NOV 2021 Blues Vol 37 No. 11

NOV 2021 Blues Vol 37 No. 11 FEATURE STORIES: Remembering Those We’ve Lost Deputy Constable Kareem Atkins • Remembering Those We’ve Lost to COVID • Remembering Those We’ve Lost to LOD Deaths • The Rise & Fall of Art Acevedo • Who Wants To Be A Cop Part 7 DEPARTMENTS: • Publisher’s Thoughts • Editor’s Thoughts • Guest Editorial w/Daniel Rivero • Your Thoughts • News Around the US • Products & Services -Alternative Ballistics • Honoring our Fallen Heroes • War Stories • Aftermath • Open Road-Mustang Mach E Goes to Patrol • Healing Our Heroes • Daryl’s Deliberations • HPOU-From the President, Douglas Griffith • Light Bulb Award • Running 4 Heroes • Blue Mental Health with Tina Jaeckle • Off Duty with Rusty Barron • Parting Shots • Now Hiring - L.E.O. Positions Open in Texas • Back Page -Let's Go Brandon

NOV 2021 Blues Vol 37 No. 11
Remembering Those We’ve Lost
Deputy Constable Kareem Atkins
• Remembering Those We’ve Lost to COVID
• Remembering Those We’ve Lost to LOD Deaths
• The Rise & Fall of Art Acevedo
• Who Wants To Be A Cop Part 7
• Publisher’s Thoughts
• Editor’s Thoughts
• Guest Editorial w/Daniel Rivero
• Your Thoughts
• News Around the US
• Products & Services -Alternative Ballistics
• Honoring our Fallen Heroes
• War Stories
• Aftermath
• Open Road-Mustang Mach E Goes to Patrol
• Healing Our Heroes
• Daryl’s Deliberations
• HPOU-From the President, Douglas Griffith
• Light Bulb Award
• Running 4 Heroes
• Blue Mental Health with Tina Jaeckle
• Off Duty with Rusty Barron
• Parting Shots
• Now Hiring - L.E.O. Positions Open in Texas
• Back Page -Let's Go Brandon


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<strong>NOV</strong>EMBER <strong>2021</strong><br />


On the Cover:<br />

FEATURE: The Rise & Fall of<br />

Former Police Chief Art Acevedo,<br />

chronicles his journey<br />

beginning as a rookie at CHP<br />

in California to his final days<br />

at Miami PD.<br />

36 Remembering Those We’ve Lost<br />

Deputy Constable Kareem Atkins<br />

40 Remembering Those We’ve Lost to COVID<br />

44 Remembering Those We’ve Lost to LOD Deaths<br />

54 The Rise & Fall of Art Acevedo<br />

84 Who Wants To Be A Cop Part 7<br />


6 Publisher’s Thoughts<br />

10 Editor’s Thoughts<br />

16 Guest Editorial w/Daniel Rivero<br />

20 Your Thoughts<br />

24 News Around the US<br />

44 Products & Services -Alternative Ballistics<br />

52 Honoring our Fallen Heroes<br />

98 War Stories<br />

102 Aftermath<br />

104 Open Road-Mustang Mach E Goes to Patrol<br />

108 Healing Our Heroes<br />

<strong>11</strong>0 Daryl’s Deliberations<br />

<strong>11</strong>2 HPOU-From the President, Douglas Griffith<br />

<strong>11</strong>4 Light Bulb Award<br />

<strong>11</strong>6 Running 4 Heroes<br />

<strong>11</strong>8 Blue Mental Health with Tina Jaeckle<br />

120 Off Duty with Rusty Barron<br />

124 Parting Shots<br />

126 <strong>No</strong>w Hiring - L.E.O. Positions Open in Texas<br />

156 Back Page -Let’s Go Brandon<br />

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Coming next month: A Special Insert<br />



PART I - Another Tragic Loss<br />

October was another tragic<br />

month for our Blue Family here<br />

in Texas. On Saturday October<br />

16, at 2am, a cold hearted, lowlife<br />

killer ambushed three deputy<br />

constables working an extra<br />

job on Houston’s north side. Two<br />

survived and one did not. On<br />

that cool Houston night, we lost<br />

Deputy Kareem Atkins from the<br />

Harris County Constable Precinct<br />

Four Office. Deputy Atkins was<br />

only 30 years old. He had been<br />

with the department since January<br />

2019 and recently returned<br />

from paternity<br />

leave. He<br />

leaves behind<br />

his 6-monthold<br />

son,<br />

2-year-old<br />

daughter and<br />

his wife.<br />

That night,<br />

Atkins was<br />

working<br />

with his two<br />

best friends.<br />

Deputy Darryl<br />

Garrett,<br />

28 and Deputy Juqaim Barthen,<br />

26. They were truly the best of<br />

friends. Deputy Garrett was shot<br />

in the back multiple times and<br />

remains in critical condition at<br />

Hermann Hospital. According<br />

to his fiancé, he has undergone<br />

multiple surgeries to remove<br />

a bullet that damaged several<br />

organs, and needs a kidney<br />

transplant.<br />

Deputy Juqaim Barthen was<br />

released from the hospital on<br />

October 20, and was emotional<br />

as he was rolled out of the front<br />

of Hermann Hospital in a wheelchair.<br />

His brothers and sisters<br />

in blue lined the outside of the<br />

hospital and cheered loudly as<br />

Barthen made his way to his car.<br />

He continues to recover at home<br />

and says he can’t wait to get<br />

back to work.<br />

Deputy Atkins was remembered<br />

at a Memorial Service<br />

at Champions Forest Baptist<br />

Church on Monday, October<br />

24th. Hundreds of officers from<br />

around the country came to pay<br />

their respects. Everyone here at<br />

the BLUES sends their thoughts<br />

and prayers to the Atkins family<br />

and Constable Mark Herman and<br />

his entire department during<br />

this trying time.<br />

Someone asked me the other<br />

day, is there anything I would<br />


change about the BLUES if I had<br />

to do it all over again? The answer<br />

is yes. There<br />

is one thing I’d love<br />

to see changed.<br />

The staggering<br />

number of fallen<br />

officers we honor<br />

in each issue. Last<br />

month we had 17<br />

Line of Duty deaths<br />

due to Covid and<br />

16 due to other<br />

means. That’s 33<br />

in just one month.<br />

Since January of<br />

<strong>2021</strong>, the number<br />

totals 383.<br />

We all want this to stop. We<br />

all say, “Enough is Enough.” But<br />

when will it stop? When will<br />

enough truly be enough? What<br />

is it going to take to put an end<br />

to the senseless killing of our<br />

brothers and sisters in Blue?<br />

I truly wish I knew, and I pray<br />

to God that it will stop sooner<br />

than later.<br />







619.326.44<strong>11</strong><br />




PART II - Our Feature Story,<br />

Rise & Fall of Acevedo<br />

Who cares! That’s one of the<br />

remarks posted to social media<br />

when we shared the upcoming<br />

<strong>No</strong>vember cover. Hard to say how<br />

many really cared that he was<br />

fired from Miami, or cared that we<br />

were featuring him on the cover.<br />

Apparently, a lot of people have<br />

some interest in the subject. Over<br />

83,600 people interacted with the<br />

posts, over 6,000 left comments,<br />

4,300 shared it and 5,876 liked it.<br />

The BLUES owes it to our readers<br />

to follow Acevedo’s path through<br />

Texas as he made significant impacts<br />

on the Austin PD and Houston<br />

PD – some good, some not so<br />

good.<br />

Many, including myself, weren’t<br />

surprised that he didn’t make it<br />

a year in Miami. He made it six<br />

months. Acevedo is a “bull-in-a-<br />

China-shop” to just about everything.<br />

He’s the happiest when<br />

there’s a microphone and an<br />

audience to listen to his rants and<br />

raves about gun control and how<br />

he’s not going to stand still while<br />

“his people” are being killed.<br />

You would think by “his people”<br />

he meant his cops, his brothers<br />

and sisters in BLUE. But he said<br />

that after George Floyd was killed<br />

and he was shoulder to shoulder<br />

with protestors walking through<br />

downtown Houston. He often<br />

claimed gun control was a problem<br />

in Houston and across America,<br />

but knew full well that not<br />

one suspect arrested in Houston<br />

obtained a gun through legal<br />

means.<br />

So, when he arrived in Miami, he<br />

went to work shouting, screaming,<br />

and firing people. He let go<br />

the top half of his command staff<br />

and brought in Heather Morris<br />

from Houston to be his Deputy<br />

Police Chief. She didn’t last long,<br />

as the City Commissioners cut the<br />

budget and cut her loose. But she<br />

didn’t go quietly. She went off on<br />

the entire command staff, saying<br />

they should have had her back.<br />

Acevedo also fired a top-ranking<br />

couple in the department for failing<br />

to report damages to their department<br />

Tahoe and then Acevedo<br />

does the same thing a month later<br />

when his Shop was damaged. Do<br />

as I say, not as I do.<br />

The nail in the coffin was telling<br />

his men in a roll call that the<br />

department was being run by the<br />

Cuban Mafia and he was going<br />

to right the wrongs and set the<br />

department straight. <strong>No</strong>t even six<br />

months into this new gig, Acevedo<br />

was calling department heads<br />

crooked. WTF.<br />

So, his firing was no surprise.<br />

But it’s interesting to look back on<br />

Acevedo’s career in law enforcement<br />

and see how he climbed<br />

the ladder starting in California,<br />

then Austin, Houston and ending<br />

in Miami.<br />

His supporters will ask, why<br />

drag up old news? You just have it<br />

in for him and you’re dragging his<br />

name and reputation through the<br />

mud.<br />

First, there is no such thing as<br />

“old news” when it comes to politicians<br />

and high-ranking officials<br />

of any municipal agency. What<br />

you’ve done in your past is just as<br />

relevant today as it was the day<br />

you did what you did. Good or<br />

bad.<br />

Second, I have no hidden agenda<br />

or dislike for Acevedo. And I<br />

certainly don’t have it “out for<br />

him.” Acevedo creates his own<br />

noise just being himself. All I do<br />

is report his actions and let our<br />

readers decide what kind of job<br />

he’s doing.<br />

Finally, Acevedo’s reputation is<br />

what it is. My personal opinion is<br />

that his leap frogging from department<br />

to department is his<br />

path to a political future. I also<br />

think he’ll be back in Houston<br />

and running for Mayor with the<br />

full support of Houston’s current<br />

mayor, Sylvester Turner. That is,<br />

if he isn’t chosen for the new ICE<br />

director by Biden.<br />

Time will tell what the future<br />

holds for him. Until then, enjoy the<br />

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Part I A Letter to Kareem<br />

Kareem,<br />

I’ve thought about you Darryl and<br />

Juqaim a lot lately. Though almost<br />

ten days has passed since you<br />

three were ambushed and brutally,<br />

ruthlessly gunned down. The pain<br />

and sense of profound loss has not<br />

lessened, nor shall it ever.<br />

In about twenty-four hours hundreds,<br />

if not thousands of law enforcement<br />

officers from all across<br />

Texas and the country will gather<br />

together and celebrate the life,<br />

legacy, and career you led, in your<br />

short time here with us.<br />

The indignity dealt unto you<br />

three Brothers in Blue, your families,<br />

friends, and the entire city<br />

of Houston/Harris County shall be<br />

rectified. Revenge is not what we<br />

seek: it is a reckoning. We seek a<br />

righteous and just reckoning for<br />

the ruthless brutality committed.<br />

Though you and I only briefly met<br />

a couple of times, I found you to be<br />

a consummate professional and a<br />

gentleman. While on a motor vehicle<br />

accident scene once, I can still<br />

clearly see your smile and saying<br />

“<strong>No</strong> worries, Chief. We got this.”<br />

I believe with all my heart that’s<br />

exactly who you were, not only<br />

as a law enforcement officer, but<br />

as a man. You were a good husband<br />

and father to your children,<br />

a steadfast friend to those who,<br />

more often than not, needed your<br />

friendship more than anything else<br />

on this Earth.<br />

Throughout your life Kareem, you<br />

worked hard. Struggling through<br />

all the obstacles placed before you.<br />

With absolute character, compassion,<br />

and faith.<br />

You may have struggled but you<br />

never stopped trying. Ultimately,<br />

realizing your dream of becoming<br />

a Police Officer. Sharing that<br />

calling deep within your heart with<br />

Darryl, Juqaim and the rest of the<br />

Precinct 4 Constable’s Office.<br />

While your accomplishments in<br />

your career should be recognized,<br />

I find I’m even more proud of the<br />

man you were off duty. Family was<br />

number one to you, and rightfully<br />

so. We could all learn a lesson or<br />

two from your life, in that respect.<br />

Darryl and Juqaim are still physically<br />

recovering from their gunshot<br />

wounds. Their struggle to return is<br />

far from over. As for their hearts,<br />

with the loss of you, I do not know<br />

how a man, any man, gets through<br />

such profound loss. I can only offer;<br />

they’ll not be alone.<br />

I know what happened that fateful<br />

night has unequivocally, galvanized<br />

the greater Houston/Harris<br />

County law enforcement community.<br />

We shall always be looking in<br />

and after your family. Always.<br />

Before I finish, I’ll share with you<br />

about the loss of my daughter.<br />

Years ago, she was in a tragic accident.<br />

She’s probably already found<br />

you up in Heaven and she is talking<br />

your ears off right about now.<br />

I’ve no doubt she’s been talking<br />

all about the Astros winning and<br />

heading to the World Series. She<br />

loved baseball and she loved the<br />

Astros.<br />

Though we are all broken hearted<br />

with this tragedy and the loss of<br />

your life, I just cannot stop thinking<br />

of and admiring the life you<br />

lived. Your legacy is one of being a<br />

good man, who gave everything he<br />


had to his family and friends.<br />

Ultimately, you’ll also be remembered<br />

as that one good man<br />

among three good men who laid<br />

down his life so that others might<br />

live.<br />

I truly believe when you heard<br />

the voice of our Father in Heaven<br />

calling, “Whom shall I send? Who<br />

will go for us?” You, being the man<br />

so many knew you to be, simply<br />

stood up and quietly said “Here am<br />

I, Lord. Send me.”<br />

You’ll always be the very definition<br />

of the word “Hero” to me. Such<br />

men like you, Darryl and Juqaim<br />

are few and far between. It was the<br />

privilege of a lifetime to have ever<br />

met you.<br />

Please try to rest easy, brother.<br />

We’ve got it from here. The<br />

calls for service, your friends and<br />

above all, your family. We’ve got<br />

it. You’ve done your part. You gave<br />

everything you had. <strong>No</strong> one, I mean<br />

no one, could’ve ever asked for or<br />

expected more.<br />

God’s speed, Kareem. May our Father’s<br />

grace and mercy be with you<br />

always. Your life, your legacy, shall<br />

never be forgotten.<br />

Most sincerely,<br />

Your Friend<br />

Rex Evans<br />


Part II To the Shooter of Kareem Atkins<br />

As of yet, no one officially or<br />

positively knows who you are or<br />

why you were in the shadows<br />

outside that club with a semi-automatic<br />

rifle.<br />

In the early morning hours of<br />

October 16th, you, and you alone,<br />

made the decision to repeatedly<br />

pull the trigger of your weapon,<br />

striking the first two of three Harris<br />

County Pct. 4 Deputy Constables<br />

who were just doing their job.<br />

<strong>No</strong>t only did you make this decision,<br />

but like the complete and utter<br />

coward you are, you opened fire<br />

on them from behind their backs.<br />

As the third uniformed Deputy<br />

ran towards his grievously injured<br />

partners, you turned and opened<br />

fire on him, striking him as well.<br />

While Deputy Kareem Atkins laid<br />

mortally wounded, Deputy Juqaim<br />

Barthen was down right beside<br />

Kareem. Deputy Darrell Garrett<br />

though shot and seriously injured,<br />

made his way to his fallen brothers.<br />

You, being the true coward you<br />

are, fled deep into the night, leaving<br />

three good, honest, and heroic<br />

men laying on the ground bleeding<br />

from the wounds you caused.<br />

What you didn’t factor into your<br />

intentional and murderous act was<br />

that these men were not just cops.<br />

They were best friends. They were<br />

sons, husbands, fathers, friends,<br />

and part of one of the largest fraternities<br />

ever known unto mankind,<br />

the Fraternity of Law Enforcement.<br />

There’s no place on God’s green<br />

Earth you can hide. There’s no<br />

number of miles you could run.<br />

One day, you’re going to know<br />

we’ve found you and we’ve come to<br />

get you.<br />

We will place you before a<br />

court and we will ensure justice<br />

is served. Justice for the honorable<br />

and noble life you so violently<br />

took. Justice for that man’s wife<br />

and two very small children. Justice<br />

for the two remaining honorable<br />

and dedicated men you so<br />

grievously injured. Justice for all<br />

of their families, friends, members<br />

of their department and finally, for<br />

the entire Houston/Harris County<br />

community you alone, with absolute<br />

indignity, have so violently<br />

wronged.<br />

Someone somewhere knows who<br />

and where you are. As the reward<br />

for information keeps on growing,<br />

that person(s) will start talking.<br />

Money talks. And you, you’ll be<br />

taking a walk, right into the Harris<br />

County jail and eventually, a Harris<br />

County courtroom.<br />

Remember, no one likes or<br />

respects a coward, especially one<br />

who guns down three good and<br />

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sworn an oath to serve, protect<br />

and defend our community. Your<br />

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will not last much longer.<br />

We’re coming, and we’re coming<br />

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ACEVEDO: From high praise to the hot seat: How<br />

