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Traffic Stops: Attitude can<br />

go both ways.<br />

Traffic stops. Over my career,<br />

I’ve made thousands of traffic<br />

stops and issued hundreds<br />

of citations and thousands of<br />

warnings. The first 30 seconds<br />

of interaction with the motorist<br />

usually dictates how the remainder<br />

of the traffic stop will go.<br />

This goes for both the officer<br />

and the motorist. If your first<br />

sentence is “dude what the fuck<br />

is wrong with you? Do you have<br />

any fucking idea what you just<br />

did back there?” It’s only downhill<br />

from there.<br />

Same with the dirtball motorist<br />

who starts out with, “Why<br />

the fuck did you stop me? Is it<br />

because I’m black?” or “fuck you,<br />

I’m not lowering my window” or<br />

they are on their phone, live on a<br />

social media channel, narrating<br />

your every move. “This fucking<br />

5-0 stopped me for no fucking<br />

reason yo, just wants to fuck<br />

a brother up, ya’ll see this shit,<br />

fuck naw.”<br />

Like I said…first 30 seconds.<br />

A lot of people read this magazine<br />

now, literally from around<br />

the world. Some are active-duty<br />

cops. A lot of retired cops. And<br />

just plain ordinary citizens who<br />

have an interest in Law Enforcement.<br />

Point is, this month’s editorial<br />

is for everyone, regardless<br />

of whether you currently carry a<br />

badge or not. Because everyone<br />

gets pulled over at least once in<br />

their lives. What you say in those<br />

first 30-seconds will probably<br />

dictate whether you get a warning<br />

or a ticket.<br />

Let’s take me for example.<br />

Three years ago, when we<br />

brought the BLUES back to life,<br />

we had a FREE Yeti Insulated<br />

mug promotion. If you (cops)<br />

spotted the BLUES jeep, just<br />

walk up, identify yourself, say<br />

you read the BLUES, and you got<br />

a FREE mug. This didn’t mean<br />

initiate traffic stops with Mike<br />

Barron to get your mug. In six<br />

months, I was literally stopped<br />

50 times. Needless to say, when<br />

the mugs ran out, so did the promotion.<br />

Since then, I almost never get<br />

stopped. Until last week, when<br />

a Friendswood, Texas officer<br />

stopped me for failing to signal<br />

a turn. In my defense, I thought<br />

if you are in a left-turn only lane<br />

and your light is green, you don’t<br />

have to signal. Because where<br />

else am I going other than turning<br />

left. But apparently, I was<br />

mistaken. The officer walked up,<br />

identified herself and asked for<br />

my ID. I handed her my ID, LTC<br />

license and immediately said,<br />

I’m retired law enforcement and<br />

mostly likely, I have a loaded<br />

weapon in my vehicle. She then<br />

advised me why she had stopped<br />

yrs.<br />


me and excused herself while<br />

she went back to her car to<br />

check and see if I was who I said<br />

I was and to check for warrants.<br />

Our interaction was respectful,<br />

and it was yes ma’am and no<br />

ma’am. I didn’t believe I had to<br />

use a signal, but arguing with<br />

the officer is not the answer.<br />

Take the ticket, research the<br />

traffic code and then plead your<br />

case in court. In the end, she<br />

gave me a warning and sent me<br />

on my way.<br />

<strong>No</strong>w I know from experience,<br />

this simple traffic stop could<br />

have gone a dozen different<br />

ways. What if the first words out<br />

of my mouth were, “Do you have<br />

any fucking idea who I am? Why<br />

are you wasting my time stopping<br />

me. I’m obviously in a hurry<br />

here and the last thing I need is<br />

some rookie cop fucking with<br />

me.”<br />

Yeah, in that instance, if I was<br />

the cop, I would have jerked ME<br />

out of that jeep and handcuffed<br />

my ass while calling for backup.<br />

Doesn’t matter who you are. Or<br />

think you are. Everyone, on-duty<br />

or off, deserves respect in a traffic<br />

stop. The first thing I learned<br />

as a rookie, you always start out<br />

nice, you can always be an ass if<br />

the situation turns to shit.<br />

This month’s Light Bulb Award<br />

goes to an Orlando Police Officer<br />

who was driving his ‘marked<br />

unit’ at a high rate of speed<br />

when a Seminole County Sheriff’s<br />

Deputy tried to stop him<br />

and see where he was going<br />

and why he wasn’t running with<br />

lights and siren. Their interaction<br />

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a common criminal and sped off,<br />

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Sir, is this crystal meth yours?<br />



But sir it’s in your car and you<br />

said no one has been in your car,<br />

so who’s is it? I DON’T KNOW<br />

BUT ITS NOT MINE. Sir, you’re<br />

under arrest. Is there anything on<br />

you I need to know about. NO<br />

Sir, what is this? Is this your<br />

weed and crack pipe. NO. Sir, it’s<br />

in your pants. IT’S NOT MINE.<br />

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Summertime!<br />

Summertime is FINALLY here.<br />

<strong>No</strong> ice. <strong>No</strong> snow. <strong>No</strong> freezing cold<br />

mornings. <strong>No</strong> scraping ice from<br />

windshields. <strong>No</strong>pe, all that have<br />

been replaced with 112 heat indexes<br />

and stiffing hot days.<br />

But while most of you enjoy your<br />

summer vacation, Texas School<br />

Districts are busier than ever. The<br />

summer months are when school<br />

district focus on maintenance,<br />

construction, fleet operations, and<br />

bus fleets. These operations all kick<br />

into high gear with only 3-months<br />

to complete projects, training, purchasing<br />

new equipment completing<br />

new budgets, conducting active-shooter<br />

training, and of course<br />

hiring more officers.<br />

Speaking of hiring, Texas ISD Police<br />

Departments are now facing an<br />

even greater need for more officers,<br />

now that the governor has signed<br />

House Bill 3. (HB3) Included in this<br />

education bill is a requirement<br />

for Texas Schools have an armed<br />

security guard or police officer in<br />

EVERY school while the school is in<br />

session. That’s a lot of new cops. As<br />

many as 30,000 if you believe some<br />

reports I’ve read. This need for new<br />

officers is what every police agency<br />

in Texas and around the country has<br />

been facing for quite some time.<br />

But ISD’s are always looking for<br />

quality people to hire. They must<br />

recruit officers through the H.R.<br />

maze, get them the equipment they<br />

need, and then train them for the<br />

upcoming event of a lifetime, “The<br />

First Day of School.”<br />

The best way I can describe “the<br />

FIRST DAY” is like a highly orchestrated,<br />

chaotic event full of children,<br />

adults, parents, grandparents,<br />

educators, ISD employees and of<br />

course Police Officers. All trying to<br />

pull of the day without anyone getting<br />

injured or worse. Sounds easy,<br />

right? You’d better think again. It’s<br />

insane, fun, hilarious, enlightening,<br />

bewildering, frightful and peaceful<br />

all at the same time.<br />

But long before that “First Day”<br />

comes the arduous task of recruiting.<br />

Recruitment for Law Enforcement<br />

is no joke. There’s real competition<br />

out there. Big departments<br />

with big budgets, and sign-on<br />

bonuses. Some go all out and create<br />

commercials that “go viral” on<br />

social media platforms. Everyone is<br />

competing for the one decent quality<br />

candidate that can be hired from<br />

the ever-shrinking pool of potential<br />

applicants.<br />

In plain English, not very many<br />

people want to be cops these days.<br />

Especially an ISD cop. Dealing with<br />

children and their parents on a daily<br />

basis is tumultuous, to say the least.<br />

I surely don’t have all the answers.<br />

Anyone who says they do is either<br />

a liar, an idiot, or worse. Which<br />

leads us all back to “What to we<br />

do?” Well, we do our best. I have<br />

personally turned down multiple<br />

applicants because no matter<br />

how shorthanded we are, they just<br />

weren’t a perfect fit for our department.<br />

Because, down the road, that<br />

person(s) would’ve been a train<br />

wreck to fix. It’s not fair to them and<br />

it’s damn sure not fair to me and my<br />

officers.<br />

One sure fire option is to advertise<br />

in police publications like The<br />

BLUES. In fact, our publisher Michael<br />

Barron, has created an entire new<br />

Help Wanted Section for ISD Recruits<br />

needed to comply with HB3.<br />

The cost is nominal and where else<br />


can you reach 1.5 million readers in<br />

a single month. <strong>No</strong>where!<br />

Another option is to send your<br />

department’s recruiter to the local<br />

Academy’s to try and recruit the<br />

best possible candidates for your<br />

specific agency. You may not have<br />

the best pay or benefits, but every<br />

department has something unique<br />

to offer.<br />

As for the Police Chief’s out there.<br />

Be the Chief. Do that Chief thing you<br />

always wanted a Chief to do or be.<br />

Be that solid, stand-up Chief that<br />

will be there for them. <strong>No</strong>t against<br />

them. Help them learn this profession,<br />

not just another warm body to<br />

fill open slots.<br />

Finally, it’s OK to get out from<br />

behind your desk. It’s OK to get<br />

outside and breathe the air, feel<br />

the sunshine on your face, and yes,<br />

even the heat of a blast furnace this<br />

summer. Or go see how your night<br />

shift is doing, rather than just read<br />

another Pass-on email the next day.<br />

If you seriously want to recruit and<br />

retain high quality people, you can’t<br />

do it from an office. Sometimes<br />

you’ve got to get engaged and find<br />

quality applicants yourself.<br />

Best of luck!! Be safe and take<br />

care!!! God, help us all.<br />


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Can Paxton be Impeached..<br />

..for conduct that occurred before the last election?<br />

As most of you know, the Texas<br />

House of Representatives has<br />

impeached Attorney General Ken<br />

Paxton. The Articles of Impeachment,<br />

which overwhelming<br />

passed the Texas House, accuse<br />

Paxton of very serious charges<br />

most of which revolve around<br />

his relationship with an Austin<br />

developer and extraordinary<br />

“favors” Paxton did for him in his<br />

office. Included in the articles are<br />

allegations that the developer<br />

received this preferential treatment<br />

because he put Paxton’s<br />

mistress on his payroll and because<br />

the developer did work on<br />

Paxton’s home that Paxton did<br />

not pay for. Paxton has denied<br />

the charges.<br />

Let me begin by saying that<br />

if conduct of which Paxton is<br />

accused is proven, he should be<br />

impeached. As a lawyer, I find<br />

the conduct alleged beyond unprofessional,<br />

and a violation of<br />

his oath as the Attorney General<br />

and as an attorney generally. If<br />

the conduct is proven to be true,<br />

he should be impeached and<br />

disbarred.<br />

However, whether any of us<br />

personally feel he is unfit to be<br />

the Attorney General is not the<br />

relevant issue. He should only<br />

be impeached if the facts justify<br />

impeachment under the applicable<br />

law, which in this case is the<br />

Texas Constitution.<br />

In Paxton’s case, there is an<br />

unusual legal issue which may<br />

keep him from being convicted<br />

which has nothing to do with<br />

whether he is guilty of the conduct<br />

alleged. Indeed, it may<br />

result in the impeachment being<br />

dismissed by the Texas Senate<br />

before the merits of the case are<br />

even considered.<br />

There are two types of impeachment<br />

proceedings under<br />

Texas law. The more common<br />

are statutory impeachments.<br />

These are impeachments which<br />

are authorized under laws<br />

passed by the Legislature. Depending<br />

on the circumstances,<br />

various officials can initiate the<br />

impeachment and those cases<br />

are tried in a court. Statutory<br />

impeachments can ultimately be<br />

appealed to the Texas Supreme<br />

Court.<br />

When the Legislature first<br />

adopted the laws setting out<br />

procedures for statutory impeachments,<br />

it included a section<br />

that provided, “no officer<br />

shall be prosecuted or removed<br />

from office for any act he may<br />

have committed prior to his<br />

election to office.” That provision<br />

has been carried forward<br />

in subsequent reiterations of the<br />

impeachment laws and is currently<br />

found in Tex. Gov’t Code §<br />

665.081.<br />

As you can see from the language,<br />

this provision does not<br />

specify which “election” in the<br />


case of an official that has been<br />

elected multiple times. So, the<br />

question is, does the prohibition<br />

against impeachment apply to<br />

conduct before the official’s first<br />

election or most recent election?<br />

The Texas Supreme Court answered<br />

that question in 1924 in<br />

Reeves v. State of Texas Ex Rel.<br />

Mason, 267 S.W. 666 (Tex. 1924).<br />

In that case, the Supreme Court<br />

held that the conduct must be<br />

after the last election on the<br />

theory that the voters, being<br />

the ultimate sovereign, have the<br />

power to forgive errant conduct<br />

by an official. That ruling has<br />

since been known as the voter<br />

forgiveness doctrine and has<br />

been reaffirmed by the Supreme<br />

Court on multiple occasions.<br />

In Paxton’s case, most of the<br />

conduct on which the House’s<br />

articles of impeachment occurred<br />

before his most recent<br />

election last year. So, if Paxton<br />

was the subject of a statutory<br />

impeachment, most of the arti-<br />

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cles of impeachment would be<br />

summarily dismissed under the<br />

voter forgiveness doctrine.<br />

But Paxton’s impeachment<br />

was not brought under statutes<br />

passed by the Legislature. It was<br />

brought under Article 15 of the<br />

Texas Constitution, which gives<br />

the Legislature the exclusive<br />

power to impeach certain state<br />

officers, including the Attorney<br />

General. That article gives<br />

the Texas Senate power try the<br />

impeachment and to set rules<br />

for the trial and determine the<br />

basis for impeachment. Importantly,<br />

the Senate is not bound by<br />

Texas Supreme Court precedents<br />

in statutory impeachment cases<br />

in its deliberations. Therefore,<br />

the Texas Senate is free to rule<br />

whether or not to apply the voter<br />

forgiveness doctrine to Paxton’s<br />

case.<br />

One of the first items the Texas<br />

Senate is likely to take up will be<br />

a motion to dismiss the articles<br />

of impeachment based on<br />

the voter forgiveness doctrine.<br />

Let me say that I think the voter<br />

forgiveness doctrine is an unrealistic<br />

and outdated notion that<br />

the Supreme Court should overrule.<br />

The idea that the roughly<br />

4 million Texans who voted for<br />

Paxton knew about these allegations<br />

and forgave him is a<br />

legal fiction that defies common<br />

sense. <strong>No</strong>netheless, the voter<br />

forgiveness doctrine is a current<br />

Supreme Court precedent and a<br />

decision by the Texas Senate to<br />

rely on it in Paxton’s case would<br />

not be unreasonable.<br />

Most observers believe that Lt.<br />

Governor Dan Patrick will ultimately<br />

decide Paxton’s fate because<br />

his view will prevail in the<br />

Senate. That seems likely to me<br />

as well. But it is hard to divine<br />

what Patrick’s political calculus<br />

will be. My sense is that there<br />

would be few tears shed by most<br />

leaders in the Texas Republican<br />

Party if Paxton were impeached.<br />

He is a constant source of embarrassment<br />

and bad press for<br />

the party and there is a strong<br />

possibility he will eventually<br />

be the subject of a federal indictment.<br />

(The developer who<br />

Paxton alleged gave preferential<br />

treatment was recently indicted<br />

on unrelated federal charges.)<br />

If he is not convicted, there<br />

will undoubtedly be a torrent<br />

of criticism and political fallout<br />

because the conduct alleged is<br />

so egregious. On the other hand,<br />

Paxton is still popular with the<br />

Republican base. Senators voting<br />

for impeachment might face<br />

the wrath of Republican primary<br />

voters. So, the Republican Senators<br />

face a bit of a Hobson’s<br />

choice.<br />

A convenient way out of the<br />

conundrum would be to rely on<br />

the voter forgiveness doctrine<br />

and dismiss the articles of impeachment.<br />

That would avoid a<br />

potentially embarrassing trial<br />

and be forced to cast a vote on<br />

the merits. The Senate could<br />

further window dress the dismissal<br />

by censuring Paxton or<br />

taking some other action short<br />

of impeachment condemning his<br />

conduct.<br />

In any event, we should know<br />

pretty quickly after the trial<br />

begins. Rule 5(b) for the impeachment<br />

trial provides that<br />

immediately after Paxton’s plea<br />

is accepted, the first order of<br />

business will be for the Senate<br />

to rule on any motions that<br />

“would result in dismissal of any<br />

article or articles of impeachment.”<br />

The ruling on any motions<br />

to dismiss will be decided by a<br />

majority vote of the Senators. It<br />

is not hard to imagine that a majority<br />

of the Senators will decide<br />

to follow the Supreme Court’s<br />

precedent and avoid a trial altogether.<br />

I hope I am wrong. I think the<br />

people of Texas deserve to hear<br />

the evidence on Paxton’s conduct<br />

regardless of whether the Senate<br />

ultimately votes to convict him,<br />

because as the Texas Supreme<br />

Court said in their 1924 decision,<br />

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Three SAPD officers charged with murder<br />

Three police officers with the San<br />

Antonio Police Department (SAPD)<br />

were involved in an officer-involved-shooting<br />

(OIS) with a fortysix-year-old<br />

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sustained fatal injuries and by days<br />

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Around 0200 hrs. on listed date<br />

police officers were dispatched<br />

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reference to a call where it had<br />

been reported that a woman<br />

(later identified as Ms. Perez)<br />

had destroyed property at the<br />

complex and more specifically<br />

had cut the wires of the fire<br />

alarm system at the apartment<br />

complex. It was reported that<br />

Ms. Perez was experiencing a<br />

“mental health crisis” but it is<br />

unknown if responding officers<br />

possessed that information. But<br />

what police officers did know,<br />

is that the female offender had<br />

committed a felony offense.<br />


Upon the arrival of police officers,<br />

Ms. Perez was speaking<br />

with San Antonio firefighters.<br />

As the officers approached, Ms.<br />

Perez began to walk away, and<br />

an officer gave her a command<br />

to stop. Ms. Perez ignored the<br />

command to comply with police<br />

officers and walked to her<br />

apartment and entered the unit.<br />

At this point officers did have<br />

probable cause to arrest Ms. Perez<br />

for the felony level criminal<br />

damage offense.<br />


Sergeant Flores and Officers<br />

Alejandro and Villalobos followed<br />

Ms. Perez and jumped<br />

over a short fence and onto the<br />

balcony of her apartment. Officers<br />

noticed that there was an<br />

open window and removed the<br />

screen. Officers attempted to<br />

speak with Ms. Perez through<br />

this open window and she remained<br />

uncooperative.<br />

Ms. Perez yelled at police officers<br />

and complained that they<br />

did not have a “warrant”. She<br />

then followed up her brilliant legal<br />

opinion by throwing a glass<br />

candle at an officer through the<br />

open window - causing minor<br />

injuries.<br />


Since the crime had been<br />

committed in a public place and<br />

the police officers attempted to<br />

arrest Ms. Perez in that public<br />

place - the doctrine of “hot pursuit”<br />

would apply¹.<br />

In short, it would not be a violation<br />

of the 4th amendment for<br />

the police officers to enter the<br />

private residence during the initial<br />

pursuit of Ms. Perez. The fact<br />

that Ms. Perez was successful<br />

in her illegal evasion of arrest -<br />

does not grant her a “get out of<br />

jail” pass.<br />

Also, once that “hot pursuit”<br />

goes cold and officers choose<br />

not to make immediate entry after<br />

the suspect - officers would<br />

likely not be able to enter the<br />

apartment without a warrant.<br />

Best practices would instruct<br />

officers to set a perimeter,<br />

obtain a warrant, and call for<br />

additional resources to assist -<br />

that is, if there is no danger in<br />

allowing the offender to remain<br />

in the residence and no risk of<br />

any innocent victims being taken<br />

hostage, etc…<br />



At that point, after the officer<br />

had been struck with the glass<br />

candle, on scene officers made<br />

the right decision and backed<br />

away from the apartment. Officers<br />

requested additional resources<br />

and utilized time and<br />

distance in an effort to de-escalate<br />

the situation. This was<br />

undoubtedly the correct decision.<br />

Once other officers arrived on<br />

scene, they spoke with Ms. Perez<br />

for approximately thirty minutes<br />

in an effort to convince her to<br />

comply with arrest and cooperate<br />

with police officers. But Ms.<br />

Perez refused and continued her<br />

illegal evasion of law enforcement.<br />


At some point a decision was<br />

made to re-engage with Ms. Perez<br />

and officers again scaled the<br />

small fence and made their way<br />

onto her balcony. It has been reported<br />

by SAPD officials that Ms.<br />

Perez then armed herself with a<br />

hammer, approached a closed<br />

glass door that stood in between<br />

herself and police officers, and<br />

swung the hammer at the glass.<br />

At this point an officer fired<br />

his weapon, however, none of<br />

his shots struck Ms. Perez. In<br />

response Ms. Perez again approached<br />

the door with the<br />

hammer and three police officers<br />

fired their weapons. Initial<br />

reports from SAPD officials are<br />

that the officers fired through the<br />

open window and also through<br />

the glass door. Ms. Perez sustained<br />

fatal injuries. (body cam<br />

footage)<br />


In less than twenty-four hours<br />

after the OIS the three involved<br />

officers had been taken into<br />

police custody, arrested, and<br />

charged with murder.<br />

SAPD Chief of Police William<br />

McManus stated that the involved<br />

officers did not follow<br />

department training or policy<br />

and “used deadly force, which<br />

was not reasonable given all the<br />

circumstances as we now understand<br />

them.”<br />

The Chief also stated that Ms.<br />

Perez was experiencing “a mental<br />

health crisis” and was armed<br />

with a hammer when police<br />

shot her through a patio window<br />

and door.<br />

(Even if the OIS was riddled<br />

with issues - the charge of murder<br />

appears extreme and an obvious<br />

example of over-charging<br />

to appease.)<br />

ISSUES<br />

After watching the body cam<br />

footage, here are my initial<br />

thoughts on some of the most<br />

important issues in this case.<br />

Please comment with other<br />

thoughts/ideas.<br />


Ms. Perez was a felony suspect<br />

that had barricaded herself<br />

inside of a residence. This set of<br />

facts alone would trigger a call<br />

to the Tactical (SWAT) supervisor<br />

per policy in many jurisdictions.<br />

Of course, the ultimate<br />

decision to initiate a full SWAT²<br />

call out would be up to the<br />

discretion of Tactical Unit personnel,<br />

but these subject matter<br />

experts can often provide guidance<br />

and advice to on-scene<br />

patrol supervisors if the men in<br />

green are not going to take over<br />

the critical incident.<br />

As part of the analysis for this<br />

case - I would want to know if<br />

the on-scene officers/supervisor<br />

contacted SWAT and/or the<br />

Crisis Intervention Unit? If they<br />

did make this call to advise the<br />

Tactical section - what advice<br />

was given?<br />

Oftentimes, if SWAT does not<br />

come out to a “barricaded suspect”<br />

and police officers know<br />

the identity of the offender -<br />

police will disengage, forward<br />

the case to a detective, and issue<br />

a warrant in lieu of forcing an<br />

arrest in the moment.<br />

This clearly did not happen in<br />

this case as SWAT did not arrive<br />

on scene and patrol officers<br />

forced contact in an attempt to<br />

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effect an arrest. Was this a lack<br />

of proper training or established<br />

One caveat is that at least one<br />

officer fired his weapon through<br />

errors and even possibly violated<br />

department policy/law. They<br />

policy or a disregard of training/ the open window. Did the officer did so while enveloped within<br />

policy? The answer to this question<br />

will be vital in the criminal ing the window instead of the felony suspect that was armed<br />

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and civil case against the involved<br />

officers.<br />

It must be mentioned that the<br />

possibility of future harm and<br />

risk to others is also an important<br />

factor in making the decision<br />

whether to arrest immediately<br />

and issuing a warrant. Since<br />

police officers do not possess<br />

psychic ability - Dishonest Critics<br />

will undoubtedly demonize<br />

police if they force an arrest or if<br />

they do nothing and the offender<br />

victimizes additional citizens.<br />

door? This may open a possible<br />

avenue of defense for the officer/<br />

officers that fired through the<br />

open window and were fearful<br />

that she was going to throw the<br />

hammer at them. There is likely<br />

no reasonable defense for firing<br />

at a closed door - essentially<br />

helping to break down the barrier<br />

that stood in between officers<br />

and the hammer.<br />


What if the officers had done<br />

nothing as Ms. Perez entered the<br />

with a hammer. We should not<br />

be shocked when incidents like<br />

this do not always go as planned.<br />

We should also not be shocked<br />

when more and more police officers<br />

choose beta disengagement<br />

overactive enforcement.<br />

Again, Chief McManus stated<br />

that the officers, “used deadly<br />

force, which was not reasonable<br />

given all the circumstances as<br />

we now understand them.”<br />

It is important to remember<br />

that use of force from police<br />

OPEN WINDOW V. CLOSED apartment?<br />

officers is not to be viewed<br />

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Officers could have written up through the lens of “as we now<br />

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Ms. Perez - armed with<br />

a hammer - aggressively approaching<br />

the damage, and forwarded the<br />

case to a detective.<br />

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The correct (yet often not<br />

"This offers so many options - we can get<br />

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cover to where we need it quickly."<br />

