Georgia State Patrol graduates 24 Trooper Cadets in 98th Trooper School
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
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.”
Two sisters take 60 mugs to the Mississippi Highway Patrol Office to give to state troopers
Paige and Kaley Wilson, 11 and 8, are using proceeds from their lemonade stand to give “a hug and a mug” to first responders. They’ve raised $1,202 since July and bought Arctic insulated mugs to give to police, firefighters and other emergency personnel. The girls, along with their dad, John Wilson, took 60 mugs to the Mississippi Highway Patrol Office on Wednesday to give to state troopers. The girls call their fundraiser Delicious Divas’ Lemonade. “I love seeing their reactions because it just makes me smile,” Paige said. State Trooper Brodrick Nettles said he plans to use his mug for tea. “I think it’s great,” he said. State Trooper Cal Robertson agreed. He said he plans to use his for water or coffee. Paige and Kaley both attend North Woolmarket Elementary School. The girls came up with the idea for a lemonade stand and said their father told them they should use the money they made to do something good. “With all that’s going on this world, and the disrespect shown to police, I thought they could do something to make a difference for police and other first responders,” Wilson said. The girls first set up shop in the driveway of their Woolmarket home and made $312, selling fresh-squeezed lemonade and their mother’s homemade cookies. Their second time, they raised $890, but realized they couldn’t keep up with fresh-squeezed lemonade. Wilson said he bought 150 insulated mugs. He and the girls began driving around, and every time they saw a police car parked in front of a home, they would stop and give the officer a mug. “One officer had a tear roll down his face,” Wilson said. Next, they gave out mugs at their neighborhood fire station. They’d given out 79 mugs before gave some to state troopers on Wednesday. When not selling lemonade, Paige enjoys playing with friends and Kaley enjoys playing with the family’s dogs. Kaley’s into art. She said it’s her favorite thing about school. Paige said her friends are what she likes most about school. An officer’s wife made the girls T-shirts with their fundraiser’s name. The girls will set up shop Saturday under a tent at the Veterans Day parade in D’Iberville. They will announce future locations of lemonade sales on their Facebook page. “They’re giving a mug and a hug one smile at a time,” Wilson said. “I think I get even more out of it than they do.”
FHP: Dementia one of leading causes of wrong-way driving
A wrong-way driver was stopped on the Turnpike in Lake County before a tragedy could happen, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said. A report said the driver may have been suffering from dementia, which numbers show is one of the leading causes of wrong-way crashes. The incident involving the 76-year-old man was caught on camera. Early Friday evening, on the Turnpike in Lake County, troopers were in a mad dash to stop the driver. “He’s at a high rate of speed going through the SunPass lane. Far left lane, coming up the toll,” the trooper told a dispatcher. A toll booth worker called troopers when she saw the driver get onto the Turnpike from an exit ramp in Howie-in-the-Hills. It triggered an immediate response from troopers, who were nearby and managed to cut him off before he could crash into someone. A trooper wrote in a report, “I noticed he didn’t really know what was going on,” and “I asked him if his wife lives in Florida and he had said she passed away, but his wife was actually alive and was in the middle of filling out a missing persons’ report with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.” The trooper asked the driver for his keys and said he gave his shoe instead. Troopers were told by a relative that the driver had been suffering from signs of dementia. The driver was reunited with his wife at a Leesburg hospital. An FHP sergeant said that since the agency began tracking wrong-way drivers two years ago, they received 452 reports in Central Florida. Dementia is the second leading cause of wrong-way driving incidents behind drunk driving. The next day, a trooper stopped a man, also with dementia, who was driving the wrong way on Interstate 4 in Volusia County.