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yrs.<br />

Will the upcoming elections<br />

mean more turnover among<br />

police chiefs?<br />

Troy Finner, a 34-year veteran<br />

of the Houston Police<br />

Department, became HPD’s<br />

newest leader in April of 2021.<br />

That made Finner the fourth<br />

new big-city police chief appointed<br />

in Texas since January<br />

2021. Finner was preceded by Al<br />

Jones in Arlington, Eddie Garcia<br />

in Dallas and Neil <strong>No</strong>akes in<br />

Fort Worth.<br />

At his swearing-in ceremony,<br />

Finner told members of<br />

the press he felt like “the most<br />

blessed man in this world right<br />

now.”<br />

But after spending a couple of<br />

minutes thanking God, his family,<br />

the citizens of Houston and<br />

the city’s leadership for the opportunity,<br />

Finner cut his speech<br />

short saying that Mayor Sylvester<br />

Turner told him before the<br />

ceremony that he ‘didn’t want a<br />

long press conference today.’<br />

Turner reportedly told Finner,<br />

‘Troy, you’re on the clock now<br />

as the chief of police and it’s<br />

time to go to work.’<br />

Finner’s repeating of Turner’s<br />

comment during the ceremony<br />

was played as a joke, a way to<br />

break the ice. But the mayor’s<br />

comment to Houston’s new<br />

police chief speaks to a larger<br />

trend seen in major cities<br />

across the country.<br />

“There is a shortening of time<br />

when you compare the tenure<br />

of a police chief nowadays to a<br />

tenure of a police chief back in<br />

the 80s,” said Alex Del Carmen,<br />

a police chief trainer and the<br />

associate dean of the School of<br />

Criminology at Tarleton State<br />

University. “<strong>No</strong>w, in terms of<br />

what leads to that [shortening<br />

of time], I would argue that<br />

like everything else in life it’s<br />

not just one answer. It’s many<br />

answers.”<br />

Criminologists like Del Carmen,<br />

and many former police<br />

chiefs, agree that when it<br />

comes to turnover there are<br />

several factors that contribute<br />

to chiefs leaving their organizations.<br />

However, the most<br />

common reasons are stress and<br />

friction between the chief and<br />

local governing bodies.<br />

“They’re in an impossible<br />

position,” said Mary Dodge, a<br />

professor of criminology at the<br />

University of Colorado who has<br />

studied police chief turnover<br />

and tenure. “Ultimately, your<br />

police chief is the person who<br />

is making all of the decisions, is<br />

taking all of the heat for anything<br />

that might go wrong in<br />

that department and it could<br />

be that they’re working 19 hours<br />

a day.”<br />


Dodge’s research has shown<br />

that the stress of the job tends<br />

to lead to health concerns like<br />

high blood pressure and heart<br />

attacks. But she added that the<br />

stress isn’t only brought on by<br />

the tough decisions and long<br />

hours, it’s also caused by the<br />

long list of people the chief is<br />

accountable to.<br />

“Imagine them in the middle<br />

of a circle and they’re surrounded<br />

by politicians that they<br />

have to please, the rank and<br />

file that they have to deal with<br />

[and the] community,” she said.<br />

“Then added on top of that you<br />

have police unions, the ACLU,<br />

and in some cases, you even<br />

have the Department of Justice<br />

looking over their shoulder.”<br />

Gary Peterson, a former<br />

police chief from California,<br />

thinks stress is a big reason a<br />

police chief might leave their<br />

post, but he also pointed out<br />

that police executives don’t<br />

have contracts that guarantee<br />

terms.<br />


“You’re being appointed by<br />

other folks whose positions<br />

are temporary, like the mayor,<br />

city managers, police commissions,”<br />

he said. “Their positions<br />

are tenuous as well.”<br />

That sentiment was echoed<br />

by Brian Higgins, a former<br />

police chief from New Jersey<br />

and a professor at the John Jay<br />

College of Criminal Justice.<br />

Higgins believes policing has<br />

been politicized and that pushing<br />

out a police chief is often<br />

a tactic used by city leaders to<br />

save face after a controversial<br />

incident.<br />

As an example, Higgins pointed<br />

to Seattle where former police<br />

chief Carmen Best abruptly<br />

announced her departure after<br />

a tumultuous few months when<br />

intense protests against racial<br />

injustice and heavy-handed<br />

police practices drew national<br />

attention after the killing of<br />

George Floyd in 2020.<br />

“As soon as an issue occurs<br />

the chief is the one who goes<br />

as if the whole issue goes,”<br />

Higgins said. “Even though the<br />

mayor’s the one who brought<br />

in the chief and the mayor was<br />

leading the municipality during<br />

that time.”<br />

More often than not, when<br />

elected officials have a critical<br />

incident, they very quickly<br />

try to show that they have the<br />

situation under control and that<br />

they’re not going to tolerate it.<br />

So, what do they do? They get<br />

rid of their chiefs.”<br />

Mayors and city managers<br />

who hire and fire police chiefs<br />

based on politics are doing<br />

themselves, their community,<br />

and their police departments<br />

a disservice. This practice of<br />

mayors and city managers<br />

ditching their chiefs “just to say<br />

they did something” is not only<br />

a leading cause in police chief<br />

turnover but also the number<br />

one reason that tenures are<br />

shrinking for police executives.<br />

Time will tell what’s going to<br />

happen in the upcoming elections.<br />

Many of the big cities in<br />

the US will elect new mayors<br />

and if the current chiefs fail<br />

to implement changes fast<br />

enough or struggle to deal<br />

with controversial incidents<br />

— history has shown us that<br />

they’ll be out of a job quickly.<br />


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Times are Changing.<br />

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Times change. People<br />

change. The whole world has<br />

in fact, changed. That means<br />

our profession has to change<br />

as well. Some would argue<br />

the changes in law enforcement<br />

have not been good.<br />

Others would say that change<br />

needed to happen. I say both<br />

sides have a point. To a point.<br />

Friends, being a cop has<br />

never ever been easy. The pay<br />

has never been that great. <strong>No</strong>r<br />

has the schedule or the demands<br />

of the job. <strong>No</strong>t to mention,<br />

people will literally try<br />

to kill you for no other reason<br />

than the fact that you’re wearing<br />

a badge. This culmination<br />

of factors tends to make some<br />

folks pause for a moment or<br />

two about making such a career<br />

selection.<br />

Social evolution is a real<br />

thing. Entire communities,<br />

even entire states, have completely<br />

evolved from one social-economic<br />

level to another.<br />

<strong>No</strong>t to mention, the whole<br />

shift in political ideologies.<br />

Stands to reason, police work<br />

must change too.<br />

Change isn’t always bad, you<br />

know. For instance, the old<br />

“Widow Maker” holsters many<br />

of us began our careers with.<br />

<strong>No</strong>t only was I issued that holster,<br />

but my dad’s Colt Python<br />

was the weapon of the day.<br />

(Still deadly today as it was<br />

then) Our old flashlights were<br />

made of solid steel and our<br />

old Motorola MX 350 handheld<br />

was ejected from a converta-com.<br />

(just Google it).<br />

I am not saying that all the<br />

changes in this world are<br />

good. <strong>No</strong>r am I saying all<br />

the changes in law enforcement<br />

are good. For example,<br />

our police vehicles look<br />

more like fighter jets on the<br />

inside. Stuffed with computers,<br />

screens, radios, sirens,<br />

etc. Our uniforms have gone<br />

from a simple leather belt<br />

with speed loaders, holster,<br />

dual nightsticks, flashlight<br />

rings and a cuff case, to pretty<br />

much anything you can carry.<br />

We must be mindful of the<br />

communities we serve. It is<br />

incumbent upon us as law<br />

enforcement officers to remember<br />

the original motto<br />

was “Serve and Protect” not<br />

the other way around. We are<br />

here to serve our communities<br />

and those who live and work<br />

there. <strong>No</strong>t only are we sworn<br />

to this solemn duty, its just<br />

the right thing to do. It’s the<br />

very core of our profession.<br />

<strong>No</strong> matter what your religion,<br />

race, gender, sexual orientation,<br />

or social economic<br />

status might be, every cop out<br />

there today must treat everyone<br />

respectfully and with a<br />

higher level or professional<br />

standards. Even higher standards<br />

than our predecessors<br />

were held to. Why? Because<br />

society, the people whom we<br />

work for, expect it. And to a<br />

very real extent, they deserve<br />

it.<br />

Times change my friends. I<br />

have in fact, honestly enjoyed<br />

many of the changes our<br />

profession has seen over the<br />

years. Like a working A/C in<br />

my patrol car is quite amazing.<br />

My radio actually works<br />

when I key it up. And the list<br />

goes on. <strong>No</strong>t every change is<br />

bad. Just keep a clear head<br />

and a true heart. You’ll be fine.<br />

We’ll all be just fine. And I’m<br />

waiting patiently for the flying-patrol<br />

cars to arrive in the<br />

near distant future.


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By Michael Barron<br />


once again targeted a patriotic<br />

member of our society. Yes, I’m<br />

referring to Jason Aldean and his<br />

most recent song and video “Try<br />

that in a small town.” These radical<br />

left-wing activists, want you<br />

to believe Jason is white-racist<br />

singer. The truth is quite the opposite.<br />

What Jason is, is a proud<br />

American who is sick and tired of<br />

all the bullshit that has wrecked<br />

our country. The video simple<br />

shows all the violence groups like<br />

Black Lives Matter have rained<br />

down on cities across America.<br />

The clips were taken from actual<br />

news clips over the past 3 years.<br />

Yes, the images are heart<br />

breaking and disturbing. Yes, the<br />

images show people of color, and<br />

yes include black people, setting<br />

buildings on fire and fighting<br />

the police. He didn’t create these<br />

images, he just replayed them in<br />

a video. That does not make him<br />

raciest. It just highlights the illegal<br />

activities of a group of people<br />

hellbent on destroying America.<br />

And before anyone dare say this<br />

magazine or anyone affiliated<br />

with it, supports racism or accuses<br />

us of being raciest…. you<br />

can stop that bullshit right now.<br />

<strong>No</strong>t a single member of our staff<br />

including myself, have a single<br />

ounce of racism in our blood.<br />

Over the 40-year history of this<br />

magazine, we have highlighted<br />

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the careers of hundreds<br />

of police officers<br />

that are black,<br />

brown and every<br />

color in between.<br />

We are brothers and<br />

sisters of one color<br />

and one color only -<br />

BLUE.<br />

What we do see<br />

is groups like Black<br />

Lives Matters starting<br />

riots in cities<br />

across America,<br />

destroying businesses<br />

and injuring<br />

police officers. Many<br />

of which are black.<br />

Business owned by<br />

blacks, burnt to the<br />

ground. Families<br />

of young black kids in Chicago<br />

and major cities across America,<br />

killed by bullets in drive by’s.<br />

That’s not raciest, that’s the sad<br />

reality of the world we live in.<br />

And Jason Aldean, like most of<br />

America, is sick and tired of the<br />

bullshit and wrote a song that<br />

said, don’t bring that shit to our<br />

small town.<br />

In Jason’s words, “In the past<br />

24 hours I have been accused of<br />

releasing a pro-lynching song …<br />

and was subject to the comparison<br />

that I was not too pleased<br />

with the nationwide BLM protests.<br />

These references are not only<br />

meritless, but dangerous,” he<br />

wrote.<br />

“There is not a single lyric in<br />

the song that references race or<br />

points to it- and there isn’t a single<br />

video clip that isn’t real news<br />

footage — and while I can try and<br />

respect others to have their own<br />

interpretation of a song with music<br />

— this one goes too far.”<br />

The BLUES Magazine supports<br />

Jason Alden 100%. Next month,<br />

we’ll feature him on our cover<br />

and let him tell his side of the<br />

story. Until then, we invite you to<br />

listen to the song here, watch the<br />

video and buy the hell out of Jason’s<br />

music. Prove to the radical<br />

left, we are proud of America and<br />

we’re proud of people like Jason<br />

Aldean who aren’t afraid to stand<br />

up for what they believe in. GOD<br />



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Doug Griffith<br />

yrs.<br />

Professional Standards.<br />

I still remember my first few<br />

weeks in the academy. Spit<br />

shined shoes, crisp uniform,<br />

and those goofy bus driver<br />

hats. There was an incredible<br />

sense of pride when I put that<br />

white shirt on and went to<br />

learn whatever useless information<br />

was on tap for the<br />

day. Then that day of graduation….<br />

the thrill of putting<br />

on that baby blue uniformed<br />

shirt that fit perfectly with the<br />

polished boots and shiny gun<br />

belt. That time in my career<br />

I felt proud to be part of this<br />

noble profession that is Law<br />

Enforcement. I did my best to<br />

always look professional even<br />

if I had just chased someone in<br />

the 100-degree heat of summer<br />

and rolled around on the<br />

ground with the dirty sweaty<br />

suspect.<br />

Over the last few years, the<br />

department has seemed to<br />

have relaxed the professional<br />

standards to help accommodate<br />

those with tattoos,<br />

beards, and those who like<br />

to wear hats and shorts. I<br />

can remember very distinctly<br />

many of the older officers and<br />

those from the military upset<br />

with the new looks and felt it<br />

“unprofessional”. I can somewhat<br />

agree, but also know<br />

that times change and so must<br />

we. The current grooming and<br />

standards policy is somewhat<br />

lax compared to the days of<br />

old and should be sufficient to<br />

make ALMOST everyone happy.<br />

But like most things in life, the<br />

few screw it up for the rest of<br />

us. I have done my best to get<br />

the Chief to continue to allow<br />

beards, but it is becoming<br />

harder and harder to convince<br />

him when we have officers<br />

walking around with long<br />

unkept beards. I have tried to<br />

explain that this is a supervisor<br />

issue. We need supervisors to<br />

make sure that their officers<br />

are in compliance with current<br />

policy. <strong>No</strong>w this does not<br />

mean that we drop paper on<br />

officers, but we need to have<br />

those conversations with the<br />

troops who continue to violate<br />

the policy. At any minute,<br />

the Chief can prohibit facial<br />

hair, hats, shorts, or anything<br />

else he wants and there is no<br />

recourse for that. Grooming<br />

standards are not protected<br />

except for religious exemptions.<br />

This leads us into the next<br />

area, the uniforms. There are<br />

so many variations of the current<br />

uniform that it makes my<br />

head spin. We have a Uniform<br />

Committee with a union representative<br />

on it. The entire<br />

function of this committee is<br />

to develop a professional and<br />


workable uniform for officers<br />

from every division. Let<br />

me be very clear when I say<br />

this… we are a para-military<br />

organization! The department<br />

can dictate what you wear as<br />

a uniform. There are a ton of<br />

“security” companies out there<br />

who try to look like us. Our<br />

uniform and patch should not<br />

be copied, and the citizens<br />

should be able to take one<br />

look and know that you are<br />

a Houston Police Officer. <strong>No</strong>t<br />

only because we are a professional<br />

organization, but for<br />

the safety of our officers. We<br />

need to work together to keep<br />

the perks that so many enjoy.<br />

Let’s be honest, no one wants<br />

to see what’s under these<br />

beards, which is why I have<br />

one. It is clear if we do not<br />

stay within policy on grooming<br />

and uniforms, the few will ruin<br />

it for the rest of us.<br />

Doug Griffith is the president<br />

of the Houston Police Officers<br />

Union and a 33 year veteran of<br />

the Houston Police Department.<br />

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yrs.<br />

Daniel Carr<br />

A case in LA County that has it all.<br />

Including the magic catchphrase ‘I can’t breathe.’<br />

There is a case in LA County that<br />

has it all: a misdemeanor offense,<br />

young white cops, elderly black<br />

suspects, a questionable use of<br />

force, and a magic catchphrase<br />

that cannot be unheard.<br />

This mess in LA County checks<br />

all the right boxes necessary to<br />

trigger a massive protest against<br />

police and edge an already unsafe<br />

community into total chaos.<br />


On June 24, 2023 deputies with<br />

the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department<br />

(LASD) were dispatched to a<br />

WinCo grocery store in Lancaster,<br />

Ca. The call to police dispatch<br />

was from store employees who<br />

reported that two individuals had<br />

shoplifted and “were assaulting<br />

loss prevention employees”. It was<br />

also reported that there was a<br />

“robbery in progress”.<br />

The suspects were described by<br />

the caller and it was reported that<br />

one of the items that was stolen<br />

was a cake.<br />


Deputy # 1 arrived on scene and<br />

observed a male and a female in<br />

the parking lot of the WinCo store<br />

that matched the description of<br />

the suspects. The male suspect<br />

was holding a cake.<br />

Deputy # 1 made initial contact<br />

with the suspects and stood by his<br />

driver’s side door. Deputy #1 gave<br />

multiple commands to “put your<br />

hands on the hood” and to “sit<br />

down” prior to making physical<br />

contact and/or approaching either<br />

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suspect.<br />

The commands given by Deputy<br />

#1 were not followed by either<br />

suspect. The suspects were uncooperative.<br />

The fact that Deputy # 1 utilized<br />

time, distance, and verbal commands<br />

are all evidence of deescalation<br />

tactics in action. Deputy # 1<br />

employed these strategies instead<br />

of immediately going hands on<br />

and/or utilizing force to gain<br />

compliance. This is an important<br />

mitigating factor.<br />

Also, had the suspects complied<br />

with the lawful commands - using<br />

force to detain may have been<br />

unnecessary.<br />


Once Deputy # 2 arrived on<br />

scene the deputies approached<br />

the male and informed him that<br />

he was being “detained”. Each<br />

deputy held onto an arm and he<br />

was placed into handcuffs. The<br />

male suspect verbally objected<br />

but did not physically resist. At<br />

one point he threatened to overpower<br />

the deputies and escape as<br />

he ended an abrasive soliloquy by<br />

stating, “I could bust loose!”.<br />

While the male suspect was being<br />

placed in handcuffs the female<br />

suspect approached and began to<br />

record with her cell phone.<br />

Deputy # 2 then walked towards<br />

the female suspect with the intent<br />

of also placing her into handcuffs.<br />

Since there was reasonable suspicion<br />

to detain both individuals -<br />

there exists no legal issue with the<br />

detention of the suspects.<br />


As Deputy # 2 approached the<br />

female suspect she backed away<br />

and became physically resistant.<br />

She stated, “You can’t touch me!”<br />

and did not allow the deputy to<br />

place her into handcuffs.<br />

Deputy # 2 then utilized force in<br />

an effort to gain her compliance.<br />

Deputy # 2 performed an empty<br />

hand take down and tossed the<br />

female to the ground. Once on the<br />

ground the female suspect still<br />

did not cooperate and actively<br />

resisted. She attempted to stand<br />

up and refused to place her hands<br />

behind her back. The deputy did<br />

touch his knee to her back as she<br />

tried to roll over. He also gave her<br />

a warning that force would be utilized<br />

if she did not cooperate as<br />

he stated that he would “punch”<br />

her in the face. Deputy # 2 also<br />

deployed pepper spray into the<br />

eyes of the female suspect as she<br />

continued to resist.<br />

(Link to body cam footage)<br />



During the use of force the female<br />

suspect complained that the<br />

knee of Deputy # 2 was on her<br />

neck and then stated the magic<br />

phrase,<br />

“I CAN’T BREATHE!”<br />

As she muttered the controversial<br />

statement the body camera of<br />

Deputy # 2 clearly showed that his<br />

hands, feet, knees, and toes were<br />

nowhere near her neck. So, this


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appeared to be a disgusting lie.<br />

It is possible to both: 1) have<br />

sympathy and demand justice for<br />

those who are truly the victims of<br />

excessive force by police officers<br />

and 2) express disdain towards<br />

those who exploit tragedies for<br />

personal gain.<br />


Deputies then completed the<br />

criminal investigation for the malfeasance<br />

that occurred inside of<br />

the WinCo store.<br />

The male was arrested and then<br />

cited and released for: resisting<br />

arrest, attempted petty theft, and<br />

interfering with a business.<br />

The female was then arrested<br />

and then cited and released for:<br />

assaulting an officer and battery<br />

against loss prevention personnel.<br />

2020 HINDSIGHT<br />

It is important to remember that<br />

even prudent and ethical police<br />

officers can make mistakes when<br />

thrown into dynamic, stressful,<br />

and violent situations - that they<br />

often did not create but are forced<br />

to respond to - involving uncooperative<br />

suspects.<br />

The absolute easiest thing for<br />

anyone to do is to harshly criticize<br />

the actions of police officers,<br />

especially without the benefit of<br />

actual experience, from the safety<br />

of home. If you have that privilege<br />

- enjoy it.<br />

However, that sentiment must<br />

be balanced with honest criticism<br />

of police actions in an effort to<br />

improve policing.<br />




Deputy # 1 made a good effort<br />

to give commands and allowed<br />

both suspects significant time to<br />

comply. However, after the male<br />

was in handcuffs and Deputy # 2<br />

approached the female suspect<br />

he did not specifically inform her<br />

that she was being detained and<br />

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did not give a warning that force<br />

would be utilized prior to the take<br />

down.<br />

Since the female suspect was<br />

elderly, did not appear to be<br />

armed, and had remained on<br />

scene - a command to comply<br />

and a warning of force appeared<br />

to be feasible.<br />


Again, the female was elderly,<br />

appeared to be unarmed, and was<br />

backing away from Deputy # 2<br />

(not actively attacking him).<br />

It is reasonable to ask whether<br />

or not it was necessary to conduct<br />

a take down and deploy pepper<br />

spray.<br />

From the available video evidence<br />

(which does not tell the<br />

entire story) although the use of<br />

some force was likely necessary<br />

to effect the detention - the take<br />

down and pepper spray did appear<br />

to be a tad excessive.<br />


Police officers can detain suspects<br />

without placing them in<br />

handcuffs. Police officers can<br />

certainly utilize handcuffs if the<br />

reasonableness of such an act can<br />

be articulated.<br />

Since the suspects were elderly,<br />

did not appear to be armed, and<br />

had remained on scene (when<br />

they could have fled) - I would be<br />

curious to know why the deputies<br />

felt the need to handcuff while<br />

they investigated this case.<br />

To be clear - the use of handcuffs<br />

was likely not a violation<br />

of policy or law in this case. And<br />

perhaps even asking the question<br />

only exposes my personal style<br />

when I worked as a patrol officer.<br />



The female suspect yelled at<br />

Deputy # 2, “You can’t touch me!”<br />

as he approached.<br />

This is incorrect as the deputies<br />

had reasonable suspicion that a<br />

crime had been committed and<br />

therefore had legal authority to<br />

use objectively reasonable force<br />

to effect a lawful detention.<br />

“I CAN’T BREATHE!”<br />

I’ll leave this noted as an outright<br />

and disgusting lie.<br />

This makes it difficult to believe<br />

anything that the female suspects<br />

says.<br />

CRIME<br />

Don’t shoplift from a store and<br />

then assault employees.<br />

Practice basic human decency.<br />

If the allegations from store employees<br />

are true - the suspects are<br />

far too old to be this awful.<br />


In this case the male suspect<br />

was detained and handcuffed<br />

without incident. The deputies did<br />

not utilize any force against the<br />

male. However, a deputy did utilize<br />

force against the female suspect.<br />

It is important to understand<br />

why. What was the difference<br />

between the male and the female<br />

suspect? Active resistance. That’s<br />

it.<br />

The male suspect cooperated<br />

and no force was utilized. The<br />

female suspect did not cooperate<br />

and force was utilized. Under the<br />

pesky lens of reality - who was<br />

really at fault for what happened?<br />

I think everyone objective knows<br />

the answer to that question.<br />

All opinions on this case should<br />

evolve as more evidence becomes<br />

available. I would attach some<br />

weight to the official statements<br />

from the involved officers. I would<br />

give nearly zero credibility to any<br />

statement made by either attorney.<br />

Also, I am curious as to<br />

whether the actions of the deputies<br />

complied with department<br />

policy and delivered training.<br />

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the male and female suspects)<br />

have not been publicly identified.

