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11-13-2002, 17:52 #1Chief
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State Police, Highway Patrol, and State Trooper
What are the differences between these?
11-14-2002, 00:15 #2
In FL, state troopers work for the Highway Patrol. We don't have a "state" police in the traditional sense, but have numerous state agencies that have sworn officers (FWC, DEP, DOT, FHP, etc).
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11-14-2002, 02:06 #3BBradley Guest
Generally State Police depts are a "full service" agency. They will respond to any criminal incident or calls for service in areas not covered by a city PD or an SO. Example, the Pennsylvania State Police. While they do this, they primarily work the highways and perform traffic enforcement.
Highway Patrols, generally, work traffic only. They respond to traffic situations and work wrecks in sheriff's counties, or the state highways. State Patrols are the same as Highway Patrol.
Note the use of the term "generally". The U.S is a big place and it is hard to generalize. For example the California Highway Patrol are a HP, but they are so large and have so many specialized units, they have the ability to work often with other agencies on matters other than just traffic.
11-14-2002, 19:29 #4ArLawman Guest
First thing first....I'm not a trooper or even work for the state (city Po-PO). Here in Arkansas a Trooper works for the State Police, who works Arkansas Highways and Interstate, mainly accidents and traffic stops on personel cars and trucks. Highway patrol also works the highways and interstates also weigh stations. Highway Patrol concentrates on commercial vehicles (semi's). Hope this helps and is accurate.