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A North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper and retired sergeant were presented with awards from the North Dakota Peace Officers Association at a ceremony held in Grand Forks on August 14.
Trooper Rick Richard, stationed in Washburn, was presented with the North Dakota Peace Officer of the Year award, the highest honor the NDPOA gives each year. This award is given in recognition of outstanding service, professional dignity and unselfish personal contributions of the officer’s time and talent to the NDPOA and citizens of North Dakota.
Retired Sergeant Gary Bitz, who was stationed in Jamestown, was presented with the Lone Eagle award. It is given annually to both an active and a retired North Dakota peace officer who has contributed guidance, inspiration and support throughout their career as a law enforcement official in North Dakota.
The NDPOA is a non-profit volunteer organization whose goal is to promote and recognize high standards of ethics, integrity, honor, courtesy and professionalism to develop and maintain citizen confidence in the law enforcement community. For more information, visit www.ndpoa.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.