-Wendy Osborne, FBI Retired,<br />

a closed door.<br />

amount of work and in the interest<br />

of self-preservation and case³. The inquiry is whether the<br />

Violence and Active Shooter Response<br />

found in that pesky Graham<br />

-Local Law Enforcement Official<br />

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If Ms. Perez approached an<br />

open window with a hammer pension protection.<br />

officers’ actions are “objectively<br />

and posed a reasonable threat to<br />

an officer - it is likely that some<br />

level of force would be appropriate<br />

for the officer to defend<br />

himself. A thrown hammer<br />

could cause great bodily injury<br />

If officers did not attempt to<br />

arrest Ms. Perez would that have<br />

been satisfactory to her neighbors<br />

or the apartment complex<br />

staff?<br />

If Ms. Perez harmed herself or<br />

reasonable” in light of the facts<br />

and circumstances confronting<br />

them, without regard to their underlying<br />

intent or motivation.<br />

Two things can be true at the<br />

same time: the Chief misspoke<br />

and officers are able to protect someone else would the same and/or is employing an unreasonable<br />

standard and the use of<br />

themselves from sustaining such anti-police brigade complain<br />

injuries.<br />

that the officers did not “do anything”<br />

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A Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputy, Marcus Zeigler, died after suffering a<br />

medical emergency while training at the police academy.<br />

CINCINNATI, OH. - A Hamilton<br />

County sheriff’s deputy died after<br />

suffering a medical emergency<br />

during “police academy activities,”<br />

the Hamilton County Sheriff’s<br />

Office said last month.<br />

Deputy Marcus Zeigler died on<br />

May 26 “despite medical efforts,”<br />

Hamilton County Sheriff Charmaine<br />

McGuffey explained.<br />

Zeigler was involved in training<br />

activities at the police academy<br />

when he experienced some kind<br />

of medical emergency, the sheriff<br />

said.<br />

Sheriff McGuffey says Deputy<br />

Marcus Zeigler had been with the<br />

sheriff’s office for nine months<br />


and was enrolled at the Great<br />

Oaks Peace Officer Academy.<br />

“He was always happy and<br />

helpful; proud to be a deputy;<br />

and was also a well-known<br />

entrepreneur,” the sheriff said.<br />

“Deputy Zeigler made a strong<br />

impression on us from the moment<br />

he started. His smile is unforgettable.<br />

He was also known<br />

for loving his family and wanting<br />

to leave a legacy they could be<br />

proud of. And he did just that.”<br />

A public visitation was held on<br />

Jun 2 at the Spring Grove Funeral<br />

Home.<br />

Deputy Zeigler was honored<br />

and remembered at a police ceremony<br />

at Spring Grove Cemetery<br />

following the visitation.<br />

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yrs.<br />

BRANDON, MS.<br />

Former Police Chief Randy Tyler was shot and killed after a domestic<br />

dispute led to a hostage standoff in Brandon Mississippi.<br />

BRANDON, MS. - Madison Police<br />

Officer Randy Tyler is dead<br />

after a domestic dispute in the<br />

Crossgates neighborhood of<br />

Brandon led to a hostage standoff.<br />

The suspect was shot dead<br />

and a Brandon police officer<br />

also was shot and injured in the<br />

incident.<br />

“We are devastated,” Madison<br />

Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler said.<br />

“We are asking for prayers for<br />

the family and his fellow officers.”<br />

“In addition to being a valued<br />

member of the Department’s<br />

Special Response Team, Randy<br />

Tyler was the Department’s Field<br />

Training Coordinator, responsible<br />

for overseeing the training<br />

and career development of<br />

newly hired police officers,” the<br />

statement reads. “He was also a<br />

supervisor in the Department’s<br />

Narcotics Division.<br />

Prior to working at Madison,<br />

Randy Tyler retired as the Chief<br />

of Police for the Ridgeland Police<br />

Department. Chief Tyler was<br />

a graduate of the 228th Session<br />

of the F.B.I. National Academy in<br />

Quantico, VA and was an active<br />

member of the MS Chapter of<br />

the F.B.I. National Academy Associates.<br />

“Randy will be sorely missed<br />

by all of his colleagues, family<br />

and friends. The Madison Police<br />

Department asks for the community’s<br />

support and prayers<br />

during this difficult time. Funeral<br />

arrangements will be provided<br />

once they have been finalized.”<br />

The Mississippi Association<br />

of Chiefs of Police asked for<br />

prayers for Tyler, his family and<br />

colleagues in a press statement.<br />

“Please join us with your<br />

prayers for officers and family<br />

members of the Madison Ms Police<br />

Department and the Brandon<br />

MS Police Department,” the<br />

statement later retweeted by Lt.<br />

Gov. Delbert Hosemann reads.<br />

The statement also states that<br />

Tyler was “employed part time<br />

with Madison after serving a full<br />

career with the Ridgeland Police<br />

Department from which he<br />

retired as the Chief of Police.”<br />

Hosemann expressed his own<br />

condolences in the retweet.<br />

“Devastated to learn of the<br />

death of Madison Police Officer<br />

Randy Tyler—killed in the line of<br />

duty today. Randy is the former<br />

Ridgeland Police Chief. We are in<br />

prayer for his loved ones.” Hosemann’s<br />

tweet states.<br />

Tyler had served 30 years in<br />

law enforcement and with the<br />

Ridgeland Police Department for<br />


27 years.<br />

“He’s been an asset,” Ridgeland<br />

Mayor Gene McGee said at<br />

the time of Tyler’s retirement in<br />

2015. “I’ve known him most of<br />

my tenure as mayor. Ridgeland<br />

is a better place because of his<br />

service.”<br />

MBI officials said officers received<br />

a call about a possible<br />

hostage situation. Moments after<br />

arriving at the scene, the subject<br />

fired shots at officers.<br />

One Brandon officer received<br />

significant injuries and was<br />

transported to a local hospital.<br />

The identity of that officer has<br />

not been released.<br />

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yrs.<br />


Denham Springs Police Corporal Shawn Kelly died June 2 from injuries sustained<br />

during a shootout last May at a local shopping center.<br />

DENHAM SPRINGS, LA. - Denham<br />

Springs Police Corporal<br />

Shawn Kelly died at the hospital<br />

on Friday, June 2 from the injuries<br />

he sustained from multiple<br />

gunshot wounds at a popular<br />

shopping center on May, 11.<br />

On May 11th, Denham Springs<br />

police responded to a call at<br />

Spring Park Plaza Thursday just<br />

after 4 p.m. about an argument<br />

between a man and a woman<br />

in the parking lot outside Petco,<br />

according to law enforcement<br />

officials.<br />

Once officers arrived, 30-yearold<br />

Justin Roberts reportedly<br />

began to fire at them, striking<br />

Kelly multiple times.<br />

Roberts fled the scene toward<br />

Highway 190 but was stopped<br />

soon after by Livingston Parish<br />

Sheriff’s Deputies, who shot and<br />

injured him. Both him and the<br />

officer were in critical condition<br />

and taken to a local hospital.<br />

From Denham Springs Police<br />

Chief Rodney Walker:<br />

On May 11th, 2023, evil and tragedy<br />

struck our community and<br />

because of it, we will forever be<br />

changed. Cpl. Shawn Kelly was<br />


a great public servant, a great<br />

father, grandfather, husband<br />

and just a great human being.<br />

He was one of the finest men I’ve<br />

ever known. The Denham Springs<br />

& Livingston Parish communities<br />

have truly lost one of its finest. On<br />

behalf of Cpl. Kelly’s family and<br />

his DSPD family, we thank you for<br />

your continued love, support and<br />

prayers during this difficult and<br />

tragic time.<br />

DSPD spokesman Sgt. Scott<br />

Sterling said Kelly was POST<br />

certified in 1997 at the Louisiana<br />

State Police Training Academy.<br />

He added Kelly began his career<br />

in 1994 with Louisiana DOC<br />

and other state agencies before<br />

ultimately joining the DSPD in<br />

2019 where he is a Taser instructor<br />

and field training officer.<br />

Cpl. Kelly has received multiple<br />

commendations for his generous<br />

ways and positive attitude.<br />

Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason<br />

Ard released the following statement<br />

on Kelly:<br />

‘I will always remember DSPD<br />

Cpl. Shawn Kelly as a hero. He<br />

died doing what he loved to do<br />

- serving & protecting his community.<br />

In addition to that, he<br />

brought our Livingston Parish<br />

community together reminding<br />

us that we are in this together,<br />

that we need to continue working<br />

together & that - together<br />

- we can do great things. My<br />

heart is full for Cpl Kelly’s family,<br />

for our DSPD partners, for those<br />

who knew & loved Shawn & for<br />

all of Livingston Parish. We will<br />

continue to do what is needed<br />

to support Shawn’s family & his<br />

DSPD family.’<br />

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yrs.<br />

MATEWAN, W.VA.<br />

West Virginia Sergeant Cory Maynard, as other troopers, were ambushed<br />

while responding to a call in Mingo County.<br />

MATEWAN, W.VA. — State<br />

Police Superintendent Col. Jack<br />

Chambers confirmed Monday<br />

that Sgt. Cory Maynard and other<br />

troopers were “ambushed” while<br />

responding to a shooting call<br />

Friday in Mingo County.<br />

“They were ambushed. Sgt.<br />

Maynard was hit and wounded.<br />

Another trooper that was with<br />

him did return fire, but did not<br />

hit the suspect,” Chambers said<br />

on MetroNews “Talkline.”<br />

Maynard, 37, was taken to<br />

Logan Regional Medical Center<br />

where he later died from his<br />

injuries.<br />

Chambers said a shots fired<br />

call came in around 2:45 p.m.<br />

Friday at a home in the Beech<br />

Creek area of Matewan. Maynard,<br />

along with Troopers C.K. Johnson<br />

and J.P. Ziegler, responded<br />

to the area after Benjamin Baldwin,<br />

<strong>39</strong>, of Matewan, was shot<br />

with a rifle. Baldwin was taken<br />

to Charleston Area Medical Center<br />

to be treated for injuries. <strong>No</strong><br />

word on what lead to the shooting.<br />

The suspect, Timothy Kennedy,<br />

29, of Beech Creek, fled on foot.<br />

Chambers said State Police and<br />

other law enforcement agencies<br />

launched a nearly seven-hour<br />

manhunt and eventually captured<br />

Kennedy around 11 p.m.<br />

Friday.<br />

Chambers confirmed Kennedy<br />

allegedly stole a vehicle before<br />

he was arrested.<br />

“Late that evening, the same<br />

date, the suspect stole a vehicle<br />

in the Beech Creek area, the<br />

same area as where the shooting<br />

happened,” he said.<br />

Kennedy was taken to the<br />

Southwestern Regional Jail<br />

where he’s being held without<br />

bond. He’s been charged with<br />

first degree murder in connection<br />

with Maynard’s death.<br />

Chambers said more charges<br />

involving Baldwin and the stolen<br />

vehicle will be filed at a later<br />

date.<br />

“Pending charges are coming<br />

in the initial shooting of Baldwin.<br />

I understand that he’s still in<br />

intensive care,” he said.<br />

State Police said Baldwin was<br />

listed in serious but stable condition.<br />

Chambers said Maynard had<br />

his whole career ahead of him<br />

and was a well-rounded trooper.<br />

“He looked good in uniform. He<br />

had done a good job, a good investigator,<br />

good with the public,<br />

was involved in the community<br />

and was well-known in whatever<br />

area he was in,” he said.<br />


Maynard grew up just a few<br />

miles from Williamson in Belfry,<br />

Ky. He started his state police<br />

career in Martinsburg in 2007<br />

before making his way back to<br />

Mingo County. He was known in<br />

the Williamson area as being a<br />

positive role model to children.<br />

In 2015, Maynard was honored by<br />

State Police for saving a man’s<br />

life in the Eastern Panhandle.<br />

Maynard leaves behind a wife<br />

and two children, ages 13 and 9.<br />

A Go Fund Me page has been<br />

set up to help Maynard’s family<br />

pay for funeral expenses. Nearly<br />

$40,000 dollars had been raised<br />

as of late Monday morning.<br />

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yrs.<br />

JASPER, FL.<br />

Jasper Police Chief Anthony Rickerson died in a vehicle crash<br />

Sunday, June 12th.<br />

JASPER, FL. — Jasper Police<br />

Chief Anthony Rickerson died in<br />

a vehicle crash on Sunday June<br />

12th, according to WTXL.<br />

In a crash report from The<br />

Florida Highway Patrol, troopers<br />

say a Jasper Police Department<br />

vehicle was traveling<br />

northbound on County Road 143<br />

around 10:30 p.m. when it struck<br />

a deer that was in the roadway.<br />

The vehicle then exited the<br />

roadway and hit a tree before<br />

catching on fire, FHP says.<br />

FHP says the sole occupant of<br />

the vehicle, Rickerson, was pronounced<br />

dead on scene.<br />

The Suwannee County Sheriff’s<br />

Office shared condolences on<br />

Facebook.<br />

“We are deeply saddened to<br />

hear of the tragic passing of<br />

Police Chief Tony Rickerson of<br />

the Jasper Police Department<br />

due to a devastating traffic crash<br />

last night, which claimed his life.<br />

Our hearts ache for the entire<br />

law enforcement community, the<br />

Jasper Police Department, and<br />

most importantly, Chief Rickerson’s<br />

family and friends.<br />

Chief Rickerson was a dedicated<br />

and passionate leader, committed<br />

to serving and protecting<br />

the citizens of Jasper.<br />

In this challenging time, the<br />

Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office<br />

stands in solidarity with our<br />

brothers and sisters at the Jasper<br />

Police Department. We extend<br />

our deepest condolences and<br />

offer our full support to Chief<br />

Rickerson’s family, friends, and<br />

colleagues as they navigate this<br />

unimaginable loss.<br />

We ask that you keep Chief<br />

Rickerson’s loved ones and the<br />

Jasper Police Department in<br />



your thoughts and prayers.”<br />

The police department said<br />

Rickerson was a member of the<br />

Jasper Police Department for 12<br />

years.<br />



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yrs.<br />


Virginia Police Officer Mark Wagner as shot and killed<br />

during a struggle with a suspect in the woods.<br />

WINTERGREEN, VA. — A police<br />

officer was fatally shot during a<br />

struggle with a Maryland man in<br />

the woods in a Virginia mountain<br />

town, authorities said Saturday.<br />

Wintergreen Police Department<br />

Officer Mark Christopher<br />

Wagner II was killed Friday<br />

night, Chief Dennis Russell said<br />

in a Facebook post.<br />

Wintergreen police received<br />

a call about a man assaulting<br />

two other men at a home, Virginia<br />

State Police said in a news<br />

release. The two injured men<br />

had run away from the home by<br />

the time police arrived, and they<br />

were treated at a hospital for<br />

unspecified injuries that were<br />

not life-threatening, state police<br />

said.<br />

Wagner found the assault<br />

suspect, 23-year-old Daniel<br />

M. Barmak, of Towson, Md., in<br />

nearby woods, and they got into<br />

a struggle. Wagner was shot<br />

during the confrontation and he<br />

died there, state police said.<br />

Barmak, who was also shot,<br />

was taken into custody and was<br />

treated at a hospital for injuries<br />

described as not life-threatening,<br />

according to state police.<br />

Troopers said Barmak was<br />

charged with capital murder, use<br />

of a firearm in the commission of<br />

a felony and two felony counts<br />

of malicious wounding. He is being<br />

held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville<br />

Regional Jail.<br />

Wagner was remembered as<br />

a ‘dedicated officer’ who served<br />

‘with honor’<br />

Russell, the Wintergreen police<br />

chief, said Wagner, 31, had been<br />

with the force since August 2020.<br />

He previously served seven years<br />

with the Massanutten Police Department,<br />

Russell said.<br />

The police chief said Wagner,<br />

who was known as Chris, enjoyed<br />

hiking and photographing<br />

nature in his spare time. Wagner<br />

“asked for and worked the midnight<br />

shift,” Russell said.<br />

“Whenever you saw Chris in<br />

the daylight, he wore dark, dark<br />

sunglasses, and would crack a<br />

smile or two,” Russell wrote.<br />

“Chris was dedicated to his job<br />

and whenever called for extra<br />

duty he was ready, willing and<br />

able.”<br />

Russell said Wagner will be<br />

remembered for “always going<br />

out of his way to cheer others<br />

up.” The chief also said Wagner’s<br />

“infectious laugh was loud and<br />

echoed throughout the office.”<br />

Wagner’s father told Russell<br />


WAGNER<br />

that “Chris was like Batman” and<br />

said he recently gave his son a<br />

batarang to go with the assortment<br />

of tools the officer carried<br />

on his belt.<br />

“Chris is survived by his immediate<br />

family and the men and<br />

women who were his Wintergreen<br />

Police family,” Russell<br />

wrote.<br />

A fund has been established to<br />

help Wagner’s family as Wintergreen<br />

Police is a private police<br />

department, so the officer’s family<br />

is not eligible for state lineof-duty<br />

death benefits.<br />

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Pennsylvania State Trooper Jacques Rougeau Jr. was<br />

shot and killed during an incident in Juniata County.<br />


- Officials have identified the<br />

people involved in a shooting<br />

that left one Pennsylvania State<br />

Police trooper dead and another<br />

seriously hurt on Saturday.<br />

State police say 29-year-old<br />

Trooper Jacques Rougeau Jr.<br />

was shot and killed during the<br />

incident in Juniata County.<br />

Lieutenant James Wagner,<br />

45, was seriously injured in the<br />

shooting.<br />

Wagner is currently listed in<br />

critical condition at an area hospital.<br />

The incident began when officials<br />

say a man engaged with<br />

state troopers just after 11 a.m.<br />

According to state police, the<br />

man arrived at Troop G, Lewistown<br />

station armed with a rifle<br />

and fired shots at patrol vehicles<br />

in the parking lot.<br />

A manhunt for the shooter<br />

began that included helicopter<br />

reinforcement, officials say.<br />

Officials identified the shooter<br />

as 38-year-old Brandon Stine of<br />

Thompsontown, Juniata County.<br />

Wagner located Stine early that<br />

afternoon and they exchanged<br />

gunfire, police said. That’s when<br />

a shot from Stine’s gun struck<br />

and critically injured Wagner.<br />

The shooter was located by<br />

Rougeau sometime later.<br />

Troopers say Rougeau encountered<br />

Stine while driving through<br />

the county, at which point Stine<br />

shot the trooper through his<br />

car’s windshield and killed him.<br />

The shooter made another escape<br />

in what police described as<br />

“a game of cat and mouse,” and<br />

he fled into a rural residential<br />

area in Walker Township, Juniata<br />

County.<br />

Authorities chased Stine<br />

through a residential area and<br />

a parking lot, where they confronted<br />

him again. Stine started<br />

a shootout with police in the<br />

parking lot, which was occupied<br />

by patrons of a nearby store,<br />

police said.<br />

“What I witnessed, and I will<br />

tell you in my many years with<br />

the Pennsylvania State Police and<br />

many serious situations, was one<br />

of the most intense, unbelievable<br />

gunfights I have ever witnessed,”<br />

said Lt. Colonel George Bivens at<br />

a press conference. “Our troopers<br />

put themselves between<br />

those people and by force with<br />

their vehicles and by engaging<br />

him, and forced him away from<br />

the business.”<br />

Police cornered Stine when he<br />


became stuck against a row of<br />

trees on a nearby property and<br />

he was shot and killed, Bivens<br />

said.<br />

“This is a tragedy for the Pennsylvania<br />

State Police,” said Colonel<br />

Christopher Paris, commissioner<br />

of the Pennsylvania State<br />

Police.<br />

“We ask for your continued<br />

prayers for not only our Troopers<br />

but also their families,” he<br />

added.<br />

Rougeau enlisted in the Pennsylvania<br />

State Police in 2020 and<br />

was transferred to Troop G in<br />

Lewistown in March of last year.<br />

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Trooper Aaron Smith was struck and killed by a fleeing suspect in a<br />

stolen vehicle, as he tried to deploy stop sticks.<br />


INDIANAPOLIS, IN. — An Indiana<br />

State Police Trooper Aaron<br />

Smith, has died after being hit by<br />

a suspect’s car during a stolen<br />

vehicle pursuit on the city’s west<br />

side.<br />

According to ISP officials on<br />

scene, the collision occurred<br />

around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday<br />

June 28, on Interstate 70 eastbound<br />

near 6 Points Road on the<br />

west side of Indianapolis.<br />

ISP Master Trooper Nick Klingkammer<br />

said that the incident<br />

began as a police chase after<br />

troopers with ISP’s Indianapolis<br />

district spotted a stolen car on<br />

the city’s southwest side.<br />

Troopers attempted to pull<br />

over the car, but ISP said a<br />

pursuit began. Troopers then<br />

chased the suspect vehicle to<br />

Ronald Reagan Parkway, where<br />

one trooper was attempting to<br />

deploy stop sticks to stop the car<br />

and terminate the pursuit.<br />

That trooper was then struck<br />

by the suspect vehicle and<br />

thrown into the air, according to<br />

ISP. The suspect vehicle, Klingkammer<br />

said, then crashed after<br />

hitting the trooper.<br />

Klingkammer said that the<br />

injured trooper was taken to<br />

Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition.<br />

Later, around 11 p.m., ISP<br />

announced outside the hospital<br />

that the trooper had been pronounced<br />

dead.<br />

ISP Superintendent Doug<br />

Carter identified the deceased<br />

trooper as Aaron Smith, a trooper<br />

that joined the department in<br />

2018. He is survived by a loving<br />

wife, Carter said.<br />

“He was one of those guys that<br />

stood out,” Carter said. “<strong>No</strong>t to<br />

be cliché but he was a shining<br />

star for the Indiana State Police.”<br />

Gov. Eric Holcomb released a<br />

statement about Smith:<br />

“Janet and I offer our deepest<br />

condolences to the wife, family<br />

and close friends of Trooper<br />

Aaron Smith.<br />

“Trooper Smith lived and died<br />

a hero. His everlasting inspiration<br />

is a painful reminder of what the<br />

best among us sacrifice everyday<br />

when they leave the house.<br />

I encourage every Hoosier so<br />

inclined to right now stop and<br />

shower Trooper Smith’s bride<br />

with prayer and be there for his<br />

fellow law enforcement members<br />

so shaken by this heartbreaking<br />

loss.”<br />

According to an ISP post from<br />

2018, Smith was a native of<br />

Whiteland and a 2008 graduate<br />

of Whiteland High School. He<br />

joined the Army National Guard<br />

in 2011 and joined ISP in 2018. He<br />

previously worked in insurance<br />


and construction.<br />

The suspect driver and passengers<br />

of the vehicle, which<br />

include an adult and a juvenile,<br />

were taken to local hospitals and<br />

are expected to survive.<br />

UPDATE (6/29/23): Two individuals<br />

were arrested Thursday June 29th<br />

in connection to the deadly incident<br />

involving the trooper. ISP says the<br />

driver identified as 18-year-old Eddie<br />

P. Jones, Jr. of Missouri was preliminarily<br />

charged with murder, Level 1<br />

Felony. The passenger was identified<br />

as 19-year-old DeMareon l. Curry<br />

was preliminarily charged with auto<br />

theft, Level 5 Felony.<br />

A 15-year-old female passenger,<br />

listed as missing from Missouri was<br />

turned over to authorities but not<br />

charged in connection to the incident.<br />

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DETROIT, MI.<br />

Michigan bill could help retain Detroit Officers by charging them for<br />

academy expenses if they transfer to another agency.<br />

By Sarah Roebuck<br />

Reprinted from Police1<br />

DETROIT, MI. — A new Michigan<br />

law could help the City of Detroit<br />

retain officers and recover the costs<br />

of training those officers.<br />

The city pays to train new officers<br />

who often leave to work in the suburbs,<br />

costing Detroit millions, the<br />

city’s assistant police chief told the<br />

Detroit Free Press.<br />

“We have experienced over the<br />

last several years a large number of<br />

individuals joining the Detroit Police<br />

Department for the training with an<br />

apparent plan to leave for suburban<br />

police departments shortly thereafter,”<br />

Detroit Police Department<br />

Assistant Chief David LeValley said<br />

during a legislative hearing.<br />

“I’ve been told that some agencies<br />

have actually encouraged individuals<br />

to do so. And we have even had<br />

police chiefs and command staff<br />

from suburban police departments<br />

attend our academy graduations<br />

only to have a recruit resign the<br />

next day and go work for that agency,”<br />

LeValley added.<br />

In Michigan, it is currently against<br />

the law for employers to accept<br />

fees, gifts, tips or any other type of<br />

compensation as a requirement for<br />

employment. However, two Democratic<br />

legislators from Detroit have<br />

proposed a bipartisan supported<br />

legislation that would establish an<br />

exemption for law enforcement<br />

agencies.<br />

This exemption would enable<br />

these agencies to recover training<br />

expenses from new recruits who<br />

leave before completing four years<br />

of service.<br />

According to an analysis conducted<br />

by the Senate Fiscal Agency, the<br />

tuition fees for law enforcement<br />

training academies in Michigan<br />

vary from $6,000 to $10,000. While<br />

the majority of academies require<br />

recruits to pay tuition, the Detroit<br />

Police Department has its own<br />

training academy, which comes<br />

with a higher cost of approximately<br />

$35,000 per participant. Additionally,<br />

trainees at this academy receive<br />

wages and benefits, according to<br />

LeValley.<br />

LeValley said 58% of officers<br />

who departed from the Detroit<br />

Police Department since 2020 had<br />

served for less than four years.<br />

Among those who left, the department<br />

incurred an estimated cost<br />

yrs.<br />

of $6,389,000 for their recruitment,<br />

hiring and training.<br />

The legislation signed by Gov.<br />

Gretchen Whitmer establishes a<br />

repayment scale that adjusts based<br />

on the duration an officer served in<br />

the department before transitioning<br />

to employment at a different law<br />

enforcement agency.<br />

For officers who serve less than<br />

a year, the agency has the potential<br />

to recover the complete training<br />

cost, up to the officer’s first-year<br />

salary. However, if an officer serves<br />

between three and four years, the<br />

agency is limited to recouping only<br />

25% of the cost, up to the officer’s<br />

first-year salary.<br />

Additionally, the law stipulates<br />

that the repayment for the law<br />

enforcement training academy expenses<br />

would be waived if a newly<br />

recruited officer chooses to leave<br />

the law enforcement agency voluntarily<br />

and pursue an entirely different<br />

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yrs.<br />


A Florida sheriff’s deputy and motorist are “lucky to be alive” after being<br />

sucked into a flooded drainage pipe and pulled under a four-lane highway.<br />

By Mark Price<br />

The Charlotte Observer<br />

PENSACOLA, FL. — A Florida<br />

sheriff’s deputy and motorist are<br />

“lucky to be alive” after being<br />

sucked into a flooded drainage<br />

pipe and pulled under a fourlane<br />

highway, according to the<br />

Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.<br />

The terrifying ordeal was<br />

recorded by the deputy’s body<br />

camera and shows the pair reemerged<br />

gasping for air on the<br />

other side of U.S. 98 near Pensacola.<br />

It happened around 1:40 a.m.<br />

on Friday, June 16, as Deputy<br />

William Hollingsworth was<br />

helping drivers escape “rapidly<br />

rising waters,” the sheriff’s office<br />

said in a news release.<br />

“At one point, Deputy Hollingsworth<br />

exited his patrol car to<br />

approach a citizen who was<br />

trapped in these rising waters. As<br />

he approached, Deputy Hollingsworth<br />

witnessed the citizen go<br />

underwater and rushed to his<br />

aid,” according to the sheriff’s<br />

office.<br />

“Both the citizen and Deputy<br />

Hollingsworth were sucked into<br />

a drainage pipe and were swept<br />

underneath the four-lane roadway<br />

of (Highway) 98. They were<br />

submerged for approximately 30<br />

seconds and traveled nearly 100<br />

feet underwater. They eventually<br />

resurfaced on the other end of<br />

the roadway — lucky to be alive.”<br />

Footage shared on YouTube<br />

shows it was pouring rain and<br />

the road was covered with flood<br />

waters when Hollingsworth<br />

stepped out of his patrol car. He<br />

was sucked into the pipe within<br />

20 seconds.<br />

Only darkness is seen for about<br />

30 seconds in the video, accompanied<br />

by the sounds or roaring<br />

water and gurgling.<br />

Hollingsworth is then heard<br />

calling for the other man and<br />

shouting, “I got you.”<br />

“Can you believe what just<br />

happened to us,” someone is<br />

heard saying. “I’ve never held my<br />

breath like that in my life.”<br />

The video ends with the two<br />

men sitting in Hollingsworth’s<br />

patrol car, as they wait on an<br />

ambulance to examine the driver.<br />

Sheriff’s office officials did not<br />

report any injuries were suffered<br />

by the men.<br />

Some YouTube commenter’s<br />

noted the men endured the stuff<br />

of nightmares.<br />

“I just cried my eyes out. That<br />

was incredible! They way they<br />

hugged and talked to each other<br />

when they surfaced. Humanity<br />

isn’t so bad all the time,” Cambre<br />

Gayle Roberts wrote on the sheriff’s<br />

office Facebook page.<br />

“It is a miracle that they both<br />

survived that ordeal. Culverts<br />

become bottle necks that increase<br />

the velocity of the water<br />

if under sized. ... That had to be<br />

the most terrifying thirty seconds<br />

of their lives,” David Van<br />

Damme wrote.<br />

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yrs.<br />

MODESTO, CA.<br />

‘I’m taking shots’: Video shows gunfire exchange between Calif officer and fleeing suspect.<br />

