DPS News Releases 2001

  • Dec 21, 2001 - Christmas and New Year's Holidays - Sixteen people died during the Christmas and New Year's holidays last year.
  • Dec 17, 2001 - OHP Lieutenant Rick Dodson named pilot of the year - Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lieutenant Rick Dodson was recently named pilot of the year but that's not what made him happy. It was the name on the award that triggered emotion in Dodson.
  • Dec 13, 2001 - November 2001 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report an increase of 26 traffic fatalities in November for a total of 69, compared to 43 in the same month last year.
  • Nov 19, 2001 - New Mail Policy for Department of Public Safety - Department of Public Safety officials announce a new policy concerning all incoming mail to the state agency in an effort to rule out potential danger to employees. Without exception, mail will not be accepted without a name and full return address beginning December 1. All mail that does not include this information will be disposed of immediately.
  • Nov 15, 2001 - October 2001 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 36 traffic fatalities in October for a total of 46, compared to 70 in the same month last year.
  • Oct 16, 2001 - Kids Day with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol - Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers and members of the Concerned Oklahomans for the Highway Patrol Society and Oklahoma State Troopers Association will host a day of education and fun for selected youth in the metro area.
  • Oct 11, 2001 - September 2001 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report an increase of one traffic fatality in September for a total of 58, compared to 57 in the same month last year.
  • Oct 10, 2001 - 53rd Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy Graduation - Three Oklahoma Highway Patrol cadets will make history on Wednesday, October 10 when they are sworn in as state troopers graduating with the 53rd OHP Academy.
  • Sept 11, 2001 - August 2001 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report an increase of one traffic fatality in September for a total of 58, compared to 57 in the same month last year.
  • Sept 7, 2001 - Law to help protect Peace Officers - A new law went in to effect July 1, 2001, to help protect peace officers and rescue workers parked on the side of the road.
  • Aug 30, 2001 - Evans and Rominger Memorial Ceremonies - Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials will join the Oklahoma City Police Department in commemorating the deaths of Trooper Matt Evans and Officer Jeff Rominger in two special memorial ceremonies.
  • Aug 29, 2001 - State troopers strive to reduce holiday traffic deaths - Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials reported eight fatalities during the 2000 Labor Day holiday weekend, reflecting no change from the 1999 holiday.
  • Aug 15, 2001 - July 2001 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of eight traffic fatality in July for a total of 50, compared to 58 in the same month last year.
  • July 17, 2001 - Oklahoma student to attend FBI National Academy Youth Leadership Program - Bristow resident Nicholas Groom, 17, has been chosen to attend the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates, Inc. Your Leadership Program in Quantico, Virginia beginning July 22.
  • July 16, 2001 - Highway patrol seeking applicants for 2001 Academy - The Department of Public Safety is currently accepting applications for the positions of 72 cadets for the 54th Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy.
  • July 3, 2001 - Combined Accident Reduction Enforcement traffic safety campaign begins today - Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers are participating in the Combined Accident Reduction Enforcement traffic safety campaign today and tomorrow, cracking down on speeders, drunk drivers and those not wearing safety belts.
  • June 25, 2001 - Department of Public Safety honors employees - Department of Public Safety Communications Officer Lori Hedges is credited for assisting troopers in three separate life-threatening situations, and DPS Electronics Technician Roger Logan will be recognized for his dedication to duty and service of radio equipment. Both will receive a new annual award.
  • June 24, 2001 - 53rd Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy - It is a year of firsts for cadets of the 53rd Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy. The first Asian, the first black female and a member of the first family will report as cadets to the OHP academy which begins Friday, June 29.
  • May 26, 2001 - April 2001 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 11 traffic fatalities in March for a total of 47, compared to 58 in the same month last year.
  • May 26, 2001 - Memorial Weekend - May 25, 2001 - Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers will participate in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort with law enforcement officers nationwide this Memorial Day weekend.
  • April 11, 2001 - Trooper of the year - March 2001 - Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers Matt Evans, Justin Gandy and Tony Richardson will receive trooper of the year awards for demonstrating heroic and humanitarian efforts while in the line duty.
  • March 13, 2001 - OHP reports increased traffic deaths in February - Department of Public Safety officials report an increase of 13 traffic fatalities in February for a total of 40, compared to 33 in the same month last year.
  • March 12, 2001 - Committee of One Hundred honors state trooper - When Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Justin Gandy arrived on the scene of a life-threatening injury accident, he didn't know he would leave a hero.
  • February 13, 2001 - Troopers receive 'Buckledown Awards' - Several Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers have been chosen as recipients of the Oklahoma Buckledown Awards Traffic Safety Recognition Program and will be presented plaques by Mrs. Cathy Keating in a ceremony reception in Tulsa at 9 a.m. today.
  • February 9, 2001 - January 2001 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 26 traffic fatalities in January for a total of 33, compared to 59 in the same month last year.
  • January 23, 2001 - OHP increase drug and criminal interdictions for year 2000 - Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports a significant increase in the confiscation of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines for a total of just over $20 million in street value seized by troopers last year.