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Criminal Interdiction/K-9

He Utah Highway Patrol K-9 provided a demonstration at the DPS and UDOT Safety Fair at the Calvin Rampton Complex.

K9/ Criminal Interdiction Team for approximately 12 years. Sergeant Niel Ekberg was his handler for his last 6 years and retired him last year at 13 years old. He took 1000’s of lbs of Marijuana, cocaine, heroin, meth and mushrooms off the road throughout his UHP career and loved to do a good bite demo for neighborhood schools and church groups. Most importantly, he was an amazing partner to Sergeant Ekberg and his other handlers throughout his career.


Rambo Retirement

UHP Police service dog Rambo retired in June of 2015 after 10 years of service with the DPS Canine Team. Rambo turned 12 years old in June and was responsible for millions of dollars in drug seizures during his career. Rambo began his career on Interstate 80 with Trooper Dave Moreno. The next chapter in his career was located on I-70 with Trooper Jared Withers. Rambo spent his last five years of service on I-15 with Trooper Dustin Livingston. Dustin and his family will keep Rambo in Nephi.

Utah Mustang Rally

Sergeant Mike Irvine was asked to participate in the Utah Mustang Rally from Kaysville to Eden. Sergeant Irvine used Trooper Dee Lund’s Mustang, the Lund Family was also present during the rally. Trooper Lund’s wife and other family member we able to ride in the Mustang during the event. The Lund family was very thankful to participate in the event. Thanks Sergeant Irvine for allowing this to happen.


Aggressive Driving
On June 3rd section 5 assisted BIA with a fatal accident that occurred on Tribal Ground in Uintah County. A street sweeper was sweeping the travel lane and was struck from behind by a Chevrolet Tahoe, when the sweeper was struck it overturned and the driver was ejected, the sweeper landed on the driver crushing him. The driver of the sweeper sustained fatal injuries on scene. The driver of the Tahoe was transported by ground ambulance to a area hospital with minor injuries.

On June 4th Commissioner Squires and Colonel Fuhr helped kick off an aggressive driving campaign at the Section 4 Office. The purpose of the event was to focus on unsafe drivers and careless drivers operating on Utah’s roadways. Unmarked cars were utilized to target aggressive driving on the freeways and surface streets. Chief Winder with the Unified Police Department also participated in the event with officers from the Unified Police Department.

Aero Bureau
The Utah highway patrol helicopter has been training to assist in rapid response for urban fire protection. The training was conducted in Wasatch County and has allowed the pilots to become more proficient in fire suppression.

Great Job Titans!

Syracuse high school was awarded a $1,000 dollar check from Trooper Vanderbeek and Highway Safety for having the highest seatbelt usage of all high schools in the State. Great job Titians.


Safe Teen Driving

On friday may 8th several troopers along with student body officers at three different high schools gave away Creamies ice cream to students who were wearing their seat belts. Over 2600 Creamies were given away. Payson High, Copper Hills, and Syracuse were the three high schools that were selected. Troopers had been working with student body officers all school year to promote seat belt use and safe driving. They would hold monthly activities at each school to focus on a safe driving habits. Syracuse High school ended up of having the highest seat belt usage of 92.5%. The school will receive a $1000 dollar check from Zero Fatalities and a plague recognizing them for their success in seat belt use. Copper Hills end the year with 87% seat belt use. Payson High school had 85% usage and held a very successful mock crash assembly. Also little the Tintic High School in Juab County the highest increase of seat belt usage from the start of the school year to the end. They had a 25% increase. They also will receive a check from Zero Fatalities for their efforts in promoting safe teen driving and seat belt use.

Veterans Memorial Ride

UHP motors provided an escort for the veterans memorial Ride On May 14th. We escorted the group from Tooele to Evanston. This group of Veterans is traveling across the USA enroute to the Memorial Wall in DC. A stop was made at the V.A. Nursing home in Salt Lake City. During the stop at the Nursing home all vets that served in Afghanistan were honored with a metal. Trooper’s Roger Griffis and Justin Adams both served in Afghanistan and received some nice recognition. It was a great event. UHP made some good friends yesterday with a fine bunch of US Veterans. Lieutenant Mike Loveland.