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yrs.<br />


Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo “Freddy”<br />

Ramirez offered his resignation to the mayor<br />

before shooting himself.<br />

By Steve Litz and Brian Hamacher,<br />

WTVJ-TV (Miami, FL)<br />

Miami-Dade Police Director<br />

Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez offered<br />

his resignation to Mayor Daniella<br />

Levine Cava before he shot himself<br />

in an apparent attempted<br />

suicide over the weekend, the<br />

mayor said.<br />

Levine Cava held a news conference<br />

Wednesday where she confirmed<br />

she spoke with Ramirez<br />

over the phone before he shot<br />

himself near Tampa Sunday night.<br />

“Freddy told me he had made a<br />

mistake, that he was prepared to<br />

resign,” Levine Cava said.<br />

The mayor said Ramirez expressed<br />

remorse over an incident<br />

involving his wife at a Tampa<br />

hotel during their brief conversation,<br />

telling her he “had made<br />

mistakes.”<br />

“He was very remorseful, and I<br />

reassured him we would talk the<br />

following morning,” Levine Cava<br />

said. “He told me he was driving<br />

back to Miami at that time, and I<br />

told him we would talk the next<br />

day.”<br />

Ramirez had been attending<br />

the Florida Sheriff’s Association’s<br />

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annual summer conference in<br />

Tampa on Sunday when he had<br />

been involved in some sort of<br />

domestic dispute with his wife at<br />

a hotel, authorities said.<br />

Ramirez left the hotel and was<br />

driving somewhere along I-75<br />

in the Riverview neighborhood,<br />

toward the southern end of Hillsborough<br />

County, when he pulled<br />

over and shot himself, officials<br />

said.<br />

Levine Cava said Ramirez remained<br />

hospitalized but was<br />

“alert, awake and responsive”<br />

Wednesday. She said she’s optimistic<br />

he’ll continue to recover.<br />

“I’m glad that we were able<br />

to be by his side in this time of<br />

darkness as together we hope to<br />

see some light,” Levine Cava said.<br />

“I love Freddy, he is an amazing<br />

human being. He is the best, the<br />

best of law enforcement, what<br />

law enforcement means, I have<br />

total trust in his leadership,”<br />

South Florida Police Benevolent<br />

Association President Steadman<br />

Stahl told NBC6 Tuesday that<br />

he met with Ramirez’s family<br />

and was told the police director<br />

was speaking. He said the family<br />

“is very emotional” but doesn’t<br />

believe Ramirez has severe brain<br />

damage at this point.<br />

“It’s a very somber time for the

family, but they’re standing by<br />

his bedside, and we wish him<br />

the best,” Stahl said. “From the<br />

reports I have read, it looks like<br />

the bullet went through and out<br />

the eye, but it doesn’t look like it’s<br />

going to be any brain damage.<br />

Ramirez, 52, was rushed to a<br />

Tampa-area hospital and underwent<br />

surgery Monday. Miami-Dade<br />

Police said he was in<br />

stable condition.<br />

“Director Ramirez continues to<br />

positively recover post-surgery.<br />

He continues to receive outstanding<br />

medical care in Tampa surrounded<br />

by his family, loved ones,<br />

and MDPD brothers and sisters,”<br />

the Miami-Dade Police Department<br />

said in a statement Tuesday.<br />

“Thank you to our community<br />

and law enforcement family for<br />

all your prayers, support, and<br />

strength.”<br />

Sources told NBC6 that<br />

Ramirez’s wife was with him at<br />

the time of the shooting. <strong>No</strong> one<br />

else was injured in the incident.<br />

According to Tampa Police, officers<br />

had responded to a report<br />

of a man with a gun outside the<br />

Marriott Waterside, where the<br />

conference was being held.<br />

Officers arrived and were given<br />

third-hand information alleging a<br />

man had pointed a gun at himself,<br />

but there were no first-hand<br />

witnesses or security camera<br />

footage capturing the alleged<br />

incident, police said.<br />

Officers found Ramirez in a<br />

12th-floor room with a woman<br />

who Ramirez said he’d been involved<br />

in an argument with.<br />

Ramirez said he had not displayed<br />

a firearm and had no intention<br />

to harm himself or others,<br />

police said. The woman corroborated<br />

that they had an argument<br />

and that she did not have any<br />

concerns about her safety being<br />

in danger, police said.<br />

Since there was no evidence<br />

of a crime or immediate danger,<br />

Ramirez was released at the<br />

scene, police said.<br />

The Florida Department of Law<br />

Enforcement and the Florida<br />

Highway Patrol have launched a<br />

joint investigation into the incident.<br />

Ramirez had announced earlier<br />

this year he would run for sheriff<br />

in 2024 to try to keep his position<br />

as head of the police department.<br />

He first joined Miami-Dade Police<br />

in 1995 and worked his way<br />

up through the ranks. He became<br />

police director in 2020 and then<br />

received a further promotion to<br />

Miami-Dade County chief of public<br />

safety.<br />

“Freddy is the type of leader,<br />

the type of man, who bears the<br />

burdens of those around him, he<br />

carries the weight of his department<br />

and he’s always willing to<br />

take on more,” Levine Cava said<br />

Wednesday. “This incident is also<br />

a tragic reminder of the critical<br />

role that mental health plays in<br />

our law enforcement officers’<br />

well-being. The reality is that<br />

these jobs are very demanding,<br />

they’re stressful and they’re<br />

emotionally taxing.” Reprinted from<br />

WTVJ-TV (Miami, FL)<br />

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Detention Officer J. Valdiviez was brutally attacked by an inmate<br />

as Harris County Jail deals with staffing shortages in its jails.<br />

HOUSTON, TX. – Detention Officer<br />

J. Valdiviez was injured during an<br />

attack at the Harris County Jail on<br />

July 21, according to court records.<br />

Christian Miguel Dillard was<br />

charged with aggravated assault on<br />

a public servant, which is one of<br />

many charges on his record.<br />

Court documents show Dillard<br />

struck Officer J. Valdiviez multiple<br />

times with his hand.<br />

Valdiviez reportedly sustained<br />

serious injuries after the attack, the<br />

county jail stated. He was listed to<br />

be in fair condition and recovering<br />

at home with bruised ribs, several<br />

facial lacerations, and a broken<br />

nose.<br />

“Mentally, I’m still recuperating,”<br />

the detention officer said in a phone<br />

call to KPRC’s Rilwan Balogun.<br />

“We’re still trying to figure and process<br />

it out. Physically, I’m okay. I’m<br />

doing good. I’m getting better. I’m<br />

healing day by day. But you know it’s<br />

kind of hard to talk with the stitches<br />

in my mouth. The stitches on the<br />

side of my head.”<br />

Valdiviez said he was on the<br />

“double lock down” floor which<br />

houses serious violent offenders.<br />

The 28-year-old said he was<br />

walking downstairs as Dillard was<br />

walking up.<br />

“That’s where he snuck me from<br />

behind and I ended up turning<br />

around immediately, I guess, trying<br />

to like swing back or fight back, in<br />

general, defending myself.”<br />

“Typically, in this pod, it’s always a<br />

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three-man pod,” Valdiviez said. “To<br />

be short-staffed in a double door<br />

lock down pod in general, that’s<br />

just unacceptable.”<br />

The Harris County Deputies Organization<br />

President David Cuevas<br />

echoed his sentiments.<br />

“We don’t have enough personnel<br />

out on the streets to protect the<br />

citizens or in our detention facilities<br />

and we’re seeing firsthand,” Cuevas<br />

said.<br />

He said Commissioners Court<br />

needs to increase detention officer<br />

pay by 23% to 25% to be competitive<br />

with surrounding areas.<br />

“We’re going to continue to go to<br />

work and do our job,” said Cuevas.<br />

“We are in desperate need of better<br />

finances so we can hire, retain better<br />

personnel.”<br />

Meanwhile, the sheriff commended<br />

Valdiviez.<br />

“I want to commend DO Valdiviez,<br />

yrs.<br />

his colleagues who intervened<br />

within seconds to stop the attack,<br />

and everyone who bravely reports<br />

for duty each day in Texas’ largest<br />

county jail,” Sheriff Ed Gonzalez<br />

said on Twitter.<br />

According to court records, Dillard<br />

has a long and violent criminal<br />

history dating back to 2016. Before<br />

the recent attack, he’s been charged<br />

with assaulting an officer or peace<br />

officers three different times since<br />

2021.<br />

According to County records, in<br />

2023 alone, there have been 673<br />

assaults on staff by inmates, 2153<br />

assaults on inmates by inmates,<br />

2419 fights, 425 resisting restraints,<br />

1678 threats to staff, 927 unauthorized<br />

contact with staff, 137 simple<br />

assaults, 4355 threats against staff<br />

and 328 instances of conduct that<br />

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yrs.<br />

TELL CITY, IN.<br />

Tell City Sergeant Heather Glen was shot and killed while responding to a<br />

disturbance at Perry County Memorial Hospital.<br />

By Emily Shapiro<br />

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TELL CITY, IN. – Beloved Indiana<br />

Police Sgt. Heather Glenn was<br />

shot dead while responding to<br />

disturbance at a local hospital.<br />

The incident began on Sunday<br />

July 2nd, at about 12:50 a.m.,<br />

when Sgt. Glenn and other officers<br />

responded to a disturbance<br />

at Perry County Memorial Hospital<br />

in Tell City, located near the<br />

Indiana-Kentucky border.<br />

An altercation unfolded at the<br />

hospital between the officers<br />

and 34-year-old Sean Hubert,<br />

and shots were fired, according<br />

to State Police Sgt. John Davis at<br />

a local press conference.<br />

Glenn and Hubert were shot in<br />

an exchange of gunfire and both<br />

died at the scene, Davis said.<br />

The incident began on Sunday<br />

when Glenn investigated<br />

a domestic dispute between a<br />

woman and Hubert, state police<br />

said. After the woman went<br />

to the hospital to be treated for<br />

injuries, Hubert also headed to<br />

the hospital, and Glenn tried to<br />

arrest him at the scene, police<br />

said.<br />

Glenn had worked for the Perry<br />

County Sheriff’s Office and the<br />

tight-knit Tell City Police Department<br />

for nearly 20 years,<br />

Davis said.<br />

“We’ve lost a dear colleague,<br />

dear friend,” Tell City Police<br />

Chief Derrick Lawalin said. “Sgt.<br />

Glenn, she’s a cornerstone of our<br />

department. We’re extremely<br />

heartbroken.”<br />

Lawalin praised the courage he<br />

said all officers displayed at the<br />

scene. He asked for the public’s<br />

thoughts and prayers not only for<br />

law enforcement, but also for<br />

the family of the suspect.<br />

Secretary of State. Diego Morales<br />

twitted “It’s been a heartbreaking<br />

and very tough week<br />




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for our law enforcement and<br />

communities across Indiana.<br />

Another officer paid the ultimate<br />

sacrifice protecting Hoosier lives.<br />

Sidonia and I are praying for Sgt.<br />

Heather Glenn’s family, friends,<br />

colleagues and officers across<br />

our state.”<br />

Emily Shapiro. @EmilyShapiroABC,<br />

Reprinted from ABC News

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yrs.<br />

ST. THOMAS, V.I.<br />

St. Thomas Police Detective Delberth Phipps was shot and killed by<br />

a heavily armed suspect at a local hospital.<br />

ST. THOMAS, V.I. – Flags across<br />

the territory were flying at half<br />

mast last month in honor of<br />

42-year-old V.I. Police Detective<br />

Delberth I. Phipps Jr., who was<br />

gunned down in the line of duty<br />

on St. Thomas, Tuesday July4th.<br />

The suspect in the shooting,<br />

Richardson Dangleben Jr., 51, was<br />

already awaiting trial for the Feb.<br />

24 murder of Keith Jennings, and<br />

had been released from jail in<br />

March after a judge reduced his<br />

bail.<br />

The latest case began at around<br />

7:53 a.m. on July 4th, when 911<br />

dispatchers received a report of<br />

a man, later identified as Dangleben,<br />

wearing a bulletproof vest<br />

and carrying a gun in the “Jah<br />

Yard” area of Hospital Ground,<br />

according to police spokesman<br />

Glen Dratte.<br />

“Upon officers’ arrival, the<br />

suspect fired upon them with<br />

a high-powered assault rifle.<br />

Responding officers immediately<br />

engaged the suspect,” according<br />

to the statement from police.<br />

Police said Dangleben “was<br />

wearing a bulletproof vest and<br />

armed with an assault rifle,<br />

handgun, and several hundred<br />

rounds of ammunition.”<br />

“During the exchange of gunfire,<br />

Detective Delberth Phipps, Jr., a<br />

7-year veteran and the suspect<br />

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were injured. Both were transported<br />

to Roy Lester Schneider<br />

Regional Medical Center for<br />

treatment where Detective Phipps<br />

succumbed to his injuries,” police<br />

said in the statement.<br />

Phipps is the first member of<br />

the V.I. Police Department to die<br />

in the line of duty since 2012.<br />

His death marks the 23rd homicide<br />

in the territory so far this<br />

year, including 12 on St. Croix and<br />

11 on St. Thomas.<br />

“Today is that day no department<br />

wants to experience. The<br />

loss of our Detective, Officer, and<br />

Brother has sent ripples through<br />

the Department,” Police Commissioner<br />

Ray Martinez said in<br />

a statement. “Detective Phipps<br />

made the ultimate sacrifice to<br />

Protect and Serve his community,<br />

our community! Detective Phipps<br />

a second-generation Police Officer<br />

was a rising star and will be<br />

sorely missed. I extend heartfelt<br />

condolences to his family as well<br />

as our VIPD family.”<br />

VIPD Police Chief Steven Phillips<br />

said Phipps’s death represents<br />

a “tremendous loss” for the<br />

agency, I am completely lost for<br />

words. “We’ve lost a dear colleague”<br />

Phillips said. “Detective<br />

Phipps, was truly an outstanding<br />

Detective and Individual. We are<br />

truly heartbroken.”<br />


Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said he is<br />

“incensed and deeply saddened<br />

by the loss of Detective Delberth<br />

Phipps Jr, who was killed in the<br />

line of duty. This tragic incident<br />

reminds us of the risks our law<br />

enforcement officers face daily<br />

in their unwavering commitment<br />

to keeping our community safe<br />

and is a devastating blow not only<br />

to his family, friends, and colleagues<br />

but to the entire Virgin<br />

Islands community.”<br />

According to a written statement,<br />

“My prayers and heartfelt<br />

condolences go out to his family<br />

and loved ones as they try to get<br />

through what I am sure is an unimaginably<br />

difficult time,” Bryan<br />


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yrs.<br />

CORDELE, GA.<br />

Crisp County Deputy Tyee Michael Browne was shot and killed after he stopped a<br />

stolen vehicle on Highway 280 in Cordee, Georgia.<br />

By Lenah Allen, Seth Feiner,<br />

Gray News staff<br />

CORDELE, GA. - A deputy with<br />

the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office<br />

in Georgia has died after being<br />

shot on Wednesday July 5th.<br />

The suspect, who was arrested<br />

after a multi-county chase, is<br />

facing multiple charges including<br />

murder.<br />

The Crisp County Sheriff’s Office<br />

deputy that died has been<br />

confirmed to be Tyee Browne,<br />

according to Sheriff Billy Hancock.<br />

He was reportedly a deputy<br />

for Crisp County for less than<br />

a year.<br />

Browne was making a traffic<br />

stop on a suspect who was<br />

wanted for burglaries on Highway<br />

280 West in Cordele around<br />

3:40 a.m. As the deputy was<br />

approaching the suspect, Croshawn<br />

Cross, 25, reportedly shot<br />

Browne and fled the scene, per<br />

the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.<br />

The GBI says other deputies<br />

shot at Cross as he fled the scene<br />

in Browne’s patrol car.<br />

The Monroe County Sheriff’s<br />

Office said they were alerted<br />

around 4 a.m. that the deputy<br />

had been shot and a multi-county<br />

chase involving other deputies<br />

and the suspect, who was<br />

reportedly in the stolen deputy’s<br />

vehicle, had begun.<br />

The suspect was later arrested<br />

by the Monroe County Sheriff’s<br />

Office near the Bibb-Monroe<br />

County line.<br />

Cross is charged with malice<br />

murder, felony murder, two<br />

counts of aggravated assault,<br />

theft by receiving stolen property,<br />

carjacking, three counts<br />

of possession of a firearm by a<br />

convicted felon, three counts of<br />


possession of a firearm during<br />

the commission of a crime and<br />

two counts of theft by taking.<br />

The Crisp County Sheriff’s Office<br />

confirmed Browne died from<br />

his injuries at Crisp Regional<br />

Hospital. Reprinted from WALB.<br />



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yrs.<br />


Rutland Police Officer Jessica Ebbighausen, a 19-year old part time<br />

officer, was killed when her patrol car was struck head-on by a suspect.<br />

RUTLAND, VT. – Officer Jessica<br />

Ebbighausen, who was killed in a<br />

multi-vehicle crash during a pursuit,<br />

was one of the Rutland City Police<br />

Department’s newest officers.<br />

Ebbighausen, 19, had joined the<br />

department in May and was introduced<br />

to the Board of Aldermen last<br />

month alongside fellow new hire<br />

Arun Dangal. She was a level 2-certified<br />

officer and was scheduled to<br />

begin her full-time training at the<br />

Vermont Police Academy in August.<br />

“She had a long and bright career<br />

ahead of her,” Lt. Col. Jim Whitcomb<br />

of the Vermont State Police<br />

said during a press briefing at the<br />

Rutland City Police Department<br />

Friday night.<br />

Earlier that day, Whitcomb said,<br />

Ebbighausen was on duty with<br />

a supervising officer when they<br />

responded to support another city<br />

officer engaged in a pursuit.<br />

A call had initially come in at<br />

around 2:30 p.m. that Tate Rheaume,<br />

20, was trying to break into an<br />

East Washington Street residence.<br />

The responding unit encountered<br />

Rheaume’s vehicle, Whitcomb said,<br />

and chased him to Stratton Road,<br />

from which he turned left onto<br />

Woodstock Avenue.<br />

Whitcomb said Ebbighausen’s<br />

cruiser was heading east on<br />

Woodstock and Rheaume’s vehicle<br />

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crossed the center line and collided<br />

with Ebbighausen’s cruiser before<br />

hitting a second eastbound cruiser.<br />

Whitcomb said the pursuing cruiser<br />

was not involved in the collision.<br />

Ebbighausen was pronounced<br />

dead at the scene, Whitcomb said,<br />

and her body was taken under escort<br />

by state and local police to the<br />

Vermont Medical Examiner’s office<br />

in Burlington. Her supervising officer,<br />

Richard Caravaggio, remained<br />

hospitalized as of Friday night,<br />

according to Whitcomb. <strong>No</strong> additional<br />

information on his condition<br />

was available Monday. Whitcomb<br />

said the driver of the second cruiser<br />

involved in the crash, Officer Kelsey<br />

Parker, was treated and released.<br />

Whitcomb said Rheaume was<br />

taken to the University of Vermont<br />

Medical Center, where his injuries<br />

were believed to be non-life-threatening.<br />

A candlelight vigil had been<br />

planned for outside the police<br />

department Sunday night, but was<br />

rescheduled to Wednesday due<br />

to the weather, according to city<br />

officials. A GoFundMe established to<br />

create a memorial for Ebbighausen<br />

had raised more than $43,000 on a<br />

$10,000 goal as of Monday afternoon.<br />

Rutland City Police Chief Brian<br />

Kilcullen said he was grateful for<br />




the degree of support the department<br />

was receiving from the community.<br />

“We’re hurting right now,” he<br />

said Friday. “With the events of this<br />

week, you can imagine that.” He<br />

also said Ebbighausen, who was<br />

the granddaughter of former Police<br />

Commission Chairman Robert Ebbighausen,<br />

had wanted to be a police<br />

officer since the age of 9 and had<br />

done an internship with the department<br />

as a high school student.<br />

“She always had a smile on her<br />

face,” he said. “We were looking<br />

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Marion County Deputy John Durm was attacked and strangled<br />

by an inmate trying to escape custody.<br />

INDIANAPOLIS, IN. (AP) — A jail<br />

inmate accused of killing a sheriff’s<br />

deputy who was transporting<br />

him in a van used the chain<br />

of his handcuffs to choke the officer<br />

during an escape attempt in<br />

Indianapolis, according to court<br />

documents released Tuesday.<br />

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy<br />

John Durm, 61, died Monday at<br />

a hospital following the attack,<br />

which Indianapolis police are<br />

investigating as an “intentional<br />

act of homicide,” Officer Shane<br />

Foley said.<br />

Durm’s cause of death was<br />

“ligature strangulation” and has<br />

been ruled a homicide, the county<br />

coroner’s office announced<br />

Tuesday. Durm, a 38-year veteran<br />

of the sheriff’s department,<br />

was married with four children.<br />

Police said inmate Orlando<br />

Mitchell, 34, assaulted Durm<br />

on Monday while the van was<br />

inside the sally port, or fortified<br />

entrance, of the Adult Detention<br />

Center on the city’s south side.<br />

Mitchell has not been charged<br />

in Durm’s death, and the Marion<br />

County Prosecutor’s Office said<br />

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Tuesday that a charging decision<br />

was not expected “prior to<br />

Thursday afternoon at the very<br />

earliest.”<br />

But a probable cause affidavit<br />

released Tuesday states that<br />

video shows Durm arriving at<br />

the detention center about 11:30<br />

a.m. Monday in a Marion County<br />

Sheriff’s Office van after returning<br />

from taking Mitchell to a<br />

hospital visit.<br />

The video shows Durm exit the<br />

van and open its rear door, at<br />

which point Mitchell opened the<br />

van’s inner door and is seen raising<br />

his hands above Durm’s head<br />

and placing them around Durm’s<br />

neck, according to the affidavit.<br />

“Mitchell then uses the chain<br />

linking his handcuffs to choke<br />

Deputy Durm,” it states, adding<br />

that while Durm tried to get the<br />

chain off of his neck, both he and<br />

Mitchell fell to the ground.<br />

“Mitchell stays on top of Durm,<br />

continuing to choke him until<br />

Durm quits moving,” the affidavit<br />

states.<br />

Mitchell then found Durm’s<br />

handcuff key, unlocked his handcuffs,<br />

got into the van, backed<br />

it up and exited the sally port<br />

of the detention center while<br />

smashing into a gate, officials<br />

said. He then drove the van a<br />

short distance and crashed into<br />

a wooden pole before other<br />

deputies re-arrested him.<br />

Mitchell has been jailed since<br />

September 2022 awaiting trial<br />

for the killing of his ex-girlfriend,<br />

Krystal Walton.

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FARGO, ND.<br />

Fargo Police Officer Jake Wallin, was shot and killed while<br />

investigating a traffic accident on Friday, July 14th.<br />

FARGO, ND. – Jake Wallin was<br />

once a small boy who sought comfort<br />

in the arms of family, terrified<br />

of fireworks that lit up the sky. On<br />

Saturday, the Fargo police officer<br />

was remembered for growing up to<br />

be a military veteran and dedicated<br />

officer whose “final act of valor”<br />

was staring down the face of a man<br />

intent on bloodshed.<br />

Wallin, 23, was killed July 14<br />

when a man armed with 1,800<br />

rounds of ammunition, multiple<br />

guns and explosives ambushed<br />

officers responding to a routine<br />

traffic crash. Two other officers and<br />

a civilian were wounded before a<br />

fourth officer returned fire, killing<br />

gunman Mohamad Barakat. Police<br />

said the actions of the fourth officer<br />

likely spared the city a bigger,<br />

bloodier attack.<br />

Wallin, who had been sworn in<br />

as a Fargo police officer in April<br />

and was still in field training, was<br />

cremated in his uniform. On Saturday,<br />

the Fargo Police Department<br />

escorted his cremains to Pequot<br />

Lakes, Minnesota, for his funeral<br />

service, which was attended by<br />

loved ones, dignitaries and law<br />

enforcement agencies from across<br />

the country.<br />

Wallin previously served in the<br />

Minnesota Army National Guard and<br />

was deployed to Afghanistan and<br />

Iraq from <strong>No</strong>vember 2020 to July<br />

2021, according to a spokesperson<br />

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for the Minnesota National Guard.<br />

He received final military honors<br />

at a private interment.<br />

“He served his country, came back<br />

here and wanted nothing more but<br />

to serve in a position with purpose<br />

and meaning — his exact words<br />

— and he did that,” Fargo Police<br />

Chief David Zibolski said at a media<br />

briefing after the shooting.<br />

Zibolski on Saturday recounted<br />

Wallin’s impressive quality as a<br />

candidate in his officer interview<br />

last fall, how he excelled in the police<br />

academy, and strived for a job<br />

with meaning and purpose.<br />

The chief shared that body-camera<br />

footage of the shooting showed<br />

Wallin “hurried to create distance,<br />

intuitively” after his fellow officers<br />

were hit, pulled his gun out<br />

and was taking aim at the gunman<br />

when he was fatally struck.<br />

“His final act of valor was to selflessly<br />

face the shooter and attempt<br />

to neutralize him to save others,”<br />

Zibolski said. “His actions were<br />

valorous and exemplify the highest<br />

standards of the profession.”<br />

Wallin had recently purchased a<br />

house for himself and his fiancée,<br />

and “was so proud of becoming a<br />

new homeowner that he ran right<br />

out and bought himself a lawnmower<br />

and mowed his new lawn,”<br />

his aunt said.<br />

“I remember him as a small boy<br />

with his little arms wrapped so<br />


tightly around my neck, burying<br />

his face into me to try to avoid the<br />

fireworks that he hated so much at<br />

that age,” she said. “From that timid,<br />

small boy, he grew to be a driven,<br />

ambitious, brave young man.”<br />

Chaplain Jordan Helming, who<br />

served with Wallin in Iraq, recalled<br />

his dedication as a soldier and his<br />

positive personality amid a changing<br />

mission as well as restrictions<br />

of the coronavirus pandemic.<br />

“Jake could see the big picture<br />

in life, and he realized that it took<br />

long, disciplined, steady efforts to<br />

get you to the top of the mountain,”<br />

Helming said.<br />

Wallin’s parents received two<br />

Fargo police awards and the Minnesota<br />

Distinguished Service Medal in<br />

honor of their son at the service.

