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JULY 2022. Blues Vol 38 No. 7.1 FEATURES 38 COVER STORY - Diamond DA62-MPP 50 INSERT: APSCON Convention - Reno 66 12 Innovative Police Technologies 76 Sheriff’s Association of Texas Conference - Ft. Worth 84 Visit Galveston Island this Summer DEPARTMENTS 6 Publisher’s Thoughts 8 Editor’s Thoughts 10 Guest Commentary 14 News Around the US 34 Breaking News 90 Remembering Our Fallen Heroes 110 War Stories 114 Aftermath 118 Open Road 120 Healing Our Heroes 122 Daryl’s Deliberations 124 HPOU - From the President, Douglas Griffith 126 Light Bulb Award 128 Running 4 Heroes 130 Blue Mental Health with Dr. Tina Jaeckle 132 Off Duty 136 Ads Back in the Day 140 Parting Shots 142 Buyers Guide 160 Now Hiring - L.E.O. Positions Open in Texas 198 Back Page

JULY 2022. Blues Vol 38 No. 7.1
FEATURES
38 COVER STORY - Diamond DA62-MPP
50 INSERT: APSCON Convention - Reno
66 12 Innovative Police Technologies
76 Sheriff’s Association of Texas Conference - Ft. Worth
84 Visit Galveston Island this Summer
DEPARTMENTS
6 Publisher’s Thoughts
8 Editor’s Thoughts
10 Guest Commentary
14 News Around the US
34 Breaking News
90 Remembering Our Fallen Heroes
110 War Stories
114 Aftermath
118 Open Road
120 Healing Our Heroes
122 Daryl’s Deliberations
124 HPOU - From the President, Douglas Griffith
126 Light Bulb Award
128 Running 4 Heroes
130 Blue Mental Health with Dr. Tina Jaeckle
132 Off Duty
136 Ads Back in the Day
140 Parting Shots
142 Buyers Guide
160 Now Hiring - L.E.O. Positions Open in Texas
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FOUNDED IN 1984<br />

<strong>JULY</strong> 2022<br />

FEATURES<br />

<strong>38</strong> COVER STORY - Diamond DA62-MPP<br />

50 INSERT: APSCON Convention - Reno<br />

66 12 Innovative Police Technologies<br />

76 Sheriff’s Association of Texas Conference - Ft. Worth<br />

84 Visit Galveston Island this Summer<br />

COVER: We fly the Diamond<br />

DA62, cover the SAT Conference<br />

in Ft. Worth and the<br />

APSCON in Reno. Plus it’s our<br />

first true NATIONAL ISSUE.<br />

142<br />

DEPARTMENTS<br />

6 Publisher’s Thoughts<br />

8 Editor’s Thoughts<br />

10 Guest Commentary<br />

14 News Around the US<br />

34 Breaking News<br />

90 Remembering Our Fallen Heroes<br />

110 War Stories<br />

114 Aftermath<br />

118 Open Road<br />

120 Healing Our Heroes<br />

122 Daryl’s Deliberations<br />

124 HPOU - From the President, Douglas Griffith<br />

126 Light Bulb Award<br />

128 Running 4 Heroes<br />

130 Blue Mental Health with Dr. Tina Jaeckle<br />

132 Off Duty<br />

136 Ads Back in the Day<br />

140 Parting Shots<br />

142 Buyers Guide<br />

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

200 Back Page<br />

110 114<br />

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FOUNDED IN 1984<br />

OUR TEAM<br />

MICHAEL BARRON<br />

founder & publisher<br />

MICHAEL BARRON<br />

editor-n-chief<br />

REX EVANS<br />

contributing editor<br />

JESSICA JONES<br />

creative editor<br />

RUSTY BARRON<br />

outdoor editor<br />

DR. TINA JAECKLE<br />

contributing editor<br />

DARYL LOTT<br />

contributing editor<br />

SAM HORWITZ & JOHN SALERNO<br />

contributing editors<br />

DOUGLAS GRIFFITH<br />

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FROM THE PUBLISHER’S DESK<br />

Another Milestone<br />

The BLUES expands Nationally<br />

This month marks yet another<br />

milestone in the <strong>38</strong>th year history<br />

of The BLUES as we move towards<br />

becoming a true national<br />

publication. <strong>No</strong>w anyone who’s<br />

been paying attention for the<br />

past 2 years would say, Barron<br />

you became a world-wide publication<br />

the second you published<br />

a magazine on the internet. This<br />

is true. Our monthly stat reports<br />

from our host provider shows IP<br />

addresses from around the world<br />

that have visited our site nearly<br />

every month.<br />

But The BLUES has always<br />

been a homegrown publication<br />

dedicated to serving law enforcement<br />

here in Houston and<br />

eventually branching out to the<br />

rest of Texas. And we are proud<br />

of what we’ve accomplished all<br />

these many years. But like everything<br />

in life, things change,<br />

we mature, we evolve, and we<br />

adapt. In today’s world, it’s called<br />

survival.<br />

The decision to relaunch The<br />

BLUES as a digital magazine was<br />

all those things and more. It’s allowed<br />

us to continue a tradition<br />

that has survived for decades<br />

without the financial burden of<br />

having enough sales to cover the<br />

cost of printing. <strong>No</strong>w we simply<br />

add as many pages as necessary<br />

to cover the stories you want to<br />

read.<br />

Of course, this great decision<br />

came at the same time COVID<br />

became a thing and our path to<br />

success was an uphill battle. But<br />

nevertheless, we endured, we<br />

pressed forward, and today we<br />

move on to the next chapter of<br />

The BLUES.<br />

But please don’t think for minute,<br />

this magazine will change<br />

what made it special in the first<br />

place. All your favorite columnists<br />

and writers will still be<br />

here with all new and exciting<br />

takes on Warstories, Aftermaths<br />

and Light Bulb Awards. Our news<br />

stories will continue to cover<br />

law enforcement across the<br />

country, and we will pay tribute<br />

to every officer that loses his life<br />

in the line of duty.<br />

In this month’s issue, we take<br />

you to new heights in the Diamond<br />

DA62 aircraft that’s debuting<br />

at the upcoming APSCON<br />

conference in Reno. As a pilot<br />

and member of ALEA, flying this<br />

aircraft and attending another<br />

APSCON convention is an opportunity<br />

I’m looking forward to and<br />

I hope you enjoy the ride as we<br />

take on new adventures in the<br />

sky.<br />

Less than two days after AP-<br />

SCON, we travel to San Antonio<br />

for the Sheriff’s Association of<br />

Texas Annual Training Conference<br />

in Fort Worth. With COVID<br />

hopefully in the rear view mirror,<br />

this should be an exciting show<br />

with lots of exhibitors showing<br />

off new products and services.<br />

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FROM THE GUEST EDITOR’S DESK<br />

CONGRATULATIONS<br />

Their lives are in our hands.<br />

Back on May 24th, after numerous<br />

inquiries, questions<br />

and the like, in reference to the<br />

tragic, senseless loss of life in<br />

Uvalde, Texas, out of respect<br />

to those lives lost, those hearts<br />

broken and those who were<br />

there, I chose to remain silent.<br />

I waited for the time to pass<br />

whereby the beautiful souls<br />

taken, could be laid to rest. <strong>No</strong><br />

matter what is shown, revealed<br />

or said, above all things, respect<br />

for those lost should always be,<br />

paramount.<br />

For about ten years of my<br />

thirty-year career in Law Enforcement,<br />

I was an ISD Chief of<br />

Police. I was fortunate enough<br />

to have the opportunity to build<br />

two Police Departments which<br />

were comprised of some of the<br />

finest Law Enforcement Officers,<br />

in the State of Texas.<br />

In my time as an ISD Chief,<br />

I brought multiple, Full Scale<br />

Active Shooter Drills to our<br />

schools. I invited area and even<br />

regional First Responder agencies<br />

to participate.<br />

In those events, we incorporated<br />

students to help as “Victims”<br />

and even had professional<br />

make-up artist create “wounds”<br />

We infused obstacles such as<br />

gunfire, smoke, fire alarms and<br />

“victims” grabbing the responding<br />

Officers legs, begging for<br />

help.<br />

The test here was, can our Officers<br />

push through such obstacles<br />

and continue to hunt down<br />

REX EVANS<br />

and stop the killer from taking<br />

one more innocent life?<br />

Some, laughed at these events<br />

citing, “That’ll never happen<br />

here!” And “We don’t need to<br />

be doing all this. It’s a waste of<br />

time, money and resources.”<br />

And of course, there were<br />

the attitudes some agencies or<br />

department heads had for one<br />

another and, towards schoolbased<br />

policing, in general.<br />

In the course of my time as an<br />

ISD Chief of Police, I had Teachers,<br />

Administrators, Principals<br />

and even Superintendents, challenge<br />

and argue against some<br />

safety measures, counter measures<br />

and other safety equipment.<br />

Budgets are critical, this I<br />

understand. Traditional ways of<br />

doing things and such, I get it.<br />

That being said, at what cost<br />

though?<br />

As far as the Law Enforcement<br />

response to Robb Elementary<br />

School. If we in Law Enforcement,<br />

specifically School Based<br />

Law Enforcement, don’t aggressively<br />

and tenaciously train for<br />

the fight, how then could we<br />

ever expect to win that fight?<br />

There’s an institution, a State<br />

of Texas Agency, called the<br />

Texas School Safety Center. It is<br />

charged with in part, identifying,<br />

accessing and measuring hazards<br />

and threats within Public<br />

School Districts, across Texas.<br />

After the Santa Fe High School<br />

tragedy, the Governor and Lt.<br />

Governor held multiple high-level<br />

meetings of how to proceed<br />

with keeping such a tragedy<br />

from repeating itself. Including,<br />

the Texas School Safety Center.<br />

I will give credit where credit<br />

is due. They were on the right<br />

track, here. They really were.<br />

Unfortunately, they stopped<br />

short. You see, the Texas School<br />

Safety Center has volumes of<br />

rules and regulations. But no<br />

Investigative / Enforcement<br />

Division which can effectively<br />

tell a School District, you shall<br />

meet minimum State Standards<br />

as pertaining to safety / security<br />

regulations set forth, by Law.<br />

Specifically with regards to<br />

the overall Law Enforcement<br />

Response to Robb Elementary.<br />

The ISD Chief of Police should<br />

have responded to and done<br />

multiple things, differently. Very<br />

differently. And, in every Active<br />

Shooter Response Doctrine I’ve<br />

ever been exposed to, the ISD<br />

Chief of Police is in fact, the<br />

overall Incident Commander.<br />

Unless...he or she has been<br />

incapacitated or otherwise incapable<br />

of such Command and, is<br />

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properly relieved.<br />

I’m not just talking here. And<br />

no, I’m no “Expert”. But I do<br />

what it’s like to be involved in a<br />

gunfight. It’s highly overrated. I<br />

know what it’s like, to be shot.<br />

Also, highly overrated. I know<br />

what it’s like to have to kneel<br />

down as an ISD Chief, look a<br />

parent in the eye and, tell them<br />

their child won’t be coming<br />

home. I remember each moment<br />

of each such notification. They’ll<br />

haunt me for, all my remaining<br />

days.<br />

I’m not, sitting in judgment<br />

upon anyone. Well, the shooter<br />

himself, yes. In my assessment,<br />

we in Law Enforcement owe<br />

nineteen precious, innocent children<br />

whose lives were lost and<br />

two beautiful, brilliant teachers<br />

whose lives were lost, a promise.<br />

I mean, the kind of promise we’ll<br />

die, to keep.<br />

We will collectively, do better.<br />

We will not, fail again. <strong>No</strong>t ever.<br />

Such profound loss of innocent<br />

lives should not ever be, forgotten<br />

nor forsaken. And everything<br />

humanly possible should<br />

be done, to ensure it never, ever<br />

happens again.<br />

In my time as an ISD Chief and,<br />

now as a non-ISD Chief, I’ll say<br />

I’ve had the privilege of standing<br />

in the presence of some of the<br />

absolute best people in uniform.<br />

I can unequivocally say, especially<br />

at the ISD Department’s,<br />

each and every Officer would’ve<br />

punched, kicked, climbed and<br />

crawled over or under any obstacles<br />

in the way, to reach and<br />

stop the shooter.<br />

They were tenaciously trained<br />

to, if called upon, to be the most<br />

violent and deadly person in the<br />

building. Either they were going<br />

down or, the shooter was. I believe<br />

that with all my heart.<br />

Lastly, there are thousands of<br />

amazing Teachers, Counselors,<br />

Principals, Bus Drivers, Maintenance,<br />

Cafeteria and custodial<br />

workers who give of themselves,<br />

everything they have for<br />

the students whom they serve.<br />

Each of them is, Silent Heroes,<br />

quietly running in the background.<br />

I don’t know what else can be<br />

said, really. We just can’t stand<br />

by and continue, the way we<br />

have. That fact is, self-evident.<br />

We must do better. We have to<br />

do better.<br />

To those lost, to their families<br />

and every other person<br />

who was directly affected by<br />

this awful loss of innocent life,<br />

please allow me to say, I am<br />

sincerely and profoundly sorry. I<br />

pray for God’s healing mercy, to<br />

speed unto you all...<br />

ad<br />

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READERS SPEAK OUT<br />

Gun Deaths in America by the Numbers<br />

The horrific slaughter of nineteen<br />

children and two teachers in<br />

Uvalde, has once again focused<br />

the attention of the nation on the<br />

toll taken on American lives by<br />

guns. As with most highly charged<br />

emotional issues, and particularly<br />

ones that fall on the partisan<br />

divide, I find there is little objective<br />

analysis of the actual data and<br />

even less perspective on what the<br />

data implies.<br />

There are many who object to a<br />

statistical analysis of such events<br />

as being cold-hearted and that<br />

doing so minimizes the tragedy<br />

of the loss of even a single life.<br />

While I appreciate that sentiment,<br />

I respectfully disagree. To the<br />

contrary, the more consequential,<br />

or in this case the more horrific,<br />

the problem, the more urgently we<br />

need to call on our full intellectual<br />

capabilities to fashion solutions.<br />

So, after Uvalde I began to<br />

dig into the data on deaths caused<br />

by firearms and found quite a bit<br />

that surprised me.<br />

Prior to 2015, the number of<br />

deaths from a firearm on an annual<br />

basis had moved in a fairly<br />

narrow range, averaging about<br />

34,000, which was about 10-11<br />

firearm deaths per 100,000 Americans<br />

or slightly over 1% of all<br />

U.S. fatalities. However, since 2015<br />

firearm deaths have been consistently<br />

moving higher each year<br />

and then took a sharp upturn in<br />

2020, reaching an all-time high of<br />

45,222. Preliminary data for 2021<br />

indicates that number was perhaps<br />

slightly lower than 2020. The<br />

rate per 100,000 Americans has<br />

moved up to 13.7.<br />

Most gun deaths in the U.S. are<br />

either suicides (~54%) or homicides<br />

(~43%). The remaining<br />

~3% are due to accidents, police<br />

shootings or undetermined causes.<br />

Both suicides and homicides<br />

committed with a gun have been<br />

increasing over the last two decades,<br />

but most of the significant<br />

increase in gun deaths over the<br />

last two years has been due to an<br />

increase in homicides.<br />

The significant increase in homicides<br />

coincides with an explosion<br />

in the number of gun sales in the<br />

U.S. The home security research<br />

group, HomeSafe.org, estimates<br />

that gun sales soared by over<br />

150% in 2020 and 2021.<br />

However, a series of Gallup<br />

surveys found that the percentage<br />

of U.S. households that own a gun<br />

has been slightly declining since<br />

1972. This perhaps suggests that<br />

the increase in gun sales is more<br />

attributable to existing gun owners<br />

adding to their inventory, as<br />

opposed to a large number of new<br />

gun owners.<br />

There is no question that the<br />

U.S. is an outlier when it comes to<br />

private gun ownership compared<br />

to other countries. The Small<br />

Arms Survey, an independent<br />

Swiss research group, estimated<br />

in its 2018 report that Americans,<br />

while making up only about 3%<br />

of the world’s population, owns<br />

nearly half of the world’s roughly<br />

850 million privately owned guns.<br />

Their survey estimated that there<br />

were about 120 guns for every<br />

100 Americans. That rate dwarfs<br />

all other countries. India came in<br />

second with just over 50. Canada<br />

was 34. The global average outside<br />

of the U.S. is about 7.<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

TIME FOR ARREDONDO TO RESIGN OR BE<br />

TERMINATED<br />

YOU’RE FIRED CHIEF!<br />

When news broke of an active<br />

shooter in Uvalde Texas, everyone<br />

in Texas law enforcement just<br />

assumed the local cops would<br />

swarm the school and eliminate<br />

the asshole killing innocent kids.<br />

Because that’s what Texas cops<br />

do, they take out the bad guys.<br />

As fast as humanly possible. Put<br />

yourself between the bad guys<br />

and the kids and send a barrage<br />

of bullets their way.<br />

ALERRT training teaches you to<br />

engage the shooter immediately.<br />

Even if it’s just you. Yes, you might<br />

die. In fact, there’s a 90% chance<br />

you get hit within seconds of engaging<br />

the shooter and a better<br />

than 50% chance that you’ll die if<br />

he’s armed with rounds that will<br />

piece your armor.<br />

But that’s the job. Save the kids<br />

at all costs. Even giving up your<br />

own life to do it. If that scares,<br />

you. If you’re not up for that. If<br />

you would rather wait for backup<br />

and be safe, I had some advice<br />

for you. GET THE HELL OUT OF<br />

LAW ENFORCEMENT!!<br />

Sorry, but that’s the job and it’s<br />

not for everyone. But as Texans,<br />

we think we are the baddest bad<br />

asses around and no one, I mean<br />

no one, threatens or harms our<br />

kids. If you do, we will take your<br />

ass out in a minute. Plain and<br />

simple.<br />

So what the hell happened in<br />

Uvalde?<br />

Uvalde ISD Chief Arredondo is<br />

what happened. He was the #1<br />

guy in charge on the scene and<br />

he let those officers down. He<br />

let 19 kids down. He let 2 teachers<br />

down. Hell, he fucking let the<br />

entire town down. He failed in a<br />

dozen different ways. <strong>No</strong> radio.<br />

<strong>No</strong> communication. <strong>No</strong> Plan. <strong>No</strong><br />

action. <strong>No</strong> rifle. <strong>No</strong>thing. He had<br />

nothing and he failed as a Chief<br />

and as a cop. He says he didn’t<br />

think he was in charge. Who the<br />

hell was in charge if it wasn’t the<br />

highest-ranking cop there?<br />

I’m sure his attorney told him to<br />

say that. Because if he wasn’t in<br />

charge, how could he be charged<br />

with 21 counts of Negligent Homicide<br />

for failing to protect those<br />

he was sworn to protect. He was<br />

the SCHOOL CHIEF for God’s sake.<br />

That was his only frickin job –<br />

TO PROTECT THE KIDS AT HIS<br />

SCHOOLS. I mean if you can’t do<br />

that, why the hell did you even go<br />

to work.<br />

The two following reports by<br />

The Texas Tribune sum up exactly<br />

what transpired on that horrible<br />

day in Uvalde. The facts are in.<br />

The videos have been released.<br />

The evidence is clear. Arredondo<br />

failed every family in Uvalde, and<br />

he needs to be held accountable.<br />

Simple as that!<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

FACTS COME OUT<br />

DPS chief says officers in Uvalde could have taken down<br />

gunman within 3 minutes had commander not hesitated.<br />

The following report from the<br />

Texas Tribune, recounts what<br />

actually happened in Uvalde when<br />

19 kids and 2 teachers were killed.<br />

Unlike most of the mainstream<br />

media, The Tribune’s contains actual<br />

facts not speculation.<br />

By Terri langford<br />

UVALDE, TX. —The officers in<br />

the hallway of Robb Elementary<br />

wanted to get inside classrooms<br />

111 and 112 — immediately. One<br />

officer’s daughter was inside.<br />

Another officer had gotten a call<br />

from his wife, a teacher, who told<br />

him she was bleeding to death.<br />

Two closed doors and a wall<br />

stood between them and an<br />

18-year-old with an AR-15 who<br />

had opened fire on children and<br />

teachers inside the connected<br />

classrooms. A Halligan bar — an<br />

ax-like forcible-entry tool used<br />

by firefighters to get through<br />

locked doors — was available.<br />

Ballistic shields were arriving<br />

on the scene. So was plenty of<br />

firepower, including at least two<br />

rifles. Some officers were itching<br />

to move.<br />

One such officer, a special<br />

agent at the Texas Department of<br />

Public Safety, had arrived around<br />

20 minutes after the shooting<br />

started. He immediately asked:<br />

Are there still kids in the classrooms?<br />

“If there is, then they just need<br />

to go in,” the agent said.<br />

Another officer answered, “It is<br />

unknown at this time.”<br />

The agent shot back, “Y’all don’t<br />

know if there’s kids in there?” He<br />

added, “If there’s kids in there we<br />

need to go in there.”<br />

“Whoever is in charge will determine<br />

that,” came the reply.<br />

The inaction appeared too<br />

much for the special agent. He<br />

noted that there were still children<br />

in other classrooms within<br />

the school who needed to be<br />

evacuated.<br />

“Well, there’s kids over here,”<br />

he said. “So, I’m getting kids out.”<br />

The exchange happened early<br />

in the excruciating 77 minutes on<br />

May 24 that started when Salvador<br />

Ramos, who had just shot his<br />

grandmother in the face, walked<br />

through an unlocked door of<br />

Robb Elementary, encountering<br />

no interference as he wielded an<br />

AR-15 he had bought eight days<br />

earlier. At the end of those 77<br />

minutes, 19 students, including<br />

the daughter of one of the officers<br />

stationed in the hallway, and<br />

two teachers were dead or dying.<br />

Others sustained serious physical<br />

injuries; the emotional and<br />

psychological ones will last for<br />

life. It was the deadliest school<br />

shooting in Texas history.<br />

But during most of those 77<br />

minutes, despite the urgent<br />

pleas from officers and parents<br />

amassed outside, officers stayed<br />

put outside rooms 111 and 112,<br />

stationed on either end of a wide<br />

hallway with sky blue and green<br />

walls and bulletin boards displaying<br />

children’s artwork. Ramos<br />

fired at least four sets of rounds<br />

— including the initial spray of<br />

fire that likely killed many of his<br />

victims instantaneously.<br />

After the special agent’s comment,<br />

nearly another hour passed<br />

before a tactical team from the<br />

Border Patrol breached the classroom<br />

doors and killed the gunman.<br />

In the weeks since the tragedy<br />

in Uvalde, questions have swirled<br />

around the actions of police and<br />

whether some lives could have<br />

been saved if officers confronted<br />

the barricaded gunman sooner.<br />

Authorities have shared conflict-<br />

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ing information about who was<br />

in charge, who confronted the<br />

shooter and when. A debate over<br />

whether the locked classroom<br />

doors could be breached gave<br />

way to the discovery that they<br />

may never have been locked at<br />

all.<br />

Revelations have trickled out<br />

in the press: The New York Times<br />

has described officers’ doubts<br />

about the decision to wait; breakdowns<br />

in communications and<br />

tactics; and the fact that officers<br />

held off from the confrontation<br />

even though they knew people<br />

were injured, and possibly<br />

dying, inside. The San Antonio<br />

Express-News reported that there<br />

is no evidence that officers tried<br />

the doors on rooms 111 and 112 —<br />

contradicting a key assertion by<br />

the Uvalde schools police chief,<br />

Pete Arredondo, who told The<br />

Texas Tribune that officers tried<br />

the doors, found them locked and<br />

had to wait for a master key to<br />

unlock them. On Monday evening,<br />

the Austin American-Statesman<br />

and KVUE-TV revealed that the<br />

officers, in effect, had more than<br />

enough firepower, equipment and<br />

motivation to breach the classrooms.<br />

Meanwhile, at least three investigations<br />

— by the U.S. Department<br />

of Justice, the Texas<br />

Legislature, and the local district<br />

attorney, Christina Mitchell<br />

Busbee — are reviewing records<br />

and interviewing witnesses to<br />

evaluate the law enforcement<br />

response. Public understanding of<br />

the response to the tragedy has<br />

been marred by refusals by state<br />

and local agencies to release<br />

public records, efforts by local<br />

officials to bar journalists from<br />

public meetings, and the closeddoor<br />

nature of the hearings held<br />

by state lawmakers. The secrecy<br />

has already prompted Texas<br />

Monthly to ask, “Will We Ever<br />

Know the Truth About Uvalde?”<br />

For this article, the Tribune<br />

reviewed a timeline of events<br />

compiled by law enforcement,<br />

plus surveillance footage and<br />

transcripts of radio traffic and<br />

phone calls from the day of the<br />

shooting. The details were confirmed<br />

by a senior official at the<br />

Department of Public Safety. The<br />

investigation is still in the early<br />

stages, and the understanding<br />

of what happened could still<br />

change as video records are synched<br />

and enhanced. But current<br />

records and footage show a wellequipped<br />

group of local officers<br />

entered the school almost immediately<br />

that day and then pulled<br />

back once the shooter began<br />

firing from inside the classroom.<br />

Then they waited for more than<br />

an hour to reengage.<br />

“They had the tools,” said Terry<br />

Nichols, a former Seguin police<br />

chief and active-shooter expert.<br />

“Tactically, there’s lots of different<br />

ways you could tackle this. …<br />

But it takes someone in charge,<br />

in front, making and executing<br />

decisions, and that simply did not<br />

happen.”<br />

HERE ARE SOME KEY FIND-<br />

INGS FROM THESE RECORDS<br />

AND MATERIALS:<br />

• <strong>No</strong> security footage from<br />

inside the school showed police<br />

officers attempting to open the<br />

doors to classrooms 111 and 112,<br />

which were connected by an<br />

adjoining door. Arredondo told<br />

the Tribune that he tried to open<br />

one door and another group of<br />

officers tried to open another, but<br />

that the door was reinforced and<br />

impenetrable. Those attempts<br />

were not caught in the footage<br />

reviewed by the Tribune. Some<br />

law enforcement officials are<br />

skeptical that the doors were ever<br />

locked.<br />

• Within the first minutes of the<br />

law enforcement response, an<br />

officer said the Halligan (a firefighting<br />

tool that is also sometimes<br />

spelled hooligan) was on<br />

site. It wasn’t brought into the<br />

school until an hour after the first<br />

officers entered the building. Authorities<br />

didn’t use it and instead<br />

waited for keys.<br />

• Officers had access to four<br />

ballistic shields inside the school<br />

during the standoff with the<br />

gunman, according to a law<br />

enforcement transcript. The first<br />

arrived 58 minutes before officers<br />

stormed the classrooms. The last<br />

arrived 30 minutes before.<br />

• Multiple Department of Public<br />

Safety officers — up to eight, at<br />

one point — entered the building<br />

at various times while the shooter<br />

was holed up. Many quickly left<br />

to pursue other duties, including<br />

evacuating children, after seeing<br />

the number of officers already<br />

there. At least one of the officers<br />

expressed confusion and frustration<br />

about why the officers<br />

weren’t breaching the classroom<br />

but was told that no order to do<br />

so had been given.<br />

• At least some officers on the<br />

scene seemed to believe that<br />

Arredondo was in charge inside<br />

the school, and at times Arredondo<br />

seemed to be issuing orders<br />

such as directing officers to evacuate<br />

students from other classrooms.<br />

That contradicts Arredondo’s<br />

assertion that he did not<br />

believe he was running the law<br />

enforcement response. Arredondo’s<br />

lawyer, George E. Hyde, said<br />

the chief will not elaborate on his<br />

interview with the Tribune, given<br />

the ongoing investigation.<br />

WHAT THE CAMERA SAW<br />

Most of the video from inside<br />

the school is captured by a<br />

wide-angle camera positioned<br />

inside the school building’s northwest<br />

entrance, the same one the<br />

gunman used. The camera looks<br />

straight south from its north ceiling<br />

perch and offers a slight view<br />

of the entrances to classrooms 111<br />

and 112 to the left.<br />

The Tribune also reviewed transcripts<br />

of radio traffic and body<br />

camera footage.<br />

They show that the gunman arrived<br />

on campus at 11:28 a.m. He<br />

appears to have been planning a<br />

shooting for a while. In October,<br />

according to the law enforcement<br />

timeline, he withdrew from<br />

Uvalde High School. A month<br />

later, when he was still 17, he<br />

purchased some gun accessories<br />

online, including rifle slings and<br />

a military carrier vest. He began<br />

buying his ammunition in April<br />

and purchased his gun on his 18th<br />

birthday in May. On May 14, he<br />

posted an ominous message on<br />

Instagram: “10 more days.”<br />

At 11:33 a.m. on May 24, he<br />

walked into Robb Elementary’s<br />

northwest entrance and headed<br />

south toward the two classrooms<br />

on the left side, randomly<br />

firing shots from his rifle in the<br />

hallway. He had crashed his car<br />

and fired some shots outside, so<br />

the school was already on lockdown<br />

at that point and the hallways<br />

were nearly empty. <strong>No</strong> one<br />

was hit, but a boy could be seen<br />

peeking around the corner at the<br />

northeast end of the hallway, apparently<br />

trying to return to class<br />

from a nearby bathroom. The boy<br />

heard the gunfire and ran away.<br />

(DPS confirmed that he escaped<br />

without physical injury.)<br />

Within a minute, the shooter<br />

entered classroom 111 — he didn’t<br />

appear to encounter a locked<br />

door in the footage — and began<br />

shooting. He briefly walked<br />

out the classroom door and then<br />

went back in, shooting some<br />

more. For the next three minutes,<br />

he fired frequently inside a classroom<br />

filled with children.<br />

During that burst of gunfire, the<br />

first three officers entered the<br />

school: two from the Uvalde Police<br />

Department and one from the<br />

school district’s force. All were<br />

carrying handguns.<br />

Moments later, Arredondo and<br />

seven more officers arrived. The<br />

shooter opened fire at the first<br />

three officers closest to the two<br />

classrooms, grazing two and<br />

forcing all the officers to bolt to<br />

either end of the hallway. Those<br />

officers, including Arredondo, remained<br />

in these positions for the<br />

rest of the standoff, never firing a<br />

shot.<br />

Officers believed that the shooter<br />

was contained, and Arredondo<br />

called the Uvalde Police Department’s<br />

dispatch on his cellphone.<br />

(The school police unit was created<br />

four years ago and does not<br />

report to the city police.) Seven<br />

minutes had passed since the<br />

shooter first entered the building.<br />

“Hey, hey, it’s Arredondo. It’s<br />

Arredondo. Can you hear me?”<br />

said the 50-year-old veteran of<br />

law enforcement, who leads a<br />

department of six. “<strong>No</strong>, I have to<br />

tell you where we’re at. It’s an<br />

emergency right now. I’m inside<br />

the building.”<br />

By the time Arredondo called<br />

dispatch, at least 11 officers had<br />

entered the school and at least<br />

two are seen in the video carrying<br />

rifles. But Arredondo told the<br />

dispatcher that he didn’t have the<br />

firepower to confront the lone<br />

gunman, according to a transcript<br />

reviewed by The Texas Tribune.<br />

“OK, we have him in the room,”<br />

he said, speaking on his cellphone.<br />

“He’s got an AR-15. He’s<br />

shot a lot. He’s in the room. He<br />

hasn’t come out yet. We’re surrounded,<br />

but I don’t have a radio.”<br />

After the dispatcher confirmed<br />

the location of a SWAT team,<br />

Arredondo continued.<br />

“Yes, and they need to be outside<br />

of this building prepared,”<br />

he said. “Because we don’t have<br />

enough firepower right now. It’s<br />

all pistol and he have an AR-15.<br />

If you can get the SWAT team set<br />

up, by the funeral home, OK, we<br />

need — yes, I need some more<br />

firepower in here because we all<br />

have pistols and this guy’s got<br />

a rifle. So, I don’t have a radio. I<br />

don’t have a radio. If somebody<br />

can come in —”<br />

The dispatcher asked Arredondo<br />

to stay on the line as long as he<br />

could. Arredondo agreed but said<br />

he’d drop his phone when the<br />

gunman “comes out that door.”<br />

Then the dispatcher shared the<br />

location of the shooter over a<br />

police radio and requested that<br />

a SWAT team be amassed by a<br />

funeral home across the street.<br />

“So, so I need you to bring a<br />

radio for me, and give me my<br />

radio for me,” Arredondo said. “I<br />

need to get one rifle. Hold on. I’m<br />

trying to set him. I’m trying to set<br />

him up.”<br />

Then the call ended. Shooting<br />

started again inside the school<br />

within a minute of the start of the<br />

call. But police wouldn’t breach<br />

the classroom where the gunman<br />

was barricaded for another hour<br />

and 10 minutes.<br />

AN AGONIZING WAIT<br />

One minute after Arredondo’s<br />

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phone call, officers on the scene<br />

