State Trooper Joseph Hogue is presented with a plaque naming him Department of Public Safety Officers Association’s 2007 Officer of the Year during a program in Amarillo. Hogue, based in Sulphur Springs, has made a number narcotics and felony arrests and seizures over the last two years and is on a state interdiction team. He also teaches how to identify criminal indicators, locate hidden compartments and other drug interdiction techniques in law enforcement training sessions across the country and in Canada.
Photo Courtesy of Joe Hogue

Top Cop in Texas

Sulphur Springs-based highway patrolman named Texas’ top trooper for 2007

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 7, 2008 - A Sulphur Springs highway patrol trooper has been recognized as the top state trooper for 2007, an award presented by the Department of Public Safety Officers Association annually from among nominations of DPS troopers and interdiction officers statewide.

Trooper Joseph Hogue was presented the 2007 DPSOA Officer of the Year in Amarillo. He was nominated by Sulphur Springs DPS Sgt. Hank Sibley, based on his success in criminal and drug apprehension and interdiction.

�Joe Hogue is one of the best I have seen doing this, and we have some excellent officers,� Sibley said. "He�s been on a hot streak of apprehension in narcotics. He participates in the interdiction program and has seized numerous loads of narcotics. He�s really good."

Hogue has been employed with DPS since 1996. He has worked out of the Sulphur Springs office since January of 2005, and the Wood County office in Quitman for a year and a half before that.

Since he began working the Sulphur Springs area, Hogue has seized millions of dollars worth of currency, weapons and vehicles and made narcotics busts involving large quantities of such substances as cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamines and ecstasy from traffic stops, mostly on intestate highways. He’s also made numerous felony arrests in addition to being “a good working trooper,” according to Sibley.

Since January of 2005, Hogue has seized $2,428,205 in U.S. currency as a result of 25 traffic stops, all on Interstate 30. Seizures include 112 pounds of cocaine from six traffic stops on eastbound I-30, and 940 pounds of marijuana from 21 traffic stops — 20 on I-30 and one on U.S. Highway 59. He found 500 ecstasy pills during one traffic stop.

He recovered a stolen Dodge pickup during another traffic stop, a stolen 40-cal. semi-auto handgun from a person arrested on a marijuana charge in December 2007, seized a truck-tractor semi-trailer with a false wall in the nose of trailer , and a vehicle that was used to transport a large amount of marijuana from Texas to Chicago, Ill. He also has arrested two federal kidnapping fugitives, 88 major felony suspects and 54 drunk drivers.

Based on his track record and experience, Hogue is considered an expert in interdiction and criminal apprehension. He shares that knowledge with troopers across the state and law enforcement and interdiction officers nationwide. He is a staff instructor on the National Drug Interdiction Assistance Program (DIAP) and the Texas Department of Public Safety's state interdiction team, according to Sibley.

Hogue has traveled to Canada, Arizona, Oklahoma and Vermont to instruct other officers in techniques used to intercept these types of criminals. He is scheduled to travel to Seattle, Wash., this month and San Antonio next month to teach, as well.

As officer of the year, he was presented a plaque at the annual presentation and will be featured in DPSOA’s magazine.

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