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Alamogordo Police Officer Anthony Ferguson was<br />

shot and killed by a suspect fleeing from a chase.<br />


– Services for the Alamogordo<br />

police officer who was killed<br />

in the line of duty were held on<br />

Thursday afternoon, July 20. The<br />

funeral for 41-year-old Anthony<br />

Ferguson took place at 2:00 p.m.<br />

at the Tays Special Events Center<br />

in Alamogordo.<br />

The shooting happened around<br />

2:30 a.m. Saturday, July 15. Officers<br />

tried to stop a vehicle driven<br />

by a man identified as Dominic<br />

De La O, 26, of Alamogordo,<br />

for driving without headlights or<br />

taillights. Police say the suspect<br />

fled from the officers, crashed<br />

into a light pole near Delaware<br />

Avenue and First Street, and fled<br />

the scene foot.<br />

‘His bravery is unmatched’ said<br />

Friends who remembered the<br />

fallen Alamogordo officer.<br />

Authorities chased the man,<br />

and he reportedly fired a<br />

“sawed-off shotgun” at the officers.<br />

Ferguson was hit by the<br />

gunfire. A different officer fired<br />

his weapon toward De La O and<br />

struck him in the leg and he was<br />

taken into custody.<br />

Officer Anthony Ferguson was<br />

an 11-year veteran of the Alamogordo<br />

Police Department<br />

and served in the Patrol Division<br />

as a Field Training Officer. The<br />

police department said he is<br />

survived by his mother, father,<br />

four brothers, daughter, and son.<br />

A procession was held for Ferguson<br />

on Monday, July 17.<br />

“The unimaginable tragedy<br />

of losing one our own has happened<br />

again. The violence directed<br />

at our men and women<br />

in uniform all over the country<br />

must end,” said David Kunihiro,<br />

Alamogordo Police Chief.<br />

Friends of Officer Ferguson<br />

said he was a good policeman<br />

whose bravery was unmatched.<br />

“A good example for him is the<br />

night he was shot. How many<br />

people do you know are going<br />

to chase someone down a dark<br />

alley,” said Adam Prenecio.<br />


Another friend of Ferguson’s<br />

said the officer always strived<br />

to do the right thing and follow<br />

his training. Ferguson was also<br />

described by friends as being<br />

a loyal and courageous person<br />

who sometimes was a prankster.<br />

“You are never going to find<br />

another one like him. His bravery<br />

is unmatched. You’ll never find a<br />

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Eastland County Sheriff’s Deputy David Bosecker was shot and<br />

killed Friday, July 21 as he responded to a family disturbance.<br />

By Harriet Ramos<br />

Fort Worth Star-Telegram<br />

EASTLAND, TX. — An Eastland<br />

County Sheriff’s deputy was<br />

killed in the line of duty Friday<br />

night when he responded to a<br />

domestic disturbance, officials<br />

said.<br />

Deputies from the Eastland<br />

County Sheriff’s Office responded<br />

to a domestic fight in progress<br />

around 9 p.m. at a home on<br />

Highway 183, according to the<br />

news outlet Eastland County Today.<br />

Deputy David Bosecker was<br />

the first to arrive at the scene.<br />

The suspect opened fire immediately,<br />

killing Bosecker.<br />

Other deputies took the suspect<br />

into custody before anyone<br />

else was injured. The suspect,<br />

42-year-old Cody Douglas<br />

Pritchard, is being held in<br />

the Stephens County Jail and<br />

charged with capital murder<br />

of a peace officer, according to<br />

Stephens County Jail records.<br />

Bosecker served in law enforcement<br />

for more than 21<br />

years. He began his career as a<br />

deputy in Wise County. He also<br />

served with the Texas Alcoholic<br />

Beverage Commission, as a<br />

game warden for Texas Parks<br />

and Wildlife and as an officer<br />

for the Comanche Police Department.<br />

The Texas Rangers are investigating<br />

the shooting, according to<br />

Eastland County Today.<br />

Eastland County is located in<br />

central Texas and is about 100<br />

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A Hall County Sheriff’s Deputy lost his wife and two children in a<br />

wreck involving a corvette traveling at 150mph.<br />

HALL COUNTY, GA. – The wife and two children<br />

of a Hall County (GA) Sheriff’s deputy were<br />

killed Sunday afternoon in a wreck on Highway<br />

365.<br />

Deputy Patrick Holtzclaw’s family was T-boned<br />

by a Corvette traveling more than 150 mph at an<br />

intersection. Both vehicles burst into flames.<br />

Deputy Holtzclaw’s wife Avonlea and two<br />

young children, ages 5 and 6, were killed, as<br />

were the driver and passenger of the Corvette.<br />

Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch issued a<br />

statement on Monday, pledging his support to<br />

Deputy Holtzclaw in the coming days, weeks,<br />

and months.<br />

A fundraiser has been established with the<br />

approval of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office. Donations<br />

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PHOENIX, AZ.<br />

Phoenix Police Officer Morgan Bullis, who was shot in the line of duty in an<br />

“ambush-style” attack in March, has made a full recovery and is back on patrol.<br />

PHOENIX,AZ. – Phoenix police<br />

officer Morgan Bullis, who was<br />

shot in the line of duty in an<br />

“ambush-style” attack in March,<br />

has made a full recovery and<br />

is back on patrol, according to<br />

12News in Phoenix.<br />

The department announced<br />

her recovery on Monday and<br />

shared a welcome-back video<br />

on its Facebook page.<br />

Bullis was shot once in the hip<br />

by 29-year-old Joseph Lopez<br />

while responding to reports of a<br />

car crash. Lopez allegedly fired<br />

several shots at Bullis in her patrol<br />

vehicle. She was also struck<br />

in the face by bullet fragments,<br />

police said.<br />

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and are there serving and protecting!<br />

God be with you in your<br />

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your ordeal.<br />

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LAS VEGAS, NV.<br />

LVMPD officer found guilty in string of brazen casino heists.<br />

By Rio Yamat,<br />

Associated Press<br />

LAS VEGAS, NV. — A federal<br />

jury convicted a Las Vegas police<br />

officer Friday on all counts of<br />

stealing nearly $165,000 during<br />

a trio of casino heists, including<br />

one where he was armed with a<br />

department-issued weapon that<br />

was loaded.<br />

Caleb Rogers, 35, faces life<br />

in prison upon sentencing because<br />

he brandished a department-issued<br />

weapon during the<br />

third casino heist he carried out<br />

in February 2022. U.S. District<br />

Judge Andrew Gordon set his<br />

sentencing for October.<br />

The jury reached a verdict after<br />

just over three hours of deliberation.<br />

Jurors used common sense to<br />

decide the case, Lloyd Dickerson,<br />

one of the 12, told The Associated<br />

Press.<br />

“Everything kind of added<br />

up,” Dickerson said outside the<br />

courthouse. “It took all of the<br />

evidence and all of the testimony<br />

from everybody to come to this<br />

conclusion.”<br />

Seated next to his attorney,<br />

Rogers showed no emotion<br />

as the verdict was read in the<br />

courtroom. Richard Pocker told<br />

AP they planned to appeal the<br />

conviction.<br />

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Rogers, who was employed<br />

as an active-duty patrol officer<br />

at the time of the heists, has<br />

been on unpaid leave without<br />

police powers since his arrest. A<br />

spokesperson for the Las Vegas<br />

Metropolitan Police Department<br />

said after the verdict that Rogers’<br />

future at the department “will<br />

be determined at the conclusion”<br />

of an internal investigation. The<br />

department said it had no comment<br />

on Rogers’ conviction.<br />

The case went to the jury<br />

Thursday shortly after Rogers’<br />

younger brother testified against<br />

him for more than three hours,<br />

painting a clear picture for the<br />

jurors of how the two successfully<br />

pulled off the first heist in<br />

the series. Josiah Rogers said he<br />

participated only in that robbery.<br />

Caleb Rogers carried out the<br />

other two heists alone, prosecutors<br />

said.<br />

Throughout the weeklong trial,<br />

prosecutors had portrayed Rogers<br />

as a gambling addict who<br />

had grown increasingly desperate<br />

under a crush of debt when<br />

the robberies targeting casinos<br />

off the Las Vegas Strip began.<br />

They said he had a unique set<br />

of skills and knowledge about<br />

robberies as a law enforcement<br />

officer and used that to his advantage.<br />

Jurors also heard from casino<br />

employees who said they are<br />

still haunted by their encounters

with the robber. A security guard<br />

wrestled with the suspect for his<br />

loaded weapon during one of the<br />

heists. He said he couldn’t stop<br />

thinking about how he might not<br />

have made it home to his family<br />

that day. And a 63-year-old cashier<br />

said she still looks over her<br />

shoulder when she handles cash<br />

at work.<br />

Assistant U.S. Attorney David<br />

Kiebler said in his closing argument<br />

Thursday that the evidence<br />

in all three robberies pointed to<br />

the same man: Caleb Rogers.<br />

But Pocker, the officer’s lawyer,<br />

called the bulk of the government’s<br />

evidence circumstantial<br />

and convenient for a police department<br />

that already had been<br />

trying for months — to no avail<br />

— to solve the other robberies<br />

when Rogers was arrested.<br />

“They tried too hard here,”<br />

Pocker said in his closing argument.<br />

“It’s just too coincidental.”<br />

Rogers’ trial came to a head<br />

Thursday when his brother took<br />

the stand.<br />

Josiah Rogers was granted<br />

immunity from prosecution in<br />

exchange for his testimony. Jurors<br />

scribbled notes and darted<br />

glances between the brothers<br />

as Josiah Rogers recounted the<br />

details. He said they rehearsed<br />

for their casino heist in <strong>No</strong>vember<br />

2021. They used code words<br />

in an encrypted messaging app<br />

to communicate, he said. They<br />

returned home to their shared<br />

apartment after successfully<br />

robbing the Red Rock Casino’s<br />

cashier cage and spread the<br />

money across their dining table,<br />

counting out $73,810.<br />

Josiah Rogers said he took his<br />

$30,000 cut and moved back to<br />

their hometown of Columbus,<br />

Ohio, a week after the robbery.<br />

Before he took the stand, the<br />

government’s evidence had been<br />

mostly focused on the third robbery<br />

in February 2022, when Caleb<br />

Rogers was arrested outside<br />

the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.<br />

Prosecutors said Caleb Rogers<br />

stormed that casino’s sportsbook,<br />

shoved a cashier in her<br />

60s out of his way, and threatened<br />

to use a gun while he shoveled<br />

$79,000 into a drawstring<br />

bag hidden inside his jacket.<br />

Within minutes, prosecutors<br />

said, the robber was tackled by a<br />

group of security guards outside<br />

the casino, sending a wig he’d<br />

been wearing flying off his head.<br />

Police lapel video played<br />

during the trial showed Caleb<br />

Rogers identifying himself as a<br />

police officer as he was folded<br />

into the back of a patrol car outside<br />

the casino.<br />

Casino heists are hard to pull<br />

off, said Mehmet Erdem, a professor<br />

at the University of Nevada,<br />

Las Vegas, whose expertise<br />

includes hotel and casino operations.<br />

“The chances you get caught<br />

and are identified is very high,”<br />

he said, because of a combination<br />

of robust casino security<br />

teams with uniformed guards<br />

and plainclothes officers and<br />

advancements in security technology,<br />

including facial recognition<br />

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Secret Service did not conduct interviews in the White House<br />

cocaine investigation which is just another cover-up by the<br />

White House and the Biden Administration. CASE CLOSED!<br />

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WASHINGTON D.C. – The Secret<br />

Service announced this week<br />

that the agency has finished its<br />

investigation into the mysterious<br />

baggie of cocaine that was<br />

found in the White House earlier<br />

this month but as it turns out, it<br />

wasn’t much of an investigation.<br />

The agency said that the case<br />

was closed due to a lack of<br />

forensic evidence coupled with<br />

the fact that the cocaine was<br />

found an area in which around<br />

500 people passed through at<br />

the time it was believed to have<br />

been discarded.<br />

Roughly 1 gram of cocaine was<br />

found in a storage locker inside<br />

the West Wing executive entrance<br />

by a Secret Service agent<br />

on July 2.<br />

The locker was not within view<br />

of cameras, members of Congress<br />

and a source familiar with<br />

the investigation previously told<br />

The Post.<br />

But the Secret Service stated<br />

that because the cocaine<br />

amounted to around 0.007<br />

ounces, meaning it would only<br />

be a misdemeanor offense in the<br />

District of Columbia, it would be<br />

a waste of public resources to<br />

interview 500 people as reported<br />

by The Daily Mail.<br />

Secret Service spokesman<br />

Anthony Gugliemi told NBC News<br />

that conducting such a vast<br />

amount of interviews may also<br />

infringe on civil rights and that<br />

without physical evidence, a<br />

confession would likely be necessary.<br />

‘Yes, you could have a consensual<br />

interview. But we have<br />

no evidence to approach them,’<br />

Gugliemi said.<br />

Former US Attorney and acting<br />

administrator of the DEA under<br />

President Barack Obama, Chuck<br />

Rosenberg, echoed Gugliemi’s<br />

remarks telling NBC News that<br />

the agency has to make calls on<br />

what to investigate and what not<br />

to investigate.<br />

‘They could have done the<br />

interviews, but at the end of the<br />

day it’s a long walk through dry<br />

sand. They have finite resources<br />

and it’s OK for them to decide<br />

some things are worth their time<br />

and some things are not worth<br />

their time,’ Rosenberg said.<br />

But Presidential Candidate Nikki<br />

Haley has a different version<br />

according to recent interview<br />

with the New York Post.<br />

Haley disagrees, as the vesti-

ule is located feet from the Situation<br />

Room and a floor below<br />

the Oval Office.<br />

“Everything that they’re saying<br />

is that hundreds of people went<br />

through this area. <strong>No</strong>, I’ve been<br />

to that area. It is the most secure<br />

area anywhere because this is<br />

where I, on the National Security<br />

Council with other members of<br />

national security, met with the<br />

president,” Haley added.<br />

“The Secret Service is covering<br />

up the true origin of the cocaine<br />

found in the White House in an<br />

effort to protect Hunter Biden,”<br />

said former South Carolina<br />

governor and 2024 presidential<br />

candidate Nikki Haley.<br />

“For them to say they don’t<br />

know who this was … don’t tell<br />

me there’s no cameras in there.<br />

There are absolutely cameras<br />

in there,” Haley said during an<br />

interview with Tucker Carlson at<br />

the Family Leadership Summit in<br />

Iowa on Friday.<br />

“I strongly believe this is a cover-up<br />

for either Hunter, or someone<br />

very close to the president,<br />

and they don’t want to say who<br />

it is.”<br />

Hunter Biden, a known former<br />

drug addict, has been staying at<br />

the White House in recent weeks.<br />

EDITOR: According to a confidential<br />

source, the Secret Service<br />

are convinced the cocaine was<br />

a drop for Hunter Biden, who has<br />

been living at the White House.<br />

The source went on to say that<br />

they believe one of the WH Staffers<br />

close to Hunter, purchased<br />

the small bag of cocaine and left<br />

it in the locker for Hunter to pick<br />

up before he left with POTUS for<br />

Camp David. Apparently Hunter<br />

forgot to retrieve the ‘blow’ before<br />

he left and it was found after<br />

he left.<br />

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yrs.<br />


Police officers leaving New Orleans PD in droves could cost the<br />

city millions in fines to cover police pension losses.<br />

By David Hammer,<br />

The Times-Picayune | The New<br />

Orleans Advocate<br />

NEW ORLEANS, LA. — The city<br />

of New Orleans has lost so many<br />

police officers that it now faces a<br />

major fine to cover police pension<br />

losses that could top $38 million<br />

over the next 15 years.<br />

City Council Vice President Helena<br />

Moreno said she was shocked to<br />

learn this week that the Municipal<br />

Police Employee Retirement System<br />

considers the NOPD “partially<br />

dissolved,” for both 2021 and 2022.<br />

That triggered a state law that<br />

requires the city to pay back the<br />

police pension fund for unfunded<br />

liabilities — in other words, money<br />

the city would have been paying<br />

into the system if it hadn’t lost any<br />

officers.<br />

MPERS confirmed the city made<br />

its first monthly payment of<br />

$50,314.10 earlier this month. The<br />

only way for the city to escape future<br />

payments would be to restore<br />

staffing to the 1,119 employees that<br />

participated in the pension system<br />

in June 2021.<br />

“There’s really no wiggle room<br />

here, other than to get the numbers<br />

up,” said Executive Director Ben<br />

Huxen. “We support New Orleans<br />

and want them to get more police<br />

officers and not have to make the<br />

payments.”<br />

A letter by the MPERS’ actuary<br />

in March states that New Orleans<br />

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partially dissolved its police force in<br />

2021 by losing more than 50 officers<br />

that fiscal year. <strong>No</strong>w, because<br />

it lost more than 50 officers in the<br />

2022 fiscal year, it will owe another<br />

$163,798.57 per month starting in<br />

July 2024, for a total of more than<br />

$214,000 per month. Moreno said<br />

that will add up to a total bill of<br />

$38 million over 15 years.<br />

Moreno said Mayor LaToya<br />

Cantrell’s administration gave the<br />

City Council no warning that it<br />

would have to budget for the fines.<br />

She also said the city made no<br />

effort to change the law governing<br />

the pension system to see if the city<br />

could avoid the fines.<br />

“What I’m very frustrated about is<br />

that I was not, nor were any council<br />

members, alerted to this by the<br />

administration,” Moreno said. “As<br />

to, like, ‘Wait a second, this major<br />

thing is coming our way, we need to<br />

figure out a path here.’”<br />

Police officers rely on the pension<br />

system for their retirement. The<br />

state law was passed to protect<br />

against a loss of funds if a city or<br />

town slashed its department or<br />

farmed out its public safety duties.<br />

Donovan Livaccari, of the Fraternal<br />

Order of Police, said he supports<br />

those protections for the pension<br />

fund but worries the law didn’t<br />

envision what has happened at the<br />

NOPD.<br />

“They put rules like this in place<br />

to keep municipalities from purposely<br />

reducing their contributions,”<br />

Livaccari said. “But the city of New<br />

Orleans is not moving employees<br />

out of MPERS to reduce its contributions.<br />

This is at least partially the<br />

fallout from the pandemic.”<br />

New Orleans has been losing<br />

officers to retirement and other<br />

departments for years. It had 1,600<br />

commissioned officers before Hurricane<br />

Katrina and dropped to below<br />

1,200 over the next decade. The<br />

NOPD never overcame the attrition<br />

it suffered after a hiring freeze<br />

imposed by former Mayor Mitch<br />

Landrieu more than 10 years ago.<br />

But Huxen said 2021 was the first<br />

time that a large city in Louisiana<br />

owed fines for losing more than 50<br />

participating employees in a single<br />

year.<br />

It’s now happened two years in<br />

a row in New Orleans. An actuarial<br />

report released in March by the<br />

New Orleans Employees’ Retirement<br />

System said the city was one of<br />

four Louisiana municipalities that<br />

partially dissolved its police department<br />

in 2022, when the NOPD lost<br />

138 employees.<br />

At the end of the 2021 fiscal year,<br />

the NOPD had 1,119 officers participating<br />

in the pension system. By<br />

the end of June 2022, that number<br />

had dropped to 981. It continued to<br />

decrease steadily throughout fiscal<br />

year 2023 and is expected to fall<br />

below 900 commissioned officers<br />

for the first time.<br />

Reprinted from the Times-Picayune<br />

| The New Orleans Advocate.

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yrs.<br />


BWC video shows shootout between officers,<br />

and a suspect inside a supermarket.<br />

Chief Harold Medina said if he had one word to describe the scene, it would be<br />

“chaos,” and that you could tell the incident “escalated extremely quickly.”<br />


— Albuquerque Police Department<br />

officials released lapel video<br />

and a rundown of a gunfight<br />

that erupted between a man and<br />

officers in a crowded supermarket<br />

last month on West Central.<br />

On June 24, APD Sgt. Gianfranco<br />

Di Paolo and officers Anthony<br />

Trujillo, Brandon Perez and Damian<br />

Dudnow fatally shot Mark<br />

Peter, 41 inside an El Mezquite<br />

market.<br />

The four officers joined APD at<br />

different times between 2015 and<br />

2020 and none had been involved<br />

in a prior shooting. Officials said<br />

none of the officers have returned<br />

to duty.<br />

The department held a briefing<br />

Wednesday on two fatal police<br />

shootings, which happened in<br />

less than a week of each other.<br />

“If I could use one word to describe<br />

both scenes: chaos,” APD<br />

Chief Harold Medina said during<br />

the briefing. “I mean, you could<br />

clearly tell that these incidents<br />

escalated extremely quickly.”<br />

Medina said the department<br />

would be assessing the officers’<br />

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tactics in the shooting — particularly<br />

that they appeared to<br />

fire in the general direction of<br />

other officers as well as bystanders.<br />

He said the incident also<br />

showed “acts of heroism” in the<br />

fast movements of one officer<br />

to intentionally fire away from<br />

bystanders.<br />

Medina said one of the rules<br />

police have ingrained when it<br />

comes to deadly force is “be sure<br />

of your target and what is beyond<br />

it.”<br />

“Those are questions that we’re<br />

going to have to answer during<br />

the administrative investigation,<br />

like what was in line? What was<br />

the officer’s perceptions? What<br />

was going through their mind<br />

at that time? So we do have to<br />

answer some of those questions,”<br />

he said. “And when the investigation<br />

comes out, we should<br />

have some answers as to what<br />

the officers are observing, why<br />

shots were fired, what they saw<br />

and why it was necessary at the<br />

moment with these individuals in<br />

line.”<br />

Cmdr. Kyle Hartsock, with APD’s<br />

Investigative Enhancement Division,<br />

detailed the June 24 police<br />

shooting and released lapel video<br />

and photo evidence.<br />

Hartsock said police responded<br />

around 3:24 p.m. to a 911 call<br />

about a man asleep in a running<br />

SUV outside a tire shop near<br />

98th and Central NW. Officers<br />

identified the SUV as belonging<br />

to Peter, who had a warrant for<br />

his arrest after Bernalillo County<br />

deputies found fentanyl and<br />

methamphetamine in his SUV.<br />

Hartsock said police laid spike<br />

strips to deflate Peter’s tires if<br />

he fled and started making announcements<br />

for him to surrender.<br />

He said around 20 minutes<br />

later Peter woke up and drove<br />

over the spike strips before going<br />

into the parking lot across the<br />

street.<br />

Hartsock said Peter fled the<br />

SUV on foot and started walking<br />

behind a shopping mall toward<br />

the entrance of the El Mezquite<br />

market. He said police followed<br />

Peter, commanding him to stop,<br />

before he ran into the store with<br />

officers on his heels.

Security video showed one officer<br />

used a Taser on Peter’s back<br />

before he turned around with a<br />

gun in his hand and fires the gun<br />

as he begins to fall into a cash<br />

register. Employees and shoppers<br />

can be seen fleeing to the back<br />

of the store or hiding behind registers<br />

as both officers and Peter<br />

open fire.<br />

Hartsock said the first shot fired<br />

by Peter went right by Officer<br />

Trujillo’s head. Over the next few<br />

seconds, officers can be seen<br />

shooting at Peter — who is laying<br />

on the ground — from at least<br />

three separate directions, with<br />

bystanders and officers apparently<br />

in the line of fire.<br />

Hartsock said Peter fired at<br />

least 12 shots until his gun was<br />

empty, many of them hitting the<br />

ceiling and wall. He said police<br />

fired at least 46 bullets. Hartsock<br />

said the gun fired by Peter<br />

had not been reported stolen<br />

and APD is “still investigating its<br />

origins at this point.”<br />

Medina said Peter created the<br />

scenario that put innocent people<br />

in the path of officers’ bullets.<br />

“Both of these individuals, in<br />

my mind, are individuals that<br />

should not have been out in the<br />

community in the first place,” he<br />

said. “... I’ve said it over and over<br />

again, substance abusers should<br />

be getting substance abuse help.<br />

People with mental health concerns<br />

should be getting a mental<br />

health resources. But when an<br />

individual crosses the line and<br />

becomes violent, it is of the utmost<br />

importance, if we’re going<br />

to make this community safe,<br />

that they are held accountable,<br />

and that they’re removed for the<br />

appropriate amount of time from<br />

the community.”<br />

Reprinted from Police1.com and<br />

Albuquerque Journal, N.M.<br />

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yrs.<br />

TAMPA,FL.<br />

Florida police pursuit of stabbing suspect ends in intense shootout.<br />

By Tony Marrero,<br />

Michaela Mulligan,<br />

Tampa Bay Times<br />

TAMPA, FL. — Crystal Bresnahan<br />

wanted protection from her<br />

husband.<br />

Bresnahan had been with<br />

Michael A. Bresnahan for about<br />

eight years and married for three<br />

of them, said Crystal’s mother,<br />

Amanda Music. But Crystal, 29,<br />

had decided the marriage was<br />

over, Music said.<br />

“She left him and she was<br />

trying to get away from him.”<br />

On Monday, Crystal was at<br />

a domestic violence shelter in<br />

Tampa when Michael Bresnahan<br />

attacked her, stabbing her more<br />

than a dozen times in front of<br />

their three children, according to<br />

Music, court documents and information<br />

released by the Tampa<br />

Police Department.<br />

Michael Bresnahan, 33, died<br />

later that day after a police<br />

pursuit ended in a hail of gunfire,<br />

police said. The department<br />

identified Bresnahan in a news<br />

release late Tuesday night that<br />

included aerial and police body<br />

camera footage of the pursuit<br />

and shootout.<br />

Eighteen officers opened fire<br />

on the SUV Bresnahan crashed<br />

on <strong>No</strong>rth Florida Avenue near<br />

Gladys Street after the pursuit,<br />

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but investigators suspect he<br />

might have fatally shot himself,<br />

the release said. Autopsy results<br />

were pending Wednesday.<br />

Police did not release Crystal<br />

Bresnahan’s name but Music and<br />

other family members publicly<br />

identified her in a GoFundMe<br />

campaign launched to support<br />

her and her children, who are 2,<br />

5 and 6.<br />

According to information previously<br />

released by police, officers<br />

responded Monday to a call<br />

about a woman stabbed in the<br />

Jackson Heights neighborhood.<br />

Police said Bresnahan stabbed<br />

the mother of his three children<br />

in front of them, then dropped<br />

off the children with his brother<br />

and stole the brother’s AK-47<br />

rifle.<br />

Police spotted Bresnahan’s<br />

SUV about 5:40 p.m. near the<br />

intersection of <strong>No</strong>rth Dale Mabry<br />

Highway and Spruce Street.<br />

A short time later, Bresnahan<br />

pointed the rifle at officers<br />

driving marked patrol vehicles,<br />

police said.<br />

Bresnahan crashed into another<br />

car at the intersection of Florida<br />

Avenue and Gladys Street,<br />

then opened fire on officers with<br />

the rifle, according to police.<br />

Tampa police returned fire,<br />

“believing Bresnahan posed<br />

an ongoing threat of imminent<br />

danger to additional community<br />

members and police officers,”<br />

the Tuesday news release states.<br />

The aerial and body camera<br />

footage shows officers pursuing<br />

Bresnahan through Tampa<br />

streets for several minutes<br />

before crashing into the sedan.<br />

Police fired several gunshots at<br />

Bresnahan’s crashed car, and<br />

after the shooting stopped, body<br />

camera footage shows police<br />

pulling bystanders from cars at<br />

the scene.<br />

The officers who discharged<br />

their weapons were placed<br />

on routine paid leave while an<br />

investigation is underway. The<br />

department on Wednesday cited<br />

Marsy’s Law and an active investigation<br />

for withholding the officers’<br />

names but provided a list<br />

that showed they included two<br />

sergeants, two corporals and 14<br />

officers who had between three<br />

and 24 years with the department.<br />

On Tuesday, Bresnahan’s brother<br />

Thomas filed a petition seeking<br />

temporary custody of his<br />

brother’s three children while<br />

Crystal Bresnahan is recovering<br />

in the hospital.<br />

According to the petition,<br />

Crystal Bresnahan was outside<br />

a domestic violence shelter on<br />

Monday when Michael Bresnahan<br />

arrived and tried to get her and

the children into the SUV. (Music<br />

said the children were already in<br />

the SUV at that point).<br />

By then, the petition states, a<br />

“child protective investigation”<br />

was already underway.<br />

“When the mother refused<br />

to get into the car, the father<br />

stabbed the mother thirteen (13)<br />

times,” the petition states.<br />

Bresnahan called Thomas<br />

Bresnahan to get the children<br />

and they met in the parking lot<br />

of a church, where the brother<br />

took the kids into his care,<br />

according to the petition. When<br />

Thomas Bresnahan returned<br />

home, law enforcement was<br />

waiting for him. At that point,<br />

Michael Bresnahan was on the<br />

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phone “having suicidal discussions.”<br />

