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South Carolina


Volume 20, Number 2 Spring 2007

The SCTA Welcomes Its Newest Members

SCHP Basic #84! C a i 4

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SCTA Board of Directors

David M. Latimer III Executive Director

Derrick Crosby President

Clint Fairey Vice President

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J.Brad Hendricks Secretary

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Johnny R. Cribb Treasurer [email protected]

Gerald D. Rothell Troop One

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D.J. Bron, Jr. Troop Two

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J. Ryan Elrod Troop Three

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Ryan Olney Troop Four

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Bradley G. Dewitt Troop Five

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Derrick Burbage Troop 6

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Judd Jones Troop 7

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C.C. McDonald (RET) Retirees Representative

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If you are moving, or have moved, please let us know! Simply fill out the information below and mail it to: SCTA Office, 4961 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29212 or you may fill out an online address change at RANK: ____________ TROOP:______ POST:______ NAME:__________________________________________ ADDRESS:________________________________________ CITY/STATEZIP:___________________________________

MESSAGE TO OUR ADVERTISERS: As this publication is financed by monies received from advertisements, we express our sincere appreciation for your support. We strive to make this a high quality publication that will provide the best possible exposure for our advertisers. We encourage our members and all our readers to patronize those businesses who make this publication possible. YOUR COMMENTS, PLEASE: Comments, criticisms, or suggestions for the magazine are always welcome! This is your magazine, and we need your ideas for articles in upcoming issues. Send news about your county and troop events, stories, awards, etc. Good quality photos are accepted. Please direct your correspondence to SCTA Office, ATTN: Editor, 4961 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29212 or via e-mail to [email protected] ABOUT THE PUBLISHER: The SCTA is proud to publish the South Carolian Trooper magazine. Graphics by Rachel E. Cambre. Printing by R.L. Bryan. For advertising questions, please call (800) 633-2236, ext. 11.

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F E AT U R E S :

11 14 17 A Trip to National Police Week By Robert Clinesdinst The SCTA Welcomes SCHP Basic 84 Profile of an Active Trooper L/CPL David E. Davis By Bunnie Harris Spotlight on Troop 2: Post C Edgefield & McCormick Counties By Bunnie Harris Profile of a Retired Trooper First Sergeant James D. Perry By Tom Velky Scott V. Harris: The Supreme Court Decision and its impact on law enforcement By Travis Yates Man Convicted in Death of State Trooper COPS Hands On Programs Annual Trooper Reunion How Your X-Ray Vision Can Expose Armed Suspects By Chuck Remsberg Both Sides of the Bars By Keith Bettinger Personalized SCHP Crystals Annual Picnic Information





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4 5 6 8 9 Letters to the Editor Executive Director Director Colonel Chaplain 10 12 32 41 46 In Memoriam Legal Assistance Troopers on the Move News Briefs Store Merchandise

South Carolina Troopers Association 4961 Broad River Road Columbia, SC 29212 [email protected]

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Dear SCTA.....

Letters to the Editor

Dear SCTA, My name is Preston B. Bethea and I am currently in Troop Five, Post D. My family and I would like to thank each and every one of you who helped with my son Lawson's fund-raiser. I would especially like to thank Troop Five, and their families, and Troop Six, for their assistance when we were at the Medical University of South Carolina. You guys in Troop Six are the greatest, and I will never forget you! I THANK GOD for these people every day because without you, I don't know how we would have made it. The people who helped us in our time of need are now, and always will be, in my heart; I am so lucky to be a part of this wonderful organization. I would also like to thank Colonel Roark and Director Jim Schweitzer for their kind letter that I received in the mail. My son Lawson was born June 29, 2005, at Lexington Medical Center, with no complications. His monthly visits to the pediatrician were normal until his nine month check up. I will never forget that day--I was on my way home from jury trials in Columbia when my wife called me crying. It took a while to get her to talk, and she told me that the doctor had told her that Lawson's brain had quit growing and that there was nothing they could do about it. My heart dropped, and I didn't really know what to say. Time pressed on, and we had to adjust to a whole new lifestyle with Lawson, including therapy and numerous doctor visits. Lawson later started having mini seizures, 75 to sometimes more a day. He then developed a kidney problem called nephritic syndrome, which means he urinates his proteins out, causing all areas of his body to swell. In January 2007, Lawson got really sick and we ended up at MUSC for almost two months. Lawson received several surgeries and was later released in good condition. To this date, Lawson is doing great, and the greatest thing in the world to me is that after all this little boy has been through, he still smiles, and I thank God every day for giving me that little blessing of a child. Thanks again to everyone, and GOD BLESS!

Sincerely, The Bethea Family

The Bethea Family-Photography by Memorable Moments Photography

Dear SCTA, Thank you so much for your generous contribution in support of our family. The outpouring of care can concern has been overwhelming. Sincerely, The Holmes Family

Editor's Note: Trooper Todd Holmes, A Texas State Trooper, was killed in the line of duty on March 14, 2007, when his patrol car was struck by a tractor trailer.

Dear David, It was an honor [to prosecute Eric Ridel]. Senior Trooper Jonathan Parker and every law enforcement officer like him are my inspiration to do this work. Thanks for the plaque. It will proudly be displayed in the office. And thanks for all that you and the SCTA do for us. Sincerely, C. Kelly Jackson Solicitor, Third Judicial Circuit

(See page 27 for more information on the case against Ridel)

Dear SCTA, Thank you four your continued support. I thank God for such a wonderful family. May God continue to bless you. Love, Mrs. Gwendolyn Wells & family 4 South Carolina Trooper

Message from the Executive Director

I would like to congratulate Brad Hendricks on his recent election to the South Carolina Troopers Association's Executive Board. Secretary Hendricks bring to the Executive Board a wealth of experience in both Association and Patrol service. This is the first time in quite a while that the Association has had a full complement of Executive Board officers, a testament to Board leadership and membership interest. As some of you may already know, Charlie Smith, who assisted the Association with lobbying, has decided not to return to the SCTA for next year's legislative session. I will miss his company at the State House, and wish him the very best in his future endeavors. While on the subject of the State House, let me take a moment to thank the General Assembly for fully funding our health insurance; 100 additional troopers, and a 3% general increase in salaries. Please make a note on your calendar to attend the SCTA's Annual Picnic, which will be held August 18, 2007, at Whirlin Waters Adventure Waterpark at North Charleston's Wannamaker Park. (See page 47 of this issue for a registration form as well as lodging information). We have also made arrangements for discounted golf rates at Legend Oaks Golf Club the weekend of the picnic. For more information, see page 16. Have a great summer.

David M. Latimer III " This is the first time in quite a while that the Association has had a full complement of Executive Board officers" officers"

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Message from the Director

James K. Schweitzer


I recognize that these

are just a few examples of the fine job our troopers do each and every day.


I recently had the opportunity to attend the Trooper of the Year ceremony. I want to commend and thank each of our winners. I recognize that these are just a few examples of the fine job our troopers do each day to make our roadways safer. I wanted to devote this column to recognizing those troopers. The Trooper of the Year (and Troop Three Nominee) was Lance Corporal D.E. Davis. L/Cpl. Davis was noted for stopping a vehicle for speeding only to discover a woman in labor. Davis, who is a certified paramedic, safely delivered a baby on the side of the roadway. Also during 2006, L/Cpl. Davis made 53 Driving Under the Influence arrests and made six drug-related cases. The father of three also began the "Bears with Bears" Program in 2000 in which troopers distribute bears to children in hospitals during the holidays. His dedication to his enforcement activity and community service earned him the title of Trooper of the Year. The Troop One nominee, Lance Corporal A.L. Gleaton, is a member of the National Guard and has been on active duty three times since 2003. He was recognized for his leadership and the seamless way he weaves together his Guard duties with his job as a trooper. He is known best for his professionalism and for being a mentor to other troopers. The Troop Two nominee, Lance Corporal A.L. Duncan, consistently maintains a high level of enforcement activity. In 2006, he made a total of 26 DUI arrests and many drug arrests. He was recognized for the calm and professional manner in which he handled a pursuit where the violator tried to run over him with his vehicle. L/Cpl. Duncan's cool handling of this volatile situation resulted in the suspect's arrest. The Troop Four nominee, Corporal D.R. Bradshaw, is an 18-year veteran of the South Carolina Highway Patrol. He consistently exceeds in assisting the community in which he lives and believes in and works wholeheartedly toward the agency's mission to save lives. He and his team are consistent leaders in the number of DUI arrests within Troop 4. He is actively involved in his community as a Little League coach. The Troop Five nominee, Lance Corporal P.B. Bethea, received devastating news in April 2006, that his baby, Lawson, had a severe and incurable medical condition. Despite this crisis in his family, his activity level never decreases and his DUI arrests remain high. In 2006, he issued 1,188 citations, 664 warnings, six drug cases, 21 DUI cases, and investigated 175 collisions. The Troop Six nominee, Sergeant K.B. Martin, is a 20-year veteran of the Highway Patrol. Sgt. Martin was recognized for his response to a fatal hit-andrun collision on I-26 in Dorchester County. A vehicle struck a disabled vehicle. The driver fled on foot leaving his passenger fatally injured. After the search had been called off, Sgt. Martin returned four hours later and found and subsequently arrested the suspect. The Troop Seven nominee, Lance Corporal J.C. Gambrell, has been with the Highway Patrol since 1999. Supervisors recognized him for his instincts that saved a suspect's life. He was called to investigate a motorcycle collision where the suspect had fled. The search led him to a nearby barn where he discovered the badly injured suspect hiding in the loft. The critically injured man, who was later charged with DUI, was able to receive the medical help he needed to survive. The Troop Eight ACE Team nominee, Lance Corporal D.L. Gilbert, has an excellent work ethic and diligence. In 2006, he made 29 felony arrests, three fugitive apprehensions, seized over $340,000 in currency and made one weapon violation. He also seized approximately 290 pounds of marijuana, 40 pounds of cocaine and 19 pills. Three of L/Cpl. Gilbert's cases in 2006 involved vehicles with special after-market hidden compartments that contained illegal contraband and drug-tainted currency. The Troop Nine nominee, Corporal J.T. Perry, is a member of the Pee Dee MAIT Team. He was recognized for his investigation of an incident involving a pedestrian and an unknown vehicle. Cpl. Perry's diligence in gathering evidence and working to release that to the media led to the arrest of the suspect. The Troop 11 nominee, Corporal P.J. Brouthers, became a Community Relations Officer for Troop 6 in 2003. Since then, he has built an excellent rapport with the Lowcountry media and public. Cpl. Brouthers' work ethic, creativity and ability to build partnerships as the Community Relations Officer for Troop 6 and as a supervisor have set an admirable example for his peers. He is well-known in many communities in the Lowcountry as the "face" of the Highway Patrol in that area. Again, congratulations to all our winners. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for your dedication to duty.

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Congratulations, 2006 SCHP Troopers of the Year!

L/CPL A.L. Gleaton

L/CPL A. L. Duncan

CPL D.R. Bradshaw

L/CPL P.B. Bethea

SGT K.B Martin

2006 Trooper of the Year L/CPL D.E. Davis

L/CPL J.C. Gambrell

CPL J.T. Perry

CPL P.J. Brouthers

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Message from the Colonel

There is something about the Highway Patrol that has always been a great source of pride for me. There are quiet heroes who go about the business of helping others in ways most of us never even know. This spring, I had a chance to see that dedication put into action in a variety of events to raise money to support the Special Olympics of South Carolina. Our teamwork and collective effort raised more than $25,000 this year for the Special Olympics. That is an impressive number. South Carolina Special Olympics serves more than 15,500 children and adults with intellectual disabilities through 190 year-round sports training and athletic competition opportunities. Special Olympics promotes understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. Additionally, the money raised stays here in South Carolina. This year, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers' Association adopted Special Olympics for its button sales' campaign titled "Heroes Helping Heroes." This campaign ran from March 28-May 4. The buttons sales were just one avenue to help us raise money for this cause. Other venues included:

· A softball tournament held in Lexington on May 2, 2007, raising over $10,000 · Torch runs held in multiple troops on various dates ·Bowling, fishing and golf tournaments, as well as Cops and Lobsters

Russell F. Roark III Commander


As law enforcement

officers, our world view is often a bit skewed.


