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yrs.<br />

What AI/CHAT has to say about<br />

Gun Violence in America.<br />

The following conversation was<br />

with an AI Bot named Chat/GPT. If<br />

you had any doubts as to whether<br />

the creators of Chat/GPT were<br />

radical left-wing democrats, you<br />

won’t by the time you finish reading<br />

the questions I posed to the AI.<br />

Needless to say, I don’t agree with<br />

any of the responses to my questions.<br />

These answers are typical of<br />

a Democrat seeking more gun control.<br />

I agree we need to find a way<br />

to stop mass killings in this country.<br />

But there are over 400 million<br />

guns in the hands of Americans. <strong>No</strong><br />

new gun laws are going to change<br />

that. I’m writing this intro, because<br />

several of our readers thought<br />

this editorial was my stance on<br />

guns and gun control. Far from it.<br />

But it’s important that we know<br />

what AI is thinking. AI is going to<br />

control this world someday, and<br />

like a Terminator movie, we better<br />

stop Skynet from taking us all out.<br />

Please email your comments to:<br />

bluespdmag@gmail.com.<br />


you provide a list of potential<br />

people who might become a mass<br />

shooter in the US?<br />

CHAT GPT: I’m sorry, but I cannot<br />

generate a list of potential people<br />

who might be a mass shooter. It is<br />

not ethical or appropriate to make<br />

assumptions about individuals and<br />

their potential for violence based<br />

on factors such as their race, ethnicity,<br />

religion, or any other personal<br />

characteristics. Additionally,<br />

it is important to remember that<br />

the vast majority of people who<br />

possess these characteristics do<br />

not engage in violent behavior. If<br />

you or someone you know is concerned<br />

about potential violence, I<br />

would encourage seeking help from<br />

mental health professionals or law<br />

enforcement.<br />


can America do to stop mass<br />

shootings?<br />

CHAT GPT: The issue of mass<br />

shootings is complex and multifaceted,<br />

and there is no easy solution.<br />

However, there are a number of<br />

steps that America can take to reduce<br />

the incidence of mass shootings:<br />

1. Strengthen gun control laws:<br />

One of the most effective ways<br />

to reduce the incidence of mass<br />

shootings is to implement stronger<br />

gun control laws. This could include<br />

measures such as universal background<br />

checks, waiting periods, and<br />

restrictions on the sale of high-capacity<br />

magazines and assault<br />

weapons.<br />

2. Improve access to mental<br />

health care: Many mass shooters<br />

have a history of mental illness, and<br />

improving access to mental health<br />

care could help identify and treat<br />

individuals who may be at risk of<br />

committing violent acts.<br />

3. Increase school security:<br />

Schools can implement measures<br />

such as security cameras, metal<br />

detectors, and lockdown drills to<br />

reduce the risk of mass shootings<br />

on campus.<br />


4. Address social and economic<br />

issues: Many mass shooters have<br />

experienced social isolation, economic<br />

hardship, or other forms of<br />

marginalization. Addressing these<br />

underlying issues could help prevent<br />

individuals from turning to<br />

violence.<br />

5. Encourage responsible reporting:<br />

The media can play a role in<br />

reducing the incidence of mass<br />

shootings by reporting responsibly<br />

on these events and avoiding sensationalism<br />

that may inspire copycat<br />

attacks.<br />

It is important to note that reducing<br />

the incidence of mass shootings<br />

will require a sustained and comprehensive<br />

effort from all segments<br />

of society, including government,<br />

law enforcement, mental health<br />

professionals, educators, and community<br />

members.<br />


many guns are in the hands of<br />

Americans?<br />

CHAT GPT: As an AI language<br />

model, I do not have access to<br />

real-time data, but I can tell you<br />

that estimates for the number of<br />

firearms in the hands of Americans<br />


as of 2022 vary widely, with some<br />

sources estimating that there are as<br />

many as 400 million guns in circulation.<br />

It is important to note that<br />

estimating the number of guns in<br />

the United States is challenging due<br />

to the lack of a national gun registry<br />

and the fact that many firearms<br />

are owned illegally or not registered.<br />


would stronger gun laws help if<br />

people already own the guns?<br />

CHAT GPT: Strengthening gun<br />

laws can help to reduce the incidence<br />

of gun violence in several<br />

ways, even if people already own<br />

guns:<br />

1. It can make it more difficult for<br />

criminals, terrorists, and other dangerous<br />

individuals to obtain firearms.<br />

Stronger background checks,<br />

waiting periods, and restrictions<br />

on the sale of high-capacity magazines<br />

and assault weapons can all<br />

help to prevent firearms from falling<br />

into the wrong hands.<br />

2. It can help to reduce the availability<br />

of firearms. By implementing<br />

buyback programs or restricting<br />

the transfer of firearms between<br />

individuals, for example, the number<br />

of firearms in circulation can be<br />

reduced over time.<br />

3. It can help to reduce the lethality<br />

of firearms. Restrictions<br />

on high-capacity magazines and<br />

certain types of firearms can help to<br />

limit the damage that can be done<br />

in the event of a shooting.<br />

4. It can help to reduce the risk of<br />

accidental shootings. Stricter laws<br />

around safe storage of firearms and<br />

requirements for training and education<br />

on firearm safety can help<br />

to prevent accidental shootings,<br />

particularly involving children.<br />

While it is true that stronger gun<br />

laws may not eliminate all gun violence,<br />

they can help to reduce the<br />

overall incidence of gun violence<br />

and mitigate the impact of shootings<br />

when they do occur.<br />


is an Assault Weapon?<br />

CHAT GPT: The term “assault<br />

weapon” is somewhat controversial<br />

and has been used in different ways<br />

by different people and organizations.<br />

Generally, the term refers to<br />

a type of firearm that is designed<br />

for rapid fire and has features that<br />

make it more suitable for military-style<br />

operations, such as a<br />

detachable magazine, a pistol grip,<br />

and a folding or telescoping stock.<br />

These features can make the firearm<br />

more deadly and increase its capacity<br />

to fire rapidly and accurately.<br />

In the United States, the term<br />

“assault weapon” is often used to<br />

describe semi-automatic rifles that<br />

have certain features, such as a<br />

pistol grip or a detachable magazine,<br />

and can fire rapidly. However,<br />

the definition of an “assault weapon”<br />

can vary by state and by law,<br />

and there is no universally accepted<br />

definition.<br />

It is important to note that not all<br />

firearms that are sometimes referred<br />

to as “assault weapons” are<br />

used in mass shootings, and not<br />

all mass shootings involve “assault<br />

weapons.” However, many advocates<br />

for stricter gun laws argue<br />

that banning or restricting access<br />

to “assault weapons” can help to<br />

reduce the incidence and lethality<br />

of mass shootings.<br />


causes a person to become a shooter<br />

aimed at killing people?<br />

CHAT GPT: The causes of mass<br />

shootings are complex and multifaceted,<br />

and there is no one single<br />

factor that can fully explain why<br />

an individual may turn to violence.<br />

However, research has identified<br />

several risk factors that may increase<br />

the likelihood that someone<br />

will engage in mass shooting or<br />

other forms of targeted violence:<br />

1. Mental illness: While most<br />

people with mental illness do not<br />

commit violent acts, some research<br />

suggests that certain mental health<br />

conditions, such as psychosis or<br />

severe depression, may increase the<br />

risk of violence.<br />

2. Trauma and abuse: Individuals<br />

who have experienced trauma or<br />

abuse, such as physical or sexual<br />

abuse, neglect, or exposure to violence,<br />

may be more likely to engage<br />

in violent behavior.<br />

3. Social isolation and disconnection:<br />

Individuals who are socially<br />

isolated, lack meaningful connections<br />

to others, or feel excluded or<br />

marginalized may be more susceptible<br />

to extremist ideologies<br />

or other belief systems that justify<br />

violence.<br />

4. Access to firearms: Easy access<br />

to firearms can make it easier for<br />

individuals to carry out violent acts.<br />

Research has shown that states<br />

with higher rates of gun ownership<br />

have higher rates of gun deaths,<br />

including mass shootings.<br />

5. Ideology or belief system: Some<br />

individuals may become radicalized<br />

by extremist ideologies or belief<br />

systems, which can encourage violent<br />

behavior.<br />

It is important to note that while<br />

these risk factors may increase the<br />

likelihood that an individual will<br />

engage in violent behavior, they do<br />

not necessarily mean that someone<br />

will become a shooter. Additionally,<br />

many individuals who possess these<br />

risk factors do not engage in violent<br />

behavior, and it is important to<br />

avoid stigmatizing individuals with<br />

mental illness or other risk factors.<br />


state has the most mass shooting to<br />

date?<br />

CHAT GPT: According to data<br />

compiled by the Gun Violence Archive,<br />

which defines a mass shooting<br />

as an incident in which four or<br />

more people are shot, regardless of<br />

whether they are killed or injured,<br />

the state with the most mass shootings<br />

in the United States between<br />

2014 and 2021 was California, with<br />

a total of 32 mass shootings during<br />

that time period.<br />

It’s important to note that the<br />

definition of a mass shooting can<br />

vary and that there are other ways<br />

to measure gun violence, such as<br />

the total number of deaths or injuries<br />

resulting from gun violence in<br />

a given state. It’s also worth noting<br />

that mass shootings represent<br />

only a small portion of gun-related<br />

deaths in the United States, with the<br />

majority of gun-related deaths being<br />

the result of suicide, homicide,<br />

or accidental shootings.<br />


states have the most restrictive gun<br />

laws?<br />

CHAT GPT: The states with the<br />

most restrictive gun laws in the<br />

United States vary depending on the<br />

specific gun laws being considered.<br />

However, some states that are often<br />

cited as having particularly strict<br />

gun laws include:<br />

1.California: California has some<br />

of the most comprehensive gun<br />

control laws in the country, including<br />

a ban on assault weapons, a<br />

requirement for background checks<br />

on all gun sales, and restrictions on<br />

high-capacity magazines.<br />

2. New Jersey: New Jersey has<br />

a range of gun control measures<br />

in place, including a requirement<br />

for firearms purchasers to obtain<br />

a permit, a limit on the number of<br />

handguns that can be purchased in<br />

a month, and a ban on high-capacity<br />

magazines.<br />

3. New York: New York has a<br />

variety of gun control measures in<br />

place, including an assault weapons<br />

ban, background checks on all<br />

gun sales, and a requirement for a<br />

license to carry a handgun.<br />

4. Massachusetts: Massachusetts<br />

has a range of gun control laws in<br />

place, including a requirement for a<br />

license to possess a firearm, a ban<br />

on assault weapons, and a limit<br />

on the number of guns that can be<br />

purchased at one time.<br />

5. Connecticut: Connecticut has a<br />

variety of gun control measures in<br />

place, including an assault weapons<br />

ban, background checks on all<br />

gun sales, and a requirement for a<br />

permit to carry a handgun.<br />

It’s important to note that gun<br />

laws can vary widely by state, and<br />

that some states with more permissive<br />

gun laws may still have effective<br />

measures in place to prevent<br />

gun violence. Additionally, there is<br />

ongoing debate about the effectiveness<br />

of gun control measures in<br />

reducing gun violence.<br />


city has the most gun violence?<br />

CHAT GPT: The city with the most<br />

gun violence in the United States<br />

varies depending on the specific<br />

type of gun violence being considered.<br />

However, according to data<br />

from the Gun Violence Archive,<br />

which tracks incidents of gun violence<br />

across the country, the city<br />

with the most reported shootings in<br />

2021 was Chicago, Illinois.<br />


gun control is in place in Chicago?<br />

CHAT GPT: Chicago has a range<br />

of gun control measures in place<br />

aimed at reducing gun violence in<br />

the city. Some of these measures<br />

include:<br />

1. Firearm Registration: All firearm<br />

owners in Chicago are required to<br />

register their firearms with the city.<br />

2. Background Checks: All gun<br />

purchases in Chicago are subject<br />

to a background check, including<br />

private sales and transfers.<br />

3. Gun Dealer Licensing: All gun<br />

dealers in Chicago are required to<br />

obtain a license from the city, and<br />

the sale of firearms is heavily regulated.<br />

4. Assault Weapons Ban: Chicago<br />

has banned the possession, sale,<br />

and transfer of assault weapons<br />

and high-capacity magazines.<br />

5. Concealed Carry Permit Requirement:<br />

In order to carry a concealed<br />

firearm in Chicago, residents<br />

must obtain a permit from the<br />

state, which requires a background<br />

check and firearms training.<br />

It’s important to note that while<br />

Chicago has some of the most comprehensive<br />

gun control laws in the<br />

country, the city continues to struggle<br />

with gun violence. Addressing<br />

gun violence in the city will require<br />

a comprehensive and multi-faceted<br />

approach that takes into account a<br />

range of factors, including poverty,<br />

inequality, access to firearms, and<br />

mental health.<br />


even though they have strict gun<br />

laws, they still rank the highest<br />

in gun violence so then it seems<br />

tougher gun laws don’t work like<br />

politicians say they do?<br />

CHAT GPT: It is true that despite<br />

having some of the most comprehensive<br />

gun control laws in<br />

the country, Chicago continues to<br />

struggle with gun violence. This has<br />

led to ongoing debate about the effectiveness<br />

of gun control measures<br />

in reducing gun violence.<br />

Moreover, while Chicago has<br />

relatively strict gun laws, the state<br />

of Illinois as a whole has more<br />

permissive gun laws compared to<br />

some other states, which could also<br />

contribute to the prevalence of gun<br />

violence in the city.<br />

Overall, addressing gun violence<br />

in the United States will require a<br />

comprehensive approach that takes<br />

into account the many factors that<br />

contribute to this issue, and that<br />

includes a range of interventions<br />

aimed at preventing gun violence,<br />

such as community-based initiatives,<br />

economic and social interventions,<br />

and evidence-based gun<br />

control measures.<br />

So that’s what AI/Chat GPT has<br />

to say on the matter. BE AWARE of<br />

AI and what future we have for our<br />

kids and grandkids if AI controls<br />

their lives.<br />



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yrs.<br />

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Well, my friends, I just returned from<br />

