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Feb 2024. Blues Vol 40 No. 2

Feb 2024. Blues Vol 40 No. 2 FEATURES 66 RICK FERNANDEZ & COP STOP 90 SPECIAL ELECTION INSERT HARRIS & GALVESTON COUNTY DEPARTMENTS PUBLISHER’S THOUGHTS EDITOR REX EVANS THOUGHTS GUEST COMMENTARY - REX EVANS GUEST COMMENTARY - DANIEL CARR GUEST COMMENTARY - MICHAEL BROWN GUEST COMMENTARY - ART WOOLERY GUEST COMMENTARY - DANIEL CARR NEWS AROUND THE US SURVIVING THE STREETS SHOT SHOW RECAP ISD PD JOB LISTINGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN HEROES WAR STORIES AFTERMATH HEALING OUR HEROES DARYL’S DELIBERATIONS BLUE MENTAL HEALTH DR. LIGHT BULB AWARD ADS BACK IN THE DAY PARTING SHOTS BUYERS GUIDE NOW HIRING BACK PAGE

Feb 2024. Blues Vol 40 No. 2
FEATURES
66 RICK FERNANDEZ & COP STOP
90 SPECIAL ELECTION INSERT
HARRIS & GALVESTON COUNTY
DEPARTMENTS
PUBLISHER’S THOUGHTS
EDITOR REX EVANS THOUGHTS
GUEST COMMENTARY - REX EVANS
GUEST COMMENTARY - DANIEL CARR
GUEST COMMENTARY - MICHAEL BROWN
GUEST COMMENTARY - ART WOOLERY
GUEST COMMENTARY - DANIEL CARR
NEWS AROUND THE US
SURVIVING THE STREETS
SHOT SHOW RECAP
ISD PD JOB LISTINGS
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN HEROES
WAR STORIES
AFTERMATH
HEALING OUR HEROES
DARYL’S DELIBERATIONS
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VOL. <strong>40</strong> NO. 2 FEBRUARY 2024<br />

FEATURES<br />

DEPARTMENTS<br />

66 RICK FERNANDEZ & COP STOP<br />

84 DOJ REPORT ON UVALDE SCHOOL<br />

SHOOTING<br />

90 SPECIAL ELECTION INSERT<br />

HARRIS & GALVESTON COUNTY<br />

130<br />

DR. TINA JAECKLE, SENIOR EDITOR<br />

BLUE MENTAL HEALTH<br />

PUBLISHER’S THOUGHTS<br />

EDITOR REX EVANS THOUGHTS<br />

GUEST COMMENTARY - REX EVANS<br />

GUEST COMMENTARY - DANIEL CARR<br />

GUEST COMMENTARY - MICHAEL BROWN<br />

GUEST COMMENTARY - ART WOOLERY<br />

GUEST COMMENTARY - DANIEL CARR<br />

NEWS AROUND THE US<br />

SURVIVING THE STREETS<br />

SHOT SHOW RECAP<br />

ISD PD JOB LISTINGS<br />

CALENDAR OF EVENTS<br />

REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN HEROES<br />

WAR STORIES<br />

AFTERMATH<br />

HEALING OUR HEROES<br />

DARYL’S DELIBERATIONS<br />

BLUE MENTAL HEALTH DR.<br />

LIGHT BULB AWARD<br />

ADS BACK IN THE DAY<br />

PARTING SHOTS<br />

BUYERS GUIDE<br />

NOW HIRING<br />

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FOUNDER, PUBLISHER, EDITOR-N-CHIEF<br />

Michael Barron<br />

OUR TEAM<br />

OUR CONTRIBUTORS<br />

EDITOR-AT-LARGE<br />

Chief Rex Evans<br />

SENIOR EDITOR<br />

Dr. Tina Jaeckle<br />

CREATIVE EDITOR<br />

Jessica Jones<br />

COPY EDITOR<br />

Lt. John King (Ret)<br />

OUTDOOR EDITOR<br />

Rusty Barron<br />

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR<br />

Lt. Daryl Lott (Ret)<br />

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS<br />

Sam Horwitz & John Salerno<br />

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR<br />

Doug Griffith<br />

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR<br />

Art Woolery<br />

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR<br />

Daniel Carr<br />

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR<br />

Brandon Karr<br />

WARSTORY<br />

Officer Rusty Robbins<br />

AFTERMATH<br />

Amanda Sellers<br />

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS<br />

Joanna Putman<br />

Natalie Neysa Alund<br />

Paula Fitzsimmons<br />

Karen Kucher<br />

Will McCarthy<br />

Linnh Tat<br />

Shelly Bradbury<br />

Rolf Boone<br />

Garry Parker<br />

Lomi Kriel<br />

Robert Salonga<br />

The Law Officer & Police 1<br />

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FROM THE PUBLISHER’S DESK<br />

ASS-CEVEDO IS BACK<br />

Just when you thought we were<br />

done with Art ASScevedo, the damn<br />

dude is headed back to Texas. To<br />

some made up frickin’ BS job in<br />

Austin. Quite frankly, if I were the<br />

ATX Police Chief, I would be pissed.<br />

Who in the hell needs Art Acevedo<br />

telling anybody how to run their<br />

department. But wait, I’m getting<br />

ahead of myself.<br />

Acevedo is a like a wandering<br />

Gypsy, traveling this great country<br />

seeking his next Chief of Police job.<br />

But he sucks as a chief. He failed<br />

as Austin’s police chief from 2007-<br />

2016. Left Austin to become<br />

Houston’s chief in 2016 and<br />

stayed until 2021. He was one<br />

of the worst police chiefs in<br />

the history of HPD. In ’21 he<br />

packed his bags and headed<br />

for Miami which didn’t last<br />

long. He was fired after only six<br />

months.<br />

Next, he tried being an onair<br />

analyst for CNN. The perfect<br />

place for a washed-up liberal<br />

police chief, but even there he<br />

didn’t cut it. His next stop was<br />

interim police for Aurora Colorado,<br />

one of the most liberal<br />

cities in America.<br />

Acevedo says he was leaving<br />

because he wanted to return to<br />

Texas to spend time with his family.<br />

According to news reports, Acevedo<br />

is returning to Austin, Texas to fill a<br />

newly created position to oversee<br />

the police department.<br />

So why in the hell is ATX bringing<br />

the ASS back? I mean thank God it<br />

isn’t in Houston, but our brothers<br />

and sisters in Austin don’t want him<br />

either. An Austin officer texted me<br />

when the news broke<br />

and said they were<br />

considering throwing a<br />

roadblock up on I35.<br />

“Let’s station people at<br />

the airport, bus stations<br />

and train stations. Roadblocks<br />

on all highways and interstates<br />

and issue a BOLO for one Art<br />

Acevedo.”<br />

When we featured Acevedo in<br />

our <strong>No</strong>vember 2021 issue, (https://<br />

www.yumpu.com/en/document/<br />

read/65957865/nov-2021-blues-vol-<br />

37-no-11) he had just been fired<br />

from Miami when he referred to his<br />

bosses as the Cuban Mafia.<br />

I really didn’t know much about<br />

Acevedo before he came to Houston.<br />

Only that he was chief in Austin<br />

for almost 10 years and the city<br />

council loved him. The rank-andfile<br />

cops, not so much. But once I<br />

started digging and researching him<br />

for the article, it became obvious<br />

that Acevedo was a piece of work.<br />

He started his police career with the<br />

CHP in California and worked his<br />

way quickly to assistant chief. But<br />

he wanted to be the top dog and<br />

was one of the top candidates to<br />

replace retiring California Highway<br />

Patrol Commissioner D.O. “Spike”<br />

Helmick.<br />

But that came to a grinding<br />

halt when a story in the LA<br />

Times detailed his relationship<br />

with a female CHP officer and<br />

the sexual harassment claims<br />

that followed. The article stated<br />

Acevedo had been investigated<br />

for allegedly showing<br />

nude photographs of a fellow<br />

CHP officer to other high-ranking<br />

officers while on duty.<br />

Claims filed with three state<br />

agencies allege that Acevedo<br />

kept sexually explicit Polaroid<br />

photographs of the woman in<br />

the glove box of his state-issued<br />

car and showed them to<br />

other supervisors after the affair<br />

ended. Needless to say, he didn’t<br />

get the job and moved to Austin and<br />

became chief.<br />

BREAKING: <strong>No</strong>w it seems everyone<br />

on the Austin City Council, the PD<br />

and even the custodian at Austin<br />

City Hall, hated the idea of Acevedo<br />

coming back, so the deal is dead.<br />

BUT. Acevedo said he is still returning<br />

to Austin to be with his family.<br />

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FROM THE EDITOR-AT-LARGE<br />

The Evolution of<br />

Modern Day Policing<br />

The older we get, specifically<br />

in this profession, we witness<br />

the change and evolution of our<br />

profession. Call pads and key<br />

maps have been replaced with<br />

super computers in our cars. (I<br />

still carry my call pad and key<br />

map because one day Sky-Net<br />

will take down everything and<br />

I’d be lost) We have advanced<br />

from mechanical rotating light<br />

bars to strobes to LEDS to super<br />

LEDS. And we have hand-held<br />

radios that work. Even inside<br />

a building and everything. It’s<br />

crazy.<br />

Personally, I’ve migrated from<br />

a poly-wool uniform, long<br />

sleeve and tie in the winter<br />

months and a revolver, to some<br />

of the lightest and coolest uniforms<br />

ever made. Our sidearms<br />

and clips hold nearly 48 rounds<br />

verses the 18 we used to carry.<br />

(I still carry my 1911, winner of<br />

TWO World Wars) We now carry<br />

mini rechargeable flashlights<br />

that weigh less than 5 oz. vs our<br />

old SL-20’s that weighed several<br />

pounds and could easily kill<br />

someone. And those little lights<br />

are somehow computer chip<br />

driven. Here again, it’s crazy.<br />

Our patrol cars have evolved<br />

from the old Dodge Diplomat,<br />

(my first) to Chevrolet Tahoe’s<br />

that will absolutely scream<br />

down the highway and carry<br />

everything we need. The inside<br />

of my old Diplomat had one<br />

small VHF Radio and a toggle<br />

switch to turn on the rotating<br />

light bar. Oh yeah, it had the old<br />

blue faced Federal siren. And<br />

that my friends, was it! Away we<br />

went, screaming into the night.<br />

Crushing crime and communism<br />

wherever we found it. Yep. You<br />

guessed it. It was crazy!<br />

But wait there’s more. You see,<br />

I retired at the end of 2023. I<br />

picked up my retired Chief’s ID<br />

and out the door I went. In all<br />

the years, I have seen a LOT of<br />

changes. And most importantly,<br />

I have seen a lot of good men<br />

and women not have the opportunity<br />

I had….to actually survive<br />

this job and retire.<br />

Oh, I have plenty of scars<br />

inside and out and somehow<br />

survived. Although, I sure don’t<br />

know how. I‘ve ridden in several<br />

ambulances and was loaded<br />

into life flight twice. Honestly, I<br />

don’t know how I made it. Especially<br />

when far better people<br />

than I could ever be, didn’t.<br />

I honestly feel a bit guilty and<br />

think at times, “Those medics<br />

and doctors saved the wrong<br />

guy.”<br />

One thing about retirement<br />

that sucks is that those who<br />

trained us, are slowing fading<br />

away. Those “Old Guard” guys<br />

and gals are much older now<br />

and every day another one slips<br />

the surly bounds of this old<br />

earth. And it’s painful. They were<br />

damn good cops and damn<br />

good people and now they’re<br />

gone.<br />

It is not all doom and gloom.<br />

There are plenty of memories of<br />

laughter and craziness. I’ve had<br />

some amazing times over the<br />

past thirty plus years, carrying<br />

a badge and gun every single<br />

day. We all could do without the<br />

bad times and bad people, but<br />

then I would not have appreciated<br />

the good times and good<br />

people nearly as much. So, that’s<br />

a winning hand. And yes, in the<br />

end, as I sit here with my cup of<br />

coffee and reflect, it was crazy<br />

and so were we. I’ll always miss<br />

the crazy people and the crazy<br />

times. I feel privileged to have<br />

had the life I lived, and I’m not<br />

done yet. Stay tuned for Part 2.<br />

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Well, it’s the New Year. Which<br />

in and of itself, brings about new<br />

opportunities. One of those new<br />

opportunities is the new TCOLE<br />

web site. Its up and running!!! <strong>No</strong>w<br />

to be fair, there’s still some “under<br />

construction” going on and I am OK<br />

with that.<br />

The fact that they finally got the<br />

darn thing back up and running is a<br />

huge help in more ways than one.<br />

For example, finding your account<br />

and information is critical to ensure<br />

you’re staying up to date on all the<br />

required courses the TCOLE Board<br />

continues to administer. Equally,<br />

there is a lot of information that<br />

helps officers understand how<br />

TCOLE works and gives an officer an<br />

opportunity to see what’s happening<br />

around the state.<br />

One of the critical features of this<br />

site is the Job Listings. This feature<br />

helps all kinds of people in our state<br />

who are looking for a job in the Law<br />

Enforcement / Criminal Justice field.<br />

Telecommunicators, Jailors, Peace<br />

Officers, and more, can all find<br />

the most up to date postings from<br />

across Texas. And as difficult as it is<br />

to fill those open positions, it’s just<br />

as welcome by Department Heads,<br />

START SHOPPING<br />

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GUEST COMENTARY<br />

Rex Evans<br />

DOJ Report on Uvalde:<br />

Over 300 cops on the scene and not a damn one of them<br />

did anything to stop the killing for over an hour.<br />

Have your read and seriously<br />

reviewed the DOJ Report on<br />

the Robb Elementary School<br />

Tragedy? I have. Three times,<br />

to be exact. I have watched<br />

every video and reviewed<br />

hundreds of still photos from<br />

that awful day. Which unfortunately,<br />

happens to be my<br />

Birthday, May 24th.<br />

In the DOJ Report, it’s just<br />

the facts. There are no opinions.<br />

There’s no subjective<br />

insight of “If I was there, I<br />

would’ve done…” It is paragraph<br />

after paragraph, page<br />

after page, of excruciatingly<br />

painful miscommunication<br />

and lack of decisive action,<br />

at all levels of the Command<br />

Structure.<br />

<strong>No</strong> one “wants” to be the<br />

Incident Commander of a<br />

tragedy. <strong>No</strong> one “wants” to be<br />

“in charge” and responsible<br />

(directly and vicariously) for<br />

everything that happens. But<br />

you promoted. You wanted<br />

the Bars or Stars…This is what<br />

comes with them. R-E-S-P-<br />

O-N-S-I-B-L-I-T-Y.<br />

Someone on the scene, no<br />

matter who they were or<br />

what agency they were with,<br />

should have had the mental<br />

intellect to say: “This whole<br />

thing is FUBAR!” And we need<br />

to act NOW! The reality is, no<br />

one did that and as a result,<br />

there was a terrible loss of<br />

life. <strong>No</strong>t one law enforcement<br />

supervisor or administrator<br />

stood up and said “On me.<br />

This is what we’re doing.”<br />

Before you go chastising my<br />

critical analysis, I am not saying<br />

I know everything or have<br />

all the answers. I am saying,<br />

I’ve been a cop for over 34<br />

years. I have been an ISD Chief<br />

and a Chief for a total of over<br />

10 years. I have been an Incident<br />

Commander of multiple<br />

multi-victims, traumatic incidents.<br />

I have a clue about how<br />

things should have gone. And<br />

I am here to tell you, the DOJ<br />

got this report right. Law Enforcement<br />

absolutely dropped<br />

the ball, period.<br />

Law Enforcement MUST do<br />

better. For God’s sake the Fire<br />

Department does a much better<br />

job of Incident Command<br />

than we do. What does that<br />

tell you? We have got to train,<br />

train, and train some more.<br />

<strong>No</strong>t in some damn classroom<br />

either. I’ve established and<br />

orchestrated several full-scale<br />

incident command scenarios.<br />

Active-Shooter. Special Needs<br />

Student Bus Crash. Haz-Mat<br />

incident in a High School Lab.<br />

Each time, I had my supervisors<br />

take Command and run<br />

those scenes. As did the Chiefs<br />

of the various other responding<br />

agencies. <strong>No</strong>t to be a hard<br />

ass. But, to make sure the entire<br />

Chain of Command knew<br />

what was expected, they had<br />

to recognize when things<br />

were going south, and be flexible<br />

and resourceful enough to<br />

arrive at a positive outcome.<br />

ALERRT is simply NOT<br />

enough. There must be real<br />

time training that’s realistic<br />

for Supervisors to know what<br />

to do in the heat of an absolute<br />

crisis. Every moment you<br />

waste with indecision is a life<br />

lost. How many minutes and<br />

lives are acceptable before we<br />

as professionals understand<br />

and acknowledge this fact?<br />

To simply say “We have<br />

learned from this tragedy,<br />

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and it won’t happen again,”<br />

isn’t going to cut it. We MUST<br />

get off the proverbial “X”<br />

and move. We must get to a<br />

place with realistic Incident<br />

Command Training, with all<br />

the moving parts and people,<br />

that a response is instinctive<br />

and immediate. Will you be<br />

scared? Of course, you will.<br />

Will you second guess your<br />

decisions? Absolutely. But doing<br />

nothing means people will<br />

die. Hesitating means people<br />

will die.<br />

As a supervisor and the ISD’s<br />

Chief of Police, you do not<br />

have the luxury of indecision.<br />

Especially in a crisis. You have<br />

to act and act now. You must<br />

have a steadfast determination<br />

to mitigate loss, organize<br />

response and follow through.<br />

If you fail at this, you have<br />

failed, period. It’s the kids that<br />

lose, not you. And that is, totally<br />

unacceptable.<br />

Perhaps ALERRT or some<br />

other entity, will actually create<br />

an Incident Command College<br />

or Academy Course. With<br />

a minimum of forty hours of<br />

intensive training and NOT in<br />

a classroom. In a real school<br />

or large community center.<br />

An abandoned mall or shopping<br />

center. A movie theatre<br />

or a grocery. Perhaps all of<br />

the above. Train like your life,<br />

or the life of child or teacher,<br />

depend on it. Cause one day it<br />

just may.<br />

Full Scale Exercises are a<br />

tremendous drain on resources.<br />

I will acknowledge that.<br />

However, practical real-time<br />

lessons cannot be taught in a<br />

classroom. It is a “Real World<br />

Emergency” that requires<br />

“Real World Emergency<br />

Training.” Even Naval Aviators<br />

must get out of the simulator<br />

at some point and land on an<br />

Aircraft Carrier.<br />

ISD and other Law Enforcement<br />

Leaders, need to get<br />

out of the simulator and start<br />

landing on their aircraft carrier.<br />

Otherwise, we are going<br />

to continue to crash and burn<br />

under duress and more lives<br />

will needlessly be lost in the<br />

midst of all the chaos.<br />

P.S. I know someone out<br />

there who has the resources<br />

to put together such a class.<br />

I’d be more than willing to<br />

come learn, help, assist and<br />

see that it succeeds without<br />

hesitation. Texas should be<br />

the leader on this because<br />

that’s who we are.<br />

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GUEST COMENTARY<br />

police law news<br />

Daniel Carr<br />

This Week in Policing:<br />

APD-DWI Unit, Courtsey Cards and I Retired.<br />

APD DWI UNIT<br />

This could be huge.<br />

The District Attorney (Sam<br />

Bregman) of Bernalillo County,<br />

NM (Albuquerque metro area)<br />

has dismissed over 150 DWI<br />

(driving while intoxicated) cases<br />

in the last few days.<br />

Bregman cited an ongoing<br />

“Federal investigation” as the<br />

reason and directed all media<br />

inquiries to the Feds.<br />

The FBI stated that they have<br />

conducted search warrants at<br />

the homes of a few Albuquerque<br />

Police officers and local<br />

attorneys in reference to an<br />

alleged “kickback scheme”. The<br />

allegation is that officers were<br />

working with defense attorneys<br />

to not show up for DWI cases<br />

in exchange for money.<br />

I hope this is not true and/or<br />

that a minimal version of the<br />

allegations are what happened.<br />

This will be a national story.<br />

And the implications of this<br />

could effect the DOJ Consent<br />

Decree that the City of Albuquerque<br />

has been under for<br />

over a decade - that was on its<br />

way to sunsetting.<br />

For the most substantive daily<br />

reporting on this (and other<br />

Albuquerque News) check out<br />

ABQ RAW.<br />

COURTESY CARDS<br />

There is an interesting case<br />

in New York City that involves<br />

“courtesy cards”.<br />

The allegation is that these<br />

are laminated cards issued by<br />

police unions, to police officers,<br />

for them to distribute to friends<br />

and family. The idea is that if a<br />

card is presented to an officer<br />

during a traffic stop - that the<br />

stopping officer not issue the<br />

driver a ticket.<br />

One officer (Matthew Bianchi)<br />

decided that he was not going<br />

to play this game and issued<br />

tickets to the chosen people<br />

who possess these cards.<br />

Officer Bianchi alleges that<br />

he was retaliated against by<br />

his supervisors and also by<br />

the police union. He has filed a<br />

lawsuit in response.<br />

Officer Bianchi claims that he<br />

initially filed a complaint with<br />

Internal Affairs and that his<br />

concerns were ignored. A department<br />

spokesperson disputed<br />

that claim. Like most stories,<br />

the truth is likely somewhere<br />

stuck in the middle. Either way,<br />

hopefully the result of this is<br />

the ending of this ludicrous<br />

practice.<br />

I understand that this is part<br />

of “East Coast policing” in<br />

some jurisdictions. It seems<br />

foreign to me as I grew up in<br />

the Midwest and spent nearly<br />

two decades as a cop in the<br />

Southwest. I have never seen<br />

anything like this.<br />

This courtesy card scandal<br />

seems like the plot of a 1980’s<br />

Stallone movie - where he is<br />

the only honest cop fighting<br />

against an entire corrupt police<br />

force and the matter is ultimately<br />

solved by an arm wrestling<br />

match in a dive bar.<br />

This practice should stop. It’s<br />

a bad idea. It spits in the face<br />

of the principle that we are all<br />

equal under the law. And that<br />

ideal is non negotiable.<br />

I RETIRED<br />

This week I retired from the<br />

Albuquerque Police Department<br />

after nearly twenty years.<br />

Here is what I wrote on my<br />

personal Instagram:<br />

“Nearly 2 decades ago I<br />

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moved 1300 miles away from<br />

home (for reasons I still don’t<br />

understand) for a police job in<br />

Albuquerque.<br />

Today was my last day as an<br />

Albuquerque police officer.<br />

It’s an important job and one<br />

for young, motivated warriors. It<br />

should only be a “calling” when<br />

you are in it. There’s a lot more<br />

out there. #retired”<br />

When I started in 2005 the<br />

state of New Mexico offered a<br />

20 year retirement system. I was<br />

able to “buy” a year and then<br />

burn/use sick and vacation time<br />

and only worked 18.5 years and<br />

am “retired” at 41 years old.<br />

I worked over ten years as a<br />

patrol officer.<br />

I worked over four years in the<br />

DWI unit.<br />

And I spent the last four years<br />

working as a detective in the<br />

Internal Affairs Force Division<br />

and the Compliance Bureau, conducting<br />

high level administrative<br />

investigations and presenting<br />

cases to the Force Review Board.<br />

I also served as an elected<br />

union representative for officers<br />

in the Albuquerque Police Officers<br />

Association.<br />

I have worked as an instructor<br />

and taught classes on DWI and<br />

recently served as a “collateral<br />

instructor” for the Advanced<br />

Training Unit teaching: ABLE<br />

(active bystandership in law enforcement),<br />

general law block/<br />

legal updates, and the class explaining<br />

the DOJ Consent Decree.<br />

While working as a cop, I went<br />

back for a Master’s in Criminal<br />

justice and a law degree (J.D.).<br />

In “retirement” I plan to write<br />

more on Substack and create<br />

more social media content (follow<br />

me everywhere.)<br />

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GUEST COMENTARY<br />

Michael Brown<br />

How the People’s Republic of China’s foreign<br />

policies impact street-level policing in the USA<br />

Law enforcement agencies<br />

across the United States are in<br />

a daily battle against organized<br />

drug trafficking organizations.<br />

Their main objective of law<br />

enforcement is to serve and<br />

protect the public from criminal<br />

activities that arise from the<br />

distribution of narcotics, such<br />

as fentanyl. They are also striving<br />

to dismantle the drug supply<br />

chains that smuggle fentanyl and<br />

other narcotics across the southern<br />

border. Once narcotics are<br />

smuggled into the United States,<br />

they travel through America’s<br />

highway networks, small towns,<br />

and cities, spreading their deadly<br />

effects. Police departments,<br />

particularly smaller ones, face a<br />

growing complex fentanyl challenge.<br />

The danger of cartel fentanyl<br />

is not limited to just creating<br />

thousands of individuals addicted<br />

to a powerful street narcotic,<br />

which is 50 times more potent<br />

than heroin, but also those who<br />

think they are taking a legitimate<br />

prescription drug which turns<br />

out to be a cartel fentanyl pill.<br />

These individuals sometimes fall<br />

into the web on new addiction or<br />

worse yet, suffer a fatal overdose.<br />

While the narcotics battle<br />

is nationwide, smaller police<br />

departments are least prepared<br />

for the fight due to a shortage of<br />

resources: human, equipment,<br />

finances, and intelligence.<br />

Fentanyl is primarily imported<br />

from cartels in Mexico, but many<br />

of the precursor chemicals (the<br />

raw ingredients needed to produce<br />

fentanyl) reach Mexico via<br />

China. The U.S. has been trying<br />

to collaborate with the Peoples<br />

Republic of China (PRC) to<br />

disrupt the fentanyl supply chain<br />

at its source, requesting the PRC<br />

to stop allowing the export of<br />

essential precursors. In response,<br />

the PRC passed laws in 2018 and<br />

2019 to curb the export of fentanyl<br />

and some precursors to the<br />

United States. However, not all<br />

precursors were restricted, and<br />

it seems as if there was little<br />

resolve on the part of the PRC<br />

to enforce the current fentanyl<br />

export laws.<br />

Despite political rhetoric, the<br />

PRC has not fulfilled its anti-narcotic<br />

obligations, made promises<br />

but delivered little in preventing<br />

and prosecuting those in the<br />

fentanyl supply chain. In October<br />

2023, the US Justice Department<br />

announced indictments against 8<br />

Chinese chemical companies and<br />

12 of their employees for their<br />

role in supplying and distributing<br />

synthetic opioids and precursors<br />

in America. Similarly, four<br />

Chinese companies and eight<br />

executives and employees were<br />

indicted on similar charges in<br />

June 2023. It remains to be seen<br />

whether the PRC will prosecute<br />

or even investigate.<br />

On a more positive note, after<br />

a <strong>No</strong>vember 2023 meeting between<br />

the PRC’s President Xi Jinping<br />

and U.S. President Joseph R.<br />

Biden, the PRC agreed to impose<br />

additional restrictions to deal<br />

with the fentanyl crisis, which,<br />

so far, it seems intent on honoring.<br />

America can only hope to<br />

see positive action from the PRC<br />

and vigorous law enforcement<br />

followed by successful prosecutions<br />

in its courts.<br />

TWO OUT OF THREE<br />

One problem this agreement<br />

still faces, even if enforced 100%,<br />

is that only two sides are involved.<br />

The fentanyl supply chain<br />

consists of China (and some<br />

other countries) producing the<br />

narcotic or precursor chemicals;<br />

America, which is the distribution<br />

and usage point; and Mexico,<br />

where the fentanyl is imported<br />

from and where large laboratories<br />

making the narcotics are<br />

located. The supply chain will<br />

never be degraded if Mexico is<br />

omitted from any agreement.<br />

With the enormous cash resources,<br />

chemical and narcotic<br />

stockpiles, and the influence the<br />

cartels have at the highest levels<br />

in Mexico, the stream of narcot-<br />

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ics crossing the southern border<br />

