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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.
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.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol and the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services will conduct an annual test of the AMBER (America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) Alert system. The test will be conducted from 2-3 p.m. on Thursday, May 22.
All components of the AMBER Alert Program will be tested. Advance notification is important to avoid misinterpretation of this test as an actual AMBER Alert.
AMBER Alerts are recorded on the North Dakota Department of Transportation’s 511 Road and Weather Information System and are displayed on the NDDOT roadside message signs, the nd.gov and AMBER Alert websites, and on scrolling banners at North Dakota Lottery terminal sites. Five AMBER Alerts involving six children have been issued in North Dakota. Five of the six children were successfully recovered. Nationwide, AMBER Alert has been credited with the successful recovery of 688 children.
The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the community to assist in the search for and safe return of the abducted child. The AMBER Alert Program is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement, state agencies, the National Weather Service, and the North Dakota Broadcasters Association to activate an urgent bulletin in child abduction cases meeting AMBER Alert activation criteria. NDDES, in collaboration with the NWS, uses the Emergency Alert System to provide a description of the abducted child and suspected abductor to statewide radio and television broadcast stations that disseminate the information to the public. Please register at www.wirelessamberalerts.org to receive text notifications of actual AMBER Alerts that occur in your area.