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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
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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
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FOUNDED IN 1984

JULY 2022

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

COVER: We fly the Diamond

DA62, cover the SAT Conference

in Ft. Worth and the

APSCON in Reno. Plus it’s our

first true NATIONAL ISSUE.

142

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

162 Now Hiring - L.E.O. Positions Open in Texas

200 Back Page

110 114

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FOUNDED IN 1984

OUR TEAM

MICHAEL BARRON

founder & publisher

MICHAEL BARRON

editor-n-chief

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JESSICA JONES

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DARYL LOTT

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FROM THE PUBLISHER’S DESK

Another Milestone

The BLUES expands Nationally

This month marks yet another

milestone in the 38th year history

of The BLUES as we move towards

becoming a true national

publication. Now anyone who’s

been paying attention for the

past 2 years would say, Barron

you became a world-wide publication

the second you published

a magazine on the internet. This

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that have visited our site nearly

every month.

But The BLUES has always

been a homegrown publication

dedicated to serving law enforcement

here in Houston and

eventually branching out to the

rest of Texas. And we are proud

of what we’ve accomplished all

these many years. But like everything

in life, things change,

we mature, we evolve, and we

adapt. In today’s world, it’s called

survival.

The decision to relaunch The

BLUES as a digital magazine was

all those things and more. It’s allowed

us to continue a tradition

that has survived for decades

without the financial burden of

having enough sales to cover the

cost of printing. Now we simply

add as many pages as necessary

to cover the stories you want to

read.

Of course, this great decision

came at the same time COVID

became a thing and our path to

success was an uphill battle. But

nevertheless, we endured, we

pressed forward, and today we

move on to the next chapter of

The BLUES.

But please don’t think for minute,

this magazine will change

what made it special in the first

place. All your favorite columnists

and writers will still be

here with all new and exciting

takes on Warstories, Aftermaths

and Light Bulb Awards. Our news

stories will continue to cover

law enforcement across the

country, and we will pay tribute

to every officer that loses his life

in the line of duty.

In this month’s issue, we take

you to new heights in the Diamond

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and member of ALEA, flying this

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I hope you enjoy the ride as we

take on new adventures in the

sky.

Less than two days after AP-

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Texas Annual Training Conference

in Fort Worth. With COVID

hopefully in the rear view mirror,

this should be an exciting show

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FROM THE GUEST EDITOR’S DESK

CONGRATULATIONS

Their lives are in our hands.

Back on May 24th, after numerous

inquiries, questions

and the like, in reference to the

tragic, senseless loss of life in

Uvalde, Texas, out of respect

to those lives lost, those hearts

broken and those who were

there, I chose to remain silent.

I waited for the time to pass

whereby the beautiful souls

taken, could be laid to rest. No

matter what is shown, revealed

or said, above all things, respect

for those lost should always be,

paramount.

For about ten years of my

thirty-year career in Law Enforcement,

I was an ISD Chief of

Police. I was fortunate enough

to have the opportunity to build

two Police Departments which

were comprised of some of the

finest Law Enforcement Officers,

in the State of Texas.

In my time as an ISD Chief,

I brought multiple, Full Scale

Active Shooter Drills to our

schools. I invited area and even

regional First Responder agencies

to participate.

In those events, we incorporated

students to help as “Victims”

and even had professional

make-up artist create “wounds”

We infused obstacles such as

gunfire, smoke, fire alarms and

“victims” grabbing the responding

Officers legs, begging for

help.

The test here was, can our Officers

push through such obstacles

and continue to hunt down

REX EVANS

and stop the killer from taking

one more innocent life?

Some, laughed at these events

citing, “That’ll never happen

here!” And “We don’t need to

be doing all this. It’s a waste of

time, money and resources.”

And of course, there were

the attitudes some agencies or

department heads had for one

another and, towards schoolbased

policing, in general.

In the course of my time as an

ISD Chief of Police, I had Teachers,

Administrators, Principals

and even Superintendents, challenge

and argue against some

safety measures, counter measures

and other safety equipment.

Budgets are critical, this I

understand. Traditional ways of

doing things and such, I get it.

That being said, at what cost

though?

As far as the Law Enforcement

response to Robb Elementary

School. If we in Law Enforcement,

specifically School Based

Law Enforcement, don’t aggressively

and tenaciously train for

the fight, how then could we

ever expect to win that fight?

There’s an institution, a State

of Texas Agency, called the

Texas School Safety Center. It is

charged with in part, identifying,

accessing and measuring hazards

and threats within Public

School Districts, across Texas.

After the Santa Fe High School

tragedy, the Governor and Lt.

Governor held multiple high-level

meetings of how to proceed

with keeping such a tragedy

from repeating itself. Including,

the Texas School Safety Center.

I will give credit where credit

is due. They were on the right

track, here. They really were.

Unfortunately, they stopped

short. You see, the Texas School

Safety Center has volumes of

rules and regulations. But no

Investigative / Enforcement

Division which can effectively

tell a School District, you shall

meet minimum State Standards

as pertaining to safety / security

regulations set forth, by Law.

Specifically with regards to

the overall Law Enforcement

Response to Robb Elementary.

The ISD Chief of Police should

have responded to and done

multiple things, differently. Very

differently. And, in every Active

Shooter Response Doctrine I’ve

ever been exposed to, the ISD

Chief of Police is in fact, the

overall Incident Commander.

Unless...he or she has been

incapacitated or otherwise incapable

of such Command and, is

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properly relieved.

I’m not just talking here. And

no, I’m no “Expert”. But I do

what it’s like to be involved in a

gunfight. It’s highly overrated. I

know what it’s like, to be shot.

Also, highly overrated. I know

what it’s like to have to kneel

down as an ISD Chief, look a

parent in the eye and, tell them

their child won’t be coming

home. I remember each moment

of each such notification. They’ll

haunt me for, all my remaining

days.

I’m not, sitting in judgment

upon anyone. Well, the shooter

himself, yes. In my assessment,

we in Law Enforcement owe

nineteen precious, innocent children

whose lives were lost and

two beautiful, brilliant teachers

whose lives were lost, a promise.

I mean, the kind of promise we’ll

die, to keep.

We will collectively, do better.

We will not, fail again. Not ever.

Such profound loss of innocent

lives should not ever be, forgotten

nor forsaken. And everything

humanly possible should

be done, to ensure it never, ever

happens again.

In my time as an ISD Chief and,

now as a non-ISD Chief, I’ll say

I’ve had the privilege of standing

in the presence of some of the

absolute best people in uniform.

I can unequivocally say, especially

at the ISD Department’s,

each and every Officer would’ve

punched, kicked, climbed and

crawled over or under any obstacles

in the way, to reach and

stop the shooter.

They were tenaciously trained

to, if called upon, to be the most

violent and deadly person in the

building. Either they were going

down or, the shooter was. I believe

that with all my heart.

Lastly, there are thousands of

amazing Teachers, Counselors,

Principals, Bus Drivers, Maintenance,

Cafeteria and custodial

workers who give of themselves,

everything they have for

the students whom they serve.

Each of them is, Silent Heroes,

quietly running in the background.

I don’t know what else can be

said, really. We just can’t stand

by and continue, the way we

have. That fact is, self-evident.

We must do better. We have to

do better.

To those lost, to their families

and every other person

who was directly affected by

this awful loss of innocent life,

please allow me to say, I am

sincerely and profoundly sorry. I

pray for God’s healing mercy, to

speed unto you all...

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READERS SPEAK OUT

Gun Deaths in America by the Numbers

The horrific slaughter of nineteen

children and two teachers in

Uvalde, has once again focused

the attention of the nation on the

toll taken on American lives by

guns. As with most highly charged

emotional issues, and particularly

ones that fall on the partisan

divide, I find there is little objective

analysis of the actual data and

even less perspective on what the

data implies.

There are many who object to a

statistical analysis of such events

as being cold-hearted and that

doing so minimizes the tragedy

of the loss of even a single life.

While I appreciate that sentiment,

I respectfully disagree. To the

contrary, the more consequential,

or in this case the more horrific,

the problem, the more urgently we

need to call on our full intellectual

capabilities to fashion solutions.

So, after Uvalde I began to

dig into the data on deaths caused

by firearms and found quite a bit

that surprised me.

Prior to 2015, the number of

deaths from a firearm on an annual

basis had moved in a fairly

narrow range, averaging about

34,000, which was about 10-11

firearm deaths per 100,000 Americans

or slightly over 1% of all

U.S. fatalities. However, since 2015

firearm deaths have been consistently

moving higher each year

and then took a sharp upturn in

2020, reaching an all-time high of

45,222. Preliminary data for 2021

indicates that number was perhaps

slightly lower than 2020. The

rate per 100,000 Americans has

moved up to 13.7.

Most gun deaths in the U.S. are

either suicides (~54%) or homicides

(~43%). The remaining

~3% are due to accidents, police

shootings or undetermined causes.

Both suicides and homicides

committed with a gun have been

increasing over the last two decades,

but most of the significant

increase in gun deaths over the

last two years has been due to an

increase in homicides.

The significant increase in homicides

coincides with an explosion

in the number of gun sales in the

U.S. The home security research

group, HomeSafe.org, estimates

that gun sales soared by over

150% in 2020 and 2021.

However, a series of Gallup

surveys found that the percentage

of U.S. households that own a gun

has been slightly declining since

1972. This perhaps suggests that

the increase in gun sales is more

attributable to existing gun owners

adding to their inventory, as

opposed to a large number of new

gun owners.

There is no question that the

U.S. is an outlier when it comes to

private gun ownership compared

to other countries. The Small

Arms Survey, an independent

Swiss research group, estimated

in its 2018 report that Americans,

while making up only about 3%

of the world’s population, owns

nearly half of the world’s roughly

850 million privately owned guns.

Their survey estimated that there

were about 120 guns for every

100 Americans. That rate dwarfs

all other countries. India came in

second with just over 50. Canada

was 34. The global average outside

of the U.S. is about 7.

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AROUND THE COUNTRY

TIME FOR ARREDONDO TO RESIGN OR BE

TERMINATED

YOU’RE FIRED CHIEF!

When news broke of an active

shooter in Uvalde Texas, everyone

in Texas law enforcement just

assumed the local cops would

swarm the school and eliminate

the asshole killing innocent kids.

Because that’s what Texas cops

do, they take out the bad guys.

As fast as humanly possible. Put

yourself between the bad guys

and the kids and send a barrage

of bullets their way.

ALERRT training teaches you to

engage the shooter immediately.

Even if it’s just you. Yes, you might

die. In fact, there’s a 90% chance

you get hit within seconds of engaging

the shooter and a better

than 50% chance that you’ll die if

he’s armed with rounds that will

piece your armor.

But that’s the job. Save the kids

at all costs. Even giving up your

own life to do it. If that scares,

you. If you’re not up for that. If

you would rather wait for backup

and be safe, I had some advice

for you. GET THE HELL OUT OF

LAW ENFORCEMENT!!

Sorry, but that’s the job and it’s

not for everyone. But as Texans,

we think we are the baddest bad

asses around and no one, I mean

no one, threatens or harms our

kids. If you do, we will take your

ass out in a minute. Plain and

simple.

So what the hell happened in

Uvalde?

Uvalde ISD Chief Arredondo is

what happened. He was the #1

guy in charge on the scene and

he let those officers down. He

let 19 kids down. He let 2 teachers

down. Hell, he fucking let the

entire town down. He failed in a

dozen different ways. No radio.

No communication. No Plan. No

action. No rifle. Nothing. He had

nothing and he failed as a Chief

and as a cop. He says he didn’t

think he was in charge. Who the

hell was in charge if it wasn’t the

highest-ranking cop there?

I’m sure his attorney told him to

say that. Because if he wasn’t in

charge, how could he be charged

with 21 counts of Negligent Homicide

for failing to protect those

he was sworn to protect. He was

the SCHOOL CHIEF for God’s sake.

That was his only frickin job –

TO PROTECT THE KIDS AT HIS

SCHOOLS. I mean if you can’t do

that, why the hell did you even go

to work.

The two following reports by

The Texas Tribune sum up exactly

what transpired on that horrible

day in Uvalde. The facts are in.

The videos have been released.

The evidence is clear. Arredondo

failed every family in Uvalde, and

he needs to be held accountable.

Simple as that!

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AROUND THE COUNTRY

FACTS COME OUT

DPS chief says officers in Uvalde could have taken down

gunman within 3 minutes had commander not hesitated.

The following report from the

Texas Tribune, recounts what

actually happened in Uvalde when

19 kids and 2 teachers were killed.

Unlike most of the mainstream

media, The Tribune’s contains actual

facts not speculation.

By Terri langford

UVALDE, TX. —The officers in

the hallway of Robb Elementary

wanted to get inside classrooms

111 and 112 — immediately. One

officer’s daughter was inside.

Another officer had gotten a call

from his wife, a teacher, who told

him she was bleeding to death.

Two closed doors and a wall

stood between them and an

18-year-old with an AR-15 who

had opened fire on children and

teachers inside the connected

classrooms. A Halligan bar — an

ax-like forcible-entry tool used

by firefighters to get through

locked doors — was available.

Ballistic shields were arriving

on the scene. So was plenty of

firepower, including at least two

rifles. Some officers were itching

to move.

One such officer, a special

agent at the Texas Department of

Public Safety, had arrived around

20 minutes after the shooting

started. He immediately asked:

Are there still kids in the classrooms?

“If there is, then they just need

to go in,” the agent said.

Another officer answered, “It is

unknown at this time.”

The agent shot back, “Y’all don’t

know if there’s kids in there?” He

added, “If there’s kids in there we

need to go in there.”

“Whoever is in charge will determine

that,” came the reply.

The inaction appeared too

much for the special agent. He

noted that there were still children

in other classrooms within

the school who needed to be

evacuated.

“Well, there’s kids over here,”

he said. “So, I’m getting kids out.”

The exchange happened early

in the excruciating 77 minutes on

May 24 that started when Salvador

Ramos, who had just shot his

grandmother in the face, walked

through an unlocked door of

Robb Elementary, encountering

no interference as he wielded an

AR-15 he had bought eight days

earlier. At the end of those 77

minutes, 19 students, including

the daughter of one of the officers

stationed in the hallway, and

two teachers were dead or dying.

Others sustained serious physical

injuries; the emotional and

psychological ones will last for

life. It was the deadliest school

shooting in Texas history.

But during most of those 77

minutes, despite the urgent

pleas from officers and parents

amassed outside, officers stayed

put outside rooms 111 and 112,

stationed on either end of a wide

hallway with sky blue and green

walls and bulletin boards displaying

children’s artwork. Ramos

fired at least four sets of rounds

— including the initial spray of

fire that likely killed many of his

victims instantaneously.

After the special agent’s comment,

nearly another hour passed

before a tactical team from the

Border Patrol breached the classroom

doors and killed the gunman.

In the weeks since the tragedy

in Uvalde, questions have swirled

around the actions of police and

whether some lives could have

been saved if officers confronted

the barricaded gunman sooner.

Authorities have shared conflict-

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ing information about who was

in charge, who confronted the

shooter and when. A debate over

whether the locked classroom

doors could be breached gave

way to the discovery that they

may never have been locked at

all.

Revelations have trickled out

in the press: The New York Times

has described officers’ doubts

about the decision to wait; breakdowns

in communications and

tactics; and the fact that officers

held off from the confrontation

even though they knew people

were injured, and possibly

dying, inside. The San Antonio

Express-News reported that there

is no evidence that officers tried

the doors on rooms 111 and 112 —

contradicting a key assertion by

the Uvalde schools police chief,

Pete Arredondo, who told The

Texas Tribune that officers tried

the doors, found them locked and

had to wait for a master key to

unlock them. On Monday evening,

the Austin American-Statesman

and KVUE-TV revealed that the

officers, in effect, had more than

enough firepower, equipment and

motivation to breach the classrooms.

Meanwhile, at least three investigations

— by the U.S. Department

of Justice, the Texas

Legislature, and the local district

attorney, Christina Mitchell

Busbee — are reviewing records

and interviewing witnesses to

evaluate the law enforcement

response. Public understanding of

the response to the tragedy has

been marred by refusals by state

and local agencies to release

public records, efforts by local

officials to bar journalists from

public meetings, and the closeddoor

nature of the hearings held

by state lawmakers. The secrecy

has already prompted Texas

Monthly to ask, “Will We Ever

Know the Truth About Uvalde?”

For this article, the Tribune

reviewed a timeline of events

compiled by law enforcement,

plus surveillance footage and

transcripts of radio traffic and

phone calls from the day of the

shooting. The details were confirmed

by a senior official at the

Department of Public Safety. The

investigation is still in the early

stages, and the understanding

of what happened could still

change as video records are synched

and enhanced. But current

records and footage show a wellequipped

group of local officers

entered the school almost immediately

that day and then pulled

back once the shooter began

firing from inside the classroom.

Then they waited for more than

an hour to reengage.

“They had the tools,” said Terry

Nichols, a former Seguin police

chief and active-shooter expert.

“Tactically, there’s lots of different

ways you could tackle this. …

But it takes someone in charge,

in front, making and executing

decisions, and that simply did not

happen.”

HERE ARE SOME KEY FIND-

INGS FROM THESE RECORDS

AND MATERIALS:

No security footage from

inside the school showed police

officers attempting to open the

doors to classrooms 111 and 112,

which were connected by an

adjoining door. Arredondo told

the Tribune that he tried to open

one door and another group of

officers tried to open another, but

that the door was reinforced and

impenetrable. Those attempts

were not caught in the footage

reviewed by the Tribune. Some

law enforcement officials are

skeptical that the doors were ever

locked.

• Within the first minutes of the

law enforcement response, an

officer said the Halligan (a firefighting

tool that is also sometimes

spelled hooligan) was on

site. It wasn’t brought into the

school until an hour after the first

officers entered the building. Authorities

didn’t use it and instead

waited for keys.

• Officers had access to four

ballistic shields inside the school

during the standoff with the

gunman, according to a law

enforcement transcript. The first

arrived 58 minutes before officers

stormed the classrooms. The last

arrived 30 minutes before.

• Multiple Department of Public

Safety officers — up to eight, at

one point — entered the building

at various times while the shooter

was holed up. Many quickly left

to pursue other duties, including

evacuating children, after seeing

the number of officers already

there. At least one of the officers

expressed confusion and frustration

about why the officers

weren’t breaching the classroom

but was told that no order to do

so had been given.

• At least some officers on the

scene seemed to believe that

Arredondo was in charge inside

the school, and at times Arredondo

seemed to be issuing orders

such as directing officers to evacuate

students from other classrooms.

That contradicts Arredondo’s

assertion that he did not

believe he was running the law

enforcement response. Arredondo’s

lawyer, George E. Hyde, said

the chief will not elaborate on his

interview with the Tribune, given

the ongoing investigation.

WHAT THE CAMERA SAW

Most of the video from inside

the school is captured by a

wide-angle camera positioned

inside the school building’s northwest

entrance, the same one the

gunman used. The camera looks

straight south from its north ceiling

perch and offers a slight view

of the entrances to classrooms 111

and 112 to the left.

The Tribune also reviewed transcripts

of radio traffic and body

camera footage.

They show that the gunman arrived

on campus at 11:28 a.m. He

appears to have been planning a

shooting for a while. In October,

according to the law enforcement

timeline, he withdrew from

Uvalde High School. A month

later, when he was still 17, he

purchased some gun accessories

online, including rifle slings and

a military carrier vest. He began

buying his ammunition in April

and purchased his gun on his 18th

birthday in May. On May 14, he

posted an ominous message on

Instagram: “10 more days.”

At 11:33 a.m. on May 24, he

walked into Robb Elementary’s

northwest entrance and headed

south toward the two classrooms

on the left side, randomly

firing shots from his rifle in the

hallway. He had crashed his car

and fired some shots outside, so

the school was already on lockdown

at that point and the hallways

were nearly empty. No one

was hit, but a boy could be seen

peeking around the corner at the

northeast end of the hallway, apparently

trying to return to class

from a nearby bathroom. The boy

heard the gunfire and ran away.

(DPS confirmed that he escaped

without physical injury.)

Within a minute, the shooter

entered classroom 111 — he didn’t

appear to encounter a locked

door in the footage — and began

shooting. He briefly walked

out the classroom door and then

went back in, shooting some

more. For the next three minutes,

he fired frequently inside a classroom

filled with children.

During that burst of gunfire, the

first three officers entered the

school: two from the Uvalde Police

Department and one from the

school district’s force. All were

carrying handguns.

Moments later, Arredondo and

seven more officers arrived. The

shooter opened fire at the first

three officers closest to the two

classrooms, grazing two and

forcing all the officers to bolt to

either end of the hallway. Those

officers, including Arredondo, remained

in these positions for the

rest of the standoff, never firing a

shot.

Officers believed that the shooter

was contained, and Arredondo

called the Uvalde Police Department’s

dispatch on his cellphone.

(The school police unit was created

four years ago and does not

report to the city police.) Seven

minutes had passed since the

shooter first entered the building.

“Hey, hey, it’s Arredondo. It’s

Arredondo. Can you hear me?”

said the 50-year-old veteran of

law enforcement, who leads a

department of six. “No, I have to

tell you where we’re at. It’s an

emergency right now. I’m inside

the building.”

By the time Arredondo called

dispatch, at least 11 officers had

entered the school and at least

two are seen in the video carrying

rifles. But Arredondo told the

dispatcher that he didn’t have the

firepower to confront the lone

gunman, according to a transcript

reviewed by The Texas Tribune.

“OK, we have him in the room,”

he said, speaking on his cellphone.

“He’s got an AR-15. He’s

shot a lot. He’s in the room. He

hasn’t come out yet. We’re surrounded,

but I don’t have a radio.”

After the dispatcher confirmed

the location of a SWAT team,

Arredondo continued.

“Yes, and they need to be outside

of this building prepared,”

he said. “Because we don’t have

enough firepower right now. It’s

all pistol and he have an AR-15.

If you can get the SWAT team set

up, by the funeral home, OK, we

need — yes, I need some more

firepower in here because we all

have pistols and this guy’s got

a rifle. So, I don’t have a radio. I

don’t have a radio. If somebody

can come in —”

The dispatcher asked Arredondo

to stay on the line as long as he

could. Arredondo agreed but said

he’d drop his phone when the

gunman “comes out that door.”

Then the dispatcher shared the

location of the shooter over a

police radio and requested that

a SWAT team be amassed by a

funeral home across the street.

“So, so I need you to bring a

radio for me, and give me my

radio for me,” Arredondo said. “I

need to get one rifle. Hold on. I’m

trying to set him. I’m trying to set

him up.”

Then the call ended. Shooting

started again inside the school

within a minute of the start of the

call. But police wouldn’t breach

the classroom where the gunman

was barricaded for another hour

and 10 minutes.

AN AGONIZING WAIT

One minute after Arredondo’s

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phone call, officers on the scene

reported that the suspect was

barricaded in a classroom. A dispatcher

asked whether the door

was locked, and an officer replied

that they didn’t know but that

they had a Halligan available. No

such tool was ever used. No one

even brought one into the school

for another 54 minutes.

A standoff had begun. The

gunman fired shots at least three

more times — at 11:40 a.m., 11:44

a.m., and 12:21 p.m. — but officers

held their positions. That was true

even as more police filed in, and

four ballistic shields were carried

into the building over the next 40

minutes.

The officers who entered the

school at that time included DPS

troopers who walked into the

hallway before noon and then left

after seeing how many officers

were already there.

The special agent from DPS

who urged officers to go into

the classroom stayed for six

minutes before leaving to clear

other rooms, rescuing a student

found hiding in a bathroom. More

troopers arrived just minutes or

seconds before the tactical team

from the Border Patrol stormed

the classroom but did not participate

in the breach.

Another officer who entered

the hallway was Ruben Ruiz of

the Uvalde city police. His wife,

teacher Eva Mireles, had called

him on his cellphone and told

him she was bleeding heavily.

“She says she is shot,” he told

the officers on the scene.

The video from inside the hallway

doesn’t capture what Ruiz

did inside the school. But a DPS

official told the Tribune that Ruiz

was soon escorted away by other

officers on the scene.

By 12:01 p.m., the DPS special

agent had returned to the hallway

and offered his urgent assessment:

The situation required

officers to go into the classrooms.

“It sounds like a hostage rescue

situation,” the DPS officer said.

“Sounds like a UC [undercover]

rescue. They should probably go

in.”

A police officer — it’s not clear

whether from the city or school

district — then said, “Don’t you

think we should have a supervisor

approve that?”

“He’s not my supervisor,” the

DPS agent countered before

leaving the hallway to clear other

rooms of children.

THE PAINFUL WAIT CONTIN-

UED

SWAT officers from the city

police arrived on the scene at

around 12:10 p.m., a little more

than a half-hour after the shooter

first entered the school. One

minute later, Arredondo asked for

a master key that would allow

him to unlock classroom doors,

according to the transcripts. It

took about six minutes for a set

of keys to arrive, and the chief

began testing them on a different

classroom door. Soon after,

more gunshots could be heard

from inside the classrooms full of

students.

Arredondo tried to speak with

the shooter but didn’t get a

response. Uvalde’s mayor, Don

McLaughlin, told The Washington

Post that a would-be negotiator,

working from a nearby funeral

home to which the mayor had

rushed, also tried to reach the

shooter, to no avail.

At 12:38 p.m., Arredondo tried

to talk to the shooter. Hearing no

reply, he indicated that the SWAT

team could breach the classrooms

if it was ready.

By then, a long-awaited working

key had been found. Officers

inserted it into the door of room

111, and a tactical unit from the

Border Patrol stormed in. All

that’s audible from the video is a

flurry of gunshots. The team then

exited the room and indicated

that the gunman was dead — 77

minutes after the carnage started.

AN AFTERMATH OF DOUBTS

AND QUESTIONS

With the shooter killed, the

excruciating aftermath began.

The fisheye camera in the hallway

captured a single first responder

standing in the center of the hallway,

his surgical-gloved hands

motioning to others standing behind

him to remain there until all

the officers exited. Once he got

that signal, he directed the team

to move quickly inside rooms 111

and 112. Gurneys and ambulance

backboards suddenly popped into

view.

The first to reach the victims

inside pulled motionless, bloodied

children onto the hallway’s

linoleum flooring as they tried to

assess their vital signs. None of

the children appeared to make a

sound. One child whose still body

was placed on the floor had to be

gently pushed to make room for

others streaming in and out, his

blood leaving a wide swath of

crimson across the hallway floor.

Almost immediately, the questions

about whether police did

the right thing began. State officials

offered contradicting information

in the immediate aftermath.

DPS Director Steve McCraw

told reporters days later that it

was the “wrong decision” not to

breach the classroom sooner.

Law enforcement experts

say Arredondo was the rightful

incident commander, though

they were baffled why he abandoned

his radios, declined to

take charge and lacked access to

classrooms. J. Pete Blair, executive

director of the Advanced

Law Enforcement Rapid Response

Training Center at Texas State

University, dismissed the idea

that the state police, being a far

larger police agency, should have

wrested command from Arredondo

when they arrived on scene.

