Heyburn Police Chief Dan Bristol

Heyburn Police Chief Dan Bristol

The one statistic I don’t like to report is how many officers were killed in the line of duty each year. For those of you asking why I still report it, the answer is so people don’t forget the number of sacrifices made to keep the public safe.

Sadly in 2017, 125 law enforcement personnel were killed. In addition 23 K9’s were also killed in 2017.

The only bright news here is that number was down from 2016’s 148 law enforcement killed in the line of duty. Let’s hope that 2018’s numbers are even fewer.

Q: We have a police officer in my town that has pulled over several people for passing him when he’s going slower than 65 mph in the 65 mph zone. Cruising at 65 and double-checked by GPS, he has pulled us over saying it was illegal to pass a cop. Not only that but he didn’t give a citation for it. He just asks if we have drugs and then tells us that it was illegal to pass cops. Is that true? -Joe

A: Based off your scenario, the answer would be no. Once again there are scenarios however that could make the situation true.

If the officer was going 65 mph according to his certified speedometer then passing him would be a speeding violation. I know nobody likes to pass the cops because there is that sense of thinking maybe thinking their speedometer is not working and they are speeding if they pass the police.

If the officer was escorting or following behind a funeral then there could be a violation of not yielding to a funeral procession.

The most obvious one could be that a driver violated the no-passing zone when passing an officer which is illegal no matter who got passed.

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If you feel that you were stopped without cause to be stopped then my suggestion would be to bring it to the attention of an administrator of that department. It could be that the officer was misinformed or believed something incorrectly about passing police officers. Bringing it to that officer’s supervisor could help to correct a potential legal problem down the road.

Officer down

Please put these officers, killed in the line of duty, and their families in your prayers. They fought the good fight, now may they rest in peace. God bless these heroes.

  • Trooper Michael Anson, New York State Police
  • Lieutenant Christopher Robateau, Jersey City Police, New Jersey
  • Police Officer Chris Beaudion, Monroe Police, Louisiana

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Dan Bristol is the City of Heyburn chief of police.

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