reported that the suspect was<br />

barricaded in a classroom. A dispatcher<br />

asked whether the door<br />

was locked, and an officer replied<br />

that they didn’t know but that<br />

they had a Halligan available. <strong>No</strong><br />

such tool was ever used. <strong>No</strong> one<br />

even brought one into the school<br />

for another 54 minutes.<br />

A standoff had begun. The<br />

gunman fired shots at least three<br />

more times — at 11:40 a.m., 11:44<br />

a.m., and 12:21 p.m. — but officers<br />

held their positions. That was true<br />

even as more police filed in, and<br />

four ballistic shields were carried<br />

into the building over the next 40<br />

minutes.<br />

The officers who entered the<br />

school at that time included DPS<br />

troopers who walked into the<br />

hallway before noon and then left<br />

after seeing how many officers<br />

were already there.<br />

The special agent from DPS<br />

who urged officers to go into<br />

the classroom stayed for six<br />

minutes before leaving to clear<br />

other rooms, rescuing a student<br />

found hiding in a bathroom. More<br />

troopers arrived just minutes or<br />

seconds before the tactical team<br />

from the Border Patrol stormed<br />

the classroom but did not participate<br />

in the breach.<br />

Another officer who entered<br />

the hallway was Ruben Ruiz of<br />

the Uvalde city police. His wife,<br />

teacher Eva Mireles, had called<br />

him on his cellphone and told<br />

him she was bleeding heavily.<br />

“She says she is shot,” he told<br />

the officers on the scene.<br />

The video from inside the hallway<br />

doesn’t capture what Ruiz<br />

did inside the school. But a DPS<br />

official told the Tribune that Ruiz<br />

was soon escorted away by other<br />

officers on the scene.<br />

By 12:01 p.m., the DPS special<br />

agent had returned to the hallway<br />

and offered his urgent assessment:<br />

The situation required<br />

officers to go into the classrooms.<br />

“It sounds like a hostage rescue<br />

situation,” the DPS officer said.<br />

“Sounds like a UC [undercover]<br />

rescue. They should probably go<br />

in.”<br />

A police officer — it’s not clear<br />

whether from the city or school<br />

district — then said, “Don’t you<br />

think we should have a supervisor<br />

approve that?”<br />

“He’s not my supervisor,” the<br />

DPS agent countered before<br />

leaving the hallway to clear other<br />

rooms of children.<br />

THE PAINFUL WAIT CONTIN-<br />

UED<br />

SWAT officers from the city<br />

police arrived on the scene at<br />

around 12:10 p.m., a little more<br />

than a half-hour after the shooter<br />

first entered the school. One<br />

minute later, Arredondo asked for<br />

a master key that would allow<br />

him to unlock classroom doors,<br />

according to the transcripts. It<br />

took about six minutes for a set<br />

of keys to arrive, and the chief<br />

began testing them on a different<br />

classroom door. Soon after,<br />

more gunshots could be heard<br />

from inside the classrooms full of<br />

students.<br />

Arredondo tried to speak with<br />

the shooter but didn’t get a<br />

response. Uvalde’s mayor, Don<br />

McLaughlin, told The Washington<br />

Post that a would-be negotiator,<br />

working from a nearby funeral<br />

home to which the mayor had<br />

rushed, also tried to reach the<br />

shooter, to no avail.<br />

At 12:<strong>38</strong> p.m., Arredondo tried<br />

to talk to the shooter. Hearing no<br />

reply, he indicated that the SWAT<br />

team could breach the classrooms<br />

if it was ready.<br />

By then, a long-awaited working<br />

key had been found. Officers<br />

inserted it into the door of room<br />

111, and a tactical unit from the<br />

Border Patrol stormed in. All<br />

that’s audible from the video is a<br />

flurry of gunshots. The team then<br />

exited the room and indicated<br />

that the gunman was dead — 77<br />

minutes after the carnage started.<br />

AN AFTERMATH OF DOUBTS<br />

AND QUESTIONS<br />

With the shooter killed, the<br />

excruciating aftermath began.<br />

The fisheye camera in the hallway<br />

captured a single first responder<br />

standing in the center of the hallway,<br />

his surgical-gloved hands<br />

motioning to others standing behind<br />

him to remain there until all<br />

the officers exited. Once he got<br />

that signal, he directed the team<br />

to move quickly inside rooms 111<br />

and 112. Gurneys and ambulance<br />

backboards suddenly popped into<br />

view.<br />

The first to reach the victims<br />

inside pulled motionless, bloodied<br />

children onto the hallway’s<br />

linoleum flooring as they tried to<br />

assess their vital signs. <strong>No</strong>ne of<br />

the children appeared to make a<br />

sound. One child whose still body<br />

was placed on the floor had to be<br />

gently pushed to make room for<br />

others streaming in and out, his<br />

blood leaving a wide swath of<br />

crimson across the hallway floor.<br />

Almost immediately, the questions<br />

about whether police did<br />

the right thing began. State officials<br />

offered contradicting information<br />

in the immediate aftermath.<br />

DPS Director Steve McCraw<br />

told reporters days later that it<br />

was the “wrong decision” not to<br />

breach the classroom sooner.<br />

Law enforcement experts<br />

say Arredondo was the rightful<br />

incident commander, though<br />

they were baffled why he abandoned<br />

his radios, declined to<br />

take charge and lacked access to<br />

classrooms. J. Pete Blair, executive<br />

director of the Advanced<br />

Law Enforcement Rapid Response<br />

Training Center at Texas State<br />

University, dismissed the idea<br />

that the state police, being a far<br />

larger police agency, should have<br />

wrested command from Arredondo<br />

when they arrived on scene.<br />

“The person who should be in<br />

charge is the person who has<br />

the best picture of what’s happening<br />

and also the skill set to<br />

manage what needs to happen,”<br />

Blair said. He added, “Command<br />

exchanges are voluntary. They’re<br />

not forced. [Someone] can’t come<br />

in and say, ‘I’m taking it away<br />

from you.’”<br />

Scrutiny has fallen most intensely<br />

on Arredondo. He defended<br />

his actions in an interview this<br />

month with the Tribune, but many<br />

of his claims are not supported<br />

by the records.<br />

He said he didn’t consider<br />

himself the incident commander<br />

that day and never issued orders<br />

to anyone during the shooting.<br />

Yet at 11:50 a.m., according to<br />

body-camera transcripts, an officer<br />

says, “The chief is in charge.”<br />

Arredondo said he intentionally<br />

left behind his radios, which he<br />

said were cumbersome and had<br />

a habit of not working well from<br />

inside the school, but he did ask<br />

for someone to bring them to him<br />

when he called police dispatch.<br />

He also requested a SWAT team,<br />

snipers and a door-breaching<br />

tool. (It’s not clear if he’d heard<br />

that a Halligan was available.) By<br />

noon, officers had rifles, a Halligan<br />

and at least one ballistic<br />

shield — yet made no attempt<br />

to enter the classrooms for 50<br />

minutes.<br />

In a statement on Thursday,<br />

Arredondo’s lawyer, Hyde, told<br />

the Tribune: “The chief has requested<br />

that no further comment<br />

be made until all the information<br />

is collected and evaluated to<br />

minimize misinformation, which<br />

serves no one. I must honor that<br />

request. Further, the D.A. must<br />

present the police shooting in this<br />

matter to a grand jury, so there is<br />

also a criminal investigation underway,<br />

which he must respect.”<br />

The district attorney did not respond<br />

to a request for comment.<br />

“At this point it’s clear that a<br />

multitude of errors in judgment<br />

combined to turn a bad situation<br />

into a catastrophe,” said Katherine<br />

Schweit, a former FBI agent<br />

who co-authored the agency’s<br />

foremost research on mass<br />

shootings. “The law enforcement<br />

rarely thinks their response is<br />

textbook, [but] I can’t think of another<br />

incident in the United States<br />

where it appears so many missed<br />

opportunities occurred to get it<br />

right.”<br />

But law enforcement officers<br />

have particularly homed in on<br />

Arredondo’s search for keys. It<br />

may never be known whether<br />

that insistence on obtaining a key<br />

was necessary as lives hung in<br />

the balance.<br />

The classroom doors are supposed<br />

to lock automatically, but<br />

from the start, the shooter could<br />

be seen walking unobstructed<br />

into the room and then darting<br />

easily in and out at least three<br />

times. The footage caused some<br />

authorities who watched it to<br />

question whether the doors were<br />

ever locked.<br />

Through his lawyer, Arredondo<br />

told the Tribune in a June 9 email<br />

that the doors were checked: “My<br />

memory is that the team on the<br />

north side of the hallway tried<br />

room on their side, which would<br />

be room 112 and I tried to open<br />

room 111 within minutes of arriving<br />

on the scene. We both took<br />

the sprayed gunfire through the<br />

walls.” But authorities have seen<br />

no video so far that confirms that.<br />

EDITOR: As we went to press, the<br />

The Uvalde school district placed<br />

Arredondo, 51, on administrative<br />

leave on June 22, the day after Department<br />

of Public Safety Director<br />

Steve McCraw told a state Senate<br />

committee that police officers<br />

under the command of Arredondo<br />

could have ended the shooting<br />

within minutes of arriving, but the<br />

chief made “the wrong decision”<br />

not to do so.<br />

Arredondo also resigned from<br />

the Uvalde City Council. The<br />

Uvalde Leader-News first reported<br />

Arredondo’s decision to resign<br />

the city on Saturday July 1st, and<br />

released an unsigned statement<br />

that said officials learned of<br />

Arredondo’s intentions through the<br />

Leader-News article but had not<br />

received formal notice from him<br />

even though resigning was “the<br />

right thing to do.” An hour later,<br />

the city said it received Arredondo’s<br />

resignation letter and publicly<br />

released it.<br />

“After much consideration, it is<br />

in the best interest of the community<br />

to step down as a member<br />

of the City Council for District 3<br />

to minimize further distractions,”<br />

Arredondo wrote in the letter. “The<br />

Mayor, the City Council, and the<br />

City Staff must continue to move<br />

forward to unite our community,<br />

once again. God bless Uvalde.”<br />

Our suggestion, move the hell<br />

out of Uvalde and give the community<br />

time to heal.<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

EL MONTE, CA<br />

IN MOURNING<br />

Two El Monte Police Officers killed in<br />

shootout near California motel.<br />

EL MONTE, CA – Two El Monte<br />

police officers were shot and<br />

killed Tuesday, June 14th while<br />

on a domestic disturbance call<br />

to a motel and now the community<br />

and law enforcement across<br />

California are in mourning.<br />

The officers were identified as<br />

Cpl. Michael Paredes and Officer<br />

Joseph Santana.<br />

The officers responded to a<br />

possible stabbing at the Siesta<br />

Inn near Garvey and Central avenues<br />

just before 5 p.m. Tuesday<br />

and were immediately confronted<br />

with a man who began firing<br />

at them inside a motel room,<br />

according to Deputy David Yoo, a<br />

spokesperson for the Los Angeles<br />

County Sheriff’s Department.<br />

The Sheriff’s Department was<br />

assisting El Monte Police with<br />

the investigation.<br />

The suspect identified as Justin<br />

Flores, fled the room to the<br />

parking lot, where more gunfire<br />

was exchanged. The suspect was<br />

hit by gunfire and died at the<br />

scene, detectives said. A handgun<br />

thought to be the suspect’s<br />

was recovered.<br />

Authorities confirmed the male<br />

suspect was pronounced dead at<br />

the scene. A body covered by a<br />

sheet could be seen in the parking<br />

lot.<br />

The two officers were rushed<br />

to LA County-USC Medical Center,<br />

where they died from their<br />

injuries.<br />

Officials said the two officers<br />

had been ambushed. The Sheriff’s<br />

Department later confirmed<br />

that the call to the motel was for<br />

“a welfare check of a possible<br />

female stabbed at the location.”<br />

El Monte Mayor Jessica Ancona<br />

held a press conference Tuesday<br />

night to discuss the shooting.<br />

Ancona said:<br />

“They were acting as a first line<br />

of defense for our community<br />

members when they were essentially<br />

ambushed while trying<br />

to keep a family safe.”<br />

Officials said a woman involved<br />

in the call about a possible<br />

stabbing was the suspect’s<br />

girlfriend and is being interviewed<br />

by detectives. She was<br />

not injured in the incident.<br />

A joint statement was released<br />

Tuesday night by the city of El<br />

Monte, the El Monte Police Department<br />

and the El Monte Police<br />

Officers Association. It said:<br />

“There are no words to describe<br />

our grief and devastation<br />

by this senseless act as we<br />

learned about the passing of two<br />

of our police officers. It weighs<br />

heavy on our hearts and we are<br />

sending our support to their<br />

families. We would also like to<br />

thank the El Monte community<br />

and our surrounding government<br />

agencies for the outpouring support<br />

we have received in the last<br />

few hours.”<br />

El Monte interim Police Chief<br />

Ben Lowry called the officers<br />

heroes. He spoke outside the<br />

hospital:<br />

“These two men were loved.<br />

They were good men. They paid<br />

the ultimate sacrifice, serving<br />

their community trying to help<br />

somebody.”<br />

He said somberly:<br />

“Today, they were murdered<br />

Corporal Michael Domingo Paredes<br />

by a coward and we are grieving<br />

and that hurts.”<br />

A procession of police vehicles<br />

with lights on began shortly<br />

after 11 p.m. as officers with the<br />

El Monte Police Department escorted<br />

the officers’ bodies from<br />

the hospital to the L.A. County<br />

Coroner’s office.<br />

Former longtime El Monte Mayor<br />

Andre Quintero, who served<br />

from 2009 to 2020, offered his<br />

condolences. He stated:<br />

“I’m completely devastated to<br />

learn about the shooting of two<br />

of El Monte’s Police officers. Details<br />

are still being investigated<br />

and reported.<br />

The mother of Officer Santana<br />

says had District Attorney<br />

George Gascón done his job, her<br />

son would be alive.<br />

Gascón, who has come under<br />

fire over the disposition of<br />

a 2021 criminal case against a<br />

man who fatally shot two El<br />

Monte police officers last week,<br />

defended his office’s handling of<br />

the matter Tuesday, saying the<br />

suspect had no history of violence<br />

before the shooting and<br />

insisted a plea agreement that<br />

allowed the man to avoid jail<br />

time was “appropriate under the<br />

circumstances.’’<br />

“He was basically someone<br />

who had been drug addicted for<br />

many years,” said Gascón during<br />

a news conference.<br />

As the investigation continues,<br />

critics of Gascón have loudly<br />

lashed out at the district attorney,<br />

noting that Flores -- a felon<br />

with a history of arrests -- was<br />

given a plea deal last year that<br />

allowed him to avoid prison<br />

time for being in possession of a<br />

firearm.<br />

As a result of the plea, charges<br />

of methamphetamine possession<br />

and being a felon in possession<br />

of ammunition were dropped,<br />

Officer Joseph Anthony Santana<br />

and Flores was placed on two<br />

years’ probation, and 20 days in<br />

jail.<br />

“The outcome in this particular<br />

case, given what we knew then,<br />

no history of violence, very little<br />

contact with the criminal justice<br />

system for nearly 10 years, was<br />

appropriate,” said Gascón.<br />

Last week, Santana’s mother<br />

lashed out at Gascón, saying his<br />

“insane ideas’’ allowed the gunman<br />

to remain out of jail and<br />

free to murder her son.<br />

“I blame the death of my son<br />

and his partner on Gascón,’’ said<br />

Olga Garcia. “Gascón will never<br />

know how I feel. Gascón will<br />

never know how he destroyed<br />

our families. He won’t know how<br />

[Santana’s] children feel. Crime<br />

is so high in California because<br />

criminals don’t stay in jail long<br />

enough. We need to make criminals<br />

responsible for their actions.<br />

We need law and order.”<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

MASS EXODUS @ NYPD<br />

Exodus of Biblical proportions? NYPD has seen more than<br />

1,500 cops retire or quit in the first 5 months of <strong>2022.</strong><br />

NEW YORK, NY – Nearly 1,600<br />

cops have retired or resigned<br />

from the NYPD in the first 5<br />

months of <strong>2022.</strong> That represents<br />

an increase of <strong>38</strong>% over 2021 and<br />

46% more the 2020 numbers.<br />

Let’s pause for a minute to<br />

grasp what that means.<br />

1,596 officers are no longer in<br />

their roles with the NYPD, so far<br />

in <strong>2022.</strong> Based on the monthly<br />

average of 319.2, the NYPD is<br />

poised to lose just over 11% of<br />

their department’s force this<br />

year, or 3,830 officers.<br />

That number is staggering<br />

when you consider that would<br />

outdistance the previous two<br />

years combined by more than<br />

1,500.<br />

In 2019, there were 36,900 officers<br />

employed by the NYPD.<br />

Today, there are 34,687.<br />

So, what is driving this mass<br />

exodus?<br />

The New York Post discussed<br />

the opinion of one officer who<br />

left the NYPD to work at a different<br />

Long Island department.<br />

“Anti-cop hostility, bail reform,<br />

and rising crime have fed into<br />

frustration among the NYPD rank<br />

and file,” the officer said of his<br />

decision to leave after 6 1/2 years<br />

with NYPD.<br />

The Post spoke with a cop<br />

whose beat is in Queens who<br />

was identified only as Joe.<br />

“The city is out of control,<br />

especially since bail reform,” he<br />

said of his patrol job, which he<br />

claims has continued to worsen<br />

over time.<br />

The mindset of Joe and others<br />

is now “get out while you still<br />

can.”<br />

“The last few years so many<br />

people had been leaving and<br />

manpower was so low that you’d<br />

go to work, and you’d answer 25<br />

to 30 jobs a day and you’re burnt<br />

out by the end of the day,” he<br />

said, adding, “there was no time<br />

for law enforcement,” as it was<br />

“radio run, radio run, radio run<br />

all day long.”<br />

Joe pointed to criminal and<br />

bail reform as a major issue.<br />

When he does make an arrest,<br />

they are typically back on the<br />

street and coming back to collect<br />

their property from the precinct<br />

the same day.<br />

“Residents would ask, ‘Why<br />

does this keep happening?’ and<br />

I would have to explain to them,<br />

‘This guy is going to be locked up<br />

tonight, but tomorrow night he’s<br />

going to come down your block<br />

again, he’s going to be on the<br />

same corner, you’re going to see<br />

him in the same stores. I wish<br />

there was more we could do. But<br />

we can’t,’” Joe said.<br />

Joe said he is aware that he<br />

will get a fraction of the pension<br />

at his new department than he<br />

would have received with NYPD,<br />

but it was worth making the<br />

move.<br />

“Cops who made the move<br />

before me said, ‘It’s a decision<br />

you have to make. You can’t turn<br />

this job down. The quality of life<br />

is better, they treat you more like<br />

a human being than a number,’”<br />

Joe said. “My friends were all<br />

going to the Port Authority, Nassau,<br />

Suffolk, MTA.”<br />

Joe also told the post that he<br />

checks in daily with friends at his<br />

old Queens precinct.<br />

“When I ask, ‘How are things?’<br />

the response is, ‘Horrible. Worse<br />

than when you left,’ and it’s only<br />

been six months,” he added.<br />

Joe isn’t alone in voicing his<br />

frustration.<br />

Police Benevolent Association<br />

Patrolman Union President, Patrick<br />

Lynch, chimed in.<br />

“The NYPD is sliding deeper<br />

into a staffing crisis that will<br />

ultimately hurt public safety. Low<br />

pay, inferior benefits and constant<br />

abuse from the City Council<br />

and other anti-cop demagogues<br />

has pushed attrition to record<br />

highs.<br />

We need more cops working<br />

more hours to turn the tide of violence,<br />

but there is only so much<br />

overtime they can squeeze out of<br />

the cops who remain.”<br />

The department was hoping<br />

to bring on 1,009 from the class<br />

that was sworn in back in December<br />

of 2021. They fell short<br />

of that goal, hiring only 675.<br />

So, how do they get the attrition<br />

to stop?<br />

“It will take 20 years to fix this<br />

mess,” the former NYPD sergeant<br />

said. “The city is bleeding blue<br />

and only the cop haters will be<br />

celebrating. There’s no way to<br />

stop it. Activists, abolitionists,<br />

and their pandering politicians<br />

have done so much damage to<br />

the profession, that it will take a<br />

generation to fix, if at all.”<br />

Where does the new Mayor of<br />

New York stand on the situation,<br />

given his career as an officer and<br />

Captain with the NYPD?<br />

It doesn’t seem to bother him.<br />

“Mr. Mayor, are you concerned<br />

there are reports that over 500<br />

cops are resigning and over a<br />

thousand are retiring? Does that<br />

concern you?”<br />

His response was only four<br />

words long.<br />

“<strong>No</strong>, it does not,” was his answer.<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

LIVE PD COMING BACK<br />

LIVE PD is returning with a<br />

new name and home:<br />

On Patrol:Live will air on cable<br />

channel Reels this summer.<br />

Dan Abrams has announced that<br />

after nearly two years off the air,<br />

Live PD is making a rebranded<br />

comeback with a new channel.<br />

On Patrol: Live will air on cable<br />

channel Reels starting this summer.<br />

“First, I want to say thank you to<br />

the ‘Live PD’ nation, Abrams said. I<br />

know this wait was long, but we<br />

needed the right platform to make<br />

this show what it should be. As<br />

many of you know, I have been<br />

advocating for this show to return<br />

since the day it went off of the air.”<br />

According to Abrams, the show<br />

was cancelled during the riots that<br />

began after the death of George<br />

Floyd. It was on for four years with<br />

219 episodes.<br />

“Two years ago, when I was upset<br />

by the decision to pull the show,<br />

sometimes I said things that were<br />

viewed as controversial. I was told<br />

to stop, by friends, other people,<br />

that I was endangering my career<br />

by speaking out.<br />

Police are the bad guys to so<br />

many in the media. This wasn’t the<br />

time to make those kinds of comments.<br />

So, wanting to see how police<br />

work is done from the officer’s<br />

perspective, was viewed as wrong<br />

or shameful.<br />

Well, now it seems that many<br />

have come around and realized,<br />

‘Wow, we actually need our police.’<br />

My position has never changed.<br />

We needed our police officers then.<br />

We need them now. And we need<br />

our show.”<br />

The show was canceled by A&E<br />

after reports surfaced that a Live<br />

PD crew was filming with a department<br />

and captured the death of a<br />

black man in police custody.<br />

<strong>No</strong>w, apart from A&E, the show is<br />

making its long-awaited comeback.<br />

The wait has been long, but<br />

Abrams knew the show would need<br />

the right platform to be successful.<br />

The fans “never gave up the faith.”<br />

And neither did he.<br />

While the show will feature some<br />

changes and some new departments<br />

and agencies, there are a<br />

few things that remain the same.<br />

Abrams will continue to host the<br />

show, along with his original cohost,<br />

Sean “Sticks” Larkin, retired<br />

officer from the Tulsa Police Department.<br />

In December of 2021, Abrams<br />

invited the Live PD team back for<br />

a reunion show. In the nearly 45<br />

minutes they were on the air, he got<br />

very personal about what the show<br />

meant to him. They even highlighted<br />

some of the show’s accomplishments,<br />

which included:<br />

Tips from viewers led to law<br />

enforcement recovering 13 missing<br />

children<br />

Tips from viewers led to law<br />

enforcement capturing 34 wanted<br />

fugitives.<br />

“Let me get personal for a moment,”<br />

Abrams began his closing<br />

statement from that show. “Before<br />

Live PD, I’d been on the air in high<br />

profile roles as a national news anchor<br />

and correspondent for over 20<br />

years. But nothing in my professional<br />

career has compared to being a<br />

part of Live PD.<br />

We became a family, those of us<br />

on the set; the producers, the crews,<br />

both in studio and those who were<br />

out with the officers and of course,<br />

most importantly, all of you [viewers].<br />

Together, you, we, had something<br />

truly special that I had never had in<br />

my professional life. I want it back.<br />

So, rest assured that I will continue<br />

to fight the fight as best I can.”<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

Las Vegas Honors Metro Detective Justin Terry<br />

By Casey Harrison<br />

LAS VEGAS, NV. — In law enforcement<br />

circles, Metro Police<br />

Detective Justin Terry was known<br />

as a consummate professional, an<br />

expert in the field of sex crimes.<br />

In his personal life, Terry was<br />

known as a kind, compassionate<br />

and humble man who would drop<br />

what he was doing at a moment's<br />

notice to help somebody out. That<br />

included offering a shoulder to<br />

cry on and — on mostly any occasion,<br />

good or bad — giving a hug<br />

you'd likely never forget, his family<br />

members said.<br />

"Justin's hugs were magic," Terry's<br />

sister, Lisa, said this morning<br />

at his funeral.<br />

Terry was killed June 10 after a<br />

truck hit a bridge warning beam<br />

on U.S. 95 near Centennial Parkway,<br />

causing the beam to fall on<br />

his unmarked patrol vehicle.<br />

Hundreds of police officers, firefighters,<br />

medics and other mourners<br />

attended the 10 a.m. service at<br />

Central Christian Church in Henderson.<br />

Terry, 45, is survived by his wife,<br />

Stacey, and sons Sean and Jacob;<br />

his parents, Harold and Joyce; sister,<br />

Lisa, and brother, Joshua; and<br />

several nieces and nephews.<br />

"Detective Justin Terry was one<br />

of the best," Clark County Sheriff<br />

Joe Lombardo said. "He made<br />

this department, and he made our<br />

community better."<br />

"This profession is like no other,<br />

and it can take a toll when officers<br />

see and hear things no one<br />

should have to experience,"<br />

Lombardo said.<br />

"But Justin never let it<br />

change him. From the<br />

moment he entered this<br />

force 21 years ago until<br />

the day he said goodbye,<br />

he was the same man."<br />

A police motorcade<br />

escorted Terry's flagdraped<br />

casket carried<br />

atop a Metro pickup<br />

truck from Palm Downtown<br />

Mortuary in Las<br />

Vegas to the church.<br />

The procession snaked<br />

through downtown Las<br />

Vegas and down the Las<br />

Vegas Strip. Along the<br />

way, Henderson firefighters<br />

and police officers<br />

stood atop parked emergency<br />

vehicles and saluted.<br />

A Metro honor guard escorted<br />

Terry's casket inside the church<br />

while three police helicopters<br />

flew overhead.<br />

Officer Nick Madsen, who went<br />

through Metro's police academy<br />

with Terry and worked with him<br />

over the years, said Terry stood<br />

out from the moment they met.<br />

After graduating from the academy<br />

in 2001, the two were assigned<br />

to the graveyard shift and<br />

learned the ropes together, Madsen<br />

said.<br />

Some of the rookies were "very<br />

impressed by our own greatness,"<br />

Madsen said, but Terry "never got<br />

too high and he never got too<br />

low."<br />

"He was humble, which would<br />

not surprise anyone here, and he<br />

just did his job and did it very,<br />

very well," Madsen said.<br />

Terry's son Sean said he saw<br />

a news story about his father's<br />

death, in which someone said Terry<br />

was the nicest officer who ever<br />

arrested him.<br />

"As crazy as that sounds, you<br />

and I all know that it's probably<br />

true," he said, eliciting chuckles<br />

from the crowd of mourners.<br />

The one thing his dad hated,<br />

Sean Terry said, was being the<br />

center of attention, which means<br />

he probably wouldn't be too comfortable<br />

with today's service.<br />

"In my opinion, he deserves all<br />

the attention in the world," his<br />

son Jacob Terry said. "He was the<br />

most selfless, humble and caring<br />

human being."<br />

ad<br />

Florida Trooper Injured in Heroic<br />

Collision Returns to Full Duty<br />

FLORIDA —In March, Florida<br />

Highway Patrol Trooper Toni<br />

Schuck intercepted and crashed<br />

into an accused drunk driver’s<br />

vehicle to prevent it from barreling<br />

into thousands of runners in<br />

a 10K race.<br />

A Florida Highway Patrol<br />

trooper who bravely collided<br />

with an accused drunken driver’s<br />

vehicle to keep it from running<br />

into runners in a 10K race returned<br />

to full duty this week.<br />

Trooper Toni Schuck has been<br />

recovering from injuries she sustained<br />

in the March 6 incident,<br />

WTSP-TV reports. That’s when<br />

a 52-year-old Sarasota woman<br />

barreled through a Manatee<br />

County toll plaza on the Sunshine<br />

Skyway Bridge and headed<br />

toward thousands of participants<br />

in the Skyway 10K along the<br />

bridge.<br />

Schuck used her cruiser to<br />

intercept and crash into the<br />

woman’s vehicle to prevent her<br />

from reaching the runners. The<br />

unit’s dashboard camera caught<br />

the harrowing maneuver, and<br />

Schuck’s actions were widely<br />

praised.<br />

Schuck—along with the suspected<br />

drunk driver—was seriously<br />

injured in the incident, and<br />

she went through a lengthy recovery.<br />

She returned to full duty<br />

on Tuesday, JUne 14,<strong>2022.</strong><br />

While she was recovering,<br />

Schuck, a 26-year Florida Highway<br />

Patrol veteran, was recognized<br />

for her heroic actions. She<br />

was given the keys to St. Petersburg<br />

and Bradenton and got to<br />

throw out the first pitch at the<br />

Tamp Rays’ home opener. Manatee<br />

County also declared March<br />

22 Trooper Toni Schuck Day.<br />

The 52-year-old woman, who<br />

had a blood-alcohol level three<br />

times over the legal limit, has<br />

been charged with two counts of<br />

DUI with damage to property or<br />

person, two counts of reckless<br />

driving with damage to property<br />

or a person and DUI causing<br />

serious bodily injury.<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

Man, swings excavator’s shovel bucket at<br />

Vermont Troopers to stop son’s arrest.<br />

“They don’t have a<br />

scenario at the academy<br />

where we practice<br />

this one,” said<br />

Capt. Matt Daley<br />

By Suzie Ziegler<br />

BURLINGTON, VT. — Three<br />

members of a Vermont family<br />

are facing charges after a man<br />

attacked state troopers with a<br />

construction vehicle, bodycam<br />

video shows.<br />

The bizarre and terrifying incident<br />

happened last week when<br />

Troopers Skylar Velasquez and<br />

Gabe Schrauf arrived to arrest<br />

a burglary and assault suspect,<br />

24-year-old Brandon Tallman,<br />

reported WCAX. The situation<br />

escalated when Tallman’s parents<br />

tried to prevent the arrest.<br />

Tallman’s father, Wayne,<br />

jumped into the cab of an excavator<br />

parked on his property.<br />

Dashcam video shows the elder<br />

Tallman operating the excavator’s<br />

shovel bucket and swinging<br />

its long arm toward the troopers.<br />

The video shows Velasquez<br />

scuffling on the ground with the<br />

suspect when the bucket swings<br />

toward her head. Tallman’s<br />

mother is also on the ground,<br />

holding onto her son as Velasquez<br />

tries to arrest him, according<br />

to WCAX.<br />

Schrauf points his gun at<br />

Wayne Tallman, and presumably<br />

orders the man to get out of the<br />

cab. The video has no audio.<br />

Police did not immediately say<br />

how the situation resolved, but<br />

all three are now in custody,<br />

the report said. Wayne Tallman<br />

faces several charges including<br />

reckless endangerment and<br />

assault on a protected official;<br />

Amy Tallman faces charges for<br />

impeding an officer.<br />

Capt. Matt Daley praised the<br />

troopers for their conduct during<br />

the incident.<br />

“They don’t have a scenario at<br />

the academy where we practice<br />

this one,” Daley told WCAX. “It<br />

was a dangerous situation that<br />

Velasquez and Schrauf were put<br />

in, and in the end, [they] came<br />

out on top. They both went home<br />

that night. That’s the goal of why<br />

we went there.”<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

Perry County, AR pays tribute<br />

to Fallen Deputy Story<br />

Yavapai County, AZ SGT.<br />

fatally shot in Cordes Lakes<br />

PERRY COUNTY, AR. —An officer<br />

who died in the line of duty<br />

received a hero’s send-off Monday<br />

night. Perry County detention<br />

officer, Jeremiah Story, was<br />

shot at the jail Wednesday night<br />

during the booking process of an<br />

inmate’s arrest, according to a<br />

report from Kark news.<br />

That same building is where<br />

those who knew the 21-year-old<br />

best honored his memory. By<br />

candlelight, friends, family, and<br />

coworkers chose to dwell on the<br />

young man’s life over his death.<br />

Story had been working as a<br />

detention officer in Perry County<br />

for almost a year. He was also<br />

in the Arkansas Army National<br />

Guard and had hoped to one day<br />

become a state trooper.<br />

Service was important to the<br />

young man as was a making<br />

those around him their best,<br />

including the inmates who also<br />

attended the vigil tonight on the<br />

other side of the jail fence.<br />

James Stewart, the Chaplin of<br />

Perry County’s detention center<br />

before the shooting remarked on<br />

Story’s genuine playfulness, his<br />

work effort, and how he always<br />

made people smile, including<br />

those inmates.<br />

“He has been loved by a lot of<br />

different people, not just outside<br />

but inside. If you see the<br />

guys (inmates) right here on my<br />

left, you will see that they cared<br />

about him just as much as the<br />

rest of us, he was kind of the<br />

example setter that I would use<br />

when I talked to my brothers<br />

in there. That’s exactly the type<br />

of person I used as an example<br />

setter because he was that 1 out<br />

of 10.”<br />

State Police are investigating<br />

Story’s death. They say Roderick<br />

Deputy Jeremiah Story<br />

Deshawn Lewis shot Story with<br />

a gun he brought into the jail as<br />

he was being booked. Story died<br />

from his injuries at a nearby hospital,<br />

and Lewis has since been<br />

charged with capital murder.<br />

“Lives are changing because<br />

of Jeremiah. Lives will change<br />

because of Jeremiah because he<br />

was loved,” Stewart insisted.<br />

YAVAPAI COUNTY, AZ. —The<br />

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office<br />

lost a 14-year veteran of the<br />

department when Sgt. Richard<br />

Lopez was shot and killed on<br />

on Tuesday June 28th in Cordes<br />

Lakes Arizona. The 51-year-old<br />

Sergeant was known as “R-Lo.<br />

Lopez was trying to detain<br />

a person suspected of theft<br />

when he was shot, Sheriff David<br />

Rhodes said in a news conference<br />

late Tuesday. It is unclear<br />

exactly what led to the shooting.<br />

“We don’t have a lot of facts<br />

about what happened at that<br />

time,” Rhodes said.<br />

Members of the community<br />

called 911 and said an officer<br />

was in distress. When deputies<br />

responded, they found Lopez unresponsive<br />

and he was taken to a<br />

hospital in Phoenix, Rhodes said.<br />

Kristen Green, spokesperson<br />

for the Sheriff’s Office, said the<br />

deputy died surrounded by loved<br />

ones.<br />

The suspect, identified on<br />

Wednesday as Robert McDowell,<br />

61, of Mayer, barricaded himself<br />

in a home in the area for several<br />

hours. Rhodes said the Sheriff’s<br />

Office detained him with<br />

the help of the Arizona Department<br />

of Public Safety. McDowell<br />

is facing first-degree murder<br />

charges.<br />

DPS is handling the investigation.<br />

More information is expected<br />

in the coming days, according<br />

to Rhodes.<br />

‘Our agency is hurting,’ sheriff<br />

says<br />

Lopez, a Prescott Valley resident,<br />

left a career in management<br />

to work in public safety. He<br />

had been at the Sheriff’s Office<br />

for 14 years, Rhodes said. He<br />

served as a detective and negotiator<br />

on the SWAT team.<br />

“One of the most impressive<br />

things though is he was a regular<br />

volunteer with shop with a<br />

cop, which is one of our biggest<br />

fundraisers for at-risk youth and<br />

he never missed that,” Rhodes<br />

said.<br />

Lopez leaves behind a wife and<br />

two daughters who Rhodes said<br />

were “absolutely devastated.” He<br />

also said their agency has been<br />

very affected by Lopez’s loss.<br />

“I can’t think of anything low<br />

enough to speak of this shooter,<br />

of this person who decided to<br />

take this life,” Rhodes said. “We<br />

are hurt, our agency is hurting.<br />

Absolutely unnecessary.”<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

Off-duty Poteet TX officer<br />

killed by drunk driver.<br />

Jeffrey Richardson died after he was hit by an drunk driver in Austin while<br />