Miami's police chief saga became political theater<br />

The ongoing conflict has captivated the public and escalated very quickly.<br />

EDITOR: The following Editorial<br />

was published before Acevedo<br />

was fired as Miami’s Police Chief.<br />

Rivero provides another prospective<br />

on the subject as a reporter<br />

from WLRN in Miami and a former<br />

investigative reporter for the television<br />

series “The Naked Truth.”<br />

The ongoing conflict has captivated<br />

the public and escalated<br />

very quickly. What led up to it<br />

and where does it go from here?<br />

The city of Miami government<br />

has been gripped by a circular<br />

firing squad of explicit accusations<br />

of misconduct, possible<br />

corruption, and incompetence.<br />

On one side of the squad are<br />

three sitting Cuban American city<br />

commissioners. On the other, a<br />

Cuban American police chief and,<br />

nominally, the Cuban American<br />

mayor and city manager who<br />

helped bring him to the city.<br />

Residents of the city are in the<br />

middle of the melee, shielding<br />

their eyes from the carnage and<br />

ducking for cover to avoid the<br />

crossfire. <strong>No</strong> one can say with<br />

certainty what the total damages<br />

will be once the attacks come to<br />

a halt.<br />

The unfolding situation has high<br />

stakes for the city, bringing national<br />

media attention and calling<br />

the viability and stability of the<br />

city government into question.<br />

And now, the escalating battle<br />

has reached new heights: A related<br />

federal lawsuit against the<br />

city has been filed by businesses<br />

in Little Havana, alleging that<br />

the city “weaponized the very<br />

tools of government” in order<br />

to shut them down. The police<br />

chief has called on the Department<br />

of Justice to investigate the<br />

actions of sitting members of the<br />

city commission, and the FBI has<br />

acknowledged it is aware of the<br />

situation.<br />

That same police chief has also<br />

faced public hearings entirely<br />

aimed at discrediting his actions<br />

in both the recent past, up to<br />

decades ago. The hearings are intended<br />

to push him out of office.<br />

All of this happened within a<br />

very short time period — but how<br />

did it happen? And how did we<br />

get here?<br />

The drama began with the arrival<br />

of police chief Art Acevedo<br />

in March. Acevedo was the police<br />

chief in Austin, Texas for nine<br />

years, and most recently was the<br />

top cop in Houston for nearly five<br />

years.<br />

But the political intrigue started<br />

with questions about how Cuban-born<br />

Acevedo was recruited<br />

to Miami.<br />

“Obviously, the mayor has a relationship<br />

with the current mayor<br />

in Houston,” said city manager<br />

Art <strong>No</strong>riega. “He connected us.<br />

The mayor spoke to him, I spoke<br />

to him. And he had nothing but<br />

positive things to say about the<br />

chief.”<br />

The city manager technically<br />

made the hire, but the chief was<br />

really recruited by Miami Mayor<br />

Francis Suarez.<br />

“The chief is someone who was<br />

recruited and hired because of<br />

his record. And his record is one<br />

where he was chosen by all the<br />

chiefs in the United States, all the<br />

big city chiefs, as their leader,”<br />

Suarez told WLRN in mid-September.<br />

He pointed to the fact that Acevedo<br />

was elected by police chiefs<br />

across the country to serve as<br />

the current president of the Major<br />

Cities Chiefs Association, a national<br />

group of police chiefs.<br />

“So, I mean, you’re getting the<br />

chief of chiefs,” said Suarez.<br />

City of Miami’s incoming police<br />

chief Art Acevedo speaks during<br />

a press conference at Miami City<br />

Hall in Coconut Grove, Florida on<br />

Monday, March 15, <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

The controversy was that a<br />

formal interview process was<br />

underway in the Miami Police<br />

Department, a process that could<br />

have promoted someone from<br />

within. Three city commissioners<br />

— Joe Carollo, Alex Diaz De<br />

La Portilla and Manolo Reyes,<br />

the three Cuban Americans on<br />

the commission — took issue<br />

with the mayor and city manager<br />

sidestepping the process. The hire<br />

of Acevedo came as unexpected<br />

Sunday night news to many in the<br />

city government.<br />

“You had people from the area<br />

who were interested, applied for<br />

the position, went through the<br />

interviews, and it comes across<br />

as — they were not taken seriously,”<br />

explained Alexis Piquero,<br />

a criminologist and chair of the<br />

University of Miami’s department<br />

of sociology and arts & sciences.<br />

“Whether that’s true or not, those<br />

are the optics.”<br />

<strong>No</strong>riega has said an outside hire<br />

was needed in order to institute<br />

needed reforms to the department.<br />

In response to the surprise hire,<br />

the city commission passed a<br />

resolution in July that called for<br />

a ballot referendum asking city<br />

of Miami voters to give the elected<br />

commission more oversight<br />

of the hiring process for both the<br />

chief of the police and the chief<br />

of the fire department positions.<br />

Mayor Suarez vetoed that resolution,<br />

saying it would put top<br />

candidates from other cities in<br />

a precarious position. In his veto<br />

message Suarez wrote: “What<br />

would happen with his/her current<br />

employer if everyone knows<br />

that he/she is applying for a new<br />

job, and what would happen if<br />

he/she fails to land the new job?”<br />

“I don’t know what he’s afraid<br />

of,” Commissioner Reyes told the<br />

Miami Herald at the time. “Let’s<br />

have a very transparent process<br />

where we will be able to recruit<br />

the best candidates within our<br />

department and in the U.S.”<br />

The question will not be on<br />

the <strong>No</strong>vember ballot, but it is not<br />

dead. Depending on the action of<br />

commissioners, it could still end<br />

up on the ballot in 2022.<br />

The Shake Up<br />

The actions of Chief Acevedo<br />

have also rattled the city police<br />

department. The chief came on<br />

board as a self-described reformer,<br />

with the stated goal of<br />

issuing sweeping changes to the<br />

internal culture of the department.<br />

Just after coming on, Acevedo<br />

spoke with WLRN and shared<br />

that he immediately intended to<br />

fire an estimated ten officers.<br />

“I’ve now put internal affairs as<br />

of yesterday directly reporting to<br />

me as the chief of police,” Acevedo<br />

said in April. “We have cases<br />

that are languishing there that we<br />

want to fire people but apparently<br />

the cases are there for upwards<br />

to a year or longer, and these<br />

people, these officers are on the<br />

payroll.”<br />

Chief Acevedo was brought<br />

here to institute reform and he<br />

deserves the opportunity to do<br />

so. Reform isn’t pretty to police<br />

officers because it goes against<br />

the blue wall of silence and some<br />

of the friends of the family will<br />

have to be held accountable.<br />

Miami Police Major Dana Carr<br />

During his short tenure so far,<br />

the police chief has repeatedly<br />

found himself in hot water over<br />

his outspoken demeanor and<br />

public persona. He angered the<br />

police union and some rank-andfile<br />

officers after saying officers<br />

might be fired if they don’t get<br />

vaccines for COVID-19, and was<br />

forced to issue a self-reprimand<br />

after being caught on camera<br />

cursing at a member of the Proud<br />

Boys.<br />

The Miami Police Department<br />

was under sweeping federal<br />

oversight from 2016 through early<br />

<strong>2021</strong>, due to a string of police<br />

shooting incidents dating back<br />

to 2010 and 20<strong>11</strong>. All of the people<br />

shot and killed by the police<br />

during that eight-month stretch<br />

were black and several were<br />

unarmed, according to a findings<br />

report issued by the Department<br />

of Justice in 2013. Acevedo came<br />

on board after the federal oversight<br />

was lifted, but said cultural<br />

reforms within the department<br />

were still needed.<br />

“It’s a balance and I’m fine with<br />

someone else taking over and<br />

conducting an independent investigation,<br />

but it has to be timely,<br />

and if it’s not timely I’m going<br />

to act in those instances when I<br />

believe people need to be fired,”<br />

said Acevedo.<br />

Within months the chief relieved<br />

the city’s sergeant-atarms,<br />

Luis Camacho, of duty,<br />

citing an ongoing internal affairs<br />

investigation. He demoted four<br />

majors without explanation, and<br />

brought in an old colleague from<br />

Houston, Heather Morris, to serve<br />

as a deputy police chief. The<br />

chief fired a high-ranking police<br />

couple for not properly reporting<br />

a minor car accident.<br />

The shakeup ruffled feathers in<br />

the department, and in an August<br />

meeting when he was addressing<br />

staff, Chief Acevedo made a<br />


comment about the pushback he<br />

was receiving that would change<br />

everything.<br />

He reportedly said: “Miami is<br />

run by the Cuban mafia.”<br />

Backlash Against Chief’s Comments<br />

The comment angered the<br />

Fraternal Order of Police and<br />

Cuban-American members of the<br />

city of Miami commission. They<br />

said the comments echoed attacks<br />

Cuban dictator Fidel Castro<br />

would lob at the Cuban exile<br />

community in an effort to discredit<br />

them.<br />

The police chief issued an apology,<br />

saying he was not aware of<br />

the history of the “Cuban Mafia”<br />

being used as a slur.<br />

But the comment was enough.<br />

A series of city commission<br />

meetings was soon called, entirely<br />

aimed at scrutinizing the<br />

police chief — and possibly pressuring<br />

the city manager to fire<br />

him.<br />

In the days leading up to the<br />

first meeting, the police chief<br />

issued a scathing memo in which<br />

he accused the three Cuban<br />

American commissioners of misconduct,<br />

interfering in internal<br />

affairs investigations, and possible<br />

corruption. He called on the<br />

FBI to investigate the commissioners,<br />

who make up three-fifths<br />

of the commission, and painted<br />

the criticism against him as a<br />

political witch hunt of the sort<br />

practiced by the Cuban dictatorship.<br />

“If I or MPD give in to the improper<br />

actions described herein,<br />

as a Cuban immigrant, I and<br />

my family might as well have<br />

remained in communist Cuba,<br />

because Miami and MPD would<br />

be no better than the oppressive<br />

regime and the police state we<br />

left behind,” Acevedo wrote in the<br />

memo.<br />

The commissioners categorically<br />

say all of the accusations of<br />

misconduct and possible corruption<br />

are false.<br />

The FBI has acknowledged it<br />

is aware of the allegations in<br />

the memo, but the nature of any<br />

potential ongoing investigation, if<br />

any, are not known.<br />

The memo and the “Cuban Mafia”<br />

comment loomed large over<br />

the commission meetings.<br />

“If he had used the same adjective<br />

to any, any — think about<br />

any ethnic group — any. And said<br />

this is the “whatever mafia” and<br />

said they are similar to the people<br />

who oppress them,” said Commissioner<br />

Reyes.<br />

“He would have been long<br />

gone,” interrupted Commissioner<br />

Diaz De La Portilla.<br />

“Oh, hell yes,” said Reyes.<br />

The commissioners voiced frustration<br />

that the police chief only<br />

issued an apology over Twitter,<br />

and that he did not do Spanish<br />

language radio interviews to<br />

apologize for his comments.<br />

Commissioner Joe Carollo led<br />

the meetings and he called the<br />

police chief’s Cuban roots into<br />

question. The chief was born in<br />

Havana but moved to the United<br />

Stated at four years old.<br />

Unlike the commissioners, Acevedo’s<br />

family moved to Los Angeles<br />

shortly after arriving in the U.S.<br />

He is not a Miami Cuban, a<br />

point Carollo drove home at the<br />

meetings.<br />

“He says he is Cuban but I still<br />

haven’t seen anything about his<br />

past, not even his college transcripts,<br />

there hasn’t been any<br />

investigation,” Carollo told reporters<br />

in Spanish. “That he says<br />

he is Cuban and that he acts like<br />

a Cuban are different things.<br />

Because this man has never cared<br />

about Cuba until he got here.”<br />


Cuban American Miami City<br />

Commissioner Joe Carollo holding<br />

forth against new Miami<br />

Police Chief Art Acevedo during<br />

a special commission meeting on<br />

Monday.<br />

Referring to comments that<br />

the chief made at a Patria y Vida<br />

event in July that were critical of<br />

the Cuban regime, Carollo said<br />

the chief only then decided to act<br />

like a “real Cuban.”<br />

“He was born in Cuba, but<br />

then because he’s Cuban, he was<br />

born in Cuba, he has the right to<br />

offend us like that?” asked commissioner<br />

Reyes, referring to the<br />

“Cuban Mafia” comment. “I mean<br />

Castro was Cuban too. Fidel<br />

Castro was born in Cuba, and the<br />

people that are oppressing the<br />

Cuban people, they were born in<br />

Cuba, too.”<br />

A Reformer or <strong>No</strong>t a Reformer?<br />

The in-fighting, ethnic undertones<br />

to the ongoing dispute conceal<br />

another potential motivation<br />

for going after the police chief,<br />

said Stephen Hunter Johnson, the<br />

chair of the Black Affairs Advisory<br />

Board of Miami-Dade County.<br />

Johnson was on the hiring<br />

committee that interviewed potential<br />

police chiefs and said he<br />

was unhappy about the way the<br />

chief was directly recruited and<br />

hired, but he broadly approves of<br />

the actions taken by the chief to<br />

restructure the leadership of the<br />

department.<br />

“To the extent that he made a<br />

comment about the ‘Cuban Mafia’<br />

and he found himself in hot water<br />

— not necessarily because there is<br />

no such thing, but because Fidel<br />

used that term to describe Miami<br />

Cubans — takes away from what<br />

it was that he was identifying,”<br />

said Johnson. “Which is: There’s<br />

a homogeneous clique of people<br />

who have exercised inordinate<br />

control in decision making within<br />

the Miami PD, and I think it has<br />

to stop. And I bet you there were<br />

hosts of Black officers and white<br />

officers who were in their heads<br />

clapping.”<br />

“The chief’s offense is literally<br />

bucking the good old boy network<br />

in place. That’s his offense,”<br />

Johnson said.<br />

<strong>No</strong>tably, members of the Miami<br />

Community Police Benevolent<br />

Association — a black police<br />

union — support the police chief.<br />

Dana Carr is a major in the police<br />

department, and secretary of the<br />

union, and said the department<br />

has a long “history of allowing<br />

corrupt behavior” and of alienating<br />

any officers who try to break<br />

the mold.<br />

“These practices were allowed<br />

by senior leadership,” she said.<br />

“Chief Acevedo was brought here<br />

to institute reform and he deserves<br />

the opportunity to do so.<br />

Reform isn’t pretty to police officers<br />

because it goes against the<br />

blue wall of silence and some of<br />

the friends of the family will have<br />

to be held accountable. Which<br />

may include up and to termination.<br />

But reform is necessary.”<br />

Stanley Jean-Poix, the union<br />

president, told commissioners the<br />

chief has started much-needed<br />

reforms within the police department.<br />

“When he came into the department,<br />

he was the first chief<br />

I ever saw conduct a department-wide<br />

survey to give our<br />

opinions on what we thought<br />

was important. He brought the<br />

interview process back to specialized<br />

units. Before that it was<br />

the chief and his friends pick and<br />

choose whoever they wanted,<br />

there was no chance of advancement<br />

if you weren’t in the clique,”<br />

said Jean-Poix. “He formed<br />

committees talking about what<br />

are the right qualifications if you<br />

want to move up to become a<br />

staff member — what can you do<br />

to make yourself a better candidate?<br />

Before, no one ever told us<br />

that.”<br />

“He brought diversity as you can<br />

see. We have now white females<br />

in certain positions, white males,<br />

we have blacks,” he said.<br />

An internal poll released by the<br />

Fraternal Order of Police, however,<br />

shows that a majority of<br />

officers do not have confidence<br />

in the police chief. The Fraternal<br />

Order of Police is the union that<br />

handles contract negotiations for<br />

the police department.<br />

Commissioner Carollo says the<br />

police chief is guilty of hypocrisy<br />

and that he is in fact protecting<br />

bad officers.<br />

Minor damage to the chief of<br />

police’s vehicle recently went<br />

unreported, the same offense<br />

for which he previously fired the<br />

police couple. In a commission<br />

meeting, photos of the vehicle<br />

damage were shown and the<br />

city manager acknowledged the<br />

proper paperwork was not filed<br />

in a timely manner, as required.<br />

And Carollo pointed to one<br />

notorious officer who has cost<br />

taxpayers hundreds of thousands<br />

of dollars in settlements for excessive<br />

use of force. That officer<br />

was previously on desk duty but<br />

has been let back onto the street<br />

and has recently been raking in<br />

money on overtime on the police<br />

chief’s watch, Carollo said.<br />

“This chief was the one that<br />

got him out, got him a five percent<br />

raise and look at all the<br />

overtime,” said Carollo, raising<br />

his voice. “The fake reformer. Mr.<br />

Acevedo — the fake reformer.”<br />

The Chief’s Past, And Future, In<br />

Question<br />

A central focus of the two commission<br />

meetings was Chief Acevedo’s<br />

history in law enforcement<br />

prior to joining the Miami Police<br />

Department.<br />

Commissioner Carollo spent<br />

hours reading a laundry list of<br />

scandals and accusations from<br />

the chief’s past, dating back to<br />

the 1980s when he was with the<br />

California Highway Patrol. For<br />

example, the commissioner cited<br />

a scandal involving the mistreatment<br />

of rape test kits when<br />

Acevedo was the chief of police<br />

in Austin, Texas.<br />

In a surreal moment, he showed<br />

video of a pair of fundraisers the<br />

chief participated in, dating from<br />

2008. Carollo froze the image<br />

to comment on the bulge in the<br />

chief’s pants, calling his character<br />

into question.<br />

“That he would go out publicly<br />

with pants like that, in that fashion,<br />

where his midsection are in<br />

pants so tight like this — is this<br />

something that you would believe<br />

is appropriate for a police chief?”<br />

Carollo rhetorically asked the city<br />

manager. “The only time that you<br />

would see me like that is when<br />

I played football, but that’s because<br />

I had a jock strap.”<br />

Some of the accusations and<br />

scandals read into the record<br />

were either unsubstantiated or<br />

lacking full context. One scandal<br />

cited by Commissioner Carollo<br />

dating back to the 1980s was over<br />

the chief allegedly showing nude<br />

pictures of a subordinate to other<br />

officers. However, Acevedo won<br />


a nearly $1 million settlement<br />

in a lawsuit with the California<br />

Highway Patrol over that incident,<br />

saying that he was the victim of<br />

a retaliation campaign aimed at<br />

discrediting him.<br />

Art Acevedo during his tenure<br />

as Houston police chief<br />

Still, scrutiny of Chief Acevedo’s<br />

past was news to many in Miami.<br />

City Manager <strong>No</strong>riega admitted<br />

to the commission that he did not<br />

perform a full vetting of Acevedo<br />

before bringing him on board as<br />

the top cop.<br />

“Did we do an in-depth vetting<br />

of him? <strong>No</strong>,” <strong>No</strong>riega said.<br />

<strong>No</strong>riega said he mostly took the<br />

word of Houston Mayor Sylvester<br />

Turner that Acevedo was good for<br />

the job upon hiring him.<br />

However, using the chief’s past<br />

against him now in Miami is not<br />

proper, said Piquero, the criminologist.<br />

“Most of that material was<br />

available for people to see. If they<br />

chose not to look for it, the onus<br />

is on them for not looking for it,<br />

not on the chief,” said Piquero.<br />

Eyes On the Commission?<br />

The other main factor at play<br />

for the chief’s future in Miami is<br />

the accusations of misconduct he<br />

lobbied against the three Cuban<br />

American commissioners.<br />

In particular, Acevedo wrote in<br />

his memo sent before the commission<br />

meetings that commissioners<br />

Carollo and Diaz De La<br />

Portilla had pressured police to<br />

conduct code enforcement investigations<br />

into businesses in one<br />

another’s districts.<br />

Similar allegations are not new.<br />

The owners of the Little Havana<br />

bar Ball & Chain have long<br />

charged that Carollo has directed<br />

code enforcement against the<br />

business for political reasons,<br />

charges that Carollo denies. The<br />

popular bar has been closed for<br />

business due to the ongoing enforcement<br />

actions.<br />

On the heels of the Acevedo<br />

memo, Ball & Chain and another<br />

Little Havana restaurant filed<br />

a $28 million federal lawsuit<br />

against the city of Miami, alleging<br />

that the city has “weaponized<br />

the very tools of government” for<br />

political reasons.<br />

The lawsuit cited the Acevedo<br />

memo as corroboration.<br />

But Miami’s city manager said<br />

the police chief has not provided<br />

evidence to support his claims of<br />

misconduct. The targeted commissioners<br />

categorically deny<br />

any truth to the allegations in the<br />

memo or the lawsuit.<br />

The Missing Mayor<br />

Commissioners voted last week<br />

to create an investigative body<br />

that would look into all the allegations<br />

of misconduct, which<br />

would be overseen by the commission<br />

itself. The investigation<br />

would look into any potential<br />

misconduct by the police chief,<br />

the sitting commissioners, or any<br />

other city of Miami employee involved<br />

in the ongoing dispute.<br />

The commission took a vote to<br />

cut some funding to senior staff<br />

members, which were expanded<br />

by Acevedo, and to use that funding<br />

to hire new patrol officers.<br />

They cut funding for the deputy<br />

police chief — the position occupied<br />

by Acevedo’s former Houston<br />

colleague Heather Morris — from<br />

the city budget.<br />

Two City Hall sources told<br />

WLRN the chief is unlikely to last<br />

much longer in the position. Publicly<br />

accusing three sitting commissioners<br />

of misconduct and<br />

inviting a federal investigation<br />

was one step too far for him to<br />

walk back from, they said.<br />

<strong>No</strong>ticeably absent for the intrigue?<br />

Miami Mayor Francis<br />

Suarez. He attended neither of the<br />

commission meetings, despite<br />

personally recruiting the police<br />

chief to the position. The mayor<br />

recently said he places full faith<br />

in the city manager, who would<br />

technically be the one to retain or<br />

fire the chief, but he has otherwise<br />

stopped commenting on the<br />

drama.<br />

When he was brought on<br />

board, Suarez referred to Acevedo<br />

as the “Michael Jordan of<br />

police chiefs.” He told WLRN in<br />

mid-September that he still supported<br />

the police chief.<br />

“In a city as complex as Miami<br />

can be, there are all kinds of subplots<br />

— some that are public and<br />

some that are not completely —<br />

that motivate some of the things<br />

that we see,” he said at the time.<br />

“I support the chief and I also<br />

support the commission’s desire<br />

to create accountability at that<br />

position, and we’ll all see how it<br />

plays out.”<br />

Daniel Rivero is a reporter and producer<br />

for WLRN, covering Latino and<br />

criminal justice issues. Before joining<br />

the team, he was an investigative<br />

reporter and producer on the television<br />

series “The Naked Truth,” and a<br />

digital reporter for Fusion.<br />




Texas suffered too long.<br />


Mægo Schrö sorry but I feel like<br />

our union just rolls over on everything.<br />

<strong>No</strong> one fights. We need<br />

people in their who are fighting<br />

for us.<br />


i thought Austin lost a great<br />

chief, certainly one who gave a<br />

lot for this town.<br />


Go to Hollywood you loved the<br />

camera when you were in Austin!<br />


Don’t come back to Houston !!!!!!!!!<br />

You are not wanted !!!!!!<br />


Can we do OpEds in the magazine?<br />


He never arose to the occasion.<br />


You are FIRED... Remember that?<br />


His name is Hubert.<br />


He is a CNN liberal media loving<br />

chief. <strong>No</strong>t surprised he failed in<br />

Florida.<br />


Christmas came early for the<br />

poor officers forced to work<br />

under this idiot Don’t let the door<br />

hit you in the butt as you leave.<br />


Should do an 30 for 30 on him at<br />

this point.<br />


He’s a turd that won’t flush. Some<br />

desperate failed liberal city will<br />

buy his BS and hire him.<br />


Got him out of Houston and it<br />

looks like they’re fixing to get rid<br />

of him in Miami.. He should have<br />

never been a police officer and<br />

certainly should have never been<br />

a police chief.<br />

TIM LOYD<br />

Karma<br />

Love it!!<br />



You misspelled Assavedo<br />


He is the epitome of. You don’t<br />

sh** were you eat. Straight up<br />

liberal fool.<br />


He got out liberalled<br />


Thought it was Avacado !<br />


Assavedo!<br />


Is it just me or do most LEO’s in<br />

Texas really dislike him…..<br />

STEVE OU<br />

Steve Ou - Pretty much all of us<br />

can’t stand that guy<br />


Every person not a DSA BLM loving<br />

crazy hates him<br />


Cant stand him!<br />


He’s a real turd<br />


The guy is a fraud and a conman<br />

to law enforcement everywhere.<br />


He’s an anti-constitutional tyrant.<br />


Steve Ou not just the ones that<br />

worked for him! A disgrace to<br />

law enforcement everywhere!<br />



Can’t wait to read this.<br />


This guy<br />


What a waste of air!!<br />


Politician with a badge and gun.<br />


A disgrace to law enforcement.<br />


The fall of micromanaging.<br />


We hate the SOB<br />


One of my best friends is in west<br />

palm beach... we talked about<br />

him when he moved there, and<br />

he called me to tell me all about<br />

this douche canoe<br />


Ass invader<br />


When you make that many<br />

career moves, it can’t always<br />

be that someone else was the<br />

problem<br />


Couldn’t happen to a nicer fella.<br />

Hit the bricks, you liberal puppet!<br />



Words fail us on days like this.<br />

On behalf of the NHPA, my heartfelt<br />

condolences to the family<br />

and loved ones of NH State Police<br />

Sergeant Jesse Sherrill. Early this<br />

am, his cruiser was struck by a<br />

tractor trailer on I-95 and was<br />

killed.<br />

This was a tragedy that highlights<br />

the dangers of our profession<br />

and reminds everyone about<br />

the need to travel with care and<br />

safety in mind.<br />

Our best wishes go out to our<br />

brothers and sisters in the NH<br />

State Police during this difficult<br />

time. Sgt. Sherrill, we honor you<br />

and thank you for your service.<br />


So incredibly sorry for your<br />

loss and his family’s loss…what<br />

a tragedy<br />



As we finish out the week we<br />

have a thankful heart filled with<br />

hope and peace. Even though it<br />

has been difficult the last several<br />

months for many, we can look<br />

forward to the future with hope.<br />

Some of Your people are hurting<br />

financially, and physically because<br />

of the difficult days we’ve<br />

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Deputy Kareem Atkins, 30 leaves behind a wife and 2-month-old baby<br />

1 deputy killed, 2 wounded in ambush at<br />

<strong>No</strong>rthside Houston bar<br />

HOUSTON — A unidentified male<br />

with an AR-15-style rifle ambushed<br />

three constable deputies<br />

outside a northside Houston bar<br />

early Saturday, October 16, killing<br />

one deputy and injuring two<br />

others.<br />

Officers detained one person<br />

near the scene but was later<br />

released, according to the Houston<br />

Police Department which is<br />

investigating the shooting.<br />

The constable deputies were<br />

working extra security jobs at the<br />

45 <strong>No</strong>rte Sports Bar when two<br />

of them responded to a witness’<br />

report of a suspected robbery<br />

outside the business around 2:15<br />

a.m., according to Harris County<br />

Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman.<br />

While the two deputies were<br />

trying to detain a suspect they<br />

had on the ground, another<br />

person “came from around a car<br />

with a rifle and basically shot<br />

them right there.” The shooter<br />

“came out of nowhere,” Herman<br />

said. The third deputy “heard the<br />

gunshots ... runs out there, and<br />

when he does, he doesn’t even<br />

draw a gun -- he’s shot,” Herman<br />

said.<br />

One of the first deputies who<br />

was shot, Kareem Atkins, died<br />

from his wounds, according to<br />

the constable’s office. Atkins, 30,<br />

recently returned<br />

to work<br />

after parental<br />

leave and<br />

leaves behind<br />

a wife and<br />

2-month-old<br />

baby.<br />

The constable’s<br />

office<br />

identified the<br />

other deputies<br />

as Darrell Garrett,<br />

28, and<br />

Juqaim Barthen,<br />

26. Garrett<br />

was shot in<br />

the back and<br />

remains in<br />

intensive care<br />

after undergoing<br />

surgery.<br />

Barthen was<br />

treated a gunshot<br />

wound<br />

to the foot and has since been<br />

released.<br />

“Our entire department is<br />

heartbroken,” said Herman.<br />

Deputy Atkins was a husband,<br />

father of two children and a<br />

friend to many. Herman said that<br />

on the night of the shooting, one<br />

of the first deputies who arrived<br />

at the scene performed CPR on<br />

Atkins in an attempt to revive<br />

him.<br />

“We are working with him and<br />

we have three agencies we are<br />

using for personnel should they<br />

need to speak with someone or<br />

have some counseling, things of<br />

that nature,” said Herman.<br />

On October 20, HPD and HCSO<br />

Pct. 4 held a press conference<br />

to announce an increase in the<br />

reward for information leading to<br />

the arrest of the gunman.<br />

With assistance from billionaire<br />

Tillman Fertitta and an<br />

anonymous private citizen, the<br />

reward has been increased to<br />

$75,000, up from Houston Crime<br />

Stopper’s $10,000 reward.<br />

Fertitta contributed $40,000,<br />

while the anonymous doner<br />

contributed $25,000.<br />

The department, along with<br />

hundreds of officers from<br />

around the country, attended<br />

the funeral for Deputy Atkins on<br />

Monday October 25th.<br />

In a press conference held<br />

ahead of the funeral service,<br />

Deputy Atkins’s wife, Nadia<br />

Aweineh and his father, Cecil Atkins,<br />

said Kareem loved his job.<br />

“It meant everything to him,”<br />

Atkins said.<br />

Atkins joined the Harris County<br />

Precinct 4 Constable’s Office in<br />

January 2019.<br />

“It was something he always<br />

wanted to do, since he was a<br />

kid,” Aweineh said. “That’s all<br />

I ever heard about -- That he<br />

couldn’t wait and that he’d do<br />

anything to get there. He made<br />

it.”<br />

Atkins said he wanted the<br />

community to remember his son<br />

not only as a dedicated deputy<br />

but also as a loving father and<br />

husband.<br />

“I hope they remember him<br />

as a good deputy,” Atkins said.<br />

“Someone who’s always done<br />

what it takes to protect our<br />

citizens, does whatever it takes<br />

to protect his family, his kids,<br />

wife.”<br />

Deputy Atkins had recently<br />

returned from paternity leave<br />

when he was shot and killed on<br />

October 16. His wife had given<br />

birth to their child several weeks<br />

prior. Aweineh said they had just<br />

purchased a new home for their<br />

growing family.<br />


Thousands Gather in DC<br />

for Police Weekend<br />

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This year, 701 new names of fallen law enforcement officers<br />

were formally dedicated during the 33rd Annual Candlelight Vigil. Those<br />

names include 434 who died in 2019 and 2020, according to a press release<br />

from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).<br />

The annual vigil, part of Police Weekend <strong>2021</strong>, was held on the National Mall<br />

in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. ET.<br />

“The stories behind each of the 701 new names are so special,” said Marcia<br />

Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “To pay<br />

them proper tribute, each of their names was read as a part of the ceremony<br />

and was forever etched on the walls of the Memorial and in the hearts of an<br />

eternally grateful nation. To them and the families that they represent, and to all<br />

law enforcement professionals who serve each day to protect us, thank you.”<br />

Attorney General Merrick Garland led the candle lighting and reading of the<br />

fallen officers’ names. Guest speakers included: Rev. Markel Hutchins, leader of<br />

the National Faith & Blue Weekend; Alejandro Mayorkas, U.S. Secretary of Homeland<br />

Security; Emilio Miyares, the former president of the non-profit C.O.P.S.; and<br />

