Texas Department of Public Safety seized more than 300 pounds of 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
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 www.statetroopers.org 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
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
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.