Florida Highway Patrol Achieves Gold Standard CALEA Re-Accrediation

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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

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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.


Raising Money for State Trooper's Memorial

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Wisconsin State Trooper Trevor Casper is being honored after being killed in a shootout with an armed robbery suspect in March of 2015.  Trooper Casper lost his life not too far from a Pick-N-Save in Fond du Lac.  Now the grocery is raising money for a memorial in place of a make shift one that has been constantly maintained nearby. Employees are raising funds to place a bench at the site along with a plaque and trooper Casper's name.  The idea kicked off Saturday with customers making their donations at the cash register.  Off duty state patrol officers have been helping out the cause by signing up for shifts to bag and carry groceries for customers.  “It's really important for us to be able to interact with our community members, to see the positive support that we have.  As a state patrol agency we don't often times get the opportunity to meet with our community members in this type of a fashion.  So it really was a great experience,” says a state patrol officer.  The fundraiser will go on through November 26th.


Georgia State Patrol graduates 24 Trooper Cadets in 98th Trooper School

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On Monday, Dec. 5, 24 newly graduated troopers will report to their assigned posts throughout the state of Georgia.  This is the 98th Trooper School for the Georgia State Patrol. The graduation took place on Veteran’s Day, Friday, Nov. 11, at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, after 31 weeks of intense training.  Brigadier General Joe Jarrard, Adjutant General of Georgia, was the keynote speaker.  Additional remarks were given by Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety and Captain Scott Woodell, Director of Training.  The Oath of Office was issued by Lt. Colonel Russell Powell, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety.  Trooper Cadets spend 18 weeks at the academy, 12 weeks in field training, and returned to the academy for one week of preparation for graduation.  The Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) requires that all peace officers receive a minimum of 400 hours of Basic Mandate Training.  At the completion of Trooper School, these newly graduated trooper cadets received over 1,500 hours of training, including driving, defensive tactics, vehicle stops, Spanish, criminal law and criminal procedure, firearms, accident investigation, and various other training which includes child passenger safety technician certification.  During remarks to his fellow class members, Tpr. Dwayne R. Porter, class president, reflected on their camaraderie as individuals who became one class…one family.  He closed his remarks with words which have become the motto for the 98th Class, “Stay Strong, Push Hard and Lead Well.”   Each newly commissioned trooper was assigned to one of the 52 posts throughout the state.


Children's book comes to life for Black Rock students: State troopers and canine partners visit school

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Black Rock School in Thomaston hosted some special canine guests in October, according to Principal Jon Kozlak.  On Wednesday, October 12, Connecticut State Trooper D.J. Chasse led a program for third graders to introduce them to his partner, Zeus, a German shepherd.  Trooper Chasse, the father of a BRS student, spoke about the important and unique role of a canine partner when fighting crime and what their duties are in their position.  “It was a really fun way to engage the students, especially since the whole third grade just finished reading ‘Officer Buckle and Gloria,’ which they also really enjoyed,” said Third Grade Teacher Paul Biron, who organized the day’s event.  “I would love to do this again in coming years. The children really enjoyed it and they were able to pet the dogs and meet them as well.  It was a unique experience for them.”  The children’s book, written by author Peggy Rathmann, is about an officer and his canine partner that visit a local school, giving safety tips and demonstrations.  Also on hand for demonstrations and questions was Trooper Ed Anuzewski and his canine partner, Tex, who just finished his official training.  Both Zeus and Tex are tracking dogs for the State of Connecticut.  “We are excited that Troopers Chasse and Anuzewski took the time to visit our third graders,” said Mr. Kozlak.  “Our students were engaged and ask thoughtful questions throughout the demonstration.  Programs like this are a great way for kids to connect their learning in the classroom to real-world settings.”  Students also learned what the difference between the two dogs were, since Zeus is a German shepherd and Tex is a bloodhound, the dogs have special abilities because of their breeds.  Students learned the benefits of using each breed to track, and how they were trained and are rewarded differently by their handling troopers.  Mr. Kozlak said that BRS typically offers an educational and entertaining program like this in the fall and again in the spring.  He hopes this program will return for future third grade classes.  “We appreciate the work of law enforcement.  This program was a terrific learning experience for our students.  We thank Troopers Chasse and Anuzewski for giving to our school,” said Mr. Kozlak.  “As always, I was proud of our students for being respectful to our guests and responsive to the program.”