Lincoln, Neb. — Governor Pete Ricketts on Thursday welcomed State Troopers from around the state to congratulate the entire Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) on their outstanding work in 2018.
“Our troopers have done phenomenal work this year,” said Governor Ricketts. “Whether it’s the traffic stops they perform along I-80 or the months long investigations they conduct, their work has led to a record amount of illegal substances being seized in our state. When the State Patrol is taking these dangerous drugs off the street, they are keeping our people here safe as well as those in other states. Thank you to our State Patrol Troopers for their great police work that helps protect the public safety.”
During 2018, NSP has seized record amounts of several different controlled substances, resulting in over 1,000 felony arrests:
|Substance||2018 Total Weight Seized by NSP (lbs)||Previous High Since 2001 (lbs)|
|THC products||1,750||406 (2017)|
“Taking drugs off the street is important work,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “But quite often, a traffic stop that yields a seizure of drugs is only the beginning of the investigation. Many of the investigations that started with an NSP drug seizure this year have grown to include numerous agencies across the country and have led to the interruption of large drug trafficking operations.”
Those efforts, coupled with new recruiting strategies, technology innovation, and public safety initiatives have made this a banner year for NSP. In 2018, NSP created a biannual training camp strategy and launched a new Talent Acquisition Program to recruit and train more future state troopers.
NSP received national recognition for technology improvements in the Concealed Handgun Permit online renewal process and recently became the first state to pilot a program with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for secure electronic transfer of mugshots to create complete criminal history records.
2018 marked the start of the Endangered Missing Advisory (EMA) system in Nebraska. To date, the EMA system has been used 21 times, with requests by local law enforcement agencies coming in from every NSP troop area. Because of the EMA system, the public has directly contributed to safely locating a missing, vulnerable person several times.
“I join Governor Ricketts and Colonel Bolduc today in expressing my gratitude to the deserving troopers across Nebraska for their dedicated work in keeping Nebraskans protected and communities safer,” said Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson.
Governor Ricketts presented each trooper in attendance with a plaque recognizing the outstanding efforts by all members of NSP in 2018. Video from the news conference can be found here.