every day will continue.<br />

In 2022, the U.S. Drug Enforcement<br />

Administration (DEA)<br />

reported seizing more than 364<br />

million lethal doses of fentanyl<br />

(2 mg of fentanyl is considered<br />

a lethal dose). The 2023 figures<br />

have risen to enough for 410 million<br />

deadly doses.<br />

MORE CHALLENGING THAN<br />

LARGE CARTELS<br />

The fight against precursors<br />

is challenging. The chemicals<br />

used are usually not on a restricted<br />

list, making them legal<br />

to produce and distribute.<br />

In addition, due to the strength<br />

of fentanyl, smaller quantities<br />

can be shipped with ease. With<br />

millions of legitimate deliveries<br />

dispatched to the United States<br />

each month, finding the narcotics<br />

among them is close to impossible<br />

for agencies like the Customs<br />

and Border Protection (CBP).<br />

The small quantities and the<br />

ease of making fentanyl from<br />

precursors (and the enormous<br />

profits) also encourage the<br />

growth of small ‘mom-and-pop’<br />

narcotic start-up distributors<br />

that operate from anywhere, including<br />

American suburbs. They<br />

take a small amount of fentanyl,<br />

cut it with other chemicals,<br />

and press them out into deadly<br />

fentanyl pills ready for on-line<br />

distribution.<br />

An example is 64-year-old<br />

Joanne Marian Segovia, the executive<br />

director of the San Jose<br />

Police Officers’ Association, who<br />

was charged in early 2023 with<br />

ordering thousands of opioids,<br />

including fentanyl, to be delivered<br />

to her home (at least 61<br />

shipments were mailed to her)<br />

with the intent of selling them.<br />

Worse still, she used her computer<br />

at the police union office<br />

to run her operation.<br />

The shipments were labeled<br />

as ‘Shirts Tops’, ‘Chocolate<br />

and Sweets’, and ‘Gift Makeup’,<br />

among other innocent designations.<br />

Moreover, no briefcases<br />

full of cash changed hands. She<br />

communicated via WhatsApp<br />

and paid via an app.<br />

Additionally, in some American<br />

cities with progressive laws that<br />

legitimize the possession, use,<br />

and sale of limited quantities<br />

of narcotics, like cocaine, and<br />

heroin, dealers know that being<br />

caught means a slap on the<br />

wrist, at worst, further encouraging<br />

them.<br />

BIG TROUBLE IN SMALL-<br />

TOWN AMERICA<br />

The DEA, the U.S. Justice Department,<br />

and many other authorities<br />

are tackling the problem<br />

of transnational narcotic cartels,<br />

as the above indictments and<br />

others demonstrate. Even police<br />

departments in large towns and<br />

cities have dedicated personnel<br />

focusing on narcotics.<br />

Small- to medium-sized police<br />

departments are not that fortunate,<br />

however. <strong>No</strong>t only are<br />

they faced with a shortage of<br />

staff who have to address all<br />

the law enforcement issues in<br />

their region, but some smaller<br />

towns only have dedicated law<br />

enforcement officers in daylight<br />

hours. Additionally, these officers<br />

do not have extensive training<br />

programs, especially in relation<br />

to complex narcotics investigations.<br />

This makes it even easier<br />

for cartels to establish small<br />

operations in these towns.<br />

The solution to this crisis is<br />

complex. However, it can be done<br />

if all sectors of society acknowledge<br />

the issue and work together.<br />

The following five points provide<br />

an action plan that would<br />

assist smaller departments in<br />

keeping their communities and<br />

officers safe.<br />

1. DECLARE THE TOP MEXI-<br />

CAN CARTELS AS NARCO-TER-<br />

RORISTS<br />

To counteract the resources<br />

and murderous brutality that define<br />

the cartels, the Federal Government<br />

must declare a national<br />

emergency and designate them<br />

as narco-terrorists.<br />

Only once this is done can the<br />

country’s resources be combined<br />

to address the cartels in<br />

the same way America identifies<br />

and degrades terrorist actions<br />

against the Homeland using<br />

integrating police, military, and<br />

intelligence strategies to effectively<br />

diminish all threats.<br />

2. IMPROVED COOPERATION<br />

TO GATHER AND ANALYZE IN-<br />

TELLIGENCE<br />

Collecting and collating all the<br />

data gathered from various classified<br />

and unclassified sources,<br />

is critical to knowing the enemy<br />

and how to deal with them. The<br />

DEA and CBP understands this.<br />

As one of their strategic goals,<br />

it collaborates with “a wide<br />

range of stakeholders to increase<br />

seizures of illicit synthetic drugs<br />

and to disrupt the supply chain.”<br />

From these data-driven operations,<br />

it plans to improve the<br />

inter-agency network that gathers<br />

and shares information to<br />

produce actionable intelligence<br />

to support joint operations<br />

against narcotics trafficking. This<br />

is where smaller police depart-<br />

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ments are sometimes forgotten.<br />

However, intelligence from large<br />

agencies can assist these departments<br />

in their anti-narcotics<br />

operations. At the same time,<br />

the information they gather can<br />

add to the knowledge analyzed<br />

to unravel broader cartel operations<br />

and strategies.<br />

3. ENSURE POLICE HAVE AC-<br />

CESS TO PRESUMPTIVE ANAL-<br />

YSIS CAPABILITIES<br />

Accurately identifying whether<br />

a suspect has narcotics and<br />

what they have is critical for police<br />

officers. They cannot assume<br />

and cannot act without probable<br />

cause, meaning they need to be<br />

able to quickly identify a substance<br />

with certainty. Equipping<br />

officers with presumptive analysis<br />

equipment will allow them<br />

to rapidly identify narcotics on<br />

the scene with great accuracy.<br />

This will reduce their reliance on<br />

larger agencies and laboratories<br />

for drug analysis and confirmation<br />

and speed up the processing<br />

and prosecution of suspects.<br />

One proven method of presumptive<br />

analysis is Raman<br />

Spectroscopy. The Scientific<br />

Working Group for the Analysis<br />

of Seized Drugs (SWGDRUG),<br />

responsible for developing standards,<br />

techniques, protocols, and<br />

policies for forensically examining<br />

seized drugs, considers<br />

Raman Spectroscopy a Class<br />

A analytical technique for presumptive<br />

field testing.<br />

4. CREATE AN INTEGRATED<br />

TASK FORCE<br />

An integrated approach is<br />

a vital component if America<br />

is to win the narcotics war,<br />

as it empowers authorities to<br />

draw on various departments’<br />

skills, methodologies, tactics,<br />

and intelligence. The successes<br />

experienced by this integrated<br />

approach prove that cooperation<br />

and collaboration work.<br />

The Westchester County Police,<br />

in New York, for example,<br />

produced results by initiating<br />

an integrated task force in 2020<br />

to combat the rising number of<br />

fentanyl overdose deaths. The<br />

collaborative action achieved<br />

remarkable results in only two<br />

years.<br />

Additionally, federal grants<br />

should be specifically designed<br />

to assist small town police<br />

agencies in meeting the ever-evolving<br />

challenges presented<br />

by the Mexican cartels as well<br />

as the domestic drug trafficking<br />

organizations.<br />

5. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT<br />

Law enforcement alone will<br />

never be able to deal with the<br />

narcotics scourge. Smaller departments<br />

need assistance from<br />

other departments but must also<br />

capitalize on their most significant<br />

asset, the community.<br />

Community engagement is a<br />

force multiplier as it builds trust<br />

in the police service and will see<br />

numerous ‘undocumented deputies’<br />

supporting the police simply<br />

by going about their daily lives<br />

and reporting anything unusual<br />

or suspicious. With community<br />

engagement and support, law<br />

enforcement can avoid a continual<br />

uphill battle where the<br />

police are designated as ‘the<br />

enemy’ and potentially valuable<br />

information is withheld.<br />

A MULTI-FACETED CONFLICT<br />

The battle against Mexican<br />

cartels is a complex and<br />

multi-faceted engagement.<br />

Small towns with limited law<br />

enforcement resources can stand<br />

up to the threats by using an<br />

integrated approach that draws<br />

upon and supports the work<br />

done by larger agencies, involves<br />

the community, and employs the<br />

latest technology to support and<br />

streamline their work.<br />

More than half of America’s<br />

police departments, despite their<br />

small size, are critical factors in<br />

the fight against fentanyl. These<br />

departments must work consistently<br />

to effectively degrade the<br />

cartels’ trafficking strategies and<br />

cut their profits. This combined<br />

effort will build a defensive wall<br />

that will likely push back against<br />

the behemoth China has become.<br />

ABOUT THE AUTHOR<br />

Michael W. Brown is the global<br />

director for counter-narcotics at<br />

Rigaku Analytical Devices. He has<br />

a distinguished career spanning<br />

more than 32 years as a Special<br />

Agent for the Drug Enforcement<br />

Administration (DEA). Most<br />

recently he was the DEA Headquarters<br />

staff coordinator for<br />

the Office of Foreign Operations<br />

for the Middle East-Europe-Afghanistan-India.<br />

Prior to that he<br />

served as the country attaché<br />

in India and Myanmar providing<br />

foreign advisory support for<br />

counter narcotic enforcement.<br />

He also spent 10 years in Pakistan<br />

as a special advisor to<br />

the US Embassy on various law<br />

enforcement issues. Michael is<br />

a graduate of the United States<br />

Ranger Training Battalion and<br />

has a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary<br />

Technology and Management<br />

from the University of<br />

Eastern Michigan. Contact him at<br />

michael.brown@rigaku.com<br />

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GUEST COMENTARY<br />

Detective Art Woolery, RT<br />

Wake Up America<br />

I understand loyalty to your beliefs.<br />

I understand choosing a political<br />

party based on philosophy as most<br />

people need a baseline to live by.<br />

When that group of people swing<br />

the pendulum too far one way or the<br />

other at the expense of the American<br />

people, it’s time for us to get<br />

our head out of our ass. We must<br />

put politics aside and look at reality.<br />

When “We the People” elect someone<br />

to office, the candidate usually<br />

has run based on party affiliation.<br />

Then once in office, we expect that<br />

person to be the elected official for<br />

all the people. The last four years<br />

have proven we can’t have both. So,<br />

it seems to me that “We the People”<br />

better start looking at what the<br />

people we elect are going to do for<br />

America, not SOME Americans, not<br />

for THEIR family or themselves, but<br />

for ALL Americans.<br />

Let’s talk about Democrats and<br />

Republicans. I know there are Independents<br />

and Libertarians and so<br />

on. But for the purpose of making<br />

a point, let’s just use the 2 largest<br />

groups. So, do you think that police<br />

officers are Democrats or Republicans?<br />

Do you think all gun owners<br />

are Democrats or all Republicans?<br />

Speaking of that, I wonder if government<br />

knocks on a gun owners’ door<br />

and says “We are here to take your<br />

guns” what are they going to do?<br />

I know what I will do, what about<br />

you? Back to the point I am making.<br />

What I am saying is there are people<br />

who vote candidates into office with<br />

no consideration for anything except<br />

what party they belong to.<br />

Do most Americans think it is OK<br />

to let anyone who wants to come<br />

into our Country just walk in. Hell,<br />

even Walmart has better security<br />

than we do at the border. They at<br />

least check people at the door. At<br />

the same time “We the People” have<br />

allowed our government to invite<br />

about 11 million illegal immigrants<br />

to enter our Country with no questions<br />

asked except: How many in<br />

your party; will you be staying long;<br />

where would you like for us to send<br />

you; are you pregnant so we know<br />

how much to allow for health care,<br />

housing and education; Oh yeah, I<br />

forgot to ask, what color cell phone<br />

you would like?<br />

Excuse me, as I sit here writing this<br />

article for the <strong>Blues</strong>, I just got a popup<br />

on my phone. I am admittedly one<br />

of those that can’t stand it. I must<br />

see what it says. It seems Joe Biden<br />

has credited the 2022 Bipartisan<br />

Safer Communities Act (BSCA) with<br />

saving lives. Reading further, Biden<br />

is calling for: universal background<br />

checks; banning assault weapons<br />

and high-capacity magazines; removing<br />

the gun industry immunity<br />

from liability; and passing a national<br />

red flag law. While he is at it, let’s<br />

take all the cars away from drunk<br />

drivers and hold the auto manufacturer<br />

responsible for making the<br />

car. We also need to confiscate all<br />

hammers, knives, and other items<br />

that can be used as weapons.<br />

I wonder if the 13 or 14 states<br />

who think they have the authority<br />

to decide who can run for office, by<br />

simply removing them from the ballot,<br />

also think the ATF rules or may<br />

or may not suit them as well.<br />

One other thing I haven’t heard<br />

Biden address is his son Hunter. The<br />

younger Biden lied on a federal form<br />

4473 and if convicted, could get 10<br />

years in prison and up to $250,000<br />

fine. But the President insists he’s<br />

innocent and this is all brought<br />

about by MAGA Republicans. Excuse<br />

me, out laws and judicial system<br />

decide who is innocent or guilty,<br />

but “MAGA” Republicans.<br />

For years now, our country has<br />

seen laws on top of laws with<br />

nothing to show for them except an<br />

increase in crime. Why? Because<br />

laws are only as good as the people<br />

who abide by them. The crime<br />

problem in America didn’t happen<br />

overnight, and it won’t go away<br />

overnight. We have let it creep up<br />

on us and now it’s panic city. When<br />

I was in high school it went like<br />

this. “Did you hear Larry got caught<br />

smoking in the bathroom?” “Yeah,<br />

his parents had to come pick him<br />

up because he got expelled for 2<br />

days.” Today, Larry is 12-year-old<br />

got caught with a 9 mm in his<br />

backpack. So, what did people<br />

expect the end results for “Larry”<br />

will be? You know the song, “Momma<br />

is in the graveyard, Papa is in<br />

the pen, and Grandma is raising the<br />

kids at 70, with little to no income.<br />

And because all of Larry’s buddies<br />

are in the same boat, they do what<br />

Momma and Daddy did. They rob,<br />

steal, and sell drugs. Then they quit<br />

school, because they don’t know<br />

the importance of an education and<br />

have no one to teach them.<br />

We talk about rehabilitation and<br />

that’s fine, but unless we start fixing<br />

the problem before it starts, we are<br />

just letting the next generation follow<br />

in the footsteps of the previous<br />

one. We must somehow break the<br />

cycle. Wake up America and get<br />

your head out of your ass.<br />

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GUEST COMENTARY<br />

police law news<br />

Daniel Carr<br />

Officer Involved: David Dimas<br />

A case of Sympathetic Fire?<br />

This Officer-Involved-Shooting<br />

(OIS) involved multiple police<br />

officers deploying multiple applications<br />

of force at the same time.<br />

That fact alone is not necessarily<br />

surprising - as officers often perceive<br />

the same threat unfolding in<br />

real time.<br />

This case is different because<br />

both less lethal and lethal force<br />

were deployed - at the exact same<br />

time.<br />

HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED…<br />

THE CALL<br />

On December 15, 2023 police<br />

officers in Mesa, Arizona were dispatched<br />

to a residence in reference<br />

to a domestic dispute.<br />

The information provided to<br />

dispatch from the caller (a family<br />

member) is that a 27-year-old man<br />

named David Dimas had locked<br />

himself inside of a shed on the<br />

property and started setting “fires”<br />

in the shed. Additional information<br />

was provided that Mr. Dimas was<br />

armed with a knife and that he had<br />

attempted to harm himself.<br />

THE RESPONSE<br />

Multiple officers with the Mesa<br />

Police Department responded to<br />

the scene.<br />

Appropriately, the officers responded<br />

with a “force array”.<br />

A force array is when officers<br />

respond to a situation with a multitude<br />

of force options (both less<br />

lethal and lethal).<br />

In this case the responding officers<br />

were equipped with (and<br />

assigned to deploy with) a Taser<br />

and beanbag shotgun - as well as<br />

lethal force.<br />

FORCE ARRAY, THE THREAT<br />

As officers approached the shed,<br />

Mr. Dimas exited and began walking<br />

toward officers. His hands were<br />

not visible to officers and were<br />

concealed underneath some sort of<br />

fabric/clothing.<br />

The officers gave Mr. Dimas reasonable<br />

commands such as, ”David,<br />

show me your hands!” “Show<br />

me your hands!” and “Stop what<br />

you are doing!”<br />

Instead of following the easily<br />

digestible orders from police officers<br />

- Mr. Dimas further escalated<br />

the situation by leaving his hands<br />

concealed and then rapidly moving<br />

into a “shooting stance” and pointing<br />

at the officers. Essentially, he<br />

positioned his body and held out<br />

hands as someone would if they<br />

were shooting a gun.<br />

SHARED USE OF FORCE<br />

One officer deployed a Taser.<br />

Another officer simultaneously<br />

fired a beanbag shotgun.<br />

A third officer also fired rounds<br />

from his handgun.<br />

Mr. Dimas sustained critical injuries<br />

but survived.<br />

ANALYSIS<br />

Once Mr. Dimas took the “shooting<br />

stance” any reasonable officer<br />

in this situation would have perceived<br />

a threat.<br />

At minimum - Mr. Dimas had<br />

committed a felony, was armed<br />

with a knife, and was not following<br />

the instructions of officers.<br />

Therefore, it is not even a question<br />

whether or not the use of less lethal<br />

force options (Taser/beanbag)<br />

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were reasonable.<br />

The question is whether or not<br />

the use of deadly force was reasonable.<br />

ONE OF THE INVOLVED OFFI-<br />

CERS. SOME QUESTIONS<br />

If I were the investigator on this<br />

case. Here are some of the questions<br />

that I would ask:<br />

Was the caller/witnesses asked if<br />

Mr. Dimas had access to a gun?<br />

Was there briefing with the other<br />

involved officers (prior to going on<br />

scene) where a force array was<br />

established?<br />

Was there a plan on which force<br />

option would be utilized first?<br />

Were you aware that other officers<br />

deployed less lethal force<br />

options?<br />

Did you hear the other officers<br />

say “Taser, taser, taser” or “Beanbag,<br />

beanbag, beanbag”.<br />

Did you perceive a deadly threat?<br />

What was that specific threat?<br />

Why did you utilize deadly force<br />

before it was determined if the less<br />

lethal options were successful?<br />

Whether or not this OIS was<br />

objectively reasonable, within<br />

department policy, and/or within<br />

the law will likely hinge on the<br />

answers to these questions and the<br />

objective evidence that supports/<br />

contradicts the officer’s statement.<br />

Drill that was under clothing held<br />

like a gun.<br />

OTHER FACTS<br />

After the OIS. it was discovered<br />

that Mr. Dimas was armed with<br />

a knife and a cordless drill. The<br />

cordless drill held under the clothing<br />

did resemble a handgun.<br />

FINAL THOUGHTS<br />

I could make an argument that<br />

this was a case of sympathetic fire<br />

- that the officer fired his weapon<br />

only because the other officers<br />

fired their (less lethal) weapons.<br />

That this was a tactical error made<br />

under stress.<br />

I could also make an argument<br />

that the officer honestly believed<br />

that Mr. Dimas was holding and<br />

pointing a firearm at police officers.<br />

Why would a person pretend<br />

to point a gun at police officers? If<br />

the officer waits until rounds start<br />

coming down range - it is too late.<br />

Either argument could be made<br />

with a clear conscience…<br />

Instead. I will make the point<br />

that if an OIS seems complicated<br />

from the comfort found behind the<br />

safety of body cam footage - it is<br />

exponentially more complicated in<br />

a split, intense, and stressful quarter-second.<br />

It is important for investigators,<br />

prosecutors, and department leaders<br />

to ask questions and then know<br />

when to wait for the answer before<br />

establishing an official finding.<br />

But. If pressed. It is likely that the<br />

officer thought that Mr. Dimas was<br />

pointing a gun. If that perception<br />

was reasonable then the use of<br />

deadly force would be a proper respond<br />

to that threat. The actions of<br />

the other officers are a moot factor<br />

if there was reason to believe that<br />

a deadly threat was immediate.<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

STONE COUNTY, AR.<br />

Arkansas residents remember Stone County Deputy Justin<br />

Smith who was killed while trying to serve a warrant.<br />

STONE COUNTY, AR. – Community<br />

members in Stone County<br />

are mourning the loss of a<br />

deputy who was shot and killed<br />

in the line of duty, while the man<br />

accused of the shooting waits in<br />

jail.<br />

Officials with the Stone County<br />

Sheriff’s Office said Deputy Justin<br />

Smith was called to a home<br />

on Sawmill Road Tuesday night<br />

to serve a warrant for misdemeanor<br />

terroristic threatening.<br />

According to preliminary evidence<br />

from Arkansas State Police,<br />

Smith was trying to arrest<br />

52-year-old Clinton Hefton when<br />

Hefton shot the deputy, who was<br />

later found by other officers and<br />

died from his injuries.<br />

The news of Smith’s death<br />

shocked many in the small rural<br />

Arkansas county. In a county<br />

of just over 12,000, the loss of<br />

Smith hits close to home.<br />

“There’s so much stuff going on<br />

in the world today,” Stone County<br />

Judge Stacey Avey said. “It’s<br />

hard to comprehend that people<br />

would do this to someone just<br />

serving a warrant.”<br />

Dozens lined the streets of<br />

downtown Mountain View<br />

Wednesday to pay their respects<br />

to the deputy gone too soon.<br />

“He was a very good officer,”<br />

Avey recalled. “Always did his<br />

job, and loved his job.”<br />

The sheriff’s office placed a<br />

patrol car outside the courthouse<br />

where people could pay<br />

their respects. Many came by<br />

to drop off flowers and share<br />

stories of Smith and his work in<br />

Stone County.<br />

“People who do this line of<br />

work, they do it because they<br />

love it,” Avey said. “They love<br />

their community, and they want<br />

to make a better place for us to<br />

live, and that’s what Justin was<br />

doing.”<br />

Hefton was taken into custody<br />

Tuesday night after a standoff<br />

DEPUTY JUSTIN SMITH<br />

with authorities. It was taken<br />

to the Cleburne County jail<br />

where he is being held without<br />

bond. According to Stone County<br />

Sheriff Brandon Long, Hefton<br />

is facing a charge of capital<br />

murder.<br />

Deputy Smith had served with<br />

the Stone County Sheriff’s Office<br />

for 14 years.<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

CHAMBERS COUNTY, AL.<br />

Coweta County Deputy Eric Minix was struck and killed by a suspect<br />

involved in a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle.<br />

By Natalie Neysa Alund,<br />

USA TODAY<br />

COWETA COUNTY, GA. – A Georgia<br />

sheriff’s office deputy died<br />

Thursday, January 4th, after authorities<br />

said a police officer from<br />

another agency ran over him on an<br />

interstate during a high-speed police<br />

chase that crossed state lines.<br />

Coweta County Sheriff’s Office<br />

Deputy Eric Minix died in the line of<br />

duty while pursuing a stolen vehicle<br />

on Interstate 85 that sped into<br />

Chambers County, Alabama, the<br />

sheriff’s office reported.<br />

Minix, 31, was struck by a City of<br />

Lanett Police Department vehicle<br />

driven by Officer Cornelius J. Robinson.<br />

Lanett is located in Alabama<br />

along the Chattahoochee River on<br />

the Alabama-Georgia state line,<br />

roughly 80 miles northeast of Montgomery.<br />

According to state law enforcement,<br />

Robinson struck Minix as he<br />

was exiting his patrol vehicle, a<br />

2017 Dodge Charger. After the initial<br />

impact, officials said, the Explorer<br />

struck the Charger before hitting a<br />

2022 Dodge Challenger driven by<br />

Decedric Donson, 25, of Pensacola,<br />

Florida.<br />

Minix was taken to a hospital<br />

where he was pronounced dead, the<br />

sheriff’s office reported.<br />

Officials said the vehicle driven<br />

by Donson was reportedly stolen.<br />

Donson was arrested on charges of<br />

receiving stolen property and felony<br />

attempting to elude law enforcement.<br />

He remains jailed in Chambers<br />

County.<br />

DEPUTY ERIC MINIX<br />

Lanett police reported its officer<br />

has been placed on administrative<br />

leave pending an investigation<br />

and said the stolen car driver is in<br />

custody.<br />

Minix previously worked for the<br />

Tyrone Police Department before<br />

joining Coweta County Sheriff’s<br />

Office.<br />

“Eric Minix was a dedicated Deputy<br />

and K9 Officer, but more importantly,<br />

he was a friend,” the agency<br />

released in a statement. “We have<br />

lost a good deputy. We have lost<br />

a good man. We have lost a good<br />

friend.”<br />

Minix, the sheriffs office reported,<br />

leaves behind a wife and three<br />

daughters.<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

GEORGE COUNTY, MS.<br />

George County Deputy Jerry Malone was shot and<br />

killed during a traffic stop outside a Dollar General.<br />

GEORGE COUNTY, MS. – A hero<br />

cop in Mississippi was shot and<br />

killed during a traffic stop outside<br />

a Dollar General by a man<br />

with a criminal history spanning<br />

three decades.<br />

George County Sheriff’s Deputy<br />

Jeremy Malone, 44, was killed<br />

around 5:15pm on January 4<br />

outside of a Dollar General on US<br />

Highway 98 near Lucedale.<br />

The suspect, Ricky Powell, 43,<br />

shot Malone as he approached<br />

his vehicle before he fled the<br />

scene. Cops later chased Powell<br />

as he drove through Greene<br />

County and into Perry County<br />

before they shot and killed the<br />

suspect.<br />

An outpouring of support<br />

flooded social media as the<br />

small community mourned<br />

Malone’s sudden death.<br />

George County Sheriff Mitchell<br />

Mixon said Malone was “larger<br />

than life” and that he centered<br />

his life around his family and his<br />

career.<br />

Malone previously served with<br />

multiple law enforcement agencies<br />

across the state, including<br />

the Leakesville Police Department<br />

and the Jackson County<br />

Sheriff’s Department.<br />

Beaumont Mayor Scotty Dailey<br />

who graduated alongside<br />

Malone at Perry Central High<br />

School in 1988 told WDAM: “If we<br />

played cops and robbers out on<br />

the playground, then we knew<br />

Jeremy was gonna be the cop<br />

because that was his whole life<br />

ambition, to be an officer.”<br />

“Mississippi will always remember<br />

Deputy Malone. Our<br />

state remains deeply thankful for<br />

all of our law enforcement officers<br />

who bravely place their lives<br />

on the line every day in defense<br />

of our communities,” Mississippi<br />

Governor Tate Reeves said in an<br />

executive order.<br />

A GoFundMe page was created<br />

in honor of Officer Malone<br />

and has set out to raise money<br />

for his family. It has raised more<br />

than $44,000 as of Friday.<br />

First responders across the<br />

state also reached out to the<br />

Tunnels to Towers Foundation<br />

to assist Malone’s family following<br />

his death. The foundation,<br />

which has set out to help ‘America’s<br />

heroes by providing mortgage-free<br />

homes’ to the families<br />

of fallen first responders.<br />

On Monday, the foundation<br />

announced that they paid off<br />

Malone’s home, which the family<br />

had just purchased, according to<br />

DEPUTY JERRY MALONE<br />

WXXV.<br />

Malone’s patrol car has also<br />

been placed outside of the<br />

George County Sheriff’s Office<br />

Memorial in honor of the fallen<br />

officer.<br />

“I feel that incident speaks<br />

for who Jeremy Malone truly is.<br />

He was the most selfless kind<br />

hearted man I have met in law<br />

enforcement,” Brandon Walley,<br />

an officer that worked alongside<br />

Malone said in a Facebook<br />

post.<br />

“It was truly a honor to get<br />

to share that moment with him<br />

and I know The George County<br />

Sheriffs Office will never be the<br />

same without him, asking me<br />

every weekend where we was<br />

gonna set up.”<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

CLIFTON, NJ.<br />

New Jersey Sheriff Richard Berdnik apparently committed suicide inside a<br />

restaurant restroom in New Jersey.<br />

CLIFTON, N.J. – Passaic County<br />

Sheriff Richard Berdnik died by<br />

suicide inside a restroom at a<br />

New Jersey restaurant Tuesday<br />

afternoon, according to sources,<br />

the New York Post reported.<br />

The sheriff reportedly walked<br />

into the restroom at Turkish<br />

restaurant Toros in Clifton about<br />

3:30 p.m. on Tuesday when<br />

other patrons heard a gunshot,<br />

and confirmed that he died by<br />

a self-inflicted gunshot wound,<br />

sources told The Post.<br />

His bio on the Passaic County<br />

Sheriff’s website provides the<br />

following details:<br />

“Prior to becoming Sheriff,<br />

Richard Berdnik had a distinctive<br />

twenty-eight year career with<br />

the Clifton Police Department.<br />

Upon retirement, Sheriff Berdnik<br />

was the Commander of the<br />

Juvenile Division and the SWAT<br />

Team; previously, he had served<br />

in virtually every position in the<br />

agency. During his Clifton career,<br />

Sheriff Berdnik received numerous<br />

citations for exceptional service<br />

and received many certifications<br />

in various law enforcement<br />

functions.”<br />

Running as a Democrat, he became<br />

sheriff and was first sworn<br />

into office Jan. 1, 2011. On January<br />

1, 2014, he began his second<br />

term.<br />

Continuing, his bio says:<br />

Sheriff Berdnik is a graduate of<br />

Clifton High School, New Jersey<br />

State Police Academy, FBI National<br />

Academy and FBI National<br />

Executive Institute. … For nearly<br />

thirty years, Richard Berdnik has<br />

been married to his wife, Monica<br />

Berdnik, who is a pediatric<br />

nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in<br />

Paterson; they have four adult<br />

children.<br />

Former Clifton Mayor James<br />

Anzaldi said the shooting was<br />

heartbreaking, northjersey.com<br />

reported.<br />

“I can’t imagine,” Anzaldi said.<br />

“Richie was the salt of the earth,<br />

my kind of person. My heart<br />

breaks for his family.”<br />

The sheriff’s death comes<br />

during department turmoil,<br />

which includes plans to lay<br />

off 29 personnel as a result of<br />

the forthcoming closure of the<br />

county jail, according to northjersey.com.<br />

Moreover, two sheriff sergeants<br />

and a correctional officer<br />

were arrested and charged last<br />

week for allegedly violating a<br />

prisoner’s civil rights during an<br />

alleged 2021 assault and cover-up,<br />

the US Attorney’s Office<br />

for the District of New Jersey<br />

said.<br />

The inmate reportedly<br />

splashed a mixture containing<br />

urine on an officer the day before<br />

the alleged unlawful use of<br />

force occurred, the feds said.<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