working an extra-job.<br />

By Mary Claire Patton<br />

AUSTIN, TX — An off-duty<br />

Poteet police officer was killed<br />

Wednesday June 29th after he<br />

was hit by an alleged drunk<br />

driver in Austin, according to<br />

Austin PD.<br />

APD responded to a call just<br />

after 2 a.m. in the 11700 block of<br />

N Mopac Expressway after someone<br />

reported that a vehicle had<br />

struck a pedestrian. The area is<br />

currently a construction zone<br />

and the accident occurred on the<br />

service road.<br />

Officer Jeffrey Richardson, 35,<br />

was working a contract extra-job<br />

directing traffic when he<br />

was hit. He was taken to St. David’s<br />

Round Rock Medical Center<br />

where he later died, according<br />

to the PIO officer from the Austin<br />

Police Department.<br />

Investigators identified the<br />

driver as Lindsay Smith, 26. Police<br />

say she stayed at the scene<br />

after the accident.<br />

According to APD officials,<br />

Smith was given a sobriety test<br />

at the scene and a warrant was<br />

issued for a blood draw. The results<br />

of that blood draw weren’t<br />

provided by police but APD officials<br />

said she was booked into<br />

Travis County Jail on intoxication<br />

assault charges. Her bond has<br />

been set at $250,000.<br />

The Poteet police chief issued<br />

the following statement:<br />

“The Poteet Police Department<br />

mourns the tragic loss of Poteet<br />

Police Res. Officer Jeffrey Richardson,<br />

35, who was tragically<br />

killed this morning while working<br />

off-duty in Austin, Texas.<br />

“Our thoughts and prayers go<br />

out to the Richardson family. We<br />

offer our sincerest condolence<br />

for this monumental loss.<br />

“When tragedy strikes, faith<br />

is what makes things bearable.<br />

The Poteet Police Department<br />

will continue to be here to lean<br />

on during this significant time of<br />

need. That’s what the thin blue<br />

line signifies.<br />

“I want to especially thank<br />

Round Rock Police Chief Banks<br />

and Austin Police Chief Chacon<br />

and their departments for their<br />

unbelievable show of love, concern<br />

and support. I thank the<br />

St. David’s Round Rock Hospital<br />

medical staff who attended to<br />

Richardson and for the respect<br />

Officer Jeffrey Richardson<br />

they showed him as they lined<br />

the halls and street outside the<br />

hospital as the procession drove<br />

by with his body. I would also<br />

like to thank Sheriff David Soward<br />

and all Atascosa County<br />

law enforcement agencies for<br />

their pledges of support, as well<br />

as TMPA and the 100 club.<br />

Myself, LT Rodriguez, Officers’<br />

DeLuna, Aragon and Gonzalez,<br />

along with other law enforcement<br />

agencies escorted Officer<br />

Richardson’s body to the Medical<br />

Examiner’s office in Georgetown,<br />

TX. I was in awe that nearly every<br />

driver on the highway ramp<br />

stood outside their cars as the<br />

procession drove by.”<br />

TWO DEPUTIES SHOT IN ALABAMA<br />

Bibb County Alabama Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Johnson has died<br />

while Deputy Chris Poole was released from an area hospital.<br />

BIBB COUNTY, AL — One of two<br />

Alabama sheriff’s deputies shot<br />

Wednesday June 30th has died,<br />

while another was treated and<br />

released from an area hospital.<br />

The suspect involved in the<br />

shooting was arrested earlier in<br />

the day after a intense manhunt.<br />

Bibb County Sheriff’s Deputy<br />

Brad Johnson, who was an<br />

organ donor, was pronounced<br />

dead at 3:18 p.m., Sheriff Jody<br />

Wade said. He was an organ<br />

donor.<br />

Gov. Kay Ivey called Johnson<br />

a hero, and she said the 7-year<br />

veteran of the sheriff’s office<br />

was engaged to be married.<br />

“Our entire state is praying for<br />

his family, his fiancé and fellow<br />

law enforcement officers,” Ivey<br />

said in a statement.<br />

The second deputy who was<br />

shot, Chris Poole, was released<br />

from the hospital and is expected<br />

to make a full recovery,<br />

the Alabama Law Enforcement<br />

Agency said.<br />

The deputies were shot as they<br />

chased a suspected stolen vehicle<br />

Wednesday, District Attorney<br />

Michael Jackson previously told<br />

NBC affiliate WVTM of Birmingham.<br />

The suspect in the shooting,<br />

Austin Patrick Hall, 26, was taken<br />

into custody about 7:30 a.m.<br />

Deputy Brad Johnson<br />

Thursday by the U.S. Marshals<br />

Service Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive<br />

Task Force, the state law<br />

enforcement agency said.<br />

The shooting set off an intense<br />

manhunt. Hall was apprehended<br />

in Brierfield, which is a community<br />

in Bibb County, officials said.<br />

People throughout the community<br />

are still too torn up to<br />

speak about the loss of Officer<br />

Johnson, but everyone we spoke<br />

to said he was a good man and<br />

will be sorely missed.<br />

TV Station WBRC spoke with<br />

two women who work for the<br />

Deputy Chris Poole<br />

Department of Human Resources<br />

in Bibb County, and one of them<br />

tells me Officer Johnson brought<br />

her comfort during a scary situation.<br />

“I’ll never forget him. He will<br />

always be in our hearts.”<br />

Tracy Eubanks couldn’t fight<br />

back the tears as she spoke<br />

about Officer Brad Johnson.<br />

“He could calm any situation<br />

and even when things got really<br />

tense, he was still always very<br />

professional and very respectful.”<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

WAR ZONE IN KENTUCKY - SEVEN OFFICERS SHOT<br />

THREE OFFICERS AND ONE K9 OFFICER DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY<br />

ALLEN, KY — Three Kentucky<br />

law enforcement officers and<br />

one K9 Officer were killed and<br />

four additional officers were<br />

wounded in eastern Kentucky<br />

when a man with a rifle opened<br />

fire on police attempting to serve<br />

a warrant.<br />

An emergency management<br />

official was also injured during<br />

the confrontation at a home in<br />

Allen, a small town in the hills<br />

of Appalachia.<br />

The responding officers encountered<br />

“pure hell” when they<br />

arrived on the scene, the sheriff<br />

of Floyd county, John Hunt, told<br />

reporters Friday afternoon.<br />

Hunt said four deputies initially<br />

responded, and they called for<br />

backup when they were shot at.<br />

Hunt had told local media<br />

the deputies were serving a<br />

court-issued warrant on Thursday<br />

June 30th, that was related<br />

to a domestic violence offense<br />

where the suspect had held his<br />

wife and daughter hostage.<br />

The suspect, Lance Storz, 49,<br />

opened fire on the officers when<br />

they arrived and then fired hundreds<br />

of rounds from firearms<br />

that he had positioned around<br />

the house.<br />

One of Hunt’s deputies, William<br />

Petry, and Prestonsburg,<br />

Kentucky, police captain Ralph<br />

Frasure were killed in the shooting.<br />

Frasure worked for 39 years in<br />

law enforcement in Floyd county.<br />

Another Prestonsburg officer,<br />

Jacob Chaffins, died the following<br />

day in a local hospital<br />

Storz was arraigned Friday<br />

morning by a judge in Pike<br />

County. He pleaded not guilty to<br />

two counts of murder of a police<br />

officer and was jailed on a $10<br />

million bond. One of the charges<br />

was originally attempted murder<br />

of a police officer, but a judge<br />

said at the hearing that was<br />

upgraded to murder. He is also<br />

facing another attempted murder<br />

charge and assault on a service<br />

animal.<br />

“This is a tough morning for<br />

our commonwealth,” the governor<br />

of Kentucky, Andy Beshear,<br />

said in a social media post Friday.<br />

“Floyd county and our brave<br />

first responders suffered a tragic<br />

loss last night.<br />

“I want to ask all of Kentucky<br />

to join me in praying for this<br />

community.”<br />

The state’s attorney general,<br />

Daniel Cameron, posted on<br />

social media that he was heartbroken<br />

over news of the officers’<br />

deaths.<br />

“Our law enforcement exhibited<br />

unimaginable heroism and<br />

sacrifice last night in the face of<br />

evil,” he said.<br />

From the Louisville Courier Journal:<br />

ALLEN, Ky. — A light mist began to<br />

fall Friday afternoon as the bodies<br />

of Captain Ralph Frasure and<br />

Deputy William Petry were pulled<br />

from a Frankfort medical examiner’s<br />

office closer to their homes in<br />

Floyd County.<br />

More than an hour away from<br />

Prestonsburg, squad cars, ambulances<br />

and fire trucks dotted<br />

intersections along Mountain<br />

Parkway and families stood at the<br />

edge of their driveways, waiting to<br />

pay their respects to the two men<br />

killed in the line of duty the night<br />

prior.<br />

As the hearse and ambulance<br />

made their way through the mountains,<br />

passing under a massive flag<br />

hanging above the roadway, men<br />

removed their hats and bowed<br />

their heads. One woman held a<br />

balloon. Another stood behind her<br />

husband, unsure of how to comfort<br />

a man who’d suddenly lost a<br />

friend.<br />

Sheriff’s Deputy William Petry<br />

and Prestonsburg Police Capt.<br />

Ralph Frasure, who were killed trying<br />

to serve a warrant yesterday,<br />

were brought back from Frankfort<br />

today.<br />

Before the night’s end, the Eastern<br />

Kentucky community would<br />

be rocked again, as<br />

authorities announced<br />

a third officer died due<br />

to the shootout in the<br />

small town of Allen,<br />

population 166.<br />

His name was Jacob<br />

Chaffins. The youngest<br />

of the three men who’d<br />

been killed, he’d been<br />

an officer with Prestonsburg<br />

Police for just<br />

two years, serving as<br />

a canine handler for<br />

the department. He<br />

leaves behind a wife<br />

and young daughter.<br />

News of his death<br />

was shared more than<br />

2,000 times in an hour<br />

after it was confirmed<br />

on social media by the<br />

police, and his body<br />

was set to be brought<br />

home Saturday.<br />

K9 Drago, one of the<br />

canines Chaffins handled,<br />

also died Thursday<br />

in what’s been described<br />

by authorities<br />

as an ambush on officers<br />

who were serving<br />

a domestic violence<br />

warrant. Drago was a<br />

German Shepherd — an<br />

“amazing boy” who<br />

“kicked butt at his job,”<br />

one tribute post read.<br />

Captain Ralph Frasure<br />

Officer Jacob Russell Chaffins<br />

Deputy William Petry<br />

K9 Officer Drago<br />

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DIAMOND DA62-MPP<br />

Everything you would expect of a state-of-the-art surveillance aircraft & more.<br />

In this month’s issue, we look at the upcoming APSCON Conference sponsored by the Airborne Public<br />

Safety Association formerly known as ALEA. One of the featured aircraft to debut at the conference is the<br />

newest version of Diamond’s twin engine DA-62, the DA62-MPP version retrofitted by Air Bear Tactical<br />

Aircraft based at KSNA, John Wayne/Santa Ana, CA.<br />

Air Bear has been retrofitting aircraft for law enforcement for the past 8 years and examples of their<br />

Airvan and Cessna aircraft are in service at Law Enforcement Aviation Units across the country.<br />

One of their most popular aircraft to date has been the Cessna 206H. Air Bear provides a custom workstation<br />

and retraction system for the sensor payload in the 206 (also available for the DA62-MPP and<br />

Twin Commander 690A & B). This efficient configuration has made the 206 into an extremely efficient and<br />

affordable platform.<br />

The newest edition to their fleet of mission ready aircraft is the tried and true Diamond DA-62, twin<br />

diesel engine composite aircraft, now with the MPP modifications being fully FAA certified.<br />

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from its roots...<br />

Before we get into the conversion by Air Bear, let’s look back at one of the first<br />

flight reviews of the DA-62 by FLYING Magazine’s Stephen Pope.<br />

A case can be made that the twin-diesel DA62 from Austria’s Diamond Aircraft<br />

represents a new pinnacle in piston aircraft design. Its long list of positive attributes<br />

includes superb efficiency, quality construction, technological sophistication, and<br />

aesthetic appeal from every angle. With so much going for it, there’s little question<br />

this is an airplane that belongs on the shortlist of the greatest light twins ever. In a<br />

word, it’s a winner.<br />

Diamond DA62 at a Glance<br />

It’s a pity, however, that so few people are expected to buy it. Don’t blame Diamond<br />

for that. Light-piston twin sales have been so slow for so long that most<br />

aircraft buyers — and aviation writers — have written off the segment as all but<br />

dead. And no wonder. There aren’t nearly as many pilots hanging around airports<br />

today who will tell you they need a twin. That’s mainly a byproduct of the rise of<br />

high-performance piston singles like the Cirrus SR22 and Cessna TTx, which can do<br />

pretty much everything a twin can but with substantially reduced operating costs<br />

and essentially no ¬safety penalty.<br />

With a single, obviously, there’s only one engine to care for, and the chances of it<br />

quitting are low — and if it does quit in the Cirrus, there’s a full-airframe parachute<br />

to save the day.<br />

That’s what makes the emergence of an all-new light-piston twin in this class<br />

something of a surprise. With the elegantly sculpted DA62’s arrival amid a field of<br />

brawny gasoline-powered ¬singles, suddenly we must ask ourselves if the market<br />

for twins isn’t quite as dead as we thought. Perhaps it has merely been in a state of<br />

prolonged hibernation, slumbering peacefully through a long winter, awaiting the<br />

arrival of a new kind of light twin, one that can do more with less.<br />

Still, it’s not quite time to announce a comeback for the piston twin segment. The<br />

DA62 is an anomaly, an outlier. After all, most pilots coming up through the ranks<br />

today who aren’t dreaming of an airline career feel no pressing urge to “move up”<br />

to a twin. Those who used to — the pilots who flew twin-engine bombers in World<br />

War II and trusted two engines more than one — have all but stopped flying and, for<br />

the most part, offering advice to younger pilots.<br />

The resulting shift in attitudes and buying habits in favor of single-engine airplanes<br />

is clear. In the late 1970s, for example, there were 33 different piston twins<br />

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on the market. Today, there are<br />

only five serious contenders —<br />

and apart from the seven-place<br />

DA62, only two of these, the<br />

Beech Baron G58 and Piper Seneca<br />

V, offer more than four seats.<br />

A Flying SUV<br />

Seven seats in a twin in this<br />

class, by the way, is quite an<br />

engineering feat. I’m not a fan<br />

of describing any airplane as an<br />

“aerial SUV” — even if, yes, it’s<br />

roomy inside and has a decent<br />

payload — because the label is<br />

almost always an exaggeration<br />

dreamed up by someone in the<br />

marketing department. But in the<br />

case of the DA62 it would be ignoring<br />

a glaringly obvious design<br />

characteristic not to mention it.<br />

With its third-row seating option,<br />

oversize doors and seats<br />

that fold flat to accommodate<br />

bulky items, there’s no other way<br />

to say it — the DA62 is a sport<br />

utility vehicle with wings.<br />

That’s no accident. In developing<br />

this airplane as an evolutionary<br />

step up from the four-seat<br />

DA42, Diamond Aircraft founder<br />

and CEO Christian Dries challenged<br />

his engineering team to<br />

create a safe, simple-to-operate,<br />

fuel-efficient twin and wrap it<br />

around a passenger compartment<br />

mimicking the latest luxury<br />

SUVs. Unlike gas-guzzling sport<br />

utility vehicles, though, the DA62<br />

boasts outstanding fuel economy.<br />

Its twin 180-horsepower<br />

Austro AE330 diesel engines<br />

burn less than 10 gallons per<br />

hour per side at maximum continuous<br />

power, propelling the<br />

airplane to a top speed of right<br />

around 200 knots. Pull the throttles<br />

back to 75 percent power<br />

and the speed is still a respectable<br />

187 ktas, but fuel burn<br />

drops to just 7.4 gph per side<br />

— an impressive 14.8 gph total<br />

that’s lower than a number of<br />

light-piston singles can manage<br />

on one engine.<br />

The DA62’s cabin features two<br />

seats up front, three in the middle<br />

row and two more in back.<br />

They fold flat for an SUV-like<br />

experience.<br />

I had the chance to spend<br />

a couple of days flying the<br />

DA62 recently on a visit to the<br />

Diamond Aircraft factory at<br />

the company-owned Wiener<br />

Neustadt East Airport south of<br />

Vienna. I came away from the<br />

experience persuaded that, for<br />

the right buyer, this is very nearly<br />

the ideal airplane. If, for example,<br />

you need seven seats versus<br />

the five or six offered in competing<br />

airplanes, the DA62 makes<br />

perfect sense. If you also don’t<br />

have access to a ready supply of<br />

100LL avgas, the DA62 is a great<br />

alternative to gasoline-powered<br />

models. And if you simply feel<br />

more comfortable flying over<br />

inhospitable terrain or water,<br />

sometimes at night, and desire<br />

the power and systems redundancy<br />

that come with a second<br />

engine, the DA62 should absolutely<br />

be on your shopping list.<br />

There are other reasons to like<br />

the DA62 as well. One of the<br />

characteristics that left an impression<br />

on me is how dirt simple<br />

this airplane is to operate.<br />

Take the engine start procedure,<br />

for example. It involves the easyas-pie<br />

steps of hitting the master<br />

switch, flipping the engine<br />

master on, waiting a moment<br />

to ensure the glow plug annunciation<br />

is out and then pushing<br />

the engine start button. That’s it.<br />

The ¬Austro diesels come to life<br />

in an instant as the dual-channel<br />

full authority -digital engine<br />

controls (fadec) manage rpm<br />

and continuously check for faults<br />

while your only other job is to<br />

glance at the oil pressure indication.<br />

As long as the gauges are in<br />

the green, you’re good to go.<br />

The before-takeoff run-up procedure<br />

is equally as stress free.<br />

It involves setting the parking<br />

brake, manually selecting the A<br />

and B channels of the electronic<br />

engine control units (EECU) to<br />

ensure both are online, and then<br />

pushing and holding the engine<br />

run-up buttons. Here’s where<br />

the magic starts as the AE330’s<br />

fadec computers automatically<br />

increase power to 1,950 rpm<br />

and perform a number of health<br />

checks, including cycling the<br />

props. The throttles never physically<br />

move and there aren’t any<br />

prop levers to move in the first<br />

place. If no fault messages ¬appear<br />

on the Garmin G1000 primary<br />

flight display when the test<br />

sequence is completed, you’re<br />

ready for departure.<br />

In this case, that meant swinging<br />

the airplane onto Wiener<br />

Neustadt’s Runway 10 with a<br />

25-knot direct crosswind blowing<br />

from the left. I added a fistful<br />

of that smooth diesel power<br />

and, per the book, rotated at 80<br />

knots. Acceleration to 95 knots<br />

for the climb-out was brisk as<br />

I began the bizarre sequence<br />

of noise-abatement twists and<br />

turns designed to keep air traffic<br />

away from residential areas as<br />

well as a military airfield right<br />

next door to the airport.<br />

The DA62’s diesel engines are<br />

encased in cowlings that seem<br />

oddly misshapen, a result of<br />

packaging Mercedes-Benz car<br />

engines on an airplane.<br />

Climbing to 5,000 feet at 110<br />

kias, the DA62 maintained a<br />

1,450 fpm rate of climb at our<br />

midweight with two on board<br />

and half fuel. Accelerating to<br />

a cruise climb speed of 128<br />

kias produced a 1,200 fpm rate<br />

through 8,000 feet. That’s when<br />

I asked my host in the right seat,<br />

Diamond Aircraft director of<br />

flight operations Martin Scherrer,<br />

for a demonstration of the DA62’s<br />

¬single-engine performance.<br />

Still climbing, at his direction I<br />

flicked off the left engine master<br />

switch (the left is the critical engine<br />

in the DA62). The ¬propeller<br />

immediately stopped, automatically<br />

feathering as it did so.<br />

The airplane lurched left as a<br />

result of loss of thrust on that<br />

side, and I instinctively raised the<br />

left wing, stepped on the rudder,<br />

and then dialed in rudder trim<br />

to compensate. After that, the<br />

airplane was as easy to fly on<br />

one engine as on two. Earning a<br />

multiengine rating in a DA62 with<br />

its two power levers (opposed<br />

to the usual six levers found in<br />

most piston twins) would almost<br />

be cheating, I decided. I let the<br />

speed come back to the 87-knot<br />

blue line (single-engine best<br />

rate-of-climb airspeed) and was<br />

impressed to see us still climbing<br />

at 450 fpm.<br />

Speed Test<br />

Next I wanted to evaluate the<br />

DA62’s cruise performance to<br />

see if this really is a 200-knot<br />

airplane as Dries originally envisioned.<br />

I leveled off at 14,000<br />

feet with the throttles pushed<br />

full forward to max continuous<br />

power of 95 percent and<br />

let the speed build. On this day,<br />

slightly warmer than standard<br />

and a little lower than optimal, I<br />

managed to coax 195 ktas from<br />

those twin AE330s while burning<br />

18.6 gph. Hitting 200 knots in a<br />

Beech Baron in similar conditions<br />

would result in a fuel consumption<br />

of around 30 gph, so I<br />

wasn’t terribly disappointed with<br />

the results I was seeing.<br />

I tried out a variety of power<br />

settings and found what I<br />

considered a sweet spot at 60<br />

percent power showing 170 ktas<br />

and 11.8 gph fuel consumption.<br />

After heading lower and trying<br />

a series of steep turns and<br />

power-on and -off stalls (which<br />

were, predictably, nonevents<br />

with nothing more dramatic than<br />

a slight wing drop in the stalls),<br />

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I shut down the right engine for<br />

some engine-out maneuvering.<br />

Here’s where the economy<br />

really improved. Loafing along<br />

at 100 knots in level flight we<br />

were showing a fuel burn of<br />

an eye-popping 3.6 gph. I did<br />

a quick mental calculation and<br />

realized that, even with less than<br />

half fuel on board, at this rate<br />

our flight endurance would still<br />

be more than 11 hours.<br />

There would be virtually no<br />

way to stave off boredom on<br />

such a long flight, in part because<br />

the pilot doesn’t have<br />

much to do in the DA62 in cruise.<br />

By design, pilot workload is low<br />

in all flight regimes, something I<br />

think nonprofessionals will come<br />

to greatly ¬appreciate. Even performing<br />

aerial engine restarts is<br />

an almost total no-brainer for<br />

the pilot. The single-lever power<br />

controls don’t require any special<br />

adjustments, meaning all<br />

the pilot has to worry about is<br />

maintaining the proper airspeed<br />

so the prop will ¬windmill back<br />

to life when the engine master is<br />

switched back on.<br />

In fact, fitted as it is with the<br />

latest generation of Garmin<br />

G1000 avionics with synthetic-vision<br />

technology (SVT) and<br />

electronic stability and protection<br />

(ESP), plus a three-axis<br />

Garmin GFC 700 autopilot and<br />

GWX 70 weather radar, there’s<br />

an argument to be made that the<br />

DA62 is the among the most capable<br />

and easiest-to-fly piston<br />

airplanes ever produced. It’s a<br />

21st century technological marvel<br />

wrapped in a slippery and<br />

sensual ¬carbon-fiber package.<br />

Diamond DA62 in flight.<br />

After a sightseeing detour<br />

through some breathtakingly<br />

gorgeous valleys in the Alps<br />

southwest of Vienna (where<br />

handling in the bumps was rock<br />

solid), we headed back to Wiener<br />

Neustadt so I could try my<br />

hand at landings in the DA62.<br />

The wind was still blowing at 20<br />

knots for my first arrival, which<br />

involved flying the strangest<br />

pattern I’ve ever performed as I<br />

was compelled to wheel around<br />

small towns at odd altitudes<br />

to accommodate for departing<br />

traffic and the bordering military<br />

airspace.<br />

The landing culminated with<br />

a tight descending turn at the<br />

edge of the adjacent military<br />

airfield as I targeted 90 knots on<br />

final with full flaps selected. Max<br />

demonstrated crosswind component<br />

with full flaps in the DA62<br />

is 25 knots, slightly better than<br />

in the DA42, and I found that the<br />

DA62 ¬handled the wind with no<br />

problem, even with its slender<br />

wing spanning nearly 48 feet.<br />

Creature Comforts<br />

Inside, the DA62 has the same<br />

center control stick, throttle<br />

placement and cockpit display<br />

layout that are familiar to pilots<br />

of the Diamond DA40 and DA42.<br />

Round-dial backup instruments<br />

have been replaced with an<br />

electronic standby instrument<br />

with emergency battery. The<br />

seats are leather with seatback<br />

adjustments, but they don’t move<br />

fore and aft. Instead, the rudder<br />

pedals can be adjusted forward<br />

and back to accommodate a variety<br />

of pilots. I found that I had<br />

plenty of headroom and adequate<br />

forward visibility from my<br />

vantage point in the left seat. My<br />

companion in the right seat, at<br />

6 feet, 8 inches tall, fit the space<br />

surprisingly well. A welcome<br />

touch is an armrest in the center<br />

of the cockpit between the pilots<br />

that is just the right width and<br />

height. Diamond was the first to<br />

commit to Garmin G1000 avionics,<br />

so it’s no surprise to find it<br />

carried over here.<br />

The DA62’s three large<br />

gull-wing doors and the forward-folding<br />

seats, plus smart<br />

placement of handholds, make<br />

entry and exit from the DA62<br />

extremely easy. There are cup<br />

holders for the front-seat occupants<br />

and a variety of LED interior<br />

lighting options throughout<br />

the cabin. Options include air<br />

conditioning, a 36-gallon aux<br />

fuel tank, Garmin weather radar<br />

and satellite data receiver, and<br />

Avidyne TAS600 traffic advisory<br />

system. New for the DA62 is an<br />

upgraded metallic paint option<br />

that lets buyers choose colors<br />

other than the standard white<br />

found on many carbon-composite<br />

aircraft.<br />

Although it isn’t offered with<br />

a parachute, the DA62 benefits<br />

from a variety of standard<br />

and optional safety features. Its<br />

benign, big-airplane handling<br />

makes it easy to hand-fly. It also<br />

features aluminum fuel tanks<br />

sandwiched between the carbon-fiber<br />

main wing spars for<br />

exceptional crashworthiness,<br />

and incorporates Diamond’s<br />

trademark high-impact fixed<br />

seats that are attached to strategically<br />

located crush points<br />

in the floor. The composite<br />

monocoque cabin design was<br />

borrowed from the Formula 1<br />

racing world. Like all Diamond<br />

products, the airplane has undergone<br />

crashworthiness testing<br />

similar to what is ¬performed in<br />

the auto industry. The DA62 also<br />

offers full icing protection with its TKS<br />

weeping wing option.<br />

The U.S. spec version offers a<br />

5,071-pound gross weight (versus<br />

4,400 pounds for the European version<br />

to avoid the ATC fees levied on heavier<br />

airplanes) and a 1,300-nautical-mile<br />

range with a full-fuel payload of over<br />

1,000 pounds. Its 2.0-liter Austro compression<br />

ignition engines, meanwhile,<br />

sip jet-A fuel while offering the peace<br />

of mind that comes with a 13,000-foot<br />

single-engine service ceiling (at max<br />

gross weight) and the turbocharged<br />

power to propel it to respectable top<br />

speed. The cabin is the roomiest in<br />

its class, plus there are two spacious<br />

baggage compartments in the nose<br />

that can accommodate full-size suitcases,<br />

golf bags and more.<br />

One of the big questions I had about<br />

the DA62, obviously, is whether this<br />

really is a bona fide seven-person<br />

airplane with those two extra<br />

seats way in the back. There’s<br />

ample room in the front seats<br />

and in the middle row as well<br />

with its three seats, but the rear<br />

seats would be cramped for two<br />

adults. I hopped in back and felt<br />

there was plenty of room for<br />

me alone, but I wouldn’t want<br />

a seatmate. It would be ideal,<br />

though, for two children.<br />

The DA62’s useful load in<br />

the international spec version<br />

is 1,609 pounds — about 100<br />

pounds more than a Baron G58<br />

— meaning that with half fuel<br />

the average weight of each passenger<br />

could top out at around<br />

190 pounds. I ran through a<br />

number of weight and balance<br />

scenarios and came away convinced<br />

that with those fuel-efficient<br />

Austro diesels, this truly is<br />

a seven-person airplane that still<br />

offers decent range and speed.<br />

A real-world scenario I plugged<br />

in involved loading five full-size<br />

adults, two children, bags and<br />

60 gallons of fuel for a 644 nm<br />

range at standard cruise power<br />

at 14,000 feet.<br />

With its long, tapered high-aspect<br />

ratio wing featuring slightly<br />

upswept tips, unusual engine<br />

cowl shape and silky-smooth<br />

composite fuselage, it’ll be hard<br />

to miss. Once you see it in person,<br />

it will probably take all of<br />

about five seconds before you<br />

decide you want to fly it. It’s an<br />

experience I highly recommend,<br />

but don’t be surprised if you suffer<br />

from a serious case of twin<br />

envy afterward.<br />

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So how do you take a twin-engine SUV of sorts and<br />

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DA62-MPP is an extraordinarily capable aircraft, when<br />

combined with its incredibly low fuel consumption results<br />

in a superior ISR platform costing less to operate<br />

than a single engine piston. Incredible as it may seem,<br />

the DA62 MPP is setting new standards for Airborne Law<br />

Enforcement.<br />

Powered by twin diesels burning JET-A, it consumes<br />

substantially less than 10 gph (total-both engines) at<br />

loiter speeds. “If you’re not in the air, you’re not there”<br />

means in the air, on station, ready to respond. The DA62-<br />

MPP now makes that possible without breaking the bank.<br />

Add the available “power by the hour” engine program<br />

and you can easily budget for future engine maintenance<br />

requirements as well.<br />

This multi-role, multi-mission aircraft is certified to<br />

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mission requirements. Supporting sensors up to 16.5” in<br />

diameter and weighing up to 143 pounds, the MPP can<br />

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well as up and coming technology. Its exceptional climb<br />

and sprint performance will get you on station quickly,<br />

and when at loiter speeds will keep you on station for<br />

hours. The DA62-MPP has redefined the meaning of “mission-ready”.<br />

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of additional mission capabilities, making the MPP platform<br />