Lori Sharpe Day, an NLEOMF board member.<br />


National Police Week<br />

FBI Director Wray Draws Attention to Dangers Facing Law Enforcement<br />

As part of an<br />

annual week<br />

honoring police<br />

who have died in<br />

the line of duty,<br />

the FBI honored its<br />

own fallen, including<br />

seven whose<br />

names were added<br />

to the Bureau’s<br />

Wall of Honor this<br />

year. Among those<br />

remembered were<br />

two FBI Miami<br />

special agents<br />

who were ambushed<br />

and killed<br />

as they tried to<br />

search a home of<br />

a suspect in February.<br />

Typically held in May annually,<br />

several in-person events<br />

surrounding Police Week were<br />

postponed until fall this year,<br />

including a motorcycle tour, candlelight<br />

vigil, wreath laying ceremony,<br />

and Blue Mass service.<br />

In an interview during Police<br />

Week events last week, FBI Director<br />

Christopher Wray reflected<br />

on the sacrifices of the Bureau’s<br />

law enforcement partners,<br />

who risk their safety to protect<br />

the public.<br />

“I want the men and women of<br />

law enforcement, the heroes in<br />

law enforcement, to know how<br />

grateful I am for their work, for<br />

their courage, for their service—<br />

in some cases, for their sacrifice,”<br />

Wray said.<br />

Today, the FBI released statistics<br />

on law enforcement officers<br />

assaulted in the line of duty in<br />

2020.<br />

Statistics released earlier this<br />

year show 93 law enforcement<br />

officers died in the line of duty in<br />

2020, and that number is expected<br />

to increase for <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

Director Wray attended the<br />

candlelight vigil on October 14,<br />

<strong>2021</strong>, along with hundreds of<br />

law enforcement officers from<br />

around the country.<br />

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy<br />

designated May 15 as Peace<br />

Officers Memorial Day and the<br />

week in which it falls as National<br />

Police Week. Multiple corresponding<br />

events are held in the<br />

nation’s capital each year in the<br />

days leading up to and during the<br />

week, including the candlelight<br />

vigil, a Blue Mass at St. Patrick’s<br />

Catholic Church, a wreath-laying<br />

ceremony at the National Law<br />

Enforcement Officers Memorial,<br />

and several others. This year,<br />

however, the in-person events<br />

were held in September and<br />

October.<br />

Mementos left at the National<br />

Law Enforcement Officers Memorial<br />

included cards displaying<br />

the names of fallen FBI personnel<br />

and flowers for all the fallen.<br />


Chicago PD: Most cops put on no-pay status<br />

over vaccine changed their minds.<br />

The city’s mandate required officers to report their vaccine status by<br />

Friday, October 15.<br />

By Stephanie Casanova<br />

CHICAGO — Despite an ongoing<br />

standoff between Chicago’s<br />

police union and City Hall over<br />

the COVID-19 vaccine mandate<br />

for city employees, many Chicago<br />

police officers are choosing<br />

to comply rather than go on a<br />

no-pay status, Police Department<br />

officials said Tuesday.<br />

As of Tuesday October 19, 21<br />

officers were on no-pay status<br />

because they refused to report<br />

their vaccine status in a city portal,<br />

police Superintendent David<br />

Brown said at a news conference.<br />

Department leaders have processed<br />

hundreds of officers and<br />

employees since Monday, many<br />

of whom have decided to comply<br />

with the city mandate after<br />

getting more information, Brown<br />

said.<br />

Of the more than 12,000 department<br />

employees, a number<br />

that includes sworn officers and<br />

civilian employees, almost 68%<br />

have entered their information to<br />

the portal, Brown said. Of those<br />

employees, 82% are vaccinated,<br />

he said.<br />

Officers were supposed to report<br />

their vaccine status by Friday<br />

October 15, which previously was<br />

the deadline for city workers to<br />

be fully vaccinated until Mayor<br />

Lori Lightfoot agreed to allow<br />

those not yet vaccinated the option<br />

of twice-weekly testing for<br />

COVID-19 for the remainder of the<br />

year.<br />

Despite that concession, the<br />

local Fraternal Order of Police<br />

president, John Catanzara, openly<br />

encouraged his members to<br />

refuse to comply — until a judge<br />

issued a gag order against him<br />

Friday.<br />

Employees who have not entered<br />

their vaccine information<br />

are being called into a counseling<br />

meeting where police leaders<br />

verify that it’s not an error that<br />

they weren’t found in the portal.<br />

Those who still refuse to comply<br />

are given a direct order to<br />

enter the portal, giving them a<br />

third chance to comply with the<br />

mandate, Brown said.<br />

“So even though we’ve tried<br />

to inform our employees of the<br />

vaccine mandate, many are misinformed<br />

through various sources<br />

they listen to,” Brown said. “And<br />

officers should be able to rely on<br />

some of their union leadership for<br />

accurate information. And many<br />

have been misinformed.”<br />

At one point 45 officers were on<br />

no-pay status but many changed<br />

their mind and decided to comply<br />

with the mandate, said Don Terry,<br />

a spokesperson for the Police<br />

Department.<br />

“This process has been obviously<br />

very emotional,” Brown<br />

said. “Going into a no-pay status<br />

or receiving a direct order is a<br />

very difficult conversation to have<br />

with employees. We’ve given<br />

them the time; we’ve given them<br />

the explanation as best we can<br />

on the serious nature of violating<br />

the vaccination mandate.”<br />

Brown said getting officers either<br />

vaccinated or getting tested<br />

twice a week is the department’s<br />

number one priority.<br />

“This is about officer safety,” he<br />

said, adding that getting officers<br />

in the portal will save the lives<br />

of officers, their families, their<br />

co-workers, and community<br />

members who officers have to<br />

come in contact with when answering<br />

a 9<strong>11</strong> call.<br />

Brown said the department<br />

isn’t rushing through the process<br />

and that his leadership expects<br />

to process hundreds if not thousands<br />

more in the coming weeks.<br />

Brown isn’t worried the process<br />

will lead to a shortage in officers,<br />

and said besides the 21 officers on<br />

no-pay status, everyone else has<br />

continued to work and there has<br />

been no officer shortage so far.<br />

A call that went out for possible<br />

help from suburban law-enforcement<br />

agencies was merely<br />

contingency planning, he said.<br />

The FOP, meanwhile, released a<br />

new video Tuesday telling officers<br />

they don’t have to agree to<br />

participate in what Brown called<br />

counseling sessions over the vaccine<br />

mandate.<br />

Keeping officers, their families,<br />

and the community safe from the<br />

spread of COVID-19 is important<br />

for both personal and professional<br />

reasons, Brown said, referencing<br />

the four CPD officers who<br />

died of COVID-19 last year.<br />

Former local FOP President<br />

Dean Angelo Sr. died of COVID-19<br />

complications last week.<br />

Brown also said he had an<br />

“anti-vaxxer” cousin and that she,<br />

her husband, and their daughter<br />

contracted COVID-19 and died<br />

from the virus last month. He said<br />

many people have similar stories<br />

where they’ve been personally affected<br />

and lost a family member<br />

to the virus.<br />

“The virus is the number one<br />

killer of police officers,” Brown<br />

said. “More than any other reason,<br />

officers have been struck by this<br />

virus and passed, and died from<br />

this virus.”<br />

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Gov. DeSantis Wants to Offer $5,000 Bonuses to<br />

Law Enforcement Officers Who Come to Florida.<br />


– Governor Ron DeSantis is clarifying<br />

remarks he made about a bonus<br />

he hopes to offer out of state law<br />

enforcement who want to relocate<br />

to Florida.<br />

While DeSantis said the $5,000<br />

sign-on bonus is not because of<br />

vaccine mandates, he added that<br />

law enforcement officers should<br />

not be forced into that position.<br />

“I don’t think police officers<br />

should be fired over shots. I don’t<br />

think that’s correct,” he said.<br />

Low morale among law enforcement<br />

is at the heart of the proposed<br />

legislation, the governor said. He<br />

added that Florida is a state which<br />

has openly “backed the blue” since<br />

the summer of 2020 when the nation<br />

saw protests that sometimes<br />

turned violent over racial injustice.<br />

“We are 100 percent excited about<br />

saying anyone that’s being mistreated,<br />

if the morale is low, if you can’t<br />

take that environment, and we have<br />

openings here, you are going to get<br />

an environment where people are<br />

going to support you,” he said.<br />

DeSantis explained the state is<br />

looking to take advantage of what<br />

he views as missteps by other cities<br />

such as New York City and San<br />

Francisco.<br />

“We are looking to capitalize off<br />

a lot of communities across our<br />

county who have turned their back<br />

on law enforcement, who aren’t<br />

providing them the support,” De-<br />

Santis.<br />

Police unions from Seattle to Chicago<br />

to Baltimore have all resisted<br />

vaccine mandates or the required<br />

reporting of vaccine status. Some<br />

unionized firefighters and other city<br />

employees are also opposed to<br />

mandates.<br />

The bill that would provide the<br />

bonuses is set to be introduced<br />

during an upcoming special session<br />

of the legislature.<br />

DeSantis announced last week<br />

he was calling the legislature back<br />

because he wanted to add more<br />

“protections” for Floridians from<br />

federal vaccine mandates.<br />

“We’re going to have a special<br />

session and we’re going to say nobody<br />

should lose their job based off<br />

these injections.<br />

It’s a choice you can make but we<br />

want to make sure we are protecting<br />

your jobs and your livelihood,”<br />

DeSantis said.<br />

DeSantis previously announced he<br />

and his administration will continue<br />

to fight the federal Occupational<br />

Safety and Health Administration’s<br />

(OSHA) proposed new vaccine rule<br />

for large employers, an emergency<br />

standard announced by President<br />

Joe Biden last month.<br />

DeSantis said last month, he<br />

believes Biden’s vaccine mandate<br />

is unconstitutional and will likely<br />

cause “huge disruptions in medical,<br />

in logistics, in law enforcement.”<br />

“These people we’ve been hailing<br />

as heroes, the nurses we’ve said<br />

have been heroes, this whole time,<br />

they’ve been working day in and day<br />

out,” he said. “They couldn’t do their<br />

job on Zoom. They had to be there<br />

and they did it, and they did it with<br />

honor and integrity. <strong>No</strong>w you have<br />

people that want to kick them out<br />

of their job over this shot, which is<br />

basically a personal decision.”<br />

DeSantis said he will continue to<br />

oppose mandates imposed by local<br />

governments in the state as well.<br />


Morgan Freeman interviews police<br />

recruits in Alabama town.<br />

The actor was part of a seven-member panel that interviewed<br />

nine potential officers for the Gulf Shores Police Department.<br />

GULF SHORES, Ala. — The latest<br />

batch of police recruits in an<br />

Alabama beach town faced an<br />

interview board that included<br />

law enforcement experts and a<br />

civilian who was recognizable<br />

by his voice if not by his face:<br />

Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman.<br />

Freeman, a Mississippi native<br />

who owns property in Gulf<br />

Shores and spends time in the<br />

town of 12,000, was part of a<br />

seven-member panel that interviewed<br />

nine potential officers for<br />

the Gulf Shores Police Department<br />

last month, Deputy Chief<br />

Dan Netemeyer said October 20.<br />

The department sometimes<br />

asks residents to participate<br />

in such screening committees,<br />

Netemeyer said. Freeman knows<br />

some people who have helped<br />

and volunteered to serve.<br />

“It was kind of a last-minute<br />

thing, but he was an active participant,”<br />

Netemeyer said.<br />

Freeman sat at a table asking<br />

questions with other interviewers<br />

including Netemeyer, the<br />

police chief, a criminal justice<br />

professor and others.<br />

“He had a hat on, and he was<br />

kind of sitting back. When he<br />

introduced himself, it was almost<br />

like an old ‘Candid Camera’<br />

scene,” Netemeyer said.<br />

Even if someone did not recognize<br />

Freeman’s face, he said,<br />

there was no mistake once he<br />

spoke. “It was that voice, the<br />

same one you hear in the movies,”<br />

he said.<br />

The hiring process is not complete,<br />

Netemeyer said, but at<br />

least some of the recruits likely<br />

will be offered jobs.<br />

Freeman and Linda Keena, a<br />

University of Mississippi professor,<br />

also helped with the<br />

interviews, recently donated $1<br />

million to establish the Center<br />

of Evidence-Based Policing and<br />

Reform at the university.<br />



Miss Me But Let Me Go<br />

When I come to the end of the day,<br />

And the sun has set for me.<br />

I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.<br />

Why cry for a soul already set free?<br />

Miss me a little, but not too long,<br />

And not with your head bowed low.<br />

Remember the love we once shared,<br />

Miss me, but let me go.<br />

For this is a journey we all must take,<br />

And each must go alone.<br />

It’s all part of God’s plan,<br />

A step on the road home.<br />

When you are lonely and sick at heart,<br />

Go to the friends we both know.<br />

And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds,<br />

Miss me, but let me go.<br />

Harris County Deputy Constable<br />

Kareem Arkins<br />

End of Watch: Saturday, Oct. 16,<strong>2021</strong><br />

Kareem Atkins<br />





Officers Lost Due to COVID in October <strong>2021</strong><br />























Officers Lost Due to COVID in October <strong>2021</strong><br />























Lost in the Line of Duty<br />

Senior Inspector Jared Keyworth<br />

United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government<br />

End of Watch Friday, October 1, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age 42 Tour <strong>11</strong> Years Badge # N/A Veteran<br />

Senior Inspector Jared Keyworth succumbed to injuries sustained in a vehicle<br />

crash three days earlier in Mississippi while participating in an enforcement<br />

mission. His vehicle collided with another vehicle near the intersection of U.S.<br />

Route 49 and Monmouth Road in Florence. He was flown to the University of<br />

Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson where he remained until succumbing to<br />

his injuries.<br />

Senior Inspector Keyworth was a U.S. Army veteran. He had served with the<br />

United States Marshals Service for <strong>11</strong> years and was assigned to the Investigative<br />

Operations Division in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.<br />

Police Officer Darrell Dewayne Adams<br />

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee<br />

End of Watch Saturday, October 2, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age 34 Tour 5 Years 6 Months Badge # N/A<br />

Police Officer Darrell Adams was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer on I-40<br />

near <strong>No</strong>rth Watkins Street shortly after <strong>11</strong>:00 am.<br />

He and other officers were investigating a vehicle accident when he was struck<br />

and killed.<br />

Officer Adams served with the Memphis Police Department for 5-1/2 years.<br />

Sergeant Nick Risner<br />

Sheffield Police Department, Alabama<br />

End of Watch Saturday, October 2, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age N/A Tour 8 Years Badge # N/A Veteran<br />

Sergeant Nick Risner succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day<br />

when he was critically wounded during a shootout with an auto theft suspect in<br />

Muscle Shoals.The suspect had shot the passenger of a vehicle he was riding<br />

in and pushed them out of the vehicle in the 800 block of Avalon Avenue in<br />

Muscle Shoals. Sergeant Risner was airlifted to Huntsville Hospital where he<br />

succumbed to his wounds the next day. The second officer was saved by his<br />

bullet-resistant vest.<br />

Sergeant Risner was a United States Army Reserve veteran and had served with<br />

the Sheffield Police Department for eight years.<br />

Group Supervisor Michael G. Garbo<br />

Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Government<br />

End of Watch Monday, October 4, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age N/A Tour 16 Years Badge # N/A<br />

Group Supervisor Mike Garbo was shot and killed while he and other regional<br />

task force members conducted an inspection of an Amtrak train at the Amtrak<br />

Station in Tucson, Arizona. He and other task force members boarded the train,<br />

which was traveling from Los Angeles, California, to New Orleans, Louisiana, to<br />

conduct an inspection for narcotics. They had detained one subject and were<br />

escorting him from the train when another man opened fire on them, fatally<br />

wounding Group Supervisor Garbo and another DEA agent. The subject then<br />

wounded another task force officer as the two exchanged fire.Group Supervisor<br />

Garbo was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.<br />

Group Supervisor Garbo had served with the Drug Enforcement Administration<br />

for 16 years and had previously served with the Metro Nashville Police Department<br />

in Tennessee.<br />



Lost in the Line of Duty<br />

Deputy Sheriff Dale L. Wyman<br />

Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee<br />

End of Watch Wednesday, October 6, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age 56 Tour 13 Years Badge # 715 Veteran<br />

Deputy Sheriff Dale Wyman succumbed to injuries sustained while he was<br />

responding to a vehicle crash on August 10th, 2012.<br />

His patrol car left the roadway and overturned in a ditch on Highway 100 near<br />

Lake Lajoie Road. The crash left him paralyzed from the chest down and he<br />

continued to receive constant medical care until succumbing to his injuries on<br />

October 6th, <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

Deputy Wyman was a U.S. Army veteran. He had served with the Hardeman<br />

County Sheriff’s Office for three years. He is survived by his wife, two sons,<br />

Master Trooper Adam Gaubert<br />

Louisiana State Police, Louisiana<br />

End of Watch Saturday, October 9, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age N/A Tour 19 Years Badge # N/A Veteran<br />

Master Trooper Adam Gaubert was shot and killed from ambush in Prairieville.<br />

The suspect had shot and wounded two of his neighbors in French Settlement<br />

before stealing a pickup truck shortly after midnight. The man then drove to his<br />

half-sister’s home on Dutton Road in Prairieville where he murdered her and<br />

wounded her husband. A short time the man opened fire on a Louisiana State<br />

Police trooper who attempted to pull over the truck. At some point during the incident,<br />

Trooper Gaubert was shot and killed from ambush as he sat in his patrol<br />

car near the intersection of Airline Highway and Old Jefferson Highway.<br />

Trooper Gaubert was a United States Army and Louisiana National Guard veteran.<br />

He had served with the Louisiana State Police for 19 years. He is survived by<br />

his parents, two sisters, and two children.<br />

Police Officer Dylan McCauley Harrison<br />

Alamo Police Department, Georgia<br />

End of Watch Saturday, October 9, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age 26 Tour 3 Years Badge # 3331<br />

Police Officer Dylan Harrison was shot and killed outside of the Alamo Police<br />

Department at about 1:00 am.<br />

The subject fled the scene and was arrested the following day.<br />

Officer Harrison was working his first shift as a part-time officer with the Alamo<br />

Police Department. He had served in law enforcement for three years and had<br />

previously served with the Middle Georgia State University Police Department,<br />

Cochran Police Department, Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, and the Oconee Drug<br />

Task Force. He is survived by his wife and 6-month-old son.<br />

Sergeant Michael D. Rudd<br />

La Paz County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona<br />

End of Watch Monday, October <strong>11</strong>, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age 38 Tour 8 Years Badge # 554 Veteran<br />

Sergeant Michael Rudd was struck and killed by a commercial vehicle during<br />

the pursuit of a fraud suspect on I-10 at about 1:00 am. The suspect was<br />

being pursued by members of the Quartzite Police Department and the Arizona<br />

Department of Public Safety. Sergeant Rudd had exited his vehicle on I-10,<br />

near mile marker <strong>37</strong>, when he was struck by a commercial vehicle that was not<br />

involved in the pursuit. The driver of the suspect was taken into custody a short<br />

time later after his vehicle was immobilized by spike strips.<br />

Sergeant Rudd was a United States Air Force and Army National Guard veteran.<br />

He had served with the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office for eight years. Sergeant<br />

Rudd is survived by his wife and six children.<br />



Lost in the Line of Duty<br />

Deputy Sheriff Juan Miguel Ruiz<br />

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona<br />

End of Watch Monday, October <strong>11</strong>, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age 45 Tour 3 Years Badge # S2212<br />

Deputy Sheriff Johnny Ruiz succumbed to injuries sustained two days earlier<br />

when he was assaulted by a prisoner inside of the District 2 station at 920 E<br />

Van Buren Street in Avondale. He and other deputies had arrested a subject who<br />

was wanted for violating parole. Deputy Ruiz transported the man to the district<br />

station to book him. As he removed the handcuffs to place him in a holding cell<br />

the man suddenly attacked him. A violent struggle ensued during which Deputy<br />

Ruiz unsuccessfully attempted to use his radio to request assistance. The<br />

subject beat Deputy Ruiz unconscious.<br />

Deputy Ruiz had served with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for three<br />

years.<br />

Command Sergeant Richard Arnold McMahan<br />

Columbus Police Department, Georgia<br />

End of Watch Wednesday, October 13, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age 59 Tour 40 Years Badge # N/A<br />

Sergeant Rick McMahan suffered a fatal heart attack while running on a treadmill<br />

in the department gym at 510 E 10th Street.<br />

He was participating in the department’s wellness program in preparation for<br />

his annual physical fitness test.<br />

Sergeant McMahan had served with the Columbus Police Department for over<br />

40 years. He is survived by his wife, two children, and four grandchildren.<br />

Correctional Officer IV Toamalama Scanlan<br />

Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, California<br />

End of Watch Tuesday, October 12, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age 46 Tour 18 Years Badge # 692<br />

Correctional Officer IV Toamalama Scanlan succumbed to gunshot wounds<br />

sustained on September 3rd, 2016, while responding to an active shooter inside<br />

of the lobby of the Main Jail. A subject had entered the lobby and attempted<br />

to cut to the front of the visitation line. Officer Davila and another officer, who<br />

were both unarmed, attempted to get the man to sit down. The man produced<br />

a handgun and shot both officers in the head before being subdued by other<br />

responding officers. Officer Scanlan suffered severe wounds during the shootout<br />

and remained hospitalized until passing away on October 12th, <strong>2021</strong>. Officer<br />

Scanlan had served with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office for 10 years and had<br />

previously served with the Fresno County Probation Department. He is survived<br />

by his wife and six children.<br />

Deputy Constable Kareem Atkins<br />

Harris County Constable’s Office - Precinct 4, Texas<br />

End of Watch Saturday, October 16, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age 30 Tour 2 Years 9 Months Badge # N/A Military<br />

Deputy Constable Kareem Atkins was shot and killed from ambush while arresting<br />

a robbery suspect in the parking lot of a sports bar at 4477 <strong>No</strong>rth Freeway<br />

in Houston. He and two other deputy constables were working a secondary<br />

employment assignment at the restaurant when a patron informed them of a<br />

robbery in the parking lot. Deputy Atkins and one of the other deputies responded<br />

to the location and were taking a suspect into custody when another man<br />

opened fire on them from behind with an AR-15 rifle. Deputy Atkins was struck<br />

in the head and fatally wounded while the second deputy was shot in the back<br />

and seriously wounded. The third deputy heard the shots and was wounded as<br />

he rushed to assist the others. Deputy Atkins was transported to a Memorial<br />

Hermann Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Deputy Constable Atkins has<br />

served with the Harris County Constable’s Office - Precinct 4 for 2-1/2 years. He<br />

is survived by his wife and two children.<br />



Lost in the Line of Duty<br />

Police Officer Yandy Chirino<br />

Hollywood Police Department, Florida<br />

End of Watch Sunday, October 17, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age 28 Tour 4 Years Badge # 3534<br />

Police Officer Yandy Chirino was shot and killed after responding to reports of a<br />

suspicious person pulling on door handles in the 4000 block of <strong>No</strong>rth Hills Drive<br />

at about 10:30 pm. The man began struggling with officers when they attempted<br />

to detain him. He drew a concealed handgun and shot Officer Chirino during<br />

the struggle. Other officers were able to take him into custody and then rendered<br />

aid to Officer Chirino. He was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital<br />

in a police car but succumbed to his wounds a short time later.<br />

Officer Chirino had served with the Hollywood Police Department for four years.<br />

He had been the recipient of five supervisor’s commendations and had been<br />

recognized as Officer of the Month in June 2020.<br />

Trooper Ted L. Benda<br />

Iowa State Patrol, Iowa<br />

End of Watch Wednesday, October 20, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age <strong>37</strong> Tour 16 Years Badge # 313<br />

Trooper Ted Benda succumbed to injuries sustained six days earlier when he<br />

was involved in a single-vehicle crash.<br />

He was responding to assist deputies from the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office<br />

with a wanted subject at about <strong>11</strong>:30 pm when his patrol car left the roadway<br />

on Iowa Highway 51 six miles north of Postville. He was flown to Gunderson<br />

Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where he remained until succumbing<br />

to his injuries.<br />

Trooper Benda had served with the Iowa State Patrol for five years and had<br />

previously served with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation for <strong>11</strong> years.<br />

He is survived by his wife, four children, parents, and siblings.<br />

Police Officer Ryan Andrew Hayworth<br />

Knightdale Police Department, <strong>No</strong>rth Carolina<br />

End of Watch Sunday, October 17, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age 23 Tour 3 Months Badge # N/A Veteran<br />

Police Officer Ryan Hayworth was killed when his patrol car was struck from<br />

behind by a suspected drunk driver at about 2:40 am. Officer Hayworth, along<br />

with his training officer, were at the scene of a single-vehicle crash on I-540,<br />

near mile marker 22, when their patrol car was struck by the other vehicle,<br />

which failed to move over or reduce its speed. Officer Hayworth suffered fatal<br />

injuries in the collision. His training officer, as well as the original accident victim<br />

and the suspected drunk driver, were seriously injured.<br />

Officer Hayworth was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Knightdale<br />

Police Department for only three months. He is survived by his father, mother,<br />

brother, and two step-brothers. His father was a retired Police Chief of the Zebulon<br />

Police Department.<br />

Police Officer Stephen Evans<br />

Burns Police Department, Kansas<br />

End of Watch Monday, October 25, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age 44 Tour 16 Years 4 Months Badge # 32<br />

Police Officer Stephen Evans was killed in a vehicle crash in the 5000 block of<br />

U.S. Highway 77 at about 5:00 pm.<br />

He was attempting to make a U-turn when his patrol car was struck by an oncoming<br />

vehicle. Officer Evans succumbed to his injuries at the scene.<br />

Officer Evans served as a part-time officer with the Burns Police Department<br />

and as a full-time deputy with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office for 16 months.<br />

He was the Burns Police Department’s only officer. He had previously served<br />

with the Kansas Department of Corrections for 15 years. He is survived by his<br />

wife, three children, parents, and brother.<br />



Lost in the Line of Duty<br />

Police Officer Tyler Timmins<br />

Pontoon Beach Police Department, Illinois<br />

End of Watch Tuesday, October 26, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age 36 Tour 15 Years 6 Months Badge # N/A<br />

Police Officer Tyler Timmins was shot and killed while investigating a stolen<br />

vehicle in the parking lot of a Speedway gas station at the intersection of Illinois<br />

<strong>11</strong>1 and Chains of Rocks Road at about 8:00 am. He was approaching the pickup<br />

truck when a subject opened fire on him, fatally wounding him. The subject<br />

who shot him was arrested by other officers at the scene. Officer Timmins was<br />

taken to a local hospital before being transferred to SSM Health St. Louis University<br />

Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He died a short time later.<br />

Officer Timmins had served with the Pontoon Beach Police Department for 18<br />

months. He had previously served with the Roxana Police Department, Wordon<br />

Police Department, and Hartford Police Department for 14 years. He is survived<br />

by his wife and stepdaughter.<br />

Staff Sergeant Jesse Sherrill<br />

New Hampshire State Police, New Hampshire<br />

End of Watch Thursday, October 28, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age 44 Tour 20 Years Badge # N/A<br />

Staff Sergeant Jesse Sherrill was killed in a vehicle crash on I-95 in Portsmouth<br />

at about 12:30 am.<br />

He was providing police assistance to a work crew that was installing rumble<br />

strips on the shoulder of I-95 when his patrol car was struck from behind by<br />

a tractor trailer. He was transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital where he<br />

succumbed to his injuries.<br />

Sergeant Sherrill had served with the New Hampshire State Police for 19 years<br />

and was the assistant commander of Troop A. He had previously served with the<br />

Hooksett Police Department for one year.<br />

When one falls,<br />

We all fall.<br />


The Michael Jordan of Police Chiefs<br />

The New York Times called Art Acevedo a “celebrity police chief.” Miami Mayor Francis Suarez,<br />

once praised Acevedo as “the Michael Jordan of police chiefs and possibly the best police chief in<br />

America.” National publications painted his rise from a Cuban immigrant to police chief of several<br />

major cities in the U.S., as “the rising star in American policing.”<br />

His eagerness to jump in front of news cameras earned him national attention when he<br />

marched with Black Lives Matter demonstrations after George Floyd was killed. That coupled<br />

with his proclivity for getting into Twitter spats with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Sen. Ted<br />

Cruz, and former President Donald Trump, led many to guess he’d eventually jump into the political<br />

spotlight full-time.<br />

In fact, many say Acevedo seemed to be always priming himself for the next big gig — during<br />

the nine years he spent as Austin’s head cop and prior to joining the Houston Police Department,<br />

he openly showed interest in police chief openings in San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth, all<br />

larger cities than Austin. He even parlayed his interest in the San Antonio gig into a nice 5 percent<br />

pay raise back in 2015 at APD.<br />

So, when he announced he was leaving HPD for the top cop position in Miami no one was surprised.<br />

But many of the regular members of those departments disagree with the characterization<br />

that their former boss was some kind of “super cop.”<br />

And when the news broke late last month that Miami was firing him as police chief after only<br />

six months, none of his former employees were surprised by that either. Miami City Manager, Art<br />

<strong>No</strong>riega, said in a statement that the relationship between Acevedo and the Miami Police Department<br />

had “deteriorated beyond repair” and “needed to be resolved promptly.” He wrote that “unfortunately,<br />