“When the father heard law<br />

enforcement, he hung up the<br />

phone,” the petition states.<br />

The attorney for Thomas<br />

Bresnahan who is listed on the<br />

petition, Gary De Pury, declined<br />

to comment because the case<br />

involves children.<br />

In a phone interview from the<br />

hospital Wednesday, Music said<br />

her son-in-law had plenty of<br />

good qualities but also was “an<br />

angry person” with a short temper<br />

and a history of outbursts, so<br />

she worried about her daughter<br />

when she decided to leave him,<br />

and she feared she would receive<br />

a phone call like the one<br />

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she got Monday after her daughter’s<br />

attack.<br />

The GoFundMe page Music and<br />

another family member created<br />

says Bresnahan cannot work and<br />

will need a new car and a place<br />

to live.<br />

Music said Crystal has had surgery<br />

to repair organs damaged<br />

in the attack but was doing well<br />

Wednesday.<br />

She said her daughter wants to<br />

be open about her own ordeal to<br />

help others in similar situations.<br />

“She wants to do whatever she<br />

can,” Music said.<br />

Reprinted from the©2023 Tampa<br />

Bay Times.<br />

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yrs.<br />


Texas builds a floating barrier in the Rio Grande.<br />

By Juliana Kim, NPR News<br />

AUSTIN, TX. – Gov. Greg Abbott<br />

plans to install a stretch of buoys<br />

on the river that divides his state<br />

and Mexico in an attempt to hinder<br />

migrants from crossing into<br />

Texas.<br />

The Rio Grande is considered<br />

one of the deadliest routes for<br />

migrants. Over the years, hundreds<br />

of people, including babies<br />

and children, have died on the<br />

river, mainly from drowning in its<br />

turbulent current.<br />

Steve McCraw, director of the<br />

Texas Department of Public<br />

Safety, described the floating<br />

barrier as a “proactive way” to<br />

prevent migrants from putting<br />

themselves at risk of drowning.<br />

But he also emphasized that the<br />

buoys will act as another layer<br />

of border security.<br />

“What these buoys will allow<br />

us to do is to prevent people<br />

from even getting to the border,”<br />

McCraw said at a border security<br />

bill signing ceremony on Thursday.<br />

But immigrant advocates say<br />

that many people who attempt<br />

to cross the Rio Grande do so<br />

because they know of very few<br />

options to reach the U.S.<br />

“Abbott’s latest stunt will make<br />

this situation even more dangerous<br />

and deadly,” said Mary Miller<br />

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Flowers, director of policy and<br />

legislative affairs at the Young<br />

Center for Immigrant Children’s<br />

Rights.<br />

Here is what to know about the<br />

upcoming floating border wall:<br />

• The floating barrier will be<br />

placed near Eagle Pass next<br />

month<br />

• Abbott’s plan is to place a<br />

string of 4-foot-high, bright orange<br />

buoys in the middle of the<br />

Rio Grande, according to mock<br />

images shown at Thursday’s<br />

news conference.<br />

The floating barrier will span<br />

1,000 feet — covering a tiny fraction<br />

of the 1,254 miles the river<br />

spans along the Texas-Mexico<br />

border. But the barrier is movable<br />

and it will be “deployed strategically”<br />

in migrant crossing hot<br />

spots, Abbott said.<br />

The first stretch of the buoys<br />

will be situated near Eagle Pass,<br />

which is known for being a busy<br />

migration point, in July. It is expected<br />

to cost about $1 million,<br />

according to McCraw.<br />

It will still be possible to pass<br />

through the buoys as the floating<br />

border wall is not completely<br />

traversable. McCraw admitted<br />

that there are ways to overcome<br />

it with “great effort.”<br />

When asked if it’s possible to

swim under the buoys, McCraw<br />

said, “You can and you can’t”<br />

— adding that there will be<br />

webbing attached to the barrier<br />

underwater. Regardless of<br />

these measures, the Rio Grande<br />

is notorious for its fast-flowing<br />

waters.<br />

Recent Migrant deaths at the<br />

U.S.-Mexico border have hit a record<br />

high, in part due to drownings.<br />

Abbott described the floating<br />

border as mainly designed to<br />

deter large groups of migrants<br />

from reaching Texas lines. He<br />

warned that it is only one of<br />

many barriers to entry.<br />

“When we’re dealing with 100<br />

or 1,000 people, one of the goals<br />

is to slow down and deter as<br />

many of them as possible,” Abbott<br />

said. “Some may eventually<br />

get to the border where they are<br />

going to face that multi-layered<br />

razor wire and a full force of National<br />

Guard and DPS officers.”<br />

McCraw said the 1,000-foot<br />

barrier is only the first installment<br />

of the buoys and the measure<br />

could be expanded in the<br />

future “based upon the threat,”<br />

though he did not explain what<br />

that threat is.<br />

He added that the floating border<br />

is not a new idea, rather one<br />

that has already been reviewed<br />

by the U.S. Border Patrol.<br />

“This was something that Border<br />

Patrol had already looked<br />

at, designed and even tested,”<br />

McCraw said.<br />

Meanwhile, the U.S. International<br />

Boundary and Water<br />

Commission, which oversees<br />

water treaties between U.S. and<br />

Mexico, said the announcement<br />

caught them by “surprise.” It’s<br />

only recently the IBWC has have<br />

been speaking with Texas officials<br />

about what is allowed<br />

under federal law, Frank Fisher,<br />

a spokesperson for the commission,<br />

told NPR.<br />

Fisher said the IBWC is now<br />

looking into Texas’ proposal and<br />

how it may impact international<br />

agreements between the U.S.<br />

and Mexico.<br />

UPDATE: The Biden Administration<br />

ordered the governor to<br />

immediately remove the barriers<br />

or face a Federal lawsuit. Abbott<br />

said he’d “see the President<br />

in Court.” Well he’s going to get<br />

his chance as the Fed’s flied a<br />

lawsuit against Texas saying the<br />

barriers violate Federal Law.<br />

Reprinted from NPR News.<br />

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yrs.<br />


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An allegedly abducted Texas<br />

girl used a “Help Me” sign to<br />

alert police to her plight in Long<br />

Beach, CA, early this month. Long<br />

Beach police rescued her and<br />

arrested a suspect.<br />

Federal authorities say the<br />

13-year-old was kidnapped at<br />

gunpoint in San Antonio. She<br />

was reportedly sexually assaulted<br />

multiple times by the suspect<br />

as he drove her to California.<br />

The suspect Steven Robert<br />

Sablan, 61, of Cleburne, TX, is<br />

charged with one count of kidnapping<br />

and one count of transportation<br />

of a minor with intent<br />

to engage in criminal sexual<br />

activity.<br />

The U.S. Attorney’s Office<br />

of Central California says in<br />

a statement that the girl was<br />

abducted July 6 in San Antonio<br />

while walking down a street.<br />

Court documents say, “Sablan,<br />

driving a gray Nissan Sentra,<br />

approached the victim. Sablan<br />

allegedly raised a black handgun<br />

to his side and told her to get in<br />

the car, and the victim obeyed<br />

Sablan.”<br />

“Sablan allegedly began driving<br />

with the victim in the car and<br />

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asked her how old she was. The<br />

victim replied she was 13 years<br />

old, and – after later mentioning<br />

she had a friend in Australia –<br />

Sablan allegedly told the victim<br />

he could take her to a cruise ship<br />

to visit this friend, but she had<br />

to do something for him first. He<br />

then repeatedly sexually assaulted<br />

the victim, according to court<br />

documents,” the statement says.<br />

Over the next two days, Sablan<br />

allegedly drove the victim from<br />

Texas to California and sexually<br />

assaulted her at least two more<br />

times, according to authorities.<br />

The girl used the “Help Me”<br />

sign in the parking lot of a Long<br />

Beach laundromat.<br />

A witness telephoned law<br />

enforcement, who upon arrival<br />

saw Sablan standing outside<br />

the vehicle and saw the victim<br />

– who mouthed the word “Help”<br />

– inside the car, court documents<br />

state. During a search of<br />

the vehicle, officers retrieved a<br />

black BB gun, the “Help Me” sign,<br />

and a pair of handcuffs. Law enforcement<br />

determined the victim<br />

was a reported runaway missing<br />

person from San Antonio.




An officer on patrol in Georgia<br />

got a big surprise when he<br />

pulled over a Dodge Charger<br />

going 96 mph in a 35 mph zone.<br />

The Henry County officer<br />

walked up to the car and immediately<br />

recognized the Henry<br />

County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy,<br />

Michael Yarbrough, who was<br />

on duty at the time.<br />

Dash camera footage shows<br />

the officer making a call to<br />

another person for guidance.<br />

“Guess who I just pulled over?”<br />

the officer is heard saying.<br />

“Who?” the person replied.<br />

“Yarbrough.” The officer asked<br />

if he should write him a ticket.<br />

“It’s your traffic stop, do what<br />

you think you should do. I’m not<br />

telling you one way or another,”<br />

the person said. “I don’t care for<br />

him, so I’m going to write his ass<br />

a ticket.”<br />

After handing Chief Deputy<br />

Yarbrough a citation, the officer<br />

says “Please slow down and<br />

have a safe day.” The citation<br />

reportedly instructed Yarbrough<br />

to appear in court.<br />

Henry County Sheriff Reginald<br />

Scandrett told local media that,<br />

“Chief Deputy (Yarbrough) reported<br />

to me immediately after<br />

the traffic stop occurred that he<br />

was issued a citation for speeding.<br />

Any questions related to the<br />

citation itself should be directed<br />

to the Henry County Police<br />

Department. After reviewing the<br />

facts of the incident, I suspended<br />

the Chief Deputy for 40 hours<br />

without pay for the severity of<br />

the traffic citation.”<br />




CERS<br />

By Daniel Egitto,<br />

Times-Herald, Vallejo, Calif.<br />

VALLEJO,CA. — Vallejo has declared<br />

a state of emergency over<br />

its lack of police officers.<br />

A mother grieving her slain<br />

son and other outraged residents<br />

filled Vallejo City Council chambers<br />

Tuesday with cries of alarm<br />

over the Vallejo Police Department’s<br />

slow response times and<br />

evaporating resources. Council<br />

members heeded these calls<br />

for action, along with the recommendation<br />

of Interim Police<br />

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Chief Jason Ta, with a unanimous<br />

vote to give Ta and City<br />

Manager Mike Malone the power<br />

to make unilateral decisions regarding<br />

Vallejo’s public safety.<br />

This means Ta and Malone will<br />

not have to confer with either<br />

the council or the Vallejo Police<br />

Officers’ Association before making<br />

decisions about the city’s law<br />

enforcement.<br />

“I need help,” Ta told officials.<br />

“I need you guys to be aware of<br />

it. I need the public to be aware<br />

of it.”<br />

Potential future actions include<br />

judgment calls on whether to<br />

extend officers’ shifts, pay retired<br />

officers to perform certain tasks<br />

or call in officers from other<br />

law enforcement agencies. The<br />

council will receive updates on<br />

Ta and Malone’s decisions at every<br />

regularly scheduled meeting.<br />

Councilmember Diosdado “JR”<br />

Matulac said his vote was not<br />

only about current public safety,<br />

but also about the very nature<br />

of policing in a city with fewer<br />

and fewer officers patrolling its<br />

streets.<br />

“I think what most people don’t<br />

understand is, if we keep going<br />

down the road we’re going in,<br />

we’re going to get taken over by<br />

another jurisdiction,” he warned.<br />

“And when that happens, we<br />

have no say in this. You will have<br />

no say in this. So we need to try<br />

and stop the bleeding now.”<br />

Staffing shortages have devastated<br />

police dispatch times<br />

in Vallejo, with an average of<br />

almost an hour and a half passing<br />

between the time emergency<br />

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services receive a call warranting<br />

police response and the time<br />

an officer is sent. <strong>No</strong>where else<br />

in Solano County faces delays<br />

anywhere near this severe.<br />

So few police officers remain<br />

in Vallejo, Ta said police have<br />

collapsed their traffic division<br />

and begun rotating one detective<br />

per week to work a patrol shift.<br />

He said they may also entirely<br />

stop responding to some calls,<br />

such as alarm calls, in the near<br />

future.<br />




By Patrick Orsagos, Bruce Shipkowski<br />

and Samantha Hendrickson.<br />

Associated Press.<br />

COLUMBUS, OH. — A police<br />

officer in rural Ohio was fired<br />

Wednesday after he released<br />

his police K-9 on a surrendering<br />

truck driver despite state troopers<br />

telling him to hold the K9<br />

back.<br />

The Circleville Police Department<br />

said Ryan Speakman “did<br />

not meet the standards and<br />

expectations we hold for our<br />

police officers” and his termination<br />

is “effective immediately.”<br />

His firing comes a day after the<br />

department said he was on paid<br />

administrative leave, which is<br />

standard during use-of-force<br />

investigations.<br />

The town’s civilian police review<br />

board has found Speakman<br />

didn’t violate department policy<br />

when he deployed the dog,<br />

Wednesday’s police statement<br />

said, adding that the review<br />

board doesn’t have the authority<br />

to recommend discipline.<br />

Department officials said they<br />

would have no further comment<br />

on the matter “at this time” since<br />

it’s a personnel matter. Messages<br />

seeking comment from<br />

Speakman were not immediately<br />

returned.<br />

The Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent<br />

Association, a police union<br />

Speakman belongs to, said<br />

Wednesday it had filed a grievance<br />

on his behalf and that he

was fired without just cause.<br />

Speakman, who joined the<br />

Circleville department in February<br />

2020, deployed his police<br />

dog following a lengthy pursuit<br />

on July 4 involving the Ohio State<br />

Highway Patrol. The episode<br />

was captured on a police body<br />

camera.<br />

Troopers tried to stop a commercial<br />

semi-truck that was<br />

missing a mudflap and failed to<br />

halt for an inspection, according<br />

to a highway patrol incident<br />

report. The nearby Circleville<br />

Police Department was called in<br />

to assist.<br />

The 23-year-old truck driver,<br />

Jadarrius Rose of Memphis, Tennessee,<br />

initially refused to get<br />

out of the truck and later defied<br />

instructions to get on the ground,<br />

according to the incident report<br />

and the body cam video. Rose<br />

eventually got on his knees and<br />

raised his hands in the air.<br />

The body camera video shows<br />

Speakman holding back the<br />

K9, and a trooper can be heard<br />

off-camera repeatedly yelling,<br />

“Do not release the dog with his<br />

hands up!” However, Speakman<br />

deploys the dog and it can be<br />

seen in the video attacking Rose,<br />

who yells “Get it off! Please!<br />

Please!”<br />

Rose was treated at a hospital<br />

for dog bites.<br />

He was charged with failure to<br />

comply, and hasn’t responded to<br />

an email sent Monday seeking<br />

comment. Attorney Benjamin<br />

Partee, who is representing Rose,<br />

did not immediately respond to a<br />

request for comment.<br />

It’s not clear why he refused<br />

to stop for police. Rose told<br />

The Columbus Dispatch that he<br />

couldn’t talk about why he didn’t<br />

stop. But when asked about the<br />

video, told the newspaper: “I’m<br />

just glad that it was recorded.<br />

What you saw is what, pretty<br />

much, happened.”<br />




A Pennsylvania State Police<br />

lieutenant who was critically<br />

wounded in a multi-location<br />

attack against state troopers on<br />

June 17 in Juniata County was<br />

released from the hospital Monday.<br />

Police say the suspect who<br />

shot Lt. James A. Wagner also<br />

ambushed and killed Trooper<br />

Jacques Rougeau Jr. on the same<br />

afternoon. The suspect was<br />

killed in a fierce gun battle with<br />

police.<br />

Following the shooting, Wagner<br />

was taken to Lewistown Hospital<br />

and then life-flighted to the<br />

Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.<br />

The hospital made the announcement<br />

that Wagner was<br />

being discharged after a long<br />

stay, and his next steps in recovery<br />

will be at a rehabilitation<br />

facility.<br />

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A Toronto Police K-9 was<br />

killed and an armed man was<br />

shot and injured Tuesday as<br />

officers attempted to arrest him<br />

in connection with a homicide,<br />

Ontario’s Special investigations<br />

Unit (SIU) says.<br />

Police went to an apartment<br />

building around 8 p.m. in order<br />

to apprehend a 44-year-old man<br />

wanted for second-degree murder,<br />

according to SIU spokesperson<br />

Kristy Denette, who spoke to<br />

reporters Wednesday morning,<br />

the CBC reports.<br />

The man fired at police and<br />

then fled through a residential<br />

neighborhood before ending up<br />

in a backyard, Denette said.<br />

K-9 Bingo was part of the<br />

search. The man shot and killed<br />

Bingo, Denette said. That is when<br />

a police officer shot and injured<br />

the man, she added. The man<br />

was taken to hospital for treatment,<br />

where he remains.<br />

Bingo, a two-year-old German<br />

Shepherd, joined the force in July<br />

2022.<br />




By Colleen Slevin,<br />

Associated Press<br />

DENVER — A Colorado police<br />

officer accused of putting a<br />

handcuffed woman in a parked<br />

police car that was hit by a<br />

freight train did not know the<br />

car was parked on the tracks,<br />

the officer’s lawyer said in court<br />

Monday.<br />

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While evidence will show<br />

Officer Jordan Steinke stood on<br />

the railroad tracks during a night<br />

traffic stop on Sept. 16, 2022,<br />

she did not know that an officer<br />

she was assisting had parked his<br />

patrol car on the tracks, defense<br />

lawyer Mallory Revel said<br />

in opening statements in state<br />

court in Greeley. The woman<br />

inside, Yareni Rios-Gonzalez,<br />

suffered extensive injuries, including<br />

a traumatic brain injury.<br />

The tracks were completely<br />

flush with the road, with nothing<br />

to trip over, and there were<br />

no illuminated crossing signs or<br />

gates at the railroad crossing in<br />

the rural area, just two reflective<br />

signs on either side of the tracks,<br />

Revel said.<br />

Prosecutors will not be able to<br />

prove that she acted recklessly<br />

by leaving the woman in the patrol<br />

car, Revel said.<br />

“You cannot disregard a risk<br />

of which you are unaware, no<br />

matter how obvious that risk<br />

may later seem,” said Revel,<br />

who stressed the case hinged on<br />

what Steinke knew in the moment.<br />

In her opening statement, Deputy<br />

District Attorney Lacy Wells<br />

noted Steinke had walked across<br />

the train tracks several times<br />

during the incident, including<br />

when she escorted Rios-Gonzalez<br />

to the patrol car after<br />

arresting her. She did not lay<br />

out exactly what Steinke knew,<br />

but she said prosecutors would<br />

present evidence about her state<br />

of mind.<br />

“The court will see and hear<br />

evidence from which the court<br />

can infer the defendant’s mental<br />

state at the time she elected to

place Yareni Rios-Gonzalez in<br />

the Platteville patrol car parked<br />

on the railroad tracks, instead<br />

of her own patrol unit that was<br />

safely parked to the west of the<br />

railroad tracks,” Wells said.<br />

Previously released police<br />

video shows officers searching<br />

Rios-Gonzalez’s truck as the<br />

train approaches with its horn<br />

is blaring. Other footage shows<br />

officers scrambling as the train<br />

approaches and slams into the<br />

vehicle.<br />

Steinke, who was working for<br />

the Fort Lupton Police Department,<br />

was following her training,<br />

which taught her to focus on<br />

patting down the suspect, getting<br />

her in the nearest patrol car<br />

and then making sure there was<br />

no one else in Rios-Gonzalez’s<br />

vehicle who could be waiting to<br />

ambush police, Revel said.<br />

The officer from the nearby<br />

Platteville Police Department<br />

who parked the patrol car on the<br />

tracks is also being prosecuted<br />

for misdemeanor counts of<br />

reckless endangerment. Steinke<br />

is being prosecuted for criminal<br />

attempt to commit manslaughter,<br />

a felony; reckless endangerment;<br />

and third-degree assault,<br />

both misdemeanors.<br />

There is no jury for the trial,<br />

which is scheduled to end Friday.<br />

Testimony is being heard by<br />

Judge Timothy Kerns, who will<br />

issue a verdict.<br />

Rios-Gonzalez is suing over her<br />

treatment, after being arrested<br />

when a driver reported she had<br />

pointed a gun at him during a<br />

road rage incident. The lawsuit<br />

accused three officers of acting<br />

recklessly and failing in their<br />

duty to take care of her while<br />

she was in their custody.<br />




Kevin Morris, who represents<br />

Hunter Biden, was photographed<br />

by the UK Daily Mail apparently<br />

smoking a substance from a water<br />

“bong” from the balcony of<br />

his Los Angeles, California, home<br />

during his client’s visit.<br />

Hunter Biden visited his ‘sugar<br />

brother’ Hollywood lawyer Kevin<br />

Morris – who was photographed<br />

appearing to smoke from a bong.<br />

The First Son took a trip from<br />

his Malibu pad to the Pacific<br />

Palisades on Thursday to visit his<br />

attorney, after agreeing to plead<br />

guilty to federal tax crimes last<br />

month.<br />

While Hunter was at the house,<br />

Morris was snapped on a balcony<br />

in plain view of the public<br />

street appearing to huff from a<br />

white bong, in photos exclusively<br />

obtained by DailyMail.com.<br />

The photos suggest that the<br />

home is in the seaside neighborhood<br />

of Castellamare.<br />

The alleged “bong” event took<br />

place the same day that Sen.<br />

Chuck Grassley (R-IA) revealed<br />

an FBI FD-1023 form in which<br />

a source alleged that Hunter<br />

and Joe Biden took money from<br />

Burisma, an allegedly corrupt<br />

Ukrainian energy firm.<br />

The funds were allegedly<br />

transferred through a series of<br />

shell companies. The allegations<br />

in the form have not been verified.<br />

Recreational marijuana is legal<br />

in California, though the Daily<br />

Mail did not confirm the substance<br />

smoked was marijuana.<br />

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TAL<br />

LOUISVILLE, KY. – A Louisville<br />

police officer who suffered a<br />

gunshot wound to the head<br />

while responding to a deadly<br />

April shooting at a bank is set<br />

to be released from the hospital<br />

where he was treated for his injuries,<br />

according to the Louisville<br />

Metro Police Department.<br />

Nickolas Wilt, 26, suffered a<br />

critical gunshot wound to the<br />

head while responding to a mass<br />

shooting at the Old National<br />

Bank in downtown Louisville<br />

April 10, <strong>2023.</strong> During the murderous<br />

attack, five victims were<br />

killed and another eight were<br />

wounded. The gunman also died<br />

during the bloodbath, Law Officer<br />

previously reported.<br />

Wilt was working only his<br />

fourth shift as a police officer<br />

after graduating from the academy<br />

just 11 days before the bank<br />

massacre. The courageous firstyear<br />

officer was one of the first<br />

responders at the scene and ran<br />

toward gunfire without hesitation,<br />

authorities said. Other officers<br />

eventually shot and killed<br />

the gunman.<br />

The critically wounded officer<br />

had brain surgery following the<br />

shooting. He spent roughly a<br />

month on a ventilator, authorities<br />

said.<br />

<strong>No</strong>w, following three months of<br />

both medical and rehab treatment,<br />

Wilt is being discharged<br />

from the Frazier Rehabilitation<br />

institute in Louisville, law<br />

enforcement authorities said<br />

Thursday, Yahoo News reported.<br />

“This is the day we have all<br />

been praying for,” a statement<br />

from Louisville Police said. “The<br />

Wilt family has felt so much<br />

love and support from so many<br />

people and would like to extend<br />

an invite to all LMPD, all first<br />

responders, as well as the entire<br />

community to attend a celebration<br />

of Officer Wilt returning<br />

home!”<br />




APB Team<br />

In a move aimed at enhancing<br />

public safety, Texas Governor<br />

Greg Abbott recently signed a<br />

series of bills into law, stirring<br />

both support and controversy.<br />

Among the legislation signed<br />

was House Bill 17, which seeks<br />

to crack down on “rogue district<br />

attorneys” by holding them<br />

accountable for not prosecuting<br />

certain crimes.<br />

One such instance involves Travis<br />

County DA Jose Garza, whose<br />

office pledged to not prosecute<br />

minor drug offenses or cases related<br />

to the state’s abortion ban.<br />

HB 17 considers a district attorney’s<br />

refusal to prosecute certain<br />

crimes as “official misconduct,”<br />

potentially leading to their removal<br />

from office by an external<br />

judge.<br />

Proponents argue that this<br />

measure ensures justice for victims,<br />

while critics express concerns<br />

about potential repercussions<br />

on criminal justice reform<br />

efforts.<br />

While some district attorneys<br />

have declined to comment on<br />

HB 17, opponents worry that<br />

this legislation may discourage

eform-minded DAs from assuming<br />

office and contribute to<br />

increased incarcerations.<br />

Austin Justice Coalition Policy<br />

Director Chris Harris expressed<br />

concern over the potential consequences<br />

of the bill.<br />

“This is a step toward catching<br />

our governor up with the governor<br />

of Florida,” Harris said. “Ensuring<br />

that the people that they<br />

go after, the people that they try<br />

to marginalize, whether it’s trans<br />

folks, people seeking abortion,<br />

undocumented folks or Black<br />

people in our community, that<br />

all the elected officials within<br />

their state have to do the same<br />

thing.”<br />

In addition to HB 17, Abbott<br />

signed two laws targeting “street<br />

takeovers” like those witnessed<br />

in Austin earlier this year. These<br />

laws empower law enforcement<br />

to seize vehicles involved in racing<br />

and classify street racing as<br />

a form of organized crime.<br />

Furthermore, Abbott endorsed<br />

stricter penalties for theft or illegal<br />

possession of catalytic converters,<br />

longer prison sentences<br />

for violent criminals causing<br />

paralysis to victims and the classification<br />

of parolees cutting off<br />

their ankle monitors as a felony.<br />

To further support law enforcement,<br />

Abbott also approved<br />

$330 million in funding for<br />

sheriff’s offices in rural counties<br />

such as Llano, Hays, Bastrop and<br />

Burnet. The funds will facilitate<br />

salary increases for sheriffs and<br />

their staff, as well as the recruitment<br />

of additional personnel.<br />

The recent bill signings also<br />

addressed other contentious<br />

issues.<br />

Senate Bill 17 restricts diversity,<br />

equity and inclusion (DEI) programs<br />

on campuses, prohibiting<br />

the establishment of DEI offices<br />

and barring universities from<br />

making hiring decisions based<br />

on race, sex, color or ethnicity.<br />

Additionally, Senate Bill 18, initially<br />

aimed at banning tenure at<br />

universities, underwent revisions<br />

and now requires institutions to<br />

outline specific procedures for<br />

granting tenure and the evaluation<br />

process for tenured faculty.<br />

<strong>No</strong>tably, SB 17 faced opposition<br />

from students who rallied<br />

against the legislation, advocating<br />

for the protection of DEI<br />

initiatives on campuses. Despite<br />

concerns, university leadership<br />

has committed to reviewing<br />

existing practices and complying<br />

with new laws.<br />

Reacting to the bills in a press<br />

release, the office of Senator<br />

Brandon Creighton called SB<br />

17 the “most significant ban on<br />

diversity, equity and inclusion in<br />

higher education in the nation.”<br />

Creighton emphasized the positive<br />

impact of these laws. “<strong>No</strong>w<br />

that these bills are law, institutes<br />

of higher education are better<br />

equipped to prepare the next<br />

generation of leaders, and keep<br />

Texas the economic engine of<br />

the nation,” he said.<br />

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UAS<br />

Brandon Karr<br />

Crash Reconstruction with Drones: The Gateway Drug<br />

to a UAS Program at Your Law Enforcement Agency.<br />

If you were a child of the ‘80s<br />

and grew up during the “War on<br />

Drugs” era of Nancy Reagan’s<br />

“Just say no” slogans and Drug<br />

Abuse Resistance Education<br />

(D.A.R.E.) programs spreading<br />

through schools in the US, then<br />

you are no stranger to what a<br />

gateway drug is. If you are unfamiliar<br />

with the definition of a<br />

gateway drug, I will save you the<br />

Google search. A gateway drug is<br />

a habit-forming drug that, while<br />

not itself addictive, may lead to<br />

the use of other addictive drugs.<br />

So, if you think that by comparing<br />

drones to drugs, I might<br />

be using a gateway drug, you are<br />

right. About the comparison, that<br />

is, there is no drug use going on<br />

here. But now I have your attention,<br />

so hear me out.<br />

When anyone considers starting<br />

a UAS program, many factors<br />

must be evaluated. When a Law<br />

Enforcement Agency wants to do<br />

this, I would argue there is one<br />

more factor that, while it applies<br />

to UAS programs in general, is<br />

even more of a consideration<br />

for Law Enforcement, and that is<br />

public trust.<br />

Quite often, when you mention<br />

Law Enforcement and drones,<br />

you can get a raised eyebrow or<br />

a sideways look from someone. I<br />

understand the concern that the<br />

public has and could probably<br />

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dedicate an entire article to why<br />