Each one of these events required many details and logistics to pull off-from ensuring there is food, to cooking, to clean up. We are fortunate to have many of the same volunteers who return year after year so that they have become "old hats" at their jobs. They make the behind-the-scenes preparation look easy. As I have been involved in charitable fund-raisers over the years, I've recognized that the key to success is making the cause real for those you are asking to support it. That is the great thing about Special Olympics. There are multiple opportunities to see your money at work. We had an opportunity on several occasions to meet these special friends we were helping. Those who took part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run on May 4, 2007, were cheered on by more than 400 Special Olympics athletes as they entered the gates at Ft. Jackson for the opening ceremonies. A special education class from Oak Grove Elementary came out to the ball field in Lexington to help kick off our softball tournament, and several students got to throw out the first pitch. I, along with 16 other uniform personnel and wives, had a chance to assist with the 50-meter race on May 5, 2007, at Ft. Jackson. I believe I speak for all of us involved when I say that it was truly amazing to watch the determination and excitement of these athletes. They have an unstoppable fortitude that could serve as a lesson to us all. As law enforcement officers, our world view is often a bit skewed. Our day-to-day interaction with the public can reveal the darker side of humanity. These events were refreshing because they gave us a chance to meet children and young adults who do not know what it means to be cynical or mean-spirited. They have a smile on their faces almost all the time and won't hesitate to hug or high-five a stranger. Simply put, it does your heart good to spend time with them. I want to sincerely thank the troopers, wives and volunteers who helped with this year's Special Olympics' activities. I want to especially thank Sgt. R.K. Hughes for his outstanding coordination of this campaign. This took a tremendous effort to coordinate and he is to be commended for his dedication to making this a success. I always hesitate to list names because of the fear of leaving someone out. But these people go the extra mile every year to coordinate the softball tournament. I would be remiss if I did not call them by name: Sgt. C.R. Heddy, L/Cpl. Wayne LaBounty, L/Cpl. Gerald D. Rothell, Lt. A. S. Hicks, Lt. T. B. Collins, Cpl. Johnny Cribb, Cpl. T. K. Heddy, Sgt. David Fouty, L/Cpl. Dennis Reeder and Bunnie Harris. We will continue raising money for Special Olympics throughout the year. If you would like to learn more about this fine organization, how your money is being used or meet some of these athletes, please log on to or contact Sgt. R.K. Hughes in our Office of Community Relations.

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Message from the Chaplain

What is your favorite part of a chicken? Is it the leg, thigh, wing, or breast? Why do you like that particular piece? If you think about your response, you will realize that others will give similar reasons why they like a different selection. I saw a KFC commercial on TV that depicted a young boy watching the bucket of chicken pass around the table and he kept saying in a small voice, "Don't take the leg." Before it got to him, two others had already each claimed a leg. He dropped his head in disappointment. His mother reached into the bucket and pulled out another leg. She told him it was the Colonel's magic bucket. If you buy one chicken in the store, you will only get two legs, guaranteed. God made chickens that way. He gave them the number of parts He wanted them to have. Each part has a specific duty to allow the chicken do what it is designed to do. In similar fashion, God has created each of us to be a part of His body. God has given each of us special characteristics to serve Him better in a particular fashion. Some are able to stand in front of people and talk; others wouldn't do that for all the money in the world, yet they would spend hours preparing the material, sound, or music for someone else to do it. You may ask yourself why you are different from others. Thinking back to our chicken illustration, if everyone was a leg, how would a chicken function? Variety is not only the spice of life, it is a vital part of God's plan. As you read this, you are thinking of shortcomings in your own life that you dislike. How do I know that? It's because you are not the whole chicken. You are just a part. Just as a single State Trooper is very limited in his/her effectiveness, a unit including personnel workers, communication specialists, and back-up officers make the team effective. To be whole, you have to be part of the unit; the family of God. Ephesians 4: 11-16 reminds us that God has called some to be pastors and others to be teachers and others to diverse duties. The purpose of our duties is to become mature and attain the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. To be effective for God, you have to be a part to become whole. We live in a world that tells us we are supposed to be self- sufficient and not lean on others for support. Scripture warns us about being "tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming." Let's be attentive to God's word and realize that we are not self-sufficient. If God is supreme in our lives, then He is our source of direction. Be a team player at work and at home. God created each of us as unique individuals that compliment others to accomplish His will. You have to be a part to be whole.

CPT Richard I. Coleman (Retired)


Variety is not only

the spice of life, it is a vital part of God's plan.


In Memoriam

Lt. Charles D. Derrick passed away on April 13, 2007. Mrs. Betty T. Mobley, widow of the late Dan Mobley, Sr, passed away on June 19, 2007.

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The South Carolina Troopers Association dedicates this page to our fellow State Troopers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of South Carolina. May their memories live on forever. 2005 J.W. Parker (Sumter) 2002 K.J. Johnson (Berkeley) 2002 M.J. Rao (ACE Team) 2000 E.F. Nicholson (Greenville) 2000 D.T. Bailey (Greenville) 1998 J. Ham Jr. (Darlington) 1997 F.L. Lingard (Orangeburg) 1996 R.S. Hewitt (Florence) 1995 M.A. Chappell (Clarendon) 1994 R.L. Hester (Anderson) 1992 M.H. Coates (ACE Team) 1992 H.M. Godbold (Kershaw) 1991 D.H. O'Brien (Beaufort) 1991 M.L. Titus (Bamberg) 1989 H.M. Coker Jr. (Fairfield) 1988 G.T. Radford (Dillon) 1987 R.P. Perry Jr. (Williamsburg) 1985 B.K. Smalls (Jasper) 1983 J.R. Clinton (Chester) 1981 D.L. Alverson (Orangeburg) 1979 R.A. Mobley (Florence) 1979 W.E. Peeples (Colleton) 1974 B.W. Strickland (Lexington) 1973 F.H. Anthony (Greenville) 1972 R.O. Caffey (Orangeburg) 1970 J.A. Traylor (Sumter) 1970 A.A. Thomason (Sumter) 1969 R.V. Woods (Beaufort) 1966 M.C. Steele (Chesterfield) 1961 J.R. Riddle (Clarendon) 1959 H.C. Yonce (Greenwood) 1958 H.B. Ray (Orangeburg) 1956 A.R. Carter (Williamsburg) 1950 A.T. Sealy (Greenville) 1942 N. Nettles (Spartanburg) 1941 J.P. Monroe (Florence) 1941 G.G. Broome (Jasper) 1940 H.M. Smith (Chesterfield) 1939 W. Bell (Lancaster) 1938 L.L. Rhodes (Darlington) 1935 E. Hennecy (Florence) 1934 E.D. Milam (Greenville) 1934 H.M. Reeves (Richland) 1933 J.D. Cunningham (Spartanburg) 1932 W.P. Lancaster (Lee)

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A Trip to National Police Week:

By Robert Clinedinst

When I was approached by my Fraternal Order hrs. The keynote speaker was The United States Attorney of Police Lodge in Anderson to go to Washington D.C. General Alberto R. Gonzales. There were probably a for Police Week I was kind thousand law enforcemetn of apprehensive. I have officres at the Candlelight Vigil, never been to the Memorial and the ceremony addressed Service held in D.C. I didn't about 380 some odd names know what to expect or what that would be added to the wall. the atmosphere would be One hundred forty-five of those like being around survivors names were killed in the line of and Law Enforcement duty in 2006. The South Carolina agencies that had lost Highway Patrol honored two officers. After thinking Troopers at the Vigil- Trooper about it for a day or two I John Davenport Cunningham decided to go anyway. Not (EOW: 6-1-1933) and Trooper only to represent the South William Pierre Lancaster Carolina Highway Patrol (EOW: 6-9-1932). With Arizona HIghway Patrol but to show support for the The 26th Annual National survivors and pay respect Peace Officers Memorial Service to all the fallen officers that was held at the Capitol Building paided the ultimate price. on May 15, 2007, around 1200 The 19th Annual hrs. Once at the Capitol grounds, Candle Light Vigil was there were at least three to five held on May 13, 2007, thousand officers in attendance. at the Police Memorial At the Memorial Service,145 officers that were killed in Monument in Judiciary the line of duty in 2006 were Square. I arrived early to honored. President George W. see the Police Memorial Bush was the keynote speaker Monument and it was very and, after he was done speaking, humbling. As I walked he walked down to all the around the Monument and survivors and met everyone looked at all the names on and spoke to them on a one on the walls, I could not hold one basis. There were so many back the tears. I looked Clinedinst with Kentucky HP Chaplain survivors, this took almost three hours. around at the hundreds of The service was very nice, and did officers and family members a great job honoring the family, that had left something to friends and co-workers of the fallen honor or remember an officer or was officers. in the process of leaving something. Between the Candlelight Vigil and People were leaving such things as the Memorial Service. I was able department patches, flowers, wreaths, to walk around and see some of the license plates, pictures, rubbings of sites in Washington D.C. including names, stickers and ever a door from Arlington Cemetery (Tomb of the a patrol car. As I walked around some Unknown Soldier, Arlington House more, I came upon a spouse of a and Kennedy's Grave Site), Ford's fallen officer standing behind her son Theater, Jefferson Monument, who was about six years old making Lincoln Monument, Reflection a rubbing of his father's name, who Pool, Washington Monument, had been killed in 2005, with a green Vietnam War Memorial, Korean War crayon. I felt my knees starting to Memorial, World War II Memorial, buckle and my eyes starting to water. The White House and several This is when it really hit me that could museums at the Smithsonian. be my wife and two sons looking at All in all I'm very glad and grateful my name on the wall. Although I know that I was afforded the opportunity it's a real possibility that I might be to go to this Service. killed I never really think about it. The Candlelight Vigil started around 2000

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A Shooting or an Accident...

Nobody likes to think about it!

But, it can happen to any State Troopers at any time.

There's a shooting or a serious accident....someone is're involved.

As an SCTA member, you are not alone! The SCTA is here to protect your rights.

If it happens to you:

Don't panic! Calm down and compose yourself. Don't rush into making a statement.

If you are asked to make a statement, call O'Leary Associates


O'Leary Associates will provide you with an attorney prior to making a statement--either on the scene or wherever needed. Wait until you talk to the SCTA Attorney before making any statements, oral or written. The SCTA is serious about protecting you!

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With the SCTA's Legal Assistance Benefit...

"Do I need Board approval?" NO! "Do I need the general membership's approval?" NO! "Will personalities be involved in my request" NO!

Under the Legal Assistance Benefit of the SCTA, only three simple questions are asked:

1. Are you an SCTA member in good standing? 2. Were you an SCTA member on the day of the incident? 3. Was the incident within the scope of your official duties as a State Trooper?

As an SCTA member, you have available to you

24-hour, on the scene coverage.

The SCTA is here for you when it counts!

For Legal Assistance, Contact O'Leary Associates

800.781.1078 or 803.779.5556

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SCTA Welcomes Newest Troopers:


SCHP Basic 84

he South Carolina Highway Patrol has recently added 54 more troopers to South Carolina's roadways with the recent graduation of SCHP Basic Class 84, bringing the total number of troopers in South Carolina to 906. The class underwent rigorous training at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy (SCCJA) and the graduation

ceremony for the 84th Highway Patrol Basic Training was held May 25, 2007, at the SCCJA. The ceremony began with

the presentation of colors by the SCHP Color Guard and the singing of the National Anthem by Jaeson Moore. Master of Ceremonies was Lieutenant Randal M. Ford. Following opening remarks by Colonel Russell Roark, III, SCDPS Director James K. Schweitzer introduced Special Agent in Charge-Columbia Division FBI, Brian D. Lamkin, who gave the Commencement Address. Upon being administered the Oath of Office, the members of Basic 84 anxiously awaited the presentation of awards. The first award, for Physical Fitness, was presented by Special Agent Lamkin to Salvatore Cirencione. The Marksmanship Award, presented by Colonel Roark, went to William P. Lott. The J.P. Strom Award was awarded by Mr. Schweitzer to Solomon B. Turner and the prestigious Colonel P.F. Thompson Outstanding Achievement Award, which symbolizes academic and physical excellence, was presented by Colonel Roark to John A. Cardona. Cadres for Basic 84 were Lance Corporals Q.M. Brown, F.T. Cherry, T.N. Coon, J.Z. Duke, II, R.B. Pope, II, and C.J. Welch. The training staff included Captain G.D. Williams, Lieutenants R.M. Ford and R.G. Woods IV, Sergeants N.A. Felder III, M.C. Rivers, and E.J. Talbot, Jr. Telecommunications trainer was David Leiter and Administrative Assistants were Shannon Graham and Sue Horton.

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and welcome to the SCHP family!

Christopher L. Bridges Horry Christopher D. Brigham Georgetown Jonathan R. Brock Richland Brian S. Bryson Spartanburg Jeffrey N. Buckley Horry Jonathan Buckner Lexington Xavier Q. Burgos Horry Kevin M. Caldwell Lexington John A. Cardona Lancaster Wesley S. Childers Dorchester Salvatore Cirencione Hampton Kenneth W. Collins Spartanburg Patrick W. Dick Sumter Daniel Q. Durgin Charleston Shain E. Fleming Lexington Micah K. Frost Horry Philip R. Gardner Marlboro Thomas J. Genco Greenville Maxwell Gethers, II Orangeburg Matthew E. Hope York David D. Hutto Darlington Laura L. Hydrick Dorchester William L. Keith Chesterfield William B. Kelly Kershaw David B. Lawson Richland Brian T. Lee Florence Brandon M. Loftis Laurens William Paul Lott Aiken Farris W. Marlow Greenville Ricky D. Martin Richland Corey W. Mason Greenville Gregory R. McCrackin Horry Stephen B. McDowell Greenville Franklin J. Melendez Sumter Richard T. Mikalatos Sumter Nicholas A. Miller Richland John M. Murdock Laurens Dominic M. Nardelli Lexington Jonathan B. Oxandaboure Richland Timothy M. Pittinger Cherokee Datrick O. Prince Richland James H. G. Pruitt Anderson Michael J. Quinn Greenville David P. Robertson Greenville Brandon J. Rucker Aiken Matthew B. Sarvis Horry Jonathan M. Simmons Horry Jason S. Smith Chesterfield Bryant B. Stewart Richland Michael L. Taylor Oconee Zachary K. Thompson Dorchester Solomon B. Turner Hampton Larry K. Walker Union Christopher P. Weltin Charleston

Congratulations, Basic 84,

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The South Carolina Troopers Association presents discounted green fees!

Top 100 "Must-Play" in Carolinas-From the Golf Styles Magazine TOP 3 Courses in the LowCountry Voted By the Readers of Charleston Regional Business Journal

Date: Place:

Friday, August 17, 2007 and/or Sunday, August 19, 2007 Legend Oaks Golf Course 118 Legend Oaks Way Summerville, SC 29485 Before 12:00 p.m. - $32/After 12:01 p.m.-$26 (Includes green fees and golf cart)


If you and your family will be attending the SCTA Annual Picnic on August 18, 2007, at Whirlin Waters Waterpark, why not spend a day on the golf course with your fellow troopers the day before or after, while the rest of the family enjoy site-seeing and shopping in the greater Charleston area? To take advantage of these discounted rates, simply call (843) 821-4077 and be sure to tell them you are with the SCTA. Special room rates, beginning at $89/night + tax, will be available at the Quality Suites Convention Center in North Charleston ( Call the hotel directly, 843.747.7300, by July 17, 2007, and mention the South Carolina Troopers Association rate. All rooms are suites, and include complimentary breakfast and a manager's reception.

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Profile of an Active Trooper:

Lance Corporal David E. Davis

By Bunnie Harris

You are about to be introduced to a road trooper who performs his every day duties on the busy highways of Greenville County

friends who convinced him that Lexington is a great place to work. He made the change and worked full time as a paramedic and part time as a flight paramedic with Life Reach for Providence Hospital. During this time he came in contact with many law enforcement officers. Even though his plans were to make a career as a paramedic, he continued to explore other where wrecks are abundant and the options such as Department fatality rate is too high. There are of Natural Resources and the three interstates which are constantly Highway Patrol. Eventually, traveled by locals and tourists alike. Even with a continued push from though this trooper is an avid Clemson fan, troopers he knew, he applied for the you can see him riding down the road in his Highway Patrol. He was accepted and brand new Gamecock-colored Crown Vic, earned began patrol school in 1990. when he was awarded Trooper of the Year in June 2007. Davis' desire to be a trooper was soon put on He works wrecks, writes tickets, answers questions hold when he was forced to leave the academy due to from the motoring public and performs his duties like the illness of his four month old daughter, Kelsey, who any ordinary trooper, or does he? If there is such an was still in Greenwood. A devoted father, he knew he animal, he is not on the list. wanted to be there to help her through this rough time. David Davis was born He had no idea and raised in Greenwood, South it would be Carolina, where he completed four long years high school and worked in before he could the heat and air industry for return to the about a year. He also worked academy. After as a dispatcher for Greenwood his daughter's County. In 1983 he went to recovery, the work for Emergency Medical patrol had a Services in Greenwood hiring freeze. County. He enjoyed his work It was August as a paramedic and decided 1994 before to attend Midlands Technical he re-entered College in Columbia to obtain the academy, his paramedic certification for unaware of the State of South Carolina. the challenge Upon completion, he worked he was about his way up to shift supervisor to face. His and, by 1988, felt he wanted 19 month old to work in a larger area with son Justin was more action. While attending diagnosed Bears with Bears Midlands Tech, he made many new with Eosylliphilicgastroenteritis.

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Davis wanted desperately to complete patrol school and had to make some tough decisions. With the support of his family and fellow classmates, he attended classes during the week then flew to Atlanta on the weekends where his son was being treated at Emory U n i v e r s i t y. He recalls, "Those were tough times but my patrol school roommate, A. L. Duncan, and fellow classmates were great." He recalls, "They all helped and gave me support that was very important to me during that time." Graduation finally came in November 1994, with assignment to Greenville. He is still there today. During his career he has experienced five or six patrol car wrecks, been in many altercations and still doesn't mind a pursuit. One such episode he will always remember occurred in 1998 at approximately 7:00 a.m. on Highway 25. While on routine patrol, he clocked a Cadillac traveling 72 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone. As he turned around, the driver accelerated and attempted to flee. As the pursuit continued down a back road, the driver of the Cadillac lost control causing the patrol car to spin out. Davis was running up to the Cadillac when the driver exited his vehicle with a gun. He was ordered to drop his weapon. Instead, he attempted to shoot Davis and was fatally shot. An investigation revealed the suspect had a long rap sheet and was in possession of crack cocaine and two weapons. Davis was put on administrative leave and two months later was cleared of any wrong doing. Davis also recalls another extraordinary event when he observed a vehicle traveling at an excessive speed. Upon stopping the vehicle he found a young couple enroute to the hospital to welcome their soon to be newborn into the world. The

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wife was having contractions and yelling in pain. The hospital was still 20 minutes away and an ambulance was called. Unfortunately it was sent to the wrong location and the baby refused to wait. It was a cold, February night when the mother laid down in the back seat. Luckily for her, one of South C a r o l i n a 's finest, as well as a trained paramedic, was there. He put on the patrol furnished gloves and gown and delivered a healthy baby on the side of Highway 25. The parents had packed a blanket and cap which were put on the baby as they waited for EMS to arrive. Although Dr. Davis had delivered three babies while working as a paramedic many years ago, this was his first delivery as a trooper. In 1999, Davis heard about the fellow trooper Steve Sluder's idea, Bears with Bears. He liked it so much he decided not only to implement it in Greenville but to step it up a notch. In 2000 he began visiting children in Greenville hospitals and to this day the program is still near and dear to his heart. Due to the previous illnesses of his children, he had lived the devastation and seen the heartache of both children and parents that is caused by sickness and hospitalization of boys and girls of all ages. Seven years later, the program has grown and he now has several troopers volunteer every Christmas to assist him with the visitation of 140 160 kids. They now receive support from the media, local businesses, schools and churches and this year even Wal-Mart pitched in. Davis also collects as many angel bears as he can and gives them to the most critical children. To say the least, it has been an interesting career and Davis is pleased with his choice. Davis's brother, Heath, is a retired trooper, formerly stationed in Greenwood. Davis is the proud father of

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Spotlight on.....


Edgefield and McCormick Counties

By Bunnie Harris

Post C consists of many small towns typical of those in the Southern United States. Filled with mostly friendly

folks, the rural roads are lined with cattle, some standing in man made ponds, horses, and farmland filled with crops. The city limits are small, but a short drive reveals miles and miles of beautiful country. There are mostly two lane highways, some dirt roads and no interstates. Leaving Saluda at 8:00 p.m. on a Saturday night on US 378 proved a peaceful drive. Looking in my rearview mirror, I saw no vehicles, there were none ahead of me and it was a full seven minutes before I met another vehicle. Unfortunately the roadways are not always that peaceful. The three counties combined make up a huge area with plenty to keep Post C troopers busy. The biggest attractions to this area are the recreational opportunities. Hunting and fishing are bountiful, and there are three lakes--Strom Thurmond, Clarks Hill and part of Lake Murray, thus increasing summer traffic. Since the post is close to Augusta, traffic also increases when it is time for the famous Masters golf tournament. Golf enthusiasts from all over the nation travel to see who will walk away with the green jacket, some of them speeding through Post C. Sergeant Eric Cox began his career in Edgefield in 1985 and even though it has been combined with Saluda and McCormick, he is happy to be there. He grew up in Ware Shoals, South Carolina, where he married his hometown girlfriend, Tamara Werts. He is first generation law enforcement and knew in high school he wanted to be a patrolman. Each time he saw one, the image stood out in his mind. In high school he received an assignment titled "What do you want to be when you leave school?" His

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answer and the theme for his paper was a South Carolina H i g h w a y Patrolman (their title back in the day). Cox had to adapt to the change when Edgefield was combined with the two other counties. He liked the fact he met new people and was pleased to find the majority of residents supported law enforcement. His assigned area, however, was now three times larger. "The 12 hour shift was the biggest motivator to come around in a long time for the road troopers. It gives us family time. The down side is you don't often see everybody in your post since half of your staff works opposite shifts," says Cox. He also commends the other law enforcement agencies in the area. "We include the sheriffs and chiefs in many of our law enforcement activities and they have always been supportive. We have a good working relationship with them all." He also feels blessed with the caliber of troopers and supervisors assigned to his post. Cox spent over 20 years in the National Guard and realizes how often the patrol must deal with weekend drill and deployment of troopers. With one of his own on active duty, he appreciates the remaining team members stepping up to the plate, as they are short a man. Cox spends his down time at his lake cabin at Boyd's Mill in Laurens County where he hunts and fishes. His grandfather went there in 1908 to work at the first dam built for Duke Power and Cox's mother still lives there. His other love is granddaughter Carson Caroline Cox who is now 2 ½. . He wanted her middle name to be Carolina since his son played football there.

Talking about his career, Cox says, "If I had to decide today what I wanted to do, I would do the same thing." Lance Corporal Philip Hunter had a life long goal-to become a Highway Patrol Trooper. After getting his license in his hometown of Newberry he was often stopped by troopers (Mike Horne) and was always treated with respect. Hunter joined the patrol in 1999 and became the only law enforcement member in his family. He had to get out a map when he found out he would be stationed in McCormick. Like Newberry, it was a small town and he enjoyed his assignment. When the counties were combined he learned the geography of a much larger area to work, with the knowledge that the other agencies were always willing to assist. Hunter is also a member of the Army Reserves and happened to be home from Iraq when this interview took place. He and wife Vikki, along with two day old George Matthew, took time out from a family function to meet with me and talk about the patrol. He also has a 5 ½ year old son, Mark. Hunter will return to Iraq in a few days to continue his mission and will be missed by family and friends. Asked about the patrol he replied, "I miss it. I didn't know how much I would miss it until I got activated." He describes Post C as very rural with a few specials and enough wrecks, traffic and drunk drivers to keep everyone busy. "The combination of the counties created a large area to cover with a few troopers per shift. Everyone in our post has adjusted," Hunter added. Corporal Eric Thompson grew up in Aiken where he attended public school and Aiken Technical College. He received a two year degree in Industrial Electricity, Electronics and Instrumentation. Thompson states, "As a kid my Sunday School teacher at Millbrook Baptist Church was a Highway Patrolman, Carl Payne. What an impression that highway patrolman made on me. He told me when I got close to 21 to call him." Thompson never outgrew that fascination and in 1991 he applied. About 18 months later he started patrol school and in 1993 he graduated in the last class under the Department of Transportation. He was stationed in Hampton County and after his wife Helen applied to nursing school, he was granted a transfer to McCormick where he was eventually promoted to Corporal. Captain Jones was his Sergeant at that time. In Thompson's book, "All troopers love the 12 hour shifts. Post C is a large area to cover and is spread out. It would be nice to have more manpower." Thompson further states, "Our guys are like family but you rarely see troopers on the opposite shift. We have to

rely on city and county officers to back us up and they do a great job. The residents here are supportive and you can win a jury trial here, unlike some other parts of the state." Thompson is the first trooper bitten by a suspect who tested positive for HIV. The subject was a habitual offender and also had a gun. During a scuffle, he bit Thompson. "At that time there was no protocol on what to do. I learned a lot and so did the patrol. For an entire year, I had regular appointments at MUSC," reflects Thompson, who is thankful for the help he received through the ordeal and is glad to be healthy. Lance Corporal Jeffrey Daniels was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Due to his father's mobile military career, the family moved to his mom's hometown of McCormick when Daniels was 6. His mother, Doris West Daniels, had five boys, Jeffrey being the youngest. His dad died in Korea when Daniels was 12 years old. Daniels graduated high school and attended Piedmont Tech, receiving an associate degree in Business Administration. He worked as a salesman at the mill but had thoughts about the Highway Patrol. It wasn't long before he put those thoughts into action and applied for the patrol. In 1985 he completed the academy and was assigned to Fairfield County where he stayed two years before transferring to Edgefield. In 2000, he was appointed to the Public Information Officer (PIO) program He recalls his very first call as a PIO. "I received word that an Edgefield County Deputy, Pete Myers, had been killed by a drunk driver." It was not the start he wanted although he gathered information to inform the media. The Hispanic male who caused the fatal wreck, and, incidentally had no driver's license, was convicted of felony DUI. Daniels is a friendly guy who likes to talk and thoroughly enjoyed the program for the two years he was allowed to stay. According to Daniels (and others), the biggest challenge in Post C is the court system. "There is no centralized court, causing scheduling to be somewhat difficult. The implementation of laptops and scans would be a great asset to the troopers," says Daniels. The best part of Troop C for Daniels is the supervisors and fellow troopers. "When they need to, the supervisors here will give you a disciplinary and then go drink coffee with you." He also commends his post for their DUI enforcement. He states, "It is much easier to find a drunk in a big county but with minimal bars and the manpower we have, our post does a good job." Daniels loves his job. "The only thing better than joining the patrol will be retiring from it," he says. Daniels

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and his wife Natalia have two children, Averie 13 and Seth 7. yet worked a fatality but was assigned to Memorial Bike James "Andy" Turner earned the nickname Week at Myrtle Beach. He enjoys traffic enforcement "Chicken Hawk" from a city officer because he is small and feels fortunate to have good supervisors that worked in stature but won't back down. Turner grew up in with him as he was learning the ropes. Like most new Prosperity, South Carolina, and, after high school, he troopers, Pridgen finds the amount of paperwork to received a degree in Criminal Justice from be the toughest challenge. Pridgen likes the Midlands Technical College. His father, fact that a trooper can get out on his Jimmy Turner, was a Captain with own and use his own judgment to the Newberry County Sheriff's seek out violators. Even though Department. He was killed he has been on a short time, he in an off duty motorcycle made an arrest that resulted in accident when Turner was 22 the confiscation of 29 ½ grams months old. The closeness of marijuana after stopping of the law enforcement a violator for a headlight community that continued violation. Trooper Pridgen years after his death made a is single and enjoys traveling, lasting impression on Turner. playing golf and fishing. Turner liked the Laverne Berry was born prestige and respect given to and raised in Saluda. After high troopers of the South Carolina school he worked in a textile plant. Highway Patrol and they also seemed A close friend of his, Fred Wideman, to have better equipment. Sold. He signed was a deputy at the time (and is now Chief up, not knowing it would take him 2 ½ years to The Hunter family-2007Deputy) with the Saluda County Sheriff's Office. be accepted due to a hiring freeze. In 1998, he graduated At age 21, Berry decided to follow in Wideman's footsteps from SCHP Basic 71 with assignment to Saluda. "At first and signed on as a deputy with Saluda County Sheriff's Office. During this time, he made it was hard to get use to because friends with Sergeant Morris, a there is not much here to do off duty highway patrolman. He admired and everything is at least 45 minutes Morris and knew that even though away," said Turner. It didn't take they wore different uniforms, him long to adjust, and he likes they worked for the same cause. the close-knit group he works with. Berry applied for the patrol, Mention the 12 hour shifts was accepted, and graduated and he will tell you, "I love them. from patrol school in 1999. Unless there is a hurricane or a His first assignment was Newberry ballgame, I can figure out my County. He patrolled the highways schedule and make plans three and byways of Newberry for months from now. If we went to 8's, about two years. By this time, I would go someplace that had 12's Sergeant Morris was Lieutenant even if I had to work wrecks all day." Morris. As all good supervisors Turner married Anissa CPL Thompson and his son-looking for good troopers do, Morris Cannon and has two children, the car is older than his son! encouraged Berry to come to Saluda. Reagan 5 and Clayton 2 ½. The Turners attend St. Peters Lutheran Church. Berry requested and was granted a transfer in 2001. Berry also holds high regards for Major Johnson The newest member of Post C is Morris Pridgen and the positive impact who, with his great big smile and made by his leadership. As enthusiasm, looks like a high a member of the Civilian school student with a uniform. He Emergency Response was born in Clearwater, SC, but Team (CERT), Berry has moved to Edgefield at age 5. He been on many CERT graduated from Strom Thurmond assignments and has never High School and attended Aiken heard anyone say anything Technical College where he bad about the Major. Berry majored in marketing. One of his says, "[Major Johnson] classes was taught by a trooper, will never ask anyone to do Steve Solesbe, who often would anything he is not willing interject a patrol story. That was to do himself." Berry all it took--Pridgen was hooked. was on assignment during Graduating from patrol the infamous Abbeville school in July 2006, Pridgen has Shootout and saw first been in Post C a year. He has not

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hand the difference good leadership makes in a time of crisis. Berry is supportive of Post C. "We work as a family. Even though we need more manpower, we do what we are expected to do to the best of our ability with the resources we have. Knowing people in the community is an effective tool in law enforcement. Our troop is a great example of community relations." He adds, "I like to think I am making a difference." He would like to see improvements in the radio system. Static is often and in some places there is no coverage. His least favorite part of his job is the repetitive paperwork. He also believes, as many across the state, that money is an issue in the hiring and retention of qualified troopers. Berry would like to see stricter immigration and DUI laws without so many loopholes. Post C has a large Hispanic population with many unlicensed and uninsured drivers. Berry is a newlywed, having married Lisa McDowell of Greenwood on March 24, 2007. Lisa commutes daily to Columbia where she works at the corporate office of Continental American. As always, we say thank you to the entire staff of Post C. F/SGT Sergeant R.W. Lewis; Corporals C.H. Fairey, J.G. Reynolds and D.R. Lee; Lance Corporals M.T. Cook, B.E. Moyer, W.W. Mather, H.A. Taylor, R.D. Bowen, J.P. Galloway, J.T. Edwards; R..Bye, and Trooper K.L. Rowe.

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F/Sgt James D. Perry

" "A Driving Force for Traffic Safety"

By Tom Velky


help make South Carolina a better and safer place to live and raise a family. He accomplished that goal, and then some, in a dedicated law enforcement career of 34 plus year law enforcement career. Born on a farm near the small town of Monticello, Georgia, to parents James Herbert and Mattie Belle Patrick Perry, James Dewey, along with five brothers and four sisters, moved to the Duncan Mill area of Greenville County, South Carolina, at an early age. He attended the Duncan Grammar and Junior High School before graduating from West Gantt High School in 1951.

Dewey Perry always wanted to be a South Carolina Highway Patrolman so he could be of service to the citizens of the state. He wanted to

Jim, as his friends called him, worked in his Uncle Joe Perry's grocery store after school during the week and also on weekends. While still in high school, Jim's mother signed for him to join the United States Naval Reserve while he was only 17. Jim successfully completed two weeks of boot camp following his high school graduation and was called to active duty after the Korean War broke out. He then reported to the Bainbridge Maryland Naval Training Center for eight more weeks of boot camp before being stationed on an attack transport amphibious ship, the USS Navarro. Jim was placed in charge of the two chair barber shop while on board. The ship had over 300 sailors and more than 1,000 US Marines stationed on board, so that meant a lot of haircuts for six months while cruising the Mediterranean. There were also numerous assault training landings conducted during exercises in the area for the ship and its crew. After completing his Naval enlistment and receiving an honorable discharge, Jim decided to go to college on the G.I. Bill. He applied to North Greenville College, where his brother Pat was attending, and was accepted in 1955. Graduating from the two year school in 1957, Jim then decided to go

to Furman University in Greenville to complete his education. However, shortly after arriving at Furman, Jim decided to pursue a life-long dream by applying to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. James Dewey Perry was accepted and entered the Patrol School with the class starting on February 17, 1957. The patrol class was held at the trade school located at the old Columbia Airport. Jim and his fellow patrol trainees spent long hours learning about South Carolina traffic laws in a large classroom in the old Highway Department building on Assembly Street in downtown Columbia. They lived in one of the dormitories on the campus of the University of South Carolina and ate meals in the school's lunch hall with the college students. They walked in military style formation to the lunch hall and classroom from their dormitory living quarters. For the training

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involving traffic stops, pursuit driving, and the firing range, the trainees took a school bus back and forth to the airport. Everyone really enjoyed this part of the training because they got to drive old highway patrol cars at very high speeds. After successfully completing the required ten weeks of patrol school, the new recruits were sent to their first assigned counties. Once there, they rode for two weeks with a seasoned highway patrolman while getting valuable on the job training. Following this phase of training, the patrol trainees returned to Columbia for their final graduation and to receive their commissions as State Highway Patrolmen. They also shared in the excitement of picking up their first patrol cars along with guns, badges, and other pertinent equipment. Jim was first stationed in Pendleton, in Anderson County, and enjoyed working the Clemson area of the state with his training officer, Patrolman C.J. Arve. The working conditions were brutal at times with six day work weeks and at least ten or more hours a day from 2 p.m. to 12 midnight. The patrolman never had a weekend off and only one day a week off usually Monday through Thursday. The radio dispatchers would sign off at 12 midnight and leave unless there was an emergency going on at the time. Once the

dispatchers were gone for the night, the patrolmen were on their own if they stayed out for some reason. Patrolman Perry would hunt for drunk drivers with his supervisor, Corporal J. C. Pace, after midnight because the drunks assumed the officers were home for the night. So they would try to make it home on the back roads usually between one and two o'clock in the morning. They would get upset with the patrolmen when they got stopped and have even told Jim and the other officers that they should be

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home with their families and not out patrolling the roads after midnight. Some of these late night drunks were so uncooperative that Jim and some of the other patrolmen would have to inflict some roadside justice. Patrolman Perry remembered one in particular that gave him a hard time. After taking more than enough verbal abuse, Jim just reached up and slowly removed the man's glasses before smacking him right between the eyes and knocking him completely out. Since there was only one shift, anything that happened before 2:00 p.m. or after 12 midnight had to be handled by the patrolmen on their own time. Officers stationed in small towns had to investigate all of the accidents that occurred in their area day and night, six days a week. The patrolman stationed

in the next town over would cover for each other on their one day off a week. Over the years, new patrol equipment surfaced to aid the patrolmen in their enforcement duties. The Breathalyzer and VASCAR were two of the most high-tech pieces of equipment to be used by the Highway Patrol during this time. VASCAR operated on an equation of time and distance, while the early radar models functioned as stationary units with a box and needle similar to that of a speedometer. Jim was not only a VASCAR and radar operator but was an instructor as well as a Breathalyzer operator, a member of the riot team, and a specialized accident investigator. Patrolman James Perry actually resigned from the Patrol in 1960 after coming to the conclusion that he wanted to do something else. However, he was reinstated in November 1962, after deciding that law enforcement was still in his blood, and was stationed in Hartsville in Darlington County. Patrolman Perry was promoted to Corporal in November 1972, and transferred to Kingstree in Williamsburg County as the top supervisor for the county. He remained in Kingstree until a promotion to Sergeant in July 1975 placed him in Conway in Horry County. Sergeant Perry was promoted to

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First Sergeant in 1977 and placed The South Carolina Highway Patrol in total charge of Horry County blood line has run thick through the where he stayed until December Perry family. Jim's brother, Carl H. 1988. When an opening for a First Perry, better known as "Little Joe" Sergeant became available in his by his fellow troopers in Sumter home county of Greenville, Jim ap- County, retired from the Patrol plied for a lateral transfer which was on June 30, 1994 with 30 years of quickly approved. First Sergeant service. Jim and his first wife, Milbra Perry officially took over top super- Ruth Franklin Perry, had one son visory duties in Greenville County who served with the South Carolina on December 7, 1988. In 1990, Jim Highway Patrol until a disability took over memorandum duties in forced him into early retirement. the Greenville office before retiring James Eugene Reese, his wife Lori on June 30, 1991, with more than 34 and their son, Steven now reside in years of service. Columbia. There have been many Also, the first born son of memorable events during Jim's Jim's second wife, Mary E. Stegall long career but some of his most Perry, James Timothy (Tim) joined treasured have been fishing and the Highway Patrol on February camping trips with fellow troopers. 19, 1984, and was assigned to They would often get together Rock Hill in York County. In April for outings on the river banks in 2005, Tim transferred to Cheraw on Horry and Georgetown the MAlT Team where Counties. Jim misses he now lives with his that camaraderie and his wife, Jill and their two working relationships children, a son, Alex, and with the other troopers a daughter, Allison. Tim now that he's retired. was recently nominated He also misses being as the MAIT Trooper of out there on the road the Year. Jim and Mary's and keeping the drunk second son, Steven drivers and other Gregory (Greg) lives in traffic violators off the Lake City with his wife highways while making Michele and is employed the state a safer place for Tim or Jim? You decide! by Combraco Industries the motoring public. near Myrtle Beach. Third His advice to the young son, Michael Anthony (Mike), lives troopers today is to always be alert in Conway and is also employed by and not let your guard down around Combraco Industries. any traffic violator. Jim also says to A long standing active do the job you were trained to do member of City View First Baptist and do it to the best of your ability. Church in Greenville, Jim is head "Always treat others as you would usher, assistant Sunday School like to be treated and remember teacher for the 55 and above men's that you are out there to serve and class, as well as the social committee protect the public." chairman for the Sunday School class. In addition to being a member of the South Carolina Troopers Association, Jim is also the coordinator for the Greenville County Troopers Association Retirees. The retirees meet every third Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. at the Ham House in Greenville. During his spare time, Jim enjoys hunting and fishing on some of the oldest plantations around the state. Deer and dove Little Tim hunting, along with an occasional

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fish fry has added to the enjoyment of his leisure time. Jim still holds fond memories of his Highway Patrol days and treasures his relationships with his fellow retirees. He also knows that today's troopers have to deal with many more changes, dangers, and obstacles than earlier officers. Despite these changes, Jim feels that the South Carolina Highway Patrol is headed in the right direction for a better and safer state to live in. First Sergeant James D. Perry has continued to be the well- respected individual he was throughout his law enforcement career. He continues, to this day, to lead by example through the foundation of his training by the SC Highway Patrol in becoming one of the state's finest.

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The Supreme Court decision and its impact on law enforcement

By Travis Yates, PoliceOne Columnist

n February 26, 2007, the Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments in one of the most anticipated Federal cases to date dealing with police pursuits. The case was based on a 2001 vehicular pursuit launched after a Coweta County, Georgia Deputy clocked 19-year-old Victor Harris going 73 mph in a 55 mph zone. As the pursuit entered Peachtree City, Deputy Timothy Scott joined the chase and took over as the lead vehicle. Although not yet trained in the Precision Intervention Technique (P.I.T.), Deputy Scott radioed in a request to a supervisor to perform the maneuver. The request was granted. According to a brief from the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (12/23/2005): "After receiving approval, Scott determined that he could not perform the PIT maneuver because he was going too fast. Instead, however, he rammed his cruiser directly into Harris' vehicle, causing Harris to lose control, leave the roadway, run down an embankment, and crash. As a result, Harris was rendered a quadriplegic." Harris filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. 1983 alleging the use of excessive force based on an unreasonable seizure under the Fourth Amendment. Both the District Court and the Eleventh Circuit stated that Deputy Scott's actions "could constitute deadly force" as could be determined by a reasonable jury. The case was appealed to the United States Supreme Court, and law enforcement has been anticipating the outcome for some time. The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court had the potential to impact pursuit policy across the country. On April 30, 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered its decision, sustaining summary judgment in favor of the officer. Justice Scalia delivered the opinion of the Court; Justice Stevens filed the lone dissenting opinion. With a resounding 8-1 vote, the Court discussed a topic that is rarely discussed at the U.S. Supreme Court level: the issue of police pursuits and forcible stopping techniques. The court simply applied the "reasonableness" test from the Fourth Amendment. Regardless of whether

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the action by Deputy Scott was deadly force, the court stated that "what matters is whether those actions were reasonable." The court clearly felt that Mr. Harris "intentionally placed himself and the public in danger" by participating in a high speed pursuit. Justice Scalia, in a powerful section of his majority opinion, writes: "The court rules that a police officer's attempt to terminate a dangerous high-speed car chase that threatens the lives of innocent bystanders does not violate the Fourth Amendment, even when it places the fleeing motorist at risk of serious injury or death." The lower courts had relied on the information from the suspect to determine their ruling. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned that ruling by relying on a piece of evidence that not every officer has at his disposal. A video of the incident was taken from the dash cam of Deputy Scott's patrol vehicle that recorded the suspect's reckless driving. In reference to this, Justice Scalia states: "Indeed, reading the lower court's opinion, one gets the impression that respondent, rather than fleeing from police, was attempting to pass his driving test." The video evidence was very different, and showed the suspect driving in a very reckless manner. It is obvious from the opinion that this was a major factor in the court's decision. In the coming weeks, there will be countless discussions and opinions on what the impact of this case will have on law enforcement. Police administrators, lawyers and the media will all take something different from the case. A couple of points are clear from the Court's decision: This case is not about the PIT Maneuver. While Deputy Scott asked permission to utilize PIT, he determined that he was going too fast to do so, and he rammed the vehicle instead. A precision maneuver such as PIT is not the same as ramming a vehicle. The Court clearly places the blame on the suspect and rejects the idea that if the police had cancelled the pursuit, the public would be safer, citing: ". . .we are

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Man Found Guilty In Death of State Trooper

n June 11, 2007, Eric Ridel was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole in the death of South Carolina Highway Patrolman, Senior Trooper Jonathan Parker. He was sentenced to an additional 25 years for failure to stop. According to accident reconstructionist experts, Ridel's car was traveling at at least 80 miles an hour when his car struck Senior Trooper Jonathan Parker's parked patrol car. The impact launched Parker's car 18 feet into the air, causing it to explode. Parker was killed on impact but Ridel survived. Ridel had robbed a convenience store at a truck stop on I-95 earlier in the morning and was being pursued by Clarendon County deputies and Manning police officers. Parker, who was ahead of the pursuit, had stopped his patrol car on the shoulder of the highway to wait for the pursuit to reach his location. It is believed that the suspect intentionally drove into the patrol car, causing it to burst into flames. The suspect attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended at the scene. Trooper Parker had served with the South Carolina Highway Patrol for 5 years, and had previously served with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his wife, parents, brother, and four sisters. For more informatoin about police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, please visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website at or the Officer Down Memorial Page,

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loath to lay down a rule requiring the police to allow fleeing suspects to get away whenever they drive so recklessly that they put other people's lives in danger. It is obvious the perverse incentives such a rule would create." The Court went on to say that the incentive would be "escape." It is hard to say what the outcome of this case would have been if Deputy Scott did not have a video of the pursuit. The court relied on this evidence; clearly, law enforcement needs to embrace this technology. The suspect had been dishonest in his account, but Deputy Scott was protected because the incident was taped. This decision by the Court tells law enforcement that if they engage in a vehicle pursuit that endangers the lives of "innocent bystanders," and the fleeing motorist is at risk of serious injury or death based on the actions of an officer in pursuit, the Fourth Amendment is not violated. While this ruling sides with law enforcement and its efforts to apprehend criminals that flee in vehicles, it should not give agencies carte blanche authority to engage in high speed pursuits and tactical maneuvers without the proper training. While the court did not address that issue, they did discuss "reasonableness." Providing officers with frequent training in vehicle pursuits is not only reasonable, but crucial as it will reduce the inherent risks involved in police pursuits. Captain Travis Yates commands the Precision Driver Training Unit with the Tulsa, Okla. Police Department. He is a nationally recognized driving instructor and a certified instructor in tire deflation devices and the pursuit intervention technique. Capt. Yates has a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern State University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He moderates www., a website dedicated to law enforcement driving issues. He is available for consulting and may be reached at [email protected] © 2007:, the leading information resource for law enforcement nationwide. To register for the free news reports, please visit Reprinted with permission.

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oncerns of Police Survivors (COPS) is currently planning for their 2007 Hands-On Programs. Survivor weekend retreats and summer camps will be held during the summer and fall months for surviving family members of law enforcement officers killed in the line-of-duty. Survivor retreats help surviving families address their grief issues and provide the impetus for them to heal and find their "new normal" life. Weekend retreats are held for surviving siblings, spouses, parents, adult children, inlaws, and fiancées or significant others. During the weekend, planned in-depth seminars are conducted by mental health professionals on a variety of topics addressing traumatic loss for new and "seasoned" survivors. Seminar topics range from getting through the first two years to reaching out to help others. Seminars are combined with team-building and recreational activities which mirror the challenges survivors face on a daily basis. Archery, fishing, canoeing, and a high-ropes course are only a few of the activities planned for each retreat. This component of the retreat offers survivors an opportunity to step out of their element, learn a new skill, and directly face a new challenge. For many new survivors, the strong peer support through seminar discussions and activities provide new hope for the future. They realize they can and will enjoy life again. "COPS' retreats are an opportunity for survivors to openly talk about their grief, cry, laugh, and learn they are not alone," says Jean Hill, COPS National President. "The seminars and activities are an amazing combination which provides essential support in the healing process." Similar to COPS weekend retreats, "C. O. P. S. Kids" Summer Camp, offers surviving children and their parent or guardian daily counseling sessions and recreational activities. The week also provides a setting for parent and child to connect with other survivors and reconnect with each other. For surviving children ages 15-21, the COPS Outward Bound® Program provides a setting to build self-esteem with a group of true peers who understand what it is like to lose a law enforcement parent. This annual activity might be mountain climbing in Colorado or white-watering rafting in Utah. Concerns of Police Survivors is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization with a membership of over 15,000 surviving families and 45 chapters. The COPS' mission is to provide resources to assist in the rebuilding of the shattered lives of families who have lost in officer in the line of duty. All surviving families who have lost an officer in the line-of-duty are eligible for COPS' programs. Registration forms and information are available on the COPS website, or by calling the COPS National Office at (573) 346-4911.


Mark Your Calendars! Annual Troopers Reunion to be held in November

The Annual Troopers Reunion will be held at Springmaid Beach on Sunday, November 11 2007, through Tuesday, November 13. A special rate of $45 per night plus tax (about 11%) in the newer Palmetto Dunes Building is being offered by Springmaid. A small registration fee will be required to take care of drinks, snacks, and a noon meal on Monday in the hospitality suite. Active Troopers are welcome, and encouraged to attend.. Benefit updates, relaxing fellowship, story telling, fishing and golf are priorities at this event. A small block of rooms have been reserved at the same rate for those wishing to check in on Saturday, November 10. Additionally, rooms will be available on a first come basic for November 14, Wednesday and Thursday November 15. Further information will be mailed out at a later date, but registration and reservations can be made anytime between now and September 21, 2007. Room reservations can be made by calling Springmaid Beach at 1-800-770-6895, Troopers Reunion. Registrations to include your name, address, and e-mail should be mailed and payable to Mrs. Barbara Collins, 403 Huntington Road, Greenville, SC 29615. Questions can be directed to Charley McDonald, 803-252-7479.

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L/CPL Jim E. Bolt, Troop 3, Post C (Greenville) reappointed effective 03/02/07. TCO Aaron K. Kragh, Patrol Communications, (Charleston) appointed effective 03/02/07. ASB Erin Caughman, Patrol Headquarters appointed effective 03/02/07. AAII Irene H. Jackson, Patrol Headquarters appointed effective 03/17/07. TCO Ashley N. McDonald, Patrol Communications, (Spartanburg) appointed effective 03/17/07. TCO Nathan L. Ramage, Patrol Communications, (Columbia) appointed effective 03/17/07. L/CPL S. M. Craven, reappointed effective 04/02/07 and assigned to Troop 1, Post A (Sumter/Clarendon). TCO Robert C. Templeton, Patrol Communications, (Anderson) appointed effective 04/17/07. L/CPL Alexander Richardson, reappointed effective 04/17/07 and assigned to Troop 1, Post D (Richland). ASB Ashley Engram, Patrol Supply appointed effective 05/02/07. TCO Shalonda Dukes and Ronald Rhett, Patrol Communications, (Columbia) appointed effective 05/02/07. Call Taker Joshua C. Linder, Patrol Communications, (Columbia) appointed effective 05/02/07. TCO Meredith Dugan, Patrol Communications, (Columbia) appointed effective 05/02/07. ASB Patrick R. Derek, Patrol Supply appointed effective 05/17/07. Call Taker Pelham Myers, Patrol Communications, (Columbia) appointed effective 05/17/07. ASB Amanda S. Hicks, Patrol Supply appointed effective 05/17/07. TCO Rose Nicholson, Patrol Communications, (Charleston) appointed effective 06/17/07. TCO Theolinda Valentine, Patrol Communications, (Greenwood) appointed effective 06/17/07.


SGT Lee K. Guempel, Troop 4, Post B, promoted to First Sergeant and transferred within Troop 4 from York County to Chester/Fairfield effective 03/02/07. ASB Shavone Grant, Patrol Headquarters, promoted to AAI effective 03/02/07. CPL David K. Fouty, Troop 1, Post D, promoted to Sergeant effective 03/17/07. L/CPL Darek A. McMurry, Troop 6, Post B, promoted to Corporal and transferred to Patrol Headquarters with assignment to Traffic Management. L/CPL Jon V. Eddins, Troop 4, Post B (York County) promoted to Corporal effective 05/02/07. L/CPL James LaChance, Troop 7, Post B (Calhoun/ Orangeburg) promoted to Corporal effective 05/02/07. L/CPL Daniel C. G. Turno, Troop 7, Post C (Aiken/ Barnwell) promoted to Corporal effective 05/17/07. L/CPL Robert S. Blair, Troop 1, Post D (Richland County) promoted to Corporal effective 05/17/07. SGT C. W. Payne, Patrol Headquarters, promoted to Lieutenant effective 06/17/07. CPL K. E. Branham, II, Patrol Headquarters, promoted to Sergeant effective 06/17/07. TCO Maria Bennett, Patrol Communications, (Greenwood) promoted to Asst. TCO Supervisor effective 06/17/07. SGT R. M. Howard, III, Patrol Headquarters, promoted to First Sergeant effective 06/17/07.


TPR Edward Hartis, Troop 4, Post D (Lancaster/ Chesterfield) transferred within Troop 4 to Post C (Chester/ Fairfield) effective 06/02/07. L/CPL C. E. Davis, Troop 4 Post C (Chester/Fairfield), transferred to Troop 7, Post B (Calhoun/Orangeburg) effective 06/02/07. L/CPL J. F. Brown, Troop 2, Post B (Abbeville/Greenwood) transferred to the MAIT (Foothills) effective 06/17/07. L/CPL C. M. Burgess, Troop 3, Post A (Anderson) transferred to the MAIT (Piedmont) effective 06/17/07.

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TCS Jeanwood Brown, Patrol Communications, retired effective 01/01/07. Asst. TCS Cynthia Bell, Patrol Communications, resigned effective 01/01/07. TCO K. A. Liflander, Patrol Communications, resigned effective 01/04/07. TCO K. L. Tankersley, Patrol Communications, resigned effective 01/07/07. TCO Robert B. Pooser, Patrol Communications, resigned effective 01/08/07. TCO Cheryl L. Stone, Patrol Communications, resigned effective 01/18/07. TCO Clara J. Brewton, Patrol Communications, resigned effective 01/19/07. TCO Angela M. Smith, Patrol Communications, resigned effective 01/24/07. TCO Thomas E. Bailey, Patrol Communications, resigned effective 01/30/07. LT Russell A. Cockrell, Troop 2, Post C (Edgefield/ McCormick) retired effective 02/28/07. TPR Brian B. Robbins, Troop 1, Post C resigned effective 03/12/07. CPL Thomas E. Velky, Troop 7, Post C (Aiken/Barnwell) retired effective 03/12/07. ASB Patricia Beutler, Patrol Supply, retired effective 03/31/07. TCO Lola H. Robinson, Patrol Communications, resigned effective 04/13/07. L/CPL Bryant Wiggins, Jr., Troop 5, Post B (Dillon/ Florence/Marion) retired effective 04/01/07. SGT Dudley Musier, Troop 5, Post C (Georgetown/ Williamsburg) retired effective 04/03/07. TCO Carmelle Nicholson, Patrol Communications, resigned effective 04/01/07. L/CPL Melvin M. Babb, Troop 3, Post C resigned effective 04/29/07. TCO's Angela R. Morris and Cheryl L. Smith, Patrol Communications, resigned effective 04/26/07. LT Donald R. Lawson, Troop 3, Post B (Oconee/Pickens) retired effective 05/01/07. L/CPL Jason A. Boynes, ACE Team, resigned effective 05/03/07. TCO Thomas D. Plyler, Patrol Communications, resigned effective 05/01/07. AAI Ashlee A. Riley, Patrol Communications, resigned effective 05/07/07. TFC Jonah E. Buck, Troop 5, Post D resigned effective 05/11/07. TCO Cynthia Lutfy, Patrol Communications, resigned effective 05/15/07. CPL Russell H. Brown, ACE Team, resigned effective 05/18/07. CPL Smith D. Briggs, Troop 4, Post C resigned effective 05/21/07. TPR Albert L. Medlock, Troop 1, Post D resigned effective 05/18/07. CPL J. T. Smith, Troop 1, Post A 05/24/07. resigned effective

TCO S. H. Copeland, Patrol Communications, resigned effective 05/29/07. L/CPL John M. Spencer, II, Troop 4, Post C resigned effective 06/01/07. TCO Crystal Hazel, Patrol Communications, resigned effective 06/02/07. L/CPL Clint A. Crouse, Troop 6, Post B (Colleton/ Dorchester) resigned effective 06/10/07. L/CPL A. S. Judy, Troop 6, Post A resigned effective 06/16/07. L/CPL D. G. Marsceau, Patrol Headquarters, retired effective 06/20/07. LT C. B. Steele, Troop 2, retired effective 06/29/07. LT L. G. Elliott, Troop 7, Post A (Allendale/Bamberg) retired effective 06/30/07. TCO P. E. Ellis, Patrol Communications, resigned effective 06/29/07. CPL T. W. Kirkendoll, Troop 3, Post D (Spartanburg) retired effective 06/30/07. CPL L. S. Hardison, Troop 7, Post A (Allendale/Hampton/ Bamberg) retired effective 06/30/07. CPT G. D. Williams, Patrol Training, retired effective 06/30/07.

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How Your "X-ray vision" Can Expose Armed Suspects

By Chuck Remsberg


If you know how to read the subtle cues that indicate a concealed carry, can you anticipate that you're dealing with an armed subject and gain a preventive edge of timing and positioning? Sgt.-Technician Jeffrey Kleinsmith, an academy instructor for the U.S. Secret Service uniformed division, thinks so, and at the recent annual training conference of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Assn. (ILEETA) he shared techniques used by agents who protect the president to spot gun-toters before they strike. "This training works great on the street," Kleinsmith says. As part of a multi-agency gun recovery unit that patrolled tough neighborhoods of Washington, DC, he used these observation methods to help detect more than 300 hidden firearms on suspects in the first six months of his assignment, resulting in a 15% decrease in violent crimes in the targeted areas. Early discovery is critical, he stressed, because if you wait until you actually see a weapon you may be too far behind the reactionary curve to thwart an attack. Here are common characteristics and indicators of armed individuals that Kleinsmith suggests you keep in mind: 1) As you observe a potential suspect, try first to determine his strong side. Wristwatches typically are worn on the weak arm and first steps are usually taken with the weak leg, but generally people will use their strong hand for most actions, such as lighting cigarettes, shoving someone, holding or moving objects, and rolling dice in a craps game. Even in the absence of confirming cues, you can count on "85 to 90% of people in the world being right handed," Kleinsmith says. 2) The overwhelming majority of offenders who carry a gun tuck it into their right front waistband, between their navel and hip. "They must keep the gun accessible," Kleinsmith says. "Also they see guns put there in the movies, it's 'cool,' and they can easily show their buddies that they're armed." The second most common hiding place is the small of the back, Kleinsmith says, "but this is relatively rare because it tends to be very uncomfortable." In practically all cases, any hidden gun will be unholstered. This works to your advantage from an observation standpoint, but to the bad guy's 34 South Carolina Trooper

ost officers who get shot are caught by surprise-but does that have to be?

"extreme disadvantage because the gun's uneven weight can cause it to move on its own" and require adjustment. 3)"As suspects move, watch for a 'security feel,'` Kleinsmith advises. "Because the gun is loose, they're constantly in fear it will slip, and they'll periodically touch it, consciously or unconsciously," to be sure it's still there and in place. You can often see this done on surveillance tapes when armed robbers are approaching a target, and "cops do it, too, for reassurance when they're in plainclothes," even though they usually have holsters. Across his experience, Kleinsmith says he has seen "only one bad guy on the street with a holster." An NYPD detective, Robert Gallagher, who was especially skilled at detecting hidden weapons with observational techniques, reportedly found only about 100 holsters with some 1,200 recovered guns. "If you find someone with an empty holster," Kleinsmith predicts, "there will be a gun within a 20-ft. radius." 4) Closely related to the security feel is what Kleinsmith calls "protective body movement." This is particularly noticeable when an armed subject is running or moving abruptly; he holds his arm against the concealed weapon, either stiffly or with a very restrained swing. "Even if the suspect is just walking, you may see that he takes a full stride with his opposite-side foot but the gun-side stride will be shorter, almost like a limp in some cases" because he's trying to clamp the gun in place and minimize its slipping or its risk of falling out. The arm may also come in against the gun "as a protective movement when people start getting close to the suspect." Like you do when approached, armed offenders may turn their gun side away when you come up to them. "Craps games offer good chances to spot people with guns," Kleinsmith noted. "They're squatting down, standing up, rolling dice, passing money. Movement helps you pinpoint hidden weapons." 5) Of course, look for telltale bulges. "A gun is not flexible and doesn't conform well to the shape of the human body, so it may reveal itself in the form of a protrusion," Kleinsmith reminds. The whole gun may not be outlined, but tight clothing reveal bumps that relate to a hammer, a grip, or a muzzle. 6) As you study a subject's clothing, ask yourself: Does it fit the season? In cold weather, is a coat unzipped or unbuttoned? Is the subject wearing only one glove, leaving his shooting hand bare? Is he wearing a belt that's not through his pants loops

and thereby capable of cinching tighter against a hidden gun? Is a coat weighted down lower on one side? When he walks or runs, does a coat or jacket bounce off his leg as if something heavy is in the pocket? Does a loose-hanging hood seem weighted down, causing the drawstring to pucker? If a subject seems to have a wallet in his pocket but is wearing a fanny pack, then what's in the fanny pack? Is footwear mismatched, with one shoe larger than the other to possibly conceal a small handgun? With bikers, the favored hiding place for guns is inside boots, Kleinsmith says. Some may also use special pockets sewn into their colors. "Watch females who are with bikers," he cautions. "Most of the time they carry for the males," capitalizing on the tendency of too many officers to dismiss females as a threat. 7) On a vehicle stop, closely observe the occupants as soon as you begin contemplating a pullover. "Watch their shoulders," Kleinsmith says. A shoulder moving up can indicate a gun being drawn from a waistband; a shoulder dipping down may mean drugs, booze, weapons, or other contraband being shoved under a seat or between seats. If you decide to use indications such as Kleinsmith enumerates as justification for a stopand-frisk, "you must be able to articulate your observations," he warns. Ideally, you'll be able to identify a cluster of several cues. "Write down all the characteristics you observed, all the facts as to why

the stop was conducted. Never go just on a hunch." Also, use these give-aways to make you conscious of your own actions while wearing a concealed weapon off-duty. An armed criminal's body language "may be more magnified" regarding a hidden weapon, Kleinsmith says, but officers tend to share many of the same nervous habits and mode of dress. To a knowing individual watching you, you may unconsciously telegraph your armed status in situations where you don't want it known. Kleinsmith concludes: "Trying to increase your awareness of possibly armed individuals can enhance your observation skills"-and your safety. "If you know what you're looking for, you can't believe what armed suspects show you."

Editor's note: This article recently appeared on, and was reprinted in the Street Survival Newsline (a service of The SCTA is reprinting it in this publication in hopes that it will be beneficial to our membership. Mr. Remsberg is as a Senior Contributor for and he cofounded the original Street Survival Seminar and the Street Survival Newsline. His nearly three decades of work earned him the prestigious O.W. Wilson Award for outstanding contributions to law enforcement and the American Police Hall of Fame Honor Award for distinguished achievement in public service.

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knows a cop doesn't deliver good news. The first frightening scenario is the cop telling you your child has been either injured or killed in some sort of catastrophe. The other nightmare is when a cop arrives at your door and tells you your child has been arrested. There is nothing more embarrassing for a cop than to find out his child, no matter what the kid's age, has crossed over to the "enemy". I know that embarrassment and humiliation, my son is sitting in jail. It gives you an empty feeling. You feel like you are being stared at by all your neighbors. You start to wonder what they are saying about you and your family. You feel like you're no longer one of the good guys, like you should move from your neighborhood. However, this life changing event is the kid's choice, not yours. Calibre Press used to say in their seminars regarding critical incidents, "you did the best you could with the information that was available to you", so too, in raising your child. My sister-in-law who has been through the same situation said something that is very wise, "You cannot take credit for your children's successes and you are not responsible for their failures." Those words are so true. If you wind up in this situation, there is a lot of learning that will take place in a very short period of time. You will learn that you are not alone in this situation. There are many active and retired cops who have gone through similar events. Believe me, they will support you and share their experiences with you. Many of them have stories, some of which will give you hope for the future, others will give you guidance. You will also be given the opportunity to reflect on the way you deal with parents of troubled children. No person or occupation is immune to family problems and embarrassments. My wife went to our church pastor to ask for a jail visitation for our son. The pastor shared the trials and tribulations he had with one of his children. Just like cops, people of the cloth are not exempt from family problems either. People, no matter what they do for a living, really aren't any different than cops. As I said before, cops don't deliver good news. They also have a very jaded view of the public. They never get invited into homes to share joyous family

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There are two things that scare a cop, both start with another cop knocking on the front door. Everyone

occasions, they only get invited in to referee family fights. I now know, if I had foreseen what was coming in my life, even if I couldn't change my son's behavior, I would have been more empathetic to the parents who called the police for help with their children, especially now since I have seen things from both sides of the bars. As an active or retired cop, no matter what your family member did and how much attention it draws, continue to hold your head up high. You are not a criminal. Look for support for you and the rest of your family. All of you are in this together. Be kind to one another. Don't ignore your other kids while worrying about the one in jail. Too often in crises we forget the other people who are just as important and don't create problems. Keep your emotions in check. Don't lash out at the other children or your spouse. They are not the problem. Don't let the rest of your family or your marriage become casualties of your child's arrest. As a police officer on the street, take the time to make a difference to someone. Keep a list of community referrals for family problems in your briefcase. Make photocopies of the list so you can hand it out to the people in need of this information. While on patrol, stop and visit other community agencies in your patrol area to see what help is available. This is good public relations and you might be able to compile a list of referrals for the department. Take the time to let parents who called the police talk. You're paid by the hour; give them their money's worth. Let them explain what is going on. Learn from what they have to say. As they speak they are giving you the warning signs of a troubled child. They are an excellent resource. If you are a corrections officer, you certainly have a tough job dealing with prisoners all day long. However, one thing you must learn, just like the cops on the street must learn, not everyone is a criminal. Yes, during visiting hours, you will have the regulars, who have been through the system many times and know it better than you do, stopping in to visit their incarcerated friends. You will also see parents coming in who have never been to a jail before. They will be confused and have questions. Answer them as politely as possible. Rudeness does not show how smart you are or how much you are in control. While waiting outside the corrections center, I've seen people from all walks of life, different races and many ages going in to spend some precious time

with a loved one. I have also heard corrections officers "barking" at people; "Take off your hat" or "you can't drink that in here". Rule compliance can be gained more easily by turning those orders into requests with simple, but polite statements; "Sorry, hats can't be worn in the building" or "you'll have to finish your coffee outside before entering". It is much easier to escalate to commands if compliance does not take place than it is to deescalate the situation once you have set the tone for a confrontation. At some time in our lives we have all said something, and knew as the words left our mouths, it did not come out correctly. Either it was our tone of voice, or the way we phrased our statement. We immediately regretted what we said, and became involved in a confrontation of words. If you are the law enforcement family member please keep your identity to yourself at the jail. Don't call out greetings to officers you know from work or law enforcement organizations. Don't call attention to yourself. If you are asked for identification, show your driver's license, not your departmental identification card. Guns are not allowed in the jail so leave your weapon home. Your badge will set off the metal detectors as you enter. Even if you say nothing about being a cop, the officer at the entrance will have to examine the badge case to see what set off the detector. You don't need other people in line identifying you as an officer. Even if you are retired, a civilian cannot tell from your badge whether you're active or retired. You do not need them spreading the word through their inmate family members that a cop's kid is in jail. No matter how tough your kid thinks he is, you don't need to bring attention from other inmates to him. Since you won't have your gun, you might as well secure your badge at home too. Your identification card is more than enough to identify you to another officer if the need arises to let him know who you are. If you have questions to ask the corrections officers ask them in a polite manner. Show them the respect they deserve. It might help if you compile a list of questions at home before you go to the jail. That way you can get all the questions answered at one time and save yourself multiple trips to the information center. If you encounter a rude corrections officer, don't get into a confrontation. Just make some mental notes, go home and calm down. After you have calmed down you can decide if you want to bring the matter to the attention of a corrections supervisor. At some point you will probably come in contact with either a probation or parole officer. These people are specialists in assessing and supervising prisoners. Be honest when speaking to them. Let them know your concerns for your kid. Once a child reaches the age of majority, you can not dictate terms to them. However, if you inform the probation officer that you believe psychiatric testing, treatment and medication are needed, they might be able to mandate it through the court sentencing as conditions of probation or parole. Life as a law enforcement officer is not easy. You work hard to provide your family with the best of

everything and to keep them safe from what you see every day at work. Working overtime or on special details is never a problem as long as it makes life better for your family. It breaks your heart when after all you did for your children you find out one of your kids is on the wrong side of the bars looking out. You are not the only parent this has happened to and not the only cop it has ever happened to or will happen to. Take care of yourself and the rest of your family. Get the support you need to get through this ordeal and decide for yourself as a parent, how you're going to deal with the child in jail. Let the child in trouble go through the system and learn from his mistakes. As painful as it might be, it might turn out to be the best thing you ever did for him. Every life experience offers a chance to learn something. Learn from your child's mistakes and let the child learn from his own as well. Don't forget your fellow officers when they need help. When you hear another officer's kid has been arrested, pull up alongside his patrol car, hand him a cup of coffee and say "I heard what happened. I've been there too, let's talk".

Editor's Note: Mr. Bettinger is a retired police officer from the Suffolk County New York Police Department. He and his wife Lynn now live in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is the author of many articles and the book, Fighting Crime with "Some" and Lenny, and has been a long time contributor to South Carolina Trooper.

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Take advantage of your SCTA Membership this summer!

