Friday, 85 new troopers officially joined the Ohio State Highway Patrol

Ohio state patrol March graduation

The Patrol’s 161st Academy Class graduated today after 23 weeks of intense training. The keynote address was provided by the Governor of Ohio, John Kasich.  Additional remarks were provided by Director John Born, Ohio Department of Public Safety, Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol Superintendent and Captain Arthur J. Combest, Academy Commandant.  The Oath of Office was issued by Judge Peter B. Abele, Fourth Appellate District, Ohio Court of Appeals.  Courses completed by the 161st class included crash investigation, criminal and traffic law, detection of impaired drivers, firearms, physical fitness, self-defense, and emergency vehicle operations.  Tpr. Joshua E. Jones of Tipp City, Ohio, was selected as class speaker and thanked the Academy and cadet family members for being supportive during their training.  Each of the graduates will report to their posts on Monday, March 27, 2017.  The graduates’ first 60 working days will be a field-training period under the guidance of a veteran officer. The new graduates are assigned to 24 of the Patrol’s 58 posts.

3/27/17

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Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Class 92 Commissioned

Wyoming 92nd recruit class

It takes a special person to become a Wyoming State Trooper.  They have to be willing to give much more then they will ever get back.  They have to be committed to serve and protect all people in Wyoming with courtesy, professionalism and integrity.  Our newest troopers are up to the challenge.  The Trooper Basic Academy has concluded and the members of the academy recently  commissioned (March 23rd) where they took their oaths of office and transitioned from their "Recruit" badges to their official badges in front of family and friends.  The ceremony marked the 92nd graduated Wyoming Highway Patrol Academy Class.  These troopers recently completed an intensive training period of instruction.  During the Trooper Basic Academy, they were instructed in a variety of classes including firearms, commercial carrier training, physical training, Radar/LIDAR use, emergency vehicle operation, custody and control, crash investigation and others.

3/27/17

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Fellow officers keep badly injured Trooper's promise to son

FHP officers attend basketball game

Before Friday's horrific accident on the Dolphin Expressway, Trooper Carlos Rosario-Flores had planned to watch his son play in an all-star basketball game on Sunday.  The 12-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol was instead in a hospital room at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center hooked up to machines and recovering from multiple surgeries.  But Joshua wouldn't be alone on this day when he took the court just a few blocks away from the hospital at the Slam Arena.  Joshua was surrounded by the only people who truly understood what a life of service can take from a family.  "Today we stood proud with #FHP as we supported Trooper Rosario-Flores' son at his basketball game," Miami police posted on social media.  Law enforcement officers filled an entire section of the bleachers — not just five or six officers, but at least 39, and not just from Florida Highway Patrol.  Miami officers came as did men and women from other agencies — officers standing shoulder to shoulder to help the badly injured trooper keep a promise to his son.  Such a simple gesture, but it sent a clear message that the Miami trooper's family was not alone.

3/24/17

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Indiana State trooper finds estimated $400,000 in illegal drugs during traffic stop

ISP CVE Drug bust

On Monday afternoon at around 1:46, an Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement trooper stopped a tractor-trailer combination on eastbound Interstate 70 near the 41 mile-marker for a routine compliance inspection.  During conversations with the occupants, the trooper developed probable cause for a vehicle search and requested additional ISP CVED troopers.  During a search of the cab, troopers found (609) Marijuana edibles, (1497) Marijuana smoking devices, (456) ounces of Marijuana syrup, (7) pounds of Marijuana plant, (400) controlled substance pills, and (20) Fentanyl transdermal patches, inside suitcases within the cab area.  The driver was identified as 24-year-old Christian Calmus of Phoenix, AZ.  The passenger was identified as 34-year-old Sergo Guyumjian of Flushing, NY.  Both men were incarcerated in the Putnam County Jail on felony charges of Dealing Marijuana over (10) pounds and Possession of Narcotic drugs.  The tractor-trailer loaded with seafood was enroute from California to New York.  The New York street value is estimated at $400,000.

3/22/17

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Dramatic video captures motorcycle chase, attack on trooper

 

On Monday, dramatic dashcam video was released of a police chase in Berrien Township that ended with a Michigan state trooper being attacked last month.  The full clip runs just under 50 minutes and shows the remarkable account of what happened the morning of February 20.  Two men, 21-year-old Michael Barber and his 19-year-old brother, Travis Wise were arrested for attacking Trooper Garry Guild.  Both men face multiple charges, including assault and resisting an officer.  The dashcam video starts at 8:40 a.m.  In the video, you’ll see Michael Barber speed past. He’s riding a stolen motorcycle on U.S. 31 near Matthew Road.  Michigan State Trooper Garry Guild attempts to stop him.  Barber slows down and pulls off to the right in what appears to be a surrender; however, he then he speeds up and re-enters the freeway.  Guild's sirens and lights flip on and the chase continues.  Cut to 8:43 a.m. and Barber still has not stopped.  He heads up the exit ramp then breaks left across a median and crashes.  You can hear Trooper Garry Guild yell, “he crashed, he crashed."  Barber gets up but ignores Guild's commands to get on the ground and a struggle ensues. The trooper tries to gain control of the driver, but soon another vehicle pulls up.  Barber's brother, Travis Wise runs toward the scene and puts the officer in a chokehold.  Meantime, Barber tries to grab Guild's weapon.  Around 8:44 a.m., two Good Samaritans pull over and run to Guild's rescue.  Both Barber and Wise were arrested at the scene.  They face numerous charges, with Assault Strangulation carrying the most weight at 10 years if found guilty.

3/22/17

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