“The person who should be in

charge is the person who has

the best picture of what’s happening

and also the skill set to

manage what needs to happen,”

Blair said. He added, “Command

exchanges are voluntary. They’re

not forced. [Someone] can’t come

in and say, ‘I’m taking it away

from you.’”

Scrutiny has fallen most intensely

on Arredondo. He defended

his actions in an interview this

month with the Tribune, but many

of his claims are not supported

by the records.

He said he didn’t consider

himself the incident commander

that day and never issued orders

to anyone during the shooting.

Yet at 11:50 a.m., according to

body-camera transcripts, an officer

says, “The chief is in charge.”

Arredondo said he intentionally

left behind his radios, which he

said were cumbersome and had

a habit of not working well from

inside the school, but he did ask

for someone to bring them to him

when he called police dispatch.

He also requested a SWAT team,

snipers and a door-breaching

tool. (It’s not clear if he’d heard

that a Halligan was available.) By

noon, officers had rifles, a Halligan

and at least one ballistic

shield — yet made no attempt

to enter the classrooms for 50

minutes.

In a statement on Thursday,

Arredondo’s lawyer, Hyde, told

the Tribune: “The chief has requested

that no further comment

be made until all the information

is collected and evaluated to

minimize misinformation, which

serves no one. I must honor that

request. Further, the D.A. must

present the police shooting in this

matter to a grand jury, so there is

also a criminal investigation underway,

which he must respect.”

The district attorney did not respond

to a request for comment.

“At this point it’s clear that a

multitude of errors in judgment

combined to turn a bad situation

into a catastrophe,” said Katherine

Schweit, a former FBI agent

who co-authored the agency’s

foremost research on mass

shootings. “The law enforcement

rarely thinks their response is

textbook, [but] I can’t think of another

incident in the United States

where it appears so many missed

opportunities occurred to get it

right.”

But law enforcement officers

have particularly homed in on

Arredondo’s search for keys. It

may never be known whether

that insistence on obtaining a key

was necessary as lives hung in

the balance.

The classroom doors are supposed

to lock automatically, but

from the start, the shooter could

be seen walking unobstructed

into the room and then darting

easily in and out at least three

times. The footage caused some

authorities who watched it to

question whether the doors were

ever locked.

Through his lawyer, Arredondo

told the Tribune in a June 9 email

that the doors were checked: “My

memory is that the team on the

north side of the hallway tried

room on their side, which would

be room 112 and I tried to open

room 111 within minutes of arriving

on the scene. We both took

the sprayed gunfire through the

walls.” But authorities have seen

no video so far that confirms that.

EDITOR: As we went to press, the

The Uvalde school district placed

Arredondo, 51, on administrative

leave on June 22, the day after Department

of Public Safety Director

Steve McCraw told a state Senate

committee that police officers

under the command of Arredondo

could have ended the shooting

within minutes of arriving, but the

chief made “the wrong decision”

not to do so.

Arredondo also resigned from

the Uvalde City Council. The

Uvalde Leader-News first reported

Arredondo’s decision to resign

the city on Saturday July 1st, and

released an unsigned statement

that said officials learned of

Arredondo’s intentions through the

Leader-News article but had not

received formal notice from him

even though resigning was “the

right thing to do.” An hour later,

the city said it received Arredondo’s

resignation letter and publicly

released it.

“After much consideration, it is

in the best interest of the community

to step down as a member

of the City Council for District 3

to minimize further distractions,”

Arredondo wrote in the letter. “The

Mayor, the City Council, and the

City Staff must continue to move

forward to unite our community,

once again. God bless Uvalde.”

Our suggestion, move the hell

out of Uvalde and give the community

time to heal.

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AROUND THE COUNTRY

EL MONTE, CA

IN MOURNING

Two El Monte Police Officers killed in

shootout near California motel.

EL MONTE, CA – Two El Monte

police officers were shot and

killed Tuesday, June 14th while

on a domestic disturbance call

to a motel and now the community

and law enforcement across

California are in mourning.

The officers were identified as

Cpl. Michael Paredes and Officer

Joseph Santana.

The officers responded to a

possible stabbing at the Siesta

Inn near Garvey and Central avenues

just before 5 p.m. Tuesday

and were immediately confronted

with a man who began firing

at them inside a motel room,

according to Deputy David Yoo, a

spokesperson for the Los Angeles

County Sheriff’s Department.

The Sheriff’s Department was

assisting El Monte Police with

the investigation.

The suspect identified as Justin

Flores, fled the room to the

parking lot, where more gunfire

was exchanged. The suspect was

hit by gunfire and died at the

scene, detectives said. A handgun

thought to be the suspect’s

was recovered.

Authorities confirmed the male

suspect was pronounced dead at

the scene. A body covered by a

sheet could be seen in the parking

lot.

The two officers were rushed

to LA County-USC Medical Center,

where they died from their

injuries.

Officials said the two officers

had been ambushed. The Sheriff’s

Department later confirmed

that the call to the motel was for

“a welfare check of a possible

female stabbed at the location.”

El Monte Mayor Jessica Ancona

held a press conference Tuesday

night to discuss the shooting.

Ancona said:

“They were acting as a first line

of defense for our community

members when they were essentially

ambushed while trying

to keep a family safe.”

Officials said a woman involved

in the call about a possible

stabbing was the suspect’s

girlfriend and is being interviewed

by detectives. She was

not injured in the incident.

A joint statement was released

Tuesday night by the city of El

Monte, the El Monte Police Department

and the El Monte Police

Officers Association. It said:

“There are no words to describe

our grief and devastation

by this senseless act as we

learned about the passing of two

of our police officers. It weighs

heavy on our hearts and we are

sending our support to their

families. We would also like to

thank the El Monte community

and our surrounding government

agencies for the outpouring support

we have received in the last

few hours.”

El Monte interim Police Chief

Ben Lowry called the officers

heroes. He spoke outside the

hospital:

“These two men were loved.

They were good men. They paid

the ultimate sacrifice, serving

their community trying to help

somebody.”

He said somberly:

“Today, they were murdered

Corporal Michael Domingo Paredes

by a coward and we are grieving

and that hurts.”

A procession of police vehicles

with lights on began shortly

after 11 p.m. as officers with the

El Monte Police Department escorted

the officers’ bodies from

the hospital to the L.A. County

Coroner’s office.

Former longtime El Monte Mayor

Andre Quintero, who served

from 2009 to 2020, offered his

condolences. He stated:

“I’m completely devastated to

learn about the shooting of two

of El Monte’s Police officers. Details

are still being investigated

and reported.

The mother of Officer Santana

says had District Attorney

George Gascón done his job, her

son would be alive.

Gascón, who has come under

fire over the disposition of

a 2021 criminal case against a

man who fatally shot two El

Monte police officers last week,

defended his office’s handling of

the matter Tuesday, saying the

suspect had no history of violence

before the shooting and

insisted a plea agreement that

allowed the man to avoid jail

time was “appropriate under the

circumstances.’’

“He was basically someone

who had been drug addicted for

many years,” said Gascón during

a news conference.

As the investigation continues,

critics of Gascón have loudly

lashed out at the district attorney,

noting that Flores -- a felon

with a history of arrests -- was

given a plea deal last year that

allowed him to avoid prison

time for being in possession of a

firearm.

As a result of the plea, charges

of methamphetamine possession

and being a felon in possession

of ammunition were dropped,

Officer Joseph Anthony Santana

and Flores was placed on two

years’ probation, and 20 days in

jail.

“The outcome in this particular

case, given what we knew then,

no history of violence, very little

contact with the criminal justice

system for nearly 10 years, was

appropriate,” said Gascón.

Last week, Santana’s mother

lashed out at Gascón, saying his

“insane ideas’’ allowed the gunman

to remain out of jail and

free to murder her son.

“I blame the death of my son

and his partner on Gascón,’’ said

Olga Garcia. “Gascón will never

know how I feel. Gascón will

never know how he destroyed

our families. He won’t know how

[Santana’s] children feel. Crime

is so high in California because

criminals don’t stay in jail long

enough. We need to make criminals

responsible for their actions.

We need law and order.”

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AROUND THE COUNTRY

MASS EXODUS @ NYPD

Exodus of Biblical proportions? NYPD has seen more than

1,500 cops retire or quit in the first 5 months of 2022.

NEW YORK, NY – Nearly 1,600

cops have retired or resigned

from the NYPD in the first 5

months of 2022. That represents

an increase of 38% over 2021 and

46% more the 2020 numbers.

Let’s pause for a minute to

grasp what that means.

1,596 officers are no longer in

their roles with the NYPD, so far

in 2022. Based on the monthly

average of 319.2, the NYPD is

poised to lose just over 11% of

their department’s force this

year, or 3,830 officers.

That number is staggering

when you consider that would

outdistance the previous two

years combined by more than

1,500.

In 2019, there were 36,900 officers

employed by the NYPD.

Today, there are 34,687.

So, what is driving this mass

exodus?

The New York Post discussed

the opinion of one officer who

left the NYPD to work at a different

Long Island department.

“Anti-cop hostility, bail reform,

and rising crime have fed into

frustration among the NYPD rank

and file,” the officer said of his

decision to leave after 6 1/2 years

with NYPD.

The Post spoke with a cop

whose beat is in Queens who

was identified only as Joe.

“The city is out of control,

especially since bail reform,” he

said of his patrol job, which he

claims has continued to worsen

over time.

The mindset of Joe and others

is now “get out while you still

can.”

“The last few years so many

people had been leaving and

manpower was so low that you’d

go to work, and you’d answer 25

to 30 jobs a day and you’re burnt

out by the end of the day,” he

said, adding, “there was no time

for law enforcement,” as it was

“radio run, radio run, radio run

all day long.”

Joe pointed to criminal and

bail reform as a major issue.

When he does make an arrest,

they are typically back on the

street and coming back to collect

their property from the precinct

the same day.

“Residents would ask, ‘Why

does this keep happening?’ and

I would have to explain to them,

‘This guy is going to be locked up

tonight, but tomorrow night he’s

going to come down your block

again, he’s going to be on the

same corner, you’re going to see

him in the same stores. I wish

there was more we could do. But

we can’t,’” Joe said.

Joe said he is aware that he

will get a fraction of the pension

at his new department than he

would have received with NYPD,

but it was worth making the

move.

“Cops who made the move

before me said, ‘It’s a decision

you have to make. You can’t turn

this job down. The quality of life

is better, they treat you more like

a human being than a number,’”

Joe said. “My friends were all

going to the Port Authority, Nassau,

Suffolk, MTA.”

Joe also told the post that he

checks in daily with friends at his

old Queens precinct.

“When I ask, ‘How are things?’

the response is, ‘Horrible. Worse

than when you left,’ and it’s only

been six months,” he added.

Joe isn’t alone in voicing his

frustration.

Police Benevolent Association

Patrolman Union President, Patrick

Lynch, chimed in.

“The NYPD is sliding deeper

into a staffing crisis that will

ultimately hurt public safety. Low

pay, inferior benefits and constant

abuse from the City Council

and other anti-cop demagogues

has pushed attrition to record

highs.

We need more cops working

more hours to turn the tide of violence,

but there is only so much

overtime they can squeeze out of

the cops who remain.”

The department was hoping

to bring on 1,009 from the class

that was sworn in back in December

of 2021. They fell short

of that goal, hiring only 675.

So, how do they get the attrition

to stop?

“It will take 20 years to fix this

mess,” the former NYPD sergeant

said. “The city is bleeding blue

and only the cop haters will be

celebrating. There’s no way to

stop it. Activists, abolitionists,

and their pandering politicians

have done so much damage to

the profession, that it will take a

generation to fix, if at all.”

Where does the new Mayor of

New York stand on the situation,

given his career as an officer and

Captain with the NYPD?

It doesn’t seem to bother him.

“Mr. Mayor, are you concerned

there are reports that over 500

cops are resigning and over a

thousand are retiring? Does that

concern you?”

His response was only four

words long.

No, it does not,” was his answer.

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AROUND THE COUNTRY

LIVE PD COMING BACK

LIVE PD is returning with a

new name and home:

On Patrol:Live will air on cable

channel Reels this summer.

Dan Abrams has announced that

after nearly two years off the air,

Live PD is making a rebranded

comeback with a new channel.

On Patrol: Live will air on cable

channel Reels starting this summer.

“First, I want to say thank you to

the ‘Live PD’ nation, Abrams said. I

know this wait was long, but we

needed the right platform to make

this show what it should be. As

many of you know, I have been

advocating for this show to return

since the day it went off of the air.”

According to Abrams, the show

was cancelled during the riots that

began after the death of George

Floyd. It was on for four years with

219 episodes.

“Two years ago, when I was upset

by the decision to pull the show,

sometimes I said things that were

viewed as controversial. I was told

to stop, by friends, other people,

that I was endangering my career

by speaking out.

Police are the bad guys to so

many in the media. This wasn’t the

time to make those kinds of comments.

So, wanting to see how police

work is done from the officer’s

perspective, was viewed as wrong

or shameful.

Well, now it seems that many

have come around and realized,

‘Wow, we actually need our police.’

My position has never changed.

We needed our police officers then.

We need them now. And we need

our show.”

The show was canceled by A&E

after reports surfaced that a Live

PD crew was filming with a department

and captured the death of a

black man in police custody.

Now, apart from A&E, the show is

making its long-awaited comeback.

The wait has been long, but

Abrams knew the show would need

the right platform to be successful.

The fans “never gave up the faith.”

And neither did he.

While the show will feature some

changes and some new departments

and agencies, there are a

few things that remain the same.

Abrams will continue to host the

show, along with his original cohost,

Sean “Sticks” Larkin, retired

officer from the Tulsa Police Department.

In December of 2021, Abrams

invited the Live PD team back for

a reunion show. In the nearly 45

minutes they were on the air, he got

very personal about what the show

meant to him. They even highlighted

some of the show’s accomplishments,

which included:

Tips from viewers led to law

enforcement recovering 13 missing

children

Tips from viewers led to law

enforcement capturing 34 wanted

fugitives.

“Let me get personal for a moment,”

Abrams began his closing

statement from that show. “Before

Live PD, I’d been on the air in high

profile roles as a national news anchor

and correspondent for over 20

years. But nothing in my professional

career has compared to being a

part of Live PD.

We became a family, those of us

on the set; the producers, the crews,

both in studio and those who were

out with the officers and of course,

most importantly, all of you [viewers].

Together, you, we, had something

truly special that I had never had in

my professional life. I want it back.

So, rest assured that I will continue

to fight the fight as best I can.”

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AROUND THE COUNTRY

Las Vegas Honors Metro Detective Justin Terry

By Casey Harrison

LAS VEGAS, NV. — In law enforcement

circles, Metro Police

Detective Justin Terry was known

as a consummate professional, an

expert in the field of sex crimes.

In his personal life, Terry was

known as a kind, compassionate

and humble man who would drop

what he was doing at a moment's

notice to help somebody out. That

included offering a shoulder to

cry on and — on mostly any occasion,

good or bad — giving a hug

you'd likely never forget, his family

members said.

"Justin's hugs were magic," Terry's

sister, Lisa, said this morning

at his funeral.

Terry was killed June 10 after a

truck hit a bridge warning beam

on U.S. 95 near Centennial Parkway,

causing the beam to fall on

his unmarked patrol vehicle.

Hundreds of police officers, firefighters,

medics and other mourners

attended the 10 a.m. service at

Central Christian Church in Henderson.

Terry, 45, is survived by his wife,

Stacey, and sons Sean and Jacob;

his parents, Harold and Joyce; sister,

Lisa, and brother, Joshua; and

several nieces and nephews.

"Detective Justin Terry was one

of the best," Clark County Sheriff

Joe Lombardo said. "He made

this department, and he made our

community better."

"This profession is like no other,

and it can take a toll when officers

see and hear things no one

should have to experience,"

Lombardo said.

"But Justin never let it

change him. From the

moment he entered this

force 21 years ago until

the day he said goodbye,

he was the same man."

A police motorcade

escorted Terry's flagdraped

casket carried

atop a Metro pickup

truck from Palm Downtown

Mortuary in Las

Vegas to the church.

The procession snaked

through downtown Las

Vegas and down the Las

Vegas Strip. Along the

way, Henderson firefighters

and police officers

stood atop parked emergency

vehicles and saluted.

A Metro honor guard escorted

Terry's casket inside the church

while three police helicopters

flew overhead.

Officer Nick Madsen, who went

through Metro's police academy

with Terry and worked with him

over the years, said Terry stood

out from the moment they met.

After graduating from the academy

in 2001, the two were assigned

to the graveyard shift and

learned the ropes together, Madsen

said.

Some of the rookies were "very

impressed by our own greatness,"

Madsen said, but Terry "never got

too high and he never got too

low."

"He was humble, which would

not surprise anyone here, and he

just did his job and did it very,

very well," Madsen said.

Terry's son Sean said he saw

a news story about his father's

death, in which someone said Terry

was the nicest officer who ever

arrested him.

"As crazy as that sounds, you

and I all know that it's probably

true," he said, eliciting chuckles

from the crowd of mourners.

The one thing his dad hated,

Sean Terry said, was being the

center of attention, which means

he probably wouldn't be too comfortable

with today's service.

"In my opinion, he deserves all

the attention in the world," his

son Jacob Terry said. "He was the

most selfless, humble and caring

human being."

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Florida Trooper Injured in Heroic

Collision Returns to Full Duty

FLORIDA —In March, Florida

Highway Patrol Trooper Toni

Schuck intercepted and crashed

into an accused drunk driver’s

vehicle to prevent it from barreling

into thousands of runners in

a 10K race.

A Florida Highway Patrol

trooper who bravely collided

with an accused drunken driver’s

vehicle to keep it from running

into runners in a 10K race returned

to full duty this week.

Trooper Toni Schuck has been

recovering from injuries she sustained

in the March 6 incident,

WTSP-TV reports. That’s when

a 52-year-old Sarasota woman

barreled through a Manatee

County toll plaza on the Sunshine

Skyway Bridge and headed

toward thousands of participants

in the Skyway 10K along the

bridge.

Schuck used her cruiser to

intercept and crash into the

woman’s vehicle to prevent her

from reaching the runners. The

unit’s dashboard camera caught

the harrowing maneuver, and

Schuck’s actions were widely

praised.

Schuck—along with the suspected

drunk driver—was seriously

injured in the incident, and

she went through a lengthy recovery.

She returned to full duty

on Tuesday, JUne 14,2022.

While she was recovering,

Schuck, a 26-year Florida Highway

Patrol veteran, was recognized

for her heroic actions. She

was given the keys to St. Petersburg

and Bradenton and got to

throw out the first pitch at the

Tamp Rays’ home opener. Manatee

County also declared March

22 Trooper Toni Schuck Day.

The 52-year-old woman, who

had a blood-alcohol level three

times over the legal limit, has

been charged with two counts of

DUI with damage to property or

person, two counts of reckless

driving with damage to property

or a person and DUI causing

serious bodily injury.

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AROUND THE COUNTRY

Man, swings excavator’s shovel bucket at

Vermont Troopers to stop son’s arrest.

“They don’t have a

scenario at the academy

where we practice

this one,” said

Capt. Matt Daley

By Suzie Ziegler

BURLINGTON, VT. — Three

members of a Vermont family

are facing charges after a man

attacked state troopers with a

construction vehicle, bodycam

video shows.

The bizarre and terrifying incident

happened last week when

Troopers Skylar Velasquez and

Gabe Schrauf arrived to arrest

a burglary and assault suspect,

24-year-old Brandon Tallman,

reported WCAX. The situation

escalated when Tallman’s parents

tried to prevent the arrest.

Tallman’s father, Wayne,

jumped into the cab of an excavator

parked on his property.

Dashcam video shows the elder

Tallman operating the excavator’s

shovel bucket and swinging

its long arm toward the troopers.

The video shows Velasquez

scuffling on the ground with the

suspect when the bucket swings

toward her head. Tallman’s

mother is also on the ground,

holding onto her son as Velasquez

tries to arrest him, according

to WCAX.

Schrauf points his gun at

Wayne Tallman, and presumably

orders the man to get out of the

cab. The video has no audio.

Police did not immediately say

how the situation resolved, but

all three are now in custody,

the report said. Wayne Tallman

faces several charges including

reckless endangerment and

assault on a protected official;

Amy Tallman faces charges for

impeding an officer.

Capt. Matt Daley praised the

troopers for their conduct during

the incident.

“They don’t have a scenario at

the academy where we practice

this one,” Daley told WCAX. “It

was a dangerous situation that

Velasquez and Schrauf were put

in, and in the end, [they] came

out on top. They both went home

that night. That’s the goal of why

we went there.”

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AROUND THE COUNTRY

Perry County, AR pays tribute

to Fallen Deputy Story

Yavapai County, AZ SGT.

fatally shot in Cordes Lakes

PERRY COUNTY, AR. —An officer

who died in the line of duty

received a hero’s send-off Monday

night. Perry County detention

officer, Jeremiah Story, was

shot at the jail Wednesday night

during the booking process of an

inmate’s arrest, according to a

report from Kark news.

That same building is where

those who knew the 21-year-old

best honored his memory. By

candlelight, friends, family, and

coworkers chose to dwell on the

young man’s life over his death.

Story had been working as a

detention officer in Perry County

for almost a year. He was also

in the Arkansas Army National

Guard and had hoped to one day

become a state trooper.

Service was important to the

young man as was a making

those around him their best,

including the inmates who also

attended the vigil tonight on the

other side of the jail fence.

James Stewart, the Chaplin of

Perry County’s detention center

before the shooting remarked on

Story’s genuine playfulness, his

work effort, and how he always

made people smile, including

those inmates.

“He has been loved by a lot of

different people, not just outside

but inside. If you see the

guys (inmates) right here on my

left, you will see that they cared

about him just as much as the

rest of us, he was kind of the

example setter that I would use

when I talked to my brothers

in there. That’s exactly the type

of person I used as an example

setter because he was that 1 out

of 10.”

State Police are investigating

Story’s death. They say Roderick

Deputy Jeremiah Story

Deshawn Lewis shot Story with

a gun he brought into the jail as

he was being booked. Story died

from his injuries at a nearby hospital,

and Lewis has since been

charged with capital murder.

“Lives are changing because

of Jeremiah. Lives will change

because of Jeremiah because he

was loved,” Stewart insisted.

YAVAPAI COUNTY, AZ. —The

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

lost a 14-year veteran of the

department when Sgt. Richard

Lopez was shot and killed on

on Tuesday June 28th in Cordes

Lakes Arizona. The 51-year-old

Sergeant was known as “R-Lo.

Lopez was trying to detain

a person suspected of theft

when he was shot, Sheriff David

Rhodes said in a news conference

late Tuesday. It is unclear

exactly what led to the shooting.

“We don’t have a lot of facts

about what happened at that

time,” Rhodes said.

Members of the community

called 911 and said an officer

was in distress. When deputies

responded, they found Lopez unresponsive

and he was taken to a

hospital in Phoenix, Rhodes said.

Kristen Green, spokesperson

for the Sheriff’s Office, said the

deputy died surrounded by loved

ones.

The suspect, identified on

Wednesday as Robert McDowell,

61, of Mayer, barricaded himself

in a home in the area for several

hours. Rhodes said the Sheriff’s

Office detained him with

the help of the Arizona Department

of Public Safety. McDowell

is facing first-degree murder

charges.

DPS is handling the investigation.

More information is expected

in the coming days, according

to Rhodes.

‘Our agency is hurting,’ sheriff

says

Lopez, a Prescott Valley resident,

left a career in management

to work in public safety. He

had been at the Sheriff’s Office

for 14 years, Rhodes said. He

served as a detective and negotiator

on the SWAT team.

“One of the most impressive

things though is he was a regular

volunteer with shop with a

cop, which is one of our biggest

fundraisers for at-risk youth and

he never missed that,” Rhodes

said.

Lopez leaves behind a wife and

two daughters who Rhodes said

were “absolutely devastated.” He

also said their agency has been

very affected by Lopez’s loss.

“I can’t think of anything low

enough to speak of this shooter,

of this person who decided to

take this life,” Rhodes said. “We

are hurt, our agency is hurting.

Absolutely unnecessary.”

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AROUND THE COUNTRY

Off-duty Poteet TX officer

killed by drunk driver.

Jeffrey Richardson died after he was hit by an drunk driver in Austin while

working an extra-job.

By Mary Claire Patton

AUSTIN, TX — An off-duty

Poteet police officer was killed

Wednesday June 29th after he

was hit by an alleged drunk

driver in Austin, according to

Austin PD.

APD responded to a call just

after 2 a.m. in the 11700 block of

N Mopac Expressway after someone

reported that a vehicle had

struck a pedestrian. The area is

currently a construction zone

and the accident occurred on the

service road.

Officer Jeffrey Richardson, 35,

was working a contract extra-job

directing traffic when he

was hit. He was taken to St. David’s

Round Rock Medical Center

where he later died, according

to the PIO officer from the Austin

Police Department.

Investigators identified the

driver as Lindsay Smith, 26. Police

say she stayed at the scene

after the accident.

According to APD officials,

Smith was given a sobriety test

at the scene and a warrant was

issued for a blood draw. The results

of that blood draw weren’t

provided by police but APD officials

said she was booked into

Travis County Jail on intoxication

assault charges. Her bond has

been set at $250,000.

The Poteet police chief issued

the following statement:

“The Poteet Police Department

mourns the tragic loss of Poteet

Police Res. Officer Jeffrey Richardson,

35, who was tragically

killed this morning while working

off-duty in Austin, Texas.

“Our thoughts and prayers go

out to the Richardson family. We

offer our sincerest condolence

for this monumental loss.

“When tragedy strikes, faith

is what makes things bearable.

The Poteet Police Department

will continue to be here to lean

on during this significant time of

need. That’s what the thin blue

line signifies.

“I want to especially thank

Round Rock Police Chief Banks

and Austin Police Chief Chacon

and their departments for their

unbelievable show of love, concern

and support. I thank the

St. David’s Round Rock Hospital

medical staff who attended to

Richardson and for the respect

Officer Jeffrey Richardson

they showed him as they lined

the halls and street outside the

hospital as the procession drove

by with his body. I would also

like to thank Sheriff David Soward

and all Atascosa County

law enforcement agencies for

their pledges of support, as well

as TMPA and the 100 club.

Myself, LT Rodriguez, Officers’

DeLuna, Aragon and Gonzalez,

along with other law enforcement

agencies escorted Officer

Richardson’s body to the Medical

Examiner’s office in Georgetown,

TX. I was in awe that nearly every

driver on the highway ramp

stood outside their cars as the

procession drove by.”

TWO DEPUTIES SHOT IN ALABAMA

Bibb County Alabama Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Johnson has died

while Deputy Chris Poole was released from an area hospital.

