Number of Lives Saved by State Troopers Using Narcan Reaches Milestone in Connecticut
In two years, Connecticut State Police Troopers, using the antidote Narcan, have saved the lives of 100 people who overdosed on opioids, announced Gov. Dannel Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman Monday. The milestone 100th save occurred Sunday morning in Woodbury. A state law enacted in 2014 gave civil and criminal liability protection to anybody who administers Narcan in good faith to an individual experiencing an overdose, and troopers have done a great job using the medication, Malloy said. “Connecticut’s state troopers are among the best in the nation, and this is proof positive that their dedication to the residents of this state is having a lasting impact,” said Gov. Malloy in a statement. “Training and equipping our state’s first responders was a common sense step in our efforts to combat the alarming, nationwide trend of heroin and prescription drug abuse. Not only are these frontline men and women saving lives, but their action is helping people begin the necessary path toward treatment and recovery, and I thank them for their service.” Added Lt. Gov. Wyman, “Giving first responders access to Narcan – and the training to use it – saves lives. This announcement makes clear just how important this strategy has been to our overall efforts to combat opioid abuse. But more importantly, it speaks to our commitment to protecting to public health and the residents who deal with addiction.” Local police departments throughout the state have also started equipping officers with Narcan, for which the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and other agencies provides training. “I am proud of our troopers. Their commitment to the safety and wellbeing of everyone who lives in Connecticut, including residents grappling with opioid addiction, is second to none,” said DESPP Commissioner Dora Schriro. “One hundred people who were in severe medical distress were given a second chance to address their addiction because of the actions of Connecticut State Troopers.”
Best Looking Cruiser Contest Results!!
Congratulations to the Georgia State Patrol, this year's winner of AAST's Best Looking Trooper Cruiser Contest. When all of the "likes' were counted at 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, August 15, 2016, Georgia State Patrol had collected 18,174 likes, with West Virginia State Police close behind with 17,461.
This year's contest received more positive attention than any previous contest, including more than 153,000 votes cast for a favorite cruiser and over 13,000 post shares, reaching more than 1.75 million people with news of this contest.
We would like to extend warm thanks to all who participated and made this contest a success, from submitting the official agency photos to simply visiting our Facebook post and clicking "like". The many positive comments that came in for law enforcement officers over the contest's ten day period were wonderful and showed how much communities across America love and support their law enforcement officers.
We will soon begin working on our "2017 America's Best Looking Trooper Cruisers Calendar", using the photos of the 13 cruisers that received the most overall votes during the contest period (see list of top 13 cruisers below). Calendars will be available for purchase in October with delivery expected well ahead of the holiday season. These calendars make for a great and inexpensive holiday gift. 100% of the net proceeds of the calendar sales will be placed in AAST's Foundation, an IRS registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which provides scholarships to the dependent children of AAST member troopers. Since 1989, AAST has awarded more than $2.5 million in scholarships to dependent children of troopers.
Top 13 Cruisers:
Georgia, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Ohio, Florida, Kentucky, Alabama, Colorado, North Carolina, Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, New Jersey, Michigan
Delaware State Police Mounted Patrol Unit patrol Alder Park apartments
Officers from the Delaware State Police Mounted Patrol Unit have been spotted in recent weeks on horseback in the Alder Park Apartment complex and other areas around Rodney Village. Master Cpl. Alison Meadows said the area’s residents should not be concerned — the places the troopers patrol are usually chosen at random. He said the Mounted Patrol Unit serves a two-prong approach for Delaware State Police. “Alder Park and Rodney Village are among the many neighborhoods we like to visit,” Master Cpl. Meadows said. “It’s a two-pronged approached to getting involved within the community because we get the chance to have face-to-face policing and our presence in the community alone helps to be a deterrent to prevent crime from happening.” Chris Ott, property manager at Alder Park, said “it’s been great” that the horseback patrol has been hoofing it around the apartment complex and surrounding areas. She said the horses are “intriguing” and command respect from the community. “We love it. It’s a positive thing,” Ms. Ott said. “Not only is it intriguing for our residents and their children but it helps to create a great rapport between the officers and our residents here. It’s all a positive thing. “I hope they will continue making appearances in the future. It’s all been positive for our residents.” The increased police presence comes in the aftermath of several incidents at the Alder Park Apartments since June. But, according to Master Cpl. Meadows, the occurrences weren’t the impetus for the Mounted Patrol Unit’s presence. On June 11, police were called to the complex when a woman stabbed another female in the parking lot. On July 18, police responded to a murder/suicide that took place at the apartment’s complex. There was a reported armed robbery in the basement of one of the complex’s buildings on July 22 and just two days later, on July 24, a Delaware State trooper and a male suspect exchanged gunfire during a foot chase at the apartments. “We are not targeting any neighborhood,” said Master Cpl. Meadows, “It’s all a part of having proactive control.” The mounted patrol units have also patrolled areas in Capitol Park, the Dover Air Park and its surrounding areas and Meadowbrook Acres near Woodside. They routinely patrol commercial and residential areas in all three counties and help maintain order at large events such as the Firefly Music Festival and the Delaware State Fair. The State Police Mounted Patrol Unit includes six draft horses and seven officers who are under command of Ms. Meadows, a 20-year veteran of the state police and an accomplished equestrian. It was Master Cpl. Meadows who approached former state police superintendent Col. Robert M. Coupe in 2011 with the idea of putting troopers on horseback, much like they do in cities such as Philadelphia. She said horses can go into areas that police cars cannot and the officers are able to interact much easier with people atop their steeds. Master Cpl. Meadows said it has been a pleasure getting the chance to meet people she sees while on horseback. “They’ve been very complimentary about our presence,” she said, about the residents of Alder Park. “We’ve received face-to-face compliments and received written compliments that have gone through their appropriate channels. “All of the correspondence seems to be thankful for the extra police presence.”
West Virginia State Poice to increase DUI Patrols
West Virginia State Police will be on the lookout more often for drunken and impaired drivers. State Police say in a news release that grant money through a partnership with the Governor's Highway Safety Program will enable troopers to increase DUI patrols late this summer and in the early fall. The release says the increased patrols will be in the area of events such as high school and college athletic contests, and fairs and festivals. State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says such events routinely result in a higher number of vehicles on the roadways.