Chief Acevedo is not the right fit for this organization.”<br />

Later that week, Miami’s City Commissioners met to discuss Acevedo’s future with the city. In<br />

a day-long meeting prior to his actual dismissal, one of Miami’s Commissioners said, “In some<br />

ways, the issues with Chief Acevedo started before he actually did anything at all. There [were]<br />

issues that the commissioners had with the process in which he was hired. Our mayor, Francis Suarez,<br />

kind of brought Acevedo in and sidestepped the hiring committee that was supposed to be<br />

hiring the next police chief. So right when he came in, he was already in hot water in some ways.<br />

And then he did a kind of a series of things that angered the commissioners and also some people<br />

in the police department. He [demoted several officers], he referred to some members of the<br />

city government as the “Cuban Mafia,” which a lot of people here in the Cuban American community<br />

were very angered about. So, it kind of escalated quickly.”<br />

But before we look at Acevedo’s fall from grace in Miami, let’s start at the beginning and follow<br />

Acevedo’s “rise and fall” in law enforcement which all began in sunny California.<br />

The Rise & Fall<br />

of<br />





In the Beginning :<br />

Cuba, California & the CHP Academy<br />

Hubert Arturo Acevedo was born on July 31, 1964,<br />

in Havana Cuba. His mother was a stay-at-home<br />

mom, his dad was a Havana Police Officer before<br />

Fidel Castro and the communist took over in 1965.<br />

In December 1968, only 4½ years old, Acevedo arrived<br />

with his family in Miami, where he spent two<br />

weeks at the House of Liberty, a World War II barracks<br />

site at the Miami airport, while his family was<br />

processed as political refugees. On New Year’s Eve,<br />

the family flew to Los Angeles, settling near relatives<br />

in the small, working-class city of El Monte,<br />

east of downtown L.A.<br />

His family was tight-knit, and Acevedo had a particularly<br />

close relationship with his now-deceased<br />

father, whom Acevedo says instilled in him a sense<br />

of civic duty that eventually led him to police work.<br />

“I was raised with a real sense of patriotism,” Acevedo<br />

says of his dad, who moved the family to California<br />

in part to help them to assimilate outside<br />

the dominant Cuban culture of South Florida. “My<br />

dad would tell us that there was no better place<br />

on Earth than in the United States and that this<br />

country gave us the greatest gift of all, and that’s<br />

freedom.” His father was a one-man construction<br />

company, and the family lived modestly in the city,<br />

a rough-edged place where Acevedo was first<br />

exposed to the gang culture that would become a<br />

major focus early in his policing career. “He comes<br />

from a pretty poor area in El Monte. He knew local<br />

gang members; he’d play basketball with them,<br />

but he wouldn’t take any crap from them,” says<br />

Paul Golonski, a friend and former colleague of<br />

Acevedo’s in the California Highway Patrol.<br />

After high school, he enrolled at Rio Hondo<br />

College and graduated in in 1986 with an associate<br />

degree in communications. (A few years later,<br />

Acevedo enrolled in the University of La Verne and<br />

graduated in 2005 with a bachelor’s in public administration.)<br />

Acevedo knew early in life that he wanted to<br />

serve his country, and he considered three ways to<br />

do it: go to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point,<br />

Acevedo’s Dad<br />

become a cop, or become a deputy district attorney.<br />

It wasn’t until he was nearly finished with his<br />

first year in college that he decided instead to become<br />

a cop. “California had like 150,000 attorneys,<br />

and I asked myself, ‘Do they really need another<br />

attorney? Or do they need good police officers<br />

who want to go out and serve people?’” he recalls.<br />

“And when you really ask yourself that, I think the<br />

Acevedo & His Big Sister in Cuba<br />

answer is that we need good police officers.” So,<br />

in 1986, after graduating Rio Hondo, Acevedo applied<br />

to the L.A. Police Department, the L.A. County<br />

Sheriff’s Department, and the California Highway<br />

Patrol. He was accepted by all three; he joined the<br />

CHP in part because of its “world-class reputation,”<br />

he says, and in part because the CHP academy<br />

started a month before the other two.<br />

The Streets were tough in the 60’s<br />

E l Monte California in the 60’s<br />

Acevedo & His Mom-CHP Graduation<br />


Acevedo rises through the ranks at CHP<br />

Fresh out of the academy in late 1986, Acevedo<br />

was assigned to patrol in East L.A., a densely populated<br />

area dominated in those days by gang culture<br />

and violence. It was his first choice of assignment.<br />

“Because if you want to be the best, you’ve<br />

got to expose yourself to the most challenging<br />

environment possible, and East Los Angeles had<br />

a reputation of being one of the most challenging<br />

police environments in the United States,” he says.<br />

It was on those streets that he impressed Golonski,<br />

then a sergeant with the CHP. In 1991, Acevedo began<br />

his rise to the top of the CHP, scoring a “plum<br />

job” in recruiting. Still, the young and ambitious<br />

Acevedo would make a point of getting out to<br />

work the streets in order to keep his skills sharp.<br />

Golonski recalled, “He was very much a crime<br />

buster but also very community-oriented.” When<br />

the pair would meet for coffee, it seemed that<br />

Acevedo knew everyone, Golonski said. “He knew<br />

the dishwasher, he knew the mayor, and he knew<br />

everyone’s first name.”<br />

Golonski recalls a time when the pair was patrolling<br />

a particularly rough neighborhood and<br />

were approached by a gang member. “What are<br />

y’all doing down here?” Golonski recalls the man<br />

asking; “I thought you were afraid to patrol here,”<br />

he told them. Golonski and Acevedo “looked at<br />

each other. ‘I guess we know what area we’re<br />

going to be flooding with cops over the next few<br />

weeks!’ We went back one month later, and that<br />

same guy came up to us – ‘OK! OK! That’s enough!<br />

The homies are coming down on me!’ We kind of<br />

laughed about it.”<br />

Acevedo rose quickly through the CHP ranks. His<br />

friends were also impressed by his fearlessness in<br />

standing up to superiors when he felt that a bad<br />

cop under his supervision was being protected<br />

by the brass, and they saw him as someone who<br />

would push through the “glass ceiling [for Hispanics]<br />

at the CHP,”<br />

says friend and<br />

former L.A.<br />

Sheriff’s Deputy<br />

Hank Aguilar.<br />

But Acevedo’s<br />

career advancement<br />

with the<br />

CHP came to<br />

a grinding halt<br />

when a story<br />

in the LA Times<br />

detailed his relationship<br />

with<br />

a female CHP<br />

officer and the<br />

sexual harassment<br />

claims<br />

that followed.<br />

The article stated<br />

Acevedo was a top candidate to replace retiring<br />

California Highway Patrol Commissioner D.O.<br />

“Spike” Helmick, when the investigation became<br />

the number one talking point. It was made public<br />

that Acevedo had been investigated for allegedly<br />

showing nude photographs of a fellow CHP officer<br />

to other high-ranking officers while on duty.<br />

Acevedo, who was an Assistant Chief at the time,<br />

was the subject of a $5-million civil claim involving<br />

the woman with whom he allegedly had an<br />

affair with in 1995. Acevedo said the probe was an<br />

attempt to derail his chances to become the CHP’s<br />

top officer. He accused Helmick of disclosing the<br />

details, a charge that Helmick denied.<br />

Claims filed with three state agencies allege<br />

that Acevedo kept sexually explicit Polaroid photographs<br />

of the woman in the glove box of his<br />

state-issued car and showed them to other supervisors<br />

after the affair ended.<br />

Early Days at CHP - Acevedo & His Partner Mike Wheatley<br />

Even in his early days, Acevedo loved to be in front of the media<br />


Acevedo fails to capture top spot<br />

amid probe into harrassment<br />

Acevedo, who was an internal affairs sergeant<br />

at the time of the affair, was one of four assistant<br />

chiefs over the Los Angeles area when he applied<br />

for the #1 position at CHP. Acevedo’s attorney, in a<br />

letter to the CHP’s general counsel, demanded that<br />

Helmick stop “disseminating defamatory information<br />

which was obtained during a confidential CHP<br />

investigation ... [which] appears to be an attempt<br />

on the part of Commissioner Helmick to interfere<br />

with Assistant Chief Acevedo’s intent to seek appointment.”<br />

Acevedo told the Sacramento Bee that<br />

he did not display the photos, and Helmick said he<br />

has stayed out of the process to choose his successor.<br />

The harassment claims say the woman is a<br />

36-year-old officer from Southern California who<br />

had a six- or seven-month affair with Acevedo.<br />

She says she posed for the photographs at Acevedo’s<br />

suggestion, but didn’t learn they had been<br />

shown to anyone until she was approached by two<br />

CHP internal affairs investigators.<br />

The woman, a 13-year department veteran, says<br />

in one claim that she was “absolutely horrified and<br />

humiliated” when she found out. “I feel that my<br />

reputation has been irreparably tarnished, and my<br />

career as a CHP officer is essentially over.”<br />

Two CHP captains allegedly have said Acevedo<br />

showed them the pictures, including one in which<br />

the woman is performing a sexual act on him.<br />

The woman, who has since married another CHP<br />

officer and has two children, says she couldn’t<br />

return to work because rumors and the potential<br />

damage to Acevedo’s promotion have created a<br />

sexually hostile work environment. She has been<br />

granted a state disability claim on the grounds<br />

that she suffered a stress injury because she was<br />

victimized in “a high-profile sexual harassment<br />

investigation.” The California Department of Fair<br />

Employment and Housing issued the woman a<br />

“right to sue” letter, said Director Jacqueline<br />

Wagner. The woman’s attorney, Craig Ackerman,<br />

sent a letter to the CHP, Acevedo and Gov. Arnold<br />

Schwarzenegger seeking $5 million in damages.<br />

“All of California would undoubtedly find Assistant<br />

Chief Acevedo’s and the CHP’s conduct in this<br />

matter utterly appalling,” Ackerman wrote.<br />

“To make matters worse, CHP had taken no disciplinary<br />

action against Acevedo,” Ackerman’s letter<br />

continued. “Instead of CHP immediately terminating<br />

[his] employment for, among other things,<br />

egregious violations of its sexual harassment policy,<br />

the governor’s office is apparently still considering<br />

his promotion to commissioner.”<br />

Ackerman said the CHP rejected his settlement<br />

offer. The state Board of Control also rejected the<br />

woman’s $5-million claim, a prerequisite to filing<br />

a lawsuit against the state, though no suit has<br />

been filed at the time of the Times article. She also<br />

filed a harassment claim with the U.S. Equal Employment<br />

Opportunity Commission. In 2008, Acevedo<br />

received a settlement of almost $1 million<br />

from the California Highway Patrol, in connection<br />

to the harassment lawsuit.<br />

Acevedo filed a whistleblower suit against the<br />

department, and in December 2007, the CSPB filed<br />

a lengthy report excoriating the actions of the former<br />

commissioner and his staff and agreeing that<br />

Acevedo had been retaliated against. Eventually,<br />

after Acevedo had already arrived in Austin, the<br />

CHP settled the suit for nearly $1 million.<br />


Acevedo’s next stop, Austin Texas<br />

In the middle of the stress generated by his<br />

whistleblower action, Acevedo found the APD job<br />

posting. He was scrolling through the job board for<br />

the International Association of Chiefs of Police<br />

when he came across the notice that Austin was in<br />

search of a new chief – it’s a story he’s told numerous<br />

times, including at his swearing in at City<br />

Hall on July 19, 2007. “I’m sitting there reading, and<br />

all of a sudden I see this opening, and when I read<br />

what they were looking for, I felt like they were<br />

talking to me,” he recalled recently. “I looked over<br />

at my wife and said: ‘Holy shit! This was written<br />

for me – they’re describing me to a T.’” The posting<br />

described a person who believed in community<br />

policing, media relations, and department transparency.<br />

“If you looked at the job bulletin and what<br />

they were looking for ... it really spoke to me.”<br />

Acevedo certainly impressed city officials and<br />

community members when he landed in Austin<br />

as one of the finalists for the chief position, vacated<br />

by the 2006 resignation of Chief Stan Knee.<br />

Knee was a buttoned-down old-schooler who<br />

had an inability – or reluctance – to communicate<br />

effectively either within the APD’s rank-and-file<br />

or more broadly to members of the media and<br />

the community at large. Acevedo cut a strikingly<br />

different figure. He was young, outgoing, and<br />

ready to give his personal mobile phone number<br />

to anyone who asked for it. He was the only finalist<br />

to sit for questions with the board of the Austin<br />

Police Association (the city’s largest cop union),<br />

and he personally organized a Q&A at Threadgill’s<br />

with local activists and advocates. He had done his<br />

homework; he read everything he could about the<br />

department before he got there, compiling information<br />

in a several-inches-thick binder he called<br />

his APD briefing book; he was ready for any question<br />

thrown at him. “I knew more about the department<br />

than the department knew about itself, I<br />

think,” he said.<br />

When the activists asked him pointed questions<br />

about the 2002 officer-involved shooting death<br />

of Sophia King, a woman with mental disabilities<br />

who had been shot and killed by Officer<br />

John Coffey as she advanced on a city housing<br />

authority employee with a knife – an incident<br />

controversial with many department critics and<br />

civil libertarians – he did not stumble. “What I<br />

told them was, ‘Look, I don’t have a stake in this<br />

fight ... but from the outside looking in, from<br />

everything I see, that was probably one of the<br />

cleanest use-of-force incidents I had seen.’” It<br />

was not the answer they were likely hoping for,<br />

but nonetheless Acevedo won points with those<br />

who were encouraged by his willingness to<br />

interact with everyone in the community – department<br />

boosters and critics alike. “He raised<br />

the charm level of the police department,” acknowledges<br />

Jim Harrington, executive director<br />

of the Texas Civil Rights Project, who early on<br />

was among the advocates who saw Acevedo as<br />

having the potential to transform the previously<br />

unresponsive APD.<br />

Acevedo certainly charmed department<br />

friends and foes, but he did far more than that,<br />

said many city officials and police officers, including<br />

his direct supervisor, Assistant City Manager<br />

Mike McDonald, who is himself a retired<br />

APD assistant chief. “Early on, when we interviewed<br />

him, I could just tell he was going to be<br />

a success,” he says. Acevedo demonstrated that<br />

he was a “very balanced chief,” adds McDonald<br />

– one able to forge and maintain a personal<br />

connection to the community, but who also<br />

demonstrates that he knows “what he needs to<br />

do tactically, to fight crime.”<br />

Acevedo’s supporters say he’s done that. Shortly<br />

after joining APD, he announced the end of<br />

so-called “80% staffing,” an across-the-city<br />

method of staffing patrol operations that did not<br />

rely on actual need – and that consumed millions<br />

in overtime pay, at times nearly doubling<br />

The Art Acevedo Lovefest Officially began in Austin<br />

Sworn in at Austin<br />


Austin turns out to be a rocky road.<br />

some officers’ salaries. It didn’t make fiscal sense,<br />

and it didn’t keep the city safer – but abolishing<br />

it took some political finesse, since officers were<br />

both accustomed to it and rewarded by it.<br />

In its place, Acevedo implemented “need based”<br />

staffing that relies on intelligence gathering, notably<br />

through the introduction of CompStat, a data<br />

collection system that can help police recognize<br />

crime trends and hotspots. Combined with the<br />

Real Time Crime Center that monitors information<br />

from cameras placed around the city – for example,<br />

at longtime crime hotspot Rundberg Lane and<br />

I-35 – the department has moved toward more<br />

proactive policing. “What I’d like to see is [police<br />

being able] to disrupt and prevent crime,” says<br />

Acevedo. “Once a crime is committed, I think we’ve<br />

failed everyone. The most effective way to prevent<br />

and disrupt crime is to have a highly visible, proactive<br />

police department.”<br />

Under Acevedo, the APD has certainly developed<br />

its public face, which was one of the things the<br />

city had hoped the new chief would accomplish.<br />

Acevedo set a standard of public interaction for<br />

a department that desperately needed to forge a<br />

deeper public connection. “He tries to bond with<br />

the people he’s talking to,” says Council Member<br />

Bill Spelman, whose research and practice at the<br />

LBJ School of Public Affairs focuses in part on police<br />

training and better crime prevention. “I think<br />

he’s a very emotional guy, and I think he tries to<br />

feel an emotional connection with everyone he’s<br />

talking with,” Spelman continues. “I feel an emotional<br />

connection whenever I’m talking to Art, in<br />

a way that I hardly ever feel with police chiefs.<br />

Police chiefs, as a general rule, are not emotional<br />

people.”<br />

Acevedo’s emotional nature was certainly on<br />

display in the aftermath of the Padron shooting<br />

– he wept publicly several times – and it has<br />

also been evident during other critical incidents<br />

when officers have shot and killed a member of<br />

the public. Regardless of whether he’s felt that the<br />

use of force was justified, he has tried to reach out<br />

to the family of the slain person to acknowledge<br />

that they are in mourning for a lost child. “I don’t<br />

care if the person is Jeffrey Dahmer,” Acevedo<br />

told reporters at a press conference after the April<br />

officer-involved shooting death of Ahmede Jabbar<br />

Bradley, who was killed after fleeing on foot from<br />

Officer Eric Copeland during a routine traffic stop.<br />

“The pain of a mother and father is real.” Acevedo’s<br />

personal relationship with the community “is<br />

unprecedented,” says McDonald. “And that works<br />

its way down” to the rest of the department. Leffingwell<br />

agrees. “There’s been a basic reinvigoration<br />

within the esprit de corps of the department.<br />

Officers look up to him, and his leadership is very<br />

important,” he says. “More important may be what<br />

he’s done with the community.”<br />

Acevedo had occasionally released misinformation.<br />

In October 2010, Officer Derrick Bowman shot<br />

and killed 16-year-old Devin Contreras during a<br />

botched break-in at a South Austin Big Lots. Shortly<br />

after the early morning incident, Acevedo told<br />

reporters that Bowman shot Contreras after the<br />

teen fired two rounds at him; Bowman had seen<br />

the muzzle flash, Acevedo had said, based on Bowman’s<br />

first statements. It turns out that was not<br />

true; Contreras did point a gun at Bowman, but he<br />

never fired.<br />

Acevedo says that he corrected the mistake<br />

quickly and argues that his handling of the incident<br />

in fact reflects APD’s credibility and openness.<br />

Had the department wanted to cover the mistake<br />

and sustain the initial story, it would’ve been easy<br />

enough to take the .38 Contreras carried to the lab<br />

and fire a couple shots. The initial mistake, he says,<br />

reflects “the spirit of transparency and the spirit of<br />

giving people as much information as possible.”<br />

But despite all the accolades Acevedo received in<br />

Austin, he has also been criticized for how he ran<br />

APD.<br />

An article in The Texas Scorecard said Acevedo<br />

was a police chief with a history of problems who<br />

was always being recycled from one cushy job to<br />

another.<br />

Acevedo left the Capital City as yet another milestone<br />

in his legacy of disgrace. He was pressured<br />

to leave the California Highway Patrol in 2007<br />

following a sexual harassment lawsuit from a<br />

woman who allegedly had an affair with him. Afterwards,<br />

he was snatched up by the City of Austin<br />

and hired as Police Chief.<br />

In his nearly decade-long tenure in Austin, Acevedo<br />

had been pockmarked with rocky relationships<br />

and controversies. It is well known that Acevedo<br />

had a difficult working relationship with City Manager<br />

Marc Ott – Acevedo has been reprimanded<br />

several times for disobeying orders, including having<br />

his pay docked for speaking out about ongoing<br />

investigations to officers when told not to.<br />

In 2014, he exacerbated community relations for<br />

a tone-deaf comment in which he defended his<br />

officers for slamming a 19-year-old woman on the<br />

pavement for jaywalking, saying that sexual abuse<br />

by officers in other cities made his officers look<br />

good by comparison.<br />

Hmm. How can I spin this?<br />

Despite his tendency to constantly put his foot<br />

in his mouth, Acevedo has not shied away from<br />

the public spotlight, and frequently grandstands<br />

for liberal causes. In the past, he testified against<br />

both open carry and campus carry. He caught flak<br />

for his comments on the latter, in which he stated<br />

that it would be better for a sexual assault victim<br />

to undergo counseling following an incident than<br />

have had the ability to defend oneself in the first<br />

place.<br />

Acevedo did briefly voice support for ridesharing<br />

companies such as Uber and Lyft, testifying at an<br />

Austin City Council meeting on how the services<br />

led to a substantial decrease in DWI offenses.<br />

However, during the Prop 1 campaign over ridesharing<br />

regulations Acevedo forced organizers<br />

supporting the measure to remove any reference<br />

to his statements on the issue.<br />

Further underscoring his liberal inconsistency<br />

when it comes to public safety, Acevedo has also<br />

publicly opposed measures that would strengthen<br />

cooperation with federal authorities on matters<br />

pertaining to illegal immigration, such as a ban on<br />

sanctuary cities.<br />

