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4500 Avenue I
Scottsbluff, NE 69363
(308) 632-1211

Troop E headquarters Scottsbluff, Nebraska, is comprised of 11 counties which make up the panhandle of western Nebraska. An area roughly 14,000 square miles, bordered by the states of Colorado, South Dakota and Wyoming. Home to a National Monument and numerous historical landmarks tourist traffic crosses Troop E in all directions. Interstate 80 covers over 100 miles of mostly rural landscape within the Troop area creating a unique response when compared with more urban stretches of roadway.

Troop Area Commander

Troop E-Scottsbluff is commanded by Capt. Mike Gaudreault. Since joining the Patrol in 1994, Capt. Gaudreault has served in Road Operations in Troops D & E and as an Emergency Services Team member. Capt. Gaudreault is a graduate of the 254th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and a 2010 graduate of the International Associations of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Leadership in Police Organization program.

Personnel assigned to Troop E are divided into three sergeant areas, with offices located in  Scottsbluff, Chadron, and Sidney. The 34 uniform troopers assigned to Troop E have the primary responsibility of highway safety.  In addition, Troop E Headquarters staffs a communications center with six fulltime and two part time Communication Specialists. Two addtional full time civilian staff are responsible for administrative and evidence duties.

Attaining the goal of reducing traffic fatalities encompasses both enforcement and education. The troop area utilizes statistical data obained from several resources, including the public, to direct efforts in areas where traffic violations and crashes are occurring. Enforcement, education, engineering and emergency medical response are continually evaluated in order to best serve the citizens. Personnel in Troop E work closely with allied law enforcement agencies, coalition groups and other  state agencies including the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) to further traffic safety initiatives.

Since its establishment in 1937 the goal of the Nebraska State Patrol has been the safety of the motoring public and the reduction of fatality crashes through the cooperation and support of citizens. Troop E-Scottsbluff continues this goal today by applying the Agency motto "Pro Bono Publico" (for the good of the public) in our daily duties and commitment towards highway safety.

 

Troop E Investigative Services

The Investigative Services Division of the Nebraska State Patrol includes three areas of concentration, drug investigation, criminal investigation and liquor enforcement. The Investigative Services Division of Troop E-Scottsbluff has one Lieutenant, one Sergeant and seven Investigators. Civilian employees are also a critical component of the Investigative Services Division helping with intelligence gathering, evidence and report processing.

Lieutenant Monica Bartling joined the Patrol in 1988, and has served in Road Operations and Investigative Services. She is a 2014 graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. Lt. Bartling played an integral role in establishing the CAPstone Child Advocacy Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska which opened in 2000, served as President of the Board of Directors for six years and is a forensic child interviewer at the center. Lt. Bartling has been a polygraph examiner since 2000.

 

 

Criminal Investigators in Troop E work cases ranging from child abuse and thefts to homicides, with special emphasis placed on the investigation of crimes against children.

The Troop E Drug Division is an integral component of the Western Nebraska Intelligence and Narcotic Group (WING) Drug Task Force, comprised of city, county and federal investigators. 

Troop E investigators also monitor licensed liquor establishments to verify that they are in compliance with the State's Liquor laws. Enforcement of the laws pertaining to gaming, tobacco and underage drinking are also a part of this division's duties.