New York State Police trooper killed in the line of duty
Trooper Nicholas Clark was shot and killed when he and other officers responded to a suicidal subject at 10041 Welch Road, in Erwin, New York. He had responded to the residence, along with members of the Steuben County Sheriff's Office and Corning Police Department, after the man's wife called 911 at approximately 3:30 am and reported that he was suicidal and possibly armed. Crisis negotiators were attempting to make contact with the subject when he opened fire, fatally wounding Trooper Clark. The subject was found deceased a short time later suffering from a self inflicted gunshot wound. Trooper Clark had served with the New York State Police for just under three years. He is survived by his parents and brother. He was a former two-time high school state wrestling champion and had previously tried out for the Buffalo Bills football team.
Missouri State Highway Patrol adds 26 new troopers
Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announced that 26 troopers graduated from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy on June 29, 2018. The ceremony took place at 10 a.m. in the Academy gymnasium. The 105th Recruit Class reported to the Academy on January 2, 2018, to begin the 25-week training course to become a trooper. The new troopers report for duty in their assigned troops on July 16, 2018. Governor Michael L. Parson was a special guest speaker at the graduation ceremony, and Colonel Sandra K. Karsten also addressed the class. Brigadier General Gregory Mason, assistant adjutant general, Missouri Army National Guard, provided the keynote address during the graduation ceremony. The Honorable Mary Rhodes Russell, Supreme Court of Missouri, administered the Oath of Office to the new troopers. Dean Roger K. McMillian, vice president of College Affairs for Mineral Area College, conferred an associate of applied science degree to 11 of the new troopers. Troop F Color Guard presented and retired the colors. Sgt. John H. Lueckenhoff, Troop D, sang the national anthem. Pastor Gary Dedmon, Diggins Baptist Church, Seymour, MO, provided the invocation and benediction. Four class awards were presented. The recruits accumulated points toward graduation in the categories of physical fitness, firearms, and academics throughout their 25 weeks at the Academy. The person with the highest number of points in each category earned the respective award. Trooper Justice C. Simpson earned the physical fitness award. T rooper Cody A. Groves earned the firearms award. Trooper Kalen Linneman earned the academic award. Trooper Brandon S. Gunby accepted the Superintendent’s Award, which is presented to the person with the most points overall.
Ohio State Highway Patrol graduates 25 cadets in ceremony
The Patrol’s 163rd Academy Class graduated last Friday after 24 weeks of intense training. The keynote address was provided by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. Additional remarks were provided by Director John Born, Ohio Department of Public Safety; Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol Superintendent and Captain Chuck A. Jones, Academy Commandant. The Oath of Office was issued by Judge Everett H. Krueger, Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. Courses completed by the 163rd class included, crash investigation, criminal and traffic law, detection of impaired drivers, firearms, physical fitness, self-defense and emergency vehicle operations. Each of the graduates will reported to their posts on Sun., June 25, 2018. The graduates’ first 60-working days will be a field-training period under the guidance of a veteran officer. The new graduates are assigned to 17 of the Patrol’s 58 posts.
Kentucky State Police add 42 troopers to force
The Thin Gray Line got a little thicker on Friday, June 22, as 42 cadets graduated from the Kentucky State Police Academy. The 96th KSP Cadet Class had 75 members when it began Jan. 7, but during the rigorous training process 33 resigned. 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. As if that wasn’t enough during nearly six months at the KSP Academy, nine of the new troopers also earned Associate’s Degrees in General Occupational and Technical Studies from the Bluegrass Community and Technical College during the training, the first to do so thanks to legislation passed by the 2017 General Assembly that included new hiring guidelines. “Previously, applicants were required to have 60 hours of college credit, two years of active duty military experience or two years of certified police officer experience,” said KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders. “Now, anyone who possesses a high school diploma or GED and has three years of full-time work experience can apply for employment as a Kentucky State Trooper and earn an associate’s degree during the training process.” Lt. Gov Jenean Hampton told the new troopers they were coming on board during a time when the need for them was greater than ever. “Gov. (Matt) Bevin and I are very grateful that you have chosen to serve and the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky have tremendous respect for what you do. God bless all of you and the family members that support you.”