Ben Gardner is a Kansas State Trooper and has served McPherson County since 1999. Because he works a rotation of night shifts, switchover shifts and day shifts, his schedule is varied. The following is typical of work he might do in a week.


Ben Gardner is a Kansas State Trooper and has served McPherson County since 1999. Because he works a rotation of night shifts, switchover shifts and day shifts, his schedule is varied. The following is typical of work he might do in a week.

Day 1
Ben patrols the main state roads in McPherson County and checks road and traffic conditions. He also talks with other officers to find out what happened before his shift.

Day 2
Ben does traffic stops, checking to make sure drivers stay in the right lane unless they are passing and that they move over or slow down for police, emergency vehicles and road workers, which is required by law. He also checks to make sure seat belts are being worn. He says many people don’t realize this is a primary law - meaning you can be pulled over and ticketed for not wearing a seat belt even if you’re not violating any other traffic laws.

Day 3
Although Ben can send many of his reports and other “papers” from his car electronically, he also sometimes stops at the office to take care of some paperwork, subpoenas and evidence.

Day 4
He prepares for presentations. These include talks about seat belts, car seats and mock crashes.

Day 5
Ben reviews material for court cases. He typically goes to court five or six times a month. Because the cases sometimes get to the courts several months or even years after the original stop, Ben needs to review tickets, videos of the stops and reports.