July 2013

The cover photograph shows Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Shawn Cook, conducting an evaluation of a suspected drug-impaired driver. Trooper Cook was the 2012 State Trooper of the Year and, in 2012, earned the Highway Patrol’s Criminal Patrol ribbon with 16 felony arrests, as well as its Ace Award for excellence in auto larceny enforcement — recovering five Stolen vehicles and making arrests in each case.

Cover image courtesy of Tommy Stiver, Ohio Department of Public safety.


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