New Paws are Hitting the Road in Connecticut
At 10:00 a.m. Friday morning, 12 K9 handlers and their dogs graduated from the CSP K9 Academy today after 8 weeks of training. All of the dogs are Labradors from Guiding Eyes in New York. The handlers from State Police are all assigned to the Emergency Services Unit. These troopers and their K9s frequently assist with sweeping venues that host significant events and also respond to bomb threats. Two of the troopers, Tfc. Brian Faughnan (CSP) and Trooper Steve Sicard (MSP), are second time K9 handlers. Officer Morelli retired from the State Police as a K9 handler/unit instructor and continues to use his skills with Mohegan Tribal Police Department.
Kentucky State Police graduates 39 new troopers
The Kentucky State Police Academy presented diplomas to 39 new troopers at ceremonies held in Frankfort Friday. Their addition to the force brings the agency’s strength to a total of 911 troopers serving the citizens of the Commonwealth. “I am pleased to welcome these 39 new troopers,” said KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders. “It’s been a long, hard road and they have paid their dues. They have earned that patch and that badge.” “Twenty-first century policing is a tough job,” he added. “These men and women have prepared to go out and be the best of the best as guardians of their communities.” The new troopers are part of the agency’s 94th cadet class. They reported for duty on May 22, 2016 in a class that consisted of 66 cadets. Twenty-seven resigned during the rigorous 23-week training cycle that followed. Six women started the program and four completed the training. The training included more than 1,000 hours of classroom and field study in subjects such as constitutional law, juvenile and traffic law, use of force, weapons training, defensive tactics, first aid, high speed vehicle pursuit, criminal investigation, computer literacy, hostage negotiations, evidence collection, radio procedures, search and seizure, crash investigation, drug identification, traffic control, crowd control, armed robbery response, land navigation, electronic crimes, sex crimes, hate crimes, domestic violence, bomb threats and hazardous materials. Several members of the class earned special recognitions including valedictorian Sarah Burgess, of Lexington, Ky., and salutatorian Joseph Kenny, of New Castle, Ky. William Pope, of Harlan, Ky., received the Ernie Bivens Award, an honor presented to the cadet who, in the opinion of the KSP Academy staff supported by input from the cadets themselves, shows distinction as a class leader, strives for academic excellence and has excelled in all phases of the academy’s physical and vocational training. Nicholas Brumback, of McKee, Ky., received the Commissioner’s Commitment to Excellence Award, which is presented to cadets who demonstrate leadership, the desire to get the job done and the determination to be the best every day. Jeremey Hamilton, of Danville, Ky., received the Overall Fitness Award. Three of the new troopers are from London. Lexington, Harlan and Stanford are each represented by two new troopers. Each new trooper will be supervised by a training officer for six to eight weeks after reporting to their post assignments.
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Wisconsin Troopers presented heroism awards by Govenor
Four troopers with the Wisconsin State Patrol received awards in Madison Wednesday presented by Governor Scott Walker. Two of those troopers are with the Eau Claire Post. They received division awards for courageous actions and exemplary service. Trooper Bill Lindeman of Chippewa Falls attended the awards ceremony where he received a certificate and a pin. On November 18, 2015, Lindeman and Eau Claire County Sheriff's Deputy Dave Riewestahl responded to a call for a woman having a cardiac attack. "I got there and we started doing two person CPR until the fire department arrived," said Trooper Lindeman. Thanks to their efforts, the victim got a pulse back and started breathing before being transported to a hospital. Trooper Lindeman received a lifesaving award for assisting with a medical emergency. Trooper Bill Lindeman said he's honored to be recognized, and he hopes it shows people the importance of learning basic life-saving skills, such as CPR. "That's really what saves people's lives is that basic stuff at the start if somebody's trained. Getting that person to hang on until advanced life support gets there," said Trooper Bill Lindeman. Trooper Steven Wojcik of Strum wasn't able to attend the ceremony, but was recognized for his valiant attempt to save the life of an Osseo man with difficulty breathing in September 2016. While Wojcik did get a pulse back by doing CPR, the man died on the way to the hospital. The troopers were nominated for their efforts because of their compassion and dedication in attempting to save lives and showing courage during stressful conditions. They say they're just doing their jobs. "Happy to do it. I'm fortunate to have the opportunity to do something like that," said Trooper Lindeman.