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TABC Agent Adrian Herrera,<br />

a true American Hero.<br />

To be honest, this is not the original<br />

column I had written for this<br />

month’s issue. The original spoke<br />

about the difference between The<br />

BLUES and mainstream media?<br />

Where we focused on the Hero<br />

of the story not the villain. A year<br />

ago this month, officers of Metro<br />

Nashville PD stopped a shooter at<br />

the Covenant Presbyterian Church<br />

School. They didn’t hesitate, they<br />

ran in, found the suspect, and took<br />

her out. Unfortunately, not before<br />

she killed six people.<br />

Fast forward a year to Houston<br />

and off duty officers working security<br />

at Lakewood Church. A mentally<br />

ill and yes crazy woman walked<br />

into the mega church with her<br />

7-year son at her side and began<br />

shooting with an AR-15 style rifle.<br />

On any given Saturday or Sunday,<br />

Lakewood has dozens of off-duty<br />

officers working security. One of<br />

those officers on this horrific Saturday<br />

was TABC Agent Adrian Herrera.<br />

The minute the shooting started,<br />

Agent Herrera ran towards the<br />

gunfire and immediately confronted<br />

the shooter. And at no point did he<br />

retreat or back down. He engaged<br />

her and fired his weapon until she<br />

was down. Even when she claimed<br />

she had a bomb, he continued to<br />

neutralize the threat.<br />

Following active shooter protocols,<br />

Agent Herrera did exactly<br />

what he was supposed to do. He<br />

ran TOWARDS the gunfire and took<br />

the shooter out. In other words, the<br />

man is a damn hero. PERIOD<br />

Just before we went live with<br />

this issue, HPD released BWC and<br />

security footage from the scene.<br />

Since its release, social media<br />

and cops in general from all<br />

over the country have weighed<br />

in on how the officers handled<br />

the shooter. EVERYONE agrees<br />

that had it not been for Agent<br />

Herrera, the outcome could<br />

have been tragic. Had this crazy<br />

woman made it into the sanctuary,<br />

dozens and dozens of churchgoers<br />

would have been shot and most<br />

likely killed.<br />

As far as the other actions of the<br />

officers, well let’s just say very few<br />

kind words were used to describe<br />

their actions or lack thereof.<br />

I’m not going to Monday Morning<br />

Quarterback their actions until all<br />

the video is released. What I will<br />

say is this.<br />

In today’s world, active shooters<br />

are a reality. It’s not if but when<br />

one will strike in your town on your<br />

shift. You may in fact be the first one<br />

on the scene and it’s up to you to<br />

find the shooter and take them out,<br />

even if it means you getting shot<br />

and possibly killed in the process.<br />

When you were sworn in and they<br />

pinned that badge on you, from<br />

that minute forward, you accepted<br />

the realty that one day you might<br />

have to sacrifice your life to protect<br />

another human’s life. That is the job<br />

and that is the reality. But as my Editor<br />

reminded me, all the training in<br />

the world doesn’t really prepare you<br />

for the day that bullets are coming<br />

at you, and you’re prepared to make<br />

the ultimate sacrifice or you’re not.<br />

And if you’re not, you need to find<br />

a new profession. It’s really that<br />

simple.<br />

Finally, in my original article, I<br />

ranted and raved about the mainstream<br />

media and their focus on the<br />

shooters mental status and what<br />

pronouns she used.<br />

In fact, they spent days talking<br />

about her mental issues and what<br />

possessed her to take her son along<br />

on a shootout. (I speculate she<br />

wanted to die alongside her son to<br />

teach the ex-husband a lesson.)<br />

In both cases, the mainstream<br />

media focused 99% of their coverage<br />

on the suspect. But what<br />

about the true heroes – they barely<br />

mentioned Agent Herrera and the<br />

off duty officers who engaged the<br />

shooter.<br />

I had an email exchange with<br />

a local reporter who covered the<br />

Lakewood shooting and asked her<br />

why she kept referring to the shooter<br />

as “they” or “their” and said the<br />

shooter was a ‘man’ identifying as<br />

a woman. NO, SHE was a SHE and<br />

WAS A WOMAN. PERIOD! That’s how<br />

she gave birth to a son. Why is how<br />

they “identify” even important? Who<br />

frickin cares if they are a woman<br />

identifying as a man or vice versa.<br />

The only thing that really matters is<br />

that they are the assholes that took<br />

innocent lives and thank God a true<br />

hero was there to take them out.<br />

And that hero of the day is TABC<br />

Agent Adrian Herrera. May God bless<br />

you and forever keep you safe.<br />

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Providing a Safe Vote<br />

Well, it’s election season again!<br />

(Sigh) There’s all the trash mail<br />

outs, the trash commercials<br />

flooding our televisions, and all<br />

the trash talk mixed with empty<br />

promises where nothing ever<br />

gets done.<br />

The Early Voting Polls are open!<br />

And there are a lot of folks who<br />

take advantage of it. Like me. I<br />

am one of those early voters who<br />

love to get over there and get it<br />

done.<br />

We all know there’s a lot of<br />

work that goes into an election.<br />

<strong>No</strong> matter whether it’s a Presidential<br />

Year or not. There’s a lot<br />

of people, machines, trucks, tables,<br />

chairs, forms, etc, all have<br />

to be distributed for continuity of<br />

the Election Process.<br />

There is also a quiet contingent<br />

of people in law enforcement<br />

involved. In Harris County, there<br />

is a lot of hard work, effort, and<br />

time that goes into Election Operational<br />

Safety and Security. A<br />

lot.<br />

So, it goes kind of like this…<br />

Deep inside an undisclosed<br />

building behind many locked<br />

doors and contained within what<br />

can only be described as a very<br />

non-descript and secure room,<br />

is a multi-agency, multi-faceted<br />

unified command post. There<br />

are multiple law enforcement<br />

agencies represented there along<br />

with County Election Department<br />

Officials who all have immediate<br />

contact with their Field Operations<br />

units.<br />

Numerous radios, video<br />

screens, computers, phones,<br />

back up radios, computers and<br />

devices are present in this room,<br />

much like any other Emergency<br />

Operations Command Post.<br />

There are a couple of Sergeants,<br />

Lieutenants, Telecommunications<br />

Personnel, and IT experts<br />

all participating in the process<br />

of ensuring everything that can<br />

be done to provide the voters of<br />

Harris County a safe and secure<br />

place to exercise their right to<br />

vote.<br />

The Safety and Security Operations<br />

Unit is not at all quite<br />

like you’d think. The County is so<br />

large, it is divided into sections<br />

with Deputies assigned to certain<br />

areas and they must patrol<br />

the Election Polls along with<br />

the immediate parking areas to<br />

ensure the safety and security of<br />

all Election Department personnel<br />

and of course, Harris County<br />

Voters. These dedicated men and<br />

women also respond to any call<br />

for service or assistance from<br />

any polling location in Harris<br />

County.<br />

Some folks might ask “Why do<br />

we need all that just to vote?”<br />

Well, if you’ve ever studied<br />

human history, voting can get<br />

ugly and even violent. You’ve<br />

heard the old saying “Ideas are<br />

peaceful, history is violent…”<br />

Well, my friend, there ya have it.<br />

In order to have a peaceful and<br />

safe voting process, there must<br />

be order and safety for everyone.<br />

<strong>No</strong> matter what party you are or<br />

who you’re voting for, the Harris<br />

County Election Department and<br />

all the law enforcement personnel<br />

involved are dedicated<br />

to providing a safe, welcoming<br />

environment to all.<br />

It’s an amazing process to<br />

watch unfold. When you think<br />

of the nearly eighty early voting<br />

polls and the geographical area<br />

to cover, coupled with the sheer<br />

number of people eligible to<br />

vote in Harris County and even as<br />

bad at math as I am, I can cypher<br />

that’s going to be a lot.<br />

Truly a group of highly educated,<br />

dedicated professionals quietly<br />

doing what they do, behind<br />

the scenes. Giving the citizens of<br />

Harris County and all the Cities<br />

within, a safe and secure place<br />

to vote.<br />

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 />


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Bill King<br />

Senior or Senile<br />

Last week in a press conference,<br />

President Biden confused<br />

Mexico with Gaza and said he<br />

had recently spoken to François<br />

Mitterrand, who has not been the<br />

president of France since 1995<br />

and died in 1996. On the same<br />

day, former President Trump said<br />

in a speech to the National Rifle<br />

association that he saw a migrant<br />

shoplifting a refrigerator. It is<br />

truly frightening to watch both<br />

Biden’s press conference and<br />

Trump’s speech and think that<br />

one of them will likely be our<br />

president for the next four years.<br />

On Sunday, I was on a television<br />

panel discussing the two<br />

incidents with a Biden supporter<br />

and Trump supporter arguing<br />

over which gaffe was worse. Is<br />

this really what our country has<br />

come to – debating which of the<br />

leading candidates for the nominations<br />

of the Democratic and<br />

Republican parties is less senile?<br />

The American people have<br />

certainly not missed the awful<br />

choice they are likely to face in<br />

<strong>No</strong>vember. Polling has consistently<br />

shown 60%-75% do not<br />

want to see a Biden-Trump<br />

rematch. The polling also shows<br />

that a majority of those who plan<br />

to vote for one of the candidates<br />

are primarily motivated by wanting<br />

to vote against the other guy.<br />

As of now, Biden is clearly<br />

coming out on the short end<br />

of the cognitive stick in voters’<br />

minds. But he is much more in<br />

the public’s view now because<br />

of the various international hot<br />

spots and his inexplicable border<br />

policy. Such events always<br />

put the spotlight on whomever is<br />

president. As the campaign heats<br />

up, the public’s attention will<br />

become more focused on Trump.<br />

And there are a couple of things<br />

we know about Trump. He cannot<br />

stop talking and he cannot stay<br />

on script. So, there is no telling<br />

what will come out of his mouth<br />

between now and <strong>No</strong>vember.<br />

I think we should be wary of<br />

relying too much on the polling<br />

at this time to predict what<br />

will happen in <strong>No</strong>vember. One<br />

can imagine all kinds of events<br />

between now and the election<br />

that could sway the independents<br />

who will decide this race.<br />

And at ages 81 and 77, there is<br />

the distinct possibility that either<br />

could suffer an acute health crisis<br />

between now and the election,<br />

especially when you consider the<br />

enormous pressure and stress of<br />

a presidential campaign. I believe<br />

the election could go either way.<br />

Regardless of the outcome in<br />

<strong>No</strong>vember, the dysfunction of the<br />

two-party system will never have<br />

been on a grander display than<br />

in this train wreck of an election.<br />

Defending the two-party system<br />

after it has forced this dreadful<br />

Hobson’s choice on us won’t be<br />

easy.<br />

In his 2020 book, The Storm before<br />

the Calm, George Friedman<br />

predicted that after a tumultuous<br />

decade, there will be a historic<br />

reset of the American political<br />

landscape in 2028. His prediction<br />

is predicated to a large degree on<br />

the collapse of traditional institutional<br />

authority and credibility,<br />

including our two moribund<br />

political parties.<br />

Most Americans are not actively<br />

engaged in politics. They are too<br />

busy making a living, caring for<br />

their families, coaching youth<br />

sports, attending their place of<br />

“The only time the White House isn’t lying to the American Public”<br />

worship, and the myriad other<br />

activities that make up their daily<br />

lives to pay a lot of attention to<br />

the nonsense that passes for civic<br />

discourse today. So far, they have<br />

been content to suffer the growing<br />

dysfunction of our government<br />

at all levels, as is indicated<br />

by the fact that a third of Americans<br />

do not bother to vote, even<br />

in presidential elections. Many<br />

who do, mostly go to vote, with<br />

little enthusiasm, for the least<br />

objectionable alternatives on the<br />

ballot.<br />

But as Theodore Roosevelt once<br />

observed, “The American people<br />

are slow to wrath, but when their<br />

wrath is once kindled it burns like<br />

a consuming flame.” I think that<br />

moment is coming, and perhaps<br />

as George Friedman predicts, it<br />

will come in the next election<br />

cycle. It may be a wild ride, but<br />

I agree that there will be calm<br />

on the other side of the building<br />

storm.<br />

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police law news<br />

Daniel Carr<br />

This Week in Policing:<br />

Acorns Away & The Realm of Reasonable.<br />


I do not feel bad making a joke<br />

about this. Especially because no<br />

one was injured.<br />

A deputy in Okaloosa County,<br />

FL was walking back to his<br />

patrol car.<br />

He mistook an acorn falling on<br />

his vehicle for a gunshot.<br />

He shot at his own patrol car -<br />

emptying an entire magazine.<br />

A man under arrest, was<br />

handcuffed in the backseat. And<br />

thankfully, somehow, survived.<br />

<strong>No</strong>w, let’s dig a little deeper.<br />

The deputy was a rookie and<br />

had previously attended West<br />

Point and served two tours in<br />

Afghanistan.<br />

The call that he was on - was a<br />

stolen vehicle incident where the<br />

offender was in custody in his<br />

patrol car. Deputies had evidence<br />

that the offender had posted a<br />

picture of him holding a gun in<br />

the car - just prior to arrest. At<br />

this point the gun had not been<br />

located. Even though the offender<br />

had been searched the deputy<br />

was concerned that the gun was<br />

still possibly concealed by the<br />

offender, and he was walking<br />

back to the patrol car to conduct<br />

a more thorough search.<br />

It was at this point that acorns<br />

began falling from the tree<br />

above - hitting him and his patrol<br />

car. The deputy believed that<br />


he was being shot at by the suspect<br />

in the backseat of the police<br />

car. The deputy returned fire<br />

- emptying an entire magazine<br />

and rolling around on the ground<br />

yelling, “I’m hit!” - like Kramer by<br />

the “second spitter.”<br />

The deputy resigned during the<br />

internal investigation and will<br />

not be prosecuted.<br />

• More concerning is that there<br />

was a Sergeant on scene who<br />

also began to fire her weapon at<br />

the patrol vehicle - because she<br />

saw the deputy shooting.<br />


Two deputies in Harris County,<br />

Texas opened fire on a woman<br />

who was walking towards the<br />

door armed with a gun.<br />

Here’s the question…<br />

Was it reasonable for the officers<br />

to believe that the woman<br />

approaching the door with a gun<br />

- was an armed burglar?<br />

If so. How long should police<br />

wait to fire their weapons?<br />

At 0200 hrs on February 3,<br />

2023, Harris County, TX deputies<br />

were dispatched to a call at an<br />

apartment complex. Deputies<br />

finished up the initial call and<br />

they were contacted by a resident<br />

who reported a residential<br />

burglary in a second-floor apartment.<br />

Deputies made their way to the<br />

apartment and observed broken<br />

glass on the ground and that a<br />

window screen had been removed.<br />

This evidence would lead<br />

a reasonable police officer to<br />

believe that a burglary may have<br />

taken place at the apartment.<br />

The deputies then knocked on<br />

the door and announced their<br />

presence.<br />

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At that point a female (later<br />

identified as Eboni Pouncy) inside<br />

of the apartment approached<br />

the door holding a handgun.<br />

Deputies were able to observe<br />

this through the window. As Ms.<br />

Pouncy approached the door<br />

deputies fired their handguns. Ms.<br />

Pouncey was struck five times,<br />

but she survived.<br />

It turns out that Ms. Pouncy<br />

had permission from the owner<br />

to remove the screen and break<br />

the window to gain access to the<br />

apartment - as she had lost the<br />

key.<br />


1. Was it reasonable for the<br />

deputies to believe that a residential<br />

burglary had taken<br />

place?<br />

a. Yes. There was glass on the<br />

ground and a screen was removed.<br />

2. Was it reasonable for deputies<br />

to believe that Ms. Pouncy<br />

was an offender of the residential<br />

burglary?<br />

a. Yes. If it is reasonable that a<br />

burglary had taken place - then<br />

a person inside of the residence<br />

would likely be the offender.<br />

3. Was it reasonable for deputies<br />

to be in fear for their safety<br />

as Ms. Pouncy approached the<br />

door holding a handgun?<br />

a. Yes. Deputies had reason<br />

to believe that Ms. Pouncy had<br />

just committed a felony and she<br />

was walking towards the door<br />

holding a gun. This is after the<br />

deputies knocked and announced<br />

their presence.<br />

NOW WHAT?<br />

The issue is not that the deputies<br />

properly identified a dangerous<br />

situation.<br />

The issue is how the deputies<br />

responded to that deadly threat.<br />


Writing this article, I have the<br />

luxury of time to carefully think<br />

through all the possible police<br />

responses from the safety of my<br />

home. The deputies had seconds<br />

as they thought that an armed<br />

felon was approaching. Never<br />

forget that when breaking down<br />

police incidents.<br />

The reality is that once Ms.<br />

Pouncy was approaching the<br />

door with the gun - there was<br />

seconds for the deputies to decide.<br />

Any suggestion to improve<br />

tactics/response must come<br />

before this moment.<br />

When the deputies were alerted<br />

to a possible residential<br />

burglary from a neighbor - they<br />

could have conducted more investigation<br />

before making contact<br />

at the apartment.<br />

• The deputies could have tried<br />

to contact the registered owner.<br />

• Essentially the deputies went<br />

to investigate a felony crime<br />

with no identifiable victim.<br />

• The deputies could have set<br />

a perimeter and used a PA system<br />

or yelled from behind cover<br />

to contact any occupants in the<br />

apartment.<br />

These suggestions are not perfect<br />

and may not have changed<br />

the outcome. But police leaders<br />

and trainers must give police<br />

officers some tools, tactics, and<br />

the education of what the best<br />

practices are to respond to this<br />

type of incident.<br />

Final Thoughts<br />

This police shooting is not<br />

illegal. It is also likely not even<br />

a violation of department use of<br />

force policy. A reasonable police<br />

officer would be able to articulate<br />

a specific deadly, imminent<br />

threat in a situation like this.<br />

The final question is - how long<br />

should have deputies have waited<br />

to fire their weapons?<br />

If the answer is - once the door<br />

opens and the gun is pointed at<br />

the cops. OK. That is a situation<br />

where virtually we all agree that<br />

using deadly force is reasonable.<br />

But that is also the last stop at<br />

the train station and if an officer<br />

waits until that point - they are<br />

likely taking fire.<br />

So, the realm of what is objectively<br />

reasonable has to extend<br />

at least a 1 or 2 seconds earlier.<br />

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Still Handwriting Tickets?<br />