BRIDGEPORT, MI.<br />

Michigan State Trooper Joel Popp was struck and killed by a vehicle along a<br />

stretch of I-75 while conducting a DWI traffic stop.<br />

BRIDGEPORT TOWNSHIP, MI.<br />

- The Bridgeport community is<br />

remembering a hometown hero.<br />

Michigan State Police Trooper<br />

Joel Popp died after he was<br />

struck by a vehicle along I-75 as<br />

Popp and other troopers were<br />

conducting a traffic stop on a<br />

suspected impaired driver.<br />

The driver of the van that hit<br />

Popp, an 81-year-old man, was<br />

hospitalized with serious injuries.<br />

Joel worked in the private<br />

sector for about fifteen years but<br />

wanted to get into law enforcement.<br />

He graduated from the<br />

trooper recruit school in 2020.<br />

Joel Popp was 35 years old<br />

when he became a Michigan<br />

State Police trooper. He was<br />

a graduate of Bridgeport High<br />

School. A friend of Popp says he<br />

married his high school sweetheart,<br />

and they have a young<br />

daughter together.<br />

Lt. Kim Vetter of the Michigan<br />

State Police worked with Popp at<br />

the Tri-City post in Freeland.<br />

“It seems like he had a love for<br />

the job,” says Vetter. “He had a<br />

heart for public service, and we<br />

will greatly miss him.”<br />

“He’s from Bridgeport,” says<br />

Bridgeport Fire Chief Dave Smigiel.<br />

“So there is that much more<br />

connection to the great many<br />

people in this community.”<br />

He heard the call go out that a<br />

trooper was injured on I-75.<br />

“Still has a lot of family relations<br />

and friends here, including<br />

this fire department,” says<br />

Smigiel. “It hit hard. Once we<br />

learned it was him, it was just<br />

that much more shocking.”<br />

The investigation continues<br />

into exactly how the accident<br />

unfolded, but police are looking<br />

at the possibility of distracted<br />

driving being the cause.<br />

“There is a move-over law,<br />

TROOPER JOEL POPP<br />

and people are required to move<br />

over and slow down ten miles<br />

an hour below the posted speed<br />

limit when passing an emergency<br />

scene,” says Vetter.<br />

“People just don’t take the care<br />

that they need to do, and that<br />

is, give us space, slow down, be<br />

aware of what else can be going<br />

on, and it just happens far too<br />

much, and unfortunately, it took<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

ATLANTA, GA.<br />

Georgia State Trooper Jimmy Cenescar was killed in a crash while pursuing a<br />

motorcycle on I-85 <strong>No</strong>rth.<br />

ATLANTA, GA. - Georgia State<br />

Trooper Jimmy Cenescar was<br />

killed in a crash on Sunday January<br />

28, in Gwinnett County while<br />

in pursuit of a motorcycle.<br />

“As a young public safety officer,<br />

he was at the beginning of<br />

a life with years of experiences<br />

and opportunities that lay ahead<br />

and a career dedicated to protecting<br />

others,” Gov. Brian Kemp<br />

said.<br />

According to the Department<br />

of Public Safety, Cenescar was<br />

attempting to stop a motorcycle<br />

for a traffic violation on I-85<br />

<strong>No</strong>rth near Old Peachtree Road.<br />

A Georgia crash report offers<br />

new details into the chase that<br />

ended in Trooper Jimmy Cenescar<br />

swerving off the road in the<br />

deadly wreck.<br />

It details how Cenescar maneuvered<br />

to avoid putting other<br />

drivers in danger as the motorcycle<br />

“split” two lanes to get<br />

away.<br />

According to the report, as the<br />

motorcycle was directly ahead of<br />

the chasing trooper, it suddenly<br />

took the dangerous “split maneuver.”<br />

Trooper Cenescar initially attempted<br />

to continue the pursuit;<br />

the report notes, “However, both<br />

lanes were occupied by motorists<br />

traveling north.” Cenescar<br />

“took evasive actions to avoid<br />

these vehicles” and “lost control<br />

and began rotating clockwise<br />

traveling towards the east shoulder.”<br />

At that point, the trooper<br />

veered off the roadway, eventually<br />

going down an embankment<br />

and hitting trees and drainage<br />

rocks.<br />

Gwinnett County Fire/EMS arrived<br />

on the scene to pull Trooper<br />

Cenescar from his vehicle and<br />

perform lifesaving measures but<br />

tragically, the trooper was pronounced<br />

deceased at <strong>No</strong>rthside<br />

Gwinnett Hospital.<br />

According to the report, the<br />

motorcycle continued fleeing<br />

northbound and has not yet been<br />

identified.<br />

Trooper Cenescar had been<br />

with GSP since Jan. 2023 and<br />

was a graduate of the 114th<br />

Trooper School, DSP said. In<br />

2021, 11Alive and other news<br />

organizations reported when<br />

he helped save a man’s life as<br />

an Atlanta Police Department<br />

officer.<br />

Atlanta News spoke with a<br />

man who said he witnessed the<br />

bike going in and out of traffic<br />

and a trooper trying to stop him.<br />

“I looked at my son and I said<br />

TROOPER JIMMY CENESCAR<br />

look it’s a chase and he looked<br />

over there and the next thing you<br />

know all you see is just debris<br />

from his car just flying in the<br />

air,” said Chris Davis. “You could<br />

see something was different his<br />

lights and sirens were on. He’s<br />

weaving in and out of traffic and<br />

then his car goes airborne with<br />

all the debris.”<br />

“I’ll be honest, I’m from Ohio<br />

and I’m a former police officer<br />

myself, and just seeing that my<br />

heart automatically went to his<br />

family and just thinking he’s just<br />

doing his job and it’s tough out<br />

here being a police officer these<br />

days. I just felt bad for him, and<br />

then, of course, I’m nervous because<br />

I’m in the car on the same<br />

freeway, and these chases happen<br />

all the time. Too frequent to<br />

be honest with you,” Davis said.<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

MARS HILL, N.C.<br />

<strong>No</strong>rth Carolina Police Chief Jon Clark was fired after<br />

soliciting nude photos from the wife of a subordinate.<br />

MARS HILL, N.C. – Jon Clark<br />

is the former chief of the Mars<br />

Hill Police Department in <strong>No</strong>rth<br />

Carolina. He was originally<br />

suspended without pay Sept.<br />

20, 2023, before being terminated<br />

later in October for multiple<br />

allegations of misconduct,<br />

including soliciting nude photos<br />

from the wife of a subordinate,<br />

according to reports.<br />

Clark had been with the small<br />

agency since 2016 and spent<br />

two years in the position of<br />

police chief. When allegations<br />

of misconduct became known<br />

last year, the town hired U.S.<br />

Investigative Security Services<br />

based in Huntersville, to conduct<br />

the investigation, Citizen Times<br />

reported.<br />

The third-party investigation<br />

sustained multiple allegations<br />

of misconduct, to include soliciting<br />

nude photos from the wife<br />

of a subordinate, mishandling<br />

firearms in his office, insubordination,<br />

and misuse of a town-issued<br />

car, according to Clark’s<br />

termination letter obtained by<br />

The News-Record & Sentinel.<br />

Town Manager Nathan Bennett<br />

listed several reasons for Clark’s<br />

termination in the letter dated<br />

Oct. 16, 2023, according to the<br />

Citizen Times.<br />

The first was for engaging in<br />

inappropriate actions toward the<br />

wife of then-Capt. Chad Wilson,<br />

who was later named to be<br />

Clark’s replacement as chief of<br />

police, effective Jan. 1.<br />

“Your conduct in attempting to<br />

pursue a romantic relationship<br />

with the wife of one of your officers<br />

is reprehensible,” Bennett<br />

noted in the letter of termination.<br />

“To actively solicit that relationship<br />

is unforgivable and<br />

put your entire Department and<br />

the Town of Mars Hill at risk. To<br />

have attempted that relationship<br />

showed great lack of judgment,<br />

and could have resulted in a<br />

situation where you would have<br />

been publicly embarrassed and<br />

embarrassed this Town.”<br />

When commenting on the<br />

termination, Bennett said, “There<br />

was never a picture shared, but<br />

he asked two different times.”<br />

The town manager also confirmed<br />

that Wilson approached<br />

him with screenshot evidence<br />

after the ex-chief sought the<br />

photos via SnapChat, Citizen<br />

Times reported.<br />

“The next day, I called Jon up<br />

here to suspend him pending an<br />

investigation, and I present him<br />

those things, and he admits to<br />

me, ‘Yes, I sent those,’” Bennett<br />

said.<br />

On the day the article was<br />

originally published, Jan. 8, Clark<br />

was employed by the Madison<br />

County Sheriff’s Office, where<br />

he served as a school resource<br />

officer at Madison Early College<br />

High School, according to the<br />

Citizen Times.<br />

It is unclear whether Clark<br />

remains employed by the Madison<br />

County Sheriff’s Office since<br />

media calls to Sheriff Buddy<br />

Harwood went unanswered.<br />

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STARKE, FL.<br />

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STARKE, FL. — The city of<br />

Starke has voted to disband its<br />

police department in favor of<br />

contracting with county law enforcement,<br />

WCJB reported.<br />

The City Commission voted 4-1<br />

on the issue on Jan. 16, according<br />

to the report. The decision will<br />

displace the department’s 11 officers<br />

and one civilian employee<br />

starting March 1.<br />

The police chief position can<br />

only be eliminated if voters pass<br />

a ballot referendum, meaning<br />

that Starke Police Chief Jeff<br />

Johnson, who opposed the<br />

decision, will remain chief of a<br />

nonexistent department.<br />

All employees were offered<br />

the opportunity to apply at the<br />

Bradford County Sheriff’s Office,<br />

which will be providing law<br />

enforcement services to Starke<br />

after the department disbands,<br />

according to the report.<br />

The contract with the sheriff’s<br />

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$625,000 per year, according to<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

AUSTIN, TX.<br />

Acevedo turns down Austin job after his proposed hiring caused a backlash<br />

at city hall....says he’s still going to Austin.<br />

AUSTIN, TX. - Art Acevedo<br />

is bound for Austin but is now<br />

without a job at his old police<br />

department.<br />

The former chief of the Houston<br />

Police Department announced<br />

on Tuesday he declined<br />

to return to the Austin Police Department<br />

in an interim capacity<br />

to be a resource to Chief Robin<br />

Henderson.<br />

KUT-FM in Austin reported that<br />

he was to create new recruiting<br />

strategies, review patrolling<br />

operations, and improve police<br />

academy training for APD.<br />

In an Instagram post, Acevedo<br />

said it was clear that his hiring<br />

“has become a distraction from<br />

the critical work ahead” for the<br />

city, the police department, and<br />

the police officers’ union.<br />

“Unfortunately, politics and<br />

power struggles have hindered<br />

our efforts to create real positive<br />

improvements for the people of<br />

this city. I firmly believe that if<br />

we are to build a future together,<br />

we cannot afford to blame others<br />

and point fingers,” Acevedo<br />

wrote in part.<br />

Acevedo served as Austin’s police<br />

chief from 2007 to 2016 before<br />

becoming Houston’s police<br />

chief. Since then, he’s worked in<br />

Miami and Colorado and served<br />

as a CNN on-air analyst.<br />

He has served as interim police<br />

chief for Aurora, a suburb<br />

outside Denver, for the last 13<br />

months.<br />

In a memo to council members,<br />

interim City Manager Jesús<br />

Garza said there were challenges<br />

facing the Austin Police Department<br />

and that he believed “additional<br />

resources are needed to<br />

better support the department,<br />

our interim police chief, and her<br />

management team to ensure<br />

success.”<br />

Mayor Kirk Watson expressed<br />

his support for the decision in<br />

an emailed statement. He emphasized<br />

that Acevedo’s police<br />

background can strengthen the<br />

relationship between ADP, City<br />

Hall, and the community.<br />

However, KUT reported that<br />

the decision was made without<br />

community or council input.<br />

Last Friday, Council member<br />

Vanessa Fuentes posted on X,<br />

formerly known as Twitter, expressing<br />

her surprise about Acevedo’s<br />

appointment.<br />

Council members Paige Ellis,<br />

Alison Alter, and Chito Vela also<br />

expressed concerns with Acevedo’s<br />

sudden hiring.<br />

KUT reported that Ellis felt this<br />

was a bad move and a step in the<br />

wrong direction. She highlighted<br />

the fact that while Acevedo was<br />

police chief, hundreds of rape kits<br />

went untested.<br />

Alter called it a slap in the face<br />

for the survivors, advocates, and<br />

others who have worked to make<br />

changes in the system around<br />

sexual assault.<br />

Despite turning down the job,<br />

Acevedo stated that he is still<br />

moving to Austin.<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

WASHINGTON, D.C.<br />

Video created to help promote awareness of the Protect & Serve Act<br />

(H.R. 743<br />

By Paula Fitzsimmons<br />

The Protect & Serve Act (H.R. 743)<br />

needs to be enacted because our<br />

guardians are being attacked in<br />

greater numbers and it’s not letting<br />

up. This isn’t something that can<br />

wait, either.<br />

I’m not naive to think that this bill<br />

will stop all the carnage. You can’t<br />

legislate morality, and people intent<br />

on doing harm will always find a<br />

way. What this bill can do is punish<br />

offenders (the Feds don’t mess<br />

around). It will send a resounding<br />

message that attacks on officers of<br />

the law will not be tolerated.<br />

There are currently few, if any<br />

deterrents for assaulting local or<br />

state police officers. While most<br />

states in the union have laws to<br />

penalize these attacks, they vary in<br />

their wording. And depending on<br />

the political persuasion of a district<br />

attorney, justice can be arbitrary.<br />

What You Can Do<br />

The sad fact is that we’re losing<br />

the info war. In fact, Joe Gamaldi,<br />

vice president of the Fraternal Order<br />

of Police (FOP) recently stated<br />

that META, the company that owns<br />

Facebook and Instagram, refused<br />

to run ads that highlight attacks on<br />

officers.<br />

We need all hands-on-deck, and<br />

that, dear reader, includes you!<br />

Please don’t think for a moment<br />

that you’re not making a difference.<br />

By sharing this video (or article),<br />

you’re helping to plant another<br />

seed. Even if a small percentage of<br />

viewers take the time to call their<br />

Congressperson, you’ve helped us<br />

get closer to making H.R. 743 a reality.<br />

With that, please consider doing<br />

the following :<br />

• Watch and Share the Video<br />

with your friends, family members,<br />

on social media, and on forums<br />

where links are allowed. You can<br />

either share this article or the link<br />

to the video.<br />

• Lobby Your U.S. Congressperson<br />

If you haven’t already, please urge<br />

your Congressperson to co-sponsor<br />

H.R. 743. If short on time, feel free<br />

to use FOP’s convenient automated<br />

form. If you prefer not to share the<br />

video, please still ask your network<br />

to contact their House Representatives.<br />

The list of co-sponsors is<br />

here.<br />

House Judiciary Committee Update<br />

As mentioned in a previous post,<br />

H.R. 743 is being held up because a<br />

group of House Judiciary Committee<br />

Republicans informed Chairman<br />

Rep. Jim Jordan (OH) that<br />

they wouldn’t support the bill. Yes,<br />

Republicans; you read that correctly.<br />

{Sigh}<br />

After reaching out to several<br />

people knowledgeable about the<br />

Protect & Serve Act, I still haven’t<br />

received any answers about which<br />

specific Representatives made this<br />

statement. This is so wrong. <strong>No</strong>t<br />

just that this group won’t support<br />

the bill, but that I have to jump<br />

through hoops just to get names<br />

that should have been made public.<br />

So for now, the list of Representatives<br />

who haven’t yet signed on<br />

as co-sponsors provides important<br />

clues. If you live in the district of a<br />

Congressperson on this list, can you<br />

please make a quick call or send<br />

an email urging that the Committee<br />

prioritize the Protect & Serve Act?<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

SAN DIEGO, CA.<br />

Sgt. Elliott Anthony, of the San Diego Police Department, was<br />

welcomed home by members of his department after undergoing<br />

extensive rehabilitation.<br />

By Karen Kucher,<br />

The San Diego Union-Tribune<br />

SAN DIEGO, CA. — A San Diego<br />

police sergeant shot in the head<br />

in December — leaving him with<br />

injuries that initially left him unable<br />

to walk — returned home Tuesday<br />

after making what city officials<br />

called “an amazing recovery.”<br />

Accompanied by family members,<br />

Sgt. Anthony Elliott walked off an<br />

airplane and was greeted by Police<br />

Chief David Nisleit and several other<br />

officers at San Diego International<br />

Airport.<br />

A procession of police motorcycles<br />

later led him into his neighborhood,<br />

where neighbors waved signs<br />

and cheered as he approached,<br />

according to a video released by the<br />

police department.<br />

“Hello! Thanks, everybody!” he<br />

shouted, as he was hugged by children.<br />

On the video, Elliott pauses in<br />

front of a home and addresses the<br />

crowd gathered around him.<br />

“I’m profoundly grateful for the<br />

department and the community. I<br />

love you guys,” he said, adding that<br />

he was trying not to cry.<br />

“I wouldn’t have progressed the<br />

way I did if you guys didn’t love me,<br />

so (that is) very much appreciated.”<br />

The police department posted<br />

video of his homecoming on X, the<br />

social media site formerly known<br />

as Twitter.<br />

Elliott has undergone extensive<br />

rehabilitation since he was shot in<br />

the head Dec. 7 in a parking lot outside<br />

a grocery store in 4S Ranch.<br />

After the shooting, Elliott lost the<br />

use of his left arm and leg and was<br />

initially unable to walk, the department<br />

said. He was moved to an outof-state<br />

facility Dec. 21 to continue<br />

rehabilitation therapy.<br />

His dramatic physical improvement<br />

is obvious as he walks off the<br />

plane, shown on the video released<br />

Tuesday night. He was accompanied<br />

by his wife, Laura, and two young<br />

sons.<br />

According to the department,<br />

Elliott will continue therapy at an<br />

outpatient rehab facility in the San<br />

Diego area.<br />

Elliott was shot during a confrontation<br />

with 46-year-old Curtis<br />

Harris in a Ralphs parking lot on 4S<br />

Commons Drive.<br />

Investigators said Elliott and<br />

three other officers had gone to the<br />

store to serve a protection order on<br />

Harris.<br />

Body-worn camera footage released<br />

by the department showed<br />

Harris running away from the officers<br />

as they approached him just<br />

outside the grocery store. Elliott<br />

gave chase, and Harris opened fire.<br />

The three other officers returned<br />

gunfire and fatally shot Harris.<br />

“He and his family continue to be<br />

grateful for the support they receive<br />

from the entire San Diego community,”<br />

the department said in a<br />

statement.<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

ACROSS THE US<br />

The Latest Breaking News as we go LIVE.<br />

KAMALA HARRIS COMPARES<br />

FERGUSON RIOTS WITH THE<br />

BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG<br />

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Kamala Harris<br />

made an outlandish comment<br />

that has gone largely unchecked<br />

when she compared the 2014<br />

Ferguson riots with the 1863 Battle<br />

of Gettysburg. The vice president,<br />

who is prone to non-nonsensical<br />

word salads, made<br />

the absurd statement during<br />

a speech in South Carolina on<br />

Martin Luther King Day, the Post<br />

Millennial reported.<br />

Harris said both events were<br />

examples of Americans fighting<br />

to “make the promise of freedom<br />

real.” What she failed to mention<br />

was that more than 300 arrests<br />

were made in Ferguson, Missouri<br />

for all manner of violent crime<br />

while law enforcement tried<br />

to keep the peace, or that more<br />

than 350,000 Union soldiers died<br />

during the Civil War in order<br />

fulfill the hope of freedom for<br />

enslaved people.<br />

“The 1863 Battle of Gettysburg<br />

eventually led to the end of the<br />

Civil War two years later and<br />

secured victory for the <strong>No</strong>rth,<br />

while quashing the Confederate’s<br />

ambition of forming a<br />

separate nation. It also helped<br />

set the country on path towards<br />

the abolition of slavery, the Post<br />

Millennial noted.<br />

The Civil War cost tens of<br />

thousands of lives on both sides.<br />

Yet the <strong>No</strong>rth, fighting to abolish<br />

slavery, suffered more losses<br />

than the South.<br />

“The 2014 Ferguson riots<br />

should never be categorized<br />

with anything noble. The ongoing<br />

violence was the result of a false<br />

and politically twisted narrative<br />

that Officer Darren Wilson fatally<br />

shot Michael Brown—a strongarmed<br />

robbery suspect—as he<br />

had his hands raised in the air.<br />

Evidence revealed that Brown<br />

violently attacked Wilson, forcing<br />

the officer to resort to lethal<br />

force.<br />

Wilson was exonerated for his<br />

actions at the state and federal<br />

level, despite lies being perpetuated<br />

to disparage his name and<br />

the institution of law enforcement.<br />

The riots that soon followed<br />

the shooting were among several<br />

landmark events in the past<br />

10 years that have undermined<br />

the rule of law and upended the<br />

institution of law enforcement,<br />

which has further damaged<br />

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ALAMEDA, CA. — During the<br />