you should be more concerned<br />

about someone with a cellphone<br />

camera or Google Maps than a<br />

camera on a drone at 200’. The<br />

fact remains that we, as Law<br />

Enforcement Officers have to<br />

develop responsible UAS programs<br />

and educate those that we<br />

protect and serve about this new<br />

technology.<br />

Over the past few years, I have<br />

had multiple opportunities to<br />

discuss the UAS program my<br />

agency has created. The audience<br />

has varied and included<br />

other public safety professionals,<br />

drone industry executives,<br />

enthusiasts, hobbyists, and even<br />

members of the public that have<br />

never seen a drone flying before.<br />

When people in the UAS community<br />

ask what my agency is<br />

doing with drones, my response<br />

typically leads to a great back<br />

and forth conversation about the<br />

technology.<br />

Often when the public asks,<br />

“what are you using drones for?”<br />

They will follow up with another<br />

question before I can tell them.<br />

Questions like, “Is that thing<br />

going to give me a ticket? Can it<br />

read my license plate? Are you<br />

going to follow people in their<br />

cars with that?” I always give the<br />

same response, “We are using<br />

drones to map crash scenes. We<br />

can get the road opened much<br />

faster using the drone, so it is<br />

safer for us working the crash,<br />

and you do not have to sit in a<br />

traffic jam.” The response typically<br />

goes something like, “Oh, I

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the abc’s of<br />

UAS<br />

Brandon Karr<br />

like the sound of that!”<br />

In a Washington Post article,<br />

Look what’s new on the accident<br />

investigation team: Drones by<br />

Jenni Bergal, even the American<br />

Civil Liberties Union was<br />

supportive of drones being used<br />

in crash investigations. Chad<br />

Marlow, a senior counsel at the<br />

American Civil Liberties Union in<br />

New York, said, “Filming a traffic<br />

accident overhead to get a<br />

better view, if it’s strictly limited<br />

to that purpose, is not the sort<br />

of thing we would necessarily<br />

object to.”<br />

In May of 2017, the <strong>No</strong>rth Carolina<br />

State Highway Patrol - Collision<br />

Reconstruction Unit and the<br />

<strong>No</strong>rth Carolina Department of<br />

Transportation Aviation Division<br />

- UAS Program Office conducted<br />

a test crash. The crash was a<br />

demonstration for the Governor’s<br />

Highway Safety Program annual<br />

“Click it or Ticket” media event.<br />

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The crash was also the perfect<br />

opportunity for the Collision<br />

Reconstruction Unit to map the<br />

scene using their 3D laser scanner<br />

while the UAS Program Office<br />

mapped the scene with their<br />

drone.<br />

It was no surprise that the<br />

drone was faster, almost three<br />

and a half times faster. This<br />

means the time that first responders<br />

are in the road and<br />

exposed to danger is less, traffic<br />

backups are shortened, resulting<br />

in fewer secondary collisions,<br />

and the roadway can be restored<br />

to the normal flow of traffic,<br />

which is of particular interest to<br />

the motoring public!<br />

The data collected by the drone<br />

was processed by a photogrammetrist<br />

with the <strong>No</strong>rth Carolina<br />

Department of Transportation,<br />

and the accuracy was evaluated<br />

and found to be very reliable. If<br />

you are interested in reading the<br />

study and learning more about<br />

its details, you can click the link<br />

to read the NC Crash Scene Mapping<br />

with Drones study.<br />

So, if you are still asking, what<br />

does all of this have to do with<br />

gateway drugs? Crash reconstruction<br />

with drones is the<br />

program that will help you build<br />

a responsible, public trust-building<br />

UAS program at your Law<br />

Enforcement Agency. Once the<br />

public sees this incredibly beneficial<br />

piece of technology being<br />

used to help protect and serve,<br />

you will have their trust, leading<br />

to other uses and expanding the<br />

program in your department.<br />

The <strong>No</strong>rth Carolina State Highway<br />

Patrol has seen the public<br />

embrace the use of drones to<br />

map crash scenes in their State.<br />

Creating a similar program at<br />

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getting to know<br />


I had the wonderful opportunity to chat recently with Sean “Sticks”<br />

Larkin to discuss his journey in the policing and media fields and his<br />

current project with FOX Nation’s Crime Cam 24/7. When asked how he<br />

was doing, he summed his current status up with, “Life is good!”.<br />


Larkin grew up the son of active-duty military parents and attributes<br />

his interest in law enforcement to his structured home life in the Bay<br />

Area during the late ’80s and early ’90s. “That’s when criminal street<br />

gangs manifested into what they turned into,” he said. He then moved<br />

to Oklahoma for college, where he spent two years at Rogers State<br />

University and then transferred to Langston University for night classes<br />

while working full-time during the day. Larkin had planned on just<br />

gaining his degree and then returning to the West Coast to become a<br />

cop, but after he did an internship with the Tulsa Police Department in<br />

1997, he got hired immediately. He spent a total of 25 years in the policing<br />

field.<br />

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Larkin, a now-retired lieutenant with the<br />

Tulsa (Oklahoma) police department, has<br />

started a new chapter in his life, and we at<br />

the BLUES Police Magazine are excited to<br />

share his next step in the media field. Larkin,<br />

49, has admittedly been a bit surprised<br />

at his career trajectory as he is a self-proclaimed<br />

simple man who enjoys cross fit,<br />

mountain-climbing, and being a father and<br />

husband. He added, “I say it to everybody.<br />

I’m a regular dude. I don’t have any artistic<br />

talents. I can’t play an instrument. I can’t<br />

sing. It was literally just a fluke deal, right<br />

place, right time. There was an opportunity,<br />

and I capitalized on it, of course. But I<br />

think what has helped with the success is<br />

anytime, whether it was before the television<br />

stuff happened, I supervised our gang<br />

unit here in Tulsa, and Tulsa has a pretty<br />

large police department. I had to do a lot of<br />

media interviews and from day one, when<br />

I spoke with the media or even continued<br />

on to doing the television stuff, I would try<br />

to talk like I was talking to somebody in an<br />

informal setting. I think it helped for people<br />

watching at home”.<br />

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At the heart of Larkin’s media platform is<br />

a focus on the reality of policing and crime<br />

through the lens of a camera. According to a<br />

New York Times article (Underwood, 2020),<br />

Larkin began to highlight the police role on<br />

“Live PD” which premiered on A&E in 2016,<br />

and the Tulsa Police Department was one<br />

of six that initially signed on. Larkin was<br />

one of the officers the cameras followed on<br />

rounds and in the field. Until recently, Larkin<br />

was in the studio, helping to host the show<br />

with Dan Abrams, analyzing the footage on<br />

“Live PD” much like a sportscaster. “Live PD”<br />

would cut between footage of police officers<br />

around the country as they make traffic<br />

stops, respond to calls, and go on highspeed<br />

chases. Larkin viewed “Live PD” as a<br />

tool to let the public see what policing is<br />

like beyond cellphone footage. He further<br />

explained, “I think that if we get the whole<br />

story and the officer was in the wrong, hey,<br />

he was in the wrong,” he said. “Because it’s<br />

live, the public gets to see what happened<br />

in an encounter with police from start to<br />

finish, a chance for the audience to better<br />

understand what the officer had to do.” In<br />

2020, “Live PD” was canceled following nationwide<br />

calls for police reform and was<br />

later revamped as “On Patrol: Live” in July<br />

2022 and is currently broadcasted by Reelz.<br />

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Larkin has also been passionate for years about<br />

highlighting the reality of false allegations that<br />

can occur against police officers, as he also experienced<br />

this firsthand. “In 2010, here in Tulsa,<br />

there was a well-documented police corruption<br />

investigation that went on, and my name and the<br />

names of some other officers were thrown into<br />

it, and we hadn’t done anything wrong. Here we<br />

are 11 years later, I was in a trial that became<br />

one of the focal points during the trial: I was accused<br />

of doing something wrong, but I was never<br />

charged with anything. But the accusations<br />

still get thrown out there, so I sympathize with<br />

anybody in any walk of life that has been falsely<br />

accused of something or falsely convicted of<br />

something.” Larkin gathered a series of vignettes<br />

to allow officers to share their stories with the<br />

public. With what’s going on in this country right<br />

now, it is something important to say”. Larkin<br />

released a book in 2021 on this topic titled<br />

“Breaking Blue: Real Life Stories of Cops Falsely<br />

Accused,” and it is available on Amazon.<br />

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There is no question Larkin has gained fame and notoriety<br />

since he began in the media field. “The show was, you<br />

know, the number one cable television show with about<br />

2.1 million viewers every episode,” Larkin said. “So, when<br />

somebody sees me. Yes, they recognized me from the show,<br />

but they also knew I was a police officer and came up and<br />

talked to me. And the way I’ve always looked at it, it’s like,<br />

man, that’s a positive contact that person is having with a<br />

police officer. Because the fact is, most of the time, somebody<br />

is talking to the police, that’s when something bad<br />

happened, whether they’re being pulled over for a driving<br />

violation or involved in a traffic accident. they came<br />

home from work, and their house was burglarized. It’s always<br />

something bad that people call the police out for. So,<br />

whether I was out having dinner, with my guys at lunch,<br />

on a call, and citizens came up and talked to us, they still<br />

knew I was a cop, and it’s always a positive interaction.”<br />

More than 233,000 people follow Larkin on social media<br />

such as Twitter. At the height of the Live PD show’s popularity,<br />

his fans created Facebook pages dedicated to him.<br />

“Some of the names have been pretty funny,” Larkin smiled.<br />

“I think there was one called the Sticky Chicks because you<br />

know my nickname, “Sticks.” I think there were Larkin’s ladies.<br />

So, there are some pretty funny ones out there. I, to<br />

this day, have never been on Facebook in my entire life. My<br />

mom is in part of these groups. She’s usually the one that<br />

updates me about things going on.”<br />

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Since retirement, Larkin has focused on<br />

his charitable work for years in the Tulsa<br />

community. He is working with such<br />

groups as Best Buddies, which provides<br />

mentorship to special needs children,<br />

and launched his own nonprofit last fall<br />

called STICKS Cares. The acronym plays<br />

on Larkin’s famous nickname, Support<br />

The Inner City Kids.<br />


I asked Larkin what kind of advice or<br />

insight he could offer to a new officer<br />

starting in the field. He explained, “Because<br />

of my unique position of being a<br />

recognizable face in law enforcement<br />

due to my TV work, I get contacted by<br />

many younger people, typically college<br />

students or somebody looking to make a<br />

career change and choose to become an<br />

officer. I say it to everybody: I loved this<br />

profession, and despite everything that’s<br />

going on right now, I would still do it<br />

again, without a doubt. I try to tell people<br />

that from my own experience, I think<br />

people should try to work for a larger<br />

agency. It is not right for everybody;<br />

however, for an officer who goes in and<br />

works for a larger agency, you obviously<br />

have more opportunities to do different<br />

things because you get burned out. You<br />

get burned out, whether you’re in patrol,<br />

you get burned out, whether you’re a<br />

detective, I was on SWAT for seven years,<br />

I got burned out on SWAT. I was ready for<br />

something different. Working for a larger<br />

agency gives you many opportunities to<br />

do things. You also have more opportunities<br />

for advancement and promotion.<br />

Before I was promoted to supervisor,<br />

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there were supervisors I worked for that I<br />

thought were fantastic leaders. I was like,<br />

I want to be like this guy”. Larkin also emphasized<br />

the importance of spending time<br />

with others outside of law enforcement. “In<br />

going to a CrossFit gym. I was around or<br />

still am around people who are in the medical<br />

field, people who are attorneys, and<br />

people who are in oil and gas here in Oklahoma.<br />

I got to meet all these other people<br />

away from the job. Those are the majority<br />

of the people that throughout my life I have<br />

spent time outside of work with. It was a<br />

way for me to detach and be away from the<br />

job and not constantly talk about the same<br />

stories that happened over and over again.”<br />


Larkin is clearly embracing more balance<br />

in his life now. He offered, “With me turning<br />

50 this year and my father having had<br />

a major heart attack out of nowhere last<br />

year and surviving it, I realized there’s only<br />

so much time in life and your profession.<br />

We know that there’s a reason why many<br />

police pension systems are the best in the<br />

state, like they are here in Oklahoma. They<br />

stay fully funded because we have guys<br />

that put in money for 20, 25, and 35 years,<br />

and then they live only four years after retirement.<br />

I want to try to enjoy this portion<br />

of life, so I’m cutting back from On Patrol<br />

Live. I will still be on there, but that show<br />

runs 48 weekends a year live. I’ve worked<br />

weekends my whole career. I live in Oklahoma,<br />

and I travel there. I enjoy the show<br />

and love everybody I work with. But this is<br />

the time for me to enjoy life more. I’ve got<br />

adult children now, am newly married, and<br />

this will allow me to spend some time on<br />

other projects”.

Police engage in a deadly shootout when<br />

a gunman takes over a city bus. A convenience<br />

store owner fights fire with fire.<br />

Three dumpster divers make a shocking<br />

discovery.<br />

Episode 102: Dine & Crash:<br />

A shocking hit and run at a fast-food<br />

restaurant. A local teen steps in to save a<br />

young mother and her children from a violent<br />

attacker. The U.S. Coast Guard stops at<br />

nothing to keep millions of dollars’ worth<br />

of cocaine from entering the country.<br />

Episode 103: Fighting Back:<br />

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Larkin has started a new chapter as host for a show titled “CrimeCam<br />

24/7,” which tells the story of true crime events captured on surveillance<br />

cameras, with video from those events factoring heavily in the show’s coverage.<br />

The series builds on Fox Nation’s library of true crime content, including<br />

the reboot of the iconic Fox show “Cops.” “After green-lighting the<br />

iconic series Cops back in 2021, we saw how engaged our subscribers are<br />

in the realm of true crime, and we are thrilled to offer new content from<br />

this genre to meet the strong demand,” Jason Klarman, the president of<br />

Fox Nation, said in a statement. “As a former member of law enforcement,<br />

Sticks is the perfect voice to bring this show to life.”<br />

CrimeCam 24/7 won’t be the same as Live PD: Instead of relying on real-time<br />

video feeds from law enforcement encounters, the series will see<br />

Larkin guide viewers through various video clips from surveillance cameras<br />

that capture actual crimes in progress and the aftermath of those<br />

crimes. The series began streaming on Friday, July 7, with Fox Nation serving<br />

as the exclusive distributor of the program. New episodes of the show<br />

will stream every Friday at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. An episodic breakdown is<br />

as follows:<br />

Episode 101: Shootout:<br />

A mother and daughter protect their<br />

business, and each other, from a gun<br />

wielding assailant. Sin City police bring<br />

an out-of-control carjacker to justice.<br />

Security cameras, police officers and<br />

handcuffs can’t keep a suspect from escaping.<br />

Episode 104: Ride Scare:<br />

An enraged Uber passenger sinks her<br />

teeth into her driver. Air traffic control<br />

is shocked when an unauthorized commercial<br />

passenger plane takes to the sky,<br />

with a baggage handler at the helm. Bullets<br />

fly when a car thief gets desperate.<br />

Episode 105: Spring Broken:<br />

A group of spring breakers turn the tables<br />

on two gunmen at a gas station. An<br />

all-out manhunt ensues when a crazed<br />

assailant attacks officers in a California<br />

police station. One thief’s plan goes up in<br />

smoke at a fireworks shop.<br />

Episode 106: Seattle Standoff:<br />

Police are forced to make a life-ordeath<br />

decision when a rogue gunman in<br />

Seattle drives his car through a building’s<br />

garage door. Multiple police units are<br />

required to stop an out-of-control driver<br />

on the warpath. A porch pirate gets a<br />

severe dose of instant karma.<br />

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Episode 107: Triggered:<br />

Dozens of officers engage in cross city<br />

pursuit of an armed and dangerous,<br />

wanted fugitive. A close-range gas station<br />

shootout puts suspects and innocent<br />

bystanders in the crossfire. A vicious<br />

brawl breaks out between the Parkland<br />

School shooter and a prison guard.<br />

Episode 108: Desperate Measures:<br />

A father uses his infant baby as a shield<br />

in a standoff against police. A brazen<br />

thief attempts to steal a pizza delivery<br />

truck. A massive, organized robbery of a<br />

Houston gun shop puts dozens of weapons<br />

in the hands of criminals.<br />

Episode 109: Line of Duty:<br />

An unarmed security guard goes toe to<br />

toe with an AR-15 wielding gunman. Police<br />

pull out all the stops as a speeding,<br />

five-ton RV rampages through a suburban<br />

neighborhood. Security cameras capture<br />

the moment a prescription pill thief gets<br />

a double dose of punches to the face from<br />

the boyfriend of a pharmacist.<br />

Episode 110: Taxi Cab Transgressions:<br />

A cabbie with a gun to his head sees an<br />

unlikely ray of hope in his rearview mirror.<br />

Police bring a car chase to an end with a<br />

little-known secret weapon. A safe stealing<br />

thief is in for a big surprise.<br />

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Episode 111: Home Security:<br />

An unsuspecting man defends his home<br />

and his family against armed home invaders.<br />

An angry girlfriend turns her minivan<br />

into a weapon with deadly consequences.<br />

An arsonist plays with fire and gets burned.<br />

Episode 112: Road Rage:<br />

The morning commute in Miami turns violent<br />

when a furious driver opens fire. Police<br />

chase an unstoppable vehicle wreaking<br />

havoc on downtown Los Angeles. A wanted<br />

suspect on the run finds out the hard way<br />

that a K9 unit has a bite even worse than its<br />

bark.<br />

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and family reunions. Centrally<br />

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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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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 />


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Call and mention your law enforcement affiliation for our<br />

Hatmaker’s Heroes Discount!<br />

(409)9744598<br />

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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 />

the restored 1932 train depot, the<br />

museum sits on 5 acres of railyard<br />

in the heart of the Strand Historic<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 />

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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 />

families. Galveston was one of<br />

the last stops on the Orphan Train<br />

journey. The exhibit tells the story<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 />

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 />

Overlord-Neptune, Detachment,<br />

Iceberg and Magic Carpet Ride.<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!

The Orphan Train: <strong>No</strong>w thru <strong>No</strong>vember 15<br />

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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 />

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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 />

Top Contamination Issues Facing Law<br />

Enforcement in 2023<br />

yrs.<br />

By Dr. Ron Brown<br />

<strong>No</strong> public servants are faced<br />

with more unpredictable<br />

pathogenetic exposures than<br />

those working in law enforcement<br />

and corrections. Constant<br />

invisible hazards threaten the<br />

health and wellness of personnel,<br />

including biological hazards<br />

sent by mail, casual exposure<br />

to common illnesses like<br />

the influenza virus, and mass<br />

transmission of pandemic-level<br />

diseases.<br />

Over the past several years,<br />

these dangers have never been<br />

more clearly emphasized as a<br />

real threat within the workplace.<br />

The COVID-19 pandemic<br />

exposed key obstacles for law<br />

enforcement in communication,<br />

resource management,<br />

and changes to crime and service<br />

patterns. Airborne threats<br />

spread rapidly through direct<br />

contact and can contaminate<br />

patrol cars, fitness and locker<br />

rooms, K-9 kennels, booking<br />

areas, correctional lodgings,<br />

locker rooms, and evidence<br />

labs. If a threat isn’t immediately<br />

isolated, a single individual<br />

could infect and cause the<br />

death of thousands.<br />


Law enforcement officials<br />

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deal with a variety of highrisk<br />

areas and physical contact<br />

that dramatically increase<br />

the risk of infection.<br />

Officers face numerous risks<br />

with higher potential for<br />

transmission, including crowd<br />

management at large events,<br />

transporting prisoners to jails,<br />

interviewing people within<br />

their community, or monitoring<br />

thousands within a correctional<br />

facility. It’s impossible<br />

to determine if a prisoner<br />

sitting in the back of a patrol<br />

car or holding cell has an<br />

infectious disease, and crime<br />

scenes can be filled with<br />

potentially dangerous biohazardous<br />

fluid. Communal<br />

spaces like locker rooms and<br />

gyms can also be high-risk<br />

areas for contagions like MRSA,<br />

staph, ringworm, and more.<br />

Any contact with an unknown<br />

civilian can become a potentially<br />

life-threatening scenario<br />

for a police department.<br />

Paid sick leave is limited,<br />

and many departments cannot<br />

afford a staffing shortage<br />

that can add a severe burden<br />

on those still working. According<br />

to a 2022 study published<br />

by the International Journal<br />

of Environmental Research<br />

& Public Health, more than<br />

nine respondents out of ten<br />

(92%) prison officers reported<br />

working while unwell at least<br />

sometimes, with 43% reporting<br />

that they always did so, potentially<br />

endangering the rest of<br />

their department.

A National Academy of<br />

Sciences case study details a<br />

2003 SARS outbreak in Toronto,<br />

CA, wherein an infected<br />

employee came to work sick<br />

and exposed 49 people within<br />

a single day. Their colleagues<br />

were quarantined and thus<br />

rendered unable to perform<br />

their duties for 10 days to<br />

limit infection with family<br />

members and close contacts.<br />

While many within the profession<br />

strive for a level of<br />

perfection and feel a moral<br />

duty to continue working<br />

through an illness, this can<br />

cause an immediate threat<br />

to those they work with and<br />

serve.<br />


GATION<br />

Recent circumstances have<br />

created a higher demand for<br />

an effective all-hazards disease<br />

control plan for any type<br />

of epidemic or bioterrorist<br />

attack. Departments across<br />

the country are expected to<br />

uphold new standards for<br />

routine education and institute<br />

detailed plans for the<br />

inevitable next public health<br />

threat. Correctional facilities<br />

and agencies alike need to<br />

better address regular cleaning<br />

practices and create a<br />

robust training regimen for<br />

on-the-job exposure, use of<br />

personal protective equipment<br />

(PPE), and guidelines<br />

for identifying, containing and<br />

treating infected individuals<br />

within their care.<br />

Regardless of rank, officers<br />

need basic education about<br />

infectious disease biology,<br />

modes of transmission, and<br />

points of entry for diseases (including<br />

the eyes, nose, mouth,<br />

etc.). Hand sanitizing (including<br />

hand washing, using antibacterial<br />

gels and antimicrobial<br />

wipes) is the simplest, easiest<br />

and most effective form of personal<br />

protection. Even in an epidemic,<br />

constant hand washing<br />

can slow the spread of disease.<br />

PPE<br />

Providing the proper PPE<br />

(including but not limited to<br />

gloves, gowns and masks)<br />

is one of the most necessary<br />

components of minimizing<br />

high-risk events. Anyone who<br />

might come in contact with<br />

another person’s body fluids<br />

should be wearing latex or vinyl<br />

antimicrobial gloves. Many<br />

departments prohibit officers<br />

from responding to a potentially<br />

contaminated scene unless they<br />

wear department-issued PPE.<br />


<strong>No</strong>-touch decontamination<br />

(NTD) processes are integral<br />

to any monthly maintenance<br />

program, as well as its ability<br />

to neutralize immediate threats<br />

from a biological contaminant,<br />

or other carriers exhibiting<br />

signs of illness or even a cold.<br />

NTD systems that utilize aerosolized<br />

disinfectant or ultraviolet<br />

radiation remove or reduce<br />

reliance on physical operators<br />

to improve the efficacy of disinfection<br />

with a hands-off approach.<br />

Many law enforcement clients<br />

proactively use no-touch decontamination<br />

(NTC) systems<br />

to clean vehicles in minutes<br />

between patrols and transports.<br />

Safe around firearms, radios,<br />

computers, and tactical gear,<br />

law enforcement employees<br />

can rest assured that their<br />

work environment and critical<br />

gear are decontaminated and<br />

ready to go. Correctional facilities<br />

leverage area fogging<br />

decontamination machines<br />

to clean multiple prison cells,<br />

common areas, and offices<br />

during a single cycle.<br />



Balancing the safety and<br />

protection of staff, while<br />

maintaining safe management<br />

of a facility is an incredibly<br />

challenging task. Many correctional<br />

facilities lack telework<br />

capabilities, face preexisting<br />

staff shortages that are compounded<br />

by pandemic absenteeism,<br />

and have limited<br />

employer-provided resources<br />

to cover new or existing staff<br />

without available paid leave.<br />

However, the officers feel<br />

better protected against all the<br />

unseen biological threats they<br />

face each day, knowing that<br />

they are less likely to contaminate<br />

their friends and family<br />

at the end of their duty shift.<br />

New advancements and better<br />

institutional practices can positively<br />

contribute to the health<br />

and morale of our police force,<br />

in turn providing better protection<br />

for the communities they<br />

serve.<br />


Ron Brown, is the CEO of<br />

AeroClave and former EMS<br />

Medical Director of Seminole<br />

Co., FL<br />

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new products<br />

yrs.<br />

MobileCite: Revolutionizing E-Citation Solutions<br />

to Address the Challenges for Law Enforcement<br />

In law enforcement, efficiency,<br />

accuracy, and officer safety<br />

are paramount. The process of<br />

issuing citations, from traffic,<br />

stops to courtroom proceedings,<br />

can be plagued with challenges<br />

that hinder the seamless flow of<br />

justice.<br />

Cardinal Tracking, a leading<br />

provider of innovative law<br />

enforcement solutions, has<br />

responded by introducing MobileCite,<br />

a cutting-edge e-citation<br />

solution.<br />

Designed through meticulous<br />

research and understanding of<br />

the needs, priorities, and emotions<br />

experienced by key stakeholders,<br />

MobileCite revolutionizes<br />

the citation process for police<br />

chiefs, court clerks, judges, and<br />

enforcement officers. By addressing<br />

these hurdles head-on,<br />

MobileCite strives to streamline<br />

operations, enhance officer<br />

safety, and improve the overall<br />

efficacy of the justice system.<br />



To develop a solution that truly<br />

meets the requirements of the<br />

diverse user groups, Cardinal<br />

Tracking conducted extensive<br />

research through interviews and<br />

focus groups with existing citation<br />

issuers, processors, and administrative<br />

staff. This research<br />

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identified three key customer<br />

