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.



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.



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.



Traffic stop leads to discovery of $1.75M worth of pot

Minnesota drug bust

What started as a traffic stop on Interstate 94 in west-central Minnesota last week resulted in the arrest of three St. Paul men for having nearly 600 pounds of high-grade marijuana in a truck.  According to a criminal complaint filed in Otter Tail County District Court, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper was watching eastbound traffic on I-94 in Fergus Falls on March 1 when he noticed a Ford truck with obstructed license plates.  The trooper pulled the truck over near mile marker 56 and asked two of the three men to wait outside while he spoke to the driver.  The driver said he and the two men, who were his brothers, had flown to California to pick up the truck from his in-laws and were driving back to Minnesota.  However, the driver’s timeline and explanation was contradictory and when the trooper spoke to the other two men, their stories did not match the driver’s timeline of the previous few days, the complaint said.  The truck was eventually towed and searched.  In the truck bed, investigators allegedly found about 18 large duffel bags, each holding about 25 shrink-wrapped packages of high-grade hydroponically grown marijuana.  Investigators estimated the 570 pounds of marijuana has a street value of about $1.75 million.



CHP Officers find 2 calves crammed in abandoned car

CHP Calves saved 1

It was one of the more unusual calls the California Highway Patrol has received: Someone reported seeing a cow trying to climb out of a small car parked alongside an interstate.  Officers responding Saturday along a mountain pass in Southern California’s Riverside County discovered a calf trying to escape from a Honda Civic’s open trunk.  Another calf was crammed into the floor of the backseat.  Both calves’ hooves were tied.  Investigators say the driver was nowhere to be found.  The car is registered to an address in Tulare County, more than 250 miles away.  Authorities said Monday that the vehicle had not been reported stolen.  It’s been impounded as evidence.  The calves will be cared for at a ranch while officials try to determine who owns them.