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Trooper Joel Popp

February 2024 Mission Moment
Trooper Joel Popp
Michigan State Police

On January 24, 2024, Trooper Joel Popp was struck and killed by a vehicle while assisting with a DUI investigation on northbound I-75 near Birch Run at about 7:10 pm.

He was standing outside of his vehicle when another motorist struck him and two patrol cars. Trooper Popp was transported to Hurley Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

Trooper Popp had served with the Michigan State Police for four years and was assigned to the Tri-City Post. He is survived by his wife and daughter.
Chief Danny Sharp

A Message from Retired Chief Danny Sharp
Be Your Department’s Leader

Impaired driving is a dangerous and violent crime. Law enforcement leaders must be vocal and visible about the need to address impaired driving in their communities. They cannot be spectators in the arena they have chosen to engage. Simply put, if you allow it, you condone it.

Any worthy cause needs a champion. Law enforcement leaders must be the champions in the cause to prevent injury and death caused by impaired drivers. It is not enough to merely give lip service to this dangerous behavior. It is extremely important for law enforcement leaders to be knowledgeable about the impact of impaired driving in their respective communities and the surrounding areas. Once armed with the facts, this information must be shared with community leaders and the community as a whole. Victim survivors of impaired driving crashes come from all walks of life. The impaired driver is indiscriminate when it comes to victims.

Once the scope of the problem has been identified, there must be a plan with measurable outcomes communicated to the community and agency members. If there is an area that will get more enforcement and visibility than others, steps must be taken to communicate this information specifically within those areas. It is extremely important that the “why” of the plan is explained and understood. This will lead to “buy-in” from the community, as well as agency members.

Upon post implementation, results need to be quantified and communicated with the community. This should be updated regularly and should highlight any trends. Internally, the champion must be seen as passionate and committed to preventing injury and death. After all, there is nothing more important for public safety than saving lives.

Editor’s note: reprinted from the MADD Impaired Driving Toolkit: A Law Enforcement Leaders’s Guide to Saving Lives. The toolkit can be found by Clicking Here, or at the QR Code.
Senior Trooper Solomon Albert

February 2024 Officer of the Month
Senior Trooper Solomon Albert
Virginia State Police

MADD proudly recognizes Senior Trooper Solomon Albert as our Officer of the Month for February 2024. Trooper Albert is with the Virginia State Police. He has served the State of Virginia as a trooper for 16 years.

Trooper Albert’s supervisor, First Sergeant Joseph Brown advises that “Trooper Albert is certified as a Drug Recognition Expert. He uses those skills learned to enhance his efforts behind DUI enforcement. He gives assistance to other law enforcement agencies to assist them in the evaluation of impaired drivers.

Trooper Albert himself made 73 DUI arrests in the 12-month period leading up to the MADD Virginia Awards Ceremony in Oct. 2023. Trooper Albert is unsurpassed in the Virginia State Police - Richmond Division for DUI arrests. Trooper Albert has been the MADD yearly award recipient for his regional office of the Virginia State Police 10 times.

We are proud to recognize Virginia Senior Trooper Solomon Albert as the MADD February 2024 Officer of the Month. We thank him for his dedicated service to the citizens of the State of Virginia. We wish him the best in safety and wellness in the remaining years of his career and service.

MADD extends our deepest condolences to the agencies and families who have lost officers and loved ones in the line of duty

For a complete listing of Officers lost in the line of duty, please visit: www.odmp.org

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