groups: police chiefs, court<br />

clerks and judges, and enforcement<br />

officers. Each group has<br />

unique pain points and priorities<br />

to address to make the process<br />

successful.<br />


• Worry of injury or death of<br />

officers during traffic stops from<br />

passing cars or angry drivers<br />

• The need to establish credibility<br />

with officers and city<br />

leaders and be perceived as a<br />

responsible steward of the city’s<br />

resources<br />

• A desire to secure citizen<br />

safety by reducing traffic accidents<br />

• A determination to prevent<br />

tickets from being dismissed in<br />

court due to avoidable mistakes<br />

COURTS<br />

• The accurate and timely processing<br />

of tickets requires legible<br />

and accurate data<br />

• Streamlining operations to<br />

handle ticket processing quickly<br />

and effectively<br />


• Safety concerns when making<br />

traffic stops.<br />

• A dedication to performing<br />

the job well and accurately<br />

• Efficiency to minimize the<br />

time of a traffic stop

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Cardinal Tracking has implemented<br />

several key strategies<br />

within the MobileCite solution<br />

to address these challenges and<br />

effectively address the identified<br />

challenges.<br />



Cardinal Tracking recognized<br />

that the usability of the e-citation<br />

solution is pivotal for law<br />

enforcement professionals in<br />

the field. By prioritizing an intuitive<br />

and user-friendly interface,<br />

MobileCite ensures officers can<br />

efficiently complete the citation<br />

process, minimizing the time<br />

spent on each traffic stop. By<br />

reducing the duration of interactions<br />

with motorists, officers are<br />

less exposed to potential dangers<br />

from passing cars or agitated<br />

individuals.<br />

The ability to quickly scan a<br />

driver’s license bar code or a vehicle<br />

registration sticker reduces<br />

data entry error and time - getting<br />

the violator on their way<br />

faster.<br />



MobileCite’s design centers<br />

around maximum ease of use,<br />

providing law enforcement<br />

professionals with a seamless<br />

experience during the citation<br />

process. The solution streamlines<br />

data entry, automates calculations,<br />

and minimizes the risk<br />

of errors. By offering real-time<br />

validation of required fields, MobileCite<br />

significantly reduces the<br />

likelihood of tickets being dismissed<br />

in court due to avoidable<br />

mistakes. This validation feature<br />

not only saves time for police<br />

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chiefs and enforcement officers<br />

but also enhances the overall<br />

credibility of the law enforcement<br />

agency. The user interface<br />

is designed for instant familiarity<br />

and intuitive flow for a mobile<br />

application.<br />


SAFETY<br />

MobileCite focuses on speed<br />

and efficiency during traffic<br />

stops and minimizing the duration<br />

of interactions with motorists.<br />

Officers are exposed to<br />

fewer potential dangers from<br />

passing cars or agitated individuals.<br />

The user-friendly interface<br />

enables officers to complete<br />

citations swiftly, reducing their<br />

exposure to potentially hazardous<br />

situations. By empowering<br />

officers to efficiently and accurately<br />

issue citations, MobileCite<br />

promotes their safety and<br />

well-being, fostering a safer<br />

working environment for law<br />

enforcement personnel.<br />


Mobilecite was designed from<br />

the ground up to provide the feature<br />

set needed by both officers<br />

and administrators.<br />


For court clerks, judges, and<br />

police administration, the accuracy<br />

and legibility of citations is<br />

crucial. It’s not just about being<br />

able to read the data; it’s making<br />

sure the data is correct and complete.<br />

MobileCite’s streamlined design<br />

ensures that data is entered<br />

accurately, calculations are automated,<br />

and required fields are<br />

validated in real time. Officers<br />

are prompted before completing<br />

the citation if mandatory data<br />

is missing or general or violation-specific<br />

rules still need to<br />

be met. With the distractions of<br />

a stop, the officer must focus on<br />

the vehicle occupants and not<br />

on the rules and regulations for<br />

every violation.<br />



MobileCite works with the<br />

hardware platform you choose<br />

- or the one you already own.<br />

With support for Windows, Apple,<br />

and Android - all with the<br />

same user interface design- an<br />

officer can move from one vehicle<br />

or device to another and use<br />

the software without additional<br />

training.<br />


Real-time data transfer is a<br />

game-changer for court clerks<br />

and judges who need access<br />

to citation data promptly. MobileCite’s<br />

ability to transmit<br />

data in real-time enables court<br />

personnel to review and process<br />

citations without delay. By<br />

eliminating the need for manual<br />

paperwork transfer, MobileCite<br />

expedites the adjudication process,<br />

resulting in faster resolution<br />

of cases, enhancing customer<br />

satisfaction by reducing<br />

waiting times, and ensuring that<br />

the justice system operates efficiently.<br />

Furthermore, MobileCite’s<br />

real-time data transfer empowers<br />

court clerks and judges to<br />

handle a higher volume of cases<br />

accurately, improving overall<br />

courtroom productivity.<br />


Unlike other mobile applications,<br />

MobileCite performs in offline<br />

conditions as well. If you’re<br />

out of wireless communications<br />

range, MobileCite will store the<br />

data on the device and allow<br />

the citation issuance process to

continue. As soon as connectivity<br />

is restored, all citations are<br />

automatically transferred to the<br />

court.<br />


NEED IT<br />

With MobileCite back office,<br />

citation data is imported directly<br />

into Cardinal’s Badge RMS<br />

and Court systems. If you’re not<br />

using Cardinal’s RMS or Court<br />

solutions (we think you should<br />

take a look!), you can easily<br />

export citation data into various<br />

formats supported by other RMS<br />

and Court vendors.<br />

Citations can also require<br />

supervisor review and approval<br />

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END OF WATCH FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2023<br />

AGE: 29 TOUR: 2 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Police Officer Carlos Taylor succumbed to complications of injuries sustained in a vehicle crash on February<br />

17th, 2017, at the intersection of Spring Valley Road and Woodley Road. He was responding to a needs<br />

assistance call of officers pursuing two men with a gun. He was traveling south on Woodley Road in an unmarked<br />

patrol car when he attempted to avoid hitting another vehicle. His patrol car crossed into another lane<br />

and collided with another vehicle. He suffered a traumatic injury to his brain stem that resulted in him being a<br />

quadriplegic and unable to verbally communicate. He remained under constant care until succumbing to his<br />

injuries on June 30th, <strong>2023.</strong><br />

Officer Taylor had served with the Montgomery Police Department for two years.





AGE: 47 TOUR: 20 YEARS BADGE: 338<br />

Sergeant Heather Glenn was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a subject at Perry County Memorial Hospital<br />

at 8885 IN-237 in Tell City at 12:50 am. Sergeant Glenn was investigating a domestic violence incident involving<br />

an injured woman who was being treated at the hospital. When the woman notified authorities that the subject was<br />

arriving at the hospital, Sergeant Glenn and officers from Tell City Police Department, Perry County Sheriff’s Office,<br />

and Cannelton Police Department responded. The subject resisted arrest, and despite using an electronic control<br />

weapon, Sergeant Glenn could not subdue the man. The subject pulled out a gun and fatally shot Sergeant Glenn.<br />

Other officers returned fire and killed the subject.<br />

Sergeant Glenn had served with the Tell City Police Department for 20 years.<br />






AGE: 53 TOUR: 29 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Detective Delberth Phipps was shot and killed when he and several other officers responded to reports of an<br />

armed subject in the Jah Yard area of Hospital Ground shortly before 8:00 am. As the officers arrived they<br />

encountered a subject wearing a ballistic vest and armed with a semi-automatic rifle. The man opened fire on<br />

officers and shot Detective Phipps during the ensuing shootout. The subject was also wounded and taken into<br />

custody. Detective Phipps was transported to Schneider Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his<br />

wounds.<br />

Detective Phipps had served with the Virgin Islands Police Department for seven years.<br />

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AGE: 26 TOUR: 1 YEAR 5 MONTHS BADGE: 17<br />

Deputy Sheriff Tyee Browne was shot and killed at about 3:40 am after stopping a stolen vehicle in the 1300<br />

block of Highway 280 in Cordele. The subject shot Deputy Browne during the traffic stop and then stole his<br />

patrol car. Other deputies pursued the vehicle through multiple counties before the man was taken into custody.<br />

Deputy Browne was transported to Crisp Regional Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.<br />

Deputy Browne was an Army National Guard veteran and had served with the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office for<br />

over one year. He was a Detention Officer before moving to the Uniform Patrol Division ten months earlier. He<br />

is survived by his mother, stepfather, two brothers, stepbrothers, and grandparents.<br />




Police Officer Jessica Ebbighausen was killed when her patrol car was struck head-on by a suspect vehicle<br />

being pursued by other officers at about 3:00 pm. Officers responding to a burglary in progress on East<br />

Washington Street began pursuing the suspect who was driving a pickup truck. Officer Ebbighausen, along<br />

with her training officer, was responding from the opposite direction. As the pursuit entered the intersection of<br />

Stratton Road and Woodstock Avenue, the suspect vehicle crossed the center line and collided with Officer<br />

Ebbighausen’s patrol car head-on. The truck then collided with a second patrol car. Officer Ebbighausen succumbed<br />

to her injuries at the scene. Two other officers and the suspect were injured in the collision. The man<br />

was taken into custody. Officer Ebbighausen was a part-time officer in field training in preparation for attending<br />

the Vermont Police Academy to become a full-time officer the following month.<br />

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END OF WATCH MONDAY, JULY 10, 2023<br />

AGE: 61 TOUR: 38 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Deputy Sheriff John Durm succumbed to injuries he sustained at about 11:30 am when he was attacked by<br />

a prisoner attempting to escape from the Community Justice Campus at 675 Justice Way in Indianapolis. He<br />

was returning the murder suspect from the hospital when the man violently assaulted him in the detention<br />

center’s sallyport. The prisoner wrapped the handcuff chain linking around Deputy Sheriff’s neck, with both of<br />

them falling to the ground during the struggle. As soon as Deputy Durm stopped moving, the prisoner unlocked<br />

his handcuffs, then stole one of the sheriff’s vans but crashed outside the complex during his escape<br />

attempt. Deputy Durm was transported to Eskenazi Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Deputy Durm<br />

had served with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office for 38 years. He is survived by his wife, four children, and<br />

parents. His wife and son also serve with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.<br />





END OF WATCH FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2023<br />


Police Officer Jake Wallin was shot and killed while he and other officers investigated a traffic crash at the<br />

intersection of 25th Street South and 9th Avenue South at about 2:45 pm. While officers were on scene a<br />

male subject opened fire on officers, firefighters, and bystanders without warning. Officer Wallin was killed, two<br />

other officers were critically wounded, and a bystander was wounded. Officer Wallin’s field training officer was<br />

able to return fire and killed the subject.<br />

Officer Wallin was a Minnesota Army National Guard veteran. He had served with the Fargo Police<br />

Department for only three months and was completing field training at the time of the shooting.<br />

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END OF WATCH SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2023<br />

AGE: 41 TOUR: 11 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Police Officer Anthony Ferguson succumbed to a gunshot wound he received during a foot pursuit of a<br />

subject who had fled the scene of a vehicle accident at 2:18 am. Officers attempted a traffic stop when they<br />

noticed a subject driving a vehicle without headlights or taillights. When the vehicle sped away, officers did not<br />

initiate a pursuit. About a mile away, the vehicle crashed into a pole at First Street and Delaware Avenue. After<br />

the subject fled on foot, Officer Ferguson pursued the man. The subject pulled out a shotgun and fired, hitting<br />

Officer Ferguson in the face. Another officer returned fire and struck the subject in the leg. Officer Ferguson<br />

was flown to UMC-El Paso where he succumbed to his wounds the next day. Officer Ferguson had served<br />

with the Alamogordo Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his daughter, son, mother, father, and<br />

four brothers.<br />






AGE: 56 TOUR: 37 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Sergeant Edwin Maldonado-García was struck and killed by a vehicle on the Baldorioty de Castro Expressway<br />

near Isla Verde, Puerto Rico, at about 8:15 pm. He was in uniform and diving to work when he observed<br />

several citizens attempting to rescue a kitten from the middle of the highway. He stopped his vehicle to assist<br />

but was struck by an oncoming car as he tried to grab the kitten.<br />

Sergeant Maldonado-García had served with the Puerto Rico Police Department for 37 years and was<br />

assigned to the Internal Security Division at police headquarters. He is survived by his wife and child.<br />

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END OF WATCH FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2023<br />


Deputy Sheriff David Bosecker was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call along Highway<br />

183 between Cisco and Rising Star. As he arrived on the scene a male subject opened fire on him, fatally<br />

wounding him. Other responding officers took the subject into custody. The man was charged with capital<br />

murder.<br />

Deputy Bosecker had served with the Eastland County Sheriff’s Office for two years and had served in law<br />

enforcement for 21 years. He had previously served with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Alcoholic<br />

Beverage Commission, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and the Comanche Police Department. He also<br />

worked as a part-time marine enforcement officer for the Cisco Police Department.<br />






AGE: 48 TOUR: 20 YEARS BADGE: 308<br />

Lieutenant Mike Wood was killed in a vehicle crash at the intersection of Nance Street and<br />

Dixie Drive while responding to a call.<br />

His patrol car collided with a tractor-trailer in the intersection.<br />

Lieutenant Wood had served with the Newberry Police Department for 20 years.<br />

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

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AGE: 55 TOUR: 10 YEARS BADGE: 67<br />

Sergeant William Cherry was killed in a vehicle crash on Highway 10, near Long Creek Road, at about 12:30<br />

am. He was traveling southbound when an oncoming vehicle crossed the center line and struck his patrol car<br />

head-on, causing him to suffer fatal injuries. The other driver suffered severe injuries. Neither Sergeant Cherry<br />

nor the other driver were wearing their seatbelts.<br />

Sergeant Cherry had served with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office for five years and had served in law enforcement<br />

for more than 10 years. He had previously served with the Red Boiling Springs Police Department,<br />

Clay County Sheriff’s Office, and Celina County Sheriff’s Office. He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren,<br />

and parents.<br />



WU IS NEW: So Everyone<br />

Keeps Telling Him.<br />

This satirical story has proliferated<br />

on Chinese Web sites in various<br />

versions and degrees of scurrility<br />

over the past year or more.<br />

The story’s content and apparent<br />

popularity reflect a deep cynicism<br />

in China toward the guardians of<br />

justice and public order.<br />

Officer Wu, in uniform for just<br />

one week, decided to reward<br />

himself with a movie. Seeing a<br />

long line at the ticket booth, Wu<br />

gave a sigh and took his place at<br />

the end of the line.<br />

“You must be new on the job,”<br />

remarked a man standing nearby.<br />

“How do you know?” asked<br />

Officer Wu.<br />

“Huh! When do you ever see<br />

a cop standing in line!” said the<br />

man.<br />

“Oh!” said Wu, as he finally<br />

understood. He strode up to the<br />

ticket counter, put his money<br />

down and said, “I’d like a ticket.”<br />

“You must be new on the job,”<br />

said the woman behind the<br />

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counter with a smile.”<br />

“How did you know?”<br />

“A cop never takes his wallet<br />

out of his pocket. If you want<br />

something, you just say so, and<br />

no one dares to refuse.”<br />

“OH. “This was another new insight<br />

for Wu. He gave it a try, and<br />

sure enough, he wasn’t refused.<br />

Once inside the theater, Wu casually<br />

located a seat in the lower<br />

auditorium and sat down. His<br />

bottom had barely come to rest<br />

when someone beside him commented,<br />

“New on the job?”<br />

Wu was really astonished and<br />

more than a little suspicious.<br />

“Who says so?” he demanded.<br />

“The old cops all know they can<br />

go upstairs to watch the movie.<br />

Only you knew guys come down<br />

here.”<br />

Wu went upstairs to the balcony<br />

and saw that indeed, quite a<br />

few policemen were sitting there.<br />

He took a seat, and soon afterward<br />

the movie began. A police<br />

officer nearby turned and looked<br />

at him, then coolly commented,<br />

“You must be new on the job.”<br />

“How can you tell I’m new?”<br />

“How many old cops sit there<br />

like a little tin soldier? Most of<br />

them are like me.”<br />

Wu looked at the veteran, who<br />

had propped his legs up against<br />

the neck of the person seated in<br />

front of him. It looked a lot more<br />

comfortable and seemed much<br />

more police-like.<br />

The movie was about half-way<br />

through when Wu felt the need<br />

to relieve himself. At the entrance<br />

to the restroom, the attendant<br />

blocked his way and said, “You<br />

must be new on the job.”<br />

Wu still couldn’t figure it out.<br />

“Do I have it written on my forehead?<br />

How did you know?”<br />

“We never have cops coming in<br />

here. They just pee over the railing.<br />

It’s obvious you’re new.”<br />

Wu felt very embarrassed that<br />

he’d come so close to letting the<br />

side down. He walked over to<br />

the balcony railing and let fly a

stream. “Hey!” Someone yelled<br />

from below! “There’s a new cop<br />

upstairs peeing on me!”<br />

“. . .” Wu looked over the railing.<br />

“See? When the old cops pee<br />

they splatter a whole row – only<br />

a rookie would drop it all on just<br />

one head!”<br />

Red in the face, Wu quickly<br />

zipped up and turned to sit back<br />

down. “You must be new,” said a<br />

fellow cop nearby.<br />

“An old cop would never zip up<br />

that fast. Why not let the little<br />

guy stay out for some air and<br />

maybe shock a girl or two?”<br />

Officer Wu was starting to feel<br />

depressed. Back out on the street<br />

he decided to console himself<br />

with a call girl. After a little<br />

groping, the girl asked, “New on<br />

the job, eh?”<br />

“How did you know?” asked<br />

Wu, feeling rather light-headed.<br />

“Experienced cops are never so<br />

polite, they just barge in and get<br />

it over with.”<br />

Finishing the job with no further<br />

ado, Wu decided that in order not<br />

to disgrace the uniform any further,<br />

he should go without paying<br />

the girl or her establishment. As<br />

he swaggered out the door of the<br />

dance hall, the proprietor gave<br />

him a glance and said, “You must<br />

be new on the job.”<br />

Wu felt he was reaching the<br />

end of his rope. Grabbing the proprietor<br />

by the neck, he demanded,<br />

“How is it that even you can tell?”<br />

“The old cops don’t just go<br />

without paying, they demand a<br />

protection fee as well!”<br />

A new cop is still a cop. Wu<br />

said, “Give me the protection fee!”<br />

The proprietor said, “You’re still<br />

acting new. The old cops always<br />

have us deliver the money to<br />

them—they wouldn’t be caught<br />

taking it themselves.”<br />

After suffering humiliation at<br />

the hands of the dancehall proprietor,<br />

Officer Wu decided to exercise<br />

his prerogative as a police<br />

officer and teach the proprietor a<br />

lesson. Hearing noises from the<br />

next room, Wu kicked down the<br />

door, and finding a naked man<br />

and woman inside, he yelled,<br />

“Don’t move! I’m a police officer!”<br />

The woman sat up drowsily, and<br />

with a sideways glance at her<br />

companion said, “You must be<br />

new on the job.”<br />

The man agreed, “He’s a rookie<br />

for sure.”<br />

Wu barked at the pair, “How do<br />

you know I’m new?”<br />

The woman smirked at the<br />

man next to her. “What old cop<br />

doesn’t recognize his own station<br />

commander?”<br />

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As soon as he heard that the<br />

man was his boss, Wu spun<br />

around and fled. In the doorway<br />

he barreled into a well- dressed<br />

man and stopped to apologize<br />

profusely.<br />

The man laughed, “You must<br />

be new on the job.” “You can tell<br />

too?” snapped Wu.<br />

“I’m the manager here. All the<br />

cops know me.”<br />

Wu fled from the dance hall,<br />

but just outside, under a lamp, he<br />

saw someone stripping a motorcycle.<br />

He ran over and grabbed<br />

the man, intending to take him<br />

into the dispatch station. The man<br />

said, “You must be new.”<br />

“<strong>No</strong>, I’m not! Come with me!”<br />

“Of course, you are! What experienced<br />

cop would bother with<br />

this kind of thing?”<br />

“So, what if I’m new! New cop,<br />

new ways!”<br />

“Oh, I remember hearing your<br />

station commander saying that<br />

back when he was a new cop.”<br />

Officer Wu climbed into his<br />

police vehicle and sped off in a<br />

snit. As he turned a corner, a motorcyclist<br />

suddenly emerged from<br />

the darkness, and despite his<br />

best efforts to stop, Wu crashed<br />

into him. The motorcycle and<br />

its driver both flew into the air.<br />

Wu scrambled out of his car and<br />

hurried over to look. He found the<br />

motorcyclist on the ground in a<br />

pool of blood, his leg bleeding<br />

profusely. Without saying a word,<br />

Wu lifted the man and began<br />

carrying him to his car.<br />

The man moaned, “Comrade,<br />

you must be a rookie.”<br />

Wu sighed, “All day today people<br />

have been telling me I must<br />

be new on the job. It’s like I’m<br />

under a curse.”<br />

The motorcyclist mumbled, “A<br />

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seasoned cop would have finished<br />

me off. <strong>No</strong>w I’m dying of pain . . .”<br />

And with that, the man breathed<br />

his last.<br />

Officer Wu returned home feeling<br />

very flustered. He logged onto<br />

the “Youth Topics” chatroom and<br />

registered under the ID “He Bian”<br />

[riverbank] Almost immediately,<br />

someone with the ID “007” messaged<br />

him, “You must be a new<br />

cop.”<br />

Wu was flabbergasted. On the<br />

Internet, no one knew you from<br />

a dog. How could this 007 know<br />

that he was a new cop or an old<br />

one for that matter? He quickly<br />

messaged back, “How did you<br />

know?”<br />

007 replied. “The experienced<br />

cops who log on here are all under-cover,<br />

and they use an ID like<br />

‘He Di’ [river bottom].”<br />

Officer Wu resolved that from<br />

now on he would reform himself<br />

thoroughly and start acting<br />

like a seasoned police officer.<br />

One day, as he was passing a<br />

cigarette stand, he walked over<br />

and picked up two cartons, saying<br />

to the peddler, “I’m taking these<br />

two cartons of Zhonghua.”<br />

The peddler looked at him and<br />

laughed. “You must be new on<br />

the job.”<br />

“Damn it! How did you know?<br />

“Wu demanded.<br />

The peddler said, “Old cops<br />

never take the cartons on the<br />

stand—they know they’re fake.<br />

An experience cop will tell me,<br />

‘Give me two of those Zhonghua<br />

behind you.’”<br />

Walking away with the cigarettes,<br />

Wu felt that smoking them<br />

himself would be a waste, so he<br />

decided to get some money for<br />

them. He went to a tobacco and<br />

liquor store and said to the proprietor,<br />

“Boss, I’m returning these<br />

two cartons of cigarettes.”<br />

“How much do you want for<br />

them?”<br />

Wu thought about it and decided<br />

to make sure that he didn’t<br />

look like a new cop again. “A<br />

thousand each.”<br />

He put down the cigarettes,<br />

took the money and turned to go.<br />

The proprietor said, “I can tell<br />

you’re a rookie. An old cop would<br />

take the money and the cigarettes,<br />

too!”<br />

Officer Wu went to get his hair<br />

cut. <strong>No</strong>ticing the comeliness of<br />

the girl washing his hair, he wondered<br />

if she provided any “extra<br />

services.” But having learned his<br />

lesson from before, he simply ordered<br />

her into the back room. As<br />

he was preparing to leave afterwards,<br />

the girl said, “You must be<br />

new on the job.”<br />

“You too?” groaned Wu.<br />

“Old cops always ask me to pay<br />

for the honor,” said the girl.<br />

Soon Wu found himself afflicted<br />

with the AIDS, and he went to<br />

the hospital for treatment. The<br />

doctor took one look at him and<br />

said, “You must be a new cop.”<br />

Wu was flummoxed, but the<br />

doctor replied, “Old cops get<br />

themselves fixed up at a private<br />

clinic—they wouldn’t dare to<br />

come to a hospital.”<br />

Eventually Wu’s sexual activities<br />

led to his demise. As he arrived<br />

at the Pearly Gates, an angel<br />

remarked, “You must have been a<br />

new cop.”<br />

“And how would you know?<br />

“Wu asked. “The old cops all go<br />

to Hell.”<br />

Translated by Stacy Mosher

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“After years of simply surviving, I was finally honest with<br />

myself and said the words we fear the most: I need help!”<br />

My trauma journey began in 2008<br />

when I set off on this path of being<br />

a police officer. I spent three years<br />

in uniform patrol and four years in<br />

our Narcotics Unit. Following that<br />

I spent three-and-a-half years off<br />

work as a result of post-traumatic<br />

stress disorder. After years of simply<br />

surviving I was forced to finally<br />

look inward and be honest with<br />

myself and say those words we fear<br />

to utter in this heroic profession: “I<br />

need help.” By uttering these three<br />

powerful words, I was eventually<br />

brought to a crossroads where I had<br />

to make a decision: be defined by<br />

the diagnosis or defy the diagnosis.<br />

In the beginning I was flourishing.<br />

Every aspect of this profession<br />

identified with who I was. I had a<br />

steady partner and I believed there<br />

was nothing I could see, hear, or<br />

experience in this profession that<br />

could affect me. Little did I know<br />

that just after two years on the job I<br />

would face a call that would forever<br />

alter the course of my life.<br />

It was in the early morning hours<br />

on a cold, winter night. My partner<br />

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and I responded to a homicide in<br />

progress. A man called the police<br />

saying that he just killed his roommate.<br />

We broke down multiple<br />

doors to get into the unit. Once<br />

inside, we found that the homicide<br />

was valid and that a murder had<br />

just occurred. The person responsible<br />

for this vile act made the decision<br />

to attack my partner and me<br />

with a knife in hand. He ignored our<br />

instructions and continued towards<br />

us. We were faced with a decision:<br />

use lethal force or gamble with<br />

our lives. As a last resort, we were<br />

forced to open fire.<br />

The smell of gunpowder filled the<br />

air as spent shell casings bounced<br />

on the floor. I could hear the<br />

screams of agony as the bullet rang<br />

through his body. It all seemed to<br />

be happening in slow motion. Our<br />

back up arrived moments after and<br />

we were escorted outside. I do not<br />

remember the walk but the moment<br />

the fresh night air hit my face,<br />

I smiled. I am not really sure why.<br />

I had not yet comprehended what<br />

just happened. I suppose in that<br />

moment, I was just grateful to be<br />

alive and to feel the air on my face.<br />

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We both were separated and<br />

