The Missouri State Senate unanimously approved Lt. Col. Sandy Karsten as Missouri State Highway Patrol superintendent

Sandy Karsten Missouris new superintendent

The Missouri Senate last week unanimously approved Lt. Col. Sandy Karsten as Missouri State Highway Patrol superintendent, making her the first woman to hold the position since the patrol’s inception 81 years ago.  Karsten, who was nominated by Gov. Eric Greitens, was sitting in the gallery as the vote took place, surrounded by her “brothers and sisters” from the patrol.  She received praise from both sides of the aisle  “She is in this position because everything she has worked for and her ability, and nothing to do with the fact that she is a man or a woman,” said Sen. Gina Walsh, the Democratic minority leader.  “She is the most qualified individual for this position, and I’m honored she will be leading our Highway Patrol shortly.”  In an interview with the Globe after the vote, Karsten, eyes welled with unshed tears, said she was overwhelmed with pride and honor.  Karsten started as a state trooper and worked up to the second-ranking position.  Ever since Col. Bret Johnson retired Feb. 1, Karsten has been the acting superintendent.  “I bring a different approach to the office,” Karsten said.  “I bring the perspective of being a mother, wife and sister.With the state’s budget crisis, Karsten said she will take a deeper look at the patrol’s more than 1,000 officers to make sure they are positioned in the right spot to produce the most effective results.  “It’s time to go to work,” Karsten said.  Maj. Kemp Shoun was one of the “brothers” in attendance and joked he had known Karsten “since she was a mere child.”  They were in the same academy class in 1985, and he worked for her as a captain in human resources.  “If you worked around her, you saw this coming years ago,” Shoun said, adding that Karsten’s “talent has always been evident.”  Shoun described Karsten as a “high interaction person” who leads by example and wants the goals and standards she sets to be followed.  “It would have been easy for her to ask someone else to figure out the hard parts,” Shoun said.  “But she would always be part of the problem-solving.  She would get down into the weeds with you and learn what’s involved.”  Shoun said Karsten’s ascendance was “history-making“.  There is no more glass ceiling here,” he said.

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State Police Trooper says son's advice helped save his life

New Hampshire Officer injured

After suffering serious injuries while saving another person's life, State Trooper Chris Prenaveau had a lot of people to thank — the staff at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, where he was treated, the state troopers and his wife, Candaliza.  But it was a skill taught to him by his 11-year-old son Charlie that might have saved his life.  "(He's) into parkour," Prenaveau said, explaining that Parkour is a training discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course training. "He's the one who taught me how to jump up over a vehicle.  Unfortunately, I didn't make it over the vehicle."  On Saturday, Prenaveau pushed a man out of the way of an oncoming car before being struck himself in Madbury.  Despite the injury, on Monday he was in good spirits and continuing to recover.  Looking back on Saturday's incident, Prenaveau said he saw no other option but to save the man's life.  "We were either both going to get hit or one of us get hit," he said.  "So there really wasn't much of a choice."  Prenaveau had responded to a single-vehicle crash on French Cross Road.  The driver, Keith Correll, 21, of Barrington was discussing the crash with Prenaveau when another vehicle, driven by Anne Golding, 36, of Barrington, lost control on the icy road and slid toward the trooper and Correll.  Prenaveau pushed Correll out of the way before jumping in the air as Golding's vehicle struck him.  He landed on the hood of the car before being thrown into the roadway, police said on Saturday.  The trooper also thanked his daughters, Lauren, 5, and Catiana, 13, who are both avid gymnasts.  "They're the ones who taught me to swing like a monkey, I guess," Prenaveau said, "and that's pretty much what happened that day."  Given the nature of the accident, the trooper's injuries are fairly minor.  He suffered some cuts to his face and said his back is sore, but there were no broken bones or major injuries".  Just a little banged up," Prenaveau said.  "Just a little sore in the back, a little sore in the facial area.  Still picking some glass out of my face, but other than that, pretty good for what happened that day.  I think everybody was lucky that day."  The 10-year veteran of the state police said he has not had contact with Correll, but the man's mother did visit Prenaveau in the hospital.  "That was not necessary," he said.  "That's why we're here."  This is the second time in just a few months that Prenaveau has been recognized for helping to save a life.  In November, he performed CPR on a man who collapsed and stopped breathing in the Epping Walmart.  Prenaveau was off-duty at the time.  When asked about developing a reputation as a "Superman," the trooper shook the compliment off as an exaggeration.  "I wouldn't say that," he said.  "Just being in the right place at the right time and having the right training through the state police, and with the division supporting me as much as they do and giving me the tools to do my job the way I was taught to do it."  Commander Christopher Vetter commended Prenaveau for his actions".  Now you know what we know," Vetter said, "which is that Chris is an exceptional trooper."  Gov. Chris Sununu took to Twitter to thank Prenaveau for his service."Chris' bravery & sacrifice today truly embody the spirit of selflessness & public service found in the (New Hampshire troopers)," Sununu tweeted on Saturday.  Prenaveau did not offer a timetable for when he would return to work, saying that he would be back on patrol as soon as he fully recovered.  When asked if he would have done anything differently, only one thing came to mind".  I think I would have jumped higher," Prevaneau said with a laugh.

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49 new Virginia State Troopers graduate

VSP Graduation March 2017

The 125th generation of Virginia State Troopers graduated on Friday.  The 49 new troopers received their diplomas after more than 1,600 hours of classroom and field training.  They studied more than 100 subjects, including defensive tactics, ethics and leadership, and judicial procedures.  These new troopers will report to their assignments across the Commonwealth on Monday for their final phase of training.  The troopers are from across Virginia, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

3/13/17

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California Highway Patrol begins taking delivery of Dodge Charger Pursuits

CHP Dodger

Several months back you might remember hearing that the California Highway Patrol was looking to replace 580 of their aging vehicles with Dodge Charger Pursuits.  Well, the time has finally come and the Charger Pursuits are hitting the streets.  Equipped with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 making 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, the Charger Pursuit has plenty of power for everyday police. It is unclear whether or not CHP opted for the AWD version of the Charger Pursuit for the more snow-covered regions of California, but the V-6 version of the Charger Pursuit does come with the option of either RWD or AWD.  The 2017 Charger Pursuit is the first year where departments can utilize a 12.1 Uconnect mobile command center with a wireless keyboard.  This allows departments to relocate their computer to the rear of the vehicle and make more room for the officer.  It will be interesting to see how officers like the change in vehicles since CHP had recently switched over the Ford Intercepter Utility.  Coming to a highway near you!  The new California Highway Patrol Dodge Charger.

3/10/17

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Trooper outside car hit after driver falls asleep

 

A Utah Highway Patrol trooper was critically injured Monday after he was hit by his own car while standing on I-15 during a three-vehicle crash caused by a driver who fell asleep, investigators said.  Trooper Devin Gurney, 27, who has been with the highway patrol for three years, was taken to Utah Valley Hospital in critical condition, though his injuries are not considered to be life-threatening, according to UHP Sgt. Todd Royce.  "Our greatest concern every day is that our troopers will be safe.  I'm so grateful that injuries for all involved in this crash weren't worse," Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires said on Twitter Monday.  Gurney had pulled over another vehicle in the far left emergency lane of traffic about 11 a.m.  He was out of his vehicle to conduct the traffic stop when an SUV veered across multiple lanes and slammed into the rear of the trooper's car.  The UHP car was pushed forward during the collision and hit Gurney, said Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon.

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