Troop G represents Mississippi in cruiser contest

This Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop G cruiser is representing MHP in the American Association of State Troopers Best Looking Cruiser contest. Voters can "like" their favorite cruiser on the AAST's Facebook page. (Courtesy photo)
Staff Writer

Starkville's Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop G has entered a picture of their cruiser into the American Association of State Troopers Best Looking Cruiser contest, and polls to vote for the best cruiser are open on Facebook until Monday at 5 p.m.

The cruiser that wins will be given the Best Looking Cruiser Award and featured on the cover of the AAST's "America's Best Looking Trooper Cruisers 2018 Wall Calendar."

To vote for a cruiser, voters visit the AAST's Facebook page and "like" the photo of their favorite cruiser. Voting began on Aug. 4 at 11 a.m. and will end Aug. 14 at 5 p.m. The top 13 voted cruisers will be featured in the calendar, which will be available beginning Oct. 1.

"We're proud of our patrol cars," Master Sergeant Criss Turnipseed from MHP Troop G said. "We're just happy our car has an opportunity to promote our state and to show off what we have. It's just a little friendly competition."

In the submitted photo, one of Troop G's pewter-colored cruisers sits in front of a crisp white light house on the Gulf Coast. Turnipseed said MHP's largest recent campaign has been to increase awareness and education of opioid abuse.

"That's one of our bigger things for outreach, as far as safety and health-awareness," Turnipseed said. "We're trying to put some measures in action to combat that and do our part as MHP."

A Town Hall Rally is scheduled for Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbus Municipal Complex, and Troop G will have troopers present.