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sands of police officers, falling<br />

between 2020 and 2022 to the<br />

lowest number of patrol officers<br />

per capita since at least 1991,<br />

according to the Public Policy<br />

Institute of California.<br />

Alameda was no exception. But<br />

in its rebuilding effort, its police<br />

department was willing to go<br />

further with financial incentives<br />

than any other city in the country,<br />

offering $75,000 in signing<br />

bonuses to new officers last<br />

year. Ten months later, the recruitment<br />

plan has worked, but<br />

it has yet to be reflected in the<br />

city’s crime statistics.<br />

Last year, 30% of positions in<br />

the Alameda Police Department<br />

were still open. Since the signing<br />

bonus was implemented, the<br />

department has received over<br />

<strong>40</strong>0 applications, and 20 officers<br />

have been hired, while four retired<br />

or resigned, leading to a net<br />

gain of 16 officers and nearing<br />

the maximum of 88.<br />

Alameda Chief of Police Nishant<br />

Joshi said he expects the<br />

department to have completely<br />

filled its vacancies by June. The<br />

$75,000 bonuses are funded by<br />

unspent police salaries.<br />

LASD SUPERVISORS REC-<br />

OMMEND STRICTER RULES<br />

FOR OFF-DUTY INTOXICATION<br />

WHILE CARRYING FIREARMS<br />

By Linh Tat<br />

Daily Breeze, Torrance, Calif.<br />

LOS ANGELES — In response<br />

to dozens of incidents over the<br />

years of law enforcement officers<br />

being intoxicated while<br />

carrying a gun, the Los Angeles<br />

County Board of Supervisors on<br />

Tuesday, Jan. 23, passed a motion<br />

asking Sheriff Robert Luna<br />

to consider banning deputies —<br />

whether on duty or not — from<br />

drinking while in possession of a<br />

firearm.<br />

The motion asks Luna to update<br />

a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s<br />

Department policy “to include<br />

a strict prohibition against<br />

carrying firearms while consuming<br />

alcohol, on or off-duty” in<br />

addition to other measures. It<br />

comes more than four years after<br />

the county’s Office of Inspector<br />

General (OIG) first recommended<br />

changes to the department’s<br />

policy on firearms safety.<br />

In 2019, the OIG identified 81<br />

cases in which Sheriff’s deputies<br />

were charged with being under<br />

the influence of alcohol while<br />

a firearm was within reach. In<br />

another report this past <strong>No</strong>vember,<br />

the OIG identified eight more<br />

incidents in which deputies consumed<br />

alcohol while in possession<br />

of a firearm.<br />

These instances included<br />

examples where the deputies<br />

allegedly fired their weapons<br />

negligently, threatened others<br />

by displaying the gun or got into<br />

fights while in possession of a<br />

firearm.<br />

“I was surprised that LASD<br />

firearms safety policy was filled<br />

with weaknesses and loopholes,”<br />

said Supervisor Hilda Solis, who<br />

introduced Tuesday’s motion<br />

to the board, along with board<br />

chair Lindsey Horvath.<br />

“We know that mixing of alcohol<br />

and guns never ends in a<br />

good manner and, rather, increases<br />

the risk of injuries and<br />

death,” Solis added at the board<br />

meeting.<br />

The motion passed 4-0. Supervisor<br />

Janice Hahn abstained<br />

from voting, saying she believes<br />

it should be up to Luna, as sheriff,<br />

to set the policy for his department.<br />

Tuesday’s motion referenced<br />

both OIG reports and recent<br />

news reports that alleged members<br />

of a deputy gang got into<br />

a confrontation with teenagers<br />

outside a Montclair bowling<br />

alley, during which an off-duty<br />

deputy who had been drinking<br />

flashed a gun.<br />

The L.A. Sheriff’s Department<br />

currently allows off-duty deputies<br />

to carry a firearm if their<br />

blood-alcohol content is below<br />

0.08. If it’s higher than 0.08, a<br />

deputy can challenge a claim<br />

that he or she is unfit to handle<br />

a firearm if they believe they<br />

aren’t impaired — based on socalled<br />

“rebuttable presumption<br />

language” in the department’s<br />

firearms safety policy.<br />

DENVER POLICE OFFICER<br />

PLEADS GUILTY IN SHOOTING<br />

THAT WOUNDED 6 BYSTAND-<br />

ERS<br />

By Shelly Bradbury<br />

The Denver Post<br />

DENVER — The Denver police<br />

officer accused of shooting six<br />

bystanders while aiming at an<br />

armed man in Lower Downtown<br />

in July 2022 pleaded guilty to<br />

misdemeanor assault on Tuesday<br />

and was sentenced to probation.<br />

Brandon Ramos, 30, can no<br />

longer work as a police officer<br />

in Colorado after the third-degree<br />

assault conviction for the<br />

July 2022 shooting near 20th and<br />

Larimer streets.<br />

As part of the plea agreement,<br />

14 other criminal charges filed<br />

against Ramos were dismissed,<br />

and prosecutors and defense<br />

attorneys agreed that Ramos be<br />

sentenced to 18 months of pro-<br />

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ation. Ramos could have otherwise<br />

faced up to a year in jail on<br />

the misdemeanor conviction.<br />

Three people who were shot<br />

by Ramos spoke in court during<br />

his sentencing Tuesday about the<br />

ongoing recovery process, both<br />

physically and emotionally.<br />

“It was only by the grace of<br />

God that nobody was killed on<br />

the night an officer unleashed<br />

bullets into a crowd of innocent<br />

civilians,” said Willis Small, who<br />

was shot in the foot.<br />

“The world doesn’t seem as<br />

safe or familiar as it used to be,”<br />

said Yekalo Weldehiwet. “It’s like<br />

I lost something, and finding my<br />

way back feels really tough.”<br />

Ramos and two other Denver<br />

police officers confronted Jordan<br />

Waddy, 23, around 1:30 a.m.<br />

July 17, 2022, as bars closed in<br />

the busy LoDo nightlife district.<br />

The officers believed Waddy was<br />

carrying a gun and followed him<br />

through streets crowded with<br />

pedestrians. They confronted<br />

Waddy, who pulled a gun from<br />

his clothing and was holding it<br />

by the slide on top of the gun<br />

when the officers fired, body<br />

camera footage shows.<br />

Three officers fired, shooting<br />

Waddy, but also injuring six bystanders.<br />

A grand jury later determined<br />

that only Ramos’ shots<br />

hit the bystanders and that the<br />

other two officers did not injure<br />

any bystanders. Waddy and the<br />

bystanders all survived.<br />

Ramos, who fired from a different<br />

angle than the other two<br />

officers, could see there was a<br />

large crowd of people behind<br />

Waddy and should not have<br />

fired, the grand jury found. Waddy<br />

never turned the gun toward<br />

Ramos or directly threatened<br />

him, the grand jury found.<br />

“The police shot me and five<br />

other innocent bystanders,”<br />

Bailey Alexander said in court<br />

Tuesday. “The police. How is that<br />

possible? They are supposed to<br />

protect us from the bad guys,<br />

right? … It was a police officer<br />

who hit me. It was a police<br />

officer who pulled the trigger. It<br />

was Mr. Ramos.”<br />

Denver police and the police<br />

union defended the police officers’<br />

actions in the days after the<br />

incident, and then-Mayor Michael<br />

Hancock said he was surprised<br />

that Ramos was criminally<br />

charged.<br />

“It (was) incredibly difficult<br />

and tragic not only for the<br />

victims, but also for the city,”<br />

District Court Judge Nikea Bland<br />

said before sentencing Ramos<br />

Tuesday. “As a citizen of this city,<br />

it’s really polarized the city in a<br />

way that is not helpful for us to<br />

continue to grow together. …The<br />

plea agreement is appropriate<br />

based on what I have seen about<br />

the case, and ultimately, despite<br />

the fact Ramos is not serving<br />

time in custody, it’s a life-altering<br />

plea agreement.”<br />

Ramos has been suspended<br />

without pay from the police department<br />

since the charges were<br />

filed. The police department<br />

did not immediately answer an<br />

inquiry about his employment<br />

status after the guilty plea Tuesday.<br />

CHICAGO OFFICERS CAN<br />

WEAR UNIFORMS TO SUS-<br />

PECTED COP KILLER’S TRIAL,<br />

JUDGE DECIDES<br />

By Joanna Putman<br />

Police1<br />

CHICAGO — Police officers who<br />

wish to attend the trial of a murder<br />

suspect in the case of Officer<br />

Ella French are allowed to come<br />

to court in uniform, the Chicago<br />

Sun-Times reported.<br />

Defense attorneys had asked<br />

that officers who attend the trial<br />

of Emonte Morgan, 23, not wear<br />

their uniforms, citing concerns<br />

that a “sea of blue” might intimidate<br />

the jury, according to the<br />

report.<br />

The incident occurred on Aug.<br />

7, 2021, when Officer Ella French<br />

and her partners pulled over Eric<br />

Morgan, 25. Emonte was in the<br />

backseat, according to the report.<br />

After Eric refused to put down<br />

a drink and a cell phone he was<br />

holding, a struggle with officers<br />

ensued. During the struggle,<br />

Emonte produced a handgun<br />

from his waistband and shot<br />

French and her partner, Officer<br />

Carlos Yanez. The suspects were<br />

taken into custody after trying<br />

to flee, according to the report.<br />

French did not survive.<br />

Officers did wear uniforms in<br />

the October trial of Morgan’s<br />

brother, Eric Morgan, 25, who<br />

pleaded guilty to battery with<br />

a deadly weapon and obstruction<br />

of justice in the incident. He<br />

was sentenced to seven years in<br />

prison, the maximum allowed<br />

for the charges, according to the<br />

report.<br />

Defense attorneys filed several<br />

motions to keep the shows of<br />

support for French at bay during<br />

Emonte’s trial, claiming they<br />

wanted to prevent it from “becoming<br />

a circus,” according to<br />

the report.<br />

Judge Ursula Walowski, who<br />

also presided over Eric’s trial,<br />

stated she would not let that<br />

happen, according to the report.<br />

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She also denied a motion to prohibit<br />

trial attendees from wearing<br />

T-shirts in support of French.<br />

“I’m not going to tell people<br />

what they can or can’t wear in<br />

the courtroom,” Walowski said.<br />

Jury selection for the trial is<br />

scheduled for <strong>Feb</strong>. 27.<br />

LAW WOULD REQUIRE STU-<br />

DENTS DRESSED AS FURRIES<br />

TO BE REMOVED BY ANIMAL<br />

CONTROL<br />

Oklahoma City, OK. – Dressing<br />

up like animal characters has<br />

become quite the rage these days<br />

in public schools and Law Officer<br />

has heard from more than a few<br />

teachers that kids are not only<br />

dressing like cats but carrying<br />

stuffed animals throughout the<br />

day. We say kids lightly because<br />

we are talking about highs<br />

school kids. You know, the future<br />

leaders of our country.<br />

Anyway, we refused to believe<br />

that fur and whiskers was an<br />

actual thing until we saw a new<br />

bill proposed in Oklahoma.<br />

Oklahoma Representative<br />

Justin Humphrey has an idea to<br />

end the distracting behavior. He<br />

has filed House Bill 3084, which<br />

would ban furries from Oklahoma<br />

schools.<br />

If a kid comes to school or a<br />

school event dressed like a furry,<br />

then their parents will be contacted<br />

to take them home and if<br />

the parents or guardians cannot<br />

be reached, it gets very weird.<br />

“Students who purport to be<br />

an imaginary animal or animal<br />

species, or who engage in anthropomorphic<br />

behavior commonly<br />

referred to as furries at<br />

school shall not be allowed to<br />

participate in school curriculum<br />

or activities. The parent or<br />

guardian of a student in violation<br />

of this section shall pick the<br />

student up from the school, or<br />

animal control services shall be<br />

contacted to remove the student.”<br />

From a law enforcement perspective,<br />

we are grateful. Animal<br />

calls are the worst but the only<br />

thing more troubling would be a<br />

self identifying animal call.<br />

Kudos to Representative Humphrey<br />

for filing a bill just as silly<br />

as the act itself.<br />

N.Y. OFFICER DIES FROM<br />

9/11-RELATED ILLNESS<br />

By Joanna Putman, Police1<br />

NEW YORK — A New York State<br />

Police officer has died from cancer<br />

he developed as a result of<br />

working at Ground Zero after the<br />

9/11 terror attacks, according to<br />

the Officer Down Memorial Page.<br />

Technical Sergeant Christopher<br />

Philip Rock, 59, aided in search<br />

and recovery efforts after the<br />

attacks. He died from cancer on<br />

December 3, 2023.<br />

Rock had served with New<br />

York State Police for 26 years,<br />

according to the page. He is survived<br />

by his wife, mother, brother,<br />

nieces and nephews.<br />

ARRESTED MIGRANTS RE-<br />

LEASED WITHOUT BAIL AFTER<br />

MOB ASSAULT ON NYPD OFFI-<br />

CERS<br />

A group of eight migrants<br />

accused of pummeling a pair of<br />

officers in a caught-on-camera<br />

Midtown attack are “cowards”<br />

who “should be sitting on Rikers<br />

Island,” a top NYPD official says.<br />

One of the suspects took a defiant<br />

posture, flashing two middle<br />

fingers after being arraigned<br />

in court on Wednesday, the New<br />

York Daily News reports.<br />

All five young men taken into<br />

custody so far for the Saturday<br />

night brawl outside a migrant<br />

shelter on W. 42nd St. near Seventh<br />

Ave. were released without<br />

bail — inflaming the already<br />

heated debate surrounding the<br />

city’s migrant crisis.<br />

“You saw the video. Reprehensible,”<br />

NYPD Chief of Patrol<br />

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John Chell told reporters following<br />

the annual State of the<br />

NYPD Breakfast at Cipriani 42nd<br />

St., about five blocks from where<br />

the attack took place. “(They’re)<br />

cowards. You have eight people<br />

attacking a lieutenant and a cop,<br />

running up to them to kick them<br />

in the face.”<br />

ARK. OFFICER DIES FOLLOW-<br />

ING MEDICAL EMERGENCY<br />

By Joanna Putman, Police1<br />

SHANNON HILLS, AR. — A Shannon<br />

Hills Police Department officer<br />

has died following a medical<br />

emergency, according to the<br />

Officer Down Memorial Page.<br />

Officer Michael Cain Maxheimer<br />

helped a disabled motorist<br />

push a car out of the roadway<br />

on December 18, 2023. He then<br />

responded to a vicious animal<br />

complaint, where two stray dogs<br />

approached him as if they were<br />

going to attack, according to<br />

ODMP.<br />

Maxheimer drew his gun in<br />

preparation to confront the dogs,<br />

but the dogs ran into the woods.<br />

He returned to the police station,<br />

where he complained of nausea<br />

and chest pain. He was admitted<br />

to a hospital where he passed<br />

away the following day, according<br />

to ODMP.<br />

Maxheimer was 39 years old<br />

and had served in the Shannon<br />

Hills Police Department for three<br />

years. He had served in law enforcement<br />

for 16 years in many<br />

different departments. He is<br />

survived by three daughters and<br />

his girlfriend, according to his<br />

obituary.<br />

2 FLORIDA OFFICERS<br />

WOUNDED IN GUNFIGHT WITH<br />

MURDER SUSPECT<br />

The 24-year-old man killed after<br />

shooting two Palm Bay police<br />

officers and fatally wounding his<br />

grandfather Sunday was driving<br />

a car packed with a cache<br />

of handguns and other weapons<br />

that may have been part of a<br />

bigger, planned attack, the Palm<br />

Bay police chief said.<br />

The car, seized by police after<br />

the shootout that left gunman<br />

Brandon Kapas dead, was<br />

tracked to its owners, retired<br />

Catholic priest Robert Hoeffner<br />

and his sister, Sally Hoeffner.<br />

Both were shot to death by Kapas<br />

earlier in their northwest Palm<br />

Bay home, Police Chief Mariano<br />

Augello said at a Monday press<br />

conference.<br />

“It’s unknown what his intentions<br />

were, showing up with an<br />

arsenal of weapons,” Augello<br />

said.<br />

“Our officers’ actions yesterday<br />

prevented something even more<br />

tragic from happening.”<br />

Palm Bay patrol officers were<br />

called about 2:07 p.m. Sunday to<br />

the Kapas family home, Florida<br />

Today reports.<br />

Augello said officers arrived<br />

about 2:19 p.m. and immediately<br />

met with an uncle who told<br />

them Kapas, his nephew, was in<br />

the home being disruptive during<br />

a family birthday celebration. The<br />

uncle told police that Kapas was<br />

possibly armed. At that moment,<br />

Kapas stepped out of the home<br />

and quickly began walking away<br />

“as Palm Bay officers attempted<br />

to talk with him,” Augello said.<br />

An officer tased Kapas and<br />

got into a brief struggle before<br />

Kapas reached for his handgun<br />

and fired at police, the chief said.<br />

Officers Stephen Ball and Nicholas<br />

Franze were shot, one in the<br />

arm and the other in the leg.<br />

The gunman’s grandfather,<br />

William Kapas Sr., attempted<br />

to intervene but was shot and<br />

killed by the suspect, Augello<br />

said.<br />

“The grandfather was trying to<br />

help,” the chief said.<br />

Officers returned fire in response,<br />

killing Kapas.<br />

Auguello spent time Monday<br />

visiting the wounded officers,<br />

one of whom was recovering<br />

from surgery and the other, who<br />

was set to be released.<br />

MAN WHO RAMMED, IN-<br />

JURED TEXAS OFFICER DE-<br />

PLOYING SPIKES GETS LIFE<br />

A man who intentionally<br />

rammed into a Fort Worth police<br />

officer trying to stop a vehicle<br />

pursuit by deploying spikes was<br />

sentenced to life in prison on<br />

Monday.<br />

Officer Matthew Brazeal suffered<br />

serious injuries when Ronnie<br />

Jackson mowed him down in<br />

June 2020.<br />

Jackson was found guilty of<br />

hitting Brazeal in a collision that<br />

had him dragging the officer<br />

more than 100 feet.<br />

Brazeal was hospitalized for<br />

several weeks and continues<br />

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ecovering from his injuries. The<br />

officer returned to light duty just<br />

last week, nearly four years after<br />

being hit.<br />

LOUISVILLE FIREARMS IN-<br />

STRUCTOR SUSPENDED FOR<br />

ACCIDENTALLY SHOOTING RE-<br />

CRUIT DURING TRAINING<br />

A Louisville Metro Police officer<br />

and firearms instructor received<br />

a month long suspension for<br />

shooting a recruit during a training<br />

exercise and floating the idea<br />

of a cover-up, according to a<br />

case report by LMPD.<br />

On March 10, 2023, Officer<br />

Christopher Kitchen was helping<br />

two recruits — whose names are<br />

redacted in the released files —<br />

practice close-quarter tactics<br />

and hadn’t realized his gun was<br />

loaded when he fired at one of<br />

them, Kitchen later told investigators.<br />

The round struck the recruit in<br />

his bullet-resistant vest, bruising<br />

his abdomen, the Courier Journal<br />

reports.<br />

During the training exercise, a<br />

recruit was walking across the<br />

room and kept leaving himself<br />

open as a target, according to<br />

Kitchen’s interview. When asked<br />

why he fired his weapon, Kitchen<br />

said he wanted to drive home<br />

the point that the recruit needed<br />

to keep himself covered during a<br />

sweep.<br />

Kitchen fired a live round<br />

shooting the recruit in his<br />

vest-protected abdomen.<br />

LMPD launched an investigation.<br />

In <strong>No</strong>vember, Kitchen was<br />

found in violation of LMPD’s<br />

mandated care and discharge of<br />

a firearm, as well as having unbecoming<br />

conduct for discussing<br />

a cover-up with the recruits.<br />

BORDER PATROL UNION<br />

BACKS TEXAS NATIONAL<br />

GUARD, REBUKES ‘CATASTRO-<br />

PHE THAT THE BIDEN ADMIN<br />

HAS UNLEASHED ON AMERICA’<br />

The National Border Patrol<br />

Council (NBPC), which is the<br />

official union of U.S. Customs<br />

and Border Protection personnel,<br />

released a statement last Thursday<br />

supporting the Texas National<br />

Guard’s attempts to secure the<br />

southern border and slamming<br />

the Biden administration for its<br />

“catastrophic” border policies,<br />

according to the Daily Wire.<br />

The union, which has more<br />

than 18,000 members, said,<br />

“Rank-and-file BP agents appreciate<br />

and respect what TX has<br />

been doing to defend their state<br />

in the midst of this catastrophe<br />

that the Biden Admin has unleashed<br />

on America.”<br />

NBPC tried to dispel some<br />

“fake news” that federal agents<br />

were going to begin arresting<br />

members of the Texas National<br />

Guard.<br />

“Rank-and file BP agents are<br />

not going to start arresting TX<br />

NG members for following their<br />

LAWFUL orders. That’s fake new,”<br />

the union said on X.<br />

Continuing, “TX NG and rankand-file<br />

BP agents work together<br />

and respect each other’s jobs.<br />

Period,” the union emphasized.<br />

“If TX NG members have LAWFUL<br />

orders, then they have to carry<br />

out those orders.”<br />

“We want to be perfectly clear,<br />

there is no fight between rankand-file<br />

BP agents and the TX<br />

NG, Gov. Abott (sic), or TX DPS. It<br />

may make flashy headlines, but<br />

it simply isn’t true,” NBPC said in<br />

conclusion.<br />

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gave<br />

President Joe Biden a lesson in<br />

the U.S. Constitution when he<br />

issued a defiant statement last<br />

Wednesday as the Lone Star<br />

State continues to combat the<br />

massive infusion of people who<br />

are illegally crossing the southern<br />

border, Law Officer reported.<br />

The U.S. Supreme Court sided<br />

with the Biden administration<br />

earlier in the week, ruling that<br />

it could remove or cut through<br />

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concertino wire the state has<br />

deployed to stop illegal aliens<br />

from crossing the Rio Grande<br />

into the state. Despite the high<br />

court ruling, Texas has remained<br />

steadfast in its own security as<br />

the Texas National Guard continued<br />

to install concertina wire<br />

along the U.S.-Mexico border on<br />

Tuesday, the day after the ruling<br />

by SCOTUS.<br />

On Wednesday, Abbott issued a<br />

statement on Texas’ constitutional<br />

right to defend and protect itself<br />

as Biden continues to attack<br />

the governor’s actions and refuse<br />

to perform his duties to secure<br />

the border.<br />

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CRUISER RAMMED, WASH.<br />

DEPUTIES INJURED DURING<br />

PURSUIT<br />

By Rolf Boone<br />

Thurston county, wash. — A<br />

28-year-old man was arrested<br />

on suspicion of multiple<br />

crimes early Friday after leading<br />

deputies on a wild pursuit<br />

across Thurston county that at<br />

one point crossed an area golf<br />

course, according to the Thurston<br />

county sheriff’s office.<br />

The suspect also rammed a<br />

sheriff’s office vehicle, injuring<br />

two deputies, according to a<br />

social media post that detailed<br />

the pursuit. One deputy has since<br />

been released from the hospital,<br />

while the second deputy is still<br />

being treated for their injuries.<br />

It all began about 1:30 a.m.<br />

Friday when a deputy attempted<br />

to stop a pickup truck driver on<br />

suspicion of driving under the<br />

influence on Martin Way East.<br />

The driver took off and drove<br />

north on Interstate 5, according<br />

to the sheriff’s office. He then<br />

drove across the median onto<br />

Southbound i-5, got back onto<br />

Martin Way and drove through<br />

Lacey to Ruddell road, according<br />

to the post.<br />

At Ruddell Road and Yelm<br />

Highway in Lacey, a deputy executed<br />

a pit maneuver, to stop<br />

the driver. However, the driver<br />

allegedly rammed that vehicle,<br />

injuring a deputy and a new<br />

recruit.<br />

From there, the driver drove<br />

onto Capitol City golf course,<br />

according to the sheriff’s office.<br />

The pursuit was paused, according<br />

to the post, then resumed<br />

when deputies saw the driver<br />

head south on Rainier Road.<br />

Throughout the pursuit, multiple<br />

pit maneuvers were attempted,<br />

according to the sheriff’s<br />

office.<br />

At Waldrick Road and Old<br />

Highway 99 , the sheriff’s office<br />

was able to push the driver<br />

onto a field, but he kept driving,<br />

smashing through a fence, and<br />

got back onto Old Highway 99,<br />

but with only three tires, not four.<br />

About halfway through the city<br />

of Tenino, the transmission on<br />

the suspect’s truck failed and the<br />

suspect was taken into custody<br />

with the assistance of a K9.<br />

The man was arrested on suspicion<br />

of Drug DUI, two counts of<br />

first-degree assault with a deadly<br />

weapon, multiple counts of<br />

first-degree malicious mischief,<br />

and attempting to elude law<br />

enforcement, according to the<br />

sheriff’s office.<br />

The sheriff’s office said the<br />

pursuit lasted for more than 30<br />

minutes.<br />

PILOT DIES AFTER STOLEN<br />

PLANE CRASHES NEAR TEX-<br />

AS-OKLAHOMA BORDER<br />

ADDISON, TX. – A plane was<br />

stolen from an airport in the<br />

town of Addison, Texas and<br />

crashed near the Texas-Oklahoma<br />

border on Wednesday.<br />

The individual flying the small<br />

aircraft is dead, according to<br />

the Texas Department of Public<br />

Safety.<br />

A single-engine Cessna 172<br />

was taken from the ATP Flight<br />

School at Addison Airport. After<br />

the plane was stolen, it was<br />

flown more than 80 miles northeast<br />

toward Paris, investigators<br />

said, NBC 5 DFW reported.<br />

The plane departed at 6:53<br />

p.m. Wednesday, Addison Airport<br />

officials confirmed with<br />

NBC 5. It went down and<br />

crashed about 8:15 p.m. into a<br />

field near the Fannin and Lamar<br />

County lines. The male pilot, and<br />

sole person aboard the aircraft,<br />

was killed. He was identified<br />

Thursday by DPS as Timothy<br />

James Logan, 23, of Stokesdale,<br />

<strong>No</strong>rth Carolina.<br />

It’s not immediately clear if<br />

the pilot declared an emergency<br />

or radioed for assistance prior<br />

to the crash. The circumstances<br />

behind the theft also remain<br />

unclear.<br />

The National Transportation<br />

Safety Board (NTSB) is now<br />

leading the investigation into the<br />

crash and is being assisted by<br />

the FAA.<br />

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SURVIVING THE<br />

STREETS<br />

AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

The Secret to Ending Chases<br />

By Garry Parker<br />

Last year I wrote several articles<br />

on law enforcement emergency<br />

vehicle operation. It is<br />

difficult to understand how a law<br />

enforcement officer spends so<br />

much of their duty time in vehicle<br />

operation and loses control<br />

of their vehicle and crashes into<br />

a tree or a guardrail. The operator<br />

is skilled through (sometimes)<br />

years of exposure. The<br />

advantage is you drive like you<br />

breathe. The detriment comes<br />

from complacency. Complacency<br />

comes from attitude.<br />

I have been reading a couple of<br />

books recommended by Gorden<br />

Graham. The first was Warnings<br />

Unheeded by Andy Brown. This<br />

book describes two tragedies at<br />

Fairchild Air Force Base outside<br />

of Washington. The second tragedy<br />

covered in the book was the<br />

most intriguing to me. A story of<br />

the pilot of a B-52 bomber. The<br />

pilot, Lt. Colonel Authur “Bud”<br />

Holland, skilled to the point of<br />

complacency. Lt. Colonel had<br />

logged over 5200 hours flying<br />

missions behind the controls of<br />

this massive aircraft. Lt. Colonel<br />

Holland routinely pushed the<br />

envelope of safety due to his<br />

attitude of superiority. He had<br />

performed daring stunts, pushing<br />

the aircraft limits. After one<br />

such event the aircraft suffered<br />

structural damage due to the Lt.<br />

Colonel performing a low-level<br />

pass for a photo op, then making<br />

a high pitch climb of 60 degrees.<br />

Lt. Colonel Holland was a rogue<br />

pilot. A rogue believes the rules<br />

do not apply to them because<br />

of their superiority in control of<br />

the aircraft. Lt. Colonel Holland’s<br />

ultimate goal was to perform<br />

a barrel roll a B-52. Lt. Colonel<br />

Holland completed his last<br />

act of defiance in preparing to<br />

fly an airshow. He was to take<br />

off, bank, make a pass, do a<br />

touch and go then demonstrate<br />

a midair refueling. When Lt.<br />

Colonel Holland prepared his<br />

approach for the touch and go,<br />

the refueling craft was still on<br />

the runway. Holland requested<br />

a fly by and was given permission<br />

from the tower. Lt. Colonel<br />

Holland banked hard placing the<br />

aircraft at 90 degrees at 250 feet<br />

of altitude. The aircraft, (a flying<br />

house) stalled, the wing struck<br />

a power line and crashed killing<br />

all on board. Every level of flight<br />

wing command knew of Lt. Colonel<br />

Hollands antics and discipline<br />

was never imposed.<br />

The second book, Darker Shade<br />

of Blue, by Tony Kern, describes<br />

many instances of rogue pilot<br />

behavior. This book identifies<br />

many rogue pilots and crashes<br />

that took their lives.<br />

<strong>No</strong>w you may be asking yourself,<br />

what does flying an aircraft<br />

have to do with emergency vehicle<br />

operation. In reading these<br />

two books (Thank you Mr. Graham)<br />

I found what I believe to be<br />

the key to ending law enforcement<br />

at fault car crashes. Over<br />

the last 15 years I have become<br />

obsessed searching for anything<br />

that will end the needless car<br />

crashes in law enforcement. We<br />

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must begin by reviewing our<br />

training methods.<br />

Emergency vehicle operator<br />

training begins with a short<br />

classroom discussion on vehicle<br />

dynamics and the law<br />

that authorizes patrol vehicles<br />

to exceed the speed limit, disregard<br />

stop signs and lights,<br />

to stop, stand or park, where<br />

necessary, and move against the<br />

normal flow of traffic. I teach a<br />

paraphrase for this “Emergency<br />

vehicles are not bound by signs,<br />

signals and road markings”.<br />

During this classroom discussion<br />

instructors will identify when an<br />

operator may use this authorization.<br />

As I reflect on my initial<br />

EVO training, I remember very<br />

little of when I was authorized<br />

to drive in contrast with the law.<br />

I do, however, remember being<br />

on the track and encouraged by<br />

instructors to push the limits of<br />

the vehicle. After 2 years serving<br />

as a state trooper, I became an<br />

instructor. Needless to say, I possessed<br />

very little knowledge or<br />

experience, so I taught the same<br />

aggressive driving behavior that<br />

was taught to me. <strong>No</strong>t only did I<br />

believe my skill set was superior,<br />

but I demonstrated it at every<br />

opportunity. I drove at excessive<br />

speeds and blew through red<br />

lights without slowing to clear<br />

the intersection as required by<br />

law. Today I can honestly say I<br />

had a celestial co-pilot that had<br />

plans for me. After burying 3<br />

of our police officers, all killed<br />

in traffic crashes, I began contemplating<br />

what role I played in<br />

the deaths of these young men.<br />

<strong>No</strong>t only what I taught, but the<br />

role model I set for the younger<br />

troopers that I worked around.<br />

I can honestly say I failed all<br />

those who I trained and those<br />

who were in the vehicle with me,<br />

along with those who witnessed<br />

my driving.<br />

Allow me to explain why I am<br />

so passionate about EVO. When<br />

I was younger, my ego was the<br />

size of the Gulf of Mexico. Ego<br />

clouds judgment. Without clear<br />

judgment the operator can slip<br />

into rogue status. I was the<br />

quintessential rogue. I believed<br />

the law did not apply to me<br />

because I drove an emergency<br />

vehicle. I also believed I possessed<br />

superior skill; therefore, I<br />

could drive anyway I felt necessary.<br />

Late for work, no problem,<br />

traveling across the state for an<br />

assignment, going home after a<br />

long shift, no problem, leave late,<br />

get there early was always my<br />

modus operandi.<br />

I possessed many attitudes that<br />

should have led to my demise<br />

many times. I maintained a cando<br />

attitude, which is not a bad<br />

thing until personal safety was<br />

at risk. Always pressing, the need<br />

to be involved in events outside<br />

of my area of responsibility. Antiauthority,<br />

I am above the law. Invulnerability,<br />

my skill is so superior,<br />

nothing will happen to me.<br />

All of this led to complacency.<br />

Here is the underlying problem of<br />

all those things. I was unaware<br />

of my rogue behavior.<br />

I have developed a course to<br />

identify rogues. In my case I did<br />

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not know I was a rogue. This<br />