In June of 2018, Acevedo was named in a law-<br />


After a decade, it was time to go.<br />

suit over Austin PD’s alleged mishandling of sexual<br />

assault cases while he was in charge; The suit<br />

accuses Acevedo of not taking assault allegations<br />

from female Austin cops against their male colleagues<br />

seriously, and claims he said they may<br />

have just regretted “bad sex.”<br />

He also drew the ire of Austin police-defenders<br />

and some of his own commanders when he quickly<br />

fired the officer who shot and killed David Joseph,<br />

a Black 17-year-old who was unarmed and<br />

naked when he was shot to death in 2016.<br />

In <strong>No</strong>vember 2016 when Acevedo announced<br />

he was leaving for Houston, Austin’s Mayor Steve<br />

Adler was quoted as saying “Houston is getting a<br />

world-class police chief. Chief Acevedo has made<br />

our community safer and closer, he is trusted and<br />

much loved by so many. Austin is losing a moral<br />

and joyous leader, and I’m losing a friend.”<br />

“Losing Art Acevedo is a huge deal, and replacing<br />

him will be a daunting task in part because he<br />

gave so much of himself to his job and his community,”<br />

he added.<br />

So, with that Austin said goodbye and Acevedo<br />

moved 160 miles to the Southeast to take up residence<br />

in Houston and become the cities first Hispanic<br />

police chief.<br />

“Man I was a handsome dude back in the day”<br />

I’d love to stay, but I gotta go.<br />


Acevedo says HELLO HOUSTON<br />

<strong>No</strong>t sure how much Acevedo paid Austin’s mayor<br />

to say, “Houston is getting a world-class police<br />

chief,” but if his time in Houston proved anything, it<br />

was he was everything BUT a “world-class police<br />

chief.”<br />

At a press conference on March 23, 2018, Art<br />

Acevedo, the Houston police chief, announced an<br />

aggravated assault charge against Philadelphia<br />

Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett. Acevedo<br />

alleged that the Eagles star had pushed an elderly<br />

paraplegic security guard at Houston’s NRG Stadium<br />

as he rushed to celebrate on the field with his<br />

brother Martellus, whose New England Patriots<br />

had just won the 2017 Super Bowl. At the half-hour<br />

press conference, held more than a year after the<br />

game—Acevedo explained the HPD had prioritized<br />

“serious crimes”—the police chief was in<br />

his element, bantering with reporters and issuing<br />

soundbite-worthy quips. He worked himself into a<br />

righteous lather over someone “putting hands on<br />

a little old lady” in a motorized wheelchair and<br />

called Bennett “pathetic” and “morally bankrupt.”<br />

But, as Acevedo admitted, there was no video of<br />

the alleged assault. Given the number of people<br />

trying to access the field after the Patriots’ Super<br />

Bowl victory, it was unclear how the elderly security<br />

guard, and the police officer who allegedly<br />

witnessed the incident, could clearly identify Bennett,<br />

who strenuously denied the charge. One year<br />

after the press conference, in April 2019, the Harris<br />

County District Attorney’s Office dropped the case<br />

after determining that “a crime could not be proven<br />

beyond a reasonable doubt.” Acevedo said he<br />

stood by the assessment that an assault had occurred,<br />

but agreed there wasn’t enough evidence<br />

to proceed with the case.<br />

In January 2019, undercover narcotics officers<br />

executed a no-knock warrant on the southeast<br />

Houston home of Rhogena Nicholas and Dennis<br />

Tuttle. A gunfight broke out during which Nicholas<br />

and Tuttle died and several HPD officers were<br />

injured. The narcotics officers believed the couple<br />

was dealing heroin, but found only small amounts<br />

of cocaine and marijuana. Months after the raid,<br />

Acevedo refused to release the results of the investigation<br />

despite multiple requested by The BLUES<br />

as well as dozens of other local and nations news<br />

organizations.<br />


Who’s side are you on?<br />


When he did finally release the report, it showed<br />

the entire raid was based on an unlawful warrant<br />

written up by HPD officers Gerald Goines and<br />

Steven Bryant. Goines and Bryant retired after the<br />

incident. Goines was charged with murder, and<br />

Bryant was charged with tampering with a government<br />

document. The Harris County District<br />

Attorney’s Office anticipates it will dismiss more<br />

than 150 drug cases handled by Goines, and their<br />

review is ongoing.<br />

A Houston Chronicle investigation revealed that<br />

Goines spent much of his undercover time busting<br />

low-level street dealers. In 2004, he arrested<br />

George Floyd for allegedly selling him less than<br />

a gram of cocaine. Floyd pleaded guilty and was<br />

sentenced to ten months in state jail. In March<br />

2019, the district attorney’s office sent Floyd a letter<br />

notifying him that Goines was under criminal<br />

investigation.<br />

Acevedo’s handling of the case has followed a<br />

predictable arc, from defending his officers to the<br />

hilt in January of 2019, to issuing an apology for<br />

Goines’s and Bryant’s actions in <strong>No</strong>vember 2019, to<br />

positioning himself as the hero of the whole affair<br />

by claiming credit for discovering the malfeasance.<br />

“It would have been a tragedy for Rhogena and the<br />

Tuttles if we had not uncovered [Goines’s alleged<br />

misconduct],” Acevedo told Texas Monthly in February.<br />

“That would be an even greater tragedy and<br />

injustice.” In February, Acevedo announced a series<br />

of reforms including more scrutiny of “no-knock”<br />

raids and tighter supervision of narcotics operations.<br />

This kind of grandstanding and moralistic posturing<br />

from Acevedo has always drawn heat from<br />

local activists as well as his own police officers.<br />

Ever since he took over as Houston’s police chief in<br />

2016, Acevedo always excelled at self-promotion.<br />

But Acevedo’s record is one of a police chief<br />

reluctant to make fundamental reforms. Consider<br />

the issue of bail reform. Acevedo has called for<br />

reform of the cash bail system, saying the decision<br />

to release suspects accused of a crime before<br />

trial “should be based on [their] public safety risk<br />


Grandstanding & Moralistic Postering.<br />

rather than how rich [they] are.” Yet he, along with<br />

many in the criminal justice establishment, opposed<br />

Harris County’s historic 2019 settlement of<br />

a lawsuit about how it sets bail, which eliminated<br />

cash bail for most misdemeanor defendants.<br />

He regularly takes to Twitter to slam judges for<br />

granting bail to defendants he thinks belong in jail.<br />

<strong>No</strong>t even the coronavirus softened his opposition.<br />

In March of 2020, when Sheriff Ed Gonzalez proposed<br />

waiving bail for a significant percentage of<br />

the eight thousand inmates in Harris County jail<br />

to reduce the risk of an outbreak, Acevedo pushed<br />

back. He argued that anyone considered for release<br />

should be subjected to an individualized risk<br />

assessment—a time-consuming process. Between<br />

Acevedo’s intransigence and a series of court orders<br />

blocking the sheriff’s plan, only about three<br />

hundred inmates have been let out, and by mid-<br />

May, more than one thousand inmates and jail staff<br />

had contracted the virus.<br />

In June 2020, Acevedo tried selling himself to the<br />

nation as a pro-reform police chief by changing<br />

his Twitter profile picture to an image of George<br />

Floyd. Floyd, longtime Houston resident who was<br />

choked to death by police in Minneapolis, sparked<br />

nationwide protests included many in Houston. A<br />

video of Acevedo standing with protesters, speaking<br />

of his anger over Floyd’s killing, went viral. He<br />

also appeared on the Today show and penned an<br />

op-ed for the Washington Post calling for more<br />

police accountability.<br />

In the June 2020 issue of The BLUES, Acevedo<br />

won the magazines Light Bulb Award hands down<br />

over his handling of the George Floyd Protests in<br />

Houston. In that article we wrote:<br />

It’s a no brainer for this month’s LB Award. Hands<br />


DO!!! If you haven’t caught his antics in the past<br />

few days Acevedo said, “He built this country and<br />

he ain’t going nowhere!!” Well sir, you need to<br />

go anywhere but Houston. You are an insult and<br />

a slap in the face of the officers and the city you<br />

serve. As the protests turn more violent, officers<br />

AND citizens are being hurt. And like the left wing<br />

radical that you are, you stand with the protesters<br />

and ENCOURAGE to do harm to you own officers.<br />

What is wrong with you?<br />

You don’t just represent YOUR people; you’re<br />

supposed to represent ALL people. The protesters<br />

aren’t the problem, the instigators are the problem<br />

and they are in our city. They were paid to be here.<br />

So instead of walking with protesters and stirring<br />

them up, how about you investigate who’s behind<br />

the hiring of these thugs that are terrorizing our<br />

cities? How about you do your job to protect your<br />

officers? How about for once you just shut your<br />

mouth and at least at like the professional you<br />

were hired to be?<br />

And if you think you represent all the police<br />

chiefs in this country, you’re insane. See, they support<br />

their officers and they support their President.<br />

For a police chief representing one of the finest<br />

police departments in the country, with the hardest<br />

working men and women in law enforcement<br />

today, you sir, are a disgrace. Whether or not you<br />

support Trump is your personal choice. But he IS<br />

the President and as a leader of the largest police<br />

department in the State of Texas, you have a duty<br />

to respect the office he represents.<br />

When the current situation is over, and the protesters<br />

have left our city, we can only hope and<br />

pray that the leadership of the Police Union will<br />

consider holding a vote of no-confidence and ask<br />

the mayor to replace you. Send you packing to a<br />

left-wing state that deserves you. The officers of<br />

this city deserve better. The citizens deserve better.<br />

The following month, The BLUES discovered<br />

that an audit of the entire narcotics division had<br />

been completed, but neither Acevedo nor Houston’s<br />

mayor Sylvester Turner would release it to<br />

the public, earning them both ANOTHER Light Bulb<br />

award.<br />

Together they fought, deceived, and manipulated<br />

as much as possible to extend out as long as<br />

Total Cluster on Raid got two people killed!<br />

possible the audits findings. The District Attorney<br />

acknowledged the existence of the report and said,<br />

“I have no problem releasing it to the public.”<br />

<strong>No</strong> more, <strong>No</strong> Knock Warrants!<br />

Shortly after The BLUES article was published,<br />

Acevedo and Turner released the report to the<br />

public.<br />


..and then there was Miami.<br />

In March <strong>2021</strong>, Acevedo announced that he would<br />

leave HPD to become chief of police of the Miami<br />

Police Department. Francis X. Suarez, the mayor of<br />

Miami, compared the hiring of Acevedo to “getting<br />

the Tom Brady or the Michael Jordan of police<br />

chiefs.” Acevedo was sworn into the position in<br />

Miami on April 5.<br />

Speaking to reporters in Miami, Acevedo said his<br />

decision was partly based on the fact that Houston’s<br />

Mayor, Sylvester Turner was currently in his<br />

final term. Acevedo said he had opportunities in<br />

California and even within the Biden administration,<br />

but decided to continue police work in Miami.<br />

“Service is in my heart, and making a difference<br />

is in my heart,” he said. “When you look (at) the<br />

influence of this city, and the vision of the leadership<br />

with the city manager and the mayor, and the<br />

council – Miami is a city on the move.”<br />

Acevedo was joined by Miami Mayor Francis Suarez,<br />

who praised the new chief’s arrival, calling<br />

him “the best chief in America.”<br />

“We’re very blessed to have someone in Art, who<br />

not only has resided over three large departments,<br />

but is someone who brings a tremendous ability,<br />

personality, and has the right frame of mind to<br />

come in here and make this the best department<br />

(on) the planet,” Suarez said.<br />

Little did they know that this welcoming party<br />

would only last six months and the local press in<br />

Miami would refer to Acevedo as a “brash and outspoken<br />

personality who clashed with fellow cops,<br />

elected officials and other city leaders.”<br />


“If you can’t understand why I came to Miami,<br />

then I don’t know what planet you’ve been on.<br />

You might not’ve been to Miami.” — Art Acevedo<br />

Meanwhile back in Houston, Mayor Turner congratulated<br />

Acevedo and thanked him for more than<br />

four years of service. “He performed at an exceptional<br />

level and he will be missed by many of us<br />

in this city,” he said. “I wish him well, he and his<br />

family, and I know he will do an excellent job in<br />

Miami with Mayor Suarez.”<br />

But for someone pegged as a ladder-climber<br />

early on in his Texas law enforcement career, Acevedo’s<br />

new job seemed to be a demotion, at least<br />

in terms of the gig’s profile.<br />

Acevedo left the nation’s fourth most populous<br />

city for its 42nd in Miami. At HPD, where he led a<br />

force of around 5,300 officers in a city that’s 671<br />

square miles large. His new force would be less<br />

than half that big — around 1,300 officers — and<br />

polices a relatively scant 35 square mile radius.<br />

One thing that wasn’t smaller was Acevedo’s<br />

new paycheck. Miami’s CBS4 News reported that<br />

Acevedo’s new salary was $315,000 a year, a solid<br />

bump from the $295,000 he made annually at HPD.<br />

But while an extra $20,000 a year is a nice chunk<br />

of change, it’s hard to believe that was all it took<br />

to attract an ambitious leader like Acevedo to an<br />

objectively lower-profile job. At 56-years-old, he<br />

wasn’t exactly in feet-up retirement mode either.<br />

Maybe he was drawn to the Miami because the<br />

city seemed to be looking for a police leader who<br />

would actively reach out to the city’s minority<br />

communities as Acevedo tried to do during his<br />

four and a half years in Houston. After a summer<br />

of racial unrest and accusations from Miami’s<br />

black police union that former MPD Chief Jorge<br />

Colina used the N-word on the job, Acevedo may<br />

have been drawn to the challenge of building trust<br />

between Black Miamians and the local police.<br />


“It’s like the Cuban Mafia runs Miami PD”<br />

Art Acevedo<br />

But less than 5 months later, members of the Miami<br />

Police Union would be calling for a vote of no<br />

confidence in Acevedo due to his actions over those<br />

five short months.<br />

Acevedo said that he wanted to reform policing<br />

in Miami, but when mouthed off at a rollcall that<br />

the “Cuban mafia” was controlling the city, the Miami<br />

City commissioners took offense to the comment<br />

and ignited a feud between the Commissioners<br />

and Acevedo. A feud that would ultimately cost<br />

Acevedo his job<br />

On October 12, <strong>2021</strong>, Acevedo was suspended by<br />

City Manager Art <strong>No</strong>riega. “Relationships between<br />

employers and employees come down to fit and<br />

leadership style and unfortunately, Chief Acevedo<br />

is not the right fit for this organization”, <strong>No</strong>riega<br />

elaborated. Two days later, on October 14, <strong>2021</strong>,<br />

Acevedo was fired by the city commission after<br />

a unanimous vote was taken. Thus, ending the<br />

shortest tenure for a Miami Police chief.<br />

Commissioners sat as judges, <strong>No</strong>riega served as<br />

the prosecution and Acevedo was the defendant.<br />

Much of the hearing focused on <strong>No</strong>riega’s arguments<br />

for why the chief deserved to be dismissed,<br />

which included cursing at a person in public,<br />

strongly implying during a radio interview that<br />

the city would force cops to get vaccinated and<br />

a statement to police where he used the phrase<br />

“Cuban Mafia” — an offensive term to Miami’s exile<br />

community.<br />

<strong>No</strong>riega also said that Acevedo, who gave up his<br />

job in Houston to come to Miami this spring, failed<br />

to properly develop a comprehensive policing plan<br />

that the city manager had demanded this month.<br />

<strong>No</strong>riega said when he read the start of Acevedo’s<br />

policing plan where the chief said he’d improved<br />

morale, he “almost didn’t need to read the rest of<br />

it.” He said the plan showed “a tremendous disconnect,”<br />

adding “it was all I needed to get me to a<br />

point where I felt it was time to move on.”<br />


The Party’s Over,<br />

Acevedo’s final<br />

days in Miami.<br />

“The chief, unfortunately — this I think is a critical<br />

part of it — never allowed himself as someone<br />

not from this community to come in and earn the<br />

trust,” <strong>No</strong>riega said.<br />

The chief stood silent during the four-hour trial<br />

before commissioners. This coming after several<br />

contentious weeks, including a pair of meetings<br />

led by commissioners, to discuss a series of missteps<br />

and controversies by Acevedo.<br />

Tensions heightened after Acevedo fired off a<br />

blistering eight-page memo in which he accused<br />

some commissioners of interfering with internal<br />

police investigations — a memo his attorney asserted<br />

was the reason for his firing.<br />

It was a one-sided proceeding — Acevedo’s team<br />

didn’t put on a defense. Acevedo’s attorney, John<br />

Byrne, said his team didn’t have enough time to<br />

prepare and the hearing should have been held on<br />

Monday, October 18, according to his interpretation<br />

of city rules. Byrne spent a brief amount of time<br />

taking aim at the credibility of <strong>No</strong>riega’s witnesses.<br />

Hours of testimony from <strong>No</strong>riega’s witnesses examined<br />

a series of Acevedo’s known gaffes, controversial<br />

public statements, and feelings from his<br />

top deputies that the chief had lost the confidence<br />

of the police department.<br />

One new incident that hadn’t been fully explained<br />

publicly was brought out into the limelight.<br />

Manny Morales, a high-ranking officer who<br />

was sworn in as interim police chief right after<br />

Acevedo’s dismissal, described a recent blowup<br />

where one of Acevedo’s protégés cursed and<br />

screamed at police executives.<br />

In a second-floor conference room at City Hall,<br />

Heather Morris — brought in from Houston as deputy<br />

chief, and whose job had been eliminated by<br />

commissioners during a budget hearing — hurled<br />

expletives and wagged her finger at senior staff<br />

for not defending her enough during the meeting,<br />

Morales said.<br />

Morales said Acevedo was in the room, heard<br />

everything and chastised his officers instead of<br />

shutting down Morris.<br />

“Guys, that wasn’t right,” Acevedo told his staff,<br />

according to Morales. “You should’ve done more to<br />

fight for her job.”<br />

Some of the most devastating comments made<br />

against Acevedo came from those closest to him in<br />

rank. They stood feet away from the chief as they<br />

said the department no longer had confidence in<br />

him.<br />

The entire department, from the rank-and-file to<br />

the executive staff, has lost confidence in the chief,<br />

Morales said.<br />

Morales recalled Acevedo telling the police leadership<br />

that the department was “full of backstabbers<br />

and snakes.”<br />

Assistant Chief Armando Aguilar echoed Morales,<br />

explaining Acevedo quickly became a pariah and<br />

alienated cops.<br />


“The perception among the rank-and-file is that<br />

disciplinary action is very heavy-handed,” Aguilar<br />

said. “The negative media attention really just<br />

weighs down on every member of the rank-andfile.”<br />

Senior officers painted an ugly picture of the<br />

chief’s first days at the helm, when they said he<br />

pitted them against each other. They testified that<br />

he met one-on-one with senior officers, questioned<br />

their loyalties, and shared their reactions<br />

with one another in an attempt to sow discord<br />

right out of the gate.<br />

At one point, the hearing grew contentious when<br />

commissioners, who were clearly angry at Acevedo<br />

for interrupting the flow of the proceeding.<br />

Commissioner Joe Carollo repeatedly urged Acevedo<br />

to speak — an opportunity that Carollo said<br />

was not offered to Miami officers Acevedo had<br />

fired.<br />

Right after Acevedo’s firing, commissioners and<br />

other city staffers gathered in a City Hall conference<br />

room away from the media frenzy, where<br />

Morales was sworn in as the city’s interim police<br />

chief. Morales had sought to become police chief<br />

before Acevedo’s hire, and he became the acting<br />

top cop after Acevedo’s suspension.<br />

“We are going to get back to serving the public,”<br />

Morales said.<br />

After the hearing, Acevedo finally broke weeks<br />

of silence by reading from a prepared statement<br />

outside City Hall after the vote. He said he came to<br />

Miami with the best of intentions and this wasn’t<br />

the outcome he and his family had hoped for.<br />

He thanked the city’s Black police union and<br />

residents and officers who supported him. And in<br />

a sometimes-quivering voice he said there is still<br />

work to be done.<br />

“From day one I made it clear the Miami Police<br />

Department had to be committed to constitutional<br />

policing,” Acevedo said. “The department was and<br />

continues to be, in need of reform. I lament the<br />

fact that I do not have the opportunity to continue<br />

serving.”<br />

Acevedo also said he followed through on his<br />

threat to forward his allegations of corruption to<br />

“the proper government authorities,” referring to<br />

the controversial memo he sent <strong>No</strong>riega and Mayor<br />

Francis Suarez.<br />

Suarez, who championed Acevedo’s hire and<br />

helped recruit him, did not attend the hearing.<br />

It’s unknown where Acevedo will go from here. I<br />

speculate he’ll return to Houston and run for mayor.<br />

Or perhaps he’ll end up in Washington working<br />

for the Biden administration. One thing is for certain,<br />

we haven’t heard the last of Art Acevedo.<br />


I’ll be Back!<br />

*This feature story was written with information and articles<br />

supplied by the following news organizations: Associated Press,<br />

Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, El Monte News, Los Angeles Daily<br />

News, Houston Chronicle, <strong>Blues</strong> Police Magazine, HPOU-Badge<br />

