New York State Police has more than 220 new troopers reporting to duty

NYSP Graduation

 

A class of more than 220 new troopers graduated from the New York State Police Academy's Basic School last week, and they will report for duty across the state on Thursday. At least five of them will begin their service with Troop E, which is headquartered in Canandaigua.  The academy program lasts for 26 weeks, and is followed by an additional ten weeks of field training.  It's the 204th graduating class in the academy's history.  Seven of the graduates are originally from Monroe County, including trooper Olivia Beck, who said she's really looking forward to getting out on the road.  "It feels great to finally be able to say that I'm a state trooper," Beck said.  "It's a great feeling to see myself and all of my classmates walk across the stage in uniform, to see all of our hard work pay off after seven months, and not just the last seven months at the academy but the years that in took in preparation to get to the academy."  Beck will be assigned to Troop D, which is headquartered in Oneida and serves seven counties in central New York.  The graduation ceremony was held at the Empire State Plaza Convention Hall in Albany, where Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul congratulated the graduates and thanked them for their commitment to public service.  "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 Hochul.  "This class chose the motto ‘Protecting New York to the core, we are the 204’, and nothing could speak more to their courage and sense of dedication."  Hochul also said she was encouraged to see that the number of women in each class of troopers continues to grow.  "Last time I spoke (at an academy graduation) there were 28 women among your ranks", Hochul said, "and today there are 42."  Among them was Samantha Hartmann of Remsen (Oneida county), whose mother Beth Lamphere is also a state trooper.  They are believed to be the first mother and daughter to both serve with the New York State police.  In addition to honoring all graduates from the 204th academy class, New York State Police Superintendent George Beach presented individual awards to a handful of students.  Trooper Joseph A. Sparacino, who will join Troop E in Canandaigua, received the Academic Achievement award for attaining the highest level of academic performance during training. Sparacino, 27, was a police officer with the town of Tonawanda before joining the State Police.  "It's been my dream to be a trooper," Sparacino said. "I'm just excited to get back on the road and do the job I love doing."

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Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper back on the job

Oklahoma state trooper 

After nearly a year away from the job, one Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper is back with the people he calls family.  "From the moment that it happened, I had the OHP just take me in and just took care of me," said Jana Richardson.  It was back in January on I-40 in Pottawatomie County, and roads were iced over.  Trooper Jason Richardson was walking along the highway working previous crashes, when the driver of an SUV lost control and slid into the center median cable barrier.  That vehicle overturned and hit Richardson forcing him into the roadway.  He suffered a broken leg, and broken ribs, as well as internal injuries.  After nine months recovering, Richardson is back with OHP and says he's thankful for his life, and his time to reflect on his faith.  "I assure you, I'm ready," he said.  "I'm ready to meet my maker.  I don't want to leave my family, obviously but as far as the way I felt, again -- humbled -- and very appreciative."  Richardson is from Latt.  His wife Jana says, their family got tons of support from the community.  "It's good to live in a small town because you're always going to have somebody there for you," said Jana Richardson.  Richardson says that support helped his wife while he recovered. "The support has been overwhelming," Jason Richardson said. "I know we received cards and gifts and food, from numerous people."  Richard says he hopes his story reminds people to take it slow on the ice or any other hazardous condition.  "My safety is very important, I want to go home to my family," he said.

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Iowa State Trooper's simple act of kindness helps flood victims

Iowa State Police bear

 

A group of Cedar Rapids police officers and state troopers help turn a bad situation into a positive one, with the help of a teddy bear.  During the flooding in Cedar Rapids, Melissa Bishop had her car stolen.  A week later, police found her car, but items inside were missing, including her 6-year-old daughter's "blankie."  Her daughter was devastated.  Melissa says, "That thing was kind of a constant for her.  It was her one thing that she could count on, so to have someone take that from her... was very difficult.  She was just inconsolable."  A state trooper could see that, so he stepped in with "Trooper the Bear."  It turned a bad moment into a special memory that Melissa hopes her daughter will always remember.  Melissa says, "This showed my daughter that the good guys will always outnumber the bad guys, that there will always be someone there that is going to make it all better.  I was struggling to figure out a way to do that ...and then he stepped in and made things right for her."  Melissa does not know the trooper's name who went above and beyond for her daughter. She wrote a letter thanking the entire department for their small act of kindness that made a big difference for one 6-year-old.

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Tennessee Highway Patrol to be recognized as Top State Police/Highway Patrol in the Nation

Tennessee cruiser

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) is heading to San Diego, California this week to attend the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference to receive the top three awards.  THP was named the “First Place Winner” in the Highway Patrol/State Police agency category consisting of 501-1500 troopers in the nation for 2016.  Additionally, THP won two awards in “Traffic Incident Management and Technology”.  THP competed by presenting programs and results of public safety efforts.  All law enforcement agencies in the country (local police departments, sheriff’s offices, campus police, military police and state police agencies) were invited to submit a presentation or packet detailing their public safety efforts.  The THP competed in the largest state agency category which is the “mid-size department” division of state police agencies between 501-1500 troopers.  Additionally, THP competed against all law enforcement agencies in the special awards category.  Over the last four years, THP was the only state police agency to place in the top three and won several special awards for their Commercial Vehicle Program.  First Place - State Police Agency with 501-1500 troopers.  Winner - The Technology Special Award Category for predictive analytics program in their TITAN Division.  Winner - The Traffic Incident Management Special Award Category based on their training program and the facility that was built with the help of TDOT at our Training Center.

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Texas Trooper Helps Deliver Baby

 

Texas Trooper Helps Deliver baby boy

 

A State Trooper helped deliver a baby boy on Saturday.  Trooper Joe Morris was responding to a call about a woman in labor headed for a College Station hospital.  But she didn't make it to the hospital.  Instead, Trooper Morris met the family at the Exxon gas station off of FM 50 in Burleson County.  Together, he and the dad helped deliver a healthy baby boy.  "It was pretty humbling because you can see how things can change so quickly and in such big ways.  It's always neat if you get experience seeing a baby being born, a new life being brought into the world," Morris said. The Trooper met the family on Sunday at the hospital.  Mom and the son are well and will be released soon. 

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