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TROOPER RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 20, 2014

For the third consecutive year, a North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper received national recognition at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s North American Inspectors Championship. Last week in Pittsburgh, Pa., Trooper Josh Anderson placed third in North American Standards Level 1 Inspection.

Anderson, a CVSA-certified North American Standard inspector, is stationed in Minot and works in the NDHP’s Motor Carrier Division. He competed against 49 roadside inspectors representing jurisdictions across North America.

“We are pleased that Trooper Anderson was recognized for his knowledge and skills with the motor carrier industry,” said Colonel Gerhart. “His dedication is a reflection of the level of service that troopers provide to North Dakota citizens every day.”

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Their mission is to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement, industry and policy makers.  

ACTIVE THREAT RESPONSE TRAINING HELD IN WATFORD CITY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 3, 2014

North Dakota Highway Patrol troopers instructed a 2-day training in Watford City that taught law enforcement officers how to effectively respond to incidents of active violence. Officers from the Watford City Police Department and deputies from the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Department received the training.

Active threat response training provides instruction on responding to any acts of violence. The training gives information and teaches tactics to allow responding officers from all law enforcement agencies to work together to rapidly intervene in a crisis situation to minimize injuries and deaths.

 The Highway Patrol recognized the need for this training and developed a course based on national standards to train all troopers. The Highway Patrol plans to offer this training to state, local and county law enforcement agencies.

 

NORTH DAKOTA HIGHWAY PATROL COLONEL RETIRES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 1, 2014

Colonel Michael Gerhart, Jr., superintendent of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, announces the retirement of Colonel James Prochniak after nearly 27 years of distinguished service. Prochniak’s retirement was effective June 30.

Prochniak began his career with the NDHP in August 1987 by attending the academy. He was stationed in Bismarck, Minnewaukan, Casselton, and Fargo. In 2009, Prochniak was appointed to the rank of superintendent. He was stationed in Bismarck until his retirement.

Prochniak was awarded the NDHP Meritorious Service Medal for serving with honor and merit.

ROADCHECK 2014 COMPLETED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 16, 2014

Last week, troopers and civilian safety inspectors from the North Dakota Highway Patrol participated in the largest targeted commercial vehicle enforcement and educational program in the world.  Roadcheck, sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, was held June 3-5 and troopers statewide participated.

 

During this 72-hour time frame, 440 inspections were completed with 574 violations detected.  Forty vehicles and 12 drivers were placed out-of-service. The majority of the vehicles placed out-of-service had brake, tire, or load securement violations. Several vehicles had multiple violations.

 

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial, and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico.  CVSA’s mission is to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement, industry, and policy makers.

TROOPER ON A BUS ENFORCEMENT RESULTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 21, 2014

Troopers in the North Dakota Highway Patrol’s southwest region partnered with Mandan school officials yesterday to conduct a trooper on a bus event. One violation was detected during the enforcement.

The program involves a trooper riding on a school bus during a regular route to observe drivers. If a violation occurs, the trooper will radio the information to a trooper in a nearby squad car. A traffic stop will be initiated and enforcement action taken.  These efforts remind the public of dangers created when motorists fail to stop for school buses when children are loading and unloading.

The enforcement consequence for failing to stop as required for a school bus is a $100 fine and six points on the violator’s driving record.  In addition, the registered owner of the vehicle may also be assessed a $100 fine.

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