Wyoming Highway Patrol seizes more than $7M worth of marijuana during traffic stop
Around 11:30 a.m., a trooper with the state’s highway patrol stopped a Dodge Ram pickup truck that was pulling a flatbed trailer. During the inspection, the trooper’s K-9 officer was “alerted to the odor of narcotics within the load of the trailer,” the Wyoming Highway Patrol said in an online statement. Further investigation revealed a massive amount of marijuana, which highway patrol officials said had an estimated street value of $7.3 million. The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the Wyoming Highway Patrol are currently investigating the case.
Alaska State Troopers change logo and slogan
Residents will start to see a change to the Trooper cars around town soon, specifically, the logo and slogan. Yellow against a navy backdrop is reminiscent of the Alaska Flag. And the slogan is meant to encompass the work of the Alaska State Troopers. According to Jonathon Taylor with the Department of Public Safety, an internal group from both State and Wildlife Troopers came up with 24 potential slogans before deciding on 'Guardians of the 49th'. Taylor explained that Troopers are often working in areas where there is no other law enforcement and sometimes alone. He said the phrase showcases that they do feel like they are protectors and defenders. He also told us about why they made the change. "This is a part of our recruitment efforts to reach new generations of Alaskans and even those outside of Alaska about the opportunities that are there to become a state trooper and join a really credible, sworn, force of officers who do incredible work across the State," said Taylor. Taylor says the designs won't change overnight, but as funding becomes available, they will start to show up.
Colonel Sandra Karsten named new director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety
On Monday, Gov. Mike Parson announced Col. Sandra Karsten as the new director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety. She was previously named the interim director of the department.
Starting her 33-year career as a patrol trooper on Callaway County roads, now Col. Sandra K. Karsten is handing in her badge. The 23rd superintendent of the Missouri Highway Patrol, she announced Friday she will retire from that position effective Sept. 1. "It has been an honor to serve the people of Missouri as a member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol," Karsten said. "For the past 33 years I have strived to live by the patrol's core values, to treat others as I wish to be treated, and to connect with each person who has crossed my path either professionally or personally." Last week, she was named acting director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety. Karsten is the only female to be named superintendent. She also was the first to be promoted to the ranks of lieutenant, captain, major and lieutenant colonel — then assistant superintendent. Karsten was appointed to the patrol on Sept. 1, 1985, as a member of the 57th Recruit Class. "Harry Lee was the (Callaway County) sheriff," she told the Fulton Sun shortly after being nominated for the superintendent's position. "Interstate 70 did not have the median barriers, and in Kingdom City, there was the old Gaspers truck stop. There were no stop lights in Kingdom City." She added: "There were seven females on patrol. Now there are 71. We've grown a lot in the last 30 years with diversity." Sometimes, Karsten worked alongside Roger Rice, now a major with Fulton Police. "I knew her when she was a trooper here, and she was a great person to work with," he said when she was promoted to superintendent. "I worked cases with her and you couldn't ask for a nicer person." Karsten spent nine years as a trooper before being promoted to sergeant. She met her husband, Tim (a former Fulton Middle School coach), in the early 1990s, and they had two sons, John and Paul. She worked all kinds of jobs within the highway patrol, seeing Troop F's incarnation. In 1996, Karsten transferred to the General Headquarters in Jefferson City. She was assigned to the Field Operations Bureau, where she was promoted to lieutenant, and later captain. In 2001, Karsten transferred to the Human Resources Division as the director of that division. In 2011, she was promoted to the rank of major and designated commander of the Administrative Services Bureau; then later transferred as the commander of the Technical Services Bureau. As a major, she began serving as a member of the Patrol's command staff. In 2012, she was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel and was designated assistant superintendent, where she acted in the superintendent's absence and had direct oversight responsibility for the Professional Standards Division and Public Information and Education Division. Karsten was appointed the 23rd superintendent of the Missouri Highway Patrol on Feb. 1, 2017. The Missouri Senate confirmed her appointment Thursday, March 9, 2017. As a result of her confirmation, she was elevated to the rank of colonel. She was sworn in March 14, 2017.
State Highway Patrol Trooper named North Dakota Peace Office of the Year
A state trooper stationed in Hillsboro, N.D., has been named the North Dakota Peace Officer of the Year. State Highway Patrol Trooper Kyle Stern recently received the award during the North Dakota Peace Officers Association's annual meeting in Minot. The honor is given each year to a law enforcement officer who has "outstanding service, professional dignity" and has made "unselfish personal contributions to the citizens of North Dakota," according to a news release. The award "serves as recognition of an officer who consistently displays excellence within their profession," the release said. Stern has been with the Highway Patrol since 2002 and received several accolades over the years, including the North Dakota Trooper of the Year in 2010. The Peace Officers Association said Stern is dedicated to providing public safety on state roads, according to the release. "Trooper Stern's professionalism, extensive knowledge and servant attitude in representing not only the NDHP, but law enforcement in general, is a tribute to his dedication to law enforcement and the people of this state," Highway Patrol Sgt. Ryan Panasuk said in a letter nominating Stern for the award.