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September 2011

HIGHWAY PATROL PERMITS OFFICE RELOCATING

For Immediate Release: September 30, 2011

BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) Permits Office will be relocating to a temporary location due to asbestos abatement taking place in the Transportation Building on the State Capitol grounds.  Effective October 7, 2011, the NDHP Permits Office will operate out of the Bismarck Kirkwood Mall in the former CVS Pharmacy/Osco Drug location on the northeast side of the mall.  This will be in the same temporary location as the North Dakota Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Department.

TEST OF NORTH DAKOTA AMBER ALERT PLAN

For Immediate Release: September 20,2011

BISMARCK, ND - The North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) and the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) today announced an annual test of the AMBER – America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response – Alert system to be conducted between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2011. 

All components of the AMBER Alert Plan will be tested.  Advance notification is important to avoid misinterpretation of this test as an actual AMBER Alert.

REASSIGNMENT OF TROOPER KENTON D. KOSSAN

For Immediate Release: September 12, 2011

BISMARCK, ND - Colonel James Prochniak, superintendent of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, announces the reassignment of Trooper Kenton D. Kossan.  Effective August 1, 2011, Trooper Kenton Kossan was reassigned from Towner to Minot. 

Trooper Kossan began his career with the Highway Patrol in August 2008 attending the Highway Patrol Academy in Bismarck.  Upon completion of the Academy, he was assigned to Towner where he has served until his current reassignment to Minot.

COMMERCIAL VEHICLE INSPECTION SATURATION HELD

For Immediate Release: August 22, 2011

With the continued increase in the amount of commercial vehicle traffic in northwestern North Dakota, the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) along with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted a commercial motor vehicle inspection saturation event.  The three-day event, which was held in Williams and Mountrail County, took place August 16-18.  The goal of the saturation effort was to identify and address risk factors within the commercial motor vehicle industry in order to enhance the safety and welfare for all North

ROLLOVER SIMULATOR UNVEILED

For Immediate Release: August 17, 2011

The North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP), the North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC), and AAA North Dakota announce the arrival of an educational device to promote the importance of seatbelt use.  The device, called a Rollover Simulator, provides real-time compelling evidence of the security provided by automobile seatbelts.  It also clearly demonstrates the devastating consequences occupants face upon being ejected from a vehicle during a rollover crash.

OFFICERS RECEIVE STATE AND NATIONAL AWARDS

For Immediate Release: September 7, 2011

BISMARCK, ND – Two members of the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) received recognition during separate events during the month of August.  Lieutenant Aaron Hummel was awarded the 2011 Peace Officer of the Year Award and Trooper John Sova was awarded the Grand Champion Award at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) North American Inspectors Championship.

REASSIGNMENT OF TROOPER JONATHAN O. SKALICKY

For Immediate Release: September 6, 2011

BISMARCK, ND - Colonel James Prochniak, superintendent of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, announces the reassignment of Trooper Jonathan O. Skalicky.  Effective September 1, 2011, Trooper Jonathan Skalicky was reassigned from Cooperstown to Valley City.

 Trooper Skalicky began his career with the Highway Patrol in April 2010 attending the Highway Patrol Academy in Bismarck.  Upon completion of the Academy, he was assigned to Cooperstown where he has served until his current reassignment to Valley City.

REASSIGNMENT OF TROOPER CODY B. HARSTAD

For Immediate Release: September 6, 2011

BISMARCK, ND - Colonel James Prochniak, superintendent of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, announces the reassignment of Trooper Cody B. Harstad.  Effective September 1, 2011, Trooper Cody Harstad was reassigned from Valley City to Hillsboro. 

PROMOTION AND REASSIGNMENT OF LIEUTENANT KYLE L. KIRCHMEIER, LIEUTENANT BRYAN J.NIEWIND, AND SERGEANT AARON R. HUMMEL AND REASSIGNMENT OF CAPTAIN ELDON P. MEHRER

For Immediate Release: September 6,2011

BISMARCK, ND - Colonel James Prochniak, superintendent of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, announces the promotion and reassignment of Lieutenant Kyle L. Kirchmeier, Lieutenant Bryan J. Niewind, and Sergeant Aaron R. Hummel and the reassignment of Captain Eldon P. Mehrer effective September 1, 2011. 

HIGHWAY PATROL IMPLEMENTS ‘OPERATION WHITEOUT’

For Immediate Release: August 30,2011 

BISMARCK, ND - The North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) announces a new offensive strategy to increase safety on North Dakota roadways.  The strategy, dubbed Operation Whiteout, will saturate select areas and roadways within the state with troopers and their white squad cars.  The intent of the program is to reduce motor vehicle crashes during peak travel periods. 

For More Information

Contact: Sergeant Tom Iverson, NDHP
North Dakota Highway Patrol
701-328-2455