Highway Patrol trooper receives AAA South Dakota State Trooper of the Year award
South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Cody Jansen has been named as the 2017 South Dakota State Trooper of the Year. The Department of Public Safety said trooper Jansen, who is with the Vermillion squad, was recognized during an awards luncheon Tuesday in Sioux Falls. Sponsored by AAA South Dakota, the award is presented to a trooper for continued demonstration of exceptional service to the agency, citizens and communities. “The Highway Patrol is proud of Trooper Jansen, not only for his commitment to the Highway Patrol, but also to his family and community,” Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the Highway Patrol, said. “Trooper Jansen reflects the high standards of the Highway Patrol in his daily life and for that, is well deserving of this award.” The DPS said that in the nomination received for Trooper Jansen, he was honored for his professionalism and ability to work with others. Among his many duties as a state trooper, Trooper Jansen serves as a field training officer for new recruits. In his private life, Trooper Jansen serves on the Vermillion/Clay County Ambulance and Vermillion Fire Department. This is the fifth year for the Trooper of the Year awards ceremony. Trooper Jansen is a seven-year member of the Highway Patrol.
State Police Centennial: First state troopers trained in Manlius in June 1917
Many Central New Yorkers may not know that the first cohort of New York State Troopers trained in their own back yard 100 years ago this month. WAER News caught up with a pair of retired troopers to find out why 232 recruits trained at what is now the Cavalry Club in Manlius in 1917. Ted Palmer and Kenneth Kotwas say the push for a state-wide police force came from two prominent women from Westchester County, Moyka Newell and Katherine Mayo, following an acquaintance’s murder. "It goes back to 1913. There was a murder of a carpenter foreman. But the local law enforcement agency wasn't too prompt in responding or paying attention to it. So the two ladies started a campaign to start the state police." Kotwas says it was significant that the women were taken seriously. "These two women didn't even have a right to vote at the time." Remember that didn’t happen until 1920. Palmer says the bill to form the state police failed in 1916, but finally passed in 1917 by one vote. "I find it fascinating that the original state police bill is four pages long. That's all. I've given a few presentations on the history, and I like to unfold that, and you see this was all the work that was needed that day. Nowadays, it would take volumes and volumes of paperwork." It was signed into law that April, jump-starting the second state police force in the United States. Pennsylvania was the first. That June, training began at Camp Newayo, named after the women who spear-headed the bill. Kotwas says it was the site of a National Guard unit called the Troop D Cavalry. "They were trained in some of the basics that the military was, like, at the time, horsemanship, and use of firearms. But they were also taught the law, how to affect arrests, and how to follow through on investigations." Major Fletcher Chandler was appointed by the National Guard to be the first superintendent of the state police…even though he was a physician with no formal military training. Palmer says he was probably the reason the first troopers trained at Camp Newayo. "His wife was from Syracuse. She taught German at Syracuse University. He went to school in Ithaca, attended Syracuse, got his medical degree in New York City...but quite a connection to the area. And, as a member of the national guard, was well aware of this facility." That September, the first newly-trained troopers had their first assignment: policing the New York State Fair. Today, 100 years later, more than 5,600 officers in 11 different troops patrol the state. Later this month, a blue state historical marker will be erected at the site of the former Camp Newayo to mark the centennial milestone. The New York State Fair will also feature a new state police exhibit.
Florida Highway Patrol sending message with new 'ghost' squad cars
Drivers, here’s your warning: Florida Highway Patrol troopers have a new tool to stop aggressive, speeding, drunk and distracted drivers. You may not even see them, until it’s too late. “This is the FHP subdued patrol car,” says Trooper Nicholas Dolan. The new special squad cars have seemingly “disappearing” decals on the front, sides, and back of the Dodge Chargers. The reflective lettering can be tough to see, depending on the light at an angle of the car. “As the vehicle may be traveling by, you may not see it at first glance. Once the sunlight hits it, or the light hits it, you see “State Trooper” on the side,” says Dolan. When asked if troopers are trying to be sneaky, Dolan replies, “Absolutely not. It's for public safety. With something like this on the road, it's going to keep the public more safe.” By the time you realize you're caught in the act, like one speeding driver in Brooksville on Wednesday afternoon, Dolan has probably already seen you. “He said he did not see the car and didn't realize he was going that fast,” says Dolan. “I'm going to issue you a citation for your speed today,” he tells the driver. The stealth new ride is based in Brooksville, but will patrol around Tampa Bay. It's one of five special squads right now in the state. “In going to a subdued patrol car, we are able to tackle the aggressive drivers on the road, the distracted driving, and texting while driving. Everything that makes it more dangerous for the public driving on the roadways,” Dolan says. Some cars are equipped with bullet-resistant door panels and all have front and back cameras and radar. “I'll let people fly right up on the back of the car following too close, people know that as tailgating. There's usually a 15- to 20-second delay before they realize, well that might be a police car,” says Dolan. FHP says not only can the new cars help make the roads safer, they're actually cheaper. They cost taxpayers less money than the two-toned paint and large light bar on the roof of the other marked cruisers. “It's not meant to replace our standard fleet in the highway patrol,” Dolan says. 10News asked FHP why it doesn’t use completely unmarked cars. FHP says it’s to protect against drivers fearing that they’re being pulled over by a police imposter, and also tougher penalties. It's a felony to flee a marked police car, and the new subdued car is considered “marked”. It’s only a misdemeanor if a driver tries to make a getaway from a police car with no decals at all. Troopers say the new cars are a less-obvious took to crackdown on aggressive drivers. “Everyone wants to get home safe, that's our primary goal, not to be sneaky but to make sure everyone gets home safely,” says Dolan. Right now, FHP says there are also new subdued cars around Orlando, Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Pensacola with more to come.
Michigan State Police celebrate 100 years with a special open house
Michigan State Troopers and members of the public gathered Thursday in Hermansville at the IXL Museum for the Gladstone post's open house celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Michigan State Police. The day began with the posting of the colors and a few words from Gladstone Post Commander, Gregory Cunningham on the history of the State Police and their part in Hermansville's history. After that people headed out to take in all of the displays on hand representing the past, present and future of the State Police. I think the only State Police piece of equipment that wasn't on hand was one of their helicopters. They had everything here for people to check out. There were displays for specials weapons, the dive team, forensics...you name it. One of the highlights was the many vehicles on hand. They had everything from a 1957 cruiser to a patrol car from the 30's and even a State Police Model-T. There was even one model whose efficiency wouldn't be measure in miles per gallon but rather in miles per pail. Detective Sergeant Jeremy Hauswirth was decked out in the full uniform of a 1917 State Trooper and to top it all off he was sitting atop a beautiful horse looking like he rode straight of another time. Now I have to give Jeremy the credit for putting together the awesome uniform but the credit for the beautiful horse, whose name is Katey, goes to Hauswirth's daughter Linnea because, apparently, dad borrowed his daughter's horse for the day. "When the State Police started in 1917 we wore outfits that were basically the standard issue WWI Doughboy soldier outfits. So that is what I've put together today is a replica of a 1917 uniform from the State Police". If you were wondering why all this was taking place in Hermansville it's because this was the first State Police post in the area. Trooper John Maga was the first Trooper assigned here. His daughter was able to attend today's open house along with some other family. As I said earlier, there were tons of things to look at but in the end, of course, the fan favorite was the K9 unit. Nobody can get upset about coming in second to the K9 unit right? Everybody loves dogs and Bach put on a good show with his handler Trooper Kelley from the Gladstone post.