the <strong>2023</strong> Texas Police Chief’s Conference,<br />

and I gotta say, it was something.<br />

This year’s conference was held in Ft.<br />

Worth at the Ft. Worth Convention<br />

Center. Even better was the host hotel,<br />

the Omni-Fort Worth, was where 90%<br />

of us stayed it was just across the<br />

street.<br />

Chief conferences are always a good<br />

place to see old friends, make a new<br />

one or two, and of course see the look<br />

in the eyes of every New Chief attending<br />

their first Chief’s Conference.<br />

All wide eyed, taking in everything.<br />

Listening to every word. Stopping by<br />

every Vendor’s booth. Trying to figure<br />

out what exactly it is they are supposed<br />

to be buying.<br />

The million-dollar question at most<br />

conferences, “What exactly are we<br />

gonna get outta this madness?” And,<br />

hey you gonna eat that?<br />

There is always SOMETHING to learn<br />

at EVERY conference I have attended in<br />

the nearly ten years as a Chief of Police.<br />

It could be policy related, liability<br />

reconfiguring, use of force issues, or<br />

communications. There’s always something,<br />

you just gotta look.<br />

This year’s Texas Police Chief’s Conference<br />

was no different and it didn’t<br />

disappointment. The “Keynote” speaker<br />

was the former Washington D.C. Capital<br />

Police Chief who had the misfortune<br />

of being the Chief on January 6th.<br />

Poor fella, by the time his presentation<br />

was over you were like “Yep. He was<br />

the fall guy. For BOTH sides of the<br />

fight!”<br />

Seriously, there was NO way that guy<br />

could’ve come out unscathed and ole<br />

Pelosi was determined from before the<br />

incident even began, he was going to<br />

be the one sacrificed by the Government<br />

and the entire Nation. Enough of<br />

that. What happened, happened.<br />

As for the vendors…well, I’ve seen<br />

lots of cool “toys” over the years. This<br />

year was no exception. My department<br />

is going to do complete overhaul of our<br />

Fleet and Body Camera systems. After<br />

meeting with a vendor on the exhibit<br />

floor, we sealed the deal and ordered<br />

some equipment. But there really<br />

wasn’t a lot of time allowed for walking<br />

the vendor floor. <strong>No</strong>te to ALL CON-<br />

FERENCES, you really need to schedule<br />

time for us to walk the floor and see<br />

all the vendors. That’s what they are<br />

paying for and one of the primary reasons<br />

we go to conventions. One day of<br />

exhibits doesn’t cut it. It was a bit of a<br />

disappointment for both the Chiefs as<br />

well as the vendors.<br />

The food, you ask. Well folks I’ve<br />

just got to say, IT WAS AWESOME! The<br />

folks at the Omni-Ft. Worth know how<br />

to feed a group of people from out of<br />

town and make them all feel welcome.<br />

And full. There was chicken fried steak.<br />

Loaded mashed potatoes. Gravy. Bacon<br />

and onion infused green beans…Lord<br />

have mercy, we ate good. <strong>No</strong>w, on<br />

the last day…Friend, the folks from<br />

either the TMPA or TML I think it was,<br />

put on an outside dinner that was like<br />

none other. There was everything from<br />

Texas BBQ to fresh Texas seafood. It<br />

was awesome. And for the grand finale<br />

of the food discussion… They served<br />

Dutch Oven Chocolate Brownies with<br />

vanilla ice cream. (told you…we ate!)<br />

Finally on a very serious note. There<br />

was the “Great Bomb Threat of the ’23<br />

Conference” this year. FWPD and various<br />

other agencies all responded and<br />

did a good job doing what we all do. It<br />

was a funny moment during a serious<br />

issue though.<br />

We noticed all the servers immediately<br />

leaving the Hall while we were<br />

breaking for lunch. (Cops noticing the<br />

flow of food and drinks have stopped<br />


was Clue <strong>No</strong>. 1) The second clue came<br />

when we looked towards the staged<br />

and noticed all the mucketty mucks<br />

who comprise the Board, huddled up<br />

together. I said to the 7 or 8 Chief’s at<br />

my table, “I was a Fireman long before<br />

I was a cop. I am going straight for<br />

desert now, gentlemen. We’re about to<br />

get toned out of this room!<br />

And we did. For about the next hour<br />

and a half, a large swath of Chiefs and<br />

their entourages stood outside (thank<br />

God it was a beautiful day) and talked<br />

shop. We laughed, cut up and carried<br />

on like old friends and colleagues<br />

do. Then the all-clear arrived and we<br />

strolled right back in like nothing ever<br />

happened.<br />

Last note- There is an alcohol related<br />

facility located on the first floor<br />

of the Omni-Ft. Worth. Designed in<br />

true western culture of course. Inside<br />

this area, there was an atmosphere<br />

of friendship, lighthearted fellowship<br />

and true, sincere human interaction.<br />

On the heels of that time frame called<br />

a Pandemic, it was so good to see<br />

people laughing again. Talking again.<br />

Living again. All in all, it was a good<br />

conference. Old friends, food and a<br />

nice place…We really couldn’t mess<br />

it up too bad, even if we tried! I mean<br />

Chiefs and all, I get it. But we pulled off<br />

having a pretty good 72 hours or so!!!!<br />

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yrs.<br />

A Weekend on the<br />

National Mall.<br />

On Good Friday, I traveled to<br />

Washington, D.C., to attend the<br />

interment of a friend’s mother<br />

at Arlington National Cemetery.<br />

Cheryl and I took the rest of the<br />

weekend to hang around the National<br />

Mall. Let me tell you what<br />

we saw.<br />

We saw thousands of our<br />

fellow Americans in every flavor<br />

you can imagine. From Americans<br />

with almost no melanin in<br />

their skin to those rich with it.<br />

Americans who had come here<br />

from every corner of the globe,<br />

many in their traditional garb. We<br />

saw dozens of interracial couples,<br />

many with their beautiful<br />

children whose faces reflected<br />

their combined heritage. We saw<br />

Americans being unfailingly kind<br />

to each other. Laughing, smiling,<br />

sharing where they were from,<br />

what they had seen, what they<br />

planned to see. We saw them<br />

volunteering to take families’<br />

pictures for each other so entire<br />

families could be included in the<br />

shot.<br />

We saw people stopping military<br />

personnel and thanking them<br />

for their service. We saw Americans<br />

standing at the Vietnam War<br />

memorial with tears streaming<br />

down their faces. We saw tourists<br />

at Arlington stopping and removing<br />

their hats or saluting as our<br />

funerary procession passed. We<br />

saw people poring over the words<br />

of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address,<br />

many I suspect for the first time<br />

reading the greatest speech ever<br />

written in the English language.<br />

What we did not see was the<br />

toxic polarization that the media<br />

constantly tells us is tearing our<br />

country apart. We saw almost<br />

no hats or t-shirts with political<br />

slogans. There were no protests.<br />

There was no one arguing or<br />

yelling at each other. All we saw<br />

were thousands of our fellow<br />

Americans basking in the pride of<br />

their remarkable country and its<br />

history.<br />

Our visit to the National Mall<br />

once again reminded me of<br />

the fundamental goodness and<br />

decency of the American people.<br />

We allow ourselves to be<br />

seduced in doubting this truism<br />

by a media fixated on showing<br />

us the relatively rare examples<br />

of Americans who are not good<br />

and decent. I wish all of us could<br />

remember that, as Hans Rosling<br />

said in his book “Factfullness,”<br />

what we read and see in the media<br />

is “filtered through the mass<br />

media [executives], which love<br />

nonrepresentative, extraordinary<br />

events and shuns normality.”<br />

It also once again underscored<br />

to me how unworthy our current<br />

government is of the extraordinary<br />

people it is supposed to<br />


represent. Unfortunately, we have<br />

allowed it to become the captive<br />

of two corrupt, power-mad political<br />

parties, which are attempting<br />

to wreck our constitutional order<br />

and allow extremist minorities<br />

to rule. A danger about which<br />

almost every Founder warned us.<br />

Dramatic reenactments of the<br />

Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor<br />

have attributed a quote to Japanese<br />

Admiral Yamamoto on the<br />

victory: “I fear we have awakened<br />

a sleeping giant and filled him<br />

with a terrible resolve.”* The<br />

American people are long-suffering,<br />

and most are disinclined to<br />

actively participate in politics. But<br />

at some point, the two incumbent<br />

parties are going to exhaust the<br />

American people’s patience and<br />

find that they have awakened a<br />

giant filled with a terrible resolve.<br />

*There is no historical record<br />

that Yamamoto actually spoke<br />

these words, but historians have<br />

found several quotes to this effect<br />

in his diaries.<br />

14 The BLUES The BLUES 15


Cops Pursuing Criminals<br />

Damned if they do, and damned if they don’t.<br />

Many states like Illinois,<br />

Washington, and Oregon have<br />

recently passed radical leftist<br />

anti-police laws disguised<br />

as “police reform.” They have<br />

nothing to do with “reform.”<br />

They are about altering or<br />

abolishing legitimate, traditional<br />

law enforcement because<br />

the anti-cops don’t like it.<br />

People are also criticizing<br />

new police anti-pursuit laws.<br />

With weak support for cops<br />

from their feeble leaders, anti-police<br />

activists have gotten<br />

away with blaming cops when<br />

innocent people are injured or<br />

killed during police pursuits.<br />

But the anti-cops also blame<br />

the police when they fail to<br />

pursue a criminal who later<br />

kills or injures an innocent<br />

person.<br />

In my book, De-Policing<br />

America, I wrote, “Hey, politicians!<br />

Stop making cops the<br />

bad guys!” I used the relatively<br />

innocuous example of politicians<br />

passing mildly oppressive<br />

laws that turn cops into pseudo-parents<br />

of adult Americans.<br />

These were usually<br />

“do-something” laws that put<br />

citizens in unnecessary conflict<br />

with cops. Like when Washington<br />

State created a law that<br />

people must keep a litter bag<br />

in their car, or the officer could<br />

cite them.<br />

And it’s gotten much worse,<br />

going from minor litter bagtype<br />

laws to major allowing<br />

felons to run from the police<br />

laws.<br />

With the proliferation of fake<br />

“police reform” laws, cops are<br />

put in bad positions, restricted<br />

from doing police work as<br />

it should be done—as it used<br />

to be done. And the people are<br />

noticing. The radical left, anti-police<br />

politicians don’t seem<br />

to want cops catching the bad<br />

guys. They assert they’re looking<br />

out for public safety, which<br />

they say is put at risk by police<br />

pursuing criminals.<br />

This may be true, but ultimately,<br />

forgetting that the<br />

cops are damned, if we do,<br />

the responsibility for the consequences<br />

of a vehicle pursuit<br />

must remain with the damned<br />

criminals who initiate pursuits.<br />

And the penalties for putting a<br />

community at risk by attempting<br />

to elude or escape from<br />

police should be steep enough<br />

to serve as a deterrent.<br />

Remember, the police aren’t<br />

chasing criminals for infractions<br />

or misdemeanors as the<br />

yrs.<br />

Steve Pomper<br />

media so often report. “Police<br />

pursue driver for running a stop<br />

sign” or chase a “shoplifter for<br />

stealing sunglasses.” <strong>No</strong>pe. The<br />

cops are pursuing suspects for<br />

the felony crime of running<br />

from the police.<br />

As bad as the consequences<br />

of a pursuit can be to innocent<br />

victims, when the bad guys<br />

know they can drive away and<br />

police won’t chase them, they<br />

do. And, you know what? They<br />

still hurt and kill innocent victims.<br />

For example, the consequences<br />

of damned if we don’t (pursue)<br />

are on the minds of Tacoma<br />

P.D. officers in Washington.<br />

According to Frank Sumrall<br />

at My<strong>No</strong>rthwest.com, “Amber<br />

Goldade, a resident of Tacoma,<br />

lost her 12-year-old daughter,<br />

Immaculee after she was killed<br />

when struck by a man driving<br />

a stolen truck in January 2022.<br />

Goldade told legislators last<br />

month she blames the state’s<br />

police pursuit law for the death<br />

of her child, claiming if not for<br />

the current law, the man might<br />

have been detained the week<br />

before.”<br />

Determining what would or<br />

would not have happened in a<br />

given police situation is always<br />

challenging. There are often too<br />

many variables to be sure. But<br />

it’s hard to argue Immaculee’s<br />

mother doesn’t have a point.<br />

After all, she’s arguing that the<br />

nightmare she’s experiencing is<br />

what law enforcement warned<br />

the legislature would happen<br />

if they passed their anti-police<br />

legislation.<br />

As Goldade explained to<br />

Jason Rantz on his KTTH Radio<br />

show, the man accused of<br />

killing Goldade’s daughter had<br />

allegedly stolen the truck from<br />

a landscaping company he and<br />

some accomplices had allegedly<br />

burglarized. Both felonies.<br />

Tacoma police located and<br />

followed the truck, but when<br />

they tried to stop the driver,<br />

he kept driving. But state law<br />

would not allow them to pursue<br />

the suspect. Goldade said,<br />


“If the man was able to be pursued<br />

and get caught, then he<br />

could have been in jail where<br />

he belonged because he was a<br />

convicted felon. He was already<br />

out of jail, and he missed<br />

a court date from a prior [offense].”<br />

After passing these anti-police<br />

laws, the state legislature<br />

has spent significant time<br />

predictably backtracking in an<br />

attempt to remedy their avoidable<br />

“mistakes.” These circumstances<br />

even forced tyrant,<br />

anti-police Gov. Jay Inslee to<br />

sign some legislation altering<br />

or nixing some of the defects in<br />

the new laws.<br />

Currently, the legislature is<br />

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yrs.<br />

Chris Donaldson<br />

Biden makes big deal of inviting black<br />

teen shooting victim to the White House.<br />

Snubs grieving Nashville parents.<br />

Joe Biden seems to be determined<br />

to go down as the most<br />

divisive Democrat leader since<br />

Jefferson Davis and on Tuesday, he<br />

announced that he had spoken to<br />

the black teen victim of a shooting<br />

incident in Kansas City last week<br />

and that he had invited 16-year<br />

Ralph Yarl to the White House, a<br />

courtesy that he never saw fit to<br />

publicly extend to the families of<br />

the six victims of a mentally disturbed<br />

transgender murderer who<br />

shot up a Christian elementary<br />

school in Nashville last month, or<br />

to anyone else that he couldn’t use<br />

to pander to a key element of his<br />

party’s base.<br />

The shooting of the youngster by<br />

an 84-year-old white homeowner<br />

after he allegedly rang the doorbell<br />

at the wrong residence has<br />

been exploited by Democrats and<br />

their winged monkeys in the media<br />

to whip up renewed hysteria over<br />

what has been claimed by some<br />

to be an incident rooted in racial<br />

animus. And never one to miss out<br />

on pouring gasoline on the fire, the<br />

race baiter-in-chief made a big<br />

deal over the phone conversation<br />

with the wounded teen and the<br />

invitation to the nation’s capital to<br />

meet with him personally.<br />

“Last night, I had a chance to call<br />

Ralph Yarl and his family,” Biden<br />

wrote on Twitter. “<strong>No</strong> parent should<br />

have to worry that their kid will be<br />

shot after ringing the wrong doorbell.<br />

We’ve got to keep up the fight<br />

against gun violence.”<br />

“And Ralph, we’ll see you in the<br />

Oval once you feel better,” he added.<br />

Biden’s big announcement caused<br />

quite a stir on Twitter where users<br />

expressed outrage over the great<br />

divider’s selective treatment when<br />

it comes to victims of violence.<br />

After lying to the American people<br />

that he would be a unifying presence<br />

if elected, Biden has gone on<br />

to repeatedly inflame racial tensions<br />

which, since the dismal tenure<br />

of Barack Obama, have been going<br />

in the wrong direction, reversing<br />

decades of progress and all but actually<br />

spitting on the grave of slain<br />

civil rights leader Martin Luther King<br />

Jr. who had a dream that one day,<br />

people would be judged not by the<br />

color of their skin but rather by the<br />

content of their character.<br />

And Biden has been a truly repulsive<br />

character during his White<br />

House tenure with only one of many<br />

examples earlier this year being<br />

his brazenly false assertion that<br />

there are white folks who still want<br />

to celebrate the lynching of black<br />

people and take pictures of their<br />

bodies.<br />

“With white crowds, white families<br />

gathered to celebrate the spectacle,<br />

taking pictures of the bodies<br />

and mailing them as postcards,”<br />

Biden said on the occasion of a<br />

White House screening of the movie<br />

“Till” which is about the Chicago<br />

teen who was brutally murdered<br />

by Mississippi racists back in 1955.<br />

“Hard to believe, but that’s what<br />

was done. And some people still<br />

want to do that.”<br />

The deliberate destruction of<br />

race relations in America is sad<br />

and tragic but it’s only guaranteed<br />

to get worse with the most pivotal<br />

election in the nation’s history<br />

rapidly approaching and Biden and<br />

his fellow Democrats needing an<br />

inflamed and energized black electorate<br />

to retain their grip on power.<br />

18 The BLUES The BLUES 19


“Police Violence”<br />

It is myth or reality?<br />

For nearly two decades the term<br />

“police violence” has bothered<br />

me. The term just never sounded<br />

right and never made any sense.<br />

Like nails on a chalkboard or<br />

grown men watching professional<br />

wrestling – something about it<br />

just didn’t seem right. The term<br />

strikes a cringe worthy level of<br />

dishonesty cloaked in the most<br />

awkward of white, woke virtue<br />

signals pulled from the most uninformed<br />

anti-police echo chambers.<br />

Since the vast majority of use of<br />

force (including shootings) by police<br />

officers is in direct response<br />

to them being attacked while<br />

carrying out legitimate lawful<br />

duties – wouldn’t a more accurate<br />

term be “violence against police”,<br />

“police response to violence”,<br />

“police self defense”, or “police<br />

reasonably trying to not get shot<br />

in the face by violent maniacs and<br />

utilizing lawful force options to<br />

achieve that goal”?<br />

I have loosely been kicking<br />

around these ideas for years and<br />

was motivated to write some of<br />

them down after listening to Drew<br />

Breasy Uncuffed on the On Being a<br />

Police Officer podcast (hosted by<br />

Abby Ellsworth).<br />


TOPIC<br />

I get that this might be too much<br />

common sense for anti-police<br />

activists but broken down to its<br />

most basic level – if a police officer<br />

is attempting to make a lawful<br />

arrest and the individual fights<br />

with or attacks the police officer<br />

and the police officer utilizes force<br />

in order to defend themselves and<br />

continue the lawful arrest – that is<br />

not the fault of the police officer.<br />

This scenario is the fault of the<br />

badly behaving man who is in the<br />

process of breaking multiple laws.<br />

The term “police violence”<br />

should be utilized for situations<br />

were police use of force is unlawful.<br />

For example, when speaking<br />

about the George Floyd or Walter<br />

Scott cases – that would be reasonable<br />

use of that term. However,<br />

why should a situation be labeled<br />

or classified by academics and<br />

media pundits as “police violence”<br />

when the use of force is lawful,<br />

reasonable, justified, and within<br />

the limits of policy and training?<br />


(ALSO, DON’T LIE)<br />

For example – in 2014 Ferguson,<br />

MO police officer Darren Wilson<br />

shot and killed Michael Brown<br />

– after the 6’4’’ and 300 lb Mr.<br />

Brown committed a violent felony,<br />

resisted arrest, tried to grab the<br />

officer’s gun, and was actively<br />

attacking the officer. <strong>No</strong>t only<br />

did independent local and state<br />

yrs.<br />

Daniel Carr<br />

investigators find that the officer-involved-shooting<br />

was lawful<br />

but so did a grand jury – as well<br />

as a subsequent investigation by<br />

the Department of Justice (DOJ).<br />

The DOJ concluded that the shooting<br />

was lawful and reasonable<br />

and declined to file any charges.<br />

Also remember this was President<br />

Obama’s DOJ – led by Attorney<br />

General Eric Holder. Neither man<br />

has historically been on the side<br />

of police officers and there was<br />

mounting political pressure to<br />

charge Officer Wilson.<br />

So, this is literally a case where<br />

everyone that has investigated<br />

it has concluded that the shooting<br />

was lawful – yet still this is<br />

listed as an example of “police<br />

violence” and even in 2020 NBA<br />

players wore the phrase “hands up<br />

don’t shoot” on the backs of their<br />

jerseys – even though the DOJ<br />

found that: Mr. Brown never said<br />

those words, never had his hands<br />

up, and was actively attacking<br />

Officer Wilson when the shooting<br />

occurred.<br />

See why it is problematic and<br />

dishonest to classify lawful police<br />

use of force incidents as “police<br />

violence”?<br />

Michael Brown attacked Officer<br />

Wilson and tried to grab his gun.<br />

This was an example of “violence<br />

against police” where thankfully<br />

the good guy came out on top.<br />

That is the truth and we should<br />

not be afraid to say it. Those who<br />

choose to reject this reality are<br />

akin to Q’Anon worshipping election<br />

deniers. #TrustTheScience<br />


Like the phrase “black lives matter”<br />

the phrase “end police brutality”<br />

is not controversial. Literally<br />

no one is “pro police brutality” and<br />

every reasonable person believes<br />

that every life matters and that<br />

notion is thankfully cemented in<br />

U.S. law – that we all are required<br />

to be treated equally under the<br />

law.<br />

People who hold signs at protests<br />

and exclaim “end police<br />

brutality” on social media literally<br />

have zero opposition. This is<br />

a good thing. We are all on the<br />

same side here. Police brutality by<br />

definition is illegal and immoral.<br />

Everyone should be (and generally<br />

are) opposed to it. However, the<br />

dishonesty here is two-fold:<br />

Anti-police activists pretend<br />

that some people are pro-police<br />

brutality.<br />

Anti-police activists enjoy lumping<br />

all police shootings and use of<br />

force incidents into the category<br />

of “police brutality” no matter<br />

what the facts of the individual<br />

cases are.<br />

Every police use of force incident<br />

should be thoroughly investigated<br />

and judged on the specific<br />

set of facts and circumstances. A<br />

police officer in Rhode Island who<br />

utilized lawful force should not<br />

have their case be mixed in with<br />

an unlawful police shooting incident<br />

that happened 2000 miles<br />

away.<br />

Placing any blame or linking<br />

anything negative to police officers<br />

who use reasonable force<br />

in response being attacked or to<br />

overcome resistance from lawful<br />

arrest is akin to blaming the<br />

victim of domestic violence for<br />

being beaten. Sure, you can blame<br />

the victim if you want – but the<br />

problem will continue to persist<br />

until the offender is forced to stop<br />

their unlawful actions.<br />



In 2021, 1053 people were shot<br />

and killed by police officers.<br />

632 of the people shot by police<br />

were listed as armed with a “gun”.<br />

155 of the people shot by police<br />

were listed as armed with a<br />

“knife”.<br />

Only 32 of the people shot by<br />

police were listed as completely<br />

“unarmed”.<br />

Therefore, only .03% of all<br />

police shootings involved an<br />

“unarmed” person.<br />

*It should also be noted that<br />

“unarmed” does not necessarily<br />

mean that these individuals were<br />

not dangerous or did not pose a<br />

deadly threat to police. For example,<br />

an “unarmed” offender who<br />

is in the process of trying to bash<br />

the officer in the head in an effort<br />

to steal the officer’s gun is (and<br />

should be viewed as) an immediate<br />

deadly threat by the officer in<br />

the moment.<br />

A quick look at this data indicates<br />

that only 3% of people who<br />

are shot and killed by police were<br />

unarmed at the time of the shooting.<br />

So, in 97% of cases when police<br />

officers utilized deadly force<br />

– the offender was armed with a<br />

deadly weapon.<br />

The idea that there is an epidemic<br />

of “police violence” plaguing<br />

our society is far less plausible<br />

when facts and evidence are<br />

introduced into the discussion.<br />

Dishonest anti-police activists<br />

rely on the lies of their loyal followers<br />

and on the ignorance of<br />

well-meaning citizens, who simply<br />

do not know any better.<br />


There are some instances where<br />

police officers use excessive force<br />

and commit crimes while on-duty.<br />

Those cases (like all police<br />

use of force incidents) should<br />

be thoroughly investigated and if<br />

the legal standard is met those<br />

officers should be arrested and<br />

prosecuted. There should be no<br />

tolerance for police brutality.<br />

However, the vast majority of<br />

police use of force incidents are<br />

objectively just simply not examples<br />

of “police brutality”. Use of<br />

force by police officers is almost<br />

always in response to individuals<br />

who are attacking police or resisting<br />

lawful arrest – and police<br />

officers respond in kind with proportional<br />

force options.<br />

I am simply demanding that<br />

there be separate categories for<br />

these incidents. If a police officer<br />

commits a criminal act while<br />

using force – we will classify that<br />

as “police violence” and if a police<br />

officer does not commit a criminal<br />

act while using force – we<br />

will classify that as “lawful police<br />

response to being attacked.”<br />

And if anyone in the media or<br />

government intentionally misgenders<br />

these cases – the involved<br />

police officers should have the<br />

ability to seek damages.<br />

This article originally appeared<br />

at The Police Law News Substack,<br />

reprinted from lawofficer.<br />

com.<br />

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Springfield Township police officer Timothy J. Unwin, a former<br />

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Unwin was responding to “an<br />

officer needs assistance” call.<br />

Police Chief Rick Bley said in a<br />

press conference the 31-year-old<br />

was responding just after midnight<br />

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occurred.<br />

“This is an extremely emotional<br />

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Hamilton Police Chief Craig<br />

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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost<br />

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“Civil society depends on selfless<br />

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Detective Sergeant Nicholas Pepper was killed when his patrol<br />

car was rammed by a suspect’s vehicle.<br />

Sheriff Craig Webre has identified<br />

the deputy who died after<br />

a suspect rammed the deputy’s<br />

vehicle early Sunday morning. Detective<br />

Sergeant Nicholas Pepper,<br />

44, was pronounced dead at a<br />

local hospital on Sunday. The suspect<br />

is in custody, and Louisiana<br />

State Police is handling the crash<br />

and criminal investigation.<br />

“Nick epitomized all that is<br />

honored and revered in a peace<br />

officer,” said Sheriff Webre. “The<br />

tremendous outpouring of love<br />

and gratitude from the community<br />

is truly appreciated. I ask that you<br />

continue to keep Sergeant Nick<br />

Pepper and his family, as well as<br />

our Sheriff’s Office family, in your<br />

thoughts and prayers.”<br />

The initial investigation by<br />

Louisiana State Police revealed<br />

an officer with the Houma Police<br />

Department attempted to stop<br />

a vehicle for a traffic violation.<br />

The suspect fled at a high rate of<br />

speed. Police pursued the suspect<br />

and, at some point during<br />

the pursuit, the suspect stopped.<br />

Officers attempted to negotiate<br />

with the suspect who sped off and<br />

rammed into Sergeant Pepper’s<br />

unit which was stopped nearby.<br />

Sergeant Pepper sustained fatal<br />

injuries as a result of the crash<br />

and was later pronounced dead at<br />

Thibodaux Regional Health System.<br />

The suspect was taken into<br />

custody and transported to a local<br />

hospital with moderate injuries.<br />

Nicholas Pepper began his career<br />

at the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s<br />

Office on October 15, 2007. He<br />

served his entire career in the investigations<br />

division, most recently<br />

as a supervisor in adult investigations.<br />

He was an integral part<br />

of nearly every major criminal investigation<br />

in Lafourche Parish for<br />

more than a decade. Prior to his<br />

LPSO career, he spent time with<br />

the Houma Police Department and<br />

the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s<br />

Office, part of a law enforcement<br />

career that spanned nearly 24<br />

years of service. Pepper’s wife,<br />

Christie, is also employed through<br />

the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s<br />


Office as an investigator for the<br />

Lafourche Parish District Attorney.<br />

He also leaves behind two daughters,<br />

Patience and Gracie, and a<br />

son, Nicholas Jr.<br />

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yrs.<br />


Chetek Police Department officer Emily Breidenbach and Cameron Police Department<br />

officer Hunter Scheel were killed during a traffic stop that escalated into a<br />

shootout.<br />

By Audrey Korte<br />

The Chippewa Herald<br />

ber former Police Chief Robert<br />

Breidenbach,” the Pardeeville Fire<br />

Department wrote on Facebook. “Our<br />

thoughts are with the Breidenbach<br />

family, the family of the other fallen<br />

officer involved, and all of our law<br />

enforcement brothers and sisters<br />

who put it all on the line everyday<br />

they wear the uniform.”<br />

“Emily Ann I’ve known you since<br />

you were ten when my pops (Tim)<br />

married your mom. You have always<br />

been a shining beckon of light,” Karen<br />

Yonke posted on Facebook. “You have<br />

always lived life with such adventure<br />

and treated everyone around you<br />

with dignity and respect. From the<br />

silly vibrant 10-year-old to the girl<br />

who made a stand in high school<br />

to shave her head to the beautiful<br />

woman you were. You will be remembered<br />

and thought of daily. Every<br />

time I hear a bike pass my house<br />

I will remember. Mama Sue and all<br />

who know Emily, I am truly sorry for<br />

all of our loss.”<br />

Authorities said Perry, the suspect<br />

in the vehicle, had a warrant for his<br />

arrest and police had received a<br />

report about “concerning behavior.”<br />

According to online court records,<br />

he had a limited criminal history. He<br />

was convicted of two misdemeanor<br />

cases from 2020 in Barron County<br />

involving disorderly conduct. His most<br />

recent address was listed as New<br />

Auburn.<br />

According to a DOJ press release,<br />

at 3:38 p.m. Saturday, Breidenbach<br />

stopped a vehicle in the village of<br />

Cameron and gunfire was exchanged.<br />

Breidenbach and Scheel both were<br />

hit by gunfire and pronounced dead at<br />

the scene. The suspect from the incident<br />

was taken to a hospital, where<br />

they later died.<br />

The location of the shooting on<br />

County Highway SS is the main road<br />

between Cameron and Chetek.<br />

DCI is leading the investigation<br />

and is assisted by the Barron County<br />

Sheriff’s Office, Rusk County Sheriff’s<br />

Office, Wisconsin Department of<br />

Natural Resources, Wisconsin State<br />

Patrol and Wisconsin State Crime Lab.<br />

DCI will provide reports to the<br />

Barron County district attorney for<br />

review at the conclusion of its investigation.<br />

CAMERON, Wis. — Police officers<br />

and family members from Chetek and<br />

Cameron gathered early Monday to<br />

pay their respects as the bodies of<br />

their fallen colleagues were transported<br />

from Barron County to Minnesota<br />

for autopsies.<br />

On Saturday, Chetek Police Department<br />

officer Emily Breidenbach and<br />

Cameron Police Department officer<br />

Hunter Scheel were killed during<br />

a traffic stop that escalated into a<br />

shootout.<br />

The Wisconsin Department of Justice<br />

Division of Criminal Investigation,<br />

which is investigating the incident,<br />

identified the driver of the vehicle as<br />

Glenn D. Perry, 50. Perry was transported<br />

from the scene by ambulance<br />

to a hospital where he later died.<br />

The bodies of Breidenbach and<br />

Sheel were taken to Minnesota for<br />

autopsies as part of the ongoing investigation<br />

into the incident.<br />

Camryn Gosdeck shared on Facebook:<br />

“It is with a heavy heart to<br />

share that my love, my soulmate, and<br />

my best friend made the ultimate<br />

sacrifice doing exactly what he was<br />

meant to do, help others. Hunter<br />

Timothy Scheel meant so much to so<br />

many people and left anyone he encountered<br />

with a laugh and a smile.”<br />


Gosdeck said Scheel also served in<br />

the Army National Guard and volunteered<br />

to serve in Afghanistan.<br />

“I am absolutely heartbroken and<br />

never knew I could feel such an immense<br />

pain as having my other half<br />

ripped from me. My heart hurts for<br />

him, for his family and anyone who<br />

had the pleasure of knowing him,”<br />

Gosdeck said. “Please keep Hunter<br />

and the Chetek officer and their<br />

families in your thoughts and prayers.<br />

Please thank your first responders<br />

and veterans when you see them.<br />

Please hug your loved ones tight.<br />

And please show kindness in every<br />

encounter you have.”<br />


Emily Breidenbach was engaged<br />

to be married and was the daughter<br />

of former Chetek Police Chief Robert<br />

Breidenbach. Chetek Police Chief<br />

Ron Ambrozaitis said Breidenbach<br />

was the department’s K9 therapy dog<br />

handler and had been with the force<br />

since 2019.<br />

“Our love and condolences go out<br />

to both families and all those with<br />

whom they served,” Ambrozaitis said.<br />

“We, as a law enforcement family,<br />

will do everything possible to continue<br />

to provide support and comfort to<br />

Hunter and Emily’s families. They will<br />

be missed by everyone.”<br />

“Many in Pardeeville may remem-<br />

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yrs.<br />


New Orleans police officer Trevor Abney, shot in the head in the line<br />

of duty more than two years ago, has died from that injury.<br />

Trevor Abney, 34, died Sunday<br />

night in his Slidell-area home of<br />

complications from the cerebral<br />

gunshot wound. For more than<br />

two years, the decorated police<br />

officer, firefighter, Army veteran,<br />

husband and father lived with a<br />

.40-caliber, full metal jacket bullet<br />

lodged in his brain.<br />

“That’s not just pure luck,” Abney<br />

told WWL-TV in 2021. “For it to<br />

wiggle its way around all that and<br />

not cause massive hemorrhaging,<br />

there’s something else going on<br />

there. So I’ve definitely been doing<br />

a lot more praying that I did<br />

before.”<br />

Abney was one of two officers<br />

wounded in an Oct. 30, 2020<br />

ambush by a French Quarter<br />

pedicab passenger. He and fellow<br />

NOPD officer Brooke Duncan IV<br />

were driving a police cruiser on<br />

St. Philip Street near Royal Street<br />

when Donnell Linwood Hassell, 47,<br />

a visitor to New Orleans, opened<br />

fire with a .40-caliber handgun,<br />

seemingly without provocation.<br />

Duncan sustained cuts to his<br />

arm when the cruiser’s windshield<br />

shattered, and Abney was<br />

shot below his left eye. Though<br />

the bullet remained lodged in his<br />

brain and blinded him in that eye,<br />

Abney was discharged from the<br />

hospital five days after sustaining<br />

the life-threatening injury.<br />

Police apprehended Hassell after<br />

a foot chase through the French<br />

Quarter and booked him on two<br />

counts of attempted murder of a<br />

police officer. Bond was set at $1.5<br />

million. Hassell, a military veteran<br />

from Georgia, entered a dual plea<br />

of not guilty and not guilty by reason<br />

of insanity last September. His<br />

attorney, Stephen Hebert, had no<br />

comment on the pending trial.<br />

District Attorney Jason Williams<br />

said Monday he is “absolutely”<br />

considering new charges against<br />

Hassell now that Abney’s death<br />

has been deemed a homicide.<br />

Donovan Livaccari, a spokesman<br />

for the local Fraternal Order of<br />

Police lodge, expressed his condolences.<br />

So did Mayor LaToya<br />

Cantrell.<br />

“He was a good guy, and we<br />

search for people like him all<br />

the time to fill the positions and<br />

needs,” Livaccari said. “We as a<br />

community need Trevorz, and it’s<br />

a shame we don’t have him any<br />

more.”<br />

Abney, who lived in Slidell and<br />

attended <strong>No</strong>rthshore High School,<br />

was an Iraq War veteran who<br />

worked with St. Tammany Fire<br />

Protection District <strong>No</strong>. 11. He joined<br />

the NOPD as a recruit in 2015 and<br />

worked in its 8th District, an area<br />


that includes the French Quarter<br />

and surrounding areas, where<br />

he served with distinction until<br />

he was wounded, according to<br />

a statement from NOPD interim<br />

police superintendent Michelle<br />

Woodfork.<br />

“During his eight years with the<br />

department, Officer Abney received<br />

a commendation for exemplary<br />

performance in the line of<br />

duty that saved the life of a citizen<br />

as well as the Purple Heart Medal<br />

for injuries received in the line of<br />

duty,” she stated.<br />

Shawn Abney, Trevor Abney’s<br />

brother, said his family is reeling<br />

from the loss.<br />

“It’s tough,” he said.<br />

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yrs.<br />


Pope County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Owen was shot while responding<br />