brought to the hospital with the instruction<br />

to not talk to one another.<br />

My partner was brought to a back<br />

room away from prying eyes while<br />

I was brought to a sitting area<br />

directly across from the operating<br />

room and instructed by a superior<br />

to sit and not move. As I sat there<br />

still in denial of what just occurred,<br />

I could hear a commotion to my<br />

right. I looked over to see the man<br />

that I had just shot being wheeled<br />

in by a stretcher and placed in the<br />

operating room right in front of me.<br />

I sat there in dismay as the curtains<br />

were drawn and the medical staff<br />

began the process of trying to save<br />

this man’s life. Minutes later, I heard<br />

the doctor utter the words: time of<br />

death. The ballistic report would<br />

later show my partner fired four<br />

rounds while I fired two, and that

my two shots were deemed to be<br />

the fatal ones.<br />

We had taken a life in the line<br />

of duty in order to save our own.<br />

After the dust settled, I began to<br />

tell myself, “I did as I was trained<br />

to do”; “this is all part of the job”; “I<br />

signed up for this”; “I AM FINE.” But<br />

I wasn’t fine. However, being young,<br />

prideful and ambitious, I refused to<br />

be transparent and show the real<br />

human underneath having an emotional<br />

reaction to a real life human<br />

tragedy. I felt like if I allowed myself<br />

to be human, I would be perceived<br />

as weak or broken by my fellow<br />

officers. I believed emotion and<br />

vulnerability was a sign of weakness.<br />

This attitude was never directly<br />

stated, but you could feel the<br />

stigma in light of this renaissance<br />

mentality of suck it up and do your<br />

job. This is what you signed up for.<br />

So I traded my emotional turmoil<br />

for a smile, a dark sense of humour,<br />

and a competent work ethic.<br />

In the first year following the<br />

event, two monumental things<br />

happened in my life. I became a<br />

first-time parent and I was promoted<br />

into our Narcotics Unit. Although<br />

I was achieving both my family and<br />

career aspirations, I slowly began<br />

to unravel at the seams. I experienced<br />

powerful emotions and<br />

symptoms with complexities very<br />

foreign to me. Within me lived an<br />

incomprehensible level of sadness,<br />

fear, anger, and guilt. Symptoms like<br />

hypervigilance, flashbacks, recurring<br />

nightmares, and even suicidal<br />

ideations. If I was not fueled by the<br />

negative symptomology of PTSD, I<br />

was numb to all things I was experiencing<br />

courtesy of self-medicating<br />

with drugs and alcohol.<br />

My marriage was beginning to<br />

feel the repercussions of my inherent<br />

denial. I was present in body,<br />

but I was absent in mind and heart.<br />

I was unable to enjoy the beautiful<br />

experience of being a parent due<br />

to the fact that my mind was stuck<br />

in a single event and I was unable<br />

to find the present moment. My<br />

demeanour became self-centered<br />

and explosive with a rage that I<br />

have never experienced. I victimized<br />

myself and I allowed self-pity<br />

to become a daily identity. I refused<br />

to let my wife in and I began to put<br />

up walls to keep her out because I<br />

didn’t want her to know how badly<br />

I was hurting out of ego and pride.<br />

I believed I was protecting her by<br />

shielding her from my true self and<br />

my experiences. But I later came to<br />

the realization I was only protecting<br />

myself out of cowardice and<br />

by doing so, I was making her life<br />

unbearable causing new trauma to<br />

form.<br />

Being a part of the Narcotics<br />

Unit created a constant feeling<br />

of hypocrisy with me. I was using<br />

cannabis and alcohol daily to<br />

numb my pain and I was taking<br />

away peoples freedoms who were<br />

simply trying to do the same. As<br />

my trauma grew, it allowed me to<br />

experience and put in motion two<br />

core needs that were developing<br />

within me. The first was the need<br />

for adrenaline. I thrust myself in<br />

any dangerous situation I could find<br />

because the adrenaline was one of<br />

the only things that could offset this<br />

numbness and depression that I was<br />

experiencing. I took unnecessary<br />

risks and pursued undercover work.<br />

I searched for anything that gave me<br />

that emotional high and allowed<br />

me to forget, even for just a moment<br />

what I was going through. The<br />

second was a death wish. I longed<br />

to die in the line of duty because I<br />

was at a point of accepting that this<br />

disorder was the be-all and end-all<br />

of who I was and I felt powerless to<br />

stop its progression. I felt weak and<br />

to die in the line of duty, I would be<br />

perceived as strong. I would be immortalized<br />

as a hero. So I risked my<br />

life time and time again. I was never<br />

willing to risk another officer’s<br />

life, but I carelessly played Russian<br />

roulette with my own. I was always<br />

first in the door or first on the scene.<br />

Making arrests on my own or going<br />

into drug buys blind with minimal<br />

preparation or cover. I was leaving it<br />

up to fate. But as time passed, death<br />

never came. My sheer competence<br />

won out.<br />

As the years went by, I continued<br />

to fool the world. I embodied a<br />

family man and a cop who had his<br />

shit together; all the while, suicide<br />

was on my mind. Daily I thought<br />

about how I would do it, where I<br />

would do it, who would find me?<br />

This all brought me to one fateful<br />

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night. The pain from trauma had<br />

won. I felt like I had lost the battle<br />

and had nothing left to give. The<br />

weight of PTSD was crushing and I<br />

had no more fight within me. I was<br />

on surveillance detail when I made<br />

the decision to end my life. I can<br />

still feel the cold muzzle pressed<br />

against my temple as I unloaded my<br />

gun put it to my head and squeezed<br />

the trigger. I then loaded the gun<br />

and slowly held it to the side of<br />

my head. I had tears rolling down<br />

my face, praying to God for the<br />

strength to pull it. In that moment,<br />

my prayer was answered. But it was<br />

not the prayer I asked for, the prayer<br />

I needed. In that very moment I saw<br />

my daughter. I saw my purpose.<br />

Something I saw as being larger<br />

than myself and this disorder. I<br />

began to think about her life. What<br />

effect this act would have on her.<br />

By taking my life, my trauma would<br />

inevitably trickle into her life and<br />

suicide would be forever a prevalent<br />

and painful part of her story.<br />

She would be forced to always refer<br />

to her father in the past tense by<br />

clinging to childhood memories<br />

and never being able to escape the<br />

question of why? I wouldn’t wish<br />

this affliction on my worst enemy<br />

let alone my child. In that moment,<br />

I holstered my firearm and made<br />

a vow to endure this pain, so she<br />

didn’t have to.<br />

I continued to live with the crippling<br />

symptomology of post-traumatic<br />

stress. I clung to my vices,<br />

and was angry and resentful towards<br />

life. But somehow this jaded<br />

behaviour seemed normalized. I<br />

fit in. I knew how to work and live<br />

this police lifestyle far better than<br />

I knew how to ask for help. I would<br />

have continued on this path and I<br />

truly don’t think there would have<br />

been a happy ending. Fortunately<br />

for me, life had other plans. In<br />

the midst of the chaos, I suffered<br />

a physical injury by rupturing my<br />

Achilles tendon.<br />

This was the first time I was off<br />

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work and life as I knew it stopped.<br />

I found all that was left was silence<br />

and stillness. For someone with<br />

unresolved trauma, that silence<br />

can be deafening and that stillness<br />

can create mania in your mind. I no<br />

longer had the distraction of police<br />

work to keep my mind occupied.<br />

With no distraction, I was forced to<br />

deal with my subconscious. Everything<br />

I had tried to suppress was<br />

now at the forefront of my conscious<br />

mind like a flood. I learnt the<br />

mind is like water; it can flow or it<br />

can crash, and mine crashed.<br />

I couldn’t get out of bed. I couldn’t<br />

leave my home. I alienated myself<br />

and lost touch with everyone<br />

close to me because I felt guilt<br />

and self-pity. I felt guilt for taking<br />

a life, guilt for not being at work<br />

while my brothers and sisters were<br />

putting their lives on the line, and I<br />

felt powerless to help, and guilt for<br />

putting my wife and family through<br />

such chaos. I eventually hit rock<br />

bottom. I had been off work for<br />

years with an endless cycle of drugs<br />

and alcohol. I was losing my marriage<br />

and divorce was a constant<br />

topic during our heated exchanges. I<br />

had lost my friendships, my career,<br />

and myself. But on that rock bottom<br />

floor, I had an awakening. I saw that<br />

there is collateral beauty on that<br />

floor because it is transformative.<br />

It forces you to self-reflect and<br />

decide. It forces you to look deep<br />

inside yourself and find who you<br />

truly are meant to be. It allowed me<br />

to understand that someone with<br />

outward courage dares to die, but<br />

someone with inner courage dares<br />

to live.<br />

On that floor, I made a definitive<br />

decision that I was going to live and<br />

heal. I was willing to lose everything<br />

to endure the pain of growth<br />

in order to save myself. And when<br />

you make a definitive decision in<br />

life that nothing will stop you, it<br />

truly has a redemptive quality that<br />

can carry you through life’s darkest<br />

moments back into the light.<br />

I began in search for the right<br />

mental health treatment. It took<br />

me a handful of doctors until I was<br />

blessed to find the one that had the<br />

skill set to challenge me. I completed<br />

over a year of immersion therapy<br />

completely submersing myself in my<br />

trauma. That was the key. The only<br />

way out is in. It was a painstaking<br />

process that tested my resolve and<br />

my sanity. But the more I invested,<br />

the more honest I became with not<br />

only my doctor but myself. I began<br />

to feel the weight lift and I laid my<br />

first puzzle piece of healing.<br />

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I met with a police chaplain. I<br />

have never been a religious person<br />

or affiliated to a particular religion,<br />

but I have always had an unwavering<br />

belief in God. We talked, we<br />

cried, and we prayed. We prayed for<br />

my strength and for my forgiveness,<br />

but not my forgiveness from God,<br />

but for my ability to forgive myself.<br />

I embraced the beauty of the moment<br />

and I was able to feel the love<br />

in the spirituality that was being<br />

bestowed upon me. I let someone<br />

in, and that pure human connection<br />

lifted me and I felt the weight<br />

continue to lift and puzzle pieces<br />

of my healing were beginning to fit<br />

together.<br />

I made a conscious choice to take<br />

massive daily action, to commit to<br />

mastery of my own mind. I fully<br />

embraced fitness and nutrition. I<br />

knew the mind is hard but the body<br />

was easy. I didn’t have to re-invent<br />

the wheel. I could not control my<br />

mind but I could control my body<br />

and what I put in my body. I began<br />

to understand that the body is an<br />

extension of the subconscious mind<br />

and if my body felt good, my mind<br />

would follow suit. Daily, I would<br />

inflict the most possible amount of<br />

physical pain on myself that made<br />

the emotional pain bearable and by<br />

doing so, I began to build a resilient

mindset.<br />

I made it a point to listen to as<br />

much positive content as I could<br />

find. I knew my mind was working<br />

against me so I needed new language<br />

to overthrow my negative<br />

mindset. So I listened to inspirational<br />

and motivational speakers<br />

every single day. Their mindset had<br />

to become my mindset. Their words<br />

had to become my words.<br />

I made a conscious choice to<br />

distance myself from people who I<br />

perceived to be negative. My focus<br />

had to be inward. I was on an uphill<br />

climb and I couldn’t have people<br />

bringing me down. I understood<br />

who you surround yourself with you<br />

reflect. I had to reflect positivity and<br />

growth. I began to seek out people<br />

who I believed embodied these<br />

characteristics.<br />

I learned in this process that selftalk<br />

is the most powerful form of<br />

communication in life because it either<br />

empowers you or defeats you.<br />

I found by embracing positivity<br />

in my life daily, I forced a mental<br />

shift and I began to speak to<br />

myself with compassion, forgiveness,<br />

empathy, and strength.<br />

In completing my puzzle of<br />

healing, I believe I became mindful.<br />

I learned that anxiety is the<br />

future, depression is the past,<br />

and we can’t control either one.<br />

All we have is now and there is<br />

nothing more important than<br />

what you are doing this very moment.<br />

I began to simplify and just<br />

win the moment. I embraced the<br />

momentum of healing and fully<br />

encompass the magnitude and<br />

limitless beauty of post-traumatic<br />

growth.<br />

Today, I am no longer in therapy.<br />

I no longer take any medication.<br />

I made it a point that where<br />

I was going, self-medicating<br />

could not be a part of the equation<br />

and I decided to stop immediately.<br />

I let go of my vices and<br />

my trauma is merely a chapter from<br />

the book of my life and no longer<br />

my prelude. In my healing, all things<br />

around me healed and flourished<br />

once again.<br />

I was able to take my trauma<br />

and use it to transform myself into<br />

someone who is in the position to<br />

educate others. I developed a position<br />

as a wellness coordinator<br />

within my service that has allowed<br />

me to have a voice, to provide peerto-peer<br />

support for those suffering.<br />

It has given me the chance to reach<br />

out and connect in order to give<br />

officers a perspective and a truth<br />

of the hardships of mental health in<br />

policing. I have been able to promote<br />

a message of strength and self-reliance<br />

in vulnerability. A message<br />

that says I have failed time and time<br />

again and that is why I succeeded,<br />

because I never stopped trying to try<br />

and I never stopped hoping for hope.<br />

When nothing is certain, anything is<br />

possible.<br />

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yrs.<br />


Starts With You<br />

“We have the lowest morale ever,”<br />

said a commander from a police<br />

department in a large city.<br />

“There’s no accountability. Officers<br />

are afraid to act because they are<br />

now the target of our city’s politicians,”<br />

he continued.<br />

What do we do when it all seems<br />

to be falling apart? The once coveted<br />

job as a police officer is taking<br />

more from us than ever before. With<br />

our police chiefs caught up doing<br />

battle with local officials, and training<br />

budgets slashed, we are left to<br />

fend for ourselves, relying on supportive<br />

police associations, and the<br />

public to champion our cause.<br />

When it seems that there is no<br />

place to turn, how can we help<br />

ourselves? First, make the choice to<br />

lead. By our nature, we operate with<br />

excellence at our core. Our training<br />

helps build it. Once trained in our<br />

police duties, we sometimes only<br />

rely on that training to solve everything.<br />

There is a famous quote that<br />

says, “You will always fall to the<br />

level of your training.” By making<br />

the choice to lead, you choose to do<br />

more, to be more than what your<br />

training has provided to you.<br />

Next, create a plan to lead yourself.<br />

After all, if we simply try to<br />

be an excellent mom/dad, partner,<br />

spouse, supervisor, wearing lots of<br />

hats every day all the time, overwhelm<br />

and stress are typically the<br />

result because leaders want to be<br />

the best. When we try to wear a lot<br />

of hats all the time, typically we are<br />

not “engaged” or “present” in it. It<br />

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becomes rote and robotic. So, what<br />

can you do to build a leadership<br />

plan for yourself so you can serve in<br />

all your roles effectively while also<br />

being “present?”<br />

First, go back to the beginning and<br />

define your why. Specifically, why<br />

did you decide to be a police officer?<br />

Author Simon Sinek says it best,<br />

“Your why is the one constant that<br />

will guide you toward fulfillment in<br />

your work and life.” Once you define<br />

it, write it down and put it in all the<br />

places you find yourself each day.<br />

Your office, your patrol car, your<br />

locker, your personal vehicle, and<br />

in a pocket in your uniform. When<br />

times get tough, and they will, you<br />

have your why as reminder of your<br />

excellence and why you chose to<br />

become an officer.<br />

Second, write out what is important<br />

to you right now, in the place<br />

you find yourself. Perhaps you are a<br />

new shift supervisor, and the most<br />

important thing right now is to be<br />

a good listener. Or maybe you are<br />

a veteran officer who has sought<br />

out some help because you cannot<br />

seem to separate job life from home<br />

life. For you, the most important<br />

thing may be to learn how to be dad<br />

or mom again when you walk in the<br />

door from work.<br />

Third, learn a strategy to delegate.<br />

We use control or the feeling of it to<br />

alleviate stress. Control can sometimes<br />

backfire however, often causing<br />

more stress in the end. While<br />

“in the moment” control makes us<br />

feel good, when things get quiet<br />



and we cannot turn off the control,<br />

however, we often find ourselves<br />

wound tighter than a rubber band,<br />

ready to “snap” at the next person<br />

who asks for something, or worse<br />

at our own family. Ask others to do<br />

certain things at work and at home<br />

which can help alleviate the feeling<br />

that you need to do everything and<br />

be everything to everyone.<br />

Another strategy is, take time for<br />

yourself. Make YOU a priority. This<br />

is one of the most self-LESS and<br />

important things you can do. Whether<br />

it is setting a specific gym time<br />

each day or making time for your<br />

favorite hobby. The more purposeful<br />

you are with things away from your<br />

job the better your brain’s function.<br />

You can “turn off” and be in moment.<br />

A note of caution here. Should you<br />

find yourself unable to “turn off” it<br />

may be a sign of hypervigilance and<br />

uncontrolled “fight or flight.” Please<br />

reach out for help.<br />

Make the choice to lead yourself<br />

first, so you can lead others more<br />

effectively. When things go sideways,<br />

or you get stressed remember<br />

your why. Be more effective at work<br />

and at home by putting yourself first,<br />

and delegate. By implementing these<br />

strategies, you will be able to be<br />

engaged with everything.

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daryl’s deliberations<br />

yrs.<br />


I love our flag of red, white,<br />

and blue. The flag guarantees<br />

freedom and liberty to<br />

all who live under its majesty.<br />

Flags tell the history of<br />

the country. “Old Glory” is the<br />

superior flag that is above all<br />

others as her pennant waves<br />

and snaps in the wind. Each<br />

star represents other flags<br />

that fly beside her. The flag<br />

of Texas and its famous star<br />

tells a story of another flag<br />

that once flew over the broad<br />

expanse of Texas.<br />

When Mexico received independence<br />

from Spain<br />

in 1821, Tejas<br />

was a vast<br />

wilderness.<br />

We all know<br />

the story of<br />

Stephen F.<br />

Austin and<br />

his dealings<br />

with<br />

the Mexican<br />

government.<br />

Although<br />

Tejas was a<br />

state in Mexico,<br />

it lacked the population<br />

to govern itself as any other<br />

independent state in Mexico.<br />

Mexico City linked Tejas to<br />

another state named Coahuila.<br />

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governed Tejas as well as his<br />

own state. The joint statehood<br />

was named “Coahuila y Tejas.”<br />

The Texians as they were<br />

called wanted their state to be<br />

self-governing under the Mexican<br />

national flag. This notion<br />

of a self-governing state under<br />

Mexico’s rule was the Texians’<br />

guiding desire as they did<br />

not want to break away from<br />

Mexico. If one looks at the flag<br />

displayed here, one can see<br />

the problem immediately.<br />

The pictured flag is the state<br />

flag of Coahuila y Tejas. Many<br />

scholars believe this was the<br />

flag that flew over the Alamo<br />

during the battle. Travis<br />

mentioned a flag, but gave no<br />

description of it in his famous<br />

letter. The official painting of<br />


the Battle of the Alamo in the<br />

Capitol shows an “1824” flag.<br />

Regardless, the flag did not<br />

work<br />

for<br />

Texians.<br />

They repeatedly<br />

told the<br />

Mexican<br />

government<br />

they<br />

did not<br />

want to<br />

be under<br />

the<br />

authority<br />

of<br />

the Governor of Coahuila. They<br />

said the two-star flag detailed<br />

their issue-they wanted their<br />

own star. Only a one-star flag<br />

would do! They wanted their<br />

own Lone Star above all else!

After San Jacinto, the people<br />

of Texas voted Sam Houston<br />

into office, but a secondary<br />

straw vote was taken on the<br />

same ballot. Nearly 100% of<br />

the voters wanted to enter<br />

the USA immediately as did<br />

Sam Houston. That desire<br />

took nearly ten years to fulfill.<br />

When that fateful day finally<br />

arrived, Dr. Anson Jones, the<br />

last President of the Republic<br />

of Texas gently lowered the<br />

national flag of Texas amid<br />

flowing tears and thoughts of<br />

those heroes lost in freedom’s<br />

fight. Jones respectfully lowered<br />

the national flag and announced<br />

that the “Republic of<br />

Texas is no more.” He folded<br />

the republic’s venerated flag<br />

and handed it to a man who<br />

stood near the flagpole holding<br />

the new national flag.<br />

The man with the new flag<br />

unfurled the banner and the<br />

assembled crowd counted<br />

the stars - 28. The newest star<br />

was in the lower left corner<br />

of the blue field. The greatest<br />

hero in the pantheon of Texas<br />

heroes, Sam Houston, the first<br />

United States Senator from<br />

Texas attached the new banner<br />

to the halyard and raised<br />

it for the first time on Texas<br />

soil. The crowd’s tears turned<br />

to unmitigated joy as they saw<br />

the new flag rising.<br />

Many of the onlookers and<br />

Houston himself recalled the<br />

old two-star flag that ultimately<br />

initiated the long walk<br />

to American citizenship. Flags<br />

mean something. After the<br />

national colors assumed their<br />

rightful place, the state flag<br />

of Texas, identical to the republic’s<br />

lone star, was raised<br />

at even elevation - but never<br />

higher. <strong>No</strong> governor of another<br />

state would ever give orders<br />

or rule over Texas; the twostar<br />

flag taught everyone that<br />

lesson. Flags have the ability<br />

to convey stories and evoke<br />

emotions that connect people<br />

to their shared heritage and<br />

values. Flags mean everything.<br />

I will never bend a knee or<br />

show any other sign of disrespect<br />

to my flag - ever. God<br />

Bless the Lone Star State and<br />

the United States of America!<br />

Comments? Email: DarylLott.<br />

Texas@gmail.com<br />

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“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 />

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yrs.<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 7/22/23): 131<br />

- Zechariah - 56<br />

- Jayden - 11<br />

- Andrew - 16<br />

- Giuliana - 5<br />

- Anthony - 12<br />

- Morgan - 29<br />

- Theresa - 2<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: 1,557<br />

Overall Miles Run (K9’s): 73<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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Toxic Public Safety Leadership<br />

and Employee Mental Health<br />

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According to numerous<br />

research studies, toxic public<br />

safety leadership is one of<br />

the potential antecedents of<br />

increased turnover intention,<br />

employee dissatisfaction, lack<br />

of commitment, and psychological<br />

stresses such as<br />

anxiety, burnout, depression,<br />

disengagement, low self-esteem,<br />

emotional exhaustion,<br />

and employee silence.<br />

There is no question that<br />

the law enforcement field<br />

is encountering devastating<br />

conditions exacerbated by<br />

recruitment, retention, and<br />

employee mental health challenges.<br />

Although now dealing<br />

with increasingly difficult<br />

community interactions, many<br />

police officers do not actually<br />

cite this as the primary reason<br />

for leaving an agency. Often,<br />

the stressors encountered at<br />

an organizational and leadership<br />

level leave officers feeling<br />

unsupported, ostracized,<br />

and, at times, the focus of<br />

retaliation. I have met countless<br />

officers less impacted by<br />

the lack of adequate pay and<br />

working conditions as long as<br />

they feel a solid and positive<br />

connection to their agency<br />

and are provided opportunities<br />

for growth and advancement.<br />

Sadly, toxic leaders can<br />

impact this in every realm.<br />

Political scientist Marcia<br />

Lynn Whicker coined the term<br />

“toxic leader” in her 1996<br />

book, Toxic Leaders: When<br />

Organizations Go Bad. Toxic<br />

leadership describes an abusive<br />

supervision style that<br />

adversely affects an agency<br />

and its employees. According<br />

to Derrick Jacobus (JEMS,<br />

2020), toxic leaders typically<br />

have perfectionist behaviors,<br />

which causes them to fear<br />

failure and, therefore, not take<br />

any risks. This behavior leads<br />

to a focus on productivity instead<br />

of creativity or initiative.<br />

When you have a productivity-driven<br />

toxic leader continually<br />

pushing for more, it will<br />

eventually lead to provider<br />

stress and burnout.<br />

It is no secret that job satisfaction<br />

is a significant factor<br />

in not being appreciated and<br />

employee turnover. A toxic<br />

leader’s behaviors contradict<br />

the common theoretical traits<br />

of the younger Millennial<br />

(Generation Y) and Generation<br />

Z workforce. For these<br />

generations, the ideal job will<br />

appeal to their core characteristics.<br />

These characteristics<br />

have been defined as multitasking,<br />

engagement, homework-life<br />

balance, individualized<br />

attention, instant reward,<br />

and fostering a team environment.<br />

For them to enjoy a<br />

given job, they must find the<br />

experience exciting and feel<br />

engaged (Brown, 2019).<br />

Toxic leaders participate in<br />

these behaviors in a variety<br />

of ways. When a toxic leader<br />

withholds information from<br />

an employee relevant to a<br />

task or provides regular criticism<br />

and lack of praise, this<br />

is coined “task-related” bullying.<br />

This leader may withhold<br />

information from one employee<br />

and provide it to another,<br />

a sense of favoritism. “Person-related”<br />

bullying is when<br />

a toxic leader spreads rumors<br />

or makes insulting remarks<br />

about a person. This could be

to the person directly or to a<br />

separate group of employees.<br />

“Social exclusion” is the behavior<br />

that excludes an employee.<br />

Despite having a toxic leader<br />

in place, most employees will<br />

stick to an organization’s mission<br />

and values to commit to<br />

the work that they do. Having<br />

a toxic leader at the top negatively<br />

affects the view of the<br />

organization, from the inside<br />

and out, and the leadership<br />

team as a whole. Trust plays<br />

a vital role in constructing the<br />

foundation for cooperation<br />

between the leadership team<br />

and the employees. Employees<br />

who directly report to<br />

a toxic leader typically have<br />

trust issues in the workplace.<br />

Employee trust is a significant<br />

concern for most organizations<br />

seeking a competitive<br />

advantage. When this is lost,<br />

employee satisfaction is lost<br />

as well (Brown, 2019).<br />

Choosing a career as a law<br />

enforcement officer is an<br />

important one and those in<br />

leadership roles must examine<br />

and address those toxic approaches<br />

that are contradictory<br />

to the mental health needs<br />

of their employees. There<br />

are many examples in which<br />

leaders are agents of positive<br />

change within workplace<br />

mental health. Similarly, there<br />

are plenty of cases where<br />

leaders are the cause of mental<br />

health problems. The way<br />

people are led in the workplace<br />

matters – toxic leadership<br />

is likely to be a driver of<br />

mental illness, which is why it<br />

should be changed. In future<br />

columns, I will further address<br />

these issues and offer effective<br />

approaches for improvement.<br />

Brown C. The Employee Perspective:<br />

A Phenomenological<br />

Approach to the After Effects<br />

of Toxic Leadership [dissertation].<br />

[Louisville, KY]: Sullivan<br />

University; 2019. p. 163–80.<br />

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Suspended Mo. Officer charged with assault<br />

arrested after applying to N.C. PD<br />

The suspended officer was arrested after he showed up for training with<br />

the Fayetteville Police Department as part of the application process.<br />

NORTHWOODS, MO. — On the<br />

Fourth of July, a woman noticed<br />

a <strong>No</strong>rthwoods police car parked<br />

in a field in neighboring Kinloch<br />

– now, the gruesome discovery<br />

she made after getting a closer<br />

look has led to multiple charges<br />

against a police officer accused<br />

of brutality.<br />

Samuel Davis, 26, was arrested<br />

in <strong>No</strong>rth Carolina Monday and<br />

charged with first-degree assault,<br />

armed criminal action and<br />

kidnapping after police say he<br />

beat a man he arrested at Walgreens<br />

in <strong>No</strong>rthwoods, breaking<br />

his jaw and leaving him bloodied<br />

in that field, according to court<br />

documents.<br />

Before joining <strong>No</strong>rthwoods, Davis<br />

worked for the <strong>No</strong>rth County<br />

Police Cooperative from February<br />

2021 through May 2022.<br />

<strong>No</strong>rthwoods Chief Dennis<br />

Shireff issued a statement late<br />

Monday confirming Davis no<br />

longer works for the department.<br />

He had been placed on administrative<br />

leave during the investigation.<br />

The chief wrote, in part:<br />

“Words can barely begin to<br />

express the disappointment and<br />

the failure of what appears to<br />

be a reckless disregard for the<br />

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and the solemn duties<br />

of a law enforcement<br />

officer...This incident is<br />

directly contrary to the<br />

core values, goals, and<br />

policies of our police<br />

department and of the<br />

City of <strong>No</strong>rthwoods.”<br />

The woman who<br />

spotted Davis’s <strong>No</strong>rthwoods<br />

patrol car July<br />

4 posted a photo of<br />

the victim on Facebook<br />

along with a description<br />

of what she saw.<br />

The photo shows a<br />

young man lying on the<br />

ground with a bruised,<br />

battered and bloodied<br />

face.<br />

The witness wrote<br />

that she saw an officer standing<br />

over the man in the picture. She<br />

said that she walked up to the<br />

victim and he told her the police<br />

beat him in the head.<br />

Michelle Smith is an anti-police<br />

brutality activist, and commends<br />

the woman for coming forward.<br />

“She’s the hero,” Smith said.<br />

“She obviously had the foresight<br />

to understand that something<br />

was amiss and to stop and get<br />

this person help.<br />

“So her social media post kind<br />

of pushed everything forward<br />

yrs.<br />

and people started asking what<br />

was going on?”<br />

Davis handcuffed the man and<br />

put him in the back of the squad<br />

car, and then turned off his<br />

bodycam. Davis then drove to a<br />

remote area of Kinloch without<br />

telling dispatchers, according to<br />

the court documents.<br />

When they arrived in Kinloch,<br />

Davis pepper-sprayed the man,<br />

repeatedly struck him with a baton<br />

and told him to never come<br />

back to <strong>No</strong>rthwoods, according<br />

to charging documents.