may also be the case for many<br />

of you reading this. When we<br />

are amped up and pressing to<br />

arrive at a call for assistance,<br />

we may take chances. <strong>No</strong>t slowing<br />

at a red light or stop sign or<br />

operating at dangerous speeds.<br />

I am not sure when I began to<br />

understand I was not as good as<br />

I believed, but it happened, and<br />

I want others to see that rogue<br />

behavior exists in the law enforcement<br />

profession and it can<br />

be overcome. Rogue behavior,<br />

if continued, will ultimately end<br />

up in one of three places. You<br />

may find yourself on the unemployment<br />

line, in the defendant’s<br />

chair trying to defend your actions,<br />

or in a casket leaving those<br />

who love you to survive on their<br />

own.<br />

Below 100 has been around<br />

for many years now and we are<br />

no closer to achieving that goal<br />

than we were when the seminar<br />

began years ago. We can not do<br />

anything to prevent assailants<br />

from shooting us other than<br />

wearing protective equipment.<br />

There is only so much we can do<br />

to prevent impaired drivers from<br />

crashing into our patrol units<br />

while on the side of the road<br />

except keeping your head on a<br />

swivel, using the patrol car for<br />

what protection it can offer. Discussing<br />

Spike deployment regularly,<br />

discussing the difference<br />

between cover and concealment<br />

while deploying spikes to end a<br />

pursuit. Lastly, we should consistently<br />

train to focus on the task<br />

at hand, the safe operation of the<br />

patrol unit. These things should<br />

be discussed early and often<br />

with your patrol staff.<br />

I read a story about a police<br />

officer while responding to a<br />

call, blew a red light, no audible<br />

signal, and no emergency lighting,<br />

without slowing for safety.<br />

The police officer killed two<br />

teenaged girls who were not<br />

involved in the event. The police<br />

officer was fired, indicted, and<br />

sentenced to 10 years in prison<br />

on 2 counts of involuntary manslaughter.<br />

During discovery, the<br />

defense found where this police<br />

officer was reprimanded twice<br />

and had a history of aggressive<br />

driving. (So why were they<br />

allowed to continue to drive)?<br />

The family of the two girls sued<br />

the department and the officer’s<br />

supervisors for vicarious liability.<br />

To say none of these events<br />

should have occurred would be<br />

an understatement. Supervisors<br />

while reviewing dash-cam video<br />

should have honest conversations<br />

with officers who operate<br />

on the edge of danger, even<br />

when there are no negative consequences.<br />

There are those who<br />

do the right thing, at the right<br />

time, for the right reason, and<br />

there are others who do what<br />

they want, when they want, and<br />

give very little thought to the<br />

consequences. There are many<br />

law enforcement officers who<br />

understand and respect the dangers<br />

associated with emergency<br />

operations. Then there are those<br />

who possess an air of superiority.<br />

Every leader of your agency<br />

should lead by example, drive<br />

to their skill level, and educate<br />

those who continue to push the<br />

envelope. If you care for the welfare<br />

of your staff, team, friends,<br />

and family let’s make 2024 the<br />

year we eliminate senseless car<br />

crashes in law enforcement.<br />

I challenge everyone who<br />

reads this article to host our<br />

8-hour mental aspects of emergency<br />

vehicle operation seminar<br />

“The Law Enforcement Driving<br />

Concern”. This training can and<br />

has changed the attitudes of the<br />

rogues, the officers who are on<br />

the edge, and provide inspiration<br />

to all in attendance to understand<br />

driving an emergency vehicle<br />

is not just driving. It can be<br />

as deadly as an encounter with<br />

an armed suspect. The difference,<br />

an out-of-control patrol<br />

unit with a rogue driver rarely<br />

lives to talk about it.<br />

Until next time, please be safe,<br />

drive to your skill level and keep<br />

the dirty side down.<br />

ABOUT THE AUTHOR<br />

Garry Parker has served the<br />

citizens of Texas more than four<br />

decades in law enforcement and<br />

retired from the Texas Department<br />

of Public Safety in 2009. He holds a<br />

commission from the Texas Department<br />

of Public Safety as a Special<br />

Ranger. Garry served as a Law<br />

Enforcement Liaison and Instructor<br />

with the Texas Municipal Police Association<br />

and retired in 2020. Garry<br />

is certified as speaker, trainer and<br />

coach, through the Maxwell Leadership<br />

Team, the International Speakers<br />

Network, and the Texas Commission<br />

on Law Enforcement. Garry is<br />

a nationally recognized trainer and<br />

consultant in traffic safety, crash<br />

prevention, law enforcement tasks,<br />

and emergency vehicle operation.<br />

Garry is a motivational speaker,<br />

trainer and coach on communication<br />

and leadership. Garry has served as<br />

keynote speaker for many conferences<br />

around the country. He has<br />

been recognized for excellence in<br />

program development and presentation<br />

by the Texas Commission on<br />

Law Enforcement and nationally by<br />

Uniform Safety Education Officers<br />

inc. Gary can be reached at: www.<br />

garryparkerandassociates.com<br />

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BY DR. TINA JAECKLE<br />

Driven by Faith and Passion<br />

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Rick<br />

Fernandez a few months ago on a trip to Houston,<br />

Texas and then followed up with him again to<br />

author this article. Rick’s story is an excellent example<br />

of success through taking a chance on a<br />

vision through the path of entrepreneurship. At his<br />

core, he is driven by his Christian faith and a passion<br />

to offer unique clothing and equipment to<br />

keep our responders safe. It is truly my pleasure to<br />

share this interesting journey with you.<br />

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A Career in Law Enforcement<br />

I started law enforcement in<br />

1997. When I finished high school<br />

here in Pearland, I joined the fire<br />

department and at the time it<br />

was in a voluntary role. I was<br />

able to just jump in. Shortly after<br />

I began volunteering, the police<br />

academy came available. When<br />

I finished with training, I started<br />

looking for a job and was hired<br />

by the Surfside Beach Police Department.<br />

This is where my journey<br />

in law enforcement began,<br />

and while my heart was pulled to<br />

Pearland, they were not hiring at<br />

that time. Within a year, I started<br />

the hiring process with the<br />

Pearland Police Department and<br />

then spent the rest of my time<br />

here, totaling about 10 years in<br />

law enforcement. I initially served<br />

in the patrol division and had the<br />

privilege of being a part of the<br />

honor guard. This was special to<br />

me because I have been a lifelong<br />

resident of Pearland.<br />

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A Gift for Media Relations<br />

and a Vision is Born<br />

During my last three years with Pearland, I worked as both an officer and a<br />

business owner as I started Cop Stop in May of 2003. The Chief of Police also<br />

appointed me to create the public information division of the Pearland Police<br />

Department. Prior to my role as the public information officer, my supervisor<br />

addressed this need and then asked if I would consider doing it on a regular<br />

basis. There were some incidents in Pearland, and I happened to be in the<br />

area. I always joked that they scanned the area and said, “oh there’s Fernandez,”<br />

let us ask him and see if he could manage the media! With the support<br />

of the Chief, I managed both the PIO role and my business for about three and<br />

a half years as I had this flexibility.<br />

A Family Affair<br />

My family has been incredibly instrumental in my success. My mom, Olga,<br />

worked at the store behind the counter while I was at the police department.<br />

She was retired so she wanted to help. She had no knowledge of public safety,<br />

no knowledge of the product, but it was very impressive how she learned<br />

it. I now have a glimpse of the things we do for our kids since I now have a<br />

wife, Natalie, and two sons, Nick, and Cristian. What really made this possible<br />

was not only my mom behind the counter, but also my grandparents. They<br />

were the driving force for me to take the full-time step to grow the business.<br />

They believed in me. I will never forget my grandfather looking at me<br />

one afternoon at my parent’s house and asking, “why don’t you do it”? With a<br />

$30,000 loan from my grandfather, the decision was made. I remember feeling<br />

excited and having the passion, but the Lord had really guided me to this.<br />

This is how Cop Stop officially started and I will never forget the moment I<br />

turned on the open sign for the first time. Natalie remains our Chief Financial<br />

Officer, is also incredibly involved in the business. She, and our sons, have<br />

been a true gift in this journey.<br />

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Leadership and Opportunities<br />

The best reward and the best part of this business is being able to<br />

find people that are like-minded in a passion of wanting to come<br />

aboard. I enjoy employing people and then discovering things about<br />

them that they did not even know and encouraging these traits for<br />

their success. It is my goal to elevate them even higher in their work,<br />

and, in turn, being able to elevate them even higher within themselves.<br />

When I see my team, I give them glory as they are the true<br />

heroes of Cop Stop. I often tell people that business leadership is<br />

about people. While my wife and I may be at the top, it is the men<br />

and women that make Cop Stop what it is. I describe it as the culture<br />

of the business. You must build a good culture, a foundation.<br />

When you build a culture where people like what they do, embrace<br />

our purpose, it makes people want to come to work and fully engage<br />

in what they do. Cop Stop also employs some prior first responders<br />

who have been dedicated to the business for years. I give<br />

credit to my past staff, my current staff, and then of course staff<br />

that we do not even know yet (and who the Lord will bring).<br />

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The Mission and Structure of Cop Stop<br />

We cater to public safety. Our top two things are uniforms and<br />

body armor, and all the accessories that go with it, from clothing to<br />

firearms. Our customers include police departments, fire and EMS,<br />

security companies, and military. We have six divisions of the company.<br />

We have what I call the front of the house, which is the retail.<br />

We have our account reps who serve as the face or voice to our<br />

customers that stretch throughout the country. We have our office<br />

personnel, of course, that make up our accounts receivable and payables.<br />

We also have our warehouse team, as well as our custom<br />

shop, made up of employees (seamstresses, embroidery technicians,<br />

and heat press operators) who possess many years of experience.<br />

Our sixth department is newer for us, our e-commerce. We<br />

relaunched E-Commerce about a year and a half ago, and it is under<br />

development, and are adding more products onto the website. It<br />

is doing well. That is a division that is going to continue to grow. In<br />

the next ten years, I would love to continue to employ more people.<br />

I would love to open more locations. There is going to be a lot more<br />

enhancement as technology is rapidly changing.<br />

We pride ourselves on how we manage our orders. Every single<br />

online order that comes in during operating hours will get an order<br />

confirmation tracking number within an hour or two. They are getting<br />

it very quickly, packaging it, and we put appreciation in each order.<br />

We have little things that we will put in the package to say thank you<br />

and to encourage them to come back to our website. We want our<br />

customers to know we genuinely appreciate their business and want<br />

to build an ongoing relationship with them.<br />

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Our Lifesaving Tool<br />

We are responsible for the lifesaving tool that they wear each and<br />

every day so when we are given the opportunity to be able to size<br />

somebody for their body armor, we need to make sure it’s done properly.<br />

The climate of law enforcement is so much more dangerous on<br />

the streets today. It is an extreme honor to provide these vests, especially<br />

when women officers share with us that they have never had a<br />

vest that fits properly. We all know that every woman is shaped differently,<br />

therefore it needs to be done right. Our vests require a custom<br />

fit. We often receive praise; some customers tear up because of<br />

how well it fits because they can breathe. The industry is constantly<br />

evolving and one of the areas that has changed is product design for<br />

women. More women are now embracing law enforcement. I can tell<br />

you in the twenty-one years there has been a tremendous transformation<br />

and there are so many women that are coming on board, so<br />

the manufacturers are now understanding that we need to step up.<br />

Giving Back<br />

I always think one of our core values is founded in giving back to<br />

those that have made us what we are today. We participate in countless<br />

award ceremonies, provide gift cards, or raffle items to help raise<br />

funds for an officer injured in the line of duty. This may include a<br />

high-priced rifle or a weapon of some sort to be auctioned off. There<br />

is an aspect of helping others that really touches my heart. When a<br />

police officer passes away, the family either decides to lay that loved<br />

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outfit, and it is incredibly meaningful to that family and the<br />

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UVALDE SCHO<br />

“Cascading failures”<br />

Justice Department blasts law enforcement’s botched<br />

response to Uvalde school shooting.<br />

By Lomi Kriel<br />

UVALDE, TX. — Law enforcement agencies<br />

across the country should immediately<br />

prioritize active shooter training, U.S. Attorney<br />

General Merrick Garland said Thursday<br />

as he released a scathing report about the<br />

handling of the 2022 massacre in Uvalde in<br />

which lives could have been saved if training<br />

protocols had been followed.<br />

The Justice Department’s long-anticipated<br />

report about the shooting found that<br />

“cascading failures of leadership, decision-making,<br />

tactics, policy and training”<br />

led to the bungled response, which Garland<br />

said should never have happened. Nineteen<br />

children and two teachers were killed on<br />

May 24, 2022.<br />

“Had law enforcement agencies followed<br />

generally accepted practices in an active<br />

shooter situation and gone right after the<br />

shooter to stop him, lives would have been<br />

saved and people would have survived,”<br />

Garland said during a news conference on<br />

Thursday.<br />

The report’s findings about the failure<br />

to follow protocol and the lack of sufficient<br />

training to prepare officers for a<br />

mass shooting largely mirrored the flaws<br />

revealed in a Texas Tribune, ProPublica<br />

and FRONTLINE investigation published<br />

last month that found that states require<br />

students and teachers to receive far more<br />

training to prepare them for a mass shooting<br />

than they require for the police. At least<br />

37 states require schools to conduct active-shooter-related<br />

drills, nearly all on an<br />

annual basis. But Texas is the only state that<br />

mandates that all its police officers complete<br />

repeated training, at least 16 hours<br />

every two years. That requirement was<br />

implemented after the Uvalde shooting.<br />

Garland said the report was produced<br />

in an effort to offer lessons that would<br />

hopefully better prepare law enforcement<br />

across the country to respond to future<br />

mass shootings. It offered recommendations<br />

that included requiring all agencies in<br />

a region to train together and providing officers<br />

across the country with at least eight<br />

hours of active shooter training annually.<br />

The vast majority of at least 380 officers<br />

from about two dozen local, state and federal<br />

agencies who responded to the school<br />

had never trained together, “contributing to<br />

difficulties in coordination and communication,”<br />

the report stated.<br />

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up in a country where an 18-year-old has<br />

easy access to a weapon that belongs on<br />

the battlefield, not in a classroom,” Garland<br />

said. “And communities across the country,<br />

and the law enforcement officers who protect<br />

them, deserve better than to be forced<br />

to respond to one horrific mass shooting<br />

after another. But that is the terrible reality<br />

that we face. And so it is the reality that<br />

every law enforcement agency in every<br />

community across the country must be<br />

prepared for.”<br />

Mo Canady, executive director of the<br />

National Association of School Resource<br />

Officers, said in an interview that he appreciates<br />

the emphasis the Department<br />

of Justice placed on widespread active-shooter<br />

training. Still, Canady said he<br />

is frustrated that leaders have not already<br />

learned that “25-year-old lesson” after the<br />

shootings at Columbine High, Sandy Hook<br />

Elementary and Marjory Stoneman Douglas<br />

High School.<br />

Since the 1999 Columbine shooting, law<br />

enforcement officers have been trained to<br />

prioritize stopping the shooter. The report<br />

stated that everything else, including officer<br />

safety, should be secondary, adding<br />

that efforts to engage the shooter “must<br />

be undertaken regardless of the equipment<br />

and personnel available.”<br />

“We’ve got to understand what the priorities<br />

are and, quite frankly, I see there are<br />

not a lot of priorities greater than keeping<br />

students safe at school,” Canady said.<br />

Kimberly Mata-Rubio, whose 10-year-old<br />

daughter Lexi was killed in the shooting,<br />

said she hopes the report’s findings lead to<br />

action, that “the failures end today and that<br />

local officials do what wasn’t done that<br />

day, do right by the victims and survivors<br />

of Robb Elementary: terminations, criminal<br />

prosecutions and that our state and federal<br />

government enacts sensible gun laws.”<br />

Garland directed questions about whether<br />

any officers who responded to the shooting<br />

would be criminally charged to the local<br />

district attorney, saying that was not within<br />

the jurisdiction of the federal government.<br />

Uvalde District Attorney Christina Mitchell<br />

initially planned to present her case<br />

to a grand jury in late 2023 but later told<br />

the Associated Press that her investigation<br />

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would continue into this year. Mitchell said<br />

in a statement Wednesday that her office<br />

“will continue our independent review for<br />

any potential criminal charges.”<br />

The district attorney and the Texas Department<br />

of Public Safety have fought the<br />

release of records related to the shooting,<br />

prompting news organizations, including<br />

ProPublica and the Tribune, to sue. A Travis<br />

County district judge ruled in the newsrooms’<br />

favor last month, but DPS appealed.<br />

The agency did not respond to requests for<br />

comment about the Justice Department’s<br />

report.<br />

Gov. Greg Abbott, who initially praised<br />

the response and later said he was misled,<br />

released a statement thanking the Justice<br />

Department. He said the state has already<br />

adopted some of the recommended measures<br />

and would review others.<br />

The report, which offers the most comprehensive<br />

account to date from authorities<br />

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about the shooting, echoes many findings<br />

from a probe released by a state House<br />

committee two months after the shooting.<br />

In presenting the new report’s findings,<br />

Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta<br />

criticized initial misinformation and conflicting<br />

accounts provided by officials, including<br />

Abbott and DPS.<br />

The report noted that the “misguided and<br />

misleading narratives, leaks, and lack of<br />

communication about what happened on<br />

May 24 is unprecedented and has had an<br />

extensive, negative impact on the mental<br />

health and recovery of the family members<br />

and other victims, as well as the entire<br />

community of Uvalde.”<br />

The previous mayor of Uvalde requested<br />

the federal review days after the shooting<br />

when it became clear that the response<br />

was flawed. The review was led in part by<br />

Sheriff John Mina of Orange County, Florida,<br />

who was the incident commander<br />

during the 2016 Pulse Nightclub massacre<br />

in Orlando.<br />

An outside review of that incident found<br />

that Florida officers, who waited three<br />

hours to take down the shooter, mostly followed<br />

best practices, although it stated that<br />

the law enforcement agencies in Orlando<br />

should update their training and policies.<br />

In multiple after-action reviews, including<br />

the Pulse report, authors opted not to<br />

criticize significant law enforcement delays<br />

during mass shootings, according to an<br />

analysis of more than three dozen of these<br />

reports by ProPublica, the Tribune and<br />

FRONTLINE.<br />

The Uvalde report was far more critical,<br />

finding failures in leadership, command and<br />

coordination.<br />

It stated that officers wrongly treated the<br />

situation as a barricaded suspect incident<br />

instead of one in which a shooter was an<br />

active threat to children and teachers. Officers<br />

should “never” treat an active shooter<br />

with access to victims as a barricaded suspect<br />

— especially in a school, where there<br />

is a “high probability” of potential victims<br />

and innocent civilians being present, the<br />

report stated.<br />

Officers had multiple indicators that<br />

should have made it clear they were facing<br />

an active shooter, including 911 calls from<br />

children and teachers pleading for help, a<br />

dispatcher’s announcement minutes after<br />

officers arrived that students were likely<br />

in the classroom with the shooter, and an<br />

Uvalde school police officer announcing<br />

that his wife had called to tell him she had<br />

been shot, according to the report.<br />

Gupta condemned the medical response,<br />

saying that after police breached the classroom<br />

and killed the gunman, dead victims<br />

were placed in ambulances while children<br />

with bullet wounds were put on school<br />

buses. Many of those findings were revealed<br />

in a 2022 investigation by the Tribune, Pro-<br />

Publica and The Washington Post that determined<br />

medical responders did not know<br />

who was in charge and that two students<br />

and a teacher who later died still had a<br />

pulse when they were rescued from the<br />

school.<br />

In its blistering criticism of responding officers,<br />

the report said that supervisors from<br />

various law enforcement agencies “demonstrated<br />

no urgency” in taking control of the<br />

incident, which exacerbated communication<br />

problems and added to overall confusion.<br />

Uvalde school district Police Chief Pete<br />

Arredondo, who was listed as the incident<br />

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commander in the district’s active-shooter<br />

plan, had the “necessary authority, training<br />

and tools” to lead the response but did not<br />

provide “appropriate leadership, command<br />

and control,” the report found. Arredondo<br />

could not be reached for comment Thursday<br />

through his attorney. He has previously<br />

defended his actions and those of others<br />

involved in the response.<br />

Beyond that, no leader from any of the<br />

other responding agencies “effectively<br />

questioned the decisions and lack of urgency”<br />

demonstrated by Arredondo and Uvalde<br />

Police Department Acting Chief Mariano<br />

Pargas, who both arrived at the school<br />

within minutes of the first round of gunfire.<br />

The report listed Uvalde County Sheriff<br />

Ruben <strong>No</strong>lasco, Uvalde County Constables<br />

Emmanuel Zamora and Johnny Field, and<br />

an unidentified Texas Ranger as examples<br />

of such leaders.<br />

“Responding officers here in Uvalde, who<br />

also lost loved ones and who still bear the<br />

emotional scars of that day, deserved the<br />

kind of leadership and training that would<br />

have prepared them to do the work that<br />

was required,” Garland said.<br />

The report also found that key officers,<br />

including Pargas, had no active shooter<br />

or incident command training despite,<br />

in some instances, having decades of law<br />

enforcement experience. <strong>No</strong>lasco, the sheriff,<br />

also had no active shooter training and<br />

“minimal” incident command training.<br />

Law enforcement training academies<br />

must ensure that active shooter training<br />

instructs officers on how to distinguish<br />

between active threats and barricaded or<br />

hostage situations, the report said. Officers<br />

should be prepared to approach the threat<br />

using the tools they have with them, which<br />

are often standard firearms. They should<br />

not wait for specialized equipment or tactical<br />

teams if they know that people are<br />

injured, the report stated.<br />

The Tribune reported early last year that<br />

some officers were afraid to confront the<br />

gunman because he had an AR-15 rifle.<br />

“<strong>No</strong> law enforcement agency or community<br />

can assume that what happened here<br />

— or in Newtown or in Parkland or in Columbine<br />

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HARRIS<br />

COUNTY<br />

SHERIFF<br />

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HARRIS<br />

COUNTY<br />

SHERIFF’S RACE<br />

REPUBLICAN PRIMARY<br />

GLENN COWAN<br />

“I remember the first night of the<br />

George Floyd riot in downtown<br />

Houston. As soon as I reported to<br />

my division, I was ordered downtown<br />

immediately to assist. I reported<br />

to the Central Patrol Division at<br />

61 Riesner, and the building had a<br />

security perimeter like a compound<br />

under siege. I remember downtown<br />

looking post-apocalyptic, with people<br />

running around on the streets<br />

with no cars to be seen anywhere.<br />

On the radio, I heard officers asking<br />

for assistance at a specific intersection,<br />

so I headed that way. I saw<br />

officers in disarray with no leadership<br />

– we were short on supervisors<br />

– so I stepped up and eased the<br />

panic I saw in some of the officers’<br />

faces. Officers were asking me for<br />

directions and looking to me for<br />

leadership, and I stepped up to the<br />

challenge. As I stood downtown, I<br />

was in absolute disbelief.<br />

I considered the county and<br />

community that I grew up in and<br />

wondered, “How did we get here?”.<br />

Harris County, for all its problems,<br />

has historically enjoyed one distinct<br />

characteristic beyond other large<br />

cities and counties - lower crime.<br />

Why? Because county leadership<br />

resembled the citizens’ bi-partisan<br />

attitudes toward law and order and<br />

their resistance to relinquishing a<br />

safe community by submitting to<br />

contrary ideologies. I witnessed the<br />

chaos in that riot with the realization<br />

that it was a byproduct of<br />

weak local and national leadership.<br />

The riot was indicative of endemic<br />

attitudes that were against law<br />

and order produced by politicians,<br />

judges, and their activist associates.<br />

The cameras and journalists were<br />

there covering every minute of the<br />

riot, but it was just one example<br />

of the community’s influence being<br />

appropriated by people who didn’t<br />

represent or respect them.<br />

I later learned that most of the rioters<br />

who were arrested that night<br />

weren’t members of our community<br />

- they were bused in as far as out<br />

of state. It was in this situation that<br />

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most people would never experience<br />

that I realized how vital it is to<br />

have qualified police leadership that<br />

is ready at a moment’s notice. I was<br />

born and raised in Harris County,<br />

and I don’t like what it has become.<br />

Due to my concerns for our community,<br />

I prayed and spoke with my<br />

family and decided that I needed to<br />

step up and run for sheriff. I’m the<br />

only republican candidate with police<br />

supervisory experience and jail<br />

supervisory experience - qualifications<br />

that are paramount to being<br />

sheriff of the nation’s third-largest<br />

county. Escalating violent crime and<br />

violence and death in our county<br />

jail equate to human rights violations<br />

that have to be addressed<br />

immediately. We should ask sheriff<br />

candidates tough questions about<br />

their recent training, supervisory<br />

experience, real-life scenarios that<br />

they have encountered, and their<br />

commitment to protecting citizens’<br />

constitutional rights. One Republican<br />

candidate has stated that you<br />

just need to be a good politician to<br />

be sheriff – I think 100% of Harris<br />

County citizens would disagree.”<br />

PAUL DAY<br />

As I stand before you as a candidate<br />

for Harris County Sheriff,<br />

I am reminded of the journey<br />

that has led me here. With over<br />

45+ years of experience in law<br />

enforcement, including 32 dedicated<br />

years with the Houston<br />

Police Department (HPD) and a<br />

significant tenure with the Harris<br />

County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO),<br />

my life has been a testament to<br />

the values we uphold as guardians<br />

of the community.<br />

My years with HPD, particularly<br />

the 17 spent with SWAT, shaped<br />

me into a resilient officer, ready<br />

to face the unpredictable challenges<br />

of law enforcement. I<br />

continued my service by joining<br />

the HCSO, where I eventually<br />

retired after 11 years of diligent<br />

work. This unique journey makes<br />

me the only Republican candidate<br />

in the primary who has not<br />

just served but retired from the<br />

HCSO. This firsthand experience<br />

as a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy<br />

gives me an intimate understanding<br />

of the intricacies and<br />

demands of the role I now aspire<br />

to lead.<br />

As Sheriff… my focus will be<br />

clear:<br />

• Advocate for High Double-Digit<br />

Raises: I am committed<br />

to using all available resources<br />

to persuade the Commissioners<br />

Court of the critical need for<br />

significant salary increases. Our<br />

dedication and risk deserve equitable<br />

compensation.<br />

• Expand the Recruiting Process:<br />

Recognizing the need for<br />

a robust and talented force, I<br />

aim to broaden our recruitment<br />

strategies to bring in individuals<br />

who reflect the values and skills<br />

essential for modern policing.<br />

• Stand Behind Our Deputies: A<br />

fundamental promise from me –<br />

to always have your backs. Your<br />

safety and well-being will be<br />

my utmost priority, in and out of<br />

the field.<br />

• Control & Pass Jail Inspections:<br />

Managing the County Jail<br />

efficiently and ensuring it surpasses<br />

the Texas Commission<br />

Jail Standards (TCJS) will be a<br />

top priority. Our aim is not just<br />

to meet but exceed these standards.<br />

• Expand K-Time: Understanding<br />

the importance of your<br />

professional growth and financial<br />

stability, I plan to increase<br />

opportunities for you to engage<br />

in specialized assignments,<br />

enhancing both your career and<br />

personal well-being as well as<br />

enhancing the ability to protect<br />

those we serve.<br />

• Invest in advanced training for<br />

a skilled Deputy/Detention Officer<br />

workforce.<br />

In my bid for Sheriff, my commitment<br />

is to you, the men and<br />

women who put their lives on<br />

the line every day. I understand<br />

your challenges, I share your<br />

concerns, and I promise to lead<br />

with the same dedication that I<br />

served. Together, we can elevate<br />

the Harris County Sheriff’s Office<br />

to new heights of excellence<br />

and integrity. With your vote on<br />

March 5th, I WILL NOT LET YOU<br />

DOWN!<br />

Paul Day<br />

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Elect Vergil Ratliff<br />

for<br />

Harris County Sheriff<br />

Committed to service has been my mantra and has defined<br />

my purpose throughout my law enforcement career. I am<br />

committed to the safety and security of all the citizens of<br />

Harris County and want to continue my service to the<br />

community as the next Sheriff for Harris County, Texas.<br />

Early Voting<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>ruary 20 - March 1, 2024<br />

