Indiana Troopers inspect 300 school buses
State Troopers inspect FWCS's nearly 300-bus fleet before school begins
The new school year is just around the corner for Fort Wayne Communicant Schools.
To make sure kids can get to school without a hitch, specially-trained officers with the Indiana State Police inspect each and every school bus in the district's nearly 300-bus fleet. They make sure the vehicles are safe and in tip-top shape for students and their drivers. "They are looking for everything from headlights not working, making sure the break systems are working, making sure the buses start, seat belts work, exhaust system everything from front to back, making sure everything is working like it should be... And if it's not, the bus is not allowed to go out and pick up one student," ISP Sgt. Ron Galaviz said. More than 15,000 students within the district ride FWCS buses.
School begins Aug. 15, and officers want to remind you to stop for school buses when they are picking up or dropping off children.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Saves 3 year old girl.
A Kentucky State Police Trooper is being hailed as a hero after saving a man and his 3-year-old daughter from flood waters. KSP report at approximately 2:46pm a 911 call was received by Pulaski County from the father. The father told dispatchers he was stuck in his car on Norwood Mount Zion Road in rising flood waters. Trooper Adam Childress was near the area and responded to find the man and his little girl "on the verge of being overtaken by strong flood waters." Trooper Childress put his own life in danger and waded out against the current. KSP says he was able to rescue the child and carried her to safety before helping her dad. Trooper Childress is a 5 year vet with the force and in June was named the 2015 state wide “Trooper of the Year."
26 graduate and join the ranks of the Rhode Island State Police
They are athletes, college graduates, some military and some former police officers. On Friday, they all had earned the same title — new Rhode Island state troopers. The 26 graduates, chosen out of more than 1,500 applicants, made it through a grueling 24-week academy. They are graduating into a climate of turmoil and tension between police and the community they serve, as their new boss, Col. Steven G. O'Donnell, and other graduation speakers noted at the ceremony at the Rhode Island Convention Center. The academy was designed to test them, in order to keep them safe, O'Donnell said. The black mourning bands they all wear on their uniforms symbolize the recent deaths of police officers in the line of duty, in Dallas, Baton Rouge and in San Diego, just Thursday night. "It's not an easy time to be a police officer, in some ways it's more difficult than it's ever been," said Gov. Gina Raimondo, as she congratulated them for "choosing to serve." For the new troopers and their loved ones, potential danger didn't overshadow the joy of graduating. As new trooper Andrew B. Pilling, an Army veteran, quoted in his speech for the class: "Only one kind of person makes it through, and that's the person who doesn't quit." Of the 26, there was one Hispanic male and only one woman. O'Donnell said last month that the training academy originally had minority recruits but they dropped out. The state police recently launched a Diversity Academy, in partnership with Providence College, to increase recruiting of minorities. New trooper Lauren E. Lanoie, the only woman to graduate, is also the first in her family to join law enforcement. "It's terrific," said her grandparents, Monica and Joseph A. Janton, of West Warwick. "It's a big honor. We're so proud of her." Lanoie, 24, said she joined the West Warwick police explorers when she was a teen, and "I just fell in love with it." She pursued a job with the state police after graduating from the University of Rhode Island. New trooper Jason R. DiFusco pushed to graduate with a finance degree in three years from Bryant University and put his ROTC program on hold to get through the academy. "He's dedicated, and he knew it was something he wanted to do from the beginning," said retired Lt. Col. Kevin Kugel, professor of military science, "to achieve his dream of being an Army officer and a Rhode Island state trooper." The new troopers are: Robert M. Bentsen, Thomas D. Bruso, Colby A. Clarke, Michael A. Colasante, Jason R. DiFusco, Travis G. Drappi, Michael J. Farais, Matthew D. Fox, Robert T. Fox, Jake A. Hesford, Corey A. Hopkins, Matthew A. House, Jeffrey S. Konieczny, Lauren E. Lanoie, Adam J. Lepre, Dean R. Marr, Zachary D. Mattera, Antonio J. Miguel Jr., Brendan T. Morgan, Andrew J. Phillips, Andrew B. Pilling, Scott T. Potter, Nicholas P. Ryan, Patrick T. Sarasin, Corey D. Sheehan, and Craig A. Stinson.
Speed Awareness Day in Illinois
Today is Speed Awareness Day in Illinois and the Illinois State Police (ISP) will be out in full force to promote safety on Illinois roads. ISP District 10 officers are teaming up with Illinois’ other districts to promote awareness about the dangers of speeding towards motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists. ISP officials say in Illinois, speed was the reason for 32.4 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2014. District 10 Trooper Tracy Lillard says lives can be easily saved by being aware of speed and understanding the risks. “We are trying to raise awareness that we are looking out for speeders,” Lillard says. “The purpose is to reduce fatalities out on our roads. We’ve determined speed is one of the major contributors to causing fatal crashes and if we can reduce people’s speeds, hopefully we reduce the number of fatalities.” Lillard says District 10 is sending out extra officers today to monitor speed. They’ll be employing some advanced techniques to catch speeders including Air Speed, LIDAR details, and Radar Details. The Air Speed technique involves utilizing small planes and a machine that measures how quickly you travel between two white lines. LIDAR radar can detect speed from one mile or more away. ISP troopers will be patrolling State and U.S. Highways, county roads, city streets, and Interstates throughout District 10 including I-57, I-72, and I-74. Lillard says they aren’t necessarily looking to give out citations, but instead letting people know speeding can be dangerous. “Our goal is not to write tickets but to have compliance, and that’s what we are encouraging motorists to do,” she says. “If you can go the speed limit, it won’t be an issue and you won’t get pulled over.”