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to mission operators. Truly a versatile performer,<br />

the MPP readily addresses many additional missions<br />

such as fire suppression, littoral surveillance, counter-drug<br />

operations, aerial survey as well as being an<br />

outstanding performer supporting patrol operations.<br />

The MPP provides a discrete 100A alternator for mission<br />

equipment as well as an optional fourth alternator<br />

solely for the air conditioning unit. FIKI certified (with<br />

the TKS option) and supported by a network of service<br />

centers, the MPP acquisition costs are well positioned<br />

between piston and turbine alternatives. With its exceptional<br />

performance and incredibly low operating costs,<br />

can you afford to not be operating a DA62-MPP?<br />

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By Don Roby, APSA Training Program Manager<br />

Shuttle transportation will be provided from<br />

the Peppermill Resort Spa and Casino to<br />

the Reno-Sparks Convention Center starting<br />

Wednesday to the Opening Reception and<br />

ending Friday evening.<br />

APSA is headed back to one of its<br />

favorite places -- Reno! This year’s<br />

APSCON 2022 conference<br />

courses are designed for all<br />

facets of public safety aviation, and we look<br />

forward to seeing you this summer!<br />

There will be eight in-depth conference<br />

courses held Monday through Wednesday at<br />

the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Tuscany<br />

ballrooms. The Aviation Safety Officer<br />

Course, Airborne Thermographer Certification<br />

Course, Aviation Safety Management<br />

Systems Course, Flight Instructor Refresher<br />

Course (Tuesday and Wednesday), Public<br />

Safety Aviation Unit Manager Course, Tactical<br />

Flight Officer Couse, Fixed-Wing Operations<br />

Course and the IA Renewal Course (Wednesday<br />

only). Each course has been updated<br />

and new instructors have been brought in to<br />

refresh the courses. (See details and registration<br />

on pages 10-12 & page 57).<br />

On Thursday, there will be a General<br />

Session in Room A17 in the Reno Sparks<br />

Convention Center from 1300-1430 entitled<br />

Federal Aviation Administration Security<br />

Issues. This General Session will feature Tonya<br />

D. Coultas, Deputy Associate Administrator of<br />

the FAA’s Aviation Safety and Hazardous Materials<br />

Safety Branch. She will discuss various<br />

FAA safety initiatives including the upcoming<br />

release of the Remote ID program for drones.<br />

This will be an informative session and it is<br />

relevant to everyone in public safety.<br />

APSA’s Safety Program Manager Bryan<br />

Smith will facilitate this year’s Safety Symposium<br />

on Thursday from 1530 to 1700 hours<br />

in Room A17. As always, Bryan has put<br />

together a fantastic panel of safety subject<br />

matter experts from various public safety<br />

agencies, consultants and corporate<br />

members that will share important and vital<br />

safety information. Bryan will be leaving his<br />

APSA role as Safety Program Manager after<br />

this APSCON, so you might want to wish him<br />

well and thank him for his service and<br />

insights. Although I’m pretty sure that we will<br />

continue to see Bryan as an instructor and<br />

attendee at future APSA events.<br />

There will be limited classes on Thursday<br />

so that attendees can spend their time on<br />

the exhibition floor visiting the corporate<br />

members at their booths. Classes will then<br />

resume on Friday from 0800 to 1700 and<br />

on Saturday from 0830 to 1200.<br />

APSA strives to provide you with a<br />

world-class public safety aviation educational<br />

lineup. We continue to be committed<br />

to providing affordable training and<br />

delivering quality classes to our membership.<br />

APSCON 2022 classes will focus on<br />

the various missions of public safety aviation.<br />

This includes a focus on: Safety,<br />

Law Enforcement, Aerial Firefighting,<br />

Fixed-Wing Operations, Drone Operations,<br />

Legal and Regulatory Issues, Public<br />

Aircraft Operations, Military Excess<br />

Aircraft, Training, Night Operations,<br />

Search and Rescue, Tactical Operations,<br />

Homeland Security, Natural Resources,<br />

Public Safety and Unit Management.<br />

There will be 37 classes within these<br />

focus areas featuring several new classes<br />

and our best traditional classes (although<br />

updated for 2022) that have been offered at<br />

previous conferences. The training is<br />

designed so that the student can follow a<br />

particular focus area or attend classes from<br />

various segments. Upon completion of any of<br />

the conference classes, certificates will be<br />

available in the APSA Education Office, which<br />

is located in Room A14 of the convention<br />

center and the Event Staff Office (E224) at<br />

the Peppermill on Saturday.<br />

APSCON 2022 will again be conducting<br />

Tech Talks by exhibiting corporate members<br />

on the exhibition floor. The Tech Talk schedule<br />

will be posted in the onsite APSCON Program<br />

Guide. These briefings are very informative,<br />

so please be sure to support our corporate<br />

members and stop by and attend them.<br />

APSA provides exceptional value-based<br />

training for your professional development.<br />

APSA is known as being the gold standard in<br />

public safety aviation training for a reason.<br />

While attending APSCON 2022, take the<br />

opportunity to meet new friends, reconnect<br />

with old ones and explore all that our corporate<br />

members have to offer regarding new<br />

products, technology and services.<br />

Finally, APSCON 2022 will be my last<br />

conference as your Training Program<br />

Manager. It is bittersweet that my first<br />

conference in this role was APSCON 2017 in<br />

Reno when I was training with then-Training<br />

Program Manager James Di Giovanna. I have<br />

accepted a position in private industry and<br />

will leave after APSCON <strong>2022.</strong> As I move on<br />

to another opportunity, I am pleased to introduce<br />

Terry Palmer as your new Training<br />

Program Manager. I have known Terry for<br />

over 10 years, and you are in good hands<br />

with her leadership. Terry is one of the most<br />

well respected individuals in the aviation<br />

training business and brings a wealth of<br />

knowledge to APSA.<br />

If you are a minor league baseball fan, don’t<br />

miss the Reno Aces. They are playing at the<br />

Greater Reno Field all week!<br />

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APSCON COURSES<br />

All of these conference courses will be held at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino.<br />

Tactical Flight Officer Course<br />

Mon. July 25 – Wed. July 27<br />

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM • Location: Tuscany 11<br />

The Tactical Flight Officer Course is designed to hone the<br />

airborne tactical skills of aircrews. This year, we welcome Clay<br />

Lacey of the Texas Department of Public Safety as the lead<br />

instructor. The course will provide all the information necessary<br />

to safely and successfully support ground personnel involved in<br />

law enforcement missions. The course is not just designed for<br />

TFOs, but is applicable to pilots and crewmembers alike.<br />

Students will learn how to set up perimeters, effectively direct a scene from the air, manage<br />

critical missions from above and how to conduct a thermal imagery search using the latest<br />

in airborne tactics. In addition, the course will explore the specialized equipment that is available<br />

and how to properly integrate it into your day-to-day operation. This class is essential to<br />

your aviation law enforcement professional development and a must for all TFOs.<br />

APSA is again delighted to have MD Helicopters, Inc. sponsoring this course.<br />

Maximum enrollment is 70.<br />

Cost: $375 members; $475 non-members<br />

Sponsored by<br />

Public Safety Aviation<br />

Unit Manager Course<br />

Mon. July 25 – Wed. July 27<br />

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM<br />

Location: Tuscany 9<br />

The Public Safety Sponsored by<br />

Aviation Unit<br />

Manager Course<br />

continues to be a<br />

popular course, and APSA will again subsidize<br />

the cost of course tuition and conference<br />

registration to the first 20 unit<br />

managers or supervisors who register for<br />

this course. (The applicant must be an APSA<br />

member, currently assigned as the officer in<br />

command or supervisor of a public safety<br />

aviation unit, not previously attended the<br />

Unit Manager Course, and the offer is<br />

extended to only one person per agency.)<br />

This course is designed to provide both the<br />

newly assigned or experienced aviation unit<br />

managers and supervisors the latest information<br />

and tools to effectively and efficiently<br />

manage, supervise and lead their<br />

agency’s aviation unit. The course will<br />

include topics regarding unit administration,<br />

budgets and finance, safety and SOPs, training<br />

program management, legal and regulatory<br />

issues and personnel selection. Each<br />

class is designed specifically for the<br />

manager and supervisor to enhance his/her<br />

ability to lead their unit.<br />

We are delighted to have Airbus returning<br />

as our sponsor. Maximum enrollment is 70.<br />

Cost: $375 members;<br />

$475 non-members<br />

Aviation Safety<br />

Management<br />

Systems Course<br />

Mon. July 25 – Wed. July 27<br />

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM<br />

Location: Tuscany 10<br />

Safety Management Systems expert<br />

Dawn Bolstad-Johnson of Kaizen Safety<br />

Solutions, LLC instructs this course.<br />

APSA will subsidize the cost of course<br />

tuition and conference registration for the<br />

first 20 aviation unit safety officers who<br />

register, if the agency’s unit manager has<br />

completed the Aviation Unit Manager<br />

Course and also registers and attends<br />

this course along with the unit’s safety<br />

officer. (The applicant must be an APSA<br />

member, currently assigned, as a safety<br />

officer and the unit manager must have<br />

attended the Unit Manager Course within<br />

the past five years. This offer is only<br />

extended to one person per agency.)<br />

The course will cover the responsibilities<br />

for developing and maintaining an SMS<br />

program. The student will be provided the<br />

tools for a Safety Officer’s toolkit on safety<br />

program oversight, evaluation and audit<br />

tools, implementation of policy, regulatory<br />

compliance and all other facets of developing<br />

and sustaining an aviation Safety<br />

Management System. For those unit<br />

managers that have attended the Unit<br />

Manager Course, this is an excellent way<br />

to continue your aviation education. This<br />

course is a must for all unit safety officers<br />

and unit managers. This course meets the<br />

SMS training requirements for the Airborne<br />

Public Safety Accreditation Commission<br />

standards. It is highly recommended that<br />

members attend this course before attending<br />

the Aviation Safety Officer Course.<br />

Maximum enrollment is 65.<br />

Cost: $375 members;<br />

$475 non-members<br />

APSCON COURSES<br />

All of these conference courses will be held at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino.<br />

Aviation Safety<br />

Officer Course<br />

Mon. July 25 – Wed. July 27<br />

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM<br />

Location: Tuscany 8<br />

The Aviation Sponsored by<br />

Safety Officer<br />

Course is for<br />

the newly<br />

assigned and/or experienced unit safety officer.<br />

APSA Safety Program Manager Bryan<br />

Smith and APSA Aeromedical Liaison Dudley<br />

Crosson, PhD of Delta P, Inc. instructs the<br />

course. The course curriculum is built upon<br />

Safety Management Systems, the duties and<br />

responsibilities of an aviation safety officer,<br />

elements of a safety program, pre-accident<br />

planning, initial accident investigation, inspection<br />

and audits as well as fitness for flight.<br />

Subject matter experts in the field of aviation<br />

safety and other related topics instruct<br />

this course. It is highly recommended that<br />

students have previously attended a SMS<br />

training course prior to attending the ASO<br />

Course due to the course foundation being<br />

based on the principals of SMS.<br />

APSA is pleased to have Baldwin Safety<br />

and Compliance as the course sponsor.<br />

Maximum enrollment is 65.<br />

Cost: $375 members;<br />

$475 non-members<br />

Airborne<br />

Thermographer<br />

Certification Course<br />

Mon. July 25 – Wed. July 27<br />

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM<br />

Location: Tuscany 7<br />

APSA is<br />

Sponsored by<br />

pleased to<br />

offer the<br />

Airborne<br />

Thermographer Certification Course,<br />

taught by certified thermographer<br />

instructor Brian Spillane of Teledyne FLIR<br />

and Nick Minx and the staff of Tactical<br />

Flying, Inc. The course is designed to<br />

not only benefit the tactical flight officer,<br />

but also the public safety pilot and entire<br />

aircrew. The course will focus on the<br />

technical aspects of thermal imagery,<br />

theory, aircraft positioning, tactics,<br />

downlink technology and legal issues.<br />

This course is sponsored by Teledyne<br />

FLIR. Maximum enrollment is 65.<br />

Cost: $375 members;<br />

$475 non-members<br />

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APSCON COURSES<br />

APSCON 2022 SCHEDULE<br />

All of these conference courses will be held at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino.<br />

Fixed-Wing<br />

Operations Course<br />

Mon. July 25 – Wed. July 27<br />

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM<br />

Location: Tuscany 6<br />

The Fixed-Wing Sponsored by<br />

Operations<br />

Course was<br />

developed to<br />

enhance the skills of members operating<br />

fixed-wing aircraft in public safety. The<br />

course is designed for all aircrew members,<br />

and it will educate the students on the<br />

missions, specific technology, tactics, CRM,<br />

traffic enforcement, surveillance operations<br />

and other pertinent subjects specific to the<br />

operation of a fixed-wing aircraft in the<br />

public safety mission.<br />

Often overshadowed by helicopters, fixedwing<br />

aircraft are a cost-effective means to<br />

perform airborne public safety missions.<br />

This course will exploit this concept and<br />

assist the student in developing and<br />

sustaining a vibrant, effective fixed-wing<br />

aviation unit. The class is instructed by<br />

subject matter experts from across the<br />

United States and Canada and surely will<br />

be a hit at this year’s conference.<br />

We are proud to have Pilatus Business Aircraft<br />

as our sponsor. Maximum enrollment is 65.<br />

Cost: $375 members;<br />

$475 non-members<br />

Flight Instructor<br />

Refresher Course<br />

Tues. July 26 – Wed. July 27<br />

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM<br />

Location: Tuscany 12<br />

APSA is again happy to partner with the<br />

Randy Rowles and the staff of Helicopter<br />

Institute, Inc. to offer this course this<br />

year. The entire course curriculum is<br />

geared toward guiding the student<br />

renewal of their current flight instructor<br />

certificates under Federal Aviation Regulation<br />

Part 61, while enhancing their<br />

knowledge and skill with the latest developments<br />

in standardization, regulations<br />

and helicopter flight techniques.<br />

Instructed by the exceptional instructors<br />

from the Helicopter Institute, Inc., the<br />

FIRC is a must have for those members<br />

seeking to renew their CFI certificates.<br />

Maximum enrollment is 65.<br />

Cost: $250 members;<br />

$350 non-members<br />

Maintenance IA<br />

Renewal Course<br />

Wed. July 27<br />

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM<br />

Location: Tuscany 5<br />

Sponsored by<br />

The Maintenance IA<br />

Renewal Course for<br />

maintenance technicians has been<br />

totally refreshed this year with new<br />

topics and instructors. The course will<br />

focus on turbine engine maintenance,<br />

rotor blade inspections, avionics, UAS<br />

maintenance and maintenance safety.<br />

This course meets the 8-hour FAA<br />

requirement for IA renewal.<br />

APSA is proud to have RMCI, Inc. as the<br />

sponsor of the IA Renewal Course. Maximum<br />

enrollment is 45.<br />

FAA IA Renewal Course Approval Number:<br />

C-IND-IM-190411-K-012-001 (4/30/2023)<br />

Cost: FREE for APSA Members,<br />

$125 non-members<br />

SUNDAY, <strong>JULY</strong> 24<br />

Registration Open • 1600 – 1800<br />

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballroom Foyer)<br />

‘The Hangar’ APSA Store Open • 1600 – 1800<br />

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballroom Foyer)<br />

MONDAY, <strong>JULY</strong> 25<br />

Registration Open (ATTENDEE) • 0700 – 1700<br />

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballroom Foyer)<br />

‘The Hangar’ APSA Store Open • 0700 – 1700<br />

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballroom Foyer)<br />

APSCON Conference Courses (Day 1) • 0800 – 1700<br />

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballrooms)<br />

Aircraft Fly-In Briefing • 0800<br />

Aircraft Fly-In • 0900<br />

Registration Open (EXHIBITOR) • 0900 – 1700<br />

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Hall 2 Lobby)<br />

TUESDAY, <strong>JULY</strong> 26<br />

Registration Open (ATTENDEE) • 0700 – 1700<br />

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballroom Foyer)<br />

‘The Hangar’ APSA Store Open • 0700 – 1700<br />

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballroom Foyer)<br />

APSCON Conference Courses (Day 2) • 0800 – 1700<br />

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballrooms)<br />

Registration Open (EXHIBITOR) • 0800 – 1700<br />

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Hall 2 Lobby)<br />

Exhibitor Set-Up • 0800 – 1700<br />

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Halls 1-2)<br />

WEDNESDAY, <strong>JULY</strong> 27<br />

Registration Open (ATTENDEE) • 0700 – 1500<br />

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballroom Foyer)<br />

‘The Hangar’ APSA Store Open • 0700 – 1500<br />

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballroom Foyer)<br />

APSCON Conference Courses (Day 3) • 0800 – 1700<br />

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballrooms)<br />

Registration Open (EXHIBITOR) • 0800 – 2000<br />

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Hall 2 Lobby)<br />

Exhibitor Set-Up • 0800 – 1500<br />

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Halls 1-2)<br />

Registration Open (ATTENDEE) • 1500 – 2000<br />

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Hall 2 Lobby)<br />

'The Hangar' APSA Store Open • 1600 – 2000<br />

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Hall 2 Lobby)<br />

Exhibit Hall Opening Ceremony • 1700 – 1715<br />

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Hall 2 Lobby)<br />

Exhibit Hall Opening Reception • 1715 – 2000<br />

Sponsored by Bell<br />

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Halls 1-2)<br />

THURSDAY, <strong>JULY</strong> 28<br />

Registration Open (ATTENDEE/EXHIBITOR) • 0800 – 1700<br />

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Hall 2 Lobby)<br />

‘The Hangar’ APSA Store Open • 0800 – 1700<br />

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Hall 2 Lobby)<br />

Water Survival Training • 0800 – 1600<br />

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany 7) AM<br />

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Pool) PM<br />

Opening Breakfast/General Membership Meeting<br />

0900 – 1030 • Reno-Sparks Convention Center (C4 Ballroom)<br />

Breakfast sponsored by Leonardo Helicopters<br />

Exhibit Hall Open • 1030 – 1600<br />

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Halls 1-2)<br />

Tech Talks • 1100 – 1500<br />

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Halls 1-2 Theaters)<br />

Conference General Sessions • 1300 – 1700<br />

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Classrooms)<br />

Teledyne FLIR Vision Awards • 1800 – 2000<br />

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballroom)<br />

Airbus Event • 1900 – 2300<br />

Location TBA<br />

MD Helicopters Casino Night • 2000 – 2300<br />

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany A/B)<br />

FRIDAY, <strong>JULY</strong> 29<br />

Registration Open (ATTENDEE/EXHIBITOR) • 0730 – 1700<br />

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Hall 2 Lobby)<br />

‘The Hangar’ APSA Store Open • 0730 – 1700<br />

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Hall 2 Lobby)<br />

APSCON Conference Classes • 0830 – 1700<br />

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Classrooms)<br />

Exhibit Hall Open • 1000 – 1400<br />

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Halls 1-2)<br />

Tech Talks • 1000 – 1300<br />

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Halls 1-2 Theaters)<br />

Exhibit Hall Attendee Lunch • 1200 – 1300<br />

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Halls 1-2)<br />

Exhibitor Move-Out • 1400 – 2100<br />

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Halls 1-2)<br />

Aircraft Fly-Out • 1400<br />

APSA Awards Reception • 1800 – 1900<br />

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany D-F)<br />

SATURDAY, <strong>JULY</strong> 30<br />

Registration Open (ATTENDEE) • 0730 – 1200<br />

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballroom Foyer)<br />

Exhibitor Move-Out • 0800 – 1200<br />

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Halls 1-2)<br />

Conference Classes • 0830 – 1200<br />

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballrooms)<br />

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UAS TRAINING<br />

FOR PUBLIC SAFETY<br />

By Don Roby, APSA Training Program Manager<br />

aspects of public safety, providing the<br />

student with the latest information and<br />

tools to effectively manage a small UAS<br />

public safety unit. Topics will include unit<br />

administration, budgets and finance, standard<br />

operating procedures, legal updates,<br />

training program management, personnel<br />

selection and other pertinent topics.<br />

Subject matter experts in the public safety<br />

aviation and sUAS field will instruct.<br />

APSA’s most popular sUAS course is the<br />

Public Safety Drone Operations Basic<br />

Course. This course has been updated and<br />

refreshed with new content and instructors<br />

for <strong>2022.</strong> The Basic Course will cover UAS<br />

mission and applications, public acceptance,<br />

regulatory updates, program management,<br />

privacy and an in depth review of the Federal<br />

Aviation Administration’s Part 107 rules and<br />

Certificate of Authorization process. This<br />

course is an excellent resource for agencies<br />

looking to develop a UAS unit.<br />

The final conference course being<br />

offered at this year’s APSCON Unmanned is<br />

the Public Safety Drone Operations<br />

Advanced Course, which is designed for<br />

units that already have a drone unit and are<br />

looking to sharpen their skills and expand<br />

their mission set. The Advanced Course<br />

includes safety management systems, thermal<br />

imagery for drones, risk mitigation<br />

tactics and tactical uses as well as exploring<br />

the use of drones for firefighting missions,<br />

search and rescue, K-9, aerial forensic<br />

mapping and critical incident reviews.<br />

Classes & Sessions<br />

On Wednesday, there will be 16 UAS<br />

classes occurring throughout the day. This is<br />

an excellent opportunity for attendees to<br />

pick and choose the classes they would like<br />

to attend. If your agency is sending multiple<br />

people to APSCON Unmanned, consider<br />

splitting up and covering several of the<br />

classes at one time. The subject areas being<br />

covered are:<br />

General Public Safety sUAS Classes<br />

Fire Service<br />

Search and Rescue<br />

NIST Pilot Credentialing<br />

Forensic Mapping<br />

Standards and sUAS Operations<br />

Developing Public Safety<br />

Training Programs<br />

Critical Incident Reviews<br />

Crash Reconstruction<br />

FAA Regulatory Update<br />

Response to Incidents Involving<br />

sUAS/Drones<br />

UAS Safety<br />

sUAS and Disaster Operations<br />

Tactical Operations and sUAS<br />

Other training topics and new classes<br />

include: drone maintenance, NIST remote<br />

pilot credentialing, drone search tactics,<br />

tactical awareness, thermal imaging<br />

tactics, DJI security issues overview, integrating<br />

K-9 teams and drones as well as<br />

critical incident reviews for search and<br />

rescue, fire and law enforcement.<br />

These topics are important and relevant<br />

to the operation of sUAS in public<br />

safety aviation operations. Instructed by<br />

industry experts, all of the conference<br />

classes will be exceptional and carry on<br />

APSA’s tradition of providing its members<br />

with the best training in public safety aviation.<br />

If you would like to receive additional<br />

training, consider staying a few extra days<br />

for APSCON 2022, where there will be an<br />

UAS educational track with additional<br />

classes. You’ll also be able to take advantage<br />

of other APSCON 2022 activities and<br />

planned events.<br />

APSA is proud to say that APSCON<br />

Unmanned is one the best values in public<br />

safety aviation training. We continue to be<br />

committed to providing the APSA membership<br />

with value-based training and always<br />

setting the bar high. As drones are a new<br />

segment in public safety aviation, take<br />

time to learn and meet new colleagues,<br />

develop friendships and network with<br />

others in the field. More importantly, be on<br />

the cutting-edge of a technological revolution<br />

in public safety and continue your<br />

professional development.<br />

Check our website at www.publicsafetyaviation.org<br />

for updates, see you in Reno!<br />

APSA’s Public Safety Drone Expo<br />

has been re-branded this year as<br />

APSCON Unmanned and is rolling<br />

into Reno, NV from July 25 to<br />

July 27 at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino.<br />

For those members that have never been to<br />

Reno, the city is welcoming and offers worldclass<br />

dining, recreation, sport activities,<br />

sightseeing and nightly entertainment. Did I<br />

forget to mention gambling? The Peppermill<br />

Resort Spa Casino is one of the finest hotels<br />

in the area and it has exceptional restaurants,<br />

amenities and spa.<br />

APSCON Unmanned will host all of its<br />

courses and classes in the Tuscany ballroom<br />

area of the Peppermill. This year’s<br />

educational program will have plenty of<br />

dedicated networking time so that attendees<br />

can attend classes and also spend<br />

time networking with each other. APSCON<br />

Unmanned will not have a dedicated exhibit<br />

area this year; rather, UAS equipment and<br />

service providers will be exhibiting in the<br />

APSCON exhibit hall. APSCON Unmanned<br />

attendees are invited to participate in the<br />

opening ceremonies and reception of<br />

APSCON 2022 on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.<br />

at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. This<br />

gives APSCON Unmanned attendees the<br />

opportunity to visit with vendors, network<br />

with other public safety personnel from<br />

both unmanned and manned units and<br />

enjoy light refreshments. Wednesday’s<br />

event is sponsored by Bell.<br />

In-Depth Courses<br />

APSCON Unmanned begins on Monday,<br />

July 25 with two days of conference courses<br />

covering operations, management, safety and<br />

tactics. New for 2022 is the Public Safety<br />

Drone Aerial Thermography & Tactics Course,<br />

which will cover thermography theory, search<br />

and rescue, vehicle scans, suspect searches,<br />

perimeter containment, drone positioning,<br />

search patterns and foot pursuits. Derek Ralph<br />

of Tactical Flying, Inc. will instruct this course.<br />

The Public Safety Drone Operations Unit<br />

Manager Course has been developed for all<br />

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APSCON UNMANNED COURSES<br />

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS<br />

All of these conference courses will be held at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino.<br />

Public Safety Drone<br />

Operations Basic Course<br />

Mon. July 25 – Tue. July 26 • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM<br />

Location: Tuscany 1<br />

The Basic Public Safety Drone Operations Course is designed to<br />

provide the student with a review of starting up a public safety<br />

drone operation for your agency, the various missions and drone<br />

applications, current FAA UAS regulations, as well as a review of<br />

legal, privacy, and management in all facets of starting and operating<br />

a successful program. The course is a must-have for agencies<br />

looking to start a drone unit or add the capability to your<br />

resources. Successful completion requires attendance at all 16<br />

hours of classroom courses.<br />

Maximum enrollment is 65.<br />

Cost: $375 members; $475 non-members<br />

Public Safety Drone Operations<br />

Unit Manager Course<br />

Mon. July 25 – Tue. July 26 • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM<br />

Location: Tuscany 3<br />

The Public Safety Drone Operations Unit Manager Course is<br />

designed to provide public safety small unmanned aircraft<br />

systems unit managers and supervisors the latest information<br />

and tools to effectively and efficiently manage, supervise and<br />

lead their agency’s sUAS unit. The course will include topics<br />

regarding unit administration, budgets and finance, safety and<br />

SOPs, training program management, legal and regulatory<br />

issues, and personnel selection. Each class is designed specifically<br />

for the manager and supervisor to enhance his/her ability to<br />

lead their unit.<br />

Maximum enrollment is 65.<br />

Cost: $375 members; $475 non-members<br />

Public Safety Drone<br />

Operations Advanced Course<br />

Mon. July 25 – Tue. July 26 • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM<br />

Location: Tuscany 2<br />

The Advanced Public Safety Drone Operations Course was developed<br />

with all aspects of public safety in mind. It will provide the<br />

student with the latest information and tools to enhance their<br />

agency’s existing public safety drone unit. The course will include<br />

topics on tactical operations, unmanned and manned operations<br />

(risk mitigation), safety, operating to standards, fire service operations,<br />

law enforcement operations, SAR operations, digital<br />

media evidence, training issues and other topics beyond the<br />

basic operation of a drone unit. Experts in public safety aviation<br />

drone operations will instruct the course.<br />

Maximum enrollment is 65.<br />

Cost: $375 members; $475 non-members<br />

Public Safety Drone Aerial<br />

Thermography and Tactics Course<br />

Mon. July 25 – Tue. July 26 • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM<br />

Location: Tuscany 4<br />

The Public Safety Drone Aerial Thermography and Tactics Course<br />

is designed to provide UAS crew members with the tactical skills<br />

and information necessary to safely and successfully support<br />

ground units engaged in a variety of public safety missions. The<br />

student will gain knowledge on how to properly capture and interpret<br />

thermal images, as well to learn more about thermal<br />

payloads available for drones and their public safety applications.<br />

This class is essential to the professional development of remote<br />

pilots/public safety personnel who are operating drones.<br />

Maximum enrollment is 65.<br />

Cost: $375 members; $475 non-members<br />

Course registration includes Day 3 of APSCON Unmanned classes and the<br />

APSCON 2022 Opening Reception at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.<br />

Who is hosting this<br />

year’s APSCON?<br />

Washoe County (NV) Sheriff’s Office will be<br />

the conference hosts. APSA is very appreciative<br />

of all the hard work and dedication they<br />

have given to planning and hosting!<br />

How do I register<br />

to attend?<br />

Registering is easy! Attendees may either<br />

register online at www.publicsafetyaviation.org<br />

or fill out the form included in this issue of Air<br />

Beat and fax or mail it to APSA. Attendees<br />

registering by June 15, 2022, will receive<br />

early registration rates.<br />

How can I pay?<br />

On the website: Visit www.publicsafetyaviation.org<br />

and use your Visa, Master-<br />

Card, Discover or American Express for<br />

payment. Payment must be received with<br />

all registrations.<br />

By fax: Please fill out the registration<br />

form and fax to APSA with your Visa, Master-<br />

Card, Discover or American<br />

Express payment.<br />

By mail: Please fill out the registration<br />

form and return with your check, Visa,<br />

MasterCard, Discover or American<br />

Express payment.<br />

What if my unit is paying?<br />

If your unit is paying, please register<br />

early to receive the early registration<br />

rates. Payment must be received with all<br />

registrations. Call the APSA office for<br />

assistance with group billing.<br />

What does a full, threeday<br />

registration include?<br />

Admission to all general sessions and<br />

conference classes.<br />

APSCON Exhibit Hall Opening Reception,<br />

Sponsored by Bell, on Wednesday<br />

from 1700-2000.<br />

APSCON Opening Breakfast & General<br />

Membership Meeting, sponsored by<br />

Leonardo, at the Reno-Sparks Convention<br />

Center on Thursday.<br />

Entry to the APSCON Exhibit Hall<br />

during regularly scheduled hours.<br />

Friday lunch in the APSCON Exhibit Hall.<br />

Awards Reception on Friday at 1800.<br />

Admittance to all networking<br />

events sponsored by various<br />

APSA corporate members.<br />

Where can I pick up<br />

my badge?<br />

APSCON / APSCON Unmanned 2022<br />

Course registrants may pick up their badges<br />

and other registration materials at the Registration<br />

Desk located in the Tuscany Ballroom<br />

lobby of the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino<br />

beginning on Sunday, July 24 from 1600-1800.<br />

APSCON Conference Attendees and Exhibitors<br />

may pick up their badges and other registration<br />

materials at the Registration Desk located in the<br />

Hall 2 Lobby of the Reno-Sparks Convention Center<br />

beginning on Monday, July 25 at 0900.<br />

When will APSCON /<br />

APSCON Unmanned<br />

registration be open?<br />

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino<br />

(1st Floor, Tuscany Foyer) Conference<br />

Courses, APSCON Unmanned and Saturday<br />

Classes Only<br />

Registration Desk Hours<br />

Sunday, July 24 1600 - 1800<br />

Monday, July 25 0700 - 1700<br />

Tuesday, July 26 0700 - 1700<br />

Wednesday, July 27 0700 - 1500<br />

Saturday, July 30 0730 - 1200<br />

Reno Sparks Convention Center<br />

(Hall 2 Lobby) Conference Classes and Exhibit Hall<br />

Registration Desk Hours<br />

Monday, July 25 0900 - 1700<br />

(Exhibitor Only)<br />

Tuesday, July 26 0800 - 1700<br />

(Exhibitor Only)<br />

Wednesday, July 27 0800 - 2000<br />

Thursday, July 28 0800 - 1700<br />

Friday, July 29 0730 - 1700<br />

What if I have to cancel?<br />

Conference course and class attendees<br />

may cancel their registration(s) and receive<br />

a full refund by submitting written notice,<br />

which must be received by the APSA home<br />

office by July 10, <strong>2022.</strong> All cancellations<br />

received after this date will be charged a<br />

$50 administrative fee.<br />

Want to attend the 51st<br />

Annual Awards Reception?<br />

The awards ceremony will be held<br />

on Friday, July 29 at 1800 at the Peppermill<br />

Resort Spa Casino Tuscany D-F. Please plan<br />

to attend and honor the recipients.<br />

Registration and Cancellation/Refund Policy: To<br />

receive the advance registration discount APSA must<br />

receive the registration form postmarked no later than<br />

5PM EDT June 15, 2022 and payment MUST accompany<br />

the registration form. Conference course and conference<br />

attendees may cancel their registration(s) and receive a<br />

full refund by submitting written notice, which must be<br />

received in the APSA Headquarters by July 10, <strong>2022.</strong><br />

All cancellations received after this date will be charged<br />

a $50 administrative fee.<br />

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Photos courtesy of Visit Reno Tahoe.com and Outbound Collective.<br />

