Fast-acting trooper made the link that cracked a murder case

 

A quick-thinking state trooper who reported spotting a driver who matched the description of the suspect in Vanessa Marcotte’s slaying is being credited with coming up with the all-important “break in the case” after he scrawled the license plate on his hand and followed up at the man’s home address.  “It goes to the job these people do every day,” Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said of trooper Robert Parr, who was working an unrelated detail in Worcester in mid-March when he noticed a man matching the suspect description driving a dark SUV and quickly wrote the license plate number on his hand.  After a visit to the driver’s address turned up empty, Early said, Parr left his card and asked for a return phone call.  When he didn’t receive a phone call, Early said, Parr stopped by again the following day and obtained an oral swab test from Angelo Colon-Ortiz, whose DNA would later be matched to a sample retrieved from Marcotte’s hands.  And though investigators thanked the public for the more than 1,300 tips provided by the public, Early noted that Parr was the one who delivered the “break in the case.”  State police Col. Richard D. McKeon also praised Parr, saying he “exemplified that trait that all good detectives have: to be always on the case, looking for the one piece of information to break it open, even when in the middle of other duties.”  “His mind, and the minds of his fellow detectives, were always on this case,” McKeon said, “and because of that we are in a position tonight to speak for Ms. Marcotte.”

4/19/17

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Hard working trooper is named Maryland State Police trooper of the year

 MDSP Trooper of the Year

Maryland State Police Trooper Charles Tittle was named trooper of the year, after his just second year as a patrol trooper.  His statistics are impressive.  Last year, he made 1,010 traffic stops and issued 1,400 citations last year.  He was named the barrack t Trooper Tittle also arrested 60 impaired drivers and arrested 109 people wanted on warrants.  He responded to almost 2,000 calls for service and recovered seven firearms during traffic stops.  He was the primary trooper on eight heroin overdose cases and assisted on two others.  He personally administered Naloxone to nine overdose victims, including two who were unconscious in the same residence.  Each of the nine victims treated by Trooper Tittle recovered.  He was also injured when a drunk driver hit his police car.

4/18/17

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Oklahoma Highway Patrol receives donation for K-9 Purchase

OKHP Canine donation

On Thursday, officials from Express Employment Professionals presented a check to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, allowing for the purchase of a new K-9 officer.  The ceremony took place at OHP’s Robert R. Lester Training Center in Oklahoma City.  Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael C. Thompson accepted the check from Express representatives Bob Funk, Founder, CEO and Chairman; Bill Stoller, Founder, President and Vice Chairman; and Cathy Keating, Philanthropic Chairperson.  “This past year Express Employment Professionals employed a record 510,000 people, with a long-term goal of putting a million people to work annually.  We are pleased to add the employment of a K-9 with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to those numbers – that’s a new one for us,” said Bob Funk, CEO, Founder and Chairman, Express Employment Professionals.  Thompson said, “I would like to thank Mr. Bob Funk and former First Lady Cathy Keating for their strong interest and steadfast support of public safety.  This generous gift to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol will enable State Troopers to better serve the people of Oklahoma for years to come.  “This explosive detection dog will replace OHP’s oldest active K-9 officer, who will be retired at age 11.  Training should be complete and the new K-9 should be in service by late fall or early winter.  The OHP currently has four explosive detection dogs.  “These explosive detection dogs ensure safety across the state in our schools, stadiums, arenas and other venues,” Keating said.  “It is vital that we at Express Employment Professionals provide the funds for this K-9 as a show of support for our law enforcement.”

4/18/17

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Michigan State Police officer is American Legion's top cop nationally

MSP Trooper American Legion Award

A Michigan State Police officer at the Tri-City Post has been selected as this year's sole winner of a national award honoring heroic acts and community service in law enforcement.  Sgt. Joseph Rowley, a 17-year veteran of the department, was chosen for the American Legion's 2017 National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and will receive the award in August in Reno, Nevada.  Michigan State Police Lt. David Kaiser said Rowley is a leader who often seeks out opportunities to help co-workers and their families.  Rowley coordinated and planned the Michigan State Police Trooper Jeff Werda Memorial Baseball Tournament in Gladwin, Kaiser said.  Werda was killed on duty in 2011 when he lost control of his vehicle during a car chase in Saginaw County's Chapin Township and was ejected from his patrol car.  In his off time, Rowley volunteers for Camp Quality Michigan, which provides services and opportunities for children with cancer at no cost to their families, Kaiser said.  On duty, Rowley is a firearms and defensive tactics instructor for the department as well as a field training officer at the Michigan State Police Tri-City Post, where he is based, Kaiser said.  Rowley is an accomplished investigator, Kaiser said.  Rowley was among five people in the running for the national award.  "Each year, the American Legion honors an officer who has performed heroic acts, exceeded what's expected and demonstrated a distinct pattern of community service along with professional achievement," Kaiser said in a statement.  He was first selected as the American Legion's Michigan Officer of the Year and then the Central Region Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.  In 2000, Rowley enlisted with state police and graduated as a member of the 119th Trooper Recruit School, Kaiser said.  Prior to being assigned to the Tri-City Post, he served at the Gaylord, Detroit, Metro North, Gladwin and West Branch posts.