to a domestic call in Cyrus Mn.<br />

GLENWOOD, MN — Deputy Joshua<br />

Owen was shot and killed on<br />

April 15 while responding to a domestic<br />

abuse call in Cyrus. He died<br />

on his 44th birthday.<br />

Friends, family, and community<br />

members are mourning the loss of<br />

Deputy Owen.<br />

He spent nearly 12 years with the<br />

Pope County Sheriff’s Office.<br />

“April 15, Pope County law enforcement<br />

lost a brother,” said<br />

Pope County Sheriff Tim Riley,<br />

while getting choked up. “Deputy<br />

Owen had a heart as big as his<br />

stature... he leaves behind a wife<br />

and a son. He loved his family, his<br />

brotherhood, and his community.”<br />

Prior to joining the sheriff’s office,<br />

Owen served in the military.<br />

He met Scott Kowski while serving<br />

in the Minnesota Army National<br />

Guard.<br />

“When I found out that this<br />

had happened... not knowing any<br />

details, I texted him and I said,<br />

‘Please tell me you’re not working<br />

tonight’ and never got a response,”<br />

recalled Kowski to photojournalist<br />

David Peterlinz.<br />

“You have that bond that a lot<br />

of people don’t understand just<br />

because it’s... we have each other’s<br />

backs and you kind of trust them<br />

like brothers and sisters and it’s<br />

blood. It’s a different type of family,”<br />

Kowski said.<br />

After Kowski heard of Owen’s<br />

death, he said he dug out an old<br />

hard drive with pictures from their<br />

time together in Iraq.<br />

“It actually brought some smiles<br />

to my face just seeing the fun pictures,”<br />

Kowski said. “Josh was one<br />

of those guys that had that humor,<br />

attitude. He always had a smile on<br />

his face. <strong>No</strong> matter what we were<br />

doing, he always would chuckle.”<br />

Kowski recalled the conversation,<br />

saying, “’Hey, you know what? We<br />

need to get together...” If could say<br />

one thing now, I would say don’t<br />

wait to do it. Because you never<br />

know what tomorrow brings.”<br />


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yrs.<br />

NYSSA, OR.<br />

Nysaa Police Corporal Joe Johnson was murdered while<br />

investigating a violent suspect threatening residents.<br />

Nyssa, OR – Nyssa Police Department<br />

(NPD) Reserve Corporal Joseph<br />

“Joe” Johnson was murdered<br />

in the line of duty on Saturday<br />

while investigating a report about<br />

a violent suspect threatening people<br />

and damaging property near a<br />

local residence.<br />

Malheur County District Attorney<br />

Dave Goldthorpe said the incident<br />

occurred at approximately 8:30<br />

p.m. on April 15, the Malheur Enterprise<br />

reported.<br />

Goldthorpe said the NPD received<br />

a report of an incident involving “a<br />

violent individual” who had allegedly<br />

threatened several people<br />

and damaged property near a residence<br />

in Nyssa.<br />

The suspect was later identified<br />

as 36-year-old Rene Castro, The<br />

Malheur Enterprise reported.<br />

Cpl. Johnson, 43, was responding<br />

to the area when he learned Castro<br />

had fled in a vehicle.<br />

He soon spotted the suspect vehicle<br />

and “began a pursuit through<br />

the city,” Goldthorpe said.<br />

The chase continued to the area<br />

of Locust Drive and Third Street,<br />

where Castro abruptly pulled up<br />

at a home, The Malheur Enterprise<br />

reported.<br />

Cpl. Johnson then pulled off the<br />

road and stopped his patrol car to<br />

make contact with Castro.<br />

“Immediately upon making the<br />

stop, an armed subject [believed<br />

to be Castro] began shooting at<br />

Officer Johnson,” Goldthorpe said.<br />

“There was no time to return fire<br />

before Officer Johnson was fatally<br />

hit.”<br />

Malheur County Sheriff’s Office<br />

(MCSO) deputies and members of<br />

the Oregon State Police (OSP) were<br />

already responding to the scene after<br />

being alerted about the pursuit<br />

and arrived to find the wounded<br />

corporal, the Malheur Enterprise<br />

reported.<br />

Castro had fled the scene and<br />

has not been apprehended.<br />

“EMTs were on scene in record<br />

time, with the Malheur County<br />

Sheriff’s Department right behind,<br />

but Officer Johnson was already<br />

deceased,” Goldthorpe said.<br />

The corporal was still inside his<br />

vehicle when he succumbed to his<br />

wounds, according to KTVB.<br />

Investigators found Castro’s<br />


abandoned SUV less than two<br />

blocks away from the scene of<br />

the attack, the Malheur Enterprise<br />

reported.<br />

The manhunt for Castro continues.<br />

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yrs.<br />


NTSB report finds La. police helicopter<br />

flew erratically before crashing into field.<br />

By Elyse Carmosino<br />

The Times-Picayune | The New<br />

Orleans Advocate<br />

BATON ROUGE, La. — In the moments<br />

before last month’s deadly<br />

crash, a Baton Rouge police<br />

helicopter erratically changed<br />

speed, altitude and direction<br />

before plummeting into a nearby<br />

field, federal investigators said in<br />

a report released Wednesday.<br />

The findings confirm a story told<br />

by publicly available flight data,<br />

which suggests something went<br />

wrong before the aircraft crashed,<br />

killing both officers on board.<br />

Veteran officers Sgt. David Poirrier<br />

and Cpl. Scotty Canezaro died<br />

March 26 when the helicopter they<br />

were piloting in pursuit of a hitand-run<br />

suspect went down near<br />

Erwinville in West Baton Parish.<br />

In its preliminary report, the<br />

National Transportation Service<br />

Board confirmed that the pair<br />

radioed dispatch and ground units<br />

that they were joining the chase<br />

and had been requesting updates<br />

on the suspect vehicle’s movement<br />

and location before going<br />

silent around the time the chase<br />

was called off.<br />

At that time, data shows, the helicopter<br />

“executed a shallow left<br />

deviation” to the south of Highway<br />

190 before turning left again, at<br />

which point the aircraft’s turn rate<br />

increased before undergoing a series<br />

of turns and altitude changes,<br />

the report says.<br />

Despite the fact that BRPD called<br />

off the pursuit around 2:35 a.m. —<br />

and the FAA’s report showed the<br />

helicopter crashed shortly after<br />

— the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s<br />

Office was only alerted to the<br />

incident around 11 a.m. after the<br />

family of one of the pilots requested<br />

a search.<br />

According to the NTSB report,<br />

the family reported that the officer<br />

had not returned home after they<br />

noticed his cellphone was sending<br />

signals from a remote area in<br />

West Baton Rouge.<br />

BRPD spokesman Sgt. L’Jean<br />

McKneely has said the department<br />

is conducting its own investigation<br />

into what occurred, adding<br />

that the agency is working with<br />

the Baton Rouge airport and the<br />

Federal Aviation Administration to<br />

determine “why there was such<br />

a lapse in time” before BRPD was<br />

made aware of the crash. The<br />

department said it was grounding<br />

night flights while it investigated.<br />

After the incident, the FAA initially<br />

determined that the helicopter’s<br />

tail rotor hit a tree, causing<br />

it to crash upside down. However,<br />

the agency revised its preliminary<br />

report days later to say the cause<br />

of the crash was unknown.<br />

Available flight data using<br />

FlightAware, which maps an aircraft’s<br />

movements every 15 to 20<br />

seconds, shows that the helicopter<br />

ascended sharply and seesawed in<br />

speed during its final moments.<br />

The NTSB’s report confirms the<br />

helicopter’s chaotic ascent using<br />

data from a more precise onboard<br />

device called an Automatic<br />

Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast,<br />

or ADS-B. The ADS-B broadcasts<br />

information every second to<br />

ground stations and other aircraft<br />

about its aircraft’s GPS location,<br />

altitude and ground speed — the<br />

speed of an aircraft relative to the<br />

surface of the earth.<br />

Several pilots told The Advocate<br />

it’s impossible to know what went<br />

wrong until the federal investigation<br />

is complete. But they said<br />

the sharp changes in speed and<br />

altitude could have resulted from<br />

a mechanical failure or clouds<br />

causing the pilot to become disoriented.<br />

As part of their separate ongoing<br />

investigations, the FAA and the NTSB<br />

will study data from an onboard<br />

flight tracker that broadcasts<br />

and records information about<br />

an aircraft’s location, altitude<br />

and ground speed every second. Investigators<br />

will also study wreckage<br />

that was removed from the scene.<br />

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yrs.<br />


LAPD officer killed in traffic collision while driving home from work.<br />

LOS ANGELES – An officer with<br />

the Los Angeles Police Department<br />

who was driving home from work<br />

overnight died early Saturday after<br />

crashing into the back of a semitruck<br />

that was stalled in traffic on<br />

the 210 Freeway in Glendora.<br />

The collision occurred about<br />

2:30 a.m. in the eastbound lanes<br />

of the 210 Freeway near Grand<br />

Avenue. The California Highway<br />

Patrol said a semi-truck being<br />

driven by Michael John Denmon,<br />

51, became disabled in the number<br />

three lane of traffic after stopping<br />

for several minutes due to a prior<br />

traffic collision up ahead on the<br />

freeway. The CHP was already<br />

nearby conducting a crash investigation<br />

when the off-duty LAPD<br />

officer struck the disable truck<br />

from behind, KTLA reported.<br />

According to the CHP, Denmon<br />

had activated his emergency hazard<br />

lights in order to warn traffic<br />

approaching from behind him.<br />

“Upon arriving on scene, CHP<br />

personnel determined that it was<br />

a major injury collision,” said CHP<br />

Sergeant Joel Holly. “At this point,<br />

the initial cause for the collision<br />

is still under<br />

investigation,<br />

however it<br />

appears that a<br />

rear end was<br />

involved.”<br />

A short time<br />

after KTLA<br />

broadcast the<br />

story, LAPD<br />

identified the<br />

deceased<br />

off-duty officer<br />

as Baldemar<br />

Sandoval, 38,<br />

who worked<br />

out of of<br />

LAPD’s Central<br />

Division.<br />

In a tweet,<br />

LAPD Chief Michel Moore said the<br />

department is grieving “our loss<br />

of a Peacemaker.”<br />

“With great sadness, I share that<br />

earlier this morning, a police officer<br />

on his way home from work<br />

was involved in a traffic collision<br />

on the 210 Freeway,” Chief Moore<br />

said in a statement. “I send my<br />

deepest condolences to his family,<br />

loved ones and friends as we<br />

mourn this tragedy.”<br />

Sandoval’s body was escorted<br />

to the Los Angeles County<br />

Medical Examiner’s Office by<br />

his peers on Saturday morning.<br />

Fellow law enforcement personnel<br />

were visibly shaken as<br />

the officer’s body, draped in an<br />

American flag, was removed<br />

from the coroner’s van and into<br />

the office.<br />

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California Looks to Take Away Citizen’s Rights to Cooperate With Police.<br />

In the West Coast’s constant<br />

string of efforts to keep the police<br />

officers of a community away<br />

from their community, California<br />

had decided to try to revoke<br />

consent searches. To try to understand<br />

the reasons for this effort,<br />

one must enter into the mind of<br />

the Utopian politician or activist<br />

who thinks that the police are<br />

always the enemy and people,<br />

including suspected lawbreakers,<br />

should be left alone.<br />

To be sure, there is a fundamental<br />

right to go about one’s business<br />

with minimal government<br />

interference. As Justice Brandies<br />

once put it “The makers of the<br />

Constitution conferred the most<br />

comprehensive of rights and the<br />

right most valued by all civilized<br />

men—the right to be let alone.”<br />

We also understand the concept<br />

of our “social contract” between<br />

the public and its governance,<br />

first postulated in the 16th century<br />

wherein some personal freedoms<br />

are subrogated for the protection<br />

of all.<br />

These protections, without<br />

which our freedoms would be<br />

limited by those with physical<br />

and economic power, are in turn<br />

limited by the Constitution and the<br />

laws instituted by elected representatives<br />

of the people. If the<br />

reader will indulge a few more<br />

sentences of our civics lesson, it is<br />

clear that throughout history, both<br />

in the U.S. and any civilized nation<br />

or tribe since man gathered in social<br />

units, one of the first functions<br />

of community governance is the<br />

exercise of police power. Whether<br />

appointed as a career or as an<br />

obligation of able-bodied citizens<br />

subject to action from the hue and<br />

cry of a night watchman, there<br />

have always been peacekeepers<br />

empowered by law.<br />

yrs.<br />

Importantly, a concept at risk of<br />

being forgotten, our American law<br />

enforcement is predicated on the<br />

principle that the people are the<br />

police, and the police are the people.<br />

Most prominently articulated<br />

by Sir Robert Peele, the founder<br />

of the London Metropolitan Police<br />

whose Peelian principles are<br />

a model for modern policing, it<br />

means that every citizen has an<br />

obligation to act as a peacekeeper.<br />

Part of that principle is embodied<br />

in laws that still exist in most<br />

states that require a citizen to<br />

obey a request from a police officer<br />

to assist in an emergency. The<br />

old west’s Sheriff’s Posse is another<br />

example. The common law<br />

concept of a citizen’s arrest is still<br />

active in most jurisdictions. <strong>No</strong>tably,<br />

a concept forgotten by those<br />

antagonistic to the very existence<br />

of police agencies is the requirement<br />

in every U.S. jurisdiction that<br />

a citizen must submit peaceably<br />

to a lawful arrest.<br />

As we examine the series of<br />

recent legislative and policy decisions<br />

that contradict years of<br />

acceptable police practice, it is<br />

clear that rather than strengthening<br />

communities to engage in<br />

peace-keeping, the gulf between<br />

the responsibility of citizens and<br />

their appointed protectors has<br />

widened. Efforts to eliminate<br />

citizen’s arrest laws, stand your<br />

ground laws, and constant efforts<br />

to limit citizens’ right to possess<br />

firearms all move toward making<br />

only the official agent of the government<br />

as peacekeepers.<br />

Further reducing proactive<br />

police interactions are laws that<br />

prohibit police from pursuing<br />

suspects, removing reasonable<br />

use of force tools, eliminating<br />

qualified immunity (but only for<br />

police, not prosecutors, judges, or<br />

politicians), legalizing jay-walking,<br />

legalizing narcotics use and<br />

possession, making felonies into<br />

misdemeanors, eliminating stops<br />

for traffic violations, and now<br />

California’s efforts to prohibit<br />

its citizens from consenting to a<br />

search by law enforcement.<br />

The debate on the merits of California’s<br />

proposal is unfolding but<br />

Assembly Bill 93 would eliminate<br />

consent as a valid search by a law<br />

enforcement officer. The first answer<br />

to defend against unwanted<br />

police searches is to answer “<strong>No</strong>”<br />

when an officer asks permission<br />

to search one’s car, person, or<br />

home. <strong>No</strong> new law is needed. If<br />

the officer is relying entirely on the<br />

person’s consent, then no lawful<br />

search can proceed and the person’s<br />

refusal cannot be a factor in<br />

establishing legal grounds for the<br />

search.<br />

A search based on articulable<br />

facts that give an officer probable<br />

cause may proceed without consent,<br />

with a preference for obtaining<br />

a warrant if circumstances<br />

allow. But Assemblyman Isaac G.<br />

Bryan, the author of the bill, thinks<br />

the police shouldn’t be asking for<br />

assistance in investigating matters,<br />

and citizens shouldn’t be<br />

answering. Bryan is an outspoken<br />

advocate of defunding the police<br />

and diverting money from law<br />

enforcement. It is one thing to distrust<br />

police as a political stance,<br />

but this bill distrusts citizens and<br />

takes away their right to participate<br />

in lawful police investigations.<br />

The proposal is not merely<br />

an insult to law enforcement, it<br />

is an affront to the very nature of<br />

community peace-keeping and<br />

individual responsibility.<br />


Shults, Ed.D, is a retired police<br />

chief, an award winning writer,<br />

college professor, trainer, and<br />

first responder chaplain. He is the<br />

author of several law enforcement<br />

related books and articles. Shults<br />

currently serves as a municipal<br />

judge and a coroner’s investigator<br />

in rural southern Colorado.<br />

Joel can be found on twitter<br />

@retiredsorta, and online at<br />

joelshults.blogspot.com, and<br />

streetsmartforce.com.<br />

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SANDY,UT.<br />

Utah Trooper makes split-second decision to stop wrong way driver.<br />

yrs.<br />

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SANDY, Utah — A Utah highway<br />

patrol trooper is being hailed as a<br />

hero after crashing head-on with<br />

a wrong-way driver to save other<br />

motorists.<br />

Sgt. Chad McCoy had finished his<br />

shift Tuesday in Salt Lake County<br />

and had crossed into Tooele<br />

County on I-80 on his way home,<br />

KTSU reported.<br />

“I’ve had him call me before on<br />

his way home and say ‘Hey I’m going<br />

to be late. I’m on a crash.’ So,<br />

in my head that’s what I heard,”<br />

said Trooper McCoy’s wife Nicole.<br />

“And then I was like, ‘Wait a<br />

minute, you just said you were in<br />

a crash.’ And I was like, ‘Did you<br />

have a tire blow?’ And he was like,<br />

‘<strong>No</strong>, I was in a head-on,’” she said.<br />

Trooper McCoy said he noticed<br />

cars moving to the right and then<br />

a truck facing the wrong direction,<br />

traveling at a high rate of speed.<br />

McCoy had only seconds to decide<br />

how to stop the driver.<br />

“I just tried to get the best angle<br />

that I could to try and get them<br />

to stop,” he said. Dash cam video<br />

shows the collision. McCoy received<br />

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insists he was just doing his job.<br />

“I just see myself as a regular<br />

trooper. I really think we all have<br />

that mindset,” he said. “We all<br />

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yrs.<br />

DALLAS,TX.<br />

Texas trooper survives crash and rehab to return home. Physical therapist Bridget Denicola<br />

said she had never seen a patient with such a high pain threshold and determination.<br />

By Bill Carey<br />

Police1<br />

DALLAS — Texas Department<br />

of Public Safety Trooper Curtis<br />

Putz has returned home after a<br />

crash in January that left him<br />

with injuries so severe his survival<br />

was uncertain.<br />

On January 31, winter weather<br />

had frozen <strong>No</strong>rth Texas and<br />

Trooper Putz was working at<br />

the scene of an accident on<br />

Interstate 45 in Navarro County,<br />

WFAA reported. A car slid into<br />

Putz and pinned him underneath.<br />

It took 90 minutes over<br />

icy roads to get him to a hospital.<br />

Putz suffered fractures in his<br />

pelvis, hips, ribs, hands and<br />

legs, and nerve damage in one<br />

leg. He endured several surgeries<br />

and painful skin grafts.<br />

“He was very broken when he<br />

came in,” said physical therapist<br />

Bridget Denicola, who<br />

worked with him once he finally<br />

reached the rehabilitation center<br />

at Baylor Scott & White in<br />

Dallas.<br />

Baylor Scott & White therapists<br />

say they have never seen<br />

a patient with such a high pain<br />

threshold and such determination.<br />

“I always knew from day one<br />

the moment I met him, there<br />

were two goals: Get back to<br />

Tash and the kids, and get back<br />

to work,” said Denicola.<br />

After 81 days of painful recovery,<br />

Putz was discharged and<br />

returned home.<br />

“Words cannot describe what<br />

I feel right now. I’m so happy to<br />

be going home, so thankful that<br />

I am still here today,” Putz said<br />

during a press conference at<br />

the rehabilitation center.<br />

He thanked Denicola and the<br />

staff who helped him recover,<br />

the surgeons who saved his life,<br />

the troopers who watched over<br />

his family for 11 weeks, and his<br />

wife and his faith.<br />

Outside the rehabilitation center,<br />

law enforcement lined up<br />

with Baylor Scott & White employees<br />

to applaud and cheer<br />

as Putz, his wife and three kids<br />

walked to the waiting SUV for a<br />

police escort home.<br />

“It has been 81 days since the<br />

crash that took your voice off<br />

our airwaves on January 31,<br />

<strong>2023</strong>,” said a dispatcher’s voice<br />

over the radio. “Congratulations<br />

on going home to finish your<br />

recovery with your beautiful<br />

family.”<br />

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How Many COPS are Needed?<br />

yrs.<br />

By David Sullivan<br />

In the scheme of things I found<br />

this a challenging subject. Policing<br />

is not a “cookie cutter” operation<br />

and the number of officers needed<br />

to secure the safety of cities<br />

across the country varies considerably.<br />

There is no formula or<br />

guideline that serves as a source<br />

of reference.<br />

The number of officers a city<br />

needs is continually discussed and<br />

debated with three officers for<br />

every 1,000 citizens being the popular<br />

consensus: kind of a one size<br />

fits all. Based on that premise and<br />

the 2019 population of 197 million<br />

people living in incorporated cities<br />

in the United States, about 653,000<br />

police officers would be needed<br />

to protect just our cities alone,<br />

separate from federal, state, and<br />

county law enforcement agencies.<br />

As of 2019, there are approximately<br />

443,000 police officers,<br />

or 2.3 per 1,000 citizens, serving<br />

in municipalities. I could not find<br />

a source supporting, or opposing,<br />

three officers per 1,000 citizens as<br />

a hard fast number.<br />

The number of police officers<br />

a department actually needs is<br />

complicated and varies from city<br />

to city. One particular city has<br />

2.26 officers per 1,000 citizens and<br />

a crime index of 449, significantly<br />

above the national crime index<br />

of 270. Another city of equal size<br />

has only 1.22 officers per 1,000<br />

citizens and a crime index of 208,<br />

well below the national index.<br />

Three other cities have almost 5<br />

officers per 1,000 citizens yet all<br />

three have a crime index double<br />

or nearly double the national average.<br />

So the assumption that three<br />

officers per 1,000 citizens can<br />

satisfy all cities is unrealistic. The<br />

crime index is the number of offenses<br />

per 100,000 citizens police<br />

departments report to the Federal<br />

Bureau of Investigation (FBI).<br />

Before determining the variables<br />

related to any city’s policing<br />

needs, we have to address the<br />

controversy following the 2014 Michael<br />

Brown incident in Ferguson,<br />

Missouri and the more recent 2020<br />

death of George Floyd during an<br />

arrest attempt.<br />

Politicians, feeling pressure,<br />

began to “de-fund” police departments<br />

in favor of a new “Department<br />

of Public Safety.” <strong>No</strong>w,<br />

more than two years later, with no<br />

feasible strategy for de-funding,<br />

cities are experiencing a rise in<br />

crime, the exodus of major businesses,<br />

community safety issues<br />

and a severe shortage of police<br />

officers.<br />

There is no single issue that<br />

determines police officer numbers.<br />

Each individual city should<br />

examine multiple factors specific<br />

to that city. In most cases no one<br />

factor should outweigh another in<br />

determining officer numbers. The<br />

police chief and command staff<br />

are responsible for evaluating the<br />

department’s goals, strategies<br />

and objectives and deciding where<br />

officers are assigned throughout<br />

the department. Generally, the<br />

Patrol Division would have the<br />

highest percentage of officers.<br />

In addition to licensed police<br />

officers, the department will also<br />

have civilian employees in administrative<br />

and support positions<br />

where officers are not necessary.<br />

However, problems can arise<br />

when city administrators decide<br />

that budget cuts are necessary<br />

and civilian employees must be<br />

let go. The position must still be<br />

filled so now a police officer is<br />

reassigned to fill the vacant position<br />

with that officer will likely be<br />

pulled from the Patrol Division.<br />

When determining staffing<br />

needs, all cities have one thing in<br />

common; the collective knowledge<br />

and leadership of the command<br />

staff and that knowledge<br />

must result in the most effective<br />

management of police officer<br />

personnel. President Theodore<br />

Roosevelt said, “Do what you can<br />

where you are with what you’ve<br />

got”. Police operations must be<br />

based on crime trends, intelligence<br />

gathering, critical public<br />

safety issues and 911 calls for<br />

police services and which of those<br />

calls can be satisfied with just a<br />

phone contact between the officer<br />

and caller.<br />

One factor, determined by<br />

statistical data, is the number of<br />

officers assigned to the Patrol<br />

Division who respond to the community’s<br />

emergency needs and the<br />

citizen’s most frequent contact<br />

with the police. Ideally it should<br />

be 55% to 60% of total available<br />

officers, more for some departments,<br />

less for others.<br />

Other factors include total<br />

population, demographics and<br />

population density relating to both<br />

multi-family and single-family<br />

residences along with the total<br />

square miles of the city. Even the<br />

median household and per capita<br />

income can have a bearing<br />

on crime and in turn the number<br />

of officers needed. Unfortunately<br />

there’s no single solution. For<br />

some cities the number of officers<br />

per citizen works while officers<br />

per square mile is a better fit for<br />

other cities.<br />

City operations can impact<br />

crime in both positive and negative<br />

ways. The degree to which the<br />

city addresses the infrastructure,<br />

confronts slumlords, the effectiveness<br />

of code enforcement, the<br />

availability of safe parks and recreational<br />

facilities, and municipal<br />

court convictions can all factor<br />

into police officer numbers.<br />

The Violent Crime Control and<br />

Law Enforcement Act of 1994<br />

introduced Community-Oriented<br />

Policing with the goal of bringing<br />

together the police department,<br />

city services, the news media and<br />

the citizens to address quality of<br />

life concerns with crime issues<br />

the focal point. The most obvious<br />

factors, and most subtle factors<br />

for determining the number of<br />

police officers needed should have<br />

already been discussed, evaluated,<br />

and settled between the police,<br />

city leaders, the citizens and media<br />

support. Unfortunately, Community-Oriented<br />

Policing failed,<br />

and viable partnerships never<br />

came to fruition.<br />

Even attempts to form positive<br />

community/police relations have<br />

met with limited success. And it’s<br />

most likely going to be the budget<br />

that determines the number of<br />

officers hired void of any community/government<br />

coalition. As long<br />

as the issue of police numbers<br />

continues to go unresolved, police<br />

departments and their officers<br />

will continue to be the convenient<br />

scapegoat.<br />


My name is David Sullivan and<br />

I’m a retired 26-year Air Force<br />

veteran where I was a hospital<br />

laboratory director and the<br />

superintendent of the Bacteriology<br />

Department of the Air Force<br />

laboratory training program. I<br />

got into policing with the Dallas<br />

Police Department at the age of<br />

48 and was in the <strong>No</strong>rtheast Patrol<br />

Division until I retired again<br />

at the age of 65. At the age of 76<br />

I returned to policing again with<br />

the Lakeview Police Department<br />

serving the cities of El Lago and<br />

Taylor Lake Village, Texas as a<br />

patrol officer. I retired once again<br />

at the age of 82 after serving six<br />

years. I have a Bachelor of Criminal<br />

Justice Degree from Midwestern<br />

State University in Wichita<br />

Falls, Texas. I published a book<br />

titled The Police The Public and<br />

Crime which is no longer in print.<br />

I’m working on a second book<br />

titled Beyond the Donuts.<br />

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yrs.<br />


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“Community policing is about<br />

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And what better way to begin than with a professional who has<br />

Police Department is offering what<br />

to police proactively rather than<br />

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may be the largest signing bonus in covering three or four neighborhoods<br />

because of a staffing short-<br />

“In a perfect world, you get all<br />

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reactively.<br />

the country to attract new officers<br />

“It’s hard to do that when you’re<br />

and fill long-standing vacancies in age.” The department is operating the candidates and then you’re<br />

the department.<br />

at a 30% staffing deficit that Joshi able to select the best,” he said. “I<br />

Alameda Police Chief Nishant calls dangerous.<br />

don’t want to compete with anyone.<br />

Joshi said the bonus is more about Officers are now working mandatory<br />

I want to be at the top.”<br />

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The widow of Pope County, MN,<br />

Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Owen who<br />

was killed in the line of duty on<br />

Saturday night has told Minnesota<br />

Gov. Tim Walz he is not welcome<br />

at her husband’s funeral.<br />

Deputy Owen’s wife, Shannon,<br />

confirmed to Alpha News that<br />

when Gov. Walz called to offer his<br />

condolences, she told him not to<br />

show up on Saturday because “he<br />

does not support law enforcement.”<br />

Her family also stands by the<br />

decision and said Deputy Owen<br />

would want it that way.<br />

Funeral services for Owen will<br />

be Saturday at the Minnewaska<br />

Area High School in Glenwood at<br />

10:30 a.m.<br />

Deputy Owen died Saturday after<br />

being shot on his 44th birthday<br />

while responding to a domestic<br />

assault call in the town of Cyrus.<br />





The family of Tyre Nichols, the<br />

man who died three days after<br />

Memphis police officers beat him<br />

following a Jan. 7 traffic stop,<br />

has filed a $550-million lawsuit<br />

naming the City of Memphis, Police<br />

Chief Cerelyn Davis, the five<br />

officers involved, two additional<br />

officers, and three fire department<br />

employees.<br />

The suit, filed Wednesday<br />

morning in the U.S. District Court<br />

for the Western District of Tennessee,<br />

alleges negligence by the<br />

city in hiring Davis, along with<br />

asserting Davis’ culpability in lax<br />

hiring processes, and the development<br />

of the SCORPION Unit’s<br />

“oppression style of policing”<br />

and poor training, reports the<br />

Commercial Appeal.<br />

The lawsuit claims the City of<br />

Memphis should have been aware<br />

of Davis’ ties to the Atlanta Police<br />

Department’s RED DOG Unit<br />

stating, “Much like the RED DOG<br />

Unit, SCORPION Unit officers were<br />

encouraged by the chief of police<br />

and supervisors to engage in<br />

searches and seizures when there<br />

was no basis to do so in violation<br />

of the Fourth Amendment.”<br />

Former Memphis police officers<br />

Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley,<br />

Justin Smith, Emmitt Martin III<br />

and Desmond Mills, Jr. have all<br />

been charged with one count of<br />

second-degree murder, aggravated<br />

assault-acting in concert, two<br />

counts of aggravated kidnapping,<br />

two counts of official misconduct,<br />

and one count of official<br />

oppression, court records show.<br />

The five officers had been fired<br />

by Davis, who said they were<br />

directly responsible for “physical<br />

abuse of Mr. Nichols.”<br />




An Indianola, IA, police officer<br />

lost some of his fingers while<br />

deploying spikes to end a vehicle<br />

pursuit earlier this month.<br />

At around 8:00 a.m. on April 1,<br />

Sgt. Scott Dwyer was attempting<br />

to stop a female suspect in<br />

a high-speed chase barreling<br />

towards Indianola at 90 miles an<br />

hour.<br />

The deployment did not go<br />

as intended. Windy conditions<br />

caused the spikes to blow around<br />

and get caught underneath the<br />

suspect’s vehicle.<br />

Dwyer told WHO13, “When they<br />

got caught under the vehicle it got<br />

caught under and what I believed<br />

happened is that cord came up<br />

and severed my fingers.”<br />

Dwyer was rushed to a local<br />

hospital as other first responders<br />

searched for the missing pieces of<br />

his hand. “They brought my fingers<br />

into the ambulance but unfortunately<br />

they weren’t able to put<br />

those back on,” Dwyer said.<br />




By Denise G. Callahan<br />

Journal-News<br />

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio — The<br />

Butler County Sheriff’s Office has<br />

a three-year, $401,712 contract<br />

to outfit about 100 deputies, and<br />

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possibly other staff, with new<br />