By Erin Tracy,<br />

The Modesto Bee<br />

MODESTO, CA. — Modesto Police<br />

released video from a June<br />

3 incident in which an officer<br />

exchanged gunfire with a fleeing<br />

suspect.<br />

Video from Officer Raihil Sharma’s<br />

body camera and the dash<br />

camera of his patrol car, as well<br />

as from the department’s new<br />

airplane, captured how the incident<br />

unfolded.<br />

Sharma, a nearly two-year veteran,<br />

pulled over Gordon Massey<br />

on his bicycle just after 10 p.m. in<br />

the area of Phoenix and Glendale<br />

avenues. The video does not say<br />

why Massey was pulled over and<br />

a department spokesperson did<br />

not respond to requests for comment<br />

Saturday morning.<br />

Chief Brandon Gillespie, who<br />

provides narration during the<br />

16-minute edited video, said<br />

Massey was initially cooperative<br />

with Sharma.<br />

But as Sharma ran his name<br />

on the patrol car computer and<br />

learned he had warrants for DUI<br />

and drug offenses, Massey rode<br />

away and Sharma drove after<br />

him.<br />

Sharma followed Massey for<br />

about a minute, through a nearby<br />

shopping center, then into an<br />

adjacent neighborhood, where<br />

Massey allegedly fired three<br />

shots at Sharma.<br />

Sharma notified dispatch, “I’m<br />

taking shots,” then gave a description<br />

of Massey, who allegedly<br />

fired two more rounds at<br />

him.<br />

One shot hit the front passenger<br />

headrest in Sharma’s patrol<br />

car, Gillespie said.<br />

Sharma followed Massey for<br />

about a minute and 50 seconds<br />

as he rode through the neighborhood.<br />

He then stopped the<br />

vehicle, held his gun out of the<br />

window and fired three shots at<br />

Massey.<br />

Massey rode around the corner<br />

and into an alley. When Sharma<br />

caught up with him, Massey was<br />

on the ground lying next to his<br />

bicycle.<br />

Sharma held Massey at gunpoint<br />

and ordered him to keep<br />

his hands visible and stay still<br />

as more officers arrived at the<br />

scene.<br />

Officers can be heard questioning<br />

Massey about where his<br />

gun is and discussing among<br />

themselves whether anyone<br />

has a shield to use to approach<br />

Massey. The video cuts to airplane<br />

footage then back to<br />

officer body camera as they<br />

approach Massey.<br />

Officers handcuffed, then<br />

provided medical aid to Massey.<br />

They cut off his clothes to check<br />

other parts of his body for<br />

gunshot wounds and applied a<br />

tourniquet to his arm. After being<br />

treated he was booked into<br />

the jail.<br />

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yrs.<br />

MEMPHIS, TN.<br />

Shelby County Deputy was hospitalized after being dragged by a<br />

suspect’s vehicle. The deputy shot and killed the suspect.<br />

MEMPHIS, TN. — A deputy from<br />

the Shelby County Sheriff’s office<br />

was seriously injured after a<br />

suspect attempted to drive away,<br />

dragging the deputy for almost<br />

100 yards.<br />

Around 9 a.m. on Saturday,<br />

June 24th, a deputy approached<br />

a parked vehicle and attempted<br />

to stop the driver from leaving<br />

the scene. The driver managed<br />

to drive off, dragging the deputy<br />

who was pinned against the<br />

door of the vehicle.<br />

The deputy shot the driver,<br />

who continued driving for<br />

around a half mile before stopping,<br />

the Tennessee Bureau of<br />

Investigation said.<br />

At the request of 30th District<br />

Attorney General Steve Mulroy,<br />

TBI special agents are investigating<br />

the circumstances leading to<br />

an officer-involved shooting that<br />

occurred this morning involving<br />

the Shelby County Sheriff’s<br />

Office.<br />

Preliminary information indicates<br />

the incident occurred<br />

at approximately 9:00 Saturday<br />

morning in the 4100 block of<br />

Rosswood Avenue, where, as<br />

part of an enforcement action,<br />

a deputy approached a parked<br />

car, after which the deputy tried<br />

to stop the driver from leaving<br />

the scene. For reasons still<br />

under investigation, the situation<br />

escalated, resulting in the man<br />

driving off and dragging the deputy<br />

approximately 100 yards. At<br />

some point, the deputy fired his<br />

service weapon at least once,<br />

striking the driver, who drove<br />

about a half mile further before<br />

stopping, and subsequently died<br />

on the way to the hospital. The<br />

deputy has been hospitalized<br />

with a variety of serious injuries.<br />

TBI agents continue to work<br />

to independently determine the<br />

series of events leading to the<br />

shooting, including collecting<br />

evidence and conducting interviews.<br />

Throughout the process,<br />

investigative findings will be<br />

shared with the District Attorney<br />

General for his review and consideration.<br />

The TBI acts solely as<br />

fact-finders in its cases and does<br />

not determine whether the actions<br />

of an officer were justified<br />

in these types of matters; that<br />

decision rests with the District<br />

Attorney General requesting TBI’s<br />

involvement.<br />

The TBI does not identify the<br />

officers involved in these types<br />

of incidents and instead refers<br />

questions of that nature to the<br />

respective department to answer<br />

as it sees fit.<br />

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yrs.<br />


Louisiana K-9 dies of heat exhaustion while chasing suspect.<br />

SHREVEPORT, LA. – Shreveport<br />

PD, said Harrie, a 7-year-old<br />

Belgian Malinois relentlessly<br />

tracked the suspects and suffered<br />

from a heat-related injury<br />

during the pursuit.<br />

The Shreveport, Louisiana, police<br />

department says one of its<br />

K9s died of a heat-related injury<br />

after chasing down suspects on<br />

Saturday.<br />

In a Facebook post, the Shreveport<br />

Police Department said K9<br />

handler Sgt. Jeff Hammer and<br />

his partner K9 Harrie began to<br />

assist patrol officers in locating<br />

suspects who fled from a stolen<br />

vehicle just after 4 p.m. on June<br />

24.<br />

Police said Harrie, a 7-yearold<br />

Belgian Malinois relentlessly<br />

tracked the suspects and<br />

suffered from the heat-related<br />

injury during the pursuit.<br />

Harrie was immediately rushed<br />

to a local veterinary hospital, but<br />

despite all efforts to save him,<br />

he died of that injury.<br />

Shreveport’s high temperatures<br />

have been soaring into the 90s<br />

with “feels-like” temperatures<br />

well above 100 degrees, Fox<br />

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yrs.<br />


Officers Charged with Murder<br />

Three San Antonio Police Officers were charged with murder in<br />

the fatal shooting of a woman having a ‘mental health crisis.’<br />

By Ken Miller<br />

Associated Press<br />

SAN ANTONIO, TX. — Three<br />

San Antonio police officers have<br />

been charged with murder in the<br />

fatal shooting of a woman who<br />

was experiencing what the city’s<br />

police chief said was a “mental<br />

health crisis.”<br />

Sgt. Alfred Flores and Officers<br />

Eleazar Alejandro and Nathaniel<br />

Villalobos were suspended<br />

without pay and later arrested<br />

on murder warrants in the shooting<br />

death of Melissa Perez, 46,<br />

when she refused police orders<br />

to come out of her apartment,<br />

Police Chief William McManus<br />

said Friday.<br />

“The officers’ actions were not<br />

consistent with SAPD’s policy and<br />

training,” McManus said during a<br />

Friday night news conference.<br />

“They placed themselves in a<br />

situation where they used deadly<br />

force which was not reasonable<br />

given all the circumstances as<br />

we now understand them,” Mc-<br />

Manus said.<br />

One of the three charged officers<br />

opened fire, McManus said,<br />

after Perez first threw a glass<br />

candlestick at the officers then<br />

swung a hammer at them. All<br />

three officers then fired when<br />

Perez approached them again<br />

with the hammer, hitting her at<br />

least twice, according to McManus.<br />

Court records do not list attorneys<br />

who could speak on behalf<br />

of the three officers.<br />

Perez was suspected of cutting<br />

the wires to a fire alarm, a<br />

felony, at the apartment complex<br />

and was talking to fire<br />

officials about 12:30 a.m. Friday<br />

when an officer approached and<br />

tried to get her to walk toward a<br />

patrol car, McManus said.<br />

Perez was speaking to a fire<br />

department official outside the<br />

complex when an unidentified<br />

officer arrived and is heard on<br />

body camera video calling “hey<br />

lady, get over here,” with Perez<br />

refusing and walking away.<br />

“It appeared that Miss Perez<br />

was having a mental health<br />

crisis,” McManus said without<br />

offering further explanation, she<br />

then ran into her apartment.<br />

The video then shows an officer<br />

on the patio of Perez’s apartment<br />

removing a window screen<br />

as Perez shouts “stop it” and<br />

“you ain’t got no warrant.”<br />

An unidentified officer shouts<br />

“you’re going to get shot,” to<br />

which Perez replies “shoot me -<br />

you ain’t got no warrant.”<br />

The sound of glass breaking<br />

is later heard followed by two<br />

volleys of gunshots.<br />

McManus took no questions,<br />

citing ongoing investigations<br />

into the shooting by the police<br />

department’s Internal Affairs<br />

and Civil Rights divisions and the<br />

Bexar County district attorney’s<br />

Civil Rights Division.<br />

Other officers were also at the<br />

scene, but none are expected to<br />

be charged although all will be<br />

investigated for their actions,<br />

McManus said.<br />

“This incident will continue to<br />

be thoroughly investigated, as<br />

are all officer involved shootings,”<br />

McManus said while expressing<br />

condolences to Perez’s<br />

family.<br />

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yrs.<br />

AUSTIN,TX.<br />

New Law Removes Age Cap from Hiring<br />

Gov. Greg Abbott signs law removing the age cap for men and<br />

women interested in applying for jobs in law enforcement.<br />

AUSTIN, TX. – A law set to go<br />

into effect Sept. 1 passed by the<br />

Texas Legislature and signed by<br />

Gov. Greg Abbott, removes the age<br />

cap for men and women interested<br />

in applying for jobs in law<br />

enforcement.<br />

Cleburne Police Chief Rob<br />

Severance, who joined other law<br />

enforcement officers from across<br />

the state in pushing for the bill,<br />

called passage of House Bill 1661 a<br />

win for law enforcement and the<br />

public.<br />

“I’m so excited this bill passed,”<br />

Severance said. “Everywhere<br />

across the state, really across the<br />

nation, law enforcement agencies<br />

are struggling to hire enough officers.<br />

This should help a lot and,<br />

we hope, greatly increase the pool<br />

of potential applicants not just for<br />

the Cleburne Police Department<br />

but everywhere.”<br />

Under the current rule, a person<br />

wishing to take the entrance<br />

exam for a position in most police<br />

departments must be 18 but no<br />

older than 44 with the exception<br />

of officers transferring from one<br />

agency to accept a job as chief<br />

of police at another. The new law<br />

retains the minimum age of 18 but<br />

removes the age limit.<br />

The maximum age limit soon<br />

to be dispensed with applies only<br />

to municipal civil service departments,<br />

of which CPD is one. The<br />

age limit did not apply to law enforcement<br />

agencies not classified<br />

civil service departments, Severance<br />

said.<br />

“Cleburne is one of the departments<br />

in 102 Texas cities, and the<br />

only law enforcement agency in<br />

Johnson County, under municipal<br />

civil service,” Severance said. “It<br />

was adopted at the city’s Jan. 8,<br />

1948, election and approved by the<br />

[Cleburne City Council] on Jan. 23,<br />

1948.”<br />

The benefits of operating under<br />

a civil service model are fairness<br />

and accountability, Severance said.<br />

“The purpose for police and fire<br />

departments, although this new<br />

law only affects police departments,<br />

is to remove politics from<br />

public safety employment decisions,”<br />

Severance said. “It sets up<br />

requirements and due process<br />

steps. So, in other words, I can’t<br />

just hire who I want. There has<br />

to be a competitive exam and a<br />

process to hire or disqualify applicants<br />

in order of that list.”<br />

State Rep. Dewayne Burns,<br />

R-Cleburne, discussed the bill<br />

during a recent visit to the Cleburne<br />

Rotary Club.<br />

“There’s a shortage of police<br />

officers and this should help with<br />

filling those vacancies,” Burns said.<br />

Severance praised efforts by<br />

Burns and state Sen. Phil King,<br />

R-Weatherford, in support of the<br />

bill.<br />

“We approached [Burns] and<br />

asked if he would introduce the<br />

legislation,” Severance said. “We<br />

also communicated with Sen.<br />

King’s office. Both they and their<br />

staffs were great to work with.<br />

I testified for the bill before the<br />

House Committee on Urban Affairs.<br />

They asked a lot of good<br />

questions and there were others<br />

there in support of the bill.”<br />

For a variety of reasons, it’s become<br />

harder to hire police officers<br />

in recent years throughout the<br />

country.<br />

“Fully staffed we would be 55<br />

officers including myself,” Severance<br />

said. “We’re currently eight<br />

short from being fully staffed and<br />

I’ve heard issues of similar or larger<br />

staff shortage challenges from<br />

police chiefs around the state.”<br />

Severance said several at or<br />

near the current age limit have<br />

expressed interest but previously<br />

would not have been able to<br />

apply.<br />

“We’re working through our<br />

last eligibility list to hire or disqualify<br />

candidates,” Severance<br />

said. “But we have fewer people<br />

on that list than we have vacancies.<br />

So, we’re going to have to<br />

test again. Which, we’ll probably<br />

do sometime in September after<br />

the new law goes into effect so<br />

we’ll have a broader pool of applicants,<br />

potentially at least.”<br />

CPD has long recruited at Fort<br />

Cavazos, formerly Fort Hood.<br />

“In talking to police chiefs<br />

around the state we found that<br />

a lot of people who retired after<br />

a career in the military at 45 or<br />

older still have a passion for service,”<br />

Severance said. “Under the<br />

current law they couldn’t apply<br />

to municipal civil service departments<br />

but will be able to now.<br />

Johnson County Sheriff Adam<br />

King said the sheriff’s office isn’t<br />

under civil service but that some<br />

of his best deputies have been<br />

people who were past their 44th<br />

birthday when they were hired.”<br />

One would think that younger<br />

officer candidates would be better<br />

suited for police position jobs, but<br />

such is not always the case, Severance<br />

said.<br />

“Some people at 40, 50 or older<br />

are in better shape than most 20<br />

year olds,” Severance said. “So<br />

it’s really a case-by-case situation<br />

rather than lumping everyone<br />

into age groups. All applicants,<br />

young or old, will still have to<br />

take the fitness test, have a medical<br />

exam and go through all the<br />

requirements everyone has to go<br />

through.”<br />

Another plus, Severance said, is<br />

that CPD pays for accepted applicants<br />

to go through police academy<br />

training and pays them while<br />

they’re attending.<br />

“You can apply to CPD and don’t<br />

have to have a peace officer’s<br />

license,” Severance said. “We’ll<br />

send you to the police academy<br />

pay for that and pay your salary<br />

while you’re attending. <strong>No</strong>t every<br />

department will hire somebody<br />

and fully train them like that.”<br />

The new law, once it goes into<br />

effect, may inspire officers 45 and<br />

over at larger Metroplex police<br />

departments to consider Cleburne,<br />

Severance said.<br />

“Cleburne has a good, hometown<br />

feel and as police here we<br />

get a lot of support and appreciation<br />

from the community,” Severance<br />

said. I think that’s an opportunity<br />

for some of the officers<br />

working in bigger cities who maybe<br />

don’t feel that appreciation.<br />

“Here you get a chance to do<br />

community policing in a manner<br />

where you get to know people in<br />

the community and feel like you’re<br />

making a difference. I don’t know<br />

that you always get the same<br />

sense of satisfaction like that<br />

working in a larger department.<br />

“Overall, this new law should<br />

help us in our continuing goal to<br />

get word out to everybody about<br />

opportunities in Cleburne and<br />

what a great community this is to<br />

work in.”<br />

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yrs.<br />

SOLON,OH.<br />

Video shows suspect’s vehicle dragging Ohio officer while fleeing traffic stop.<br />

By Cliff Pinckard<br />

cleveland.com<br />

SOLON, OH. — A police officer<br />

was injured early Sunday morning<br />

when he was dragged by a<br />

vehicle that fled from a traffic<br />

stop, Solon police say.<br />

According to police, Officer<br />

James Cervik, 57, stopped a<br />

black 2015 Nissan Altima on U.S.<br />

422 just before 2 a.m. Sunday<br />

because the Nissan reportedly<br />

had been going 88 mph in a 60<br />

mph zone. When Cervik approached<br />

the car, he could smell<br />

marijuana.<br />

Cervik spent more than four<br />

minutes trying to convince the<br />

male driver to get out of the car,<br />

but the driver refused, police say.<br />

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Cervik tried to pull the suspect<br />

from the car, but the man<br />

drove off, dragging Cervik a<br />

short distance. He was treated<br />

and released at a hospital.<br />

Another officer later spotted<br />

the Nissan exiting onto Harper<br />

Road but had to stop a brief<br />

pursuit after the suspect’s vehicle<br />

exceeded 100 mph. The car<br />

was last seen heading south on<br />

Cochran Road.<br />

Police say they have issued an<br />

arrest warrant for Termaine Tyrone<br />

Jackson, 27, of Twinsburg,<br />

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ALLEN,TX.<br />

BWC video: A lone officer runs toward gunfire and stops a mass shooter at<br />

Texas outlet mall. Officer was at the Mall when the shooting began.<br />

By James Hartley<br />

Fort Worth Star-Telegram<br />

ALLEN, TX. — Allen police<br />

released body-camera video<br />

showing the moment a lone officer<br />

ran toward rapid gunfire and<br />

stopped the deadly rampage.<br />

The officer was already at<br />

the mall on another call and<br />

stopped the gunman less than<br />

four minutes after the attack<br />

began, the video shows.<br />

The shooter, Mauricio Garcia,<br />

killed eight people and wounded<br />

seven.<br />

The video was edited by police<br />

to blur out the faces of civilians<br />

and victims, and some vulgar<br />

language has been removed, the<br />

Allen Police Department said in<br />

a news release. Police cautioned<br />

that some people may find the<br />

video disturbing and recommended<br />

discretion when viewing.<br />

As is standard procedure,<br />

authorities presented evidence<br />

of the officer’s use of force to<br />

a Collin County grand jury. On<br />

Tuesday, grand jurors returned<br />

a “no bill,” confirming that the<br />

officer was justified in shooting<br />

Garcia. The officer has not been<br />

publicly identified.<br />

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Associated Press<br />

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. — A Florida<br />

sheriff’s deputy was acquitted<br />

Thursday of felony child neglect<br />

and other charges for failing to act<br />

during the 2018 Parkland school<br />

massacre, concluding the first trial<br />

in U.S. history of a law enforcement<br />

officer for conduct during an<br />

on-campus shooting.<br />

Former Broward County Deputy<br />

Scot Peterson wept as the verdicts<br />

were read. The jury had deliberated<br />

for 19 hours over four days.<br />

He could have received nearly 100<br />

years in prison.<br />

The campus deputy at Marjory<br />

Stoneman Douglas High School,<br />

Peterson had been charged with<br />

failing to confront shooter Nikolas<br />

Cruz during his six-minute attack<br />

inside a three-story 1200 classroom<br />

building on Feb. 14, 2018, that left 17<br />

dead.<br />

He could have received nearly 100<br />

years in prison, although a sentence<br />

even approaching that length would<br />

have been highly unlikely given<br />

the circumstances and his clean<br />

record. He also could have lost his<br />

$104,000 annual pension.<br />

Prosecutors, during their twoweek<br />

presentation, called to the<br />

witness stand students, teachers<br />

and law enforcement officers who<br />

testified about the horror they expe-<br />

rienced and how they knew where<br />

Cruz was. Some said they knew for<br />

certain that the shots were coming<br />

from the 1200 building. Prosecutors<br />

also called a training supervisor<br />

who testified Peterson did not<br />

follow protocols for confronting an<br />

active shooter.<br />

Peterson’s attorney, Mark Eiglarsh,<br />

during his two-day presentation,<br />

called several deputies who arrived<br />

during the shooting and students<br />

and teachers who testified they did<br />

not think the shots were coming<br />

from the 1200 building. Peterson,<br />

who did not testify, has said that<br />

because of echoes, he could not<br />

pinpoint the shooters location.<br />

Eiglarsh also emphasized the<br />

failure of the sheriff’s radio system<br />

during the attack, which limited<br />

what Peterson heard from arriving<br />

deputies.<br />

Security videos show that 36<br />

seconds after Cruz’s attack began,<br />

Peterson exited his office about 100<br />

yards (92 meters) from the 1200<br />

building and jumped into a cart<br />

with two unarmed civilian security<br />

guards. They arrived at the building<br />

a minute later.<br />

Peterson got out of the cart near<br />

the east doorway to the first-floor<br />

hallway. Cruz was at the hallway’s<br />

opposite end, firing his AR-15-style<br />

semiautomatic rifle.<br />

Peterson, who was not wearing<br />

a bullet-resistant vest, didn’t open<br />

the door. Instead, he took cover 75<br />

feet (23 meters) away in the alcove<br />

of a neighboring building, his gun<br />

still drawn. He stayed there for 40<br />

minutes, long after the shooting<br />

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stormed the building.<br />

Peterson spent nearly three decades<br />

working at schools, including<br />

nine years at Stoneman Douglas.<br />

He retired shortly after the shooting<br />

and was then fired retroactively.<br />

Cruz’s jury could not unanimously<br />

agree he deserved the death<br />

penalty. The 24-year-old former<br />

Stoneman Douglas student was<br />

then sentenced to life in prison.<br />




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ANN ARBOR, MI. — The Ann Arbor<br />

City Council voted to pass an ordinance<br />

that would prohibit police<br />

from conducting traffic stops for<br />

some minor traffic violations, the<br />

Detroit Free Press reports.<br />

The minor traffic violations that<br />

fall under the new driving equality<br />

ordinance include cracked windshields,<br />

objects hanging from the<br />

rear view mirror, loud exhaust,<br />

expired registration tags on its first<br />

read and cracked taillights.<br />

Along with the ordinance, the city<br />

also passed a resolution in support<br />

of establishing the city’s first unarmed<br />

crisis response team.<br />

Ann Arbor Police Interim Chief<br />

Aimee Metzer said because of the<br />

overwhelming support for the new<br />

ordinance, the measure will be implemented<br />

immediately.<br />

A council member said the ordinance<br />

is intended to limit interactions<br />

with police officers.<br />

Under the new measure, Ann<br />

Arbor police cannot stop or detain<br />

drivers based on race, gender, religion<br />

or socioeconomic status.<br />



TIFFIN, OH. — A man who abducted<br />

a 7-month-old girl in Ohio<br />

crashed his car into a house while<br />

fleeing police, killing the infant and<br />

critically injuring himself.<br />

The crash occurred shortly before<br />

4 p.m. Tuesday in Tiffin, about 60<br />

miles (100 kilometers) north of Colombus,<br />

authorities said.<br />

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office<br />

sent out an alert naming Jonathan<br />

Baker, 23, of <strong>No</strong>rth Baltimore, Ohio,<br />

after he took the child earlier that<br />

day while reportedly armed with a<br />

gun. Soon after, Baker contacted the<br />

girl’s mother and told her he was<br />

“feeling homicidal and suicidal,”<br />

and saying he had killed the child.<br />

Authorities did not say if Baker<br />

was related to the girl or her mother,<br />

and they did not disclose more<br />

details about how the abduction<br />

occurred.<br />

Tiffin Police Chief David Pauly<br />

said an off-duty city officer spotted<br />

Baker’s car and alerted department<br />

officials. The officer then followed<br />

Baker and provided colleagues with<br />

information about their location.<br />

Officers in police cruisers soon<br />

attempted to stop the vehicle, but<br />

authorities said Baker sped up<br />

before driving off the road, through<br />

the front yard of one home before<br />

crashing into another, knocking the<br />

home off its foundation.<br />

yrs.<br />

Law enforcement officers broke<br />

the car’s back window to retrieve<br />

the infant, whose head was bleeding<br />

and who had labored breathing.<br />

She was taken to a hospital but<br />

died soon after.<br />

Baker was flown by helicopter to<br />

a hospital in Toledo, where authorities<br />

said he remains in critical<br />

condition.<br />




Baltimore Sun<br />

LAUREL, MD. — The former Laurel<br />

police chief accused in a string of<br />

arsons around Maryland was sentenced<br />

Tuesday to life in prison for<br />

the fires he set in Howard County.<br />

Howard Circuit Judge Richard<br />

S. Bernhardt gave David Michael<br />

Crawford, 71, consecutive life<br />

sentences plus 75 years in prison.<br />

Imposing a total of eight life sentences,<br />

Bernhardt ruled that Crawford<br />

could serve six of them at the<br />

same time.<br />

“Arsons destroy persons,” Bernhardt<br />

said.<br />

In March, a jury found Crawford<br />

guilty of eight counts of attempted<br />

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for each of the people home during<br />

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yrs.<br />

A Day in the Life of a COP.<br />

and Ellicott City — and three counts<br />

of first-degree arson and one count<br />

of malicious burning.<br />

In sum, authorities say, Crawford<br />

is responsible for setting a dozen<br />

fires in six counties from 2011 to<br />

2020.<br />

At trial in March, prosecutors presented<br />

evidence from all 12 fires to<br />

show his pattern: Crawford kept on<br />

his computer a coded list of people<br />

he felt had slighted him in matters<br />

personal or professional, researched<br />

their properties and put flame to<br />

them under the cover of darkness —<br />

sometimes more than once.<br />

The victims include a former<br />

Laurel official, three former law<br />

enforcement officials including<br />

a former Laurel police chief, two<br />

relatives, two of Crawford’s former<br />

physicians and a resident in his<br />

neighborhood.<br />

In Howard County, Crawford set<br />

his chiropractors’ house ablaze<br />

while the doctors, their children<br />

and a relative were home. He also<br />

twice ignited the home of a woman<br />

whom he worked with on a school<br />

redistricting initiative, with one of<br />

the fires taking place when she, her<br />

husband and daughter were home.<br />

He also scorched a car outside of<br />

the house of a nonprofit director<br />

Crawford’s wife butted heads with.<br />

“Crawford is someone who lacks<br />

basic humanity,” Howard County<br />

State’s Attorney Rich Gibson told<br />

reporters after Tuesday’s hearing,<br />

calling the sentence “appropriate.”<br />

Crawford put flame to Scott and<br />

Evelyn Henderson’s Ellicott City<br />

home in 2017 when the couple,<br />

their younger daughter and dog<br />

were there. The fire forced them<br />

into temporary housing and they<br />

took out another mortgage to build<br />

their dream house as a way to heal.<br />

About two weeks before they were<br />

to move into the remodeled house,<br />

Crawford burned it to the ground.<br />

Quinn Henderson was recovering<br />

from substantial leg surgeries<br />

in high school when Crawford lit<br />

the house on fire, with her inside.<br />

She was able to limp out with her<br />

parents, but rushed back into the<br />

burning home to rescue the family’s<br />

beloved dog “Scooby.”<br />

The judge ordered Crawford pay<br />

almost $1.2 million in restitution to<br />

insurance companies that covered<br />

most, but not all, of the fires’ damage.<br />

Saying he was satisfied the state’s<br />

case supported the jury’s verdict,<br />

Bernhardt highlighted pieces of<br />

evidence he found “extremely disturbing.“<br />



SCHEME<br />


alleged enrichment scheme involving<br />

a county sheriff in Virginia<br />

and three accused co-conspirators<br />

to exchange bribes<br />

for badges has led to a federal<br />

indictment.<br />

Culpeper County Sheriff Scott<br />

Howard Jenkins, 51, is accused of<br />

receiving more than $70,000 in<br />

cash while doling out “auxiliary<br />

deputy sheriff” appointments<br />

and other perks to those making<br />

payment, according to a press<br />

release from the U.S. Attorney’s<br />

Office for the Western District of<br />

Virginia.<br />

An overview from the U.S.<br />

Attorney’s Office provided the<br />

following details:<br />

According to the indictment,<br />

from at least April 2019, Culpeper<br />

County Sheriff Scott Howard<br />

Jenkins, 51, accepted cash bribes<br />

and bribes in the form of campaign<br />

contributions totaling at<br />

least $72,500 from Rick Tariq<br />

Rahim, 55, of Great Falls, Virginia,<br />

Fredric Gumbinner, 64, of<br />

Fairfax, Virginia, James Metcalf,<br />

60, of Manassas, Virginia, and at<br />

least five others, including two<br />

FBI undercover agents. In return,<br />

Jenkins appointed each of the<br />

bribe payors as auxiliary deputy<br />

sheriffs, a sworn law-enforcement<br />

position, and issued them<br />

Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office<br />

badges and identification cards.<br />

Jenkins told or caused others to<br />

tell the bribe payors that those<br />

law-enforcement credentials<br />

authorized them to carry concealed<br />

firearms in all fifty states<br />

without obtaining a permit. In<br />

addition, Jenkins assisted Rahim<br />

in gaining approval for a petition<br />

to restore his firearms rights filed<br />

in Culpeper County Circuit Court<br />

that falsely stated that Rahim<br />

resided in Culpeper County.<br />

“Scott Jenkins not only violated<br />

federal law but also violated<br />

the faith and trust placed in<br />

him by the citizens of Culpeper<br />

County by accepting cash bribes<br />

in exchange for auxiliary deputy<br />

badges and other benefits,” United<br />

States Attorney Christopher<br />

R. Kavanaugh said today. “Our<br />

elected officials are expected to<br />

uphold the rule of law, not abuse<br />

their power for their own personal,<br />

financial gain.”<br />

“As law enforcement officers,<br />

we are sworn to protect<br />

and serve our communities. We<br />

do that by upholding the law<br />

It’s become abundantly clear that the press and the public have little understanding<br />

of police work. And something we’ve learned over the years<br />

is that during times of stress and tension, a good chuckle is an extremely<br />

effective medicine. So, here are some things most people don’t know, but<br />

cops do. Please send your additional comments to: bluespdmag@gmail.<br />

com.<br />

1. Most cops understand why tickets are necessary but don’t particularly like writing them. Well, unless they<br />

happen to stop “the guy who pays their wages” and then writing a ticket isn’t so bad. Most cops wonder if they<br />

have something better to do until the person asks in that whiny voice, “Don’t you have anything better to do?”<br />

2. The vast majority of cops have never shot anyone, but most cops can recite a detailed list of people who are/<br />

were deserving of being shot because they posed a deadly threat. This means that most cops have successfully<br />

defused a potentially deadly confrontation using only words and less-lethal weapons.<br />

3. Most cops wonder if they have something better to do until the person asks in that whiny voice, “Don’t you<br />

have anything better to do?” It is then – and only then – the cop knows the answer to that question is, “<strong>No</strong>. This<br />

is good as it gets.”<br />

4. Most cops know the driver they just stopped had more than “two beers” and can estimate with reasonable<br />

accuracy how many beers a driver did, in fact, have.<br />

5. Most cops like donuts, but so does everybody. They are deliberately made to taste really, really good so people<br />

will want to eat them. Please pass me another donut.<br />

6. Most cops wonder why so many members of the community choose to pick up a mobile phone and record<br />

them while the officers are rolling in the dirt with an assailant rather than offering to help the officer.<br />

