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Released by the Arkansas State Police in January 2019, this story explains why an Arkansas State Trooper was officially commended by the Director of the Arkansas State Police.
On January 10, 2019, the Arkansas State Police Commission held a meeting in Little Rock. During the meeting, ASP Sergeant Chris Waters gave an overview of the nomination of Trooper 1st Class Derek Nietert for an Official Commendation.
Sergeant Chris Waters stated that TFC Derek Nietert was nominated for his cumulative efforts and results in the area of Criminal Interdiction for the year 2017. I also think it is noteworthy to mention that Derek was deployed to Iraqi for the majority of 2018 and we are glad he is back safely.
TFC Nietert is assigned to Crawford County in the Highway Patrol Division and is a member of the Interstate Criminal Patrol Team. Over the course of 2017, TFC Nietert has seized over 482 pounds of marijuana, over 20 pounds of methamphetamine, nearly 7 pounds of heroin, 1 stolen firearm, 1 ounce of kratom, and $336,919 U. S. Currency in drug proceeds. TFC Nietert has an infectious can do attitude and is quick to assist his fellow troopers.
While TFC Nietert plays a critical role on the Interstate Criminal Patrol Team, he also fulfills his other duties, which include traffic enforcement, investigating vehicle crashes and assisting area agencies as necessary. TFC Nietert makes every effort to pass on his training, experience, and knowledge to young troopers who express an interest in Interstate Criminal Patrol. TFC Nietert is worthy to receive an Official Commendation.
Colonel Bryant presented an Official Commendation to TFC Derek Nietert.