BIBB COUNTY, AL — One of two

Alabama sheriff’s deputies shot

Wednesday June 30th has died,

while another was treated and

released from an area hospital.

The suspect involved in the

shooting was arrested earlier in

the day after a intense manhunt.

Bibb County Sheriff’s Deputy

Brad Johnson, who was an

organ donor, was pronounced

dead at 3:18 p.m., Sheriff Jody

Wade said. He was an organ

donor.

Gov. Kay Ivey called Johnson

a hero, and she said the 7-year

veteran of the sheriff’s office

was engaged to be married.

“Our entire state is praying for

his family, his fiancé and fellow

law enforcement officers,” Ivey

said in a statement.

The second deputy who was

shot, Chris Poole, was released

from the hospital and is expected

to make a full recovery,

the Alabama Law Enforcement

Agency said.

The deputies were shot as they

chased a suspected stolen vehicle

Wednesday, District Attorney

Michael Jackson previously told

NBC affiliate WVTM of Birmingham.

The suspect in the shooting,

Austin Patrick Hall, 26, was taken

into custody about 7:30 a.m.

Deputy Brad Johnson

Thursday by the U.S. Marshals

Service Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive

Task Force, the state law

enforcement agency said.

The shooting set off an intense

manhunt. Hall was apprehended

in Brierfield, which is a community

in Bibb County, officials said.

People throughout the community

are still too torn up to

speak about the loss of Officer

Johnson, but everyone we spoke

to said he was a good man and

will be sorely missed.

TV Station WBRC spoke with

two women who work for the

Deputy Chris Poole

Department of Human Resources

in Bibb County, and one of them

tells me Officer Johnson brought

her comfort during a scary situation.

“I’ll never forget him. He will

always be in our hearts.”

Tracy Eubanks couldn’t fight

back the tears as she spoke

about Officer Brad Johnson.

“He could calm any situation

and even when things got really

tense, he was still always very

professional and very respectful.”

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AROUND THE COUNTRY

WAR ZONE IN KENTUCKY - SEVEN OFFICERS SHOT

THREE OFFICERS AND ONE K9 OFFICER DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY

ALLEN, KY — Three Kentucky

law enforcement officers and

one K9 Officer were killed and

four additional officers were

wounded in eastern Kentucky

when a man with a rifle opened

fire on police attempting to serve

a warrant.

An emergency management

official was also injured during

the confrontation at a home in

Allen, a small town in the hills

of Appalachia.

The responding officers encountered

“pure hell” when they

arrived on the scene, the sheriff

of Floyd county, John Hunt, told

reporters Friday afternoon.

Hunt said four deputies initially

responded, and they called for

backup when they were shot at.

Hunt had told local media

the deputies were serving a

court-issued warrant on Thursday

June 30th, that was related

to a domestic violence offense

where the suspect had held his

wife and daughter hostage.

The suspect, Lance Storz, 49,

opened fire on the officers when

they arrived and then fired hundreds

of rounds from firearms

that he had positioned around

the house.

One of Hunt’s deputies, William

Petry, and Prestonsburg,

Kentucky, police captain Ralph

Frasure were killed in the shooting.

Frasure worked for 39 years in

law enforcement in Floyd county.

Another Prestonsburg officer,

Jacob Chaffins, died the following

day in a local hospital

Storz was arraigned Friday

morning by a judge in Pike

County. He pleaded not guilty to

two counts of murder of a police

officer and was jailed on a $10

million bond. One of the charges

was originally attempted murder

of a police officer, but a judge

said at the hearing that was

upgraded to murder. He is also

facing another attempted murder

charge and assault on a service

animal.

“This is a tough morning for

our commonwealth,” the governor

of Kentucky, Andy Beshear,

said in a social media post Friday.

“Floyd county and our brave

first responders suffered a tragic

loss last night.

“I want to ask all of Kentucky

to join me in praying for this

community.”

The state’s attorney general,

Daniel Cameron, posted on

social media that he was heartbroken

over news of the officers’

deaths.

“Our law enforcement exhibited

unimaginable heroism and

sacrifice last night in the face of

evil,” he said.

From the Louisville Courier Journal:

ALLEN, Ky. — A light mist began to

fall Friday afternoon as the bodies

of Captain Ralph Frasure and

Deputy William Petry were pulled

from a Frankfort medical examiner’s

office closer to their homes in

Floyd County.

More than an hour away from

Prestonsburg, squad cars, ambulances

and fire trucks dotted

intersections along Mountain

Parkway and families stood at the

edge of their driveways, waiting to

pay their respects to the two men

killed in the line of duty the night

prior.

As the hearse and ambulance

made their way through the mountains,

passing under a massive flag

hanging above the roadway, men

removed their hats and bowed

their heads. One woman held a

balloon. Another stood behind her

husband, unsure of how to comfort

a man who’d suddenly lost a

friend.

Sheriff’s Deputy William Petry

and Prestonsburg Police Capt.

Ralph Frasure, who were killed trying

to serve a warrant yesterday,

were brought back from Frankfort

today.

Before the night’s end, the Eastern

Kentucky community would

be rocked again, as

authorities announced

a third officer died due

to the shootout in the

small town of Allen,

population 166.

His name was Jacob

Chaffins. The youngest

of the three men who’d

been killed, he’d been

an officer with Prestonsburg

Police for just

two years, serving as

a canine handler for

the department. He

leaves behind a wife

and young daughter.

News of his death

was shared more than

2,000 times in an hour

after it was confirmed

on social media by the

police, and his body

was set to be brought

home Saturday.

K9 Drago, one of the

canines Chaffins handled,

also died Thursday

in what’s been described

by authorities

as an ambush on officers

who were serving

a domestic violence

warrant. Drago was a

German Shepherd — an

“amazing boy” who

“kicked butt at his job,”

one tribute post read.

Captain Ralph Frasure

Officer Jacob Russell Chaffins

Deputy William Petry

K9 Officer Drago

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DIAMOND DA62-MPP

Everything you would expect of a state-of-the-art surveillance aircraft & more.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and retraction system for the sensor payload in the 206 (also available for the DA62-MPP and

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

affordable platform.

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

diesel engine composite aircraft, now with the MPP modifications being fully FAA certified.

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from its roots...

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

flight reviews of the DA-62 by FLYING Magazine’s Stephen Pope.

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

represents a new pinnacle in piston aircraft design. Its long list of positive attributes

includes superb efficiency, quality construction, technological sophistication, and

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

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

word, it’s a winner.

Diamond DA62 at a Glance

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

for that. Light-piston twin sales have been so slow for so long that most

aircraft buyers — and aviation writers — have written off the segment as all but

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

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

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

pretty much everything a twin can but with substantially reduced operating costs

and essentially no ¬safety penalty.

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

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

to save the day.

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

something of a surprise. With the elegantly sculpted DA62’s arrival amid a field of

brawny gasoline-powered ¬singles, suddenly we must ask ourselves if the market

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

prolonged hibernation, slumbering peacefully through a long winter, awaiting the

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

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

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

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

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

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

the most part, offering advice to younger pilots.

The resulting shift in attitudes and buying habits in favor of single-engine airplanes

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

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on the market. Today, there are

only five serious contenders —

and apart from the seven-place

DA62, only two of these, the

Beech Baron G58 and Piper Seneca

V, offer more than four seats.

A Flying SUV

Seven seats in a twin in this

class, by the way, is quite an

engineering feat. I’m not a fan

of describing any airplane as an

“aerial SUV” — even if, yes, it’s

roomy inside and has a decent

payload — because the label is

almost always an exaggeration

dreamed up by someone in the

marketing department. But in the

case of the DA62 it would be ignoring

a glaringly obvious design

characteristic not to mention it.

With its third-row seating option,

oversize doors and seats

that fold flat to accommodate

bulky items, there’s no other way

to say it — the DA62 is a sport

utility vehicle with wings.

That’s no accident. In developing

this airplane as an evolutionary

step up from the four-seat

DA42, Diamond Aircraft founder

and CEO Christian Dries challenged

his engineering team to

create a safe, simple-to-operate,

fuel-efficient twin and wrap it

around a passenger compartment

mimicking the latest luxury

SUVs. Unlike gas-guzzling sport

utility vehicles, though, the DA62

boasts outstanding fuel economy.

Its twin 180-horsepower

Austro AE330 diesel engines

burn less than 10 gallons per

hour per side at maximum continuous

power, propelling the

airplane to a top speed of right

around 200 knots. Pull the throttles

back to 75 percent power

and the speed is still a respectable

187 ktas, but fuel burn

drops to just 7.4 gph per side

— an impressive 14.8 gph total

that’s lower than a number of

light-piston singles can manage

on one engine.

The DA62’s cabin features two

seats up front, three in the middle

row and two more in back.

They fold flat for an SUV-like

experience.

I had the chance to spend

a couple of days flying the

DA62 recently on a visit to the

Diamond Aircraft factory at

the company-owned Wiener

Neustadt East Airport south of

Vienna. I came away from the

experience persuaded that, for

the right buyer, this is very nearly

the ideal airplane. If, for example,

you need seven seats versus

the five or six offered in competing

airplanes, the DA62 makes

perfect sense. If you also don’t

have access to a ready supply of

100LL avgas, the DA62 is a great

alternative to gasoline-powered

models. And if you simply feel

more comfortable flying over

inhospitable terrain or water,

sometimes at night, and desire

the power and systems redundancy

that come with a second

engine, the DA62 should absolutely

be on your shopping list.

There are other reasons to like

the DA62 as well. One of the

characteristics that left an impression

on me is how dirt simple

this airplane is to operate.

Take the engine start procedure,

for example. It involves the easyas-pie

steps of hitting the master

switch, flipping the engine

master on, waiting a moment

to ensure the glow plug annunciation

is out and then pushing

the engine start button. That’s it.

The ¬Austro diesels come to life

in an instant as the dual-channel

full authority -digital engine

controls (fadec) manage rpm

and continuously check for faults

while your only other job is to

glance at the oil pressure indication.

As long as the gauges are in

the green, you’re good to go.

The before-takeoff run-up procedure

is equally as stress free.

It involves setting the parking

brake, manually selecting the A

and B channels of the electronic

engine control units (EECU) to

ensure both are online, and then

pushing and holding the engine

run-up buttons. Here’s where

the magic starts as the AE330’s

fadec computers automatically

increase power to 1,950 rpm

and perform a number of health

checks, including cycling the

props. The throttles never physically

move and there aren’t any

prop levers to move in the first

place. If no fault messages ¬appear

on the Garmin G1000 primary

flight display when the test

sequence is completed, you’re

ready for departure.

In this case, that meant swinging

the airplane onto Wiener

Neustadt’s Runway 10 with a

25-knot direct crosswind blowing

from the left. I added a fistful

of that smooth diesel power

and, per the book, rotated at 80

knots. Acceleration to 95 knots

for the climb-out was brisk as

I began the bizarre sequence

of noise-abatement twists and

turns designed to keep air traffic

away from residential areas as

well as a military airfield right

next door to the airport.

The DA62’s diesel engines are

encased in cowlings that seem

oddly misshapen, a result of

packaging Mercedes-Benz car

engines on an airplane.

Climbing to 5,000 feet at 110

kias, the DA62 maintained a

1,450 fpm rate of climb at our

midweight with two on board

and half fuel. Accelerating to

a cruise climb speed of 128

kias produced a 1,200 fpm rate

through 8,000 feet. That’s when

I asked my host in the right seat,

Diamond Aircraft director of

flight operations Martin Scherrer,

for a demonstration of the DA62’s

¬single-engine performance.

Still climbing, at his direction I

flicked off the left engine master

switch (the left is the critical engine

in the DA62). The ¬propeller

immediately stopped, automatically

feathering as it did so.

The airplane lurched left as a

result of loss of thrust on that

side, and I instinctively raised the

left wing, stepped on the rudder,

and then dialed in rudder trim

to compensate. After that, the

airplane was as easy to fly on

one engine as on two. Earning a

multiengine rating in a DA62 with

its two power levers (opposed

to the usual six levers found in

most piston twins) would almost

be cheating, I decided. I let the

speed come back to the 87-knot

blue line (single-engine best

rate-of-climb airspeed) and was

impressed to see us still climbing

at 450 fpm.

Speed Test

Next I wanted to evaluate the

DA62’s cruise performance to

see if this really is a 200-knot

airplane as Dries originally envisioned.

I leveled off at 14,000

feet with the throttles pushed

full forward to max continuous

power of 95 percent and

let the speed build. On this day,

slightly warmer than standard

and a little lower than optimal, I

managed to coax 195 ktas from

those twin AE330s while burning

18.6 gph. Hitting 200 knots in a

Beech Baron in similar conditions

would result in a fuel consumption

of around 30 gph, so I

wasn’t terribly disappointed with

the results I was seeing.

I tried out a variety of power

settings and found what I

considered a sweet spot at 60

percent power showing 170 ktas

and 11.8 gph fuel consumption.

After heading lower and trying

a series of steep turns and

power-on and -off stalls (which

were, predictably, nonevents

with nothing more dramatic than

a slight wing drop in the stalls),

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I shut down the right engine for

some engine-out maneuvering.

Here’s where the economy

really improved. Loafing along

at 100 knots in level flight we

were showing a fuel burn of

an eye-popping 3.6 gph. I did

a quick mental calculation and

realized that, even with less than

half fuel on board, at this rate

our flight endurance would still

be more than 11 hours.

There would be virtually no

way to stave off boredom on

such a long flight, in part because

the pilot doesn’t have

much to do in the DA62 in cruise.

By design, pilot workload is low

in all flight regimes, something I

think nonprofessionals will come

to greatly ¬appreciate. Even performing

aerial engine restarts is

an almost total no-brainer for

the pilot. The single-lever power

controls don’t require any special

adjustments, meaning all

the pilot has to worry about is

maintaining the proper airspeed

so the prop will ¬windmill back

to life when the engine master is

switched back on.

In fact, fitted as it is with the

latest generation of Garmin

G1000 avionics with synthetic-vision

technology (SVT) and

electronic stability and protection

(ESP), plus a three-axis

Garmin GFC 700 autopilot and

GWX 70 weather radar, there’s

an argument to be made that the

DA62 is the among the most capable

and easiest-to-fly piston

airplanes ever produced. It’s a

21st century technological marvel

wrapped in a slippery and

sensual ¬carbon-fiber package.

Diamond DA62 in flight.

After a sightseeing detour

through some breathtakingly

gorgeous valleys in the Alps

southwest of Vienna (where

handling in the bumps was rock

solid), we headed back to Wiener

Neustadt so I could try my

hand at landings in the DA62.

The wind was still blowing at 20

knots for my first arrival, which

involved flying the strangest

pattern I’ve ever performed as I

was compelled to wheel around

small towns at odd altitudes

to accommodate for departing

traffic and the bordering military

airspace.

The landing culminated with

a tight descending turn at the

edge of the adjacent military

airfield as I targeted 90 knots on

final with full flaps selected. Max

demonstrated crosswind component

with full flaps in the DA62

is 25 knots, slightly better than

in the DA42, and I found that the

DA62 ¬handled the wind with no

problem, even with its slender

wing spanning nearly 48 feet.

Creature Comforts

Inside, the DA62 has the same

center control stick, throttle

placement and cockpit display

layout that are familiar to pilots

of the Diamond DA40 and DA42.

Round-dial backup instruments

have been replaced with an

electronic standby instrument

with emergency battery. The

seats are leather with seatback

adjustments, but they don’t move

fore and aft. Instead, the rudder

pedals can be adjusted forward

and back to accommodate a variety

of pilots. I found that I had

plenty of headroom and adequate

forward visibility from my

vantage point in the left seat. My

companion in the right seat, at

6 feet, 8 inches tall, fit the space

surprisingly well. A welcome

touch is an armrest in the center

of the cockpit between the pilots

that is just the right width and

height. Diamond was the first to

commit to Garmin G1000 avionics,

so it’s no surprise to find it

carried over here.

The DA62’s three large

gull-wing doors and the forward-folding

seats, plus smart

placement of handholds, make

entry and exit from the DA62

extremely easy. There are cup

holders for the front-seat occupants

and a variety of LED interior

lighting options throughout

the cabin. Options include air

conditioning, a 36-gallon aux

fuel tank, Garmin weather radar

and satellite data receiver, and

Avidyne TAS600 traffic advisory

system. New for the DA62 is an

upgraded metallic paint option

that lets buyers choose colors

other than the standard white

found on many carbon-composite

aircraft.

Although it isn’t offered with

a parachute, the DA62 benefits

from a variety of standard

and optional safety features. Its

benign, big-airplane handling

makes it easy to hand-fly. It also

features aluminum fuel tanks

sandwiched between the carbon-fiber

main wing spars for

exceptional crashworthiness,

and incorporates Diamond’s

trademark high-impact fixed

seats that are attached to strategically

located crush points

in the floor. The composite

monocoque cabin design was

borrowed from the Formula 1

racing world. Like all Diamond

products, the airplane has undergone

crashworthiness testing

similar to what is ¬performed in

the auto industry. The DA62 also

offers full icing protection with its TKS

weeping wing option.

The U.S. spec version offers a

5,071-pound gross weight (versus

4,400 pounds for the European version

to avoid the ATC fees levied on heavier

airplanes) and a 1,300-nautical-mile

range with a full-fuel payload of over

1,000 pounds. Its 2.0-liter Austro compression

ignition engines, meanwhile,

sip jet-A fuel while offering the peace

of mind that comes with a 13,000-foot

single-engine service ceiling (at max

gross weight) and the turbocharged

power to propel it to respectable top

speed. The cabin is the roomiest in

its class, plus there are two spacious

baggage compartments in the nose

that can accommodate full-size suitcases,

golf bags and more.

One of the big questions I had about

the DA62, obviously, is whether this

really is a bona fide seven-person

airplane with those two extra

seats way in the back. There’s

ample room in the front seats

and in the middle row as well

with its three seats, but the rear

seats would be cramped for two

adults. I hopped in back and felt

there was plenty of room for

me alone, but I wouldn’t want

a seatmate. It would be ideal,

though, for two children.

The DA62’s useful load in

the international spec version

is 1,609 pounds — about 100

pounds more than a Baron G58

— meaning that with half fuel

the average weight of each passenger

could top out at around

190 pounds. I ran through a

number of weight and balance

scenarios and came away convinced

that with those fuel-efficient

Austro diesels, this truly is

a seven-person airplane that still

offers decent range and speed.

A real-world scenario I plugged

in involved loading five full-size

adults, two children, bags and

60 gallons of fuel for a 644 nm

range at standard cruise power

at 14,000 feet.

With its long, tapered high-aspect

ratio wing featuring slightly

upswept tips, unusual engine

cowl shape and silky-smooth

composite fuselage, it’ll be hard

to miss. Once you see it in person,

it will probably take all of

about five seconds before you

decide you want to fly it. It’s an

experience I highly recommend,

but don’t be surprised if you suffer

from a serious case of twin

envy afterward.

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So how do you take a twin-engine SUV of sorts and

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DA62-MPP is an extraordinarily capable aircraft, when

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in a superior ISR platform costing less to operate

than a single engine piston. Incredible as it may seem,

the DA62 MPP is setting new standards for Airborne Law

Enforcement.

Powered by twin diesels burning JET-A, it consumes

substantially less than 10 gph (total-both engines) at

loiter speeds. “If you’re not in the air, you’re not there”

means in the air, on station, ready to respond. The DA62-

MPP now makes that possible without breaking the bank.

Add the available “power by the hour” engine program

and you can easily budget for future engine maintenance

requirements as well.

This multi-role, multi-mission aircraft is certified to

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mission requirements. Supporting sensors up to 16.5” in

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well as up and coming technology. Its exceptional climb

and sprint performance will get you on station quickly,

and when at loiter speeds will keep you on station for

hours. The DA62-MPP has redefined the meaning of “mission-ready”.

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of additional mission capabilities, making the MPP platform

adaptable to the ever-changing equipment available

to mission operators. Truly a versatile performer,

the MPP readily addresses many additional missions

such as fire suppression, littoral surveillance, counter-drug

operations, aerial survey as well as being an

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The MPP provides a discrete 100A alternator for mission

equipment as well as an optional fourth alternator

solely for the air conditioning unit. FIKI certified (with

the TKS option) and supported by a network of service

centers, the MPP acquisition costs are well positioned

between piston and turbine alternatives. With its exceptional

performance and incredibly low operating costs,

can you afford to not be operating a DA62-MPP?

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By Don Roby, APSA Training Program Manager

Shuttle transportation will be provided from

the Peppermill Resort Spa and Casino to

the Reno-Sparks Convention Center starting

Wednesday to the Opening Reception and

ending Friday evening.

APSA is headed back to one of its

favorite places -- Reno! This year’s

APSCON 2022 conference

courses are designed for all

facets of public safety aviation, and we look

forward to seeing you this summer!

There will be eight in-depth conference

courses held Monday through Wednesday at

the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Tuscany

ballrooms. The Aviation Safety Officer

Course, Airborne Thermographer Certification

Course, Aviation Safety Management

Systems Course, Flight Instructor Refresher

Course (Tuesday and Wednesday), Public

Safety Aviation Unit Manager Course, Tactical

Flight Officer Couse, Fixed-Wing Operations

Course and the IA Renewal Course (Wednesday

only). Each course has been updated

and new instructors have been brought in to

refresh the courses. (See details and registration

on pages 10-12 & page 57).

On Thursday, there will be a General

Session in Room A17 in the Reno Sparks

Convention Center from 1300-1430 entitled

Federal Aviation Administration Security

Issues. This General Session will feature Tonya

D. Coultas, Deputy Associate Administrator of

the FAA’s Aviation Safety and Hazardous Materials

Safety Branch. She will discuss various

FAA safety initiatives including the upcoming

release of the Remote ID program for drones.

This will be an informative session and it is

relevant to everyone in public safety.

APSA’s Safety Program Manager Bryan

Smith will facilitate this year’s Safety Symposium

on Thursday from 1530 to 1700 hours

in Room A17. As always, Bryan has put

together a fantastic panel of safety subject

matter experts from various public safety

agencies, consultants and corporate

members that will share important and vital

safety information. Bryan will be leaving his

APSA role as Safety Program Manager after

this APSCON, so you might want to wish him

well and thank him for his service and

insights. Although I’m pretty sure that we will

continue to see Bryan as an instructor and

attendee at future APSA events.

There will be limited classes on Thursday

so that attendees can spend their time on

the exhibition floor visiting the corporate

members at their booths. Classes will then

resume on Friday from 0800 to 1700 and

on Saturday from 0830 to 1200.

APSA strives to provide you with a

world-class public safety aviation educational

lineup. We continue to be committed

to providing affordable training and

delivering quality classes to our membership.

APSCON 2022 classes will focus on

the various missions of public safety aviation.

This includes a focus on: Safety,

Law Enforcement, Aerial Firefighting,

Fixed-Wing Operations, Drone Operations,

Legal and Regulatory Issues, Public

Aircraft Operations, Military Excess

Aircraft, Training, Night Operations,

Search and Rescue, Tactical Operations,

Homeland Security, Natural Resources,

Public Safety and Unit Management.

There will be 37 classes within these

focus areas featuring several new classes

and our best traditional classes (although

updated for 2022) that have been offered at

previous conferences. The training is

designed so that the student can follow a

particular focus area or attend classes from

various segments. Upon completion of any of

the conference classes, certificates will be

available in the APSA Education Office, which

is located in Room A14 of the convention

center and the Event Staff Office (E224) at

the Peppermill on Saturday.

APSCON 2022 will again be conducting

Tech Talks by exhibiting corporate members

on the exhibition floor. The Tech Talk schedule

will be posted in the onsite APSCON Program

Guide. These briefings are very informative,

so please be sure to support our corporate

members and stop by and attend them.

APSA provides exceptional value-based

training for your professional development.

APSA is known as being the gold standard in

public safety aviation training for a reason.

While attending APSCON 2022, take the

opportunity to meet new friends, reconnect

with old ones and explore all that our corporate

members have to offer regarding new

products, technology and services.

Finally, APSCON 2022 will be my last

conference as your Training Program

Manager. It is bittersweet that my first

conference in this role was APSCON 2017 in

Reno when I was training with then-Training

Program Manager James Di Giovanna. I have

accepted a position in private industry and

will leave after APSCON 2022. As I move on

to another opportunity, I am pleased to introduce

Terry Palmer as your new Training

Program Manager. I have known Terry for

over 10 years, and you are in good hands

with her leadership. Terry is one of the most

well respected individuals in the aviation

training business and brings a wealth of

knowledge to APSA.

If you are a minor league baseball fan, don’t

miss the Reno Aces. They are playing at the

Greater Reno Field all week!

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APSCON COURSES

All of these conference courses will be held at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino.

Tactical Flight Officer Course

Mon. July 25 – Wed. July 27

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM • Location: Tuscany 11

The Tactical Flight Officer Course is designed to hone the

airborne tactical skills of aircrews. This year, we welcome Clay

Lacey of the Texas Department of Public Safety as the lead

instructor. The course will provide all the information necessary

to safely and successfully support ground personnel involved in

law enforcement missions. The course is not just designed for

TFOs, but is applicable to pilots and crewmembers alike.

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

critical missions from above and how to conduct a thermal imagery search using the latest

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

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

your aviation law enforcement professional development and a must for all TFOs.

APSA is again delighted to have MD Helicopters, Inc. sponsoring this course.

Maximum enrollment is 70.

Cost: $375 members; $475 non-members

Sponsored by

Public Safety Aviation

Unit Manager Course

Mon. July 25 – Wed. July 27

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Tuscany 9

The Public Safety Sponsored by

Aviation Unit

Manager Course

continues to be a

popular course, and APSA will again subsidize

the cost of course tuition and conference

registration to the first 20 unit

managers or supervisors who register for

this course. (The applicant must be an APSA

member, currently assigned as the officer in

command or supervisor of a public safety

aviation unit, not previously attended the

Unit Manager Course, and the offer is

extended to only one person per agency.)

This course is designed to provide both the

newly assigned or experienced aviation unit

managers and supervisors the latest information

and tools to effectively and efficiently

manage, supervise and lead their

agency’s aviation unit. The course will

include topics regarding unit administration,

budgets and finance, safety and SOPs, training

program management, legal and regulatory

issues and personnel selection. Each

class is designed specifically for the

manager and supervisor to enhance his/her

ability to lead their unit.

We are delighted to have Airbus returning

as our sponsor. Maximum enrollment is 70.

Cost: $375 members;

$475 non-members

Aviation Safety

Management

Systems Course

Mon. July 25 – Wed. July 27

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Tuscany 10

Safety Management Systems expert

Dawn Bolstad-Johnson of Kaizen Safety

Solutions, LLC instructs this course.

APSA will subsidize the cost of course

tuition and conference registration for the

first 20 aviation unit safety officers who

register, if the agency’s unit manager has

completed the Aviation Unit Manager

Course and also registers and attends

this course along with the unit’s safety

officer. (The applicant must be an APSA

member, currently assigned, as a safety

officer and the unit manager must have

attended the Unit Manager Course within

the past five years. This offer is only

extended to one person per agency.)