& Gun, Houston Press, The Texas Scorecards, Austin American-Statesman,<br />

Austin Chronicle, Daily Texan, Austin Citizen,<br />

Miami Herald, The Miami News, Police1, NPR as well as various<br />

FaceBook pages.<br />

“I’m going to recharge for the next few weeks and<br />

then I’m going to see what is my path forward”<br />

Art Acevedo<br />



New series takes deep dive into St. Petersburg Police Academy<br />


PART 71<br />


“You change when you become a cop.”<br />

On a gravelly patch of grass behind the shoot<br />

house, Coach Joe Saponare is sprawled on his<br />

side, wearing a Bud Light T-shirt. His eyes are<br />

closed. A rubber tube is wrapped around his left<br />

arm, which stretches above his head. In his right<br />

hand, there’s an empty syringe.<br />

“Is he dead?” a cadet asks.<br />

“You don’t know,” says another coach. “A passerby<br />

in a car called in a suspicious person beside a<br />

building, looks like he might be drunk or on drugs.<br />

That’s all they told dispatch.”<br />

The recruits are in teams of three. On this January<br />

morning at the St. Petersburg police academy,<br />

Brittany “Mama” Moody takes the lead. She kicks<br />

the syringe out of Coach Sap’s reach, then kneels<br />

by his head. KeVonn Mabon pulls on blue gloves<br />

from his medic bag. Hannah Anhalt stands over<br />

him and says, “I’d call EMS right away.”<br />

“Yes!” shouts another coach. “There’s no Narcan<br />

for you guys. But EMS has it. Watch out, though.<br />

When you hit ’em with Narcan, they go from coma<br />

to freak out. As soon as they’re alert, they might<br />

want to stab you with that needle.”<br />

Anhalt kneels by Coach Sap and starts doing<br />

chest compressions. Moody leans over his face and<br />

pretends to blow air into his mouth. Mabon fake<br />

calls for emergency medical assistance. Another<br />

coach hands him a dummy with red and yellow<br />

wires streaming from two flat panels: a training<br />

model of a defibrillator.<br />

“Prepare to shock!” shouts that coach. “It’s like<br />

jumping a car battery.”<br />

Coach Sap pops up from the ground.<br />

“You guys did awesome!” says one coach. “Good<br />

team dynamic.”<br />


But Coach Sap has a few<br />

corrections. They didn’t<br />

secure the scene. Someone<br />

could have been in that alley,<br />

out to get the guy who<br />

overdosed — or them. One<br />

of them should have been a<br />

lookout.<br />

And they should have put<br />

the syringe in a plastic bag.<br />

That’s evidence.<br />

“After we make sure you’re<br />

okay, do we arrest you?”<br />

Mabon asks.<br />

Coach Sap laughs. “<strong>No</strong>t<br />

unless I have a kilo on me.”<br />

He loves these scenarios,<br />

seeing how the recruits will<br />

respond.<br />

For months, they’ve been<br />

focused on saving themselves.<br />

This week, they’re<br />

learning how to save others.<br />

Police are often first on the<br />

scene, so they have to know<br />

basic life-saving skills and<br />

when to call an ambulance.<br />

They carry bandages, gauze,<br />

and a wool blanket.<br />


Times Staff Writer<br />

They practice dislodging<br />

an object from a baby’s<br />

throat, checking for some-<br />

They can’t get over the wall.<br />

one’s It’s 6-feet pulse, tall, made giving of CPR: smooth 30<br />

wood. <strong>No</strong>thing to hold or stand<br />

chest compressions, two<br />

on.<br />

breaths. Even the Coach tallest men Sap are taught struggling.<br />

of<br />

“Run<br />

Stayin’<br />

at it.<br />

Alive,<br />

Get a grip.<br />

but<br />

Haul<br />

the<br />

yourself<br />

up,” shouts a coach in a red<br />

cadets<br />

shirt. “Don’t<br />

didn’t<br />

give<br />

know<br />

them<br />

that<br />

a huge<br />

song<br />

from target.” the ’70s.<br />

This You never afternoon know when is “Bloody you’re<br />

going to have to chase a suspect<br />

Friday.”<br />

over a wall.<br />

Coach It’s a drizzly Sap day is about in late September.<br />

The police recruits are<br />

to get<br />

lined<br />

them to count to the rhythm<br />

caught on a fence, stabbed<br />

in the leg, shot in the arm.<br />

Saponare is 49, in better<br />

shape now than when he<br />

was on the force. He’s proud<br />

he can keep up with the cadets<br />

and feels lucky that he<br />

gets to wear gym shorts to<br />

the office. He slicks back his<br />

dark hair, walks fast, and<br />

talks quickly, with a slight<br />

Jersey accent often punctuated<br />

by a laugh.<br />

“In this job,” Coach Sap<br />

tells recruits, “you got to<br />

remember to laugh.”<br />

At the academy, he runs<br />

four law enforcement<br />

classes, an average of 120<br />

students per year. He tells<br />

them he has an evil twin.<br />

One minute, he’s offering<br />

advice and encouragement.<br />

The next, he’s “smoking”<br />

them for not shining their<br />

shoes, making them write<br />

an essay or run an extra<br />

mile. His mission is to push<br />

the meek ones to be more<br />

forceful, and dial back the<br />

up behind St. Petersburg College’s<br />

military guys’ gusto.<br />

Allstate Center, between the rifle<br />

range As the and public shoot house. safety department<br />

Three weeks coordinator, into training, he<br />

they’ve<br />

also oversees<br />

learned to<br />

training<br />

keep their<br />

for<br />

eyes<br />

on the door, do push-ups on cadence,<br />

correctional<br />

tell reasonable<br />

officers<br />

suspicion<br />

and<br />

from cops probable from other cause, states frisk someone,<br />

want search to work a car in and Florida. carry coffee He<br />

who<br />

in their left hand so they can grab<br />

orders equipment for the<br />

their gun with their right.<br />

gym, Brittany mat Moody room, is the rifle first range, woman<br />

interviews her class new to conquer cadets, the<br />

obstacle tracks their course. test She scores, played five and<br />

sports growing up and works out<br />

supervises the instructors.<br />

every morning.<br />

This Coach morning, Sap’s they’re first-floor starting the<br />

obstacle course that’s designed to<br />

office is obsessively neat:<br />

stacks of papers all perfectly<br />

squared. Taped around<br />

his desk are quotes like:<br />

predict their perils: crawl under a<br />

fence, slither through a tube, hoist<br />

yourself into a make-shift attic.<br />

They’re slick with sweat, covered<br />

in dirt, cheering each other on.<br />

“You got it! Come on! Keep going!”<br />

There’s<br />

If you<br />

a<br />

fall,<br />

life-size<br />

you have<br />

poster<br />

to start<br />

over.<br />

“You have three chances,” the<br />

coach says.<br />

In the real world, you might only<br />

get one.<br />

Class 219 is mostly white and<br />

male, but it is the most diverse<br />

yet, said Joe Saponare, who oversees<br />

recruit training at St. Peters-<br />

His most prized possession<br />

burg College’s Law Enforcement<br />

Academy: seven women, five Black<br />

“Embrace the Suck,” and “Be<br />

Polite. Be Professional, but<br />

Have a Plan to Kill Everybody<br />

You Meet.”<br />

of Chase Utley, his favorite<br />

Phillies player; a plaque<br />

from when his SWAT team<br />

won unit of the year; three<br />

flags, gifted to him by his<br />

three favorite classes.<br />

hangs by the door: A framed<br />

newspaper article featuring<br />

photos of four generations<br />

of his family under the<br />

headline: True Blue: Why<br />

Police Tradition Runs in<br />

Families.<br />

“My great-grandfather<br />

came over from Italy, became<br />

a Camden cop. He<br />

was so good he could retrieve<br />

a fingerprint from an<br />

orange,” said Coach Sap.<br />

“He always told my dad, ‘Everyone<br />

struggled during the<br />

Depression, but I had a job.’<br />

My grandfather was a firefighter.<br />

Dad also was a cop<br />

for 43 years. He’d take me<br />

to the station, to the shooting<br />

range, on inspections.<br />

I thought that was cool. I<br />

people, two Latinos. Half went to<br />

loved Starsky & Hutch.”<br />

college. Six were in the military.<br />

The youngest, In high school, age 19, lives he played with<br />

his parents. One of the oldest is<br />

raising a son. She’s already earned<br />

a nickname, Mama Moody.<br />

good,” he said, “but not<br />

Some registered for the academy<br />

last good spring, enough.” before George Floyd<br />

was His killed, dad before made people him took go to<br />

the<br />

college:<br />

streets demanding<br />

Rutgers,<br />

that<br />

political<br />

governments<br />

defund the police. They<br />

decided<br />

science.<br />

to attend<br />

Afterward,<br />

anyway.<br />

inevitably,<br />

applied he enrolled because in of the those<br />

Others<br />

outcries.<br />

They know they will be insulted,<br />

targeted, hated — some critics<br />

are openly hostile. But 30 young<br />

people signed up for the first class<br />

football and hockey, hoped<br />

to go pro in baseball. “I was<br />

police academy. Back then,<br />

coaches didn’t run scenarios.<br />

Training lasted 16 weeks<br />

— six weeks fewer than his<br />

cadets get now. Few women<br />

applied.<br />

He met his wife while he<br />

since the pandemic closed the<br />

academy.<br />

Saponare, who cadets call<br />

Coach Sap, expected applications<br />

to plummet after the protests last<br />

year. Instead, he said, more people<br />

than ever applied.<br />

<strong>No</strong> agency tracks how many<br />

people apply to U.S. police academies,<br />

according to the National<br />

Police Foundation. Anecdotal evidence<br />

from the country’s 18,000<br />

law enforcement agencies is<br />

contradictory. Some departments<br />

are struggling to fill vacancies.<br />

And officers are quitting at record<br />

rates, many after only a few years.<br />

In September 2019, even before<br />

was a patrolman, “working<br />

8-hour shifts and you’re<br />

done,” he said. He’s not sure<br />

she knew what she was<br />

getting into but says she<br />

never complained. “At least<br />

not to me,” he said. “Maybe<br />

she’d vent to other cops’<br />

wives, but she always stood<br />

by me.” Even though he<br />

worked 6 p.m. until 4 a.m.<br />

and almost never was home<br />

to put their two daughters<br />

to bed, even when they<br />



were at parties and he’d<br />

have to leave, when they’d<br />

go looking at Christmas<br />

lights and he’d be so distracted,<br />

waiting for a call,<br />

that he wouldn’t remember<br />

their drive.<br />

For 12 years, he carried a<br />

shield for the SWAT team,<br />

the Special Weapons and<br />

Tactics Unit. He says it<br />

stands for: Sit, wait, and<br />

talk. He loved the trenches,<br />

the camaraderie, the action.<br />

“Bringing people to safety,”<br />

he said. “You can’t beat<br />

that.”<br />

He watched a couple<br />

friends get stabbed and<br />

shot. But he never really got<br />

hurt, never thought about<br />

quitting, always enjoyed<br />

the rush of showing up at a<br />

scene.<br />

In 20<strong>11</strong>-2012, he was inspector<br />

of Camden police,<br />

overseeing 300 uniformed<br />

officers, when the city set a<br />

record for murders: 67. Citizens<br />

complained about the<br />

crime rate, open-air drug<br />

markets, police corruption.<br />

Lawsuits alleged that officers<br />

planted evidence, fabricated<br />

reports, lied.<br />

“There were officers infamous<br />

for pinning drugs and<br />

guns on people,” he said.<br />

“One whole squad, six of<br />

them went rogue, and went<br />

to jail. But not my guys. We<br />

were the good guys. We got<br />

thank-you notes. One woman<br />

baked me a sweet potato<br />

pie.”<br />

He was never accused of<br />

wrongdoing, instead honored<br />

for his service. But by<br />

the next year, public outcry<br />

had convinced officials to<br />

obliterate the entire department<br />

— the largest city to<br />

date to have done that.<br />

The county took over<br />

policing, hired half of the<br />

city officers and asked Saponare<br />

to help retrain them.<br />

“We broke the barrier with<br />

the community, got out of<br />

our cars and went back to<br />

walking beats, riding bikes,”<br />

he said. “We put ‘eye in the<br />

sky’ cameras all over, so<br />

the community could help<br />

watch the streets, help us<br />

police. We started to turn<br />

the public support around.”<br />

Officers went from having<br />

a “warrior mindset,” he<br />

said, to thinking of themselves<br />

as “guardians of the<br />

city.” Crime rates declined.<br />

“You can’t just defund the<br />

police,” he said. Instead,<br />

officers need more training<br />

and tools, recruits need to<br />

learn how to engage with<br />

people. He makes cadets<br />

give daily presentations on<br />

some aspect of law enforcement,<br />

so they’ll get<br />

more comfortable with<br />

public speaking.<br />

In 2013, he worked for the<br />

county. The next year, he’d<br />

put in 20 years, so he retired.<br />

He taught at a vocational<br />

school, did security for<br />

a while, hated both jobs.<br />

When his wife wanted to<br />

move to Florida, he called a<br />

friend who worked at the St.<br />

Petersburg police academy.<br />

When that friend retired in<br />

2018, he became Coach Sap.<br />

He is nostalgic for the days<br />

when cops got more respect.<br />

But he knows police<br />

have long struggled with<br />

public perception.<br />

In 1829, almost two centuries<br />

before last summer’s<br />

protests, a British officer<br />

named Sir Robert Peel became<br />

known as the “Father<br />

of Modern Policing.” His<br />

vision for law enforcement<br />

foreshadows the recent<br />

demands for reform, and<br />

influenced the changes in<br />

Camden, N.J.<br />

The goal of law enforcement,<br />

Peel said, should be<br />

to prevent crime, not catch<br />

criminals. “The test of police<br />

efficiency is the absence<br />

of crime and disorder,” he<br />

wrote.<br />

He recognized that, for<br />

police to do their jobs, the<br />

public has to trust them.<br />

That is earned, he said, by<br />

enforcing laws impartially,<br />

by hiring officers who represent<br />

and understand their<br />

community and by using<br />

force only as a last resort.<br />

For Coach Sap, the biggest<br />

shift in public opinion<br />

came in 1991, after Los Angeles<br />

officers beat Rodney<br />



King, someone recorded<br />

it, and the world watched.<br />

<strong>No</strong>w that everyone has a<br />

cell phone, he tells cadets,<br />

everything you do could be<br />

captured on video.<br />

And the current class will<br />

be among the first whose<br />

agencies require them to<br />

wear body cameras —<br />

which could protect them<br />

from false accusations, or<br />

record them incriminating<br />

themselves. “They hold<br />

police accountable, which<br />

is good,” Coach Sap said.<br />

“But videos the public sees<br />

only show snippets of what<br />

happened. If you’re going to<br />

judge on that, you have to<br />

see the whole scene unravelling.”<br />

He worries that new officers<br />

will hesitate, afraid to<br />

be judged or accused.<br />

“In my time, you didn’t resist<br />

police,” he said. “If you<br />

did, there was a set course<br />

of action. <strong>No</strong>w, instead of<br />

forcing them into handcuffs,<br />

you have to talk them into<br />

letting you put them on.”<br />

When he was on SWAT,<br />

he helped set perimeters<br />

before storming into an<br />

active shooting scene. <strong>No</strong>w,<br />

someone on the team runs<br />

in right away — “rapid deployment”<br />

— to minimize<br />

lives lost.<br />

“In my day, if you had to<br />

shoot someone, you went<br />

right back to your job,” he<br />

said. “<strong>No</strong>w you get 72 hours<br />

and have to go see a psychologist.”<br />

Instead of arresting people<br />

raging with mental illness,<br />

cops are supposed to help<br />

calm them down.<br />

Some agencies now have<br />

a no-strike rule, meant<br />

to avoid physical contact.<br />

Some give officers pepper<br />

spray, tasers, or batons, so<br />

they can reach for something<br />

other than a gun.<br />

The biggest improvement<br />

in training, Coach Sap said,<br />

has been running recruits<br />

through the scenarios. This<br />

is also the first class that<br />

gets to practice in virtual<br />

reality.<br />

A state grant helped<br />

the academy purchase a<br />

$250,000 VirTra — which<br />

immerses recruits in<br />

300-degrees of 3D, IMAXlike<br />

action. Using a laptop,<br />

coaches can simulate 300<br />

situations the cadets might<br />

face and make them happen<br />

in real time.<br />

A recruit stands in the<br />

middle of five towering<br />

screens, gun holstered.<br />

Soon, a virtual homeless<br />

woman charges with a<br />

knife. In other scenarios,<br />

a man with an automatic<br />

weapon storms a state<br />



capitol and bleeding students<br />

race through a school<br />

library, screaming for help.<br />

When the cadets draw<br />

their guns and fire just right,<br />

the “bad guy” on the screen<br />

crumples to the ground. If<br />

they miss, he keeps coming.<br />

Sometimes, they get shot<br />

— a zap from their gun belt<br />

that leaves a red welp on<br />

their hip.<br />

Only one other academy<br />

in Florida has the technology,<br />

which was made for<br />

military training. “We can<br />

expose them to so much<br />

more,” Coach Sap said.<br />

His oldest daughter is 22,<br />

the same age as some of his<br />

recruits. But he would never<br />

want his kids to become<br />

cops. Especially now. “The<br />

perception of law enforcement<br />

is so negative now. It’s<br />

more dangerous,” he said,<br />

shaking his head. “Besides,<br />

they’re both such girly girls.”<br />

What about him? Would<br />

he join now?<br />

“That’s a tough question. I<br />

have such a passion for it,”<br />

he said, pausing. “But I don’t<br />

know if these recent events<br />

would quash my passion.”<br />

Envision this, Coach Sap<br />

told the cadets: A Camden<br />

woman decapitated her<br />

2-year-old son, then called<br />

9<strong>11</strong>. By the time police got<br />

there, she had put the toddler’s<br />

head in the freezer —<br />

and fatally stabbed herself.<br />

He showed them the crime<br />

scene on YouTube. Two of<br />

the recruits looked away.<br />

“We try to prepare you for<br />

everything,” Coach Sap said.<br />

“But how can we prepare<br />

you for that?”<br />

He let the silence linger.<br />

Coach Sap seldom teaches<br />

in the classroom, preferring<br />

to lead physical activities.<br />

But one afternoon, he told<br />

them about some of his<br />

worst calls, then walked<br />

them through a PowerPoint<br />

called The Law Enforcement<br />

Culture.<br />

Another video, another<br />

crime he was called to in<br />

Camden: A man was raping<br />

a 12-year-old girl and<br />

her younger brother, who<br />

was 6, tried to stop him.<br />

The man slashed the boy’s<br />

throat, then ran.<br />

“We had a manhunt for<br />

that guy from 4 a.m. until<br />

noon,” Coach Sap said.<br />

“We kept searching empty<br />

buildings, finally found him<br />

in a rental house. He got <strong>11</strong>0<br />

years.”<br />

He asked how many cadets<br />

were married: Four.<br />

“Well 70 percent of officers’<br />

first marriages end in divorce,”<br />

he said. For second<br />

marriages, the failure rate is<br />

85 percent.<br />

“You change when you become<br />

a cop,” he said. “You<br />

have to be able to turn that<br />

switch off and be normal,<br />

find outlets.”<br />

He fired off statistics.<br />

“In the U.S., every 22 hours,<br />

a cop commits suicide,” he<br />

told them — a higher percentage<br />

than the rest of the<br />

population.<br />

“You can care, but you<br />

can’t save the whole world,”<br />

he said. “You’re going to get<br />

frustrated, stressed, fed up<br />

with the criminal justice<br />

system. Don’t start drinking.<br />

That only makes things<br />

worse.”<br />

The cadets looked stoic,<br />

not visibly reacting. But<br />

Coach Sap hoped the message<br />

sank in. He wants them<br />

to know what they’re signing<br />

up for, to scare them.<br />

<strong>No</strong> one knows how they’re<br />

going to respond to trauma,<br />

Coach Sap said. “I<br />

had one friend who used<br />

deadly force and wanted to<br />

come back the next day,”<br />

he said. “Another just shot<br />

at someone, didn’t kill him,<br />

but he couldn’t come back.<br />

It shook him to his core.<br />

He started drinking, doing<br />

drugs, weed, coke. He became<br />

someone else. <strong>No</strong>w,<br />

he moves furniture.”<br />

He wants them to learn<br />

from the mistakes of others.<br />

He remembers every time<br />

he screwed up and enjoys<br />

cautionary tales.<br />

August 2004: He and his<br />

partner had arrested a guy,<br />

put him in handcuffs and<br />

threw him in the back of<br />

the cruiser. They didn’t get<br />

in the car with him. “We<br />

were joking and smoking,”<br />

Coach Sap told the cadets.<br />

All of a sudden, the cop car<br />

sped past them. “The suspect<br />

slipped the handcuffs,<br />

crawled through the partition<br />

and drove away,” he<br />

said. “Don’t relax too soon.<br />

It’s not over until he’s in a<br />

cell.”<br />

In a parking lot beside the<br />

shoot house, Coach Sap is<br />

on his back beside an old<br />

school bus, his legs bent<br />

to one side, holding a gun,<br />


screaming, covered in fake<br />

blood.<br />

“Officer needs assistance.<br />

He just got attacked by a<br />

dog. He can’t walk. He’s<br />

bleeding,” a coach calls. “He<br />

shot the dog.”<br />

Mabon kneels beside<br />

Coach Sap. Anhalt gently<br />

asks for his gun. Moody<br />

calls EMS. Again, no one<br />

secures the scene.<br />

The whole time, Coach<br />

Sap is moaning, blood<br />

spurting from his thigh. It<br />

looks real, dark, and viscous,<br />

running down his leg<br />

and pooling on the pavement.<br />

<strong>No</strong> one tries to put<br />

pressure on the wound, or<br />

bandage it.<br />

Suddenly, Coach Sap goes<br />

quiet, closes his eyes.<br />

“What are you doing?<br />

Do something. You’re letting<br />

one of your own fellas<br />

bleed to death!” shouts a<br />

coach. “It only takes 90 seconds<br />

to bleed out. Hurry!”<br />

Mabon pulls a tourniquet<br />

from his medic bag, slides<br />

it over Coach Sap’s thigh.<br />

“Check his pulse!” he yells.<br />

“He has a weak pulse,” the<br />

coach says.<br />

“Sir,” says Anhalt. “Sir, are<br />

you okay? Can you open<br />

your eyes?” She’s the only<br />

one who talks to Coach Sap.<br />

When he doesn’t answer,<br />

she starts CPR.<br />

“What are you doing?”<br />

yells a coach. “Why are you<br />

doing CPR?”<br />

He’s not having trouble<br />

breathing, just losing a lot<br />

of blood.<br />

“Prop up his feet,” says<br />

Mabon, tightening the tourniquet.<br />

Moody does.<br />

“Okay, I’m EMS now. What<br />

do you got?” asks the coach.<br />

“Okay, I see the injury to the<br />

leg. What else?”<br />

The three cadets look at<br />

each other. Mabon finally<br />

says: “<strong>No</strong>thing. Well, nothing<br />

that I know of.”<br />

“Did you check?” screams<br />

the coach.<br />

Mabon says softly, “<strong>No</strong>oo<br />

… ”<br />

“Well check! You gotta<br />

check! Talk and move at the<br />

same time. Roll him over. Be<br />

careful. That blood is slippery.”<br />

The imaginary ambulance<br />

gets there too late.<br />

As the three cadets walk<br />

back to the shoot house,<br />

the next group gears up for<br />

their scenario. Coach Sap<br />

stands up, grinning, gravel<br />

caked on his arms and legs.<br />

He’s ready for more blood.<br />

And he wonders: What else<br />

can he do to get these recruits<br />

ready?<br />

Graduation is only a month<br />

away.<br />



Worst Night of My Life.<br />

They say that grief comes in<br />

stages. Five of them to be exact.<br />

It would be safe to say, it took<br />

two years after my wife was<br />

killed in the line of duty, for me<br />

to pass through all five. I guess<br />

the toughest part for me was<br />

that I was there when it happened.<br />

I blamed myself, because for<br />

all practical purposes it should<br />

have been me that died that<br />

night, not my beautiful wife.<br />

I was a Sergeant on the night<br />

shift and my wife worked evenings.<br />

We both worked nights<br />

for almost 5 years and that’s<br />

where we met. Once we started<br />

dating, we were allowed to<br />

stay on the same shift, we just<br />

couldn’t ride together. As soon<br />

as I made Sergeant and we got<br />

married, one of us had to change<br />

shifts.<br />

The timing was actually perfect<br />

because not 3 months after<br />

we got back from our honeymoon,<br />

we found out Amy was<br />

pregnant. So, the Captain transferred<br />

her to days until she took<br />

left for maternity leave.<br />

Fast forward a year and Amy<br />

wanted to go back to work.<br />

Her mom lived in the area and<br />

agreed to watch our son Jacob<br />

who had just turned one, so she<br />

could go back to days. It worked<br />

out perfect. I was still on nights<br />

and we passed each other at<br />

the station each morning. I went<br />

home, slept a few hours, and<br />

woke up just in time to pick up<br />

my son and Amy at work. All<br />

was perfect in the world, until it<br />

wasn’t.<br />

Amy had only been back to<br />

work for 2 months when a major<br />

accident dropped at 5:50am.<br />

Once I arrived on the scene, I<br />

confirmed we had a fatality and<br />

asked the dispatcher to notify the<br />

state since it was out on the interstate,<br />

and send me some units<br />

for traffic control. Amy and her<br />

partner arrived on the scene at<br />

6:20am and offered to work the<br />

accident, but I sent them both up<br />

to the highway to block traffic<br />

and divert it to the feeder road.<br />

The state arrived at 6:45am<br />

and as I was handing over all the<br />

DLs and insurance information to<br />

the trooper, we both heard the<br />

sound on screeching tires and<br />

looked up to see an 18-wheeler<br />

sliding down the highway. The<br />

truck was almost totally jackknifed<br />

when it hit two of our<br />

patrol cars, one of the trooper’s<br />

cars and a wrecker. At that moment,<br />

neither of us knew that my<br />

wife and the trooper’s partner<br />

were struck by the 18-wheeler.<br />

As we ran towards the pileup,<br />

one of the cars struck by the<br />

truck burst into flames. <strong>No</strong>w we<br />

had a driver trapped inside as<br />

well as two injured cops on the<br />

ground. Thank God EMS and the<br />

fire department were still on the<br />

scene and were just behind us.<br />

I helped the FD extricate a<br />

woman from the burning car<br />

while the trooper checked on his<br />

partner and the other officer. At<br />

the time, I had no idea the other<br />

officer was my wife. I thought<br />

she was 2-miles up the highway<br />

diverting traffic. I was sure it<br />

was one of my night shift officers<br />

but at that moment, saving<br />

this woman’s life was my only<br />

goal.<br />

Once she was safely out, I<br />

heard the trooper calling for<br />

Care Flight and advising he had<br />

two officers down, both in critical<br />

condition. As I walked up on<br />

the injured officers, one of my<br />

officers came running up to me<br />

and put his hand across my chest<br />

to stop me and said, “Boss it’s<br />

Amy and Trooper Smith. She’s<br />

hurt really bad and Smitty isn’t<br />

breathing. Care Flight is 3 minutes<br />

out.”<br />

I immediately ran over to her<br />

and saw blood everywhere. The<br />

truck had hit them both before<br />

smashing into the stopped cars.<br />

They never had a chance to get<br />

out of the way. I held her hand<br />

as the EMTs worked on her. The<br />

sound was deafening as the two<br />

Care Flight helicopters landed<br />

almost simultaneously in the<br />

middle of the highway.<br />

I’ve worked with these Care<br />

Flight crews almost every night.<br />

They are like family. I looked up<br />

saw flight nurse Stevens kneel<br />

beside me. For a split second our<br />

eyes made contact and I could<br />

see that she was as terrified as<br />

I was that we might lose Amy.<br />

But she went to work trying to<br />

stabilize her and get her loaded<br />

into the helicopter. Once she was<br />

in, I jumped in beside her.<br />

I looked out the window and<br />

saw Care Flight 2 taking off<br />

with Smitty which at the time<br />

I thought was a good thing. He<br />

must be okay or they wouldn’t<br />

have transported him. I put a<br />

crew headset on and suddenly<br />

everything became so quiet. All<br />

I could hear was Stevens talking<br />

to Med, giving vitals, and saying<br />

they were en-route and with an<br />

officer down from a TA, with<br />

severe head injuries.<br />

The flight seemed to go on forever,<br />

when in actuality it lasted<br />

only 9 minutes. As we flew over<br />

the city, I remembered the first<br />

time I took Amy up in a police<br />

chopper. She was so excited to<br />

see all the lights and how different<br />

the city looked from 500<br />

feet. What I didn’t know was this<br />

would be her last trip in a helicopter<br />

at night, in fact forever.<br />

As we landed, I noticed Care<br />

Flight 2 had already shut down<br />

and the crews had taken Smitty<br />

inside. I prayed he was okay<br />

and knew as soon as Amy was<br />

stabilized, I needed to go check<br />

on him. I jumped out and helped<br />

the crew get Amy out of the ship.<br />

A team of trauma doctors and<br />

nurses met us at the door and<br />

rushed her into the express elevator<br />

that led to the Hybrid Operating<br />

Room on the floor below.<br />

I knew there wasn’t room for<br />

me, so the pilot, Bill White and<br />

I took the two flights of stairs<br />

that led to the flight office and<br />

the Trauma Surgical Suite. Ironically,<br />

Bill and I had gone to flight<br />

school together and he was<br />

Jacob’s godfather. It wasn’t until<br />


we landed that I even knew he<br />

was our pilot.<br />

As soon as we reached the<br />

hallway outside the OR, another<br />

flight nurse and a trauma doctor<br />

walked over to me and hugged<br />

me and said, “I’m sorry but<br />

Trooper Smith didn’t make it.”<br />

“He had been down for over 30<br />

minutes and we did everything<br />

we could to bring him back, but<br />

his injuries were just too severe.”<br />

My immediate thoughts were<br />

to Amy. She was standing next to<br />

Smitty when they were struck.<br />

I looked inside the OR and there<br />

must have been a dozen people<br />

working on her. One of the ER<br />

nurses that knew us both, came<br />

over and had me sit in their<br />

office. It was at that moment<br />

that it all be so real. I just put<br />

my head down and realized that<br />

I had lost one of our troopers<br />

and my wife was barely alive. My<br />

world had been turned upside<br />

down in a matter of minutes. In<br />

the 20 something years I’d been<br />

a cop, I learned to handle tragedy,<br />

and death and put it out of<br />

my mind. Otherwise, I could have<br />

never lasted as long as I did.<br />

When I looked up, the entire<br />

staff were in tears and Dr. Owens,<br />

the head of the trauma department<br />

walked over and knelt<br />

down in front of me. He too had<br />

tears in his eyes and whispered,<br />

“Bob we did everything we could<br />

to save Amy. But her head injuries<br />

were just too severe. I’m<br />

so sorry, we’re all just so sorry.<br />

We are all here for you and your<br />

department.”<br />

It was at that moment that I<br />

encountered the first step ….Denial.<br />


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The Five Steps of Grief<br />