7. Most cops don’t know the color of the people they stop before the traffic stop takes place. This is especially<br />

true when someone is driving a car with tinted windows at night.<br />

8. Most cops know that if you fix that muffler/tail light/other mechanical issue for which they’ve stopped you, the<br />

cops will stop stopping you.<br />

9. Most cops know it is impossible to stop a patrol car fast enough when the drunk in the back seat says, “Stop!<br />

I think I’ve got to puke.”<br />

10. Most cops know that the national media do not pursue the truth, they pursue a story. Their story and the<br />

truth are too often a little like fraternal twins. They are related, but cops can’t explain why they don’t look anything<br />

alike.<br />

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yrs.<br />

– equally, and not abusing the<br />

powers that are entrusted to us,”<br />

Special Agent in Charge Stanley<br />

M. Meador of the FBI’s Richmond<br />

Division said today. “With today’s<br />

announcement, FBI Richmond<br />

re-enforces our commitment –<br />

to the community – of ensuring<br />

abuses of public trust will not be<br />

tolerated and those responsible<br />

will be held accountable.”<br />

Jenkins is charged with one<br />

count of conspiracy, four counts<br />

of honest-services mail and<br />

wire fraud, and eight counts of<br />

federal programs bribery. Rahim<br />

is charged with one count<br />

of conspiracy, three counts of<br />

honest-services mail and wire<br />

fraud, and three counts of federal<br />

programs bribery. Gumbinner<br />

is charged with one count of<br />

conspiracy, one count of honest-services<br />

wire fraud, and<br />

two counts of federal programs<br />

bribery. Metcalf is charged with<br />

one count of conspiracy, one<br />

count of honest-services wire<br />

fraud, and two counts of federal<br />

programs bribery.<br />

If convicted, each defendant<br />

faces up to 5 years in prison on<br />

the conspiracy count, up to 20<br />

years in prison on each of the<br />

honest-services mail and wire<br />

fraud counts, and up to 10 years<br />

in prison on each of the federal<br />

programs bribery counts, the<br />

Justice Department said in the<br />

press release.<br />

According to federal court<br />

documents, Rahim, Gubminner,<br />

and Metcalf pleaded not guilty at<br />

their arraignment on Thursday.<br />

Jenkins has not been arraigned;<br />

according to a court filing, his<br />

arraignment will be “scheduled<br />

with his retained attorney,”<br />

whose name was not immediately<br />

available.<br />

Jenkins has served as the<br />

Culpeper County sheriff since<br />

2012, Law&Crime reported. Court<br />

records indicate that he is not<br />

being held in custody.<br />




TION<br />


Police1<br />

NEW YORK — Live PD alumnus<br />

and retired Tulsa (Okla.) police<br />

officer Sean “Sticks” Larkin will<br />

be hosting a new crime series on<br />

FOX Nation.<br />

The show, “Crime Cam 24/7,”<br />

will be released Friday, July 7<br />

with a new episode streaming<br />

every Friday at 6 p.m. ET. The<br />

program will air in the same<br />

time slot as COPS, which will<br />

return this fall for a new season.<br />

FOX Nation offers a one-year<br />

free subscription for all active<br />

first responders, including police<br />

officers, firefighters, EMTs and<br />

paramedics.<br />

“After green lighting the iconic<br />

series ‘COPS’ back in 2021, we<br />

saw how engaged our subscribers<br />

are in the realm of true crime<br />

and we are thrilled to offer new<br />

content from this genre to meet<br />

the strong demand,” Jason Klarman,<br />

president of FOX Nation<br />

said in a statement. “As a former<br />

member of law enforcement,<br />

Sticks is the perfect voice to<br />

bring this show to life.”<br />

Featuring surveillance footage<br />

captured across the country, this<br />

12-episode series sheds light on<br />

the captivating narratives behind<br />

the most intense crime scenes,<br />

emphasizing the role of cameras<br />

in apprehending criminals and<br />

ensuring their conviction.<br />

“I’m excited to partner with<br />

FOX Nation to continue my passion<br />

of sharing stories of law<br />

and order,” Larkin said in a statement.<br />

“Surveillance footage captures<br />

the essence of crimes and<br />

I’m looking forward to demonstrating<br />

how this tool has helped<br />

in solving cases across the country<br />

with the FOX audience.”<br />

Throughout the series, Larkin<br />

will serve as the narrator, providing<br />

context as the crimes unfold<br />

and offering updates on the<br />

victims and the legal proceedings<br />

against the perpetrators.<br />




CRASH<br />

The Colorado State Patrol this<br />

week released video, from both<br />

dash cam and body-worn camera<br />

footage, of when a suspect<br />

stole a trooper’s car and then<br />

later crashed into a tractor-trailer<br />

after running over a spike<br />

strip. The suspect died from<br />

injuries sustained in the crash.<br />

The situation started when<br />

troopers responded to assist<br />

Otero County deputies June 20 in<br />

pursuit of a vehicle reported to<br />

have been connected to a “shots<br />

fired” call, reports 11News, one<br />

of the local media outlets that<br />

aired the video. The state patrol<br />

reports the fleeing suspect was<br />

reported to have caused multiple<br />

crashes and attempted to cause<br />

head-on collisions with other<br />

vehicles.<br />

Troopers performed a PIT to<br />

stop the suspect vehicle during<br />

the original pursuit, the agency<br />

said in a media release.<br />

However, after being cuffed<br />

and placed into the back of a<br />

trooper’s patrol vehicle, the male<br />

suspect was able to slip his cuffs<br />

under his feet and climb into<br />

the driver’s seat of the marked<br />

vehicle. The state patrol reports<br />

that troopers and officers on the<br />

scene pursued the man in the<br />

stolen patrol vehicle and spikes<br />

were deployed.<br />

“After hitting the spike strip,<br />

the suspect in the patrol vehicle<br />

lost control, crashed into the<br />

side of a stopped commercial<br />

motor vehicle parked on the side<br />

of Highway 50 and caught on<br />

fire,” the state patrol said in a<br />

media release.<br />

That same media release<br />

states the driver suspect was removed<br />

from the wrecked patrol<br />

vehicle and was transported to<br />

an area hospital, where he died.<br />

The driver of the tractor-trailer<br />

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UAS<br />

Brandon Karr<br />


One of the most common discussions<br />

that have been increasing<br />

across public safety drone programs<br />

is about data security practices<br />

for the platforms the agency<br />

is planning on employing. As over<br />

90% of public safety agencies<br />

are using Chinese-manufactured<br />

systems, such as DJI, Autel, and<br />

Yuneec, it is important to seriously<br />

evaluate the systems to ensure that<br />

the drones are compliant with your<br />

agency’s data security policies. As<br />

these drones are essentially flying<br />

computers, a data security analysis<br />

should be conducted on any system<br />

that the agency is interested in<br />

flying, American-made or otherwise.<br />

Inevitably, when researching<br />

data security and drones, you will<br />

come across the blue and green UAS<br />

lists. To address these cybersecurity<br />

concerns, the Defense Innovation<br />

Unit (DIU) and AUVSI have developed<br />

two certification programs for<br />

“data secure” UAS: Blue UAS and<br />

Green UAS. We will dive into these<br />

two lists to help shed some light on<br />

what these lists are.<br />

BLUE UAS<br />

Drones are becoming increasingly<br />

popular for both commercial and<br />

government use. In the military, UAS<br />

are used for a variety of missions,<br />

including intelligence, surveillance,<br />

and reconnaissance (ISR), target<br />

acquisition, and strike operations.<br />

The use of UAS in the military raises<br />

several cybersecurity concerns. UAS<br />

are often connected to the internet,<br />

which makes them vulnerable to<br />

cyberattacks. In addition, UAS can<br />

carry sensitive payloads, such as<br />

cameras and sensors, which could<br />

be used to collect classified information.<br />

The Blue UAS program is a government-led<br />

initiative that aims to<br />

rapidly vet and scale commercial<br />

UAS technology for the Department<br />

of Defense (DoD). The program consists<br />

of five lines of effort:<br />

Onboarding: This line of effort<br />

vets commercial UAS to ensure that<br />

they meet DoD cybersecurity and<br />

operational requirements.<br />

Clearance: Once a UAS has been<br />

vetted, it is added to the Blue UAS<br />

Cleared List. This list is available to<br />

DoD users, who can then procure<br />

and operate the UAS without needing<br />

to obtain an exception to the<br />

policy.<br />

Procurement: The Blue UAS program<br />

works with government partners<br />

to procure Blue UAS systems.<br />

Training: The program provides<br />

training to DoD users on how to operate<br />

Blue UAS systems safely and<br />

effectively.<br />

Support: The program provides<br />

technical support to DoD users who<br />

are operating Blue UAS systems.<br />

The Blue UAS program is designed<br />

to make it easier for DoD users to<br />

access and use commercial UAS<br />

technology. By vetting and clearing<br />

commercial UAS systems, the<br />

program helps to ensure that these<br />

systems are secure and reliable.<br />

It’s important to note that the Blue<br />

UAS is designed and intended for<br />

the United States War Fighter. DIU<br />

and other Blue UAS partners have<br />

long stated the Blue UAS list was<br />

never intended to be implemented<br />

for public safety.<br />


The Green UAS program is an<br />

AUVSI initiative that mirrors the<br />

Blue UAS certification program.<br />

The program is designed to expand<br />

the number of commercial UAS<br />

that have been verified to meet the<br />

highest levels of cybersecurity and<br />

National Defense Authorization Act<br />

(NDAA) supply chain requirements.<br />

The Green UAS program is open to<br />

any commercial UAS manufacturer.<br />

To participate in the program, manufacturers<br />

must submit their UAS<br />

to a third-party assessor for evalu-<br />

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UAS<br />

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ation. The assessor will verify that<br />

the UAS meets the program’s cybersecurity<br />

and supply chain requirements.<br />

Once a UAS has been evaluated<br />

and approved, it will be added<br />

to the Green UAS Cleared List. This<br />

list is available to the public, and<br />

manufacturers can use it to market<br />

their products to potential government<br />

and commercial customers.<br />

The Green UAS program is designed<br />

to help commercial UAS<br />

manufacturers comply with the<br />

NDAA’s cybersecurity requirements.<br />

By participating in the program,<br />

manufacturers can demonstrate<br />

that their products are secure and<br />

reliable and increase their chances<br />

of winning government contracts.<br />



The Blue UAS and Green UAS<br />

programs are similar in many ways.<br />

Both programs aim to vet and clear<br />

commercial UAS systems to ensure<br />

that they meet DoD cybersecurity<br />

and operational requirements. However,<br />

there are some key differences<br />

between the two programs:<br />

The Blue UAS program is government-led,<br />

while the Green UAS<br />

program is industry-led. This means<br />

that the Blue UAS program is more<br />

tightly controlled by the DoD, while<br />

the Green UAS program is slightly<br />

more flexible and allows for more<br />

innovation.<br />

The Blue UAS program is focused<br />

on DoD users, while the Green UAS<br />

program is open to all users. This<br />

means that the Blue UAS program<br />

offers more support and training<br />

for DoD users, while the Green UAS<br />

program is more accessible to commercial<br />

users.<br />

The Blue UAS program has a<br />

longer track record, while the Green<br />

UAS program is newer. This means<br />

more data is available on the Blue<br />

UAS program, but the Green UAS<br />

program may offer more innovative<br />

solutions.<br />

Ultimately, the best program for a<br />

particular UAS manufacturer depends<br />

on their needs and goals. If a<br />

manufacturer is focused on selling<br />

their products to the DoD, then the<br />

Blue UAS program may be the best<br />

option. If a manufacturer is focused<br />

on selling their products to a wider<br />

range of users, then the Green UAS<br />

program may be the better choice.<br />



Every agency needs to evaluate<br />

what system is going to be best<br />

suited for their operations and<br />

environment. If your agency works<br />

closely with military bases, critical<br />

infrastructure, or similar, then at a<br />

minimum, the green list might be<br />

best suited for you. However, there<br />

has not been a single manufacturer<br />

that has been approved for the<br />

green list. Currently, all the Blue<br />

UAS or Green UAS platforms are at<br />

least 5x the price with half the price<br />

and/or half the capability of non-<br />

Blue/Green UAS platforms. However,<br />

there are grant funding options<br />

available for Blue/Green UAS to help<br />

offset some of the costs.<br />

If your agency is not deploying<br />

for these types of environments or<br />

operations, or if your State legislation<br />

is not restricting you to a<br />

specific set of manufacturers, then<br />

your agency can choose any manufacturer<br />

you that suits your needs.<br />

According to multiple FOIA requests<br />

from multiple manufacturer lobbyist<br />

groups, conservatively, over 90%<br />

of public safety agencies are using<br />

Chinese manufacturer drones. This<br />

is due to the fact that they are lowcost,<br />

user-friendly, and have more<br />

capable sensors and aircraft than<br />

the Blue/Green UAS lists for public<br />

safety types of deployments.<br />


The Blue UAS and Green UAS programs<br />

are both important initiatives<br />

that are helping to improve the<br />

cybersecurity of commercial UAS.<br />

By vetting and clearing commercial<br />

UAS systems, these programs<br />

help to ensure that these systems<br />

are secure and reliable, and they<br />

can help to increase the adoption<br />

of UAS technology by both government<br />

and commercial users. As the<br />

use of UAS continues to grow, we<br />

will likely see even more programs<br />

and initiatives that are focused on<br />

improving the cybersecurity of these<br />

systems. This is an important area<br />

of research, and it is one that will<br />

continue to help foster competition<br />

and grow the industry.<br />

When your agency is looking to<br />

start using drones or is looking towards<br />

the future, It is important to<br />

handle these systems the same way<br />

as you would any other computer<br />

system. There are many ways your<br />

agency can safeguard your network/deployments.<br />

Some of those<br />

ways include flying in a 3rd party<br />

software such as DRONESENSE or<br />

a similar platform. Regardless of<br />

what platform you decide on, take<br />

into consideration the following:<br />

1) Does your agency support DoD operations<br />

or fly near national security/<br />

critical infrastructure facilities?<br />

2) Does your State regulate what<br />

platforms you can or cannot fly?<br />

3) What is the primary deployment<br />

the drone will be used for?<br />

4) What sensors will you need to<br />

successfully accomplish the mission?<br />

5) Can your data be safeguarded<br />

with 3rd party applications?<br />

6) Can your platform be flown<br />

off-network or with no connectivity?<br />

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By Shawn McCook, Sergeant, Orange County (FL) Sheriff’s Office, Special Operations Division, Aviation Section<br />

With a combination of helicopters, drones and an airplane, the Orange<br />

County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Section has a long history of providing<br />

Florida’s vibrant tourism capital with aerial support in a variety of missions.<br />

Orange County is located in<br />

Central Florida with the county<br />

seat being Orlando, FL. It is<br />

home to approximately 1.5<br />

million residents and the area receives 75<br />

million visitors annually who enjoy the<br />

theme parks, golf courses, conventions,<br />

restaurants, sports and area attractions.<br />

Orlando is a great place for outdoor recreation,<br />

thanks to the year-round sunshine<br />

and the abundance of parks, hiking trails<br />

and green spaces.<br />

Orange County encompasses 1,003<br />

square miles. There are 368 lakes in the<br />

county with Lake Apopka being the fourth<br />

largest lake in the state. Orange County is<br />

home to the University of Central Florida, the<br />

largest university in the nation, and the<br />

second largest convention center in the<br />

country. Orlando is most notably recognized<br />

for being the nation’s theme park destination<br />

with Walt Disney World, Universal Studios<br />

and SeaWorld --- all within jurisdiction of the<br />

Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO).<br />

Orlando International Airport is also<br />

located within OCSO’s jurisdiction and the<br />

Class B airport is currently the seventh busiest<br />

airport in the world. On March 11, 2023,<br />

the airport recorded its busiest travel day<br />

with 95,287 arriving/departing passengers.<br />

OCSO’s History<br />

OCSO started its Aviation Section under<br />

Sheriff Dave Starr in the mid-1950s with two<br />

airplanes, and the air support unit has been<br />

in continuous operation since that time.<br />

OCSO was responsible for medical transports<br />

starting in the 1970s and fulfilled that<br />

mission until this service was turned over to<br />

Orange County Fire Rescue in 1999. Since<br />

then, the Aviation Section has been focused<br />

exclusively on law enforcement operations.<br />

OCSO currently employs 1,610 sworn<br />

personnel and 613 civilian employees. The<br />

agency is responsible for services in all the<br />

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with staffing the courthouses and providing<br />

school resource officers to 130 schools.<br />

The Aviation Section is based three<br />

miles east of downtown at the Orlando<br />

Executive Airport. This location places the<br />

Aviation Section in the center of the county<br />

minimizing the response time county-wide.<br />

The Aviation Section has two hangars. One<br />

hangar is used by the duty crew, administration<br />

and houses in-service aircraft ready<br />

to be deployed. The second hangar is used<br />

by maintenance staff to work on aircraft<br />

and store parts and aircraft undergoing inhouse<br />

maintenance.<br />

Currently, the OCSO Aviation Section<br />

operates three Bell 407 helicopters, a Bell<br />

206-L4 helicopter and a Cessna T206H<br />

Stationair airplane. All aircraft are equipped<br />

with Garmin G500-based avionics packages,<br />

along with Wescam MX-10 EO-IR<br />

cameras and SHOTOVER’s Augmented Reality<br />

Mapping Systems.<br />

The Aviation Section is staffed 24/7 with<br />

a pilot and a tactical flight officer, plus additional<br />

crews cover overlapping shifts that<br />

allow two aircraft and crews to cover peak<br />

hours. The Aviation Section currently has 24<br />

full-time members, 13 part-time TFOs and<br />

one reserve deputy pilot who served in the<br />

unit for 22 years before retiring. Two of the<br />

full-time members and one part-time TFO are<br />

officers with the Orlando Police Department<br />

and are assigned to the Aviation Section.<br />

Maintenance is handled in-house. OCSO’s<br />

maintenance department is currently run by a<br />

director of maintenance and staffed by two<br />

airframe and powerplant mechanics and an<br />

avionics technician. As with any other airborne<br />

law enforcement unit, it’s the maintenance<br />

staff that keeps the unit up and running.<br />

Aviation Section’s Missions<br />

The Aviation Section provides aerial law<br />

enforcement support for incidents such as<br />

surveillance, pursuits, suspect searches,<br />

Following an extensive reconfiguration in February 2023, OCSO's newest Bell 407 aircraft<br />

has improved safety and mission effectiveness.<br />

missing persons, aerial support during critical<br />

incidents, water rescues, pre- and postdisaster<br />

damage assessments, search and<br />

rescues, fire spotting and other fire support<br />

missions, public relations details, dignitary<br />

visits, homeland security tasks, and any<br />

other request that may come in.<br />

The Aviation Section also provides aerial<br />

support to a variety of governmental partners,<br />

including the Orange County Board of<br />

County Commissioners, Department of Environmental<br />

Protection, Orange County Fire<br />

Rescue Department, Orange County Code<br />

Enforcement, Orange County Emergency<br />

Operations Center, United States Secret<br />

Service, United States Transportation Security<br />

Administration, and the 12 municipal<br />

police departments within Orange County.<br />

Most of the unit’s flights are conducted to<br />

assist the Uniform Patrol Division with inprogress<br />

felony crimes. Members of the Aviation<br />

Section work these calls closely with the<br />

K-9 Unit and operate a perimeter containment<br />

model. While the K-9 is on the ground tracking,<br />

the patrol units are containing the suspect<br />

and the aircrew is working ahead of K-9 to<br />

provide aerial surveillance and minimize the<br />

risk to the K-9 Unit while tracking suspects.<br />

This method and teamwork have greatly<br />

increased the success rate in apprehensions.<br />

The next most common request received<br />

is to assist surveillance units with felony<br />

suspect apprehensions. These surveillance<br />

missions range from people out on foot in<br />

crowded areas to vehicle surveillance. The<br />

terrain can be congested areas such as<br />

downtown Orlando or near the tourist corridor<br />

to rural sections of the county, which<br />

are primarily pine tree forests or swamp<br />

land. These surveillance missions are where<br />

the Cessna 206 is most often utilized.<br />

The Aviation Section also trains closely<br />

with the agency’s SWAT team. Crewmembers<br />

are trained quarterly on both a Tyler<br />

Special Operations Platform and aerial platform<br />

shooting. These capabilities allow for a<br />

quick response in the event of a critical incident<br />

by moving SWAT operators anywhere in<br />

the county quickly, without being limited by<br />

congestion or traffic.<br />

OCSO has been using Unmanned Aerial<br />

System (UAS) for over 20 years and just<br />

recently brought UAS operations into the<br />

Aviation Section. This has resulted in streamlined<br />

operations and communications with<br />

the UAS operators during deployments in<br />

the field. The agency currently operates 30<br />

UAS in patrol scenarios, explosive ordinance<br />

disposal, and SWAT operations. This portion<br />

of the Aviation Section is rapidly growing<br />

and is expected to double in size in the<br />

coming year.<br />

Last year, the Aviation Section handled<br />

3,925 calls for service, flew 1,656 hours,<br />

made 235 infrared camera apprehensions,<br />

assisted with 580 additional arrests and<br />

located 45 victims.<br />

Also in 2022, OCSO took delivery of its<br />

third Bell 407, which has allowed for a higher<br />

volume of calls and more apprehensions.<br />

With this additional helicopter, the Aviation<br />

Section is on pace to fly approximately<br />

2,000 hours this year and is currently trending<br />

a 40% increase in apprehensions.<br />

Aircrew Recruitment & Selection<br />

The Aviation Section recently revamped<br />

its selection and training process and has<br />

seen great results. An emphasis has been<br />

placed on deputies who have experience<br />

conducting surveillance, high-risk take<br />

downs, tactical units beyond uniform patrol,<br />

and working perimeters. The understanding<br />

of these tactics transitions well into working<br />

the calls in the air from a TFO seat. In the<br />

last posting, there were 38 deputies that<br />

applied for this position and the Aviation<br />

Section was able to select deputies with<br />

extensive experience in this area.<br />

After being selected, the trainee TFOs<br />

go through an intensive 40-hour ground<br />

school including Shallow Water Emergency<br />

Egress Training before beginning their flight<br />

training. Next, trainee TFOs are temporarily<br />

assigned to the Aviation Section for a<br />

month where they alternate day and night<br />

shifts. While flying active missions, there is<br />

a senior TFO in the back coaching and<br />

assisting with calls for service. During this<br />

time, numerous training scenarios are<br />

incorporated as benchmarks to ensure a<br />

progression is met. If the TFO successfully<br />

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and numerous hotels around the Orange County Convention Center.<br />

completes this training, they are signed-off<br />

for solo duties and remain in a trainee<br />

status for one year before earning their<br />

wings. These part-time TFOs are then<br />

required to work two shifts a month with<br />

mandatory night shifts every 90 days to<br />

stay proficient.<br />

When a full-time vacancy in the Aviation<br />

Section becomes available, the part-time<br />

TFOs are likely the most qualified candidates.<br />

This allows the aviation unit to immediately<br />

fill an open position with a trained<br />

TFO and eliminates the months of downtime<br />

that would result if a trained TFO wasn’t<br />

prepared. This has increased efficiency<br />

since the TFO is already familiar with unit<br />

members and operations, which makes for a<br />

swift, seamless transition. The Aviation<br />

Section has found that the best TFOs make<br />

the best law enforcement pilots. So, when<br />

looking to fill a pilot spot, previous TFO<br />

experience is preferred due to the extensive<br />

experience they have doing the job.<br />

However, anyone with a commercial rotorcraft<br />

rating and second-class medical is eligible<br />

to apply.<br />

Whether protecting the magic, securing<br />

critical infrastructure, catching bad guys or<br />

locating lost individuals, the OCSO Aviation<br />

Section stands ready and willing to assist<br />

the citizens and visitors of Central Florida.<br />

On behalf of the entire OCSO Aviation<br />

Section, we look forward to seeing you at<br />

APSCON 2023 this summer!<br />

Take a tour of the OSCO Aviation Section’s aircraft on<br />

YouTube or watch the OCSO’s Facebook Live tour.<br />

Tour the OCSO Fleet: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNHD1rlsAqI<br />

OCSO’s Facebook Live video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgeR_17fpjI<br />

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By John Nielsen,<br />

Director of Airborne Law Enforcement Operations,<br />

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A QUICK DIVE DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE I started as a Tactical Flight Officer,<br />

Time and technology ultimately<br />


I’m John Nielsen, Director of Airborne working in both helicopters and airplanes<br />

changed the paradigm in providing efficient<br />

airborne law enforcement sup-<br />

the same stories today from numerous Law<br />

Here we are in 2023 and I’m listening to<br />

Law Enforcement Operations and a founding<br />

member and partner in Air Bear Tacti-<br />

to master the EO/IR camera technology,<br />

for the first few years, and learned how<br />

port. While technology has improved Enforcement programs that are stuck in the<br />

cal Aircraft. My airborne law enforcement which honestly wasn’t very effective or<br />

dramatically, it always seems that law “we’ve always done it this way, and it’s not<br />

experience dates to the mid-1980s, when I reliable at that time. We had to be very<br />

enforcement is slow to adapt to new going to change” mentality. I and my partners<br />

here at Air Bear hear this constantly;<br />

landed my first gig in the Air Support program<br />

for the California Highway Patrol. I during search missions, hence why heli-<br />

low and slow to get a workable image<br />

technologies and capabilities, insisting<br />

upon going with “what works.” Even while there is newer, proven technology<br />

worked the road as a trooper for 5 years, copters became the platform of choice for<br />

for a large modern agency like the CHP, that costs significantly less, many agencies<br />

had tested and waited to be picked up as mounting the rudimentary technology that<br />

change was painfully slow.<br />

insist upon going “with what we know.”<br />

an airplane pilot.<br />

was available.<br />

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This is all well and good if it works for you,<br />

however these days budgets are tight and<br />

operating and acquisition costs are pressuring<br />

airborne activities. There is a better<br />

way forward.<br />

I had a great conversation the other day<br />

with an Airborne Law Enforcement team<br />

that is actively researching tactics to become<br />

more effective. I was inspired by the<br />

passion of these young officers. The history<br />

of the Air Support Unit and personal testimonies<br />

from the crew was familiar, as I’ve<br />

listened to the same set of issues and problems<br />

within our unique profession so many<br />

times before. It’s a little like Bill Murray in<br />

Groundhog Day; agencies nationwide have<br />

been caught in the same cycle of provid-<br />

radical idea of adding Intelligence technology<br />

to my assigned airplane, so we could<br />

expand the mission of the Fixed Wing program.<br />

CHP air operations at that time had<br />

largely been a traffic enforcement operation<br />

during daytime hours. As expected,<br />

slow adaptation was the norm. For the next<br />

15 years, I paid very close attention to the<br />

tactics that improved our air program and<br />

continued to gather information to keep the<br />

voice of change active.<br />

In 2005 we received funding from the<br />

Department of Transportation to integrate<br />

our CHP Cessna 206 airplane with a large<br />

format EO/IR camera system. The MX-15<br />

camera was the largest and most powerful<br />

surveillance system available to domestic<br />

tioning to get the best angle for our camera<br />

during searches, practiced the key tactics<br />

of sending out clear concise information,<br />

controlled pursuits, contained perimeters,<br />

and perfected how we hunted crime from<br />

above.<br />

In 2006, we looked back at the 2005 results<br />

with that first ISR airplane, Call sign<br />

Air-21. In 12 months, we flew that single<br />

ship 1,800 hours in patrol support, both<br />

night and day. This resulted in 600 confirmed<br />

felony suspects being located and<br />

in custody arrests; actively engaged in 200<br />

police pursuits that also resulted in arrests<br />

without injuries to allied agencies or the<br />

public. Additionally, Air-21 was successful<br />

in finding numerous lost subjects within<br />

ment is not focusing on the main rule for<br />

success, which is Actively Waiting!<br />

The axiom “If You’re <strong>No</strong>t In The Air, You’re<br />

<strong>No</strong>t There” was proven by Air-21. You must<br />

be in the air, on station and ready to respond,<br />

which requires cost-effective, modern<br />

technology to provide affordable and<br />

reliable support.<br />

Spending time with major agencies<br />

across the nation, I’ve determined the single<br />

issue which restricts many air units from<br />

providing effective air support is that most<br />

programs can’t afford to fly the number of<br />

hours per shift to have a significant impact.<br />

High costs result in responding from the<br />

airport hangar to pursuits and crimes in<br />

progress, which is statistically ineffective.<br />

ing Air Support that is not optimal, hence<br />

not making a solid impact nor providing a<br />

return on their investment. We don’t like<br />

change, so we fight to keep things the way<br />

they’ve always been.<br />

If any of this hit’s home, then it’s time to<br />

take an honest and serious look at how<br />

Pro-active Air Support historically and statistically<br />

“Works!”<br />


It was 1990 when I presented my first<br />

study to CHP management. It included a<br />

Law Enforcement at that time. Our airplane<br />

crews had no tactical experience using<br />

this technology, but thankfully we received<br />

excellent training and support from Kevin<br />

Means, a highly experienced Pilot/ Officer<br />

with the San Diego Police Department.<br />

Kevin wrote the book on how to effectively<br />

search using thermal imaging cameras,<br />

and he was the first to instill that solid tactical<br />

information from above has very little<br />

to do with the platform, or type of aircraft<br />

it is attached to. We focused on the posi-<br />

the Sierra Nevada Mountains; Air-21 was<br />

also active in speed enforcement and other<br />

activities supporting dozens of allied agencies.<br />

All with one fixed wing aircraft.<br />


At that moment in time, we realized the<br />

paradigm had shifted. To date, I have yet to<br />

see this level of activity from any single law<br />

enforcement aircraft; helicopter or airplane<br />

within the U.S., and there is specific reason<br />

for this outcome. Airborne Law Enforce-<br />

Ground response provides you with 90%<br />

chance of arriving overhead on a call that’s<br />

now cold.<br />


Air Support is only effective when a<br />

crew is actively Airborne and can engage<br />

a dispatch priority call immediately. It’s<br />

all about what happens in those first few<br />

minutes. This requires adopting an “Active<br />

Waiting” technique, which is really hours<br />

of boredom interspersed with seconds and<br />

minutes of effective response. In a world<br />

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where everything is over in 120 seconds,<br />

ground dispatch just does not provide effective<br />

results.<br />

So, what does work? The aircraft needs<br />

to loiter in a position of opportunity for the<br />

crew to engage in real time. You must have<br />

the window of opportunity to See, Act, Engage,<br />

Control, and Mitigate the risk of the<br />

ground response. Then contain the perimeter,<br />

and coordinate a successful arrest.<br />

Back to rule #1, “If you’re not in the air,<br />

you’re not there.” This requires a cost-effective<br />

platform which you can afford to fly<br />

every day, every shift.<br />

Active Waiting is the starting point to<br />

change the outcome of a critical incident,<br />

and if you can’t afford to loiter above your<br />

city for hours at a time with your current<br />

aircraft, then I would suggest you investigate<br />

other cost-effective solutions.<br />

We run across units who continually<br />

pursue purchasing the same platform as<br />

they currently cannot afford to operate or<br />

are seeking bigger aircraft which are well<br />

beyond the requirements of their mission.<br />

It is little wonder why airborne law enforcement<br />

units are having a difficult time<br />

staying relevant. Buying the same model<br />

aircraft, with the same annual operating<br />

budget that will ultimately handcuff the<br />

crews to a ground-based response isn’t a<br />

solid plan.<br />

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This modern purpose-built platform can<br />