The course will cover the responsibilities

for developing and maintaining an SMS

program. The student will be provided the

tools for a Safety Officer’s toolkit on safety

program oversight, evaluation and audit

tools, implementation of policy, regulatory

compliance and all other facets of developing

and sustaining an aviation Safety

Management System. For those unit

managers that have attended the Unit

Manager Course, this is an excellent way

to continue your aviation education. This

course is a must for all unit safety officers

and unit managers. This course meets the

SMS training requirements for the Airborne

Public Safety Accreditation Commission

standards. It is highly recommended that

members attend this course before attending

the Aviation Safety Officer Course.

Maximum enrollment is 65.

Cost: $375 members;

$475 non-members

APSCON COURSES

All of these conference courses will be held at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino.

Aviation Safety

Officer Course

Mon. July 25 – Wed. July 27

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Tuscany 8

The Aviation Sponsored by

Safety Officer

Course is for

the newly

assigned and/or experienced unit safety officer.

APSA Safety Program Manager Bryan

Smith and APSA Aeromedical Liaison Dudley

Crosson, PhD of Delta P, Inc. instructs the

course. The course curriculum is built upon

Safety Management Systems, the duties and

responsibilities of an aviation safety officer,

elements of a safety program, pre-accident

planning, initial accident investigation, inspection

and audits as well as fitness for flight.

Subject matter experts in the field of aviation

safety and other related topics instruct

this course. It is highly recommended that

students have previously attended a SMS

training course prior to attending the ASO

Course due to the course foundation being

based on the principals of SMS.

APSA is pleased to have Baldwin Safety

and Compliance as the course sponsor.

Maximum enrollment is 65.

Cost: $375 members;

$475 non-members

Airborne

Thermographer

Certification Course

Mon. July 25 – Wed. July 27

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Tuscany 7

APSA is

Sponsored by

pleased to

offer the

Airborne

Thermographer Certification Course,

taught by certified thermographer

instructor Brian Spillane of Teledyne FLIR

and Nick Minx and the staff of Tactical

Flying, Inc. The course is designed to

not only benefit the tactical flight officer,

but also the public safety pilot and entire

aircrew. The course will focus on the

technical aspects of thermal imagery,

theory, aircraft positioning, tactics,

downlink technology and legal issues.

This course is sponsored by Teledyne

FLIR. Maximum enrollment is 65.

Cost: $375 members;

$475 non-members

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APSCON COURSES

APSCON 2022 SCHEDULE

All of these conference courses will be held at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino.

Fixed-Wing

Operations Course

Mon. July 25 – Wed. July 27

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Tuscany 6

The Fixed-Wing Sponsored by

Operations

Course was

developed to

enhance the skills of members operating

fixed-wing aircraft in public safety. The

course is designed for all aircrew members,

and it will educate the students on the

missions, specific technology, tactics, CRM,

traffic enforcement, surveillance operations

and other pertinent subjects specific to the

operation of a fixed-wing aircraft in the

public safety mission.

Often overshadowed by helicopters, fixedwing

aircraft are a cost-effective means to

perform airborne public safety missions.

This course will exploit this concept and

assist the student in developing and

sustaining a vibrant, effective fixed-wing

aviation unit. The class is instructed by

subject matter experts from across the

United States and Canada and surely will

be a hit at this year’s conference.

We are proud to have Pilatus Business Aircraft

as our sponsor. Maximum enrollment is 65.

Cost: $375 members;

$475 non-members

Flight Instructor

Refresher Course

Tues. July 26 – Wed. July 27

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Tuscany 12

APSA is again happy to partner with the

Randy Rowles and the staff of Helicopter

Institute, Inc. to offer this course this

year. The entire course curriculum is

geared toward guiding the student

renewal of their current flight instructor

certificates under Federal Aviation Regulation

Part 61, while enhancing their

knowledge and skill with the latest developments

in standardization, regulations

and helicopter flight techniques.

Instructed by the exceptional instructors

from the Helicopter Institute, Inc., the

FIRC is a must have for those members

seeking to renew their CFI certificates.

Maximum enrollment is 65.

Cost: $250 members;

$350 non-members

Maintenance IA

Renewal Course

Wed. July 27

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Tuscany 5

Sponsored by

The Maintenance IA

Renewal Course for

maintenance technicians has been

totally refreshed this year with new

topics and instructors. The course will

focus on turbine engine maintenance,

rotor blade inspections, avionics, UAS

maintenance and maintenance safety.

This course meets the 8-hour FAA

requirement for IA renewal.

APSA is proud to have RMCI, Inc. as the

sponsor of the IA Renewal Course. Maximum

enrollment is 45.

FAA IA Renewal Course Approval Number:

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

Cost: FREE for APSA Members,

$125 non-members

SUNDAY, JULY 24

Registration Open • 1600 – 1800

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballroom Foyer)

‘The Hangar’ APSA Store Open • 1600 – 1800

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballroom Foyer)

MONDAY, JULY 25

Registration Open (ATTENDEE) • 0700 – 1700

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballroom Foyer)

‘The Hangar’ APSA Store Open • 0700 – 1700

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballroom Foyer)

APSCON Conference Courses (Day 1) • 0800 – 1700

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballrooms)

Aircraft Fly-In Briefing • 0800

Aircraft Fly-In • 0900

Registration Open (EXHIBITOR) • 0900 – 1700

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Hall 2 Lobby)

TUESDAY, JULY 26

Registration Open (ATTENDEE) • 0700 – 1700

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballroom Foyer)

‘The Hangar’ APSA Store Open • 0700 – 1700

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballroom Foyer)

APSCON Conference Courses (Day 2) • 0800 – 1700

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballrooms)

Registration Open (EXHIBITOR) • 0800 – 1700

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Hall 2 Lobby)

Exhibitor Set-Up • 0800 – 1700

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Halls 1-2)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27

Registration Open (ATTENDEE) • 0700 – 1500

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballroom Foyer)

‘The Hangar’ APSA Store Open • 0700 – 1500

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballroom Foyer)

APSCON Conference Courses (Day 3) • 0800 – 1700

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballrooms)

Registration Open (EXHIBITOR) • 0800 – 2000

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Hall 2 Lobby)

Exhibitor Set-Up • 0800 – 1500

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Halls 1-2)

Registration Open (ATTENDEE) • 1500 – 2000

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Hall 2 Lobby)

'The Hangar' APSA Store Open • 1600 – 2000

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Hall 2 Lobby)

Exhibit Hall Opening Ceremony • 1700 – 1715

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Hall 2 Lobby)

Exhibit Hall Opening Reception • 1715 – 2000

Sponsored by Bell

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Halls 1-2)

THURSDAY, JULY 28

Registration Open (ATTENDEE/EXHIBITOR) • 0800 – 1700

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Hall 2 Lobby)

‘The Hangar’ APSA Store Open • 0800 – 1700

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Hall 2 Lobby)

Water Survival Training • 0800 – 1600

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany 7) AM

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Pool) PM

Opening Breakfast/General Membership Meeting

0900 – 1030 • Reno-Sparks Convention Center (C4 Ballroom)

Breakfast sponsored by Leonardo Helicopters

Exhibit Hall Open • 1030 – 1600

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Halls 1-2)

Tech Talks • 1100 – 1500

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Halls 1-2 Theaters)

Conference General Sessions • 1300 – 1700

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Classrooms)

Teledyne FLIR Vision Awards • 1800 – 2000

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballroom)

Airbus Event • 1900 – 2300

Location TBA

MD Helicopters Casino Night • 2000 – 2300

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany A/B)

FRIDAY, JULY 29

Registration Open (ATTENDEE/EXHIBITOR) • 0730 – 1700

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Hall 2 Lobby)

‘The Hangar’ APSA Store Open • 0730 – 1700

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Hall 2 Lobby)

APSCON Conference Classes • 0830 – 1700

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Classrooms)

Exhibit Hall Open • 1000 – 1400

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Halls 1-2)

Tech Talks • 1000 – 1300

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Halls 1-2 Theaters)

Exhibit Hall Attendee Lunch • 1200 – 1300

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Halls 1-2)

Exhibitor Move-Out • 1400 – 2100

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Halls 1-2)

Aircraft Fly-Out • 1400

APSA Awards Reception • 1800 – 1900

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany D-F)

SATURDAY, JULY 30

Registration Open (ATTENDEE) • 0730 – 1200

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballroom Foyer)

Exhibitor Move-Out • 0800 – 1200

Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Halls 1-2)

Conference Classes • 0830 – 1200

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Tuscany Ballrooms)

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UAS TRAINING

FOR PUBLIC SAFETY

By Don Roby, APSA Training Program Manager

aspects of public safety, providing the

student with the latest information and

tools to effectively manage a small UAS

public safety unit. Topics will include unit

administration, budgets and finance, standard

operating procedures, legal updates,

training program management, personnel

selection and other pertinent topics.

Subject matter experts in the public safety

aviation and sUAS field will instruct.

APSA’s most popular sUAS course is the

Public Safety Drone Operations Basic

Course. This course has been updated and

refreshed with new content and instructors

for 2022. The Basic Course will cover UAS

mission and applications, public acceptance,

regulatory updates, program management,

privacy and an in depth review of the Federal

Aviation Administration’s Part 107 rules and

Certificate of Authorization process. This

course is an excellent resource for agencies

looking to develop a UAS unit.

The final conference course being

offered at this year’s APSCON Unmanned is

the Public Safety Drone Operations

Advanced Course, which is designed for

units that already have a drone unit and are

looking to sharpen their skills and expand

their mission set. The Advanced Course

includes safety management systems, thermal

imagery for drones, risk mitigation

tactics and tactical uses as well as exploring

the use of drones for firefighting missions,

search and rescue, K-9, aerial forensic

mapping and critical incident reviews.

Classes & Sessions

On Wednesday, there will be 16 UAS

classes occurring throughout the day. This is

an excellent opportunity for attendees to

pick and choose the classes they would like

to attend. If your agency is sending multiple

people to APSCON Unmanned, consider

splitting up and covering several of the

classes at one time. The subject areas being

covered are:

General Public Safety sUAS Classes

Fire Service

Search and Rescue

NIST Pilot Credentialing

Forensic Mapping

Standards and sUAS Operations

Developing Public Safety

Training Programs

Critical Incident Reviews

Crash Reconstruction

FAA Regulatory Update

Response to Incidents Involving

sUAS/Drones

UAS Safety

sUAS and Disaster Operations

Tactical Operations and sUAS

Other training topics and new classes

include: drone maintenance, NIST remote

pilot credentialing, drone search tactics,

tactical awareness, thermal imaging

tactics, DJI security issues overview, integrating

K-9 teams and drones as well as

critical incident reviews for search and

rescue, fire and law enforcement.

These topics are important and relevant

to the operation of sUAS in public

safety aviation operations. Instructed by

industry experts, all of the conference

classes will be exceptional and carry on

APSA’s tradition of providing its members

with the best training in public safety aviation.

If you would like to receive additional

training, consider staying a few extra days

for APSCON 2022, where there will be an

UAS educational track with additional

classes. You’ll also be able to take advantage

of other APSCON 2022 activities and

planned events.

APSA is proud to say that APSCON

Unmanned is one the best values in public

safety aviation training. We continue to be

committed to providing the APSA membership

with value-based training and always

setting the bar high. As drones are a new

segment in public safety aviation, take

time to learn and meet new colleagues,

develop friendships and network with

others in the field. More importantly, be on

the cutting-edge of a technological revolution

in public safety and continue your

professional development.

Check our website at www.publicsafetyaviation.org

for updates, see you in Reno!

APSA’s Public Safety Drone Expo

has been re-branded this year as

APSCON Unmanned and is rolling

into Reno, NV from July 25 to

July 27 at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino.

For those members that have never been to

Reno, the city is welcoming and offers worldclass

dining, recreation, sport activities,

sightseeing and nightly entertainment. Did I

forget to mention gambling? The Peppermill

Resort Spa Casino is one of the finest hotels

in the area and it has exceptional restaurants,

amenities and spa.

APSCON Unmanned will host all of its

courses and classes in the Tuscany ballroom

area of the Peppermill. This year’s

educational program will have plenty of

dedicated networking time so that attendees

can attend classes and also spend

time networking with each other. APSCON

Unmanned will not have a dedicated exhibit

area this year; rather, UAS equipment and

service providers will be exhibiting in the

APSCON exhibit hall. APSCON Unmanned

attendees are invited to participate in the

opening ceremonies and reception of

APSCON 2022 on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. This

gives APSCON Unmanned attendees the

opportunity to visit with vendors, network

with other public safety personnel from

both unmanned and manned units and

enjoy light refreshments. Wednesday’s

event is sponsored by Bell.

In-Depth Courses

APSCON Unmanned begins on Monday,

July 25 with two days of conference courses

covering operations, management, safety and

tactics. New for 2022 is the Public Safety

Drone Aerial Thermography & Tactics Course,

which will cover thermography theory, search

and rescue, vehicle scans, suspect searches,

perimeter containment, drone positioning,

search patterns and foot pursuits. Derek Ralph

of Tactical Flying, Inc. will instruct this course.

The Public Safety Drone Operations Unit

Manager Course has been developed for all

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APSCON UNMANNED COURSES

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

All of these conference courses will be held at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino.

Public Safety Drone

Operations Basic Course

Mon. July 25 – Tue. July 26 • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Tuscany 1

The Basic Public Safety Drone Operations Course is designed to

provide the student with a review of starting up a public safety

drone operation for your agency, the various missions and drone

applications, current FAA UAS regulations, as well as a review of

legal, privacy, and management in all facets of starting and operating

a successful program. The course is a must-have for agencies

looking to start a drone unit or add the capability to your

resources. Successful completion requires attendance at all 16

hours of classroom courses.

Maximum enrollment is 65.

Cost: $375 members; $475 non-members

Public Safety Drone Operations

Unit Manager Course

Mon. July 25 – Tue. July 26 • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Tuscany 3

The Public Safety Drone Operations Unit Manager Course is

designed to provide public safety small unmanned aircraft

systems unit managers and supervisors the latest information

and tools to effectively and efficiently manage, supervise and

lead their agency’s sUAS unit. The course will include topics

regarding unit administration, budgets and finance, safety and

SOPs, training program management, legal and regulatory

issues, and personnel selection. Each class is designed specifically

for the manager and supervisor to enhance his/her ability to

lead their unit.

Maximum enrollment is 65.

Cost: $375 members; $475 non-members

Public Safety Drone

Operations Advanced Course

Mon. July 25 – Tue. July 26 • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Tuscany 2

The Advanced Public Safety Drone Operations Course was developed

with all aspects of public safety in mind. It will provide the

student with the latest information and tools to enhance their

agency’s existing public safety drone unit. The course will include

topics on tactical operations, unmanned and manned operations

(risk mitigation), safety, operating to standards, fire service operations,

law enforcement operations, SAR operations, digital

media evidence, training issues and other topics beyond the

basic operation of a drone unit. Experts in public safety aviation

drone operations will instruct the course.

Maximum enrollment is 65.

Cost: $375 members; $475 non-members

Public Safety Drone Aerial

Thermography and Tactics Course

Mon. July 25 – Tue. July 26 • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Tuscany 4

The Public Safety Drone Aerial Thermography and Tactics Course

is designed to provide UAS crew members with the tactical skills

and information necessary to safely and successfully support

ground units engaged in a variety of public safety missions. The

student will gain knowledge on how to properly capture and interpret

thermal images, as well to learn more about thermal

payloads available for drones and their public safety applications.

This class is essential to the professional development of remote

pilots/public safety personnel who are operating drones.

Maximum enrollment is 65.

Cost: $375 members; $475 non-members

Course registration includes Day 3 of APSCON Unmanned classes and the

APSCON 2022 Opening Reception at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

Who is hosting this

year’s APSCON?

Washoe County (NV) Sheriff’s Office will be

the conference hosts. APSA is very appreciative

of all the hard work and dedication they

have given to planning and hosting!

How do I register

to attend?

Registering is easy! Attendees may either

register online at www.publicsafetyaviation.org

or fill out the form included in this issue of Air

Beat and fax or mail it to APSA. Attendees

registering by June 15, 2022, will receive

early registration rates.

How can I pay?

On the website: Visit www.publicsafetyaviation.org

and use your Visa, Master-

Card, Discover or American Express for

payment. Payment must be received with

all registrations.

By fax: Please fill out the registration

form and fax to APSA with your Visa, Master-

Card, Discover or American

Express payment.

By mail: Please fill out the registration

form and return with your check, Visa,

MasterCard, Discover or American

Express payment.

What if my unit is paying?

If your unit is paying, please register

early to receive the early registration

rates. Payment must be received with all

registrations. Call the APSA office for

assistance with group billing.

What does a full, threeday

registration include?

Admission to all general sessions and

conference classes.

APSCON Exhibit Hall Opening Reception,

Sponsored by Bell, on Wednesday

from 1700-2000.

APSCON Opening Breakfast & General

Membership Meeting, sponsored by

Leonardo, at the Reno-Sparks Convention

Center on Thursday.

Entry to the APSCON Exhibit Hall

during regularly scheduled hours.

Friday lunch in the APSCON Exhibit Hall.

Awards Reception on Friday at 1800.

Admittance to all networking

events sponsored by various

APSA corporate members.

Where can I pick up

my badge?

APSCON / APSCON Unmanned 2022

Course registrants may pick up their badges

and other registration materials at the Registration

Desk located in the Tuscany Ballroom

lobby of the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

beginning on Sunday, July 24 from 1600-1800.

APSCON Conference Attendees and Exhibitors

may pick up their badges and other registration

materials at the Registration Desk located in the

Hall 2 Lobby of the Reno-Sparks Convention Center

beginning on Monday, July 25 at 0900.

When will APSCON /

APSCON Unmanned

registration be open?

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

(1st Floor, Tuscany Foyer) Conference

Courses, APSCON Unmanned and Saturday

Classes Only

Registration Desk Hours

Sunday, July 24 1600 - 1800

Monday, July 25 0700 - 1700

Tuesday, July 26 0700 - 1700

Wednesday, July 27 0700 - 1500

Saturday, July 30 0730 - 1200

Reno Sparks Convention Center

(Hall 2 Lobby) Conference Classes and Exhibit Hall

Registration Desk Hours

Monday, July 25 0900 - 1700

(Exhibitor Only)

Tuesday, July 26 0800 - 1700

(Exhibitor Only)

Wednesday, July 27 0800 - 2000

Thursday, July 28 0800 - 1700

Friday, July 29 0730 - 1700

What if I have to cancel?

Conference course and class attendees

may cancel their registration(s) and receive

a full refund by submitting written notice,

which must be received by the APSA home

office by July 10, 2022. All cancellations

received after this date will be charged a

$50 administrative fee.

Want to attend the 51st

Annual Awards Reception?

The awards ceremony will be held

on Friday, July 29 at 1800 at the Peppermill

Resort Spa Casino Tuscany D-F. Please plan

to attend and honor the recipients.

Registration and Cancellation/Refund Policy: To

receive the advance registration discount APSA must

receive the registration form postmarked no later than

5PM EDT June 15, 2022 and payment MUST accompany

the registration form. Conference course and conference

attendees may cancel their registration(s) and receive a

full refund by submitting written notice, which must be

received in the APSA Headquarters by July 10, 2022.

All cancellations received after this date will be charged

a $50 administrative fee.

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Chi

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BY Erik Fritsvold

Technology is transforming police work in the 21st century — introducing

new tools to fight crime and new categories of crime to fight. For example,

while more and more police departments across the country are deploying

drones as eyes in the sky, the FBI reports they are also being used for criminal

activities.

When this article was first written in 2016, these technologies were just

rolling out across agencies. Now, with the rapid pace of technological developments,

agencies are finding new and innovative ways to leverage these

tools to enhance public safety, catch criminals and save lives.

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From drones and body-worn

cameras to facial recognition

software and artificial intelligence,

here’s a list of 12 of the

most important technologies

that are equipping law enforcement

agencies with new capabilities

to protect and serve.

Facial Recognition Software

One of the more controversial

emerging police technologies

involves the use of facial recognition

software. When this

Innovative

Police Technologies

BY Erik Fritsvold

tool first made its way into law

enforcement repertoires, many

were concerned that it would be

used unethically. Thankfully, that

has not been the case, and facial

recognition is proving to be an

effective investigative tool.

The goal of facial recognition

software is that it will help

improve safety and security in a

number of instances. NYPD officers

were able to find and arrest

a rape suspect within 24 hours

of the attack using facial

recognition software.

And, because facial recognition

is so promising,

the U.S. Department of

Homeland Security predicts

that it will be used

on 97 percent of travelers

by 2023.

Biometrics

Police have been using

fingerprints to identify

people for more than

a century. Now, in addition to

facial recognition and DNA, there

is an ever-expanding array of

biometric (and behavioral) characteristics

being utilized by law

enforcement and the intelligence

community. These include voice

recognition, palmprints, wrist

veins, iris recognition, gait analysis

and even heartbeats.

The FBI has developed a database

called the Next Generation

Identification (NGI) system,

“which provides the criminal

justice community with the

world’s largest and most efficient

electronic repository of

biometric and criminal history

information.”

With comprehensive electronic

databases now in place to more

effectively use DNA and other

biometric data in law enforcement,

even the use of fingerprints

to identify suspects has

gone high-tech. For example, a

CNBC report explains how police

in London can now use a mobile

INK (Identity Not Known) biometrics

device to scan a suspect’s

fingerprints and in many cases

reveal their identity within 60

seconds.

Voice Technology

An officer’s patrol car is like a

mobile command center, meaning

there are numerous computers

and tools that an officer can

use while on the road. But because

there are so many different

features, safely multitasking

can be difficult. One of the latest

innovations being incorporated

into police cars is a new voice

command technology that empowers

officers to control many

functions in their vehicle while

driving and performing other

patrol duties.

The capabilities of these voice

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systems vary from vehicle to

vehicle, but most can handle

commands to run a license plate

or turn on a siren. The more

advanced and most promising

capability of voice command

technology in police cars will

make filing reports much easier

— officers can dictate their notes

which are then logged directly

into their agency’s RMS system.

Robots

Many law enforcement agencies

are now using next-generation

robotic cameras to deliver

visual and audio surveillance of

potential crime scenes that may

be too dangerous or too hard for

officers to reach.

Some of these devices are even

“throwable” (up to 120 feet and

capable of withstanding repeated

30-foot drops) — powered by

an electric motor and equipped

with high-tech wheels that

enable them to move, climb and

explore even the most challenging

spaces while being operated

wirelessly by a trained officer.

Automaker Ford has filed a patent

for a self-driving police car

equipped with artificial intelligence.

These high-tech cruisers

are designed to catch violators

of traffic laws or impaired drivers

by transmitting information

to human officers or carrying an

optional passenger officer who

could make arrests.

Additional applications for

using robots in police work, now

and on the near horizon, include:

Ever-expanding capabilities

for robots to gather surveillance

information, take police reports

and provide communications in

settings where human officers’

safety would be compromised

• China’s ongoing development

of an “AnBot” robot to patrol

banks, airports and schools

• Patrolling tourist attractions

with a touchscreen-equipped

robot officer, as is now on duty

in Dubai

Video Doorbells

Video doorbells have been

installed by thousands of homeowners

as a way to enhance

home security and give them

peace of mind. It turns out,

though, that these surveillance

systems are also helping law

enforcement when it comes to

criminal investigations. In 2020

alone, law enforcement agencies

across the U.S. made more than

20,000 requests last year for

footage captured by Ring video

doorbells and other home-security

cameras. Amazon — which

owns Ring — has entered into

more than 2,000 cooperative

agreements with law enforcement

agencies, which allows

them to automatically ask camera

owners for their security

footage if they live near a crime

scene.

ShotSpotter

“Shots fired!” is not an uncommon

dispatch from witnesses or

officers on patrol, but pinpointing

the exact location of the gunfire

takes up precious time when

every moment counts. Today,

more and more cities are implementing

ShotSpotter technology

that uses sensors to detect

gunfire and analysts to track the

data and instantly relay it to police,

enabling them to arrive on

the scene more quickly than ever

before.

Named for the leading provider

of this technology — California-based

ShotSpotter — the

service can cost $40,000 to

$60,000 per square mile per year

for cities to cover high-crime

areas. The company claims it can

“detect 90%+ of gunfire incidents

with a precise location in less

than 60 seconds to significantly

improve response times.”

A dramatic example of

ShotSpotter in action took place

in 2017 in Fresno, Calif., where

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police used it to apprehend a

criminal on a killing spree. The

technology enabled police to

trace the killer’s movements and

apprehend him in 4 minutes and

13 seconds.

Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging has become

an important police technology

tool that is especially helpful in

dark conditions. Thermal image

cameras, some available as

small hand-held units, utilize

infrared imaging to detect heat

emitted by such objects as humans

and animals, and to deliver

a “heat picture” or “heat map” of

the environment in question.

As seen on any number of TV

crime shows, it can be used to

track the motion of suspects in a

darkened building. Such technology

has life-saving applications

— from firefighting to search and

rescue missions (for example,

finding a lost child or senior citizen

in a blinding snowstorm).

Artificial Intelligence

The ongoing expansion of the

Internet of Things (IoT) means

more data is being generated,

collected and analyzed than ever

before — much of which can be

incredibly valuable in a law enforcement

context.

But the

process of

deriving

actionable

insights

from

immense

amounts

of data is

so incredibly

time-consuming that it is not

remotely cost-effective when

performed by humans. That’s

where artificial intelligence (AI)

and its subcategory machine

learning

come in.

AI is used

to support

many other

police

technologies,

including

some

of those

mentioned

above like ShotSpotter, facial

recognition and biometrics. It

can also be used for crime mapping:

crunching data that can

be used to far more effectively

pinpoint high-crime areas, so

police can monitor them more

closely and deploy additional

resources.

Artificial intelligence is also

being used for “crime forecasting.”

Utilizing so-called “deep

learning” algorithms, programmers

can train computers to

analyze data from a vast array of

sources and categories to actually

predict when and where

crimes are likely to occur. This

allows agencies to properly allocate

resources and increases the

likelihood that officers will be in

the right place at the right time.

Smarter Cruisers

Police cruisers have come a

long way since the first police

car hit the streets of Akron, Ohio,

in 1899 (with a gong for a siren

and a cell in the back for prisoners).

Innovation in modern police

cruisers (and those of the future)

has brought about such upgrades

as fingertip access to Wi-

Fi connected laptops, tablets,

and in-dash computers, giving

officers the benefit of instant

access to vital information, communication

systems, and more.

Enhanced dashcam capabilities

are highly useful for surveillance

and information gathering, as

well as for evidentiary and accountability

purposes. Next-generation

officer safety features

(for example, armor-piercing

bulletproof doors) are also being

incorporated into some police

vehicles, and semi-autonomous

operational capabilities are not

far down the road.

