Recommit Yourself

2. Recommit Yourself-1It’s a new year and a good time to take a look at yourself, your habits, and where you are, and readjust things in your life that need to be changed.

DUE TO RECENT EVENTS, THE PUBLIC MAY BE Questioning our commitment to the Utah Highway Patrol values. I am going to recommit myself to these values and I urge you to do the same. Give the people you serve one-hundred percent.

It’s great to see the memorial markers going back up. We anticipate having the final five markers in place by May. It has taken a lot of effort. We appreciate all those who have worked on this project diligently. I’ve had several calls from the public expressing gratitude to see the memorial markers back in place. We especially would like to thank Craig Olsen and all others who

helped put all fifteen memorial markers in Lindon on the north side of I-15. This is a private memorial. The board members allowed them the use of the Utah Highway Patrol Association emblem. If you haven’t had a chance to see them, I would encourage you to drive by.

The legislative session is right around the corner. The association is working with the UHP Administration to help secure funds for the trooper pay plan and dispatchers. We are also looking for funds for those who have been in longevity. We’re keeping our eyes on bills that will affect our benefits. This is where our members can be involved by contacting their legislators and expressing their needs personally and as an association. Take the time to get to know your legislators. We need to stay positive and be able to look at the good in all situations.

Our banquet is coming up in June in Park City. Scholarships will be awarded; applications are due around the end of March. We will also be giving the Lynn Pierson Award, so start thinking about who you would like to nominate. If you have any questions, ideas, or concerns please contact your board member. You may also call me personally.

For the coming year, be more cautious about your safety and more aware of your surroundings. Recommit yourself to the values of the Utah Highway Patrol and to serving the public. Involve yourself more in the legislative process by communicating with your legislators, and stay positive. I am grateful for your service.

Kevin Wright

President, Utah Highway Patrol Association