FOOD & DRINK<br />

Reno is where the largest alpine lake in<br />

<strong>No</strong>rth America meets the Biggest Little<br />

City in the World–a beautiful contrast<br />

of high adrenaline activities, burgeoning<br />

art scene and remote solitude.<br />

Reno offers beautiful scenery, parks, beaches, golf<br />

courses, superlative dining, 24-hour gaming and<br />

entertainment, public art and one-of-a-kind events<br />

like APSCON and APSCON Unmanned <strong>2022.</strong><br />

Reno is a city in renaissance. Heavy-hitter<br />

companies like Tesla and Google have set up shop<br />

here, helping spur a burst of new restaurants,<br />

retail, entertainment and nightlife. Art takes to<br />

the street in murals, public sculptures, galleries,<br />

special events and at the Nevada Museum of Art.<br />

Lake Tahoe is within easy driving distance of<br />

Reno, with popular high-alpine locations like<br />

Mt. Rose and Tahoe Meadows only 20–30<br />

minutes away. Tahoe’s pristine waters are a<br />

summer sweet spot for paddleboarders, kayakers<br />

and fishing enthusiasts.<br />

American Cuisine<br />

Bistro Napa<br />

<strong>38</strong>00 S. Virginia St. • Atlantis Casino Resort Spa<br />

775-335-4539<br />

www.atlantiscasino.com/reno-restaurants/bistro-napa<br />

Asian Cuisine<br />

Chi<br />

2707 S. Virginia St. • Peppermill Resort Spa Casino<br />

775-826-2121<br />

www.peppermillreno.com/dining/fine-dining/chi/<br />

Bar & Grill<br />

The Brew Brothers<br />

345 N. Virginia St. • Eldorado at the Row<br />

775-785-9047<br />

www.caesars.com/eldorado-reno/<br />

restaurants/brew-brothers<br />

Café/Deli<br />

Sports Deli<br />

2707 S. Virginia St. • Peppermill Resort Spa Casino<br />

866-821-9996<br />

www.peppermillreno.com/dining/quick-bites/<br />

sports-deli<br />

Manhattan Deli<br />

<strong>38</strong>00 S. Virginia St. • Atlantis Casino Resort Spa<br />

775-825-4700<br />

atlantiscasino.com/dining/fine-dining/manhattan-deli<br />

Italian Cuisine<br />

Romanza<br />

2707 S. Virginia St. • Peppermill Resort Spa Casino<br />

775-689-7474<br />

www.peppermillreno.com/dining/<br />

fine-dining/romanza<br />

Mario's Portofino Ristorante<br />

1505 South Virginia St. • 775-825-7779<br />

mariosportofino.com<br />

Seafood & Steaks<br />

Bimini Steakhouse<br />

2707 S. Virginia St. • Peppermill Resort Spa Casino<br />

800-648-6992<br />

www.peppermillreno.com/dining/fine-dining/<br />

bimini-steakhouse<br />

Atlantis Steakhouse<br />

<strong>38</strong>00 S. Virginia St • Atlantic Casino Resort Spa<br />

775-824-4430<br />

https://atlantiscasino.com/dining/<br />

fine-dining/atlantis-steakhouse<br />

Charlie Palmer Steak Reno<br />

2500 E. 2nd St. • Atlantic Casino Resort Spa<br />

775-789-2456<br />

https://www.charliepalmersteak.com/reno-menus/<br />

Oceano<br />

2707 S. Virginia St. • 775-689-7050<br />

www.peppermillreno.com/dining/<br />

casual-dining/oceano<br />

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Casinos<br />

Peppermill Resort<br />

Spa Casino<br />

2707 South Virginia Street<br />

www.peppermillreno.com<br />

Peppermill Reno Hotel Casino is known to be<br />

the best of the best in this Nevada gambling<br />

town, and with more than 60 awards to prove<br />

it, it’s a sure bet you’re going to win big here!<br />

Atlantis Casino<br />

Resort Spa<br />

<strong>38</strong>00 South Virginia Street<br />

www.atlantiscasino.com<br />

Whether you’re Uncle Money Bags or Sir<br />

Empty Money Bags, this Reno gem invites<br />

you into its treasure trove of slot machines,<br />

video poker machines and table games, all<br />

waiting for you to pull up a chair.<br />

Circus Circus Hotel<br />

and Casino<br />

500 <strong>No</strong>rth Sierra Street<br />

www.caesars.com/circus-circus-reno<br />

Don’t make us call your bluff by denying that<br />

you weren’t completely giddy at the thought<br />

of vacationing at a resort that combines kiddy<br />

carnival thrills with big kid casino games.<br />

Eldorado Hotel Casino<br />

345 N. Virginia Street<br />

www.caesars.com/eldorado-reno<br />

The Eldorado Hotel Casino is part of the main<br />

lifeline of Reno, pumping winners out of its<br />

doors and into the glittery streets every night.<br />

Silver Legacy Resort<br />

and Casino<br />

407 N. Virginia Street<br />

www.silverlegacyreno.com<br />

In addition to its highly-impressive 85,000-<br />

sq.-ft. casino floor, this Reno hotspot plays<br />

host to Tony Award-winning productions, too!<br />

family FUN & SUN<br />

Basecamp Climbing Wall<br />

255 N. Virginia Street<br />

www.basecampreno.com/the-big-wall<br />

One of the tallest climbing walls in the world<br />

runs on the side of Whitney Peak Hotel in<br />

the center of downtown Reno near the<br />

iconic Reno arch.<br />

Fleischmann Planetarium<br />

664 N. Virginia St. • www.planetarium.unr.edu<br />

Offers public star shows and large-format<br />

films showing daily in the dome theater, and<br />

public star observing courtesy of the Astronomical<br />

Society of Nevada.<br />

The Discovery<br />

490 S. Center Street • www.nvdm.org<br />

The Discovery is an exuberant place for kids<br />

to experience the amazements of the region<br />

while forging lasting friendships with nature,<br />

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BY Erik Fritsvold<br />

Technology is transforming police work in the 21st century — introducing<br />

new tools to fight crime and new categories of crime to fight. For example,<br />

while more and more police departments across the country are deploying<br />

drones as eyes in the sky, the FBI reports they are also being used for criminal<br />

activities.<br />

When this article was first written in 2016, these technologies were just<br />

rolling out across agencies. <strong>No</strong>w, with the rapid pace of technological developments,<br />

agencies are finding new and innovative ways to leverage these<br />

tools to enhance public safety, catch criminals and save lives.<br />

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From drones and body-worn<br />

cameras to facial recognition<br />

software and artificial intelligence,<br />

here’s a list of 12 of the<br />

most important technologies<br />

that are equipping law enforcement<br />

agencies with new capabilities<br />

to protect and serve.<br />

Facial Recognition Software<br />

One of the more controversial<br />

emerging police technologies<br />

involves the use of facial recognition<br />

software. When this<br />

Innovative<br />

Police Technologies<br />

BY Erik Fritsvold<br />

tool first made its way into law<br />

enforcement repertoires, many<br />

were concerned that it would be<br />

used unethically. Thankfully, that<br />

has not been the case, and facial<br />

recognition is proving to be an<br />

effective investigative tool.<br />

The goal of facial recognition<br />

software is that it will help<br />

improve safety and security in a<br />

number of instances. NYPD officers<br />

were able to find and arrest<br />

a rape suspect within 24 hours<br />

of the attack using facial<br />

recognition software.<br />

And, because facial recognition<br />

is so promising,<br />

the U.S. Department of<br />

Homeland Security predicts<br />

that it will be used<br />

on 97 percent of travelers<br />

by 2023.<br />

Biometrics<br />

Police have been using<br />

fingerprints to identify<br />

people for more than<br />

a century. <strong>No</strong>w, in addition to<br />

facial recognition and DNA, there<br />

is an ever-expanding array of<br />

biometric (and behavioral) characteristics<br />

being utilized by law<br />

enforcement and the intelligence<br />

community. These include voice<br />

recognition, palmprints, wrist<br />

veins, iris recognition, gait analysis<br />

and even heartbeats.<br />

The FBI has developed a database<br />

called the Next Generation<br />

Identification (NGI) system,<br />

“which provides the criminal<br />

justice community with the<br />

world’s largest and most efficient<br />

electronic repository of<br />

biometric and criminal history<br />

information.”<br />

With comprehensive electronic<br />

databases now in place to more<br />

effectively use DNA and other<br />

biometric data in law enforcement,<br />

even the use of fingerprints<br />

to identify suspects has<br />

gone high-tech. For example, a<br />

CNBC report explains how police<br />

in London can now use a mobile<br />

INK (Identity <strong>No</strong>t Known) biometrics<br />

device to scan a suspect’s<br />

fingerprints and in many cases<br />

reveal their identity within 60<br />

seconds.<br />

Voice Technology<br />

An officer’s patrol car is like a<br />

mobile command center, meaning<br />

there are numerous computers<br />

and tools that an officer can<br />

use while on the road. But because<br />

there are so many different<br />

features, safely multitasking<br />

can be difficult. One of the latest<br />

innovations being incorporated<br />

into police cars is a new voice<br />

command technology that empowers<br />

officers to control many<br />

functions in their vehicle while<br />

driving and performing other<br />

patrol duties.<br />

The capabilities of these voice<br />

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systems vary from vehicle to<br />

vehicle, but most can handle<br />

commands to run a license plate<br />

or turn on a siren. The more<br />

advanced and most promising<br />

capability of voice command<br />

technology in police cars will<br />

make filing reports much easier<br />

— officers can dictate their notes<br />

which are then logged directly<br />

into their agency’s RMS system.<br />

Robots<br />

Many law enforcement agencies<br />

are now using next-generation<br />

robotic cameras to deliver<br />

visual and audio surveillance of<br />

potential crime scenes that may<br />

be too dangerous or too hard for<br />

officers to reach.<br />

Some of these devices are even<br />

“throwable” (up to 120 feet and<br />

capable of withstanding repeated<br />

30-foot drops) — powered by<br />

an electric motor and equipped<br />

with high-tech wheels that<br />

enable them to move, climb and<br />

explore even the most challenging<br />

spaces while being operated<br />

wirelessly by a trained officer.<br />

Automaker Ford has filed a patent<br />

for a self-driving police car<br />

equipped with artificial intelligence.<br />

These high-tech cruisers<br />

are designed to catch violators<br />

of traffic laws or impaired drivers<br />

by transmitting information<br />

to human officers or carrying an<br />

optional passenger officer who<br />

could make arrests.<br />

Additional applications for<br />

using robots in police work, now<br />

and on the near horizon, include:<br />

Ever-expanding capabilities<br />

for robots to gather surveillance<br />

information, take police reports<br />

and provide communications in<br />

settings where human officers’<br />

safety would be compromised<br />

• China’s ongoing development<br />

of an “AnBot” robot to patrol<br />

banks, airports and schools<br />

• Patrolling tourist attractions<br />

with a touchscreen-equipped<br />

robot officer, as is now on duty<br />

in Dubai<br />

Video Doorbells<br />

Video doorbells have been<br />

installed by thousands of homeowners<br />

as a way to enhance<br />

home security and give them<br />

peace of mind. It turns out,<br />

though, that these surveillance<br />

systems are also helping law<br />

enforcement when it comes to<br />

criminal investigations. In 2020<br />

alone, law enforcement agencies<br />

across the U.S. made more than<br />

20,000 requests last year for<br />

footage captured by Ring video<br />

doorbells and other home-security<br />

cameras. Amazon — which<br />

owns Ring — has entered into<br />

more than 2,000 cooperative<br />

agreements with law enforcement<br />

agencies, which allows<br />

them to automatically ask camera<br />

owners for their security<br />

footage if they live near a crime<br />

scene.<br />

ShotSpotter<br />

“Shots fired!” is not an uncommon<br />

dispatch from witnesses or<br />

officers on patrol, but pinpointing<br />

the exact location of the gunfire<br />

takes up precious time when<br />

every moment counts. Today,<br />

more and more cities are implementing<br />

ShotSpotter technology<br />

that uses sensors to detect<br />

gunfire and analysts to track the<br />

data and instantly relay it to police,<br />

enabling them to arrive on<br />

the scene more quickly than ever<br />

before.<br />

Named for the leading provider<br />

of this technology — California-based<br />

ShotSpotter — the<br />

service can cost $40,000 to<br />

$60,000 per square mile per year<br />

for cities to cover high-crime<br />

areas. The company claims it can<br />

“detect 90%+ of gunfire incidents<br />

with a precise location in less<br />

than 60 seconds to significantly<br />

improve response times.”<br />

A dramatic example of<br />

ShotSpotter in action took place<br />

in 2017 in Fresno, Calif., where<br />

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police used it to apprehend a<br />

criminal on a killing spree. The<br />

technology enabled police to<br />

trace the killer’s movements and<br />

apprehend him in 4 minutes and<br />

13 seconds.<br />

Thermal Imaging<br />

Thermal imaging has become<br />

an important police technology<br />

tool that is especially helpful in<br />

dark conditions. Thermal image<br />

cameras, some available as<br />

small hand-held units, utilize<br />

infrared imaging to detect heat<br />

emitted by such objects as humans<br />

and animals, and to deliver<br />

a “heat picture” or “heat map” of<br />

the environment in question.<br />

As seen on any number of TV<br />

crime shows, it can be used to<br />

track the motion of suspects in a<br />

darkened building. Such technology<br />

has life-saving applications<br />

— from firefighting to search and<br />

rescue missions (for example,<br />

finding a lost child or senior citizen<br />

in a blinding snowstorm).<br />

Artificial Intelligence<br />

The ongoing expansion of the<br />

Internet of Things (IoT) means<br />

more data is being generated,<br />

collected and analyzed than ever<br />

before — much of which can be<br />

incredibly valuable in a law enforcement<br />

context.<br />

But the<br />

process of<br />

deriving<br />

actionable<br />

insights<br />

from<br />

immense<br />

amounts<br />

of data is<br />

so incredibly<br />

time-consuming that it is not<br />

remotely cost-effective when<br />

performed by humans. That’s<br />

where artificial intelligence (AI)<br />

and its subcategory machine<br />

learning<br />

come in.<br />

AI is used<br />

to support<br />

many other<br />

police<br />

technologies,<br />

including<br />

some<br />

of those<br />

mentioned<br />

above like ShotSpotter, facial<br />

recognition and biometrics. It<br />

can also be used for crime mapping:<br />

crunching data that can<br />

be used to far more effectively<br />

pinpoint high-crime areas, so<br />

police can monitor them more<br />

closely and deploy additional<br />

resources.<br />

Artificial intelligence is also<br />

being used for “crime forecasting.”<br />

Utilizing so-called “deep<br />

learning” algorithms, programmers<br />

can train computers to<br />

analyze data from a vast array of<br />

sources and categories to actually<br />

predict when and where<br />

crimes are likely to occur. This<br />

allows agencies to properly allocate<br />

resources and increases the<br />

likelihood that officers will be in<br />

the right place at the right time.<br />

Smarter Cruisers<br />

Police cruisers have come a<br />

long way since the first police<br />

car hit the streets of Akron, Ohio,<br />

in 1899 (with a gong for a siren<br />

and a cell in the back for prisoners).<br />

Innovation in modern police<br />

cruisers (and those of the future)<br />

has brought about such upgrades<br />

as fingertip access to Wi-<br />

Fi connected laptops, tablets,<br />

and in-dash computers, giving<br />

officers the benefit of instant<br />

access to vital information, communication<br />

systems, and more.<br />

Enhanced dashcam capabilities<br />

are highly useful for surveillance<br />

and information gathering, as<br />

well as for evidentiary and accountability<br />

purposes. Next-generation<br />

officer safety features<br />

(for example, armor-piercing<br />

bulletproof doors) are also being<br />

incorporated into some police<br />

vehicles, and semi-autonomous<br />

operational capabilities are not<br />

far down the road.<br />

Automatic License Plate Recognition<br />

(ALPR)<br />

The same technology that<br />

enables toll collectors to automatically<br />

scan and collect the<br />

registration numbers and letters<br />

on your license plate to charge<br />

you a fee is now being used by<br />

police for a variety of law enforcement<br />

purposes, from identifying<br />

stolen cars to catching<br />

up with people who have active<br />

warrants or monitoring “Amber<br />

Alerts.” However, the technology<br />

law enforcement uses for ALPR<br />

has taken another innovative<br />

step forward.<br />

The latest in ALPR technology<br />

combines optical recognition<br />

technology with AI, allowing law<br />

enforcement to reliably and consistently<br />

identify license plates.<br />

Before the enhanced AI capability,<br />

some ALPR cameras provided<br />

low-resolution and blurry images,<br />

making proper identification<br />

difficult. With AI, ALPR cameras<br />

can identify “the make, model<br />

and color of cars even in low<br />

light and poor weather, distinguish<br />

individual characters on<br />

license plates, learn new plates<br />

as they appear and expand its<br />

database to include updated and<br />

unfamiliar designs.”<br />

The reality that multiple cameras<br />

could be capturing images<br />

of the same license plate potentially<br />

gives police the ability to<br />

track a vehicle’s movements over<br />

time, revealing details about an<br />

operator’s whereabouts, which<br />

could obviously be helpful in<br />

catching criminals.<br />

However, privacy advocates like<br />

the ACLU — asserting that drivers<br />

are not voluntarily offering<br />

up detailed information on their<br />

comings and goings — warn<br />

that such powerful technology<br />

should be subject to restrictions<br />

and close monitoring to ensure it<br />

is not being abused. Many states<br />

and law enforcement agencies<br />

have put in place limitations to<br />

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how this valuable technology is<br />

deployed.<br />

Enhanced Body-Worn Cameras<br />

Video of police officers doing<br />

their jobs in challenging situations<br />

used to be rare; today it is<br />

ubiquitous, as seen in a number<br />

of high-profile incidents that<br />

have drawn intense public and<br />

media scrutiny.<br />

As more cities and communities<br />

choose to equip police<br />

departments with body-worn<br />

cameras, the ability of law<br />

enforcement supervisors, as<br />

well as the public, to gain a<br />

street-level view of on-duty<br />

police work has expanded<br />

dramatically — setting in motion<br />

an ongoing debate around the<br />

importance and the impact of<br />

this technology.<br />

In addition to being smaller,<br />

less cumbersome, and more durable,<br />

some body-worn cameras<br />

are designed to better integrate<br />

with in-car systems to provide<br />

synchronized video of an event<br />

from multiple points of view.<br />

Other advancements include<br />

higher resolution, clearer audio,<br />

wider fields of vision, and<br />

heightened resistance to environmental<br />

conditions such as<br />

extreme cold.<br />

Related technology now includes<br />

smart holsters that are<br />

designed to activate the body<br />

camera anytime the officer<br />

draws his or her firearm. At least<br />

one manufacturer of body-worn<br />

police technology makes a camera<br />

capable of issuing an alert<br />

when an officer is down. On the<br />

horizon: body-worn police cameras<br />

equipped with facial recognition<br />

capabilities.<br />

Drones<br />

Also called unmanned aerial<br />

vehicles (UAVs), drones are<br />

increasingly being used by police<br />

to gain aerial vantage points for<br />

crime scene work, search and<br />

rescue efforts, accident reconstruction,<br />

crowd monitoring<br />

and more. Some of the more<br />

sophisticated models can be<br />

equipped with thermal imaging<br />

or 3D mapping software to offer<br />

GPS-enhanced precision to the<br />

areas being surveyed.<br />

Many police drones and UAVs<br />

are also equipped with zoom<br />

cameras, making them incredibly<br />

valuable for delivering actionable,<br />

real-time intel in high-risk,<br />

“armed and dangerous” situations.<br />

Mastering the Use and Implications<br />

of Police Technology<br />

As police technology continues<br />

to evolve, law enforcement<br />

leaders have a powerful stake<br />

in staying well-informed about<br />

these advanced capabilities —<br />

both their positive impact on the<br />

safety of officers and the public,<br />

and the ethical questions involving<br />

rights to privacy.<br />

Police chiefs and agency<br />

executives will need to understand<br />

the pros and cons to make<br />

informed recommendations on<br />

what technologies their departments<br />

and communities should<br />

be investing in. Retired California<br />

police chief Jim Davis explains<br />

that, when he started his career,<br />

“if we were 10 to 20 years behind<br />

in technology it really didn’t<br />

matter that much. But now, if<br />

you are 10 to 20 days behind in<br />

your technology the bad guys are<br />

getting way ahead of you.”<br />

ABOUT THE AUTHOR<br />

Erik Fritsvold, PhD, Academic<br />

Director, MS-LEPSL Program<br />

Erik Fritsvold serves as the Academic<br />

Director for the Master of<br />

Science in Law Enforcement and<br />

Public Safety Leadership program.<br />

He was the founding faculty<br />

member for the program and<br />

part of the team that shepherded<br />

it from concept through launch<br />

– a process that included three<br />

years of research and collaboration<br />

with law enforcement. Prof.<br />

Fritsvold personally directs all<br />

aspects of program academics,<br />

including curriculum, faculty, admissions,<br />

accreditation, and any<br />

issues related to students.<br />

Prof. Fritsvold’s primary expertise<br />

is applying core tenets of<br />

academic criminology and criminal<br />

justice to dynamic, modern-day<br />

law enforcement. The<br />

cutting-edge nature of the Law<br />

Enforcement and Public Safety<br />

Leadership program requires<br />

Prof. Fritsvold to be meaningfully<br />

engaged with an array of academic<br />

and practitioner-centric<br />

specialties including leadership,<br />

organizational theory, Constitutional<br />

Law, communications,<br />

data-driven and intelligence-led<br />

policing, law enforcement and<br />

criminal justice policy, conflict<br />

resolution, and law enforcement<br />

best practices.<br />

Prof. Fritsvold has been a fulltime<br />

faculty member at USD in<br />

various capacities since 2005.<br />

He formerly served as an Associate<br />

Professor of Sociology in<br />

the Crime, Justice, Law & Society<br />

Concentration, teaching an array<br />

of undergraduate courses in sociology,<br />

criminology, and criminal<br />

justice. He has also served<br />

as both a Department Chair and<br />

Interim Associate Dean in the College<br />

of Arts & Sciences. In 2013,<br />

Prof. Fritsvold was recognized by<br />

Princeton Review as one of America’s<br />

“Best 300 Professors” in a<br />

book by the same name.<br />

Erik earned his B.A. in Sociology<br />

from the University of San Diego<br />

in 2000, and his M.A. and Ph.D.<br />

from the Criminology, Law & Society<br />

Department at the University<br />

of California at Irvine in 2003 and<br />

2006 respectively.<br />

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History of the Conference<br />

The Sheriffs’ Association of Texas met for the first time on August<br />

14, 1874, in the courthouse in Corsicana, Navarro County,<br />

Texas. The meeting was called to order by Sul Ross, Sheriff of Mc-<br />

Lennan County, who later became a notable part of Texas history.<br />

The Sheriffs began annual training conferences in 1878. These<br />

training conferences today are the largest composite gathering of<br />

law enforcement officers in Texas. Sheriffs and other county and<br />

local law enforcement officers, federal and state officers, and major<br />

industry security personnel attend.<br />

The Office of Sheriff in Texas was created by the Texas Constitution.<br />

There are 254 Counties in Texas and each county has a<br />

Sheriff. By statutes, the Sheriff is a Texas peace officer, a conservator<br />

of the peace, enforces the criminal laws of the State, and is<br />

responsible for the county jail, bail bonds, civil process, and security<br />

of the courts. In some small counties the Sheriff is also the tax<br />

collector.<br />

The Office of Sheriff is one of the oldest offices known to our<br />

system of jurisprudence. Sheriffs are elected to office and serve for<br />

a four-year term. The size of Texas Sheriffs offices are as diverse as<br />

the population of their counties.<br />

The preamble of the first meeting: “That we, as Sheriffs, have<br />

assembled in convention for no political purpose whatsoever, but<br />

for the purpose of more successfully aiding each other as officers,<br />

to execute the laws, in the discharge of our duties against criminals,<br />

and for the further and better protection of the citizens of<br />

our respective counties and the State at large.”<br />

The goal and mission of the Association remains the same today.<br />

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Agenda<br />

2022 Annual Conference (144th) Schedule<br />

FRIDAY <strong>JULY</strong> 22<br />

3-5 pm Board of Directors Meeting<br />

3-6 pm Exhibitor Vehicle set-up<br />

SATURDAY <strong>JULY</strong> 23<br />

7 am Golf Tournament<br />

9 am-6 pm Exhibitor set-up<br />

1-5 pm Registration<br />

3-5 pm Training Session<br />

SUNDAY <strong>JULY</strong> 24<br />

9am-5pm Registration<br />

9 am-5pm Exhibits, Silent Auction & Raffles open<br />

11 am- 12 pm Cowboy Church<br />

5-9 pm Youth Event (Main Event Fort Worth <strong>No</strong>rth)<br />

6 pm Welcome Dinner & Entertainment<br />

MONDAY <strong>JULY</strong> 25<br />

8 am-12 pm Registration<br />

8:30 am-5 pm Youth Event (Fort Worth Stockyards)<br />

8:30 am-12 pm Opening Ceremonies & Welcome<br />

10-10:30 am Break/Sergeant-At-Arms Election<br />

11 am-1 pm Spouse Luncheon with Guest Speaker<br />

11-12 pm Exhibitor Lunch<br />

11am-5pm Exhibits, Silent Auction & Raffles open<br />

12 pm Sheriffs’ Group Photo<br />

12-1:30 pm Attendee Lunch in Exhibit Hall<br />

3-5 pm Exhibit Review and Prize Drawings<br />

3 pm Ice Cream Social in Exhibit Hall<br />

4:30 pm Conclusion of Silent Auction in Exhibit Hall<br />

5-8 pm Exhibitor move-out<br />

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TUESDAY <strong>JULY</strong> 26<br />

8:30 am-8:30 pm Youth Event (Six Flags Over Texas Arlington)<br />

8:30 am-12 pm General Session<br />

10:30-11 am Break/Sgt. At Arms Run-off Election (if needed)<br />

11 am-1 pm Spouse Meet-and-Greet<br />

12-1 pm Lunch<br />

1-5 pm Concurrent Training Sessions<br />

6:30 pm Annual Banquet & Installation of Officers<br />

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What to Do This Summer?<br />

Head Down to<br />

Galveston Island<br />

Attractions<br />

Galveston Island is home to some of the<br />

best attractions Texas has to offer, including<br />

Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn<br />

Waterpark, the Historic Pleasure Pier,<br />

unique museums, dazzling Victorian architecture,<br />

and 32 miles of sun-kissed beach-<br />

Historic Buildings & Homes<br />

Although most of the original structures are long gone, the<br />

stories of early islanders live on in renovated structures<br />

and new establishments created in memory of the past.<br />

Galveston Beaches<br />

With 32 miles of shoreline and a variety of<br />

parks, Galveston Island offers something for<br />

every kind of beachgoer. And with warm Gulf<br />

waves from spring through October, there’s<br />

plenty of time to explore each beach’s unique<br />

personality. Whatever your sunseeking fancy,<br />

Galveston has a beach for you.<br />

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Head Down to<br />

Galveston Island<br />

Katie’s Seafood House<br />

2000 Wharf Rd Galveston, Texas<br />

(409) 765-5688<br />

For more than 20 years, Katie’s Seafood<br />

Market has provided the highest quality<br />

seafood to Galveston locals and visitors.<br />

In September of 2019, Katie’s husband,<br />

Buddy, opened Katie’s Seafood House<br />

right next to the store. The market supplies<br />

the restaurant with its fresh seafood,<br />

which is a unique attribute among<br />

restaurants and takes each dish to the<br />

next level. Stop in for a delicious shrimp<br />

platter and enjoy a house cocktail next<br />

time you in Galveston!<br />

Where to Stay?<br />

The BLUES recommends:<br />

Casa Del Mar Beachfront Suites<br />

Be the hero of your family vacation! With<br />

a relaxed vibe, beautiful views of the Gulf<br />

of Mexico and steps from the beach,<br />

Casa del Mar is ideal for a family vacation<br />

or weekend getaway. Each suite offers a<br />

private balcony, a small living room with a<br />

queen sleeper sofa, a studio kitchen, private<br />

bedroom, and junior bunks for small<br />

kids.<br />

The Spot<br />

3204 Seawall Blvd Galveston, Texas<br />

(409) 621-5237<br />

Island Famous: Five Venues, One Spot: The<br />

Spot, Tiki Bar, SideYard, Rum Shack and<br />

Squeeze! You can’t go wrong at The Spot, Galveston<br />

Island’s premier beachfront dining and<br />

entertainment destination. Dive into a mouthwatering<br />

burger or fresh seafood, grab a beer<br />

and find a sweet spot to relax inside or out on<br />

our multi-level beachfront patios. Whether you<br />

want to catch the game on one of our many<br />

HDTVs or enjoy the sparkling views of the Gulf<br />

of Mexico, every seat’s the best seat in the<br />

house. It’s the perfect setting to hang out with<br />

your friends and meet new ones.<br />

Tours & Sightseeing<br />

Whether you prefer to stroll down quaint<br />

alleyways by foot or trot through the streets<br />

in a carriage, all paths can lead you on an<br />

unforgettable journey back in time. You’ll<br />

be entertained and enlightened by knowledgeable<br />

guides giving tours on foot,<br />

carriage, shuttle or even boat. If you prefer<br />

to do you own thing, we’ve assemble<br />

self-guided tours of popular sights with<br />

maps designed for mobile devices.<br />

Rudy & Paco Restaurant and Bar<br />

2028 Postoffice St., Galveston, TX<br />

Phone: (409)762-3696<br />

When visiting Galveston Island, you simply<br />

can’t miss the Island’s most unique<br />

dining experience, Rudy & Paco. Awarded<br />

Top 100 Restaurants of 2017 and Top 100<br />

Romantic Restaurants of 2018, Rudy &<br />

Paco features grilled seafood and steak<br />

with a South and Central American sabor.<br />

Relax and unwind with your favorite<br />

cocktail while enjoying delicious Antojitos.<br />

Whether you’re dining for a special<br />

occasion or just grabbing a drink at the<br />

bar, coming to Rudy & Paco will surely<br />

be an experience like no other.<br />

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Head Down to<br />

Galveston Island<br />

TRAIN RIDES<br />

EVENT VENUE<br />

Galveston Railroad Museum<br />

Visit the Galveston Railroad Museum to learn the history of the golden age of rail and experience<br />

the excitement of bygone days. Interactive activities include walking through a<br />

railroad post office, sleeping cars, dining and baggage cars. Visit the fully restored train depot<br />

and enjoy current exhibits as well as hands-on fully operational signal lights, learn the<br />

Legacy of the Railroad including the story of the Pullman Porter, view a rare railroad calendar<br />

collection, artwork and the take selfies with the lifelike alabaster sculptures that depict<br />

depot passengers in period dress. Step inside a telephone booth, lift the receiver to your<br />

ear and overhear their conversations. Don’t miss additional exhibits located on the railyard<br />

and board a caboose for a real train ride! The Galveston Railroad Museum is family friendly<br />

and has something for all ages to enjoy! Check our online schedule for upcoming events.<br />

Home of the popular Christmas holiday family event The Polar Express Train Ride, pajamas<br />

are encouraged for the full experience that runs <strong>No</strong>vember thru December. Membership at<br />

the Galveston Railroad Museum is loaded with benefits including Polar Express early bird<br />

ticket purchase. In addition, members enjoy year- round access to the museum and enjoy<br />

discounts in the museum store and at special events. Don’t miss the train! For additional<br />

information go to www.GalvestonRRMuseum.org or call (409) 765-5700.<br />

EXHIBITS<br />

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409-765-5700<br />

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Show this ad at the museum ticket counter or online code “Blue” to receive a 1st responder<br />

20% discount on museum exhibits and rides. Valid Through September 30, 2022<br />

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HONORING OUR FALLEN HEROES<br />

POLICE OFFICER HOUSTON RYAN TIPPING<br />

POLICE OFFICER ADRIAN LOPEZ, SR.<br />

LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT, CALIFORNIA<br />

END OF WATCH SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2022<br />

AGE: 32 TOUR: 5 YEARS BADGE: 43<strong>38</strong>2<br />

Police Officer Houston Tipping succumbed to injuries sustained three days earlier during a training<br />

scenario at the Elysian Park Police Academy. He was participating in a defensive tactics scenario<br />

with another officer when he fell and suffered a spinal cord injury. Other officers immediately began<br />

CPR before he was transported to a local hospital. He succumbed to his injuries on May 29th,<br />

<strong>2022.</strong> Officer Tipping had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for five years and was<br />

assigned to the Devonshire Division. He is survived by his parents, stepfather, and two siblings.<br />

WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBAL POLICE<br />

END OF WATCH THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2022<br />

AGE: 35 TOUR: 1 YEAR 3 MO. BADGE: P219<br />

Officer Adrian Lopez was shot and killed during a traffic stop on East Fork Road in Whiteriver, Arizona, at<br />

about 7:10 pm. An altercation occurred between Officer Lopez and the driver during which Officer Lopez<br />

was fatally shot. The subject then stole Officer Lopez’s patrol vehicle and fled the scene with other White<br />

Mountain Apache Police in pursuit. The pursuit traveled almost 40 miles before officers and the subject<br />

exchanged shots near Hawley Lake, during which another officer was wounded and the subject was<br />

killed. Officer Lopez was a U.S. Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He had served with the White<br />

Mountain Apache Tribal Police Department for five months and had previously served 10 months with<br />

the United States Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services in Wind<br />

River, Wyoming. He is survived by his wife and two children.<br />

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HONORING OUR FALLEN HEROES<br />

DEPUTY SHERIFF THOMAS E. BAKER, III<br />

POLICE OFFICER CHRISTOPHER NICHOLAS FARIELLO<br />

NICHOLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT, WEST VIRGINIA<br />

END OF WATCH FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2022<br />

AGE: 48 TOUR: 19 YEARS BADGE: 223<br />

Deputy Sheriff Tom Baker was shot and killed after he and another deputy responded to a domestic disturbance<br />

in the Birch River area of the county. He and his partner were talking to two men who had come out of<br />

a trailer. Both men ran back into the trailer as the deputies pursued them and attempted to apprehend them<br />

by deploying a Taser. Once inside the trailer, the men opened fire on the deputies. Deputy Baker was struck<br />

in the back, and his partner was wounded in the leg as they sought cover outside of the trailer. Despite their<br />

wounds, they were able to return fire and one of the men was killed. Deputy Baker had served in law enforcement<br />

for a total of 19 years. He is survived by his wife, two children, two step-children, grandmother, and two<br />

sisters.<br />

TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FLORIDA<br />

END OF WATCH WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2022<br />

AGE: 34 TOUR: 4 YEARS BADGE: 726<br />

Police Officer Christopher Fariello was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on at the intersection of<br />

Capital Circle NW and <strong>No</strong>rthwest Passage by a vehicle being pursued by other officers at 1:26 am. Around<br />

12:30 am, the Tallahassee Police Department received a call about an assault. An investigation revealed that a<br />

subject entered his home, shot and wounded three of his family members, then fled in his vehicle. As the Leon<br />

County Sheriff’s Office and Tallahassee Police Department encountered the vehicle at <strong>No</strong>rth Monroe Street<br />

and Capital Circle NW, the subject turned his vehicle around, drove toward oncoming traffic, and collided with<br />

Officer Fariello’s patrol car. Officer Fariello was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.<br />

Officer Fariello had served with the Tallahassee Police Department for four years and had previously served<br />

with the Wilton Manors Police Department. He is survived by his parents, brother, and cousin.<br />

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HONORING OUR FALLEN HEROES<br />

SENIOR INVESTIGATOR KYLE LEE PATTERSON<br />

POLICE OFFICER KENNIS WINSTON CROOM<br />

FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION<br />

END OF WATCH THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2022<br />

AGE: 35 TOUR: 15 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Senior Investigator Kyle Patterson succumbed to injuries sustained in a head-on collision on Okeechobee<br />

Road, near South Header Canal Road, in Fort Pierce. A driver was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes<br />

when they crashed into Investigator Patterson’s Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission truck at<br />

about 12:00 pm. The driver of the other vehicle was also killed. Investigator Patterson was airlifted to the<br />

hospital where he succumbed to injuries. Investigator Patterson had served with the Florida Fish and Wildlife<br />

Conservation Commission for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and young children.<br />

MERIDIAN POLICE DEPARTMENT, MISSISSIPPI<br />

END OF WATCH THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2022<br />

AGE: 30 TOUR: 9 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Police Officer Kennis Croom was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call at the 2400<br />

block of 51st Avenue in Meridian at 5:30 pm. Other officers responding to the call discovered that Officer<br />

Croom and a victim of the domestic violence had been shot. Both were pronounced dead a short time later.<br />

The male suspect had fled the scene but was arrested the following morning by members of a United States<br />

Marshals Service task force in Choctaw County. Officer Croom had served with the Meridian Police Department<br />

for almost two years and previously served with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson Police<br />

Department, Brookhaven Police Department, and Hinds County Sheriff’s Office.<br />

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HONORING OUR FALLEN HEROES<br />

DETECTIVE JUSTIN MICHAEL TERRY<br />

DEPUTY FIRST CLASS GLENN R. HILLIARD<br />

LAS VEGAS METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPT., NEVADA<br />

END OF WATCH FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2022<br />

AGE: 45 TOUR: 21 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Detective Justin Terry was killed when a steel height-restriction beam fell onto his department vehicle on U.S.<br />

95, near Route 215, at about 7:00 am. The beam had been installed to prevent over-height vehicles from<br />

entering the construction zone where a new overpass was being built. A tractor-trailer pulling a piece of large<br />

equipment struck the beam, causing it to fall onto Detective Terry’s vehicle as he also drove beneath it.<br />

Detective Terry had served with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for 21 years and was assigned<br />

to the Homicide Sex Crimes Bureau. He is survived by his wife and two sons.<br />

WICOMICO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, MARYLAND<br />

END OF WATCH SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2022<br />

AGE: 41 TOUR: 16 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard was shot and killed in Pittsville while attempting to arrest a man wanted on<br />

multiple felony warrants from several jurisdictions. Deputy Hilliard saw the man leaving his apartment on Gumboro<br />

Road and attempted to arrest him. The man fled on foot and then opened fire on Deputy Hilliard as he<br />

pursued him. Deputy Hilliard was fatally wounded during the shooting. The man continued to flee after shooting<br />

Deputy Hilliard but was arrested later in the night. He was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree<br />

murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and the use of a firearm in<br />

the commission of a violent crime. Deputy Hilliard had served with the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office for six<br />

years and had previously served with the Berlin Police Department for 10 years. He is survived by his wife and<br />

three children.<br />

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HONORING OUR FALLEN HEROES<br />

CORPORAL MICHAEL PAREDES<br />

POLICE OFFICER JOSEPH SANTANA<br />

EL MONTE POLICE DEPARTMENT, CALIFORNIA<br />

END OF WATCH TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2022<br />

AGE: 42 TOUR: 22 YEARS BADGE: 565<br />

Corporal Michael Paredes and Police Officer Joseph Santana were shot and killed while responding to a domestic<br />

violence call at 10327 Garvey Avenue. At 4:45 pm, Corporal Paredes and Officer Santana responded<br />

to a report of a possible stabbing between a boyfriend and girlfriend. When they arrived at the hotel room, they<br />

were met with gunfire. The subject fled into the parking lot, and responding officers exchanged gunfire with<br />

the suspect. Both officers were taken to the L.A. County USC Medical Center, where they succumbed to their<br />

wounds. The subject was shot and killed. Corporal Paredes served with the El Monte Police Department for 22<br />

years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.<br />

EL MONTE POLICE DEPARTMENT, CALIFORNIA<br />

END OF WATCH TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2022<br />

AGE: 31 TOUR: 4 YEARS BADGE: 706<br />

Police Officer Joseph Santana and Corporal Michael Paredes were shot and killed while responding to a domestic<br />

violence call at 10327 Garvey Avenue. At 4:45 pm, Officer Santana and Corporal Paredes responded<br />

to a report of a possible stabbing between a boyfriend and girlfriend. When they arrived at the hotel room, they<br />

were met with gunfire. The subject fled into the parking lot and responding officers exchanged gunfire with<br />

the suspect. Both officers were taken to the L.A. County USC Medical Center where they succumbed to their<br />

wounds. The subject was shot and killed. Officer Santana had served with the El Monte Police Department<br />

for one year and previously served with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office. He is survived by his wife,<br />

daughter, and twin sons.<br />

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HONORING OUR FALLEN HEROES<br />

DEPUTY SHERIFF AUSTIN DEREK ALDRIDGE<br />

DEPUTY SHERIFF J’MAR COLIN ABEL<br />

SPARTANBURG COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, SC<br />

END OF WATCH TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2022<br />

AGE: 25 TOUR: 3 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Deputy Sheriff Austin Aldridge was shot and killed while responding to a domestic call at 3:20 pm on Chaffee<br />

Drive in Spartanburg. When Deputy Aldridge approached the house, he was ambushed by the subject. Bystanders<br />

gave medical aide to Deputy Aldridge until EMS arrived and then provided responding officers with a<br />

description of the subject and his vehicle. Deputy Aldridge was transported to the hospital and succumbed to<br />

his wounds at 9:26 pm.<br />

Deputy Aldridge had served with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office for three years. He is survived by his<br />

wife.<br />

CHAMBERS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, ALABAMA<br />

END OF WATCH MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2022<br />

AGE: 24 TOUR: 2 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Deputy Sheriff J’Mar Abel was killed in a vehicle crash on County Road 278 between Welch and Standing<br />

Rock. He was assisting the Roanoke Police Department during a vehicle pursuit when his patrol SUV left the<br />

roadway while rounding a curve at about 4:30 pm. The patrol car overturned after striking a ditch on the side<br />

of the road. He was tranpsorted to West Georgia Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries. The<br />

subject was apprehended.<br />

Deputy Abel was killed on his two-year anniversary with the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office. He is survived<br />

by his father and fiancée.<br />

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HONORING OUR FALLEN HEROES<br />

DEPUTY SHERIFF AUSTIN W. “MELVIN” RICHARDSON<br />

DETENTION OFFICER JEREMIAH STORY<br />

FREMONT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, IOWA<br />

END OF WATCH TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2022<br />

AGE: 37 TOUR: 15 YEARS BADGE: 36-4<br />

Deputy Sheriff Melvin Richardson succumbed to injuries sustained in a collision with a harvesting combine<br />

on Highway 275 near 260th Street. At 12:35 pm, the combine was traveling southbound on Highway 275.<br />

Deputy Richardson was driving northbound when his vehicle collided with the combine. The combine was<br />

wider than the lane, and Deputy Richardson’s left front tire collided with the machine.<br />

Deputy Richardson had served with the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office for seven years and had served in law<br />

enforcement for more than 15 years. He had previously served with the Sidney Police Department and Auburn<br />

Police Department. He is survived by his wife and three children.<br />

PERRY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, ARKANSAS<br />

END OF WATCH WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2022<br />

AGE: 21 TOUR: N/A BADGE: N/A<br />

Detention Officer Jeremiah Story was shot and killed while processing a subject into the Perry County Detention<br />

Center at 511 Aplin Avenue in Perryville.<br />

Officer Story was standing in the restroom while the subject, who had been arrested for drug charges, was<br />

changing into jail-issued clothing. The man produced a pistol he had concealed on his person and shot Officer<br />

Story. The subject was subdued after shooting Officer Story.<br />

The man was charged with capital murder and transferred to the Faulkner County Detention Center.<br />

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HONORING OUR FALLEN HEROES<br />

SERGEANT RICHARD LOPEZ<br />

RESERVE OFFICER JEFFREY RICHARDSON<br />

YAVAPAI COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, ARIZONA<br />

END OF WATCH TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2022<br />

AGE: 51 TOUR: 14 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Sergeant Richard Lopez was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect near Stagecoach Trail and<br />

Red Rock Lane in Cordes Lake at about 12:45 pm. He had responded to the area to investigate a theft and<br />

located the suspect nearby. The man shot him before fleeing into a nearby residence and barricading himself<br />

inside. Sergeant Lopez was transported to HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center where succumbed to his<br />

wounds. The subject was taken into custody after remaining barricaded in the home for several hours.<br />

Sergeant Lopez had served with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years. He is survived by his wife<br />

and two daughters.<br />

POTEET POLICE DEPARTMENT, TEXAS<br />

END OF WATCH WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2022<br />

AGE: 35 TOUR: N/A BADGE: 486<br />

Reserve Officer Jeffrey Richardson was struck and killed by a drunk driver while directing traffic at a construction<br />

zone in the 11700 block of N MoPac Expressway in Austin.<br />

He was working a secondary employment assignment when he was struck at about 2:00 am. The driver who<br />

struck him was arrested and charged with intoxicated assault.<br />

Officer Richardson is survived by his wife and five children.<br />

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HONORING OUR FALLEN HEROES<br />

DEPUTY SHERIFF BRAD JOHNSON<br />

CAPTAIN RALPH FRASURE<br />

BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, ALABAMA<br />

END OF WATCH THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2022<br />

AGE: 32 TOUR: 7 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Deputy Sheriff Brad Johnson succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day at about 5:00<br />

pm when he and another deputy were shot by an auto-theft suspect near the intersection of Alabama 25 &<br />

Bulldog Bend Road. Deputies pursued the stolen vehicle until it stopped, and the man opened fire, striking<br />

Deputy Johnson and the second deputy. The man then fled on foot and remained at large until being taken<br />

into custody approximately 16 hours later. Deputy Johnson remained on life support until his organs could be<br />

donated.<br />

Deputy Johnson had served with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office for seven years. He is survived by his fiancée,<br />

two children, and his parents.<br />

PRESTONSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, KENTUCKY<br />

END OF WATCH THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2022<br />

AGE: N/A TOUR: 39 YEARS BADGE: 504<br />

Captain Ralph Frasure and Police Officer Jacob Chaffins, along with Deputy Sheriff William Petry of the Floyd<br />

County Sheriff’s Office, were shot and killed in Allen by a subject who was wanted for domestic violence<br />

offenses. As two Floyd County deputies arrived at the man’s home on Main Street, near Railroad Avenue, to<br />

serve the warrants the man opened fire. Numerous jurisdictions responded to assist following the initial shooting.<br />

The man fired hundreds of rounds from prepositioned firearms throughout the home.Deputy Petry and<br />

Captain Frasure were killed during the incident.<br />

Captain Frasure had served with the Prestonsburg Police Department for 39 years.<br />

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HONORING OUR FALLEN HEROES<br />

DEPUTY SHERIFF WILLIAM PETRY<br />

POLICE OFFICER JACOB RUSSELL CHAFFINS<br />

FLOYD COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, KENTUCKY<br />

END OF WATCH THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2022<br />

AGE: N/A TOUR: 31 YEARS BADGE: 214<br />

Deputy Sheriff William Petry as well as Captain Ralph Frasure and Police Officer Jacob Chaffins, both of the<br />

Prestonsburg Police Department, were shot and killed in Allen by a subject who was wanted for domestic violence<br />

offenses. Deputy Petry and Captain Frasure were killed during the incident. Officer Chaffins succumbed<br />

to his wounds the following day. Three other law enforcement officers and the director of emergency management<br />

were wounded.<br />

Deputy Petry had served with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office for two years. He had previously retired after<br />

having served for 14 years with the Prestonsburg Police Department and 15 years with the Kentucky State<br />

Police.<br />

PRESTONSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, KENTUCKY<br />

END OF WATCH FRIDAY, <strong>JULY</strong> 1, 2022<br />

AGE: N/A TOUR: 3 YEARS BADGE: 533<br />

Captain Ralph Frasure and Police Officer Jacob Chaffins, along with Deputy Sheriff William Petry of the Floyd<br />

County Sheriff’s Office, were shot and killed in Allen by a subject who was wanted for domestic violence<br />

offenses. As two Floyd County deputies arrived at the man’s home on Main Street, near Railroad Avenue, to<br />

serve the warrants the man opened fire. Numerous jurisdictions responded to assist following the initial shooting.<br />

The man fired hundreds of rounds from prepositioned firearms throughout the home.Deputy Petry and<br />

Captain Frasure were killed during the incident. Officer Chaffins succumbed to his wounds the following day.<br />

Officer Chaffins was a Kentucky National Guard veteran and served with the Prestonsburg Police Department<br />

for three years.<br />

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By Sgt. Michael Barron, RET<br />

“..he fell out!”<br />

With an aircraft on this month’s<br />

cover and coverage of APSA’s Annual<br />

Conference inside, it seemed<br />

only appropriate to recount a war<br />

story from my flying days that<br />

have long since passed but seem<br />

like it was only yesterday.<br />

“He fell out”<br />

The day started out as one of<br />

those beautiful fall mornings on<br />

Galveston Island where the blue<br />

sky and water seemed to meet<br />

and look the same. The water<br />

was crystal clear and smooth as<br />

glass. Something you rarely see<br />

on the Island and when it does,<br />

you can’t wait to get in the air<br />

and experience it from a couple<br />

hundred feet.<br />

But paperwork and the task of<br />

assigning flights for the week<br />

had me desk bound for at least<br />

the better part of that beautiful<br />

morning. That is until the Sheriff<br />

from a neighboring county<br />

called with a rather strange<br />

question.<br />

“Hey sarge, this is the Sheriff<br />

over at Jefferson County, being<br />

a pilot and all, can you tell me<br />

how hard it is to fall out of an<br />

airplane?”<br />

You mean like parked on a<br />

ramp?<br />

“<strong>No</strong> like in the air”<br />

What kind of airplane?<br />

“I think it’s a Cessna 15 something”<br />

A Cessna 152?<br />

“Yeah, that’s it”<br />

<strong>No</strong>pe. <strong>No</strong>t likely, why?<br />

“Well, I got a young kid/pilot<br />

over here at the airport and he<br />

claims he and this gentlemen<br />

were up doing lessons or something<br />

and they were doing some<br />

steep turns and the door popped<br />

opened and the man fell out.”<br />

Are you serious or you pranking<br />

me Sheriff?<br />

“Naw, I’m serious that’s what<br />

he’s saying. I’m not partial to<br />

believing his story, sounds kinda<br />

fishy to me. Would you mind flying<br />

over here and talking to him?<br />

I sure would appreciate it. We’ll<br />

buy ya’ll some gas for the trip.”<br />

Let me get one of my guys and<br />

we’ll head that way. I can’t wait<br />

to meet this young man. Don’t let<br />

him talk to anyone until we get<br />

there.<br />

I grabbed my chief pilot and<br />

said, “come on, we’re going to<br />

see a man about a flying fish.”<br />

It was a short flight over to<br />

Beaumont municipal and we<br />

were cleared for a straight in for<br />

the runway. As we taxied onto<br />

the ramp, there was a bright red<br />

Cessna 152 parked right out front<br />

with the left door partially open.<br />

I can’t wait to hear this story.<br />

Morning Sheriff, beautiful day<br />

isn’t it.<br />

“Damn sure is, pity someone<br />

had to die on a day like this.”<br />

Wait, what? You didn’t mention<br />

anyone dying.<br />

“Huh, must have slipped my<br />

mind. He’s up in the conference<br />

room just up the stairs.”<br />

WTF, I thought. What the<br />

hell are we getting into here. I<br />

opened the door and here was<br />

this 20 something young man<br />

that was obviously scared shitless.<br />

Hello, my name is Sgt. Barron, I<br />

understand you had some kind of<br />

accident, and someone fell out<br />

of your airplane? Tell me exactly<br />

what happened.<br />

“Well, I was at work and this<br />

student of mine called and said<br />

he wanted to come take a lesson.<br />

I scheduled him for a onehour<br />

flight, and he showed up<br />

this morning as he always does.<br />

We pre-flighted the plane, did<br />

our pre-checks, did a run-up,<br />

got clearance from the tower<br />

and then took off.<br />

And then what?<br />

“He said he wanted to do some<br />

steep turns, so we climbed to<br />

3500’ over near the lake, that’s<br />

pretty much our usual training<br />

area and ….”<br />

Wait. Was he flying?<br />

“Yes”<br />

And he was in the left seat?<br />

“Yes”<br />

Ok, go on.<br />

“So, he started making a steep<br />

left-hand turn, about 45 degrees<br />

and then he rolled the plane to<br />

almost 60 degrees and that’s<br />

when the door popped open.”<br />

And then what happened?<br />

“He just rolled out”<br />

What do you mean, he just<br />

rolled out? Like the door opened<br />

and he fell out?<br />

“Yes”<br />

Son, are you aware that lying to<br />

a police officer is a crime?<br />

“..but that’s what happened I<br />

swear.”<br />

Son, some with me. I led the<br />

young man downstairs with the<br />

Sheriff and his men in tow, down<br />

to the ramp and outside to the<br />

parked Cessna.<br />

The sheriff is like “Sarge what<br />

are we doing?”<br />

You’ll see. Ok young man, get<br />

in the left seat where your student<br />

was. And by the way, did he<br />

have his seat belt and harnesses<br />

fastened?<br />

“I don’t remember”<br />

Uh huh. Well, we’re going to<br />

assume no. So, sit inside. Which<br />

he did. Ok put your hands on the<br />

yoke. Turn the yoke all the way<br />

to the left. Which he did. <strong>No</strong>w<br />

I’m going to hold this door open<br />

while you roll out. OK?<br />

“Uhhhhhh ok”<br />

Ok roll out. The boy leaned<br />

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towards the open door and hard<br />

as he tried, he couldn’t fall out.<br />

Hell, he didn’t even budge 2<br />

inches off that seat.<br />

The inside of a Cessna 152 is<br />

so small and tight, it takes a lot<br />

of maneuvering just to get inside<br />

much less get out. <strong>No</strong> way in hell<br />

you’re going to ‘fall out.’<br />

Come on, roll out. What are<br />

you waiting on?<br />

Wait, you were going pretty<br />

fast I assume, let me push<br />

hard on the door while you roll<br />

against it to simulate the wind<br />

blowing 100mph against it.<br />

He just looked at me and burst<br />

into tears.<br />

Ok, that’s enough of this bullshit.<br />

We’re going back inside and<br />

you’re going to tell us what really<br />

happened from start to finish<br />

or you’re going to jail. Ok?<br />

“Yes sir”<br />

So, he says the guy comes in<br />

and wants a flight lesson. They<br />

take off. Get to 5000 feet or so.<br />

The man hands the young man<br />

an envelope with cash and says<br />

“here this is all I got. I’m sorry,<br />

but I can’t go on and I’m going to<br />

jump.<br />

The pilot freaks out, tries to<br />

talk him out of jumping but the<br />

man threatening to crash the<br />

plane if he doesn’t let him jump.<br />

So scared they will both die,<br />

the instructor takes the controls<br />

while the man undoes his seat<br />

belt, struggles to open the door<br />

and after about 5 minutes or so,<br />

manages to get outside the door<br />

and onto the wing strut and then<br />

let’s go.<br />

WTF. Then what?<br />

“I tried to close the door, but<br />

I couldn’t get it closed. So, I<br />

turned back to the airport. Landed.<br />

“ I told the flight office he fell<br />

out, they called the cops, they<br />

showed up and then you showed<br />

up and …..am I going to jail?”<br />

More tears.<br />

Do you think you can find the<br />

spot where he jumped?<br />

“I think so”<br />

Ok then. The sheriff called DPS<br />

and we all loaded in the helicopter<br />

and for the next hour we<br />

searched for the victim. As we<br />

hovered near the lake, almost<br />

exactly where the young man<br />

said he jumped, I saw a couple<br />

of cows gathered around something<br />

on the ground. As we got<br />

close, sure enough, we found<br />

our man. And yep, he was plenty<br />

dead alright.<br />

As we landed to verify it was<br />

in fact the flying man without a<br />

parachute, the young man looks<br />

at me, pulls an envelope out of<br />

his pockets and says...<br />

“Does this mean I have to give<br />

the money back?”<br />

Ahh, yeah. I think so.<br />

• • •<br />

We left them with tons of paperwork<br />

to do.<br />

A young flight instructor that<br />

would probably never give another<br />

flight to a student.<br />

And a long look at a deep<br />

blue Gulf of Mexico as we sailed<br />

along the coast at 500 feet admiring<br />

what a beautiful day it<br />

was here on the coast.<br />

It was a shame that it had to<br />

have a tragic ending.<br />

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...and again in Huntington Beach.<br />

