Lip-Syncing State Troopers patrolling State Fair 'Are Back' with a new hit song


The lip-syncing Indiana State Troopers have returned to the internet with a new viral hit.  Video of the four cops rocking out to Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back in Town” from their golf cart while patrolling the Indiana State Fair emerged this week, a long-awaited reprise of last year's viral performance.  Of course, their fans were already expecting a Part 2 after the team lip-synced to the Grease hit “Summer Nights” during the same state fair last year.  “We weren’t going to do any videos this year, but everybody seemed to want us to do it so we decided to throw one together,” Trooper Jonathon Amburgey told  He said it didn’t take long for his group, consisting of troopers Brent Lemberg, Dustin Rutledge and Jon Cole, to pick a song.  “We felt like it fit perfectly since we’re all from different parts of the state,” Amburgey said.  Although it took a while to for the four of them to get it perfectly, Amburgey explained it wasn’t much different than their daily routine.  “We listen to Pandora and drive around and patrol,” he said. “Every day, it’s a different genre.”



Texas Department of Public Safety seized more than 300 pounds of marijuana

DPS Seized Marijuana

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) seized more than 300 pounds of marijuana on Sunday in Starr County.  Responding to a request for assistance by U.S. Border Patrol at approximately 9:50 p.m. regarding possible drug trafficking activity, Texas Rangers and a DPS Criminal Investigations Division Agent responded to the area of Blanca Road in Rio Grande City.  The driver of the 1994 Jeep Laredo abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot, but was apprehended by DPS.  A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed 30 bundles of Marijuana, totaling 343 pounds, worth an estimated over $2 million, in the rear cargo area.



2017 Best Looking Cruiser Contest Results

2017 Calendar Collage

Congratulations! to the Georgia State Patrol for being voted the 2017 America’s Best Looking Cruiser.

This is the second year back to back that the Georgia State Patrol has received the honors and will be the

cruiser featured on the cover of the “2018 America’s Best Looking Cruiser Calendar”.

The contest received almost 300,000 “likes” and reached 2.2 million people.  Thank you to everyone who participated to make this year’s contest a success.

The 2017 top 13 finalists are listed below.

1st           Georgia State Patrol

2nd         West Virginia State Police

3rd          Minnesota State Patrol

4th           Tennessee Highway Patrol

5th           North Carolina State Highway Patrol

6th           Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

7th           Kentucky State Police

8th           Oregon State Police

9th           Delaware State Police

10th         Massachusetts State Police

11th         Ohio State Highway Patrol

12th         Michigan State Police

13th         Pennsylvania State Police

The 2018 Calendars will be available to purchase at beginning October 1, 2017.

Watch for the announcement on the AAST Facebook page.

Net proceeds of the calendar sales will benefit the American Association of State Troopers Foundation that provides educational scholarship to dependents of member troopers.


Virginia State Police mourns the loss of two officers

VSP Bates killed in line of duty collage



Trooper Pilot Berke Bates and Lieutenant Pilot Jay Cullen were killed when their Bell 407 helicopter crashed into a wooded area in a residential neighborhood on Old Farm Road in Albemarle County, Virginia, at approximately 6:30 pm.  They were in the area to monitor civil unrest that was occurring in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a large protest.  The helicopter had just taken off to monitor the Virginia governor's motorcade after he arrived in the area to assess the situation.  The helicopter experienced some sort of issue before crashing into the trees and becoming engulfed in flames.  Trooper Bates and Lieutenant Cullen were killed in the crash.

Trooper Bates had served with the Virginia State Police for 13 years and was assigned to the Aviation Unit.  He had previously served with the Florida Highway Patrol for six years.  He is survived by his wife and his twin son and daughter. He was killed the day before his 41st birthday.

Lieutenant Cullen had served with the Virginia State Police for 23 years and was assigned as the commander of the Aviation Unit. He is survived by his wife and two sons.





Forty-one Cadets graduate from Kentucky State Police Academy

VSP August 2017 graduation

The Kentucky State Police Academy presented diplomas to 41 new troopers at ceremonies held in Frankfort Friday.  Their addition to the force brings the agency’s strength to a total of 866 troopers serving the citizens of the Commonwealth.  KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders said the addition of these newly-graduated troopers will help with the current strength, but does not come close to resolving the agency’s shortage of personnel.  “Like other police agencies, we have been challenged with maintaining our strength of active officers in light of retirements and attrition,” Sanders said.  “In 2000, the agency manpower was more than 1,000.  Yet, we are doing more today with fewer personnel and resources than we had back then.  To add to this dilemma, we are servicing a higher population while seeing new crime that we didn’t have in the past such as human trafficking, electronic sexual exploitation of children and the potential threat of terrorism.”  Sanders went on to say that “the role of law enforcement has developed exponentially to meet the needs of an ever-changing society, and KSP is a significantly more specialized agency compared to the past. With more troopers working in specialized capacities that means fewer troopers available to respond to calls for service.”  The new troopers are part of the agency’s 95th cadet class, which was the agency’s fourth Law Enforcement Accelerated Program (LEAP), a condensed course for current officers who have two years of Kentucky Police Officer Professional Standards (POPS) law enforcement experience.  They reported for duty on May 21, 2016 in a class that consisted of 63 cadets.  Twenty-two resigned during the program.  The training included more than 500 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 investigations, 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.