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 protect the lives, property and constitutional rights of people in Utah.

Issued Vehicles and Weapons

The UHP has a mixed fleet of vehicles: Ford Crown Victoria, Dodge Charger, Chevy Z71 Suburbans, and multiple Dodge and Ford pickups. The agency issues its members the Glock 22 .40 caliber or Glock 18 9mm machine pistol (Section 18: Governor's Security Detail only). The UHP also issues the Remington 870 12 gauge shotgun or Colt AR-15/M4 carbine.

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Utah Highway Patrol police cruisers

Fallen Officers

Since the establishment of the Utah Highway Patrol, 14 officers have died in the line of duty.[1]

Officer End of Watch Details
Patrolman George Van Wagonen
Saturday, May 23, 1931
Accidental
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
Accidental
Trooper William John Antoniewicz
Sunday, December 8, 1974
Gunfire
Agent Robert B. Hutchings
Tuesday, July 20, 1976
Gunfire
Trooper Ray Lynn Pierson
Tuesday, November 7, 1978
Gunfire
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
Gunfire
Trooper Charles D. Warren
Monday, May 16, 1994
Gunfire
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

Controversies

DWI Task Force officer arrested for DWI

The UHP has been involved in several incidents which have gained local news attention. In June of 2006, a 15-year veteran of the Utah Highway Patrol, also in charge of the DUI Task Force Unit, was charged with DUI after crashing his patrol car into a barrier on Bangerter Highway.[2]

Robbery

In 2007, a retired trooper was alleged to have robbed two motorists after conducting a traffic stop for a speeding infraction.[3]

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. [4]

Civil rights violation

In December of 2008 a trooper was alleged to have violated the civil rights of a black motorist during a traffic stop and subsequent search of the motorist's vehicle.[5]

Contact Information

First Floor - South
4501 South 2700 West
Salt Lake City
UT 84114
Phone: (801) 965-4518

See also

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