A Florida State Trooper is a law enforcement officer of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), a State Police agency, which exists within the scope and authority of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Potential Florida State Troopers are required to attend the academy for about twenty-seven weeks.After troopers graduate, they are assigned to troops throughout Florida’s sixty-seven counties and are on a probationary period for one year. Their job is to enforce the traffic laws and patrol state highways. The FHP, with jurisdiction throughout Florida, does not use troopers for anything other than traffic. In Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, commonly referred to as South Florida, troopers are either assigned to Troop K, which is the Turnpike, (which runs through the center of the State, ending in Wildwood), or, within Miami-Dade County, to Troop E, which is the I-95 corridor, the I-195 and I-395, and along with some streets within the city that are owned, patrolled and maintained by the State of Florida.
B. Vespaciano states, “Mr. Halbig states that he was a trooper from 1974-1975, which means that he never surpassed the probationary or rookie portion of the job. Halbig’s Florida State Trooper career was that of a Probationary Trooper, working under the immediate supervision of a Field Training Officer (FTO). This makes most of his statements, concerning his law enforcement background, experiences and daily activities, vicarious experiences, lived through the experiences of others, probably his FTO. Alternatively, they are pure fabrications. Most of his stories, based on my experience, the latter is closer to the truth. I can almost assert that most of his stories sound like plots taken from cop shows on TV.”
Further, Vespaciano states, “Even troopers working the metropolitan area of Miami-Dade, will only be marginal to the actual police activities within the county. They are often called to assist the Sheriff’s Office or any of the smaller metropolitan police departments. So, if there was a shooting or a major incident, troopers, if available, would be called in to create perimeters and to clear traffic, or handle traffic control. The job of investigating murders or other horrific crimes that he mentions, would be handled by the County police or the City police, not the FHP and much less by a rookie trooper still on probation. I would like to assert, emphatically, that troopers, in South Florida, do not investigate crimes or criminal activity on a routine basis. This is the function of the police and the Sheriff.”
Vespaciano states, “As far as ‘seeing death every day…’ I can only say that I, as a thirty year veteran, did see plenty of death, including the death of many friends and colleagues but it was, thankfully, not on a daily basis. Most of the time law enforcement is routine and boring. It is lots of paperwork and non-action packed investigations. Arrests are usually quiet and do not result in shootouts or other action, like chases or fights. Yes, these do occur but not commonly and troopers, of all law enforcement officers, are the furthest removed from such occurrences. And, a death on the scene, or the scene of a death, does not equal a homicide. It could have been a suicide, a natural death or an accidental death…a homicide is legal terminology applied to the deceased after a thorough investigation by the Medical Examiner’s Office (ME). When the ME, after an autopsy (postmortem) and a death investigation, determines the deceased died by the hand of another human being, he labels the death a homicide. Homicide means a death brought about by another human being.” Halbig has repeatedly stated that he was a homicide investigator. One may listen to his claims during which he uses a lot of heart-tugging emotion, but no facts. His appeal to emotion is what attracts people to him; it is a very effective tactic.
Vespaciano states, “Now, identifying bodies at the morgue, it is routinely done with photographs and by other means of identification, i.e. dental records, medical records, identifying body marks or tattoos and by visual recognition through a photo. Especially in a case of mass casualties, like Sandy Hook, parents and family would never, as they were not, brought in to the morgue. The scene would have been macabre at best. Imagine, like Halbig does, scores of family members grabbing the dead bodies of their beloved…it does not happen, however, it does on television. But, the most important thing for me was to clarify for you the aspects of law enforcement, particularly in Miami, that he speaks of for I spent 30 years of my life in service in that city/county and I know the system as well as police, sheriff and highway patrol…and I tell you that what Halbig says only happens on television and never in the streets of Miami.”
Halbig claims to be a FEMA instructor.
Vespaciano has about twenty FEMA certificates, starting with the INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM, which is a requirement of law enforcement officers, lieutenant and above. Halbig has the following certificates, two from 2006 and one from 2007:
Halbig’s certificates (3)
- Domestic Security for School Districts Instructor’s Course, March 30, 2006
- Emergency Management Institute, FEMA, Halbig has affirmed a dedication to serve in times of crisis through continued professional development and completion of this course – IS-00700, National Incident Management System (NIMS), an introduction, April 20, 2006 signed by Richard Callis
- HOWCO Environmental Services, Inc. (DOT Hazardous Material Transportation Awareness and Safety training, November 16, 2007
Halbig implies that he was somehow connected to the investigation surrounding Columbine (1999). He mentions Ron Stephens who actually has a history as a school safety expert.
From the now-defunct Children’s Safety Institute web site: “Wolfgang is a nationally recognized school safety and security professional who has done extensive work in researching and developing the “Standards for Safe Schools”. He is an expert witness in the field of school safety and security. He has testified before a Congressional Commission studying school safety and security. Wolfgang was the former Executive Director of the National Institute for School and Workplace Safety. He has been a featured guest on many national news programs including Dateline NBC, Good Morning America, and MSNBC. Wolfgang was the Director of Safety and Security for a large public school system in Florida and brings to the company a national reputation in school safety, education and law enforcement.” If these claims are true, how can he now boast about three belated easily-obtained certificates (2006-2007)? He should have dozens of certificates! THIS IS THE EXTENT OF HIS EXPERTISE!!!!!!!!!
Vespaciano states, “As far as the Customs Officer, he claims to have been…well, usually and I’ve friends who have gone into the Immigration and Customs Service and they usually start you off as a Border Patrol Officer and send you out to the border, in the desert. It isn’t until you pass that portion of the probationary period, (which, like State Troopers, Sheriff Deputies and Police Officers, is a 12 month period), that you are assigned to either Immigration or to Customs to be either an Investigator or an Inspector, at an airport or other such port where the Inspector would deal with international travelers…Wolf should explain how he skipped over the probationary period in both of his law enforcement jobs…which, in total, amounted to two years…He also states that, within the short three years that he was in the USAF, he became an instructor for highly specified and technical areas…something that sounds, again, like fiction but, I have no knowledge of the USAF. I am an Army veteran, however and I can tell you that they do not assign such high skilled MOS…Military Occupational Specialties…to such short timers…usually, for those highly technical…and much coveted jobs…they make you sign a contract for at least six years.”
Halbig has collected thousands of dollars to “find the truth.” If Halbig had the law enforcement experience that he claims, he would know that one does not appear before a school board to ask questions about a criminal investigation. That was all just for show, to “prove” that he was using the donation money “to find the truth.” On July 24, 2012, he attempted to raise a $100,000 in a comment that he made at the Take Part web site. The comments were scrubbed after I mentioned them on March 4, 2014. However, I did get a screen shot and have an audio file:
I asked him about it on my program:
Halbig says that he does not believe the police reports and claims to have read the entire report. Claims that it was scripted about three years in advance yet admits that Honan Funeral Home took care of eleven bodies. He claims to be an expert witness. I think that he is an expert fraud.
Stay tuned – Truth Does Not Fear Investigation (unless you’re lying)