Executive Protection Detail

On April 2nd and 3rd the Utah highway patrol assisted with the visit of President Barack Obama in Utah. The motor squad was the primary motor unit involved in the presidential motorcade during the visit. The Executive Protection Detail also assisted the Secret Service in the preperation and coordination of the event involving the Utah Delegation. The Utah Highway Patrol Helicopter was used for surveillance, and as an over watch during the movement of the motorcade.

UHP Trooper Sustains Critical Injuries

On July 6th trooper David Schiers was investigating an accident on I-15 near milepost 58. Heavy rain had been falling and the roads were wet. Trooper Scheirs vehicle was parked on the shoulder protecting the vehicle from the initial accident. A vehicle traveling too fast for the condition lost control while approaching the scene and struck the original accident. Scheirs was also struck and pinned under the first vehicle. Scheirs sustained critical injures and was hospitalized in IMC in Salt Lake. After spending only two weeks at Intermountain Medical Center, Trooper Schiers was released. The trooper said he has several months of physical therapy ahead of him, but he will make a full recovery.

Confused Truck Driver

On April 8th San Juan county troopers responded to a semi-truck that was traveling on an unpaved portion of state road 261. The truck driver was confused and tried to go up the dugway with a 53 foot trailer. The road is narrow and windy with large cliffs off the side. The trailer started to track off the side and the driver realized he was in danger and stopped the truck blocking the roadway. The following day the trailer was put fully back on the roadway and the truck was removed off the road.


21st Annual Top Hands Inspector Training

On April 8th San Juan county troopers responded to training and competition event was held last week in St. George, Utah. This event tests commercial vehicle inspectors with written and practical (hands on) testing and scenarios. This year’s Top Hands had over 50 participants from many different agencies including the Utah Department of Transportation, Unified Police Department, West Valley Police Department, and Lehi Police Department. Utah Highway Patrol inspectors did very well this year with the following results: Driver category: 1st place: Trp. Scott Theobald 2nd place: Trp. Justin Cloward 3rd place: Matt Putich – Arizona Dept. of Transportation Equipment category: 1st place: Trp. Paul Mitchell 2nd place: Trp. Scott Theobald 3rd place: Trp. Justin Cloward Hazardous Material category: 1st place: Daniel Hunter – Utah Dept. of Transportation 2nd place: Robert Pinedo – Utah Dept. of Transportation 3rd place: Trp. Lance Remund 2014 Top Hands overall: 3rd place: Trp. Justin Cloward 2nd place: Trp. Paul Mitchell 1st place Grand Champion: Trp. Scott Theobald Congratulations to Trp. Scott Theobald! Trp. Theobald worked hard and earned the 2015 Top Hands Grand Championship. This is his 3rd time being named Top Hands Grand Champion. Gary Corry Award of Excellence: This award is presented to a Section 15 Trooper that exemplifies the following qualities: A spirit of cooperation, leadership, and professional image, dedication to profession, a positive attitude, and organizational ability. Trp. Seth Spencer was the 2015 recipient of this prestigious award.

UHP Helicopter

ON MARCH 12TH THE UTAH HIGHWAY Patrol helicopter was asked to assist Emery County Sheriff’s Office in locating a missing adult male in the Horse Canyon area. The male was found a couple of miles from his vehicle deceased. On March 15th the Utah Highway Patrol Helicopter was asked to assist in the search of shooting suspect in Davis County. A containment was set by Troopers and local officers in an effort to locate an adult male who had been involved in a domestic dispute that resulted in a shooting. The helicopter performed an inferred search in the area and was unable to locate the suspect at large. MARCH 18TH THE UTAH HIGHWAY Patrol Helicopter was asked to assist Park Rangers to locate a missing hiker in the Island in the Sky area in Canyonlands National Park. After a brief search the hiker was located about 7 miles from his vehicle. The hiker was in good condition and returned to the Visitors Center to be checked by medical personnel.

Colonels Initiatives

On March 2nd trooper Andy Battenfield was able to visit the Early Scholars Preschool in Taylorsville, seatbelt use was discussed with the children during the visit. Trooper Battenfield is embracing the Colonels Initiatives for 2015.
Red Ribbon Week

Troopers participated in a PI&E event at Farmington Elementary on February 5th. This took place for red ribbon week, Davis County Sherriff’s Office and Farmington Police Department also participated in the event. Officers made a positive influence on the children and encouraged the students to avoid taking drugs, they also had a positive anti-drug conversation.



Special Olympics

Troopers in section 13 participated in the Special Olympics torch hand off with Colorado State Patrol.