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.
Since the establishment of the Utah Highway Patrol, 14 officers have died in the line of duty.
|Officer||End of Watch||Details|
|Patrolman George Van Wagonen||Accidental|
|Trooper Armond A. Luke||Vehicle pursuit|
|Trooper George Dee Rees||Vehicular assault|
|Trooper John R. Winn||Accidental|
|Trooper William John Antoniewicz||Gunfire|
|Agent Robert B. Hutchings||Gunfire|
|Trooper Ray Lynn Pierson||Gunfire|
|Trooper Daniel W. Harris||Vehicle pursuit|
|Trooper Joseph Samuel Brumett III||Vehicular assault|
|Trooper Dennis Lavelle Lund||Gunfire|
|Trooper Charles D. Warren||Gunfire|
|Sergeant Doyle Reed Thorne||Aircraft accident|
|Trooper Randy K. Ingram||Automobile accident|
|Lieutenant Thomas Sumner Rettberg||Aircraft accident|
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.
In 2007, a retired trooper was alleged to have robbed two motorists after conducting a traffic stop for a speeding infraction.
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. 
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.
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