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This dramatic increase in patrol flight<br />

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which will transform the operational effectiveness<br />

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I’ve spent 14,000 hours hunting crime<br />

from above and instructed nationally for<br />

over two decades to hundreds of Law Enforcement<br />

Air Crews. My advice is to define<br />

the problem, and determine what’s holding<br />

you back. Assemble the team and ask the<br />

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have the answers. Focus on Pro-active Air<br />

Support, which is keeping a flight crew on<br />

station and Actively Waiting for that next<br />

priority dispatch. Be aggressive with the<br />

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With modern technology, you can do this<br />

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By Terry Palmer, APSA Training Program Manager<br />

The Airborne Public Safety Association<br />

is excited to be back in Orlando,<br />

FL for its annual conference,<br />

APSCON <strong>2023.</strong> Located next to the<br />

Orange County Convention Center (OCCC),<br />

the host hotel, Rosen Centre, offers worldclass<br />

accommodations and is attached to<br />

the convention center via a skywalk. Education<br />

and training will take place from<br />

Monday, July 17 through Saturday, July 22,<br />

2023 at the OCCC’s West Concourse.<br />

APSCON 2023 starts with our conference<br />

courses designed for all facets of<br />

public safety aviation. There are eight<br />

Conference Courses offered from Monday,<br />

July 17 through Wednesday, July 19. The<br />

in-depth courses offered are the Aviation<br />

Safety Officer Course, Airborne Thermographer<br />

Certification Course, Aviation Safety<br />

Management Systems Course, Flight<br />

Instructor Refresher Course (Tuesday, July<br />

18 and Wednesday, July 19), Public Safety<br />

Aviation Unit Manager Course, Tactical Flight<br />

Officer Couse, Fixed-Wing Operations<br />

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

July 19 only). Each course has been<br />

updated and new instructors have been<br />

brought in to refresh the courses. See<br />

pages 11-13 for more course information.<br />

There will be a General Session on Thursday,<br />

July 20 from 1300 hours to 1430<br />

hours entitled “Sharing Airspace, Manned<br />

and Unmanned.” The General Session will<br />

feature a panel discussion with industry leaders<br />

on communication, regulation and working<br />

safely in shared airspace. This will be an<br />

informative session and is relevant to everyone<br />

in public safety.<br />

APSA’s Safety Symposium will also take<br />

place on Thursday, July 20 from 1530 to<br />

1700 hours. Safety Program Manager Cory<br />

DeArmitt has put together a fantastic panel<br />

of safety subject matter experts from various<br />

public safety agencies, consultants and<br />

corporate members that will share important<br />

and vital safety information. This also gives<br />

you an opportunity to share ideas and best<br />

practices with other members and request<br />

safety subjects and resources for future<br />

APSA Safety Stand-Tos and Seminars.<br />

As you’ll notice, there will be limited classes<br />

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

time on the exhibition floor visiting the corporate<br />

members. Classes will then resume on<br />

Friday, July 21 from 0800 to 1700 hours and<br />

on Saturday, July 22 from 0830 to 1200 hours.<br />


For 52 years, APSA has continued to be<br />

committed to providing affordable worldclass<br />

public safety aviation education training<br />

and delivering quality education to its<br />

membership. For APSCON 2023, classes will<br />

focus on the various missions within public<br />

safety aviation. This includes a focus on:<br />

Safety<br />

Law Enforcement<br />

Aerial Firefighting<br />

Fixed-Wing Operations<br />

Drone Operations<br />

Legal and Regulatory Issues<br />

Public Aircraft Operations<br />

Military Excess Aircraft<br />

Training<br />

Night Operations<br />

Search and Rescue<br />

Tactical Operations<br />

Homeland Security<br />

Natural Resources<br />

Public Safety<br />

Unit Management<br />

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All of these conference courses will be held at the Orange County Convention Center.<br />

Public Safety Aviation<br />

Unit Manager Course<br />

Mon. July 17 – Wed. July 19<br />

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM<br />

Location: W103A<br />

APSCON 2023 will conduct 37 classes<br />

with these focus areas. The classes will feature<br />

several new classes and traditional classes<br />

(although updated for 2023) that have been<br />

offered at previous conferences. The classes<br />

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

particular focus area or attend classes from<br />

various focus areas. For APSCON 2023, the<br />

following new classes will be offered:<br />

Spatial Disorientation Induced by<br />

Degraded Visual Environment<br />

Drone Assessment and<br />

Response Tactics<br />

Big Aerial Survey Techniques<br />

FAA Safety Program Updates<br />

Fixed-Wing Patrol Tactics<br />

Human Performance<br />

Human Factors<br />

Tactical Awareness Kits (TAK)<br />

Night Vision Googles – Keeping it<br />

Cloud Free<br />

In addition to these classes, APSA is<br />

pleased to be offering several updated<br />

classes in 2023 that are requested every<br />

year, including:<br />

Tactical Aircraft Operations<br />

Airborne Use of Force<br />

Vehicle Pursuit Management<br />

Thermal Imagery Tactics<br />

Aircrew Roundtable<br />

Unit Manager Roundtable<br />

Safety Officer Roundtable<br />

Upon completion of any of the conference<br />

classes, certificates will be available in<br />

the APSA Education Office, which is located<br />

in the OCCC.<br />


APSCON 2023 will again be conducting<br />

Tech Talks by exhibiting corporate members<br />

on the exhibition floor. Look for the “Tech Talk<br />

Theater” overhead signage in the exhibition<br />

hall. A schedule of these sessions will be in<br />

the onsite Program Guide and posted on our<br />

website prior to the start of APSCON <strong>2023.</strong><br />

These briefings are very informative, so please<br />

be sure to support our corporate members<br />

and stop by and attend them.<br />



Survival Systems USA will conduct the<br />

Water Egress and Survival Training Course.<br />

The class will take place on Thursday, July<br />

20 from 0800 to 1700 hours at the Rosen<br />

Centre Hotel (Salon 20) for the classroom<br />

portion and the Rosen Centre pool area for<br />

the practical portion of the course. This<br />

training requires a separate registration and<br />

medical waiver.<br />

As you continue your professional development,<br />

rest assured that APSA will deliver exceptional<br />

value-based training as it is known as<br />

being the “gold standard” in public safety aviation<br />

training. While attending APSCON 2023,<br />

take the time to meet new friends, reconnect<br />

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

members have to offer regarding new products,<br />

gear, technology and services.<br />

Please take the time to explore the Orlando<br />

attractions after-hours and enjoy the city. We<br />

look forward to seeing you in Orlando!<br />

Tactical Flight Officer Course<br />

Mon. July 17 – Wed. July 19<br />

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM • Location: W104A<br />

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

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

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

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

to safely and successfully support ground personnel<br />

involved in law enforcement missions.<br />

The course is not just designed for TFOs, but is applicable to pilots and crewmembers<br />

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

air, manage critical missions from above and how to conduct a thermal imagery search<br />

using the latest in airborne tactics. In addition, the course will explore the specialized<br />

equipment that is available and how to properly integrate it into your day-to-day operation.<br />

This class is essential to your aviation law enforcement professional development<br />

and a must for all TFOs. This course is sponsored by MD Helicopters, Inc. Maximum<br />

enrollment is 70.<br />

Cost: $<strong>39</strong>5 members; $495 non-members<br />

Sponsored by<br />

The Public Safety Sponsored by<br />

Aviation Unit<br />

Manager Course<br />

continues to be a<br />

popular course. It is designed to provide<br />

both the newly assigned or experienced<br />

aviation unit managers and supervisors with<br />

the latest information and tools to effectively<br />

and efficiently manage, supervise and<br />

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

will include topics regarding unit administration,<br />

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

training program management, legal and<br />

regulatory issues and personnel selection.<br />

Each class is designed specifically for the<br />

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

ability to lead their unit.<br />

APSA will again subsidize the cost of course<br />

tuition and conference registration to the<br />

first 20 unit managers or supervisors who<br />

register for this course. (The applicant must<br />

be an APSA member, currently assigned as<br />

the officer in command or supervisor of a<br />

public safety aviation unit, not previously<br />

attended the Unit Manager Course, and the<br />

offer is extended to only one person per<br />

agency.) This course is sponsored by<br />

Airbus. Maximum enrollment is 70.<br />

Cost: $<strong>39</strong>5 members;<br />

$495 non-members<br />

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All of these conference courses will be held at the Orange County Convention Center.<br />

Maintenance IA<br />

Renewal Course<br />

Wed. July 19<br />

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM<br />

Location: W101A<br />

The Maintenance IA Sponsored by<br />

Renewal Course for<br />

maintenance technicians<br />

returns again<br />

this year, but has been totally refreshed.<br />

The course features new topics and<br />

instructors for <strong>2023.</strong> It will focus on<br />

turbine engine maintenance, rotor blade<br />

inspections, avionics, UAS maintenance<br />

and maintenance safety. This course<br />

meets the 8-hour FAA requirement for IA<br />

renewal. FAA IA Renewal Course<br />

Approval Number: C-IND-IM-190411-K-<br />

012-001 (4/30/2023) This course is<br />

sponsored by RMCI, Inc.<br />

Cost: FREE for APSA Members,<br />

$150 non-members<br />

Flight Instructor<br />

Refresher Course<br />

Tues. July 18 – Wed. July 19<br />

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM<br />

Location: W104B<br />

APSA is happy to partner with Randy<br />

Rowles and the staff of Helicopter Institute,<br />

Inc. to offer this course again. The<br />

entire course curriculum is geared<br />

toward guiding the student renewal of<br />

their current flight instructor certificates<br />

under Federal Aviation Regulation Part<br />

61, while enhancing their knowledge and<br />

skill with the latest developments in standardization,<br />

regulations and helicopter<br />

flight techniques. Instructed by the<br />

exceptional instructors from the Helicopter<br />

Institute, Inc., the FIRC is a must<br />

have for those members seeking to<br />

renew their CFI certificates. Presented<br />

by Helicopter Institute. Maximum enrollment<br />

is 65.<br />

Cost: $275 members;<br />

$375 non-members<br />

Fixed-Wing<br />

Operations Course<br />

Mon. July 17 – Wed. July 19<br />

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM<br />

Location: W101B<br />

The Fixed-Wing Sponsored by<br />

Operations<br />

Course was<br />

developed to<br />

enhance the skills of members operating<br />

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

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

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

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

traffic enforcement, surveillance operations<br />

and other pertinent subjects specific to the<br />

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

public safety mission.<br />

Often overshadowed by helicopters, fixedwing<br />

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

perform airborne public safety missions.<br />

This course will exploit this concept and<br />

assist the student in developing and sustaining<br />

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

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

matter experts from across the United<br />

States and Canada and surely will be a hit at<br />

this year’s conference. This course is sponsored<br />

by Pilatus Business Aircraft.<br />

Maximum enrollment is 65.<br />

Cost: $<strong>39</strong>5 members;<br />

$495 non-members<br />


MONDAY • <strong>JULY</strong> 17, 2023<br />


8:00 AM –<br />

5:00 PM<br />

Airborne Thermographer Certification Course<br />

Sponsored by Teledyne FLIR<br />

Aviation Safety Management Systems Course<br />

Aviation Safety Officer Course<br />

Co-sponsored by Baldwin Safety & Compliance and Loft Dynamics<br />

Fixed-Wing Operations Course<br />

Sponsored by Pilatus Business Aircraft<br />

Public Safety Aviation Unit Manager Course<br />

Sponsored by Airbus<br />

Tactical Flight Officer Course<br />

Sponsored by MD Helicopters, Inc.<br />

TUESDAY • <strong>JULY</strong> 18, 2023<br />

W102A<br />

W103B<br />

W102B<br />

W101B<br />

W103A<br />

W104A<br />


Airborne Thermographer Certification Course<br />

Sponsored by Teledyne FLIR<br />

W102A<br />

8:00 AM –<br />

5:00 PM<br />

Aviation Safety Management Systems Course<br />

Aviation Safety Officer Course<br />

Co-sponsored by Baldwin Safety & Compliance and Loft Dynamics<br />

Fixed-Wing Operations Course<br />

Sponsored by Pilatus Business Aircraft<br />

Flight Instructor Refresher Course<br />

Presented by Helicopter Institute<br />

Public Safety Aviation Unit Manager Course<br />

Sponsored by Airbus<br />

Tactical Flight Officer Course<br />

Sponsored by MD Helicopters, Inc.<br />

W103B<br />

W102B<br />

W101B<br />

W104B<br />

W103A<br />

W104A<br />

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WEDNESDAY • <strong>JULY</strong> 19, 2023<br />


8:00 AM –<br />

5:00 PM<br />

Airborne Thermographer Certification Course<br />

Sponsored by Teledyne FLIR<br />

Aviation Safety Management Systems Course<br />

Aviation Safety Officer Course<br />

Co-sponsored by Baldwin Safety & Compliance and Loft Dynamics<br />

Fixed-Wing Operations Course<br />

Sponsored by Pilatus Business Aircraft<br />

Flight Instructor Refresher Course<br />

Maintenance IA Renewal Course<br />

Sponsored by RMCI, Inc.<br />

W102A<br />

W102B<br />

W102B<br />

W101B<br />

W104B<br />

W101A<br />

0800 – 1700<br />


All APSCON classes will be held at the Orange County Convention Center. Tech Talks will be<br />

conducted on Thursday and Friday at the Orange County Convention Center. The Tech Talk<br />

schedule will be posted in the onsite APSCON 2023 Program Guide for your convenience.<br />

THURSDAY • <strong>JULY</strong> 20, 2023<br />

Water Survival/<br />

Egress Classroom Instruction<br />

Survival Systems USA, Inc. will conduct Water Survival<br />

and Egress Training, where students will learn from a<br />

team of experts how to egress after ditching in water<br />

and how to use your emergency air and survival vest.<br />

Equipment and techniques will be discussed in a classroom-ground<br />

school setting, followed by practical application<br />

in the dunker at the hotel pool. The registration<br />

fee for members is $295, plus a waiver form that must<br />

be completed prior to training.<br />

Survival Systems USA, Inc.<br />

Salon 20 and<br />

Rosen Centre Pool<br />

1030 – 1600 NETWORKING & TRADESHOW Exhibit Hall<br />


Public Safety Aviation Unit Manager Course<br />

Sponsored by Airbus<br />

Tactical Flight Officer Course<br />

Sponsored by MD Helicopters, Inc.<br />

W103A<br />

W104A<br />

1300 – 1430<br />

General Session: Sharing Airspace,<br />

Manned and Unmanned<br />

The General Session will feature a panel discussion with<br />

industry leaders on communication, regulation and working<br />

safely in shared airspace. This will be an informative<br />

session that is relevant to everyone in public safety.<br />

Instructor TBD<br />

Room<br />

W101B<br />

1430 – 1600 Maintenance Technician Roundtable<br />

Michael Broderick,<br />

Rotor Doc, LLC<br />

Room W102A<br />

1530 – 1700 Safety Symposium<br />

Facilitated by Cory DeArmitt,<br />

APSA Safety Program Manager<br />

Panelists:<br />

Dudley Crosson, PhD,<br />

APSA Aeromedical Liaison/Delta P, Inc.<br />

Terry Palmer,<br />

APSA Training Program Manager<br />

Chris Young,<br />

Pik West Insurance Agency<br />

Room<br />

W101B<br />

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FRIDAY • <strong>JULY</strong> 21, 2023<br />


FRIDAY • <strong>JULY</strong> 21, 2023<br />


Airborne Use of Force: Lessons Learned<br />

(Tactical Operations)<br />

Mike Peck,<br />

Paladin Resources Group, Inc.<br />

Room W105B<br />

Drone Assessment & Response Tactics<br />

(Emergency Management)<br />

Joel Haley,<br />

Energetic Materials Research and<br />

Testing Center, New Mexico Tech<br />

Room W102B<br />

Fixed-Wing Patrol Tactics<br />

(Fixed-Wing Operations)<br />

Jon Pierce,<br />

California Highway Patrol<br />

Office of Air Operations<br />

Room W101A<br />

0830 – 1000<br />

0830 – 1030<br />

Operational Risk Management<br />

(Safety and SMS)<br />

Spatial Disorientation Induced by<br />

a Degraded Visual Environment<br />

Success Stories: Use of Drones in<br />

Public Safety (Drone Operations)<br />

Bryan Smith,<br />

Chief Pilot, Pinellas County (FL)<br />

Sheriff’s Office Flight Unit<br />

Tyson Phillips,<br />

AT Systems, LLC<br />

Facilitated by Sgt. Mike Seligsohn,<br />

El Dorado County (CA) Sheriff’s Office<br />

Panelists: Scott Mlakar, Willoughby (OH)<br />

Fire Department; Matt King, Cass<br />

County (ND) Sheriff’s Office;<br />

Brandon Herring, Crawford County (AK)<br />

Sheriff's Office; Jason Day, Texas<br />

Department of Public Safety; Mike<br />

Uleski, FlightSafety International and<br />

Doug Daniels, Highland County (OH)<br />

Sheriff’s Office<br />

Room W102A<br />

Room W101A<br />

Room<br />

W101B<br />

1300 – 1430<br />

Human Factors: Real Life Applications<br />

to Safety (Safety and SMS)<br />

IIMC – Stay In Control!<br />

Responding To High-Rise Emergencies<br />

(Homeland Security)<br />

Tactical Aircraft Operations & Safety<br />

(Night Operations)<br />

Understanding Aviation Law<br />

Vehicle Pursuit Management and Coordination<br />

(Law Enforcement Operations)<br />

Bryan Smith,<br />

Chief Pilot, Pinellas County (FL)<br />

Sheriff’s Office Flight Unit<br />

Eric Cabana,<br />

Bell Training Academy<br />

Ken Solosky,<br />

New York Police Department<br />

Aviation Unit (Ret.)<br />

Nick Minx and Phil Cady,<br />

Tactical Flying, Inc.<br />

Robert Lakind,<br />

Aviation Attorney<br />

Clay Lacey,<br />

Texas Department of Safety<br />

Aircraft Operations Division<br />

Room W103B<br />

Room W102B<br />

Room W108A<br />

Room W102A<br />

Room W103A<br />

Room W104A<br />

0900 – 1030<br />

Overview of the Natural Resources Aviation Unit<br />

(Natural Resources)<br />

Francis Neeley,<br />

Pilot/Firefighter/EMT,<br />

Florida Forest Service (FFS)<br />

Room W103A<br />

1000 – 1400 NETWORKING & TRADESHOW Exhibit Hall<br />

Flight Simulation & Virtual Reality<br />

Randy Gawenda,<br />

Frasca International, Inc.<br />

Room W104A<br />

1330 – 1500<br />

Aviation Fire Forecasting<br />

(Natural Resources)<br />

Building Community Partnerships for<br />

Your Public Safety Drone Operation<br />

(Drone Operations)<br />

Human Performance: How<br />

Are We Compromising Safety? (Part 1)<br />

(Aeromedical)<br />

National Weather Service<br />

Brandon Herring,<br />

Crawford County (AR) Sheriff’s Office<br />

Dudley Crosson, PhD.,<br />

APSA Aeromedical Liaison/<br />

Delta P, Inc.<br />

Room W108B<br />

Room W202A<br />

Room W101B<br />

1030 – 1200<br />

Lessons Learned from Aviation Accidents<br />

Jeff Guzzetti,<br />

Guzzetti Aviation Risk Discovery,<br />

FAA, NTSB (retired)<br />

Room W103B<br />

Tactical Awareness Kit (TAK)<br />

(Emergency Management)<br />

Brandon Alberd and Jason Day,<br />

Texas Department of Public Safety<br />

Room W105A<br />

1300 – 1400<br />

CFI Roundtable Discussion (Training)<br />

Randy Rowles,<br />

Helicopter Institute/<br />

FAA Designated Examiner<br />

Exhibit Hall<br />

Tech Talk<br />

Theater 2<br />

Register for APSCON 2023 today at www.publicsafetyaviation.org or fill out the registration form on page 53.<br />

1530 – 1700<br />

Aircrew Roundtable<br />

(Public Safety)<br />

Richard Bray,<br />

APSA President/Chief Pilot,<br />

Alachua County (FL) Sheriff’s Office<br />

Room W101A<br />

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Human Performance: How Are We<br />

Compromising Safety? (Part 2) (Aeromedical)<br />

Dudley Crosson, PhD.,<br />

APSA Aeromedical Liaison/<br />

Delta P, Inc.<br />

Room W102A<br />

Integration of Drones into<br />

Emergency Management Operation<br />

(Search and Rescue)<br />

Jamie Stirling,<br />

SAR-1<br />

Room W202A<br />

Natural Resource Aircrew Roundtable<br />

(Natural Resources)<br />

Jason Jenson,<br />

Minnesota Department<br />

of Natural Resources Law<br />

Enforcement Aviation Division<br />

Room W105A<br />

Night Vision Goggles: Keeping it Cloud Free<br />

Tony Tsantles,<br />

Aviation Specialties Unlimited, Inc.<br />

Room W102B<br />

1530 – 1700<br />

Securing the Harbor: Use of Aerial Assets<br />

for Harbor Security Initiatives<br />

(Homeland Security)<br />

Ken Solosky,<br />

New York Police Department<br />

Aviation Unit (Ret.)<br />

Room W101B<br />

Tactical Training and Simulation<br />

David Harper,<br />

FlightSafety International<br />

Room W103A<br />

The Tactics Of Teaching TFOs<br />

(Training)<br />

Matthew Zdunich,<br />

San Diego (CA) Police Department<br />

Air Support Unit/Tactical Flying, Inc.<br />

Room W108A<br />

Thermal Imagery Tactics<br />

(Night Operations)<br />

Nick Minx and Phil Cady,<br />

Tactical Flying, Inc./San Diego (CA)<br />

Police Department Air Support Unit<br />

Room W104A<br />

Wildland Aerial Firefighting Tactics<br />

(Aerial Firefighting)<br />

Karl Cotton,<br />

Helicopter Institute, Inc.<br />

Room W108B<br />

SATURDAY • <strong>JULY</strong> 22, 2023<br />

0830 – 1000<br />

Leadership: How Your Leadership Style<br />

Effects the Operation of Your Aviation Unit<br />

(Unit Management)<br />

Terry Miyauchi,<br />

Bell/Arizona Department of<br />

Public Safety (Ret.)<br />

Room W105A<br />

1030 – 1200<br />

Public Safety Aviation Unit<br />

Commanders Roundtable (Unit Management)<br />

Richard Bray,<br />

APSA President/Chief Pilot,<br />

Alachua County (FL) Sheriff’s Office<br />

Room W105A<br />

Airborne Public Safety Accreditation<br />

Commission Update<br />

(Public Safety Operations)<br />

Bill Probets,<br />

APSAC Chairperson<br />

Room W105B<br />

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By Terry Palmer, APSA Training<br />

Program Manager<br />

With a mix of courses and classes, as well as a shared exhibit hall<br />

with APSCON 2023, make plans to continue your professional<br />

UAS development in Orlando this summer!<br />

For several years, APSA has<br />

provided education and training to<br />

public safety drone operations,<br />

now known as APSCON<br />

Unmanned. This portion of APSCON is also<br />

being held at the Orange County Convention<br />

Center (OCCC) beginning on Monday,<br />

July 17 with two days of conference<br />

courses covering operations, management,<br />

safety and airborne tactics.<br />

A popular course is the Public Safety<br />

Drone Aerial Thermography and Tactics<br />

Course. This course covers thermography<br />

theory, search and rescue, vehicle<br />

scans, suspect searches,<br />

perimeter containment, drone<br />

positioning, search patterns and<br />

foot pursuits.<br />

Returning again in 2023 is the<br />

Public Safety Drone Operations<br />

Unit Manager Course. Developed<br />

for all aspects of public safety,<br />

this course will provide students<br />

with the latest information and<br />

tools to effectively manage a<br />

small UAS public safety unit. Topics will<br />

include unit administration, budgets and<br />

finance, standard operating procedures,<br />

legal updates, training program management,<br />

personnel selection and other pertinent<br />

topics. The course will be instructed by<br />

experts in the field of public safety sUAS.<br />

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

Basic Public Safety Drone Operations<br />

Course, is also being offered. This course<br />

has been updated and refreshed with new<br />

content and instructors. The course will<br />

cover UAS mission and applications, public<br />

acceptance, regulatory updates, program<br />

management, privacy and an in-depth<br />

review of the FAA Part 107 rules and COA<br />

process. This course is instructed by<br />

SMEs and designed for all public safety<br />

personnel operating UAS, and it is an<br />

excellent resource for agencies looking to<br />

develop a UAS unit.<br />

The final conference course is the<br />

Advanced Public Safety Drone Operations<br />

Course. This course was designed for<br />

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

are looking to sharpen their skills and<br />

expand their mission set. The<br />

course includes safety management<br />

systems, thermal imagery<br />

for drones, risk mitigation<br />

tactics, tactical use of drones as<br />

well as using drones for firefighting<br />

missions, search and rescue,<br />

K-9, aerial mapping (forensic use<br />

of drones) and critical incident<br />

reviews. This course is<br />

instructed by leaders in public<br />

safety drone operations.<br />

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All of these conference courses will be held at the Orange County Convention Center.<br />

Basic Public Safety<br />

Drone Operations Course<br />

Mon. July 17 – Tue. July 18 • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM<br />

Location: Room W202A<br />

The Basic Public Safety Drone Operations Course is designed to<br />

provide the student with a review of public safety drone operations<br />

start-up, missions and applications, FAA regulations, a<br />

review of the legal and privacy issues, management issues and<br />

all facets of starting and operating a successful program. The<br />

course is a must-have for agencies looking to start a drone unit.<br />

Successful completion requires attendance at all 16 hours of<br />

classroom courses.<br />

Maximum enrollment is 65.<br />

Cost: $<strong>39</strong>5 members; $495 non-members<br />

Public Safety Drone Operations<br />

Unit Manager Course<br />

Mon. July 17 – Tue. July 18 • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM<br />

Location: Room W202C<br />

The Public Safety Drone Operations Unit Manager Course is<br />

designed to provide public safety small unmanned aircraft<br />

systems unit managers and supervisors with the latest information<br />

and tools to effectively and efficiently manage, supervise and<br />

lead their agency’s sUAS unit. The course will include topics<br />

regarding unit administration, budgets and finance, safety and<br />

SOPs, training program management, legal and regulatory issues<br />

and personnel selection. Each class is designed specifically for<br />

the manager and supervisor to enhance his/her ability to lead<br />

their unit.<br />

Maximum enrollment is 65.<br />

Cost: $<strong>39</strong>5 members; $495 non-members<br />

Course registration includes Day 3 of APSCON Unmanned classes and the<br />

APSCON 2023 Exhibit Hall Opening Reception at the Orange County Convention Center.<br />

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Advanced Public Safety<br />

Drone Operations Course<br />

Mon. July 17 – Tue. July 18 • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM<br />

