In this issue of French and Electric Blue, Colonel Alben discusses some of the cases being investigated by DIS and addresses the Department’s need for a strategic plan. The feature article, written by Major Thomas of Troop “D,” highlights a group of retired Department members who continue to serve by providing transportation to veterans. The Armorer’s Section and Criminalistics Units are profiled, and the new “From the Field” section recounts some of the excellent work being done all over the Commonwealth.
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In the July issue of French and Electric Blue, the Mounted Unit’s preparations for summer are highlighted, as is the heroism displayed by a Trooper during the Watertown incident. Colonel Alben discusses the Department’s plans for July 4th as well as the status of the 81st RTT. The DNA and Crime Reporting Units are also profiled.
The June issue of “French and Electric Blue’ has arrived and is full of news about the Massachusetts State Police. Colonel Alben movingly describes his experience at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in his monthly message and also discusses the status of the 81st RTT. The wide variety of training being held at the State Police Academy is showcased. The feature article is a moving tribute to the son of Retired Captain Albert Pucino, who was killed in Afghanistan. The relocation of State Police Brighton H-5 is also highlighted.
In the May edition of French and Electric Blue, Colonel Alben discusses the Department’s response to the marathon bombings and proudly thanks members of the Department for their response to the incident. Troop F’s ongoing efforts in the Seaport District are highlighted, as is Dispatcher Patty Furdon, who has been recently honored with an award. Readers can also learn about how the Marine Unit is preparing for the tidal wave of boat traffic that each summer brings. A story about the athletic success of a MSP Sergeant’s son contains a profoundly moving “thank you” from a son to a father.
The January 2013 edition of French and Electric Blue is here! The new edition features stories on how Troop “B” is responding to concerns about school safety and how SP Tunnels has dealt with a new challenge: homelessness. We discuss the combined SSPO/Local Training Academy being held at the SPA in New Braintree, ATV training, and the retirements of Gary McLaughlin and Sergeant James Ellis of SP Nantucket. The Media Relations Unit is profiled and, as always, the busiest Troopers and Stations are identified.
Welcome to the July Edition of “French & Electric Blue”. If you thought that our first effort back in March was good, you’ll be even more impressed with what you see and read this time around. April through July is arguably the busiest time of year throughout the department with award and memorial ceremonies, outdoor festivities and celebrations. With a new class finally on their own, there is an infusion of new energy and enthusiasm that abounds, particularly within the Division of field Services. In her final “Colonel’s Message”, Colonel McGovern highlights many of the highlights and the dangers we face each day. Honor, sacrifice, courage, integrity and service! They’re attributes of great Troopers and great organizations. This is what goes into the work of our members EVERY DAY! We capture those qualities here in stories of Ellen Engelhardt’s name being placed on the National Police Memorial, the MAWLE award winners, “Way Above and Beyond”, C-3 Policing and a look back at “Runaway Memories”. The future of the MSP Air Wing is very bright! The opening story, “Trooper Shot in Chicopee”, will provide some perspective as to how dangerous this job can be and how fast things can change. As you read that story, think about Trooper John Vasquez’s response and the heroic efforts of Trooper Keller Williams, Chicopee Police Officers David Benoit and Johnny Jusino as well as a citizen, Ward Hamilton, who happens to be a former police officer in Connecticut. Under fire, they moved John out of harm’s way to safety after he was hit and his cruiser was pierced by 16 rounds from an assault rifle. Everyday heroes doing their jobs! Be proud of what you do and be ever vigilant.