Primary Election Day<br />

March 5, 2024<br />

Ratliff for Sheriff Campaign<br />

P. O. Box 980533<br />

Houston, TX 77098<br />

832-965-1748<br />

info@ratliffforsheriff.com<br />

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MIKE KNOX<br />

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY<br />

Harris County faces serious<br />

threats. Increasing crime related<br />

to illegal immigration, narcotics<br />

and human trafficking, jail safety<br />

and the lack of manpower are<br />

issues which must be addressed.<br />

The next Sheriff of Harris County<br />

must be an advocate for law enforcement<br />

and must abandon the<br />

popular “hug a thug” approach<br />

currently infecting the politics at<br />

Commissioners Court. As Sheriff,<br />

I will focus on pushing back<br />

against unreasonable demonization<br />

of our law enforcement<br />

community. I will focus on enforcing<br />

all the laws of Texas and<br />

will get the jail recertified under<br />

the requirements of the Texas<br />

Jail Commission. I will reestablish<br />

the relationship with our<br />

federal partners by cooperating<br />

with I.C.E. and reinstituting the<br />

287G program.<br />

I bring over 15 years of practical<br />

police experience, from routine<br />

patrol to investigating complicated<br />

homicide cases to this<br />

office. I helped create the first<br />

Divisional Gang Unit in Houston<br />

and I am a founding member<br />

of the board of the Texas Gang<br />

Investigators Association, which<br />

now has hundreds of members<br />

statewide. Over 20 years ago, I<br />

launched a firm which consults<br />

with law enforcement agencies<br />

in the United States and abroad<br />

about street gangs and violent<br />

youthful offenders. I am a published<br />

author and a recognized<br />

international expert on street<br />

gangs.<br />

In 2015, I was elected to At-<br />

Large Position 1 of the Houston<br />

City Council and served two<br />

4-year terms. I gained a reputation<br />

as a person who stood up<br />

for conservative values and was<br />

unafraid of confrontation with<br />

the Democrat Mayor and liberal<br />

majority of council by focusing<br />

on good government based on<br />

social and fiscal conservative<br />

values.<br />

I have the law enforcement,<br />

business, political and electoral<br />

experience to be the winning<br />

Republican nominee for Harris<br />

County Sheriff. I am the best<br />

candidate to make public safety<br />

the most critical issue at the<br />

Sheriff’s office and at Commissioner’s<br />

Court. I ask you to vote<br />

for Mike Knox for Harris County<br />

Sheriff in the March 5 Republican<br />

primary.<br />

JOE INOCENCIO<br />

My name is Joe Inocencio and I<br />

am running to become your next<br />

Harris County Sheriff?<br />

My primary reason to run<br />

against the Incumbent is the<br />

way the Jail has been neglected<br />

and managed like those in a<br />

Third World Country. The state<br />

Jail with its historic homicides,<br />

suicides, recent violent sexual<br />

assault of a female Jailer by<br />

an unescorted violent offender,<br />

Jailer on detainee and detainee<br />

on detainee assaults and beating<br />

deaths, detainee deaths due to<br />

medical malfeasance, historic<br />

staff shortages, resignations, and<br />

low morale, historic number of<br />

Federal class-action lawsuits,<br />

and FBI and Texas Rangers’ murder<br />

investigations are just some<br />

of the reasons why I am running<br />

for Sheriff. We are in the national<br />

news for all the wrong rea-<br />

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sons. The way the Harris County<br />

Jail has been managed has been<br />

labeled by employees as “The<br />

Culture of Death” and it has<br />

become not only a Public Safety<br />

crisis, but a Human Rights issue.<br />

My solution: We must reintroduce<br />

deputies back into the<br />

Jail. The experiment of having<br />

civilians with only five weeks<br />

of training staffing the Jail has<br />

failed miserably. The idea to save<br />

taxpayers’ dollars has ironically<br />

cost millions more due to multiple<br />

lawsuits, overtime, and outsourcing<br />

detainees out of state,<br />

not to mention multiple needless<br />

deaths. The “culture of violence”<br />

is perpetrated by undertrained<br />

civilians. When I joined the Harris<br />

County Sheriff’s Department<br />

in 1980 as a deputy jailer we had<br />

a lot less problems than we have<br />

today with a lot less deputies,<br />

and we certainly did not have a<br />

national stigma of a “culture of<br />

death” an “expectation of violence”,<br />

or a “place of torment<br />

and punishment”. Deputies must<br />

be the ones that control the jail,<br />

not the inmates. I have over 38<br />

years in law enforcement, retiring<br />

as a lieutenant from the<br />

Houston Police Department in<br />

2014, and as an Assistant Chief<br />

Investigator from the Harris<br />

County District Attorney’s Office<br />

in 2020. It is time for change!<br />

VERGIL RATLIFF<br />

As a public servant in law enforcement<br />

for more than thirty-eight<br />

years, I bring a varied<br />

amount of experience, both of<br />

which is essential in the role of<br />

an effective leader. I am currently<br />

employed as Captain<br />

with the Texas Comptroller of<br />

Public Accounts - Criminal Investigation<br />

Division, Professional<br />

Standards. I have patrolled the<br />

streets of Houston and Harris<br />

County, primarily working in<br />

black and brown communities. I<br />

have worked undercover in various<br />

capacities from purchasing<br />

and selling narcotics to posing<br />

and soliciting prostitution. I have<br />

investigated allegations of inappropriate<br />

behavior and/or criminal<br />

activities of officers while<br />

assigned to the Internal Affairs<br />

Division-Personnel Concerns.<br />

Yet, while all of the aforementioned<br />

assignments are notable,<br />

my most rewarding experience<br />

was as a Police Activities League<br />

(P.A.L.) Officer. I mentored and<br />

cultivated relationships with inner-city<br />

kids in the Cuney Homes<br />

community. Many of them call<br />

upon me today for advice and<br />

guidance.<br />

In the 1990’s, when communities<br />

across the country were<br />

being infiltrated with crack cocaine,<br />

I organized a community<br />

of people in Acres Homes. They,<br />

along with law-enforcement<br />

officers, developed strategies to<br />

combat drugs in their community.<br />

The organization was later called<br />

the “Acres Homes War on Drugs,”<br />

and for my leadership role I<br />

received the Presidential 1000<br />

Points of Light Award from President<br />

George H.W. Bush. Based on<br />

my extensive law-enforcement<br />

experience and my known commitment<br />

to community service, in<br />

2010, I was appointed by City of<br />

Houston Mayor Annise Parker to<br />

serve on the Board of Managers<br />

for the Greater Harris County 911<br />

Network. As of this date, I continue<br />

to serve on the Board of Managers<br />

as an appointee by Mayor<br />

Sylvester Turner.<br />

I have received numerous<br />

awards, commendations, and<br />

recognitions throughout my law<br />

enforcement career. In 2019 I<br />

was recognized with a life saving<br />

award and for Women in Leadership<br />

in 2023 by the Texas Comptroller.<br />

Over the years I’ve cultivated<br />

my leadership by attending<br />

classes, workshops, conferences<br />

and seminars. I have accepted<br />

leadership roles through employment,<br />

political appointments, and<br />

community volunteerism, all of<br />

which have afforded me the opportunity<br />

to exercise my acquired<br />

leadership skills through practical<br />

application.<br />

I am hard-working, dedicated<br />

and committed to professionalism<br />

and excellence. Although<br />

my chosen profession is under<br />

attack and scrutiny, I continue<br />

to wear the badge proudly and<br />

remain committed to restoring<br />

community faith and trust in law<br />

enforcement.<br />

The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>Feb</strong>ruary ‘24 97


GALVESTON<br />

COUNTY<br />

SHERIFF’S RACE<br />

REPUBLICAN PRIMARY<br />

JIMMY FULLEN<br />

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Jimmy Fullen is a 35+ year law<br />

enforcement veteran rising through<br />

the ranks as a patrolman, to police<br />

chief, to most recently serving<br />

the past 14 years as the Republican<br />

Elected Constable for Galveston<br />

County Precinct 2. His dedication to<br />

protecting the citizens of Galveston<br />

County has earned him the endorsements<br />

of nearly every municipal police<br />

association in the County along<br />

with CLEAT, TMPA, COPS and 90%<br />

of the Republican elected officials<br />

in Galveston County. Jimmy Fullen<br />

will dedicate more resources in the<br />

Sheriff’s Office to tackle the increase<br />

of gang violence and fentanyl overdoses<br />

in Galveston County. I will<br />

continue allocating resources to the<br />

southern border to help combat the<br />

invasion of illegal aliens that are<br />

flooding across our borders.<br />

As Sheriff, I will put criminals on<br />

notice that Galveston County is no<br />

longer open for business and criminal<br />

activity will not be tolerated. I<br />

will defend your 2nd amendment<br />

rights, fight against the woke left<br />

that want to defund the police and<br />

you have my promise that I will aggressively<br />

protect and defend your<br />

God Given Rights as Americans.<br />

Elect me, Jimmy Fullen as your next<br />

Galveston County Sheriff.<br />

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Almost a year<br />

ago, longtime friend and fellow law<br />

enforcement officer Jimmy Fullen,<br />

called me to say he was running for<br />

sheriff. I’ve known Jimmy for well<br />

over 30 years, and he is one of the<br />

finest men to ever wear a badge.<br />

We’ve worked together during good<br />

times and bad. Hurricanes and Mardi<br />

Gras. Traffic accidents and serving<br />

felony warrants. <strong>No</strong> matter what<br />

the circumstances, Jimmy has always<br />

shown his passion for the job<br />

and his desire to serve the citizens<br />

of his community. He’s always the<br />

first one through the door and 100%<br />

has your back. There is NO ONE<br />

more qualified or prepared than<br />

Jimmy Fullen to be the next Sheriff<br />

of Galveston County. It is with great<br />

honor on behalf of The BLUES,<br />

the largest police magazine in the<br />

world, to endorse Jimmy Fullen for<br />

the Office of Sheriff for Galveston<br />

County. MICHAEL BARRON, PUBLISH-<br />

ER, THE BLUES


The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>Feb</strong>ruary ‘24 99


RAY NOLEN<br />

Major Ray <strong>No</strong>len is a dedicated<br />

law enforcement professional with<br />

an impressive career spanning<br />

over three decades. He began his<br />

journey with the Galveston County<br />

Sheriff’s Office in June 1991 as a<br />

Reserve Deputy while also working<br />

full-time for the City of La Porte.<br />

After 32 years of service, he retired<br />

as the Chief of EMS, leaving behind<br />

a legacy of excellence.<br />

Major Ray <strong>No</strong>len’s career in law<br />

enforcement and public service<br />

spans over three decades, showcasing<br />

his dedication to protecting<br />

and serving his community.<br />

Throughout his tenure, he has acquired<br />

a wealth of experience and<br />

expertise in various areas.<br />

As the Chief of EMS for the City<br />

of La Porte, Major <strong>No</strong>len played a<br />

crucial role in ensuring the safety<br />

and well-being of the residents.<br />

His leadership and strategic decision-making<br />

skills contributed to<br />

the efficient operation of the emergency<br />

medical services, ultimately<br />

saving countless lives.<br />

Major <strong>No</strong>len’s commitment to<br />

continuous learning and professional<br />

development led him to pursue<br />

higher education. He attended<br />

the University of Houston, where he<br />

obtained his Law Enforcement credentials,<br />

Additionally, he completed<br />

the prestigious Certified Public<br />

Manager Graduate Program at Sam<br />

Houston State University, solidifying<br />

his expertise in public administration<br />

and management.<br />

In addition to his law enforcement<br />

and EMS background, Major<br />

<strong>No</strong>len has been actively involved in<br />

various community organizations<br />

and initiatives. He currently serves<br />

as a board member for the College<br />

of the Mainland - Police Academy<br />

Program, where he contributes to<br />

shaping the future of law enforcement<br />

professionals. Major <strong>No</strong>len’s<br />

involvement with the Galveston<br />

County Crisis Incident Stress Management<br />

Team demonstrates his<br />

commitment to supporting and assisting<br />

law enforcement individuals<br />

in times of crisis.<br />

Major <strong>No</strong>len’s impact extends<br />

beyond his daily duties. He wrote a<br />

grant for Operation Lone Star, securing<br />

State of Texas funding of $3.1<br />

million to assist with South Texas<br />

Border security in Kinney County. His<br />

proactive efforts have ensured that<br />

agencies in Galveston County can<br />

provide much-needed assistance at<br />

the border.<br />

Outside of his professional commitments,<br />

Major <strong>No</strong>len has taken<br />

on leadership roles in community<br />

organizations. He served as President<br />

of the Rotary Club, where he<br />

worked alongside fellow members<br />

to carry out impactful projects and<br />

initiatives. Additionally, he held the<br />

position of President of the Heritage<br />

Society, contributing to the preservation<br />

and celebration of the rich<br />

history and heritage of his community.<br />

Major <strong>No</strong>len’s personal life is<br />

equally fulfilling. He resides in<br />

League City with his wife Michelle,<br />

creating a loving and supportive<br />

home environment. Together, they<br />

have raised three children and are<br />

proud grandparents to four grandchildren.<br />

Major <strong>No</strong>len’s dedication to<br />

his family mirrors his commitment<br />

to his profession and community,<br />

showcasing his well-rounded character<br />

and values.<br />

Overall, Major Ray <strong>No</strong>len’s impressive<br />

career, extensive qualifications,<br />

and active involvement in community<br />

organizations exemplify his<br />

unwavering commitment to public<br />

service, leadership, and making a<br />

positive impact in the lives of others.<br />

With his wealth of experience,<br />

unwavering dedication, and impressive<br />

track record, Major <strong>No</strong>len is the<br />

ideal candidate to serve as Galveston<br />

County Sheriff. He is committed<br />

to upholding the values of integrity,<br />

professionalism, and public safety.<br />

With Major <strong>No</strong>len at the helm,<br />

the community can trust that their<br />

well-being and security are in capable<br />

hands.<br />

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The following conferences represent only a few<br />

of the better police conferences you should attend<br />

in <strong>2024.</strong> A list of EVERY police conference<br />

will appear later this month in this section. If<br />

your group has a conference or training session<br />

scheduled for2024, please send the information<br />

to: bluespdmag@gmail.com.<br />

17th Annual Gang Training / Mid-Atlantic Regional Gang<br />

Investigators Network<br />

When: March 17-20, 2024<br />

Where: Hanover, Maryland<br />

Why Attend: This annual training conference is restricted<br />

to sworn law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and<br />

criminal justice professionals and is organized in partnership<br />

with the US Attorney’s Office - District of Maryland, the<br />

American Military University, and the Middle Atlantic-Great<br />

Lakes Organized Crime Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN).<br />

10th Annual International Police K-9 Conference & Vendor<br />

Show<br />

When: TBD<br />

Where: Las Vegas, NV<br />

Why Attend: If you’re a K-9 officer, this is the must-attend<br />

conference for police and military professionals who work<br />

with dogs. Meet K-9 Handlers from around the world, shop<br />

for over 60 vendors, and learn from diverse training topics.<br />

FBI-LEEDA the Annual Executive Education Conference<br />

When: April 28 - May 1, 2024<br />

Where: San Antonio, Texas<br />

Why Attend: This education-based event brings some of the<br />

top law enforcement thought-leaders in the profession and<br />

is open to law enforcement – sworn and civilian professional<br />

staff.<br />

2024 National Interdiction Conference<br />

When: August 18-23, 2024<br />

Where: Anaheim, California<br />

Why Attend: This event focuses on training and influencing a<br />

pro-active “All Crimes” approach to criminal interdiction and<br />

is coordinated by the National Criminal Enforcement Association.<br />

106 The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>Feb</strong>ruary ‘24<br />

Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association<br />

46th Annual Symposium<br />

When: TBD<br />

Where: Los Angeles, CA<br />

Why Attend: The HAPCOA is the oldest and largest association<br />

in the U.S. of Hispanic-American command officers from<br />

law enforcement and criminal justice agencies at the municipal,<br />

county, state, and federal levels. This year’s national<br />

training symposium will also feature a career fair.<br />

International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence<br />

Analysts<br />

When: April 21-26, 2024<br />

Where: New Orleans, Louisiana<br />

Why Attend: The IALEIA annual training event is designed<br />

to help set high standards for professionalism in law enforcement<br />

intelligence analysis at the local, state/provincial,<br />

national, and international levels and this is perhaps, the<br />

best event for those working in the analytical side of law<br />

enforcement.<br />

IACP Technology Conference<br />

When: May 21-23, 2024<br />

Where: Charlotte, <strong>No</strong>rth Carolina<br />

Why Attend: The IACP Technology Conference is a professional<br />

law enforcement information technology event bringing<br />

together leaders in law enforcement to discuss the best<br />

ways to adopt and apply new technologies in policing to<br />

keep pace with sophisticated cyber crimes. The event hosts<br />

up to 750+ attendees, roughly 50 education sessions, and 75<br />

industry exhibitors.<br />

2024 National Child Protection Task Force Conference<br />

When: TBD<br />

Where: Virtual Conference<br />

Why Attend: This three-day event, is geared toward teaching<br />

law enforcement professionals to enhance and expand their<br />

ability to identify and track suspects involved in child exploitation<br />

and child sexual abuse material featuring speakers<br />

from industry and law enforcement.<br />

Annual SMILE CONFERENCE 2024<br />

When: TBD<br />

Where: Scottsdale, AZ<br />

Why You Should Go: Hosted by the Scottsdale Police Department,<br />

the SMILE annual conference is the leading event<br />

devoted to Social Media, the Internet and Law Enforcement<br />

initiatives. The organization pioneered the adoption of social<br />

media by law enforcement agencies across the world for<br />

public outreach, crime prevention, and forensics.<br />

National Sheriff’s Association Annual Education & Technology<br />

Conference 2024<br />

When: June 24-27, 2024<br />

Where: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma<br />

Why You Should Go: The NSA Annual Conference and Exhibition<br />

features vendor displays of products and equipment<br />

relevant to every aspect of law enforcement including; jails,<br />

prisoner transport, courtroom security, and police work.


The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>Feb</strong>ruary ‘24 107


Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators<br />

When: June 24-27, 2024<br />

Where: New Orleans<br />

Why You Should Go: The IACLEA 2024 annual conference will<br />

provide campus law enforcement professionals with the best<br />

educational programming for university police, a vendor<br />

showcase, and training and tools to positively impact their<br />

jobs.<br />

National Law Enforcement Exploring Leadership Conference<br />

When: TBD<br />

Where: TBD<br />

Why Attend: This conference is designed to inspire and<br />

educate law enforcement explorers who will be future law<br />

enforcement professionals and leaders.<br />

2024 National Cyber Crime Conference<br />

When: April 23-25, 2024<br />

Where: <strong>No</strong>rwood, MA<br />

The NCCC event will feature “three days of extensive training<br />

full of instructions and conversations on the most recent and<br />

challenging cyber crime concerns for law enforcement. This<br />

unique training event is sponsored by the National White<br />

Collar Crime Center (NW3C), SEARCH, the National Association<br />

of Attorneys General, the Fox Valley Technical College/<br />

National Criminal Justice Training Center, and Federal Law<br />

Enforcement Training Center<br />

CRIMES AGAINST CHildren Conference<br />

When: TBD<br />

Where: TBD<br />

The annual CACC event, typically held in Dallas, Texas, is organized<br />

by the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and brings<br />

together up to 10,000 law enforcement and children advocates<br />

focused on preventing and addressing the repercussions<br />

of crimes against children.<br />

FBI National Academy Associates Annual 2024 Conference<br />

When: July 20-23, 2024<br />

Where: Kansas City, Missouri<br />

Why Attend: FBINAA is one of the best networking events<br />

with more than 17,000 members from 170 countries. Training<br />

and learning sessions have been led by experts from the likes<br />

of FBI, NYPD, Philadelphia Police Department, Department of<br />

Defense, Homeland Security, US Army War College, Ontario<br />

Provincial Police, leading technology companies such as<br />

Microsoft, and major retailers.<br />

National Association for Civilian Oversight in Law Enforcement<br />

Conference<br />

When: October 13-17, 2024<br />

Where: Tucson, Arizona<br />

Why Attend: NACOLE started with its first event in 1995, and<br />

continuously works to put together comprehensive, informative,<br />

and inclusive programs that address skills training and<br />

current or emerging topics. This conference is best suited for<br />

civilian oversight practitioners, law enforcement officials,<br />

journalists, elected officials, students, community members,<br />

and others.<br />

International Public Safety Association Annual Conference<br />

When: May 1-2, 2024<br />

Where: Mesa, Arizona<br />

Why You Should Go: The IPSA hosts an annual conference<br />

that brings together law enforcement, fire, EMS, telecommunications,<br />

emergency management and allied emergency<br />

responders from around the world and provides excellent<br />

networking and learning opportunities for the latest public<br />

safety best practices.<br />

High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA)<br />

When: September 19-22, 2023<br />

Where: Phoenix, AZ<br />

Why You Should Go: HTCIA features some of the world’s<br />

top industry leaders and is one of the most respected high<br />

technology investigation conferences in the world. Current<br />

practitioners who engage in high technology daily serve as<br />

both presenters and attendees.<br />

International Association of Chiefs of Police 2024 Conference<br />

When: October 19-22, 2024<br />

Where: Boston, Massachusetts<br />

Why You Should Go: The IACP annual conference provides<br />

law enforcement leaders with the new strategies, techniques,<br />

and resources they need to successfully navigate the<br />

ever-evolving policing environment.<br />

Feria de Informática Forense en España (FiFE´24)<br />

When: TBD<br />

Where: Spain<br />

OnRetrieval organizes the Forensic Informatics Fair in Spain<br />

as a face-to-face event. Fife has become a highly prestigious<br />

fair in the Forensic Informatics sector in which the main representatives<br />

of the Spanish State Security Forces and Bodies,<br />

experts in computer security, forensic investigators, public<br />

entities, and companies related to Computer Forensics, learn<br />

directly from manufacturers, the most innovative trends in<br />

Computer Forensics tools in the world.<br />

Ontario Gang Investigators Association 2024 Conference<br />

When: TBD<br />

Where: TBD<br />

The ONGIA conference brings together members of the law<br />

enforcement community to learn the latest in gang trends,<br />

investigations, and intelligence while providing professional<br />

development for Police, Probation and Parole, Correctional<br />

Officers, Crowns Attorneys, CBSA Officers, Victim Witness<br />

Assistance Program (MAG) and others.<br />

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PROUDLY PRESENTS THE 2024<br />

ST ND RD<br />

1 / 2 / 3 PLACE PRIZES TO BE AWARDED IN THREE CATEGORIES:<br />

ISD Police Unit <strong>No</strong>n-ISD Police Unit Open Category<br />

FOR CONTESTANT HANDBOOK AND TO The REGISTER, <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>Feb</strong>ruary VISIT: ‘24 109<br />

txssc.txstate.edu/events/tss-conf


HONORING OUR<br />

COURT OFFICER ROBERT J. SILVER<br />

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ST. CLAIR COUNTY 72ND DISTRICT COURT, MICHIGAN<br />

END OF WATCH THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2023<br />

AGE: 66 TOUR: 35 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Court Officer Bob Silver was shot and killed while serving an eviction notice in the 6100<br />

block of Genaw Road in Clay Township. Officers from the Clay Township Police Department<br />

were dispatched to the address to locate Officer Silver after court staff were unable to reach<br />

him for several hours. They located his body on the property suffering from gunshot wounds.<br />

The tenant at the home barricaded himself inside of the home for a short time before being<br />

taken into custody. The man was charged with murder.<br />

Officer Silver had served with the St. Clair County 72nd District Court for 35 years.