ShotSpotter is gunshot detection<br />

technology that has<br />

been utilized by Chicago Police<br />

for the past seven years.<br />

According to their website,<br />

the way that ShotSpotter<br />

works is, “ShotSpotter uses<br />

an array of acoustic sensors<br />

that are connected wirelessly<br />

to ShotSpotter’s centralized,<br />

cloud-based application to<br />

reliably detect and accurately<br />

locate gunshots using triangulation.<br />

Each acoustic sensor<br />

captures the precise time and<br />

audio associated with impulsive<br />

sounds that may represent<br />

gunfire. This data is used to<br />

locate the incident and is then<br />

filtered by sophisticated machine<br />

algorithms to classify the<br />

event as a potential gunshot.”<br />

Essentially, when gunshots<br />

are fired - police are alerted to<br />

the location.<br />

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson<br />

recently publicly ended the<br />

relationship with ShotSpotter.<br />

Often cited by anti-police<br />

activists is the police shooting<br />

involving Adam Toledo. The<br />

13-year-old Toledo was killed<br />

by Chicago police who were<br />

responding to a ShotSpotter<br />

alert. When the police officer<br />

arrived at the scene, Toledo ran<br />

away. The officer chased Toledo<br />

(who was carrying a gun)<br />

down an alley before shooting<br />

him in the chest.<br />

If Toledo did not fire a gun -<br />

the police would not have been<br />

notified. Blaming the gunshot<br />

detection technology for Toledo’s<br />

death - as opposed to<br />

- the illegal and dangerous<br />

actions of Toledo is insane.<br />

• So, the political leaders in<br />

Chicago want to make it difficult<br />

for law-abiding citizens to<br />

purchase guns and easier for<br />

violent criminals to get away<br />

with actually firing guns.<br />

• Fantastic. What could go<br />

wrong?<br />


There was a mass shooting<br />

at the Kansas City Chief’s Super<br />

Bowl parade. Over twenty<br />

people were shot, and one was<br />

person was killed.<br />

Tragedies like this bring out<br />

the anti-gun activists.<br />

I just ask the following question:<br />

What law, if implemented,<br />

would have prevented this<br />

shooting?<br />

Of course, since murder is<br />

already illegal and the people<br />

who violate the murder law do<br />

not follow gun control laws -<br />

this argument is a mixture of<br />

juvenile ignorance and dishonesty.<br />

The vast majority of murderers<br />

have multiple prior arrests<br />

- before they commit a homicide.<br />

Most of us know what the<br />

problem is - and it is not the<br />

guns. If anything, incidents like<br />

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Texas Sheriff Speaks Out<br />

An open letter to the Shelby<br />

County Commissioners Court from<br />

Sheriff Kevin W. Windham.<br />

As Sheriff of this county, I feel<br />

it is my duty to respond to the recent<br />

article published by The Light<br />

and Champion, dated Thursday,<br />

February 8, 2024, titled, “County<br />

expresses concern over sheriff’s<br />

office overtime expense.”<br />

The Shelby County Commissioners’<br />

Court met Wednesday, February<br />

7, <strong>2024.</strong> During the course<br />

of the meeting, overtime at the<br />

Shelby County’s Sheriff’s Office<br />

was a topic of conversation. For<br />

the 2023-2024 budget set forth<br />

by the commissioners, the SCSO<br />

is allowed an overtime budget<br />

of $75,000.00 The SCSO employs<br />

roughly 50 people. Our agency<br />

never closes. Our doors are open<br />

24 hours a day, seven days a<br />

week, and that means we always<br />

have employees working. We are<br />

always going to have overtime. It<br />

is unavoidable.<br />

Outside looking in, we are over<br />

budget. As of February 13, 2024,<br />

we are over on our overtime budget,<br />

but we are under on our payroll<br />

budget, as well as many other<br />

line items. We are aware that we<br />

will be over budget at the end of<br />

the year, however, right now, we<br />

are right on track.<br />

Another large strain on our<br />

budget has to do with housing inmates<br />

in Panola County. We have<br />

no control over this.<br />

Mental health calls and transports<br />

take up a<br />

large portion of our<br />

budget. These types<br />

of situations require<br />

two deputies. Currently,<br />

as of February<br />

14, 2024, we<br />

have five inmates<br />

awaiting transport<br />

to mental health facilities.<br />

When an individual<br />

is brought<br />

in on mental health<br />

issues, without<br />

criminal charges,<br />

a deputy must sit<br />

on the individual<br />

in our patrol office<br />

until a determination is made on<br />

their condition. If a higher level of<br />

care is recommended, the deputy<br />

will continue to sit with the individual<br />

until a bed is found, then<br />

at that time, we will transport<br />

the individual to the facility. This<br />

process can take two to 24 hours,<br />

not including transportation time.<br />

Transportation time is roughly six<br />

hours due to housing locations<br />

being in the Houston area. This<br />

requires calling another deputy<br />

in to assist with calls, due to not<br />

having a deputy on duty.<br />

I feel it is a personal attack on<br />

our agency for Commissioner<br />

Roscoe McSwain to state that the<br />

excess of overtime comes down<br />

to, “management, and no one is<br />

keeping an eye on what is going<br />

on.” It is no secret that my<br />

health has not allowed me to be<br />

in the office every day. However,<br />

Sheriff Kevin W. Windham.<br />

this does not mean that I am not<br />

involved with the everyday operations.<br />

I am 100 percent involved. I<br />

am fully confident in the administration<br />

that is in place at the office.<br />

I feel that Commissioner Mc-<br />

Swain is accusing my staff of<br />

stealing time, and that is completely<br />

unacceptable. Commissioner<br />

McSwain commented that,<br />

“People are just turning in their<br />

time and doing what they please,<br />

not getting their work done in<br />

their normal shift and then postponing<br />

it and doing it on overtime.”<br />

Chief Gonzales reviews<br />

every single timesheet. We have<br />

invited the commissioners to<br />

come to the office many times. We<br />

want them to see the day to day<br />

operations of the entire office; ride<br />

along with a deputy, spend time<br />

with our investigators, dispatchers<br />

and in the jail. Get a firsthand<br />

look at what a day is like. Unfortunately,<br />

as of this date, not one<br />

has responded to our offer. I find it<br />

difficult for someone to accuse us<br />

of stealing when they have yet to<br />

come spend any time at our office,<br />

and truly get an understanding for<br />

how each division operates.<br />

Crime does not stop. Mental<br />

health does not stop. Our agency<br />

is not fully staffed – none of the<br />

divisions within the office have<br />

been fully staffed at the same time<br />

in three years.<br />

Since October 2023, investigators<br />

have attended 27 forensic<br />

interviews at the Shelby County<br />

Children’s Advocacy Center. The<br />

interviews are lengthy, and in<br />

depth. Depending on the outcome<br />

of the interview, investigators<br />

could spend hours to weeks completing<br />

their investigation of the<br />

case. From October 2023, to the<br />

present; we have had 66 mental<br />

health calls, with 29 calls being at<br />

one residence. From October 2023,<br />

to the present, we have handled<br />

3,430 calls for service. From January<br />

1, 2023 to December 31, 2023,<br />

we had 9,173 calls for service.<br />

Calls for service under the previous<br />

administration from January<br />

1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 were<br />

7,289.<br />

These are just a few responsibilities<br />

we are tasked with daily;<br />

this doesn’t begin to scratch the<br />

surface.. The point is, we are doing<br />

the absolute best with what<br />

we have. We can only work with<br />

what we are given, and what is<br />

available. Unrealistic expectations<br />

will not create positive outcomes.<br />

Sheriff Kevin W. Windham<br />

EDITORS NOTE: It should be noted<br />

that Sheriff Kevin W. Windham underwent<br />

a double lung transplant<br />

surgery on Tuesday, August 22 of<br />

last year.<br />

The operation went well and<br />

he now has new lungs, according<br />

to Sheriff Windham’s wife, Brenda<br />

Windham, who has been updating<br />

the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office<br />

throughout the operation process.<br />

As a candidate for the double<br />

lung transplant since June<br />

2, Brenda reports that he is now<br />

resting comfortably.<br />

“While this is a life changing<br />

surgery, I have faith in God, and I<br />

know that this will place me on<br />

the road to recovery,” Windham<br />

said in a KTBS interview. “I have<br />

full confidence in the ability of<br />

my administration as well as the<br />

entire staff at the Shelby County<br />

Sheriff’s Office,” Windham said.<br />

In a Facebook post, Windham<br />

also mentioned after the surgery<br />

he will not be in the office on a<br />

daily basis. But he said he will<br />

continue to be very active in the<br />

daily operations of the office and<br />

the jail.<br />

Sheriff Windham also recently<br />

announced he would not be<br />

seeking re-election as Sheriff of<br />

Shelby County.<br />

We commend the sheriff for<br />

his years of service and wish him<br />

well in the years to come.<br />

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Doug Griffith<br />

Arrive Alive<br />

Editor’s <strong>No</strong>te: The following editorial<br />

was Originally published on<br />

September 15, 2023 in the Badge<br />

& Gun.<br />

Arrive alive! How many times<br />

have we heard this over our<br />

career? From the early days in<br />

the academy, we have heard our<br />

trainers say that we can’t help<br />

if we don’t get there. We have<br />

always taken the stance that we<br />

want our officers to arrive safely<br />

on every scene. I remember<br />

very vividly running an assist the<br />

officer call on London Street in<br />

Southeast. As I slowed to make<br />

the turn, one of my classmates<br />

hit me from behind sending<br />

me into a ditch. We were two<br />

blocks from the assist. Luckily<br />

no one was hurt, other than my<br />

classmate’s pride, and another<br />

unit made it to the officer in<br />

need and quickly handled business<br />

at the assist.<br />

That was a very clear lesson<br />

that we both learned that day. It<br />

was true, you can’t help anyone<br />

if you are in an accident. This<br />

also pulls resources from other<br />

areas if you are in an accident.<br />

Last thing you want to<br />

do is get anyone hurt because<br />

you get “hyped up” running<br />

hot. Our adrenaline increases<br />

with the lights and sirens and<br />

high speeds, but we must consider<br />

the ramifications if you<br />

are involved in an accident. <strong>No</strong><br />

officer wants to be responsible<br />

for injuring or killing a citizen or<br />

worse their partner due to an accident.<br />

You can look around the<br />

country at what is going on with<br />

litigation regarding accidents.<br />

Officers are now getting indicted<br />

for doing their jobs when they<br />

are in an accident, and someone<br />

is injured or killed. We have<br />

had several of our accidents go<br />

before a grand jury recently and<br />

it is difficult if you are one of<br />

those waiting for people who<br />

have never done the job, possibly<br />

determining your future.<br />

This leads me to the new chase<br />

policy. I have heard so many<br />

people saying that the department<br />

is going to stop us from<br />

chasing suspects. I have had<br />

several meetings with the chief<br />

and the committee working on<br />

the new policy. The Chief and<br />

I agree, we must have the ability<br />

to chase! The policy was<br />

changed very little but does call<br />

for more oversight by supervisors.<br />

Many of the discussions<br />

where over what reasons officers<br />

should be allowed to continue<br />

a pursuit. If it is only class<br />

C offenses, we must be able to<br />

articulate why it is important<br />

to chase. Example, the vehicle<br />

matches the description of<br />

robbery suspects, or you see a<br />

vehicle trying to pick up a child,<br />

this could be PC to be involved<br />

in a chase of a suspect, but we<br />

must articulate it to a supervisor.<br />

When you put the previous<br />

policy next to the new policy<br />



you will see that very little has<br />

changed. I have heard several<br />

supervisors say that we cannot<br />

chase for any reason if we know<br />

who they are. I have not seen<br />

anything in the policy saying that.<br />

The most dangerous time in<br />

any chase is the first few minutes.<br />

This is when adrenalin<br />

and tunnel vision is at its highest.<br />

We must train and prepare<br />

for those moments. We have<br />

asked the Chief for more training<br />

in real life pursuit driving as<br />

well as more PIT training, and<br />

we believe that he has this as a<br />

goal for the next few years. Remember,<br />

we lose more on-duty<br />

officers in this country every<br />

year due to traffic fatalities than<br />

any other reason. At the end of<br />

the day, our main goal should be<br />

to go home safe to our families<br />

without fear of injury or indictment.<br />

Please slow down and stay<br />

safe!<br />

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police law news<br />

Daniel Carr<br />

Officer Involved: Casey Goodson<br />

Where was the gun?<br />

As in many Officer-Involved-Shootings<br />

(OIS) the entire<br />

case boils down to one very<br />

important and highly debated<br />

fact.<br />

In this case - the freedom of<br />

former Deputy Jason Meade<br />

resides inside the following<br />

question,<br />


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This incident occurred in Columbus,<br />

OH in December 2020.<br />

Franklin County Deputy Jason<br />

Meade was working as<br />

part of a US Marshals “fugitive<br />

task force”. This meant that he<br />

was not working in full police<br />

uniform and driving a marked<br />

patrol vehicle. As part of his<br />

assignment, Deputy Meade was<br />

driving an unmarked vehicle<br />

and was wearing plainclothes<br />

while donning a vest that read<br />

“U.S. Marshal”.<br />


Deputy Meade claimed that<br />

while he was working his vehicle<br />

passed by a vehicle that<br />

was driven by Casey Goodson<br />

(23). Officer Meade stated that<br />

he had no prior contact with<br />

Mr. Goodson and that as the<br />

vehicles passed each other that<br />

Mr. Goodson brandished/waved<br />

a gun at him.<br />


Whether Deputy Meade was<br />

in full uniform or undercover<br />

- it is reasonable that a police<br />

officer would investigate/detain<br />

an individual that waved a gun.<br />

Deputy Meade reported that<br />

he then turned his car around<br />

and followed Mr. Goodson.<br />

Deputy Meade observed him<br />

exit the vehicle and approach a<br />

residence. Deputy Meade stated<br />

that he chased Mr. Goodson on<br />

foot, verbally identified himself<br />

as a police officer, and caught<br />

up to him just as he was entering<br />

the home.<br />


Deputy Meade claimed that<br />

as Mr. Goodson was about to<br />

enter the home that he pointed<br />

a gun at him. Deputy Meade<br />

reported that, in response, he<br />

fired his weapon six times at<br />

Mr. Goodson - striking him five<br />

times.<br />

Mr. Goodson died from his<br />

injuries.<br />


The shots that struck Mr.<br />

Goodson were all to his back.<br />

After being shot Mr. Goodson<br />

fell into the home and landed<br />

in the kitchen. A handgun was<br />

found next to his body.<br />

Deputy Meade on trial<br />

The Charges<br />

Deputy Meade was charged<br />

with murder and reckless homicide<br />

and is currently on trial.<br />

The trial continues this week<br />

and we will be following this<br />

case.<br />


The family attorney of Mr.<br />

Goodson claimed that he was<br />

carrying a gun, but that it was<br />

concealed in a holster at the<br />

time of the OIS. The family<br />

attorney argued that Mr. Goodson<br />

had been carrying keys and<br />

a sandwich in his hands and<br />

did not brandish the gun. They<br />

stated that Mr. Goodson had a<br />

legal concealed carry permit<br />

and that he was carrying the<br />

weapon in an “inside the pants”<br />

holster and that the gun must<br />

have fallen out of the holster<br />

after the OIS.<br />

The family attorney also<br />

claimed that Deputy Meade did<br />

not identify himself or that if<br />

he did identify himself that Mr.<br />

Goodson did not hear him as he<br />

had air pods in his ears at the<br />

time of the OIS.<br />

ISSUES<br />

There was a lawful objective<br />

to detain Mr. Goodson.<br />

Deputy Meade was wearing a<br />

standard vest/uniform for his<br />

assignment.<br />

Deputy Meade claimed that<br />

he identified himself and it is<br />

not his fault if Mr. Goodson was<br />

wearing air pods.<br />

This case boils down to one<br />

question - where was the gun<br />

at the time of the OIS?<br />

If Mr. Goodson was holding<br />

the gun and pointing it (or<br />

moving to point it) at Deputy<br />

Meade - then it is likely a legal<br />

use of force.<br />

If Mr. Goodson had the gun<br />

holstered and was not holding<br />

it - then it is likely not a legal<br />

use of deadly force.<br />

This case is that simple.<br />


The evidence indicates that<br />

the gun was in Mr. Goodson’s<br />

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

Here’s why…<br />

The gun was found next to his<br />

body. It is very unlikely (maybe<br />

even impossible) that a holstered<br />

gun would fly out of an<br />

“inside the pants” holster and<br />

land next to Mr. Goodson as he<br />

fell.<br />

The fact that the gun was<br />

near to him - indicates that it<br />

was likely not holstered at the<br />

time of the OIS.<br />

Then we have to ask - why<br />

would a licensed, concealed<br />

carry holder unholster a gun<br />

as he was walking into his<br />

grandmother’s house? For most<br />

responsible firearm owners - a<br />

gun is unholstered once inside<br />

the home - not prior to entering.<br />

Any education on how the human<br />

body reacts under stress<br />

and/or the study of the limits<br />

of human performance - would<br />

indicate that a gun could be<br />

pointed at an officer, the offender<br />

then turns, and in the<br />

3/4 of a second that it takes the<br />

officer to respond to the deadly<br />

threat - the rounds strike<br />

the back of the offender. The<br />

placement of the shots do not<br />

prove anything that anti-police<br />

activists are trying to suggest.<br />

(If you haven’t yet - take the<br />

class. Force Science).<br />


The unbiased evidence suggests<br />

that Mr. Goodson was<br />

holding the gun at the time of<br />

the OIS. Since there was no<br />

reason that he would have been<br />

holding a gun as he entered his<br />

grandmother’s house - the OIS<br />

is likely objectively reasonable.<br />

Deputy Meade should be acquitted<br />

of all charges.<br />

Here’s what could have happened.<br />

This is just my opinion.<br />

Perhaps Mr. Goodson did<br />

not realize that Deputy Meade<br />

was a police officer. The plainclothes<br />

and unmarked car in<br />

addition to the air pods could<br />

have created this perception.<br />

Perhaps Mr. Goodson thought<br />

that he was being pursued by<br />

a guy that he brandished a gun<br />

at and unholstered the gun and<br />

pointed it - to encourage the<br />

man chasing him to rethink his<br />

actions.<br />

Even if that is what occurred<br />

- the use of deadly force was<br />

legal.<br />

As once a gun is pointed at<br />

a police officer - there is but<br />

one expected and appropriate<br />

response.<br />

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Chief Joel F. Shults,<br />

<strong>No</strong> Sacred Space: Worship at Risk<br />

There was a time when<br />

most church doors were left<br />

unlocked. If someone needed<br />

shelter or a place to pray<br />

or contemplate, they could<br />

slip into a sanctuary for some<br />

quiet reflection. Most of today’s<br />

houses of worship are not only<br />

locked and alarmed, but many<br />

also have their own armed<br />

security and safety teams ready<br />

to respond to violence. Attacks<br />

on churches began reaching<br />

record numbers in 2023 consistent<br />

with a years-long trend<br />

of rising vandalism, arson, and<br />

shootings.<br />

On February 11, 2024, Genesse<br />

Ivonne Moreno opened fire at<br />

the arena housing Joel Osteen’s<br />

Houston, TX Lakewood church,<br />

and was killed in an exchange<br />

with off-duty police officers<br />

present. The rifle found at the<br />

scene reportedly had pro-Palestinian<br />

writing on it.<br />

In addition to the highest<br />

profile incidents, there are many<br />

more assaults, disturbances,<br />

property damage, threats, and<br />

arson attempts that make no<br />

national headlines. <strong>No</strong> faith<br />

group is exempt because each<br />

represents an ideal that can<br />

enrage an attacker. Chapels,<br />

temples, mosques, gurdwaras,<br />

and religious educational facilities<br />

are all vulnerable.<br />

Also in February Zackary<br />

Plowman, 39, found the Community<br />

Fellowship Moravian<br />

Church in <strong>No</strong>rth Carolina, a<br />

place to hide on a Saturday<br />

after shooting 3 people in Lexington.<br />

On Sunday morning he<br />

encountered the pastor of the<br />

church and the pastor’s wife.<br />

Plowman kidnapped the couple<br />

at knifepoint, stealing their car,<br />

and later dropped them off at<br />

a different location where they<br />

were found uninjured. The suspect<br />

has been arrested.<br />

In Hendersonville, TN the Luna<br />

Lane Church of Christ had to<br />

cancel services due to massive<br />

vandalism affecting the atrium,<br />

nursery, lobby, and restrooms,<br />

along with flooding in the fellowship<br />

hall and classrooms.<br />

That investigation is still open,<br />

and no motive or suspect is<br />

known at the time of this writing.<br />

A Tulsa, OK man, upset over<br />

his marriage, was arrested after<br />

making threats to shoot up a<br />

church in the city. A witness reported<br />

a conversation in which<br />

the suspect claimed he had an<br />

automatic weapon and intended<br />

to kill everyone in the church.<br />

Investigating police officers<br />

recovered a weapon and ammunition.<br />

A teenage resident of a small<br />

community in eastern Colorado<br />

was sentenced to six years in<br />

prison for plotting to carry out<br />

shootings at multiple schools<br />

Genesse Ivonne Moreno<br />

and churches in the Colorado<br />

Springs area. The teen confessed<br />

to planning the attack<br />

and several planning documents<br />

were discovered. Authorities<br />

believe the arrest prevented a<br />

serious attempt to complete the<br />

crimes.<br />

A 32-year-old man in Pasadena,<br />

CA has been apprehended<br />

after a church arson and other<br />

criminal activity. The suspect<br />

was connected to two separate<br />

arson fires at Dream Church. He<br />

was arrested during an attempted<br />

carjacking in the church<br />

parking lot.<br />

Elsewhere, a Cumberland,<br />

MD man was arrested for burglary<br />

and malicious destruction<br />

of property, following reports<br />

of him discharging fire extinguishers,<br />

breaking light bulbs,<br />

and stealing food at a Lutheran<br />

church. A 22-year-old male<br />

was arrested for a shooting at a<br />

Catholic church in San Francisco<br />

in which, fortunately, no one<br />

was injured. Teens were involved<br />

in a stabbing in the parking<br />

lot of a Chico CA church near<br />

Chico State University. All of the<br />

events cited have happened in<br />

the first two months of 2024, according<br />

to Keith Graves, a church<br />

security expert who publishes a<br />

newsletter on the issue.<br />

Motives to explain this increase<br />

will vary. On a societal<br />

level, the division over issues<br />

like abortion, support for Israel,<br />

racial tension, or gay rights can<br />

shine a spotlight on a particular<br />

group or facility. An attack on<br />

the building or occupants can<br />

have symbolic meaning, just as<br />

any target of a terrorist would<br />

have.<br />

Individually, churches are<br />

places where domestic violence<br />

victims may have sought help,<br />

distressed persons suffering<br />

from mental illness or other life<br />

crises are attracted to churches,<br />

and even criminals evading capture<br />

may seek refuge there.<br />

Despite federal hate crimes<br />

and a federal task force on<br />

places of worship experiencing<br />

violence, many legislative attempts<br />

are being made to limit<br />

lawful weapon possession in<br />

churches and even restricting<br />

church security teams. People of<br />

faith have a right to be safe in<br />

their places of worship and only<br />

the most extreme of pacifists<br />

would argue against defending<br />

worshipers.<br />

This article originally appeared<br />

at the National Police Association<br />

and The law officer was<br />

reprinted with permission.<br />

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Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Zachary Fink was killed while trying<br />

to apprehend a fleeing felon on I-95 near Port St. Lucie.<br />

<br />

<br />

A man accused of fleeing a authorities said.<br />

traffic stop on a Florida interstate<br />

faces multiple homicide 30-year-old Michael Anthony<br />

The suspect -- identified as<br />

<br />

charges after a state trooper Addison -- was booked into the<br />

and semi-truck driver were St. Lucie County Jail on multiple<br />

<br />

killed during the ensuing pursuit,<br />

counts of felony homicide, ag-<br />

authorities said.<br />

gravated flee to elude with se-<br />

Florida Highway Patrol rious injury or death and driving<br />

Trooper Zachary Fink, 26, was<br />

without a license causing<br />

trying to apprehend a fleeing death, among other charges,<br />

felon who was driving recklessly<br />

in St. Lucie County early Saturday.<br />

the Florida Highway Patrol said<br />

<br />

Friday. The suspect refused to It is unclear if he has an attorney.<br />

stop and led Fink on a pursuit,<br />

authorities said at a news conference<br />

“This tragedy could have been<br />


Friday.<br />

prevented if Michael Addison<br />

The suspect then made an followed the rule of law and Motor Vehicles, said.<br />

abrupt turn and started driving complied with law enforcement,”<br />

“After speaking with his fam-<br />

in the wrong direction on the<br />

St. Lucie County Sheriff ily, I can say that Trooper Fink<br />

interstate, authorities said. Fink Keith Pearson said in a statement<br />

Saturday. “Thanks to ida State trooper when a felon <br />

was living his dream as a Flor-<br />

also turned around in an effort<br />

to apprehend him and warn the combined efforts of law tragically took his life,” added<br />

other drivers, authorities said. enforcement, he will be held Col. Gary Howze of the Florida <br />


But once Fink turned, he collided<br />

with an 18-wheeler semi-<br />

Fink, a three-year veteran sponder, sacrifice is not new; it<br />

<br />

accountable for his actions.” Highway Patrol. “As a first re-<br />

<br />

truck driver. Both Fink and the of the highway patrol, leaves is daily and experienced while<br />

truck driver died from their behind his fiancée, father and living, when missing breakfast <br />

injuries, authorities said. stepmother, authorities said. with family, or when at work <br />

The suspect eventually “Trooper Fink is a hero who instead of with family. We appreciate<br />

Trooper Fink’s sacrifice<br />

<br />

crashed his car into a tree and died while helping people,<br />

fled the scene on foot, authorities<br />

something he was passionate and know that the people of<br />

<br />

said. A manhunt ensued about since the age of six,” Florida are safer because of his<br />

<br />

and the suspect was taken into Dave Kerner, executive director commitment to keeping them<br />

custody at about 8 a.m. Friday, of Florida Highway Safety and safe.”<br />

<br />

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Chief Deputy Sheriff Ken Prorok was struck and killed by the driver<br />

of a vehicle being pursued by the Madison Police Department.<br />

Chief Deputy Ken Prorok, 51, ment officer delivers a blow to<br />

of Wentworth was killed Feb. 2 that department, Howe said.<br />

when he was struck by a suspect’s<br />

“As an agency head, such as a<br />

vehicle while placing sheriff or chief, we never want<br />

spike strips during a high-speed to be in that position of losing a<br />

pursuit. He was killed when a deputy in a felonious manner or<br />

suspect’s car allegedly struck even an accident. It leaves a hole<br />

him during a high-speed pursuit that you can’t fill by simply hiring<br />

down Highway 34.<br />

a replacement,” he said.<br />

Joseph Gene Hoek, <strong>40</strong>, has “We aren’t just faceless people<br />

been indicted on charges of<br />

wearing uniforms. These are<br />

first-degree murder and aggravated<br />

people we know and appreciate<br />

eluding. He could face as individuals, and hiring a new<br />

the death penalty and remains deputy to replace the old is hard<br />

incarcerated without bond. enough when one moves on to<br />

A witness who saw the oncoming<br />

another job. But when the deputy CHIEF DEPUTY KEN PROROK<br />

pursuit alleges that was killed, you just don’t move<br />

Hoek swerved intentionally to on from that easily.”<br />

hit Prorok as he was setting up The Clay County Sheriff’s ed effort to run down the chief<br />

the spikes.<br />

Office, along with other departments<br />

deputy.<br />

Clay County Sheriff Andy<br />

from across the nation, “Joseph Hoek took the life of<br />

Howe and a deputy attended the wanted to show their support for a good man by his deliberate<br />

funeral and participated in the the Prorok family, Howe said. actions,” Maggs said. “Hoek will<br />

vehicle procession.<br />

“Working in small agencies be convicted of Prorok’s murder,<br />

“I know each officer feels the means we know the deputies’ and once he is, I hope he gets the<br />


impact of a line of duty death, families, parents, kids, and death penalty.”<br />

especially when it’s from another<br />

small agency doing the same these deaths even more diffiment<br />

officers from across the<br />


spouses,” he said. “That makes In the meantime, law enforce-<br />


job as we do,” the sheriff said. cult, and we really want to show nation attended Prorok’s funeral.<br />

They were joined by family,<br />

“It hits very close to home when those families support when this<br />


it happens doing something that happens, so officers come from friends and those who wanted to<br />

so many of us have done as well all over to do that.”<br />

show their support. Attendance<br />

and we see how easily it could Bon Homme County Sheriff was so large, the funeral was<br />

happen in our own agency.” Mark Maggs expressed anger moved to the Dakota State University<br />

The loss of any law enforce-<br />

at what he sees as a calculat-<br />

field house in Madison.<br />


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Crawford County Deputy Timothy Rivers was killed<br />

when his patrol car struck another vehicle head on.<br />

A sheriff’s deputy died Tuesday<br />

night after hitting another car while<br />

responding to a call in Georgia.<br />

Local news reported Crawford<br />

County Deputy Timothy Tavarus<br />

Rivers was responding to a call<br />

to assist another officer when he<br />

crossed the center line on a road<br />

south of Lizella. Rivers tried to correct<br />

his path and hit an oncoming<br />

car head-on.<br />

Rivers was taken to a local hospital<br />

where he was pronounced dead.<br />

Sheriff Lewis Walker said the<br />

other driver is being treated for<br />

injuries. That driver’s name is being<br />

withheld.<br />

Rivers, <strong>40</strong>, had run for sheriff in<br />

Bibb County in 2016 and was a Macon-Bibb<br />

County resident.<br />

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation<br />

will perform an autopsy on his<br />

body. The Georgia State Patrol is<br />

investigating the crash.<br />

Deputy Rivers had served with the<br />

Crawford County Sheriff’s Office for<br />

two years. He is survived by his four<br />

children, parents, three siblings,<br />

grandmother, nieces, nephews, and<br />

fiancée.<br />


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Harnett County Deputy Christopher Johnson was killed in a three-vehicle accident<br />

involving an 18-wheeler. He died on the scene.<br />

A Harnett County deputy lost<br />

his life after a multi-vehicle<br />

crash on Darroch Road.<br />

Harnett County Deputy and<br />

SRO Chris Johnson, 51 was involved<br />

in a serious multi-vehicle<br />

crash on Tuesday, Feb. 6 around<br />

3:00 p.m.<br />

Emergency personnel arrived<br />

at the scene of the three-car<br />

collision where Deputy Sheriff<br />

Johnson had succumbed to his<br />

injuries.<br />

Deputy Johnson was an SRO<br />

at Highland Middle School and<br />

was employed with the Harnett<br />

County Sheriff’s Office for the<br />

past 16 months. Deputy Johnson<br />

was a veteran law enforcement<br />

officer who had previously<br />

worked for both Sampson<br />

County Sheriff’s Office and Dunn<br />

Police Department.<br />

The accident is being investigated<br />

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

State Highway Patrol.<br />

Several Eastern <strong>No</strong>rth Carolina<br />

law enforcement agencies have<br />

offered their condolences:<br />

The Bertie County Sheriff’s Office<br />

sends our condolences and<br />

ask that you join us in prayer for<br />

the Johnson family as well as<br />

the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office<br />

in days and weeks to come.<br />

Beaufort County Sheriff Hammonds<br />

and the staff of the<br />

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office<br />

would like to express condolences<br />

to the Harnett County Sheriff’s<br />

Office and the family of Deputy<br />

Chris Johnson. Deputy Johnson<br />

lost his life on February 6, 2024<br />

as a result of a vehicle crash that<br />

occurred on his way home from<br />

the school where he served as a<br />

School Resource Officer. Please<br />

join us in prayer for his wife,<br />

children, and family.<br />

Jones County Sheriff’s Office<br />

states: Our thoughts and prayers<br />

go out to the family, friends<br />

and co-workers of Deputy Chris<br />

Johnson of the Harnett County<br />

Sheriff’s Office.<br />

Pender County states: Our<br />

thoughts and prayers go out<br />

to the family of Deputy Chris<br />

Johnson and the Harnett County<br />

Sheriff’s Office during this time<br />

of sorrow.<br />

Lenoir County Sheriff Jackie<br />

Rogers: Prayers to Harnett County<br />

Deputy Sheriff Chris Johnson’s<br />

family and the entire Harnett<br />

County Sheriff Office.<br />

Pitt County Sheriff’s office<br />

states: The Pitt County Sheriff’s<br />

Office sends our prayers and<br />

support to the Harnett County<br />


Sheriff’s Office and the friends &<br />

family of Deputy Chris Johnson<br />

in this tragic time. Deputy Johnson,<br />

a veteran School Resource<br />

Officer, lost his life in a vehicle<br />

crash while on duty yesterday in<br />

Harnett County. May God grant<br />

you all peace in these difficult<br />

days.<br />

Harnett County Sheriff Wayne<br />

Coats asks that you pray for all<br />

the families involved in this tragedy,<br />

“As we mourn the untimely<br />

loss of Deputy Johnson, we recognize<br />

the impact he has had on<br />

the community where he lived<br />

but also the community in which<br />

he served.” Please continue to<br />

pray for not only his family, but<br />

also those who he has impacted<br />

through his dedicated service to<br />

the Harnett County School System.<br />


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Blount County Deputy Greg McCowan was shot and killed while conducting a<br />

traffic stop in Maryville Tennessee. Another deputy was also shot but survived.<br />


News) - A manhunt is underway<br />

in Tennessee for a man suspected<br />

of shooting two deputies,<br />

killing one and injuring the other.<br />

Deputy Greg McCowan was<br />

shot and killed while conducting<br />

a traffic stop at about 8:30 p.m.<br />

in the 4900 block of Sevierville<br />

Road in Maryville, Tennessee,<br />

according to officials with the<br />

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.<br />

TBI said the suspect, identified<br />

as Kenneth DeHart, would not<br />

cooperate with deputies and<br />

refused to get out of the vehicle.<br />

According to TBI, responders<br />

used a stun gun during the stop,<br />

but it had no effect.<br />

At some point during the stop,<br />

TBI said DeHart pulled a gun and<br />

fired shots, killing McCowan and<br />

injuring Deputy Shelby Eggers,<br />

who was later released from the<br />

hospital to recover at home.<br />

“I’m so sorry that we lost him,”<br />

Blount County Sheriff James<br />

Berrong said. “I talked to his<br />

family earlier. I apologize for not<br />

protecting him.”<br />

McCowan graduated from the<br />

police academy in Oct. 2020,<br />

according to a post made by the<br />

sheriff’s department. He received<br />

the Sheriff’s Office Lifesaving<br />

Award in 2021 after helping save<br />

a man from a burning car.<br />

Several warrants have been<br />

issued for DeHart, including<br />

first-degree murder, attempted<br />

first-degree murder and felon in<br />

possession of a firearm with no<br />

bond, according to Berrong. A<br />

Blue Alert has been issued and<br />

DeHart has been added to the<br />

TBI’s Most Wanted list.<br />

DeHart is considered armed<br />

and dangerous. If you see De-<br />

Hart, it is advised that you call<br />

for back up and conduct a felony<br />

stop. A tip line was set up<br />

for anyone with information on<br />

where DeHart might be. The<br />


Blount County Sheriff’s Office<br />

asked for anyone who lives in<br />

the area to check outdoor security<br />

or doorbell cameras for<br />

any suspicious activity or people<br />

from overnight Thursday evening.<br />

Those with information<br />

should call 865-981-7125.<br />

Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell<br />

issued a $10,000 reward and<br />

the TBI also announced a $2,500<br />

reward for information leading<br />

to DeHart’s arrest.<br />


The Blount County Sheriff’s office in Tennessee released body and dash camera video on Friday showing what led<br />

up to the shooting of two deputies during a traffic stop last week that triggered a days long manhunt for the<br />

gunman. The video shows the February 8 traffic stop begin with conversation and escalate into a shooting, with<br />

one deputy killed and another wounded and flagging down drivers for help.<br />

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HOUSTON, TX.<br />

Thirty-year veteran Deputy Ronald Bates was killed when he lost control of<br />

his vehicle and struck a tree just south of downtown Houston.<br />

Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy<br />

Ronald Bates was traveling<br />

southwest of Houston’s downtown<br />

at around 9:45 p.m. on Saturday<br />

when the crash happened,<br />

KTRK-TV reports. Bates had just<br />

finished an overtime assignment<br />

and was headed to the Harris<br />

County Jail, according to the Officer<br />

Down Memorial Page.<br />

Bates was traveling along Travis<br />

Street when a bystander said<br />

the deputy lost control of his<br />

vehicle and struck a tree. Bates<br />

was taken to the hospital, where<br />

he was pronounced dead.<br />

“Bates was a man that was<br />

very much loved and respected<br />

by all,” said Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.<br />

“Just everybody was reminiscing<br />

about different conversations.<br />

They say he was a great father,<br />

a great husband, a great mentor,<br />

and a great friend. We’re united<br />

as a family to try to surround his<br />

immediate family with a lot of<br />

love and support as best we can<br />

- as we grieve also.”<br />

Bates had been with the sheriff’s<br />

office for 31 years. He is<br />

survived by his wife and two<br />

children.<br />


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Las Cruces Officer Jonah Hernandez was stabbed to death<br />