A Tragedy Over Houston Skies...<br />

A little over two years ago, The<br />

Houston Police Department had<br />

the unthinkable happen. For the<br />

first time in its nearly fifty-year<br />

history, they had a fatal crash<br />

of one of its many MD 500 Helicopters.<br />

Jason Knox, the tactical<br />

officer was killed and the pilot,<br />

Chase Cormier was severely<br />

injured.<br />

Jason was a loving father of<br />

two young children and a beautiful<br />

wife. His loss that night<br />

is still so hard to imagine. His<br />

father Mike Knox, A Houston City<br />

Councilman, says his son died<br />

doing what he loved, protecting<br />

his city, and flying with his best<br />

friend Chase.<br />

Cormier was a hero that night.<br />

His extraordinary skill as a pilot<br />

guided a virtually uncontrolled<br />

able airship away from an apartment<br />

complex that surely would<br />

have suffered multiple casualties<br />

had the helicopter crashed on<br />

the roofs of occupied apartments.<br />

Cormier and Knox had been<br />

responding to call on the <strong>No</strong>rth<br />

side of Houston about a possible<br />

drowning near Greens Bayou.<br />

As they orbited near the bayou,<br />

the ship suddenly entered a spin<br />

and continued to spin until it<br />

struck a small building alongside<br />

the apartment complex in the<br />

Greenspoint area. The Houston<br />

Fire Department and paramedics<br />

arrived on the scene and were<br />

able to extricate both pilots from<br />

the crumpled helicopter. Unfortunately,<br />

Knox’s injuries were<br />

just too severe and despite the<br />

extraordinary efforts of the doctors<br />

at Hermann Hospital, they<br />

were unable to save his life. That<br />

night, Cormier underwent the<br />

first of multiple surgeries that<br />

would ultimately save his life<br />

and one day, allow him to walk<br />

again.<br />

The official NTSB report reads<br />

as follows:<br />

On May 2, 2020, about 0203<br />

central daylight time, a model<br />

369E MD Helicopter, N8375F, was<br />

destroyed when it was involved<br />

in an accident near Houston,<br />

Texas. The pilot sustained serious<br />

injuries and the other flight<br />

crewmember sustained fatal injuries.<br />

The helicopter was operated<br />

as a Title 14 Code of Federal<br />

Regulations Part 91 public aircraft<br />

flight. According to initial<br />

information from the Federal<br />

Aviation Administration (FAA),<br />

a Houston Police Department<br />

Another MD 500 Helicopter.<br />

This time a NOTAR 500N model.<br />

A Huntington Beach Police<br />

Department aviation unit flying<br />

patrol this past February along<br />

the coast of Huntington Beach<br />

experienced what some say, is<br />

a somewhat common trait of<br />

the NOTAR – instances of loss<br />

of tai rotar authority, or in this<br />

case NOTAR authority.<br />

Huntington Beach tactical<br />

flight officer Nicholas Vella and<br />

his partner were on a routine<br />

patrol down the beachfront<br />

when then were dispatched to<br />

a fight in progress just south of<br />

their location. Once on scene,<br />

the pilot began orbiting the<br />

helicopter to the right to give<br />

Vella a better angle for the<br />

infrared camera to locate the<br />

suspects involved.<br />

At some point, the pilot<br />

slowed the ship and entered a<br />

tight turn when the helicopter<br />

entered a slow spin until<br />

then struck the water in almost<br />

horizontal position. The NTSB<br />

report filed reported the accident<br />

as follows:<br />

On February 19, 2022, about<br />

1834 Pacific standard time,<br />

a McDonnell Douglas 500N,<br />

N521HB, was substantially<br />

damaged when it was involved<br />

in an accident in Newport<br />

Beach, California. The<br />

pilot sustained minor injuries,<br />

and the tactical flight officer<br />

(TFO) was fatally injured. The<br />

helicopter was operated as<br />

a public aircraft flight by the<br />

Huntington Beach Police Department.<br />

The helicopter was<br />

owned by the City of Huntington<br />

Beach and was providing law<br />

enforcement air support under a<br />

contract service agreement for<br />

the City of Newport Beach. The<br />

helicopter departed its home<br />

base, Huntington Beach Police<br />

Department Heliport (CL65), in<br />

1800, and for the next 30 minutes<br />

flew a routine patrol along<br />

the coast of Huntington Beach,<br />

inland to Costa Mesa, and then<br />

south to Newport Beach. The<br />

pilot reported that as they were<br />

about to depart the Newport<br />

Beach area, they received a<br />

transmission over the primary<br />

police radio channel that there<br />

was a fight taking place just<br />

south of their location. The pilot<br />

stated that he redirected the<br />

helicopter toward the area and<br />

began a right-hand orbit while<br />

the TFO (who was seated in the<br />

right seat) turned on the infrared<br />

camera and began searching<br />

the ground. The TFO spotted<br />

a group fighting, and the pilot<br />

began to maneuver the helicopter<br />

in a tighter right orbit while<br />

the TFO relayed his observations<br />

over the police radio channel.<br />

Ground patrol officers arrived<br />

on the scene, and the pilot continued<br />

the orbits about 500 ft<br />

above ground level, while simultaneously<br />

viewing the activity<br />

through his monitor, and maneuvering<br />

the helicopter so the TFO<br />

could continue to observe the<br />

altercation. The pilot stated that<br />

he watched as ground patrol<br />

officers got out of their car and<br />

approached the group, who by<br />

this time had mostly dispersed.<br />

He was concerned that one of<br />

the groups was about to start<br />

fighting with an officer, and he<br />

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Houston<br />

Huntington Beach<br />

helicopter was on a local flight<br />

near the George Bush Intercontinental/Houston<br />

Airport (IAH),<br />

near Houston, Texas, and its pilot<br />

had contacted air traffic control.<br />

The pilot was using flight following<br />

while he was conducting<br />

a search flight for a person near<br />

a bayou. A Department of Public<br />

Safety (DPS) helicopter contacted<br />

the controller, asked for<br />

clearance into the airspace near<br />

IAH, and was given that clearance.<br />

The DPS helicopter crewmember<br />

asked if the controller<br />

was still in contact with the<br />

police helicopter. The controller<br />

advised that radar contact was<br />

lost with the police helicopter.<br />

The DPS helicopter crew member<br />

advised that there was an<br />

indication that the helicopter had<br />

impacted terrain. An FAA inspector<br />

examined the wreckage site<br />

and documented it. The helicopter<br />

had impacted an unoccupied<br />

building and terrain. The wreckage<br />

was recovered and retained<br />

for further detailed examination.<br />

The helicopter was equipped<br />

with an augmented reality mapping<br />

system. The data recording<br />

device from that mapping system<br />

has been retained to see if<br />

it contains information pertinent<br />

to the accident flight. The pilot<br />

held an FAA commercial pilot<br />

certificate and a second-class<br />

medical certificate. At 0153, the<br />

recorded wind at IAH was 170° at<br />

4 kts and visibility was 10 statute<br />

miles. According to United States<br />

Naval Observatory indications,<br />

the Moon had set, it was more<br />

than 30° below the horizon, and<br />

it provided no illumination at the<br />

time of the accident. According<br />

to a video taken by a witness,<br />

the helicopter rotated while in<br />

the air and descended. The conditions<br />

present in the video were<br />

consistent with the observatory<br />

indications.<br />

I spoke with Chase just before<br />

we published this issue. His most<br />

recent surgery was a huge success.<br />

Doctors had to replace all<br />

the pins, screws, and plates in his<br />

back from the original surgery<br />

two years ago. Despite doctors<br />

telling him he’d most likely never<br />

walk again; I am proud to report<br />

that he is in fact walking. Never<br />

tell a veteran that something is<br />

impossible. Cormier served his<br />

country and the citizens of Houston<br />

in a way no ordinary man<br />

could do. On a night when all<br />

odds were against him, he managed<br />

to save hundreds of innocent<br />

lives on the ground. He took<br />

command of a situation that<br />

ultimately cost his best friend his<br />

life and crippled himself in doing<br />

so. Cormier is the true definition<br />

of an American Hero. Houston<br />

will also remember what you<br />

did to protect its citizens.<br />

Godspeed to Jason Knox as he<br />

watches us from above and God<br />

Bless my friend Chase Cormier.<br />

slowed the helicopter to<br />

keep the camera aimed<br />

at the scene longer, so<br />

that they would not<br />

lose sight of it behind a<br />

building. Suddenly the<br />

helicopter yawed aggressively<br />

to the right,<br />

and he immediately applied<br />

full left foot pedal<br />

and forward cyclic to try<br />

and arrest the rotation,<br />

but there was no response.<br />

He continued to<br />

apply corrective control<br />

inputs, but the helicopter<br />

did not respond,<br />

and began to progress<br />

into a spinning descent.<br />

The TFO transmitted<br />

over the police radio<br />

channel, “We’re having<br />

some mechanical issues<br />

right now”, followed by,<br />

“we’re going down, we’re going<br />

down”. The pilot stated the rotation<br />

became more aggressive as<br />

the helicopter began to descend.<br />

He continued with corrective<br />

control inputs, which appeared<br />

to be partially effective but did<br />

not stop the rotation. He stated<br />

that the engine was operating<br />

throughout, and his goal was<br />

to continue to fly the helicopter<br />

with the engine still running,<br />

rather than reducing power and<br />

performing an autorotation to<br />

a populated area. Because it<br />

was dark, he had no horizon or<br />

accurate external reference, but<br />

he could see the lights of houses<br />

approaching, and sensed impact<br />

was imminent, so he pulled the<br />

collective control in an effort to<br />

bleed off airspeed. They then hit<br />

the water hard in a downward<br />

right rotation, on TFO’s side. The<br />

pilot recalled a sudden smash<br />

and saw water and glass coming<br />

toward him as the canopy shattered.<br />

He felt the rotor blades<br />

hitting the water, everything<br />

then stopped, and within a few<br />

seconds he was submerged. The<br />

pilot stated that he continued<br />

to hold on to the collective as<br />

a reference point, then cleared<br />

the mouthpiece from his rescue<br />

air bottle, and began to use it<br />

to breath. Continuing to hold<br />

the collective with one hand he<br />

reached down and released his<br />

seat harness and egressed by<br />

pushing himself away with the<br />

collective and through the door<br />

opening. He exited the helicop-<br />

ter and ascended to the surface,<br />

and a short time later, onlookers<br />

began to arrive, and pulled him<br />

away and toward a boat.<br />

Huntington Beach lost a hero<br />

that night. Officer Nicholas Vella<br />

was bravely doing his job and<br />

serving his community when he<br />

made the ultimate sacrifice.<br />

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THE OPEN ROAD<br />

by Michael Barron<br />

Stellantis’ Hurricane Twin-Turbo Inline-6<br />

Engine Is a Ticking Time Bomb<br />

It’s here just in time to replace the Hemi V8!<br />

If you’ve been loving the<br />

hard-hitting Hemi V8-powered<br />

Dodge muscle cars, better go<br />

scoop up whatever you can<br />

while they’re still around.<br />

That’s right, the very thing I<br />

predicted last year and was<br />

told was just some crazy<br />

conspiracy theory has just<br />

been revealed by Stellantis.<br />

The French Italian American<br />

automaker last week<br />

unveiled the Hurricane, a<br />

twin-turbo inline-six engine<br />

which “delivers V8 levels<br />

of power” – or so they<br />

tell you. However, the company<br />

doesn’t even have the<br />

decency to just come right<br />

out and say no more Hemis<br />

will be put in Dodges, even<br />

though we all know that’s<br />

what this means.<br />

All this is, of course, being<br />

done to save the planet. Just like<br />

during the last policy-induced<br />

oil crisis, we’re being told snails<br />

replace cylinders. Look, having<br />

owned several turbocharged vehicles<br />

myself, I can say I love forced<br />

induction, but it doesn’t replace<br />

cylinders. Trust me, turbocharged<br />

V8s are wonderful things. However,<br />

if you just look at peak output<br />

specs and pretend it’s all that<br />

matters when it comes to performance,<br />

keep in mind the<br />

High Output Hurricane engine<br />

produces 500-horsepower<br />

and 475 lb.-ft. of<br />

torque, a far cry from the<br />

Hellcat Redeye’s 797-hp<br />

and 797 lb.-ft. of torque.<br />

Even when faced with that<br />

indisputable fact, there<br />

are still people celebrating<br />

this as progress for Dodge<br />

performance. Let’s face it,<br />

when SRT was broken up<br />

that was the curtain call<br />

for modern Mopar muscle<br />

cars.<br />

That kind of mindless<br />

celebration is exactly what<br />

the Stellantis stenographers,<br />

I mean my fellow<br />

automotive journalists,<br />

have been doing. They’re dutifully<br />

spreading the good news about<br />

this new way to have all the fun<br />

you want behind the wheel while<br />

conserving gas and cutting emissions,<br />

because Dodge told them<br />

to say that without questioning<br />

anything. See, you can be into<br />

cars and also hug rainbows while<br />

playing with unicorns!<br />

Of course, the Hurricane engine<br />

is being marketed as technologically<br />

advanced, so if you aren’t<br />

super excited for it you must be<br />

anti-progress. I’m not saying this<br />

will turn out like those really awesome<br />

Chrysler-Mitsubishi turbo<br />

engines from the 80s because<br />

this time around the French and<br />

Italians are onboard to make sure<br />

everything runs great for the first<br />

70,000 miles. Or maybe 90,000<br />

miles if you’re lucky. All that time<br />

you’ll be thanking your lucky stars<br />

you don’t have two extra cylinders<br />

because you’re a good little<br />

consumer.<br />

The true test of the Hurricane<br />

engine will be how it lasts in the<br />

hands of the public. After you’ve<br />

worked in this industry for a<br />

while, you start to realize automakers<br />

always make their new<br />

products sound like the best thing<br />

since sliced bread, so you stop<br />

buying into the hype machine. Just<br />

look at all the marketing copy<br />

describing the disastrous Mazda<br />

CX-7 when it was first launched.<br />

There are many, many more examples,<br />

but you probably get the<br />

point.<br />

With the Hurricane set to be<br />

released this year, we won’t have<br />

to wait too long to see what<br />

this engine is all about. For now,<br />

the automaker isn’t saying what<br />

models will get the twin-turbo<br />

inline-six first. It would be truly<br />

hilarious if they drop these in<br />

the Ram 1500, which is probably<br />

coming soon, following in the<br />

footsteps of Ford. Those EcoBoost<br />

F-150s have worked wonderfully<br />

for anyone who doesn’t need to<br />

tow or haul anything significant,<br />

or who doesn’t pay too close attention<br />

to their fuel consumption,<br />

so why not?<br />

When it comes right down to it,<br />

the Stellantis Hurricane engine is<br />

all about inclusivity. Those Hemi<br />

V8s were way too toxic and exclusionary<br />

for reasons that won’t be<br />

explained because logic is no longer<br />

fashionable. So do as you’re<br />

told and like, nay love, the upcoming<br />

crop of Mopar muscle cars<br />

or you’ll be labeled a bad person<br />

until the next social media trend<br />

makes everyone forget about this<br />

until their engine magically blows<br />

up.<br />

And the final question for law<br />

enforcement, will the new Hurricane<br />

Engine replace the V6 and<br />

5.7 Hemi engines in your Dodge<br />

Charger?<br />

First off, if your department has<br />

a fleet of Chargers, enjoy them<br />

while you can because those cars,<br />

as we know them today, are going<br />

away. Dodge has made it well<br />

known they are ditching muscle<br />

for EV or combining the two to<br />

create “the muscle car of tomorrow.”<br />

Regardless of what this new<br />

“muscle” car is, it’s highly unlikely<br />

that a new police version will<br />

come out of it. If you’ve read anything<br />

about EV and police vehicles,<br />

it’s an ongoing experiment at<br />

best, so don’t expect plugin patrol<br />

cars anytime soon.<br />

Having said that, look for Dodge<br />

to implant the new Hurricane<br />

High Output engine in an updated<br />

Dodge Pursuit Durango and roll<br />

with that as their alternative to<br />

the Charger. Afterall, it worked for<br />

Ford, ditching their Taurus turned<br />

Pursuit Vehicle in favor of a police<br />

spec Explorer.<br />

Times are a changing for sure.<br />

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A BADGE OF HONOR<br />

heal ing our heroes<br />

BAND-AIDS ON<br />

BULLET HOLES<br />

By Retired NYPD Detective,<br />

John Salerno, Co-founder of<br />

A Badge of Honor<br />

As a young cop in the NYC<br />

Police Department, some of<br />

the first things I learned in the<br />

academy was to make sure<br />

you always wear your body<br />

armor, it will protect you,<br />

always carry your radio in<br />

case you need to call for help,<br />

it will Save you. The tools on<br />

your gun belt will keep you<br />

alive. If you are in a bad situation,<br />

use the code 10/13 which<br />

will alert Officers to respond<br />

fast and get back you up.<br />

Every Law Enforcement Officer<br />

in the Nation has a code<br />

for assistance, it is our lifeline<br />

when we are in distress or<br />

injured. It is the way we communicate<br />

with each other to<br />

ask for help.<br />

But what happens when we<br />

are off duty? What code do<br />

we use to call for help when<br />

we are stripped of all our protective<br />

armor? When we have<br />

no radio to request assistance.<br />

When we are most vulnerable.<br />

When we are in distress.<br />

These codes do not exist. Or<br />

do they?<br />

Just like we were trained,<br />

we need to train our Loved<br />

ones, our friends and those<br />

in our closest social circles<br />

the signs and symptoms of<br />

Post-Traumatic Stress. Let<br />

them in on your own distress<br />

code. This way they know<br />

how to respond. Many want<br />

to help; they just do not know<br />

how.<br />

So, it is important that we<br />

take the step and educate<br />

those around us.<br />

The hardest thing for us to<br />

do is ask for help. Sadly, to<br />

say, many will not. The open<br />

wound is covered by a Band-<br />

Aid. We mask our hurt and<br />

our pain with what our culture<br />

has trained us to do. This<br />

process seems to work in the<br />

beginning as we shield ourselves<br />

until the next tour.<br />

IT’S A DOUBLE EDGE<br />

SWORD, WE DO NOT ASK<br />

FOR HELP. and our families<br />

and friends do not know how<br />

to offer help.<br />

The quick fix for us is to get<br />

back to the JOB and allow<br />

more wounds and more pain<br />

to cover the past ones. This<br />

SAMANTHA HORWITZ & JOHN SALERNO<br />

is a cycle that is ongoing and<br />

infectious. We never treat our<br />

wounds; we only treat the<br />

pain.<br />

Many Officers use alternative<br />

means to ease this pain, such<br />

as Alcohol, Drugs and seclusion.<br />

But what we do not see<br />

is the infection as this wound<br />

continues to fester.<br />

The soreness becomes red,<br />

the redness soon turns to<br />

black, everything around it becomes<br />

numb, the nerve endings<br />

soon begin to die, until<br />

there is absolutely no feeling.<br />

Mental Health is no different.<br />

When we cover up our injuries<br />

in our brain, the things we<br />

see, hear and experience daily,<br />

WILL cause damage, sometimes<br />

irreversible.<br />

When one of the band-aids<br />

falls off, it makes the wound<br />

visible to others exposing the<br />

damage, sparking a response<br />

that says, “YOU NEED TO<br />

SEEK HELP FOR THAT.”<br />

But by that time, the wound<br />

is already numb and dying.<br />

Therefore, it is so important<br />

for others to notice the bandaids<br />

before they fall off. This<br />

will help treat the infection<br />

before the damage becomes<br />

irreversible or at the very<br />

least, difficult to repair.<br />

Even the smallest of<br />

wounds need to be addressed,<br />

no matter how<br />

insignificant you think they<br />

may be. The smallest of untreated<br />

cuts may cause us to<br />

lose something irreplaceable,<br />

your marriage, your kids, your<br />

family, or maybe your life.<br />

Every wound can be treated<br />

differently. Some may<br />

just need a quick antibiotic,<br />

whereas others may take a<br />

longer healing process. But<br />

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if they are addressed<br />

early on.<br />

It's time to stop putting the<br />

Band-Aids on bullet holes.<br />

Rubbing dirt on it, walking it<br />

off and sucking it up, are the<br />

days of the past.<br />

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now to identify, address and<br />

treat every aspect of PTSD<br />

from the crisis onset to post<br />

outpatient care if needed.<br />

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DARYL LOTT<br />

daryl’s deliberations<br />

The Teacher and the Admiral<br />

We all think back on our<br />

teachers from time to time. It<br />

seems that in retrospect we<br />

actually did learn important<br />

lessons during our school days.<br />

Some of the things we learned,<br />

particularly in elementary<br />

school, never appeared on our<br />

report cards. We learned how to<br />

line up and walk in a group, eat<br />

our lunches in a civilized manner,<br />

hang up our coats, play with<br />

our classmates at recess, exit<br />

a building calmly in a fire drill,<br />

and respond courteously and<br />

obediently to our teachers. The<br />

historical event that is described<br />

in this essay is based on one<br />

such Texas student’s experience<br />

at his school in Kerrville which<br />

ultimately affected millions of<br />

people and the fates of nations.<br />

Chester Nimitz was a member<br />

of one of the proud German immigrant<br />

families that settled in<br />

the Texas Hill Country. Chester’s<br />

father passed away before the<br />

boy was born. He was raised by<br />

his mother and grandfather, who<br />

was known as “Grandpa Nimitz,”<br />

in Fredericksburg. The boy later<br />

moved to Kerrville where he was<br />

able to watch Army officers and<br />

soldiers training in the field with<br />

their artillery unit. He made inquiries<br />

to see where the officers<br />

were educated and was told that<br />

they went to the Military Academy<br />

at West Point. When he got<br />

to high school, he applied for<br />

an appointment to West Point,<br />

but it was full. His congressman<br />

advised him that he had one<br />

appointment open for the Naval<br />

Academy. Chester never heard of<br />

it, but was told he could pursue<br />

his education in mathematics<br />

and engineering at the government’s<br />

expense. He took the<br />

competitive exam, came out first<br />

among seven candidates, and received<br />

the appointment from his<br />

Texas congressional district.<br />

He graduated from the academy<br />

and entered the Navy as a<br />

warrant officer. In those days of<br />

the early 20th Century a midshipman<br />

graduated from the<br />

Naval Academy and had to perform<br />

well as a warrant officer<br />

for a year prior to receiving his<br />

ensign’s commission. He received<br />

his commission a year later and<br />

embarked on a career that was<br />

long on nautical engineering.<br />

Although the first practical<br />

combat submarine was invented<br />

by the Confederate Navy (CSS<br />

Hunley), the Germans improved it<br />

greatly with the introduction of<br />

diesel engines in the years prior<br />

to World War One. The Navy Department<br />

sent Nimitz to Germany<br />

to learn about diesel engines<br />

and to introduce them into our<br />

own submarines. He could speak<br />

German fluently as that was the<br />

language he spoke at home. He<br />

was known as a nuts and bolts<br />

kind of a guy and got along well<br />

with everyone. He transformed<br />

our submarines using German<br />

technology.<br />

In those days, the Navy wasn’t<br />

so huge that the officers and<br />

senior enlisted men weren’t<br />

known to most naval personnel.<br />

When President Roosevelt was<br />

elected, he knew most of the senior<br />

officers through his time as<br />

Assistant Secretary of the Navy.<br />

He knew Nimitz to be a detail<br />

oriented engineer who could<br />

build a fleet.<br />

When the war started for<br />

America at Pearl Harbor, the<br />

president knew who he wanted<br />

to command the Pacific fleet.<br />

FDR promoted Nimitz to full<br />

admiral from rear admiral. (He<br />

went from two stars to four<br />

stars, skipping vice admiral -<br />

three stars.) The admiral was<br />

told to get out to Pearl Harbor<br />

and get busy.<br />

The admiral was told military<br />

aircraft were available to get<br />

him out to Hawaii from Washington<br />

in the shortest amount of<br />

time. Most people assumed he<br />

would want to get to Pearl Harbor<br />

as quickly as possible, but<br />

they would be wrong. He actually<br />

purchased a coast to coast train<br />

ticket under an assumed name.<br />

He shipped his uniforms to Hawaii<br />

and dressed as an every day<br />

senior American businessman on<br />

the train. Top Secret documents<br />

were placed in his wife’s sewing<br />

bag (she would find out later)<br />

and off he went. He wanted to<br />

take the extra time to read every<br />

report on the Pearl Harbor disaster.<br />

When the train stopped in<br />

various cities, he would receive<br />

additional information from the<br />

Navy Department via couriers.<br />

He would also read all the local<br />

papers on the westerly journey<br />

to gauge the national mood and<br />

glean local nuggets of information<br />

about hometown boys<br />

caught up in the disaster.<br />

Most importantly, he allowed<br />

the ongoing military rescue<br />

operations in Hawaii to continue<br />

without distraction from the new<br />

admiral. He was very calm and<br />

deliberate in his approach. Admiral<br />

Kimmel, the previous commander,<br />

was relieved of duty,<br />

but Admiral Nimitz kept everyone<br />

else in their posts to provide<br />

much needed continuity. As he<br />

made his way across the country,<br />

he saw in the reports where<br />

the Japanese made an egregious<br />

tactical error that would allow<br />

the Pacific fleet to continue to<br />

operate.<br />

Admiral Nagumo, the Japanese<br />

commander, withdrew his forces<br />

prior to striking the fatal blow.<br />

He consciously retreated rather<br />

than destroying the oil tank<br />

farms and dry docks that could<br />

have stopped the American navy<br />

from operating for at<br />

least a year. Nimitz saw<br />

this immediately in the<br />

battle damage reports<br />

that he read so thoroughly.<br />

When he finally<br />

arrived at Pearl Harbor<br />

he prosecuted the war in<br />

a methodical and analytical<br />

manner that led<br />

to Japanese defeat.<br />

Later he would be<br />

asked who had taught<br />

him his understated<br />

and calm approach to<br />

solving any problem.<br />

Without hesitation he<br />

named his teacher: Miss<br />

Susan Moore of Kerrville,<br />

Texas. “Whatever<br />

qualities of calmness<br />

and patience that I may<br />

possess, I attribute to her example.”<br />

Miss Moore probably never<br />

thought that one of her students<br />

would one day grow up to lead<br />

over two million men and women<br />

in a desperate war across<br />

the largest geographical feature<br />

on the planet. She in all likelihood<br />

never thought her lessons<br />

plied across the hills of Texas in<br />

the very shadow of the Alamo<br />

would mold a leader who stands<br />

today in the great pantheon of<br />

American heroes. She taught him<br />

lessons that aren’t on any report<br />

card knowing that the most<br />

important lessons are learned in<br />

the human heart.<br />

In the early years of the 20th<br />

Century, appointments to the<br />

Naval Academy were based<br />

strictly on competitive examinations.<br />

Many candidates were self<br />

taught or only attended school<br />

when they were not needed on<br />

the ranch or farm. Chester Nimitz<br />

was one of the midshipmen<br />

who had no high school diploma.<br />

After the war, the admiral<br />

returned to Kerrville where he<br />

received his diploma from Tivy<br />

High School (still in operation)<br />

at long last. Miss Moore was on<br />

hand to support her student as<br />

she had done forty years prior<br />

when she tutored him for his<br />

entrance exams.<br />

After receiving her teaching<br />

certificate from the Peabody<br />

School in Nashville, Miss Moore<br />

taught in Kerrville for almost fifty<br />

years. Fleet Admiral Nimitz graduated<br />

from the Naval Academy in<br />

1905 and served on active duty<br />

until his death. (Five star officers<br />

serve until their deaths.)<br />

Susan Moore and Chester<br />

Nimitz died within six months of<br />

each other in 1965/66. One lies<br />

among many of her students<br />

in Kerr County, Texas, while<br />

the other rests overlooking the<br />

Pacific Ocean in the Golden Gate<br />

National Cemetery. Both are<br />

American heroes.<br />

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HOUSTON POLICE OFFICERS UNION<br />

from the president<br />

Why fewer HPD traffic stops?<br />

There is a lot of discussion<br />

going on about the fact that<br />

traffic stops are down around<br />

the department. A recent<br />

report showed that very few<br />

patrol officers conduct proactive<br />

traffic stops or on-view<br />

investigations.<br />

I received a call from several<br />

within the command staff asking<br />

what can be done to improve<br />

the traffic stop numbers.<br />

It is well known that traffic<br />

stops often lead to arrest for<br />

various violations of the law.<br />

For a number of years TACT<br />

teams and gang units have<br />

been using traffic stops for<br />

probable cause, that have led<br />

to the arrest of crooks.<br />

Over these years, the tactics<br />

have changed, so longer investigations<br />

are conducted to go<br />

after robbery crews, juggers<br />

and other violent offenders.<br />

This is a big shift in mindset<br />

that has allowed our TACT<br />

teams to truly thwart crime in<br />

their areas and across the city.<br />

With the numbers of stops<br />

decreasing among the specialized<br />

units, the patrol officers’<br />

numbers are even worse. I<br />

believe that there are several<br />

reasons for this. The main<br />

reason is that there are not<br />

enough patrol units. As we sit<br />

today, EVERY patrol station is<br />

low on active patrol officers.<br />

It is hard to call out on traffic<br />

when you are going from call<br />

to call. Many times, people are<br />

afraid to get hung up on an arrest<br />

because that takes you out<br />

of service, leaving the officers<br />

in the district with no backup<br />

in some cases. Then there<br />

is the elephant in the room….<br />

discipline!<br />

Let’s face it, officers who<br />

are proactive are much more<br />

likely to get into trouble while<br />

just doing their jobs. Proactive<br />

officers draw complaints<br />

at a much higher rate, I know<br />

because I was one of those<br />

officers.<br />

I advised the command staff<br />

that the fear of IAD is the main<br />

reason why officers do not<br />

conduct as many traffic stops.<br />

Most in the command level do<br />

not believe me or agree with<br />

that assumption. I have spoken<br />

with patrol officers across the<br />

city, and all have said that the<br />

main reason is fear of discipline.<br />

With 500 pages of General<br />

Orders, chances are that you<br />

violate one every day. This<br />

is a job in which people are<br />

humans, not robots. Mistakes<br />

happen, and if they are caught<br />

on body camera, or you draw<br />

a complaint from a citizen, you<br />

can bet there will be an investigation<br />

and discipline.<br />

To be fair, I also have to say<br />

that the discipline process<br />

DOUGLAS GRIFFITH<br />

appears to be changing. More<br />

cases are being closed out<br />

after confirming that the activity<br />

did not happen or was<br />

justified, by the body camera<br />

videos.<br />

We also are working better<br />

with the command staff when<br />

we have cases that should not<br />

have been filed by a supervisor.<br />

All our supervisors should<br />

be conferring with their commander<br />

before filing any complaint.<br />

Our officers are the best in<br />

the nation – a fact we prove<br />

that every day with our actions.<br />

Each officer must make the<br />

determination as to what they<br />

do while on patrol. My main<br />

concern is that we all stay safe<br />

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NOT SO BRIGHT AWARD<br />

lig ht bul b award<br />

Woke Los Angeles DA George<br />

Gascón has police officers’<br />

blood on his hands.<br />

LOS ANGELES, CA. — Los Angeles<br />

County District Attorney<br />

George Gascón is facing recall<br />

efforts after his woke, lenient<br />

policies allowed a criminal facing<br />

trial free to kill two police<br />

officers. ROBYN BECK/AFP via<br />

Getty Images<br />

Two El Monte police officers in<br />

Los Angeles County, Michael Paredes<br />

and Joseph Santana, were<br />

murdered in cold blood earlier<br />

this week by a gang member who<br />

should have been behind bars but<br />

instead was free to kill thanks to<br />

the so-called progressive criminal-justice<br />

polices in vogue<br />

in America’s cities, courtesy of<br />

woke legislators and prosecutors.<br />

Los Angeles County District<br />

Attorney George Gascón, having<br />

spent a combined nine years<br />

as San Francisco’s DA and police<br />

chief, moved to LA and was<br />

elected to serve as its DA in 2020,<br />

bringing his pro-criminal policies<br />

with him.<br />

Much of the responsibility for<br />

the murders of Cpl. Paredes and<br />

Officer Santana rests on Gascón’s<br />

shoulders.<br />

The cop-killer in question, Justin<br />

Flores, who was also killed in<br />

the shootout with the two officers,<br />

had served two prison terms<br />

for burglary and car theft and<br />

pleaded no contest to possessing<br />

a firearm as a felon last winter.<br />

A day before the<br />

shooting, Flores’ probation<br />

officer filed for<br />

a revocation hearing<br />

after the suspect allegedly<br />

assaulted his<br />

girlfriend the week prior,<br />

violating his probation.<br />

Instead of waiting<br />

for the hearing behind<br />

bars, he was allowed<br />

to walk free according<br />

to Gascón’s<br />

Gascón’s pro-criminal<br />

policies are leading to more<br />

innocent people dying.<br />

They’ve allowed a record number<br />

of violent gang members,<br />

rapists, domestic abusers and<br />

murderers to be let off with a<br />

slap on the wrist, including reduced<br />

sentences and generous<br />

parole options.<br />

California’s metastasizing<br />

criminal class know that they can<br />

get away with their actions, or<br />

at worse get reduced sentences,<br />

wait it out, and get right back to<br />

where they left off. LA County in<br />

particular has become a playground<br />

for criminals who prey on<br />

ordinary taxpayers, and Gascón<br />

and soft-on-crime prosecutors<br />

like him openly signal to these<br />

predators that they won’t have to<br />

pay for their actions.<br />

And the problem is not restricted<br />

to Gascón. Look at Chesa<br />

Boudin, who replaced Gascón as<br />

San Francisco’s district attorney<br />

in 2020, fought in court to eliminate<br />

money bail from the judicial<br />

system. In New York, Manhattan<br />

DA Alvin Bragg basically promised<br />

to decriminalize shoplifting.<br />

But perhaps the tide is finally<br />

turning. Boudin was removed in<br />

a recall election, and the voters<br />

of Orange County, Calif., soundly<br />

rejected another pro-criminal<br />

candidate for their DA in favor of<br />

tough-on-crime incumbent Todd<br />

Spitzer, who won more than 60%<br />

of the vote.<br />

If George Gascón were not in<br />

office courtesy of LA County’s<br />

voters, these two slain police<br />

officers would have returned<br />

home to their wives and children.<br />

Instead, those women are now<br />

widows, and their children are<br />

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HONORING FALLEN HEREOS<br />

“Honoring our fallen heroes through running while providing financial support to the families of our<br />

fallen Heroes, First Responders injured in the Line of Duty and Safety Equipment to K9s in need.”<br />

Zechariah<br />

Cartledge:<br />

a True American Hero<br />

Grants Awarded to Injured First Responders: 32<br />

Total Amount Awarded: $277,500<br />

Funds Awarded to Families of Fallen Heroes: 16<br />

Total Amount Awarded: $165,000<br />

Funds/Equipment Awarded to K9 Officers: $10,000<br />

2022 Run Tracker:<br />

Total Miles Run in 2022: (as of 7/2/22): 172<br />

- Zechariah - 164<br />

- Giuliana - 4<br />

- Jayden - 4<br />

Total Miles Run in 2021: 325<br />

Total Miles Run in 2020: 401<br />

Total Miles Run in 2019: 376<br />

Overall Miles Run: 1,274<br />

- - - - - - - - - -<br />

2022 Run Stats:<br />

Total Miles Run for 2022 Fallen LEO’s (<strong>No</strong>n COVID-19): 70<br />

Total Miles Run for 2022 Fallen Firefighters (<strong>No</strong>n COVID-19): 52<br />

Total Miles Run for 2022 Fallen Canada LEO’s: 0<br />

Total Miles Run in 2022 for Fallen COVID-19 Heroes: 18<br />

Total Miles Run for 2021 Fallen LEO’s: 21<br />

Total Miles Run for 2021 Fallen Firefighters: 2<br />

Total Tribute Runs by State/Country: 9<br />

States/Cities Zechariah has run in:<br />

Florida - Winter Springs, Lake Mary, Clearwater, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Orlando, Temple Terrace, Blountstown,<br />

Cocoa, Lakeland, Daytona Beach, West Palm Beach, Starke, Melbourne<br />

New York - New York City, Weedsport • Georgia - Cumming, Augusta, Savannah<br />

South Carolina - <strong>No</strong>rth Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Sumter • Pennsylvania - Monaca<br />

Illinois - Springfield, Naperville, Glen Ellyn • Texas - Houston (2), Fort Worth, Midland, New Braunfels, Freeport, Madisonville,<br />

Irving, Sadler, San Antonio • Kentucky - Nicholasville • Arkansas - Bryant, Hot Springs, Springdale, Prairie Grove<br />

Nevada - Henderson • Kansas - Overland Park • California - Mt. Vernon, La Jolla • Arizona - Mesa<br />

<strong>No</strong>rth Carolina - Concord, Raleigh • Virginia - <strong>No</strong>rton, Richmond • Tennessee - Bristol, Bartlett<br />

Oklahoma - Stilwell (2) • Delaware - Milford • Maryland - Towson • Minnesota - Arden Hills • Indiana - Sullivan, Spencer<br />

Mississippi - Grenada, Olive Branch • Missouri - Springfield, Rolla, Joplin • Iowa - Independence, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids<br />

District/Countries/Territories:<br />

Washington D.C. • Puerto Rico - San Juan<br />

128 The BLUES POLICE MAGAZINE<br />

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DR. TINA JAECKLE<br />

blue mental health<br />

Meeting the Mental Health<br />

Needs of Our Newest Officers<br />

According to a 2019 study<br />

conducted by the Police Executive<br />

Research Forum (PERF,<br />

Washington, DC) titled “The<br />

Workforce Crisis, and What<br />

Police Agencies Are Doing About<br />

It” there are four main identified<br />

challenges currently facing law<br />

enforcement today. Utilizing surveys<br />

to collect data, respondents<br />

represented small, medium, and<br />

large agencies from 45 states,<br />

Washington, DC, and Canada.<br />

The report noted that understaffed<br />

agencies demonstrated<br />

the disparity in the increase between<br />

total US population visà-vis<br />

number of sworn officers,<br />

and the agencies’ self-reported<br />

understaffing levels; fewer individuals<br />

interested in working<br />

with law enforcement as evidenced<br />

by the decline in candidates<br />

that may be attributed to<br />

the decrease in traditional pipelines<br />

as legacy career families<br />

and military, and the negative<br />

public perception of the profession;<br />

more voluntary resignations<br />

as seen in the shorter length of<br />

service brought about by competition<br />

with other agencies and<br />

career path shifts; and more<br />

retirement-eligible officers are<br />

leaving service and are forecasted<br />

to be retiring soon which<br />

causes the loss in both numbers<br />

and experience of officers.<br />

Although the discussion of the<br />

study findings included the need<br />

for agencies to better understand<br />

and adjust to the lifestyle<br />

differences and preferences of<br />

the potential candidates entering<br />

policing today, there is little<br />

mention of the potential overall<br />

impact of the variable of mental<br />

health. Generation Y (Millennials,<br />

born 1981-1996, currently<br />

25- 40 years old) and Generation<br />

Z (Born 1997-2012, currently<br />

9-24 years old) are currently the<br />

primary focus of police recruiters.<br />

Millennials are often referred<br />

to as the “anxious generation”.<br />

They were the first to grow up<br />

with the constant overflow of the<br />

Internet and social media. The<br />

Internet can make life better, but<br />

it can also make life complicated,<br />

as Millennials often compare<br />

their personal and professional<br />

achievements to everyone else’s.<br />

This can result in low self-esteem<br />

and insecurity. Contrasted<br />

with the hardcore determination<br />

of prior generations to never<br />

admit when there’s a problem,<br />

Gen Y’s hunger to identify and<br />

treat its emotional challenges.<br />

In a time of the advancement of<br />

police wellness, this isn’t just<br />

understandable, it’s commendable.<br />

Moreover, this generation<br />

often works to live and not lives<br />

to work, another difference from<br />

earlier generations. Millennials<br />

also feel that their jobs have a<br />

significant role in their overall<br />

mental health. Because of longer<br />

DR. TINA JAECKLE<br />

work hours and stagnant wages,<br />

millennials suffer from higher<br />

rates of burnout than other generations.<br />

Many of them have even<br />

quit their jobs for mental-health<br />

reasons, the majority within the<br />

first five years.<br />

Business Insider took a look<br />

at the mental-health state of<br />

millennials and noted that they<br />

also tend to have higher rates<br />

of depression than other generations.<br />

The country’s COVID-19<br />

crisis only exacerbated the issue.<br />

Behavioral health — rises in rates<br />

of depression, hyperactivity<br />

(such as anxiety or ADHD), and<br />

substance abuse — is a key factor<br />

in the “health shock” among<br />

millennials, according to the report.<br />

Health shocks, as defined by<br />

the World Health Organization,<br />

are “unpredictable illnesses that<br />

diminish health status.”<br />

New data suggests Gen Z<br />

might be seeing a mental health<br />

crisis even worse than that faced<br />

by the older millennial generation.<br />

Since 2014, millennials (or<br />

people who turned 23 to <strong>38</strong> in<br />

2019) have seen a 47% increase<br />

in major- depression diagnoses.<br />

“Deaths of despair,” or dying<br />

from suicide, alcohol, and drugs,<br />

increased in the millennial population<br />

in the last 10 years, and<br />

they are more likely to report<br />

feeling lonely than other generations.<br />

For Gen Z, the mental<br />

illness crisis also continues.<br />

In 2017, 13% of teens reported<br />

having experienced at least one<br />

major depressive episode in the<br />

past year, Pew Research Center<br />

reported. In 2007, when more<br />

millennials were teens, that<br />

number was just 8%. Social media<br />

might be fueling the increase<br />

in mental illness, as Gen Z is<br />

the first truly digital generation.<br />

Pew Research Center additionally<br />

found 45% of teens aged 13<br />

to 17 said they use the internet<br />

“almost constantly.” Over-use of<br />

social media can cause loneliness,<br />

depression, and anxiety, the<br />

Anxiety and Depression Association<br />

of America reported. Gen<br />

Z teenagers told Business Insider<br />

the constant social-media use<br />

was driving a longing for interpersonal<br />

connection.<br />

These statistics clearly have<br />

implications for policing agencies<br />

in terms of recruitment,<br />

training, and retention. For those<br />

agencies that still struggle with<br />

the recognition of the damaging<br />

cultural impact and stigma<br />

against asking for help, it can be<br />

reasonably predicted that officers<br />

from these generations will<br />

seek alternative employment.<br />

Our nation still needs good officers<br />

who are committed long<br />

term. While I am not suggesting<br />

that agencies coddle new<br />

officers or lower expectations,<br />

current strategies should include<br />

early and ongoing education in<br />

academy settings on the stress<br />

and trauma of the career, followed<br />

by simplified and confidential<br />

access to mental health<br />

assistance with providers trained<br />

specifically in this field. There<br />

are many wonderful qualities<br />

that officers from Gen Y and<br />

Gen Z bring to the table. For the<br />

future of policing, we must find<br />

some middle ground and better<br />

address these needs.<br />

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“OK, I like it, Picasso”<br />