Axon body cameras, and the program<br />

should be operational by the<br />

end of <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

The county commissioners have<br />

approved the contract with Axon,<br />

a cost that is being supplemented<br />

with a $168,053 grant from the<br />

state. Sheriff Richard Jones asked<br />

the state for $280,089 to implement<br />

the program but few who<br />

applied got their full ask.<br />

For years, Jones has been vehemently<br />

opposed to the technology<br />

for a number of reasons, but<br />

he told the Journal-News “times<br />

have changed” and “they’re going<br />

to make it so you can’t get grant<br />

money if you don’t have these<br />

cameras eventually.”<br />

“When they first came out, I was<br />

not in favor of them because it<br />

was so expensive, just not for the<br />

cameras but storing the data and<br />

personnel to manage this,” Jones<br />

said. “That’s all changed now, the<br />

data management has gotten<br />

easier, and we can look at what<br />

others have done, and we don’t<br />

have to reinvent the wheel.”<br />

The sheriff put out a request<br />

for proposals and received offers<br />

from three vendors, Chief Deputy<br />

Anthony Dwyer said “the only<br />

vendor that met all of our requirements”<br />

was Axon. He said they<br />

still have a long way to go before<br />

deputies can clip the cameras on<br />

their uniforms. They are working<br />

with Axon on the details of rolling<br />

out the program, but they should<br />

be deployed by the end of the<br />

year.<br />

There are 320 sworn officers<br />

who could potentially wear the<br />

recording devises, including patrol,<br />

the jail, detectives, school<br />

resource officers and others so<br />

Dwyer said they need to determine<br />

who should be prioritized.<br />

Then there is the matter of training.<br />

He said they have a draft<br />

policy — which was required for<br />

the state grant — that establishes<br />

guidelines for their use.<br />

The contract is for three years,<br />

but Dwyer said they are trying to<br />

stretch it to five.<br />

This was the second time Jones<br />

applied for state money, the first<br />

time he also asked for $280,089 to<br />

implement the program but was<br />

unsuccessful. He said transparency<br />

isn’t an issue with his agency,<br />

but he knows in this day and age<br />

there are people constantly accusing<br />

the police of wrongdoing, so<br />

the videos can be helpful.<br />

“I don’t know if it’ll make us<br />

more transparent, but we’re already<br />

transparent with everything<br />

we do. It’s what it is, and it will<br />

please some people and some<br />

people it will not please no matter<br />

what you do,” Jones said. “If<br />

you have photographs, if you have<br />

video, you have statements, in<br />

these big cities it still doesn’t matter,<br />

they still have riots, they still<br />

burn parts of the city down, they<br />

still don’t believe it. We’re already<br />

transparent, maybe this will make<br />

some feel that we’re more transparent.”<br />



The Michigan State Police will<br />

be testing a pilot program in<br />

which 911 callers are sent a text<br />

yrs.<br />

informing them of how long it will<br />

be before a trooper arrives. If the<br />

anticipated arrival time changes,<br />

then they receive an update notification.<br />

Earlier this week the Michigan<br />

State Police (MSP) launched a<br />

test program in which 911 callers<br />

are notified by text that a trooper<br />

has been dispatched, provided<br />

an estimated time of arrival, and<br />

given updates if the trooper is delayed<br />

in the response. It is a pilot<br />

program rolled out Wednesday<br />

morning that will be tested for<br />

90 days with callers across four<br />

counties in mid and southwest<br />

Michigan.<br />

“Utilizing technology to provide<br />

our customers with real-time<br />

updates and seek their feedback<br />

on our service delivers on our<br />

commitment to modern policing,”<br />

says Col. Joe Gasper, director of<br />

the MSP. “We strive to provide the<br />

best customer service experience<br />

to each person we interact with<br />

and by using automatic text message<br />

notifications and satisfaction<br />

surveys we’ll be able to not only<br />

provide better customer service,<br />

but also make adjustments based<br />

on direct customer feedback.”<br />

MSP divides patrol responsibilities<br />

across 31 posts within<br />

seven districts. Lt. Rene Gonzalez<br />

explains the new text program<br />

launched at the Lansing post<br />

that covers Eaton County and the<br />

Marshall post that covers Branch,<br />

Calhoun, and St. Joseph counties.<br />

Following the pilot period, consideration<br />

will be given on whether<br />

to purchase and deploy this<br />

technology at all MSP posts.<br />

Gonzales says the technology is<br />

provided through PowerEngage<br />

and SPDR Tech and it is automated<br />

through the dispatch system,<br />

meaning the 911 operator does not<br />

have to send the texts individually.<br />

However, texts will not be sent on<br />

certain types of calls.<br />

“Calls of a sensitive safety<br />

matter would not receive a text<br />

message. For example, a domestic<br />

violence call, we would not<br />

text back the caller because there<br />

could be a chance that they made<br />

that call secretly and the offender<br />

doesn’t know that they called<br />

the police,” explains Gonzalez.<br />

“Or maybe an armed robbery. If<br />

someone’s experiencing an armed<br />

robbery, we wouldn’t send them<br />

a text. The offender may still be<br />

on scene, so we don’t want them<br />

to know that they have made that<br />

call.”<br />

For the calls where a text would<br />

not endanger a caller, the person<br />

will receive a text notifying them<br />

that a trooper has been dispatched<br />

and providing the ETA. If<br />

the trooper’s arrival time changes<br />

because he or she had to be routed<br />

to a priority call, a text update<br />

will be sent to the caller providing<br />

the new anticipated arrival time.<br />

“It’s practical and it’s just very<br />

simple. I think it helps the person<br />

that calls 911 with the stress level<br />

of when we’re going to be there,”<br />

Gozales adds.<br />

MSP also hopes to gather feedback<br />

from 911 callers through<br />

the pilot program. Following the<br />

conclusion of the incident, cellular<br />

911 callers in the four-county area<br />

will receive a text message within<br />

24 hours. They will be invited to<br />

take a short satisfaction survey.<br />

According to MSP, feedback<br />

collected from the survey will be<br />

used to recognize good customer<br />

service, provide insights into<br />

areas that can be improved, and<br />

guide decision making to improve<br />

customer service. Positive feedback<br />

will be shared to encourage<br />

employees, boost morale, and<br />

recognize outstanding service.<br />

“We want to improve the service<br />

that we’re giving to the citizen, so<br />

that’s why we’re trying this. It’s another<br />

way that we can give them<br />

better service,” Gonzalez says.<br />

Text Example 1<br />

“Your call to the Eaton County<br />

Dispatch Center has been<br />

assigned to a trooper from the<br />

Michigan State Police Lansing Post.<br />

If your situation changes and you<br />

no longer need assistance, please<br />

update dispatch at 517-543-XXXX<br />

using this reference number (CAD<br />

event number).”<br />

Text Example 2<br />

“Your call to the Eaton County<br />

Dispatch Center has been<br />

assigned to a trooper from the<br />

Michigan State Police Lansing Post.<br />

While you wait for trooper(s)<br />

to arrive, please gather a recent<br />

photo of the missing person,<br />

compile a list of any identifying<br />

physical characteristics, when you<br />

last saw the person, and any relevant<br />

conditions that might affect<br />

how a trooper interacts with the<br />

missing individual. If your situation<br />

changes and you no longer<br />

need assistance, please update<br />

dispatch at 517-543-XXXX using<br />

this reference number (CAD event<br />

number).”<br />



Last fiscal year, the San Diego<br />

Police Department lost 241 officers,<br />

a 51% increase from the year<br />

prior. Another 138 officers have<br />

already left this year.<br />

On April 3, a letter was reportedly<br />

sent to former San Diego<br />

police officers, asking them to<br />

“consider again being part of the<br />

team,” and to “be a part of the<br />

police department that is dedicated<br />

to serving and collaborating<br />

with our community,” NBC San<br />

Diego reports.<br />

Shortly after these letters were<br />

distributed, images of the letter<br />

were posted to a social media account<br />

used by former and current<br />

San Diego police officers.<br />

The letter states that incentives<br />

to return include a 5% pay increase<br />

in <strong>2023</strong> and 2024. It also<br />

states that COVID vaccines are not<br />

required and entices former officers<br />

with specialized assignments<br />

in the K-9 Unit and SWAT team.<br />

Paul Cappitelli, a retired Sheriff’s<br />

Department captain and<br />

police practices expert said, “My<br />

sense is they are not going to have<br />

a ground swell of people that are<br />

going to say ‘Great, I am going<br />

to come back for an extra 5% or<br />

10%.”<br />




By Sage Alexander<br />

Times-Standard<br />

ARCATA, Calif. — As Arcata<br />

Police Department officers work<br />

overtime to cope with low staff,<br />

a $50,000 hiring bonus for new<br />

officers was approved Wednesday<br />

by the city council. The council<br />

approved increased hiring bonuses,<br />

funds for department improvements,<br />

and a retention bonus<br />

unanimously at a meeting, with<br />

Mayor Sarah Schaefer absent.<br />

“For me, this is a pretty easy<br />

decision,” said council member<br />

Stacy Atkins-Salazar at the meeting.<br />

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She said that when she discussed<br />

concerns with constituents,<br />

the vast majority involved<br />

issues that could be helped with a<br />

fully staffed police department.<br />

“APD is working incredibly hard<br />

and stretched dangerously thin,”<br />

she said.<br />

According to a staff report, there<br />

are currently 19 officers in the<br />

department. The department is<br />

budgeted for 27 officers.<br />

While the city is currently training<br />

cadets, they will not be independent<br />

officers until April 2024.<br />

The bonus is targeted toward fully<br />

trained, employed police officers.<br />

New officers would receive<br />

$30,000 within the first nine<br />

months of employment, for a total<br />

of $50,000 two and half years after<br />

being hired. A yearly retention<br />

bonus of $7,500 is included for<br />

current officers, for three years.<br />

The previous hiring bonus offered<br />

by the city was $15,000.<br />

Tabatha Miller, finance director,<br />

said at the meeting the department<br />

is relying heavily on<br />

overtime to deal with the staffing<br />

issue, which is expensive. She also<br />

confirmed a comment by Kimberly<br />

White was partially true, that the<br />

city had not had to pay the vacant<br />

salaries and thus had some flexibility<br />

in the budget to pay for the<br />

bonuses.<br />




By Bill Carey , Police1<br />

MINNEAPOLIS — Kim Potter, the<br />

former Brooklyn Center police<br />

officer who was sentenced to<br />

two years for the fatal shooting of<br />

Duante Wright, is expected to be<br />

released from prison on Monday.<br />

Potter fatally shot Wright during<br />

a traffic stop in April 2021 after<br />

firing her service weapon instead<br />

of her TASER. After being shot,<br />

Wright drove away from the scene<br />

and crashed his vehicle a short<br />

distance away, where he was pronounced<br />

dead, Fox 9 reported.<br />

Potter was sentenced to two<br />

years after being convicted of<br />

second-degree manslaughter. She<br />

served 16 months in prison and<br />

will serve the remaining months<br />

of her sentence on supervised<br />

release.<br />

Hennepin County District Judge<br />

Regina Chu said it was “the saddest<br />

case in my 20 years on the<br />

bench.”<br />

“I recognize there will be those<br />

who disagree with the sentence.<br />

That I granted a significant downward<br />

departure does not in any<br />

way diminish Daunte Wright’s<br />

life. His life mattered,” Chu told<br />

the Star Tribune. “To those who<br />

disagree and feel a longer prison<br />

sentence is appropriate, as<br />

difficult as it may be, please try<br />

to empathize with Ms. Potter’s<br />

situation. Officer Potter made a<br />

mistake that ended tragically. She<br />

never intended to hurt anyone.”<br />

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Associated Press<br />

INDIANAPOLIS — Two Indianapolis<br />

police officers wounded in a<br />

Thursday gun battle that left the<br />

suspect dead are expected to survive,<br />

a deputy chief said.<br />

The shooting involved officers<br />

who were members of the Indiana<br />

Crime Guns Task Force, a joint effort<br />

among central Indiana police<br />

agencies charged with identifying<br />

and removing illegal weapons<br />

from the community, Indianapolis<br />

Metropolitan Police Department<br />

Deputy Chief Christopher Bailey<br />

said during a news briefing.<br />

Following a brief pursuit around<br />

12:40 p.m., the officers were shot<br />

by a 46-year-old suspect armed<br />

with an AR-15-style rifle who also<br />

“riddled” a police patrol vehicle<br />

with bullets, Bailey said. They<br />

were among four officers who<br />

shot at the suspect, he said.<br />

The injured officers were<br />

brought to a hospital by other officers<br />

and are expected to survive,<br />

Bailey said.<br />

Their names and that of the<br />

suspect were not immediately<br />

released.<br />

“We are fed up. The community<br />

should be fed up with it. We have<br />

two officers who are lucky to be<br />

alive today,’’ Bailey said, his voice<br />

rising in anger.<br />

A passenger from the suspect<br />

vehicle fled but was apprehended<br />

for questioning, he said.<br />





NEW YORK — When areas<br />

of a collapsed parking structure<br />

proved to be unsafe for first<br />

responders, a robotic dog and<br />

drones were deployed to help<br />

with the response.<br />

On Tuesday, a parking garage<br />

collapsed in New York City, killing<br />

one worker and injuring five<br />

people.<br />

The robotic dog was able to enter<br />

the collapsed structure and go<br />

into areas where it was unsafe for<br />

first responders, WBAL reported.<br />

As the robot dog made its way<br />

into the rubble, it provided information<br />

to first responders about<br />

the condition of the structure.<br />

New York City Mayor Eric Adams<br />

said the body of the man killed in<br />

the collapse was discovered by<br />

the robotic dog, which was deployed<br />

by the New York City Fire<br />

Department.<br />

“We did not want to send<br />

people inside there. We couldn’t<br />

even send a cadaver dog in there,<br />

because that cadaver dog would<br />

have gone in there and could have<br />

potentially had a collapse and<br />

harmed someone,” Adams said<br />

during a news conference.<br />

Just last week, New York City<br />

officials unveiled three new hightech<br />

policing devices, including a<br />

robotic dog that was first leased<br />

in 2020. The city’s contract for the<br />

device was cut short after critics<br />

ridiculed it as creepy and dystopian,<br />

the Associated Press reported.<br />

“If we didn’t have that robotic<br />

dog, we would have placed those<br />

firefighters in jeopardy,” Adams<br />

said.<br />

The robotic dog wasn’t the only<br />

new technology used to aid in<br />

the rescue — drones provided a<br />

birds-eye view of the collapsed<br />

structure.<br />

“They’re able to stream the video<br />

directly to our phones, to our<br />

command center and this is the<br />

first time we’ve been able to fly<br />

inside in a collapse to do this and<br />

get the information,” FDNY Chief<br />

of Fire Operations John Esposito<br />

said to WBAL.<br />



ATTACK<br />

By Thomas Tracy and Janon<br />

Fisher<br />

New York Daily News<br />

NEW YORK — An NYPD cop was<br />

bashed in the head with a bottle<br />

and then pummeled in an unprovoked<br />

attack from a stranger on<br />

a Bronx Street, wild surveillance<br />

video shows.<br />

The victim and her NYPD partner<br />

were standing in front of All Car<br />

Service on 231st St. in Kingsbridge<br />

when the attacker, wearing blue<br />

jeans and a hoodie, approached<br />

just before 2 p.m. Monday, the<br />

video obtained by the Daily News<br />

shows.<br />

Police sources say the pair of<br />

cops were conducting inspections<br />

of illegal smoke shops.<br />

Suddenly the attacker pulled<br />

a bottle out of his pocket and<br />

unprovoked whacked the female<br />

officer in the back of her head, the<br />

video shows.<br />

The assailant continued his<br />

attack, grabbing the victim’s long<br />

black hair and then delivering a<br />

few roundhouse punches to her<br />

face and body.<br />

Her partner absorbed some of<br />

the blows as he started to wrestle<br />

with the assailant. Two other men,<br />

who sources say are New York<br />

City Sheriff’s officers working with<br />

the NYPD, joined in and tried to<br />

ward off the attacker, the recording<br />

shows.<br />

As the three men were busy<br />

trying to subdue the assailant, the<br />

battered victim ran between two<br />

parked cars and then turned back<br />

to watch her partner wrestling<br />

with the man. She is assigned to<br />

the 114th Precinct in Queens but<br />

was detailed to a special unit for<br />

investigating smoke shops, sources<br />

said.<br />

The assailant, Jose Garcia, 45,<br />

was arrested and charged with<br />

assault, obstruction of government<br />

administration, resisting<br />

arrest, menacing, weapon possession<br />

and harassment.<br />

The attacked officer was taken<br />

to St. Barnabas Hospital, where<br />

she was expected to recover.<br />

Garcia’s arraignment was pending<br />

In Bronx Criminal Court Tuesday.<br />





By Luis Fieldman<br />

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GREENFIELD, Mass. — The<br />

Greenfield police resumed 24-<br />

hour service as of Sunday.<br />

Patrols and responses by the<br />

Greenfield Police Department<br />

had been reduced due to staffing<br />

shortages and budgetary constraints<br />

since March 1. Massachusetts<br />

State Police stepped in with<br />

coverage between the hours of 3<br />

a.m. and 7 a.m.<br />

Greenfield police announced on<br />

the department’s Facebook page<br />

Sunday that 24-hour coverage<br />

would return, albeit with potential<br />

delays in responses due to continued<br />

staffing shortages.<br />

“We are happy to announce as<br />

of today we are back to serving<br />

our community 24 hours a day,”<br />

the department wrote. “We would<br />

like to thank the Massachusetts<br />

State Police for their assistance<br />

covering between the hours of<br />

0300-0700 for the past six weeks<br />

and their willingness to assist<br />

our detectives in the upcoming<br />

months.”<br />

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department<br />

will assist the Greenfield<br />

Police Department with coverage<br />

“until we can staff our department<br />

to safe levels,” Greenfield<br />

police wrote on Facebook.<br />

“Due to our continued staffing<br />

shortages, you still may experience<br />

delays in non-life threatening<br />

or non-active property calls<br />

for the near future,” the post read.<br />

Police Chief Robert Haigh and<br />

Mayor Roxann Wedegartner made<br />

a surprise announcement about<br />

the end of the night shift and an<br />

eight-hour gap in service at a Jan.<br />

18 city council meeting. A week<br />

later, however, they amended the<br />

plan and said Greenfield police<br />

will no longer patrol or respond<br />

to 911 calls from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m.<br />

State police set up a mobile<br />

command center outside of the<br />

Greenfield Police Department’s<br />

headquarters on High Street in order<br />

to cover the gaps in overnight<br />

service.<br />

At a March 22 meeting of the<br />

city’s Public Safety Commission,<br />

four new police recruits were<br />

recommended to the mayor to be<br />

officially hired. During the meeting,<br />

Deputy Chief William Gordon<br />

said all four were given conditional<br />

offers of employment.<br />

At least one recruit, Victor<br />

Placinta, already had part-time<br />

certification from the Massachusetts<br />

Peace Officer Standards and<br />

Training (POST) Commission, and<br />

with a waiver for full-time certification,<br />

had a chance of being<br />

on patrol duty as early as April 1,<br />

according to Gordon.<br />

Another recruit, Cameron Johnson,<br />

already a full-time certified<br />

POST officer, was required to go<br />

through field training with the<br />

Greenfield police. Gordon said he<br />

could be “on the road by himself<br />

anywhere between four and 12<br />

weeks, depending on the speed of<br />

his training.”<br />

The path to patrol for the other<br />

two recruits will take a little longer.<br />

“The other two you probably<br />

won’t see on the road for about a<br />

year, maybe next January,” Gordon<br />

said.<br />

A $375,000 federal grant awarded<br />

to the city of Greenfield will go<br />

toward funding the new hires.<br />

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By Melody Gutierrez<br />

Los Angeles Times<br />

LOS ANGELES — A LAPD officer,<br />

whose sharp-shooter social media<br />

posts drew widespread attention<br />

after she was involved in a<br />

fatal shooting, filed a discrimination<br />

and retaliation lawsuit Tuesday<br />

against Police Chief Michel<br />

Moore and the department.<br />

LAPD Officer Toni McBride<br />

alleges that Moore blocked her<br />

promotions because she refused<br />

to remove from her social media<br />

feeds videos of her at shooting<br />

competitions or training at firing<br />

ranges. In the lawsuit filed in<br />

federal court, McBride claims that<br />

Moore told her that she had to delete<br />

her social media accounts or<br />

“he would destroy her career.”<br />

McBride, who is seeking more<br />

than $5 million in damages, has<br />

been on medical leave since <strong>No</strong>vember<br />

due to “severe physical<br />

symptoms caused by and exacerbated<br />

by the stress,” according to<br />

the lawsuit.<br />

A LAPD spokesperson declined<br />

to comment, citing pending litigation.<br />

McBride’s social media posts<br />

garnered attention in 2020 after<br />

she shot a 38-year-old man holding<br />

a box cutter six times, killing<br />

him. McBride and her partner had<br />

been responding to a collision on<br />

San Pedro Street near East 32nd<br />

Street involving several badly<br />

injured motorists whose vehicles<br />

had been struck by a truck driven<br />

by Daniel Hernandez. A toxicology<br />

report found Hernandez had<br />

methamphetamine in his system<br />

at the time.<br />

McBride repeatedly commanded<br />

Hernandez to drop the weapon,<br />

according to videos captured by<br />

McBride’s body-camera and by<br />

witnesses with smartphones.<br />

When Hernandez advanced toward<br />

her, she shot him twice, and<br />

then fired another two shots when<br />

he attempted to get up. Her final<br />

two shots came as he was rolling<br />

on the ground.<br />

After the shooting, McBride told<br />

investigators she felt Hernandez<br />

posed a risk to bystanders in the<br />

area.<br />

The Los Angeles Police Commission<br />

found McBride broke department<br />

policy by continuing to<br />

shoot Hernandez during the fatal<br />

encounter. The commission found<br />

McBride’s first four shots were<br />

justified, but her fifth and sixth<br />

shots were not.<br />

California Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta’s<br />

office cleared McBride of wrongdoing<br />

based in part on the “expert<br />

opinion” of a controversial police<br />

use-of-force consultant. Bonta’s<br />

office took over the review of the<br />

shooting after former Los Angeles<br />

County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey<br />

recused herself.<br />

McBride’s father, Jamie Mc-<br />

Bride, is one of nine directors of<br />

the powerful Los Angeles Police<br />

Protective League, the union that<br />

represents rank-and-file officers<br />

in labor and discipline issues. The<br />

L.A. police union has raised money<br />

for Lacey’s campaigns.<br />

The younger McBride earned<br />

“Top Shot” in the LAPD police<br />

academy and was the youngest<br />

in her class when she graduated<br />

at 20 years old, according to her<br />

lawsuit. She said in the lawsuit<br />

that she has competed — and won<br />

— target shooting competitions<br />

all over the country, which she<br />

regularly chronicled on her social<br />

media accounts.<br />

In the lawsuit, McBride’s attorney<br />

said it was not the Hernandez<br />

shooting that caused the police<br />

chief to block McBride’s career<br />

advancement opportunities last<br />

year.<br />

“Chief Moore told Officer Mc-<br />

Bride that he wanted her to cease<br />

posting videos on social media,”<br />

according to the lawsuit. “He said<br />

that Officer McBride needed to<br />

‘choose between being an LAPD<br />

officer’ or posting social media<br />

videos.”<br />

McBride contends her posts are<br />

“virtually identical to dozens of<br />

videos regularly posted by male<br />

officers. But when it comes to<br />

Officer McBride, Chief Moore told<br />

her he didn’t like the ‘image they<br />

present,’” according to the lawsuit.<br />

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Thousands of officers converge on Washington DC in May<br />

of each year in what is considered one of the most powerful<br />

events in the United States. The goal of National Police<br />

Week is to honor and celebrate these officers, including<br />

those who made the ultimate sacrifice. It is a week of<br />

tears, pride, recognition, and camaraderie. As we prepare<br />

for this year’s ceremonies, it is important to revisit the incredible<br />

history behind National Police Week in order to<br />

better understand its symbolism and meaning.<br />

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“When a police officer is killed, it’s<br />

not an agency that loses an officer,<br />

it’s an entire nation”.<br />

Chris Cosgriff, Officer Down Memorial Page Founder.<br />

According to www.policeweek.org, in<br />

1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a<br />

proclamation which designated May 15 as<br />

Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week<br />

in which that date falls as Police Week. In<br />

1994, a subsequent proclamation by President<br />

Bill Clinton directed that the flag be<br />

flown at half-mast on Peace Officers Memorial<br />

Day. Currently, tens of thousands<br />

of law enforcement officers from around<br />

the world converge on Washington, DC to<br />

participate in a number of planned events<br />

which honor those that have paid the ultimate<br />

sacrifice. The Memorial Service began<br />

in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately<br />

120 survivors and supporters of<br />

law enforcement. Decades later, the event,<br />

more commonly known as National Police<br />

Week, has grown to a series of events<br />

which attracts thousands of survivors and<br />

law enforcement officers to our Nation’s<br />

Capital each year. The National Peace Officers<br />

Memorial Service, which is sponsored<br />

by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order<br />

of Police, is one in a series of events which<br />

includes the Candlelight Vigil, which is<br />

sponsored by the National Law Enforcement<br />

Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and seminars<br />

sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors<br />

(C.O.P.S.). National Police Week draws in<br />

between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees. The attendees<br />

come from departments throughout<br />

the United States as well as from agencies<br />

throughout the world. This provides a unique<br />

opportunity to meet others who work in law<br />

enforcement.”<br />

Since 1791, when the first police death was<br />

recorded, there have been more than 21,000<br />

law enforcement officers killed while on<br />

duty. There are currently 21,541 names engraved<br />

on National Law Enforcement Officers<br />

Memorial in Washington, D.C. 3. The 1920s<br />

were the deadliest decade in law enforcement<br />

history, when a total of 2,480 officers<br />

died, an average of almost 248 a year. The<br />

deadliest year in U.S. police history was 1930,<br />

when 310 officers were killed. During the last<br />

10 years, the average number of police deaths<br />

per year dropped to 151. The U.S. has close to<br />

18,000 separate police agencies, each with<br />

their own internal structures and regulations.<br />

This includes federal agencies, local police,<br />

sheriff’s departments, and college campus<br />

police forces.<br />

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Tuesday, May 9 through Saturday, May 20, <strong>2023</strong><br />

National Law Enforcement Museum OPEN each day from May 9-20, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Thursday, May 11, <strong>2023</strong><br />

National Police K9 Memorial Service<br />

Friday, May 12, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Police Unity Tour Arrival<br />

Washington Nationals vs New York Mets<br />

Saturday, May 13, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Candlelight Vigil<br />

Sunday, May 14, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Shomrim Society Memorial Service for Fallen Jewish Law Enforcement Officers<br />

The 29th Annual Pipeband Memorial March and Service,<br />

Organized by the National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies (NCLEES)<br />

Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets<br />

May 14-16, <strong>2023</strong><br />

C.O.P.S. National Police Survivors’ Conference and C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens Program<br />

Monday, May 15, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service<br />

Wreath Laying and Stand Watch for the Fallen<br />

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C.O.P.S.<br />




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Whether you want to be or not.<br />