by a homeless man while responding to a trespassing call.<br />

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KFOX14/<br />

CBS4) — Las Cruces officials<br />

provided more information on<br />

the deadly stabbing of Officer<br />

Jonah Hernandez that happened<br />

on Sunday.<br />

Las Cruces Police Department<br />

Chief Jeremy Story identified the<br />

man who stabbed Hernandez to<br />

death as 29-year-old Armando<br />

Silva.<br />

Story said Silva was a homeless<br />

person and said he had a<br />

long list of violent crimes and<br />

mental illnesses.<br />

The incident happened when<br />

Hernandez responded to a trespassing<br />

call Sunday around 5<br />

p.m. on the 300 block of South<br />

Valley Drive, near Amador Avenue.<br />

Story said when Hernandez<br />

arrived Silva attacked him with a<br />

large kitchen knife.<br />

“For no reason whatsoever,<br />

Silva killed Officer Hernandez,”<br />

Story said.<br />

Based on their preliminary information,<br />

police said Silva was<br />

shot and killed by a person who<br />

witnessed part of the incident.<br />

The witness got a gun from<br />

their vehicle. Story said Silva<br />

tried to attack the witness when<br />

the witness fired at least one<br />

gunshot.<br />

Silva died from his injuries.<br />

“Officer Jonah Hernandez was<br />

a compassionate and dedicated<br />

officer who was out doing<br />

his job while most of us were<br />

watching the Super Bowl. Jonah<br />

was attacked while making<br />

contact with the subject of a<br />

trespassing call. This sudden and<br />

unprovoked attack took the life<br />

of an officer, a husband, a father,<br />

brother, son, a friend, and a<br />

great young man,” said Story.<br />

“Silva had a long history of violent<br />

crime and mental illness,”<br />

said Story.<br />

“This is just one more agonizing<br />

reminder of the brokenness<br />

of the New Mexico justice system,”<br />

said Story. “On every call,<br />

there is potential for tragedy for<br />

[our officers],” said Story<br />

The witness used the fallen<br />

officer’s radio to call for help,<br />

according to police.<br />

Hernandez was rushed to<br />

MountainView Regional Medical<br />

Center where he died from his<br />

injuries.<br />

Police said Hernandez responded<br />

to the scene after the<br />

property owner called 911 to<br />

report someone was trespassing<br />

on his property.<br />


Police said Hernandez was a<br />

two-year veteran of LCPD but<br />

originally from El Paso. He was<br />

from El Monte, Calif., and grew<br />

up in El Paso, Texas. He was a<br />

2006 graduate of Americas High<br />

School.<br />

Hernandez served as a Las<br />

Cruces Police Department officer<br />

since June 2022.<br />

Hernandez is survived by a<br />

wife and two sons.<br />

“The Las Cruces Police Department<br />

will get through this together,”<br />

said Story<br />

An LCPD spokesperson confirmed<br />

this is the first line of duty<br />

for the department.<br />

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Sergeant Nevada Krinkee was shot and killed while<br />

serving a trespass warning in Sheridan Wyoming.<br />

Sergeant Nevada Krinkee was<br />

shot and killed while serving<br />

a trespass warning near 5th<br />

Street and Val Vista Street in<br />

Sheridan.<br />

Sergeant Krinkee was transported<br />

to Sheridan Memorial<br />

Hospital where he succumbed<br />

to his wounds.<br />

The subject, who had a<br />

lengthy criminal record, fled<br />

and barricaded himself inside<br />

a residence. After a 30-hour<br />

standoff, the subject refused to<br />

surrender, attempted to flee,<br />

and was shot and killed.<br />

Sheridan Police Department<br />

Chief Travis Koltiska and Captain<br />

Tom Ringley said Sgt. Krinkee<br />

led a life of selfless service<br />

to his country and community.<br />

He graduated from Bozeman<br />

High School in Montana, in 2009<br />

and chose to serve his country<br />

by joining the U.S. Army as<br />

a light infantryman during the<br />

Global War on Terror. Krinkee<br />

served proudly in the distinguished<br />

82nd Airborne Division.<br />

Krinkee would spend eight<br />

years with the U.S. Army, earning<br />

the rank of Staff Sergeant.<br />

He was honorably discharged in<br />


2017. During his time in service,<br />

Krinkee would earn the Afghanistan<br />

Campaign Medal with two<br />

campaign stars, Army Commendation<br />

Medal (4th Award),<br />

Army Achievement Medal (4th<br />

Award), Combat Infantryman<br />

Badge and his Jumpmaster<br />

Wings.<br />

It was not long after leaving<br />

the U.S. Army, at the age of 26,<br />

Krinkee joined the Sheridan<br />

Police Department. His service<br />

to the Sheridan community as<br />

a peace officer began on Oct. 2,<br />

2017.<br />

Krinkee made an immediate<br />

impact on the department and<br />

community through his work as<br />

a patrol officer. He was quickly<br />

promoted to the rank of Corporal<br />

and then Patrol Sergeant.<br />

Krinkee’s leadership set the<br />

example for all levels of leadership<br />

within the department.<br />

Krinkee was married to Karla,<br />

a Corporal with the Sheridan<br />

Police Department, and they<br />

recently welcomed their first<br />

child, Bella, to their family.<br />

Sergeant Nevada Krinkee<br />

tragically lost his life on Feb. 13,<br />

2024 while serving the community<br />

he called his home. Krinkee’s<br />

integrity, selflessness and<br />

servant leadership will forever<br />

be his legacy to the department<br />

and community. He will forever<br />

be remembered.<br />

A benefit account for Krinkee’s<br />

family has been established at<br />

First Federal Bank and Trust.<br />

Please make checks payable<br />

to Karla Krinkee or FBO Nevada<br />

Krinkee and the team will ensure<br />

the funds are deposited to<br />

the account. Checks can also be<br />

mailed to PO Box 6007, Sheridan<br />

WY 82801.<br />

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Meigs County Deputy Robert Leonard died when his vehicle<br />

crashed into the Tennessee River.<br />


woman is dead and a Meigs County<br />

Deputy was initially missing after<br />

authorities say he drove into the<br />

Tennessee River Wednesday Feb<br />

14th.<br />

District Attorney Russell Johnson,<br />

who represents Meigs County,<br />

says that shortly before 10 p.m.<br />

Wednesday night, Meigs County<br />

Deputy Robert Leonard had made<br />

the arrest of a woman and had<br />

radioed that he was enroute to the<br />

Meigs County Jail.<br />

However, dispatchers lost contact<br />

with him, and the last communication<br />

anyone received from Leonard<br />

was a text to his wife that said<br />

just, “Water.”<br />

Authorities were able to triangulate<br />

his location to Blythe Ferry,<br />

and eventually located his police<br />

vehicle in the river.<br />

General Johnson said, “So we’ve<br />

got a person in the back of the<br />

vehicle, we think it was the female<br />

subject that was arrested, we don’t<br />

have an identification or confirmation<br />

on any of that. We have a<br />

lot of mud in the front seat but no<br />

body in the front seat.”<br />

General Johnson says the driver<br />

side front window was open,<br />

which Hamilton County Sheriff<br />

Austin Garrett says could have<br />

made the situation worse.<br />

Sheriff Garrett said, “He could’ve<br />

been driving with the window<br />

down, could’ve got the window<br />

down when he first went into the<br />

water, we don’t know any of that,<br />

those are all just theories. I can tell<br />

you this, with the window down,<br />

the car is going to sink much faster.”<br />

The following day, District Attorney<br />

Russell Johnson announced<br />

that the body of Meigs County<br />

Deputy Robert Lenoard has been<br />

recovered.<br />

He was found by Meigs County<br />

EMS and Rescue Squad along with<br />

Hamilton and Monroe County dive<br />

teams with assistance from THP<br />

and TBI crews at 6:<strong>40</strong> Thursday<br />

evening.<br />

He was found submerged in the<br />

Tennessee River not far from where<br />

his car was removed.<br />

Johnson said Deputy Leonard was<br />

from New York and had just moved<br />

to Meigs County with his family,<br />

and may have been unfamiliar with<br />

Blythe Ferry Road.<br />

Blythe Ferry Road descends down<br />

towards the river past the Cherokee<br />

Removal Memorial Park.<br />

It used to be the only connection<br />

between Cleveland and Dayton before<br />

the Tri-County Veterans bridge<br />

was built and now is popular with<br />

local fisherman as a boat ramp.<br />

Deputy Leonard had only served<br />

with the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office<br />

for two months. He is survived<br />

by his wife and three children.<br />


For the Department, who had<br />

just transferred Deputy Leonard<br />

from the Cleveland State Police<br />

Academy, they fear this will be<br />

a difficult ending for an already<br />

small department.<br />

Malone said, “It’s a hard time for<br />

us here. Please forgive me. This<br />

is something we don’t ever deal<br />

with here in Meigs County. We’re a<br />

small, rural county. Deputy Leonard<br />

was only here for a couple of<br />

months, but he had become a part<br />

of our family.”<br />

General Johnson says he is continuing<br />

an investigation into this<br />

incident, and is receiving help from<br />

multiple agencies including the<br />

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.<br />

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Burnsville police officers Matthew Ruge and Paul Elmstrand, and paramedic<br />

Adam Finseth, were shot and killed while responding to a call Sunday Feb. 18th.<br />

By Greta Kaul<br />

Burnsville Police Chief Tanya<br />

Schwartz described the three<br />

members of Burnsville’s public<br />

safety team who were fatally<br />

shot Sunday morning as heroes<br />

who made the ultimate sacrifice.<br />

“They come to work every<br />

day,” Schwartz said. “They know<br />

they may have to give up their<br />

life for their partners, for someone<br />

else.”<br />

Officer Paul Elmstrand, 27,<br />

joined the department in 2017,<br />

according to the city. He was<br />

promoted from community<br />

service officer to officer in 2019,<br />

and served with the department’s<br />

mobile command staff,<br />

peer team, Honor Guard and field<br />

training unit.<br />

Matthew Ruge, also 27, joined<br />

the department in 2020 and was<br />

on its crisis negotiations team<br />

and worked as a physical evidence<br />

officer.<br />

Burnsville firefighter and<br />

paramedic Adam Finseth, <strong>40</strong>,<br />

formerly served in the Army’s<br />

Bravo Company 1st battalion<br />

327th Infantry during Operation<br />

Iraqi Freedom, according to his<br />

LinkedIn page. He was hired in<br />

Burnsville in 2019 and previously<br />

worked for the<br />

cities of Savage and<br />

Hastings. The three<br />

were fatally shot<br />

on the 12600 block<br />

of 33rd Avenue in<br />

Burnsville about<br />

5:30 a.m. The suspect<br />

is also dead<br />

after a standoff that<br />

took place in the<br />

home, where seven<br />

children also were<br />

present.<br />

Savage Fire Chief<br />

Jeremie Bresnahan<br />

said Finseth<br />

“embodied the true<br />

spirit of a firefighter,”<br />

showing others respect,<br />

empathy and compassion, the<br />

chief wrote in an email Sunday<br />

to city staff and shared with the<br />

Star Tribune. Finseth worked as a<br />

paid on-call firefighter for Savage<br />

for more than six years.<br />

“His legacy is etched in the<br />

memories of those who served<br />

alongside him and characterized<br />

by his calm demeanor and unwavering<br />

support for his fellow<br />

team members,” Bresnahan<br />

wrote. “Adam’s impact on our<br />

department and community will<br />

be remembered, and his selfless<br />


ing Monday to honor the victims.<br />

Walz, who was at the news<br />

conference, asked Minnesotans<br />

to pause and reflect on the families<br />

who will be forever affected<br />

by Sunday’s events when they<br />

see flags half staff.<br />

“They’re moms and dads,<br />

brothers and sisters, sons and<br />

daughters,” Walz said of first<br />

responders. “They’re the world<br />

service inspires us all.”<br />

Sgt. Adam Medlicott was taken<br />

to a hospital with injuries and is<br />

expected to survive, according to<br />

the city.<br />

“This is the toughest day that<br />

the city of Burnsville and our<br />

public safety family has ever experienced.<br />

My heart and prayers<br />

go out to the families who lost<br />

a loved one in the line of duty<br />

today,” Burnsville Fire Chief BJ<br />

Jungmann said at the news conference.<br />

Gov. Tim Walz ordered that<br />

flags be flown at half staff startto<br />

a lot of people, and they go<br />

out and do the job to provide us<br />

safety.”<br />

The officers were responding<br />

to a call where a man had taken<br />

several family members hostage<br />

and barricaded himself inside of<br />

the home.<br />

As officers and rescue personnel<br />

arrived at the scene the<br />

man opened fire on them, fatally<br />

wounding Officer Elmstrand,<br />

Officer Ruge, and Burnsville<br />

Firefighter/Paramedic Adam<br />

Finseth. A Burnsville Police<br />

sergeant Adam Medlocott was<br />

also wounded but is expected to<br />

survive.<br />

The suspect was found dead<br />

inside the home and it’s unknown<br />

if he took his own life or was<br />

struck by the officer’s rounds.<br />

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Trooper First Class Chase Redner was struck and killed while investigating a fatal<br />

pedestrian crash scene at Interstate 75 <strong>No</strong>rth near Mt. Zion Boulevard in Morrow.<br />

By Aungelique Proctor<br />

CLAYTON COUNTY, GA. - Georgia<br />

State Patrol Trooper First<br />

Class Chase Redner was killed<br />

in the line of duty while investigating<br />

a crash in Clayton County<br />

on Monday night, the Georgia<br />

Department of Public Safety<br />

announced.<br />

Redner was investigating a<br />

fatal vehicle crash involving a<br />

construction worker on Interstate<br />

75 <strong>No</strong>rth on Feb. 20 near<br />

Mt. Zion Boulevard when he was<br />

struck by a vehicle, according to<br />

GDPS.<br />

He was rushed to Grady<br />

Memorial Hospital where he<br />

passed away.<br />

GSP investigators say a black<br />

Kia ventured into the construction<br />

zone and struck and killed<br />

a construction employee.<br />

Trooper Redner was on the<br />

scene investigating when he<br />

was struck and killed while<br />

outside his patrol car.<br />

The crash is being investigated<br />

by the Troop C Specialized<br />

Collision Reconstruction Team.<br />

It is unknown if the driver<br />

of the vehicle that struck the<br />

trooper will be charged.<br />

Redner was a graduate of the<br />

103rd Trooper School and had<br />

been employed with GSP since<br />

2017.<br />

He most recently was a member<br />

of the GSP Specialized Collision<br />

Reconstruction Team, the<br />

same team which is now tasked<br />

with investigating his death.<br />

“The Department of Public<br />

Safety sends its sincerest condolences<br />

and prayers to TFC<br />

Redner’s family and co-workers.<br />

Please keep TFC Redner’s family<br />

in your prayers as they cope<br />

with the loss of their loved one,”<br />

the Georgia Department of Public<br />

Safety wrote on its Facebook<br />

page.<br />

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp released<br />

a statement on social<br />

media saying that he and his<br />

family are devastated by the<br />

news of Trooper Redner’s sudden<br />

and tragic passing.<br />

The governor wrote:<br />

“Marty, the girls, and I are<br />

devastated by the news of<br />

Trooper Chase Redner’s sudden<br />

and tragic passing. As the<br />

second state patrolman to die<br />

in the line of duty in less than<br />

a month, our hearts are broken<br />

for his mother and fiancée, for<br />


his friends and community, and<br />

for the entire department of<br />

public safety family.”<br />

This is the second Georgia<br />

trooper to be killed in the line<br />

of duty in less than a month.<br />

Georgia State Trooper Jimmy<br />

Cenescar died after a crash on<br />

Sunday, Jan. 28, while attempting<br />

to stop a motorcycle for a<br />

traffic violation on Interstate 85.<br />

Cenescar’s vehicle left the road<br />

and struck an embankment.<br />

Emergency personnel responded<br />

and attempted life-saving<br />

measures before he was rushed<br />

to <strong>No</strong>rthside Gwinnett Hospital<br />

where he passed away.<br />

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Montgomery County Deputy Charles Rivette was killed in a crash<br />

during an inmate transfer in Centerville Texas along I-45.<br />


Montgomery County sheriff’s<br />

deputy died in a crash while<br />

transporting an inmate on<br />

Wednesday night, according to<br />

the sheriff’s office.<br />

The crash happened just before<br />

10:30 p.m. in Centerville,<br />

Texas, which is about two hours<br />

and 100 miles north of Houston.<br />

According to the Texas Department<br />

of Public Safety, an<br />

MCSO patrol vehicle conducting<br />

an inmate transport was traveling<br />

southbound on I-45 in Leon<br />

County when it hit an 18-wheeler<br />

also traveling southbound.<br />

Officials believe the patrol<br />

vehicle may have sideswiped the<br />

18-wheeler.<br />

During the crash, 38-year-old<br />

Deputy Charles Rivette, the front<br />

seat passenger, was ejected<br />

from the patrol vehicle and landed<br />

in the northbound lanes, DPS<br />

said. That’s when a pickup truck<br />

in the northbound lanes hit him,<br />

and two other 18-wheelers hit<br />

the patrol vehicle.<br />

The driver of the patrol vehicle,<br />

identified as 37-year-old Deputy<br />

James Francis, and the inmate<br />

who was sitting in the back seat<br />

were taken by Life Flight to area<br />

hospitals with serious injuries.<br />

Deputy Rivette was pronounced<br />

dead at the scene, DPS said.<br />

One of the 18-wheeler drivers<br />

who struck the patrol vehicle<br />

was taken to an area hospital<br />

with minor injuries. DPS said<br />

the other drivers involved were<br />

uninjured.<br />

An ongoing investigation is being<br />

conducted by the Texas Highway<br />

Patrol with the assistance of<br />

the District Crash Reconstruction<br />

Team.<br />

“Sheriff Henderson expresses<br />

his profound sorrow and extends<br />

condolences to the family,<br />

friends, and colleagues of<br />

Deputy Rivette. The Montgomery<br />

County Sheriff’s Office is lifting<br />


up Deputy Rivette, Deputy Francis,<br />

and the injured inmate in our<br />

prayers,” MCSO said in a statement.<br />

MCSO said Deputy Rivette had<br />

been with the sheriff’s office for<br />

about 18 years.<br />

It’s unclear if speed played a<br />

factor in the crash, but officials<br />

noted that the speed limit on<br />

that stretch of I-45 is 75 mph.<br />


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The body of 11-year old Audrii Cunningham was found in the Trinity<br />

River in Polk County Texas and a suspect is in custody.<br />

By David K. Li<br />

POLK COUNTY, TX. – The body<br />

of missing 11-year-old Audrii<br />

Cunningham was found in the<br />

Trinity River in Texas, officials<br />

announced Tuesday.<br />

Don Steven McDougal, 42, who<br />

was already in custody on an<br />

unrelated matter, was charged<br />

with capital murder in connection<br />

with her murder, Polk<br />

County booking records showed<br />

Wednesday. He is being held on<br />

no bond.<br />

Sheriff Byron Lyons said information<br />

from the suspect, cellphone<br />

data and social media<br />

imagery sent in by citizens led<br />

them to the body off Highway 59<br />

in the county.<br />

A local water authority lowered<br />

the water level of the river<br />

to assist divers in their search,<br />

the sheriff said. Her body was<br />

with a medical examiner, who<br />

would determine an exact cause<br />

and manner of death, he said.<br />

Cunningham had not been<br />

seen since she left her Polk<br />

County home on Thursday at<br />

about 7 a.m. to catch a school<br />

bus, officials said.<br />

But she never got on that bus<br />

or made it to school that day,<br />

according to Polk County Sheriff’s<br />

deputies.<br />

An Amber Alert was issued for<br />

the 4-foot-1 child with blond<br />

hair and blue eyes. She was<br />

wearing black pants, a black<br />

hoodie with white lettering and<br />

black tennis shoes on Thursday.<br />

McDougal was called “one of<br />

the persons of interest” involved<br />

in the case when he was arrested<br />

Friday on suspicion of aggravated<br />

assault, in an unrelated<br />

incident, officials said.<br />

McDougal lived in a trailer<br />

behind Cunningham’s home and<br />

is considered a family friend<br />

who’d occasionally take the girl<br />

to the bus stop or to school,<br />

officials said.<br />

A small children’s backpack<br />

was found at the Lake Livingston<br />

Dam, not far from the Cunningham<br />

family home, authorities<br />

said. Trinity River feeds into<br />

the lake.<br />

According to jail records, Don<br />

Steven McDougal, 42, has been<br />

charged with capital murder<br />

and has been denied bond.<br />

Polk County Sheriff’s Office<br />

said McDougal has been in a<br />

single cell, by himself, since his<br />

Don Steven McDougal, the thug<br />

charged with Capital Murder of<br />

young Audrii Cunningham.<br />

arrest and has not had any contact<br />

with other inmates,<br />

McDougal is being closely<br />

monitored by jail staff and has<br />

not been threatened and he has<br />

not experienced or sustained<br />

any injuries since his incarceration<br />

in the Polk County Jail,<br />

authorities say.<br />

During a press conference on<br />

Monday, Sheriff Byron Lyons said<br />

McDougal admitted to leaving<br />

with Cunningham on Thursday<br />

morning but wouldn’t acknowledge<br />

if she ever made it to the<br />

bus stop. However, the sheriff<br />

said McDougal was believed to<br />

have been the last one to see<br />

her.<br />

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HOUSTON, TX.<br />

Off-duty TABC Agent Adrian Herrera, prevented a near tragedy at Houston’s<br />

Lakewood Church when he took down a woman with an AR-15 as<br />

she began shooting at a recent church service.<br />


HOUSTON, TX. (AP) — A woman<br />

in a trench coat opened fire<br />

with a long gun Sunday inside<br />

celebrity pastor Joel Osteen’s<br />

megachurch in Texas, sending<br />

worshipers rushing to find safety<br />

while off-duty TABC Agent Adrian<br />

Herrera confronted and killed<br />

the shooter. Two other people<br />

were shot and injured, including a<br />

7-year-old boy who was in critical<br />

condition.<br />

The violence erupted shortly<br />

before the Houston church’s 2 p.m.<br />

Spanish service was set to begin,<br />

just as the rest of the country was<br />

preparing for the Super Bowl. The<br />

woman entered the enormous<br />

Lakewood Church – a building<br />

with a 16,000-person capacity<br />

that was previously an arena for<br />

the NBA’s Houston Rockets -- with<br />

the boy who was later hurt in the<br />

shootout with police. A man in his<br />

50s was also wounded.<br />

“I will say this,” Houston Police<br />

Chief Troy Finner told reporters<br />

during a news conference outside<br />

the church. “That female, that suspect,<br />

put that baby in danger. I’m<br />

going to put that blame on her.”<br />

The woman suspect was identified<br />

as 36-year-old Genesse Ivonne<br />

Moreno, according to a search<br />

warrant executed by Houston<br />

Police and the Texas Rangers.<br />

The 7-year-old child was shot<br />

in the head in the incident and<br />

is in critical condition. He is not<br />

expected to survive. Authorities<br />

identified the suspect as the biological<br />

mother of the child during<br />

a press conference Monday.<br />

The search warrant states Moreno<br />

was armed with an AR-15 and<br />

threatened to have a bomb. An<br />

officer on scene observed she has<br />

“substances consistent with the<br />

manufacture of explosive devices,”<br />

though it is not known now<br />

whether the threat was credible.<br />

In a press conference held the<br />

Monday after the shooting Police<br />

said that the substances were<br />

“benign” and “common products,”<br />

and that anyone who would have<br />

been exposed to them would not<br />

have been harmed.<br />

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage<br />

Commission identified their officer<br />

as agent Adrian Herrera, who was<br />

working security for the church at<br />

the time of the shooting.<br />

“While we are still gathering the<br />

facts on what took place at Lakewood<br />

Church, I can say that I’m<br />

extremely proud of the quick response<br />

of our agent as well as the<br />

TABC Agent Adrian Herrera<br />

other law enforcement agents on<br />

the scene,” TABC Chairman Kevin<br />

Lilly said. “These officers likely<br />

prevented a much greater tragedy<br />

through their brave actions.”<br />

Herrera has been employed by<br />

TABC for around five years. He<br />

was placed on paid administrative<br />

leave pending an internal TABC<br />

investigation into the shooting,<br />

TABC said in a press release.<br />

Authorities said the preliminary<br />

investigation showed the suspect<br />

had a history of mental health<br />

disorders.<br />

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a<br />

statement saying “our hearts are<br />

with those impacted by today’s<br />

tragic shooting and the entire<br />

Lakewood Church community in<br />

Houston. Places of worship are<br />

sacred.”<br />

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‘We got shots fired’: Police radio traffic captures chaos of Kansas City<br />

