West Virginia state troopers care for baby following DUI arrest
The photos are going viral after West Virginia State Troopers rescued a young child following a DUI arrest. Police said the child was covered in filth who was found in the backseat during a DUI arrest. T he one-year-old baby was found in a child safety seat covered in vomit when troopers pulled over the car less than a mile from the Princeton detachment. The driver was arrested, but the child was also brought back to the detachment. Troopers said the baby had apparently been sick for some time. They immediately sprang into action to make the child at home until child protective services could arrive. "As a father myself, I couldn't let it sit in its own urine and feces and vomit," said Senior Trooper D.C. Graham. "So I went ahead and drew a bath in the sink of the detachment and was able to clean him up a little bit and get him feeling a little bit better." The baby brought smiles to the troopers' faces. The driver is facing a charge of DUI with a minor. The child is in the custody of a legal guardian and under the supervision of CPS.
Texas Department of Public Safety graduates 95 new Texas State Troopers
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) [Friday] was joined by the Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) as the department commissioned 95 men and women as the state’s newest Highway Patrol Troopers. PSC Commissioner Manny Flores was the keynote speaker during the Class B-2016 recruit graduation ceremony, which was held [Friday] in Austin. “It takes an extraordinary individual to make the momentous commitment to taking on the responsibilities of a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper,” said Commissioner Flores. “DPS and all Texans are deeply thankful of your service, and our state can rest easy knowing all of you will be serving on the frontlines.” The new troopers will report to duty stations across Texas in the coming weeks and spend the first six months in on-the-job training. “This is a proud moment for Class B-2016, and I want to congratulate each one of you,” said PSC Chair Cynthia Leon. “You have inspired us all with your accomplishments during the many months of rigorous training, and this is a day you will never forget – the day you became a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper.” The troopers began the 23-week DPS Training Academy in March. Instruction covered more than 100 subjects, including counterterrorism, traffic and criminal law, arrest and control procedures, crash reconstruction, first aid and Spanish. They also received training in use of force, communication skills, firearms, driving, criminal interdiction, cultural diversity and physical fitness. The B-2016 class includes: 11 former peace officers, including a former trooper with the Virginia State Police and a former trooper with the Georgia State Patrol; 28 military veterans, including a retired Navy SEAL, who is the class’s oldest recruit at 52; the youngest recruit is 21; and the first-ever married couple in DPS history to start and complete a recruit school together.“The department is pleased to welcome 95 new Troopers to our ranks – their specialized law enforcement training will be indispensable in fulfilling our mission to protect and serve Texas,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “DPS and the state of Texas appreciate their willingness to commit their lives and career to serving others.” In 2015, the Texas Legislature and Gov. Greg Abbott authorized 250 additional Trooper positions to be permanently stationed in the border area (DPS Regions 3 and 4) by August 2017, as well as additional DPS recruit schools to help fill that need and address vacancies across the state. A total of 51 troopers from Class B-2016 will be stationed in Regions 3 and 4 as part of this initiative, bringing the total number of positions filled thus far to 203. By the end of 2016, all 250 positions will be filled. DPS is currently accepting applications for recruit classes scheduled for 2017. The next application deadline is Sept. 21 for the class beginning March 12, 2017. To apply or for more information about joining the Texas Department of Public Safety, visit www.joindps.com. In addition, DPS schedules recruiting events throughout the year.
Widow of fallen New Jersey State Trooper gives birth to baby boy
It was a bittersweet moment for the widow of fallen New Jersey State Trooper Eli McCarson. She recently gave birth to their son. Local photographer Aleia Ward, of Aleia Monet Photography, captured a beautiful image of the new bundle of joy. She also photographed his widow, Jordan, in a maternity photo shoot. 30-year-old New Jersey State Trooper Trooper Eli McCarson was killed in December of 2015 while on duty when his vehicle went off the side of the road and struck an electric utility police.
South Carolina Highway Patrol speaks emoji through it's latest Sober, Slammed Campaign
Public safety officers kicked off their annual Sober or Slammer campaign on Tuesday and revealed the next phase of their new emoji campaign designed to reach drivers in a unique way. It's an Emoji public service announcement that will air on televisions throughout South Carolina. Troopers revealed the ad in connection with their sober or slammer efforts. If you haven't already seen the emojis, they appear on ice boxes, gas pumps, billboards, and box trucks. Sgt. Bob Beres, of the S.C. Highway Patrol, is the star of the promotional video released to highlight the dangers of drinking and driving as Labor Day approaches. "Trooper Emoji Bob, I think did a good job pushing this stuff out and getting a feel and knack for it - developed a following. We took it one step further and through social media, we created this commercial for a larger audience and across all platforms," said Col. Mike Oliver, of Highway Patrol. With the help of local law enforcement, increased enforcement on roadways will run through Sept. 5.
Nebraska State Patrol kickoff another season of "Friday Night Lights"
Fans attending high school football games across the state will once again be the focus of a special effort to raise awareness of the need to wear your seat belt every trip, every time. “Friday Night Lights” is designed to help reduce serious injury and fatality crashes involving teen drivers by providing them firsthand knowledge of what can happen when you don’t buckle up. Fans at select high school football games will have the opportunity to experience a ride in the NSP Seat Belt Convincer and/or view a presentation of the Rollover Simulator. “We all win when drivers and passengers buckle up,” said Colonel Brad Rice, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “Getting out among the community at events such as football games allows our troopers the opportunity to provide valuable safety information and encourage voluntary compliance with all traffic safety laws.” During breaks in football actions, troopers utilize T-shirt shooters to catapult shirts with a seat belt safety message to football fans. The shirts were purchased with the assistance of AAA Nebraska/Cornhusker Motor Club Foundation and the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety.