Utah Highway Patrol
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|Utah Highway Patrol|
|Patch of the Utah Highway Patrol.|
|Preceding agency||State Road Patrol Police|
|Employees||1,018 (as of 2004)|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||State of Utah, USA|
|Map of Utah Highway Patrol's jurisdiction.|
|Size||84,889 square miles (219,860 km2)|
|Population||2,645,330 (2007 est.)|
|Headquarters||Salt Lake City , Utah|
|Troopers||538 (as of 2004)|
|Civilians||480 (as of 2004)|
|Agency executive||Daniel Fuhr, Colonel|
|Parent agency||Utah Department of Public Safety|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) is the functional equivalent of the state police for Utah. Its sworn members, known as Troopers are certified law enforcement officers and have statewide jurisdiction. It was created to "patrol or police the highways within this state Utah and to enforce the state statutes as required."
Issued Vehicles and Weapons
The UHP has a mixed fleet of vehicles: Ford CVPI, Dodge Charger, Chevy Z71 Suburbans, and multiple Dodge and Ford pickups. The UHP also issues its troopers take home cars, which can be used within 50 miles of their assigned county. The large Ford Crown Victorias previously used statewide have been superseded by special-edition Ford Mustangs.
The UHP issues its state troopers the Glock 22 .40 caliber or Glock 18 9mm semi-automatic pistol (The Glock 18 is issued to Section 18: Governor's Security Detail Troopers only). (Troopers may also carry a personal weapon, provided it is chambered in 9mm, .40 S&W, or .45 auto.). Troopers are also issued the Remington 870 12 gauge shotgun and each patrol vehicle carries a Colt AR-15/M4 carbine assault rifle. Prior to issuing AR-15's, The Patrol began participating in a program with the US Government and purchased surplus M-14 rifles. Troopers also carry tasers, expandable batons, and pepper spray. The UHP continues to issue and utilize the M-14 rifle, especially in rural areas of the state. The carbines are primarily issued to Troopers in urban and densely populated areas.
Since the establishment of the Utah Highway Patrol, 15 officers have died in the line of duty.
|Officer||End of Watch||Details|
|Patrolman George Van Wagonen||
|Trooper Armond A. Luke||
|Trooper George Dee Rees||
|Trooper John R. Winn||
|Trooper William John Antoniewicz||
|Agent Robert B. Hutchings||
|Trooper Ray Lynn Pierson||
|Trooper Daniel W. Harris||
|Trooper Joseph Samuel Brumett III||
|Trooper Dennis Lavelle Lund||
|Trooper Charles D. Warren||
|Sergeant Doyle Reed Thorne||
|Trooper Randy K. Ingram||
|Lieutenant Thomas Sumner Rettberg||
|Trooper Aaron Beesley||
DWI Task Force officer arrested for DWI
The UHP has been involved in several incidents which have gained local news attention. In June 2006, Lt. Fred Swain, a 15-year UHP veteran, in charge of the Highway Patrol's DUI Squad (a section within the Highway Patrol tasked specifically with the enforcement of DUI laws), was charged with DUI after crashing his patrol car into a barrier on Bangerter Highway.
In 2007, a retired trooper was alleged to have robbed two motorists after conducting a traffic stop for a speeding infraction.
UHP cross controversy
On November 20, 2007, a judge ruled that the 14 white crosses erected by the Utah Highway Patrol Association could remain in place. An atheist group had filed suit, claiming the memorials were a violation of the separation of church and state. However, on 18 August 2010, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the white roadside crosses used to memorialize the deaths of 14 Utah Highway Patrol troopers are unconstitutional, government endorsements of religion on public lands. "We hold that these memorials have the impermissible effect of conveying to the reasonable observer the message that the state prefers or otherwise endorses a certain religion." The Utah Highway Patrol Association had claimed that "roadside crosses, in particular, are secular symbols," and have erected signs saying "not a state endorsement of any religion."
The 1-877-JAIL-FON is a service phone number created by the Utah Highway Patrol that allows people to practice the "one phone call" from jail if arrested for a DUI (Driving Under the Influence of some substance that impairs driving ability).
- USDOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics Census of Law Enforcement Agencies
- http://www.census.gov/popest/states/NST-ann-est.html 2008 Population Estimates
- Utah State Code, Section 53.8.103(2) Accessed 19 September 2012
- Utah State Code, Section 53.8.106 Accessed 19 September 2012
- Utah State Code, Section 53.8.104 Accessed 19 September 2012
- Ford Muscle-car Forum, Utah Highway Patrol Mach-1 Mustang
- Utah Highway Patrol Fallen Troopers Page http://honoringheroes.org/Fallen_Troopers.html
- UHP Trooper Charged with DUI
- Deseret News
- utahtrooper.com website