parade shooting.<br />

By Robert A. Cronkleton<br />

The Kansas City Star<br />

KANSAS CITY, MO. — For the<br />

first few hours of the Kansas City<br />

Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade and<br />

rally, police radio traffic sounded<br />

much like what anyone would<br />

expect from a large citywide<br />

celebration.<br />

There were lost children being<br />

reunited with parents. Medics<br />

attending to fans and spectators<br />

who had fallen, fainted or had<br />

other medical problems. And of<br />

course, intoxicated people, according<br />

to audio of radio transmissions<br />

captured by Broadcastifycom.<br />

The chatter from the radio<br />

traffic was nonstop as dispatchers<br />

and commanders managed<br />

ambulances, medical resources<br />

and officers for traffic and crowd<br />

control.<br />

At about 1:30 p.m., officers<br />

responded to a shooting at 27th<br />

Street and McGee Trafficway on<br />

the south side of Crown Center,<br />

according to Broadcastify.<br />

Initially, police had problems<br />

finding the second victim. When<br />

a gunshot victim was found<br />

a few blocks away near Main<br />

Street and Grand Boulevard,<br />

there was confusion whether<br />

a third victim had been found,<br />

according to the audio.<br />

Officer Alayna Gonzalez, a<br />

spokeswoman with the Kansas<br />

City Police Department,<br />

at the time said there were<br />

only two victims, both with<br />

non-life-threatening injuries.<br />

The shooting was away from the<br />

parade route and rally area.<br />

When asked about the shooting<br />

Wednesday, Kansas City<br />

Police Chief Stacey Graves said it<br />

was not known to be connected<br />

to the violence at the rally itself.<br />

“Right now, we don’t have any<br />

information that those are related,”<br />

Graves said. “But that’s under<br />

investigation.”<br />

While officers were investigating<br />

the shooting, radio traffic<br />

indicated that a pocket drone<br />

was flying in front of the stage<br />

at Union Station, a car was doing<br />

doughnuts near 18th and Oak<br />

streets and police were getting<br />

ready to escort buses and vehicles<br />

of dignitaries from the rally.<br />

“We got shots fired,” said an<br />

officer over the radio shortly before<br />

2 p.m. “Repeat Shots fired.”<br />

‘We have multiple victims’<br />

“What’s your radio number and<br />

location?” a dispatcher asked in<br />

return.<br />

Initial reports started coming<br />

in that people had been shot.<br />

Meanwhile, officers were asking<br />

for a description and location of<br />

the shooter.<br />

“We have multiple victims<br />

over here,” another person said.<br />

“West of the stage in the parking<br />

lot near Pershing and Kessler.”<br />

“All staff on the west side and<br />

east side of rally operations, take<br />

cover,” a person said. “Stay out<br />

of the east. Stay out of the west.”<br />

One officer advised he had two<br />

people with gunshot wounds.<br />

“All units, shelter in place,” a<br />

dispatcher said. “Shooter on the<br />

west side of the Union Station.<br />

All units shelter in place.”<br />

One person advised that two<br />

people had been shot and that<br />

CPR was in progress near Pershing<br />

and Kessler. Another advised<br />

that a victim was found under<br />

the awning at Union Station.<br />

Another victim was found in the<br />

parking garage with a gunshot<br />

wound to the leg.<br />

Meanwhile, officers were<br />

asking for a description of the<br />

shooter. They were told the suspects<br />

were two males last seen<br />

running east through the crowd<br />

on Pershing.<br />

A dispatcher advised at the<br />

time there were five patients<br />

with gunshot wounds, one with<br />

a gunshot wound to the neck.<br />

At the west side medical tent,<br />

emergency medical workers<br />

advised that they had multiple<br />

victims.<br />

“We’re trying to determine the<br />

number at this time, but we got<br />

more coming in,” a person said.<br />

The number of victims kept rising<br />

as police and medical personnel<br />

located more. The conditions<br />

of the victims varied.<br />

“Mass casualty incident, possible<br />

active shooter.”<br />

“All units be advised, shots<br />

fired inside Union Station,” a dispatcher<br />

said. “Shots fired inside<br />

Union Station.”<br />

By that time, the patient count<br />

had risen to nine. Shortly afterwards,<br />

a person in west command<br />

asked dispatchers to alert<br />

all available hospitals for a possible<br />

mass casualty incident with<br />

a possible active shooter.<br />

A dispatcher advised all units<br />

not to shelter inside Union Station.<br />

“We have a shooter in custody,<br />

right in front of Union Station,”<br />

one officer said shortly thereafter.<br />

Meanwhile officers were making<br />

plans to evacuate people out<br />

of Union Station by clearing the<br />

outside and making sure they<br />

“have a safe path for everyone to<br />

get out.”<br />

At one point, a person advised<br />

that they were out of ambulances<br />

at one location, except for the<br />

VIP ambulances.<br />

“Let’s lock down Union Station<br />

and not let anyone inside,” a<br />

person said. “Make sure that we<br />

are checking everybody outside<br />

as well.”<br />

One officer advised he had a<br />

group of people inside Amtrak<br />

waiting room next to Harvey’s.<br />

“Everybody seems to be OK,”<br />

the officer said as he asked for<br />

an additional officer to come<br />

over and help.<br />

Ambulances responding to the<br />

shooting scene were directed to<br />

head down Kessler and wait on<br />

Pershing, according to the radio<br />

traffic.<br />

“PD is securing the shooting<br />

scene and will come in and<br />

guide you to your patient,” they<br />

were told. “Remain outside on<br />

Pershing until PD comes and<br />

meets you.”<br />

Meanwhile, a person advised<br />

that there were several buses<br />

ready to go and the Chiefs were<br />

wanting to send them.<br />

Shortly thereafter, command<br />

asked officers who heard the<br />

shooting inside Union Station to<br />

confirm whether one had actually<br />

taken place.<br />

Officers then were advised that<br />

a person was being detained on<br />

the west side of Union Station.<br />

About 2:25 p.m., the initial<br />

clearing of Union Station was<br />

completed and tactical officers<br />

were working to get the Chiefs<br />

players out, according to Broadcastify.<br />

Officers were told that the<br />

scene at Union Station was still<br />

unsecured a half hour after the<br />

shooting.<br />

A commotion occurred around<br />

2:30 p.m. after someone set off<br />

what was believed to have been<br />

fireworks. Officers who were<br />

running in that direction were<br />

told to slow down.<br />

“We were just told we believe<br />

it was fireworks, and hope so,” a<br />

person said.<br />

Police then received reports<br />

of gunshot fired in the area of<br />

25th and Cherry streets, east<br />

of Crown Center. At the time,<br />

a person said it was unknown<br />

if the shooting was a walking<br />

wounded from Union Station or a<br />

separate incident.<br />

Officer Alayna Gonzalez on<br />

Thursday said there were no additional<br />

incidents of note regarding<br />

violent crime.<br />

It was unclear in the audio<br />

when the buses left Union Station,<br />

however. Interstate 670 was<br />

shut down about 2:<strong>40</strong> p.m.<br />

About an hour after the shooting,<br />

tactical teams were sweeping<br />

the garages in Crown Center<br />

looking for possible suspects.<br />

Meanwhile, police were still<br />

trying to reunite parents with<br />

their missing children.<br />

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DETROIT, MI.<br />

Ford unveils enhanced 2025<br />

Police Interceptor Utility<br />

By Police1 Staff<br />

Ford has officially opened<br />

the order banks for the 2025<br />

model year of the Police Interceptor<br />

Utility (PIU).<br />

This year’s model features<br />

an enlarged center display,<br />

which offers superior imagery,<br />

graphics and enhanced<br />

over-the-air (OTA) capabilities,<br />

marking a substantial<br />

upgrade over its predecessors.<br />

The introduction of the Ford<br />

Pro Upfit Integration System<br />

(UIS) streamlines the unfitting<br />

process with added functionality<br />

and intelligent vehicle<br />

programming for law enforcement<br />

agencies.<br />

Further enhancing its pursuit<br />

capabilities, the 2025 PIU<br />

introduces a Manual Police<br />

Pursuit Mode, complementing<br />

the Automatic Pursuit Mode<br />

available in previous models.<br />

This new feature improves<br />

drivability and power delivery<br />

during critical<br />

scenarios,<br />

such as<br />

maneuvering<br />

through<br />

tight traffic<br />

conditions.<br />

The vehicle<br />

also maintains<br />

its front-end design,<br />

including the grille, allowing<br />

for the cost-effective transition<br />

of upfitting components<br />

from older models, thereby<br />

reducing expenses for police<br />

departments.<br />

Safety and productivity<br />

features are at the forefront<br />

of the 2025 Police Interceptor<br />

Utility, with several key technologies<br />

coming standard.<br />

The Police Perimeter Alert<br />

system enhances situational<br />

awareness by detecting moving<br />

threats around the vehicle,<br />

activating safety measures<br />

such as the rear camera,<br />

chime alerts, automatic window<br />

closure and door locking.<br />

The Police Engine Idle and<br />

Police Dark Car features cater<br />

to specific operational needs<br />

like quick vehicle exit without<br />

compromising security and<br />

stealth operations during surveillance<br />

missions. Additionally,<br />

the vehicle is equipped with<br />

advanced driver assist technologies,<br />

including an updated<br />

automatic emergency braking<br />

system, Blind Spot Monitoring<br />

with Cross-traffic Alert (BLIS),<br />

and enhanced radar systems<br />

for improved performance.<br />

For more information, visit<br />

https://www.ford.com/police-vehicles/.<br />

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




Three South Carolina sheriff’s<br />

deputies have been<br />

charged with misconduct<br />

after they allegedly reported<br />

five “hoax emergencies” about<br />

finding a dead body while<br />

on duty, officials announced<br />

Tuesday.<br />

Chesterfield County Sheriff<br />

Cambo Streater said he<br />

learned about “possible misconduct<br />

by three of our deputies”<br />

last week, NBC News<br />

reports.<br />

“Based on the nature of the<br />

allegations, I requested the<br />

State Law Enforcement Division<br />

(SLED) to investigate.<br />

SLED has begun their inquiry<br />

and the Chesterfield County<br />

Sheriff’s Office is cooperating<br />

fully,” he said in a statement<br />

on Facebook. The sheriff has<br />

suspended all three deputies.<br />

The three deputies — First<br />

Sgt. Justin Tyler Reichard, 28;<br />

Sgt. Darien Myles Roseau, 25;<br />

and Deputy Killian Daniel Loflin,<br />

26 — were charged Monday<br />

with misconduct in office,<br />

criminal conspiracy and<br />

aggravated breach of peace,<br />

SLED announced Tuesday.<br />

An arrest warrant released by<br />

SLED stated that the three officers,<br />

while on duty on Feb. 4,<br />

reported “five hoax emergencies”<br />

in the Cheraw, Chesterfield,<br />

McBee and Pageland municipalities.<br />

The false calls were made to<br />

convenience stores or local municipal<br />

law enforcement agencies<br />

and notified whoever picked<br />

up about the “location of a ‘dead<br />

body’ within the municipalities,”<br />

the warrant said.<br />



WORK<br />

Two Smyrna, Georgia, police<br />

officers were sickened Tuesday<br />

after a man came into their<br />

station and handed them some<br />

documents.<br />

According to an arrest warrant,<br />

a man named Little Stone III of<br />

West Point walked into police<br />

headquarters in Smyrna on Tuesday<br />

afternoon. The warrant says<br />

he spoke with Officers S. Smith<br />

and D. Jones about Smyrna officers<br />

and Gov. Brian Kemp.<br />

Stone reportedly handed the<br />

officers two pieces of paper and<br />

asked the officers to give them<br />

to the chief. About five minutes<br />

later, the warrant reads, both<br />

officers “began to experience<br />

respiratory distress and extreme<br />

fatigue. They were rushed to the<br />

hospital “suffering chest pain,<br />

chest tightness, dizziness and<br />

difficulty breathing.”<br />

The FBI is testing the documents,<br />

Fox 5 reports.<br />

Stone was arrested and is<br />

being held without bond at the<br />

Cobb County Jail. He is charged<br />

with two counts of aggravated<br />

assault on police officers.<br />



MOOSE LAKE, MN. – The City<br />

Council in Moose Lake, Minnesota<br />

plans to shutter its police department<br />

and contract with the<br />

county sheriff for law enforcement<br />

services, according to reports.<br />

The small town is at least<br />

the fifth such governing body in<br />

The <strong>No</strong>rth Star State to recently<br />

dissolve its police department.<br />

The vote in Moose Lake was<br />

partially motivated by budget<br />

concerns. Last fall, the City<br />

Council reduced the size of a<br />

“5-person police force in order<br />

to fund the entire department,”<br />

the Star Tribune reported. Then,<br />

in January, two officers resigned,<br />

which left only one officer in<br />

service.<br />

“Public safety would have<br />

made up a major portion of<br />

Moose Lake’s $2.8 million 2024<br />

budget — about $900,000 for a<br />

five-person force and part-time<br />

administrative support,” said city<br />

administrator, Ellissa Owens.<br />

Mayor Ted Shaw told the news<br />

outlet that he was “disappointed”<br />

by the council’s decision.<br />

Moose Lake will contract with<br />

the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office<br />

for law enforcement services,<br />

Fox News reported.<br />

Moose Lake houses “prisoners<br />

of the Minnesota Correctional<br />

Facility and residents of the Minnesota<br />

Sex Offender Program,”<br />

according to the Star Tribune’s<br />

Thursday report. “Together, they<br />

make up about half of the city’s<br />

population.”<br />

Other Minnesota towns that<br />

have recently dissolved police<br />

departments include Goodhue,<br />

Motley, Morris, and Clara City,<br />

among others.<br />

“That tells you there is a real<br />

problem with inflation and budget<br />

and state supports,” Shaw<br />

said in response to the number<br />

The former Moose Lake Police Department<br />

of closed agencies in the state.<br />

“Something isn’t right.”<br />

According to the 2020 census,<br />

Moose Lake has a population of<br />

just under 2,800 people residing<br />

in approximately 3.66 square<br />

miles.<br />




By Sara Cline<br />

Associated Press<br />

BATON ROUGE, LA. — Louisiana<br />

Gov. Jeff Landry has declared<br />

a state of emergency due to a<br />

police officer shortage.<br />

Landry’s executive order issued<br />

Thursday lifts limits on how<br />

many new employees Louisiana<br />

sheriffs can hire and on payroll<br />

increases for their departments.<br />

Landry, who previously had<br />

a career in law enforcement,<br />

said that police departments in<br />

the state are experiencing record-low<br />

employments “resulting<br />

in increased crime and less<br />

public safety.” As of July, sheriff’s<br />

offices statewide were down<br />

1,800 deputies, Landry said.<br />

“We applaud Governor Landry<br />

for highlighting the importance<br />

of the law enforcement profession<br />

and our state’s desperate<br />

need to fill valuable front<br />

line deputy positions,” Michael<br />

Ranatza, executive director of<br />

Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association,<br />

said in a written statement Friday.<br />

Landry’s order removes restrictions<br />

that state law places on<br />

hiring and payroll for a period of<br />

time following a gubernatorial<br />

election. Landry was elected last<br />

year and took office in January.<br />

Agencies around the U.S. have<br />

experienced police shortages<br />

in recent years. Small towns,<br />

including in Maine, Texas and<br />

Ohio, have disbanded their police<br />

departments, turning over law<br />

enforcement work to county<br />

sheriffs, a neighboring town or<br />

state police.<br />

Officer resignations were up<br />

47% in 2022, compared with<br />

2019, the year before the pandemic<br />

and Floyd’s murder, according<br />

to a survey of nearly 200<br />

police agencies by the Police<br />

Executive Research Forum, a<br />

Washington, DC-based think<br />

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tank. Retirements are up 19%.<br />

Landry’s order is in effect until<br />

<strong>March</strong> 15. Lawmakers return to<br />

the state Capitol Monday for a<br />

special legislative session to address<br />

crime.<br />

The “executive order, and the<br />

upcoming crime special session,<br />

will ensure our law enforcement<br />

officers are supported and we<br />

can begin to bring law and order<br />

back to our state,” Landry said.<br />




Fultondale, Alabama, police<br />

reported an Elmore County Sheriff’s<br />

Office deputy committed<br />

suicide Thursday in the parking<br />

lot of an event center where law<br />

enforcement training had been<br />

held all week.<br />

Fultondale police said a call<br />

reported someone was shot,<br />

reported WVTM.<br />

Sgt. John Tanks, of the police<br />

department, told WBMA said<br />

the man was found dead from a<br />

gunshot wound in the backseat<br />

of the car outside the event center<br />

in Fultondale. According to<br />

Tanks, there are indications that<br />

show the death was a suicide.<br />

The deceased man was identified<br />

as Steven Earl Sims II, 43,<br />

and Elmore County Sheriff Bill<br />

Franklin confirmed that he was<br />

one of his deputies.<br />




WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Border<br />

Patrol Acting Deputy Chief<br />

Joel Martinez was suspended on<br />

Thursday without much of an explanation,<br />

according to reports.<br />

Martinez departed from the<br />

U.S. Border Patrol Acting Deputy Chief Joel Martinez<br />

agency’s Washington headquarters<br />

immediately following<br />

his suspension, The Washington<br />

Post reported, citing three<br />

Customs and Border Protection<br />

(CBP) sources.<br />

CBP did not provide details<br />

surrounding the suspension, yet<br />

the agency led people to believe<br />

some kind of “misconduct” was<br />

involved due to a statement<br />

released by spokeswoman Erin<br />

Waters, reported The Western<br />

Journal.<br />

“CBP does not tolerate misconduct<br />

within our ranks” Waters<br />

said. “When we discover any<br />

alleged or potential misconduct,<br />

we immediately refer it for<br />

investigation and cooperate fully<br />

with any criminal or administrative<br />

investigations. Federal<br />

privacy laws prohibit discussion<br />

of individual cases.”<br />

Martinez has been acting deputy<br />

chief since last month, The<br />

Washington Post reported.<br />

A June 2023 post on the CBP<br />

website said Martinez had been<br />

with the agency for 31 years at<br />

that time. He began his career as<br />

a Border Patrol agent at the Laredo<br />

South Border Patrol Station<br />

in 1992.<br />




ICAL<br />

LOS ANGELES, CA. – Nine firefighters<br />

in Los Angeles were<br />

injured — two critically — when<br />

a 100-gallon compressed natural<br />

gas cylinder being used to power<br />

a semi-truck exploded Thursday<br />

morning.<br />

The blast decimated the crew<br />

of ten firefighters who responded<br />

to the scene in the Wilmington<br />

area as nine were taken to the<br />

hospital. Among the injured, two<br />

are listed in critical condition<br />

and one is receiving specialized<br />

care in the burn unit, FOX 11 Los<br />

Angeles reported.<br />

According to the news outlet,<br />

several other firefighters who<br />

were injured were evaluated and<br />

treated at the scene.<br />

Fire crews responded prior to<br />

7 a.m. in the 1100 block of <strong>No</strong>rth<br />

Alameda Street near Henry Ford<br />

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to a reported accident involving<br />

a big rig that had caught on fire,<br />

officials said.<br />

About six minutes after firefighters<br />

arrived at the scene,<br />

one of two tanks of compressed<br />

natural gas that was part of the<br />

truck’s fuel system exploded.<br />

The blast was so powerful<br />

it caused other damage in the<br />

area, including a transformer<br />

that exploded.<br />

Capt. Erik Scott of the Los Angeles<br />

Fire Department said the<br />

truck driver was not injured in<br />

the blast. Scott said the driver<br />

noticed something wrong with<br />

the truck and called 911, leading<br />

to a response from LAFD.<br />

Dr. Molly Deane of Harbor UCLA<br />

Medical Center commented on<br />

the injured fire personnel, saying,<br />

“Frankly, it’s remarkable none of<br />

them were more severely injured.”<br />

During a press conference later<br />

on Thursday, officials said there<br />

was no further danger to the<br />

public, FOX 11 reported.<br />

“I’m reminded of how heroic<br />

our members are and that each<br />

and every day they are putting<br />

themselves in harm’s way to provide<br />

an incredible level of expertise<br />

and professionalism to the<br />

people that we serve,” said Los<br />

Angeles Fire Department Chief<br />

Kristin Crowley.<br />

Crowley said a “significant incident<br />

review team” will analyze<br />

the department’s response and<br />

tactics used while responding to<br />

Thursday morning’s incident, and<br />

members will “gather opportunities<br />

for improvement.”<br />






GRAPEVINE, TX. – A new Texas<br />

law that allows prosecutors to<br />

charge drug suppliers with murder<br />

if a user dies of an overdose<br />

is being applied to a woman<br />

accused of buying drugs from<br />

a dealer and reportedly providing<br />

the deadly combination to<br />

her boyfriend, a former judge,<br />

according to reports.<br />

William Shane <strong>No</strong>len, 47,<br />

was a former associate Tarrant<br />

County judge who died of<br />

a drug overdose. His girlfriend,<br />

Kami Ludwig, 35, was arrested<br />

Monday and is accused of buying<br />

fentanyl-laced Xanax pills,<br />

cocaine and other illegal narcotics<br />

that led to <strong>No</strong>len’s death in<br />

<strong>No</strong>vember, KDFW reported.<br />

<strong>No</strong>len’s 9-year-old son was<br />

home when he overdosed. <strong>No</strong>w,<br />

Ludwig faces counts of murder<br />

and possession of a controlled<br />

substance, according to a news<br />

release issued by the Grapevine<br />

Police Department.<br />

William Shane <strong>No</strong>len, 47, died<br />

in <strong>No</strong>vember after ingesting fentanyl<br />

and antidepressants.<br />

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Ludwig’s arrest after her boyfriend’s<br />

overdose death stems<br />

from a new state law that became<br />

effective in September,<br />

which makes the circumstances<br />

qualify for murder, the New York<br />

Post reported.<br />

“They found evidence that she<br />

sought out the pills,” Amanda<br />

McNew, with the Grapevine<br />

Police Department, told KDFW.<br />

“She bought them and brought<br />

them back to the victim. He took<br />

them, and he died.”<br />

The investigation revealed that<br />

Ludwig obtained the narcotics<br />

from dealers in the nearby city<br />

of Fort Worth and a location in<br />

Louisiana.<br />

Ludwig, who called 911 on <strong>No</strong>v.<br />

20, 2023, said she awoke before<br />

dawn to find <strong>No</strong>len unresponsive<br />

next to her and ran to a neighbor’s<br />

home for help.<br />

When officers arrived, they<br />

found the 47-year-old man dead<br />

in his bedroom from a drug<br />

overdose. At the time of death<br />

he had “bluish-purple” skin and<br />

white foam around his nose and<br />

mouth, Law&Crime reported,<br />

citing a police affidavit.<br />

During the subsequent death<br />

investigation, several pills<br />

marked “M-30” were found<br />

scattered nearby. Detectives also<br />

seized <strong>40</strong> blue fentanyl-laced<br />

pills, cocaine, oxycodone and<br />

Xanax from Ludwig’s purse, according<br />

to the affidavit.<br />

The woman was arrested in<br />

<strong>No</strong>vember for narcotics violations,<br />

and later released from<br />

jail.<br />

During the ongoing investigation,<br />

detectives believe Ludwig<br />

purchased the narcotics from<br />

drug dealers identified as “Blue”<br />

and “T.”<br />

Ludwig allegedly<br />

purchased<br />

the<br />

controlled<br />

substances<br />

from “T” in<br />

Fort Worth on<br />

<strong>No</strong>v. 19, according<br />

to the<br />

affidavit. She<br />

also reportedly<br />

received<br />

a package<br />

shipped from<br />

Louisiana in an<br />

Apple iPhone<br />

box that contained<br />

Xanax<br />

pills.<br />

An autopsy revealed that <strong>No</strong>len<br />

died from a combination of<br />

fentanyl and the antidepressant<br />

Trazodone.<br />

Once Grapevine police obtained<br />

an arrest warrant<br />

charging Ludwig with murder,<br />

she surrendered on Monday and<br />

subsequently posted bond.<br />




By Joanna Putman, Police1<br />

GOLDEN, CO. — After a successful<br />

pilot program, the<br />

Golden Police Department will<br />

extend its 32-hour work week<br />

experiment, CBS News reported.<br />

The pilot program was<br />

launched to keep the department<br />

fully staffed in the face of a<br />

shortage of officer applications,<br />

according to the report. The officers<br />

and civilian workers of the<br />

department did not have benefits<br />

cut and were still paid their <strong>40</strong>-<br />

hour workweek salaries. But they<br />

only work four, eight-hour days<br />

per week.<br />

“We are still seeing response<br />

times that are typically less than<br />

the response times under the<br />

previous schedule. We are seeing<br />

more calls for service activity<br />

under that previous model,<br />

and we have a level of morale<br />

and engagement with the staff<br />

that is in the 90-plus percentile,”<br />

Golden City Manager Scott Vargos<br />

said.<br />

Several officers reported positive<br />

impacts on their personal<br />

lives away from work, according<br />

to the report.<br />

“I’m able to make more of my<br />

kids’ outings at school and be<br />

present with their academies...<br />

I’m less stressed,” Crime Scene<br />

Investigator Latar Durand said.<br />

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By Joanna Putman<br />

Police1<br />

ONTARIO, OH. — Body camera<br />

footage released by the Ontario<br />

Police Department shows the<br />

moment an officer and a hostage<br />

were shot during a standoff,<br />

WBNS reported.<br />

Officers responded to a call<br />

on Feb. 12 that Jareth Vance, 32,<br />

had violated a protection order,<br />

according to the report. The 911<br />

caller told police that the suspect<br />

was armed.<br />

When officers arrived at the<br />

scene, Vance confronted them<br />

while holding a woman hostage<br />

at gunpoint. Video shows other<br />

people, including crying children,<br />

pouring out of the home.<br />

Officers can be heard instructing<br />

the group of people to go to a<br />

neighbor’s house and commanding<br />

Vance to drop the weapon.<br />

Vance appeared to be struggling<br />

with the hostage as she<br />

tried to escape his custody.<br />

As officers continued to yell<br />

at Vance to drop the weapon,<br />

several shots can be heard. The<br />

woman and Officer Dylan Bailey<br />

were wounded by Vance’s gunshots.<br />

Vance then barricaded himself<br />

inside the apartment where<br />

he held a 16-year-old hostage,<br />

according to the report. Hostage<br />

negotiators and other agencies<br />

soon arrived at the scene. After<br />

around four hours, Vance surrendered.<br />

The 16-year-old was<br />

unharmed.<br />

Both Bailey and the woman<br />

injured by gunfire were taken to<br />

the hospital in stable condition<br />

and are expected to survive,<br />

according to the report. Vance is<br />

facing an attempted aggravated<br />

murder charge.<br />

“This is one of those calls that<br />

you train for, but you can never<br />

prepare for all of the other<br />

people who are there. This was a<br />

situation where you have people<br />

that are coming out - we<br />

couldn’t get some of the people<br />

to move,” Ontario Police Chief<br />

Tommy Hill stated in a news<br />

conference. “When I watch this<br />

[body camera footage], my heart<br />

just sank. This is the worst situation<br />

you never want your officers<br />

to be involved in.”<br />




<strong>No</strong> one has ever accused serial<br />

drifter Ben Crump of being smart<br />

but if there was any question<br />

about his intelligence, that was<br />

decided after a recent appearance<br />

on MSNBC.<br />

Crump told the other panelists,<br />

that included Al Sharpton, that<br />

he has a plan to reduce crime in<br />

America.<br />

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it’s not intelligent at all.<br />