Automatic License Plate Recognition

(ALPR)

The same technology that

enables toll collectors to automatically

scan and collect the

registration numbers and letters

on your license plate to charge

you a fee is now being used by

police for a variety of law enforcement

purposes, from identifying

stolen cars to catching

up with people who have active

warrants or monitoring “Amber

Alerts.” However, the technology

law enforcement uses for ALPR

has taken another innovative

step forward.

The latest in ALPR technology

combines optical recognition

technology with AI, allowing law

enforcement to reliably and consistently

identify license plates.

Before the enhanced AI capability,

some ALPR cameras provided

low-resolution and blurry images,

making proper identification

difficult. With AI, ALPR cameras

can identify “the make, model

and color of cars even in low

light and poor weather, distinguish

individual characters on

license plates, learn new plates

as they appear and expand its

database to include updated and

unfamiliar designs.”

The reality that multiple cameras

could be capturing images

of the same license plate potentially

gives police the ability to

track a vehicle’s movements over

time, revealing details about an

operator’s whereabouts, which

could obviously be helpful in

catching criminals.

However, privacy advocates like

the ACLU — asserting that drivers

are not voluntarily offering

up detailed information on their

comings and goings — warn

that such powerful technology

should be subject to restrictions

and close monitoring to ensure it

is not being abused. Many states

and law enforcement agencies

have put in place limitations to

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how this valuable technology is

deployed.

Enhanced Body-Worn Cameras

Video of police officers doing

their jobs in challenging situations

used to be rare; today it is

ubiquitous, as seen in a number

of high-profile incidents that

have drawn intense public and

media scrutiny.

As more cities and communities

choose to equip police

departments with body-worn

cameras, the ability of law

enforcement supervisors, as

well as the public, to gain a

street-level view of on-duty

police work has expanded

dramatically — setting in motion

an ongoing debate around the

importance and the impact of

this technology.

In addition to being smaller,

less cumbersome, and more durable,

some body-worn cameras

are designed to better integrate

with in-car systems to provide

synchronized video of an event

from multiple points of view.

Other advancements include

higher resolution, clearer audio,

wider fields of vision, and

heightened resistance to environmental

conditions such as

extreme cold.

Related technology now includes

smart holsters that are

designed to activate the body

camera anytime the officer

draws his or her firearm. At least

one manufacturer of body-worn

police technology makes a camera

capable of issuing an alert

when an officer is down. On the

horizon: body-worn police cameras

equipped with facial recognition

capabilities.

Drones

Also called unmanned aerial

vehicles (UAVs), drones are

increasingly being used by police

to gain aerial vantage points for

crime scene work, search and

rescue efforts, accident reconstruction,

crowd monitoring

and more. Some of the more

sophisticated models can be

equipped with thermal imaging

or 3D mapping software to offer

GPS-enhanced precision to the

areas being surveyed.

Many police drones and UAVs

are also equipped with zoom

cameras, making them incredibly

valuable for delivering actionable,

real-time intel in high-risk,

“armed and dangerous” situations.

Mastering the Use and Implications

of Police Technology

As police technology continues

to evolve, law enforcement

leaders have a powerful stake

in staying well-informed about

these advanced capabilities —

both their positive impact on the

safety of officers and the public,

and the ethical questions involving

rights to privacy.

Police chiefs and agency

executives will need to understand

the pros and cons to make

informed recommendations on

what technologies their departments

and communities should

be investing in. Retired California

police chief Jim Davis explains

that, when he started his career,

“if we were 10 to 20 years behind

in technology it really didn’t

matter that much. But now, if

you are 10 to 20 days behind in

your technology the bad guys are

getting way ahead of you.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Erik Fritsvold, PhD, Academic

Director, MS-LEPSL Program

Erik Fritsvold serves as the Academic

Director for the Master of

Science in Law Enforcement and

Public Safety Leadership program.

He was the founding faculty

member for the program and

part of the team that shepherded

it from concept through launch

– a process that included three

years of research and collaboration

with law enforcement. Prof.

Fritsvold personally directs all

aspects of program academics,

including curriculum, faculty, admissions,

accreditation, and any

issues related to students.

Prof. Fritsvold’s primary expertise

is applying core tenets of

academic criminology and criminal

justice to dynamic, modern-day

law enforcement. The

cutting-edge nature of the Law

Enforcement and Public Safety

Leadership program requires

Prof. Fritsvold to be meaningfully

engaged with an array of academic

and practitioner-centric

specialties including leadership,

organizational theory, Constitutional

Law, communications,

data-driven and intelligence-led

policing, law enforcement and

criminal justice policy, conflict

resolution, and law enforcement

best practices.

Prof. Fritsvold has been a fulltime

faculty member at USD in

various capacities since 2005.

He formerly served as an Associate

Professor of Sociology in

the Crime, Justice, Law & Society

Concentration, teaching an array

of undergraduate courses in sociology,

criminology, and criminal

justice. He has also served

as both a Department Chair and

Interim Associate Dean in the College

of Arts & Sciences. In 2013,

Prof. Fritsvold was recognized by

Princeton Review as one of America’s

“Best 300 Professors” in a

book by the same name.

Erik earned his B.A. in Sociology

from the University of San Diego

in 2000, and his M.A. and Ph.D.

from the Criminology, Law & Society

Department at the University

of California at Irvine in 2003 and

2006 respectively.

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History of the Conference

The Sheriffs’ Association of Texas met for the first time on August

14, 1874, in the courthouse in Corsicana, Navarro County,

Texas. The meeting was called to order by Sul Ross, Sheriff of Mc-

Lennan County, who later became a notable part of Texas history.

The Sheriffs began annual training conferences in 1878. These

training conferences today are the largest composite gathering of

law enforcement officers in Texas. Sheriffs and other county and

local law enforcement officers, federal and state officers, and major

industry security personnel attend.

The Office of Sheriff in Texas was created by the Texas Constitution.

There are 254 Counties in Texas and each county has a

Sheriff. By statutes, the Sheriff is a Texas peace officer, a conservator

of the peace, enforces the criminal laws of the State, and is

responsible for the county jail, bail bonds, civil process, and security

of the courts. In some small counties the Sheriff is also the tax

collector.

The Office of Sheriff is one of the oldest offices known to our

system of jurisprudence. Sheriffs are elected to office and serve for

a four-year term. The size of Texas Sheriffs offices are as diverse as

the population of their counties.

The preamble of the first meeting: “That we, as Sheriffs, have

assembled in convention for no political purpose whatsoever, but

for the purpose of more successfully aiding each other as officers,

to execute the laws, in the discharge of our duties against criminals,

and for the further and better protection of the citizens of

our respective counties and the State at large.”

The goal and mission of the Association remains the same today.

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Agenda

2022 Annual Conference (144th) Schedule

FRIDAY JULY 22

3-5 pm Board of Directors Meeting

3-6 pm Exhibitor Vehicle set-up

SATURDAY JULY 23

7 am Golf Tournament

9 am-6 pm Exhibitor set-up

1-5 pm Registration

3-5 pm Training Session

SUNDAY JULY 24

9am-5pm Registration

9 am-5pm Exhibits, Silent Auction & Raffles open

11 am- 12 pm Cowboy Church

5-9 pm Youth Event (Main Event Fort Worth North)

6 pm Welcome Dinner & Entertainment

MONDAY JULY 25

8 am-12 pm Registration

8:30 am-5 pm Youth Event (Fort Worth Stockyards)

8:30 am-12 pm Opening Ceremonies & Welcome

10-10:30 am Break/Sergeant-At-Arms Election

11 am-1 pm Spouse Luncheon with Guest Speaker

11-12 pm Exhibitor Lunch

11am-5pm Exhibits, Silent Auction & Raffles open

12 pm Sheriffs’ Group Photo

12-1:30 pm Attendee Lunch in Exhibit Hall

3-5 pm Exhibit Review and Prize Drawings

3 pm Ice Cream Social in Exhibit Hall

4:30 pm Conclusion of Silent Auction in Exhibit Hall

5-8 pm Exhibitor move-out

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8:30 am-8:30 pm Youth Event (Six Flags Over Texas Arlington)

8:30 am-12 pm General Session

10:30-11 am Break/Sgt. At Arms Run-off Election (if needed)

11 am-1 pm Spouse Meet-and-Greet

12-1 pm Lunch

1-5 pm Concurrent Training Sessions

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What to Do This Summer?

Head Down to

Galveston Island

Attractions

Galveston Island is home to some of the

best attractions Texas has to offer, including

Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn

Waterpark, the Historic Pleasure Pier,

unique museums, dazzling Victorian architecture,

and 32 miles of sun-kissed beach-

Historic Buildings & Homes

Although most of the original structures are long gone, the

stories of early islanders live on in renovated structures

and new establishments created in memory of the past.

Galveston Beaches

With 32 miles of shoreline and a variety of

parks, Galveston Island offers something for

every kind of beachgoer. And with warm Gulf

waves from spring through October, there’s

plenty of time to explore each beach’s unique

personality. Whatever your sunseeking fancy,

Galveston has a beach for you.

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Head Down to

Galveston Island

Katie’s Seafood House

2000 Wharf Rd Galveston, Texas

(409) 765-5688

For more than 20 years, Katie’s Seafood

Market has provided the highest quality

seafood to Galveston locals and visitors.

In September of 2019, Katie’s husband,

Buddy, opened Katie’s Seafood House

right next to the store. The market supplies

the restaurant with its fresh seafood,

which is a unique attribute among

restaurants and takes each dish to the

next level. Stop in for a delicious shrimp

platter and enjoy a house cocktail next

time you in Galveston!

Where to Stay?

The BLUES recommends:

Casa Del Mar Beachfront Suites

Be the hero of your family vacation! With

a relaxed vibe, beautiful views of the Gulf

of Mexico and steps from the beach,

Casa del Mar is ideal for a family vacation

or weekend getaway. Each suite offers a

private balcony, a small living room with a

queen sleeper sofa, a studio kitchen, private

bedroom, and junior bunks for small

kids.

The Spot

3204 Seawall Blvd Galveston, Texas

(409) 621-5237

Island Famous: Five Venues, One Spot: The

Spot, Tiki Bar, SideYard, Rum Shack and

Squeeze! You can’t go wrong at The Spot, Galveston

Island’s premier beachfront dining and

entertainment destination. Dive into a mouthwatering

burger or fresh seafood, grab a beer

and find a sweet spot to relax inside or out on

our multi-level beachfront patios. Whether you

want to catch the game on one of our many

HDTVs or enjoy the sparkling views of the Gulf

of Mexico, every seat’s the best seat in the

house. It’s the perfect setting to hang out with

your friends and meet new ones.

Tours & Sightseeing

Whether you prefer to stroll down quaint

alleyways by foot or trot through the streets

in a carriage, all paths can lead you on an

unforgettable journey back in time. You’ll

be entertained and enlightened by knowledgeable

guides giving tours on foot,

carriage, shuttle or even boat. If you prefer

to do you own thing, we’ve assemble

self-guided tours of popular sights with

maps designed for mobile devices.

Rudy & Paco Restaurant and Bar

2028 Postoffice St., Galveston, TX

Phone: (409)762-3696

When visiting Galveston Island, you simply

can’t miss the Island’s most unique

dining experience, Rudy & Paco. Awarded

Top 100 Restaurants of 2017 and Top 100

Romantic Restaurants of 2018, Rudy &

Paco features grilled seafood and steak

with a South and Central American sabor.

Relax and unwind with your favorite

cocktail while enjoying delicious Antojitos.

Whether you’re dining for a special

occasion or just grabbing a drink at the

bar, coming to Rudy & Paco will surely

be an experience like no other.

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Head Down to

Galveston Island

TRAIN RIDES

EVENT VENUE

Galveston Railroad Museum

Visit the Galveston Railroad Museum to learn the history of the golden age of rail and experience

the excitement of bygone days. Interactive activities include walking through a

railroad post office, sleeping cars, dining and baggage cars. Visit the fully restored train depot

and enjoy current exhibits as well as hands-on fully operational signal lights, learn the

Legacy of the Railroad including the story of the Pullman Porter, view a rare railroad calendar

collection, artwork and the take selfies with the lifelike alabaster sculptures that depict

depot passengers in period dress. Step inside a telephone booth, lift the receiver to your

ear and overhear their conversations. Don’t miss additional exhibits located on the railyard

and board a caboose for a real train ride! The Galveston Railroad Museum is family friendly

and has something for all ages to enjoy! Check our online schedule for upcoming events.

Home of the popular Christmas holiday family event The Polar Express Train Ride, pajamas

are encouraged for the full experience that runs November thru December. Membership at

the Galveston Railroad Museum is loaded with benefits including Polar Express early bird

ticket purchase. In addition, members enjoy year- round access to the museum and enjoy

discounts in the museum store and at special events. Don’t miss the train! For additional

information go to www.GalvestonRRMuseum.org or call (409) 765-5700.

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HONORING OUR FALLEN HEROES

POLICE OFFICER HOUSTON RYAN TIPPING

POLICE OFFICER ADRIAN LOPEZ, SR.

LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT, CALIFORNIA

END OF WATCH SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2022

AGE: 32 TOUR: 5 YEARS BADGE: 43382

Police Officer Houston Tipping succumbed to injuries sustained three days earlier during a training

scenario at the Elysian Park Police Academy. He was participating in a defensive tactics scenario

with another officer when he fell and suffered a spinal cord injury. Other officers immediately began

CPR before he was transported to a local hospital. He succumbed to his injuries on May 29th,

2022. Officer Tipping had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for five years and was

assigned to the Devonshire Division. He is survived by his parents, stepfather, and two siblings.

WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE TRIBAL POLICE

END OF WATCH THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2022

AGE: 35 TOUR: 1 YEAR 3 MO. BADGE: P219

Officer Adrian Lopez was shot and killed during a traffic stop on East Fork Road in Whiteriver, Arizona, at

about 7:10 pm. An altercation occurred between Officer Lopez and the driver during which Officer Lopez

was fatally shot. The subject then stole Officer Lopez’s patrol vehicle and fled the scene with other White

Mountain Apache Police in pursuit. The pursuit traveled almost 40 miles before officers and the subject

exchanged shots near Hawley Lake, during which another officer was wounded and the subject was

killed. Officer Lopez was a U.S. Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He had served with the White

Mountain Apache Tribal Police Department for five months and had previously served 10 months with

the United States Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services in Wind

River, Wyoming. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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HONORING OUR FALLEN HEROES

DEPUTY SHERIFF THOMAS E. BAKER, III

POLICE OFFICER CHRISTOPHER NICHOLAS FARIELLO

NICHOLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT, WEST VIRGINIA

END OF WATCH FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2022

AGE: 48 TOUR: 19 YEARS BADGE: 223

Deputy Sheriff Tom Baker was shot and killed after he and another deputy responded to a domestic disturbance

in the Birch River area of the county. He and his partner were talking to two men who had come out of

a trailer. Both men ran back into the trailer as the deputies pursued them and attempted to apprehend them

by deploying a Taser. Once inside the trailer, the men opened fire on the deputies. Deputy Baker was struck

in the back, and his partner was wounded in the leg as they sought cover outside of the trailer. Despite their

wounds, they were able to return fire and one of the men was killed. Deputy Baker had served in law enforcement

for a total of 19 years. He is survived by his wife, two children, two step-children, grandmother, and two

sisters.

TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FLORIDA

END OF WATCH WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2022

AGE: 34 TOUR: 4 YEARS BADGE: 726

Police Officer Christopher Fariello was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on at the intersection of

Capital Circle NW and Northwest Passage by a vehicle being pursued by other officers at 1:26 am. Around

12:30 am, the Tallahassee Police Department received a call about an assault. An investigation revealed that a

subject entered his home, shot and wounded three of his family members, then fled in his vehicle. As the Leon

County Sheriff’s Office and Tallahassee Police Department encountered the vehicle at North Monroe Street

and Capital Circle NW, the subject turned his vehicle around, drove toward oncoming traffic, and collided with

Officer Fariello’s patrol car. Officer Fariello was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Officer Fariello had served with the Tallahassee Police Department for four years and had previously served

with the Wilton Manors Police Department. He is survived by his parents, brother, and cousin.

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HONORING OUR FALLEN HEROES

SENIOR INVESTIGATOR KYLE LEE PATTERSON

POLICE OFFICER KENNIS WINSTON CROOM

FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

END OF WATCH THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2022

AGE: 35 TOUR: 15 YEARS BADGE: N/A

Senior Investigator Kyle Patterson succumbed to injuries sustained in a head-on collision on Okeechobee

Road, near South Header Canal Road, in Fort Pierce. A driver was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes

when they crashed into Investigator Patterson’s Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission truck at

about 12:00 pm. The driver of the other vehicle was also killed. Investigator Patterson was airlifted to the

hospital where he succumbed to injuries. Investigator Patterson had served with the Florida Fish and Wildlife

Conservation Commission for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and young children.

MERIDIAN POLICE DEPARTMENT, MISSISSIPPI

END OF WATCH THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2022

AGE: 30 TOUR: 9 YEARS BADGE: N/A

Police Officer Kennis Croom was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call at the 2400

block of 51st Avenue in Meridian at 5:30 pm. Other officers responding to the call discovered that Officer

Croom and a victim of the domestic violence had been shot. Both were pronounced dead a short time later.

The male suspect had fled the scene but was arrested the following morning by members of a United States

Marshals Service task force in Choctaw County. Officer Croom had served with the Meridian Police Department

for almost two years and previously served with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson Police

Department, Brookhaven Police Department, and Hinds County Sheriff’s Office.

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HONORING OUR FALLEN HEROES

DETECTIVE JUSTIN MICHAEL TERRY

DEPUTY FIRST CLASS GLENN R. HILLIARD

LAS VEGAS METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPT., NEVADA

END OF WATCH FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2022

AGE: 45 TOUR: 21 YEARS BADGE: N/A

Detective Justin Terry was killed when a steel height-restriction beam fell onto his department vehicle on U.S.

95, near Route 215, at about 7:00 am. The beam had been installed to prevent over-height vehicles from

entering the construction zone where a new overpass was being built. A tractor-trailer pulling a piece of large

equipment struck the beam, causing it to fall onto Detective Terry’s vehicle as he also drove beneath it.

Detective Terry had served with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for 21 years and was assigned

to the Homicide Sex Crimes Bureau. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

WICOMICO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, MARYLAND

END OF WATCH SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2022

AGE: 41 TOUR: 16 YEARS BADGE: N/A

Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard was shot and killed in Pittsville while attempting to arrest a man wanted on

multiple felony warrants from several jurisdictions. Deputy Hilliard saw the man leaving his apartment on Gumboro

Road and attempted to arrest him. The man fled on foot and then opened fire on Deputy Hilliard as he

pursued him. Deputy Hilliard was fatally wounded during the shooting. The man continued to flee after shooting

Deputy Hilliard but was arrested later in the night. He was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree

murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and the use of a firearm in

the commission of a violent crime. Deputy Hilliard had served with the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office for six

years and had previously served with the Berlin Police Department for 10 years. He is survived by his wife and

three children.

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HONORING OUR FALLEN HEROES

CORPORAL MICHAEL PAREDES

POLICE OFFICER JOSEPH SANTANA

EL MONTE POLICE DEPARTMENT, CALIFORNIA

END OF WATCH TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2022

AGE: 42 TOUR: 22 YEARS BADGE: 565

Corporal Michael Paredes and Police Officer Joseph Santana were shot and killed while responding to a domestic

violence call at 10327 Garvey Avenue. At 4:45 pm, Corporal Paredes and Officer Santana responded

to a report of a possible stabbing between a boyfriend and girlfriend. When they arrived at the hotel room, they

were met with gunfire. The subject fled into the parking lot, and responding officers exchanged gunfire with

the suspect. Both officers were taken to the L.A. County USC Medical Center, where they succumbed to their

wounds. The subject was shot and killed. Corporal Paredes served with the El Monte Police Department for 22

years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

EL MONTE POLICE DEPARTMENT, CALIFORNIA

END OF WATCH TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2022

AGE: 31 TOUR: 4 YEARS BADGE: 706

Police Officer Joseph Santana and Corporal Michael Paredes were shot and killed while responding to a domestic

violence call at 10327 Garvey Avenue. At 4:45 pm, Officer Santana and Corporal Paredes responded

to a report of a possible stabbing between a boyfriend and girlfriend. When they arrived at the hotel room, they

were met with gunfire. The subject fled into the parking lot and responding officers exchanged gunfire with

the suspect. Both officers were taken to the L.A. County USC Medical Center where they succumbed to their

wounds. The subject was shot and killed. Officer Santana had served with the El Monte Police Department

for one year and previously served with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office. He is survived by his wife,

daughter, and twin sons.

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HONORING OUR FALLEN HEROES

DEPUTY SHERIFF AUSTIN DEREK ALDRIDGE

DEPUTY SHERIFF J’MAR COLIN ABEL

SPARTANBURG COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, SC

END OF WATCH TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2022

AGE: 25 TOUR: 3 YEARS BADGE: N/A

Deputy Sheriff Austin Aldridge was shot and killed while responding to a domestic call at 3:20 pm on Chaffee

Drive in Spartanburg. When Deputy Aldridge approached the house, he was ambushed by the subject. Bystanders

gave medical aide to Deputy Aldridge until EMS arrived and then provided responding officers with a

description of the subject and his vehicle. Deputy Aldridge was transported to the hospital and succumbed to

his wounds at 9:26 pm.

Deputy Aldridge had served with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office for three years. He is survived by his

wife.

CHAMBERS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, ALABAMA

END OF WATCH MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2022

AGE: 24 TOUR: 2 YEARS BADGE: N/A

Deputy Sheriff J’Mar Abel was killed in a vehicle crash on County Road 278 between Welch and Standing

Rock. He was assisting the Roanoke Police Department during a vehicle pursuit when his patrol SUV left the

roadway while rounding a curve at about 4:30 pm. The patrol car overturned after striking a ditch on the side

of the road. He was tranpsorted to West Georgia Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries. The

subject was apprehended.

Deputy Abel was killed on his two-year anniversary with the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office. He is survived

by his father and fiancée.

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DEPUTY SHERIFF AUSTIN W. “MELVIN” RICHARDSON

DETENTION OFFICER JEREMIAH STORY

FREMONT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, IOWA

END OF WATCH TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2022

AGE: 37 TOUR: 15 YEARS BADGE: 36-4

Deputy Sheriff Melvin Richardson succumbed to injuries sustained in a collision with a harvesting combine

on Highway 275 near 260th Street. At 12:35 pm, the combine was traveling southbound on Highway 275.

Deputy Richardson was driving northbound when his vehicle collided with the combine. The combine was

wider than the lane, and Deputy Richardson’s left front tire collided with the machine.

Deputy Richardson had served with the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office for seven years and had served in law

enforcement for more than 15 years. He had previously served with the Sidney Police Department and Auburn

Police Department. He is survived by his wife and three children.

PERRY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, ARKANSAS

END OF WATCH WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2022

AGE: 21 TOUR: N/A BADGE: N/A

Detention Officer Jeremiah Story was shot and killed while processing a subject into the Perry County Detention

Center at 511 Aplin Avenue in Perryville.

Officer Story was standing in the restroom while the subject, who had been arrested for drug charges, was

changing into jail-issued clothing. The man produced a pistol he had concealed on his person and shot Officer

Story. The subject was subdued after shooting Officer Story.

The man was charged with capital murder and transferred to the Faulkner County Detention Center.

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HONORING OUR FALLEN HEROES

SERGEANT RICHARD LOPEZ

RESERVE OFFICER JEFFREY RICHARDSON

YAVAPAI COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, ARIZONA

END OF WATCH TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2022

AGE: 51 TOUR: 14 YEARS BADGE: N/A

Sergeant Richard Lopez was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect near Stagecoach Trail and

Red Rock Lane in Cordes Lake at about 12:45 pm. He had responded to the area to investigate a theft and

located the suspect nearby. The man shot him before fleeing into a nearby residence and barricading himself

inside. Sergeant Lopez was transported to HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center where succumbed to his

wounds. The subject was taken into custody after remaining barricaded in the home for several hours.

Sergeant Lopez had served with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years. He is survived by his wife

and two daughters.

POTEET POLICE DEPARTMENT, TEXAS

END OF WATCH WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2022

AGE: 35 TOUR: N/A BADGE: 486

Reserve Officer Jeffrey Richardson was struck and killed by a drunk driver while directing traffic at a construction

zone in the 11700 block of N MoPac Expressway in Austin.

He was working a secondary employment assignment when he was struck at about 2:00 am. The driver who

struck him was arrested and charged with intoxicated assault.

Officer Richardson is survived by his wife and five children.

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HONORING OUR FALLEN HEROES

DEPUTY SHERIFF BRAD JOHNSON

CAPTAIN RALPH FRASURE

BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, ALABAMA

END OF WATCH THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2022

AGE: 32 TOUR: 7 YEARS BADGE: N/A

Deputy Sheriff Brad Johnson succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day at about 5:00

pm when he and another deputy were shot by an auto-theft suspect near the intersection of Alabama 25 &

Bulldog Bend Road. Deputies pursued the stolen vehicle until it stopped, and the man opened fire, striking

Deputy Johnson and the second deputy. The man then fled on foot and remained at large until being taken

into custody approximately 16 hours later. Deputy Johnson remained on life support until his organs could be

donated.

Deputy Johnson had served with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office for seven years. He is survived by his fiancée,

two children, and his parents.

PRESTONSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, KENTUCKY

END OF WATCH THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2022

AGE: N/A TOUR: 39 YEARS BADGE: 504

Captain Ralph Frasure and Police Officer Jacob Chaffins, along with Deputy Sheriff William Petry of the Floyd

County Sheriff’s Office, were shot and killed in Allen by a subject who was wanted for domestic violence

offenses. As two Floyd County deputies arrived at the man’s home on Main Street, near Railroad Avenue, to

serve the warrants the man opened fire. Numerous jurisdictions responded to assist following the initial shooting.

The man fired hundreds of rounds from prepositioned firearms throughout the home.Deputy Petry and

Captain Frasure were killed during the incident.

Captain Frasure had served with the Prestonsburg Police Department for 39 years.

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HONORING OUR FALLEN HEROES

DEPUTY SHERIFF WILLIAM PETRY

POLICE OFFICER JACOB RUSSELL CHAFFINS

FLOYD COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, KENTUCKY

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Deputy Sheriff William Petry as well as Captain Ralph Frasure and Police Officer Jacob Chaffins, both of the

Prestonsburg Police Department, were shot and killed in Allen by a subject who was wanted for domestic violence

offenses. Deputy Petry and Captain Frasure were killed during the incident. Officer Chaffins succumbed

to his wounds the following day. Three other law enforcement officers and the director of emergency management

were wounded.

Deputy Petry had served with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office for two years. He had previously retired after

having served for 14 years with the Prestonsburg Police Department and 15 years with the Kentucky State

Police.

PRESTONSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, KENTUCKY

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Captain Ralph Frasure and Police Officer Jacob Chaffins, along with Deputy Sheriff William Petry of the Floyd

County Sheriff’s Office, were shot and killed in Allen by a subject who was wanted for domestic violence

offenses. As two Floyd County deputies arrived at the man’s home on Main Street, near Railroad Avenue, to

serve the warrants the man opened fire. Numerous jurisdictions responded to assist following the initial shooting.

The man fired hundreds of rounds from prepositioned firearms throughout the home.Deputy Petry and

Captain Frasure were killed during the incident. Officer Chaffins succumbed to his wounds the following day.

Officer Chaffins was a Kentucky National Guard veteran and served with the Prestonsburg Police Department

for three years.

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By Sgt. Michael Barron, RET

“..he fell out!”

With an aircraft on this month’s

cover and coverage of APSA’s Annual

Conference inside, it seemed

only appropriate to recount a war

story from my flying days that

have long since passed but seem

like it was only yesterday.

“He fell out”

The day started out as one of

those beautiful fall mornings on

Galveston Island where the blue

sky and water seemed to meet

and look the same. The water

was crystal clear and smooth as

glass. Something you rarely see

on the Island and when it does,

you can’t wait to get in the air

and experience it from a couple

hundred feet.

But paperwork and the task of

assigning flights for the week

had me desk bound for at least

the better part of that beautiful

morning. That is until the Sheriff

from a neighboring county

called with a rather strange

question.

“Hey sarge, this is the Sheriff

over at Jefferson County, being

a pilot and all, can you tell me

how hard it is to fall out of an

airplane?”

You mean like parked on a

ramp?

No like in the air”

What kind of airplane?

“I think it’s a Cessna 15 something”

A Cessna 152?

“Yeah, that’s it”

Nope. Not likely, why?

“Well, I got a young kid/pilot

over here at the airport and he

claims he and this gentlemen

were up doing lessons or something

and they were doing some

steep turns and the door popped

opened and the man fell out.”

Are you serious or you pranking

me Sheriff?

“Naw, I’m serious that’s what

he’s saying. I’m not partial to

believing his story, sounds kinda

fishy to me. Would you mind flying

over here and talking to him?

I sure would appreciate it. We’ll

buy ya’ll some gas for the trip.”

Let me get one of my guys and

we’ll head that way. I can’t wait

to meet this young man. Don’t let

him talk to anyone until we get

there.

I grabbed my chief pilot and

said, “come on, we’re going to

see a man about a flying fish.”

It was a short flight over to

Beaumont municipal and we

were cleared for a straight in for

the runway. As we taxied onto

the ramp, there was a bright red

Cessna 152 parked right out front

with the left door partially open.

I can’t wait to hear this story.

Morning Sheriff, beautiful day

isn’t it.

“Damn sure is, pity someone

had to die on a day like this.”

Wait, what? You didn’t mention

anyone dying.

“Huh, must have slipped my

mind. He’s up in the conference

room just up the stairs.”

WTF, I thought. What the

hell are we getting into here. I

opened the door and here was

this 20 something young man

that was obviously scared shitless.

Hello, my name is Sgt. Barron, I

understand you had some kind of

accident, and someone fell out

of your airplane? Tell me exactly

what happened.

“Well, I was at work and this

student of mine called and said

he wanted to come take a lesson.

I scheduled him for a onehour

flight, and he showed up

this morning as he always does.

We pre-flighted the plane, did

our pre-checks, did a run-up,

got clearance from the tower

and then took off.

And then what?

“He said he wanted to do some

steep turns, so we climbed to

3500’ over near the lake, that’s

pretty much our usual training

area and ….”

Wait. Was he flying?

“Yes”

And he was in the left seat?

“Yes”

Ok, go on.

“So, he started making a steep

left-hand turn, about 45 degrees

and then he rolled the plane to

almost 60 degrees and that’s

when the door popped open.”

And then what happened?

“He just rolled out”

What do you mean, he just

rolled out? Like the door opened

and he fell out?

“Yes”

Son, are you aware that lying to

a police officer is a crime?

“..but that’s what happened I

swear.”

Son, some with me. I led the

young man downstairs with the

Sheriff and his men in tow, down

to the ramp and outside to the

parked Cessna.

The sheriff is like “Sarge what

are we doing?”

You’ll see. Ok young man, get

in the left seat where your student

was. And by the way, did he

have his seat belt and harnesses

fastened?

“I don’t remember”

Uh huh. Well, we’re going to

assume no. So, sit inside. Which

he did. Ok put your hands on the

yoke. Turn the yoke all the way

to the left. Which he did. Now

I’m going to hold this door open

while you roll out. OK?

“Uhhhhhh ok”

Ok roll out. The boy leaned

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towards the open door and hard

as he tried, he couldn’t fall out.

Hell, he didn’t even budge 2

inches off that seat.

The inside of a Cessna 152 is

so small and tight, it takes a lot

of maneuvering just to get inside

much less get out. No way in hell

you’re going to ‘fall out.’

Come on, roll out. What are

you waiting on?

Wait, you were going pretty

fast I assume, let me push

hard on the door while you roll

against it to simulate the wind

blowing 100mph against it.

He just looked at me and burst

into tears.

Ok, that’s enough of this bullshit.

We’re going back inside and

you’re going to tell us what really

happened from start to finish

or you’re going to jail. Ok?

“Yes sir”

So, he says the guy comes in

and wants a flight lesson. They

take off. Get to 5000 feet or so.

The man hands the young man

an envelope with cash and says

“here this is all I got. I’m sorry,

but I can’t go on and I’m going to

jump.

The pilot freaks out, tries to

talk him out of jumping but the

man threatening to crash the

plane if he doesn’t let him jump.

So scared they will both die,

the instructor takes the controls

while the man undoes his seat

belt, struggles to open the door

and after about 5 minutes or so,

manages to get outside the door

and onto the wing strut and then

let’s go.

WTF. Then what?

“I tried to close the door, but

I couldn’t get it closed. So, I

turned back to the airport. Landed.

“ I told the flight office he fell

out, they called the cops, they

showed up and then you showed

up and …..am I going to jail?”

More tears.

Do you think you can find the

spot where he jumped?

“I think so”

Ok then. The sheriff called DPS

and we all loaded in the helicopter

and for the next hour we

searched for the victim. As we

hovered near the lake, almost

exactly where the young man

said he jumped, I saw a couple

of cows gathered around something

on the ground. As we got

close, sure enough, we found

our man. And yep, he was plenty

dead alright.

As we landed to verify it was

in fact the flying man without a

parachute, the young man looks

at me, pulls an envelope out of

his pockets and says...

“Does this mean I have to give

the money back?”

Ahh, yeah. I think so.

• • •

We left them with tons of paperwork

to do.

A young flight instructor that

would probably never give another

flight to a student.

And a long look at a deep

blue Gulf of Mexico as we sailed

along the coast at 500 feet admiring

what a beautiful day it

was here on the coast.

It was a shame that it had to

have a tragic ending.

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...and again in Huntington Beach.

A Tragedy Over Houston Skies...

A little over two years ago, The

Houston Police Department had

the unthinkable happen. For the

first time in its nearly fifty-year

history, they had a fatal crash

of one of its many MD 500 Helicopters.

Jason Knox, the tactical

officer was killed and the pilot,

Chase Cormier was severely

injured.

Jason was a loving father of

two young children and a beautiful

wife. His loss that night

is still so hard to imagine. His

father Mike Knox, A Houston City

Councilman, says his son died

doing what he loved, protecting

his city, and flying with his best

friend Chase.

Cormier was a hero that night.

His extraordinary skill as a pilot

guided a virtually uncontrolled

able airship away from an apartment

complex that surely would

have suffered multiple casualties

had the helicopter crashed on

the roofs of occupied apartments.

Cormier and Knox had been

responding to call on the North

side of Houston about a possible

drowning near Greens Bayou.

As they orbited near the bayou,

the ship suddenly entered a spin

and continued to spin until it

struck a small building alongside

the apartment complex in the

Greenspoint area. The Houston

Fire Department and paramedics

arrived on the scene and were

able to extricate both pilots from

the crumpled helicopter. Unfortunately,

Knox’s injuries were

just too severe and despite the

extraordinary efforts of the doctors

at Hermann Hospital, they

were unable to save his life. That

night, Cormier underwent the

first of multiple surgeries that

would ultimately save his life

and one day, allow him to walk

again.

The official NTSB report reads

as follows:

On May 2, 2020, about 0203

central daylight time, a model

369E MD Helicopter, N8375F, was

destroyed when it was involved

in an accident near Houston,

Texas. The pilot sustained serious

injuries and the other flight

crewmember sustained fatal injuries.

The helicopter was operated

as a Title 14 Code of Federal

Regulations Part 91 public aircraft

flight. According to initial

information from the Federal

Aviation Administration (FAA),

a Houston Police Department

Another MD 500 Helicopter.

This time a NOTAR 500N model.

A Huntington Beach Police

Department aviation unit flying

patrol this past February along

the coast of Huntington Beach

experienced what some say, is

a somewhat common trait of

the NOTAR – instances of loss

of tai rotar authority, or in this

case NOTAR authority.

Huntington Beach tactical

flight officer Nicholas Vella and

his partner were on a routine

patrol down the beachfront

when then were dispatched to

a fight in progress just south of

their location. Once on scene,

the pilot began orbiting the

helicopter to the right to give

Vella a better angle for the

infrared camera to locate the

suspects involved.

At some point, the pilot

slowed the ship and entered a

tight turn when the helicopter

entered a slow spin until

then struck the water in almost

horizontal position. The NTSB

report filed reported the accident

as follows:

On February 19, 2022, about

1834 Pacific standard time,

a McDonnell Douglas 500N,

N521HB, was substantially

damaged when it was involved

in an accident in Newport

Beach, California. The

pilot sustained minor injuries,

and the tactical flight officer

(TFO) was fatally injured. The

helicopter was operated as

a public aircraft flight by the

Huntington Beach Police Department.

The helicopter was

owned by the City of Huntington

Beach and was providing law

enforcement air support under a

contract service agreement for

the City of Newport Beach. The

helicopter departed its home

base, Huntington Beach Police

Department Heliport (CL65), in

1800, and for the next 30 minutes

flew a routine patrol along

the coast of Huntington Beach,

inland to Costa Mesa, and then

south to Newport Beach. The

pilot reported that as they were

about to depart the Newport

Beach area, they received a

transmission over the primary

police radio channel that there

was a fight taking place just

south of their location. The pilot

stated that he redirected the

helicopter toward the area and

began a right-hand orbit while

the TFO (who was seated in the

right seat) turned on the infrared

camera and began searching

the ground. The TFO spotted

a group fighting, and the pilot

began to maneuver the helicopter

in a tighter right orbit while

the TFO relayed his observations

over the police radio channel.

Ground patrol officers arrived

on the scene, and the pilot continued

the orbits about 500 ft

above ground level, while simultaneously

viewing the activity

through his monitor, and maneuvering

the helicopter so the TFO

could continue to observe the

altercation. The pilot stated that

he watched as ground patrol

officers got out of their car and

approached the group, who by

this time had mostly dispersed.

He was concerned that one of

the groups was about to start

fighting with an officer, and he

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Houston

Huntington Beach

helicopter was on a local flight

near the George Bush Intercontinental/Houston

Airport (IAH),

near Houston, Texas, and its pilot

had contacted air traffic control.

The pilot was using flight following

while he was conducting

a search flight for a person near

a bayou. A Department of Public

Safety (DPS) helicopter contacted

the controller, asked for

clearance into the airspace near

IAH, and was given that clearance.

The DPS helicopter crewmember

asked if the controller

was still in contact with the

police helicopter. The controller

advised that radar contact was

lost with the police helicopter.

The DPS helicopter crew member

advised that there was an

indication that the helicopter had

impacted terrain. An FAA inspector

examined the wreckage site

and documented it. The helicopter

had impacted an unoccupied

building and terrain. The wreckage

was recovered and retained

for further detailed examination.

The helicopter was equipped

with an augmented reality mapping

system. The data recording

device from that mapping system

has been retained to see if

it contains information pertinent

to the accident flight. The pilot

held an FAA commercial pilot

certificate and a second-class

medical certificate. At 0153, the

recorded wind at IAH was 170° at

4 kts and visibility was 10 statute

miles. According to United States

Naval Observatory indications,

the Moon had set, it was more

than 30° below the horizon, and

it provided no illumination at the

time of the accident. According

to a video taken by a witness,

the helicopter rotated while in

the air and descended. The conditions

present in the video were

consistent with the observatory

indications.

I spoke with Chase just before

we published this issue. His most

recent surgery was a huge success.

Doctors had to replace all

the pins, screws, and plates in his

back from the original surgery

two years ago. Despite doctors

telling him he’d most likely never

walk again; I am proud to report

that he is in fact walking. Never

tell a veteran that something is

impossible. Cormier served his

country and the citizens of Houston

in a way no ordinary man

could do. On a night when all

odds were against him, he managed

to save hundreds of innocent

lives on the ground. He took

command of a situation that

ultimately cost his best friend his

life and crippled himself in doing

so. Cormier is the true definition

of an American Hero. Houston

will also remember what you

did to protect its citizens.

Godspeed to Jason Knox as he

watches us from above and God

Bless my friend Chase Cormier.

slowed the helicopter to

keep the camera aimed

at the scene longer, so

that they would not

lose sight of it behind a

building. Suddenly the

helicopter yawed aggressively

to the right,

and he immediately applied

full left foot pedal

and forward cyclic to try

and arrest the rotation,

but there was no response.

He continued to

apply corrective control

inputs, but the helicopter

did not respond,

and began to progress

into a spinning descent.

The TFO transmitted

over the police radio

channel, “We’re having

some mechanical issues

right now”, followed by,

“we’re going down, we’re going

down”. The pilot stated the rotation

became more aggressive as

the helicopter began to descend.

He continued with corrective

control inputs, which appeared

to be partially effective but did

not stop the rotation. He stated

that the engine was operating

throughout, and his goal was

to continue to fly the helicopter

with the engine still running,

rather than reducing power and

performing an autorotation to

a populated area. Because it

was dark, he had no horizon or

accurate external reference, but

he could see the lights of houses

approaching, and sensed impact

was imminent, so he pulled the

collective control in an effort to

bleed off airspeed. They then hit

the water hard in a downward

right rotation, on TFO’s side. The

pilot recalled a sudden smash

and saw water and glass coming

toward him as the canopy shattered.

He felt the rotor blades

hitting the water, everything

then stopped, and within a few

seconds he was submerged. The

pilot stated that he continued

to hold on to the collective as

a reference point, then cleared

the mouthpiece from his rescue

air bottle, and began to use it

to breath. Continuing to hold

the collective with one hand he

reached down and released his

seat harness and egressed by

pushing himself away with the

collective and through the door

opening. He exited the helicop-

ter and ascended to the surface,

and a short time later, onlookers

began to arrive, and pulled him

away and toward a boat.

Huntington Beach lost a hero

that night. Officer Nicholas Vella

was bravely doing his job and

serving his community when he

made the ultimate sacrifice.

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THE OPEN ROAD

by Michael Barron

Stellantis’ Hurricane Twin-Turbo Inline-6

Engine Is a Ticking Time Bomb

It’s here just in time to replace the Hemi V8!

If you’ve been loving the

hard-hitting Hemi V8-powered

Dodge muscle cars, better go

scoop up whatever you can

while they’re still around.

That’s right, the very thing I

predicted last year and was

told was just some crazy

conspiracy theory has just

been revealed by Stellantis.

The French Italian American

automaker last week

unveiled the Hurricane, a

twin-turbo inline-six engine

which “delivers V8 levels

of power” – or so they

tell you. However, the company

doesn’t even have the

decency to just come right

out and say no more Hemis

will be put in Dodges, even

though we all know that’s

what this means.

All this is, of course, being

done to save the planet. Just like

during the last policy-induced

oil crisis, we’re being told snails

replace cylinders. Look, having

owned several turbocharged vehicles

myself, I can say I love forced

induction, but it doesn’t replace

cylinders. Trust me, turbocharged

V8s are wonderful things. However,

if you just look at peak output

specs and pretend it’s all that

matters when it comes to performance,

keep in mind the

High Output Hurricane engine

produces 500-horsepower

and 475 lb.-ft. of

torque, a far cry from the

Hellcat Redeye’s 797-hp

and 797 lb.-ft. of torque.

Even when faced with that

indisputable fact, there

are still people celebrating

this as progress for Dodge

performance. Let’s face it,

when SRT was broken up

that was the curtain call

for modern Mopar muscle

cars.

That kind of mindless

celebration is exactly what

the Stellantis stenographers,

I mean my fellow

automotive journalists,

have been doing. They’re dutifully

spreading the good news about

this new way to have all the fun

you want behind the wheel while

conserving gas and cutting emissions,

because Dodge told them

to say that without questioning

anything. See, you can be into

cars and also hug rainbows while

playing with unicorns!

Of course, the Hurricane engine

is being marketed as technologically

advanced, so if you aren’t

super excited for it you must be

anti-progress. I’m not saying this

will turn out like those really awesome

Chrysler-Mitsubishi turbo

engines from the 80s because

this time around the French and

Italians are onboard to make sure

everything runs great for the first

70,000 miles. Or maybe 90,000

miles if you’re lucky. All that time

you’ll be thanking your lucky stars

you don’t have two extra cylinders

because you’re a good little

consumer.

The true test of the Hurricane

engine will be how it lasts in the

hands of the public. After you’ve

worked in this industry for a

while, you start to realize automakers

always make their new

products sound like the best thing

since sliced bread, so you stop

buying into the hype machine. Just

look at all the marketing copy

describing the disastrous Mazda

CX-7 when it was first launched.

There are many, many more examples,

but you probably get the

point.

With the Hurricane set to be

released this year, we won’t have

to wait too long to see what

this engine is all about. For now,

the automaker isn’t saying what

models will get the twin-turbo

inline-six first. It would be truly

hilarious if they drop these in

the Ram 1500, which is probably

coming soon, following in the

footsteps of Ford. Those EcoBoost

F-150s have worked wonderfully

for anyone who doesn’t need to

tow or haul anything significant,

or who doesn’t pay too close attention

to their fuel consumption,

so why not?

When it comes right down to it,

the Stellantis Hurricane engine is

all about inclusivity. Those Hemi

V8s were way too toxic and exclusionary

for reasons that won’t be

explained because logic is no longer

fashionable. So do as you’re

told and like, nay love, the upcoming

crop of Mopar muscle cars

or you’ll be labeled a bad person

until the next social media trend

makes everyone forget about this

until their engine magically blows

up.

And the final question for law

enforcement, will the new Hurricane

Engine replace the V6 and

5.7 Hemi engines in your Dodge

Charger?

First off, if your department has

a fleet of Chargers, enjoy them

while you can because those cars,

as we know them today, are going

away. Dodge has made it well

known they are ditching muscle

for EV or combining the two to

create “the muscle car of tomorrow.”

Regardless of what this new

“muscle” car is, it’s highly unlikely

that a new police version will

come out of it. If you’ve read anything

about EV and police vehicles,

it’s an ongoing experiment at

best, so don’t expect plugin patrol

cars anytime soon.

Having said that, look for Dodge

to implant the new Hurricane

High Output engine in an updated

Dodge Pursuit Durango and roll

with that as their alternative to

the Charger. Afterall, it worked for

Ford, ditching their Taurus turned

Pursuit Vehicle in favor of a police

spec Explorer.

Times are a changing for sure.

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A BADGE OF HONOR

heal ing our heroes

BAND-AIDS ON

BULLET HOLES

By Retired NYPD Detective,

John Salerno, Co-founder of

A Badge of Honor

As a young cop in the NYC

Police Department, some of

the first things I learned in the

academy was to make sure

you always wear your body

armor, it will protect you,

always carry your radio in

case you need to call for help,

it will Save you. The tools on

your gun belt will keep you

alive. If you are in a bad situation,

use the code 10/13 which

will alert Officers to respond

fast and get back you up.

Every Law Enforcement Officer

in the Nation has a code

for assistance, it is our lifeline

when we are in distress or

injured. It is the way we communicate

with each other to

ask for help.

But what happens when we

are off duty? What code do

we use to call for help when

we are stripped of all our protective

armor? When we have

no radio to request assistance.

When we are most vulnerable.

When we are in distress.

These codes do not exist. Or

do they?

Just like we were trained,

we need to train our Loved

ones, our friends and those

in our closest social circles

the signs and symptoms of

Post-Traumatic Stress. Let

them in on your own distress

code. This way they know

how to respond. Many want

to help; they just do not know

how.

So, it is important that we

take the step and educate

those around us.

The hardest thing for us to

do is ask for help. Sadly, to

say, many will not. The open

wound is covered by a Band-

Aid. We mask our hurt and

our pain with what our culture

has trained us to do. This

process seems to work in the

beginning as we shield ourselves

until the next tour.

IT’S A DOUBLE EDGE

SWORD, WE DO NOT ASK

FOR HELP. and our families

and friends do not know how

to offer help.

The quick fix for us is to get

back to the JOB and allow

more wounds and more pain

to cover the past ones. This

SAMANTHA HORWITZ & JOHN SALERNO

is a cycle that is ongoing and

infectious. We never treat our

wounds; we only treat the

pain.

Many Officers use alternative

means to ease this pain, such

as Alcohol, Drugs and seclusion.

But what we do not see

is the infection as this wound

continues to fester.

The soreness becomes red,

the redness soon turns to

black, everything around it becomes

numb, the nerve endings

soon begin to die, until

there is absolutely no feeling.

Mental Health is no different.

When we cover up our injuries

in our brain, the things we

see, hear and experience daily,

WILL cause damage, sometimes

irreversible.

When one of the band-aids

falls off, it makes the wound

visible to others exposing the

damage, sparking a response

that says, “YOU NEED TO

SEEK HELP FOR THAT.”

But by that time, the wound

is already numb and dying.

Therefore, it is so important

for others to notice the bandaids

before they fall off. This

will help treat the infection

before the damage becomes

irreversible or at the very

least, difficult to repair.

Even the smallest of

wounds need to be addressed,

no matter how

insignificant you think they

may be. The smallest of untreated

cuts may cause us to

lose something irreplaceable,

your marriage, your kids, your

family, or maybe your life.

Every wound can be treated

differently. Some may

just need a quick antibiotic,

whereas others may take a

longer healing process. But

99.9% of all wounds are treatable,

if they are addressed

early on.

It's time to stop putting the

Band-Aids on bullet holes.

Rubbing dirt on it, walking it

off and sucking it up, are the

days of the past.

We have the knowledge

now to identify, address and

treat every aspect of PTSD

from the crisis onset to post

outpatient care if needed.

The Buy-in of each department

is the key that will

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DARYL LOTT

daryl’s deliberations

The Teacher and the Admiral

We all think back on our

teachers from time to time. It

seems that in retrospect we

actually did learn important

lessons during our school days.

Some of the things we learned,

particularly in elementary

school, never appeared on our

report cards. We learned how to

line up and walk in a group, eat

our lunches in a civilized manner,

hang up our coats, play with

our classmates at recess, exit

a building calmly in a fire drill,

and respond courteously and

obediently to our teachers. The

historical event that is described

in this essay is based on one

such Texas student’s experience

at his school in Kerrville which

ultimately affected millions of

people and the fates of nations.

Chester Nimitz was a member

of one of the proud German immigrant

families that settled in

the Texas Hill Country. Chester’s

father passed away before the

boy was born. He was raised by

his mother and grandfather, who

was known as “Grandpa Nimitz,”

in Fredericksburg. The boy later

moved to Kerrville where he was

able to watch Army officers and

soldiers training in the field with

their artillery unit. He made inquiries

to see where the officers

were educated and was told that

they went to the Military Academy

at West Point. When he got

to high school, he applied for

an appointment to West Point,

but it was full. His congressman

advised him that he had one

appointment open for the Naval

Academy. Chester never heard of

it, but was told he could pursue

his education in mathematics

and engineering at the government’s

expense. He took the

competitive exam, came out first

among seven candidates, and received

the appointment from his

Texas congressional district.

He graduated from the academy

and entered the Navy as a

warrant officer. In those days of

the early 20th Century a midshipman

graduated from the

Naval Academy and had to perform

well as a warrant officer

for a year prior to receiving his

ensign’s commission. He received

his commission a year later and

embarked on a career that was

long on nautical engineering.

Although the first practical

combat submarine was invented

by the Confederate Navy (CSS

Hunley), the Germans improved it

greatly with the introduction of

diesel engines in the years prior

to World War One. The Navy Department

sent Nimitz to Germany

to learn about diesel engines

and to introduce them into our

own submarines. He could speak

German fluently as that was the

language he spoke at home. He

was known as a nuts and bolts

kind of a guy and got along well

with everyone. He transformed

our submarines using German

technology.

In those days, the Navy wasn’t

so huge that the officers and

senior enlisted men weren’t

known to most naval personnel.

When President Roosevelt was

elected, he knew most of the senior

officers through his time as

Assistant Secretary of the Navy.

He knew Nimitz to be a detail

oriented engineer who could

build a fleet.

When the war started for

America at Pearl Harbor, the

president knew who he wanted

to command the Pacific fleet.

FDR promoted Nimitz to full

admiral from rear admiral. (He

went from two stars to four

stars, skipping vice admiral -

three stars.) The admiral was

told to get out to Pearl Harbor

and get busy.

The admiral was told military

aircraft were available to get

him out to Hawaii from Washington

in the shortest amount of

time. Most people assumed he

would want to get to Pearl Harbor

as quickly as possible, but

they would be wrong. He actually

purchased a coast to coast train

ticket under an assumed name.

He shipped his uniforms to Hawaii

and dressed as an every day

senior American businessman on

the train. Top Secret documents

were placed in his wife’s sewing

bag (she would find out later)

and off he went. He wanted to

take the extra time to read every

report on the Pearl Harbor disaster.

When the train stopped in

various cities, he would receive

additional information from the

Navy Department via couriers.

He would also read all the local

papers on the westerly journey

to gauge the national mood and

glean local nuggets of information

about hometown boys

caught up in the disaster.

Most importantly, he allowed

the ongoing military rescue

operations in Hawaii to continue

without distraction from the new

admiral. He was very calm and

deliberate in his approach. Admiral

Kimmel, the previous commander,

was relieved of duty,

but Admiral Nimitz kept everyone

else in their posts to provide

much needed continuity. As he

made his way across the country,

he saw in the reports where

the Japanese made an egregious

tactical error that would allow

the Pacific fleet to continue to

operate.

Admiral Nagumo, the Japanese

commander, withdrew his forces

prior to striking the fatal blow.

He consciously retreated rather

than destroying the oil tank

farms and dry docks that could

have stopped the American navy

from operating for at

least a year. Nimitz saw

this immediately in the

battle damage reports

that he read so thoroughly.