FALLEN HEROES<br />

DEPUTY SHERIFF JUSTIN SMITH<br />

STONE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, ARKANSAS<br />

END OF WATCH TUESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2024<br />

AGE: 60 TOUR: 14 YEARS BADGE: 512<br />

Deputy Sheriff Justin Smith was shot and killed while serving a warrant at the 300 block of<br />

Sawmill Road in Mountain View, Arkansas, at 4:30 p.m. When Deputy Smith attempted to<br />

arrest the subject for terroristic threats, he was shot.<br />

The subject was apprehended after a brief standoff and charged with capital murder.<br />

Deputy Smith had served with the Stone County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years.<br />

The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>Feb</strong>ruary ‘24 111


HONORING OUR<br />

DEPUTY SHERIFF ERIC ANTHONY MINIX<br />

COSTA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, GEORGIA<br />

END OF WATCH THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2024<br />

AGE: 31 TOUR: 10 YEARS BADGE: 145<br />

Deputy Sheriff Eric Minix died as a result of being struck by a police car while in a high-speed chase in Chambers<br />

County, Alabama. In the early hours of Thursday, January 4, the pursuit began in Georgia before crossing<br />

into Alabama on I-85, where Deputy Minix was struck by a police car from an assisting agency. He was<br />

transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. At least seven law enforcement agencies<br />

were assisting in apprehending the subject, who was driving a stolen vehicle. The subject was arrested and is<br />

waiting charges. Deputy Sheriff Minix was also a K9 officer and had served with the Coweta County Sheriff’s<br />

Office for 4 1/2 years and had previously served with the Tyrone Police Department for over five years. He is<br />

survived by his wife, three daughters, father and stepmother, and four sisters.<br />

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FALLEN HEROES<br />

DEPUTY SHERIFF JEREMY MALONE<br />

GEORGE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, MISSISSIPPI<br />

END OF WATCH THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2024<br />

AGE: 44 TOUR: 23 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Deputy Sheriff Jeremy Malone was shot and killed during a traffic stop in front of 12298 US Highway 98<br />

at about 5:15 pm. He was shot as he approached the vehicle. The suspect fled after shooting Deputy<br />

Malone and led officers on a pursuit through multiple counties before being shot and killed near<br />

Beaumont, Mississippi.<br />

Deputy Malone had served in law enforcement for 21 years, serving with the George County Sheriff’s<br />

Office and previously served with the Leakesville Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department,<br />

Biloxi Police Department, and Greene County Sheriff’s Department He is survived by his wife, three<br />

daughters, mother, and two brothers.<br />

The <strong>Blues</strong> -- <strong>Feb</strong>ruary ‘24 113


HONORING OUR<br />

TROOPER JOEL POPP<br />

MICHIGAN STATE POLICE, MICHIGAN<br />

END OF WATCH WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2024<br />

AGE: 39 TOUR: 4 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Trooper Joel Popp was struck and killed by a vehicle while assisting with a DUI investigation on northbound<br />

I-75 near Birch Run at about 7:10 pm.<br />

He was standing outside of his vehicle when another motorist struck him and two patrol cars. Trooper Popp<br />

was transported to Hurley Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.<br />

Trooper Popp had served with the Michigan State Police for four years and was assigned to the Tri-City Post.<br />

He is survived by his wife and daughter.<br />

114 The BLUES POLICE MAGAZINE<br />

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FALLEN HEROES<br />

TROOPER JIMMY CENESCAR<br />

GEORGIA STATE PATROL, GEORGIA<br />

END OF WATCH SUNDAY, JANUARY 28, 2024<br />

AGE: 28 TOUR: 3 YEAR BADGE: 436<br />

Trooper Jimmy Cenescar was killed in a single-vehicle crash attempting to stop a fleeing motorcycle on Interstate<br />

85 <strong>No</strong>rth at 5:39 p.m. While pursuing a motorcycle for a traffic violation, Trooper Cenescar lost control<br />

of his patrol vehicle near Old Peachtree Road in Atlanta. His vehicle left the road and struck an embankment.<br />

He was transported to <strong>No</strong>rthside Gwinnett Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.<br />

Trooper Cenescar had served with the Georgia State Patrol for one year, assigned to Post 9, Marietta. He<br />

previously served with the Atlanta Police Department for two years. He is survived by his parents and fiancée.<br />

The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>Feb</strong>ruary ‘24 115


WORDS BY OFFICER RUSTY ROBBINS, RET.<br />

Retired Dallas Officer Recalls Events<br />

Before and After JFK Assassination.<br />

In his 78 years, Rusty Robbins<br />

has accumulated a lot<br />

of stories, though he is quick<br />

to point out that he considers<br />

them reports.<br />

“I call them ‘reports’ and<br />

not stories,” said the Flower<br />

Mound resident. “I don’t add<br />

anything to my reports. Just<br />

facts as I recall them.”<br />

Those reports range in topic,<br />

from scuba diving to his time<br />

as a police officer. In fact, his<br />

30 years with the Dallas Police<br />

Department have provided a<br />

wealth of reports.<br />

And as the nation recognizes<br />

the 50-year anniversary of<br />

the assassination of President<br />

John F. Kennedy, a few reports<br />

in particular have been crossing<br />

Robbins’ mind lately.<br />

PROTECTING KENNEDY<br />

Robbins was working the<br />

downtown beat when Kennedy<br />

came to Dallas in <strong>No</strong>vember<br />

1963. He was one of<br />

several officers in charge of<br />

monitoring the parade route<br />

that went through Dallas<br />

during Kennedy’s visit.<br />

“I worked the 1800 block of<br />

Main Street,” Robbins said. “As<br />

the motorcade passed, I was<br />

instructed to watch the crowd<br />

and protect the president<br />

by not letting anyone rush<br />

out and do anything stupid. I<br />

glanced at the president, just<br />

like every other officer did.”<br />

Robbins’ job was essentially<br />

done once the motorcade<br />

passed by, so as people<br />

turned to go back into their<br />

shops along Main Street,<br />

Robbins returned to the police<br />

headquarters to change<br />

clothes.<br />

As he was about to leave the<br />

station to head home, someone<br />

came through, yelling that<br />

the president had been shot.<br />

Instead of ending his shift,<br />

Robbins went to his supervisor’s<br />

office to wait for direction.<br />

Robbins soon found himself<br />

at a nearby hotel, where<br />

the president’s communication<br />

center was set up. While<br />

Robbins waited in the hotel<br />

hallway, a man emerged from<br />

the communications room<br />

and asked Robbins if he could<br />

drive him to Love Field so he<br />

could board Air Force One.<br />

As the two men reached<br />

Love Field, they could see the<br />

presidential plane was already<br />

starting to leave the runway.<br />

“I told him that I knew a<br />

quick way around the back<br />

to get to the plane,” Robbins<br />

said. “That would have been<br />

the wrong thing to do. I was<br />

young and stupid. I think machine<br />

guns would have been<br />

pulled out, and we would<br />

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have been shot to pieces if<br />

we had pulled up alongside<br />

Air Force One in an unmarked<br />

police car.”<br />

The man left Robbins to<br />

catch a civilian flight. Robbins<br />

said he never found out who<br />

the man was, but he said his<br />

involvement in the incident<br />

wasn’t over yet.<br />

Two days later, local club<br />

owner Jack Ruby shot Lee<br />

Harvey Oswald, whom police<br />

had arrested in connection<br />

with the Kennedy shooting, as<br />

police were transporting Oswald<br />

from the Dallas city jail<br />

to the county jail.<br />

THOUGHTS ON JACK RUBY<br />

Robbins said he was familiar<br />

with Ruby, saying The Carrousel<br />

Club owner made a point<br />

to hang around Dallas police.<br />

“In the year prior to the assasination,<br />

I worked the police<br />

beat in downtown, which held<br />

all three strip joints in Dallas,”<br />

Robbins said. “I routinely<br />

went to Jack Ruby’s place<br />

as part of my regular duties.<br />

Jack was always so friendly<br />

and welcomed all police<br />

officers. There was later talk<br />

that Jack was tied in with the<br />

local police. If he was, I didn’t<br />

know about it. But we went<br />

there because he was friendly.<br />

That’s how I got to know Jack<br />

Ruby, and that’s why I would<br />

have an opinion about him<br />

concerning the assassination<br />

later.”<br />

Robbins recalled a time<br />

when Ruby invited him to go<br />

bowling “probably to bolster<br />

the friendship,” Robbins said.<br />

He said one antic by Ruby at<br />

the bowling alley was telling<br />

of what he was capable of,<br />

Robbins said.<br />

“After the fifth or sixth<br />

frame, Jack got a strike,”<br />

Robbins said. “Jack ran three<br />

lanes this way and three lanes<br />

the other way to get people<br />

to look at the scoreboard to<br />

see what he had done. He was<br />

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trying to be somebody. That’s<br />

why he was arm-around-neck<br />

buddies with the police. It<br />

made him a bigger person if<br />

he had police friends, in my<br />

opinion.”<br />

On <strong>No</strong>v. 24 Ruby found his<br />

way into the police department’s<br />

garage and shot Oswald.<br />

“I can see how Ruby’s character<br />

allowed that to happen,”<br />

Robbins said. “Jack wanted<br />

to be acknowledged and<br />

validated. He had the desire<br />

to be known for something.<br />

I 100 percent believe that he<br />

shot Oswald because it would<br />

make him important.”<br />

As for the notion that the<br />

shooting was simply retaliation<br />

for Oswald shooting Kennedy,<br />

Robbins said he believes<br />

the shooting was spur-of-themoment<br />

and more about Ruby<br />

wanting to be somebody.<br />

“Records prove that Ruby<br />

was down the street at the<br />

Western Union office, sending<br />

a small sum of money to<br />

a stripper so she could catch<br />

a bus and come up here and<br />

work at his strip joint,” Robbins<br />

said. “This was less than<br />

20 minutes before Ruby shot<br />

Oswald. He had to know he<br />

would be arrested and go<br />

to jail. A sane man wouldn’t<br />

do that. A man with a plan<br />

wouldn’t do that.”<br />

GUARDING OSWALD’S BODY<br />

News reporters and photographers<br />

lined the hallway of<br />

the morgue at Parkland Hospital,<br />

where Oswald’s body was<br />

being tended to, Robbins said.<br />

Robbins and officer Sam<br />

Sorsby were directed to stand<br />

at the door to the morgue,<br />

armed with shotguns, to prevent<br />

anyone from getting in.<br />

One photographer got a picture<br />

of both officers guarding<br />

the door. Robbins still has the<br />

photo, which appeared in the<br />

Dallas Times Herald. Robbins<br />

found the same photo in a<br />

book about the assassination<br />

at the Sixth Floor Museum<br />

years later.<br />

The day of the autopsy, a<br />

Fort Worth funeral home delivered<br />

a casket to Dallas for<br />

Oswald’s body, and Robbins<br />

was part of a police escort to<br />

take the casket back to Fort<br />

Worth.<br />

Robbins said that officially<br />

ended his involvement in the<br />

series of events.<br />

Recently, Robbins has spoken<br />

publicly about the events<br />

of that week, though he said<br />

it’s not something he has<br />

spent a lot of time thinking<br />

about during the last 50 years.<br />

“This is something you<br />

would never forget,” Robbins<br />

said. “However, it did not<br />

weigh heavily on my mind. I<br />

was not much into politics<br />

or world affairs. I was just<br />

looking out for my family and<br />

personal interest. Like everyone<br />

else, I wished it had never<br />

happened here or anywhere,<br />

for that matter.”<br />

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WORDS BY AMANDA SELLERS<br />

Twenty-three years later, two UCF Officers<br />

reflect on responding to 9/11<br />

While honoring the nearly 3,000<br />

people killed from the 9/11 attacks,<br />

Eric Walton and Joel Witherspoon<br />

share their memories<br />

from providing services at the<br />

World Trade Center and Pentagon.<br />

The smell of jet fuel still<br />

transports UCF Police officer Eric<br />

Walton to the Pentagon — even<br />

20 years later.<br />

Walton and fellow UCFPD<br />

officer Joel Witherspoon were<br />

two of the first responders who<br />

responded to the terrorist attacks<br />

in New York, Washington<br />

D.C., and Pennsylvania.<br />

Nearly 3,000 people were<br />

killed on 9/11, making it the<br />

deadliest day in United States<br />

history. Countless others were<br />

wounded or have since passed<br />

away due to lingering effects of<br />

the tragedy.<br />

As we mark the 20th anniversary<br />

of the day the world<br />

changed, Witherspoon and<br />

Walton share their experiences<br />

and the significance that 9/11 still<br />

holds for them.<br />

GROUND ZERO<br />

Witherspoon, who joined the<br />

New York Police Department in<br />

1984, remembers the call coming<br />

over the radio when the plane hit<br />

the north tower.<br />

“My partner and I had just<br />

finished our breakfast and had<br />

started our patrol,” says Witherspoon.<br />

“When we heard about<br />

the first plane, we thought it was<br />

just a terrible accident.”<br />

After the second plane hit,<br />

Witherspoon knew something<br />

was very wrong and his police<br />

instincts kicked in.<br />

“From that point on, we knew<br />

something was going on, but we<br />

still didn’t know what,” he says.<br />

“But the radio started getting really<br />

crazy, and then they started<br />

mobilizing us, calling us in to go<br />

to different locations.”<br />

Although Witherspoon and<br />

his partner weren’t sent to the<br />

World Trade Center immediately,<br />

in the days that followed, he was<br />

one of the officers stationed at<br />

UCFPD Officer Joel Witherspoon<br />

Ground Zero to ensure the security<br />

of the scene.<br />

“Everything was covered in<br />

gray soot and ashes — the whole<br />

street, the buildings, everything,”<br />

Witherspoon says. “It was just<br />

eerily quiet, obviously there were<br />

no people there other than the<br />

cops responding. It was definitely<br />

something out of the scene of a<br />

movie.”<br />

Witherspoon later found out<br />

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that one of his friends, a firefighter<br />

with the New York Fire<br />

Department, had died while<br />

responding to the towers.<br />

“He was one of the first firemen<br />

to get into the building and he<br />

unfortunately lost his life,” says<br />

Witherspoon. “It definitely had<br />

an effect on me personally, big<br />

time.”<br />

Of the 2,753 people killed in the<br />

attack at the World Trade Centers,<br />

343 firefighters and paramedics,<br />

23 New York City police<br />

officers, and 37 Port Authority<br />

police officers died.<br />

PENTAGON TARGETED<br />

On the morning on September<br />

11, 2001, Walton was at the FBI<br />

Academy in Quantico, Virginia,<br />

for training.<br />

When the planes hit the twin<br />

towers in New York, Walton<br />

and other officers at the academy<br />

stopped like many other<br />

Americans to watch the news on<br />

television in horror at what was<br />

unfolding.<br />

Then, news broke that another<br />

plane had hit the Pentagon.<br />

UCFPD officer Eric Walton<br />

“We were scheduled to go to<br />

the Pentagon probably an hour<br />

before the plane hit it,” Walton<br />

says. “When the plane hit, they<br />

asked for all first responders to<br />

come because they needed assistance.”<br />

Once they reached the scene,<br />

Walton says none of his training<br />

could prepare him for what he<br />

saw.<br />

“The building kind of looked<br />

like a dry cake,” says Walton.<br />

UCFPD Officer Eric Walton<br />

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“Part of it was standing and<br />

another part was just missing.<br />

It was unreal to see half a plane<br />

sitting in the middle of a building.”<br />

Walton was part of the search<br />

and rescue mission and stayed<br />

for several days, working 12 to<br />

18-hour shifts. Officers slept on<br />

scene in cots and sleeping bags.<br />

“You think about what you’ve<br />

seen, what you saw,” says Walton.<br />

“With time the images kind<br />

of fade away, but for the first five<br />

years after, I didn’t want to talk<br />

about it. When I smell jet fuel,<br />

that smell takes me back.”<br />

Walton later learned that 184<br />

people were killed in the attack<br />

on the Pentagon. An additional<br />

<strong>40</strong> were killed on a fourth plane<br />

that crashed in a field in Shanksville,<br />

Pennsylvania, after passengers<br />

on the plane fought back<br />

against the hijackers.<br />

“The things that we saw were<br />

not something that you want to<br />

keep remembering,” says Walton.<br />

“But the one big thing that<br />

I always remember is how law<br />

enforcement came together,<br />

from Virginia to Maryland. There<br />

wasn’t one agency that wasn’t<br />

out there.”<br />

REMEMBERING THOSE TAKEN<br />

20 YEARS LATER<br />

Countless first responders and<br />

civilians were impacted by the<br />

attack in New York, Washington,<br />

D.C. and Pennsylvania and those<br />

who were there will likely never<br />

forget what they saw.<br />

But instead of focusing on the<br />

death and destruction of that<br />

day, Witherspoon likes to remember<br />

the days after and how<br />

the nation came together.<br />

“It was the first time in my life<br />

that I saw so many people come<br />

together for a common cause,”<br />

he says. “You never think something<br />

like that would happen, but<br />

it did. I think we just always need<br />

to remember the loved ones who<br />

lost someone and support them.”<br />

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A BADGE OF HONOR<br />

healing our heroes<br />

Deflate your Balloon<br />

As a First Responder, the<br />

stress from your job can become<br />

overwhelming at times.<br />

We continue to internalize our<br />

stress allowing it to fill up in our<br />

system until one day it POPS.<br />

Just like a Balloon, as we fill<br />

it up it gets bigger and bigger,<br />

expanding, getting tense until<br />

without warning the Balloon<br />

explodes. As First responders we<br />

are no different. We never know<br />

how many more incidents it will<br />

take before we explode either<br />

internally or externally.<br />

If we view our system, the<br />

way we look at a balloon as it is<br />

filling, we need to regulate and<br />

adjust just how much (air) or in<br />

our case, stress each can handle.<br />

Our careers will never be without<br />

stress or tension, so the key<br />

is to let the air out as it is needed.<br />

We can see and feel when a<br />

balloon is at its popping point,<br />

so we know that if I keep adding<br />

air to it, it will soon explode. We<br />

need to be able to recognize our<br />

bodies the same way.<br />

By releasing some of our daily<br />

stress, it can make a big difference<br />

in the way we perform at<br />

work and at home. There is no<br />

right or wrong way to release<br />

the tension, so if it is not harmful<br />

or can’t lead to any additive<br />

issue. Go for it.<br />

The reason I say that is, Alcohol,<br />

gaming, social media, Porn,<br />

gambling etc. are all types of<br />

stress relievers which someone<br />

may use, and if used in proper<br />

moderation can all be a release.<br />

The types of mental health releases<br />

are unlimited. Individually<br />

you will need to find what works<br />

for you.<br />

First responders by nature have<br />

a type ‘A” high energy personality.<br />

If we were the type “B” we<br />

would most likely have chosen a<br />

different career. So, we tend to<br />

release our stress with activities<br />

that may border harmful, so we<br />

need to tread with caution.<br />

This is the reason we try and<br />

stick to activities that will not<br />

place us in harm’s way.<br />

Walking, Running, Weightlifting,<br />

Yoga, or any exercise has<br />

SAMANTHA HORWITZ &<br />

JOHN SALERNO<br />

been proven to not only release<br />

stress but provides overall better<br />

physical health as well.<br />

If you are not the physical<br />

type, maybe tap into your artistic<br />

side. Learn to draw, play an<br />

instrument or any other creative<br />

projects. Theatrical art such as<br />

drama or comedy, providing<br />

laughter is a huge stress release.<br />

Our balloons should never<br />

reach the point of “Bust.”<br />

Educate those around us in<br />

Mental Health so they can also<br />

help boost our support network<br />

giving us an extra layer in our<br />

safety net.<br />

The more people watching<br />

over our balloon gives us the<br />

best chances to not overfill it.<br />

John Salerno, Retired NYPD,<br />

A Badge of Honor<br />

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DARYL LOTT<br />

daryl’s deliberations<br />

When Was the Last Time You Read<br />

“The Communist Manifesto?”<br />

DARYL LOTT<br />

If you had been visiting London<br />

in 1848, you may have gone to<br />

the massive library there. Had<br />

you done that, you may have<br />

seen a couple of not-so-wellmeaning<br />

Germans there writing<br />

a little book: “The Communist<br />

Manifesto.” The little book,<br />

more of a pamphlet, has caused<br />

deaths in the millions with no<br />

stopping in sight. Karl Marx<br />

and his pal, Frederick Engels,<br />

stepped on the European stage<br />

during a time of revolution and<br />

upheaval. They threw their two<br />

cents’ worth into the fiery mix<br />

and ignited a conflict that still<br />

rages today. What’s their deal?<br />

FYI: I use the 1906 English<br />

translation from the Harvard (insert<br />

left wing joke here) Library.<br />

Their deal is to incite what they<br />

call “class struggles” (p.12). They<br />

use many names for class warfare,<br />

but they settle on “oppressor<br />

and oppressed.” This is the<br />

175th Anniversary of the manifesto<br />

and it is more popular than<br />

ever! Their “oppressor and oppressed”<br />

theme is in all the most<br />

popular movements now. Marx<br />

and Engels listed some specific<br />

oppressor tools to destroy that<br />

would enable the ushering in<br />

of a new world run by the oppressed.<br />

The trio of “law, morality,<br />

religion” (p.13) are basic<br />

tools of oppression. You might<br />

be interested in knowing the<br />

“abolition of the family” is another<br />

goal since the family is only a<br />

unit based on “private gain” and<br />

the “exploitation of the children<br />

by their parents” (pp. 39-<strong>40</strong>).<br />

The education system is another<br />

tool of the oppressors. Socialists<br />

want to “rescue education from<br />

the influence of the ruling class”<br />

(p. <strong>40</strong>). Of course, the big number<br />

one on their list is the “abolition<br />

of property in land and<br />

application of all rents of land to<br />

public purposes” (p. 64).<br />

The “Oppressor/Oppressed”<br />

theme is all over the globe. The<br />

focal point of the world is the<br />

Israel-Hamas War. The Marxists<br />

have literally hit the streets<br />

over the war. I was watching<br />

them rioting in our capital city<br />

and threatening the White House<br />

(I guess it’s not insurrection<br />

if you’re an enemy combatant).<br />

I looked closely at their<br />

signs. I took photos to see who<br />

the sponsors of this riot were:<br />

“Workers World Party” and<br />

“A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition”.<br />

Of course, I went to the WWP<br />

website to see what their “All<br />

About Us” was all about. “Workers<br />

World Party is a revolutionary<br />

Marxist-Leninist party dedicated<br />

to organizing and fighting<br />

for a socialist revolution in the<br />

United States and around the<br />

world. WWP develops militant<br />

organizers in every struggle,<br />

from anti-racist and immigrant<br />

rights to labor, anti-war and anti-imperialist<br />

struggles.” At least<br />

they’re honest from a “Who Are<br />

We” standpoint. Did you notice<br />

all the “struggles” the Socialists<br />

are involved with? We can’t<br />

overlook the recent Eco-vandalism<br />

in the name of climate<br />

change. Because, you know,<br />

somehow the lower classes are<br />

affected more making fossil fuels<br />

a tool of the oppressor.<br />

The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition is<br />

also a large sponsor of the New<br />

York Anti-Israel riots. It’s very<br />

similar to the WWP. I checked<br />

them out from their own website.<br />

Brian Becker is the National<br />

Coordinator of the ANSWER<br />

Coalition. He is a founder of and<br />

a central organizer for the Party<br />

for Socialism and Liberation.<br />

Immigration chaos, race riots,<br />

gender confusion, DEI bans on<br />

free speech (except for antisemitic<br />

speeches), the failures of<br />

the education system (K-PhD),<br />

are all connected to socialist<br />

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organizations.<br />

One facet of the Israel-Hamas<br />

War is the exposure of overt<br />

socialist attacks on Israel to<br />

the point of supporting terror.<br />

Of course, Marx and Engels<br />

saw violence was necessary to<br />

overthrow private ownership<br />

and supported it. One self-described<br />

socialist organization is<br />

Black Lives Matter. Their Chicago<br />

chapter published a cartoon that<br />

showed support for a paragliding<br />

terrorist on the way to cut<br />

a baby’s head off. That chapter<br />

said the image wasn’t “great”,<br />

but they would not walk back<br />

the sentiment. They support<br />

Hamas over Israel.<br />

Israel is a lightning rod for<br />

despicable lies (such as being<br />

called a “colonizer state”) and<br />

hate. That hate is not limited to<br />

Israel. The hate is for western<br />

capitalism of which Israel is<br />

front and center. The war exposed<br />

just how many socialists<br />

are in our own country. Radical<br />

Islamic terrorists are the newest<br />

oppressed class. Poor Hamas!<br />

They are just simple proletarians.<br />

If I had only known!<br />

The war showed how ugly hate<br />

is and how much our institutions<br />

have decayed under generational<br />

socialistic indoctrination.<br />

The family should be our society’s<br />

building block and most<br />

sacred unit, but Marx called<br />

such a notion, “claptrap” (p.<strong>40</strong>).<br />

How can you have a family if you<br />

don’t know what a male or female<br />

is? Or is not. A weaponized<br />

justice system treats concerned<br />

parents as agents of oppression<br />

just as Marx wanted.<br />

The war and its flashpoints of<br />

hate caused me to look at current<br />

events through the lens of<br />

a 175-year-old pamphlet. When<br />

I do that, I see the Chinese Communist<br />

Party, Putin’s reborn Red<br />

Army, millions of illegal immigrants<br />

rushing our border, our<br />

schools in chaos, universities<br />

abandoning their mission of<br />

teaching in favor of indoctrination,<br />

gutting of laws to protect<br />

property (shoplifting), allowing<br />

violent offenders to walk the<br />

streets with impunity, the loss of<br />

energy independence, firearms<br />

rights, and priceless works of art<br />

damaged by socialist punks as<br />

obvious corollaries of a worldwide<br />

socialist agenda.<br />

For me, the murders of Jewish<br />

families and Holocaust survivors<br />

removed the veil. I saw the<br />

man behind the curtain with his<br />

brutal allies and it revealed the<br />

Jews as the first in a long line<br />

of western peoples with targets<br />

on their backs. I considered our<br />

world and followed the radical<br />

left-wing rhetoric of hate from<br />

the Harvards and Berkleys to<br />

its logical conclusion: bloodsoaked<br />

cribs in southern Israel<br />

containing unspeakable horrors.<br />

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It wasn’t until after my<br />

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July 14, 2013, he was deployed<br />

as part of that SWAT team to<br />

an apartment complex where<br />

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around the complex pool with<br />

an AK-47, pointing it at innocent<br />

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After some different interactions<br />

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limit for alcohol, fired that<br />

same weapon into the<br />

sea of officers outside his<br />

apartment complex. Bobby<br />

was hit twice; the first<br />

bullet was a flesh wound,<br />

something he would have<br />

easily survived. How desperately<br />

I wish that would<br />

have been his only wound.<br />

The second bullet was<br />

the shot that ultimately<br />

would kill him instantly. In<br />

an attempt to provide us<br />

some solace, the doctor<br />

told us he probably just felt<br />

sleepy. I feel like I should<br />

be thankful that he didn’t<br />

suffer, but sometimes my<br />

mind wonders and asks,<br />

“Did his body trick him?” I struggle<br />

with wondering if it ever<br />

crossed his mind he wasn’t coming<br />

home.<br />

Thanks to social media, I<br />

was expecting a knock at the<br />

door. After watching Facebook<br />

for some time trying to get an<br />

update on the situation, some-<br />

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one had posted that two officers<br />

had been shot. I turned on the<br />

scanner to hear anything out of<br />

the ordinary, hoping this was a<br />

careless post of misinformation.<br />

It didn’t take long until two<br />

badge numbers were given over<br />

the scanner: one badge number<br />

for each officer shot. One lived,<br />

and one died.<br />

When Bobby was killed, he<br />

was 32 years old, and I was 31.<br />

Two weeks before his murder,<br />

we had celebrated our 6th wedding<br />

anniversary, and we were<br />

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days after his death. At the time<br />

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daughter, Layden, and a<br />

15-month-old son, Braxx. Truly,<br />

the hardest part of losing him<br />

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that there had been an accident<br />

and that their dad was now living<br />

with Jesus.<br />

The term survivor isn’t hyperbolic<br />

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I survived figuring out how to<br />

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the first days of school,<br />

the first holidays, and empty<br />

chairs where he should have<br />

been sitting. And each milestone<br />

that he misses reminds me we<br />

are still surviving. I don’t survive<br />

because I have some superhuman<br />

strength or because I am<br />

rigid and devoid of all emotions.<br />

I survive, may I say, thrive because<br />

I have been lifted by those<br />

around me when I was too weak<br />

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this account: “When Moses’<br />

arms grew tired, Aaron and Hur<br />

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on, while they stood beside him<br />

and held up his arms, holding<br />

them steady until the sun went<br />

down. In this way Joshua totally<br />

defeated the Amalekites.” I am<br />

incredibly thankful for the Aarons<br />

and Hurs of my life that held me<br />

up. I hope that telling our story<br />

allows us to be someone’s Aaron<br />

or Hur and gives, even if it’s<br />

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FAKED OFFICER SHOOTING<br />