That little phrase made famous on Tik Tok sums up the reaction<br />

I have and many others I encounter on the water have about my<br />

new Axopar 37 Cross Cabin boat. I wrote about this new boat back<br />

in the October issue of last year. Well, she finally arrived in June,<br />

and we love it. We named her Rare Waters because of the beautiful<br />

Caribbean like water we like to hang around in near the pass to<br />

the Gulf of Mexico in Destin, Florida.<br />

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For a 37-foot boat, it drives like<br />

a sports car. It gets up on plane<br />

quickly, turns on a dime, and<br />

with the pilot house doors and<br />

sunroof closed, you can hardly<br />

tell that you are cruising at<br />

40 mph. Or you can open them<br />

all up and you feel like you are<br />

running in a large center console<br />

fishing boat. The twin 300<br />

Mercury Verado outboards are<br />

great engines that I have noticed<br />

top out my boat at about 51 mph<br />

but cruise very fuel efficient at<br />

35-<strong>38</strong> mph. Yes, I know with<br />

gas at the marinas running over<br />

$7.00 per gallon, it is a terrible<br />

time to be getting a new boat<br />

that gets 1.5 mpg, but it wasn’t<br />

like this a year ago when I ordered<br />

the boat. The good news<br />

is that I have found you can also<br />

enjoy the boat when it is just<br />

anchored!<br />

My friends often ask, what am<br />

I like most about the boat so far?<br />

For sure, the uniqueness of the<br />

boat grabs your attention right<br />

away and is a favorite feature.<br />

Having an enclosed pilot house<br />

is not something you see on the<br />

water much, but it is very nice to<br />

cruise with the doors open, but<br />

still have the AC vents blowing<br />

on you to counter the 95-degree<br />

days we’ve been having. Another<br />

favorite feature is the ease in<br />

which the boat handles. With<br />

having twin engines and a bow<br />

thruster, docking the boat has<br />

not been an issue at all. We also<br />

have enjoyed the full accessibility<br />

of the boat. Getting in and out<br />

of the V-berth is easy from the<br />

bow using the Gull wings and<br />

from the pilot house using the<br />

wide access door down to the<br />

shower and head then on to the<br />

sitting and sleeping area. We<br />

have used the shade awnings for<br />

the bow and the stern as well to<br />

hide from the sun when anchored<br />

out.<br />

So, what has been challenging<br />

about the boat? Well, it has<br />

to be the electronics. The glass<br />

touch screens SIMRAD navigation<br />

system is easy enough to work<br />

the basics, but still after 10 trips<br />

out, I have not begun to unleash<br />

its full potential. With every<br />

Youtube video, I get better, but<br />

wish I could just have an expert<br />

spend a full day with me and<br />

master it. Likewise, the safety<br />

features associated with boat<br />

have been equally challenging<br />

to fully understand and get<br />

operational. Between the VHF<br />

radio and the AIS system setup,<br />

I have become an FCC licensed<br />

radio operator and spent many<br />

hours researching exactly what I<br />

need to do to be prepared for an<br />

emergency at sea.<br />

While Axopar doesn’t try to<br />

compete in the fishing boat market,<br />

with some of their standard<br />

fishing options and my modifications<br />

it has done quite well,<br />

and I am happy to call it a fishing<br />

boat. The live well has plenty of<br />

capacity and is easy to use and<br />

clean. The added bait station table<br />

with trolling rod holders was<br />

a great addition along with the<br />

outriggers, large cooler, saltwater<br />

rinse, and storage cabinet for<br />

all of my gear. <strong>No</strong>w I just need<br />

to find and mark some great<br />

fishing spots because so far, we<br />

have caught some fish, but nothing<br />

to write about yet. However,<br />

that is what retirement is for.<br />

As I started this article, we<br />

love this boat and love sharing<br />

it with others. The last time we<br />

were on the water, I was idling<br />

in a no wake zone in the Destin<br />

Harbor and this fishing charter<br />

captain comes cruising up next<br />

to me and tells me he really<br />

likes the look of my boat and<br />

asks all kinds of questions.<br />

After about 5 minutes of me<br />

proudly describing all the features<br />

I love about my boat like a<br />

proud new papa, he smiles and<br />

says, “OK, I like it, Picasso” and<br />

speeds away.<br />

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The time is NOW to upgrade<br />

schools and universities with the<br />

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software on the market. Datalink,<br />

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EduLink is one of those systems<br />

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which is a variant of Datalink’s<br />

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The law calls for the installation of<br />

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WebGate PTT is another “sole<br />

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“WebGate PTT, can be Cloud based<br />

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WebGate supports the smaller communities<br />

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DataGate + WebGate are popular choices<br />

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It should be noted that Datalink is a software<br />

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School Districts contract local installers and<br />

hardware where required. For more information,<br />

follow this link to their website:<br />

https://datalinkinternational.com/edulink/<br />

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NEW KID ON<br />

THE BLOCK<br />

ProForce Law Enforcement is a relative newcomer to the<br />

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Proforce first opened its doors and established their<br />

corporate headquarters, warehouse and support center<br />

just outside the beautiful town of Prescott, AZ, which is two<br />

hours north of Phoenix, in 2001. With continuous growth<br />

and high demand for top quality durable law enforcement<br />

equipment, Proforce quickly found popularity in the California<br />

area. In 2004, Proforce opened a retail location in Brea,<br />

Southern California and, after 18 years, the Proforce Brea<br />

store continues to serve its law enforcement customers. The<br />

store is not open to the general public and exclusively sells to<br />

individual officers in the law enforcement community.<br />

Inset: Dan Rooney ProForce President<br />

In the years since incorporation, Proforce Law Enforcement<br />

has become well established and has grown professionally,<br />

adding sales and support professionals all over the Western<br />

United States. They have an excellent outside sales team<br />

who travel specific territories building close relationships<br />

and assessing the needs of law enforcement agencies,<br />

demonstrating new products, sizing body armor and solving<br />

day to day issues.<br />

Proforce’s commitment to providing excellent customer<br />

service and satisfaction is built upon the foundation of an<br />

extensive inventory of law enforcement products, equipment<br />

and accessories from top manufacturers. Proforce’s<br />

relationships with top industry manufacturers and vendors,<br />

as well as their sales volume, allows them to negotiate better<br />

law enforcement pricing to meet the budgetary needs of most<br />

law enforcement agencies. While some vendors may not<br />

always have product available in a timely manner, through<br />

Proforce’s industry relationships and direct contact with<br />

vendor representatives, the sales team is able to suggest<br />

and provide alternatives to meet specific requirements of<br />

agencies, ensuring that the agency’s needs are always met.<br />

The company features an excellent selection of law<br />

Proforce Distribution Center Arizona<br />

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For information about Proforce or its products call<br />

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Starting in 2003, Cop Stop Inc. Opened with a vision and goal to service first responders; “Our everyday<br />

heroes.” Catering mainly to Police, Fire, Military and EMS, but also open to the public, Cop Stop<br />

offers a variety of products, gear and apparel. Open and operated by Rick Fernandez, a former officer<br />

of 10 years, he prides himself on maintaining the highest standards of customer service. Cop Stop understands<br />

its our customers who drive our success, and we strive to offer the best service to everyone<br />

who walks through our doors. At Cop Stop we offer quality products at great low prices. With access to<br />

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“If you provide good service and a fair price, customers will talk about you and come back.<br />

It’s that simple!” Rick Fernandez<br />

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People are Your<br />

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In 2008, the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office<br />

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Instead, Captain David Baisden turned to Digi<br />

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“All of a sudden, we noticed an immediate drop<br />

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We have a saying around here that People Are<br />

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Key Management &<br />

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Through seamless design,<br />

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Every Morse Watchman’s<br />

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KEYWATCHER TOUCH<br />

KeyWatcher Touch brings one touch key<br />

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systems give you an easier-to-use interface.<br />

KEYWATCHER FLEET<br />

The industry’s only key control system for<br />

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The KeyBank® key control system eliminates<br />

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KeyWatcher Illuminated is a modular, scalable<br />

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KeyWarden is the Texas distributor of Morse Watchmans industry-leading key and asset management systems. We are actively involved<br />

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THE KEYWATCHER TOUCH SYSTEM is deployed in the law enforcement environment to:<br />

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• Prevent unauthorized staff from driving specialist vehicles, or racking up miles on the<br />

newer fleet while older units sit idle.<br />

• Allow management to compel the use of vehicle pools rather than staff controlling the<br />

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CAP Fleet is an emergency<br />

vehicle upfitter and<br />

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Vehicles. We have a pool<br />

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We also offer law enforcement<br />

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Since 2011, we have<br />

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Our sales staff brings<br />

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our installation team has<br />

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With locations in<br />

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CENTRAL POLICE SUPPLY is your source<br />

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CENTRAL POLICE SUPPLY has been<br />

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JC can assist all First Responders and<br />

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Sugar Land, the “Sweetest City in Texas,” is one of the state’s most diverse, progressive, and<br />

responsive municipal organizations and one of the best places to live, do business, work, and<br />

visit. Located 20 miles southwest of downtown Houston, Sugar Land boasts some of the<br />

nation’s best master-planned communities, parks, trails, and world-class medical facilities.<br />

Additionally, Sugar Land consistently ranks among the most beautiful and safest cities in the<br />

nation.<br />

Reporting to the Assistant City Manager, and with the support of 199 FTEs (174 sworn officers),<br />

and two (2) Assistant Chiefs, the Chief is responsible and accountable for the development,<br />

implementation, and continuous improvement of all SLPD goals, objectives, policies,<br />

procedures, and priorities of the department.<br />

Sugar Land seeks a collaborative, visionary, law enforcement executive who possesses<br />

excellent people skills. This member of the City’s leadership team will offer strong critical<br />

thinking skills, supported by a record of building and maintaining solid relations in the<br />

community. The successful candidate will develop and maintain credibility, trust, and respect<br />

internally with employees throughout the organization and externally with officials, community<br />

leaders, citizens, and representatives from other law enforcement agencies at the local, state,<br />

and federal levels.<br />

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Police Science, Public<br />

Administration, Business Administration, or a closely related field. The candidate should have at<br />

least ten (10) years of professional experience, of which five (5) years must have been as the<br />

assistant or deputy chief in an agency similar to the SLPD (or a larger community). A valid<br />

Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Advanced or Master Law Enforcement<br />

Officer Certification or a comparable certification from another state (must be able to obtain<br />

TCOLE certification within 6 months) and Possession of a valid Texas driver’s license (must<br />

obtain a Texas driver’s license within 2 months of employment) is required. A Master’s degree<br />

and graduation from a command leadership program such as the FBI National Academy,<br />

Southern Police Institute, Senior Management Institute for Police, LEMIT’s Leadership<br />

Command College, or a similar program desired, but not required<br />

The City of Sugar Land offers a comprehensive total rewards package that includes a base<br />

salary in the $150,000 – $175,000 range, depending on qualifications and experience.<br />

We invite qualified professionals to click on the link below to review the desired traits, attributes,<br />

characteristics, qualifications, and apply at<br />

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/bakertilly/jobs/3606223/chief-of-police-sugarland-texas.<br />

Application review begins on Friday, July 22, <strong>2022.</strong> For more information about<br />

this outstanding career opportunity contact edward.williams@bakertilly.com or call (214) 842-<br />

6478.<br />

For more information about the City of Sugar Land, please visit https://www.sugarlandtx.gov/<br />

The City of Sugar Land is an Equal Opportunity Employer<br />

ALDINE ISD POLICE DEPT.<br />

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• Physical Agility Test<br />

• Written Exam<br />

• Oral Board Panel Interview<br />

• Complete Personal History Statement<br />

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• Interview with the Chief of Police<br />

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5 Year Patrol Officer $81,073<br />

9 Year Patrol Officer $93,694<br />

Annual salary increases up to a max of<br />

$93,694 with longevity pay<br />

Modified Lateral Pay Scale for Peace<br />

Officers from time at immediately<br />

preceding Law Enforcement Agency<br />

CERTIFICATION PAY<br />

Intermediate PO Certification $92.08<br />

Advanced PO Certification $157.08<br />

Master's PO Certification $212.33<br />

RELOCATION<br />

(MONTHLY)<br />

Health Insurance<br />

Dental Insurance<br />

Vision Insurance<br />

Life Insurance<br />

Employee Wellness Center<br />

Training and Fitness Facility<br />

Retirement Plan (7% Mandatory with a<br />

2:1 match; 20 year retirement)<br />

457 Deferred Compensation Plan<br />

Tuition Assistance and Academy Tuition<br />

Reimbursement<br />

City Vehicle Program<br />

Uniforms/Equipment Provided with<br />

Annual Allowances<br />

15 Vacation days accrued per year<br />

(civil Service Status)<br />

10 City Holidays per year<br />

1 Personal day per year<br />

15 Sick days accrued per year<br />

15 days of Military Leave per year<br />

EDUCATION PAY<br />

Associates $50<br />

Bachelors $100<br />

Master $125<br />

SPECIALTY/ SKILL PAY<br />

(MONTHLY)<br />

(MONTHLY)<br />

Relocation Expenses Reimbursed<br />

Bilingual in Spanish $50<br />

WWW.BPDCAREERS.ORG 281-420-5354 281-420-6660<br />

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For additional information please scan the QR code to go to our recruiting website!


BEDFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

WE'RE<br />

HIRING!<br />

AND<br />

RECRUIT<br />

POLICE<br />

LATERAL<br />

OFFICERS<br />

Requirements<br />

Be eligible for certification from TCOLE (Texas<br />

Commission on Law Enforcement). (Please refer to Texas<br />

Administrative Code Title 37 Chapter 217.1 for clarification.)<br />

Must be 21 or older (at the time of certification)<br />

Must have a valid Texas Driver’s License (or ability to<br />

obtain)<br />

30 hours college credit from an accredited college (college<br />

requirement waived if certified peace officer OR two years<br />

active duty military experience with an honorable<br />

discharge)<br />

Step<br />

Police Salary<br />

Police Recruit (<strong>No</strong> certification) - $58,242<br />

Police Recruit (TCOLE-certified) - $61,155<br />

Police Officer - $64,351- $80,257<br />

Hourly<br />

Annual<br />

1 $30.93 $64,351<br />

2 $32.09 $66,765<br />

3 $33.30 $69,268<br />

4 $34.55 $71,865<br />

5 $35.84 $74,560<br />

6 $37.19 $77,356<br />

7 $<strong>38</strong>.58 $80,257<br />

Eligible lateral applicants will be placed on the Step Plan<br />

based on their years of experience as a full time Police<br />

Officer at a paid Police Department.<br />

Incentives<br />

*College education pay for Associates Degree and above<br />

*TCOLE certification level pay<br />

*Foreign language pay<br />

*Tattoo and facial hair friendly<br />

us:<br />

Contact<br />

pd.recruiting@bedfordtx.gov<br />

2121 L. Don Dodson Dr.<br />

more info and to apply online, visit:<br />

For<br />

https://bedfordtx.gov/503/Join-BPD<br />

Bedford, TX 76021<br />

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Cuero Police Department<br />

<strong>No</strong>w Hiring for Patrol Officer Position<br />

Department Benefits<br />

13 Paid Holidays<br />

2 Weeks Paid Vacation<br />

Certification Pay<br />

100% Insurance Paid for Employees<br />

Retirement 2 to 1 match (20yr Retirement)<br />

FSA for Employees<br />

Longevity Pay<br />

Equipment & Uniforms Provided Including Duty Weapon w/ Red Dot Sight<br />

Take Home Vehicle Within City Limits<br />

10 Hour Work Shifts<br />

Membership Paid to Local Gym<br />

Department Provided Training<br />

Off-duty Security Opportunities<br />

Cell Phone Stipend<br />

Starting Pay Depends on Qualifications<br />

Requirements: Must be TCOLE Certified or currently enrolled in an accredited Police<br />

Academy and pass a background investigation.<br />

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Email TCOLE Personal History Statement to sellis@cityofcuero.com


DEER PARK POLICE<br />

DEPARTMENT<br />

Forney ISD<br />

Police Department<br />

NOW<br />

HIRING<br />

Deer Park, Texas<br />

WE ARE HIRING<br />

www.deerparktx.gov<br />

Police Officer<br />

Dispatcher<br />

Public Safety Attendant - Jailer<br />

Animal Control Officer<br />

Part time Crossing Guard<br />

Description<br />

School-based police officers work<br />

with school administrators, security<br />

staff, and faculty to ensure the safety<br />

and well-being of students at various<br />

campuses. This officer works as the<br />

main security arm of a school.<br />

Requirements<br />

U.S. Citizen<br />

Accredited High School Diploma<br />

or equivalent<br />

Valid Texas Peace Officer License<br />

Valid Texas Driver's License<br />

Two or more years of college or<br />

advanced training preferred<br />

Police Officers<br />

Experience<br />

SBLE Experience preferred<br />

Demonstrate the ability to<br />

teach & engage with youth<br />

Positions starting<br />

at $29.89/hr<br />

Retention Stipends<br />

Clothing Allowance<br />

Health/Childcare Incentive<br />

Paid Training<br />

Lateral Entry<br />

www.forneyisd.net<br />

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Officer Sam Jammas 281-930-2121 or sjammas@deerparktx.org<br />

APPLY ONLINE TODAY!


GALVESTON<br />

COUNTY<br />

SHERIFF’S OFFICE<br />

Seeking Individuals Who Are Interested in a Rewarding Career in Corrections<br />

Begin Your Career Today!<br />

GALVESTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ESTABLISHMENT OF ELIGIBILITY<br />

APPLY TODAY AND BECOME A GALVESTON POLICE OFFICER<br />

Position: Corrections Deputy I<br />

Bureau/Division: Corrections/Jail<br />

Title/Rank: Corrections Deputy/Deputy I<br />

Reports to: Sergeant - Corrections<br />

Starting Salary: $47,715.20<br />

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES<br />

Maintains the security of the facility by conducting security checks, settling disputes, and performing cell searches and<br />

inspections; conducts outside perimeter checks.<br />

Preparation and proper completion in the documentation of inmate records.<br />

Issues inmate meals, clothing, linens, and personal items.<br />

Supervise inmate programs (recreational, legal, health care, visitation and religious services)<br />

Prepares reports on jail and inmate activities, enforce inmate handbook rules.<br />

Supervises inmates performing such assignments as cleaning and maintaining the jail facility and continuously observe<br />

locations and activities of inmates.<br />

NEXT CIVIL SERVICE EXAM IS<br />

<strong>JULY</strong> 29, 2022<br />

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS<br />

High School / GED Certificate and must be at least 18 years of age.<br />

Must be a U.S. Citizen and resident of the contiguous United States for a period of time sufficient to conduct a<br />

background investigation.<br />

Must be able to work days, nights, weekends, holidays and mandatory shifts when needed.<br />

Must be able to work during natural disasters and or under declarations.<br />

Must possess a valid Texas driver's license and an acceptable driving record as determined by the Galveston County<br />

Sheriff's Office in effect at the time of application.<br />

Must have favorable employment history. All information given regarding past employment will be thoroughly checked<br />

Must have a stable credit history.<br />

Must possess good computer skills and demonstrate comprehensive reading and comprehension skills.<br />

<strong>No</strong> conviction above a Class B Misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last 10 years nor have been on or<br />

currently on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense and no Family Violence<br />

convictions of any level.<br />

Applicant must pass all phases of the required testing.<br />

Must be eligible for licensing by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) for the position applied for, if not<br />

presently licensed.<br />

TO APPLY<br />

An applicant interested in any of GCSO position shall first download, complete and return<br />

the Application Packet, per the instructions on the downloadable form.<br />

The Application Packet can be found at SHERIFF.GALVESTONCOUNTYTX.GOV<br />

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JOIN US<br />

VISIT SHERIFF.GALVESTONCOUNTYTX.GOV TO APPLY!<br />

The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer<br />

CONTACT US<br />

409.763.7585 : SO.EMPLOYMENT@GALVESTONCOUNTYTX.GOV


LATERAL DEPUTY<br />

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WE ARE<br />

HIRING!<br />

BENEFITS<br />

• Free basic Medical, Dental and Vision insurance for<br />

employee<br />

• Free basic Life insurance<br />

• Long Term Disability (LTD)<br />

• Affordable Medical, Dental and Vision benefits for<br />

eligible family members<br />

• Flexible Spending Accounts<br />

• 10 paid holidays per year<br />

• Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) including 10 vacation<br />

days and 13 sick days per year accrued biweekly<br />

RETIREMENT<br />

• Harris County matches your investment at 225%<br />

• 7% of your salary is invested pre-tax in your<br />

retirement account<br />

• Retirement Vesting after 8 years<br />

• Eligible upon earning 75 points (age+years of service)<br />

SALARY SCALE<br />

INCENTIVE PAY<br />

LATERAL DEPUTY<br />

REQUIREMENTS<br />

• Must be a licensed Peace Officer by the Texas Commission on Law<br />

Enforcement (TCOLE) in good standing<br />

• Must be currently employed as a first responder Peace Officer<br />

(any break in service will be discussed on a case-by-case basis)<br />

• Must have a minimum of 12 months of consecutive experience as<br />

a first responder Peace Officer at any one agency<br />

• Must successfully pass the Physical Abilities Test (PAT) obstacle<br />

course<br />

• Must pass a thorough background investigation (Criminal<br />

background check, fingerprinting, personal interview, etc.) as<br />

required by TCOLE<br />

• Must pass a physical and psychological evaluation as required by<br />

TCOLE<br />

• Valid Driver’s License (TX by start date)<br />

• Eyesight must be correctable to 20/20, normal color and<br />

peripheral vision<br />

• Correctable normal audible range in both ears<br />

• Firearms qualification<br />

For additional information contact Harris County Sheriff’s Office Recruitment Unit: (713) 877-5250<br />

<strong>No</strong>w Hiring<br />

OFFICERS<br />

TCOLE Certified Peace Officers<br />

Our fast-growing City shows a trending decrease in crimes based<br />

on four offenses from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting.<br />

Benefits<br />

Hutto ranked one of the<br />

safest cities in Texas.<br />

Retirement<br />

2-to-1 City match with TMRS<br />

Take-home Patrol Car<br />

For officers living within 25 miles<br />

Top-of-the-line Equipment<br />

and Technology<br />

Beards and Tattoos Allowed<br />

Additional Pay<br />

+<br />

+<br />

Starting Salary<br />

$59K to $63K*<br />

Annual Leave Accruals<br />

12 paid holidays, 80 hrs vacation, 96 hrs sick leave<br />

Multiple Positions Available<br />

A wide variety of units and assignments available<br />

Education Pay up to $175/month<br />

Specialty/Certification up to $260/month<br />

CLASSIFICATION SERVICE HOURLY ANNUAL TCOLE CERTIFICATION ANNUAL<br />

DEPUTY I 0-47 $25.22 $52,458<br />

Intermediate $1,560<br />

Advanced $3,420<br />

DEPUTY II 48-83 $26.99 $56,139<br />

Master $6,000<br />

EDUCATION<br />

ANNUAL<br />

DEPUTY III 84-119 $28.59 $59,467<br />

Associate Degree $1,320<br />

DEPUTY IV 120-155 $30.03 $62,462<br />

Bachelor’s Degree $3,180<br />

Master/Doctorate $4,500<br />

DEPUTY V 156-191 $31.52 $65,562<br />

TO APPLY<br />

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Bilingual Program $1,800<br />

Harris County<br />

* Or more depending on experience<br />

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Receive up to fourteen (14) years of credit for time served! (Restrictions apply)<br />

@HCSOTexas<br />

HCSOTexas HCSOTexas @HCSOTexas<br />

SCAN THIS CODE<br />

Sheriff’s Office<br />

To learn more or apply, visit or scan<br />

www.huttotx.gov/policejobs<br />

Questions? Email: PDrecruiting@huttotx.gov<br />

Sign On Bonus!<br />

$2,500


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MANVEL POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

Patrol Officer<br />

The City of Manvel Police Department is looking to find qualified candidates to fill the ranks of the patrol division.<br />

The City of Manvel is a rapidly growing and diverse community. The current population is estimated at a little over 16000 and is located in the<br />

northern part of Brazoria County along the State Highway 288 corridor approximately 4 miles South of the City of Houston.<br />

The Manvel Police Department has a competitive pay structure for cities of the same size. Salary is based on experience and certification levels.<br />

• The department currently has 32 sworn positions.<br />

• 18 officers currently in patrol with 8 positions added in this fiscal budget year.<br />

• Patrol Salary: $53,704.56 to $68,031.84. Salary is based off experience and certification.<br />

• Certification pay<br />

• 12-hour shifts / shifts rotate every four months. (Modified Dupont Schedule)<br />

• Retirement through TMRS - 7% contribution with a 2:1 match<br />

• Vested after 5 years with the city<br />

• Employee health coverage paid 100% by the city, additional for family<br />

• Health care for employee and eligible dependents through Prime Health Care.<br />

• Personal Time off – Vacation and Holiday accruals<br />

• Paid sick time<br />

Minimum Requirements:<br />

• High school diploma or GED<br />

• Valid Texas Driver’s License with good driving record<br />

• TCOLE certified OR currently enrolled in Academy program<br />

• Preference for LE experience<br />

Hiring Process Includes:<br />

• Written test*<br />

• Physical test *<br />

• Oral board interview*<br />

• Thorough background investigation<br />

• Modified Field Training Program for experienced officers<br />

• One-year probationary period<br />

For more information you can contact The City of Manvel Police Department at 281-489-1212 or email, rcarrlacy@manvelpd.org<br />

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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<br />

looking for experienced officers who are self- motivated, innovative, and enthusiastic about<br />

community policing.<br />

Starting Salary Range<br />

Effective Jan 2023<br />

Hiring Bonus $1500<br />

Night Shift Differential $3600<br />

ECA $1300<br />

Basic Peace Officer<br />

Starting $83,459<br />

Hiring Bonus $1500<br />

Night Shift Differential $3600<br />

Master Peace Officer<br />

ECA $1300<br />

Bi-Lingual 2.5% of base pay<br />

College up to $3000 (Masters)<br />

Up to $94,164<br />

Healthcare Insurance, DHMO Dental, Vision – 100% paid for employee, 75% Paid 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, 20 Year Retirement<br />

457 Plan with employer contribution of 2.5% of annual salary<br />

Tuition reimbursement<br />

Longevity Pay up to a max of $2400 annually at 10 years of service.<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 />

To learn more or apply, visit our website at www.mvpdtx.org<br />

Or contact Sgt. Owens 713-365-3711 or lowens@mvpdtx.org<br />

Or Commander E. Jones 713-365-3706 ejones@mvpdtx.org<br />

11981 Memorial Dr. Houston, Texas 77024<br />

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MAKE A<br />

DIFFERENCE<br />

IN YOUR<br />

COMMUNITY<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 />

CITY OF PEARLAND, TEXAS<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 />

JOIN OUR TEAM<br />

HIRING POLICE OFFICERS AND CADETS<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 />

WATCH FOR UPCOMING<br />

Pearland Recreation Center & Natatorium<br />

4141 Bailey TEST Road, DATES Pearland, TX IN 77584. 2022<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 />

SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES WILL APPLY<br />

• Attendance limited to first 150 arrivals<br />

• Mandatory temperature checks<br />

• Masks required, hand sanitizer available<br />

• Candidates seated 6 feet apart<br />

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pearlandtx.gov/PDCareers


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FILL YOUR DEPARTMENTS’<br />

City of Wylie<br />

Police Department<br />

OPEN POSITIONS<br />

OFFICER SALARY RANGE: HIRING PROCESS: BENEFITS:<br />

<strong>No</strong>n Certified Police Recruit Pay : $62, 370.00<br />

YEARS OF SERVICE ANNUAL SALARY<br />

1 Year—Step 0 $66, 626.06<br />

2 Years—Step 1 $68, 291.71<br />

3 Years—Step 2 $69, 999.00<br />

4 Years—Step 3 $71, 748.98<br />

5 Years—Step 4 $73, 542.70<br />

6 Years—Step 5 $75, <strong>38</strong>1.27<br />

7 Years—Step 6 $77, 265.80<br />

8 Years—Step 7 $79, 197.45<br />

9 Years—Step 8 $81, 177.<strong>38</strong><br />

10+Years—Step 9 $83, 206.82<br />

ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION:<br />

Certification Pay: Up to $1,800 annually<br />

Field Training Officer Pay: $2, 400 annually<br />

Bilingual Pay: $1 ,200 annually<br />

• Complete and submit a City of Wylie<br />

job application: https://<br />

www.governmentjobs.com/careers/<br />

wylietexas<br />

• Written Exam (exempt for Laterals)<br />

• Physical Agility Test<br />

• Complete and submit a Personal<br />

History Statement<br />

• Oral Board Panel Interview<br />

• Background Investigation<br />

• Police Chief Interview<br />

• Polygraph Examination<br />

• Psychological Evaluation<br />

• Medical Examination<br />

RECRUITING CONTACT:<br />

Wylie Police Department<br />

2000 <strong>No</strong>rth Hwy 78<br />

Wylie, TX 75098<br />

Sergeant Mark Johnson<br />

mark.johnson@wylietexas.gov<br />

972-429-8013<br />

• City Paid Medical/Dental/Vision<br />

• Texas Municipal Retirement System<br />

(TMRS) 14% City Contribution<br />

• Paid Time Off (Vacation and Sick Time)<br />

• City Paid Uniforms<br />

• City Paid Training<br />

• Life Insurance and AD&D<br />

• Long Term Disability Insurance<br />

• Employee Assistance Program<br />

• Longevity Pay<br />

• Tuition Reimbursement<br />

• Free Recreation Center Membership<br />

• Deferred Compensation Plan<br />

• Ancillary Benefits Available (Aflac,<br />

Avesis, and More)<br />

Pay scale:<br />

$57,000 (as a non-certified Cadet) up to $82,762, depending on certification<br />

BENEFITS<br />

• Supportive leadership and community<br />

• Civil Service<br />

• 12-hour shifts for patrol division<br />

• 3-day weekend approximately twice a month<br />

• Take-home vehicles<br />

• Tattoos permitted<br />

• Longevity Pay – $4/month for each year of<br />

service; maximum of $1,200/year<br />

• TCOLE certificate pay<br />

• Paid sick leave with unlimited accumulation<br />

• Vacation – 15 days/year<br />

• Holidays – 10 paid and 2 additional floating<br />

holidays/year<br />

• On-duty fitness time provided<br />

• Group health insurance with deductible, flexible<br />

spending accounts, and Section 125 options<br />

• Life insurance, long‐term disability and workers’<br />

compensation<br />

• Optional life insurance and deferred plans are<br />

also available<br />

• Retirement plan with the Texas Municipal<br />

Retirement System<br />

• Employee contributes 7%, city matches 2:1<br />

• Opportunity to attend training schools<br />

• Equipment and uniforms are furnished, including<br />

regulation weapon<br />

• Employee Assistance Program<br />

• Post Police Academy pay - $58,469 @ 28.11/hour<br />

Important<br />

Information<br />

Application Deadline:<br />

January 14, 2022<br />

Written exam:<br />

January 21, 2022<br />

To learn more about hiring details, qualifications, and application instructions, visit: Bryantx.gov/PDJobs<br />

The City of Bryan is an Equal Opportunity Employer.<br />

ONLY $250,<br />

FOR 12 MONTHS.<br />

REACH OVER 1 MILLION<br />

POTENTIAL CANDIDATES.<br />

Wylie Police Department Mission: Our mission is to impact the quality of life, by providing a professional<br />

level of service that will foster, support, and build relationships with those we serve.<br />

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https://www.wylietexas.gov/police.php


STARTING SALARY<br />

$56,160 $57,824 $60,008 $62,400 $64,792 $67,184 $69,680 $72,<strong>38</strong>4 $74,880 $77,480 $80,080<br />

High School Diploma<br />

or G.E.D.<br />

Minimum age of 21<br />

Must hold a valid<br />

Texas Driver’s License<br />

Current valid TCOLE<br />

certification<br />

At Hire<br />

At<br />

6 mos.<br />

end<br />

year 1<br />

end<br />

year 2<br />

end<br />

year 3<br />

end<br />

year 4<br />

end<br />

year 5<br />

end<br />

year 6<br />

end<br />

year 7<br />

end<br />

year 8<br />

end<br />

year 9<br />

GET STARTED<br />

LOCATED 5 MILES WEST OF<br />

DOWNTOWN AUSTIN<br />

$3,000<br />

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