Location: Room W202B<br />

The Advanced Public Safety Drone Operations Course was developed<br />

for all aspects of public safety and will provide the student<br />

with the latest information and tools to enhance their existing<br />

public safety drone unit. The course will include topics on tactical<br />

operations, unmanned and manned operations (risk mitigation),<br />

safety, operating standards, fire service operations, law enforcement<br />

operations, SAR operations, digital media evidence, training<br />

issues and other topics beyond the basic operation of a drone<br />

unit. The course will be instructed by experts in public safety aviation<br />

drone operations.<br />

Maximum enrollment is 65.<br />

Cost: $<strong>39</strong>5 members; $495 non-members<br />

Public Safety Drone Aerial<br />

Thermography and Tactics Course<br />

Mon. July 17 – Tue. July 18 • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM<br />

Location: Room W203A<br />

The Public Safety Drone Aerial Thermography and Tactics Course<br />

is designed to provide UAS crew members the tactical skills and<br />

information necessary to safely and successfully support ground<br />

units engaged in a variety of public safety missions. This class is<br />

essential to the professional development of public safety personnel<br />

operating drones.<br />

Maximum enrollment is 65.<br />

Cost: $<strong>39</strong>5 members; $495 non-members<br />


Who is hosting this<br />

year’s APSCON?<br />

Orange County (FL) Sheriff’s Office will be<br />

the conference hosts. APSA is very appreciative<br />

of all the hard work and dedication they<br />

have given to planning and hosting!<br />

How do I register<br />

to attend?<br />

Registering is easy! Attendees may either<br />

register online at www.publicsafetyaviation.org<br />

or fill out the form included in this issue of Air<br />

Beat and fax or mail it to APSA. Attendees<br />

registering by June 1, 2023, will receive early<br />

registration rates.<br />

How can I pay?<br />

On the website: Visit www.publicsafetyaviation.org<br />

and use your Visa, Master-<br />

Card, Discover or American Express for<br />

payment. Payment must be received with<br />

all registrations.<br />

By fax: Please fill out the registration<br />

form and fax to APSA with your Visa, Master-<br />

Card, Discover or American<br />

Express payment.<br />

By mail: Please fill out the registration<br />

form and return with your check, Visa,<br />

MasterCard, Discover or American<br />

Express payment.<br />

What if my unit is paying?<br />

If your unit is paying, please register<br />

early to receive the early registration<br />

rates. Payment must be received with all<br />

registrations. Call the APSA office for<br />

assistance with group billing.<br />

What does a full, threeday<br />

registration include?<br />

Admission to all general sessions and<br />

conference classes.<br />

APSCON Exhibit Hall Opening Reception,<br />

Sponsored by Bell, on Wednesday<br />

from 1700-2000.<br />

APSCON Opening Breakfast & General<br />

Membership Meeting, sponsored by<br />

Trakka Systems, at the Orange County<br />

Convention Center on Thursday.<br />

Entry to the APSCON Exhibit Hall<br />

during regularly scheduled hours.<br />

Friday lunch in the APSCON Exhibit Hall.<br />

Awards Reception on Friday at 1800.<br />

Admittance to all networking<br />

events sponsored by various<br />

APSA corporate members.<br />

Where can I pick up<br />

my badge?<br />

All APSCON / APSCON Unmanned 2023<br />

Attendees, Exhibitors and Instructors may<br />

pick up their badges and other registration<br />

materials at the Registration Desk located in<br />

the Orange County Convention Center -<br />

WA1/WA2 Lobby (West Concourse 2nd<br />

Level) beginning on Sunday, July 16 from<br />

1600-1800.<br />

When will APSCON /<br />

APSCON Unmanned<br />

registration be open?<br />

Orange County Convention Center -<br />

WA1/WA2 Lobby (West Concourse<br />

2nd Level)<br />

Registration Desk Hours<br />

Sunday, July 16 1600 - 1800<br />

Monday, July 17 0700 - 1700<br />

Tuesday, July 18 0700 - 1700<br />

Wednesday, July 19 0700 - 2000<br />

Thursday, July 20 0800 - 1700<br />

Friday, July 21 0730 - 1700<br />

Saturday, July 20 0730 - 1200<br />

What if I have to cancel?<br />

Conference course and class attendees<br />

may cancel their registration(s) and receive<br />

a full refund by submitting written notice,<br />

which must be received by the APSA home<br />

office by July 3, <strong>2023.</strong> All cancellations<br />

received after this date will be charged a<br />

$50 administrative fee.<br />

Want to attend the 52nd<br />

Annual Awards Reception?<br />

The awards ceremony will be held<br />

on Friday, July 21 at 1800 at the Rosen<br />

Centre Hotel Grand D Ballroom. Please plan<br />

to attend and honor the recipients.<br />

Registration and Cancellation/Refund Policy:<br />

To receive the advance registration discount APSA<br />

must receive the registration form postmarked no<br />

later than 5PM EDT June 1, 2023 and payment<br />

MUST accompany the registration form.<br />

Conference course and conference attendees may<br />

cancel their registration(s) and receive a full refund<br />

by submitting written notice, which must be<br />

received in the APSA Headquarters by July 3,<br />

<strong>2023.</strong> All cancellations received after this date will<br />

be charged a $50 administrative fee.<br />

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SUNDAY, <strong>JULY</strong> 16<br />

Registration Open • 1600 – 1800<br />

Orange County Convention Center - WA1/WA2 Lobby<br />

(West Concourse Level 2)<br />

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

Orange County Convention Center - WA1/WA2 Lobby<br />

(West Concourse Level 2)<br />

MONDAY, <strong>JULY</strong> 17<br />

Registration Open • 0700 – 1700<br />

Orange County Convention Center - WA1/WA2 Lobby<br />

(West Concourse Level 2)<br />

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

Orange County Convention Center - WA1/WA2 Lobby<br />

(West Concourse Level 2)<br />

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

Orange County Convention Center<br />

(West Concourse Level 1 Classrooms)<br />

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

Orange County Convention Center<br />

(West Concourse Level 2 Classrooms)<br />

Aircraft Fly-In Briefing • 0700<br />

Aircraft Fly-In • 0800<br />

TUESDAY, <strong>JULY</strong> 18<br />

Registration Open • 0700 – 1700<br />

Orange County Convention Center - WA1/WA2 Lobby<br />

(West Concourse Level 2)<br />

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

Orange County Convention Center - WA1/WA2 Lobby<br />

(West Concourse Level 2)<br />

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

Orange County Convention Center<br />

(West Concourse Level 1 Classrooms)<br />

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

Orange County Convention Center<br />

(West Concourse Level 2 Classrooms)<br />

Exhibitor Set-Up • 0800 – 1700<br />

Orange County Convention Center<br />

(West Concourse - Halls WA1/WA2)<br />

WEDNESDAY, <strong>JULY</strong> 19<br />

Registration Open • 0700 – 2000<br />

Orange County Convention Center - WA1/WA2 Lobby<br />

(West Concourse Level 2)<br />

‘The Hangar’ APSA Store Open • 0700 – 2000<br />

Orange County Convention Center - WA1/WA2 Lobby<br />

(West Concourse Level 2)<br />

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

Orange County Convention Center<br />

(West Concourse Level 1 Classrooms)<br />

APSCON Unmanned Classes • 0800 – 1700<br />

Orange County Convention Center<br />

(West Concourse Level 2 Classrooms)<br />

Exhibitor Set-Up • 0800 – 1500<br />

Orange County Convention Center<br />

(West Concourse - Halls WA1/WA2)<br />

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

Orange County Convention Center<br />

(West Concourse - Halls WA1/WA2 Lobby)<br />

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

Sponsored by Bell<br />

Orange County Convention Center<br />

(West Concourse - Halls WA1/WA2)<br />

THURSDAY, <strong>JULY</strong> 20<br />

Registration Open • 0800 – 1700<br />

Orange County Convention Center - WA1/WA2 Lobby<br />

(West Concourse Level 2)<br />

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

Orange County Convention Center - WA1/WA2 Lobby<br />

(West Concourse Level 2)<br />

Water Survival Training • 0800 – 1600<br />

Rosen Centre Hotel (Salon 20) AM<br />

Rosen Centre Hotel (Pool) PM<br />

Opening Breakfast/General Membership Meeting<br />

0900 – 1030 • Orange County Convention Center<br />

(West Concourse - Room W109 1st Level)<br />

Breakfast sponsored by Trakka Systems<br />

Exhibit Hall Open • 1030 – 1600<br />

Orange County Convention Center<br />

(West Concourse - Halls WA1/WA2)<br />

Tech Talks • 1100 – 1500<br />

Orange County Convention Center<br />

(West Concourse - Halls WA1/WA2 Theaters)<br />

Conference General Sessions • 1300 – 1700<br />

Orange County Convention Center<br />

(West Concourse - Level 1 Classrooms)<br />

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

Rosen Centre Hotel (Grand Ballroom C/D/E)<br />

MD Helicopters Event • 2000 – 2300<br />

Location TBA<br />

FRIDAY, <strong>JULY</strong> 21<br />

Registration Open • 0730 – 1700<br />

Orange County Convention Center - WA1/WA2 Lobby<br />

(West Concourse Level 2)<br />

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

Orange County Convention Center - WA1/WA2 Lobby<br />

(West Concourse Level 2)<br />

APSCON Conference Classes • 0830 – 1700<br />

Orange County Convention Center<br />

(West Concourse Level 1 Classrooms)<br />

Exhibit Hall Open • 1000 – 1400<br />

Orange County Convention Center<br />

(West Concourse - Halls WA1/WA2)<br />

Tech Talks • 1000 – 1300<br />

Orange County Convention Center<br />

(West Concourse - Halls WA1/WA2 Theaters)<br />

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

Orange County Convention Center<br />

(West Concourse - Halls WA1/WA2)<br />

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

Orange County Convention Center<br />

(West Concourse - Halls WA1/WA2)<br />

Aircraft Fly-Out • 1400<br />

APSA Awards Reception • 1800 – 1900<br />

Rosen Centre Hotel (Grand D Ballroom)<br />

SATURDAY, <strong>JULY</strong> 22<br />

Registration Open • 0730 – 1200<br />

Orange County Convention Center - WA1/WA2 Lobby<br />

(West Concourse Level 2)<br />

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

Orange County Convention Center<br />

(West Concourse - Halls WA1/WA2)<br />

Conference Classes • 0830 – 1200<br />

Orange County Convention Center<br />

(West Concourse Level 1 Classrooms)<br />

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What to Do This Summer?<br />

Head Down to<br />

Galveston Island<br />

Welcome to Galveston Island – the Playground of the South!<br />

If you’re looking for the perfect spot for your next vacation, you’ve come to the right<br />

place! Being less than an hour south of downtown Houston, Galveston Island is Texas’<br />

friendliest and most accessible portal to the Gulf.<br />

There are 32 miles of beaches in Galveston, whether you’re looking for a relaxing afternoon<br />

soaking up the sun or an adventure through the waters as you swim, fish or sail.<br />

Galveston Island may be small, but offers a wide variety of things to do, no matter the<br />

season or interests; adventure, amusement parks, water parks and other water activities,<br />

sports, thrift and boutique shopping, a vast array of restaurants, biking, sports, history,<br />

and more tours than most can imagine. The possibilities are truly endless on your Texas<br />

coastal vacation!<br />

With Galveston Island’s friendly community of locals and its sub-tropical weather, the<br />

island has become a favored home-away-from-home for tourists from around the world.<br />

100 Go The to BLUES visitgalveston.com to plan your trip today.<br />

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Head Down to<br />

Galveston Island<br />

Plan Your Stay!<br />

Galveston Island boasts a tremendous variety of accommodations for every budget<br />

and preference. From luxury hotels and resorts to elegant bed & breakfasts, and from<br />

vacation rentals and condos to RV parks, you will find just the place to suit your needs.<br />

And if you’re cruising from the Island? A number of hotels on the Island offer parking<br />

and transfer packages with an overnight stay, so guests can leave their car at the hotel<br />

and catch a ride to the cruise ship terminal. Spend a night or two in one of the Island’s<br />

beautiful resorts or bed and breakfasts, or find a condominium on the beach for a relaxing<br />

view. Bon voyage!<br />

Casa del Mar Beachfront Suites<br />

Seawall & 61st, Galveston • 409-572-0371<br />

The BLUES recommends:<br />

Casa del Mar offers 2 pools, a<br />

BBQ area and several meeting<br />

rooms ideal for small groups<br />

and family reunions. Centrally<br />

located to all of the Island attractions,<br />

each suite has a small<br />

private bedroom, a living area<br />

with fully stocked kitchen amenities,<br />

a sofa sleeper, and bunks<br />

ideal for small children. Casa<br />

del Mar is perfect for a family<br />

vacation or weekend getaway,<br />

so let their friendly staff help<br />

you plan a vacation that’s relaxing<br />

and fun!<br />

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Head Down to<br />

Galveston Island<br />

Beach Time Vacation Rentals<br />

Book Online at: beachtimevacationrentals.com<br />

Attention all Heroes!! Are you looking for a well-deserved break? Beach Time Vacation Rentals in Galveston<br />

has the perfect getaway for you and your family.<br />

Our vacation homes and condos are located on beautiful Galveston Island, close to all the local attractions<br />

and activities that make Galveston a popular vacation destination. Whether you’re looking for a<br />

quiet, secluded retreat or a fun-filled family adventure, we have something for everyone.<br />

Our properties offer a comfortable “home-away-from-home,” providing all the amenities you need to<br />

relax and recharge. From fully equipped kitchens to comfortable sleeping arrangements, we have everything<br />

you need to make your vacation as stress-free as possible.<br />

At Beach Time Vacation Rentals, we understand the importance of taking time off to rejuvenate your<br />

mind, body, and spirit. That’s why we offer special discounts to all law enforcement personnel and their<br />

families.<br />

Whether you want to spend your days soaking up the sun on the beach or taking a stroll in the Historic<br />

Strand District, Galveston is the perfect vacation spot. And, we have everything you need to make<br />

your stay unforgettable.<br />

Book your stay with us today and experience all that Galveston has to offer. Contact us directly to<br />

learn more about our vacation rental properties and special discounts for law enforcement officers…<br />


Call and mention your law enforcement affiliation for our<br />

Hatmaker’s Heroes Discount!<br />

(409)9744598<br />

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1021 61st St., Galveston, TX 77551

Head Down to<br />

Galveston Island<br />

What to See & Do.<br />

Making the Most of Island Time.<br />

Galveston Island is home to some of the best attractions Texas has to offer, including Moody Gardens<br />

as well as Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark and the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier<br />

amusement park. Galveston also offers a plethora of unique museums, including The Bryan Museum,<br />

Texas Seaport Museum, Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum and Galveston Railroad Museum.<br />

Having one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country,<br />

Galveston allows visitors to explore the island’s interesting history by touring one of its popular historic<br />

mansions.<br />

Cruise Ships<br />

The Port of Galveston is the fourth busiest<br />

home port in the United States with<br />

departures from Carnival, Royal Caribbean<br />

and Disney Cruise Lines. Need an itinerary?<br />

We’ve got suggestions no matter<br />

how much time you have before that ship<br />

sails.<br />

Historic Homes<br />

Although most of the original structures are long<br />

gone, the stories of early islanders live on in renovated<br />

structures and new establishments created in<br />

memory of the past. Visit the Homes Tour during the<br />

month of May.<br />

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Galveston Island<br />

What to See & Do.<br />

Making the Most of Island Time.<br />

Galveston Beaches<br />

With 32 miles of shoreline and a variety of<br />

parks, Galveston Island offers something for<br />

every kind of beach goer. And with warm Gulf<br />

waves from spring through October, there’s<br />

plenty of time to explore each beach’s unique<br />

personality. Whatever your sun seeking fancy,<br />

Galveston has a beach for you.<br />

Tours & Sightseeing<br />

Whether you prefer to stroll down quaint<br />

alleyways by foot or trot through the<br />

streets in a carriage, all paths can lead<br />

you on an unforgettable journey back in<br />

time. You’ll be entertained and enlightened<br />

by knowledgeable guides giving tours on<br />

foot, carriage, shuttle or even boat. If you<br />

prefer to do you own thing, we’ve assemble<br />

self-guided tours of popular sights<br />

with maps designed for mobile devices.<br />

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Galveston Railroad Museum<br />

2602 Santa Fe Place, Galveston • 409-765-5700<br />

The Galveston Railroad Museum,<br />

2602 Santa Fe Place, a living<br />

history museum, allows visitors to<br />

step into exhibits and participate<br />

in interactive displays. Located<br />

supervised welfare program, the<br />

trains operated from 1854 – 1929,<br />

transporting more than 200,000<br />

children from the East Coast to the<br />

West Coast in search of adoptive<br />

for Transportation and Commerce,<br />

this is the story of the last dreadnought<br />

battleship that fought I<br />

both World War I & II, the Atlantic<br />

and Pacific theater, D-Day, Okinawa,<br />

Iwo-Jima, Operations Torch,<br />

the restored 1932 train depot, the<br />

museum sits on 5 acres of railyard<br />

families. Galveston was one of<br />

the last stops on the Orphan Train Overlord-Neptune, Detachment,<br />

The Orphan Train: <strong>No</strong>w thru <strong>No</strong>vember 15<br />

District.<br />

The centerpiece of the museum’s<br />

exhibits are restored railcars<br />

that include dining and baggage<br />

cars, post office, military transport,<br />

and more. The museum is also<br />

home to a unique RailHotel that<br />

hosts guests overnight accommodations<br />

on restored luxury railcars.<br />

For a virtual tour or to make a<br />

reservation go to www.galvestonrrmuseum.org.<br />

“Ghosts of Travelers Past” in<br />

the Train Depot give a face to rail<br />

travelers from the past. Lift the<br />

handset in a phone booth to overhear<br />

their conversations. Adjacent,<br />

visit the Map Room to view a new<br />

exhibit. The Orphan Train, a quiet<br />

part of American history that some<br />

looked upon as a tragedy, and others<br />

as a godsend. America’s first<br />

in the heart of the Strand Historic<br />

through photographs, and testimonials.<br />

Continue your tour through the<br />

Exhibit Hall adjacent to the depot<br />

to visit Dining in Style - the largest<br />

collection of 20th Century Railroad<br />

Porcelain China and Silver serving<br />

pieces. America’s romance with<br />

rail travel spanned a century and a<br />

half, during which time enjoying a<br />

meal in the dining car as the scenery<br />

rushed by was the epitome<br />

of luxury travel. The fundamental<br />

characteristics of quality manufacture<br />

and design endured until the<br />

end of privately owned rail passenger<br />

service.<br />

Coming soon: “Traveling the<br />

World on a City at Sea: The Story<br />

of the Battleship Texas”. A collaboration<br />

of Texas Parks and Wildlife,<br />

Battleship Texas, and the Center<br />

journey. The exhibit tells the story<br />

Learn of Her illustrious career as<br />

seen in graphics and artifacts.<br />

Groups welcome. July 1 – January<br />

31, 2024.<br />

Never travel by rail? Experience<br />

the thrill of rail travel by hopping<br />

aboard the Harborside Express for<br />

a train ride. Available on weekends<br />

weather permitting, or by group<br />

reservation during the week. Tickets<br />

required to board.<br />

A family friendly attraction,<br />

there’s lots to do for all and kids<br />

enjoy free Blue Bell Ice Cream<br />

all summer. Military veterans and<br />

first responders receive admission<br />

discounts year ‘round.<br />

For information, membership,<br />

student field trips, group tours,<br />

and admission go to www.GalvestonRRMuseum.org.<br />

(409) 765-<br />

5700. All Aboard!<br />

Iceberg and Magic Carpet Ride.<br />

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Head Down to<br />

Galveston Island<br />

When You’re Hungry.<br />

Best Places to Eat.<br />

Shrimp ‘N Stuff Downtown<br />

2506 Ball Street, Galveston • 409-974-4609<br />

Since 1976, Shrimp ‘n Stuff’s<br />

<strong>39</strong>th Street location has been<br />

“the place where the locals<br />

love to eat.” This downtown<br />

location features many of<br />

the same delicious po-boys,<br />

gumbo, and salads but they’ve<br />

also added broiled versions of<br />

Snapper, Flounder, Salmon,<br />

and several other fish. The<br />

downtown spot also ups the<br />

ante with full, tableside service,<br />

and custom table ware<br />

made in Mexico.<br />

List Your Restaurant Here<br />

email us: bluespdmag@gmail.com<br />

Katie’s Seafood House<br />

2000 Wharf Rd., Galveston • 409-765-5688<br />

For more than 20 years, Katie’s Seafood<br />

Market has provided the highest quality<br />

seafood to Galveston locals and visitors.<br />

In September of 2019, Katie’s husband,<br />

Buddy, opened Katie’s Seafood House right<br />

next to the store. The market supplies the<br />

restaurant with its fresh seafood, which is<br />

a unique attribute among restaurants and<br />

takes each dish to the next level. Stop in<br />

for a delicious shrimp platter and enjoy a<br />

house cocktail next time you in Galveston!<br />

The Spot<br />

3204 Seawall Blvd., Galveston • 409-621-5237<br />

Rudy & Paco<br />

2028 Post Office Street, Galveston • 409-762-3696<br />

When visiting Galveston Island, you simply<br />

can’t miss the Island’s most unique<br />

dining experience, Rudy & Paco. Awarded<br />

Top 100 Restaurants of 2017 and Top 100<br />

Romantic Restaurants of 2018, Rudy &<br />

Paco features grilled seafood and steak<br />

with a South and Central American sabor.<br />

Relax and unwind with your favorite<br />

cocktail while enjoying delicious Antojitos.<br />

Whether you’re dining for a special<br />

occasion or just grabbing a drink at the<br />

bar, coming to Rudy & Paco will surely<br />

be an experience like no other.<br />

Island Famous: Five Venues, One Spot: The<br />

Spot, Tiki Bar, SideYard, Rum Shack and<br />

Squeeze! You can’t go wrong at The Spot, Galveston<br />

Island’s premier beachfront dining and<br />

entertainment destination. Dive into a mouthwatering<br />

burger or fresh seafood, grab a beer<br />

and find a sweet spot to relax inside or out on<br />

our multi-level beachfront patios. Whether you<br />

want to catch the game on one of our many<br />

HDTVs or enjoy the sparkling views of the Gulf<br />

of Mexico, every seat’s the best seat in the<br />

house. It’s the perfect setting to hang out with<br />

your friends and meet new ones.<br />

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new products<br />

TRIKKE’S<br />


Trikke’s Electric Personal Police<br />

Vehicle: Transforming Law<br />

Enforcement Patrols with Efficiency<br />

and Enhanced Community Engagement.<br />

In the realm of law enforcement,<br />

effective patrolling is paramount<br />

to maintaining public safety and<br />

building positive community relationships.<br />

With the introduction of<br />

Trikke’s electric personal police vehicle,<br />

the Positron, law enforcement<br />

agencies can transform how your<br />

agency patrols, offering a cost-efficient<br />

solution that enhances citizen<br />

engagement and ensures quicker<br />

response times compared to traditional<br />

foot patrols.<br />

Trikke Positron bridges the gap<br />

between police vehicles and foot<br />

patrols for better community engagement.<br />

Here’s why your agency should<br />

deploy the Positron:<br />

Enhanced Mobility & Agility:<br />

The Trikke Positron provides law<br />

enforcement officers with an agile<br />

and maneuverable means of patrolling.<br />

Its compact design and<br />

electric-powered functionality<br />

allow officers to navigate through<br />

crowded urban environments and<br />

narrow pathways with ease. This<br />

enhanced mobility enables officers<br />

to reach areas that are inaccessible<br />

to larger patrol vehicles, ensuring<br />

comprehensive coverage and effective<br />

policing.<br />

Cost Efficiency: With tight budgets<br />

and limited resources, law enforcement<br />

agencies are constantly<br />

seeking cost-effective solutions.<br />

The Trikke Positron offers a financially<br />

viable alternative to traditional<br />

patrol vehicles. Its electric<br />

powertrain significantly reduces<br />

operational costs, as it eliminates<br />

the need for fuel and minimizes<br />

maintenance requirements. Moreover,<br />

the compact size of the vehicle<br />

reduces the overall investment<br />

compared to larger patrol cars.<br />

Quick Response Times: In<br />

emergency situations, every<br />

yrs.<br />

second counts. The Trikke Positron<br />

enables law enforcement agencies<br />

to achieve faster response times by<br />

leveraging its swift acceleration and<br />

maneuverability. Compared to foot<br />

patrols, officers using the Positron<br />

can quickly cover larger areas and<br />

reach incident scenes promptly. This<br />

speed can make a crucial difference<br />

in critical situations, ensuring the<br />

safety of both officers and citizens.<br />

Citizen Engagement and Community<br />

Policing: Building positive<br />

relationships with the community<br />

is a fundamental aspect of modern<br />

law enforcement. The Trikke<br />

Positron facilitates increased citizen<br />

engagement due to its open<br />

design and approachable presence.<br />

LEOs can interact with community<br />

members more effectively,<br />

fostering trust and collaboration.<br />

Officers patrolling on the Positron<br />

can engage in meaningful conversations,<br />

address concerns, and provide<br />

a visible presence, reinforcing<br />

community policing efforts.<br />

Environmental Sustainability:<br />

The Trikke Positron aligns with<br />

the growing global emphasis on<br />

environmental sustainability. By<br />

utilizing an electric powertrain, it<br />

significantly reduces greenhouse<br />

gas emissions compared to traditional<br />

patrol vehicles. The Positron’s<br />

eco-friendly nature not only<br />

helps reduce climate change but<br />

also showcases law enforcement<br />

agencies’ commitment to environmental<br />

stewardship, positively<br />

influencing the public perception<br />

of these institutions.<br />

The Trikke Positron is the ultimate<br />

tool for community policing. With<br />

enhanced mobility, cost efficiency,<br />

quick response times, improved citizen<br />

engagement, and environmental<br />

sustainability, the Positron holds<br />

immense potential to revolutionize<br />

law enforcement operations. By<br />

embracing this innovative vehicle,<br />

agencies can reshape their approach<br />

to patrols, fostering safer communities<br />

and establishing stronger bonds<br />

with the public they serve.<br />

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new products<br />

yrs.<br />


Protection… Revolutionized<br />

Most people don’t think of<br />

armored vehicles as ‘fast’<br />

and ‘maneuverable’. Is your<br />

agency’s armored vehicle<br />

capable of navigating tight<br />

spaces such as school corridors,<br />

warehouses, and multiple<br />

building levels via freight<br />

elevators? TC Burton offers<br />

the LD-1, which will provide<br />

the equipment necessary for<br />

law enforcement to defend<br />

themselves and others in active<br />

shooter and other deadly<br />

incidents.<br />

TC Burton Enterprises, LLC<br />

is an Indiana-based company<br />

whose mission is “to provide<br />

awesome equipment to<br />

the good guys, to protect us<br />

from the bad guys”. TC Burton<br />

innovates, produces, and<br />

distributes unique, patented,<br />

ballistically capable products<br />

to primarily serve law<br />

enforcement, private security<br />

and military markets.<br />

The LD-1, made in the USA<br />

and designed and built in<br />

Indiana, is a patented, lightweight,<br />

ballistic armor kit for<br />

a single-rider ATV. It is the<br />

next generation of ballistically<br />

capable kits for vehicle protection.<br />

While maintaining<br />

the ATV’s inherent maneuver-<br />

ability, the LD-1 utilizes a high<br />

tech, laser cut steel exoskeleton<br />

integrated with NIJ III<br />

capable ballistic panels that<br />

can stop up to a 7.62x51mm<br />

round, which includes AR-15<br />

and AK-47. The product offers<br />

360-degree protection for the<br />

operator, as well as cover of<br />

up to 120 lateral inches when<br />

the rapid deployment doors<br />

are open. The LD-1 kit is easily<br />

installed or removed with no<br />

modification to the host ATV<br />

platform.<br />

According to FBI statistics,<br />

in 2022, there were 50 active<br />

shooter incidents, with a total<br />

of 313 casualties. This is a<br />

25% increase from 2020, and a<br />

67% increase from 2018. Most<br />

incidents occurred in areas of<br />

commerce, education locations,<br />

government properties,<br />

and outdoor spaces. The term<br />

“active” indicates the ongoing<br />

nature of the incident, and<br />

thus the potential for law enforcement<br />

response to affect<br />

the outcome. Law Enforcement<br />

can be most effective in<br />

their efforts to confront and<br />


end these situations if they<br />

have the right equipment.<br />

This has always been the<br />

dream of Todd and Cathy Burton,<br />

the founders of TC Burton<br />

Enterprises. Inspired by their<br />

daughter, who is a combat<br />

veteran and police officer, and<br />

educated by Todd’s years of<br />

construction experience, and<br />

Cathy’s 26-year career with<br />

the FBI, they have grown this<br />

business from humble beginnings<br />

in their own garage to<br />

the company it is today. The<br />

original idea was sparked<br />

14 years ago, when Todd felt<br />

strongly that those law enforcement<br />

heroes who rush<br />

into harm’s way needed more<br />

nimble and maneuverable<br />

protection.<br />

The LD-1 provides just that…<br />

speed, agility, offensive maneuverability,<br />

defensive prowess,<br />

and the ability to stop<br />

large-round weapons. It is<br />

fully capable in all weather<br />

and terrain to offer unprecedented<br />

access in spaces<br />

where a BearCat or MRAP are<br />

unable to go, with unrivaled<br />

ballistic protection that cannot<br />

be accomplished with the<br />

motorcycles, bicycles, golf<br />

carts or squad cars utilized<br />

by our law enforcement and<br />

security agencies. You will<br />

find nothing else like it on the<br />

market.<br />

This month, TC Burton Enterprises,<br />

at the behest of an<br />

anonymous donor, will be<br />

taking applications to award<br />

an LD-1, complete with an<br />

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END OF WATCH FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2023<br />

