The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 4, 2006


Trooper uses father’s advice: ‘Do your best,’ day after day


“The first time I got shot at, my survival instinct kicked in and I did what I needed to do to survive. I’m able to snap into that frame of mind.”

The tactical information collected by Bishop’s unit, as well as others, has been used to predict future attacks and methods of aggression, assisting U.S. forces in their fight against the insurgents.

Often, Bishop and his unit could act as advisers to the combat units, using their observations of the insurgents to predict the current migration of attack methods.

“We could actually predict, or offer the best guess we had, about what they had to expect,” he explained.

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Bishop is now the commander of the State Police’s Welch detachment.

His administrative job keeps him busy, but allows less hands-on involvement in investigative work.

“My biggest enjoyment was working the investigations — in a way that the investigation is successful and can be successfully prosecuted and hold up to all the suppression hearings and appeals,” Bishop said.

“The defense pulls out all the stops in these cases — that’s their job.

“A good investigation leads to a good, solid conviction and a prison sentence.”

Bishop knows every crime has a victim and when the criminal goes to prison, the victim and/or the victim’s family and friends feel like they’ve gotten justice. That’s the result he likes to see.

As the detachment commander, however, he now oversees other troopers’ investigations.

“I have to make sure the investigations are foolproof. I have a greater impact, but I’ve lost that hands-on involvement.”

He is still a member of the State Police Special Response Team, which he describes as the agency’s equivalent of a SWAT team.

Team members participate in regular training sessions and are called in to serve high-risk warrants and to deal with hostage situations and other special details that need highly trained officers.

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