DENIAL<br />

The first stage you experience<br />

when you lose someone is denial<br />

- supposedly it helps minimize<br />

the overwhelming pain of loss.<br />

And as we process the reality of<br />

our loss, we are also trying to<br />

survive the emotional pain. It’s<br />

hard to believe she’s gone. The<br />

love of my life, the loving mother<br />

of our baby boy is gone forever,<br />

and I didn’t even get to say<br />

good-bye.<br />

When you lose someone, your<br />

reality shifts completely and it<br />

can take your mind some time<br />

to adjust to this new reality. You<br />

find yourself reflecting on the<br />

experiences you shared together<br />

and how in the hell am I going to<br />

move forward in life without her.<br />

This is a lot of information<br />

to explore and a lot of painful<br />

imagery to process. Denial<br />

attempts to slow this process<br />

down and take us through it all<br />

one step at a time, rather than<br />

risk the potential of feeling overwhelmed<br />

by our emotions. Denial<br />

is not only an attempt to pretend<br />

that the loss does not exist, but<br />

we are also trying to absorb and<br />

understand what is happening.<br />

ANGER<br />

The second stage is ANGER<br />

and I was angry at myself. I<br />

blamed myself for both their<br />

deaths. I was the supervisor on<br />

duty and on the scene and it was<br />

job, my responsibility to protect<br />

them and keep them safe. And I<br />

failed them. I failed everyone.<br />

The experts say “anger tends<br />

to be the first thing we feel<br />

when we start to release emotions<br />

related to loss. This can<br />

leave you feeling isolated in<br />

your experience and perceived<br />

as unapproachable by others in<br />

moments when we could benefit<br />

from comfort, connection, and<br />

reassurance.”<br />

Of course, no one blamed me.<br />

In fact, it was 100% the truck<br />

drivers fault. He had a BAC of<br />

.<strong>11</strong> at the time of the accident<br />

and was charged with DWI; two<br />

counts of vehicular homicide<br />

and was sentenced to 20 years<br />

in prison.<br />

But that did little to comfort<br />

me. My wife was gone. My<br />

child’s mom was gone. One of<br />

our troopers was gone. And now<br />

I had to bury them both. Yes, I<br />

was very, very, angry.<br />


The next phase is bargaining.<br />

When coping with loss, it isn’t<br />

unusual to feel so desperate<br />

that you are willing to do almost<br />

anything to alleviate or minimize<br />

the pain. Losing a loved one can<br />

cause us to consider any way we<br />

can avoid the current pain or the<br />

pain we are anticipating from<br />

loss. There are many ways we<br />

may try to bargain.<br />

Bargaining can come in a variety<br />

of promises including:<br />

• “God, if you can heal this person,<br />

I will turn my life around.”<br />

• “I promise to be better if you<br />

will let this person live.”<br />

• “I’ll never get angry again if<br />

you can stop him/her from dying<br />

or leaving me.”<br />

For me, it was asking for God<br />

to repeat that night so I could<br />

get them both off that highway.<br />

When bargaining starts to take<br />

place, we are often directing our<br />

requests to a higher power, or<br />

something bigger than we are<br />

that may be able to influence a<br />

different outcome. There is an<br />

acute awareness of our humanness<br />

in these moments when we<br />

realize there is nothing we can<br />

do to influence change or have a<br />

better result.<br />

This feeling of helplessness<br />

can cause us to react in protest<br />

by bargaining, which gives us a<br />

perceived sense of control over<br />

something that feels so out of<br />

control. While bargaining we<br />

also tend to focus on our personal<br />

faults or regrets. We might<br />

look back at our interactions<br />

with the ones we lost and think,<br />

could I have acted differently?<br />

We also tend to make the drastic<br />

assumption that if things had<br />

played out differently, we would<br />

not be in such an emotionally<br />

painful place in our lives.<br />


Next was depression and that<br />

hit me the worst.<br />

As we process grief, there<br />

comes a time when our imaginations<br />

calm down and we slowly<br />

start to look at the reality of our<br />

present situation. Bargaining no<br />

longer feels like an option and<br />

we are faced with the reality of<br />

what is happening.<br />

I felt Amy and Smitty’s loss<br />

more abundantly. The panic of it<br />

all began to subside, and as the<br />

emotional fog began to clear,<br />

the loss turned into a state of<br />

depression. I hardly wanted to<br />

get out of bed, much less go to<br />

work. If it weren’t for my mother-in-law,<br />

I have no idea how<br />

I would have survived. Eventually<br />

it was my son that got me<br />

through it all. When I looked in<br />

his eyes, I saw Amy. I saw the<br />

warmth and kindness in Jacob<br />

that made me fall in love with<br />

Amy in the first place.<br />

I knew I had to get my act<br />

together, be a dad and a Sergeant.<br />

My son was depending<br />

on me and so were my guys at<br />

work. It wasn’t just me that lost<br />

someone, they lost a brother and<br />

sister in blue and that was just<br />

as devasting to them. They needed<br />

me to lead them forward and<br />

honor the ones they lost.<br />


All this led me to the final<br />

stage, acceptance.<br />

When we come to a place of<br />

acceptance, it is not that we no<br />

longer feel the pain of loss, but<br />

that we accept the reality of the<br />

situation and accept it. The sadness<br />

is still there, but the emotional<br />

survival tactics of denial,<br />

bargaining, and anger have all<br />

faded into the past.<br />

<strong>No</strong>t a day goes by that I don’t<br />

think of that night. <strong>No</strong>t a second<br />

passes that I don’t wish my<br />

wife and one of my best friends<br />

were both still here. And every<br />

single day, I stop by that place<br />

along the highway where two<br />

crosses mark the spot that God<br />

welcomed two new angels into<br />

heaven. I ask God to watch over<br />

them and pray that one day I’ll<br />

see them both again.<br />

Until then, I’ll continue to raise<br />

my son to be man his mother<br />

would be proud of and serve the<br />

citizens of my community.<br />

I wish Godspeed to all my<br />

brothers and sisters in BLUE.<br />

May God keep you safe each and<br />

every day that you put on that<br />

uniform.<br />





by Michael Barron<br />

Is the Crown Vic Coming Back?<br />

2022 Ford Crown Victoria: Return of an Iconic Police Interceptor<br />

One of the most famous cop<br />

cars could make a comeback.<br />

The 2022 Ford Crown Victoria is<br />

reportedly making a huge return.<br />

This time, with numerous upgrades.<br />

Unfortunately, the Ford<br />

Crown Victoria was discounted<br />

some time ago, and the final<br />

Crown Victoria Police Interceptors<br />

left on the road are starting<br />

to thin out in retirement.<br />

It truly is the end of an era and<br />

a sad fact in our SUV and crossover-obsessed<br />

society. However,<br />

Ford could revive its famous<br />

nameplate, but not in the United<br />

States, unfortunately. Still, it is<br />

great to hear that the iconic police<br />

car will go on sale in some<br />

parts of the world. Without further<br />

ado, here’s everything you<br />

need to know about Crown Vic.<br />

Surprisingly, the rendering images<br />

are based on the last-generation<br />

Ford Taurus rather than a<br />

Crown Victoria. Of course, this is<br />

not a reliable source of information.<br />

However, it gives us an idea<br />

of how the new 2022 Ford Crown<br />

Victoria could look. It comes<br />

with all standard Police Interceptor<br />

extras, such as recognizable<br />

wheels, a push bar, and<br />

blue and red lighting elements.<br />

However, rather than blacking<br />

out all of the chrome, part of<br />

it remains. The front and back<br />

doors are unique, along with the<br />

coupe-inspired roof. Still, this is<br />

a modern sedan with a thicker<br />

rear pillar. New Crown Vic will<br />

wear cameras and plenty of<br />

modern systems. Anyway, it is<br />

a massive departure from the<br />

previous generation.<br />

Under the Hood<br />

As for the performances, the<br />

2022 Ford Crown Victoria is a<br />

complete mystery. The previous<br />

version only had one engine option.<br />

Blue Oval now boasts Eco-<br />

Boost technology and a handful<br />

of fantastic engine options. The<br />

majority of Ford’s engines might<br />

be used in the 2022MY. Some<br />

speculate that bigger V8 engines<br />

will be used. That is doubtful,<br />

and Blue Oval will very certainly<br />

choose the smaller and more<br />

efficient output.<br />

Furthermore, the turbocharged<br />

engine should be reserved for<br />

upper trim levels or some sort<br />

of a Crown Vic special edition.<br />

For the time being, the most<br />

likely contender is a 2.0-liter<br />

EcoBoost engine with 240<br />

horsepower. For instance,<br />

Ford is unlikely to build a<br />

whole new powerplant.<br />

An eight-speed automatic<br />

gearbox is in use and<br />

Crown Victoria will use<br />

a standard front-wheeldrive<br />

configuration.<br />

Interior Details<br />

The previous second-generation<br />

model<br />

has a stunning interior<br />

design. <strong>No</strong>w, the 2022<br />

Ford Crown Victoria will<br />

be the third-generation<br />

model, and it will introduce<br />

a comprehensive interior<br />

redesign. We can only hope<br />

that the 2022MY will take some<br />

lessons from the previous generation.<br />

Overall, we all anticipate<br />

quality interiors and excellent<br />

design.<br />

According to recent sources, a<br />

new and more simplistic interior<br />

design is in the works. Blue Oval<br />

will provide a cabin that is comparable<br />

to that seen in the company’s<br />

most recent crossovers.<br />

Comfort is not an issue, and Ford<br />

will almost certainly add a couple<br />

of trim levels. However, specifics<br />

are yet to be announced.<br />

As before, there will be room for<br />

five people inside the cabin.<br />

At this moment, we don’t know<br />

if the 2022 Ford Crown Victoria<br />

will be available for purchase.<br />

Reportedly, it won’t and the new<br />

police sedan will be used in<br />

some European countries. Still,<br />

this is far from official. More<br />

details will become later in <strong>2021</strong>,<br />

and the new Crown Vic will arrive<br />

at some point during 2022.<br />




Practice Like You Play<br />

Firearms…Check.<br />

Building entry…Check.<br />

Control/defensive tactics…Check.<br />

Physical training…Check.<br />

Report writing…Check.<br />

Driving…Check.<br />

Rendering first aid…Check.<br />

Mental wellness and resiliency training…crickets chirping.<br />

We do such a fantastic job<br />

practicing the skills that help us<br />

win against the bad guys. We<br />

practice until it is second nature,<br />

which increases our survivability<br />

rate. But what happens when<br />

we return home each night after<br />

our shift, and we are unable to<br />

sleep? Maybe we are constantly<br />

thinking about the bad accident<br />

call we went on or the facts<br />

surrounding a murder investigation.<br />

Maybe we find ourselves<br />

easily angered by the little stuff,<br />

like who did not replace the<br />

paper in the copy machine – true<br />

story. Let’s face it, the reality<br />

is police work is tough. It is<br />

stressful and mentally draining<br />

at times. Sometimes we can<br />

rely on our training to pull us<br />

through. Sometimes it is our grit<br />

and sheer will power. When it<br />

comes to our brain health however,<br />

we are sometimes left to<br />

figure it out. There are no skills<br />

we practiced in training to help<br />

us navigate.<br />

In the Secret Service we have<br />

a saying, “We practice like we<br />

play.” Long hours and lots of<br />

work to establish the muscle<br />

memory which saves lives. When<br />

it is time to act, we do. When<br />

people ask, “How did you do<br />

that?” we respond, “We trained<br />

for it.”<br />

In 2019, when the research revealed<br />

that more officers die by<br />

suicide then in the line of duty,<br />

some departments responded<br />

by creating a budget for mental<br />

health. The overwhelming majority<br />

however continue to let officers<br />

figure out their brain health<br />

themselves. Some have gone<br />

to a one time forty-hour block<br />

as part of their recruit training.<br />

Sure, it is something, but with a<br />

career that could last decades,<br />

how is an officer going to remember<br />

what he/she learned in<br />

one class?<br />

Preserving your mental health<br />

and wellness takes training and<br />

practice. The longer we stay<br />

on the job the more trauma to<br />

which we are exposed. That is<br />

not to say that all officers will<br />

experience traumas which require<br />

help from a mental health<br />

expert, but the facts about how<br />

the job affects us both psychologically<br />

and physically are not<br />

on our side. According to John<br />

<strong>Vol</strong>anti, Professor of Epidemiology<br />

and Environmental Health,<br />

University at Buffalo, “Psychological<br />

health often affects physical<br />

health among officers as well. In<br />

our studies, we have found that<br />

the average age of death among<br />

police is 66 years of age, some<br />

10 years sooner than the general<br />

U.S. population. Many police<br />

deaths attributed to causes such<br />

as cardiovascular disease are<br />

associated with stress.” He goes<br />

on to conclude, “police organizations<br />

had better start to pay<br />

more attention to the psychological<br />

health of these men and<br />

women who serve. Negative<br />

public image, chronic stress,<br />

trauma, and physical health outcomes<br />

can only exacerbate this<br />

situation.<br />

Almost every chief or assistant<br />

chief I have met over the<br />

last few years have told me<br />

they want a great performing<br />

department over the long term.<br />

When I ask what their brain<br />

health budget is, most of the<br />

time I am told. “We don’t have<br />

one.”<br />

How do we combat the effects<br />

of chronic stress and trauma if<br />

our departments do not provide<br />

training or support? First, recognize<br />

that the stress experienced<br />

on the job is real. Second, create<br />

a plan. Who the heck wants to<br />

live an average of 10 years less<br />

than the average person in the<br />

U.S.? We did not choose to go<br />

into police work because we are<br />

average.<br />

After I was diagnosed with<br />

post-traumatic stress in 2003, I<br />

received EMDR (eye movement<br />

desensitization reprocessing)<br />

therapy. However, it was the<br />

stress reducing practices I performed<br />

off my therapist’s couch<br />

that helped me the most. Here<br />

are a few that I practice:<br />

• Sleep. The number one factor<br />

in reducing stress. It is more than<br />

just closing your eyes at night.<br />

Setting a sleep schedule that<br />

supports you is key, and we are<br />

all different.<br />

• Regular exercise. One of the<br />

most important ways to prevent<br />

stress and burnout.<br />

• Practice Gratitude. To quote<br />

retired lieutenant and police<br />

instructor Brian McKenna, “What<br />

helped me a lot was reminding<br />

myself of what a privilege it was<br />

to be a police officer—that people<br />

looked to me to help them.<br />

He explains that while a good<br />

bust is hard to match in terms of<br />

thrill, the best thing about being<br />

a police officer, in the end, are<br />

the people you help.”<br />

• Never stop learning. Especially<br />

about resiliency and how it<br />

can assist you. Resilience is the<br />

ability to handle adversity, cope<br />

with it, and grow from challenging<br />

experiences.<br />

You plan and train for the contingencies<br />

on the job. Choose to<br />

train and practice those that will<br />

assist you long term and help<br />

you be a better officer for you,<br />

your family, your community,<br />

and your department. I encourage<br />

you to produce your own<br />

plan when it comes to supporting<br />

your brain health and practice<br />

it. Do not be afraid to seek<br />

professional assistance when<br />

needed. Remember, it is okay not<br />

to be okay.<br />

Samantha Horwitz is a regular<br />

contributor to The <strong>Blues</strong> Police Magazine.<br />

She is a 9/<strong>11</strong> first responder,<br />

former United States Secret Service<br />

Agent, speaker, and author. She and<br />

her business partner, ret. Firefighter<br />

and NYPD detective John Salerno<br />

created A Badge of Honor, a 501(c)<br />

(3), post-traumatic stress and<br />

suicide prevention program for first<br />

responders. John and Sam host MAD<br />

(Making a Difference) Radio each<br />

Wednesday 7pm central live on FB @<br />

Makingadifferencetx. For more about<br />

Sam and the wellness and resiliency<br />

workshops for first responders, visit<br />

ABadgeofHonor.com.<br />



Dietrich Bonhoeffer &<br />

the Rainbow Bridge<br />

One Christian martyr of the<br />

Twentieth Century was the<br />

great German theologian, Dietrich<br />

Bonhoeffer. He is noted for<br />

authoring many Christian books<br />

such as “The Cost of Discipleship.”<br />

His central theme was for<br />

Christians not to fall for something<br />

he called “cheap grace.”<br />

Although we are saved by grace<br />

and not of works, Christ demands<br />

something of us. As the<br />

great English hymn writer Isaac<br />

Watts wrote, “Love so amazing,<br />

so Divine, Demands my Soul,<br />

my Life, my All.” This is basically<br />

Bonhoeffer’s thesis opposing<br />

“cheap grace.”<br />

As one can imagine, many of<br />

Bonhoeffer’s ideas were very<br />

complex and he taught them<br />

in a graduate level seminary<br />

in Germany, the home of Luther’s<br />

Reformation. Although Dr.<br />

Bonhoeffer was a learned professor<br />

who wrote and taught<br />

advanced theology, on Sunday mornings<br />

he did not teach such complex<br />

things. His first love was teaching<br />

children’s Sunday school. He<br />

could get down to basics and<br />

he loved the kids. He loved their<br />

natural inquisitiveness and curiosity.<br />

Children are uninhibited<br />

and they don’t hold back.<br />

One Sunday morning, a young<br />

lad was uncharacteristically<br />

somber. Something was bothering<br />

him. When pressed, the<br />

little fellow broke down and<br />

Dr. Bonhoeffer learned that the<br />

lad had lost his best friend—his<br />

dog. The professor offered his<br />

condolences to the little guy.<br />

Then he asked his little Bible<br />

student what his dog’s name<br />

was. The lad looked up with<br />

tears on his little cheeks and<br />

said, “Herr Wolf.” (Mr. Wolf in<br />

English). The boy said that “Mr.<br />

Wolf” was a German (what<br />

else?) Shepherd that kept him<br />

safe at all times. The boy had a<br />

question for the professor, “Is<br />

“Mr. Wolf” in Heaven?”<br />

There were no theological<br />

courses containing the Rainbow<br />

Bridge as the subject, but<br />

Dr. Bonhoeffer looked into the<br />

lad’s tear-filled eyes and knelt<br />

down to eye level. “The Bible<br />

does not actually say if dogs<br />

go to Heaven,” the professor<br />

explained. “We know that all<br />

God’s creatures will be in the<br />

Lord’s Kingdom on the new<br />

earth. Some will be changed as<br />

there will be no more predator<br />

and prey. We know that the<br />

Lord is pleased by all creatures<br />

and Heaven is designed for the<br />

Lord’s pleasure. I believe you<br />

will see “Mr. Wolf” in Heaven.”<br />

The lad lifted his eyes and<br />

they lit up. His countenance<br />

changed from despair to happiness.<br />

Dr. Bonhoeffer thought<br />

he would enjoy his beloved<br />

pet again someday in a place<br />

where God Himself would be<br />

the light of all. The thought of<br />

seeing “Mr. Wolf” again brought<br />

the youngster peace.<br />

When I read that account<br />

in Bonhoeffer’s biography, I<br />

thought of the hope that we all<br />

have of being reunited with our<br />

friends and loved ones someday.<br />

We are given precious<br />

little information about Heaven,<br />

but we know it’s all good<br />

all the time. We will see all the<br />

saints, prophets, apostles, and,<br />

of course, the King of Kings.<br />

Perhaps you’ll see a young<br />

fellow walking on the golden<br />

streets with his best friend<br />

at his heels. Maybe his Sunday<br />

School teacher will be at<br />

his side reaching down to pet<br />

“Mr. Wolf,” one of God’s many<br />

mongrels who gives pleasure<br />

to both God and man.<br />

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Philadelphia becomes first large city to<br />

ban stops for minor traffic violations.<br />

EEDITOR: Major “wokeism” is in<br />

full effect in Philadelphia when<br />

city council decided that a “disproportionate<br />

number of black<br />

drivers were being stopped for<br />

minor violations” and after running<br />

said “people of color” found<br />

they had warrants, thus, a ride to<br />

jail. So, to make this fairer, police<br />

will be banned from traffic stops,<br />

thus the “disproportionate number<br />

of black drivers” with warrants<br />

will continue to roam free in<br />

Philadelphia. Seems fair.<br />

PHILADELPHIA — A historic<br />

piece of legislation in Philadelphia<br />

is putting the brakes on<br />

police pulling over drivers for<br />

minor infractions.<br />

The city council passed a bill<br />

that bans traffic stops for minor<br />

violations, such as having<br />

a broken taillight or not having<br />

certain stickers displayed. Drivers<br />

who are guilty of those minor<br />

violations will instead receive a<br />

warning or a citation in the mail.<br />

“So that an expired license<br />

plate or fuzzy dice in the mirror<br />

isn’t a death sentence that it can<br />

be in some cases,” said Councilmember<br />

Curtis Jones Jr., who<br />

is a co-sponsor of the Driving<br />

Equality Bill.<br />

Jones said the city reviewed<br />

2.8 million stops and found that<br />

Philadelphia police pull over<br />

a disproportionate number of<br />

black drivers for minor violations.<br />

“People of color were found to<br />

be three times more likely to be<br />

stopped by police, and in particular<br />

ZIP codes, in areas, for<br />

traveling through non-minority<br />

areas,” Jones said.<br />

The bill now goes to Mayor Jim<br />

Kenney, who is expected to sign<br />

it into law.<br />

The police department will<br />

have 120 days for training and<br />

education before the changes<br />

begin. What training? You’re doing<br />

nothing.<br />

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unning 4 heroes<br />

otal Miles Run in <strong>2021</strong>: (as of 10/27/21): 265<br />

Total Miles Run in 2020: 401<br />

Total Miles Run in 2019: <strong>37</strong>6<br />

Overall Miles Run: 1,042<br />

<strong>2021</strong> Run Stats:<br />

Total Miles Run for <strong>2021</strong> fallen LEO’s (<strong>No</strong>n COVID-19): 135<br />

Total Miles Run for <strong>2021</strong> fallen Firefighters (<strong>No</strong>n COVID-19): 57<br />

Total Miles Run for <strong>2021</strong> fallen COVID-19 Heroes: 27<br />

Total Miles Run for <strong>2021</strong> fallen Canada LEO’s: 2<br />

Total Miles Run for <strong>2021</strong> <strong>No</strong>n Line of Duty Deaths: 0<br />

Total Miles Run for 2020 Fallen LEO’s: 24<br />

Total Miles Run for 2020 Fallen Firefighters: 6<br />

Total Tribute Runs by State for <strong>2021</strong>: 14<br />

States/Cities Zechariah has run in:<br />

Zechariah<br />

Cartledge:<br />

a True American Hero<br />

Florida - Winter Springs, Lake Mary, Clearwater, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Orlando, Temple Terrace, Blountstown,<br />

Cocoa, Lakeland, Daytona Beach, West Palm Beach<br />

New York - New York City, Weedsport<br />

Georgia - Cumming, Augusta, Savannah<br />

South Carolina - <strong>No</strong>rth Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Sumter<br />

Pennsylvania - Monaca<br />

Illinois - Springfield, Naperville, Glen Ellyn<br />

Texas - Houston (2), Fort Worth, Midland, New Braunfels, Freeport, Madisonville, Irving, Sadler, San Antonio<br />

Kentucky - Nicholasville<br />

Arkansas - Bryant, Hot Springs<br />

Nevada - Henderson<br />

California - Mt. Vernon, La Jolla<br />

Arizona - Mesa<br />

<strong>No</strong>rth Carolina - Concord, Raleigh<br />

Virginia - <strong>No</strong>rton<br />

Tennessee - Bristol<br />

Delaware - Milford<br />

Minnesota - Arden Hills<br />

Indiana - Sullivan, Spencer<br />

Mississippi - Grenada, Olive Branch<br />

Missouri - Springfield<br />

Iowa - Independence, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids<br />

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Politics, Misguided Justice, and the Impact<br />

on Officer Mental Health in Our Nation<br />

According to Neil Vigdor (October<br />

27, <strong>2021</strong>) in his article in the<br />

New York Times, two Atlanta-area<br />

law enforcement officers<br />

were charged this week with<br />

felony murder for their roles<br />

in a confrontation in 2016 with<br />

an armed man who was shot<br />

nearly 60 times as they tried to<br />

arrest him, according to court<br />

documents. The officers were<br />

members of a fugitive task force<br />

that had been serving an arrest<br />

warrant for the man, Jamarion<br />

Robinson. The task force members<br />

told the Georgia Bureau of<br />

Investigation that Mr. Robinson<br />

had fired a handgun at them two<br />

or three times on August 5, 2016,<br />

after the officers broke through<br />

the door of his girlfriend’s apartment<br />

in East Point, Ga., a Fulton<br />

County suburb of Atlanta. Mr.<br />

Robinson, 26, had been wanted<br />

on charges of attempted arson<br />

and aggravated assault of a<br />

police officer, according to the<br />

officers, who said that he still<br />

refused to drop his gun after being<br />

shot. Three task force members<br />

shot at Mr. Robinson, state<br />

investigators said. The family of<br />

Mr. Robinson has contested law<br />

enforcement accounts of what<br />

happened that afternoon. The<br />

fatal shooting of Mr. Robinson,<br />

who was Black and whose family<br />

said he had schizophrenia,<br />

touched off protests over racial<br />

injustice and excessive force,<br />

straining relations between local<br />

law enforcement authorities and<br />

their federal partners. Mr. Robinson’s<br />

family credited Fani T.<br />

Willis, who last year became the<br />

first Black woman to be elected<br />

as Fulton County’s district attorney,<br />

for bringing the case to a<br />

grand jury.<br />

In another case in the same<br />

area, on June 12, 2020, at about<br />

10:30 PM, Atlanta police officers<br />

received a 9<strong>11</strong> call for service<br />

of a man sleeping in his<br />

car, blocking the drive-thru at a<br />

Wendy’s fast-food restaurant in<br />

Atlanta, Georgia. After an initial<br />

responding officer, Devon Brosnan,<br />

asked Mr. Brooks to wake<br />

up and remove his car from the<br />

drive-thru line, but after Brosnan<br />

walked away, Brooks went back<br />

to sleep. Brosnan asked Brooks<br />

a second time to move into a<br />

parking space, this time Brooks<br />

complied. When Brosnan called<br />

for a DUI specialist, Officer Garrett<br />

Rolfe responded. He was in<br />

full police uniform and equipped<br />

with a body worn camera. About<br />

40 minutes into the interaction,<br />

Brooks failed the sobriety test.<br />

Officers told Brooks he was<br />

under arrest and Brooks violently<br />

resisted handcuffing. During<br />

the struggle Brooks struck one<br />

officer. Rolfe discharged his<br />

Taser at Brooks. Brooks was able<br />

to wrestle a taser away from<br />

one of the officers, then fled on<br />


foot. Brooks ran about 100-200<br />

feet before reaching back with<br />

the Taser he was carrying in his<br />

right hand, pointing it at Rolfe<br />

and discharged the Taser. Rolfe<br />

discharged his firearm at Brooks,<br />

striking him twice in the back.<br />

Brooks later died. Without conducting<br />

a thorough, impartial<br />

investigation, DA Paul Howard<br />

announced murder charges<br />

against this decorated police<br />

officer just days after the shooting<br />

(Law Enforcement Legal<br />

Defense Fund). Officer Rolfe of<br />

the Atlanta Police Department<br />

was charged with Felony Murder<br />

and ten other charges by Howard,<br />

just days after Rolfe fatally<br />

shot Rayshard Brooks. The DA did<br />

so without consulting or cooperating<br />

with Georgia’s statewide<br />

investigative agency, the Georgia<br />

Bureau of Investigation. Politics,<br />

rather than faithful adherence<br />

to the law, led Mr. Howard to<br />

wrongfully pursue these charges<br />

against Officer Garrett Rolfe.<br />

Atlanta Police Department then<br />

terminated Rolfe shortly after<br />

and it was determined at a civil<br />

service hearing in May <strong>2021</strong> that<br />

his rights as an employee were<br />

violated and he was reinstated.<br />

Although I have highlighted<br />

only two recent high-profile<br />

cases for the purpose of this article,<br />

there are numerous examples<br />

throughout this nation that<br />

have followed a similar pattern.<br />

Politics has been creating a new<br />

threat to the mental health of our<br />

nation’s officers. As media coverage<br />

consistently perpetuates<br />

the false narrative of unjustified<br />

shootings, some officers are second<br />

guessing their training and<br />

skills out of apprehensiveness<br />

that they too will be utilized as<br />

the scapegoat and poster child<br />

for “bad cops.” This chilling effect<br />

is placing additional stressors<br />

on officers as they are under<br />

constant scrutiny and criticism.<br />

In the last few years, my consulting<br />

and counseling services have<br />

been increasingly requested to<br />

assist officers and their families<br />

through this difficult psychological<br />

journey to save their career,<br />

challenge criminal charges, and<br />

clear their name. I am not stating<br />

in any way that there are<br />

no bad cops in the field, in fact,<br />

no one dislikes them more than<br />

good cops. The vast majority,<br />

however, approach this highly<br />

challenging job and career with<br />

professionalism and dedication.<br />

Each misguided political decision<br />

to seek “justice” against<br />

officers who must justifiably<br />

utilize deadly force only serves<br />

to further divide law enforcement<br />

and the community they<br />

serve and protect. Every false<br />

accusation of wrongdoing by an<br />

officer has been described as an<br />

emotional death by a thousand<br />

cuts. The consequences have a<br />

ripple effect on all involved and<br />

seem never ending. Please reach<br />

out, you and your family do not<br />

have to go through this alone. I<br />

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<strong>11</strong>8 The BLUES POLICE MAGAZINE The BLUES POLICE MAGAZINE <strong>11</strong>9