Ex-Santa Clara Deputy convicted of staging an<br />

on-duty shooting of himself.<br />

By Robert Salonga<br />

Bay Area News Group<br />

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A disgraced<br />

former Santa Clara County<br />

sheriff’s deputy has been convicted<br />

in a bizarre case in which<br />

authorities say he inexplicably<br />

staged a fake on-duty shooting<br />

of himself on a remote road near<br />

the Uvas Reservoir four years<br />

ago.<br />

Sukhdeep Gill, 30, pleaded<br />

no contest Tuesday — the day<br />

his preliminary examination<br />

was scheduled to start — after<br />

agreeing to a court offer<br />

to reduce his felony vandalism<br />

charge to a misdemeanor,<br />

according to the Santa Clara<br />

County District Attorney’s Office,<br />

which objected to the leniency.<br />

As part of the court agreement,<br />

Gill will have to perform<br />

150 hours of community service,<br />

pay unspecified restitution and<br />

surrender his policing license to<br />

the state Commission on Peace<br />

Officer Standards and Training.<br />

The latter requirement means he<br />

will be barred from serving as a<br />

police officer again in California.<br />

Gill’s listed attorney did not<br />

immediately respond to an email<br />

seeking comment on the plea,<br />

for which Gill was not required<br />

to be present in court.<br />

In the wake of the Jan. 31, 2020<br />

drive-by shooting claim by Gill,<br />

the sheriff’s office called the<br />

incident an “unprovoked attack”<br />

and that it was a “close call”<br />

between life and death for the<br />

then-deputy. But a year later,<br />

the agency changed its tune and<br />

said its investigation uncovered<br />

significant factual inconsistencies<br />

and no evidence of another<br />

motorist being on the lightly<br />

traveled Uvas Road at the time of<br />

the purported shooting.<br />

“I have gone to officers’ funerals<br />

after they are shot,” District<br />

Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a<br />

statement Tuesday. “I hope to<br />

never hear again about an officer<br />

faking being shot. It’s outrageous,<br />

diverts public resources,<br />

and dishonors officers who put<br />

their lives on the line to protect<br />

us.”<br />

According to the sheriff’s office<br />

investigation, on the night of<br />

the shooting report, Gill told his<br />

supervisors and later detectives<br />

that he was on patrol and pulled<br />

over on the northbound side of<br />

Uvas Road near Wallace Place,<br />

just south of the reservoir parking<br />

lot, so that he could urinate.<br />

He reported that a vehicle approached,<br />

the driver turned off<br />

its headlights, and someone in<br />

the vehicle fired four shots, with<br />

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one bullet hitting him squarely<br />

in the chest and destroying his<br />

body camera, and three bullets<br />

hit his SUV. Gill also reported he<br />

fired two retaliatory shots with<br />

his 9mm service pistol, as he<br />

tumbled down an embankment.<br />

The sheriff’s office staged a<br />

massive manhunt, and stopped<br />

drivers whose cars matched<br />

Gill’s phony description of the<br />

shooter’s vehicle. But none were<br />

linked to the shooting, and home<br />

security footage from the area<br />

showed no cars heading toward<br />

or away from Gill’s location 10<br />

minutes before and after the<br />

shots were fired.<br />

Investigators had more grounds<br />

for suspicion: Two .380 bullet<br />

casings were recovered on the<br />

passenger side of the patrol<br />

SUV, well away from the roadway,<br />

and no markings to suggest<br />

that they had been inadvertently<br />

kicked over or displaced by a car<br />

tire. When they tried to recreate<br />

the shooting — firing at a standing<br />

target from a moving vehicle<br />

— they could not replicate the<br />

pattern in which the bullet casings<br />

fell at the shooting site.<br />

But when they decided to<br />

shoot at the target from a stationary<br />

position, the test pattern<br />

matched.<br />

In the summer of 2020, sheriff’s<br />

detectives started surveilling<br />

Gill, and he seemed to notice,<br />

reaching speeds of 120 mph on<br />

the freeway and 80 mph on city<br />

streets in San Jose to elude the<br />

tail, according to a police report.<br />

Gill’s home was searched three<br />

months later, and detectives<br />

found he had two .380 pistols<br />

registered to him, but did not<br />

recover guns or ammunition that<br />

matched the crime scene.<br />

Given the facts of the case,<br />

Deputy District Attorney Jason<br />

Malinsky, who works in his<br />

office’s Public and Law Enforcement<br />

Integrity Unit, objected to<br />

the charge reduction, saying that<br />

the original felony vandalism<br />

charge was already limited in<br />

encompassing the scope of Gill’s<br />

crime.<br />

“Making it a misdemeanor<br />

undermined the seriousness. He<br />

fabricated a shooting, and multiple<br />

deputies responded who<br />

believed this was real,” Malinsky<br />

said. “They believed two people<br />

out there were randomly driving<br />

up on law enforcement officers<br />

and shooting at them, and were<br />

on the loose.”<br />

Additionally, Malinsky noted<br />

that a felony conviction would<br />

bar Gill from possessing guns.<br />

“I thought it was appropriate<br />

that he should not be allowed to<br />

have firearms.”<br />

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• Intermediate PO: $2,<strong>40</strong>0<br />

• Advanced PO: $4,800<br />

• Master PO: $7,200<br />

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS<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 />

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• Drug Screening<br />

ALDINEISD.ORG<br />

STARTING SALARY $55,000 WITH NO EXPERIENCE<br />

UP TO $85,000 DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE<br />

ALDINE ISD PD OFFERS<br />

DEPARTMENT BENEFITS<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 />

(INCENTIVE PAY FOR DETECTIVES, K-9 HANDLERS, AND<br />

FIREARM INSTRUCTORS.)<br />

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT<br />

SGT. HALL AT 281.442.4923<br />

OR VISIT ALDINEISD.ORG<br />

SPECIALIZED DIVISIONS<br />

• Criminal Investigations<br />

• Emergency Response Team<br />

• Honor Guard<br />

• Gang Task Force<br />

• Community Outreach Division<br />

• K-9 Division<br />

• Firearm Instructor<br />

$1,000 SIGNING BONUS


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NOW<br />

HIRING<br />

BIG SPRING PD IS NOW HIRING POLICE OFFICERS<br />

• 100% PAID ACADEMY TRAINING FOR<br />

NON-CERTIFIED CADETS<br />

• EQUIPMENT AND UNIFORMS ARE PROVIDED<br />

INCLUDING TAKE HOME VEHICLES<br />

• TMRS RETIREMENT (2:1 CITY MATCH)<br />

• 100% EMPLOYEE MEDICAL AND LIFE<br />

INSURANCE PREMIUM PAID BY THE CITY<br />

• PAID VACATION AND HOLIDAYS<br />

• PAID SICK LEAVE<br />

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• LONGEVITY PAY FOR YEARS OF SERVICE<br />

• EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PROGRAM<br />

• PROGRESSIVE ANNUAL IN-SERVICE<br />

TRAINING AND EXTERNAL TRAINING<br />

OPPORTUNITIES.<br />

• OPPORTUNITIES FOR DIVERSE<br />

EXPERIENCE IN ASSIGNMENTS SUCH AS<br />

SWAT, NARCOTICS, TRAFFIC, AND CRIMINAL<br />

INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION<br />

• $1500 ACADEMY REIMBURSEMENT AND<br />

$2<strong>40</strong>0 RELOCATION PAY FOR CERTIFIED<br />

OFFICERS<br />

$55,900 STARTING ANNUAL SALARY FOR CERTIFIED POLICE OFFICERS.<br />

ENTRY LEVEL TESTING ON AUGUST 1, 2023<br />

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JULY 26, 2023<br />

APPLY NOW AT WWW.MYBIGSPRING.COM<br />

THE CITY OF BIG SPRING IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


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October 15<br />

WATCH FOR NEW TEST DATES<br />

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Cuero Police Department<br />

<strong>No</strong>w Hiring for Patrol Officer Position<br />

Email TCOLE Personal History Statement to sellis@cityofcuero.com<br />

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Department Benefits<br />

14 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 Surrounding Counties<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.


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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 />

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$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 />

21-44 YEARS OLD<br />

45 COLLEGE<br />

CREDIT HOURS<br />

MUST MEET ONE REQUIREMENT<br />

19.5-21 YEARS<br />

OLD<br />

60 COLLEGE<br />

CREDIT HOURS<br />

ACTIVE TCOLE<br />

LICENSE<br />

MUST HAVE VALID<br />

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OFFICER LICENSE<br />

3 YEARS<br />

ACTIVE MILITARY<br />

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dallaspolice.net/join-dpd 214-671-4<strong>40</strong>9<br />

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Civilian positions available: (Apply at www.Dallascityhall.com)


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GALVESTON<br />

COUNTY<br />

SHERIFF’S OFFICE<br />

Seeking Individuals Who Are Interested in a Rewarding Career in Corrections<br />

Begin Your Career Today!<br />

GALVESTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ESTABLISHMENT OF ELIGIBILITY<br />

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 />

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES<br />

Maintains the security of the facility by conducting security checks, settling disputes, and performing cell searches and<br />

inspections; conducts outside perimeter checks.<br />

Preparation and proper completion in the documentation of inmate records.<br />

Issues inmate meals, clothing, linens, and personal items.<br />

Supervise inmate programs (recreational, legal, health care, visitation and religious services)<br />

Prepares reports on jail and inmate activities, enforce inmate handbook rules.<br />

Supervises inmates performing such assignments as cleaning and maintaining the jail facility and continuously observe<br />

locations and activities of inmates.<br />

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS<br />

• High School / GED Certificate and must be at least 18 years of age.<br />

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

background investigation.<br />

• Must be able to work days, nights, weekends, holidays and mandatory shifts when needed.<br />

• Must be able to work during natural disasters and or under declarations.<br />

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

Sheriff's Office in effect at the time of application.<br />

• Must have favorable employment history. All information given regarding past employment will be thoroughly checked.<br />

• Must have a stable credit history.<br />

• Must possess good computer skills and demonstrate comprehensive reading and comprehension skills.<br />

• <strong>No</strong> conviction above a Class B Misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last 10 years nor have been on or<br />

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

convictions of any level.<br />

• Applicant must pass all phases of the required testing.<br />

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

presently licensed.<br />

TO APPLY<br />

An applicant interested in any of GCSO position shall first download, complete and return<br />

the Application Packet, per the instructions on the downloadable form.<br />

The Application Packet can be found at SHERIFF.GALVESTONCOUNTYTX.GOV<br />

JOIN US<br />

VISIT SHERIFF.GALVESTONCOUNTYTX.GOV TO APPLY!<br />

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The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer<br />

CONTACT US<br />

<strong>40</strong>9.763.7585 : SO.EMPLOYMENT@GALVESTONCOUNTYTX.GOV


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GOOSE CREEK CISD PD<br />

NOW RECRUITING<br />

POLICE OFFICERS !<br />

POSITION DETAILS:<br />

Provides law enforcement services to the school district to prevent and protect all students, personnel,<br />

and visitors from physical harm and prevent property loss due to theft or vandalism. Enforce all<br />

laws including municipal ordinances, county ordinances, and state laws.<br />

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2<strong>40</strong> or 202 Duty Day Schedule<br />

Competitive Salary - MTD9* Starting<br />

Stipends available for Intermediate, Advanced and Master TCOLE License<br />

Various opportunities including K9, Patrol, Investigations, FTO, Instructor and more<br />

REQUIREMENTS:<br />

●<br />

●<br />

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Current TCOLE Peace Officer License<br />

Ability to pass comprehensive background<br />

Ability to pass medical, drug and psychological<br />

exams<br />

HIRING PROCESS:<br />

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Online Application<br />

Complete preliminary interview<br />

Complete background investigation<br />

Complete Oral Board Interview<br />

Conditional Job Offer<br />

Complete Medical, Psychological and Drug Screen<br />

PREFERRED:<br />

●<br />

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Intermediate TCOLE Peace Officer License<br />

Bilingual<br />

Previous ISD PD experience<br />

Background in law enforcement<br />

Contact us at 281-422-6461 to speak with a recruiter.<br />

Apply online @ https://www.gccisd.net/page/employment.home<br />

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ARE WE<br />

HIRING<br />

Criminal Background<br />

Pass<br />

proficiently<br />

Type<br />

Nights, Weekends & Holidays<br />

Work<br />

Speaking Preferred<br />

Spanish<br />

11th Street<br />

1015<br />

Texas<br />

Hempstead,<br />

Hour work schedule<br />

12-<br />

every other weekend<br />

off<br />

THE CITY OF<br />

TELECOMMUNICATIONS DIVISION<br />

HEMPSTEAD POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

Dispatchers<br />

QUALIFICATIONS<br />

18 years of age<br />

Minimum<br />

Starting Salary: $41,600<br />

B E N E F I T S<br />

BlueCross Blue Shield<br />

Vision & Dental Insurance<br />

Longevity Pay > 1 year<br />

Certificate Pay<br />

Uniform Shirts Provided<br />

77445<br />

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www.hempsteadcitytx.gov (job opportunities)


JOIN OUR TEAM<br />

Place your department’s recruiting ad<br />

in The BLUES for only $250 for an<br />

BECOME entire A HEMPSTEAD year, only $20 a POLICE month. OFFICER<br />

Hempstead's Finest<br />

Starting Salary: $57,750<br />

- BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD<br />

- VISION & DENTAL INS<br />

- CERTIFICATE PAY<br />

- WEAPONS ISSUED<br />

- OFF EVERY OTHER WEEKEND<br />

- CONTINUING TRAINING<br />

NOW HIRING 3 POLICE OFFICERS<br />

HPD BOASTS:<br />

- Training Provider<br />

- Canine Program<br />

- Narcotics Investigation<br />

- Crash Investigators<br />

- Telecommunications<br />

Division<br />

1015 11th St Hempstead, TX<br />

hpdrecruing@hempsteadcitytx.gov<br />

Or call us at: (979) 826-3332<br />

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LATERAL DEPUTY<br />

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WE ARE<br />

HIRING!<br />

LATERAL DEPUTY<br />

REQUIREMENTS<br />

• Must be a licensed Peace Officer by the Texas Commission on<br />

Law Enforcement (TCOLE) in good standing<br />

• Must be currently employed as a Peace Officer (any break in<br />

service 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<br />

peripheral vision<br />

• Correctable normal audible range in both ears<br />

• A two (2) year minimum commitment to Patrol before being<br />

eligible to transfer to other Bureaus<br />

For additional information contact<br />

Harris County Sheriff’s Office<br />

Recruitment Unit<br />

(713) 877-5250<br />

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TO APPLY<br />

www.harriscountyso.org | www.hcsojobs.com<br />

SCAN<br />

THIS CODE Harris County<br />

@HCSOTexas<br />

Sheriff’s Office<br />

HCSOTexas HCSOTexas @HCSOTexas


WE ARE<br />

HIRING!<br />

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER<br />

REQUIREMENTS<br />

• High School Diploma or G.E.D.<br />

• A minimum of 6 months of work experience in emergency<br />

dispatch, call center, customer service, or a closely related field<br />

• Must successfully complete Telecommunicator training and pass<br />

all testing required to obtain TCOLE certification within a year<br />

of employment<br />

• At least 18 years of age (by start date)<br />

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

peripheral vision<br />

• Correctable normal audible range in both ears<br />

• Must pass a thorough background investigation (criminal<br />

background check, fingerprinting, personal interview, etc.) as<br />

required by TCOLE<br />

• Must pass a medical and psychological evaluation as required by<br />

TCOLE<br />

• Demonstrated proficiency with computer and related software,<br />

i.e., Word/Excel, writing correspondence, reports, and<br />

processing documents. (In-person testing required)<br />

For additional information contact<br />

Harris County Sheriff’s Office<br />

Recruitment Unit<br />

(713) 877-5250<br />

TO APPLY<br />

www.harriscountyso.org | www.hcsojobs.com<br />

SCAN<br />

THIS CODE Harris County<br />

@HCSOTexas<br />

Sheriff’s Office<br />

HCSOTexas HCSOTexas @HCSOTexas<br />

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WE ARE<br />

HIRING!<br />

DEPUTY CADET<br />

REQUIREMENTS<br />

• At least 60 college credit hours and/or 2 years of military<br />

experience with an honorable discharge<br />

• At least 21 years of age (by start date)<br />

• Valid driver’s license and liability insurance (Texas by start date)<br />

• Must successfully pass the HCSO Physical Abilities Test (PAT)<br />

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

peripheral vision<br />

• Correctable normal audible range in both ears<br />

• Must pass a thorough background investigation (criminal<br />

background check, fingerprinting, personal interview, etc.)<br />

• Must pass a medical and psychological evaluation as required by<br />

TCOLE<br />

• Must pass all required testing<br />

YOUR LAW ENFORCEMENT CAREER<br />

STARTS HERE, JOIN OUR ACADEMY!<br />

• Must pass all required testing upon completion of the Basic<br />

Peace Officer Course (BPOC), sworn Deputies must successfully<br />

complete the Field Training Program (FTP) before receiving a<br />

Patrol assignment<br />

• A two (2) year minimum commitment to Patrol before being<br />

eligible for other Bureaus<br />

For additional information contact<br />

Harris County Sheriff’s Office<br />

Recruitment Unit<br />

(713) 877-5250<br />

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TO APPLY<br />

www.harriscountyso.org | www.hcsojobs.com<br />

SCAN<br />

THIS CODE Harris County<br />

@HCSOTexas<br />

Sheriff’s Office<br />

HCSOTexas HCSOTexas @HCSOTexas


WE ARE<br />

HIRING!<br />

DETENTION OFFICER<br />

REQUIREMENTS<br />

Ask About Our Hiring Incentive<br />

• High School Diploma or G.E.D<br />

• U.S. Citizen<br />

• At least 18 years of age (by start date)<br />

• Eyesight must be correctable to 20/20, normal color,<br />

and peripheral vision<br />

• Correctable normal audible range in both ears<br />

• Must pass all pre-employment testing<br />

• Must pass a thorough background investigation (criminal<br />

background check, fingerprinting, personal interview, etc.)<br />

as required by TCOLE<br />

• Must pass a medical and psychological evaluation as required<br />

by TCOLE<br />

Lateral Detention Officer:<br />

If you have verifiable experience as a correctional officer or a<br />

jailer from any correctional facility, we will pay you up to 14<br />

years for your experience.<br />

For additional information contact<br />

Harris County Sheriff’s Office<br />

Recruitment Unit<br />

(713) 877-5250<br />

TO APPLY<br />

www.harriscountyso.org | www.hcsojobs.com<br />

SCAN<br />

THIS CODE Harris County<br />

@HCSOTexas<br />

Sheriff’s Office<br />

HCSOTexas HCSOTexas @HCSOTexas<br />

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THE KILLEEN POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

IS NOW<br />

Hiring<br />

FOR THE POSITION OF<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 />

D<br />

b<br />

th<br />

a<br />

Officer De'Vonte Johnson<br />

Recruiter<br />

254-200-7987<br />

DJohnson@killeentexas.gov<br />

The Killeen Police Department is an<br />

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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 />

KilleenPD<br />

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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LEWISVILL<br />

E<br />

Benefits and Additional Pay:<br />

• $2500 Sign - On Bonus<br />

• Lateral Entry Program<br />

• Take - Home Vehicle<br />

$77,314 - $97,679<br />

• Cross Fit G ym<br />

• 24 /7 Private Indoor/Outdoor Range<br />

• Load Bearing Vests<br />

• Tattoos and Beards<br />

• Tuition Reimbursement<br />

• 20 Year TMRS Retirement 7% , 2:1 match<br />

• 457 Deferred Compensation p lan with 3.76% city match<br />

• 3 Weeks Paid Vacation<br />

• 15 Days Paid Sick Leave<br />

• 9 Paid Holidays<br />

• Field Training Officer<br />

• Bilingual<br />

• Longevity<br />

• Education /Certification<br />

GET PAID FOR YOUR EXPERIENCE AS A CERTIFIED OFFICER<br />

• 1 YEAR $83,566<br />

• 2 YEARS $86,877<br />

• 3 YEARS $90,373<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 />

www .PROTECTLEWISVILLE. com<br />

• 4 YEARS $93,677<br />

• 5 YEARS $97,679<br />

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LONGVIEW POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

JOIN OUR<br />

TEAM<br />

2-TIER HIRING<br />

INCENTIVE<br />

STARTING SALARY<br />

$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 />

25 YEAR STEP PLAN<br />

$60,085 - $84,308<br />

STEP INTO YOUR FUTURE<br />

NEW POLICE STATION<br />

COMING 2023<br />

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Patrol Officer<br />

The City of Manvel Police Department is looking to find qualified candidates to fill the ranks of the patrol<br />

division.<br />

The City of Manvel is a rapidly growing and diverse community. The current population is estimated at a<br />

little over 16000 and is located in the northern part of Brazoria County along the State Highway 288<br />

corridor approximately 4 miles South of the City of Houston.<br />

The Manvel Police Department has a competitive pay structure for cities of the same size. Salary is based<br />

on experience and certification levels.<br />

Requirements:<br />

High school diploma or GED<br />

Valid Texas Driver’s License<br />

with good driving record<br />

TCOLE certified OR currently<br />

enrolled in Academy<br />

program<br />

Preference for LE experience<br />

Hiring Process Includes :<br />

Written test<br />

Oral board interview<br />

Physical agility test<br />

Thorough background<br />

investigation<br />

Accelerated Field Training<br />

Program for experienced officers<br />

One year probationary period<br />

Pay and Benefits:<br />

Competitive pay with an employment<br />

improvement step program<br />

TMRS retirement up to 7% with 2:1 match<br />

by city<br />

Retirement vested after 5 years of service<br />

Medical Insurance covered 100% for<br />

employees and 100% paid for employees<br />

and dependent by the city after 3 years<br />

12 hour shifts (DuPont Schedule)<br />

Personal time off - Vacation and Holiday<br />

accruals<br />

Paid sick time<br />

Lateral transfers<br />

For more information you can contact<br />

The City of Manvel Police Department at<br />

281-489-1212<br />

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MEMORIAL VILLAGES POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

Serving the Villages of Bunker Hill, Piney Point and Hunters Creek<br />

POLICE OFFICER<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,<strong>40</strong>0<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 />

11981 Memorial Drive – Houston, Tx 77024<br />

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WE’RE HIRING<br />

Join our team and receive:<br />

• 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 />

AND MUCH MORE!<br />

APPLY NOW<br />

Scan here or visit<br />

RideMETRO.org/Careers<br />

Call 713-739-4953 or email JoinMPD@RideMETRO.org<br />

for additional information.<br />

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METRO I S AN EQU A L O PPOR TUNIT Y E M P L O YER.


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MAKE A<br />

DIFFERENCE<br />

IN YOUR<br />

COMMUNITY<br />

We are looking for outstanding individuals to<br />

join our team! As a Pearland Police Officer your<br />

mission will be to prevent crime and disorder, build<br />

partnerships within the community, and positively<br />

impact the quality of life for all our residents.<br />

CITY OF PEARLAND, TEXAS<br />

• Competitive Salary • Outstanding Training<br />

• Career Advancement • Exceptional Benefits<br />

The City of Pearland is one of the fastest growing<br />

communities within the region. Pearland is located<br />

approximately 20 minutes south of Downtown Houston<br />

and the current population is approximately 130,000<br />

residents.<br />

JOIN OUR TEAM<br />

HIRING POLICE OFFICERS AND CADETS<br />

$5,000 Hiring Incentive for T.C.O.L.E Certified Police<br />

Officers who qualify with at least 2 years of experience.<br />

TEST DATE:<br />

SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 8:30 A.M.<br />

Register by: April 12.<br />

Pearland Recreation Center & Natatorium<br />

4141 Bailey Road, Pearland, TX 77584.<br />

Doors Open: 7:15 a.m. <strong>No</strong> admittance after 7:45 a.m.<br />

Candidates must park in the north parking lot.<br />

SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES WILL APPLY<br />

• Attendance limited to first 150 arrivals<br />

• Mandatory temperature checks<br />

• Masks required, hand sanitizer available<br />

• Candidates seated 6 feet apart<br />

For additional information and to register for an upcoming Civil Service Exam, visit<br />

pearlandtx.gov/PDCareers<br />

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PORT HOUSTON<br />

POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

WE ARE<br />

HIRING<br />

SIGN UP TODAY!<br />

www.porthouston.com/careers-2<br />

STARTING PAY*<br />

$60,000 up to $71,000<br />

* Salary depends on experience<br />

Are you looking for a career with<br />

meaning? Do you want to make<br />

a difference in a highly supportive<br />

community? Join our team at<br />

Port Houston!<br />

REQUIREMENTS<br />

• Must be 21 years old<br />

• Must have 2+ years of po<br />

experience<br />

• Must have valid Texas Dr<br />

• Must be a U.S. Citizen<br />

• Must have an honorable<br />

from the military (if applic<br />

• Must never have been co<br />

Class A Misdemeanor or<br />

• <strong>No</strong>t been convicted of a C<br />

misdemeanor within the l<br />

• Must have a GED or high<br />

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BENEFITS:<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 (<strong>40</strong>1a)<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<br />

– Port of Houston Credit Union<br />

lice officer<br />

iver’s License<br />

discharge<br />

able)<br />

nvicted of a<br />

above<br />

lass B<br />

ast 10 years<br />

school diploma<br />

EMPLOYMENT<br />

TESTING<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 />

QR CODE<br />

TO APPLY<br />

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Provide Exceptional<br />

Service to All!<br />

CONTACT<br />

US NOW<br />

972-412-62<strong>40</strong><br />

Welcome Aboard<br />

Rowlett Police Department<br />

NOW HIRING<br />

kharrelson@rowlett.com<br />

4<strong>40</strong>1 Rowlett Rd.,<br />

Rowlett, TX 75088<br />

Accepting Lateral<br />

Police Officers.<br />

Get paid for your<br />

experience!<br />

CURRENT SALARY<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 />

UNITS/ DIVISIONS<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 />

BENEFITS<br />

TMRS Pension 7/14<br />

Medical Insurance<br />

Dental Insurance<br />

Vision Insurance<br />

10 paid vacation days during<br />

first year & 10 Paid Holidays<br />

Paid Sick<br />

Beards and tattoos are<br />

authorized<br />

Longevity Pay<br />

Long Term Disability<br />

Life Insurance<br />

Dry cleaning<br />

Three department issued<br />

firearms<br />

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WELCOME ABOARD<br />

SAN ANTONIO ISD PD<br />

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SPRING BRANCH ISD POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

WE’RE<br />

HIRING<br />

DEPARTMENT<br />

HIGHLIGHTS<br />

55 officer department<br />

44 square mile district<br />

47 schools<br />

35,000 population<br />

24/7 Patrol<br />

We want you to preserve, protect, and defend our future.<br />

Starting Pay $63,000 (TCOLE Basic Peace Officer certification with no experience)<br />

Patrol & Onsite Officers (HS/MS)<br />

Gang Officer<br />

Mental Health Officers<br />

Community Relations Officer<br />

Emergency Management<br />

Criminal Investigations<br />

K-9 programs<br />

Language pay<br />

Shift differential pay<br />

Intermediate, Advanced and<br />

Master Peace Officer<br />

certificate pay<br />

Paid time off<br />

Ample overtime opportunities<br />

*All equipment provided including duty weapon<br />

**Training opportunities available<br />

Apply online today. springbranchisd.com/join-our-team<br />

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VAN ALSTYNE POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

JOIN OUR TEAM<br />

Van Alstyne Police is seeking motivated Certified Police Officers who are<br />

dedicated to making a difference in the community they serve! In exchange,<br />

VAPD offers a great opportunity for advancement in a fast-growing city! VAPD<br />

also offers the following incentives:<br />

▪ Excellent Salary $68,000 - $90,800 plus Certificate Pay<br />

▪ The City pays the employee’s Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance. The City also pays<br />

for 50% of dependent cost for medical insurance<br />

▪ TMRS 7% (City matches 2 to 1). Vested in five years<br />

▪ Twelve Paid Holidays<br />

▪ Generous Vacation, Sick, and Personal Leave<br />

▪ Twelve hours shifts<br />

▪ VAPD issues all uniforms, duty gear, body armor, duty weapon, patrol rifles, etc.<br />

▪ New state of the art Public Safety Complex currently in the design phase. Construction is slated<br />

to begin later Q4 2023<br />

For more information, contact Lt. Hayslip 903.482.5251 shayslip@vanalstynepolice.com<br />

Applications available at https://cityofvanalstyne.us/departments/human-resources/<br />

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PLACE YOUR<br />

DEPARTMENT’S AD<br />

HERE FOR ONLY<br />

$250<br />

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We are hiring<br />

Police<br />

Officers<br />

now.<br />

Join the Waco ISD<br />

Police Department team!<br />

Pay Grade: 310<br />

Days: 207 and 226<br />

Salary: $42,228 to $55,542*<br />

*Depending on workday calendar<br />

and years of experience.<br />

Sign-on Bonus: $5,000<br />

Qualifications:<br />

Education/Certification:<br />

• High School Diploma or GED<br />

• Texas Peace Officer License issued by TCOLE<br />

• Current valid Texas class “C” drivers license<br />

To learn more or<br />

apply, please visit<br />

Wacoisd.org/apply<br />

Waco ISD Police Department<br />

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