- The Division of Enforcement and Inspection officially became
the Division of State Patrol on January 15, 1980, to reflect the
agency’s mission and responsibilities.
- The State Patrol in 1980 purchased its "red phone" system,
which was a private telephone system connecting the central
headquarters in Madison with the seven district headquarters,
the State Patrol Academy, and the state Division of Emergency
- Trooper Gary Powles was killed in the line of duty from
injuries sustained in a crash on May 18, 1980. (In
- The Legislature increased the authorized strength of the
State Patrol from 375 to 400 sworn positions in 1983.
- Construction began on a new State Patrol Academy facility at
Fort McCoy in May 1984.
- Intoxilyzers for measuring breath-alcohol levels replaced
the Breathalyzers beginning in 1984.
- The agency began its participation in the federally funded
Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) with six
inspectors in 1985.
- The .357 Smith & Wesson revolver was replaced with the .9mm
Ruger semi-automatic in 1987.
- A new two-person, two desk radio console system became
operational at the District 4 headquarters in Wausau in 1988.
The system contained a teletype machine, typewriter, telephone,
printer, credit card machine, recall recorder for radio and
telephone traffic, citizens band radio, police scanner, personal
computer and microfiche machine.
- Trooper Deborah McMenamin was killed in the line of duty on
Oct. 26, 1989. (In
*The sources of information include a
variety of documents, newsletters, previous anniversary publications
and submissions by current and former members of the Wisconsin State