Retirement Life: It’s all<br />

about Friends and Family<br />

August 1, <strong>2021</strong> was a big date<br />

in my life as it was the first<br />

day of retirement. Retirement<br />

means different things to different<br />

people. Some have visions<br />

of extensive travel to remote<br />

places around the world. Some<br />

want to start their own business.<br />

Some dream of fishing, hunting,<br />

boating, camping or whatever<br />

their passion is. The key is that<br />

most of us spend hours and<br />

even days of our working career<br />

dreaming about a life where you<br />

don’t have to work… and that is<br />

healthy. I am a firm believer that<br />

your retirement years should be<br />

spent on things that make you<br />

happy and I can say that I am living<br />

that life now. So maybe this<br />

quick peak into my retirement<br />

life will spark your thoughts and<br />

planning on what you want your<br />

retirement life to be like.<br />

First big change for me. <strong>No</strong><br />

requirement to get up at 5:30<br />

a.m., check emails, and quickly<br />

connect into zoom calls. <strong>No</strong><br />

jam-packed calendar to worry<br />

about. So now, I sleep in to about<br />

8:00 a.m., enjoy a cup of coffee<br />

outside on my porch and look at<br />

my digital news feed to catch up<br />

on the world around me. Immediate<br />

stress relief. The priorities<br />

of the day are still very much a<br />

reality, but they are my priorities.<br />

I am focused on getting our new<br />

beach house built and working<br />

on starting some new businesses<br />

with friends. Important yes,<br />

but not stressful like work was.<br />

We always work in some beach<br />

time. Sometimes a full day in a<br />

beach chair under an umbrella<br />

with some fishing built in, or<br />

sometimes it might be just a for<br />

a short walk on the beach or a<br />

glass of wine at sunset. Beautiful<br />

weather days might have<br />

us doing long bike rides or rainy<br />

days give us days to catch up on<br />

projects around the house. All<br />

days created by us for us and our<br />

plans can change quickly when<br />

a friend calls with another great<br />

idea on how to spend the day.<br />

My wife and I agreed that we<br />

wanted to spend our retirement<br />

with friends and family because<br />

that is where we are happiest.<br />

We love entertaining and sharing<br />

experiences with those we enjoy<br />

spending time with. So that has<br />

been at the core of our retirement<br />

thus far. We traveled to<br />

Colorado and for almost 3 weeks<br />

had different groups of family<br />

and friends come up and enjoy<br />

the mountains with us. We then<br />

traveled to Florida and did the<br />

same there enjoying the beaches<br />

and watersports. Since we<br />

had this idea of retirement some<br />

years ago, we started building<br />

this future life by investing in<br />

our mountain property and then<br />

most recently deciding to move<br />

from Texas to Florida to add the<br />

beach life. Just as important as<br />

envisioning what a stress-free<br />

day would be like is envisioning<br />

a stress-free life for retirement.<br />

That way you can start to build it<br />

even before you actually retire.<br />

Retirement doesn’t also mean<br />

that you stop dreaming about<br />

the future and learning new<br />

things. I can’t wait until March<br />

when my new boat arrives, and I<br />

can start learning all I can about<br />

offshore fishing in the Destin area<br />

and traveling adventures by boat.<br />

This dream was always there<br />

but suppressed back in my mind<br />

until I retired and then it just sort<br />

of hit me and I ran with it. I feel<br />

like these little spurts of energy<br />

and activities are not something<br />

you plan for. They come to you<br />

in the moment and because you<br />

now are free to act on them, you<br />

do. They may turn into a whole<br />

new passion for you or maybe<br />

just something you try for a<br />

few years until the next spark of<br />

energy comes along to redirect<br />

you. But be open to new things,<br />

either something that you want<br />

to try or something your spouse<br />

is excited about.<br />

So, if you are not retired yet,<br />

keep dreaming about those days<br />

when you don’t have to work.<br />

Think about how you want to<br />

spend your golden years and<br />

maybe start planning for it now.<br />

I can tell you, for me, it is even<br />

better than I imagined.<br />






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Town of Trophy Club Get Info Peace Officer 12/05/<strong>2021</strong> - 5pm<br />

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Texas Woman's University Police Department Get Info Peace Officer 12/19/<strong>2021</strong> - 5pm<br />

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Must be at least 21 years of age with High School diploma or equivalent.<br />

Must meet physical, mental & educational standards set by the State and<br />

the department.<br />

Current Basic Peace Officer certification from TCOLE.<br />

https://www.huttotx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/780/Certifiedinitial-application-Police-Officer-<strong>2021</strong>?bidId=<br />




We want YOU to<br />

join our team!<br />

PATROL<br />


CRASH<br />



TEAM<br />



<br />

RETIREMENT—TMRS with City match ratio of 2 to 1 after 5-year<br />

vesting period.<br />

SIGN ON BONUS—$ 2,500.00<br />


Intermediate Peace Officer—$ 50.00 per month<br />

Advanced Peace Officer—$ 100.00 per month<br />

Master Peace Officer—$ 150.00 per month<br />

Bilingual—$50.00 Level 1,$75.00 Level 2 per month (after testing)<br />

*Crash Reconstruction—$ 50.00 per month<br />

*EMT/Paramedic—$ 50.00 per month<br />

*Firearms Instructor—$ 50.00 per month<br />

*Field Training Officer—$ 130.00 bi-weekly<br />

*Hutto Response Team—$ 130.00 bi-weekly<br />

*Officer in Charge—$ 130.00 bi-weekly<br />

<br />

<br />


Associates Degree—$ 50.00 per month<br />

Bachelors Degree—$ 125.00 per month<br />

Masters Degree—$1 75.00 per month<br />

UNIFORMS/EQUIPMENT—All necessary equipment, including<br />

AR-15, Shotgun, TASER and Body Armor. Also included is a<br />

$400.00 annual uniform allowance per officer.<br />

LEAVE ACCRUALS—12 paid Holidays, 80 hours of Vacation, 96<br />

hours of Sick Leave annually.<br />

<br />

<br />

TAKE HOME CAR—Upon completion of Field Training Program,<br />

officers living within 25 miles of Hutto, TX are authorized to<br />

take their police vehicle to their residence.<br />

STARTING SALARY—$ 58,880.00 (May vary based on experience.)<br />

*upon approval<br />







The City of Victoria<br />

invites applications for the position of:<br />

Police Officer or Senior Police Officer<br />

Salary<br />

$48,045 - $68,500 Annually DOQ<br />

Location<br />

Victoria, TX<br />

Job Type<br />

Full-Time<br />


The Victoria Police Department is hiring qualified police officer candidates to join our<br />

team and to help enhance the livability of our community. VPD sets the bar for<br />

professionalism, innovation and a progressive approach to our policing strategies. Our<br />

workforce of more than <strong>11</strong>5 officers and 32 civilian support personnel are a dedicated,<br />

enthusiastic group of professionals who proudly serve over 65,000 Victoria residents.<br />

The Victoria Police Department offers a competitive salary and retirement structure,<br />

great health benefits, and many other incentives such as paid time off and departmentissued<br />

uniforms and equipment.<br />

Officers have lateral and promotional opportunities. Regardless of the assignment, you<br />

will work in an environment that fosters leadership, teamwork and courteous service to<br />

our community.<br />

<strong>No</strong> prior law enforcement experience is required but must be certified as a TCOLE<br />

Peace Officer. Upon employment, you will participate in the City of Victoria Police<br />

Department Field Training Program. You will receive specialized training from some of<br />

the finest officers in law enforcement.<br />

Salary amount offered will depend on qualifications. Lateral pay scale recognized for<br />

Senior Police Officers. This is a non-exempt position.<br />

Applicants currently attending a TCOLE Academy are encouraged to apply.<br />

Employment eligibility will require successful completion of the Academy courses and<br />

certification as a TCOLE Peace Officer.<br />

To learn more about this exciting opportunity and to apply, visit<br />

www.victoriatx.gov<br />


we're<br />

Oak Ridge <strong>No</strong>rth Police<br />

Department<br />

Chief of Police<br />

27424 Robinson Rd.<br />

Tom Libby Conroe, Tx. 77385<br />

(281)292-4762<br />

The Oak Ridge <strong>No</strong>rth Police Department is currently accepting resumes for the position<br />

of Police Officer. The Department serves the City of Oak Ridge <strong>No</strong>rth 24 hours a day, 7<br />

days a week. The Police Department is comprised of 1 Chief, 1 Patrol Lieutenant, 1<br />

Administrative Lieutenant, 1 Detective Sergeant, 1 Administrative Sr. Officer, 2 Patrol<br />

Sergeants, 1 Environmental Sergeant and 8 Patrol Officers.<br />

Minimum Requirements:<br />

1. TCOLE certified as a Texas Peace Officer.<br />

2. 21 years of age or older.<br />

3. Possess a valid Texas Driver’s License.<br />

4. High School Diploma or G.E.D. certificate.<br />

5. United States Citizen.<br />

6. Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces.<br />

7. Vision correctable to 20/20.<br />

8. Able to read, write and speak English language.<br />

9. <strong>No</strong> Felony convictions or Class B or above in the last 10<br />

years.<br />

hiring!<br />

Jailer/Corrections Officer<br />

Jailer/Corrections Officer<br />

Starting Pay $43,950<br />

Starting Pay $43,950<br />

Hiring Process:<br />

1. Submit resume to Lt. Barry, dbarry@oakridgenorthpdtx.us<br />

2. Physical Agility Test.<br />

3. Oral Board.<br />

4. Background Investigation.<br />

5. Firearms Qualification.<br />

6. Conditional Job Offer upon successfully passing the<br />

TCOLE mandated Medical/Drug Screening and<br />

Psychological Examination.<br />

For Questions, call<br />

For Questions, call<br />

Job Description:<br />

1. Provide for public safety by maintaining order, responding<br />

to emergences, protecting people and property, enforcing<br />

motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good<br />

community relations.<br />

2. Identify, pursue, and arrest suspects of criminal acts.<br />

3. Prepare incident report, arrest reports and accident<br />

reports.<br />

4. Ability to work 12 hour shifts or other shifts.<br />

5. Enforce applicable traffic laws of The State of Texas.<br />

6. Enforce Ordinance Violations of the City of Oak Ridge<br />

<strong>No</strong>rth.<br />

Starting pay for an Oak Ridge <strong>No</strong>rth Police Officer is $59,073 annually. Additional pay<br />

is awarded depending on qualifications, TCOLE certifications, and college degrees.<br />

(817) 202. 2974<br />

(817) 202. 2974<br />

1800 Ridgemar Dr.<br />

1800 Ridgemar Dr.<br />

Cleburne, TX 76031<br />

Cleburne, TX 76031<br />

Oak Ridge <strong>No</strong>rth Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not<br />

discriminate on race, sex, religion, color, origin, or creed.<br />


The Reserve Peace Officer is a voluntary position with the Lockney Police Department. Each volunteer<br />

must be able to commit 24 hours a month and attend training as needed. The City of Lockney is located<br />

in Floyd County, northeast of Lubbock County. Lockney Police Department was re-established this year<br />

and looking fill Reserve Positions.<br />

Job Requirements<br />

• Must have TCOLE Basic Peace Officer's License.<br />

• All applicants must be a U.S. Citizen and 21 years of age.<br />

• Valid Texas Driver's License with acceptable driving record.<br />

• All qualified applicants MUST complete a Personal History Statement in order to be considered<br />

for the position.<br />

• Qualified applicants must submit to a pre employment written and physical agility test, drug<br />

test, psychological and physical examination as well as a criminal background check.<br />

• All qualified candidates must be of good moral character and able to communicate with the<br />

public, be available for shift work, weekends and holidays.<br />



Apply Today!<br />

https://drive.google.com/file/d/12H129HNiSARhmikVbfhIX-tLd-NiGh1b/view?usp=sharing<br />

(806) 810-0500<br />

Email Personal History Statement to cfitzwater@cityoflockney.com or Mail to 305 N Main Street.<br />

Lockney, TX 79241<br />


making a<br />

difference<br />


Apply at www.highlandvillage.org<br />

police Officer starting salary<br />

$29.35 - $32.29 hourly*<br />

minimum qualifications<br />

benefits<br />

High School Diploma or GED<br />

Basic Peace Officer License<br />

Excellent Health, Vision, and Dental<br />

CPR Training<br />

Insurance. City covers between 80%<br />

Valid State Driver’s License<br />

and 100% of premiums depending on<br />

Must be able to obtain Emergency Care<br />

plan selection.<br />

Attendant (ECA) certification within 18 months<br />

TMRS Retirement 7% with 2:1 City<br />

of hire date.<br />

match at retirement.<br />

Tuition reimbursement $1K per year.<br />

hiring process<br />

Deferred Compensation program with<br />

Certification for completed training.<br />

a 2% City match after six months.<br />

Ten holidays and two personal days<br />

Submit an Application<br />

Physical Assessment<br />

per year.<br />

Panel Interview<br />

Vacation and sick time after six<br />

months.<br />

Interview with Police Chief<br />

Background Investigation<br />

Psychological, Polygraph, Physical, and<br />

Drug Screen<br />

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Bryan, Texas<br />

The Bryan Police Department, a Civil Service Department, is currently accepting applications for Police Officer (<strong>No</strong>n-<br />

Certified or Certified). We are seeking individuals with integrity who are committed to public service, dedicated and<br />

professional, with a willingness and compassion to work together with the citizens of Bryan to maintain a healthy<br />

and safe community.<br />

Starting Salary:<br />

$57,000 (as non-certified Cadet) up to $82,762 (depending on certification)<br />

*Range pending approval 10/4/21<br />

Application Deadline:<br />

Friday, October 8, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Written Exam Date:<br />

Friday, October 15, <strong>2021</strong><br />

(For those who successfully pass the written exam, the physical fitness assessment will be immediately following.)<br />

Minimum Qualifications:<br />

• U.S. Citizen;<br />

• High School Diploma or have a high school equivalency certificate/GED;<br />

• At least 21 years of age and not more than 44 years of age at the time of hire;<br />

• Valid Texas driver’s license with good driving record at the time of hire;<br />

• Good moral character, stable employment record and no history of any conduct which may affect suitability for<br />

law enforcement work;<br />

• If applicable, military service discharge must be under honorable conditions as stipulated on DD-214 form;<br />

• <strong>No</strong> felony or Class A misdemeanor convictions; no Class B misdemeanor convictions within the past (10) years.<br />

Application Instructions:<br />

To apply and/or to view more information regarding the application and testing process click here and follow the<br />

instructions provided. You will receive an online confirmation number upon successfully submitting your application.<br />

You will also receive a confirmation email from Human Resources within a week of submitting your application.<br />

The City of Bryan is an Equal Opportunity Employer<br />






• Paid Vacation<br />

• Sick Leave<br />

• Paid Holidays<br />

• Personal Days<br />

• Compensatory Days<br />

• Certification Pay<br />

The Walker County Sheriff’s Department is now accepting applications for the position of Patrol Deputy. We are a family based department that is dedicated to<br />

preserving the lives and property of the citizens of Walker County which is currently around 73,000 residents. As a Patrol Deputy within our department, you would<br />

be patrolling over 800 square miles of small towns, national forest and East Texas countryside. Our county seat is the town of Huntsville, Texas which has many of<br />

the comforts and amenities of larger city while still providing a small town atmosphere.<br />


now accepting applications for<br />

Full-Time Police Officers<br />



Salary starting at $50,000<br />

with no experience<br />



OR<br />

Contact the Personnel<br />

Department at<br />

281-985-7571<br />

OR<br />

Contact Sergeant R. Hall at<br />

281-442-4923<br />


• Physical Agility Test<br />

• Written Exam<br />

• Oral Board Panel Interview<br />

• Complete Personal History Statement<br />

• Psychological Evaluation<br />

• Medical Examination<br />

• Interview with the Chief of Police<br />

Perks:<br />

• Starting Salary: $55,160.00<br />

• Retirement: Vested after 8 years in TCDRS. Every $1 invested in retirement is matched 210%.<br />

• Insurance provider: Blue Cross Blue Shield<br />

• Equipment: Uniforms & Patrol Equipment Provided. Currently issuing Glock 22’s and Colt SBR Rifles.<br />

• Vehicles: Take home Chevy Tahoe • Schedule: 12 hour shifts, every other weekend off.<br />

• Time Off: Paid Vacation / Holidays on a yearly basis. • Patrol Style: Proactive /Community Based Policing<br />

Requirements: Must be TCLOE Certified; Must have a valid Texas Drivers License;<br />

Must pass a written & physical test; Must complete a rigorous Field Training Program in a timely manner.<br />



Memorial Villages Police Department<br />

Bunker Hill • Piney Point• Hunters Creek<br />

Police Officer<br />

EOE/M/F/D<br />

5+ Years Patrol Experience Required<br />

The Memorial Villages Police Department (Located on the West Side of Houston) currently has<br />

openings for experienced officers who are self- motivated and enthusiastic about community<br />

policing. We have overwhelming support of our communities and encourage our officers to be<br />

proactive and innovative.<br />

$1500 Sign on Bonus<br />

Starting Salary Range<br />

$71,179 – $82,808 (DOQ)<br />

• Healthcare Insurance, DHMO Dental, Vision – 100% paid for employee, 50% for<br />

spouse/dependents.<br />

• Paid long-term disability and life insurance for employee, with additional life insurance<br />

available for spouse/dependents.<br />

• Health Savings Account with departmental contributions up to $4200 annually<br />

• TMRS Retirement 2 to 1 match, 7% Employee ,14% Employer Contribution.<br />

• 457 Plan with employer contribution of 2% of annual salary<br />

• Bi-Lingual Pay (2.5% of Base salary)<br />

• Shift Differential Pay $3600 annually<br />

• Tuition reimbursement<br />

• Longevity Pay up to a max of $2400 annually at 10 years of service.<br />

• College Education incentive up to $3000 for a master’s degree<br />

• LEMIT or FBI NA pay $1200 annually.<br />

• ECA (Emergency Care Assistant) $1300 Annually, training provided to each employee.<br />

• 12 hour shifts with every other Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off.<br />

• Officer certification pay, Intermediate, Advanced, and Master up to 7.5% of Salary.<br />


To learn more or apply, visit our website at www.mvpdtx.org<br />

Or contact Sgt. Owens 713-365-<strong>37</strong><strong>11</strong> or lowens@mvpdtx.org<br />

Or Commander E. Jones 713-365-<strong>37</strong>06 ejones@mvpdtx.org<br />

<strong>11</strong>981 Memorial Dr. Houston, Texas 77024<br />


MAKE A<br />


IN YOUR<br />


We are looking for outstanding individuals to<br />

join our team! As a Pearland Police Officer your<br />

mission will be to prevent crime and disorder, build<br />

partnerships within the community, and positively<br />

impact the quality of life for all our residents.<br />


• Competitive Salary • Outstanding Training<br />

• Career Advancement • Exceptional Benefits<br />

The City of Pearland is one of the fastest growing<br />

communities within the region. Pearland is located<br />

approximately 20 minutes south of Downtown Houston<br />

and the current population is approximately 130,000<br />

residents.<br />



$5,000 Hiring Incentive for T.C.O.L.E Certified Police<br />

Officers who qualify with at least 2 years of experience.<br />

TEST DATE:<br />

SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 8:30 A.M.<br />

Register by: April 12.<br />

Pearland Recreation Center & Natatorium<br />

4141 Bailey Road, Pearland, TX 77584.<br />

Doors Open: 7:15 a.m. <strong>No</strong> admittance after 7:45 a.m.<br />

Candidates must park in the north parking lot.<br />


• Attendance limited to first 150 arrivals<br />

• Mandatory temperature checks<br />

• Masks required, hand sanitizer available<br />

• Candidates seated 6 feet apart<br />

<br />

<br />

•Be a citizen of the nited tates able to read,<br />

write, and speak the English language<br />

• Have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate .E.. certified by<br />

the issuing agency with:<br />

0 credit hours with a cumulative PA of 2.0 or higher on a .0 scale from an accredited<br />

institute of higher learning or<br />

- Minimum 24 months of active duty service with an honorable discharge authenticated by<br />

a Member 2 or Member orm 21 or<br />

15 credit hours with a cumulative PA of 2.0 or higher on a .0 scale in addition to Basic<br />

Peace Officer Certification from TCOLE or<br />

An Intermediate Peace Officer Certification from TCOLE<br />

• Valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record<br />

• Must meet all legal requirements necessary to become a licensed Peace Officer by the Texas<br />

Commission on Law Enforcement TCOLE.<br />

• Be between 21 and 5 years of age at the time of the examination or<br />

• Be between 18 and 21 years of age if the applicant has received an associate’s degree or 60<br />

semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university or has received an honorable<br />

discharge from the armed forces of the nited tates after at least two years of active service.<br />

: Cadet $1. hourly Police Officer $2. hourly.<br />

<br />

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<br />

<br />

<br />

April 12, <strong>2021</strong>. Applications will not be accepted after this date.<br />

Submit applications online by visiting pearlandtx.gov/careers.<br />


pecial accommodations are available when necessary to aord equal opportunity to participate<br />

in testing. Please make request in writing, five business days prior to the test date to City of<br />

Pearland, HR Department, 3519 Liberty Drive, Pearland, TX 77581.<br />

or questions regarding the application process please contact Terene uddsohnson at<br />

281.652.1617 or hr@pearlandtx.gov.<br />

List will remain in eect for one 1 year or until exhausted, whichever is sooner.<br />

144 The For BLUES additional POLICE information MAGAZINE and to register for an upcoming Civil Service Exam, visit<br />




Washington County 9<strong>11</strong><br />

E-9<strong>11</strong> Director<br />

Responsibilities:<br />

• Directs and administers E-9<strong>11</strong> operations;<br />

• Supervises E-9<strong>11</strong> Dispatchers and other department personnel;<br />

• Prepares and maintains reports and files for federal, state, and local authorities;<br />

• Defines goals, sets expectations, and provides performance oversight and guidance to hiring and<br />

retention plans, quality assurance program(s), budget/purchasing, support service projects,<br />

department records management and Public Information Requests;<br />

• Provides administrative presence during emergency management situations.<br />

Education and Experience:<br />

• Requires High School graduation or graduate equivalent degree;<br />

• Valid Texas Driver’s License or acceptable alternative transportation method;<br />

• Five years of experience in emergency dispatching;<br />

• Five years progressively responsible experience in emergency communications management<br />

with broad exposure and practical application of emergency communications systems and<br />

associated software support systems;<br />

• Experience in a county governmental entity preferred;<br />

• Equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the required<br />

knowledge, skills and abilities.<br />

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:<br />

• Must possess a working knowledge of current laws, operations, trends and overall management of a<br />

9<strong>11</strong> center;<br />

• Must be available for emergency call-ins on weekends, holidays, disasters and after hours to support<br />

mission critical 24/7/365 operations;<br />

• General management principles, Computer Aided Dispatch Systems, 9<strong>11</strong> call-taking and<br />

dispatching procedures;<br />

• Ability to perform as a telecommunications operator.<br />

Certifications and Licensure:<br />

• Certification as an operator of the Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunications system (TLETS) or<br />

ability to acquire within one year;<br />

• Bachelor’s degree in Business, Communications or a related field preferred;<br />

• Association of Public Safety Communications Officials Registered Public Safety Leader (APCO<br />

RPL), National Emergency Number Association Center Manager Certification Program (NENA<br />

CMCP), or NENA Emergency Number Professional (ENP) certification(s) preferred.<br />


Human Resources Office<br />

Washington County Annex Building<br />

105 West Main, Suite 101 • Brenham, Texas<br />

hr@wacounty.com<br />

Equal Opportunity Employer<br />

Come join the Plano Police Department<br />

Plano Police Department currently employs over 414 peace officers, who are dedicated individuals that<br />

work with the community to create and maintain a safe, secure environment for our residents and visitors.<br />

We are a diverse department, which is a reflection of the various cultures within the community, and offering<br />

many different opportunities to promote the safety of the citizens which we serve.<br />

Registration Deadline:<br />

Friday, July 30, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Register at:<br />

https://www.plano.gov/<strong>11</strong>83/Employment<br />

The Plano Police Department will conduct<br />

a Civil Service Examination in order to<br />

establish an eligibility list for the position<br />

of Entry-level Police Officer. The eligibility<br />

list is created as a result of this examination<br />

and application process will remain in effect<br />

for a period of (6) months (beginning<br />

on date of test) or until the list has been<br />

exhausted, whichever occurs first.<br />

For more information:<br />

Contact the Plano Police recruiter<br />

Officer Andrae Smith at:<br />

andraes@plano.gov<br />

or go to our website at:<br />

ppdrecruiting@plano.gov<br />



Ochiltree County Sheriff's Office<br />

Terry L. Bouchard, Sheriff<br />



Deputy Sheriff Position<br />

The Ochiltree County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for Deputy Sheriff. Applicants must be<br />

TCOLE certified and pass a ridged employment/background investigation.<br />

Ochiltree County is located at the top of the Texas Panhandle. It is a wonderful place to live and raise a family.<br />

We have an excellent school system and offer great benefits for employees and their families. In addition, we<br />

have a beautiful new state of the art Law Enforcement Center. Our salary range is extremely competitive, with<br />

many benefits others cannot offer.<br />

Benefits Include<br />

Take Home Units with MDT’s, Radar, and Department Issued Weapons<br />

Vest, Uniforms, Duty Gear, and Phone Allowance<br />

Employee Insurance is provided free, with Very Reasonable Family Coverage<br />

Retirement: 7% employee contribution matched at <strong>11</strong>.3% by County<br />

Family Gym Membership, Including Racquetball, Pool and Weight Room<br />

Certificate Pay Increases for Intermediate, Advanced and Master Certificates<br />

Longevity Pay and Paid Overtime<br />

Contact<br />

Ochiltree County Sheriff's Office<br />

Attn: Sheriff Terry Bouchard<br />

5<strong>11</strong> S Ash<br />

Perryton, TX 79070<br />

(806)-435-8000<br />

txsheriff@ochiltree.net<br />

Application is available on website:<br />

http://www.co.ochiltree.tx.us/page/ochiltree.Sheriff<br />

It’s not just a job<br />

It’s a Career<br />





Health Insurance: 100% of premium paid ($9,947.04/yr).<br />

County Retirement benefits provided.<br />

Vacation, Holiday, Sick Leave.<br />

Longevity pay begins after 4 years.<br />

Vehicle: In County Take-home vehicle.<br />

Cell phone: County-provided cell phone<br />


Q U E S T I O N S ? C A L L: 254-697-7033<br />


PAY<br />

Patrol Deputy: $49,220/yr

Oldham County Sheriff's Office<br />

Deputy Position Available<br />

Competitive pay<br />

scale<br />

____<br />

Civil Service<br />

____<br />

Hiring Incentive<br />

$5000 bonus<br />



____<br />

Community Oriented<br />

Department<br />

____<br />

Career Benefits<br />

• Competitive Salary<br />

• Uniform Allowance<br />

• Longevity Pay<br />

• Paid Health Benefits<br />

• Retirement Package<br />

Experience preferred but<br />

not necessary.<br />

TCOLE License Required.<br />

____________________________________________________<br />

Questions and More Info Contact<br />

Chief Deputy, Shawn Ballew<br />

806-267-2162 or shawn.ballew@co.oldham.tx.us<br />

Duty, Honor, Community<br />

Do you have what it takes to join the ranks of the LPD? We will be<br />

testing for multiple openings and look forward to seeing as many<br />

qualified applicants as possible. The Lockhart Police Department is<br />

community focused and operates with honor and respect to our<br />

citizens. We are looking for individuals who are duty and career<br />

driven. With focused leadership and the future ahead, we need<br />

individuals who can answer the high calling of being a Lockhart<br />

Police Officer. Ask yourself, are you ready? Visit<br />

www.lpdrecruiting.org for more information.<br />

You make a<br />

difference<br />



214 Bufkin Ln<br />

Lockhart TX 78644<br />

512-398-4401<br />

Testing December <strong>11</strong>, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Apply by December 8, <strong>2021</strong><br />

www.lpdrecruiting.org<br />




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