Utah Highway Patrol

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Utah Highway Patrol
Abbreviation UHP
Utah Highway Patrol patch.jpg
Patch of the Utah Highway Patrol.
Agency overview
Formed 1923
Preceding agency State Road Patrol Police
Employees 1,018 (as of 2004)[1]
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* State of Utah, USA
Map of USA UT.svg
Map of Utah Highway Patrol's jurisdiction.
Size 84,889 square miles (219,860 km2)
Population 2,645,330 (2007 est.)[2]
Legal jurisdiction Utah
Governing body [[Superintendent[3]]]
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Salt Lake City , Utah
Troopers 538 (as of 2004)[1]
Civilians 480 (as of 2004)[1]
Agency executive Daniel Fuhr, Colonel
Parent agency Utah Department of Public Safety
Stations 29
* 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.[4] It was created to "patrol or police the highways within this state Utah and to enforce the state statutes as required."[5]

Issued Vehicles and Weapons[edit]

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 The large Ford Crown Victorias previously used statewide have been superseded by special-edition Ford Mustangs.[6]

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.

Fallen officers[edit]

Utah Highway Patrol police cruisers
Two UHP motorcycles

Since the establishment of the Utah Highway Patrol, 15 officers have died in the line of duty.[7]

Officer End of Watch Details
Patrolman George Van Wagonen
Saturday, May 23, 1931
Trooper Armond A. Luke
Thursday, December 3, 1959
Vehicle pursuit
Trooper George Dee Rees
Saturday, July 2, 1960
Vehicular assault
Trooper John R. Winn
Wednesday, September 22, 1971
Trooper William John Antoniewicz
Sunday, December 8, 1974
Agent Robert B. Hutchings
Tuesday, July 20, 1976
Trooper Ray Lynn Pierson
Tuesday, November 7, 1978
Trooper Daniel W. Harris
Wednesday, August 25, 1982
Vehicle pursuit
Trooper Joseph Samuel Brumett III
Friday, December 11, 1992
Vehicular assault
Trooper Dennis Lavelle Lund
Wednesday, June 16, 1993
Trooper Charles D. Warren
Monday, May 16, 1994
Sergeant Doyle Reed Thorne
Saturday, July 30, 1994
Aircraft accident
Trooper Randy K. Ingram
Wednesday, October 5, 1994
Automobile accident
Lieutenant Thomas Sumner Rettberg
Friday, February 11, 2000
Aircraft accident
Trooper Aaron Beesley
Saturday June 30, 2012


DWI Task Force officer arrested for DWI[edit]

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.[8]


In 2007, a retired trooper was alleged to have robbed two motorists after conducting a traffic stop for a speeding infraction.[9]

UHP cross controversy[edit]

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.[10] 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."[11] 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."[12]


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).

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