As a member of the South Carolina Troopers Association, you are entitled to the following discounts, offered as a courtesy by the companies listed below:

· Ripley's Aquarium (Myrtle Beach): Discounted tickets to Ripley's Aquarium are available for purchase at the SCTA Store by calling (800) 633-2236, ext. 10, or you can e-mail the SCTA Store, [email protected] for more information. · Myrtle Waves, NASCAR Speedpark, Miniature Golf: Discounted tickets to the above-mentioned attraction in Myrtle Beach are available for purchase at the SCTA Store by calling (800) 633-2236, ext. 10, or you can e-mail the SCTA Store, [email protected] for more information. · Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens: Discounted tickets to Columbia's Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens are available for purchase at the SCTA Store by calling (800) 6332236, ext. 10, or you can e-mail the SCTA Store, [email protected] for more information. · Disney Theme Parks: On-line discounts for Disney Theme Parks, and other Orlando attractions, may be obtained by going to and entering the following information: username: SCSTA password: trooper (both are case-sensitive) · Paramount's Carowinds: Internet discounts are available by going on-line, www. and clicking on the "tickets" link. Then, click on "Corporate Partners" and enter the code 8GAD. · Shamu Club & Club Busch Gardens: Complimentary corporate membership programs have been offered to us by Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks with special savings and vacation deals to Sea World, Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Water Country USA and Sesame Place. To take advantage of these special offers, visit and click on the Club Sign Up for New Employees. The SCTA's company code is 1544119 · Hertz Rental Car: Hertz offers SCTA members special year round discounts on your daily, weekly, weekend, and monthly rentals, traveling in the US or worldwide. Your Hertz CPD number, 1616235, is the key. Call 1-800-654-2210 or visit the Hertz website,

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SCTA News & Events

Troop Four Recognized For DUI Enforcement Efforts

n May 3, 2007, law enforcement officers statewide were honored today by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) and MADD South Carolina for their efforts in 2006 to keep impaired drivers off the roadways. About 300 law enforcement officials, elected representatives and victims gathered in Columbia for the 2nd annual DUI Enforcement Recognition Ceremony. Solicitor Gregory Hembree, president of the South Carolina Solicitors' Association, delivered the keynote address. The SCTA would like to commend Lance Corporal Stephen D. Poole, Troop 4, for being recognized as the recipient of the Trooper DUI Hero Award. This award is presented to the troop who made the most DUI arrests in 2006. We would also like to recognize South Carolina Highway Patrol Troop Four for being recognized as the troop that has demonstrated excellence in implementing innovation techniques in the detection and deterrence of impaired driving.


Jami Goldman (MADD),CPT M.S. Wright, and Jim Schweitzer

Jami Goldman (MADD), L/CPL S.D. Poole, and Jim Schweitzer

The S C H P Remembers . . .

n April 14, 2007, the South Carolina Highway Patrol held its fourth annual "Service of Rememberance"at North Trenholm Baptist Church in Columbia, SC. The service pays tribute to all South Carolina State Troopers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Supporters of this annual year's event included North Trenholm Baptist Church, the SCTA, Shives Funeral Home and the Law Enforcement CHaplaincy for South Carolina. Captain W.S. Reid also played an integral role in the coordianton of this year's memorial.


SCTA Swears in New Secretary

n June 26, 2007, Presdient Derrick Crosby swore in SGT J. B. Hendricks as the new SCTA Secretary. Hendricks formerly served on the Board as the Headquarters Representative. n Saturday, March 24, 2007, the SC Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) held its annual Statewide Candlelight Vigil of Hope & Remembrance at Columbia College. The ceremony honored the memories of those who have been lost to drunk driving. Special guests included Columbia Mayor Bob Coble and SCDPS Director, James K. Schweitzer. 41 South Carolina Trooper



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In February 2007, SGT Kevin B. Martin (Troop 6) was awarded the 2006 Exchange Club of Charleston's Trooper e of the Year annual recognition cereomy. On April 11, 2007, Kendall J. Millhouse, grandson of grandson 007, L/CPL and Mrs. rs. s. s T.U. Milhouse, se, e Jr. (RET), signed ed d signed a national al l letter of intent nt t to run track ck k for Clemson on n U n i v e r s i t y. Millhouse graduated from m Summerville Hi h School in 2007. (Photo courtesy of Summerville High S h l i 2007 (Ph fS ll )

, 2007, , On February 8, 2007, 2007, (Troop 4) welcomed their first child, d, son Carson n Trexler, into the e world. Trexler r weighed in at 8 lbs., 3 oz., and d was 21 inches s long. (phototakenby y

s Memorable Moments of Concord, NC)

L/CPL L/CPL & Mrs. J.T. Phillips Mrs. J.T. Phillips p L/CPL J.T. Phillips

On May 1, 2007, S/TPR & Mrs. Crystal McKinney (Troop 4) welcome a baby girl, Madeline Payton, into the world. Madeline was 7 1/2 lbs., 12 oz. O On May 2, 2007, the 8th Annual Colonel's Cup Softball Tournment was held at the Oak Grove Sports Complex T in West Columbia. All SCHP Troops, along with the S State Transport Police, particiated, and proceedes w went to the Special Olympics. This year's tournament w winner was the SCHP Troop Four Team, pictured below.

On March 23, 2007, L/CPL & Mrs. M.R. Danback (Troop 1), welcomed a daughter, Olivia Grace, into the ( p ), g , world. She weighed 9 w lbs., 7 oz. lb and a was 20 ¾ inches l o n g . Olivia joins O big sister b Emma. E

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In December 2007, Thomas Heyward Mattox, III (better know to friends and family) received a bone marrow transplant at Duke University. Trip was born without the ability to produce white blood cells, so finding an exact donor match was a blessing for Trip, along with his family and friends. Trip is the grandson of SGT & Mrs. James M. Lark (RET). On May 24, 2007, the SCTA sponsored a dinner for SCHP Basic #84. The dinner was held at D's Restaurant in Columbia.

How's your Health?

FInd out at a free health screen!

There will be a free health screening on July 25, 2007, at the SCTA Office (4961 Broad 2007, Check out our on-line store! River Road, Columbia, SC), in conjunction with Lexington Medical Center's Community Outreach Program. The screen will be held Julian Bridges (Troop Four) is currently serving in from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Afghanistan. If anyone who would like to send him a

letter or care package, the address Julian Bridges; 218th 09320. Screenings, which include blood pressure BCT TAG; Camp Phoenix; APO AE 09320. Below is a assessment, lipid profile (total cholesterol, picture, submitted by Kim Bridges, taken at Julian's going away party.

HDG, LDL, & triglycerides), glucose, iron profile, and PSA (for men 40 and older), are by appointmentonly and require a 12 hour fast. To make your appointment, please call Diane at (800) 633-2236, ext. 10 or send an e-mail to [email protected] [email protected]

Front Row: John Phillips, Julian Bridges, Connor Bridges, Jeff Martin Back Row: Bill McKinney, Brad Gardner, Ray Bradshaw, Mark Love

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Personalize an SCHP Badge or Patch crystal. See order form on next page 45.

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These personalized crystals make a great gift, and the personalization options are virtually endless. If you have specific requests, please contact the SCTA Store, (800) 633-2236, ext. 13, before completing this form. Please note all orders must be pre-paid. Crystals are 3.2" H x 2" W and are packaged in an attractive padded box. They are available with either the SCHP Badge or Patch. Member Cost: $20 (add $8 if you would like your crystal shipped directly to you.)

South Carolina Troopers Association Order Form for Personalized Crystals

Please check you crystal choice and quantity:

Badge x

Patch x

Please allow 6-8 weeks for deliver; we cannot guarantee exact delivery dates.

Name as you would like it to appear on crystal: _____________________________________ *Rank__________ *Call Number/Badge Number ____________ (Only include if you want these on the crystal. Be sure to write/type it exactly as you would like it to appear. If no rank is specified and you order the badge, Trooper will appear where the rank is) *Additional wording below image_____________________________________

(This is optional and may include dates of service; Basic Class Number (Basic #81); Retired; etc.) E-mail address: __________________________________ Phone Number: (_____ ) _____-_________ This information will only be used for questions/order confirmation/notification when order is ready

3 digit security code (**If you prefer, you may call the SCTA Store with your credit card number**) · · Mail or hand deliver to the SCTA Store, 4961 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29212 E-Mail to [email protected] or fax to (803) 772-1125

Please remit this form by one of the following methods:

Send my crystal to me at the following address: Name __________________________________ Address:__________________________________________ APT/STE #______ City/State/ZIP____________________________________________________________

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To order any of the pictured merchandise, or to see more merchandise available at the SCTA Store, please log on to If you have specific questions about colors, sizes, etc., simply send an e-mail to [email protected] or call us toll-free at (800) 6332236, ext. 13. The store is open Tuesday-Friday and is closed on Mondays. On-line shopping is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A handling fee of $3 will be added to all mail orders, in addition to shipping charges. All packages are shipped via USPS First Class mail, unless other arrangements are made with the SCTA Store. This month, through July 20, 2007, enter the code "SUMMER READER" when you make an on-line purchase and save an additional 15% off your purchase. This offer is only valid on-line.

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Ready, Set & Get Wet this Summer!

South Carolina Troopers Association Annual Picnic

When: Saturday, August 18, 2007 Where: Whirlin Waters Adventure Waterpark (at North Charleston's Wannamaker Park) Meal served from noon - 1:00 p.m.

Cost: SCTA Members & dependent children 3-65: $10 Members 65+: $5 Kids under 2: FREE Guest(s) over 65:$15 Guests 2 & Under: FREE

*Guest(s) ages 3-65: $21.00

**Includes spouses who aren't members, grandchildren, companions, friends, etc. ** Sign up now for the SCTA Picnic so you and your family can enjoy the last days of summer on over 15 acres of cool fun and island-style water play packed into one location! Picnic tickets include lunch and admission to all of the waterpark's attractions (open from 10:00 a.m. ­ 6:00 p.m.) including Otter Bay (a kiddie pool area); Lily Pad Lagoon (toddler play area); The Big Kahuna Wave Pool; Riptide Run (mat racer slide); Tubular Twister (multislide complex); Big Splash Tree House (with 66 interactive play elements); and of course, the Rollin River lazy river, featuring 870 feet of relaxation. Special room rates, beginning at $89.00/night + tax are being offered at the Quality Suites Convention Center in North Charleston, ( about 9 miles from the waterpark; across from the Tanger Outlet Center and the North Charleston Fire Museum. Call the hotel directly, 843.747.7300, by July 17, 2007, and mention the South Carolina Troopers Association rate. All rooms are suites, and include a complimentary breakfast and a manager's reception. If you plan to attend the picnic, please complete, detach, and return the registration form below by July 20, 2007. If you are a season pass holder for the waterpark, you still need to register (see below). If you have questions, call the SCTA Office, 800.633.2236, or e-mail [email protected] -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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Member Name:__________________________ Membership: Active Spouse Name, if applicable:__________________________ SCTA Member? Other Attendees: Retired Yes Associate No Honorary/life

______________________________ ______________________________

_____________________________ _____________________________

** Guests Include ANYONE OTHER THAN spouses who are members and/or dependent children** I will need the following number of tickets: #____ Member Adult(s) under age 65 x $10 = $______ #____ Member Adult(s) over 65 x $5 = $______ #____Guest(s) (age 3 -65) x 21.00=$______ #____Guest(s) over age 65 x $15=$_____ #____Guest Season Pass Meal Ticket(s)x$8= $______ Total Adults over age 65 =_______

#____ Dependent Children (ages 3-17) x $10= $_____ #____Member Season Pass Meal Ticket x$5 =$_____ Total Attendees ages 3-65 =_______

Total Amt. Enclosed: $______________ Check/Money Order #:_____________ FOR OFFICE USE: Date Recd:__________________ Notes: ____________________________________________________

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