Virginia State Police graduates 30 new troopers
The Commonwealth graduated its 126th generation of Virginia State Troopers on Friday, October 6. The 30 new troopers received more than 1,600 hours of classroom and field instruction in more than 100 different subjects, including defensive tactics, crime scene investigation, ethics and leadership, survival Spanish, police professionalism, firearms, judicial procedures, officer survival, cultural diversity and crisis management. The members of the 126th Basic Session began their 29 weeks of academic, physical and practical training at the Academy March 23, 2017. Upon graduation, the new troopers will report to their individual duty assignments across Virginia beginning Oct. 10, 2017, for their final phase of training. Each trooper will spend an additional six weeks paired up with a Field Training Officer learning his or her new patrol area.
State troopers seize large amount of marijuana
After following up on a tip about marijuana growing on public property near Petoskey, the Michigan State Police reported that its troopers seized 30 such plants from that location on Monday. State police said troopers from the Gaylord post received a tip Monday about an outdoor marijuana growing operation hidden off a walking trail, on public property in Emmet County’s Bear Creek Township. The witness who called it in had seen a man walking around in the area tending to some plants, and after further investigation noticed it was marijuana growing in pots and contacted law enforcement, according to state police Lt. Derrick Carroll. The troopers made contact with the individual and, through investigation, concluded he was the suspect. “Upon interviewing him (suspect) and doing some search warrants, they (troopers) determined he was the suspect,” Carroll said. “They recovered fertilizer and other equipment that this person was using to grow these plants outdoors.” Uniformed troopers seized 30 marijuana plants, not yet mature, from the outdoor operation. According to Carroll, this is the largest quantity of the plants which Gaylord-based troopers have seized this year. The officers also confiscated fertilizer, magnesium and a vehicle that had been used to grow the marijuana.
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Maryland State Police welcome new cadaver dog
The Maryland State Police K-9 Unit has welcomed its first human remains detection dog in two decades to their ranks. Skye, a 3-year old springer spaniel, is currently one of only three law enforcement human remains detection dogs in Maryland, according to a news release from the Maryland State Police. She officially began work on Sept. 13 and will be made available to allied Maryland police agencies that may require the services of a cadaver dog. Ron Snyder, public information officer for the MSP Office of Media Communications, said a cadaver dog is brought in when police are searching for a person that is believed to be deceased. “Cadaver dogs are trained differently from search and rescue dogs, which are utilized to find living humans and not detect decomposing flesh,” he said. Skye’s handler is Sgt. Rick Kelly, a 15-year veteran of the K-9 Unit based out of Barrack A Waterloo in Jessup, and she is assigned to the Special Operations Command. According to the release, Skye was donated to the MSP on June 24 and underwent training leading up to her official start this month. Two handlers from the FBI Evidence Response Team Unit, Forensic K9 Consulting — Wynn Warren and Jay Topoleski — trained Skye in the detection of human remains and they were also involved with her MSP training, according to the release. The MSP K-9 Unit has been in operation since 1961, with K-9’s assisting in drug detection, search and rescue, explosive detection and criminal apprehension. Currently the MSP employs 32 handlers and 41 K-9’s throughout the state, according to the release.