When he finally

arrived at Pearl Harbor

he prosecuted the war in

a methodical and analytical

manner that led

to Japanese defeat.

Later he would be

asked who had taught

him his understated

and calm approach to

solving any problem.

Without hesitation he

named his teacher: Miss

Susan Moore of Kerrville,

Texas. “Whatever

qualities of calmness

and patience that I may

possess, I attribute to her example.”

Miss Moore probably never

thought that one of her students

would one day grow up to lead

over two million men and women

in a desperate war across

the largest geographical feature

on the planet. She in all likelihood

never thought her lessons

plied across the hills of Texas in

the very shadow of the Alamo

would mold a leader who stands

today in the great pantheon of

American heroes. She taught him

lessons that aren’t on any report

card knowing that the most

important lessons are learned in

the human heart.

In the early years of the 20th

Century, appointments to the

Naval Academy were based

strictly on competitive examinations.

Many candidates were self

taught or only attended school

when they were not needed on

the ranch or farm. Chester Nimitz

was one of the midshipmen

who had no high school diploma.

After the war, the admiral

returned to Kerrville where he

received his diploma from Tivy

High School (still in operation)

at long last. Miss Moore was on

hand to support her student as

she had done forty years prior

when she tutored him for his

entrance exams.

After receiving her teaching

certificate from the Peabody

School in Nashville, Miss Moore

taught in Kerrville for almost fifty

years. Fleet Admiral Nimitz graduated

from the Naval Academy in

1905 and served on active duty

until his death. (Five star officers

serve until their deaths.)

Susan Moore and Chester

Nimitz died within six months of

each other in 1965/66. One lies

among many of her students

in Kerr County, Texas, while

the other rests overlooking the

Pacific Ocean in the Golden Gate

National Cemetery. Both are

American heroes.

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HOUSTON POLICE OFFICERS UNION

from the president

Why fewer HPD traffic stops?

There is a lot of discussion

going on about the fact that

traffic stops are down around

the department. A recent

report showed that very few

patrol officers conduct proactive

traffic stops or on-view

investigations.

I received a call from several

within the command staff asking

what can be done to improve

the traffic stop numbers.

It is well known that traffic

stops often lead to arrest for

various violations of the law.

For a number of years TACT

teams and gang units have

been using traffic stops for

probable cause, that have led

to the arrest of crooks.

Over these years, the tactics

have changed, so longer investigations

are conducted to go

after robbery crews, juggers

and other violent offenders.

This is a big shift in mindset

that has allowed our TACT

teams to truly thwart crime in

their areas and across the city.

With the numbers of stops

decreasing among the specialized

units, the patrol officers’

numbers are even worse. I

believe that there are several

reasons for this. The main

reason is that there are not

enough patrol units. As we sit

today, EVERY patrol station is

low on active patrol officers.

It is hard to call out on traffic

when you are going from call

to call. Many times, people are

afraid to get hung up on an arrest

because that takes you out

of service, leaving the officers

in the district with no backup

in some cases. Then there

is the elephant in the room….

discipline!

Let’s face it, officers who

are proactive are much more

likely to get into trouble while

just doing their jobs. Proactive

officers draw complaints

at a much higher rate, I know

because I was one of those

officers.

I advised the command staff

that the fear of IAD is the main

reason why officers do not

conduct as many traffic stops.

Most in the command level do

not believe me or agree with

that assumption. I have spoken

with patrol officers across the

city, and all have said that the

main reason is fear of discipline.

With 500 pages of General

Orders, chances are that you

violate one every day. This

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happen, and if they are caught

on body camera, or you draw

a complaint from a citizen, you

can bet there will be an investigation

and discipline.

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NOT SO BRIGHT AWARD

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Woke Los Angeles DA George

Gascón has police officers’

blood on his hands.

LOS ANGELES, CA. — Los Angeles

County District Attorney

George Gascón is facing recall

efforts after his woke, lenient

policies allowed a criminal facing

trial free to kill two police

officers. ROBYN BECK/AFP via

Getty Images

Two El Monte police officers in

Los Angeles County, Michael Paredes

and Joseph Santana, were

murdered in cold blood earlier

this week by a gang member who

should have been behind bars but

instead was free to kill thanks to

the so-called progressive criminal-justice

polices in vogue

in America’s cities, courtesy of

woke legislators and prosecutors.

Los Angeles County District

Attorney George Gascón, having

spent a combined nine years

as San Francisco’s DA and police

chief, moved to LA and was

elected to serve as its DA in 2020,

bringing his pro-criminal policies

with him.

Much of the responsibility for

the murders of Cpl. Paredes and

Officer Santana rests on Gascón’s

shoulders.

The cop-killer in question, Justin

Flores, who was also killed in

the shootout with the two officers,

had served two prison terms

for burglary and car theft and

pleaded no contest to possessing

a firearm as a felon last winter.

A day before the

shooting, Flores’ probation

officer filed for

a revocation hearing

after the suspect allegedly

assaulted his

girlfriend the week prior,

violating his probation.

Instead of waiting

for the hearing behind

bars, he was allowed

to walk free according

to Gascón’s

Gascón’s pro-criminal

policies are leading to more

innocent people dying.

They’ve allowed a record number

of violent gang members,

rapists, domestic abusers and

murderers to be let off with a

slap on the wrist, including reduced

sentences and generous

parole options.

California’s metastasizing

criminal class know that they can

get away with their actions, or

at worse get reduced sentences,

wait it out, and get right back to

where they left off. LA County in

particular has become a playground

for criminals who prey on

ordinary taxpayers, and Gascón

and soft-on-crime prosecutors

like him openly signal to these

predators that they won’t have to

pay for their actions.

And the problem is not restricted

to Gascón. Look at Chesa

Boudin, who replaced Gascón as

San Francisco’s district attorney

in 2020, fought in court to eliminate

money bail from the judicial

system. In New York, Manhattan

DA Alvin Bragg basically promised

to decriminalize shoplifting.

But perhaps the tide is finally

turning. Boudin was removed in

a recall election, and the voters

of Orange County, Calif., soundly

rejected another pro-criminal

candidate for their DA in favor of

tough-on-crime incumbent Todd

Spitzer, who won more than 60%

of the vote.

If George Gascón were not in

office courtesy of LA County’s

voters, these two slain police

officers would have returned

home to their wives and children.

Instead, those women are now

widows, and their children are

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HONORING FALLEN HEREOS

“Honoring our fallen heroes through running while providing financial support to the families of our

fallen Heroes, First Responders injured in the Line of Duty and Safety Equipment to K9s in need.”

Zechariah

Cartledge:

a True American Hero

Grants Awarded to Injured First Responders: 32

Total Amount Awarded: $277,500

Funds Awarded to Families of Fallen Heroes: 16

Total Amount Awarded: $165,000

Funds/Equipment Awarded to K9 Officers: $10,000

2022 Run Tracker:

Total Miles Run in 2022: (as of 7/2/22): 172

- Zechariah - 164

- Giuliana - 4

- Jayden - 4

Total Miles Run in 2021: 325

Total Miles Run in 2020: 401

Total Miles Run in 2019: 376

Overall Miles Run: 1,274

- - - - - - - - - -

2022 Run Stats:

Total Miles Run for 2022 Fallen LEO’s (Non COVID-19): 70

Total Miles Run for 2022 Fallen Firefighters (Non COVID-19): 52

Total Miles Run for 2022 Fallen Canada LEO’s: 0

Total Miles Run in 2022 for Fallen COVID-19 Heroes: 18

Total Miles Run for 2021 Fallen LEO’s: 21

Total Miles Run for 2021 Fallen Firefighters: 2

Total Tribute Runs by State/Country: 9

States/Cities Zechariah has run in:

Florida - Winter Springs, Lake Mary, Clearwater, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Orlando, Temple Terrace, Blountstown,

Cocoa, Lakeland, Daytona Beach, West Palm Beach, Starke, Melbourne

New York - New York City, Weedsport • Georgia - Cumming, Augusta, Savannah

South Carolina - North Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Sumter • Pennsylvania - Monaca

Illinois - Springfield, Naperville, Glen Ellyn • Texas - Houston (2), Fort Worth, Midland, New Braunfels, Freeport, Madisonville,

Irving, Sadler, San Antonio • Kentucky - Nicholasville • Arkansas - Bryant, Hot Springs, Springdale, Prairie Grove

Nevada - Henderson • Kansas - Overland Park • California - Mt. Vernon, La Jolla • Arizona - Mesa

North Carolina - Concord, Raleigh • Virginia - Norton, Richmond • Tennessee - Bristol, Bartlett

Oklahoma - Stilwell (2) • Delaware - Milford • Maryland - Towson • Minnesota - Arden Hills • Indiana - Sullivan, Spencer

Mississippi - Grenada, Olive Branch • Missouri - Springfield, Rolla, Joplin • Iowa - Independence, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids

District/Countries/Territories:

Washington D.C. • Puerto Rico - San Juan

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DR. TINA JAECKLE

blue mental health

Meeting the Mental Health

Needs of Our Newest Officers

According to a 2019 study

conducted by the Police Executive

Research Forum (PERF,

Washington, DC) titled “The

Workforce Crisis, and What

Police Agencies Are Doing About

It” there are four main identified

challenges currently facing law

enforcement today. Utilizing surveys

to collect data, respondents

represented small, medium, and

large agencies from 45 states,

Washington, DC, and Canada.

The report noted that understaffed

agencies demonstrated

the disparity in the increase between

total US population visà-vis

number of sworn officers,

and the agencies’ self-reported

understaffing levels; fewer individuals

interested in working

with law enforcement as evidenced

by the decline in candidates

that may be attributed to

the decrease in traditional pipelines

as legacy career families

and military, and the negative

public perception of the profession;

more voluntary resignations

as seen in the shorter length of

service brought about by competition

with other agencies and

career path shifts; and more

retirement-eligible officers are

leaving service and are forecasted

to be retiring soon which

causes the loss in both numbers

and experience of officers.

Although the discussion of the

study findings included the need

for agencies to better understand

and adjust to the lifestyle

differences and preferences of

the potential candidates entering

policing today, there is little

mention of the potential overall

impact of the variable of mental

health. Generation Y (Millennials,

born 1981-1996, currently

25- 40 years old) and Generation

Z (Born 1997-2012, currently

9-24 years old) are currently the

primary focus of police recruiters.

Millennials are often referred

to as the “anxious generation”.

They were the first to grow up

with the constant overflow of the

Internet and social media. The

Internet can make life better, but

it can also make life complicated,

as Millennials often compare

their personal and professional

achievements to everyone else’s.

This can result in low self-esteem

and insecurity. Contrasted

with the hardcore determination

of prior generations to never

admit when there’s a problem,

Gen Y’s hunger to identify and

treat its emotional challenges.

In a time of the advancement of

police wellness, this isn’t just

understandable, it’s commendable.

Moreover, this generation

often works to live and not lives

to work, another difference from

earlier generations. Millennials

also feel that their jobs have a

significant role in their overall

mental health. Because of longer

DR. TINA JAECKLE

work hours and stagnant wages,

millennials suffer from higher

rates of burnout than other generations.

Many of them have even

quit their jobs for mental-health

reasons, the majority within the

first five years.

Business Insider took a look

at the mental-health state of

millennials and noted that they

also tend to have higher rates

of depression than other generations.

The country’s COVID-19

crisis only exacerbated the issue.

Behavioral health — rises in rates

of depression, hyperactivity

(such as anxiety or ADHD), and

substance abuse — is a key factor

in the “health shock” among

millennials, according to the report.

Health shocks, as defined by

the World Health Organization,

are “unpredictable illnesses that

diminish health status.”

New data suggests Gen Z

might be seeing a mental health

crisis even worse than that faced

by the older millennial generation.

Since 2014, millennials (or

people who turned 23 to 38 in

2019) have seen a 47% increase

in major- depression diagnoses.

“Deaths of despair,” or dying

from suicide, alcohol, and drugs,

increased in the millennial population

in the last 10 years, and

they are more likely to report

feeling lonely than other generations.

For Gen Z, the mental

illness crisis also continues.

In 2017, 13% of teens reported

having experienced at least one

major depressive episode in the

past year, Pew Research Center

reported. In 2007, when more

millennials were teens, that

number was just 8%. Social media

might be fueling the increase

in mental illness, as Gen Z is

the first truly digital generation.

Pew Research Center additionally

found 45% of teens aged 13

to 17 said they use the internet

“almost constantly.” Over-use of

social media can cause loneliness,

depression, and anxiety, the

Anxiety and Depression Association

of America reported. Gen

Z teenagers told Business Insider

the constant social-media use

was driving a longing for interpersonal

connection.

These statistics clearly have

implications for policing agencies

in terms of recruitment,

training, and retention. For those

agencies that still struggle with

the recognition of the damaging

cultural impact and stigma

against asking for help, it can be

reasonably predicted that officers

from these generations will

seek alternative employment.

Our nation still needs good officers

who are committed long

term. While I am not suggesting

that agencies coddle new

officers or lower expectations,

current strategies should include

early and ongoing education in

academy settings on the stress

and trauma of the career, followed

by simplified and confidential

access to mental health

assistance with providers trained

specifically in this field. There

are many wonderful qualities

that officers from Gen Y and

Gen Z bring to the table. For the

future of policing, we must find

some middle ground and better

address these needs.

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“OK, I like it, Picasso”

That little phrase made famous on Tik Tok sums up the reaction

I have and many others I encounter on the water have about my

new Axopar 37 Cross Cabin boat. I wrote about this new boat back

in the October issue of last year. Well, she finally arrived in June,

and we love it. We named her Rare Waters because of the beautiful

Caribbean like water we like to hang around in near the pass to

the Gulf of Mexico in Destin, Florida.

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For a 37-foot boat, it drives like

a sports car. It gets up on plane

quickly, turns on a dime, and

with the pilot house doors and

sunroof closed, you can hardly

tell that you are cruising at

40 mph. Or you can open them

all up and you feel like you are

running in a large center console

fishing boat. The twin 300

Mercury Verado outboards are

great engines that I have noticed

top out my boat at about 51 mph

but cruise very fuel efficient at

35-38 mph. Yes, I know with

gas at the marinas running over

$7.00 per gallon, it is a terrible

time to be getting a new boat

that gets 1.5 mpg, but it wasn’t

like this a year ago when I ordered

the boat. The good news

is that I have found you can also

enjoy the boat when it is just

anchored!

My friends often ask, what am

I like most about the boat so far?

For sure, the uniqueness of the

boat grabs your attention right

away and is a favorite feature.

Having an enclosed pilot house

is not something you see on the

water much, but it is very nice to

cruise with the doors open, but

still have the AC vents blowing

on you to counter the 95-degree

days we’ve been having. Another

favorite feature is the ease in

which the boat handles. With

having twin engines and a bow

thruster, docking the boat has

not been an issue at all. We also

have enjoyed the full accessibility

of the boat. Getting in and out

of the V-berth is easy from the

bow using the Gull wings and

from the pilot house using the

wide access door down to the

shower and head then on to the

sitting and sleeping area. We

have used the shade awnings for

the bow and the stern as well to

hide from the sun when anchored

out.

So, what has been challenging

about the boat? Well, it has

to be the electronics. The glass

touch screens SIMRAD navigation

system is easy enough to work

the basics, but still after 10 trips

out, I have not begun to unleash

its full potential. With every

Youtube video, I get better, but

wish I could just have an expert

spend a full day with me and

master it. Likewise, the safety

features associated with boat

have been equally challenging

to fully understand and get

operational. Between the VHF

radio and the AIS system setup,

I have become an FCC licensed

radio operator and spent many

hours researching exactly what I

need to do to be prepared for an

emergency at sea.

While Axopar doesn’t try to

compete in the fishing boat market,

with some of their standard

fishing options and my modifications

it has done quite well,

and I am happy to call it a fishing

boat. The live well has plenty of

capacity and is easy to use and

clean. The added bait station table

with trolling rod holders was

a great addition along with the

outriggers, large cooler, saltwater

rinse, and storage cabinet for

all of my gear. Now I just need

to find and mark some great

fishing spots because so far, we

have caught some fish, but nothing

to write about yet. However,

that is what retirement is for.

As I started this article, we

love this boat and love sharing

it with others. The last time we

were on the water, I was idling

in a no wake zone in the Destin

Harbor and this fishing charter

captain comes cruising up next

to me and tells me he really

likes the look of my boat and

asks all kinds of questions.

After about 5 minutes of me

proudly describing all the features

I love about my boat like a

proud new papa, he smiles and

says, “OK, I like it, Picasso” and

speeds away.

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from basic screen viewing to remote administration

of the host DataGate.

MULTIPLE 4G NETWORKS

Unlike FirstNET which is operated by AT&T

on 700 Mhz channel frequencies which may

not be available in all communities, Web-

Gate is network agnostic. The strongest

networks are used in each region including

T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and MVNOs. Technically

4G Towers have wider coverage over

5G which has more limited coverage but

provides faster transfer for large video files.

WebGate supports the smaller communities

with more specialized services.

DataGate + WebGate are popular choices

for law enforcement, military, and government

agencies as they can be installed

on their own servers, and it operates as a

private, stand-alone system behind their

firewalls. DataGate and WebGate for Law Enforcement

includes AES-256 encryption and

is P25 compatible.

It should be noted that Datalink is a software

developer and recommends that

School Districts contract local installers and

hardware where required. For more information,

follow this link to their website:

https://datalinkinternational.com/edulink/

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THE BLOCK

ProForce Law Enforcement is a relative newcomer to the

law enforcement distribution market in the state of TEXAS.

Proforce first opened its doors and established their

corporate headquarters, warehouse and support center

just outside the beautiful town of Prescott, AZ, which is two

hours north of Phoenix, in 2001. With continuous growth

and high demand for top quality durable law enforcement

equipment, Proforce quickly found popularity in the California

area. In 2004, Proforce opened a retail location in Brea,

Southern California and, after 18 years, the Proforce Brea

store continues to serve its law enforcement customers. The

store is not open to the general public and exclusively sells to

individual officers in the law enforcement community.

Inset: Dan Rooney ProForce President

In the years since incorporation, Proforce Law Enforcement

has become well established and has grown professionally,

adding sales and support professionals all over the Western

United States. They have an excellent outside sales team

who travel specific territories building close relationships

and assessing the needs of law enforcement agencies,

demonstrating new products, sizing body armor and solving

day to day issues.

Proforce’s commitment to providing excellent customer

service and satisfaction is built upon the foundation of an

extensive inventory of law enforcement products, equipment

and accessories from top manufacturers. Proforce’s

relationships with top industry manufacturers and vendors,

as well as their sales volume, allows them to negotiate better

law enforcement pricing to meet the budgetary needs of most

law enforcement agencies. While some vendors may not

always have product available in a timely manner, through

Proforce’s industry relationships and direct contact with

vendor representatives, the sales team is able to suggest

and provide alternatives to meet specific requirements of

agencies, ensuring that the agency’s needs are always met.

The company features an excellent selection of law

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enforcement products, equipment and accessories from

top manufacturers such as: Axon/Taser, Aimpoint, Beretta,

Colt, H&K, Bola Wrap, Bianchi, Smith & Wesson, Eotech,

Sig Sauer, Kimber, Otis, Defense, Technology, Magpul,

Spetz Gear, L3 Harris, Burris, Mossberg, Ruger, Streamlight,

Safariland, Springfield, Blackhawk, Holosun, Trijicon, Vortex,

Surefire, Us Peacekeeper ,OSS, Nightstick, FNH USA

and UTM.

For information about Proforce or its products call

(800) 367-5855

Email: sales@proforceonline.com or visit our website

www.proforceonline.com

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Starting in 2003, Cop Stop Inc. Opened with a vision and goal to service first responders; “Our everyday

heroes.” Catering mainly to Police, Fire, Military and EMS, but also open to the public, Cop Stop

offers a variety of products, gear and apparel. Open and operated by Rick Fernandez, a former officer

of 10 years, he prides himself on maintaining the highest standards of customer service. Cop Stop understands

its our customers who drive our success, and we strive to offer the best service to everyone

who walks through our doors. At Cop Stop we offer quality products at great low prices. With access to

over hundreds of brands and products, and constantly adding more, we are confident we can fulfill your

needs.

“If you provide good service and a fair price, customers will talk about you and come back.

It’s that simple!” Rick Fernandez

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People are Your

Purpose, and Ours

In 2008, the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office

was informed by the federal government that it

was violating inmates’ civil rights because of its

indirect supervision policy. Part of the requirement

to remedy the violation was to hire 200 detention

officers in addition to the 450 they already

had.

Instead, Captain David Baisden turned to Digi

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we designed a system that would provide

100 percent visibility in each of the 30 pods in the

jail. Digi installed the system, and the impact was

definitive.

“All of a sudden, we noticed an immediate drop

in altercations from 300 to 30,” said Captain Baisden.

“Ninety percent of the violence was gone.”

We have a saying around here that People Are

Our Purpose. As a security systems integrator,

the work we do is important: we design, install,

and service commercial security systems for all

kinds of organizations. Those very security systems

are the technology that keeps our children

safe in their classrooms, our police officers protected

from wrongdoers, our business’ assets

secure, and our communities free from the worry

of violent threats. We design systems that maximize

safety and limit the number of personnel

and hours spent trying to identify and respond to

incidents.

It’s important work. It’s work that makes a real

difference. And that work is just part of the Digi

Difference that defines us. When an organization

decides to partner with us, we become an

extension of their team. Because we care deeply

about the safety and security of the very people

you care deeply about, we do whatever it takes to

help you meet your goals while providing you the

most exceptional experience possible.

We serve and support law enforcement agencies

across the region, including jails and city and

county governments. We understand the unique

needs you have in protecting your staff and the

public. Learn more at digiss.com/government.

Customized Security Solutions

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Keeping the peace and serving the public is a vital job for the health of a community.

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Key Management &

Key Control Products

All of our KeyWarden Security

products are reliable, easy to use

and expandable to meet your

growing needs.

Through seamless design,

manufacturing and support, we

have earned the reputation as

the world leaders in security

management products. We also

write our own software to ensure

system compatibility and performance.

Every Morse Watchman’s

product and system is meticulously

designed and inspected to

offer the latest in security technology

and reliability.

KEYWATCHER TOUCH

KeyWatcher Touch brings one touch key

control to the KeyWatcher, one of our industry-leading

electronic key cabinets. Our

new big, bright 7″ touch screen key register

systems give you an easier-to-use interface.

KEYWATCHER FLEET

The industry’s only key control system for

fleet management applications, KeyWatcher

Fleet puts you in command of vehicle

distribution, comprehensive utilization,

right-sizing of your fleet and much more.

THE KEYBANK

The KeyBank® key control system eliminates

outdated key boxes and the paper

chase created by outdated manual logs and

provides extensive protection from liability

issues.

KeyWatcher Illuminated

KeyWatcher Illuminated is a modular, scalable

integrated key control and management

solution that’s designed for interoperability

with access control and other

systems.

KEYBANK TOUCH

Now get touchscreen convenience with

KeyBank key access control system, the

safer, more secure way to manage keys. The

bright 7 touchscreen key organizer system

gives you an easier-to-use interface.

KeyWarden is the Texas distributor of Morse Watchmans industry-leading key and asset management systems. We are actively involved

in the Texas Law Enforcement community as a founding member of the East Texas 100 club, and corporate members of the North Texas

Police Chiefs Association, the East Texas Police Chiefs Association, the High Plains Police Chiefs Association, and the Central Texas Police

Chiefs Association. We are proud to participate in the TEXAS SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICE CHIEFS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE.

THE KEYWATCHER TOUCH SYSTEM is deployed in the law enforcement environment to:

• Securely dispense track and audit the use of keys to: vehicles, facilities, lockers and

other high-value assets.

• Prevent unauthorized staff from driving specialist vehicles, or racking up miles on the

newer fleet while older units sit idle.

• Allow management to compel the use of vehicle pools rather than staff controlling the

keys to particular units.

• Quicker and more efficient shift changes.

• Control the keys to facilities and mandate accountability.

• Managing and controlling access to assets stored in lockers.

As a Texas-based company, we provide on site evaluation, implementation, training and support of the

KeyWatcher System. We are also a member of BuyBoard and offer discounted pricing and ease of purchase.

19015 Gentle Knoll

San Antonio, Texas 78258

Office: 830-214-0867 Fax: 775-898-1807

www.keywarden.com - click here to email us

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CAP Fleet is an emergency

vehicle upfitter and

authorized Chevrolet SVM

Bailment Pool provider

for Law Enforcement

Vehicles. We have a pool

of vehicles available to be

upfitted by CAP Fleet and

sold through any GM dealer

in the United States.

We also offer law enforcement

vehicles from

Chevrolet, Dodge, and

Ford through our dealership

network.

Since 2011, we have

combined the highest

quality products in the

industry with superior

craftsmanship, providing

customer service and installations

at a reasonable

price.

Our sales staff brings

over 100+ years of law enforcement

experience and

our installation team has

an equal number of years

in the emergency vehicle

upfitting industry. We

understand your needs

and strive to make your

experience at CAP Fleet

simple. All installations

are completed by our inhouse

technicians. Every

vehicle goes through an

extensive quality control

program supervised by

our shop managers. Our

technicians are constantly

focused on quality and

efficiency.

With locations in

Belton, Tx and Houston,

Tx, and a new state

of the art facility under

construction in Caldwell,

Tx, as well as mobile

technicians serving the

Dallas/Fort Worth and

Rio Grande Valley metro

areas, we have you

covered!

Whatever your needs

are, from turn-key police

vehicle builds, product

replacement and/or upgrades

to existing vehicles,

or building a complete

new fleet, CAP Fleet will

have your vehicles 10-8.

2023 CHEVROLET TAHOE PPVs

ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH

OUR BAILMENT POOL!

CONTACT US FOR MORE

DETAILS ON HOW YOU CAN

GET YOUR FULLY UPFITTED

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CAP FLEET.

www.capfleet.com | sales@capfleet.com | 254-773-1959

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CENTRAL POLICE SUPPLY is your source

for the best in police equipment. Based

in Houston, we supply law enforcement

with the equipment they need.”

CENTRAL POLICE SUPPLY has been

serving Houston law enforcement for

nearly 50 years with the absolute best

customer service and quality products.

CENTRAL POLICE SUPPLY is

located at 1410 Washington Ave, near

downtown Houston, but you can

purchase everything you need online

at:https://www.centralpolice.com/

JC Kaufmann, a former Master Police

Officer in Texas, is now an agent with

Leopold & Strahan Realty Group, located

at 2715 Broadway on Galveston Island.

JC can assist all First Responders and

Peace Officers in finding that perfect

home to purchase or lease. If you’re in the

market to sell your home, JC can list your

home and find you the perfect new home.

JC can be reached by phone at 713-628-

8670 or by email at jck765@yahoo.com

Our Purpose

Honor And Respect LLC is committed to bringing respect to all

first responders and military members who devote their lives

to helping all of us. When you purchase a pair of Honor And Respect

athletic shoes, 100% of profits are donated back to organizations

who support our nation’s heroes. We stand with all

first responders and are here to assist them in their time of need.

