.  “Just like you, we travel the roadways every day with the goal of making them safer so we can all get back home.”

4/26/17

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Highway Patrol K-9 strikes gold: 2 arrested after 1 pound of meth discovered

MSP find meth

On Monday morning, a Missouri state trooper stopped a southbound 2003 Chevrolet pickup on Interstate 29 at the 57-mile marker in Andrew County.  Circumstances led to the trooper conducting a probable cause search of the vehicle after a Missouri State Highway Patrol K-9 made a sniff search of the vehicle.  The search revealed one pound of methamphetamine located in the vehicle.  The driver, Jeff E. Hart, 31, of Las Vegas, Nevada, and passenger Omar M. Chapman, 39, of Las Vegas, Nevada, were arrested for trafficking of a controlled substance.  The suspects were transported to the Andrew County Sheriff’s Department in Savannah, MO.

4/26/17

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Dad driving laboring mom to hospital helped by state troopers in highway birth

NY Troopers help deliver baby

Two New York state troopers have teamed up to help deliver a woman's baby in a vehicle on the side of a highway after she couldn't make it to a hospital.  State police say the troopers responded early Saturday morning to a report of a disabled vehicle on an Interstate 90 ramp near Albany.  They say 25-year-old Kristi Koppenhafer, of Gloversville, started giving birth in the vehicle while her husband was driving her to the hospital.  The two troopers helped the man assist his wife with the birth of a healthy girl as the vehicle was parked on the highway shoulder.  An ambulance crew arrived soon after and took the mother and baby to a hospital, where troopers say both are reported to be in good health.

4/25/17

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Pennsylvania State Police graduates 90 troopers

PSP 148 graduation

There are now 90 new state troopers serving in the ranks of the Pennsylvania State Police.  90 cadets graduated the state police academy Friday morning, as part of the agency's 148th cadet class.  "Today is a very exciting day for these men and women," said Corporal Adam Reed.  “All the hard work that they've put into the training academy and beginning their careers is going to come to fruition.  The men and women graduating here today put a lot of very hard work into becoming Pennsylvania State Police troopers."  All of the new troopers completed 27 weeks of intense training.  The graduation ceremony also marked the inaugural presentation of the Colonel Ronald M. Sharpe Leadership Award, named for the first African-American Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police.  Graduating cadet Andrew Kobert, of Washington County, was presented with the award, for exemplifying honesty, integrity, vision, and courage during his tenure at the State Police Academy.

4/25/17

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BOK Center lights up to honor state troopers

OKHP BOK Center

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is celebrating 80 years of service and protecting Oklahoma citizens.  On Thursday night, the BOK Center lit up its wall with blue to honor the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.  The state of Oklahoma welcomed the department April 20, 1937 to protect Oklahomans on state roads and highways.  They are the only law enforcement agency to have a presence in all 77 counties.   State Trooper Dwight Durant says his own father was a trooper and the honor of lighting the BOK Arena means a lot.  “In light of things that have happened recently, whenever somebody recognizes us even at a convenience store or even at a restaurant, or the BOK Center for what they are doing, we are just overwhelmed with appreciation to know the citizens have our back,” said Durant.  The Department of Public Safety asked the BOK Center to light up its wall.  A spokesperson says they were happy to be a part.  The Devon Building in Oklahoma City is also lit up in blue to congratulate the Highway Patrol.

4/24/17

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