New York State Police welcome newest troopers Wednesday
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo congratulated the 192 new members of the State Police at the 205th session graduation ceremony from the Basic School of the New York State Police Academy. "These new Troopers have dedicated themselves to protecting the people of New York State," Governor Cuomo said. "I commend these men and women for their hard work over the last 26 weeks and wish them luck as they start their careers and continue the fine tradition of the New York State Police. Our state is safer with these members joining the ranks and enforcing our laws." "Six months ago these outstanding men and women answered the call to serve, and after the rigors of training they are ready to join one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the world," said Lieutenant Governor Hochul, who attended the graduation ceremony. "This class chose the motto ‘100 Years We Thrive, We are the 205’ in recognition of the 100 years that the NY State Police have been serving the citizens of this state. I’m honored to take part in today’s commencement, and wish all the graduates the very best as they enter this noble profession." Superintendent George P. Beach II said, "Today marks another significant moment in the proud 100 year history of the New York State Police. The graduation ceremony is one of our finest traditions and introduces a new generation of highly trained men and women, who will serve the citizens of the State of New York with honor and integrity. I am proud to welcome these graduates to our ranks."
State Police make traffic stop, find $1.5 million worth of drugs
State police seized 33 pounds of heroin and two men from Utah were arrested after a traffic stop in Western Kentucky on Monday night. State police said they stopped a tractor-trailer for a commercial vehicle inspection on Interstate 24 in Lyon County at 7:22 p.m., and one of the two men in the truck had a small amount of heroin on him. When troopers searched the rest of the vehicle, they found the 33 pounds of heroin, which has an estimated street value of $1.5 million.
More than 1,000 ticketed during Illinois State Police distracted-driving blitz
If drivers didn’t know then, they should have heard by now that last week was distracted driver awareness week. And police around the state issued tickets. Lots of tickets. Illinois State Police said from April 24-28, troopers statewide issued 1,146 distracted-driving tickets and 984 distracted-driving warnings. It wasn’t just about writing tickets. Troopers and police also wanted to raise awareness about the dangers of driving while distracted. “I am extremely proud of the enforcement efforts by the ISP. Our officers proudly represented the ISP in this statewide campaign,” said ISP Col. Tad Williams. “Additionally, our Safety Education Officers did a great job educating the motoring public through a number of press conferences, media releases and multitude of social media contacts.” The use of cell phones for all drivers, regardless of age, while operating a vehicle in a school zone or construction zone is prohibited under Illinois law. Using a cell phone to text, compose, read or send electronic messages or access the Internet while driving is illegal. The violation for the first offense is $120 and can increase with multiple violations or when a violation occurs in a work or school zone. Texting and driving is a choice that requires drivers to take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel and mind off the task of driving, according to state police. Illinois State Police have been asking all motorists to “Drop it and Drive.” Swansea and Fairview Heights police also conducted a recent crackdown aimed at distracted driving. In two hours on April 27, Swansea and Fairview Heights officers set up on the corner of Illinois 159 and Frank Scott Parkway — a spot that has seen 65 accidents since 2015. An officer on a grassy corner set up with binoculars, looking for drivers on their phones, while officers in their cars stopped the offending drivers. In two hours, the task force issued 39 tickets.
South Carolina Highway Patrol names first female Captain
The South Carolina Highway Patrol has named its first ever female captain. The agency announced Friday that Tara Laffin has been promoted to her new rank. She succeeds Capt. E.J. Talbot, who recently announced his retirement after 27 years with the department. In her new role, she'll be the commander of the highway patrol's training division. "This is an exciting and historical day for the South Carolina Highway Patrol as we not only name the first female captain, but we have an opportunity to promote a strong and forward-thinking leader for this key unit in our agency,” said SCDPS Director Leroy Smith. “Capt. Laffin has spent her entire career with the Highway Patrol, including four years in the Training Unit. Capt. Talbot has done an outstanding job and we look forward to continuing this tradition of excellence in Training.” Laffin has been with the highway patrol for 22 years. She's most recently served as lieutenant in the Emergency Management Unit, which leads the state’s traffic response during hurricanes and other large-scale disasters. From 2007-2011, she served in the HP Training Unit as a sergeant and corporal. Prior to that, she served as a corporal in Lexington County. Capt. Laffin began her career with SCHP in 1994 in Dillon County and worked as a road trooper in Kershaw and Richland Counties.