Our Products

With any Honor and Respect product, you are receiving quality

apparel items that represent military, firefighter, and police

officers. Our collection consists of a variety of police and

military apparel items that support different groups of first

responders. Our shoe selection supports police officers, firefighters,

and military personnel. Recently, we have added to

our product selection to include all first responder groups

represented by our HR Gray All Hero tee and a variety of

tri blend shirts. To ensure the best quality, each of our police

and military apparel are checked before being sent out.

SHOP ONLINE AT:

https://honor-respect.com/collections/all

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NEW KID ON

THE BLOCK

BUYERS GUIDE

ProForce Law Enforcement is a relative newcomer to the

law enforcement distribution market in the state of TEXAS.

Proforce first opened its doors and established their

corporate headquarters, warehouse and support center

just outside the beautiful town of Prescott, AZ, which is two

hours north of Phoenix, in 2001. With continuous growth

and high demand for top quality durable law enforcement

equipment, Proforce quickly found popularity in the California

area. In 2004, Proforce opened a retail location in Brea,

Southern California and, after 18 years, the Proforce Brea

store continues to serve its law enforcement customers. The

store is not open to the general public and exclusively sells to

individual officers in the law enforcement community.

Inset: Dan Rooney ProForce President

NEW KID ON

THE BLOCK

ProForce Law Enforcement is

a relative newcomer to the law

enforcement distribution market

in the state of TEXAS. Proforce first

opened its doors and established

their corporate headquarters,

warehouse and support center

just outside the beautiful town of

Prescott, AZ, which is two hours north

of Phoenix, in 2001. With continuous

growth and high demand for top

quality durable law enforcement

equipment, Proforce quickly found

popularity in the California area.

BUYERS GUIDE

In 2004, Proforce opened a retail

location in Brea, Southern California

and, after 18 years, the Proforce

Brea store continues to serve its law

enforcement customers. The store is

not open to the general public and

exclusively sells to individual officers

in the law enforcement community.

In the years since incorporation,

Proforce Law Enforcement has become

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well established and has grown

professionally, adding sales and support

professionals all over the Western United

States. They have an excellent outside

sales team who travel specific territories

building close relationships and

assessing the needs of law enforcement

agencies, demonstrating new products,

sizing body armor and solving day to day

In the years since incorporation, Proforce Law Enforcement

has become well established and has grown professionally,

adding sales and support professionals all over the Western

United States. They have an excellent outside sales team

who travel specific territories building close relationships

and assessing the needs of law enforcement agencies,

demonstrating new products, sizing body armor and solving

day to day issues.

Proforce’s commitment to providing excellent customer

service and satisfaction is built upon the foundation of an

extensive inventory of law enforcement products, equipment

and accessories from top manufacturers. Proforce’s

relationships with top industry manufacturers and vendors,

as well as their sales volume, allows them to negotiate better

law enforcement pricing to meet the budgetary needs of most

law enforcement agencies. While some vendors may not

always have product available in a timely manner, through

Proforce’s industry relationships and direct contact with

vendor representatives, the sales team is able to suggest

and provide alternatives to meet specific requirements of

agencies, ensuring that the agency’s needs are always met.

The company features an excellent selection of law

enforcement products, equipment and accessories from

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top manufacturers such as: Axon/Taser, Aimpoint, Beretta,

Colt, H&K, Bola Wrap, Bianchi, Smith & Wesson, Eotech,

Sig Sauer, Kimber, Otis, Defense, Technology, Magpul,

Spetz Gear, L3 Harris, Burris, Mossberg, Ruger, Streamlight,

Safariland, Springfield, Blackhawk, Holosun, Trijicon, Vortex,

Surefire, Full Us Peacekeeper Page ,OSS, Editorial

Nightstick, FNH USA

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(800) 367-5855

Email: sales@proforceonline.com or visit our website

www.proforceonline.com

ProForce Law Enforcement is

a relative newcomer to the law

enforcement distribution market

in the state of TEXAS. Proforce first

opened its doors and established

their corporate headquarters,

warehouse and support center

just outside the beautiful town of

Prescott, AZ, which is two hours north

of Phoenix, in 2001. With continuous

growth and high demand for top

quality durable law enforcement

equipment, Proforce quickly found

popularity in the California area.

ProForce Law Enforcement is

a relative newcomer to the law

enforcement distribution market

in the state of TEXAS. Proforce first

opened its doors and established

their corporate headquarters,

warehouse and support center

just outside the beautiful town of

Prescott, AZ, which is two hours north

of Phoenix, in 2001. With continuous

growth and high demand for top

quality durable law enforcement

equipment, Proforce quickly found

popularity in the California area.

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Tarrant Co. Sheriff's Office Get Info Deputy Sheriff 09/30/2022 - 5pm

Junction Police Department Get Info Patrol Officer 09/06/2022 - 5pm

Greenville ISD Police Dept. Get Info Chief of Police 08/08/2022 - 5pm

Woodway Public Safety Dept. Get Info Public Safety Officer 09/01/2022 - 5pm

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Angelina Co. Sheriff's Office Get Info Patrol Deputy 08/06/2022 - 5pm

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STATEWIDE VACANCIES FOR JAILERS

Collin County Sheriff’s Office Get Info Detention Officer 10/12/2022 - 5pm

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Blanco Police Department Get Info Detention Officer 07/18/2022 - 5pm

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St. Edward's University Police Department Get Info Telecommunicator 08/09/2022 - 5pm

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Sugar Land, the “Sweetest City in Texas,” is one of the state’s most diverse, progressive, and

responsive municipal organizations and one of the best places to live, do business, work, and

visit. Located 20 miles southwest of downtown Houston, Sugar Land boasts some of the

nation’s best master-planned communities, parks, trails, and world-class medical facilities.

Additionally, Sugar Land consistently ranks among the most beautiful and safest cities in the

nation.

Reporting to the Assistant City Manager, and with the support of 199 FTEs (174 sworn officers),

and two (2) Assistant Chiefs, the Chief is responsible and accountable for the development,

implementation, and continuous improvement of all SLPD goals, objectives, policies,

procedures, and priorities of the department.

Sugar Land seeks a collaborative, visionary, law enforcement executive who possesses

excellent people skills. This member of the City’s leadership team will offer strong critical

thinking skills, supported by a record of building and maintaining solid relations in the

community. The successful candidate will develop and maintain credibility, trust, and respect

internally with employees throughout the organization and externally with officials, community

leaders, citizens, and representatives from other law enforcement agencies at the local, state,

and federal levels.

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Police Science, Public

Administration, Business Administration, or a closely related field. The candidate should have at

least ten (10) years of professional experience, of which five (5) years must have been as the

assistant or deputy chief in an agency similar to the SLPD (or a larger community). A valid

Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Advanced or Master Law Enforcement

Officer Certification or a comparable certification from another state (must be able to obtain

TCOLE certification within 6 months) and Possession of a valid Texas driver’s license (must

obtain a Texas driver’s license within 2 months of employment) is required. A Master’s degree

and graduation from a command leadership program such as the FBI National Academy,

Southern Police Institute, Senior Management Institute for Police, LEMIT’s Leadership

Command College, or a similar program desired, but not required

The City of Sugar Land offers a comprehensive total rewards package that includes a base

salary in the $150,000 – $175,000 range, depending on qualifications and experience.

We invite qualified professionals to click on the link below to review the desired traits, attributes,

characteristics, qualifications, and apply at

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/bakertilly/jobs/3606223/chief-of-police-sugarland-texas.

Application review begins on Friday, July 22, 2022. For more information about

this outstanding career opportunity contact edward.williams@bakertilly.com or call (214) 842-

6478.

For more information about the City of Sugar Land, please visit https://www.sugarlandtx.gov/

The City of Sugar Land is an Equal Opportunity Employer

ALDINE ISD POLICE DEPT.

now accepting applications for

Full-Time Police Officers

MUST HOLD A CURRENT TCOLE

PEACE OFFICE CERTIFICATE

Salary starting at $50,000

with no experience

EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

• Paid Vacation

• Sick Leave

• Paid Holidays

• Personal Days

• Compensatory Days

• Certification Pay

TO APPLY VISIT

WWW.ALDINEISD.ORG

OR

Contact the Personnel

Department at

281-985-7571

OR

Contact Sergeant R. Hall at

281-442-4923

HIRING PROCESS

• Physical Agility Test

• Written Exam

• Oral Board Panel Interview

• Complete Personal History Statement

• Psychological Evaluation

• Medical Examination

• Interview with the Chief of Police

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BECOME A BAYTOWN

PATROL OFFICER!

STARTING PAY:

$67,320/YEAR

$1,500 SIGNING

INCENTIVE!

SALARY

(YEARLY)

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

PAID LEAVE

Probationary Patrol Officer $67,320

5 Year Patrol Officer $81,073

9 Year Patrol Officer $93,694

Annual salary increases up to a max of

$93,694 with longevity pay

Modified Lateral Pay Scale for Peace

Officers from time at immediately

preceding Law Enforcement Agency

CERTIFICATION PAY

Intermediate PO Certification $92.08

Advanced PO Certification $157.08

Master's PO Certification $212.33

RELOCATION

(MONTHLY)

Health Insurance

Dental Insurance

Vision Insurance

Life Insurance

Employee Wellness Center

Training and Fitness Facility

Retirement Plan (7% Mandatory with a

2:1 match; 20 year retirement)

457 Deferred Compensation Plan

Tuition Assistance and Academy Tuition

Reimbursement

City Vehicle Program

Uniforms/Equipment Provided with

Annual Allowances

15 Vacation days accrued per year

(civil Service Status)

10 City Holidays per year

1 Personal day per year

15 Sick days accrued per year

15 days of Military Leave per year

EDUCATION PAY

Associates $50

Bachelors $100

Master $125

SPECIALTY/ SKILL PAY

(MONTHLY)

(MONTHLY)

Relocation Expenses Reimbursed

Bilingual in Spanish $50

WWW.BPDCAREERS.ORG 281-420-5354 281-420-6660

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For additional information please scan the QR code to go to our recruiting website!


BEDFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT

WE'RE

HIRING!

AND

RECRUIT

POLICE

LATERAL

OFFICERS

Requirements

Be eligible for certification from TCOLE (Texas

Commission on Law Enforcement). (Please refer to Texas

Administrative Code Title 37 Chapter 217.1 for clarification.)

Must be 21 or older (at the time of certification)

Must have a valid Texas Driver’s License (or ability to

obtain)

30 hours college credit from an accredited college (college

requirement waived if certified peace officer OR two years

active duty military experience with an honorable

discharge)

Step

Police Salary

Police Recruit (No certification) - $58,242

Police Recruit (TCOLE-certified) - $61,155

Police Officer - $64,351- $80,257

Hourly

Annual

1 $30.93 $64,351

2 $32.09 $66,765

3 $33.30 $69,268

4 $34.55 $71,865

5 $35.84 $74,560

6 $37.19 $77,356

7 $38.58 $80,257

Eligible lateral applicants will be placed on the Step Plan

based on their years of experience as a full time Police

Officer at a paid Police Department.

Incentives

*College education pay for Associates Degree and above

*TCOLE certification level pay

*Foreign language pay

*Tattoo and facial hair friendly

us:

Contact

pd.recruiting@bedfordtx.gov

2121 L. Don Dodson Dr.

more info and to apply online, visit:

For

https://bedfordtx.gov/503/Join-BPD

Bedford, TX 76021

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Cuero Police Department

Now Hiring for Patrol Officer Position

Department Benefits

13 Paid Holidays

2 Weeks Paid Vacation

Certification Pay

100% Insurance Paid for Employees

Retirement 2 to 1 match (20yr Retirement)

FSA for Employees

Longevity Pay

Equipment & Uniforms Provided Including Duty Weapon w/ Red Dot Sight

Take Home Vehicle Within City Limits

10 Hour Work Shifts

Membership Paid to Local Gym

Department Provided Training

Off-duty Security Opportunities

Cell Phone Stipend

Starting Pay Depends on Qualifications

Requirements: Must be TCOLE Certified or currently enrolled in an accredited Police

Academy and pass a background investigation.

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Email TCOLE Personal History Statement to sellis@cityofcuero.com


DEER PARK POLICE

DEPARTMENT

Forney ISD

Police Department

NOW

HIRING

Deer Park, Texas

WE ARE HIRING

www.deerparktx.gov

Police Officer

Dispatcher

Public Safety Attendant - Jailer

Animal Control Officer

Part time Crossing Guard

Description

School-based police officers work

with school administrators, security

staff, and faculty to ensure the safety

and well-being of students at various

campuses. This officer works as the

main security arm of a school.

Requirements

U.S. Citizen

Accredited High School Diploma

or equivalent

Valid Texas Peace Officer License

Valid Texas Driver's License

Two or more years of college or

advanced training preferred

Police Officers

Experience

SBLE Experience preferred

Demonstrate the ability to

teach & engage with youth

Positions starting

at $29.89/hr

Retention Stipends

Clothing Allowance

Health/Childcare Incentive

Paid Training

Lateral Entry

www.forneyisd.net

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Officer Sam Jammas 281-930-2121 or sjammas@deerparktx.org

APPLY ONLINE TODAY!


GALVESTON

COUNTY

SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Seeking Individuals Who Are Interested in a Rewarding Career in Corrections

Begin Your Career Today!

GALVESTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ESTABLISHMENT OF ELIGIBILITY

APPLY TODAY AND BECOME A GALVESTON POLICE OFFICER

Position: Corrections Deputy I

Bureau/Division: Corrections/Jail

Title/Rank: Corrections Deputy/Deputy I

Reports to: Sergeant - Corrections

Starting Salary: $47,715.20

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Maintains the security of the facility by conducting security checks, settling disputes, and performing cell searches and

inspections; conducts outside perimeter checks.

Preparation and proper completion in the documentation of inmate records.

Issues inmate meals, clothing, linens, and personal items.

Supervise inmate programs (recreational, legal, health care, visitation and religious services)

Prepares reports on jail and inmate activities, enforce inmate handbook rules.

Supervises inmates performing such assignments as cleaning and maintaining the jail facility and continuously observe

locations and activities of inmates.

NEXT CIVIL SERVICE EXAM IS

JULY 29, 2022

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

High School / GED Certificate and must be at least 18 years of age.

Must be a U.S. Citizen and resident of the contiguous United States for a period of time sufficient to conduct a

background investigation.

Must be able to work days, nights, weekends, holidays and mandatory shifts when needed.

Must be able to work during natural disasters and or under declarations.

Must possess a valid Texas driver's license and an acceptable driving record as determined by the Galveston County

Sheriff's Office in effect at the time of application.

Must have favorable employment history. All information given regarding past employment will be thoroughly checked

Must have a stable credit history.

Must possess good computer skills and demonstrate comprehensive reading and comprehension skills.

No conviction above a Class B Misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last 10 years nor have been on or

currently on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense and no Family Violence

convictions of any level.

Applicant must pass all phases of the required testing.

Must be eligible for licensing by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) for the position applied for, if not

presently licensed.

TO APPLY

An applicant interested in any of GCSO position shall first download, complete and return

the Application Packet, per the instructions on the downloadable form.

The Application Packet can be found at SHERIFF.GALVESTONCOUNTYTX.GOV

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JOIN US

VISIT SHERIFF.GALVESTONCOUNTYTX.GOV TO APPLY!

The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer

CONTACT US

409.763.7585 : SO.EMPLOYMENT@GALVESTONCOUNTYTX.GOV


LATERAL DEPUTY

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WE ARE

HIRING!

BENEFITS

• Free basic Medical, Dental and Vision insurance for

employee

• Free basic Life insurance

• Long Term Disability (LTD)

• Affordable Medical, Dental and Vision benefits for

eligible family members

• Flexible Spending Accounts

• 10 paid holidays per year

• Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) including 10 vacation

days and 13 sick days per year accrued biweekly

RETIREMENT

• Harris County matches your investment at 225%

• 7% of your salary is invested pre-tax in your

retirement account

• Retirement Vesting after 8 years

• Eligible upon earning 75 points (age+years of service)

SALARY SCALE

INCENTIVE PAY

LATERAL DEPUTY

REQUIREMENTS

• Must be a licensed Peace Officer by the Texas Commission on Law

Enforcement (TCOLE) in good standing

• Must be currently employed as a first responder Peace Officer

(any break in service will be discussed on a case-by-case basis)

• Must have a minimum of 12 months of consecutive experience as

a first responder Peace Officer at any one agency

• Must successfully pass the Physical Abilities Test (PAT) obstacle

course

• Must pass a thorough background investigation (Criminal

background check, fingerprinting, personal interview, etc.) as

required by TCOLE

• Must pass a physical and psychological evaluation as required by

TCOLE

• Valid Driver’s License (TX by start date)

• Eyesight must be correctable to 20/20, normal color and

peripheral vision

• Correctable normal audible range in both ears

• Firearms qualification

For additional information contact Harris County Sheriff’s Office Recruitment Unit: (713) 877-5250

Now Hiring

OFFICERS

TCOLE Certified Peace Officers

Our fast-growing City shows a trending decrease in crimes based

on four offenses from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting.

Benefits

Hutto ranked one of the

safest cities in Texas.

Retirement

2-to-1 City match with TMRS

Take-home Patrol Car

For officers living within 25 miles

Top-of-the-line Equipment

and Technology

Beards and Tattoos Allowed

Additional Pay

+

+

Starting Salary

$59K to $63K*

Annual Leave Accruals

12 paid holidays, 80 hrs vacation, 96 hrs sick leave

Multiple Positions Available

A wide variety of units and assignments available

Education Pay up to $175/month

Specialty/Certification up to $260/month

CLASSIFICATION SERVICE HOURLY ANNUAL TCOLE CERTIFICATION ANNUAL

DEPUTY I 0-47 $25.22 $52,458

Intermediate $1,560

Advanced $3,420

DEPUTY II 48-83 $26.99 $56,139

Master $6,000

EDUCATION

ANNUAL

DEPUTY III 84-119 $28.59 $59,467

Associate Degree $1,320

DEPUTY IV 120-155 $30.03 $62,462

Bachelor’s Degree $3,180

Master/Doctorate $4,500

DEPUTY V 156-191 $31.52 $65,562

TO APPLY

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Bilingual Program $1,800

Harris County

* Or more depending on experience

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Receive up to fourteen (14) years of credit for time served! (Restrictions apply)

@HCSOTexas

HCSOTexas HCSOTexas @HCSOTexas

SCAN THIS CODE

Sheriff’s Office

To learn more or apply, visit or scan

www.huttotx.gov/policejobs

Questions? Email: PDrecruiting@huttotx.gov

Sign On Bonus!

$2,500


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MANVEL POLICE DEPARTMENT

Patrol Officer

The City of Manvel Police Department is looking to find qualified candidates to fill the ranks of the patrol division.

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

northern part of Brazoria County along the State Highway 288 corridor approximately 4 miles South of the City of Houston.

The Manvel Police Department has a competitive pay structure for cities of the same size. Salary is based on experience and certification levels.

• The department currently has 32 sworn positions.

• 18 officers currently in patrol with 8 positions added in this fiscal budget year.

• Patrol Salary: $53,704.56 to $68,031.84. Salary is based off experience and certification.

• Certification pay

• 12-hour shifts / shifts rotate every four months. (Modified Dupont Schedule)

• Retirement through TMRS - 7% contribution with a 2:1 match

• Vested after 5 years with the city

• Employee health coverage paid 100% by the city, additional for family

• Health care for employee and eligible dependents through Prime Health Care.

• Personal Time off – Vacation and Holiday accruals

• Paid sick time

Minimum Requirements:

• High school diploma or GED

• Valid Texas Driver’s License with good driving record

• TCOLE certified OR currently enrolled in Academy program

• Preference for LE experience

Hiring Process Includes:

• Written test*

• Physical test *

• Oral board interview*

• Thorough background investigation

• Modified Field Training Program for experienced officers

• One-year probationary period

For more information you can contact The City of Manvel Police Department at 281-489-1212 or email, rcarrlacy@manvelpd.org

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Memorial Villages Police Department

Bunker Hill • Piney Point• Hunters Creek

Police Officer

EOE/M/F/D

5+ Years Patrol Experience Required

The Memorial Villages Police Department (Located on the West Side of Houston) currently

looking for experienced officers who are self- motivated, innovative, and enthusiastic about

community policing.

Starting Salary Range

Effective Jan 2023

Hiring Bonus $1500

Night Shift Differential $3600

ECA $1300

Basic Peace Officer

Starting $83,459

Hiring Bonus $1500

Night Shift Differential $3600

Master Peace Officer

ECA $1300

Bi-Lingual 2.5% of base pay

College up to $3000 (Masters)

Up to $94,164

Healthcare Insurance, DHMO Dental, Vision – 100% paid for employee, 75% Paid for

spouse/dependents.

Paid long-term disability and life insurance for employee, with additional life insurance

available for spouse/dependents.

Health Savings Account with departmental contributions up to $4200 annually

TMRS Retirement 2 to 1 match, 7% Employee ,14% Employer Contribution, 20 Year Retirement

457 Plan with employer contribution of 2.5% of annual salary

Tuition reimbursement

Longevity Pay up to a max of $2400 annually at 10 years of service.

ECA (Emergency Care Assistant) $1300 Annually, training provided to each employee.

12 hour shifts with every other Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off.

To learn more or apply, visit our website at www.mvpdtx.org

Or contact Sgt. Owens 713-365-3711 or lowens@mvpdtx.org

Or Commander E. Jones 713-365-3706 ejones@mvpdtx.org

11981 Memorial Dr. Houston, Texas 77024

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MAKE A

DIFFERENCE

IN YOUR

COMMUNITY

We are looking for outstanding individuals to

join our team! As a Pearland Police Officer your

mission will be to prevent crime and disorder, build

partnerships within the community, and positively

impact the quality of life for all our residents.

CITY OF PEARLAND, TEXAS

• Competitive Salary • Outstanding Training

• Career Advancement • Exceptional Benefits

The City of Pearland is one of the fastest growing

communities within the region. Pearland is located

approximately 20 minutes south of Downtown Houston

and the current population is approximately 130,000

residents.

JOIN OUR TEAM

HIRING POLICE OFFICERS AND CADETS

$5,000 Hiring Incentive for T.C.O.L.E Certified Police

Officers who qualify with at least 2 years of experience.

TEST DATE:

SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 8:30 A.M.

Register by: April 12.

WATCH FOR UPCOMING

Pearland Recreation Center & Natatorium

4141 Bailey TEST Road, DATES Pearland, TX IN 77584. 2022

Doors Open: 7:15 a.m. No admittance after 7:45 a.m.

Candidates must park in the north parking lot.

SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES WILL APPLY

• Attendance limited to first 150 arrivals

• Mandatory temperature checks

• Masks required, hand sanitizer available

• Candidates seated 6 feet apart

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pearlandtx.gov/PDCareers


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FILL YOUR DEPARTMENTS’

City of Wylie

Police Department

OPEN POSITIONS

OFFICER SALARY RANGE: HIRING PROCESS: BENEFITS:

Non Certified Police Recruit Pay : $62, 370.00

YEARS OF SERVICE ANNUAL SALARY

1 Year—Step 0 $66, 626.06

2 Years—Step 1 $68, 291.71

3 Years—Step 2 $69, 999.00

4 Years—Step 3 $71, 748.98

5 Years—Step 4 $73, 542.70

6 Years—Step 5 $75, 381.27

7 Years—Step 6 $77, 265.80

8 Years—Step 7 $79, 197.45

9 Years—Step 8 $81, 177.38

10+Years—Step 9 $83, 206.82

ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION:

Certification Pay: Up to $1,800 annually

Field Training Officer Pay: $2, 400 annually

Bilingual Pay: $1 ,200 annually

• Complete and submit a City of Wylie

job application: https://

www.governmentjobs.com/careers/

wylietexas

• Written Exam (exempt for Laterals)

• Physical Agility Test

• Complete and submit a Personal

History Statement

• Oral Board Panel Interview

• Background Investigation

• Police Chief Interview

• Polygraph Examination

• Psychological Evaluation

• Medical Examination

RECRUITING CONTACT:

Wylie Police Department

2000 North Hwy 78

Wylie, TX 75098

Sergeant Mark Johnson

mark.johnson@wylietexas.gov

972-429-8013

• City Paid Medical/Dental/Vision

• Texas Municipal Retirement System

(TMRS) 14% City Contribution

• Paid Time Off (Vacation and Sick Time)

• City Paid Uniforms

• City Paid Training

• Life Insurance and AD&D

• Long Term Disability Insurance

• Employee Assistance Program

• Longevity Pay

• Tuition Reimbursement

• Free Recreation Center Membership

• Deferred Compensation Plan

• Ancillary Benefits Available (Aflac,

Avesis, and More)

Pay scale:

$57,000 (as a non-certified Cadet) up to $82,762, depending on certification

BENEFITS

• Supportive leadership and community

• Civil Service

• 12-hour shifts for patrol division

• 3-day weekend approximately twice a month

• Take-home vehicles

• Tattoos permitted

• Longevity Pay – $4/month for each year of

service; maximum of $1,200/year

• TCOLE certificate pay

• Paid sick leave with unlimited accumulation

• Vacation – 15 days/year

• Holidays – 10 paid and 2 additional floating

holidays/year

• On-duty fitness time provided

• Group health insurance with deductible, flexible

spending accounts, and Section 125 options

• Life insurance, long‐term disability and workers’

compensation

• Optional life insurance and deferred plans are

also available

• Retirement plan with the Texas Municipal

Retirement System

• Employee contributes 7%, city matches 2:1

• Opportunity to attend training schools

• Equipment and uniforms are furnished, including

regulation weapon

• Employee Assistance Program

• Post Police Academy pay - $58,469 @ 28.11/hour

Important

Information

Application Deadline:

January 14, 2022

Written exam:

January 21, 2022

To learn more about hiring details, qualifications, and application instructions, visit: Bryantx.gov/PDJobs

The City of Bryan is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

ONLY $250,

FOR 12 MONTHS.

REACH OVER 1 MILLION

POTENTIAL CANDIDATES.

Wylie Police Department Mission: Our mission is to impact the quality of life, by providing a professional

level of service that will foster, support, and build relationships with those we serve.

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https://www.wylietexas.gov/police.php


STARTING SALARY

$56,160 $57,824 $60,008 $62,400 $64,792 $67,184 $69,680 $72,384 $74,880 $77,480 $80,080

High School Diploma

or G.E.D.

Minimum age of 21

Must hold a valid

Texas Driver’s License

Current valid TCOLE

certification

At Hire

At

6 mos.

end

year 1

end

year 2

end

year 3

end

year 4

end

year 5

end

year 6

end

year 7

end

year 8

end

year 9

GET STARTED

LOCATED 5 MILES WEST OF

DOWNTOWN AUSTIN

$3,000

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