4/14/17

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Governor Cuomo Congratulates State Police on 100th Anniversary

NYSP centennial

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the start of the New York State Police Centennial Celebration with the dedication of an historical marker commemorating the Division’s 100th Anniversary at the Cavalry Club in Manlius, Onondaga County.  Governor Cuomo also proclaimed April 11th as New York State Police Day.  The Department of State Police was created on April 11, 1917, when Governor Charles S. Whitman signed the Wells-Mills Bill into law, establishing the State Police as a full-service police agency.  The Cavalry Club is the site of Camp Newayo, where the first 232 Troopers received their training starting in June of 1917.  "The New York State Police built a 100-year legacy of innovation and excellence in public service, giving it the well-deserved recognition as one of the most highly-respected law enforcement agencies in the nation,” Governor Cuomo said.  "From Buffalo to Plattsburgh to New York City and everywhere in between, Troopers put their own safety on the line each day to protect all of us.  I join the State Police in celebrating this important milestone, and on behalf of all New Yorkers, I congratulate and thank all Troopers for their outstanding service."  Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said, "Since the days when troopers protected our rural communities on horseback, they have been a force for law, order and justice.  From highway patrols to the highest level investigations, our state police force is unmatched in its professionalism and dedication to duty that remains as strong today as it was 100 years ago.  As we celebrate this milestone in the history of a truly great law enforcement agency, we offer our congratulations and deepest gratitude to the men and women whose willingness to serve and sacrifice touches the lives of every New Yorker."  State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, "Since April 11, 1917, the State Police have been committed to helping New Yorkers by providing them with friendly, professional service.  I am humbled and honored to serve as Superintendent as we celebrate our centennial, and I encourage everyone to join us and learn about the outstanding work our sworn and civilian members perform each and every day."  As part of this year’s Centennial celebration, each State Police Troop will host an open house for the public, starting on April 29 with Troop D in Oneida and continuing with other Troops throughout the summer and into October.  Each open house will feature a travelling exhibit showcasing State Police history.  Information on the schedule of open houses, along with a timeline of historical events and photographs, can be found at the centennial website: centennial.troopers.ny.gov. The State Police will also unveil a brand new exhibit at the New York State Fair, which runs from August 23-September 4.  The idea for a State Police force started in 1913, when a construction foreman named Sam Howell was murdered while delivering payroll to a jobsite in Westchester County.  Before he died, Howell was able to identify his attackers as a group of men he recently released from the construction site, due to poor performance.  Even with this information, the men were never apprehended.  His employer, Miss Moyca Newell, and her friend, author Katherine Mayo, concerned by the state of rural law enforcement, started the movement to form a state police force to provide police protection in all of New York’s rural areas.  In June of 1917, the first Recruit Troopers started their training in Manlius, NY at Camp Newayo, named for Newell and Mayo.  When training ended that fall, the original 232 Troopers were sent to their first assignment to patrol the New York State Fair, then set out on horseback to start policing the State's rural areas.  There are currently more than 5,600 sworn and civilian members in 11 Troops across the State, including Troop NYC based in New York City.  The New York State Police is a full service police agency.  In addition to the uniformed force, there are more than 1,000 members of the plainclothes Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which investigates felonies and major crimes, and is able to assist local law enforcement agencies that don’t have the resources to undertake major criminal investigations.  The State Police also support the state Office of Counter Terrorism and manage the New York State Intelligence Center, which brings together federal, state and local agencies to analyze and share information on terrorism and related crimes.  Other specialized details include the Aviation Unit, Special Operations Response Team, Canine Unit, Dive Team, the Community Narcotics Enforcement team, and the Bomb Disposal Unit.

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