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guests.<br />

“And people ask ‘how attorney<br />

Crump?’ – Change the definition<br />

of crime.”<br />

“Of course!” responded another<br />

guest.<br />

“If you get to define what conduct<br />

is gonna be made criminal,<br />

you can predict who the criminals<br />

are gonna be…They made<br />

the laws to criminalize our culture”<br />

added Crump.<br />

Another guest responded by<br />

saying that suggested all black<br />

people were criminals by their<br />

nature.<br />

“They made the laws to criminalize<br />

our culture – black culture,”<br />

responded Crump.<br />

Wait…Did Attorney Crump just<br />

say that blacks are criminals?<br />

If we said that, wouldn’t he be<br />

the first face you would see in the<br />

mainstream media the next day<br />

calling us a racist?<br />

While Crump, who we’ve never<br />

actually seen in a court of law,<br />

has been a joke for years, he is<br />

also the face of the American<br />

Dream.<br />

If he can become a millionaire…anyone<br />

can.<br />





By Joanna Putman, Police1<br />

HOUSTON — The Houston Police<br />

Department has been unable<br />

to fully investigate more than<br />

260,000 cases since 2016 because<br />

of a “lack of personnel” suspension<br />

status, Houston Public Media<br />

reported.<br />

Houston Chief Troy Finner has<br />

stated that the suspended cases<br />

represent about 10% of the<br />

2.8 million incident reports filed<br />


with the department in the past<br />

8 years, according to the report.<br />

Finner also stated that the department<br />

would be reopening<br />

about 4,000 of the suspended<br />

cases to investigate sexual assaults.<br />

Finner stated that the status<br />

of the cases as “suspended due<br />

to lack of personnel” should<br />

never have existed, according<br />

to the report. Houston officers<br />

reportedly began using the code<br />

in 2016 until Finner instructed<br />

them to stop in 2021, with some<br />

officers still labeling cases with<br />

the code despite Finner’s instructions.<br />

“Regardless of staffing challenges,<br />

this should have never<br />

happened and will not continue,”<br />

Finner said in a statement<br />

last week. “All victims and their<br />

families are important to me<br />

and deserve to be treated as<br />

such.”<br />

Finner stated that the department<br />

is short about 2,000<br />

officers, according to an earlier<br />

report.<br />

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The Art of Stillness<br />

By Brian McVey, MAP<br />

I frequently listen to author and<br />

speaker Eckhart Tolle on the internet.<br />

In the past few years, he’s<br />

had a lot of open sessions, (see<br />

his YouTube Video’s) on spirituality<br />

and how to attain peace. In Tolle’s<br />

book titled, “Stillness Speaks”; he<br />

gives his thoughts on why stillness<br />

is the best weapon in the fight<br />

against aimlessness, depression<br />

and despair. There is depression<br />

and despair right now in Police<br />

Departments across the country.<br />

For me, when the noise of life gets<br />

overwhelming, I practice what Tolls<br />

preaches which is stillness. The art<br />

of being still.<br />

Officers now more than ever need<br />

calm in their lives. One way about<br />

going at this would be to practice<br />

quieting the mind and body daily.<br />

All over the country, Officers<br />

are over worked, understaffed and<br />

become political pawns for politicians<br />

without backbones. Less we<br />

forget, these same men and woman<br />

are working at Departments with<br />

poor leadership, trying to just get<br />

through the day without worry of<br />

a complaint from a citizen or a<br />

zealous boss. All the stress “noises”<br />

officers must deal with throughout<br />

their day is exhausting. For the<br />

average citizen, simply listening to<br />

a police radio would be draining,<br />

let alone driving the squad car,<br />

answering every call, and observing<br />

behaviors all around you every day<br />

is simply exhausting.<br />

Tolle preaches the humble practicing<br />

of stillness. He speaks about<br />

eliminating the “commotions” in<br />

one’s life and replacing that noise<br />

with silence. Tolle explains, “sometimes<br />

we become trapped in a<br />

stream of thought, we are anchored<br />

in the past or dreaming or worrying<br />

about the future, and we miss the<br />

now!”<br />

Tolle lectures on the truth and<br />

true intelligence operates silently.<br />

Stillness is where creativity and<br />

solutions to problems are found.<br />

Tolle’s words make me think of all<br />

the wise mentors I had on the Chicago<br />

Police Department. The wise<br />

officers were not loud, aggressive<br />

and these fine men could handle any<br />

situation. Why you ask? Because<br />

they were always in the present<br />

mindset. I realized then as I do now,<br />

these men commanded respect because<br />

of their ability to be present.<br />

This is a current practice which I<br />

am teaching my children now. Basically<br />

be present with what you are<br />

doing …in the now. Far too many<br />

officers are juggling to many plates<br />

in life and wonder why/how it came<br />

crashing down? Slow down and<br />

clear your mental and physical zip<br />

drive clean. Everyone who owns<br />

a phone knows the importance of<br />

charging it or else? Well, why not<br />

practice charging yourself daily<br />

with the gift of stillness!<br />

Here are some free and easy tips<br />

to unwind and practice stillness.<br />

• Breathe. Taking slow, deep<br />

breaths induces the parasympathetic<br />

system and slows your heart rate.<br />

• Practice when you need it - You<br />

can practice this at roll call daily.<br />

• Find a favorite spot - Try to<br />

make it outdoors, such as a park<br />

bench, or in the yard.<br />

• Listen to soft music - Every Mentor<br />

I had while on the job had this<br />

in common, they all would unwind<br />

with classical music.<br />

• Learn to enjoy being alone –<br />

People are often afraid of being<br />

alone with their thoughts<br />

• Turn the TV off for a night – This<br />

is one way of turning the noise literally<br />

off.<br />

• Getting off social media – Try it<br />

out, you will soon find out, it’s consuming<br />

your life.<br />

• Learn to say <strong>No</strong> – Don’t give<br />

yourself out to everyone; it’s not<br />

sustainable.<br />

• Take a walk – Going on a walk<br />

without my phone or talking can be.<br />

• Reading a book – Getting lost in<br />

a great read is incredibly relaxing<br />

for many officers.<br />

• Stop thinking negatively – This<br />

small behavior is critical in mentally<br />

rebooting.<br />

Eckhart’s profound, yet simple<br />

teachings have helped countless<br />

people around the globe experience<br />

a state of vibrantly alive inner peace<br />

in their daily lives. I think some of<br />

his (free) video’s online where his<br />

teachings focus on the power of<br />

presence, the awakened state of<br />

consciousness, which transcends<br />

ego could help immeasurable officers.<br />

Finally, just because the world<br />

around us is in full-blown chaos,<br />

doesn’t mean we always need to<br />

join.<br />


Proud dad, former Chicago Police<br />

officer injured in the line of duty in<br />

2012. Brian has a master’s degree in<br />

Police Psychology from Adler University<br />

in Chicago IL.<br />

Brian likes to talk, email him at<br />

btmcvey77@gmail.com<br />

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What’s really going on at the border<br />

WASHINGTON (AP) — A small town on the Texas border declares<br />

a state of emergency as tens of thousands of migrants cross the<br />

border. The Biden administration grants protection to nearly half a<br />

million Venezuelans in the country, giving them the ability to work.<br />

This comes after some Democratic mayors and governors warn that<br />

growing numbers of migrants in their care are busting their budgets.<br />

The various scenarios playing out across the country paint a picture<br />

of a strained immigration system making an impact far from<br />

the U.S.-Mexico border. The Biden administration last month announced<br />

measures intended to alleviate the problems.<br />

The U.S. has had immigration surges before so what’s different<br />

now, and why?<br />



Part of the issue is that a lot more people are coming to the U.S.<br />

The numbers dropped earlier this summer after pandemic-era migration<br />

rules ended and tougher enforcement measures kicked in.<br />

But the numbers are climbing again.<br />

In February, the border town of Eagle Pass, Texas, announced a<br />

state of emergency after nearly 6,000 migrants crossed the Rio<br />

Grande River from Mexico into the town of roughly 28,000 people in<br />

two days.<br />

In fiscal year 2022, Border Patrol encountered 2.2 million people<br />

crossing the border illegally. The numbers have gone down in fiscal<br />

year 2023 — about 1.6 million so far — but that’s still high.<br />

You have to go back decades to see comparable numbers. From<br />

1990 to 2006, Border Patrol encounters nearly always topped one<br />

million a year, with a peak of 1.6 million in 2000. Then the numbers<br />

began to fall. From 2010 to 2020, the agency recorded below half<br />

a million encounters a year, except for 2019 when they climbed to<br />

859,501.<br />

Statistics aren’t always a perfect measure, of course. The numbers<br />

from the 1990s and 2000s are considered vast undercounts because<br />

migrants often evaded authorities as they entered the U.S. <strong>No</strong>w, migrants<br />

often turn themselves in so they can request asylum.<br />

In recent years, the measures used to contain the COVID-19 pandemic<br />

skewed the count. The government relied heavily on a public<br />

health tool called Title 42 to quickly eject people from the country.<br />

But there was no penalty so experts say migrants returned again<br />

and again, thus pushing up the statistics.<br />

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The Biden administration announced in February it was giving<br />

Temporary Protected Status to an estimated 472,000 Venezuelans<br />

who arrived in the country as of July 31. That makes it easier for<br />

them to work in the U.S. Venezuelans make up such a large proportion<br />

of the people coming to the U.S. that changing their status has<br />

an out sized effect. In New York City, about <strong>40</strong> percent of the roughly<br />

60,000 asylum seekers the city is paying to house are from Venezuela.<br />

The administration also vowed to speed up the time it takes for<br />

migrants who are already eligible to work to get their authorizations<br />

processed — a key demand from Democratic governors and mayors.<br />

More broadly, the administration has relied on a carrot and stick<br />

approach over the last year to deal with immigration. That’s involved<br />

doing things like giving humanitarian parole to people from certain<br />

countries provided they have a financial sponsor and fly into the<br />

country. And then relying heavily on consequences for those who<br />

don’t follow the rules. For example, they have beefed up deportations<br />

and expulsions.<br />

Republicans say it’s not enough and accuse the administration of<br />

doing little to control the southern border.<br />


Julia Gelatt, of the Migration Policy Institute, said there are key differences<br />

between what’s going on now and during past immigration<br />

surges.<br />

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, there were more single adults<br />

coming to the U.S. <strong>No</strong>w, families with children are increasingly arriving,<br />

and they have different needs. While a single adult traveling<br />

by himself may be OK crashing on a friend’s couch, families often<br />

expect more for their children and may be more likely to need government<br />

services to protect them. Kids need to go to school.<br />

Also, communications have advanced. These days, migrants can<br />

easily share information on social media about the best places to go<br />

and what services are available.<br />

Gelatt noted that many of the migrants crossing the border don’t<br />

hide from the government. Some have been granted humanitarian<br />

parole or have a notice to appear in immigration court. They may<br />

feel more empowered to ask for assistance.<br />


One of the challenges that has thrust immigration into the spotlight<br />

is housing.<br />

New York City and Massachusetts have right-to-shelter rules,<br />

meaning they must provide housing to people who need it with<br />

certain restrictions. In addition to the roughly 60,000 migrants New<br />

York is housing, Massachusetts is also paying to shelter about 11,000<br />

new arrivals.<br />

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Murad Awawdeh, who heads the New York<br />

Immigration Coalition that advocates for immigrants’<br />

rights, said immigrants arriving in the city<br />

previously didn’t really use the city-run shelter<br />

system. They had friends or relatives to help them<br />

find places to stay. But that’s changing.<br />

“The most unique thing about this situation is<br />

simply that folks don’t have a family connection<br />

here or community connections like they have had<br />

historically,” Awawdeh said.<br />

Decades ago, migrants arriving in the U.S. were<br />

almost all Mexican nationals. Experts and officials<br />

note that migrants today arrive from a<br />

vast array of countries across South and Central<br />

America and Africa, as well as from China and<br />

India. Their disparate countries of origin complicate<br />

deportations, because they have to be flown.<br />

In some cases, migrants can’t be deported because<br />

the U.S. has no agreement with their native<br />

countries, notably Venezuela.<br />



In 2022, Texas began busing migrants to Democrat-led<br />

cities around the country to challenge<br />

the Biden administration’s border policies. Arizona<br />

has also bused migrants out of state.<br />

The numbers are relatively small compared to<br />

the overall migrant flow. For example, since the<br />

spring of 2022, New York says it has counted<br />

113,000 newly arrived migrants compared to the<br />

8,200 Texas said it bused there.<br />

But the Migration Policy Institute wrote last year<br />

that the Republican-sponsored trips had repercussions<br />

far beyond the numbers. After crossing<br />

the southern border, migrants used to spread “organically,<br />

quietly, and gradually” across the U.S.,<br />

the Institute wrote.<br />

“The buses have instead brought migrants to<br />

these cities in an orchestrated, visible, and deliberately<br />

disorderly way. … In generating this<br />

chaos, the busing scheme has succeeded at least<br />

in showcasing the challenges at the border,” the<br />

organization wrote.<br />

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“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 />

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

DOWN!<br />

Paul Day<br />

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 />

February 20 - <strong>March</strong> 1, 2024<br />

Primary Election Day<br />

<strong>March</strong> 5, 2024<br />

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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 <strong>March</strong> 5 Republican<br />

primary.<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 reasons.<br />

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 />


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 />

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 />

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 />

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rights, fight against the woke left<br />

chief, to most recently serving that want to defund the police and<br />

the past 14 years as the Republican you have my promise that I will aggressively<br />

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As Sheriff, I will put criminals on and his desire to serve the citizens the Office of Sheriff for Galveston<br />

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The following conferences represent only a few of the better<br />

police conferences you should attend in <strong>2024.</strong> A list of EVERY<br />

police conference will appear later this month in this section.<br />

If your group has a conference or training session scheduled<br />

for2024, please send the information to: bluespdmag@gmail.<br />

com.<br />

10th Annual International Police K-9 Conference & Vendor<br />

Show<br />

When: <strong>March</strong> 12, 13, 14 – 2024<br />

Where: Las Vegas, NV = Tuscany Suites & Casino<br />

Why Attend: If you’re a K-9 officer, this is the must-attend conference<br />

for police and military professionals who work with<br />

dogs. Meet K-9 Handlers from around the world, shop for over<br />

60 vendors, and learn from diverse training topics.<br />

Master Instructor Development Program<br />

Truth or Consequences, NM 87901<br />

3/19/2024 - 3/21/2024<br />

2024 National Child Protection Task Force Conference<br />

When: MARCH 12-14<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 from<br />

industry and law enforcement.<br />

17th Annual Gang Training / Mid-Atlantic Regional Gang Investigators<br />

Network<br />

When: <strong>March</strong> 17-20, 2024<br />

Where: Hanover, Maryland<br />

Why Attend: This annual training conference is restricted to<br />

sworn law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and criminal<br />

justice professionals and is organized in partnership with<br />

the US Attorney’s Office - District of Maryland, the American<br />

Military University, and the Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized<br />

Crime Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN).<br />

Court Security Specialist Training<br />

When: April 8-12, 2024<br />

Where: Conroe, Tx 77301<br />

This course is designed for Texas Law Enforcement personnel<br />

who want to achieve TCOLE certification as a Court Security<br />

Specialist through the approved TCOLE curriculum. Officers will<br />

learn the various aspects and operations of court security. This<br />

certification will meet the court security training mandate. This<br />

course is also eligible for Oklahoma CLEET credit.<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 to<br />

help set high standards for professionalism in law enforcement<br />

intelligence analysis at the local, state/provincial, national, and<br />

international levels and this is perhaps, the best event for those<br />

working in the analytical side of law enforcement.<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 Collar<br />

Crime Center (NW3C), SEARCH, the National Association of<br />

Attorneys General, the Fox Valley Technical College/National<br />

Criminal Justice Training Center, and Federal Law Enforcement<br />

Training Center<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 />

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 that<br />

brings together law enforcement, fire, EMS, telecommunications,<br />

emergency management and allied emergency responders<br />

from around the world and provides excellent networking<br />

and learning opportunities for the latest public safety best<br />

practices.<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 together<br />

leaders in law enforcement to discuss the best ways to<br />

adopt and apply new technologies in policing to keep pace with<br />

sophisticated cyber crimes. The event hosts up to 750+ attendees,<br />

roughly 50 education sessions, and 75 industry exhibitors.<br />

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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 relevant<br />

to every aspect of law enforcement including; jails, prisoner<br />

transport, courtroom security, and police work.<br />

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 showcase,<br />

and training and tools to positively impact their jobs.<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 with<br />

more than 17,000 members from 170 countries. Training and<br />

learning sessions have been led by experts from the likes of FBI,<br />

NYPD, Philadelphia Police Department, Department of Defense,<br />

Homeland Security, US Army War College, Ontario Provincial<br />

Police, leading technology companies such as Microsoft, and<br />

major retailers.<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 is<br />

coordinated by the National Criminal Enforcement Association.<br />

Annual SMILE CONFERENCE 2024<br />

When: September 18-19, 2024<br />

Where: Palm Beach, FL.<br />

Why You Should Go: Hosted by the Scottsdale Police Department,<br />

the SMILE annual conference is the leading event devoted<br />

to Social Media, the Internet and Law Enforcement initiatives.<br />

The organization pioneered the adoption of social media by law<br />

enforcement agencies across the world for public outreach,<br />

crime prevention, and forensics.<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 top industry<br />

leaders and is one of the most respected high technology<br />

investigation conferences in the world. Current practitioners<br />

who engage in high technology daily serve as both presenters<br />

and attendees.<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 current<br />

or emerging topics. This conference is best suited for civilian<br />

oversight practitioners, law enforcement officials, journalists,<br />

elected officials, students, community members, and others.<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 law<br />

enforcement leaders with the new strategies, techniques, and<br />

resources they need to successfully navigate the ever-evolving<br />

policing environment.<br />

Ontario Gang Investigators Association 2024 Conference<br />

When: <strong>No</strong>vember 2024<br />

Where: TBD<br />

The ONGIA conference brings together members of the law enforcement<br />

community to learn the latest in gang trends, investigations,<br />

and intelligence while providing professional development<br />

for Police, Probation and Parole, Correctional Officers,<br />

Crowns Attorneys, CBSA Officers, Victim Witness Assistance<br />

Program (MAG) and others.<br />

Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association<br />

46th Annual Symposium<br />

When: TBD IN 2025<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 law<br />

enforcement and criminal justice agencies at the municipal,<br />

county, state, and federal levels. This year’s national training<br />

symposium will also feature a career fair.<br />

National Law Enforcement Exploring Leadership Conference<br />

When: TBD<br />

Where: TBD<br />

Why Attend: This conference is designed to inspire and educate<br />

law enforcement explorers who will be future law enforcement<br />

professionals and leaders.<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 of<br />

crimes against children.<br />


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Cold Case/<strong>No</strong>-Body Homicide<br />

Investigation & Prosecution Course<br />

The IHIA, FBI and Kansas City Police Department will be<br />

holding our Cold Case/<strong>No</strong>-Body Homicide Investigation<br />

& Prosecution course in Kansas City, Missouri<br />

Topics Include:<br />

• Establishing a Cold Case<br />

Unit<br />

• Investigative First Steps<br />

• Complete Case Analysis<br />

• Case Strategy<br />

April 29-May 2, 2024<br />

Kansas City Police Training Academy<br />

6885 NE Pleasant Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64157<br />

$ 410<br />

<strong>No</strong>n Member<br />

Includes all training materials, IHIA membership, coffee each<br />

morning, and a networking event.<br />


$ 360<br />

IHIA Active Member<br />


For questions, please contact:<br />

Lt. Steve Lewis (ret), (813) 299-9921, slewis@ihia.org<br />

Detective First Lieutenant Dave Eddy (ret), (517) 749-4167, deddy@ihia.org<br />

or visit IHIA.org<br />

Department credentials will be required at check-in. Individuals who do not have<br />

issued department credentials should contact us directly prior to arrival.<br />

• Laboratory Considerations<br />

• Evidence Considerations<br />

• Interview and Interrogation<br />

• False Confessions<br />

• Missing Persons<br />

• How to Build a <strong>No</strong>-Body<br />

Case<br />

• Case Presentation to<br />

Prosecution<br />

• Prosecution Considerations<br />

/Strategies<br />

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AGE: 26 TOUR: 3 YEARS BADGE: 1550<br />

Trooper Zachary Fink was killed in a vehicle crash during a pursuit on Interstate 95 north at<br />

Crosstown Parkway near Port St. Lucie at 3:00 a.m. At 2:<strong>40</strong> am, the subject was speeding<br />

and reckless driving on I-95, and St. Lucie deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Other<br />

agencies joined the pursuit when the subject did not stop. The subject made a U-turn on<br />

Interstate 95, driving southbound in the northbound lanes on I-95. Trooper Fink initiated a<br />

