Nebraska State Patrol has a difficult job, patrolling hundreds of thousands of miles of roadway every day, including the heavily traveled Interstate I-80. The I-80 corridor is a 455-mile stretch running east to west across the Cornhusker state and crossing through 15 counties.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Nebraska cities and counties developed their own public health protocols, making policing those areas more complicated. Nebraska State Patrol officers Lt. Kaleb Bruggeman of Troop H (Lincoln), and Capt. Tyler Schmidt of Troop D (North Platte), discuss some of the challenges officers have faced over the last year.

My name is Jake Bartecki, and I am a senior Broadcasting/Sports Communication major at Nebraska. I am one of the two sports directors for 90.3 KRNU, the student radio station for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and I have experience in Play-By-Play broadcasting, Sports Writing, and Reporting. So far, I have worked with the Nebraska News Service as a news and sports reporter, serving as one of the two lead motorsports reporters for UNLimited Sports.