Wife accepts posthumous Rutgers degree for State Police trooper killed in crash

NJSP Posthumous degree

State Police Trooper Frankie Williams was just a few credits shy of completing his master’s degree in criminal justice when his life was cut short.  On Wednesday, Williams’ wife, Kimberly, accepted the degree for him posthumously and could enjoy the bittersweet moment as her husband would have done, she said.  “I kind of imagined him being here and what that would have been like,” Williams, 30, of Egg Harbor Township, said at the Rutgers University-Camden graduate school commencement.  “I know that Frankie would be extremely excited and would feel so honored that this is being done on his behalf.”  Frankie Williams, 31, died Dec. 5 in a head-on crash while responding to a call about an erratic driver on Route 55 in Millville, Cumberland County.  He graduated in the 156th New Jersey State Police academy class in January 2016, finally completing his dream to become a trooper.  But Frankie was also always big on education, said his wife, whom he married in September.  Before becoming a state trooper, he graduated from Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing in 2009 and from Rutgers University in Camden in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.  He was finishing his master’s degree at the time of the crash.  Before conferring degrees to the graduates and calling them individually up on stage Wednesday, Kriste Lindenmeyer, the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences & the Graduate School at Rutgers–Camden, called Williams up to the stage.  “Some of today’s graduates and our faculty knew Frankie Williams,” Lindenmeyer said.  “They know he was an engaging and talented student, as well as a leader among his peers.”  Lindenmeyer invited Williams to walk up to the stage and accept his degree, while the arena roared in applause while she walked back to show the diploma to her father and some cousins.  It was a great way to honor him and keep his memory alive, she said.  This was his next step in making his family proud.  “He was always looking to be challenged and always setting goals and meeting those goals,” she said.  Williams just returned this week from National Police Week in Washington, D.C., where her husband was honored in a vigil.  She said accepting his master’s degree Wednesday was just another great way to pay tribute to him as a person.  Kimberly said she remembers watching him graduate with his bachelor’s degree in 2012 at that same arena, but this time, she was on stage at the BB&T Pavilion for him.  “I’m trying to enjoy the moment as he would if he were accepting his degree,” he said.

5/22/17

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State Police checking for seat belt scofflaws

PSP Click It Campaign

Ahead of the Memorial Day weekend and busy summer travel season, Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will partner with municipal police departments statewide during the national “Click it or Ticket” seat-belt enforcement mobilization through June 4.  As part of the enforcement, state police and local departments will join agencies across the eastern half of the United States for a border-to-border initiative beginning Monday to provide increased seat-belt enforcement at state borders, reinforcing the states’ focus on safety.  Additionally, to help ensure the safety of infants and children in cars, troopers certified as child passenger safety technicians will offer no-cost car seat fittings and inspections at various locations throughout the state.  “We encourage anyone who drives with children in the car to take advantage of this resource, whether they have a new baby in the family or need a quick refresher on the proper installation of a safety seat,” said Maj. Edward Hoke, director of the state police Bureau of Patrol.  “The consistent use of seat belts and child passenger safety seats is the first step toward keeping your family safe on the road.”  According to PennDOT data, unrestrained fatalities decreased from 413 in 2015 to 408 in 2016.  The statewide number of crashes in which people were not wearing seat belts increased to 14,992, compared to 13,534 in 2015.  Motorists are reminded that Pennsylvania’s primary seat-belt law requires drivers and passengers under 18 years old to buckle up when riding anywhere in a vehicle.  After the age of 18, drivers and passengers must wear a seat belt when behind the wheel or in the front passenger seat.  As of last August, Pennsylvania law requires that children under 2 must be secured in a rear-facing car seat.  Children under the age of 4 must be restrained in an approved child safety seat.  A booster seat is required for children until their eighth birthday.  “Working together with our law enforcement partners, PennDOT aims to educate the public on resources available, but also send a united message to motorists,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said.  “Adults must provide a positive example to children by wearing their seat belts and properly securing passengers.”

5/19/17

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Minnesota State Patrol graduates 42 troopers

Minnesota May 2017 graduation

"You have what it takes to wear this badge.  You have what it takes to represent the State Patrol."  That was the message from Col. Matt Langer to 42 cadets who graduated and officially became troopers and part of the State Patrol family.  The cadets just completed a 17-week training academy at Camp Ripley.  They will now spend 12 weeks training alongside a seasoned trooper.

5/18/17

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Congratulations to the Florida Highway Patrol Honor Guard

FHP Honor Guard

Congratulations to the Florida Highway Patrol Honor Guard for placing first among state law enforcement agencies and second overall in the nation at the recent National Honor Guard Competition in Washington D.C.!   Additionally, they were one of only two teams invited to attend a special ceremony at the Pentagon transporting the United States Honor Flag.   The members of the team worked diligently to prepare for this special event and came through in GREAT fashion.  More importantly, they represented the Florida Highway Patrol in a truly professional manner to honor the sacrifices of our fallen troopers and law enforcement officers nationwide.  Thanks for the commitment to excellence!  

To watch video, go to:  https://youtu.be/eEeEKD2ijfg

5/17/17

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Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper's close call with erratic driver

OKHP erratic driver

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is showing just how dangerous the highways can be for its' troopers.  Video released on the department's Facebook page Sunday shows a trooper stopped on the side of I-35 last Friday in Carter County.  That's when a SUV swerved to miss the car in front of them before nearly hitting the parked cruiser.  OHP officials say the SUV sped off and troopers were unable to catch up with that driver.  Police say while that trooper is alright, it's a reminder to drivers to be cautious and slow down.  OHP officials say the safety of its troopers largely depends on individual drivers.

To view video, go to:  https://youtu.be/9YnPRuUdsfs

5/17/17

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