First Woman State Trooper in Alabama Motor Unit’s 80 Year History
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The small African country is growing rapidly. But Claudine just zigzags her way between rows of backed-up cars. Drivers are changing lanes unexpectedly or suddenly slamming their brakes; riding a motorcycle is not exactly hazard-free; accidents occur daily.
Alabama State Trooper Lucy Still made history in December 2015 when she became the First Woman State Trooper in Alabama Motor Unit’s 80 Year History to join the state’s motor unit, patrolling state roadways on a motorcycle.
Still, from Selma, said she had a personal motivation for joining the unit. She said that when she got her first ticket, it was from a State Trooper who gave her a speech lecturing her on her misdeed. She said she wasn’t angry about it; she was inspired to become a woman state Trooper.
80 Year History Change
In 1935, Governor Bibb Graves made his mark in Alabama history by fulfilling his campaign promise when the state hired and trained 74 men who patrolled Alabama’s highways on motorcycles. Eighty years later, history is made again as Trooper Lucy Still becomes the first female member of the Alabama State Trooper Motor Unit.
“Trooper Lucy Still is a symbol of the positive changes that have been made in state law enforcement and in our great state,” said Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier. “I am proud of Trooper Still not only for her commitment to protect the citizens of Alabama, but for her hard work and dedication, allowing her to achieve her goal of becoming a member of the State Trooper Motor Unit.” – and as the first woman state trooper in our unit.
As for being the first woman state trooper in the motor unit, she said she felt humbled. “I feel it’s an honor, and I do not take it for granted – but I don’t want to be looked upon as that female Motor Unit rider. I just want to be known as a member of the motor unit,” said Still. She said that she hopes other young women consider careers in law enforcement and chase their goals.
Trooper Still attended the Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center Trooper Academy in Selma during 2006. “During my training at the Trooper Academy, my roommate, Trooper Jennifer Jacobs, and I observed members of the Motor Unit in the distance and continued to watch as they drove their motorcycles to the Academy, leaving a lasting impression on us. That day, that moment, is when Trooper Jacobs and I, together, set a goal of becoming members of the Motor Unit,” said Trooper Still. After recently completing the 80-hour Motor Unit training course, Trooper Lucy Still now patrols Alabama roadways as a member of the nostalgic Alabama State Trooper Motor Unit. Trooper Jacobs, however, was killed in a domestic shooting a few years later. Trooper Lucy Still woman state trooper motorcycle unit continued, “Achieving this goal is especially meaningful for me because I am doing this for both us.”
The Alabama State Trooper Motor Unit evolved from a motorcycle-mounted Highway Patrol to a multifaceted, comprehensive, statewide law enforcement agency that provides public safety to the citizens of Alabama. The emphasis of the State Trooper Motor Unit changed over the years with the Unit diminishing to a fleet of four motorcycles that only patrolled at such special events as Mardi Gras, Talladega races and the Trail of Tears. In 2000, through the use of grant funding, the Unit was revamped, allowing the focus to expand beyond special events to include routine patrols and Flying Wheel Details – four to seven-day proactive data-driven enforcement details. Units posted in high-crash corridors, focusing on such violations as speeding, DUIs and seat-belt usage.
Congrats to Lucy Still! What an example of determination and believing in your dreams.
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