<strong>No</strong> cop starts out his or her day, saying I’m going to go be a<br />

hero today. <strong>No</strong> one wants to walk into an active shooter scene,<br />

walk past innocent victims lying in pools of blood, to track down<br />

a deranged killer and take them out. It isn’t what you want to do,<br />

It’s what you have to do. And you don’t have hours or minutes to<br />

think about it….you have milliseconds.<br />

Having the mindset that your only job is to stop that shooter<br />

from taking one more life even if it means losing your own in<br />

the process, is no doubt the single most difficult job facing cops<br />

today. And unfortunately, it’s becoming an everyday reality for<br />

hundreds of police officers around the country. Last month, in<br />

both Nashville and Louisville, that’s exactly what happened when<br />

officers didn’t wait, they acted.<br />

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Covenant School Shooting<br />


On March 27, <strong>2023</strong>, at approximately 10:13 am.<br />

Nashville Metro PD received an in-progress active<br />

shooter at the Covenant School in Nashville.<br />

The shooter, identified as Audrey Hale. Hale, a<br />

28-year-old from the Nashville area, was a former<br />

student of the school.<br />

Surveillance footage shows Hale driving to the<br />

school in a Honda Fit. Dressed in camouflage-style<br />

pants, a white T-shirt, a red cap and a black<br />

vest, Hale shoots out the glass of a side door and<br />

crawls through the opening to access the building.<br />

The shooter was armed with two AR-style guns —<br />

a rifle and a pistol — as well as a handgun, investigators<br />

said.<br />

Metro PD arrived at the school within minutes of<br />

the first 911 call.<br />

Body camera footage released Tuesday shows<br />

officer Rex Engelbert arriving at the school, grabbing<br />

his weapon from the back of his vehicle and<br />

encountering a woman who appears to be a staff<br />

member.<br />

She tells him, “The kids are all locked down, but<br />

we have two kids that we don’t know where they<br />

are.” She also describes the layout of the school<br />

and says children are upstairs.<br />

Engelbert, Officer Michael Collazo and another<br />

officer form a stack begin searching the school’s<br />

first floor as an alarm blares. They check several<br />

rooms, including what appear to be classrooms.<br />

Some doors are locked, and the rooms are dark.<br />

Muffled gunshots can be heard in the background,<br />

and Engelbert and the other officers rush<br />

upstairs to the second floor.<br />

The gunshots grow louder, and Engelbert enters<br />

an atrium and encounters the shooter standing<br />

near a window. Engelbert fires four times, and the<br />

shooter falls to the ground.<br />

Body camera footage from a second officer,<br />

Michael Collazo, shows him entering the school on<br />

the first floor with a group of other officers.<br />

Collazo and the other officers reach the second<br />

floor, where one says, “We’ve got one down,” as<br />

loud gunshots are heard.<br />

He is just a few steps behind Engelbert as the<br />

group enters the atrium.<br />

After Engelbert shoots Hale, officers rush the<br />

suspect, and Collazo fires four more times.<br />

Soon after, Audrey Hale, 28, was dead. Armed to<br />

the hilt with weapons and ammo, Hale had just<br />

fatally shot three students and three adults. The<br />

victims might have multiplied were it not for the<br />

quick work of these officers.<br />

They each said, I was just doing my job. I’m not<br />

a hero. But the truth is, you are heroes, and this<br />

world needs more heroes and less scumbags.<br />

Collanzo is a Marine Corps veteran who once<br />

rushed into action after a Christmas morning terror<br />

bombing. Collazo, a nine-year veteran of the<br />

police force, was among the first responders at the<br />

2020 bombing that injured eight in the Tennessee<br />

capital.<br />

“[He’s] obviously very brave, braver than I ever<br />

imagined,” his sister, Deanne Collazo DeHart, told<br />

the outlet. “He really does love his job.<br />

“When I sit and think about all the training and<br />

all the different classes that he does, and all the<br />

family events that he’s had to miss because of<br />

training or leaving to go through this training or<br />

this class,” DeHart said, “it all really does pay off.”<br />

DeHart said watching her younger brother head<br />

directly towards danger in the bodycam footage<br />

amazed her.<br />

“From the big sister point of view, I’m blown<br />

away — truly blown away,” she told NewsNation.<br />

“I knew my brother was brave. It wasn’t until I saw<br />

the video that I really processed how brave.”<br />

Collazo, who was born and raised in Nashville,<br />

joined the Marines out of high school and also<br />

Pictured are: Top Row - William Kinney, Evelyn Dieckhaus, and Hallie Scruggs.<br />

Bottom Row - Katherine Koonce, Mike Hill, and Cynthia Peak.<br />

served as a SWAT team paramedic, Nashville Police<br />

Chief John Drake told Fox News.<br />

In 2020, he rushed to the scene after Anthony<br />

Quinn Warner, a demented 63-year-old conspiracy<br />

theorist, detonated a bomb in his RV around 6:30<br />

a.m. Christmas Day.<br />

The blast killed Warner and damaged dozens<br />

of downtown buildings, including an AT&T facility<br />

that took out power over large swaths of Nashville.<br />

Meanwhile, Engelbert, a four-year police department<br />

veteran, received a department commendation<br />

just one week earlier for “precision<br />

policing” after two busts that recovered dozens of<br />

stolen credit cards and took a handgun, meth and<br />

fentanyl off the streets.<br />

“The seizures took two dangerous felons<br />

who had multiple outstanding warrants off the<br />

streets of downtown Nashville,” the department<br />

said in a statement Thursday.<br />

Yes, both men, true heroes in every sense of<br />

the word. But let’s not forget all the other men<br />

and women of the Nashville Metro PD, who also<br />

entered that school with the same exact intention.<br />

Putting their own lives on the line to protect<br />

innocent lives. For they too are just as heroic<br />

and brave as their fellow officers who had to<br />

take out a wacko transsexual bent on destroying<br />

lives.<br />

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Old National Bank Shooting<br />


<strong>No</strong>t two weeks later, on April 10, <strong>2023</strong> , a<br />

25-year-old gunman and former bank employee,<br />

Connor Sturgeon, opened fire inside a conference<br />

room on the first floor of the Old National Bank in<br />

downtown Louisville.<br />

Three Louisville Metro Police officers were shot<br />

and injured when they approached the front of<br />

the bank. Ambushed by the gunman, who layed<br />

in wait inside the glass doors of the bank. Interim<br />

Police Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel said<br />

April 10, <strong>2023</strong>, will be forever etched into the city’s<br />

memory.<br />

“Our freedom to live in safety and conduct<br />

business with peace of mind was challenged,”<br />

she said. “But be assured, it is a challenge that the<br />

men and women of LMPD are prepared to face and<br />

conquer just as was demonstrated by the heroic<br />

actions of our first responders to the Old National<br />

Bank.”<br />

Here’s what played out that morning.<br />

About half an hour before opening for business,<br />

employees at the Old National Bank branch near<br />

the Ohio River in downtown Louisville, Kentucky,<br />

gathered for a morning board meeting.<br />

There was Thomas Elliott, the bank’s 63-yearold<br />

senior vice president; Deana Eckert, a 57-yearold<br />

executive administrative assistant; and Juliana<br />

Farmer, 45, who moved to Louisville two weeks<br />

ago to take a job as a loan officer and help her<br />

daughter, a single mom with four children.<br />

There was Joshua Barrick, 40, a senior vice<br />

president of commercial real estate banking. And<br />

James Tutt, a 64-year-old commercial real estate<br />

market executive and a big-time booster of the revitalization<br />

of the old urban neighborhood where<br />

they worked.<br />

Within a minute, the five bank employees would<br />

become casualties of a distinctly American phenomenon<br />

– the mass shooting.<br />

The Monday morning rampage by a member of<br />

their own work family was particularly personal<br />

for Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg: He not only<br />

lost a close friend in Elliott but had himself survived<br />

a workplace shooting last year at his campaign<br />

headquarters.<br />

“It is painful,” Greenberg said, “for all of the<br />

families I know.”<br />

It is a pain that extends far beyond the city<br />

bordering Indiana – best known for hosting the<br />

renowned Kentucky Derby and manufacturing the<br />

iconic Louisville Slugger bat that’s part of the history<br />

of the national pastime.<br />

The mother of the gunman, 25-year-old Old<br />

National Bank employee Connor Sturgeon, was<br />

among the 911 callers on Monday. Her son, she told<br />

the dispatcher, was heading to the Old National<br />

Bank branch on East Main Street. He had a gun and<br />

apparently left a note found by a roommate, she<br />

said.<br />

“I need your help. He’s never hurt anyone. He’s a<br />

really good kid,” the mother insisted.<br />

“We don’t even own guns. I don’t know where he<br />

would have gotten a gun.”<br />

The call was made at 8:41 a.m. Monday.<br />

“He’s never hurt anyone,” the mother said.<br />

“Please don’t punish him.”<br />

It was too late. The first 911 call about the bank<br />

shooting had come in three minutes earlier. The<br />

gunman was already inside.<br />

“You’ve had calls from other people? So, he’s<br />

already there?”<br />

“Yes,” the dispatcher said.<br />

Should she go to the bank, the mother asked.<br />

Stay away, the dispatcher advised.<br />

Sturgeon was killed by officers shortly after<br />

he fatally shot the five bank employees and then<br />

fired at them, wounding Officer Nickolas Wilt. The<br />

26-year-old rookie cop was shot in the head 10<br />

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Old National Bank Shooting<br />

days after graduating from the police academy,<br />

leaving him in critical condition. Seven others were<br />

injured.<br />

“I just swore him in, and his family was there to<br />

witness his journey to become a police officer,”<br />

Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel, the interim police<br />

chief, said of Wilt.<br />

The motive for the rampage is unclear. The<br />

shooting was live-streamed on Instagram, compounding<br />

the horror.<br />

The gunman fired the weapon inside the bank<br />

for about a minute and then appeared to wait a<br />

minute and a half before police arrived, according<br />

to a city official.<br />

“Good morning,” a bank worker said to the gunman.<br />

“You need to get out of here,” the shooter told<br />

the woman on the live-stream, which was eventually<br />

taken down by Instagram’s parent company<br />

Meta.<br />

The gunman then tried to shoot her in the back,<br />

but the safety appeared to be on and the weapon<br />

needed to be loaded, the official said.<br />

Once the shooter loaded the weapon properly<br />

and took the safety off, he shot the worker, the official<br />

said. She was hit in the back of the shoulder<br />

and survived.<br />

The first 911 call came from a woman who<br />

worked at a different branch of Old National Bank.<br />

She witnessed the shooting on video.<br />

“How do you know you have an active shooter on<br />

site?” the dispatcher asked.<br />

“I just watched it. I just watched it on a Teams<br />

meeting. We were having a board meeting,” she<br />

said. “I saw somebody on the floor. We heard multiple<br />

shots and people started saying, ‘Oh my God,’<br />

and then he came into the board room.”<br />

Rebecca Buchheit-Sims, a manager with Old National<br />

Bank, later told CNN she virtually witnessed<br />

the shooting on her computer during the Microsoft<br />

Teams meeting.<br />

“I witnessed people being murdered,” she said. “I<br />

don’t know how else to say that.”<br />

Another 911 caller whispered. She said she<br />

worked at the bank. She was hiding in a closet.<br />

Gunshots echo in the background.<br />

“I know who it is,” she said. “He works with us.”<br />

Someone else called 911. They were on the fourth<br />

floor of the downtown building, hiding under a<br />

desk.<br />

Another caller to police demanded, “Get here<br />

now! We need somebody now!”<br />

01:37 - Source: CNN<br />

On the morning of his 10th day on the job, Wilt<br />

and his training officer, Cory “CJ” Galloway, drove<br />

to the riverside Preston Pointe building – which<br />

houses the bank on the first floor.<br />

It was 8:41 a.m. when their patrol car pulled up<br />

outside Old National Bank – on the other side of<br />

the street from Louisville Slugger Field, home of<br />

the minor-league Louisville Bats. The officers had<br />

been dispatched three minutes earlier to a report<br />

of shots fired.<br />

Gunshots exploded inside the building.<br />

“Back up, back up, back up,” one officer shouted.<br />

The squad car backed up slightly, according to<br />

their body camera video, which was released<br />

Tuesday. Some parts of the footage were blurred<br />

out.<br />

Galloway got a rifle from the trunk.<br />

“Cover for me,” he told his partner.<br />

The gunman waited in the bank lobby. Officers<br />

could not see through the building’s dark glass<br />

panes. In a photo taken from surveillance video,<br />

the shooter – wearing a blue shirt, jeans and<br />

sneakers – is holding a rifle. The floor is strewn<br />

with broken glass.<br />

Gunshots thundered in the background, according<br />

to the video. Wilt was shot in the head as he<br />

ran toward the shots, police said. Wilt was seen<br />

following Galloway up the outside steps to the<br />

bank. The video cut off before he was hit.<br />

Galloway, who was also shot, is seen taking fire.<br />

He fell, got back up and retreated to a safe position<br />

down the steps behind a planter. Officers talk<br />

about how they can’t see the gunman and that he’s<br />

shooting through the bank windows.<br />

“The shooter has an angle on that officer. We<br />

need to get up there. I don’t know where he’s at.<br />

The glass is blocking him,” Galloway said.<br />

Sirens wailed in the background.<br />

Galloway took cover and waited for backup. At<br />

times, he moved from one side of the concrete<br />

planter to another, aiming his rifle at the elevated<br />

lobby and trying to get a shot.<br />

“He’s shooting straight through these windows<br />

right towards the officer,” said Galloway as reinforcements<br />

arrived.<br />

At 8:44 a.m. Galloway unleashed a hail of<br />

bullets into the lobby. The broken windows, shot<br />

out by the gunman, enabled him to pinpoint the<br />

shooter.<br />

“I think he’s down!” Galloway shouted. “Suspect<br />

down. Get the officer!”<br />

Galloway stepped slowly into the building,<br />

through the shattered lobby windows. He aimed<br />

his rifle as broken glass crunched under his feet.<br />

Galloway then approached the shooter, who<br />

was down on the glass-strewn floor next to his<br />

rifle. It was 8:45 a.m. Monday – four minutes after<br />

the officer responded to another mass shooting<br />

in America.<br />

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in Law Enforcement Today?<br />

By Dave Edmonds,<br />

Reprinted from Police1<br />

Sociologists and behaviorists<br />

are frequently interested in how<br />

we psychologically attribute<br />

character traits to one another.<br />

One such area of empirical study<br />

is the attribution of heroism.<br />

The status of hero is achieved<br />

not only through action, but<br />

also through the perspective of<br />

others. In other words, if one<br />

accomplishes the most heroic<br />

act, yet nobody knows about it,<br />

he or she is not yet a hero (well,<br />

perhaps to oneself). It is through<br />

the marriage of heroic action,<br />

plus the witnessing of it, plus the<br />

hero attribution by another, that<br />

one “becomes” a hero. So, being<br />

a hero is really a very dependent<br />

condition.<br />

That’s one version, at least. It<br />

gets a bit more unwieldy because<br />

as far as some are concerned,<br />

heroism can be imputed<br />

to individuals simply because<br />

they belong to a certain sector<br />

of society. For people who think<br />

this way, they don’t need to see a<br />

heroic act in order to bestow the<br />

title. For example, law enforcement<br />

is a career that is frequently<br />

linked with the word “hero.”<br />

Some think that all cops, for the<br />

selfless acts they are willing to<br />

do, are de facto heroes. The fact<br />

that cops are willing to lay down<br />

their lives is a selfless condition,<br />

and this condition obviates the<br />

need for a heroic act.<br />

It’s good that a part of society<br />

is willing to revere its selfless<br />

servants this way. Even so, law<br />

enforcement is not lacking for<br />

daily heroic acts. Rather, what’s<br />

lacking is the observation of<br />

these acts.<br />



Most day-to-day heroic acts<br />

in law enforcement occur without<br />

the benefit of observation.<br />

While putting a sudden end to<br />

a high-profile, sensationalized<br />

violent act gets noticed (and attributed),<br />

our day-to-day work,<br />

when done well, is full of unnoticed<br />

heroics that have equal, if<br />

not greater, consequence.<br />

This is true not only because of<br />

the unheralded crime-stopping<br />

that you do, but also (and probably<br />

more significantly) because<br />

of the crime preventing you do.<br />

The cop who focuses on the<br />

career criminals on his beat is<br />

a life changer. For example, by<br />

making “lesser” parole violation<br />

busts, you forever change the<br />

life histories of many certain-tobe-next<br />

victims. A detective who<br />

doesn’t let a child molester’s<br />

defenses wear him out and stays<br />

in the interview room for those<br />

extra hours to get a confession<br />

has no doubt prevented more<br />

molestations. Like a fig tree naturally<br />

bears figs, career criminals,<br />

pedophiles and other habitual<br />

crooks naturally bear their own<br />

fruits. Victims are what they<br />

make. It’s their nature, and they<br />

don’t stop by themselves. Putting<br />

career criminals, pedophiles<br />

and other habitual crooks away<br />

means stopping worse crimes<br />

before they start, and thereby<br />

changing untold lives forever.<br />



This type of police work is<br />

some of the most valuable we<br />

can do. For what it does for<br />

individuals who would have<br />

otherwise been victims, and for<br />

society as a whole, preventing<br />

the next sensational armed robbery<br />

or horrific sex crime is even<br />

more valuable than ending one<br />

in progress. This type of work<br />

literally changes history, and it’s<br />

one of the reasons this job is so<br />

great. By doing our daily jobs<br />

well, we are unwittingly committing<br />

“upstream” heroic acts.<br />

Just because they are never noticed<br />

or attributed, that doesn’t<br />

lessen their effect or value. Indeed,<br />

the fact that such acts are<br />

unattributed makes them even<br />

more noble.<br />

Dealing with crisis day after<br />

day and year after year can<br />

numb us to the value of our role.<br />

It can be better appreciated if<br />

you personalize it: If somebody’s<br />

good upstream work, though<br />

you never knew about it, directly<br />

prevented a life-changing tragedy<br />

within your family, what<br />

benefit (“value”) would that act<br />

have to you and your family for<br />

the rest of your lives? When you<br />

do your job well, you are directly<br />

having that effect on untold<br />

others. <strong>No</strong>t knowing the specific<br />

“who’s” or “what’s” has nothing<br />

to do with the actual value of<br />

these acts. They truly are heroic<br />

accomplishments, sans the attribution.<br />

As our careers advance, we<br />

tend to downplay the nobility,<br />

honor, value and selflessness of<br />

our day-to-day work. Or, because<br />

of discouragement, becoming<br />

comfortable, or because<br />

of a loss of purpose, we can<br />

even recede from this good and<br />

noble fight. But in doing so, we’re<br />

yielding to the steady decline in<br />

cultural values, where there are<br />

fewer and fewer moral heroes<br />

of any type. By giving in, we’re<br />

actually adding to that decline.<br />

Hero status may never come<br />

your way. Yet you add to your<br />

stature and reveal your character<br />

when you remain willing<br />

to anonymously strive selflessly<br />

for the sake of those you’ll never<br />

know. In doing your best, you<br />

are giving real people their best<br />

hope for a better destiny. So,<br />

resolve to do your best and press<br />

on.<br />

Believe in your role in society<br />

and work that way. As a hero.<br />


Edmonds is a retired Sonoma<br />

County (CA) Sheriff’s captain and<br />

founder of 360ARMOR, a free,<br />

online, membership-based police<br />

fitness and wellness organization.<br />

His 30-year career included<br />

assignments in and leadership of<br />

patrol, violent crimes/homicide,<br />

SWAT, sexual assault, polygraph<br />

and more. He has taught police<br />

supervision, management, and<br />

leadership at the university level.<br />

Dave is interested in LEO fitness<br />

and wellness on all fronts. He<br />

invites you to join him and other<br />

like-minded LEOs at 360ARMOR.<br />

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there is a<br />

digital gift<br />

card shown<br />

on your app<br />

that you show the cashier. They<br />

scan the barcode, and the transaction<br />

is completed. It’s that quick<br />

and easy. Then you’ll notice you’re<br />

getting back $6.32 from Bass Pro<br />

because you are a First Responder,<br />

and it stays in your “available cash”<br />

on your app until you choose to use<br />

it at any of the 300+ merchants in<br />

the app. So, every time you use the<br />

app to pay for your purchase you<br />

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any time you can use your available<br />

cash to pay for all or part of your<br />

next purchase through the app. It is<br />

really the same as pulling out your<br />

credit card and handing it to the<br />

cashier but by using the FIRST app,<br />

you are earning cash back. I find<br />

this a very cool benefit for you and<br />

your family members, and it is all<br />

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and a FIRST member. Bass Pro and<br />

Cabela’s offer 5.4% cash back and<br />

that is about the average across all<br />

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more, some less and it is always<br />

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much they are offering. I can’t wait<br />

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new products<br />

yrs.<br />



Biofire ‘smart gun’ with fingerprint and facial<br />

recognition unlocking system hits the market.<br />

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The<br />

Biofire Smart Gun is the world’s<br />

first biometric firearm, a 9mm<br />

handgun designed from the<br />

ground up to be always locked<br />

while remaining instantly<br />

accessible to the owner. Biofire’s<br />

revolutionary Guardian<br />

Biometric Engine uses facial<br />

and fingerprint recognition to<br />

unlock the firearm for up to<br />

five authorized users, and to<br />

lock the moment it leaves your<br />

hand. The Smart Gun only fires<br />

for the people you choose, so<br />

your firearm is much less likely<br />

to cause a tragic outcome in<br />

the hands of a child, criminal,<br />

or anyone else.<br />



Last year, the New England<br />

Journal of Medicine report<br />

revealed that firearm-related<br />

accidents, homicides and<br />

suicides are the primary cause<br />

of death for children and teenagers<br />

in the U.S. The Biofire<br />

smart gun is expected to hit the<br />

market in 2024. Some believe<br />

that when it does, it could significantly<br />

help curb the crisis<br />

American children are facing.<br />

One of the main advantages of<br />

Biofire’s smart guns is that they<br />

can dramatically reduce the<br />

risks of suicides and accidental<br />

shootings at home. The biggest<br />

impact will be seen in the areas<br />

of accidental shootings and<br />

suicides. According to a medical<br />

journal article published<br />

in the JAMA Network in 2021,<br />

over 40% of American children<br />

claimed they could access their<br />

parents’ “secured” guns within<br />

two hours in a recent survey.<br />

Therefore, this technology can<br />

benefit responsible gun owners<br />

by increasing safety and reducing<br />

the likelihood of tragic accidents,<br />

especially with young<br />

children who may not understand<br />

the dangers of firearms.<br />



In addition, smart guns can<br />

also help reduce gun theft.<br />

Traditional guns can be stolen<br />

and easily sold on the black<br />

market,contributing to crime<br />

and gun violence. However,<br />

smart guns that require biometric<br />

or electronic authentication<br />

contain a built-in theft deterrent<br />

and are impossible for criminals<br />

to use illegally if they are stolen.<br />



Biofire’s proprietary Guardian<br />

Biometric Engine uses integrated<br />

fingerprint and 3D facial<br />

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ecognition systems to make<br />

sure only authorized users can<br />

arm the firearm. . Authorized<br />

users can instantly unlock the<br />

firearm just by picking it up -<br />

no codes, buttons, or gadgets<br />

required. Several prominent<br />

firearms and safety influencers<br />

have been able to test the<br />

Smart Gun already. Here’s one<br />

detailed review by Ian McCollum<br />

of Forgotten Weapons<br />

[LINK].<br />



Since many mass shootings<br />

are carried out using legally<br />

obtained firearms, it is unlikely<br />

that this smart gun alone will<br />

effectively prevent mass shootings<br />

in America. However, many<br />

minors do misuse their parents’<br />

firearms to commit school<br />

shootings and mass shootings.<br />

This new smart gun’s locking<br />

mechanism could potentially<br />

have stopped a school shooters<br />

likeAdam Lanza, who used his<br />

mother’s firearm to murder 26<br />

people at Sandy Hook Elementary<br />

School in 2012.<br />


Biofire is a team of gun owners,<br />

engineers, and parents<br />

developing innovative new<br />

solutions to keep their loved<br />

ones safe based near Denver,<br />

CO. Biofire’s CEO, Kai Kloep- fer,<br />

began work on the Smart Gun<br />

more than almost 10 years ago.<br />

After raising millions in venture<br />

funding and building a team<br />

of nearly 40 top engineers and<br />

other experts, the Smart Gun<br />

itself finally emerged from<br />

stealth and publicly launched<br />

for reservations on April 13th,<br />

<strong>2023</strong>.<br />


The introduction of this new<br />

smart gun by Biofire could offer<br />

a solution to some of the issues<br />

surrounding firearm safety and<br />

gun violence. Its fingerprint and<br />

facial recognition sensor can<br />

absolutely help reduce accidental<br />

shootings, gun theft, and<br />

the use of firearms by criminals.<br />

While this new technology may<br />

not solve the issue of mass<br />

shootings, it can still benefit<br />

responsible gun owners and<br />

increase safety for everyone,<br />

especially at home with kids.<br />

“We’re not claiming that the<br />

Biofire Smart Gun is going to<br />

prevent every instance of firearm<br />

misuse. But we do believe<br />

this tool can help prevent some<br />

firearm suicides, accidents, and<br />

injuries from occurring,” Kloepfer<br />

said.<br />

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yrs.<br />

<strong>MAY</strong><br />

1-5 Detective and New Criminal Investigator *BY PATC Rio Rancho, NM<br />

1-5 <strong>2023</strong>-LEIU/IALEIA ANNUAL TRAINING EVENT LAS VEGAS, NV<br />

2-3 Managing the Property and Evidence Room *BY PATC Salina, KS<br />

2-4 Sexual Deviant Offenders *BY PATC Desloge, MO<br />


9-11 <strong>2023</strong> <strong>No</strong>rth American Use of Force Symposium: Lessons Learned Scottsdale, AZ<br />


10-11 Basic Drug Investigation By LLRMI Geo, TX<br />

16 Advanced Search & Seizure by Blue to Gold (Live Stream Available) Lufkin, TX<br />

17 Duty to Intervene by Blue to Gold (Live Stream Available) Lufkin, TX<br />

17 Real World De-Escalation by Blue to Gold (Live Stream Available) Lufkin, TX<br />

22-24 Cellular Technology, Records, and Analysis Southlake, TX<br />

22-24 Pat McCarthy’s Street Crimes - Real World Training Arlington, TX<br />


22-26 Advanced Homicide Investigation/Violent Crime course Anchorage, AL<br />

JUNE<br />

5-7 Leadership 101 - Professionalism Defined (TX New Sup.) McKinney, TX<br />

6-8 Reid Technique of Inv. & Advanced Interrogation Denton, TX<br />


13-16 Reid Technique of Inv. & Advanced Interrogation Austin, TX<br />


19-23 Detective and New Criminal Investigator *BY PATC Denton, TX<br />





JULY<br />

11-14 Cognitive Interviewing and Analytic Interviewing Humble, TX<br />

13-14 Child Abuse Investigations Denton , TX<br />

17-18 Proactive Leadership Humble, TX<br />

17-21 Basic Instructor 1014 Texas City, TX<br />

18-21 Reid Technique of Inv. & Advanced Interrogation Houston, TX<br />

24-27 53rd Annual Texas Narcotic Officers Association Training Conf. San Marcos, TX<br />