CHICAGO The witness found MAYOR,<br />

the victim,<br />


called 911 and posted the photo<br />

online. That witness also told<br />

police what she saw, and that<br />

lined up with what the victim<br />

told police, according to court<br />

documents.<br />

Davis did not write a police<br />

report for the incident at Walgreens<br />

that led to the arrest or<br />

the incident in Kinloch, according<br />

to court documents.<br />

St. Louis County Prosecuting<br />

Attorney Wesley Bell released<br />

the following statement:<br />

“What is alleged in this incident<br />

will not be tolerated under<br />

my watch. These actions put a<br />

black eye on all law enforcement<br />

officers who are doing<br />

their jobs the right way and<br />

who are tired of their profession<br />

being dragged through the mud<br />

because of the bad actions of a<br />

few. We intend to hold anyone<br />

who engages in such terrible<br />

and reckless behavior accountable<br />

for their actions, regardless<br />

of their position or title.”<br />

Smith said she’s happy Davis<br />

is charged, but said she’s still<br />

unsure if he will actually be<br />

held accountable. She said she<br />

disagreed with Bell’s office allowing<br />

a former officer to participate<br />

in a diversion program<br />

after the officer shot a woman<br />

with her gun instead of her Taser<br />

following a shoplifting incident a<br />

few years ago.<br />

“Accountability will come at<br />

the end once we know what actually<br />

happens with this officer,”<br />

Smith said. “And that will tell us<br />

if he is actually held accountable<br />

for his actions.”<br />

<strong>No</strong>rthwoods is a town of about<br />

3,600 people. With Davis’s suspension,<br />

the department now<br />

has 13 officers, according to the<br />

chief.<br />

Davis was being held in Fayetteville,<br />

<strong>No</strong>rth Carolina. Once he<br />

is extradited to St. Louis County,<br />

prosecutors have asked that he<br />

be held on a $750,000 cash-only<br />

bond.<br />

Here is Shireff’s full statement:<br />

“The St. Louis County Prosecuting<br />

Attorney’s Office has formally<br />

charged a former <strong>No</strong>rthwoods<br />

Police Department Officer with<br />

1st Degree Assault, Armed Criminal<br />

Action, and Kidnapping. We<br />

appreciate the diligent work of<br />

law enforcement as they have<br />

conducted the independent investigation<br />

as I have requested to<br />

ensure that justice be served. As<br />

reported by various media outlets,<br />

this person was taken into<br />

custody in <strong>No</strong>rth Carolina. These<br />

types of allegations and charges<br />

do not represent acceptable conduct<br />

of law enforcement professionals<br />

who serve appropriately<br />

and honorably.<br />

“The <strong>No</strong>rthwoods Police Department<br />

continues to safeguard<br />

against bias, perceived<br />

bias, or any appearance of bias<br />

that could impact justice being<br />

served. As police officers, we<br />

uphold the ideals of serving and<br />

protecting in our thoughts as<br />

well as in our actions. Words<br />

can barely begin to express the<br />

disappointment and the failure<br />

of what appears to be a reckless<br />

disregard for the humane treatment<br />

of others and the solemn<br />

duties of a law enforcement<br />

officer.<br />

“With ongoing community<br />

support and meaningful partnerships,<br />

our accredited department<br />

continues to work towards<br />

being better every day. Our goal<br />

remains to serve and sustain the<br />

trust of our community. This incident<br />

is directly contrary to the<br />

core values, goals, and policies<br />

of our police department and of<br />

the City of <strong>No</strong>rthwoods.<br />

“The City of <strong>No</strong>rthwoods Police<br />

Department remains committed<br />

to identifying areas of improvement<br />

in the hiring, appointing,<br />

training, and appointing competent,<br />

capable, and compassionate<br />

staff who dedicate<br />

themselves to diligently serving<br />

the community. I appreciate the<br />

community’s trust in the <strong>No</strong>rthwoods<br />

Police Department in<br />

upholding the law, the principles<br />

of due process, and the idea of<br />

fairness for all on behalf of the<br />

citizens we serve.”<br />

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ProForce’s relationships with top industry manufacturers<br />

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located at 1410 Washington Ave, near<br />

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The company features an excellent selection of high demand<br />

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Agency demonstrations, test and evaluation<br />

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your source for the best in police<br />

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<strong>No</strong>rth Richland Hills Police Dept. Get Info Lateral Police Officer 08/25/2023 - 5pm<br />

Lago Vista Police Dept. Get Info Police Officer 08/20/2023 - 5pm<br />

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City of Baytown Get Info Patrol Officers 08/21/2023 - 5pm<br />

GALVESTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE Get Info Telecommunicator 08/22/2023 - 5pm<br />

City of Wylie Police Department Get Info Police Officer 08/21/2023 - 5pm<br />

Ector County ISD Police Department Get Info Police Officer 08/25/2023 - 5pm<br />

Hutto Police Department Get Info Lateral Officer 08/25/2023 - 5pm<br />

Whitewright ISD Police Dept. Get Info Police Officer 08/21/2023 - 5pm<br />

Ingram Police Department Get Info Police Officer 08/27/2023 - 5pm<br />

Ingram Police Department Get Info Police Chief 08/27/2023 - 5pm<br />

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Manvel Police Department Get Info Police Officer 08/28/2023 - 5pm<br />

Eastland Police Department Get Info Police Officer 08/29/2023 - 5pm<br />

Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD Police Department Get Info Police Officer 08/30/2023 - 5pm<br />

Mt. Pleasant ISD Police Department Get Info Police Officer 08/30/2023 - 5pm<br />

Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office Get Info Patrol Deputies 08/30/2023 - 5pm<br />

Breckenridge Police Department Get Info Peace Officer 08/30/2023 - 5pm<br />

Victoria County Sheriff's Office Get Info School Resource Officer 09/03/2023 - 5pm<br />

Rusk Co. Sheriff's Office Get Info Patrol Deputy 09/05/2023 - 5pm<br />

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 />

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 />

Corpus Christi ISD PD Get Info Police Officer 09/01/2023 - 5pm<br />

Highland Park DPS Get Info Police Officer/Firefighter 09/09/2023 - 5pm<br />

Texas A&M University Police Department Get Info Police Officer 09/09/2023 - 5pm<br />

Travis Co. Sheriff's Office Get Info Deputy Sheriff - Facilities 09/08/2023 - 5pm<br />

LCRA Public Safety Department Get Info Ranger II 09/09/2023 - 5pm<br />

Colorado City Police Dept. Get Info Patrol Officer 09/01/2023 - 5pm<br />

Colorado City Police Dept. Get Info School Resource Officer 09/01/2023 - 5pm<br />

Ennis ISD Police Dept. Get Info Police Officers 09/10/2023 - 5pm<br />

Clute Police Department Get Info Police Officer 09/10/2023 - 5pm<br />

Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department Get Info Police Officer 09/11/2023 - 5pm<br />

Andrews County Sheriff’s Office Get Info Deputy 09/14/2023 - 5pm<br />

Gruver ISD Get Info School Resource Officer 09/12/2023 - 5pm<br />

Brown County Water Improvement District Get Info Lake Patrol Officer 09/08/2023 - 5pm<br />

Hemphill County Sheriff's Office Get Info Patrol Deputy 09/15/2023 - 5pm<br />

Seguin Police Dept. Get Info Police Officer 09/20/2023 - 5pm<br />

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Groveton Police Dept. Get Info Police Officer 09/08/2023 - 5pm<br />

Westover Hills Police Department Get Info Patrol Officer 09/19/2023 - 5pm<br />

Seadrift Police Department Get Info Police Officer 09/01/2023 - 5pm<br />

Edwards County Sheriff's Office Get Info Patrol Deputy 09/18/2023 - 5pm<br />

Bryan Police Department Get Info Police Officer 08/30/2023 - 5pm<br />

Belton PD Get Info Police Officer 08/25/2023 - 5pm<br />

City of Kingsville Police Department Get Info Alternate Hire Police Officer 08/21/2023 - 5pm<br />

Richland Hills Police Department Get Info Police Officer 09/25/2023 - 5pm<br />

City of Sachse Police Department Get Info Police Recruit 08/26/2023 - 5pm<br />

Clifton Police Department Get Info Police Officer 09/26/2023 - 5pm<br />

Tarleton State University Police Department Get Info Police Officer 09/25/2023 - 5pm<br />

Grand Prairie Police Department Get Info Police Officer 09/16/2023 - 5pm<br />

Downtown Courthouse Complex Get Info Canine (K9) Deputy 08/11/2023 - 5pm<br />

Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office Get Info Patrol Deputy 09/25/2023 - 5pm<br />

Real County Sheriff’s Office Get Info Deputy Sheriff 09/29/2023 - 5pm<br />

Victoria Police Department Get Info Police Officer 09/29/2023 - 5pm<br />

Hutto Police Department Get Info Police Cadet 09/29/2023 - 5pm<br />

Brookshire Police Department Get Info Police Officer 09/29/2023 - 5pm<br />

Farmers Branch Police Dept. Get Info Police Officer - entry 09/30/2023 - 5pm<br />

Farmers Branch Police Dept. Get Info Police Officer - lateral 09/30/2023 - 5pm<br />

Lindale Police Dept. Get Info Police Officer 09/25/2023 - 5pm<br />

Killeen Police Department Get Info Police Officer 09/15/2023 - 5pm<br />

Nassau Bay Police Dept. Get Info Patrol Officer 10/01/2023 - 5pm<br />

Bastrop Police Department Get Info Police Officer 09/01/2023 - 4pm<br />

Liberty Police Department Get Info Detective 10/01/2023 - 5pm<br />

Liberty Police Department Get Info Peace Officer 10/01/2023 - 5pm<br />

Burnet Police Department Get Info Police Officer 10/02/2023 - 5pm<br />

Burnet Police Department Get Info School Resource Officer 10/02/2023 - 5pm<br />

Polk Co. Fire Marshal's Office Get Info Environmental Enforcement Officer 10/04/2023 - 5pm<br />

Anderson County Criminal District Attorney Get Info Investigator 10/06/2023 - 5pm<br />

Chapel Hill ISD Get Info Police Officer 10/06/2023 - 5pm<br />

Lancaster ISD Police Department Get Info Police Officer 10/07/2023 - 5pm<br />

Georgetown Police Dept. Get Info Police Officer - Lateral 10/09/2023 - 5pm<br />

Katy Police Dept. Get Info Police Officer 09/15/2023 - 5pm<br />

Corsicana Police Department Get Info Police Officer 09/30/2023 - 8am<br />

Pflugerville ISD Police Department Get Info Police Officer 10/01/2023 - 5pm<br />

Ellis County Sheriff's Office Get Info Deputy Sheriff 09/30/2023 - 5pm<br />

Oak Ridge <strong>No</strong>rth Police Department Get Info Police Officer 10/10/2023 - 5pm<br />

Denison Police Department Get Info Police Officer 09/22/2023 - 5pm<br />

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Get Info Chief of Enforcement 08/28/2023 - 5pm<br />

Addison Police Department Get Info Police Officer 10/15/2023 - 5pm<br />

Erath County Attorney's Office<br />

Get Info Police OfficerPre-trial Investigator/Officer 10/01/2023 - 5pm<br />

Pflugerville Police Department Get Info Officer 10/15/2023 - 5pm<br />

City of Bulverde Police Get Info Police Officer 10/16/2023 - 5pm<br />

Richardson Police Department Get Info Police Officer 10/16/2023 - 5pm<br />

Schleicher County Sheriff’s Office Get Info Deputy Sheriff 10/16/2023 - 5pm<br />

Crowley Police Department Get Info Police Officer 10/16/2023 - 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 />

Travis County Sheriff's Office Get Info Corrections Officer 09/09/2023 - 5pm<br />

Flower Mound Police Dept. Get Info Detention Services Officer 09/15/2023 - 5pm<br />

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Real County Sheriff’s Office Get Info Dispatcher/Jailer 09/29/2023 - 5pm<br />

Tarrant County Sheriffs Office Get Info Detention Officer 10/06/2023 - 5pm<br />

Ellis County Sheriff's Office Get Info Detention Officer 10/01/2023 - 5pm<br />

Hood County Sheriff Office Get Info Jailer 10/01/2023 - 5pm<br />

Richardson Police Department Get Info Detention Officer 10/16/2023 - 5pm<br />


University Park Police Dept. Get Info Communications Specialist 08/31/2023 - 5am<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 />

City of Katy Police Department Get Info Telecommunicator 09/09/2023 - 5pm<br />

Colorado City Police Dept. Get Info Telecommunicator 09/01/2023 - 5pm<br />

Clute Police Dept. Get Info Telecommunicator 08/12/2023 - 5pm<br />

Manvel Police Department Get Info Telecommunications Operator 09/10/2023 - 5pm<br />

<strong>No</strong>rth Richland Hills Police Department Get Info Public Safety Communications Manager 08/18/2023 - 5pm<br />

Flower Mound Police Dept. Get Info Communications Officer 09/15/2023 - 5pm<br />

<strong>No</strong>rth Richland Hills Police Department Get Info Dispatcher Manager / Supervisor 09/19/2023 - 5pm<br />

Corsicana Police Department Get Info Telecommunicator 09/18/2023 - 4pm<br />

City of Lakeway Get Info Telecommunications Supervisor 08/14/2023 - 5pm<br />

Tarrant County Sheriffs Office Get Info Dispatch 09/30/2023 - 5pm<br />

Fort Worth Police Communications Get Info 911 Call Taker 08/11/2023 - 5pm<br />

Richardson Police Department Get Info Telecommunicator 10/08/2023 - 5pm<br />

Crowley Police Department Get Info Telecommunicator 10/16/2023 - 5pm<br />

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe Police Dept. Get Info Telecommunicator 11/30/2023 - 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 />

• Background Investigation<br />

• 166 Psychological The BLUES Evaluation<br />

• Drug Screening<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 />




SGT. HALL AT 281.442.4923<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 />


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Welcome Aboard<br />

Alvin ISD Police Department<br />

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ENTRY LEVEL TESTING ON <strong>AUGUST</strong> 1, 2023<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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Cuero Police Department<br />

<strong>No</strong>w Hiring for Patrol Officer Position<br />

Department Benefits<br />

13 Paid Holidays<br />

2 Weeks Paid Vacation<br />

Certification Pay<br />

100% Insurance Paid for Employees<br />

Retirement 2 to 1 match (20yr Retirement)<br />

FSA for Employees<br />

Longevity Pay<br />

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

Take Home Vehicle Within City Limits<br />

10 Hour Work Shifts<br />

Membership Paid to Local Gym<br />

Department Provided Training<br />

Off-duty Security Opportunities<br />

Cell Phone Stipend<br />

Starting Pay Depends on Qualifications<br />

Requirements: Must be TCOLE Certified or currently enrolled in an accredited Police<br />

Academy and pass a background investigation.<br />

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Paid academy up to<br />

$70,560<br />

Lateral pay up to<br />

$81,321.70<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 />

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 />

Benefits<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 />

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Civilian positions available: (Apply at www.Dallascityhall.com)

Forney ISD<br />

Police Department<br />

NOW<br />

HIRING<br />

Police Officers<br />

Description<br />

School-based police officers work<br />

with school administrators, security<br />

staff, and faculty to ensure the safety<br />

and well-being of students at various<br />

campuses. This officer works as the<br />

main security arm of a school.<br />

Experience<br />

SBLE Experience preferred<br />

Demonstrate the ability to<br />

teach & engage with youth<br />

Requirements<br />

U.S. Citizen<br />

Accredited High School Diploma<br />

or equivalent<br />

Valid Texas Peace Officer License<br />

Valid Texas Driver's License<br />

Two or more years of college or<br />

advanced training preferred<br />

Positions starting<br />

at $29.89/hr<br />

Retention Stipends<br />

Clothing Allowance<br />

Health/Childcare Incentive<br />

Paid Training<br />

Lateral Entry<br />


www.forneyisd.net<br />

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COUNTY<br />


Seeking Individuals Who Are Interested in a Rewarding Career in Corrections<br />

Begin Your Career Today!<br />


Position: Corrections Deputy I<br />

Bureau/Division: Corrections/Jail<br />

Title/Rank: Corrections Deputy/Deputy I<br />

Reports to: Sergeant - Corrections<br />

Starting Salary: $51,250.00<br />


Maintains the security of the facility by conducting security checks, settling disputes, and performing cell searches and<br />

inspections; conducts outside perimeter checks.<br />

Preparation and proper completion in the documentation of inmate records.<br />

Issues inmate meals, clothing, linens, and personal items.<br />

Supervise inmate programs (recreational, legal, health care, visitation and religious services)<br />

Prepares reports on jail and inmate activities, enforce inmate handbook rules.<br />

Supervises inmates performing such assignments as cleaning and maintaining the jail facility and continuously observe<br />

locations and activities of inmates.<br />


• High School / GED Certificate and must be at least 18 years of age.<br />

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

background investigation.<br />

• Must be able to work days, nights, weekends, holidays and mandatory shifts when needed.<br />

• Must be able to work during natural disasters and or under declarations.<br />

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

Sheriff's Office in effect at the time of application.<br />

• Must have favorable employment history. All information given regarding past employment will be thoroughly checked.<br />

• Must have a stable credit history.<br />

• Must possess good computer skills and demonstrate comprehensive reading and comprehension skills.<br />

• <strong>No</strong> conviction above a Class B Misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last 10 years nor have been on or<br />

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

convictions of any level.<br />

• Applicant must pass all phases of the required testing.<br />

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

presently licensed.<br />

TO APPLY<br />

An applicant interested in any of GCSO position shall first download, complete and return<br />

the Application Packet, per the instructions on the downloadable form.<br />

The Application Packet can be found at SHERIFF.GALVESTONCOUNTYTX.GOV<br />

JOIN US<br />


The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer<br />


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The Harris County<br />

Precinct 4<br />

Constable’s Office is<br />

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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 />

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• 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 />

DEPUTY V 156+ $32.78 $68,182<br />

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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 />

Bilingual Pay $1,800<br />

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

@HCSOTexas<br />

Harris County<br />

Sheriff’s Office<br />

HCSOTexas HCSOTexas @HCSOTexas

<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 />

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 />

To learn more or apply, visit or scan<br />

https: //linktr. ee/huttopd<br />

Questions? Email: PDrecruiting@huttotx.gov<br />

Tenure agreement required.<br />

Sign On Bonus!<br />

$5,000*<br />

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IS NOW<br />

Hiring<br />


Police Officer<br />

Online Applications<br />

will open:<br />

July 31, 2023<br />

Application Deadline:<br />

September 15, 2023<br />

Civil Service Exam will<br />

be:<br />

September 24, 2023<br />

To apply, go to:<br />

www.killeentexas.gov/16<br />

8/Job-Opportunities<br />

Wear The Badge,<br />

Make a Difference<br />

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Recruiter<br />

254-200-7987<br />

DJohnson@killeentexas.gov<br />

The Killeen Police Department is an<br />

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Equal Opportunity Employer

Starting pay - $57,889<br />

Paid: Vacation, Holiday & Sick Leave<br />

$15K Sign-on incentive for TCOLE<br />

certified Peace Officers<br />

College Degree pay incentive<br />

7% retirement plan through TMRS<br />

with a 2:1 match ratio<br />

Comprehensive Benefits Package<br />

Opportunity to work in various<br />

specialized units<br />

The Killeen Police<br />

epartment is dedicated to<br />

uilding a partnership with<br />

e community to fight crime<br />

nd improve every citizen's<br />

quality of life.<br />

Follow us at:<br />

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KilleenPolice<br />

JoinKilleenPD<br />

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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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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 />


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• Medical, dental, vision and life insurance<br />

• Paid vacation, employee days, well days,<br />

sick days and holidays<br />

• Competitive pay (including bilingual pay incentive)<br />



Scan here or visit<br />

RideMETRO.org/Careers<br />

Call 713-7<strong>39</strong>-4953 or email JoinMPD@RideMETRO.org<br />

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$60,085<br />

$3,000<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 />

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Beards & Tattoos Allowed<br />

Academy Pay<br />

Equipment Provided<br />

Excellent Training Provided<br />

Speciality/Cerification Pay<br />

Community Support<br />

Plentiful Outdoor Activities

$65,709-$67,685<br />

Based on Population and Experience<br />


$60,085 - $84,308<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 />

W W W . M V P D T X . O R G<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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IN YOUR<br />


We are looking for outstanding individuals to<br />

join our team! As a Pearland Police Officer your<br />

mission will be to prevent crime and disorder, build<br />

partnerships within the community, and positively<br />

impact the quality of life for all our residents.<br />


• Competitive Salary • Outstanding Training<br />

• Career Advancement • Exceptional Benefits<br />

The City of Pearland is one of the fastest growing<br />

communities within the region. Pearland is located<br />

approximately 20 minutes south of Downtown Houston<br />

and the current population is approximately 130,000<br />

residents.<br />



$5,000 Hiring Incentive for T.C.O.L.E Certified Police<br />

Officers who qualify with at least 2 years of experience.<br />

TEST DATE:<br />

SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 8:30 A.M.<br />

Register by: April 12.<br />


Pearland Recreation Center & Natatorium<br />

4141 Bailey TEST Road, DATES Pearland, TX IN 77584. 2022<br />

Doors Open: 7:15 a.m. <strong>No</strong> admittance after 7:45 a.m.<br />

Candidates must park in the north parking lot.<br />


• Attendance limited to first 150 arrivals<br />

• Mandatory temperature checks<br />

• Masks required, hand sanitizer available<br />

• Candidates seated 6 feet apart<br />

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Welcome Aboard<br />

Pflugerville ISD Police Department<br />

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WE ARE<br />

HIRING<br />

SIGN UP TODAY! www.porthouston.com/career<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 />

* Salary depends on experience<br />

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• 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 />

• <strong>No</strong>t been convicted of a Class B<br />

misdemeanor within the last 10 years<br />

• Must have a GED or high school diploma

s-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 />



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 />

• Additional as required<br />

SCAN<br />

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Provide Exceptional<br />

Service to All!<br />


US NOW<br />

972-412-6240<br />

Welcome Aboard<br />

Rowlett Police Department<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 />



NOW<br />


HIRING<br />


UP TO $3,000 SIGN ON BONUS<br />






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55 officer department<br />

44 square mile district<br />

47 schools<br />

35,000 population<br />

24/7 Patrol<br />

We want you to preserve, protect, and defend our future.<br />

Starting Pay $63,000 (TCOLE Basic Peace Officer certification with no experience)<br />

Patrol & Onsite Officers (HS/MS)<br />

Gang Officer<br />

Mental Health Officers<br />

Community Relations Officer<br />

Emergency Management<br />

Criminal Investigations<br />

K-9 programs<br />

Language pay<br />

Shift differential pay<br />

Intermediate, Advanced and<br />

Master Peace Officer<br />

certificate pay<br />

Paid time off<br />

Ample overtime opportunities<br />

*All equipment provided including duty weapon<br />

**Training opportunities available<br />

Apply online today. springbranchisd.com/join-our-team<br />

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Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office<br />

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Welcome Aboard<br />

NASSAU BAY Police Department

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“You can’t make this shit up.<br />

It’s like Nixon & Clinton are<br />

back in the White House!”<br />

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