AGE: 36 TOUR: 9 MONTHS BADGE: 669<br />

Deputy Sheriff Marcus Zeigler passed away after suffering a medical emergency during participation in mandatory<br />

running activities at the Great Oaks Police Academy in Sharonville. He was transported to a local hospital<br />

where he passed away two days later.<br />

Deputy Zeigler had served with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office for nine months as a corrections deputy<br />

and was assigned to the Patrol Academy. He is survived by his wife and five children.<br />




Police Officer Horren Tyler was shot and killed during a tactical operation at a home on Terrapin Hill Road <strong>No</strong>rth<br />

in Brandon, Mississippi. A subject armed with a rifle and handgun, and wearing a bulletproof vest, had broken<br />

into the home at about 1:20 am and took two women hostage. As Brandon Police Department officers arrived at<br />

the scene one of the women was able to escape but the second remained a hostage. Negotiators were able to<br />

arrange for the release of the hostage but the man remained in the home At approximately 6:00 he opened fire<br />

on officers, critically wounding an officer with the Brandon Police Department. Officer Tyler had served with the<br />

Madison Police Department for seven years and was the supervisor of the Narcotics Division. He had previously<br />

retired as the police chief of Ridgeland Police Department after serving 27 years. He was a graduate of the 228th<br />

Session of the FBI National Academy.<br />







AGE: 53 TOUR: 29 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Corporal Shawn Kelly succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on May 11th, 2023, after responding to a<br />

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man had been involved in several road rage incidents in the area and was arguing with a woman he did not<br />

know in the parking lot of the shopping center. Corporal Kelly was working a traffic assignment but responded<br />

to the scene because patrol officers were on other calls. As he and another officer arrived at the scene the<br />

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hospital where he remained in critical condition until succumbing to his wounds 22 days later on June 2nd,<br />

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his wife, children, and grandchildren.<br />



AGE: 37 TOUR: 15 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Sergeant Cory Maynard was shot and killed while responding to a shooting call in the Beech Creek area of<br />

Mingo County at about 3:30 pm.<br />

The subject opened fire on responding officers, fatally wounding Sergeant Maynard. The man fled the scene<br />

but was captured approximately six hours later.<br />

Sergeant Maynard had served with the West Virginia State Police for over 15 years. He is survived by his wife<br />

and two children.<br />






END OF WATCH SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 2023<br />

AGE: 43 TOUR: 13 YEARS BADGE: 100<br />

Chief of Police Tony Rickerson was killed in a vehicle crash on CR 143 and Southwest 28th Lane in Hamilton<br />

County at 10:25 pm. He was en route to backup officers who were responding to an unauthorized block<br />

party in Jasper when his vehicle struck a deer in the road. His patrol truck careened off the roadway, struck a<br />

large tree, and became engulfed in flames.<br />

Chief Rickerson had served with the Jasper Police Department for 13 years and was appointed as the Chief in<br />

September 2022. He had previously served with the Jennings Police Department and the Florida Department<br />

of Corrections. He is survived by his wife and three children.<br />


END OF WATCH FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2023<br />

AGE: 31 TOUR: 4 YEARS BADGE: 15<br />

Police Officer Chris Wagner was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call at a home<br />

on Arrowood Lane at about 10:00 pm. A man had assaulted two other men in the home and then left the<br />

residence. Officer Wagner located the subject in the wood line near the house after arriving at the scene. A<br />

struggle ensued during which Officer Wagner was shot and killed with his own duty weapon. The subject was<br />

also shot during the struggle.<br />

Officer Wagner had served with the Wintergreen Police Department for three years and had previously served<br />

as a police officer with the Massanutten Police Department for one year.<br />







AGE: 29 TOUR: 3 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Trooper Jay Rougeau was shot and killed by a wanted man near the intersection of Swamp Road<br />

and Baumgardner Drive in Walker Township shortly after 3:00 pm. At about 11:00 am, the subject<br />

had entered the parking lot of the Pennsylvania State Police’s Troop G, Lewistown Station, and<br />

shot several patrol cars using a large caliber hunting rifle. The man fled the scene and called 911<br />

several times as they searched for him. The man then shot and critically wounded a Pennsylvania<br />

State Police lieutenant in Mifflintown Borough at about 12:45 before fleeing again. Shortly before<br />

3:00 pm, the man was located in a shopping center in Walker Township and then fled into a nearby<br />

wooded area where he and Trooper Rougeau were both killed during a shootout. Trooper Rougeau<br />

had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for almost three years. He is survived by his wife.<br />




Trooper Aaron Smith was struck and killed by a stolen vehicle at about 8:30 pm while deploying spike strips<br />

to terminate a vehicle pursuit on eastbound I-70, near 6 Points Road, in Plainfield. Other troopers initiated a<br />

pursuit when the vehicle fled as they attempted to stop it. Trooper Smith was on I-70, deploying spike strips,<br />

when he was hit by the fleeing vehicle. The car crashed after hitting Trooper Smith. The driver and vehicle<br />

passengers, including a juvenile, were taken to local hospitals.<br />

Trooper Smith was a United States Army National Guard veteran and served with the Indiana State Police for<br />

five years. He is survived by his wife.<br />


WORDS & PHOTOS BY W.D. ‘Buddy’ FORD,<br />



first ones landed/crashed<br />

here in 1947.<br />

The following story first appeared<br />

in the April, 2020 edition<br />

of The BLUES. With all the<br />

talk about Aliens, excuse me.<br />

NON-HUMAN entities, visiting<br />

our planet, we thought we’d<br />

rerun this war story. Twenty<br />

years ago people would laugh<br />

at you for telling such a story,<br />

now, it’s “tell me more Grandpa.”<br />

My grandson showed me a<br />

copy of this magazine on his<br />

fancy notepad thingy. He said<br />

“grandpa you should write<br />

about the time you found that<br />

crashed spaceship out in New<br />

Mexico.”<br />

“Ah Sonny ain’t nobody gonna<br />

care about what happened<br />

76 years ago out in the desert.<br />

Besides I ain’t no good as writin’<br />

nothin’ noways.”<br />

Tell me the story Grandpa, I’ll<br />

write it down.<br />

Well Sonny alright. It was my<br />

first night on highway duties by<br />

myself. It was June, Nineteen<br />

and a Forty-Seven. I remember<br />

cause I was a drivin’ a spakin’<br />

new ’47 Ford, and it was hotter<br />

in hell in that thing.<br />

Anyhow, I was driving out on<br />

Route 8, about 30 miles northwest<br />

of Roswell, when I saw<br />

what I thought was some kind<br />

of airplane flying low across the<br />

sky, and it looked like it was on<br />

fire. <strong>No</strong>w back then the military<br />

was always flying experimental<br />

this or that and them crashing<br />

was a regular thing. But for<br />

some reason I paid more attention<br />

to this plane cause it was<br />

flying all crazy around the sky<br />

before I seen it go out of sight<br />

near the old Foster ranch.<br />

I headed that way and no<br />

sooner than I turned on to the<br />

old ranch road, I met up with my<br />

old friend Bill Brazel, who was<br />

a foreman for the Fosters. I said,<br />

“Bill, did them Air Force fly boys<br />

crash another plane out yonder<br />

on ya’lls ranch?”<br />

He said, “I saw that too, but I<br />

don’t know what it was.” So Bill<br />

jumped on in the cruiser and we<br />

headed up that ole dusty road<br />

about 5 miles or so from the<br />

highway and there up on the hill<br />

we seen something a burning.<br />

The closer we got to it, we noticed<br />

it wasn’t the kinda fire you<br />

regularly see from a plane crash<br />

– it was all blue and green kinda<br />

flame.<br />

There really wasn’t that much<br />

fire, but a lot of debris scatted<br />

all over the place. But when<br />

we got to what was left of the<br />

plane, Bill said, “What is God’s<br />

name is that? I’ve never seen<br />

anything like that before.”<br />

Having been raised in this part<br />

of New Mexico you see a lot of<br />

planes being tested for the Army<br />

and some are kinda strange, but<br />

I had never seen a round one<br />

before.<br />

Bill and I got out and ran up to<br />

the what we assumed was the<br />

front of the saucer and found a<br />

huge gaping hole in the side of<br />

whatever the hell it was. And<br />

just outside that hole was someone<br />

and they were hurt bad.<br />

The closer we got…we’ll let’s<br />

just say neither one of us could<br />

tell what it was. I guess it was<br />

right about that time Bill and I<br />

realized what was going on. We<br />

had come upon a something or<br />

someone that surely wasn’t from<br />

Earth. <strong>No</strong>w I know you’re thinking<br />

‘Grandpa were you and Bill<br />

drinking that night?” Naw sir.<br />

We were as sober as your Aunt<br />

Betty in church on Sunday.<br />

But anyway, as we were trying<br />

to see what we could do for<br />

that man, or whatever it was,<br />

I looked up and there was a<br />

dozen of them Army base trucks<br />

and Jeeps coming up the ranch<br />

road. As soon as they pulled up,<br />

there were soldiers all over the<br />

place carrying rifles and shotguns<br />

yelling for us to get away.<br />

<strong>No</strong>w I might have been a rookie<br />

law man, but I was smart<br />

enough to know when a man is<br />

out-gunned, and we were outgunned<br />

for sure. So, we got up<br />

and backed away and watched<br />

them guys grab that feller and<br />

load him up in the back of a<br />

truck.<br />

The Soldier doing all the<br />

talking and shouting commands,<br />

walked up to Bill and I and said,<br />

“Officer we got this from here.<br />

Take this man and go back up<br />

to the highway and make sure<br />

nobody comes down this road.<br />

<strong>No</strong>w get on out of here…. this is<br />

our mess and we got to clean it<br />

up.”<br />

So, with that we got back in<br />

the cruiser and headed back up<br />

to the highway. For the next few<br />

hours there must have been over<br />

a hundred trucks, Jeeps, flatbed<br />

trucks and helicopters head up<br />

the road. Bill and I didn’t quite<br />

know what to say. We just sat<br />

and watched all them men come<br />

and go for hours.<br />

I walked into the Highway<br />

Patrol office the next morning<br />

and the place was crawling<br />

with reporters and news people.<br />

The Sgt. grabbed me by the<br />

arm as soon as I walked through<br />

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the door and dragged me into<br />

his office. “Have you seen the<br />

paper?” he asked. “They say a<br />

weather balloon crashed out in<br />

the desert. Did you see that?”<br />

I can tell you that wasn’t no<br />

weather balloon, it was a damn<br />

flyin’ saucer. “What the hell you<br />

talking about Buddy, what the<br />

hell went on here last night.<br />

I got the damn governor calling<br />

me wanting an explanation.<br />

News people are crawling all<br />

up my ass with people saying<br />

a damn flying saucer thing<br />

crashed out in the desert and<br />

there are dead aliens from Mars<br />

or some such shit dead up there.<br />

What the hell happened?”<br />

So, I told him what Bill and I<br />

saw.<br />

“What did he say when you<br />

told him Grandpa?”<br />

Hell, he asked me if I was<br />

drunk on duty?<br />

But once he talked to Bill and<br />

he told the same story, he made<br />

us wait until someone from the<br />

governor’s office came to talk<br />

to us. A couple of hours later a<br />

bunch of government men all<br />

dressed in suits and ties come<br />

walking in and sat us down in<br />

the office. The one man who<br />

seemed to be in charge, ask me<br />

if I had written a report on what<br />

I’d seen and I said, “Yes sir, I got<br />

it right here.” I handed it to him,<br />

and he went right ahead and<br />

ripped it to pieces.<br />

He looked at me and Bill and<br />

said, “Gentlemen what you saw<br />

last night was a crashed weather<br />

balloon. There weren’t no<br />

green men, no aliens or Martians.<br />

Just a dummy we loaded<br />

up into that weather balloon.<br />

So, forget everything you hear.<br />

Forget everything you saw. Do<br />

you understand?” Bill and I got<br />

up out of there and never talked<br />

about that day again.<br />

Sonny there’s been a lot of<br />

things happen in my life both<br />

good and bad. But I’m almost 93,<br />

and to this day I’ve never seen<br />

or heard anything about aliens<br />

coming back here. But I tell you<br />

one thing. If they do come back<br />

and them g’men don’t cover it<br />

up, heaven help you and your<br />

sister. Cause from what I’m<br />

seeing on the TV set with this<br />

here beer virus or whatever it<br />

is. If people gonna grab all the<br />

food and toilet paper up over<br />

something they can’t even see….<br />

what in God’s name are they<br />

gonna do if a damn outer space<br />

guy shows up on main street.<br />

Or maybe they already here and<br />

just ain’t no body saying for just<br />

that reason. People are crazy<br />

son, they crazzzzyyy. <strong>No</strong>w get<br />

on up outta here it’s time for my<br />

nap. If your grampa has a story<br />

about aliens or earthlings, send<br />

it to: bluespdmag@gmail.com.<br />

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T.J. Cleboski, J. Meliski and Falllen Harris County<br />

Deputy Donald “Pastor Doug” Knowlton<br />

Perhaps the earliest memory<br />

I have of my grandfather was<br />

him putting on his Harris County<br />

Sheriffs uniform and strapping<br />

on his gun belt. That six-inch .38<br />

caliber Smith & Wesson seemed<br />

like a canon to a six-year-old.<br />

(My brother and I still have<br />

that very same gun.) He stood<br />

so proud in that uniform as he<br />

kissed my grandmother goodbye<br />

and made his way out the door<br />

to a waiting sheriff’s car outside.<br />

I remember looking out the window<br />

as they pulled away thinking<br />

that will be me someday,<br />

and some sixteen years later it<br />

was.<br />

I have no recollection of any<br />

‘war stories’ that my grandfather<br />

John Meliski might have told. In<br />

fact, I knew very little of what<br />

he did for Buster Kern, the High<br />

Sheriff of Harris County back<br />

in the day. It wasn’t until 1983<br />

that I learned what a hero my<br />

grandfather really was, and that<br />

information came in a strange<br />

but somewhat funny way.<br />

It was a slow Saturday afternoon,<br />

and I was working the day<br />

shift out of District 2. My LT. was<br />

none other than Tommy Cleboski.<br />

Tommy was somewhat of icon at<br />

Harris County and according to<br />

legend, he had worked there for<br />

50 years or more. It was more<br />

like 30, but nevertheless it was<br />

a long time, at least for a rookie<br />

like me. Despite the fact I saw<br />

him almost every day, I knew<br />

little about this cigar smoking<br />

man other than he reminded me<br />

of my grandfather. Something<br />

about elderly polish men all<br />

looking alike. LOL<br />

Anyway, I stuck my head inside<br />

his door to say hello and he immediately<br />

started interrogating<br />

the latest rookie to his shift.<br />

“Barron is it? Come on in and<br />

have a seat. Tell me something<br />

about yourself. What the hell<br />

kind of name is Barron anyway?<br />

Irish? German? Where your people<br />

come from? How the hell did<br />

you end up on day shift?<br />

I had no idea where to start.<br />

Well sir…<br />

“Stop right there. Never, never<br />

call me SIR. I’m old as dirt and I<br />

sure as hell don’t need to be reminded<br />

of it with rookies calling<br />

me sir.”<br />

Well okay LT. Anyway, I’m half<br />

Irish on my dad’s side and polish<br />

on my mom’s side.<br />

“What’s your mommas name<br />

son?<br />

Meliski sir…I mean Meliski LT.<br />

“Meliski? What was her first<br />

name? It wasn’t Victoria was it?”<br />

Yep, it was. Wait, you know<br />

her?<br />

“Victoria Meliski? Went to<br />

Sacred Heart Academy and her<br />

daddy’s name was John? Big<br />

John Meliski was your grandfather?”<br />

Yes sir? He worked for Buster<br />

Kern and….<br />

“Son you don’t have to tell ME<br />

who he was. I tried taking your<br />

momma out once and her daddy<br />

Lt. Tommy J. Cleboski<br />

pulled her out of my 1940 Ford, and he<br />

said if I ever came around again, I’d be<br />

looking at the business end of a shotgun?<br />

Wait you dated my mother? Never<br />

mind, I don’t want to know the details.<br />

So, you knew my grandfather? I guess<br />

in a way I ended up here because of<br />

him. He was larger than life to me and<br />

I guess I always wanted to grow up to<br />

be like him. In fact, Jack Heard agreed<br />

to give me his badge number when I<br />

started.<br />

“Well let me tell you about your<br />

grandfather. Besides wanting to kick<br />

my ass on a regular basis, he was<br />

pretty much the reason I joined up too.<br />

Buster Kern hired damn near everyone<br />

that applied back in the day, but when<br />

they asked me if I knew anyone that<br />

worked for Buster I said, I know John<br />

Meliski and his daughter Victoria.”<br />

Wait, you told them my grandfather<br />

threatened to kick your ass for dating<br />

his daughter?<br />

Deputy John Meliski<br />

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“Yes sir, damn sure did and<br />

they said anyone with enough<br />

crazy motherfucker and Pastor<br />

noticed mud tracks leading from<br />

of the old Tribune Newspaper<br />

with John Meliski holding this<br />

balls to even think about running the back of the house to the outhouse…lar<br />

dragging him through the<br />

bloody old man up by the col-<br />

around with big John’s kid was<br />

damn sure good enough to carry Outhouse?<br />

dirt. Seemed like the headline<br />

apply at TCBurton.com July 12th through August 25th<br />

a badge. They hired me right<br />

then and there.”<br />

<strong>No</strong> Shit!<br />

“You know, back in the day,<br />

your grandfather was somewhat<br />

of legend after he pulled an<br />

asshole out of an outhouse for<br />

shooting another deputy. They<br />

beat the crap out of that guy<br />

even though he had been shot<br />

and was bleeding like a stuck<br />

pig? Harris County lost a good<br />

man that day.<br />

Wait. What happened?<br />

“Yes Barron, this was way<br />

before indoor plumbing and<br />

air conditioning ...anyway Doug<br />

yelled for them to come around<br />

back and as soon as he did the<br />

old man shot right through that<br />

outhouse and those shotgun<br />

pellets hit Pastor right in the<br />

neck and chest. But Pastor had<br />

the Lord with him for at least a<br />

few more seconds, because as<br />

he was falling, he emptied that<br />

revolver right through the shitter<br />

door and hit the old man just<br />

said something like ‘Hero Deputy<br />

takes down Deputy Killer.’<br />

Yeah son, your grandfather was<br />

something else.”<br />

So, what did he think about<br />

you working at the SO? And did<br />

you ever take his daughter…my<br />

mom out again?<br />

“Well, that’s a whole other<br />

story there, but he did make it a<br />

point to let me know that Deputy<br />

or not, that shotgun was still<br />

waiting for me if I came around<br />

again.”<br />

“Big John and another deputy above his eye. Big John and Earl From that day on, Tommy<br />

had answered a shots fired call ran to the back and while Earl Cleboski was like family to me.<br />

on Darwin, just off the Eastex helped Pastor, your grandfather Hell according to him, he WAS Protection...Revolutionized<br />

Freeway. Of course, it wasn’t a<br />

freeway back then, more like a<br />

jerked the old man out of the<br />

shitter and commenced to beating<br />

almost family…but let’s not go<br />

there. Over the next few years,<br />

"This offers so many options - we can get<br />

"An absolute game changer."<br />

the crap out of him…. did Tommy told me several more<br />

cover to where we need it quickly."<br />

-Wendy Osborne, FBI Retired,<br />

wide-open road. When they got<br />

there, this crazy old man was you see how I used crap and he stories about the good old days<br />

-Local Law Enforcement Official<br />

Lead Instructor/Consultant for Workplace<br />

on the porch with a shotgun was in an outhouse.”<br />

and Big John Meliski. I wish that<br />

Violence and Active Shooter Response<br />

shooting at anyone and everyone<br />

Yeah, you’re a regular Johnny my grandfather had lived longer<br />

because someone stole his<br />

vegetables…”<br />

Vegetables?<br />

“Yep…tomatoes, I think. As<br />

soon as they arrived the old man<br />

ran around behind the house and<br />

Carson.<br />

“Anyway, Earl loaded Pastor<br />

in his car and took him to the<br />

hospital while John waited on<br />

an ambulance to come get the<br />

old man. But Pastor Doug died<br />

and had the chance to share his<br />

days as a Deputy Sheriff with his<br />

grand kids and see one of them<br />

follow in his footsteps. It was<br />

also an honor for me to wear his<br />

badge number thanks to Sheriff<br />

disappeared. They called for help on the way to the hospital, bleed Jack Heard.<br />

and that’s when Pastor Doug and out in the back seat. He was only Lt. Tommy Cleboski passed<br />

his reserve Earl showed up. 31 years old and just the nicest<br />

away in 1994 after serving 40<br />


guy you’d ever wanna meet. years with the Harris Coun-<br />

NIJ III rated<br />

Wait! Pastor Doug? They called<br />

in a priest? What the hell… At the time, I think he was only ty Sheriff’s Office. Hearing he<br />

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“<strong>No</strong>. Doug Knowlton was a like the seventh or eighth Harris<br />

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Never again would I hear all the<br />

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Outdoor event control<br />

every Sunday. He was the nicest<br />

guy trying to save everyone on<br />

to at the time. Damn near half<br />

the county showed up. After the<br />

Meliski and Tommy Cleboski.<br />

Both were heroes to me and<br />

Indoor/Outdoor ability<br />

Designed to ROP standards<br />

Sunday and then busted their funeral, Buster presented your larger than life. I only hope that<br />

ass come Monday on the street. grandfather with a medal for law enforcement officers today<br />

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Anyway, Doug and Earl showed capturing the old man. I remember<br />

a picture on the front page<br />

continue to be their grandkids<br />

up and helped look for this old<br />

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heroes.<br />

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healing our heroes<br />



By Retired NYPD Detective,<br />

John Salerno, Co-founder of<br />

A Badge of Honor<br />

As a young cop in the NYC<br />

Police Department, some of<br />

the first things I learned in the<br />

academy was to make sure<br />

you always wear your body<br />

armor, it will protect you,<br />

always carry your radio in<br />

case you need to call for help,<br />

it will Save you. The tools on<br />

your gun belt will keep you<br />

alive. If you are in a bad situation,<br />

use the code 10/13 which<br />

will alert Officers to respond<br />

fast and get you backup.<br />

Every Law Enforcement Officer<br />

in the nation has a code<br />

for assistance, it is our lifeline<br />

when we are in distress or<br />

injured. It is the way we communicate<br />

with each other to<br />

ask for help.<br />

But what happens when we<br />

are off duty? What code do<br />

we use to call for help when<br />

we are stripped of all our<br />

protective armor? When we<br />

have no radio to request assistance?<br />

When we are most<br />

vulnerable? When we are in<br />

distress.? These codes do not<br />

exist. Or do they?<br />

Just like we were trained,<br />

we need to train our Loved<br />

ones, our friends and those<br />

in our closest social circles<br />

the signs and symptoms of<br />

Post-Traumatic Stress. Let<br />

them in on your own distress<br />

code. This way they know<br />

how to respond. Many want<br />

to help; they just do not know<br />

how.<br />

So, it is important that we<br />

take the step and educate<br />

those around us.<br />

The hardest thing for us to<br />

do is ask for help. Sadly to<br />

say, many will not. The open<br />

wound is covered by a Band-<br />

Aid. We mask our hurt and<br />

our pain with what our culture<br />

has trained us to do. This<br />

process seems to work in the<br />

beginning as we shield ourselves<br />

until the next tour.<br />



FOR HELP and our families<br />

and friends do not know how<br />

to offer help.<br />

The quick fix for us is to get<br />

back to the JOB and allow<br />

more wounds and more pain<br />

to cover the past ones. This<br />

yrs.<br />



is a cycle that is ongoing and<br />

infectious. We never treat our<br />

wounds, we only treat the<br />

pain.<br />

Many Officers use alternative<br />

means to ease this pain, such<br />

as alcohol, drugs and seclusion.<br />

But what we do not see<br />

is the infection as this wound<br />

continues to fester.<br />

The soreness becomes red,<br />

the redness soon turns to<br />

black, everything around it becomes<br />

numb, the nerve endings<br />

soon begin to die, until<br />

there is absolutely no feeling.<br />

Mental Health is no different.<br />

When we cover up our injuries<br />

in our brain, the things we<br />

see, hear and experience daily,<br />

WILL cause damage, sometimes<br />

irreversible.<br />

When one of the band-aids<br />

falls off, it makes the wound<br />

visible to others exposing the<br />

damage, sparking a response<br />

that says, “YOU NEED TO<br />


But by that time, the wound<br />

is already numb and dying.<br />

Therefore, it is so important<br />

for others to notice the bandaids<br />

before they fall off. This<br />

will help treat the infection<br />

before the damage becomes<br />

irreversible or at the very<br />

least, difficult to repair.<br />

Even the smallest of<br />

wounds need to be addressed,<br />

no matter how<br />

insignificant you think they<br />

may be. The smallest of untreated<br />

cuts may cause us to<br />

lose something irreplaceable,<br />

your marriage, your kids, your<br />

family, or maybe your life.<br />

Every wound can be treated<br />

differently. Some may<br />

just need a quick antibiotic,<br />

whereas others may take a<br />

longer healing process. But<br />

99.9% of all wounds are treatable,<br />

if they are addressed<br />

early on.<br />

It's time to stop putting<br />

Band-Aids on bullet holes.<br />

Rubbing dirt on it, walking it<br />

off and sucking it up, are the<br />

days of the past.<br />

We have the knowledge<br />

now to identify, address and<br />

treat every aspect of PTSD<br />

from the crisis onset to post<br />

outpatient care if needed.<br />

The Buy-in of each department<br />

is the key that will<br />

unlock the tools which can<br />

dismantle and Smash the<br />

Stigma.<br />

John and Sam host MAD (Making a<br />

Difference) Radio, Wednesdays 7pm<br />

central live on FB @Makingadifferencetx.<br />

For more about Sam & John<br />

and the wellness and resiliency<br />

workshops for first responders, visit<br />

ABadgeofHonor.com.<br />

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daryl’s deliberations<br />

yrs.<br />

“CHARGE!”<br />

Under intense artillery fire from<br />

British cannoneers, American<br />

General Casimir Pulaski lead<br />

French troops into a withering<br />

fusillade of English grapeshot. He<br />

was blown from his horse trying<br />

to break the Siege of Savannah in<br />

the Revolutionary War. He led the<br />

charge with the complete confidence<br />

of General Washington,<br />

having saved the future president’s<br />

life at the Battle of Brandywine.<br />

His battlefield wounds were<br />

mortal.<br />

General Pulaski died at a local<br />

plantation and was buried where<br />

he died. In 1825, the Marquis de<br />

Lafayette laid the cornerstone<br />

for a monument to<br />

Pulaski since he was leading<br />

French troops at the<br />

time of his death. In 1854,<br />

the monument was being<br />

created in Savannah and<br />

someone got the idea to remove<br />

the general’s remains<br />

and place them in the base<br />

of the monument. Workers<br />

respectfully moved the body<br />

and the general rested in<br />

peace under his monument<br />

until amateur sleuths came<br />

up with reasons why the<br />

body in the monument was<br />

not the general’s.<br />

The general’s body was<br />

disturbed, yet again, and<br />

over the course of nine<br />

years scientists applied<br />

modern forensics to prove<br />

the body in the monument was<br />

not the general’s. The initial<br />

forensic scientists were startled<br />

when they found the pelvic bone<br />

belonged to a female, rather than<br />

a man. The sleuths were right. Or<br />

were they? DNA was extracted<br />

and compared to known Pulaski<br />

descendants in Poland. The body<br />

was, indeed, Pulaski’s.<br />

Further detective work in Poland<br />

revealed that Pulaski was<br />

born with an unknown birth condition.<br />

Although his birth records<br />

did not reveal what the problem<br />

was, circumstantial evidence<br />

suggests he was a hermaphrodite<br />

or intersex. The extremely<br />

rare condition was something<br />

that could have limited his ability<br />

to live a normal life. He never<br />


married or fathered children. He<br />

chose to overcome any obstacles<br />

and pursue a life of military hardships,<br />

including the crossing<br />

of the Atlantic Ocean.<br />

He was a courageous<br />

cavalry general who led by<br />

example. He gave his life<br />

believing that our God does<br />

not create us to live with<br />

society’s limitations but to<br />

seize opportunities that fulfill<br />

our potential. Fortunately<br />

for us, General Pulaski still<br />

provides his adopted country<br />

with an excellent example of<br />

outstanding character and<br />

personal courage. A grateful<br />

nation proclaims him to<br />

be the “Father of American<br />

Cavalry.” The photo is of<br />

me visiting General Pulaski<br />

at his grave/monument in<br />

Savannah. Do statues really<br />

mean anything? They do<br />

indeed. Thoughts or comments?<br />

Email: DarylLott.Texas@<br />

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 6/16/23<br />

Total Grants Awarded to Injured First Responders: 48<br />

Total Amount Awarded: $437,500<br />

Total Funds Awarded to Families of Fallen Heroes: 47<br />

Total Amount Awarded: $317,951<br />

Funds/Equipment Awarded to K9 Officers: $40,150.10<br />

Total Amount of Grants Given: $795,601.10<br />

- - - -<br />

2023 Run Tracker:<br />

Total Miles Run in 2023: (as of 7/1/23): 112<br />

- Zechariah - 46<br />

- Jayden - 9<br />

- Andrew - 14<br />

- Giuliana - 5<br />

- Anthony - 10<br />

- Morgan - 27<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: 1,538<br />

Overall Miles Run (K9’s): 72<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: Washington D.C. • Puerto Rico - San Juan<br />