AUGUST<br />

1-4 Reid Technique of Inv. & Advanced Interrogation Kileen, TX<br />

2 De-Escalation #1849 Texas City, TX<br />

7-11 Interview & Interrogation for New Detectives BY LLRMI Georgetown, TX<br />

7-11 Rolling Surveillance presented by LCI Services Texas City, TX<br />

8-11 Reid Technique of Inv. & Advanced Interrogation Dallas, TX<br />

14-16 Pat McCarthy’s Street Crimes - Galveston, TX<br />

14-18 Detective and New Criminal Investigator *BY PATC League City, TX<br />

15-18 Chop Shop Investigations presented by LCI Services Texas City, TX<br />

16-17 Leadership for Front-Line Supervisors Denton, TX<br />

18 Statement Analysis® Interviewing Techniques Dallas, TX<br />

22-23 Overdose Investigations Course Georgetown, TX<br />

28-31 National Internal Affairs Investigators Assoc (NIAIA)<br />

Annual Training Conf<br />

Fort Worth, TX<br />


11-15 Force Science Certification Course Houston, TX<br />

19-21 WZ Criminal Level I Investigative Interviewing Techniques McKinney, TX<br />

19-22 Reid Technique of Investigative Interviewing<br />

& Advanced Interrogation<br />


Denton, TX<br />

21-22 Homicide Investigations Seminar Denton, TX<br />

22 WZ Criminal Investigative Interviewing Techniques<br />

Advanced Workshop<br />

22 WZ Criminal Level II - Advanced Interviewing Techniques<br />

Workshop<br />

25 Bulletproof Courtroom Testimony by Blue to Gold<br />

(Live Stream Available)<br />

McKinney, TX<br />

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Fort Worth, TX<br />

25-27 Proactive Leadership Waxahachie, TX<br />

25-29 Detective and New Criminal Investigator *BY PATC Crowley, TX<br />

26 Advanced Search & Seizure by Blue to Gold Denton, TX<br />

27 Advanced Traffic Stops by Blue to Gold Denton, TX<br />

28 Advanced Criminal Investigations by Blue to Gold Denton, TX<br />

2-4 FTO for today’s recruits and Pgm. Mgr. McKinney, TX<br />

3-6 Reid Technique of Investigative Interviewing<br />

& Advanced Interrogation<br />

Ft Worth, TX<br />

4-5 Extracting the Truth-Advanced Interview and Interrogation Denton, TX<br />

5 Forensic Statement Analysis - Deception Detection McKinney, TX<br />

10-12 Pat McCarthy’s Street Crimes Lufkin, TX<br />


16-18 Leadership 101 -<br />

Professionalism Defined (TX New Supervisor)<br />

McKinney, TX<br />

16-20 Detective and New Criminal Investigator *BY PATC Rockport, TX<br />

19-20 Advanced Forensic Statement Analysis<br />

Deception Detection<br />

McKinney, TX<br />


23-24 Covert Surveillance *BY PATC Texas City, TX<br />

31-3 Reid Technique of Investigative Interviewing<br />

& Advanced Interrogation<br />

Rockport, TX<br />

Send your calendar listings to:<br />

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yrs.<br />

TCPA Invites<br />

You To<br />

Join Us!<br />


SATURDAY, <strong>MAY</strong> 13TH<br />



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TCPA invites public safety personnel, crime<br />

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END OF WATCH FRIDAY, MARCH 31, <strong>2023</strong><br />

AGE: 31 TOUR: 9 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Police Officer Tim Unwin was killed in a vehicle crash at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and Centerridge<br />

Avenue in <strong>No</strong>rth College Hill.He was responding to an “officer needs assistance” call when his patrol car collided<br />

with another vehicle shortly after midnight. Officers from multiple jurisdictions were responding to the call<br />

when the crash occurred. The driver of the other vehicle was also killed in the crash.<br />

Officer Unwin had served with the Springfield Township Police Department for two years. He had previously<br />

served with the Hamilton Police Department for two years and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office for five<br />

years.<br />


END OF WATCH SUNDAY, APRIL 2, <strong>2023</strong><br />

AGE: 44 TOUR: 24 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Detective Sergeant Nick Pepper was killed when his vehicle was intentionally rammed by a suspect during a vehicle<br />

pursuit on Louisiana Highway 1, near Kleinpeter Road, in Thibodaux at about 4:00 am. Officers and deputies<br />

pursued the vehicle until it stopped near Lafourche Crossing. As officers issued commands to the subject, the<br />

man suddenly accelerated and intentionally drove into Sergeant Pepper’s car. Sergeant Pepper was transported to<br />

Thibodaux Regional Health System where he succumbed to his injuries.<br />

Sergeant Pepper had served with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office for 15-1/2 years and had served in law<br />

enforcement for 24 years. He had previously served with the Houma Police Department and the Terrebonne Parish<br />

Sheriff’s Office. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and son.<br />






END OF WATCH SATURDAY, APRIL 8, <strong>2023</strong><br />

AGE: 32 TOUR: 4 YEARS 10 MONTHS BADGE: 614<br />

Police Officer Emily Breidenbach and Police Officer Hunter Scheel of the Cameron Police Department were<br />

shot and killed during a traffic stop at Wisconsin Highway SS and 13th Avenue in the Village of Cameron at<br />

3:38 pm. Officer Breidenbach and Officer Scheel pulled over a vehicle for a warrant and welfare check on the<br />

driver. The subject was armed, and gunfire was exchanged. Officer Breidenbach and Officer Scheel succumbed<br />

to their wounds at the scene. The subject was transported to the hospital where he died.<br />

Officer Breidenbach had served with the Chetek Police Department for over four years and previously served<br />

with the Stoughton Police Department. She is survived by her parents, brother, her fiancé, and his four children.<br />

Her father was the Chief of Police for the Pardeeville Police Department.<br />


END OF WATCH SATURDAY, APRIL 8, <strong>2023</strong><br />

AGE: 23 TOUR: N/A BADGE: 608<br />

Police Officer Hunter Scheel and Police Officer Emily Breidenbach of the Chetek Police Department were shot<br />

and killed during a traffic stop at Wisconsin Highway SS and 13th Avenue in the Village of Cameron at 3:38<br />

pm. Officer Scheel and Officer Breidenbach pulled over a vehicle for a warrant and welfare check on the driver.<br />

The subject was armed, and gunfire was exchanged. Officer Scheel and Officer Breidenbach succumbed<br />

to their wounds at the scene. The subject was transported to the hospital where he died.<br />

Officer Scheel was a United States Army National Guard veteran and served with the Cameron Police Department<br />

for one year. He is survived by his mother, stepfather, father, and three sisters.<br />







END OF WATCH SUNDAY, APRIL 9, <strong>2023</strong><br />

AGE: 34 TOUR: 7 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Senior Police Officer Trevor Abney succumbed to complications from a gunshot wound sustained on October<br />

30th, 2020. He and his partner were stopped at the intersection of St. Philip Street and Royal Street when<br />

a passenger in a passing pedicab opened fire on them without provocation. Officer Abney was struck in the<br />

left side of his face, and his partner suffered cuts to his arm from the shattered windshield. Officer Abney was<br />

transported to the University Medical Center New Orleans where life-saving measures were performed. Doctors<br />

were unable to remove the bullet, which remained lodged in his brain and blinded him in the left eye. He<br />

succumbed to complications of the wound on April 9th, <strong>2023</strong>. Officer Abney was a United States Army Iraq<br />

War veteran and had served with the New Orleans Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his<br />

wife and parents.<br />

END OF WATCH SATURDAY, APRIL 15, <strong>2023</strong><br />

AGE: 44 TOUR: 12 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Deputy Sheriff Josh Owen was shot and killed while he and another deputy attempted to arrest a man for<br />

domestic violence in the 400 block of Stromen Street in Cyrus at about 7:30 pm. Deputies, as well as police<br />

officers from the Glenwood Police Department and Starbuck Police Department, had been dispatched to the<br />

house for reports of a domestic violence incident. The officers were attempting to place the man into custody<br />

when he opened fire on them. Deputy Owen and the subject were both fatally wounded. The other deputy and<br />

the Starbuck officer were injured. The incident occurred on Deputy Owen’s 44th birthday. Deputy Owen was<br />

a Minnesota National Guard Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and had served with the Pope County Sheriff’s<br />

Office for almost 12 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and parents. His father is a retired law enforcement<br />

officer.<br />






END OF WATCH SATURDAY, APRIL 15, <strong>2023</strong><br />

AGE: 43 TOUR: 16 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Reserve Corporal Joseph Johnson was shot and killed near the intersection of <strong>No</strong>rth Third Street and Locust<br />

Avenue following while making a traffic stop at about 8:20 pm. He was responding to reports of a violent<br />

man damaging property at a home and threatening its occupants. During the response, he encountered the<br />

suspect driving away and conducted a traffic stop. The subject immediately exited his car and opened fire,<br />

fatally wounding Reserve Corporal Johnson before he had a chance to return fire. The subject abandoned his<br />

vehicle, fled the scene, and was arrested two days later. Reserve Corporal Johnson had served with the Nyssa<br />

Police Department for almost five years. He had also served as a corrections officer with the Oregon Department<br />

of Corrections for 15 years and currently worked as a civilian employee for the agency. He is survived by<br />

his wife and two children.<br />


END OF WATCH THURSDAY, MARCH 2, <strong>2023</strong><br />


Deputy Sheriff Asson Hacker died as the result of exertional sickling and sickle cell trait while participating in<br />

defensive tactics training at the Southwestern Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Evansville. He began to<br />

feel ill while undergoing the training and was transported to a local hospital where he passed away.<br />

Deputy Hacker had only served with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office for several months. He is survived<br />

by his wife, four sons, parents, three brothers, and two sisters.<br />


Ghost Patrol: The scariest<br />

things cops have seen on<br />

the beat. Part 2<br />

By Police1 Staff<br />

Most cops will tell you they’ve<br />

seen it all. It’s the nature of the<br />

job to be exposed to virtually<br />

everything America has to offer<br />

– from the weird to the hilarious<br />

to the disturbing. But what<br />

about the paranormal?<br />

We asked our audience to<br />

share the scariest, strangest, or<br />

most unexplained thing they’ve<br />

seen in their career, and their<br />

stories were downright spooky.<br />

Check out our roundup of the<br />

best responses, and if you think<br />

you can top these, share your<br />

story with us bluespdmag@<br />

gmail.com. HERE IS PART 2<br />


I was the Sgt working overtime<br />

graveyard at a now-demolished<br />

substation. It was my lunch<br />

break and I heard someone open<br />

the door at the other end of the<br />

building and heard footsteps. I had<br />

the light off in my office because<br />

the hall lights more than lit it up.<br />

I saw someone in the door and<br />

when I turned to look, it was a<br />

shadow figure standing in the<br />

doorway as if to say “Hi Sgt!” It<br />

wasn’t something I saw out of the<br />

corner of my eye and it was there<br />

for a couple of seconds and then<br />

went on towards the lieutenant’s<br />

office. Later when I asked the guys<br />

if they have ever experienced<br />

anything strange at the substation,<br />

they responded “that’s why<br />

we don’t come back until the sun<br />

comes up.” I found out about other<br />

experiences that others had and it<br />

was similar...I’m still a skeptic, but<br />

I can’t explain what I saw. — Paul<br />

Jacobs<br />


I was working at our jail and<br />

while doing my watch tour I was<br />

heading into medical and heard<br />

two people having a conversation<br />

and thought it was two inmates<br />

in a cell talking. I went to the first<br />

cell and there were no names on<br />

the door so I didn’t look in. I went<br />

to the next door and it had one<br />

name on it. I opened the hatch<br />

to look in and there was a guy<br />

in there. I didn’t say anything at<br />

first to him but as I was closing<br />

his hatch, he asked me if I could<br />

move his neighbors over because<br />

he was alone and would like some<br />

company. I then went over to the<br />

previous door and checked in the<br />

window just in case someone<br />

didn’t put the names on the door.<br />

I looked in and nobody was in<br />

the cell. I went back to the guy in<br />

the other cell and asked him if he<br />

had heard people talking and he<br />

stated yes they had been talking a<br />

lot. I informed him that there was<br />

nobody next door and got out of<br />

there. — Scott Rowlison<br />


Worked security in a med center<br />

after retirement. Opened the place<br />

one morning at 0500. As I passed<br />

an alcove, for an instant saw a<br />

boy about 9 years old, brown hair,<br />

striped shirt sitting on a bench<br />

and then he was gone. Anyway<br />

out of embarrassment, I never<br />

told a soul about it. I had eight<br />

retired detectives working for me<br />

and one day I was having a conversation<br />

with one of them. Very<br />

sheepishly he asked me if I ever<br />

saw anything strange in the place<br />

when I opened in the morning.<br />

When I asked him why, he said<br />

that he saw a young boy wearing<br />

a striped shirt sitting on a bench<br />

and then he was gone. The same<br />

location where I saw the kid.<br />

Other things that happened were<br />

coffee pots being knocked over<br />

and footsteps late at night when<br />

closing. Later found out that the<br />

med center was located adjacent<br />

to the most haunted cemetery on<br />

Staten Island. — Buddy Smith<br />


I work on county roads and I<br />

had a Signal 100 at 03:00 and my<br />

closest bathroom was 30 minutes<br />

out. So, I pulled down a dark gravel<br />

road and started my business.<br />

I felt like someone was watching<br />

me. Looking toward the rear of my<br />

unit and approximately 20 feet<br />

beyond my rear bumper I saw a<br />

shadowy figure standing there.<br />

I stop and zip up (not finished)<br />

and yell out to what I thought<br />

was a person. I got no reply from<br />

the figure. I start to apologize to<br />

the figure – thinking this was the<br />

landowner coming to see who was<br />

peeing on their driveway – but no<br />

response.<br />

I then go into tac mode and demand<br />

them to show their hands<br />

and identify themselves. But no<br />

answer. I finally get smart and use<br />

my light to see who it was and<br />

as light passes over the area the<br />

figure was gone. Keep in mind this<br />

conversation was about 20 seconds<br />

long and I just saw something<br />

there. I look around and I hear no<br />

running through the brush. I turn<br />

to get make into my unit and I<br />

take one more look back and see a<br />

shadowy figure move towards me<br />

from where I last saw it. Needless<br />

to say, I got in my unit and sped off<br />

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ecause bullets were not going to<br />

stop this spirit. — T.J. Riggs<br />


The jail had a notorious ghost,<br />

Sara Ware, who would play with<br />

the lights and set off alarms. Most<br />

of the alarms are panic alarms<br />

in locked offices where switches<br />

actually had to be pushed and slid<br />

into a slot to activate. It got to<br />

the point where the officers were<br />

afraid to go into the courthouse<br />

for an alarm. — Aimee Reynolds<br />


One year our department started<br />

receiving complaints of headstones<br />

being knocked over in the<br />

city cemetery, around Halloween.<br />

The chief advised us on the midnight<br />

shift to spend our extra time<br />

around the cemetery to catch the<br />

person(s) causing damage. Me being<br />

sneaky, I found a good hidden<br />

observation point about a block<br />

away. There were two major welllit<br />

streets providing fair lighting in<br />

the cemetery. For several nights<br />

I would from time to time stop<br />

and check the cemetery with my<br />

binoculars and only patrol the<br />

cemetery at the start and end of<br />

my shift (as usual).<br />

One time checking the cemetery<br />

I spotted something that looked<br />

like a cat walking on its hind legs.<br />

I watched it walk approximately<br />

10 feet between headstones and<br />

lost sight of it. I rushed over to<br />

the area in my patrol car turning<br />

on my spotlight, alley lights and<br />

takedown lights. Couldn’t find a<br />

thing but a track through the dew<br />

on the grass that dead-ended<br />

at a headstone. To this day I can<br />

remember how it moved and its<br />

outline in my binoculars. Creepy.<br />

I’m an avid hunter and I’ve done<br />

plenty of hunting at night. I am<br />

very familiar with all the animals<br />

in my neck of the woods and I<br />

have never seen anything like it. —<br />

Arthur Rigsby<br />

HOME<br />

Several years back, my partner<br />

and I were looking for a kidnapping<br />

suspect in some abandoned<br />

houses. Around 0330 we go to<br />

check a house in a very rural<br />

and remote part of the county.<br />

The house is extremely large and<br />

creepy-looking. We make entry<br />

and find the inside of this house is<br />

like something out of Tim Burton’s<br />

nightmare. There are walls going<br />

halfway up and stopping. There<br />

were doorways barely big enough<br />

to stick your head through and<br />

opening up into massive empty<br />

rooms. Every time we thought<br />

we’d made it to the top floor, we’d<br />

find another staircase leading up.<br />

Finally, we make it to the attic and<br />

find all kinds of crazy stuff drawn<br />

on the walls. Needless to say, we<br />

finished clearing the house and<br />

got out of there. — Kevin Thompson<br />


I responded to a suicide as the<br />

co-lead detective. A male had<br />

hung himself in the tree in the<br />

backyard. We checked the residence<br />

and it was locked with a<br />

deadbolt thrown on both entry/<br />

egress doors. I called for entry<br />

tools and a supervisor for a<br />

breach because the decedent’s<br />

girlfriend was not accounted for<br />

and they lived together (possible<br />

murder/suicide).<br />

Several patrol officers and I<br />

were standing at the back door<br />

of the house (south side) which<br />

had been checked multiple times<br />

waiting on entry tools. I look at<br />

the door and there’s a gap in the<br />

frame and see there’s no deadbolt<br />

thrown anymore. I check the door<br />

and it’s now open.<br />

We clear the residence and no<br />

one is inside. I even had them<br />

clear the attic space.<br />

Inside the door that “magically”<br />

opened were multiple notes to<br />

family members from the decedent.<br />

We all walk outside and are<br />

waiting on NOK to arrive and try<br />

to walk back in. The door is secured<br />

again with a deadbolt.<br />

It should be noted no one had<br />

keys and there were key locks on<br />

both sides of the door.<br />

The lead and I were now discussing<br />

how we were gonna have<br />

to call for entry tools and again<br />

the door was open. <strong>No</strong> one going<br />

near it.<br />

I again had the residence cleared<br />

and no one inside.<br />

The lead detective and I did not<br />

go back into that house that day.<br />

— Rob McGinley<br />


Calls for service coming from<br />

a vacant household twice a night<br />

for about a week. The voice on<br />

the phone sounded like an elderly<br />

at-risk lady with Alzheimer’s<br />

barely audibly saying “Please help.<br />

Please help.” Totally unresponsive<br />

to our calls. Confirmed with my<br />

shift sergeant that the house’s last<br />

resident was a daughter taking<br />

care of her mother who was dying<br />

from stage two lung cancer. Definitely<br />

sent a shiver down my back.<br />

— Dalton Hostetler<br />


One cold winter night around<br />

0300 I was parked in a dark parking<br />

lot doing paperwork behind<br />

a Kmart. Suddenly someone or<br />

something banged on my driver’s<br />

side window 2-3 times, obviously<br />

scaring the hell out of me, but it<br />

happens. Except there was nobody<br />

there. Business wall 8-15’<br />

to my right, 10’ solid fence to my<br />

left, and 100’ open space front<br />

and back. <strong>No</strong>thing but my own tire<br />

tracks in the blanket of fresh snow<br />

and no marks on my window or<br />

ground indicating a snowball or<br />

such. I even got down in the snow<br />

and looked under my car. Still a<br />

bit anxious whenever I drive back<br />

there. — Troy Peterson<br />


• I was working receiving and<br />

release when we had an inmate<br />

released to a state mental hospital.<br />

When he was given his release<br />

clothing he looked toward<br />

me with a thousand-yard stare<br />

and said, “Why don’t you just do<br />

it?” I asked what he meant; with<br />

zero inflection and staring right<br />

through me, he said, “I know why<br />

you’re here. Kill me already and<br />

get it over with.” There was no<br />

one else in the holding tank, however,<br />

I looked over my shoulder<br />

to make sure no one had entered.<br />

<strong>No</strong> one had. When I placed him in<br />

handcuffs he suddenly focused on<br />

me as though just noticing I was<br />

there. He said to me, “He’s going<br />

to kill me, don’t let them take me!”<br />

He survived the transport but it<br />

was definitely creepy.<br />

• I was a new cop and my FTO<br />

and I were on a residential street<br />

in the middle of the night. We<br />

found a car positioned perpendicular<br />

to the road, and the driver<br />

seemed to be trying to get turned<br />

around but just kept moving back<br />

and forth. We contacted the driver<br />

who was a female in her early<br />

20s. She was lucid and coherent.<br />

She asked me how to get to a<br />

nearby neighborhood called Joaquin<br />

Muerietta, but she was being<br />

somewhat evasive in her answers<br />

to my questions. Eventually, she<br />

reluctantly told me her family was<br />

being held hostage and the only<br />

way she could get them released<br />

would be to complete missions for<br />

the CIA. I figured she was on drugs<br />

or just crazy. My FTO was a DRE<br />

and he determined she wasn’t<br />

on drugs. OK, so she’s just crazy.<br />

Then she told me she had a device<br />

in the car, which was like a handle<br />

with an arrow on the top of it.<br />

She said if she held the device, the<br />

arrow would glow when it was<br />

pointed in the direction she was<br />

supposed to go to “continue her<br />

mission.” I asked if I could examine<br />

the device and she said sure.<br />

I decided to humor her and held<br />

the device out while slowly turning<br />

in a circle. To my shock, the<br />

arrow suddenly brightened when<br />

it was pointed toward the Joaquin<br />

Murietta neighborhood…and<br />

only when it was pointed in that<br />

direction. She had an expression<br />

on her face like, “See? I told you<br />

so.” I had never seen a device like<br />

that before or since. My FTO was<br />

freaked out, and he told me “She’s<br />

not committing any crimes so let’s<br />

get out of here.” So we left. To<br />

this day, I have no idea what was<br />

actually happening there.<br />

• I was a patrol deputy in a<br />

small Texas Panhandle town in<br />

the 1990s. One winter night after<br />

a good, solid snowfall I was<br />

down the alley behind the business<br />

district checking for open<br />

doors, when I saw a woman at<br />

the far end of the alley – about<br />

a block away – standing in the<br />

middle of the alley, looking my<br />

direction. White female, long dark<br />

hair, wearing a long black evening<br />

dress, but no coat gloves or anything<br />

like that.<br />

It was after midnight, achingly<br />

cold, so I called, “Miss, are<br />

you OK?” She looked at me, then<br />

turned and stepped into what I<br />

knew was a recessed area behind<br />

one of the stores, so I got back<br />

into the cruiser and drove down<br />

there, expecting to find the dock<br />

door open, and the kids of the<br />

owners hanging out.<br />

The dock doors weren’t open.<br />

<strong>No</strong>ne of the doors were open,<br />

and the only thing in that little<br />

recessed area was a black cat sitting<br />

on the gas meter. As I grabbed<br />

the flashlight and started looking<br />

around, figuring I was about to<br />

find an intoxicated girl passed out<br />

in a snowdrift, the cat hopped off<br />

the meter, rubbed against my leg<br />

and wandered off down the alley.<br />

Then I realized that not only was<br />

there not anyone passed out in the<br />

snow, my footprints were the only<br />

ones in the fresh snow.<br />

And when I say my tracks were<br />

the only ones in the snow – the<br />

cat didn’t leave prints either. And I<br />

wasn’t new to the tracking game<br />

– I’d tracked children across dry<br />

caliche before that. I got back into<br />

the cruiser and high-tailed it back<br />

to the office, told the dispatcher<br />

about it, and she said, “Oh, her.<br />

She’s been showing up for about<br />

20 years or so. <strong>No</strong> one has a clue<br />

who she is. You see the cat, too?” I<br />

hadn’t said anything about the cat.<br />

Freaked me the hell out.<br />

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I Don’t Need <strong>No</strong> Stinking Seatbelt.<br />

