New generation of Wisconsin State Troopers

(WEAU) - Over 130 miles of interstate is covered by the Wisconsin State Patrol, and it's excited to have more troopers patrolling the roads again.

"We haven't had a class since 2008, so this is an opportunity for us to really enhance public safety and highway safety in the area," said Commander of the Northwest Region State Patrol, Jeffrey Frenette.

After being shorthanded last year by 9 troopers due to deployment and retirement, Frenette says this will be a positive change for the surrounding area.

"The field training will cover every aspect from motorists to crash investigations, criminal interdiction, writing citations and warnings,” said Frenette.

Just one week prior, officers trained for 23 weeks at the Fort McCoy Academy.

"It’s basically a boot camp, it teaches everything from fire arms and emergency vehicle operation, defensive arrest tactics, chemical testing," said Justin Arnold, New State Trooper.

New trooper and past U.S Navy Lieutenant Justin Arnold is excited to start patrolling in Dunn County.

"I'm really excited to get on the road and actually put that stuff to use and learn the actual field application," said Arnold.

The new troopers have come from areas such as Bloomer and Barron County.

There even is one from Texas and one from Canada.

"I'm going to have one assigned to the Eau Claire County, I'll have four assigned to the Dunn County, and we'll have two assigned to Jackson County and our inspector is going to be assigned to the Hudson scale and St. Croix County," said Lieutenant of Wisconsin State Patrol, Jeff Lorenz.

The State Patrol won't need to spend any more money to employ the troopers, because it already has the equipment the troopers need.

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  • by Bud on Apr 3, 2012 at 03:03 PM
    Congratulations to our new State Patrol Troopers! I appreciate their presence in Wisconsin, and wish them many safe years on the job!
  • by Geo Location: Eau Claire on Mar 31, 2012 at 05:16 AM
    This is good, we need more Troopers on the interstate, maybe this will slow down some of those high speed crashes, and speeders. It amazes me how many dum dums there are on the interstate.
  • by Waa vaa on Mar 30, 2012 at 05:36 PM
    This is good. They can catch the next WI drunk driver that's on his 10th DUI. That story comes out weekly! Put the drunk driving idiots away after 1. There's no excuse. And I like to tie a good one On as much as the next guy.
  • by Denny on Mar 30, 2012 at 02:28 PM
    I think they should elimnate the State Patrol and subsidise each County enough money to hire 2 extra officers that are under the jurisdicion of the county. Elminate the administrative cost including the office personel..weigh stations can be manned by civilians...would save Wisconsin lots of money.
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      by Mike L on Mar 30, 2012 at 05:44 PM in reply to Denny
      Actually, it would be more efficient to do as Kentucky does and give the State Patrol charge over everything and reduce Sheriff's Dept. to process serving and traffic control. Take the burden off the counties and assure uniform enforcement statewide.
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      by truckdriver on Mar 30, 2012 at 05:49 PM in reply to Denny
      I agree. While they have a tough job, many times they are way too zealous and get way too bent out of shape when "THEY" are not in control. A downfall of their training; they have to be in control even when they don't know what they are doing!
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      by Chip on Mar 30, 2012 at 07:08 PM in reply to Denny
      I think they should get rid of everybody at the County level except the jail staff and make the State Patrol a State Police. This would save the County tax payers a lot of money.
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      by JV on Mar 30, 2012 at 09:14 PM in reply to Denny
      And your opinion is based on what? Uninformed opinions are worthless.
    • reply
      by Sam on Mar 30, 2012 at 10:20 PM in reply to Denny
      If you can't make a valid point, don't post here. You really must have something against the State Patrol. How about Congrats to the recent Grads and Good luck protecting morons like you?...wait, maybe arresting people like you???? It is a toss-up....
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      by Bob on Mar 31, 2012 at 08:16 AM in reply to Denny
      Some good ideas-hope some legislators will take your ideas up.
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      by Really?? on Mar 31, 2012 at 06:24 PM in reply to Denny
      Two people per county? The State Patrol is on the interstate 24/7. Can you explain how these counties would patrol the interstate 24/7 with 2 additional officers? If it weren't for the State Patrol many counties would have no traffic enforcement. Not because the deputies are lazy, it's because all these county boards think like you do and get by with absolute minimal staffing. When that happens the deputies do nothing but go from call to call. When they're not running from call to call, they're busy trying to write reports and follow-up on previous calls. The State Patrol assists many of these counties with additional manpower as well providing much needed traffic enforcement. You obviously have ZERO idea what they do.
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      by M2Cents on Apr 1, 2012 at 04:32 AM in reply to Denny
      Man the weigh stations with civilians. And what happens when trucks don't stop at the scale? A "civilian" has no arrest authority to stop them. You sound like another person who's never done someone else's job but you're an expert at it.
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        by Lake Mills PD Officer on Apr 9, 2012 at 10:15 PM in reply to M2Cents
        Well honestly I think Now as for getting rid of the Troopers Bad Idea. you can never have too many police officers. I have had a few cases where I needed back up ASAP and the closest officer was a trooper. I love having them around. especialy when I need help. Congrats guys
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