California cadet run to state Capitol honors the fallen
As dozens of California Highway Patrol junior cadets led a cacophony of yells early Wednesday morning, 138 cadets from the graduating class of the CHP Academy set off on a traditional run from West Sacramento to the California Peace Officers' Memorial near the state Capitol. Traditional cadet run from CHP Academy in West Sacramento to state Capitol signifies the end of 28 weeks of training. 138 cadets will graduate later this week. 13 cadets are women. "It's surreal," said Stephanie Combs, a cadet who is scheduled to graduate later this week. This year's run comes days after a Stanislaus County sheriff's deputy was shot and killed while on duty. Traditional CHP graduating class run to law enforcement memorial while junior cadets yell. "It's certainly something you think about. But, that'll wait until Monday or the next day or the day after that," Chianti Williams said as she waited to see her brother run past. "Today is about celebrating their hard work." The monument where the run will end is a tribute to the more than 1,600 California law enforcement officers who lost their lives while serving and protecting the public and "underscores the soon-to-be officers the dangers of the job upon which they are about to embark." While at the monument, cadets and officers will honor the fallen officers with a moment of silence as a sign of respect for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the people of California. The tradition is a long-standing right of passage for cadets as they complete their 28-week training at the CHP Academy.
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New Hampshire State Troopers Move Cows Away From Interstate
Here’s one of the reasons that some of us say we’re from “Cow” Hampshire: The New Hampshire State Police had to deal with a potentially udderly dangerous situation on I-93 on Nov. 15, 2016, in Canterbury after eight cows were found running along the side of the highway. The troopers were able to keep the cows from entering traffic by moo-ving them away from the Interstate. The effort by troopers to keep the highway from becoming a butcher shop only caused minor delays to those traveling during rush hour traffic. State police noted on Facebook that the owner of the cows arrived about 30 minutes later and they were returned safely to their farm.
Florida Highway Patrol Achieves Gold Standard CALEA Re-Accrediation
A team of assessors from the prestigious Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), has completed an extensive review of the Florida Highway Patrol’s (FHP) policies, procedures and law enforcement practices and announced that FHP has achieved gold standard re-accreditation. This is the first time FHP pursued and achieved the gold standard accreditation, which distinguishes FHP as a leading law enforcement agency in the nation. “The FHP works tirelessly each and every day to ensure the safety of Floridians and visitors, and I am very proud of FHP’s continued professionalism,” said Terry L. Rhodes, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). “FHP members have a very demanding job, and the gold standard accreditation recognizes the high standard in which they perform their duties.” After a comprehensive evaluation of FHP’s records and an in-depth, onsite inspection, a review committee hearing was held on November 5 in Charleston, South Carolina. The review committee recommended, and the full CALEA Commission unanimously agreed, that FHP is in compliance with all mandatory national law enforcement standards and subsequently awarded FHP the Meritorious, Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation. With this seventh award, FHP has maintained its accredited status with CALEA continuously since 1996. “FHP is one of only eight other Highway Patrol agencies nationally who have gained accreditation through CALEA,” said Colonel Gene S. Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “In today’s challenging times, it is critical that we lead by example and perform our law enforcement duties in a professional and courteous manner. FHP is committed to applying nationally-recognized best practices of law enforcement for the citizens and visitors of this great state. I am extremely proud of all of the men and women of the FHP who worked diligently to ensure FHP is among the best in the nation.” During the onsite assessment, assessors toured several FHP facilities throughout the state including Orlando, Jacksonville, Lake City, Fort Myers, Tampa, Ocala, Havana and Tallahassee where they interviewed a number of command staff members, line officers, civilian personnel and the general public. The assessment team noted that professionalism, courtesy and respect are taken seriously among the FHP ranks, and the members of the FHP truly embrace the concept of public service. The commission finalized their assessment report and determined that the FHP is an effective and professional law enforcement agency that provides quality service to a diverse service population during challenging economic times. The commission also added that the FHP works hard and uses the resources available to achieve their objectives and remains focused on providing courteous and responsive services to the citizens through a broad range of functions.
Texas State Trooper catches trucker with 20 kilograms of cocaine
Investigators arrested a trucker last week after finding 20 kilograms of cocaine hidden in the cab. On Thursday, a state trooper stopped Alfredo Tait on U.S. 281 near San Manuel, according to the criminal complaint against him. Tait was driving a red tractor-trailer with license plates that belonged to another vehicle, according to the criminal complaint. "When asked about his travel itinerary, Tait also provided untruthful responses to Trooper Benavides," according to the criminal complaint. "Tait subsequently admitted that he was lying about his travel itinerary and later stated that he drove the vehicle down specifically for hauling a load of drugs." Agents with the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division escorted the tractor-trailer to the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge. A K-9 at the bridge alerted to the tractor-trailer, according to the criminal complaint. An X-ray also revealed an anomaly in the sleeper compartment. Investigators found 19 bundles of cocaine hidden in two mattresses and another bundle inside an air vent, according to the criminal complaint. Tair was charged with possession with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Court records don't list an attorney for Tait, who remains in federal custody.