The Crown Vic patrol car was<br />

demolished in a collision with a<br />

Ford F-250. The 45-mph impact<br />

caused damage seemingly out of<br />

proportion to the speed.<br />

The atmosphere in the briefing<br />

room was jovial and relaxed.<br />

Everyone from the rookies to the<br />

salty vets were eager to hit the<br />

road and begin their shifts. The<br />

old guys liked poking fun at the<br />

younger ones and the sergeants<br />

made sure it didn’t get too much<br />

out of hand. It was double-squad<br />

night, meaning we’d field twice the<br />

number of cops on the street. On<br />

most nights we staffed single-officer<br />

patrol cars, but double-squad<br />

nights gave us the luxury of partners<br />

and having instant backup on<br />

hot calls.<br />

It was September 30, 1993 and<br />

I’d been a cop in Las Vegas for<br />

about a year and a half. I’d been<br />

working with my partner, Officer<br />

Fred Garcia since I graduated from<br />

field training and we were on the<br />

graveyard shift, or “the yard” as<br />

we called it. The yard was the best<br />

place for young, ambitious cops to<br />

cut their teeth and figure out the<br />

best ways to do good police work.<br />

After briefing, Freddy and I went<br />

out to our Ford Crown Victoria<br />

squad car and readied it for the<br />

night. After loading our gear and<br />

deciding who’d drive for the first<br />

half of the shift, we headed out<br />

into the dark of the evening, ready<br />

to take on the worst Las Vegas<br />

could offer. Freddy made fun of<br />

the flattop haircut I’d gotten before<br />

work; it was all the rage then<br />

and I thought looked pretty good.<br />

About an hour into our shift,<br />

we’d handled a disturbance<br />

call and some routine stuff. We<br />

stopped at a 7-Eleven store for a<br />

cold drink because even though it<br />

was late September and long after<br />

the sun was down, it was still in<br />

the 80’s outside. I figured a Slurpee<br />

would do the trick … and that’s the<br />

last thing I remember from that<br />

night.<br />


During this time in my career I<br />

was young, eager and paid very<br />

close attention to how I practiced<br />

officer safety. I intentionally never<br />

wore my seatbelt in the patrol<br />

car. The popular thought was, “I<br />

don’t want to be strapped to a big<br />

metal coffin if I’m ambushed or<br />

facing an armed confrontation.” I<br />

worked in some rough parts of Las<br />

Vegas and dealt with a lot of really<br />

bad actors. I was convinced going<br />

without my seatbelt could save my<br />

life by letting me exit the patrol<br />

car as quickly as possible.<br />

Over 20 years later, I fully under-stand<br />

the reality. More cops<br />

die every year in car collisions<br />

than from armed assailants. The<br />

numbers prove that seat-belt<br />

usage offers a greater chance of<br />

surviving a wreck than not wearing<br />

one might have in an ambush.<br />

Back then I never wore a seatbelt.<br />


Around 2300 we were dispatched<br />

to a call involving a<br />

drunk, belligerent man with a<br />

knife. It was an urgent call, but<br />

not enough to warrant running<br />

Code 3. Freddy was driving us to<br />

the call and out of nowhere —<br />

wham! — a heavy-duty Ford F-250<br />

4X4 smashed into the front passenger<br />

side of the patrol car. We<br />

were doing about 45 mph, which<br />

doesn’t seem like much, but once<br />

you’ve seen what 5,000 pounds<br />

of metal hitting another 5,000<br />

pounds of metal does at 45 mph,<br />

it’s really quite shocking.<br />

The impact with the police car<br />

actually caused the engine of the<br />

F-250 to be torn from the frame,<br />

landing in the roadway.<br />

Freddy lost control of the patrol<br />

car and we veered through the<br />

oncoming travel lanes, over a curb<br />

and through a Slumpstone block<br />

wall. The impacts from the truck<br />

and the wall crushed the front of<br />

the patrol car, with most of the<br />

damage on my side. The truck that<br />

hit us rolled over at least once,<br />

and the engine was ejected from<br />

the engine compartment. The<br />

truck came to rest, spilling fuel<br />

that quickly started to blaze.<br />

Even back then, engineers were<br />

designing vehicles to absorb much<br />

of the energy in collisions and<br />

direct it away from the passenger<br />

areas. The crush damage on the<br />

Crown Vic was clear proof of their<br />

good work. The downfall of the<br />

car was no passenger side airbag.<br />

Airbags were fairly new in the<br />

auto industry and passenger side<br />

air-bags weren’t standard. The<br />

front end of the car was pushed<br />

back toward me so far that when I<br />

moved forward during the impact,<br />

the right side of my face struck<br />

the merciless metal handle of the<br />

passenger side spotlight.<br />


After the crash, Freddy stumbled<br />

from the car and looked back<br />

at me. I was unconscious and<br />

trapped in the crushed car; blood<br />

pouring from my face. Freddy<br />

immediately called for help and<br />

it was mere moments before an<br />

army of cops arrived. Someone extinguished<br />

the truck fi re and discovered<br />

the dead driver — reeking<br />

of alcohol. The passenger in the<br />

truck was injured and extremely<br />

drunk.<br />

Freddy injured his knee in the<br />

crash and thankfully it was nothing<br />

too serious. Rescue crews had<br />

to use their power tools to cut me<br />

out of the smashed patrol car. I’m<br />

told I was conscious at this point<br />

and somewhat hostile with rescue<br />

personnel — a common occurrence<br />

for people with severe head<br />

injuries. I’m also told medics didn’t<br />

think I’d live through the night. So,<br />

rather than lose time waiting for<br />

an air ambulance they loaded me<br />

up and off we went to the trauma<br />

center.<br />

Bradley’s head struck the passenger<br />

side spotlight handle. He<br />

sustained severe head injuries and<br />

needed facial lacerations stitched.<br />

In spite of his injuries, he was back<br />

on duty in just two months.<br />

The trauma doctors worked<br />

quickly to figure out just how bad I<br />

was. Obvious injuries included my<br />

right eyelid split in two, a fractured<br />

orbital bone with unknown<br />

damage to the eye itself. A couple<br />

dozen stitches from a plastic<br />

surgeon married the pieces of my<br />

eyelid back together. A few dozen<br />

more stitches closed some gaping<br />

cuts in my right arm.<br />

Evidence of internal head injuries<br />

called for an X-ray and<br />

CT scans revealing 11 facial/head<br />

fractures, brain hemorrhaging and<br />

a basilar skull fracture with air<br />

bubbles entering the brain cavity.<br />

At that time, significant basilar<br />

skull fractures usually resulted in<br />

death. One of the world’s greatest<br />

neurosurgeons at the time, Dr. Lonnie<br />

Hammargren, was called in to<br />

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take lead on the head trauma and<br />

brain injury.<br />


Through all of this, I’ve been told<br />

I was conscious and mostly alert.<br />

But to this day, I have no memory<br />

for about three days of that time.<br />

One of my first post-crash memories<br />

is the thing that caused the<br />

most pain: a dark colored bruise<br />

running diagonally from my left<br />

hip to my right shoulder. I thought<br />

maybe I’d been slammed up<br />

against the dashboard during the<br />

crash. I asked one of the nurses<br />

what the bruise was from and she<br />

said, “Honey, that’s from the seatbelt<br />

that saved your life.”<br />

I was confused. It didn’t make<br />

sense. I never wore a seatbelt. But<br />

this was incontrovertible evidence<br />

I’d been wearing one during the<br />

crash. When I saw the pictures of<br />

the crash, there’s no denying I’d<br />

have been a goner had I not been<br />

belted in. I probably would’ve gone<br />

through the windshield like a piece<br />

of sirloin through a meat grinder.<br />

<strong>No</strong>rmally never wearing a seatbelt,<br />

for some reason, Bradley<br />

had it on prior to impact. He still<br />

doesn’t remember putting it on,<br />

or why he would have. It saved his<br />

life. But alas … he still spilled his<br />

Slurpee!<br />

I hadn’t been expected to live,<br />

let alone ever work as a cop again.<br />

But I got well and returned to full<br />

duty a couple of months later.<br />

Ironically, I went to a medical aid<br />

call and the on-scene paramedics<br />

were the same ones who’d been to<br />

my crash. They looked like they’d<br />

seen a ghost when they saw me.<br />

I didn’t remember them but they<br />

sure remembered me. They told<br />

me their story from that night and I<br />

thanked them for saving my life.<br />

I gained a firsthand understanding<br />

seatbelts save the lives of<br />

police officers more often than any<br />

other piece of equipment we have.<br />

I’m not downplaying the threats<br />

we face from bad people with bad<br />

intentions, but statistics from the<br />

FBI and the National Law Enforcement<br />

Officer’s Memorial Fund don’t<br />

lie — crashes kill more cops than<br />

bad guys do.<br />

My hopeful wish is anyone who<br />

reads this story — especially you<br />

cops too — makes a conscious and<br />

logical decision to wear their seatbelt<br />

if they don’t already. In Vegas,<br />

professional gamblers play the<br />

odds and stay away from hunches<br />

or unproven methods. You should<br />

do the same. Play the odds and be<br />

a survivor. Be a professional. Don’t<br />

let something you have control<br />

over end up being what takes your<br />

life.<br />




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healing our heroes<br />


It doesn’t matter how much time<br />

you have on the job as a First responder.<br />

Triggers begin from the<br />

day you take the oath to protect and<br />

serve others.<br />

Take look back at who you were<br />

prior to raising your hand in that<br />

oath. Look at how you reacted to<br />

certain situations, and how you<br />

may have changed. In some cases,<br />

for the worse, and maybe some for<br />

the better, but a change has taken<br />

place.<br />

Your mind remembers all interactions,<br />

every sound, sight, smell, and<br />

touch. Which is sometimes quickly<br />

dismissed as “Déjà vu” but other<br />

times sparking a reaction to a past<br />

action. The brain will compartmentalize<br />

these encounters to protect<br />

us. Trauma being one of those compartments.<br />

The brain can place the bad things<br />

which we have seen or may have<br />

been victim of in a folder inside<br />

your “brain draw” This allows the<br />

file to be secured so you can move<br />

onto normal daily activities. A first<br />

responders’ life can cause these<br />

draws to become full very quickly<br />

causing the “Brain draw” not<br />

to close securely. We all know if<br />

we leave something open, certain<br />

things can leak out or become<br />

accessed easily. This happens with<br />

many first responders. The easy<br />

access to these draws, denies our<br />

Pre-First Responder coping and reasoning<br />

skills to be pushed aside for<br />

a more direct, sometimes inappropriate<br />

response to the active issue.<br />

Let’s look at sounds. When someone<br />

who has been exposed to many<br />

domestic violence incidents or<br />

heated confrontation events, any<br />

type of argument has the potential<br />

to become highly agitated. It could<br />

be the tone, the voice inflection,<br />

word, or phrase. Your brain will<br />

remember this, access the file in<br />

which it first heard, causing your<br />

guard to go up making you react in<br />

the same manner you did the first<br />

time you heard it. This is called the<br />

protection factor. It’s your brains<br />

way of letting you know danger<br />

is close or immanent. As a First<br />

Responder we go into protection<br />

mode everyday of our careers. In<br />

some cases, 30 plus years of wearing<br />

a suit of armor. We are conditioned<br />

to take control of every<br />

situation, because in the field it can<br />

be the matter of life and death.<br />

The brain doesn’t know that you<br />

are having an argument with your<br />

spouse over an overcooked dinner,<br />

all it hears or may recognize are the<br />

same inflection or tone once heard,<br />

immediately accessing the draw,<br />

continuing the file, containing the<br />

domestic dispute you responded<br />

to 10 years ago, where you were<br />

jumped from behind and had to<br />

use violent force to stop the attack<br />

to protect your life. This may have<br />

work well on the street, but not as<br />

well in a dinner issue. Arguments<br />

with a spouse should be handled<br />

in a much calmer fashion with<br />

more compassion and a less heated<br />

response. We need to learn the<br />

difference.<br />

Visual triggers can also have the<br />

same effect. We as humans are very<br />

visual by nature. We take in everything<br />

around us. We see things and<br />

store things we don’t even remember<br />

seeing. When we walk through<br />

a park, we not only see the people<br />

in the park, but we also see trees<br />

and birds, paths and benches, trash<br />

yrs.<br />



cans and water fountains. We will<br />

remember the things that stand<br />

out and dismiss the other things as<br />

irrelevant. We retain only certain<br />

objects in our short-term memory<br />

and store everything else away in<br />

the Brain Draw. <strong>No</strong>w if there were<br />

colorful trashcans along the path it<br />

may stay in the short term as a topic<br />

of conversation, but if they were<br />

typical trash bins you would most<br />

likely dismiss them and place them<br />

into long term memory. As first<br />

responders, we sometimes view the<br />

most horrific events moving through<br />

them in a robotic way during our<br />

shift dismissing them into our longterm<br />

memory like the discarded<br />

trashcans. If one of those trashcans<br />

continued a noticeable stench<br />

permeating from it, and someone<br />

talked about a bad smell, your brain<br />

would access the Brain draw with<br />

the bad smell of the trash bin in the<br />

park as a recollection.<br />

I can go on, but I am sure you see<br />

the picture. We need to begin and<br />

notice the changes within ourselves<br />

when we feel our anger begin to<br />

rise, or as we begin to slip into a<br />

depression state of mind. Ask ourselves,<br />

what happen in the last 5 or<br />

10 minutes that may have triggered<br />

these emotions. Why did I suddenly<br />

go from happy to sad, or calm<br />

to anger? What was the reason,<br />

and/or the trigger placing me in<br />

my current state of mind. You will<br />

find many of these times, it was a<br />

sensory trigger that has accessed a<br />

past memory.<br />

What this does, it compromises<br />

your coping mechanisms, blocking<br />

your ability to handle certain situations<br />

in a more reasonable way.<br />

Keeping you safe and in control of<br />

the situation.<br />

Arguments with your spouse<br />

should never turn into a violent<br />

rage. Seeing a car accident should<br />

never put you into a deep depression,<br />

and a plane flying over your<br />

head should not make you duck for<br />

cover.<br />

It’s great to have the protection<br />

factors and skills we have learned<br />

and experienced, but it is equally<br />

damaging if those same protectors<br />

are not controlled or managed<br />

allowing us to enjoy the normal<br />

beauty of what life has to offer.<br />

<strong>No</strong>w let’s reflect, Life as a First<br />

Responder holds many responsibilities<br />

when it comes to the public<br />

and their health and safety. We are<br />

willing to lay down our lives in our<br />

missions to help a stranger, but we<br />

must look in the mirror and re-introduce<br />

ourselves, to ourselves and<br />

afford ourselves that same level<br />

of responsibly we give others. Its<br />

ok to give back to yourself. Its ok<br />

to take a break. Its ok to feel. You<br />

are allowed, just give yourself the<br />

permission.<br />

It’s not ok to deprive ourselves,<br />

our spouses, family, and friends to<br />

the person you truly are. The person<br />

before the oath, the person before<br />

the job, the person before the trauma.<br />

I am giving you the permission to<br />

be that person again. You owe it to<br />

Yourself.<br />

Ret. NYPD<br />

John Salerno<br />

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daryl’s deliberations<br />

yrs.<br />

Memorial Day <strong>2023</strong><br />

I’ve always considered Abraham<br />

Lincoln the ceremonial last casualty<br />

of the Civil War. The burden<br />

he carried throughout the war was<br />

unmatched by any other president<br />

before or since. Many believe he was<br />

our greatest president, but I ultimately<br />

bestow that honor on Washington<br />

because he was the “Father of Our<br />

Country” in every respect. Lincoln is<br />

a very, very close second. Lincoln’s<br />

assassination was a bitter blow to<br />

the country. So much so, that it overshadowed<br />

what I consider to be the<br />

last casualties of the Civil War.<br />

The Civil War was the foremost<br />

catastrophe to ever land on our<br />

continent. The warriors used modern<br />

weaponry and Napoleonic tactics to<br />

mow down an entire generation of<br />

Americans. <strong>No</strong> family escaped the effects<br />

of the war. Diseases fermented<br />

in a land where germ theory and the<br />

actual causes of afflictions like Cholera<br />

and dysentery were unknown.<br />

Simple scratches resulted in lost<br />

limbs or lives due to infection. The<br />

four pillars of public health (clean<br />

water, sanitary sewers, antibiotics,<br />

and vaccines) were all sorely lacking<br />

or nonexistent in our country.<br />

Most times, the young men who<br />

comprised the legions that marched<br />

through the South on both sides of<br />

the conflict had never seen so many<br />

men in one place at one time. Towns<br />

built for hundreds suddenly housed<br />

tens of thousands with predictable<br />

results to any 21st Century reader.<br />

Corinth, Mississippi was such a place.<br />

It was a small town with a rail junction.<br />

It had no paved or stone roads,<br />

shelter from torrential rains, or any<br />

other means to support a gathering<br />

of any size. Corinth soon became a<br />

death trap for any army guarding<br />

the vital railroad that connected the<br />

western confederacy with the Gulf of<br />

Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.<br />

As malignant as Corinth was, it did<br />

not hold a candle to the prison camps<br />

of both sides. Initially, there were<br />

huge prisoner exchanges because<br />

neither side could maintain camps<br />

without staggering death tolls.<br />

Places with names such as Andersonville<br />

and Camp Douglass became<br />

synonymous with death by disease.<br />

The guards were also susceptible<br />

to the onslaught of merciless pestilence<br />

with many of them dying<br />

inside the wire. Despite the success<br />

of the prisoner exchanges, General<br />

Grant believed the prisoner exchange<br />

concept was benefiting the South<br />

disproportionately. In his bloody<br />

calculus, he saw that the South could<br />

not produce more soldiers than the<br />

<strong>No</strong>rth due to the huge population<br />

disparity. Therefore, he consigned the<br />

unfortunate prisoners of both sides<br />

to fates worse than battlefield death<br />

behind the wires of filth and contamination.<br />

In his defense, Grant believed<br />

that his no-exchange policy would<br />

shorten the war and save lives in the<br />

long term.<br />

The war ended with the feared<br />

monstrous loss of prisoners’ lives.<br />

Scenes of camp liberators encountering<br />

gruesome prison camps<br />

would haunt the nation’s memory in<br />

nightmares without end. Desperate<br />

families, <strong>No</strong>rth and South, longed<br />

to get their husbands, brothers, and<br />

sons back home. One such case of<br />

repatriation of <strong>No</strong>rthern soldiers and<br />

former prisoners of war marks what<br />

I consider to be the grisly finale of the<br />

bloodiest event in American history.<br />


In the aftermath of Lincoln’s assassination,<br />

the country was in mourning<br />

and shock. On April 23, 1865, the<br />

little Mississippi River town of Vicksburg<br />

was home to a parole camp that<br />

released rebel soldiers back to their<br />

respective homes. The town also<br />

housed a Union facility that processed<br />

newly released prisoners from<br />

Andersonville and Cahaba prisons.<br />

Again, the numbers of men assembled<br />

in Vicksburg was far too many<br />

to remain healthy. Federal authorities<br />

were attempting to move men out<br />

of Vicksburg as quickly as possible.<br />

Grant delivered a death blow to the<br />

town when he destroyed it in July<br />

1863. By the time federal authorities<br />

used it to process prisoners of both<br />

sides less than two years later, not<br />

much had changed.<br />

On this April day of 1865, a steamboat<br />

was docked in Vicksburg having<br />

its boiler plating repaired when Union<br />

officials made the captain an offer<br />

he couldn’t refuse. The steamboat<br />

captain earned a huge federal contract<br />

to move 2000 U.S. soldiers out<br />

of Vicksburg north to St. Louis where<br />

a large federal hospital could provide<br />

treatment and surgeries to the<br />

former POW’s. The steamboat was<br />

designed to hold just over 300 people<br />

in addition to the cotton bales it normally<br />

moved between New Orleans<br />

and St. Louis.<br />

The steamboat captain concluded<br />

the patching of the boiler and took<br />

on the 2000 men, which severely<br />

overloaded the boat. As the ship left<br />

Vicksburg, it turned north, its formidable<br />

side wheels churning through<br />

the murky Mississippi water. Two<br />

thousand men looked north with the<br />

hope that only free men can know.<br />

Hearth and home were only a short<br />

distance away. The water level was<br />

high as the snowmelt of Minnesota<br />

poured into the “Father of Waters.”<br />

The men were crammed together<br />

much tighter than they were at<br />

Andersonville. They could endure<br />

hardship a little longer as some of<br />

them were able to sneak peaks at<br />

the springtime agricultural countryside<br />

rolling past them. Many recalled<br />

their own farms that needed tending<br />

to avoid another year of crop failure.<br />

Black smoke billowed from the<br />

twin stacks indicating how effortful<br />

the steam engines were laboring to<br />

plow against the powerful current.<br />

The steam pressure was building as it<br />

should have to provide full power to<br />

the overloaded ship. It started with a<br />

little tear in the recent patch. As the<br />

wheels turned relentlessly toward<br />

Memphis, the little tear initiated a<br />

catastrophic explosion. The stricken<br />

ship shattered lives and limbs as it<br />

cast her crew and precious passengers<br />

into the fiery sky. In perhaps the<br />

cruelest twist of fate ever inflicted<br />

on American families, 1195 men were<br />

killed in a blazing inferno on the<br />

Mississippi.<br />

After suffering for months or years<br />

in deadly filth, prisoners considered<br />

themselves saved from the clutches<br />

of death. Desperate families had<br />

finally received the miraculous news<br />

their loved ones were safe and headed<br />

home at last. In a brief instant, the<br />

happy relief turned to gut wrenching<br />

heartbreak. The devastating loss on<br />

top of the beloved president’s assassination<br />

shoved the country deeper<br />

into the abyss of despair.<br />

The steamboat Sultana remains the<br />

greatest maritime disaster to ever<br />

strike the United States. Due to the<br />

changing course of the mighty Mississippi,<br />

the wreckage of the Sultana<br />

now lies under a soybean field in<br />

Arkansas.<br />

On Memorial Day <strong>2023</strong>, I remember<br />

the Sultana’s lost 1195 Americans<br />

and their suffering families as the<br />

last great sacrifice of the Civil War.<br />

May God bless all Americans who<br />

sacrificed their lives on the altar of<br />

freedom and their Gold Star Families<br />

who suffer more than anyone should.<br />

Thank you for the liberty your service<br />

and venerated offering bequeath to<br />

the rest of us.<br />

Illustration credit: Photo of Vicksburg<br />

Riverfront Murals, Artist Robert<br />

Dafford<br />

Please address comments or thoughts<br />

to: DarylLott.Texas@gmail.com<br />

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yrs.<br />

“Honoring our fallen heroes<br />

through running while providing<br />

financial support to the families<br />

of our fallen Heroes,<br />

First Responders injured in the<br />

Line of Duty and Safety<br />

Equipment to K9s in need.”<br />

Zechariah<br />

Cartledge:<br />

a True American Hero<br />

AS OF 1/29/23<br />

Total Grants Awarded to Injured First Responders: 42<br />

Total Amount Awarded: $377,500<br />

Total Funds Awarded to Families of Fallen Heroes: 34<br />

Total Amount Awarded: $272,301<br />

Funds/Equipment Awarded to K9 Officers: $29,682.32<br />

Total Amount of Grants Given: $669,483.32<br />

- - - -<br />

<strong>2023</strong> Run Tracker:<br />

Total Miles Run in <strong>2023</strong>: (as of 4/28/23): 78<br />

- Zechariah - 34<br />

- Jayden - 5<br />

- Andrew - 10<br />

- Giuliana - 3<br />

- Anthony - 6<br />

- Morgan - 19<br />

- Theresa - 1<br />

Total Miles Run in 2022: 325<br />

Total Miles Run in 2021: 325<br />

Total Miles Run in 2020: 401<br />

Total Miles Run in 2019: 376<br />

Overall Miles Run: 1,505<br />

Overall Miles Run (K9’s): 64<br />

- - - - - - - - -<br />

2022 Run Stats:<br />

Total Miles Run for 2022 Fallen LEO’s (<strong>No</strong>n COVID-19): 135<br />

Total Miles Run for 2022 Fallen Firefighters (<strong>No</strong>n COVID-19): 80<br />

Total Miles Run for <strong>No</strong>n-LODD/Suicide: 13<br />

Total Miles Run for 2022 Fallen Canada LEO’s: 3<br />

Total Miles Run in 2022 for Fallen COVID-19 Heroes: 18<br />

Total Miles Run for 2021 Fallen LEO’s: 21<br />

Total Miles Run for 2021 Fallen Firefighters: 2<br />

Total Tribute Runs by State/Country: 17<br />

States/Cities Zechariah has run in:<br />

Florida - Winter Springs, Lake Mary, Clearwater, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Orlando, Temple Terrace, Blountstown,<br />

Cocoa, Lakeland, Daytona Beach, West Palm Beach, Starke, Melbourne<br />

New York - New York City, Weedsport • Georgia - Cumming, Augusta, Savannah<br />

South Carolina - <strong>No</strong>rth Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Sumter • Pennsylvania - Monaca<br />

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

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

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

<strong>No</strong>rth Carolina - Concord, Raleigh • Virginia - <strong>No</strong>rton, Richmond • Tennessee - Bristol, Bartlett<br />

