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Steve saw many

changes in technology

during his time on the

Patrol.  Steve’s first car

was a 1989 Plymouth

Fury.  They did not have

portable radios when he

started, and they were

only issued a shotgun

and pistol.  Rifles came

soon after the Remeta

shooting.  Steve was

one of the first troopers

to be issued a computer,

because of his number of

truck inspections.  Steve

says he always felt the

Patrol kept its troopers

well equipped.  He is

glad to see the Patrol

is forming the Mobile Field Force, as terrorism and civil

unrest is becoming more of a threat to troopers today.  

Steve was very active in the KSTA.  He became a

member shortly after finishing training and was active

until he retired.  He served as a Representative and also as

Troop I Director during his tenure.  Steve feels the KSTA

made sure the job was safe, and believes the troopers today

would not have the pay they do if it wasn’t for the KSTA.  

Steve says he had really good guys and supervisors to

By Laura Moore

Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office

State SAFE Coordinator

Enforcing the Primary Seat Belt Law

Traffic crashes are one of the leading

causes of death for Americans between

the ages of 0-34. The Center for Disease

Control and Prevention states that,

“Among drivers and front-seat passengers, seatbelts

reduce the risk of death by 45%, and cut the risk of serious

injury by 50%. Seatbelts save lives. Even after all of the

education and facts that are given to the general public,

people still don’t buckle up. There are still multiple traffic

crashes that end in preventable death.

Enforcing the primary seatbelt law is amajor component

that could lead to ending preventable traffic fatalities and

only law enforcement can play that role.

Enforcement of the primary seatbelt law is important

in Kansas at two different points. First, it can have a direct

impact to those who are ticketed. Ideally,

after an individual is cited, they start

wearing their seatbelt. It now goes beyond

that though. The second instance that is

important is when $20 of the $30 citation

fine goes into the seatbelt safety fund. This

money will be used to educate Kansas

children and teens on traffic safety.

With a sustainable funding source, the

SAFE program can now grow to be a part of ALL Kansas

schools. Topics ranging from underage drinking and

distracted driving to general seatbelt use will be addressed

by teen leaders in monthly traffic safety messages. Through

the SAFE program and these lifesaving subjects, the big

picture will change with seatbelt use continuing to increase

and traffic crash fatalities continuing to decrease.

Thank you for all that you do; enforcing the primary

seatbelt law and helping make Kansas roads SAFE.

For more information on the SAFE program, go to:

http://www.ktsro.org/safe

.

Profile of a Retired Trooper

Technical Trooper Steve Harvey

Technical Trooper Steve Harvey retired from the Patrol

Dec. 6, 2014, after serving the citizens of Kansas for more

than 25 years. When I called Steve to see if he would agree

to do an interview for this article, his response was, “Why

did you pick me?”  I told him I had always thought he was

a trooper that the younger troopers looked to for advice

when they had a question, especially when it came to truck

enforcement.  Steve eventually agreed to my request.

Steve always knew he wanted to be in law enforcement

since he was a kid.  He also knew that he wanted to be

a trooper, as there were several troopers in WaKeeney he

looked up to while growing up in the area.  Steve completed

a work study with the local police department during his

senior year of high school.  Once he completed the work

study, he knew for sure that law enforcement was for him.

There was only one problem, and that was that he was not

21 yet.  So, he enlisted in the Army, and was a member of

the Army Military Police for three years.  

Steve left the Army, and went looking for a job in law

enforcement.  He was hired in 1981 by the Colby Police

Department.  He started out as the dog catcher and worked

his way up to position of corporal.  A high-profile case that

Steve was involved in while working for Colby PD was

the Daniel Remeta shooting spree in

February 1985.  Steve got called in that

day and helped Assistant Police Chief

Randy Jones pursue the suspects.  The

suspects were eventually captured after

a gun battle with police.  

Steve knows that being hired by

Colby was part of God’s plan in his life,

as he met his wife Debra while serving

there.  Deb was working at the Thomas

CountyAttorney’s Office in Colby at the

time.  They were married in September

1982.  They have two daughters

Becky and Dona, and also have four

grandchildren.  Deb is currently a pastor

with the United Methodist Church in

Ness City and Bazine.

On June 18, 1989, Steve joined the

Kansas Highway Patrol and was a part of Class #25.  The

Academy was 14 weeks long at the time, and he credits

recruit counselor Marc McCune with helping him along.

Steve successfully completed the Academy, and was

assigned to Rush County.  Steve’s field training officer was

Master Trooper Terry Stithem.  Steve has always felt that

Terry was a good trainer and credits him for showing him

the Patrol way of doing things.  

Steve was a road trooper in Lacrosse until 1992,

when he transferred to WaKeeney.  Steve liked working

the road, but he found that he didn’t know a lot about

the many trucks that were going up and down it.  Since

Steve found his niche in truck enforcement,

he applied for and was offered a position in

the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program

(MCSAP).  Steve became a certified Level II

Inspector in 1993, and was trained in MCSAP

by fallen Trooper Dean Goodheart and other

MCSAP troopers.  Steve was scheduled to

check trucks with Dean later in the day on

the day that he was killed.  This was one of

the hardest things he dealt with emotionally

during his time on the Patrol. 

Steve says the MCSAP Program began

with basically verifying a driver had a

logbook, to the multiple inspections levels

that we have today. Steve says in all his

years in MCSAP, he made it a priority to do

a complete and thorough inspection, because

if the driver went down the road and had a

collision, it could come back on you.  Steve is still a part-

time (999) employee in MCSAP, and does some instructing

at theAcademy and occasionally to outside agencies.  Steve

feels the biggest issue today in MCSAP is getting all the

trucks equipped with the electronic logging devices.  

By Doug Reed

Master Trooper, K-481

work with during his time on the Patrol.  He was proud

that he was able to work for more than 25 years for one

of the premier law enforcement agencies in the country.

Steve says the one thing that made his job easier during his

36 years in law enforcement was the fact that his family

supported him 100%.  Steve especially likes spoiling his

grandchildren, and who knows, perhaps they might one

day become a trooper too.  

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