North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers aim to combat misconceptions

NCHP Ride Along

“We are not here to hand out tickets and to put people in jail.  We are here to save lives.”  Those were the words Tuesday of N.C. Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Jimmie Silver during a near daylong ride-along as he talked about misconceptions and stereotypes that surround the agency.  The ride-along was meant to illustrate everything the Highway Patrol does in order to keep Twin Counties drivers safe on and off the area’s roads each day.  From changing a flat tire to reminding a driver about a license plate that was about to fall from her car to responding to a wreck on Interstate 95 and more, Silver showed what troopers do each day to keep drivers safe.  He stressed throughout the day that changing the view of what the agency does is important due to people’s perception of not just the Highway Patrol but law enforcement in general.  “People think law enforcement is out to get them,” Silver said.  “I think that is because there is so much negativity surrounding law enforcement on television.”  He added parents telling their children that the police might come to get them if they misbehave does not help combat those stereotypes and misconceptions, either.  Local resident Keauna Blunt, who is a parent, said her perception of the Highway Patrol was only positive after trooper Macy Cannon changed a flat tire on Blunt’s car.  “I feel like this is great,” Blunt said.  “This is a wonderful thing because I really needed this.”  Cannon said knowing she made a positive difference in someone’s life just by changing a tire made her happy.  “Being able to help anybody makes doing this job worth it,” Cannon said with a smile.  Changing Blunt’s tire was just one of the ways that the Highway Patrol made a positive difference Tuesday in the Twin Counties.  Silver reminded one driver along U.S. 64 that she was about to lose her license plate because it was not secured and educated another about ways that a seatbelt can be worn without it causing discomfort, rather than giving the driver a ticket.  Silver said that both stops ending peacefully was encouraging.  “It makes you feel good,” Silver said, adding not every stop is so peaceful.  Keeping drivers safe from each other and from themselves is just one more way the Highway Patrol keeps the state’s roads safe.  Its employees also work in the state’s many weigh stations, making sure tractor-trailers are not overloaded or improperly loaded.  Silver said tracking tractor-trailers — along with checking the state’s rest stops, schools and other locations — is another side of troopers’ work that few people know about.  He said he hopes that by showing that work and everything else that troopers do, drivers would see that the Highway Patrol “is not out to get anyone, but just to save lives.”  Silver, who is also a military veteran, recently announced he will retire from the N.C. Highway Patrol at the end of this month.



New York State Police make a major drug seizure

NYSP drugs seizure

On October 21, 2017, the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET), in conjunction with the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office, conducted a narcotics investigation resulting in the arrest of a Poughkeepsie man on felony drug charges.  State Police made a major drug seizure of approximately 12 kilograms of cocaine and 42 pounds of marihuana.  The estimated street value of the illegal drugs is over two million dollars.  K9 Rickie and his handler assisted with the seizure of the drugs.



South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper killed in line-of-duty

 SCHP Officer Down October 2017

 Trooper Daniel Rebman was killed in a vehicle crash when his patrol car was struck by another vehicle on I-385, near Bridges Road, in Greenville County.  He was parked on the shoulder of I-385 when a pickup truck left the roadway and struck his patrol car from behind at approximately 12:20 am. Trooper Rebman was transported to a local hospital where he died later in the afternoon.  Trooper Rebman had served with the South Carolina Highway Patrol for 13 months and was assigned to Post C.  He is survived by his wife, three children, parents, and sister.



Indiana State Police graduates 33 new troopers

Indiana SP October 2017 graduation

October 19, 2017, the 77th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy completed their graduation ceremony in the Indiana State Capitol Rotunda.  Opening remarks were made by Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter, followed by a commencement address from The Honorable Eric J. Holcomb, Governor of the State Of Indiana.  After the commencement address the oath of office for the 33 new state police officers was delivered by The Honorable Christopher Goff, of the Indiana Supreme Court.  Each new trooper was then presented their badge and official identification by Superintendent Carter and his staff.   This graduation marked the culmination of 24 weeks of intense training that exceeded 1,000 hours.  Some subject areas of training included criminal and traffic law, crash investigations, emergency vehicle operations, defensive tactics, firearms, and a host of other subjects related to modern policing.  Each graduating trooper will be assigned to one of 14 State Police Posts across Indiana. Once at their assigned district, the new troopers will spend the next three months working side by side with a series of experienced Field Training Officers (FTO).  The purpose of the field training is to put to practical application the training received over the duration of the formal academe training.  Upon successful completion of field training, the new troopers will be assigned a state police patrol vehicle and will begin solo patrol in their assigned district.



New Jersey State Police announces new Superintendent

NJSP New Superintendent

The New Jersey State Police have announced that Lieutenant Colonel Patrick J. Callahan will succeed Colonel Rick Fuentes to become the Division’s 15th Superintendent.  Lieutenant Colonel Callahan replaces Colonel Fuentes who has served as Superintendent since being appointed by Governor James McGreevey in 2003. Governor Chris Christie selected Lieutenant Colonel Callahan as Superintendent effective November 1.  Lieutenant Colonel Callahan earned his Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University and a Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  He enlisted in the State Police in April 1995, as a member of the 115th Class. He was most recently the Deputy Superintendent of Operations, supervising and directing the operational activities of the 1,800 enlisted members assigned to Field Operations, as well as the operational duties and responsibilities of the Traffic and Public Safety Office, Victims Services Unit, Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, Highway Traffic Safety Unit, and the Criminal Investigations Offices within Field Operations.  Callahan served as the Recovery Bureau Chief in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and worked with state and federal partners to develop and implement long term recovery effort strategies.  He served as the commanding officer of the Emergency Management Section and Assistant State director of the Office of Emergency Management.  He was the chairman of the Command and Control Subcommittee of the Emergency Management Section when New Jersey hosted Super Bowl XLVIII, working to develop and implement all operations undertaken by the Public Safety Compound.  “I am truly privileged to have had the honor of leading one of the finest law enforcement organizations in the country.  I attribute the agency’s accomplishments to the outstanding efforts and sacrifices of the civilian and enlisted men and women of the New Jersey State Police,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.  “I have the utmost confidence in the experience and leadership Lieutenant Colonel Callahan will bring to the Office of the Superintendent.”  “I am truly humbled and honored that Governor Christie has the trust and confidence in me to afford me this opportunity and I look forward to the continued privilege of serving the citizens of New Jersey,” said Lieutenant Colonel Callahan.  Callahan is the son of retired State Police Major Mick Callahan, who served as Chief of Staff for Colonel Clinton Pagano, the 9th Superintendent of State Police. Callahan and his wife Linda have two sons and two daughters.