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

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

District/Countries/Territories:<br />

Washington D.C. • Puerto Rico - San Juan<br />


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blue mental health<br />

Providing a Lifeline:<br />

Call for Backup<br />

Throughout my career I have<br />

connected with some of the<br />

most inspirational individuals<br />

who have left a legacy of positive<br />

change through their mission<br />

to improve mental health and<br />

provide ongoing support to law<br />

enforcement officers. One such<br />

person is David Edwards who<br />

continues to offer a lifeline to<br />

officers throughout the nation.<br />

It is my honor to share his story<br />

this month.<br />

David R. Edwards is the founder<br />

and president of Call for Backup,<br />

a nonprofit organization<br />

that provides confidential peer<br />

support, resiliency training, and<br />

a free suicide awareness and<br />

prevention program for first responders.<br />

Call for Backup was<br />

originally started as a campaign<br />

from Humanizing the Badge,<br />

which recently merged with the<br />

Relentless Defender Foundation,<br />

and is now known as Project<br />

Humanize. David has over 40<br />

years of experience in education<br />

and public speaking, and is presently<br />

employed by the Monroe<br />

Department of Public Safety in<br />

Michigan as the agency’s Wellness<br />

Officer. David is a member<br />

of the Association of Traumatic<br />

Stress Specialists, the American<br />

Academy of Experts in Traumatic<br />

Stress, and the International<br />

Law Enforcement Educators and<br />

Trainers Association.<br />

Humanizing the Badge was<br />

originally born out of three separate<br />

efforts to provide support<br />

and encouragement for police<br />

officers who were struggling<br />

under the weight and stress of<br />

the job. In 2014, David founded<br />

a Michigan nonprofit called The<br />

227 Project - 227 was the badge<br />

number of his son Matthew, a<br />

police officer who was shot and<br />

killed in the line of duty on July<br />

23, 2010 in their hometown of<br />

Taylor, Michigan. David’s other<br />

son Mike (who is better known<br />

as “Mike the Cop” on social media)<br />

began making humorous<br />

videos on Vine and also started<br />

a blog called CopLife. Around<br />

that same time, a police officer’s<br />

wife from the Texas panhandle<br />

(Elizabeth Ogden) wrote a viral<br />

article on Facebook called “Dear<br />

Officer, I See You” and started<br />

a Facebook page called The<br />

We See You Campaign. The “I<br />

See You” article was written in<br />

response to several high profile<br />

police incidents and the subsequent<br />

attacks on police officers<br />

across the country such<br />

as the ambush killing of two<br />

NYPD officers on December 20,<br />

2014. Mike saw what Elizabeth<br />

had written, and Elizabeth also<br />

yrs.<br />


became aware of Mike’s work.<br />

They ended up connecting and<br />

ultimately forming a partnership<br />

that became known as Humanizing<br />

the Badge.<br />

Meanwhile, David was still<br />

focusing his local efforts on<br />

providing critical incident training<br />

and response and serving as<br />

a chaplain at the department his<br />

son Matt had been employed.<br />

Early in 2016, Mike and Elizabeth<br />

asked David to come on board<br />

at Humanizing the Badge to<br />

lead in the formation of a team<br />

that could provide confidential<br />

peer support online for officers<br />

and their family members as<br />

life continued to become more<br />

difficult for law enforcement<br />

everywhere. Within a year, The<br />

227 Project changed its name to<br />

Humanizing the Badge, allowing<br />

the organization to grow as<br />

a nationwide nonprofit. While<br />

David assumed a leadership role<br />

as president of the organization,<br />

both Mike and Elizabeth held<br />

executive positions on the Board<br />

of Directors and continued to<br />

actively participate in the daily<br />

operations. Several initiatives<br />

were created, including the provision<br />

of workshops, seminars,<br />

and one-on-one support for<br />

first responders and their family<br />

members in the aftermath of<br />

tragedies and a suicide awareness<br />

and prevention campaign<br />

named Call for Back Up. In the<br />

fall of 2020, a new campaign<br />

was launched with another article<br />

on Facebook that went viral<br />

– Dear Officer: #WeNeedYou.<br />

David wrote that article in response<br />

to the record number of<br />

resignations and early retirements<br />

of police officers across<br />

the country, and the campaign<br />

was started to remind officers<br />

that they are needed, respected,<br />

and supported by millions of<br />

people across the country. People<br />

looking for a peer to speak<br />

with confidentially can connect<br />

with this resource by sending a<br />

message to the Call for Backup<br />

Facebook page at m.me/callforbackup.org.<br />

Those looking for<br />

information about online or live<br />

training programs can send an<br />

email to contact@callforbackup.<br />

org.<br />

David offered the following<br />

additional insight, “The unfortunate<br />

reality we face today<br />

is that while a number of organizations<br />

are advocating for<br />

changes in the way police departments<br />

approach the mental<br />

wellness needs of their officers,<br />

the officers themselves are still<br />

skeptical. According to research,<br />

about 80% of officers believe<br />

that there is still a stigma associated<br />

with reaching out for<br />

help for mental and emotional<br />

needs that is perpetuated by<br />

their peers. In other words, the<br />

culture of law enforcement (and<br />

other uniformed services) is<br />

such that officers convince themselves<br />

that they should be tough<br />

enough to handle the stresses of<br />

the job, including critical incidents,<br />

without having to seek<br />

treatment. Those who do seek<br />

treatment are often viewed (or<br />

view themselves) as weak or ineffective<br />

and approximately 90%<br />

of officers believe that this stigma<br />

is perpetuated by their own<br />

department. Anything we can<br />

do to help reduce the level of<br />

stigma associated with mental<br />

health in our ranks is better than<br />

ignoring the issue as has been<br />

the case for much too long”.<br />

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Light Bulb Award<br />

yrs.<br />

NEW MORON: <strong>MAY</strong>OR ELECT JOHNSON<br />


Both the incoming and outgoing mayors of Chicago are both idiots.<br />

That’s why their city has the worst crime rate in America! Chicago’s<br />

mayor-elect warns against ‘demonizing’ rampaging teens after unrest.<br />

By Snejana Farberov<br />

Chicago Mayor-elect Brandon<br />

Johnson responded to this weekend’s<br />

violent “teen takeover” of<br />

the Windy City’s downtown area<br />

by urging the public not to “demonize”<br />

the hordes of rampaging<br />

young people who set cars on<br />

fire, clashed with cops and damaged<br />

private property.<br />

Johnson, a progressive Democrat<br />

and former teachers union<br />

organizer who was elected mayor<br />

earlier this month, released a<br />

statement Sunday reacting to the<br />

disorder in his city that resulted<br />

in a shooting and more than a<br />

dozen arrests.<br />

“In no way do I condone the<br />

destructive activity we saw<br />

in the Loop and lakefront this<br />

weekend. It is unacceptable<br />

and has no place in our city,”<br />

Johnson stated. “However, it is<br />

not constructive to demonize<br />

youth who have otherwise been<br />

starved of opportunities in their<br />

own communities.”<br />

He continued: “Our city must<br />

work together to create spaces<br />

for youth to gather safely and responsibly,<br />

under adult guidance<br />

and supervision, to ensure that<br />

every part of our city remains<br />

welcome for both residents and<br />

visitors.”<br />

Johnson, 47, added that it is his<br />

goal as mayor to “improve public<br />

safety and make Chicago livable<br />

for everyone.”<br />

Two nights of unrest, which<br />

were organized on social media,<br />

saw packs of out-of-control<br />

teens clash with cops, brawl<br />

with one another, vandalize<br />

property, and break into and set<br />

cars on fire.<br />

One video showed several<br />

youngsters jump and dance atop<br />

a city bus.<br />

Johnson urged the public not<br />

to “demonize” the hordes of<br />

rampaging young people.Twitter/@Brandon4Chicago<br />

Chicago police said two minors,<br />

ages 16 and 17, were<br />

wounded when someone in<br />

the crowd on East Washington<br />

Street opened fire.<br />

<strong>No</strong> arrests have been made in<br />

that incident.<br />

The incoming mayor’s response<br />

to the teen-led chaos was met<br />

with a swift backlash from conservatives<br />

on social media.<br />

“Chicago is so screwed,” wrote<br />

Collin Rugg, co-owner of the<br />

right-wing news outlet Trending<br />

Politics.<br />

“Incredible statement to those<br />

who saw the videos of violence<br />

and destruction. ‘Don’t demonize<br />

youth,’ for a little pop-up riot.<br />

It’s actually YOUR fault they did<br />

this,” tweeted Mike Cernovich, a<br />

conservative conspiracy theorist.<br />

Other critics warned that<br />

Johnson’s reaction to the unrest<br />

a month before his inauguration<br />

did not bode well for Chicago’s<br />

future.<br />

“Chicago about to fall to Detroit<br />

& Baltimore levels of ruin,”<br />

one user wrote, while another<br />

predicted: “Chicago will see<br />

more of this with Brandon Johnson<br />

as mayor. The exodus of<br />

businesses, residents and visitors<br />

from downtown is only going to<br />

get worse. Lawlessness is becoming<br />

rampant.”<br />

Chicago’s outgoing Mayor Lori<br />

Lightfoot also released a statement<br />

addressing the “teen takeover.”<br />

She said that while many of<br />

the youngsters gathered to have<br />

a good time and enjoy the unseasonably<br />

warm weather, she<br />

conceded that some were involved<br />

in “reckless, disrespectful<br />

In a statement, Johnson condemned the violence, but<br />

cautioned against vilifying the teens themselves, saying,<br />

“It is not constructive to demonize youth who have<br />

otherwise been starved of opportunities in their own<br />

communities.” Johnson called on Chicago officials to create<br />

more spaces for youth to gather safely under adult<br />

supervision, which he said is part of his “comprehensive<br />

approach to public safety.”<br />

and unlawful behavior.”<br />

“As I have said before, we as<br />

a city cannot and will not allow<br />

any of our public spaces to<br />

become a platform for criminal<br />

conduct,” Lightfoot wrote. “Most<br />

importantly, parents and guardians<br />

must know where their<br />

children are and be responsible<br />

for their actions. Instilling the<br />

important values of respect for<br />

people and property must begin<br />

at home.”<br />

The rampage was organized<br />

on social media.Twitter/@<br />

EndWokenessHordes of teens<br />

clashed with police.Twitter/@<br />

JuanSmith1776<br />

As many as 1,000 teens converged<br />

on the Chicago Loop for<br />

“Teen Takeover.”Twitter/@heyFA-<br />

Tabbot<br />


Outgoing Mayor Lightfoot issued a statement after the<br />

chaotic weekend, saying, “Parents and guardians must know<br />

where their children are and be responsible for their actions.”<br />

She added the Chicago Police Department assured her it will<br />

make “the necessary adjustments to address these teen<br />

trends issues as we move into the summer months.”<br />

Police responded and turned<br />

away many minors from the<br />

park. But a witness reported that<br />

despite increased police presence,<br />

cops “were still outnumbered.”<br />

At least 15 people, among them<br />

six juveniles, were arrested in<br />

connection with the unrest. Most<br />

reportedly were charged with<br />

reckless conduct.<br />

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<strong>2023</strong> Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 20th Anniversary<br />

Edition First Drive: On the trail to six figures.<br />

Can Jeep catch whales with these pricey Wranglers?<br />

By Brian Hurd, Auto Blog<br />

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Anniversary<br />

Edition returns for <strong>2023</strong>,<br />

this time marking two decades<br />

since the package first debuted<br />

way back on the TJ. Jeep marked<br />

10 years of the Rubicon with the<br />

first Anniversary Edition in 2013,<br />

and the fundamental approach remains<br />

the same this time around:<br />

More than a sticker package,<br />

but not enough to be a separate<br />

model in its own right, and American<br />

Expedition Vehicles (AEV) is<br />

getting in on the action with an<br />

upgrade kit. Let’s dive in.<br />

The core bits of the package<br />

are identical whether you opt for<br />

the 4xe or <strong>39</strong>2, but those are your<br />

only two choices — the V6 and<br />

four-cylinder Rubicon variants<br />

aren’t invited to the party. Exterior<br />

upgrades include a unique grille<br />

treatment, various badges and<br />

decals, a grille guard, BFGoodrich<br />

All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires (more on<br />

those momentarily), an integrated<br />

front trail camera, steel rock<br />

sliders, a Gorilla Glass windshield<br />

and some other bits here and<br />

there. 4xe models get a halfinch<br />

suspension lift and standard<br />

33-inch tires; the <strong>39</strong>2 includes the<br />

Xtreme Recon package, which<br />

gets you a 2-inch lift and 35-inch<br />

KO2s. Inside, both get the telltale<br />

Rubicon red leather interior,<br />

all-weather mats and integrated<br />

auxiliary switches.<br />

To make things a bit more interesting,<br />

AEV is offering a “20th<br />

Anniversary Level II” package that<br />

incorporates massive 37” tires (Hi,<br />

Bronco Raptor!) alongside a pile of<br />

AEV add-ons, including a 2.5-inch<br />

lift with Bilstein shocks,17-inch<br />

Savegre II wheels and an upgraded<br />

axle ratio for the 4xe (4.56:1,<br />

which is offered from the factory<br />

on the Rubicon <strong>39</strong>2). Combined,<br />

AEV says its upgrades improve the<br />

Rubicon’s vital off-road stats to<br />

the tune of 14.2 inches of ground<br />

clearance; 37.1 inches max water<br />

fording; and approach, breakover<br />

and departure angles of 50, 33<br />

and 43 degrees, respectively.<br />

While the Rubicon’s fundamentals<br />

really haven’t changed in 20<br />

years, the car market certainly<br />

has. Available exclusively on the<br />

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City of Lewisville Get Info Public Safety Dispatcher 06/05/<strong>2023</strong> - 5pm<br />

Lago Vista Police Department Get Info Dispatcher 06/10/<strong>2023</strong> - 5pm<br />

Burleson County Sheriff's Office Get Info Telecommunications Officer 06/11/<strong>2023</strong> - 5pm<br />

Keller PD Get Info Public Safety Dispatcher 05/05/<strong>2023</strong> - 5pm<br />

Corsicana Police Department Get Info Telecommunicator 06/16/<strong>2023</strong> - 5pm<br />

Kyle Police Department Get Info Telecommunicator 05/19/<strong>2023</strong> - 5pm<br />


Dallas County Marshall Service Get Info GLOA Security Officer 05/09/<strong>2023</strong> - 5pm<br />

Baylor University Get Info Security Officer 05/09/<strong>2023</strong> - 5pm<br />

<strong>No</strong>lan County Sheriff's Department Get Info Criminal Investigator 05/05/<strong>2023</strong> - 5pm<br />

<strong>No</strong>lan County Sheriff's Office Get Info Maintenance Manager 05/05/<strong>2023</strong> - 5pmX<br />

College Station Police Department Get Info Technology Services Specialist 05/20/<strong>2023</strong> - 5pm<br />

Tarrant Co. College LEA Get Info Coordinator II 06/04/<strong>2023</strong> - 5pm<br />

Tarrant Co. College LEA Get Info Admin. Asst. 06/04/<strong>2023</strong> - 5pm<br />

Baylor University Get Info Security Officer 06/03/<strong>2023</strong> - 5pm<br />

Irving Fire Department Get Info Fire Prevention Specialist 06/06/<strong>2023</strong> - 5pm<br />

Keller Police Department Get Info NETCOM Manager 06/25/<strong>2023</strong> - 5pm<br />

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austin officers<br />

austin dispatch<br />

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ALDINE I.S.D.<br />



APPLY AT<br />



• Sick Leave<br />

• Paid Vacation<br />

• Paid Holidays<br />

• Personal Days<br />

• Teacher Retirement System<br />




• Uniforms Provided, Including Duty Weapon<br />

• Department Provided Training<br />

• Starting Pay Depends on Qualifications / Experience<br />

• TCOLE Certification / Education Pay<br />


• Criminal Investigation Division<br />

• Emergency Response Team<br />

• Honor Guard<br />

• Gang Task Force<br />

• Community Outreach Division<br />

• K-9 Division<br />


SGT. HALL AT (281) 442-4923<br />

#AldineConnected<br />









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October 15<br />


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Cuero Police Department<br />

Montgomery County’s 3 rd Largest Law Enforcement Agency<br />

• $50,363 minimum starting salary<br />

• Certification pay:<br />

Int - $1,600, Adv - $2,400, Mstr - $3,700<br />

Opportunity<br />

multiple divisions including<br />

Investigations, Patrol, and<br />

K-9 services<br />


Growth<br />

100+ annual training hours,<br />

promotion opportunities,<br />

Field Training Officer<br />

• Competitive insurance & benefits<br />

• Teacher Retirement System (TRS)<br />

• 20 paid leave days & 12 paid holidays<br />

Balance<br />

overtime pay, comp time,<br />

most weekends off, prior LE<br />

experience pay<br />

<strong>No</strong>w Hiring for Patrol Officer Position<br />

Department Benefits<br />

13 Paid Holidays<br />

2 Weeks Paid Vacation<br />

Certification Pay<br />

100% Insurance Paid for Employees<br />

Retirement 2 to 1 match (20yr Retirement)<br />

FSA for Employees<br />

Longevity Pay<br />

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

Take Home Vehicle Within City Limits<br />

10 Hour Work Shifts<br />

Membership Paid to Local Gym<br />

Department Provided Training<br />

Off-duty Security Opportunities<br />

Cell Phone Stipend<br />

Starting Pay Depends on Qualifications<br />



Requirements: Must be TCOLE Certified or currently enrolled in an accredited Police<br />

Academy and pass a background investigation.<br />

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CISDPolice @CISDPolice<br />

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Email TCOLE Personal History Statement to sellis@cityofcuero.com

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Forney ISD<br />

Police Department<br />

NOW<br />

HIRING<br />

Police Officers<br />

Description<br />

School-based police officers work<br />

with school administrators, security<br />

staff, and faculty to ensure the safety<br />

and well-being of students at various<br />

campuses. This officer works as the<br />

main security arm of a school.<br />

Experience<br />

SBLE Experience preferred<br />

Demonstrate the ability to<br />

teach & engage with youth<br />

Requirements<br />

U.S. Citizen<br />

Accredited High School Diploma<br />

or equivalent<br />

Valid Texas Peace Officer License<br />

Valid Texas Driver's License<br />

Two or more years of college or<br />

advanced training preferred<br />

Positions starting<br />

at $29.89/hr<br />

Retention Stipends<br />

Clothing Allowance<br />

Health/Childcare Incentive<br />

Paid Training<br />

Lateral Entry<br />


www.forneyisd.net<br />

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COUNTY<br />


Seeking Individuals Who Are Interested in a Rewarding Career in Corrections<br />

Begin Your Career Today!<br />


Position: Corrections Deputy I<br />

Bureau/Division: Corrections/Jail<br />

Title/Rank: Corrections Deputy/Deputy I<br />

Reports to: Sergeant - Corrections<br />

Starting Salary: $51,250.00<br />


Maintains the security of the facility by conducting security checks, settling disputes, and performing cell searches and<br />

inspections; conducts outside perimeter checks.<br />

Preparation and proper completion in the documentation of inmate records.<br />

Issues inmate meals, clothing, linens, and personal items.<br />

Supervise inmate programs (recreational, legal, health care, visitation and religious services)<br />

Prepares reports on jail and inmate activities, enforce inmate handbook rules.<br />

Supervises inmates performing such assignments as cleaning and maintaining the jail facility and continuously observe<br />

locations and activities of inmates.<br />


• High School / GED Certificate and must be at least 18 years of age.<br />

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

background investigation.<br />

• Must be able to work days, nights, weekends, holidays and mandatory shifts when needed.<br />

• Must be able to work during natural disasters and or under declarations.<br />

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

Sheriff's Office in effect at the time of application.<br />

• Must have favorable employment history. All information given regarding past employment will be thoroughly checked.<br />

• Must have a stable credit history.<br />

• Must possess good computer skills and demonstrate comprehensive reading and comprehension skills.<br />

• <strong>No</strong> conviction above a Class B Misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last 10 years nor have been on or<br />

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

convictions of any level.<br />

• Applicant must pass all phases of the required testing.<br />

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

presently licensed.<br />

TO APPLY<br />

An applicant interested in any of GCSO position shall first download, complete and return<br />

the Application Packet, per the instructions on the downloadable form.<br />

The Application Packet can be found at SHERIFF.GALVESTONCOUNTYTX.GOV<br />

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JOIN US<br />


The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer<br />



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TIME.<br />

The Harris County<br />

Precinct 4<br />

Constable’s Office is<br />

accepng<br />


The Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office is searching for lateral<br />

transfer depues to be sworn in on September 14, <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Whether you have recently rered, looking for an opportunity to<br />

expand your current skill set or relocang to the Houston, Texas area,<br />

Constable Mark Herman would like to welcome you to our family.<br />

The physical and wrien test will be waived and up to 14 years of<br />

service will be credited for Lateral Transfer Depues.<br />

To Apply Contact<br />

Recruing at<br />

832-927-6229 or visit<br />

www.constablepct4.com<br />

STARTING SALARY up to $68,184.00<br />

Plus Thousands In Incenves Per Year<br />

Master Peace Officer $6,000.00<br />

Drug Recognion Expert $2,700.00<br />


Bachelor’s Degree $3,180.00<br />

Accident Reconstrucon $2,700.00<br />

And many more<br />

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WE ARE<br />

HIRING!<br />


• Free basic Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance for<br />

employee<br />

• Free basic Life insurance<br />

• Long Term Disability (LTD)<br />

• Affordable Medical, Dental and Vision benefits for<br />

eligible family members<br />

• Flexible Spending Accounts<br />

• 10 paid holidays per year<br />

• Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) including 10 vacation<br />

days and 13 sick days per year accrued biweekly<br />

• Paid Parental Leave<br />


• Harris County matches your investment at 225%<br />

• 7% of your salary is invested pre-tax in your<br />

retirement account<br />

• Retirement Vesting after 8 years<br />

• Eligible upon earning 75 points (age+years of service)<br />




DEPUTY I 0-47 $26.23 $54,558<br />

DEPUTY II 48-83 $28.07 $58,386<br />

DEPUTY III 84-119 $29.73 $61,838<br />

DEPUTY IV 120-155 $31.23 $64,958<br />


ANNUAL<br />

Intermediate $1,560<br />

Advanced $3,420<br />

Master $6,000<br />


ANNUAL<br />

Associate Degree $1,320<br />

Bachelor Degree $3,180<br />

Master/Doctorate $4,500<br />



• Must be a licensed Peace Officer by the Texas Commission on Law<br />

Enforcement (TCOLE) in good standing<br />

• Must be currently employed as a Peace Officer (any break in service<br />

will be considered on a case-by-case basis)<br />

• Must have a minimum of 12 consecutive months experience as a<br />

Peace Office at any one agency<br />

• Must successfully pass the HCSO Physical Abilities Test (PAT)<br />

• Meet HCSO firearms qualification standard<br />

• Must pass a thorough background investigation (criminal<br />

background check, fingerprinting, personal interview, etc.) as<br />

required by TCOLE<br />

• Must pass a physical and psychological evaluation as required by<br />

TCOLE<br />

• Valid driver’s license and liability insurance (Texas by start date)<br />

• Eyesight must be correctable to 20/20, normal color, and peripheral<br />

vision<br />

• Correctable normal audible range in both ears<br />

• A two (2) year minimum commitment to Patrol before being eligible<br />

to transfer to other Bureaus<br />

TO APPLY<br />

For additional information contact<br />

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Recruitment Unit<br />

(713) 877-5250<br />

<strong>No</strong>w Hiring<br />


TCOLE Certified Peace Officers<br />

Hutto ranked one of the<br />

safest cities in Texas.<br />

Our fast-growing City shows a trending decrease in crimes based<br />

on four offenses from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting.<br />

Additional Pay<br />

+ Education Pay up to $175/month<br />

+ Specialty/Certication up to $260/month<br />

Highlights<br />

Top-of-the-line Equipment<br />

and Technology<br />

Beards and Tattoos Allowed<br />

<strong>No</strong> Written Test for Most Lateral Officers<br />

To learn more or apply, visit or scan<br />

https: //linktr. ee/huttopd<br />

Benets<br />

Retirement<br />

2-to-1 City match with TMRS<br />

Take-home Patrol Car<br />

For officers living within 25 miles<br />

Starting Salary<br />

$62K to $81K<br />

Annual Leave Accruals<br />

12 paid holidays, 80 hrs vacation, 96 hrs sick leave<br />

Multiple Positions Available<br />

A wide variety of units and assignments available<br />

Sign On Bonus!<br />

$5,000*<br />

DEPUTY V 156+ $32.78 $68,182<br />

Questions? Email: PDrecruiting@huttotx.gov<br />

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Bilingual Pay $1,800<br />

Harris County<br />

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@HCSOTexas<br />

HCSOTexas HCSOTexas @HCSOTexas<br />

Tenure agreement required.<br />

Receive up to fourteen (14) years of credit for time served! (Restrictions apply) SCAN THIS CODE<br />

Sheriff’s Office

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L A P O R T E<br />

P O L I C E D E P A R T M E N T<br />

Lateral Police Officer<br />

Starting Pay $ 62,416. to $73,775.<br />

Effective October 1, 2022<br />

<strong>No</strong> prior experience required. High School diploma or GED required.<br />

Possession of Class C Texas Driver License.<br />

Must possess a TCOLE License or be enrolled in accredited Basic Peace Officer Academy.<br />

Certification Pay (bi-weekly):<br />

$46.15 - Intermediate Peace Officer<br />

$69.23 - Advanced Peace Officer<br />

$92.31 - Master Peace Officer<br />

Education Pay (bi-weekly):<br />

$46.15 - Associates Degree<br />

$69.23 - Bachelors Degree<br />

$92.31 - Masters Degree<br />

Employee Benefits:<br />

Medical / Dental / Vision Insurance<br />

Longevity Pay<br />

Tuition Reimbursement<br />

TMRS Retirement (2 to 1 match)<br />

ICMA Deferred Compensation/Roth IRA<br />

$1,000 Physical Fitness Program<br />

Weapon Purchase Program<br />

Take-home Vehicles<br />

Specialized Divisions:<br />

SWAT / Bomb Squad<br />

Bike Patrol<br />

Criminal Investigative Division<br />

Crime Scene Unit<br />

Drone Pilots<br />

School Resource Officers<br />

Traffic/DOT Officers<br />

Police Area Representatives<br />

Apply online at<br />

www.laportetx.gov/jobs<br />

Paid Leave Benefits<br />

15 days vacation (Civil Service)<br />

15 days sick leave<br />

Military Leave<br />

9 observed holidays per year<br />

2 employee holidays per year<br />

Bereavement Leave<br />

Comp Time<br />

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Welcome Aboard<br />

League City Police Department<br />

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JOIN OUR<br />

$65,709-$67,685<br />

Based on Population and Experience<br />

TEAM<br />




$60,085<br />

$3,000<br />


$60,085 - $84,308<br />


Insurance<br />

120 Hours Vacation<br />

11 Paid Holidays<br />

80 Hours Sick Leave<br />

20-Year Retirement Plan<br />

2/1 City Match TMRS<br />

Beards & Tattoos Allowed<br />

Academy Pay<br />

Equipment Provided<br />

Excellent Training Provided<br />

Speciality/Cerification Pay<br />

Community Support<br />

Plentiful Outdoor Activities<br />


COMING <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Serving the Villages of Bunker Hill, Piney Point and Hunters Creek<br />


The Memorial Villages Police Department is currently looking for experienced officers who are<br />

self-motivated, innovative, enthusiastic and love working for a community that supports them.<br />

5+ Years Patrol Experience Required<br />

Hiring Bonus $1,500<br />

Night Shift Differential $3,600<br />

E.C.A $1300<br />

Bi-lingual Pay<br />

Education Pay<br />

Intermediate, Advanced, Master<br />

Peace Officer Certification Pay<br />

Healthcare, Dental and Vision Insurance<br />

100% paid for employee, 75% for<br />

spouse/dependents.<br />

Paid long-term disability and Life Insurance<br />

for employee, additional life insurance<br />

available for spouse/dependents.<br />

Health Savings Account with Department<br />

contributions up to $4,200 annually.<br />

TMRS Retirement 7% w/ 2:1 match (20 yr).<br />

457 Deferred Compensation Plan with<br />

employer contribution of 2.5% of annual<br />

salary.<br />

Tuition Reimbursement<br />

Longevity Pay up to a max of $2,400<br />

annually at 10 years of service.<br />

12 Hour shifts with every other Friday,<br />

Starting at $83,459 up to $94,164<br />

Scan for more<br />

information<br />

W W W . M V P D T X . O R G<br />

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11981 Memorial Drive – Houston, Tx 77024<br />

713.365.3700<br />

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MAKE A<br />


IN YOUR<br />


We are looking for outstanding individuals to<br />

join our team! As a Pearland Police Officer your<br />

mission will be to prevent crime and disorder, build<br />

partnerships within the community, and positively<br />

impact the quality of life for all our residents.<br />


• Competitive Salary • Outstanding Training<br />

• Career Advancement • Exceptional Benefits<br />

The City of Pearland is one of the fastest growing<br />

communities within the region. Pearland is located<br />

approximately 20 minutes south of Downtown Houston<br />

and the current population is approximately 130,000<br />

residents.<br />



$5,000 Hiring Incentive for T.C.O.L.E Certified Police<br />

Officers who qualify with at least 2 years of experience.<br />

TEST DATE:<br />

SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 8:30 A.M.<br />

Register by: April 12.<br />


Pearland Recreation Center & Natatorium<br />

4141 Bailey TEST Road, DATES Pearland, TX IN 77584. 2022<br />

Doors Open: 7:15 a.m. <strong>No</strong> admittance after 7:45 a.m.<br />

Candidates must park in the north parking lot.<br />


• Attendance limited to first 150 arrivals<br />

• Mandatory temperature checks<br />

• Masks required, hand sanitizer available<br />

• Candidates seated 6 feet apart<br />

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WE ARE<br />

HIRING<br />

SIGN UP TODAY! www.porthouston.com/careers-2<br />


• Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance<br />

eligible first day of employment<br />

• Wellness Program<br />

(can earn up to $600 credit per year if requirements met)<br />

• Enrollment with Calm App for Wellbeing<br />

• Defined contribution plan (401a)<br />

– Employer Sponsored<br />

• Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan)<br />

– Employee Contributions<br />

• Vacation<br />

• Sick Leave<br />

• Paid Holiday 12 days/year<br />

• Life and Accidental Death and<br />

Dismemberment Insurance<br />

• Short Term and Long-Term Disability Benefits<br />

• Flexible spending account (FSA)<br />

• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)<br />

• Pet Insurance<br />

• Legal and Identity Theft Protection<br />

• Tuition Reimbursement<br />

Up to the IRS annual limit and a maximum lifetime<br />

reimbursement of $25,000<br />

• Onsite Credit Union – Port of Houston Credit Union<br />

Are you looking for a career with meaning?<br />

Do you want to make a difference in a highly<br />

supportive community?<br />

Join our team at Port Houston!<br />


$60,000 up to $71,000<br />


• Must be 21 years old<br />

• Must have 2+ years of police officer<br />

experience<br />

• Must have valid Texas Driver’s License<br />

• Must be a U.S. Citizen<br />

• Must have an honorable discharge<br />

from the military (if applicable)<br />

• Must never have been convicted of a<br />

Class A Misdemeanor or above<br />



Employment is contingent on passing<br />

any post-offer pre-employment<br />

screening as listed below:<br />

• Criminal background check<br />

• Motor Vehicle Record check<br />

• Drug screening<br />

• Physical exam<br />

• Psychological exam<br />

SCAN<br />

QR CODE<br />

TO APPLY<br />

• <strong>No</strong>t been convicted of a Class B<br />

• Additional as required<br />

* Salary depends on experience<br />

misdemeanor within the last 10 years<br />

• Must have a GED or high school diploma<br />

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WE’RE<br />

HIRING<br />



55 officer department<br />

44 square mile district<br />

47 schools<br />

35,000 population<br />

24/7 Patrol<br />

We want you to preserve, protect, and defend our future.<br />

Starting Pay $63,000 (TCOLE Basic Peace Officer certification with no experience)<br />

Patrol & Onsite Officers (HS/MS)<br />

Gang Officer<br />

Mental Health Officers<br />

Community Relations Officer<br />

Emergency Management<br />

Criminal Investigations<br />

K-9 programs<br />

Language pay<br />

Shift differential pay<br />

Intermediate, Advanced and<br />

Master Peace Officer<br />

certificate pay<br />

Paid time off<br />

Ample overtime opportunities<br />

*All equipment provided including duty weapon<br />

**Training opportunities available<br />

Apply online today. springbranchisd.com/join-our-team<br />

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

High School Diploma<br />

or G.E.D.<br />

Minimum age of 21<br />

Must hold a valid<br />

Texas Driver’s License<br />

Current valid TCOLE<br />

certification<br />

At Hire<br />

At<br />

6 mos.<br />

end<br />

year 1<br />

end<br />

year 2<br />

end<br />

year 3<br />

end<br />

year 4<br />

end<br />

year 5<br />

end<br />

year 6<br />

end<br />

year 7<br />

end<br />

year 8<br />

end<br />

year 9<br />




$3,000<br />

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