The 127th generation of Virginia State Troopers were welcomed into the ranks Friday, May 11, with 52 new troopers presented with their diplomas during commencement exercises at the State Police Training Academy in North Chesterfield County. The new troopers have received more than 1,300 hours of classroom and field instruction in more than 100 different subjects, including defensive tactics, crime scene investigation, ethics and leadership, survival Spanish, police professionalism, firearms, judicial procedures, officer survival, cultural diversity and crisis management. The troopers began their 29 weeks of academic, physical and practical training at the Academy Oct. 25, 2017. The graduates are from every corner of the Commonwealth, as well as Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Upon graduation, the new troopers will report to their individual duty assignments across Virginia beginning May 14, for their final phase of training. Each trooper will spend an additional six weeks paired up with a Field Training Officer learning his or her new patrol area.
Dodge Announces Police Pursuit Version of 2018 Durango
Dodge is expanding its police vehicle line-up, adding a new Pursuit version of its Dodge Durango.
“Unofficial testing results at the Michigan State Police 2018 model year vehicle evaluation event created such a stir among law enforcement agencies that we simply had to find a way to build this vehicle,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – FCA North America. “The Dodge Durango is already known as the Charger of SUVs, so it is only natural that the new Durango Pursuit complements the Charger Pursuit in police fleets across the country.”
The 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit is powered by the legendary 5.7L HEMI® V-8, coupled with a full-time, active all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. This is the same powertrain combination most commonly deployed in the Dodge Charger Pursuit, the top-selling police sedan in the U.S. market. The Durango Pursuit also offers a two-speed transfer case for true low-range off-road capability and incorporates larger, heavy-duty anti-lock brakes that deliver a 60-0 mile per hour (mph) stopping distance of 134 feet.
Other notable standard features of the 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit include:
The new 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit V8 AWD is available for order for a limited time. For more information, law enforcement agencies should call (800) 999-3533.
The FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association presented the 2018 Outstanding Service in Law Enforcement Award to West Virginia State Trooper Corporal Baron W. Claypool for his service to the community. The ceremony took place at the Bridgeport Conference Center. Cpl. Claypool was praised for his work on the recently re-opened cold case regarding the murder of 7-year-old C.R. Diaz. His work, in collaboration with other state troopers and the Harrison County Sherriff's Department, led to the arrest of 53-year-old William Clyde Jeffries. In addition to his tireless commitment to the force, Cpl. Claypool is dedicated to his community and his faith.
New Jersey State Troopers rescued a snapping turtle from the highway near Interchange 15W. "You just never know what’s causing a traffic delay—a broken down car, an accident, debris in the road, or maybe, just maybe, a tortoise," police said in a news release. "A couple of Troops made sure this guy was safely removed from the roadway before allowing traffic back into the lane."