Connecticut State Police on lookout for birds "jaywalking" on highways

 

Hawk in Connecticut

 

It’s been quite a week for the Connecticut State Police.  A homicide investigation, manhunts, DUI checkpoints, motor vehicle accidents.  But there is one story that put feather in troopers’ hats on social media:  A post on their Facebook page about a hawk walking on I-91 in Cromwell earlier this week.  The post on the Connecticut State Police’s Facebook page got over 1,000 shares and more than 320 comments.  Along with publishing photos of the hawk on the side of the highway, the pun-laden post took flight, triggering a flock of comments.  It read: “Troopers, Connecticut Department of Transportation service patrol and Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Police flocked to the area of I-91 north near exit 21 to provide some assistance to a hawk strolling along the shoulder.  Luckily things didn’t take a turn for the worse and we were able to take the hawk under our wing and protect it from the cars flying by.  No fowl play is suspected in this case - DEEP will be providing further assistance.”  The hawk, which did survive, was taken by Cromwell Animal Control to recover.  Days later, state police used the hawk story to get out a highway safety message. Using a photo of the hawk walking down the highway, Trooper Tyler Weerden, who is the state police’s social media specialist, created a graphic titled “Hawk’s Corner. Winging Good Information Your Way.” It answered the question:  “recently saw a hawk on the highway and couldn’t help but wonder if any laws were broken?”  After saying no laws were broken “just a few ruffled feathers,” it listed want is not allowed on the highway, like pedestrians, Segways, golf carts and “shenanigans.”  The post, again, received a number comments and likes including one from Eva MariaPuo:  “I have to say you guys are managing this page very well.  You find creative and funny ways to get message across.  Kudos to your social media rep!”  Many other people are also noticing.  In the last year, state police have greatly expanded their presence on social media with 19,962 followers on Twitter and 44,674 likes onFacebook.  And, the bird stories keep on coming.  On Saturday morning, Weerden posted on the state police Facebook page another bird walking on the side of the interstate highway.  “Not sure what's going on this week but now we have owls hanging out on the highway, 84 E X31 in Southington.  Animal control is en route. Hawk...owl...what's next?”

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High School raises money for Virginia State Police

A group of baseball moms from James River High School, along with Virginia State Police, held the first ever First Responder Festival.  It was inspired by the death of Trooper Chad Dermyer, who was killed at the Greyhound bus station in Richmond last March.  Today, former high school baseball players volunteered to play at the festival to honor our local first responders.  “It means so much not just for State Police but first responders everywhere to know that our communities are so supportive that they would come out and make this kind of effort event to show their support and appreciation for what we do,” said Wayne Huggins, executive director of Virginia State Police Association.  Money raised goes to the Virginia State Police Emergency Relief Fund.
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Michigan State Police organizing citizens policy academy

 

Michigan State Police

The Michigan State Police Jackson post is organizing a citizens police academy to familiarize residents with the department's mission, operation and local personnel. Participants will meet from 5:30 to 8 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday from Oct. 10 to Oct. 31 in a classroom at the state police post, 3401 Cooper St. Information will be presented through Power Point and demonstrations by state police employees. An Oct. 31 graduation ceremony will end the academy. The idea is to make people aware of law enforcement's role in the community and state police procedures, and to get to know Jackson troopers, according to a statement.Line

North Carolina Trooper shows off his cruiser at Chick-fil-A

 

NC Trooper at Chick fil A

Eating dinner at Chick-fil-A tonight and witnessed this State Trooper showing his vehicle and the lights and all to these little boys and this family. Very sweet to watch... I'm pretty sure he just became their hero.

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Rhode Island State Police seized up to 2 million in drugs during search warrent

 

Rhode Island Drug Arrest

 

The Rhode Island State Police arrested a Providence man on Sunday after obtaining a warrant to search his home and finding what they estimated to be up to $2 million in narcotics.  The police charged Raul Ramirez, 32, of 185 Pavilion St., 2nd floor, on multiple drug and weapons charges after seizing 22.5 kilograms of cocaine, 1 kilogram of heroin, a Glock handgun and drug paraphernalia.  Ramirez was held without bail and scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday in District Court, Providence.  The drug raid was conducted by the Rhode Island State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, which combines the efforts of the State Police and several municipal police departments along with federal agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

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