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blue mental health<br />

The Emotional Toll of the<br />

Sheepdog Identity<br />

On June 29, 2023, journalist<br />

Terry Spencer with the Associated<br />

Press released the<br />

following story: “A Florida<br />

sheriff’s deputy was acquitted<br />

Thursday of felony child<br />

neglect and other charges for<br />

failing to act during the 2018<br />

Parkland school massacre,<br />

concluding the first trial in U.S.<br />

history of a law enforcement<br />

officer for conduct during an<br />

on-campus shooting. Former<br />

Broward County Deputy Scot<br />

Peterson wept as the verdicts<br />

were read. The jury deliberated<br />

for 19 hours over four<br />

days. After court adjourned,<br />

Peterson, his family, and<br />

friends rushed into a group<br />

hug as they whooped, hollered,<br />

and cried. “I got my life<br />

back. We’ve got our life back,”<br />

Peterson said as he exited the<br />

courtroom, his arm around<br />

his wife, Lydia Rodriguez,<br />

and his lawyer, Mark Eiglarsh.<br />

“It’s been an emotional roller<br />

coaster for so long. Calling<br />

Mark at 1 in the morning.” He<br />

also said people should never<br />

forget the victims. “Only one<br />

person was to blame, and<br />

it was that monster (Nikolas<br />

Cruz),” Peterson said. “It<br />

wasn’t any law enforcement<br />

officer who was on that scene.<br />

... Everybody did the best they<br />

could with the information we<br />

had.”<br />

“Peterson said he hopes to sit<br />

down one day with the Parkland<br />

parents and spouses to tell them<br />

“the truth” that he did everything<br />

he could. He could have received<br />

nearly 100 years in prison, although<br />

a sentence approaching<br />

that length would have been<br />

highly unlikely given the circumstances<br />

and his clean record. He<br />

also could have lost his $104,000<br />

annual pension. During their<br />

two-week presentation, prosecutors<br />

called to the witness<br />

stand students, teachers, and<br />

law enforcement officers who<br />

testified about the horror they<br />

experienced and how they knew<br />

where Cruz was. Some said they<br />

knew that the shots were coming<br />

from the 1200 building. Prosecutors<br />

also called a training supervisor<br />

who testified Peterson did<br />

not follow protocols for confronting<br />

an active shooter. Security<br />

videos show that 36 seconds<br />

after Cruz’s attack began, Peterson<br />

exited his office about 100<br />

yards from the 1200 building and<br />

jumped into a cart with two unarmed<br />

civilian security guards.<br />

They arrived at the building a<br />

minute later. Peterson exited the<br />

cart near the east doorway to<br />

the first-floor hallway. Cruz was<br />

at the hallway’s opposite end,<br />

yrs.<br />


firing his AR-15-style semiautomatic<br />

rifle. Peterson, who was<br />

not wearing a bulletproof vest,<br />

didn’t open the door. Instead, he<br />

took cover 75 feet away in the<br />

alcove of a neighboring building,<br />

his gun still drawn. He stayed<br />

there for 40 minutes, long after<br />

the shooting ended, and other<br />

police officers had stormed the<br />

building (Associated Press).”<br />

Peterson’s attorney, Eiglarsh,<br />

called several deputies who<br />

arrived during the shooting<br />

and students and teachers who<br />

testified they did not think the<br />

shots were coming from the<br />

1200 building. Peterson, who did<br />

not testify, has said that because<br />

of echoes, he could not pinpoint<br />

the shooter’s location. Eiglarsh<br />

also emphasized the failure of<br />

the sheriff’s radio system during<br />

the attack, which limited what<br />

Peterson heard from arriving<br />

deputies (Associated Press).<br />

When this news broke, I received<br />

numerous texts and calls<br />

from active law enforcement<br />

officers expressing their anger<br />

and frustration at Peterson’s<br />

actions (or lack thereof) and the<br />

consistent failure of the criminal<br />

justice system, especially as it<br />

related to this horrific event. On<br />

<strong>No</strong>vember 2, 2022, a Florida jury<br />

failed to return a unanimous<br />

verdict on a death sentence for<br />

Cruz. He was formally sentenced<br />

to life in prison without the<br />

possibility of parole for each of<br />

the 17 counts of murder to which<br />

he had pleaded guilty, with the<br />

sentences to run consecutively. I<br />

offered that their anger was justified;<br />

they are excellent officers<br />

who would not have hesitated<br />

to put their lives on the line to<br />

stop the threat. They are what Lt.<br />

Col. Dave Grossman would call<br />

sheepdogs; we need them more<br />

in our dangerous society.<br />

Since the Parkland massacre,<br />

there have been numerous examples<br />

during active shootings<br />

of bravery, courage, and dedication<br />

by officers who clearly<br />

view their role as “custodians<br />

or caregivers” of our children.<br />

In my counseling role with law<br />

enforcement, I learned that there<br />

are three major types of emotional<br />

betrayals for police officers.<br />

The first is the agency’s lack<br />

of support for officers who must<br />

use justified deadly force, especially<br />

in high-profile events. The<br />

second is the unjustified prosecution<br />

of officers who made a<br />

difficult split-second decision<br />

under extreme critical incident<br />

stress. The third is the inaction of<br />

Scot Peterson. It takes an emotional<br />

toll on officers who see<br />

their identity as the sheepdog<br />

and would never hesitate to act.<br />

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I am deeply thankful for their<br />

service and, yes, their sacrifice.<br />

“The bravest are surely those<br />

who have the clearest vision of<br />

what is before them, glory and<br />

danger alike, and yet notwithstanding,<br />

go out to meet it. —<br />

Thucydides”<br />

Dave Grossman, On Combat:<br />

The Psychology and Physiology<br />

of Deadly Conflict in War and in<br />

Peace<br />

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Light Bulb Award<br />


Another Soros-backed DA signs off on plea deal for a woman who plead<br />

out to a Murder for Hire plot and gets probation!! WTF Garza!<br />

Residents of Austin, Texas,<br />

and crime victims’ families are<br />

speaking out after District Attorney<br />

Jose Garza signed off on<br />

a plea deal for a woman for her<br />

part in a murder-for-hire plot<br />

that targeted her in-laws.<br />

Jaclyn Alexa Edison was sentenced<br />

last week in Travis County,<br />

Texas, to 10 years probation<br />

after pleading guilty to conspiracy<br />

to attempt to commit<br />

capital murder by hiring two hit<br />

men who ultimately killed her<br />

then-husband’s father. The boyfriend’s<br />

mother survived.<br />

Edison’s husband, Nicolas<br />

Shaughnessy, and the two hit<br />

men accepted plea deals of<br />

35 years in prison. The victims’<br />

families said that deal was too<br />

lenient, but Austin Police Retired<br />

Officers Association President<br />

Dennis Farris told Fox News<br />

Digital that Edison should have<br />

faced the same punishment as<br />

the others.<br />

“She should have gotten the<br />

same thing they got,” Farris said.<br />

“They literally are just as guilty,<br />

she’s just as guilty as the person<br />

who pulled the trigger.”<br />

Edison, who was 19 years old<br />

at the time of the crime, was<br />

offered “deferred adjudication,”<br />

which means she accepted responsibility<br />

for the crime but the<br />

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record. The lawyer for the surviving<br />

victim said he has never<br />

seen a similar outcome.<br />

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law as a prosecutor and a defense<br />

attorney … I have never<br />

seen anything like this,” attorney<br />

Steve Brittain told KXAN-TV. “I<br />

can’t put it together in my mind,<br />

and I just don’t understand it.”<br />

Edison and her now ex-husband<br />

were accused of hiring<br />

Arieon Smith and Johnny Leon in<br />

2018 to kill Shaughnessy’s adopted<br />

parents who owned Gallerie<br />

Jewelers in Austin in a scheme<br />

they hoped would net them their<br />

$2 million life insurance policy.<br />

Ted Shaughnessy was found<br />

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While part of Edison’s probation<br />

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One of those family members is<br />

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Doug, was an innocent bystander<br />

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teenagers opened fire on each<br />

other in downtown Austin in one<br />

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has yet to deliver justice for<br />

his family and has even impeded<br />

progress toward that goal.<br />

Kantor told Fox News Digital<br />

in response to news of Edison’s<br />

probation sentence that people<br />

need to ask themselves how they<br />

would feel if Edison had killed<br />

their mother or their father.<br />

“Would you feel contentment<br />

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Garza ran on a platform of<br />

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AK-47 style weapon.<br />

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would offer or make a deal with<br />

the police officers he’s charged?<br />

Things are getting worse in<br />

Travis County because we are<br />

refusing to put people in jail for<br />

the worst crimes they commit.”<br />

Garza’s office did not respond<br />

to a request for comment from<br />

Fox News Digital.<br />

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For a 37-foot boat, it drives like<br />

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out.<br />

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with some of their standard<br />

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it has done quite well,<br />

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to find and mark some great<br />

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have caught some fish, but nothing<br />

to write about yet. However,<br />

that is what retirement is for.<br />

As I started this article, we<br />

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it with others. The last time we<br />

were on the water, I was idling<br />

in a no wake zone in the Destin<br />

Harbor and this fishing charter<br />

captain comes cruising up next<br />

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I love about my boat like a<br />

proud new papa, he smiles and<br />

says, “OK, I like it, Picasso” and<br />

speeds away.<br />

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Saginaw Police Department Get Info Police Officer 08/23/2023 - 5pm<br />

Bulverde Police Department Get Info Police Officer 09/04/2023 - 5pm<br />

Sterling Co. Sheriff's Office Get Info Deputy Sheriff 08/31/2023 - 5pm<br />

Blanco Co. Sheriff's Office Get Info Deputy Sheriff 09/05/2023 - 5pm<br />

City of Lakeway Get Info Police Lieutenant 07/16/2023 - 5pm<br />

Harris County Sheriffs Office Get Info LATERAL DEPUTY 09/04/2023 - 5pm<br />

Mesquite Police Department Get Info Police Officer 08/09/2023 - 5pm<br />

Freestone County Attorney's Office Get Info Investigator 09/04/2023 - 5pm<br />

West Texas A&M University Police Department Get Info Police Officer 08/31/2023 - 5pm<br />

City of Leonard Get Info Police Officer 09/04/2023 - 5pm<br />

Beaumont Police Dept. Get Info Police Cadet 09/04/2023 - 5pm<br />

Beaumont Police Dept. Get Info Police Officer 09/04/2023 - 5pm<br />

<strong>No</strong>rthside ISD Police Department Get Info Police Officer 09/05/2023 - 5pm<br />

Port Aransas Police Dept. Get Info Patrol Officer 09/30/2023 - 5pm<br />

Trinity University Police Department Get Info Peace Officer 09/05/2023 - 5pm<br />

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<strong>No</strong>rth Richland Hills PD Get Info Detention Officer 07/14/2023 - 5pm<br />

Travis County Sheriff's Office Get Info Corrections Officer 07/14/2023 - 5pm<br />

Grimes Co. Sheriff's Office Get Info Jailer 07/14/2023 - 5pm<br />

Richardson Police Dept. Get Info Detention Officers 07/23/2023 - 5pm<br />

Wilson Co. Sheriff's Office Get Info Jail Administration 07/14/2023 - 5pm<br />

Farmers Branch Police Dept Get Info Detention Officer 08/06/2023 - 5pm<br />

Van Zandt Co. Sheriff's Office Get Info Detention Officers 08/13/2023 - 5pm<br />

Nueces County Sheriff's Office Get Info Cadet Corrections Officer 08/14/2023 - 5pm<br />

Anderson County Sheriff's Office Get Info Jailer 08/16/2023 - 5pm<br />

City of Wylie Get Info Detention Officer 08/25/2023 - 5pm<br />

Victoria County Sheriff's Office Get Info Detention Officer 09/03/2023 - 5pm<br />

Rusk Co. Sheriff's Office Get Info Detention Officer 09/05/2023 - 5pm<br />

Harris County Sheriffs Office Get Info Detention Officer 09/04/2023 - 5pm<br />


<strong>No</strong>rth Richland Hills PD Get Info Dispatcher 07/14/2023 - 5pm<br />

Richardson Police Department Get Info Telecommunicator 07/22/2023 - 5pm<br />

Wilmer Police Department Get Info Telecommunicator 07/23/2023 - 5pm<br />

Tyler Junior College Get Info Telecommunicator 07/30/2023 - 5pm<br />

Harris Co. Toll Road Authority Get Info Public Safety Dispatcher 08/02/2023 - 5pm<br />

Williamson County Emergency Communications Get Info Telecommunications Officer 07/21/2023 - 5pm<br />

Rowlett Police Dept. Get Info Communications Officer 07/15/2023 - 5pm<br />

University Park Police Dept. Get Info Communications Specialist 08/31/2023 - 5am<br />

Hutchins Police Dept. Get Info Communications Officer 08/11/2023 - 5pm<br />

City of Wylie Get Info Dispatcher 08/25/2023 - 5pm<br />

Dallas Police Department Get Info Telecommunicator 08/25/2023 - 5pm<br />

Rusk Co. Sheriff's Office Get Info Telecommunicator 09/05/2023 - 5pm<br />

Harris County Sheriffs Office Get Info Communications Officer 09/04/2023 - 5pm<br />

City of Austin Get Info Emergency Communications Manager 09/05/2023 - 5pm<br />

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The Aransas Pass Police Department is a progressive agency, employing some of the sharpest<br />

minds and equipping them with some of the best technology available. We continue to seek<br />

applications from those desiring to become part of our law enforcement family.<br />

Making a positive dierence in our community is what APPD is all about! Are you in?<br />

Opportunities<br />

Bike Patrol<br />

Crisis Intervention Team<br />

DEA Task Force<br />

Field Training Officer<br />

Gang/Narcotics Investigations<br />

Criminal Investigations Div.<br />

Marine Patrol & Dive Team<br />

Mental Health Officers<br />

School Resource Officer<br />

TCOLE Training Instructor<br />

Salary<br />

Annual Salary:<br />

$44,200.00 Base<br />

$6,600 Retention Stipend<br />

Hourly Incentives:<br />

$1.50 Max for College Degree<br />

$0.50 Per TCOLE License Step<br />

$0.50 Bi-Lingual<br />

$0.50 Special Assignment<br />

Benefits<br />

Paid Bereavement Leave<br />

Cell Phone<br />

Holiday Pay/Leave<br />

Longevity Pay<br />

Paid Personal Leave<br />

Sick Leave<br />

TMRS Retirement (2:1 at 6%)<br />

Tuition Reimbursement<br />

Vacation Leave<br />

Weapon Purchase Program<br />

Point of contact: Administrative Captain Troy Poe (361) 758-5224 ext. 2421 or tpoe@aptx.gov<br />

For an application or more information visit: police.aptx.gov/jobs<br />

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The City of Aransas Pass is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability.





• Sick Leave<br />

• Paid Vacation<br />

• Paid Holidays<br />

• Personal Days<br />

• Teacher Retirement System<br />


• Intermediate PO: $2,400<br />

• Advanced PO: $4,800<br />

• Master PO: $7,200<br />


• Must be 21 Years Of Age<br />

• Must Hold an Active Tcole Peace Officer License<br />

• Must Complete the Following:<br />

• Pass Physical Agility Test<br />






• Uniforms Provided, Including Duty Weapon<br />

• Department Provided Training<br />

• Starting Pay Depends on<br />

Qualifications / Experience<br />

• TCOLE Certification / Education Pay<br />

• Most Officers work Day Shift with Weekends Off<br />




• Criminal Investigations<br />

• Emergency Response Team<br />

• Honor Guard<br />

• Gang Task Force<br />

• Community Outreach Division<br />

• K-9 Division<br />

• Firearm Instructor<br />

$1,000 SIGNING BONUS<br />

• Background Investigation<br />

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• Drug Screening<br />


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austin officers<br />

austin dispatch<br />

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APPLICATION DEADLINE IS <strong>JULY</strong> 26, 2023<br />



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October 15<br />


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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 />

• Competitive insurance & benefits<br />

• Teacher Retirement System (TRS)<br />

• 20 paid leave days & 12 paid holidays<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 />

Balance<br />

overtime pay, comp time,<br />

most weekends off, prior LE<br />

experience pay<br />



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Paid academy up to<br />

$70,560<br />

Lateral pay up to<br />

$81,321.70<br />

Forney ISD<br />

Police Department<br />

Additional Pay<br />

Education Pay<br />

Bachelor's<br />

Intermediate Cert.<br />

Advanced Cert.<br />

Master Peace Officer<br />

Shift Differential<br />

FTO Pay<br />

Language Pay<br />

21-44 YEARS OLD<br />

45 COLLEGE<br />


WE'RE<br />

HIRING<br />

300+ NEW OFFICERS<br />

$2,880/yr<br />

$3,600/yr<br />

$600/yr<br />

$4,800/yr<br />

$7,200/yr<br />

3.5%-6.5%<br />

$1,200/yr<br />

$1,800/yr<br />


19.5-21 YEARS<br />

OLD<br />

60 COLLEGE<br />


Tuition Reimbursement<br />

Pension plan<br />

Compensation plan<br />

15 paid vacation days<br />

12 paid holidays<br />

15 days military leave<br />

Additional 6 weeks paid<br />

parental leave<br />

Health/ Vision/Dental/ Life<br />

Insurance<br />






Benefits<br />

3 YEARS<br />




Description<br />

School-based police officers work<br />

with school administrators, security<br />

staff, and faculty to ensure the safety<br />

and well-being of students at various<br />

campuses. This officer works as the<br />

main security arm of a school.<br />

Requirements<br />

U.S. Citizen<br />

Accredited High School Diploma<br />

or equivalent<br />

Valid Texas Peace Officer License<br />

Valid Texas Driver's License<br />

Two or more years of college or<br />

advanced training preferred<br />

NOW<br />

HIRING<br />

Police Officers<br />

Experience<br />

SBLE Experience preferred<br />

Demonstrate the ability to<br />

teach & engage with youth<br />

Positions starting<br />

at $29.89/hr<br />

Retention Stipends<br />

Clothing Allowance<br />

Health/Childcare Incentive<br />

Paid Training<br />

Lateral Entry<br />

dallaspolice.net/join-dpd 214-671-4409<br />

www.forneyisd.net<br />

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Civilian positions available: (Apply at www.Dallascityhall.com)<br />



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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The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer<br />



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Place your department’s recruiting ad<br />

in The BLUES for only $250 for an<br />

entire year, only $20 a month.<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 />

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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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E<br />

Benefits and Additional Pay:<br />

• $2500 Sign - On Bonus<br />

• Lateral Entry Program<br />

• Take - Home Vehicle<br />

$77,314 - $97,679<br />

• Cross Fit G ym<br />

• 24 /7 Private Indoor/Outdoor Range<br />

• Load Bearing Vests<br />

• Tattoos and Beards<br />

• Tuition Reimbursement<br />

• 20 Year TMRS Retirement 7% , 2:1 match<br />

• 457 Deferred Compensation p lan with 3.76% city match<br />

• 3 Weeks Paid Vacation<br />

• 15 Days Paid Sick Leave<br />

• 9 Paid Holidays<br />

• Field Training Officer<br />

• Bilingual<br />

• Longevity<br />

• Education /Certification<br />


Specialized Units :<br />

• SWAT<br />

• Street Crimes<br />

• K - 9<br />

• Narcotics<br />

• UAS Drone<br />

• Bicycle Patrol<br />

• Criminal In vestigations<br />

• Traffic<br />

• DWI<br />

• Commercial Vehicle Enforcement<br />

• Training<br />

• School Resource Officer<br />

• Neighborhood Resource Officer<br />

• Co - Care Crisis Team<br />


• 1 YEAR $83,566<br />

• 4 YEARS $93,677<br />

• 2 YEARS $86,877<br />

• 5 YEARS $97,679<br />

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Police Officer<br />

EXAMINATION: DATE: Saturday, July 22, 2023<br />

TIME: 9:00 a.m.<br />

PLACE: Clark Library Annex-Council Chambers<br />

217 South Main Street<br />

Lockhart, Texas 78644<br />

ELIGIBILITY LIST: The Eligibility List established through this testing will be<br />

effective for twelve months from the date of the test or until<br />

exhausted, whichever comes first.<br />

INTENT TO TEST: Application packets can be obtained from the Civil Service<br />

Director at 105 S. Colorado Street, Lockhart, Texas 78644<br />

or on-line at www.lockhart-tx.org.<br />


Wednesday, July 19, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.<br />


HOW TO APPLY: Submit application packet to the Director of Civil Service by<br />

deadline.<br />

Application packets may be returned:<br />

• In person at City Administration Building, 105 S. Colorado Street,<br />

Lockhart, Texas 78644;<br />

• By mail to City of Lockhart, Attn Julie Bowermon, PO Box 2<strong>39</strong>, Lockhart,<br />

Texas 78644;<br />

• By email to jbowermon@lockhart-tx.org.<br />



Faxed applications will not be accepted. Applications<br />

post-marked by the deadline, but not physically<br />

received by the Director by the deadline will not be<br />

accepted.<br />

Failure to return a completed application<br />

packet by the above date, time, and method of<br />

delivery shall render the candidate ineligible to<br />

take the examination.<br />

Physical Agility & Firearm Qualification will<br />

follow the written examination for top scoring<br />

applicants who pass the written examination.<br />

Candidates must be certified as a TCOLE Texas Basic Peace Officer OR expect to<br />

obtain TCOLE certification on or before October 1, <strong>2023.</strong> Proof of certification must<br />

be given to the Civil Service Director by October 1, 2023 for that candidate to<br />

remain on the entrance eligibility list.<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 2023<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 />

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713.365.3700<br />

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Community Supported Law Enforcement<br />

Advancement Opportunities:<br />

Criminal Investigations - Special Response Team -<br />

Honor Guard - Special Response Group - Swift Water<br />

Rescue Team - K9 - Mounted Patrol - Drone Team<br />

Overtime Opportunities:<br />

STEP - OT Initiatives - Special Teams - DWI<br />

Stipend Pay:<br />

K9 - Specialist - FTO Deputy<br />

Paid Time Off:<br />

Holiday - Vacation - Comp Time - Personal -<br />

Paid Training<br />

Qualifications:<br />

Current TCOLE License - <strong>No</strong> Convictions (including<br />

deferred) Class A or Above - <strong>No</strong> DWI Convictions -<br />

<strong>No</strong> Family Violence Convictions<br />

Salary - Step Pay Slotted Based on TCOLE Full-Time<br />

Years of Service:<br />

Under 2 YRS - $53,788.80 9 YRS - $65,644.80<br />

2 YRS - $56,472.00 12 YRS - $68,536.00<br />

4 YRS - $59,259.20 15 YRS - $71,968.00<br />

6 YRS - $62,171.20 16+ YRS - $75,566.40<br />

License Certification (up to $6,600) and Longevity Pay<br />

Civil Service Protected<br />

Application Process:<br />

1. Pickup and complete applicant questionnaire in<br />

person or apply online.<br />

2. Firearms qualification, fitness assessment and,<br />

written exam.<br />

3. Successfully passing candidates will receive<br />

personal history book.<br />

4. Oral board<br />


Constable Kenneth "Rowdy" Hayden - Pct. 4 Constable, Montgomery County, TX<br />

21130 Hwy 59 Ste. C New Caney, TX 77357<br />

www.mocopct4.org - 281.577.8985 - @mocopct4<br />

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MAKE A<br />


IN YOUR<br />


Welcome Aboard<br />

Lewisville Police Department<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 />

Benefits and Additional Pay:<br />

• $2500 Sign - On Bonus<br />

• Lateral Entry Program<br />

• Take - Home Vehicle<br />

$77,314 - $97,679<br />

• Cross Fit G ym<br />

• 24 /7 Private Indoor/Outdoor Range<br />

• Load Bearing Vests<br />

• Tattoos and Beards<br />

• Tuition Reimbursement<br />

• 20 Year TMRS Retirement 7% , 2:1 match<br />

• 457 Deferred Compensation p lan with 3.76% city match<br />

• 3 Weeks Paid Vacation<br />

• 15 Days Paid Sick Leave<br />

• 9 Paid Holidays<br />

• Field Training Officer<br />

• Bilingual<br />

• Longevity<br />

• Education /Certification<br />


• 1 YEAR $83,566<br />

• 2 YEARS $86,877<br />

• 3 YEARS $90,373<br />

• 4 YEARS $93,677<br />

• 5 YEARS $97,679<br />

Specialized Units :<br />

• SWAT<br />

• Street Crimes<br />

• K - 9<br />

• Narcotics<br />

• UAS Drone<br />

• Bicycle Patrol<br />

• Criminal In vestigations<br />

• Traffic<br />

• DWI<br />

• Commercial Vehicle Enforcement<br />

• Training<br />

• School Resource Officer<br />

• Neighborhood Resource Officer<br />

• Co - Care Crisis Team<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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Welcome Aboard<br />

Rowlett Police Department<br />

Provide Exceptional<br />

Service to All!<br />


US NOW<br />


972-412-6240<br />

kharrelson@rowlett.com<br />

4401 Rowlett Rd.,<br />

Rowlett, TX 75088<br />

Accepting Lateral<br />

Police Officers.<br />

Get paid for your<br />

experience!<br />


Starting salary is $65,554<br />

Top Out Police Officer salary is $90,861<br />

Lateral Transfer - May be eligible for a starting<br />

salary of up to $75,221<br />


Containment Team<br />

SWAT<br />

Bike Unit<br />

Community Services<br />

School Resource Officer<br />

Field Training Officer<br />

Criminal Investigations Division<br />

Traffic<br />

Crisis Assistance Team<br />

Crisis Negotiation Team<br />


TMRS Pension 7/14<br />

Medical Insurance<br />

Dental Insurance<br />

Vision Insurance<br />

10 paid vacation days during<br />

first year & 10 Paid Holidays<br />

Paid Sick<br />

Beards and tattoos are<br />

authorized<br />

Longevity Pay<br />

Long Term Disability<br />

Life Insurance<br />

Dry cleaning<br />

Three department issued<br />

firearms<br />

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US NOW<br />

972-412-6240<br />

kharrelson@rowlett.com<br />

4401 Rowlett Rd.,<br />

Rowlett, TX 75088<br />

Accepting Lateral<br />

Police Officers.<br />

Get paid for your<br />

experience!<br />



Starting salary is $65,554<br />

Top Out Police Officer salary is $90,861<br />

Lateral Transfer - May be eligible for a starting<br />

salary of up to $75,221<br />


Containment Team<br />

SWAT<br />

Bike Unit<br />

Community Services<br />

School Resource Officer<br />

Field Training Officer<br />

Criminal Investigations Division<br />

Traffic<br />

Crisis Assistance Team<br />

Crisis Negotiation Team<br />


TMRS Pension 7/14<br />

Medical Insurance<br />

Dental Insurance<br />

Vision Insurance<br />

10 paid vacation days during<br />

first year & 10 Paid Holidays<br />

Paid Sick<br />

Provide Exceptional<br />

Service to All!<br />

Beards and tattoos are<br />

authorized<br />

Longevity Pay<br />

Long Term Disability<br />

Life Insurance<br />

Dry cleaning<br />

Three department issued<br />

firearms<br />


WE’RE<br />

HIRING<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 />

*All equipment provided including duty weapon<br />

**Training opportunities available<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 />

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 />

Apply online today. springbranchisd.com/join-our-team<br />

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Welcome Aboard<br />

Alief ISD Police Department<br />

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WORDS<br />

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“ Hey dad, did you get the money? ”<br />