Twenty-eight new troopers graduate from the 132nd Michigan State Police Recruit School
Twenty-eight new Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers will report for work at MSP posts across the state next week after graduating from the 132nd Trooper Recruit School Friday afternoon. Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP, administered the Oath of Office during the ceremony at the Training Academy. “These men and women should be very proud of themselves today,” said graduation keynote speaker, Governor Rick Snyder. “They have what it takes to join the elite ranks of the Michigan State Police. We wish our newest troopers safety each day. My hope is that they enjoy long and rewarding careers serving and protecting the residents of our great state.” In her address to the graduates, MSP Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue said, “In everything you do, I ask that you provide ‘Service With a Purpose.’ Michigan’s citizens are depending on you, as am I. You have an opportunity to positively impact our communities. Do what’s right, do your best and treat others the way you want to be treated.” The 132nd Trooper Recruit School began on Aug. 28, 2016, when 37 prospective troopers reported to the MSP Training Academy in Lansing. For the past 24 weeks, recruits received training in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving. In order to be selected to attend the academy, all applicants had to pass a stringent selection process that included a physical fitness test, background investigation and hiring interview. As part of the department’s commitment to “Providing Service With A Purpose,” the recruits participated in a community outreach project in which they assisted in building a playground at Wacousta Elementary School. The 132nd Trooper Recruit School is the fourth of four trooper recruit schools started in 2016, as well as a motor carrier officer recruit school; a first in the department’s 100-year history. Including these new troopers, there are currently more than 1,050 troopers assigned statewide.
Good Samaritan comes to Missouri Highway Patrol trooper's aid as suspect fought with him
Tuesday began like any other day for a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper, but things quickly escalated during a traffic stop. The trooper stopped a driver along eastbound Interstate 70 near Higginsville. What happened next has the driver facing assault charges and other related allegations. “That guy was just fighting and screaming, fighting and screaming, he just kept resisting, kept resisting, kept resisting,” said Charles Barney, a good Samaritan who helped the Trooper Beau Ryun. Trooper Ryun said his radio quit working as he fought to arrest the man he stopped, 22-year-old Johnathan Timmons. The radio malfunction left him unable contact dispatchers at headquarters in Lee's Summit to let them know he needed help. “One of the best feelings of my life was seeing them showing up to help me,” said Trooper Ryun. That help came from 38-year-old Barney. He said he was headed to a funeral Tuesday morning when he saw Trooper Ryun struggling with a man on the side of I-70 “Happened to see lights on the side of the road, and my fiancé told me that there was an officer fighting a guy on the ground,” Barney added. Barney said he decided to stop and see if he could help. “I noticed the cops arms were just shaking, so he needed to call for backup, so I got on the mic, and told them I was helping this officer, he needed help ASAP,” Barney said. Trooper Ryun said he definitely needed help after stopping Timmons. “He was overly nervous, and I smelled the odor of marijuana,” added Trooper Ryan. Trooper Ryun said he asked Timmons to step outside and walk to his patrol car. The trooper tried to pat Timmons down to see if he had any weapons and attempted to put him in handcuffs when he began resisting. “We began fighting on the side of the interstate,” he said. Trooper Ryun said he was hoping someone driving by would call 911. Luckily, Barney and another woman stopped to help. “I said, I`m a pedestrian, do you need some help? And he was like, yes please, I need my handcuffs,” Barney said. Barney said he did what he could. “I finally just grabbed his arm and bent it back over his head, and I told him, I said man, if you don`t stop, I`ll break it,” added Barney. Eventually officers started showing up, Timmons finally gave up, and Trooper Ryun and Barney got him handcuffed. Trooper Ryun said he found out later that Higginsville police and the Lafayette County Sheriffs Department received several 911 calls reporting the fight. “I`m just extremely grateful for them stopping, and all the people that called and reported the altercation because you were my lifeline to Troop A,” said Ryun. Trooper Ryun said he plans to submit the names of the two people who stopped so they can be publicly recognized for helping him. Timmons faces second degree assault, attempt to disarm a law enforcement officer, third degree assault, felony resisting, possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. On Wednesday night he was behind bars in the Lafayette County Jail on a 24-hour hold.
Mother's murder drives new Highway Patrol commander
As Col. Glenn McNeill prepares to take the helm of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, he is confident he's not alone in his journey. "She's with me right now," the 46-year-old McNeill said Wednesday of his mother, who was murdered in his hometown of Reidsville when he was 10 years old. Her killer was never caught. "As a result of that investigation, that's why I wanted to be a North Carolina state trooper," said McNeill, who will be sworn in Friday morning at the State Capitol as the patrol's latest commander. He succeeds Col. William Grey, who retired last month after four years in charge. "I'm never going to forget where I come from. I don't think I'm worthy to be sitting in this position," McNeill said. "I'm still a poor, black kid from Reidsville, North Carolina. That's how I view and see myself. My history with the patrol is going to be present with me and is going to inform all of the decisions I make as commander of the Highway Patrol." A 24-year veteran of the patrol, he started out in Durham and gradually worked his way up the ranks, most recently serving as the agency's director of training. Improved training remains a priority for him, as are better pay and new equipment for troopers and increased enforcement of motor carrier regulations and illegal drug trafficking. "How do you put our troopers, who are doing a very dangerous job, in the position to be successful?" he asked. "That's through training.” The patrol will undergo a complete policy and procedure assessment in hopes of restoring accreditation, he said. "I'm going to hold them accountable because we are ambassadors for our state. The bar's going to be set very, very high," he said. He said he also wants to build trust with the public. "We're up to the challenge, and we're going to do our very best to make sure that the relationship that we maintain in the community that we serve is a positive one," he said. As McNeill takes on the challenge, he said his law enforcement dream never leaves him, nor does the mother he lost. "This is all I've ever wanted to do is be a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper," he said.
Mother reunites with New Jersey State Troopers who helped deliver her baby
A mother reunited with the state troopers who helped her deliver her newborn baby. NBC10 was at the Port Norris State Police Barracks Tuesday as the troopers held Ka'Niah Williams."If it wasn't for them, I don't even know if she would be here," Ka'Niah's mother Deshyamma Dalton said. "I'm thankful. I'm really thankful." On January 19, Deshyamma Dalton needed help. In labor with her baby girl, Dalton desperately pulled into the parking lot of the Port Norris State Police Barracks, a decision that may have saved her child. Four state troopers rushed to her aid and helped deliver her daughter in the back of her van. The baby arrived just seconds after Dalton pulled into the parking lot. On Tuesday Dalton returned to the same place Ka’Niah’s life began to give thanks to the troopers who came to the rescue. During the reunion, everyone was thankful the scene was much calmer. “It was nice to see them again in a lot less stressful situation,” said State Trooper Andrew Abdill. “We’re happy to have a successful ending and this was just icing on the cake," said Trooper Matthew Hanlin. Dalton’s mother Katrina Govan says she is grateful for the officers’ quick response. “So many people talk about the different things that the state troopers go through," Govan said. “All the negative. But a lot of people need to know the positive.” The good deeds didn’t stop there- Ka’Niah went home with gifts from the troopers as Valentine’s Day is just one week away. But like any good day, Dalton says they’ll be back next week to give the troopers a gift of their own.
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