U-turn to stop the vehicle and was struck by a semi-tractor trailer. Trooper Fink was transported<br />

to HCA Lawnwood Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the<br />

tractor-trailer was also killed. Trooper Fink had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for<br />

three years. He is survived by his mother, father, and fiancée.<br />



AGE: 51 TOUR: 7 YEARS BADGE: 52-18<br />

Chief Deputy Sheriff Ken Prorok was struck and killed by the driver of a vehicle being pursued<br />

by the Madison Police Department at 4:12 p.m. Chief Deputy Prorok responded to the<br />

call for assistance and was deploying spike strips at South Dakota Highway 34 and 472nd<br />

Avenue in Colman. The driver intentionally swerved toward Chief Deputy Prorok, killing him.<br />

Chief Deputy Prorok had served with the Moody County Sheriff’s Office for almost eight years.<br />

He is survived by his wife, a son, and two daughters.<br />


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AGE: <strong>40</strong> TOUR: 2 YEARS BADGE: 333<br />

Deputy Sheriff Timothy Rivers was killed in a vehicle crash on Marshall Mill Road, south of Chapman Road in<br />

Lizella. At 10:09 p.m., Deputy Rivers was responding to an officer assistance call, traveling southbound, when<br />

his patrol car crossed the center line. When he attempted to correct his path, he hit another vehicle. He was<br />

transported to Atrium Health Navicent Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.<br />

Deputy Rivers had served with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office for two years. He is survived by his four<br />

children, parents, three siblings, grandmother, nieces, nephews, and fiancée.<br />



AGE: 51 TOUR: 26 YEARS BADGE: J26<br />

Deputy Sheriff Chris Johnson was killed in a three-vehicle crash on Darroch Road in Lillington at 2:56<br />

p.m. Deputy Johnson had left Highland Middle School and was on his way to another school when he<br />

collided with a tractor-trailer. His patrol vehicle was thrown into multiple vehicles. He died at the scene.<br />

Johnson was with the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office for 16 months and was the Student Resource<br />

Officer at Highland Middle School. He previously served with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office for 16<br />

years and the Dunn Police Department for 9 years. He is survived by his wife, four children, and father.<br />

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AGE: 43 TOUR: 4 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Deputy Sheriff McCowan was shot and killed while initiating a traffic stop at 4959 Sevierville Road in Maryville.<br />

Around 9:00 p.m., Deputy McCowan and his partner pulled over a vehicle for erratic driving. The driver would<br />

not cooperate and shot Deputy McCowan and the other deputy in the leg. She returned fire, but the subject<br />

fled on foot. Deputy McCowan was taken to Blount Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.<br />

The other deputy was treated at the hospital and released.<br />

Deputy McCowan had served with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office for four years. He is survived by two<br />

children, a granddaughter, parents, and fiancée.<br />



AGE: 62 TOUR: 31 YEARS BADGE: 2729<br />

Deputy Sheriff Ronald Bates was killed in a vehicle crash while en route to the Harris County jail at 10:00 p.m.<br />

After finishing an overtime assignment, Deputy Bates was traveling on Travis Street when he lost control of his<br />

vehicle and struck a tree near Richmond Avenue in Houston. He was transported to the Ben Taub Hospital<br />

where he succumbed to his injuries.<br />

Deputy Bates had served with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for 31 years. He is survived by his wife and<br />

two children.<br />


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AGE: N/A TOUR: 2 YEARS BADGE: 989<br />

Patrol Officer Jonah Hernandez was stabbed to death while responding to a trespassing call at the 300 block<br />

of South Valley Drive in Las Cruces. A witness to the stabbing shot the suspect and then used Officer Hernandez’s<br />

radio for help.<br />

Officer Hernandez was transported to MountainView Regional Medical Center where he died from his wounds.<br />

The subject had a long criminal record and mental illness.<br />




Sergeant Nevada Krinkee was shot and killed while serving a trespass warning near 5th Street and Val Vista<br />

Street in Sheridan. Sergeant Krinkee was transported to Sheridan Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to<br />

his wounds. The subject fled and barricaded himself inside a residence near Sixth Street and <strong>No</strong>rth Sheridan<br />

Avenue. The standoff is still active.<br />

Sergeant Krinkee was a United States Army veteran and had served with the Sheridan Police Department for<br />

over six years. He is survived by his wife, who also served with the Sheridan Police Department, and daughter.<br />

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AGE: N/A TOUR: 2 MONTHS BADGE: 807<br />

Deputy Sheriff R.J. Leonard died in a single-vehicle crash into the Tennessee River off the Blythe Ferry Boat Ramp<br />

in Birchwood. Deputy Leonard was at home when he took the call relating to a disturbance near the Highway 60<br />

Bridge in Birchwood. He arrived at the scene at about 9:48 p.m. and, at 10:15 pm, radioed that he had arrested<br />

a female subject and was transporting her to the Meigs County Jail. A few moments later, dispatchers received an<br />

unclear transmission where Deputy Leonard mentioned “water.” When he failed to respond to a status check, a<br />

search began. The next day, his patrol car was found upside down in the water with the female subject in the back.<br />

His window was rolled down, and he was not in the vehicle. His body was recovered at 6:30 p.m. on February 15,<br />

<strong>2024.</strong> Deputy Leonard had served with the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office for two months. He is survived by his<br />

wife and three children.<br />



AGE: <strong>40</strong> TOUR: N/A BADGE: N/A<br />

Burnsville Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth was shot and killed after responding to a domestic incident in<br />

the 12600 block of 33rd Avenue at about 2:00 am. As officers and rescue personnel arrived at the scene<br />

the man opened fire on them, fatally wounding Officer Elmstrand, Officer Ruge, and Burnsville Firefighter/Paramedic<br />

Adam Finseth. A Burnsville Police Department sergeant was also wounded.<br />

Officer Elmstrand had served with the Burnsville Fire Department for four years.<br />

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AGE: 27 TOUR: 5 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Police Officer Paul Elmstrand and Police Officer Matthew Ruge were shot and killed after responding to a domestic<br />

incident in the 12600 block of 33rd Avenue at about 2:00 am. A man had taken several family members hostage<br />

and barricaded himself inside of the home. As officers and rescue personnel arrived at the scene the man opened<br />

fire on them, fatally wounding Officer Elmstrand, Officer Ruge, and Burnsville Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth.<br />

A Burnsville Police Department sergeant was also wounded.<br />

Officer Elmstrand had served as a sworn officer with the Burnsville Police Department for five years and had previously<br />

served as a community service officer.<br />



AGE: 27 TOUR: 4 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Police Officer Matthew Ruge and Police Officer Paul Elmstrand were shot and killed after responding to a<br />

domestic incident in the 12600 block of 33rd Avenue at about 2:00 am. As officers and rescue personnel<br />

arrived at the scene the man opened fire on them, fatally wounding Officer Elmstrand, Officer Ruge, and<br />

Burnsville Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth. A Burnsville Police Department sergeant was also wounded.<br />

Officer Elmstrand had served with the Burnsville Police Department for four years.<br />

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AGE: 31 TOUR: 6 YEARS BADGE: 290<br />

Trooper First Class Chase Redner was struck and killed while investigating a fatal pedestrian crash scene at Interstate<br />

75 <strong>No</strong>rth near Mt. Zion Boulevard in Morrow. At 10:30 p.m. on February 19, 2024, a construction worker<br />

died after being struck by a vehicle while setting up a work zone. Trooper Redner was investigating the collision site<br />

and was standing outside his patrol cruiser at 12:30 a.m. when he was hit by a passing vehicle. He was transported<br />

to Grady Memorial Hospital where he died from his injuries.<br />




Deputy Sheriff Charles Rivette was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Centerville, Texas, at 10:30 p.m.<br />

Deputy Rivette and another deputy were transporting an inmate when the crash occurred. The other deputy<br />

and inmate also suffered serious injuries.<br />

Trooper Redner had served with the Georgia State Patrol for over six years. He is survived by his mother and<br />

fiancée.<br />

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WORDS BY Brian McVey, MAPP<br />

The Importance of Sleep in Law Enforcement<br />

Are you that officer who shows<br />

up to work thinking you are “officer<br />

friendly?” Ask your spouse<br />

or co-workers and they will<br />

inform you that you are actually<br />

“officer tired and cranky.” Working<br />

long hours, different shifts,<br />

and side jobs all while getting<br />

little or no sleep limits an officer’s<br />

performance drastically. In<br />

our line of work officers need<br />

sleep.<br />

I believe that many of us are, at<br />

times, “Officer tired and cranky.”<br />

But we need to make time for<br />

sleep. Make time for naps, our<br />

on-going schedules make it<br />

clear that effective sleeping and<br />

resting impact our physical and<br />

mental readiness.<br />

I know many officers who<br />

struggle in their daily tasks<br />

because they do not get enough<br />

sleep. Sleep deprivation influences<br />

not only mental but also<br />

physical health and performance.<br />

Lack of sleep is also associated<br />

with depression and mood<br />

disorders. If you have become<br />

that moody officer, get some<br />

sleep and friends and family<br />

might just like you more. Judging<br />

by sales of prescribed over<br />

the counter sleep medications,<br />

numerous people in our society<br />

(and on the job) rely on medications.<br />

Unfortunately, some medications<br />

are highly addictive, yet<br />

none of these drugs reproduce<br />

natural sleep.<br />

I came across a few articles<br />

how athletes have become<br />

masters of sleep. These athletes<br />

understand they must perform at<br />

high levels and cannot function<br />

properly under pressure. Sound<br />

familiar? Retired NFL player<br />

Tom Brady attributes much of<br />

his on the field success to his<br />

insistence on rest. Brady told<br />

ESPN Magazine that “I have to do<br />

things differently” means going<br />

to bed well before people his<br />

age typically do. Brady understands<br />

that without proper rest,<br />

he would find it nearly impossible<br />

to muster a winning mind<br />

set.<br />

“The old school approach of<br />

toughing it out is completely<br />

bogus, not to mention counterproductive,”<br />

maintains Charles<br />

Czeisler, director of the division<br />

of sleep medicine at Harvard<br />

Medical School. Czeisler, who<br />

is known around the National<br />

Basketball Association (NBA)<br />

as the “sleep doctor”. Charles<br />

recommends a simple formula<br />

for maximizing elite athletic<br />

skills: MORE SLEEP! It’s just not<br />

the area of sports, Warren Buffet<br />

one of the world’s most successful<br />

investors is similarly greedy<br />

about his sleep. He famously,<br />

told investors, “Why don’t you<br />

go home and get a good night’s<br />

rest, and we’ll meet again tomorrow”<br />

after an important<br />

meeting in the 1990’s. `<br />

An expert on this topic is Bryan<br />

Vila. Bryan pioneered the study<br />

of police fatigue, in his book<br />

called, Tired Cops: The Importance<br />

of Managing Police Fatigue<br />

(2000). Bryan Vila, PhD, is a<br />

professor of criminal justice and<br />

criminology at Washington State<br />

University. His research focuses<br />

on the impact of sleep-related<br />

fatigue, shift work and long<br />

work hours on the safety, health<br />

and performance of police<br />

officers. Bryan stated in a Ted<br />

Talk that “As you work officers<br />

harder, you wear them out, more<br />

officers get sick and more of<br />

them burnout. You then have<br />

fewer bodies to put out on the<br />

street” Make sense to you? Bryan<br />

served as a law enforcement<br />

officer for 17 years—including<br />

nine years as a street cop and<br />

supervisor with the Los Angeles<br />

County Sheriff’s Department, six<br />

years as a police chief helping<br />

the emerging nations of Micronesia<br />

develop stable and culturally-appropriate<br />

law enforcement<br />

agencies, and two years as a<br />

federal law enforcement officer<br />

in Washington, D.C.<br />

Over the long-term, sleep<br />

disruption effects your immune<br />

system. It suppresses its actions.<br />

This means officer’s dis-proportionality<br />

gets cancer, cardiovascular<br />

deceases, metabolic disorders<br />

as well as psychological<br />

disorders. Forget bad guys and<br />

gunfire: several police studies<br />

done at the Center for Sleep<br />

Medicine at Mount Sinai School<br />

of Medicine in New York confirmed<br />

that officers shift work<br />

contributes to undiagnosed and<br />

untreated sleep problems and<br />

excessive fatigue.<br />

Maybe it’s time for you to seek<br />

medical help. The national<br />

counseling of aging suggests<br />

over forty million Americans<br />

have sleep apnea, a disorder<br />

in which the airway becomes<br />

blocked, causing sufferers to<br />

snore loudly and stop breathing<br />

for short periods. Those that<br />

suffer from sleep apnea feel<br />

drowsy from poor sleep, which<br />

raises their blood pressure to<br />

dangerously high levels.<br />

A good night of sleep practiced<br />

regularly will help improve<br />

your mental and physical state<br />

and help get you recharged.<br />

Sleep also helps to burn calories.<br />

While you sleep, you are<br />

more likely to burn between fifty<br />

and one hundred calories an<br />

hour. Be consistent with your<br />

bedtime routines; try to get to<br />

bed at the same time each night<br />

to train your body for a consistent<br />

melatonin release. We<br />

never say, “This person is a great<br />

worker because he is drunk all<br />

the time,” yet we continue to<br />

celebrate people who sacrifice<br />

sleep for work. Few U.S. police<br />

departments have established<br />

comprehensive shift, work-hour,<br />

and fatigue management policies<br />

despite the well understood,<br />

long-standing, and profound<br />

influences that round-the-clock<br />

schedules have on worker health,<br />

safety, performance, job satisfaction,<br />

and family life. So, work<br />

on getting more sleep. It just<br />

might be that simple.<br />

Brian is a proud dad, a former<br />

Chicago Police officer injured in the<br />

line of duty in 2012. Brian has a<br />

Master’s Degree in Police Psychology<br />

from Adler University in Chicago<br />

IL. Reach Brian @ btmcvey77@<br />

gmail.com<br />

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What Happens One Second<br />

After an EMP Attack:<br />

An Interview with Author William Forstchen<br />

By David Brown<br />

William R. Forstchen is a literary<br />

hero of mine going back to<br />

grade school. The prolific author<br />

and historian has written some<br />

of the finest speculative fiction of<br />

our time, and in recent years, he<br />

has achieved super stardom with<br />

the novel ONE SECOND AFTER.<br />

It is the story of how a father of<br />

two and his small, <strong>No</strong>rth Carolina<br />

community respond to an<br />

electromagnetic pulse (EMP)<br />

attack on the United States.<br />

His book has become a touchstone<br />

work in the “SHTF” (shit<br />

hits the fan) genre, and triggered<br />

a national conversation that<br />

remains ongoing. An EMP strike<br />

would involve a hostile power<br />

detonating one or more nuclear<br />

weapons over the U.S. at high<br />

altitudes. As Congressional testimony<br />

described, the explosion<br />

would interact with the ionosphere<br />

(the electrically conducting<br />

layer of the atmosphere) and<br />

the Earth’s magnetic field. The<br />

resultant surge in electromagnetic<br />

currents would essentially<br />

fry electronics from coast to<br />

coast, cripple the power grid,<br />

and cause cascading failures in<br />

American infrastructure. The<br />

United States is woefully unprepared<br />

for such an attack.<br />

We spoke recently about how<br />

an EMP attack would work, what<br />

its consequences would be, and<br />

how best to prepare for what<br />

happens one second after. This<br />

interview has been lightly edited<br />

for length and clarity.<br />



<strong>No</strong>rth Korea, followed by Iran.<br />

Long ago for nuclear weapons,<br />

there was a concept called<br />

‘mutual assured destruction.’<br />

If we launched at the Russians,<br />

the Russians would launch at us.<br />

Everybody would get blown up<br />

and so nobody would win.<br />

But for an EMP, the use of a nuclear<br />

weapon is a game changer.<br />

It’s known as an ‘asymmetrical<br />

first strike.’ All you need is one,<br />

two, three small warheads, loft<br />

them up over the United States,<br />

pop them, and you’ve blinded<br />

your enemy. You’ve shut down<br />

the power grid. It’s a catastrophic<br />

situation.<br />

If that happened, we could find<br />

ourselves in a scenario where<br />

we don’t even know who the hell<br />

launched it. It would be as easy<br />

as them using a container ship<br />

off the coast of Florida. Launch<br />

the weapon, blow the ship up,<br />

and where are the fingerprints?<br />

Who did it? So this is a very different<br />

type of warfare.<br />







Good question. Really good<br />

question. When <strong>No</strong>rth Korea<br />

launched its first attempts at intercontinental<br />

ballistic missiles,<br />

I started asking some questions.<br />

And people, including from the<br />

White House, responded that<br />

<strong>No</strong>rth Korea doesn’t have EMP<br />

capability because ICBMs require<br />

a successful launch—it’s<br />

got to get up there—and then the<br />

warhead has to have a precise<br />

guidance system to bring it to<br />

its target. Seattle, for instance. It<br />

needs a precision reentry for a<br />

precision strike.<br />

But you don’t need that with an<br />

EMP. All you have to do is launch<br />

the weapon up there and get it<br />

over the western United States—<br />

doesn’t matter at that point if<br />

it’s over Seattle, San Francisco,<br />

wherever. You don’t need any<br />

precision guidance. Therefore<br />

they already have the capability.<br />

The ideal scenario is three of<br />

them. One in the western United<br />

States, one somewhere over the<br />

middle—it doesn’t matter if it’s<br />

over in Nebraska or Iowa, just<br />

pop it—and then one over the<br />

Eastern United States, say, over<br />

Pennsylvania. Pop it. You don’t<br />

need precision guidance to do<br />

this. It’s like horseshoes: As long<br />

as you’re in the general area,<br />

you’re going to get some kind<br />

of points.<br />







Yes, exactly. For a lot of people,<br />

you go to the sink and fill a<br />

glass of water, and it’s almost<br />

miraculous. You turn a faucet<br />

and water comes out. If you shut<br />

down the electricity, though,<br />

you are going to lose your water<br />

supply—and that’s true for<br />

every major city in the country,<br />

because it requires pumping and<br />

filtration. What happens to the<br />

general populace, within two<br />

days, if there is no water? People<br />

will be willing to kill to put<br />

a bottle of water into their kid’s<br />

hand.<br />

Society just starts to break<br />

down. The food supply? Twenty<br />

days you’re out of food. Medication?<br />

The pharmacies are closed.<br />

We turn on each other to try and<br />

survive, and according to Congressional<br />

reporting, upward of<br />

90% of the population will be<br />

dead a year later.<br />








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You know, people have this<br />

fantasy that if we get hit by an<br />

EMP, four or five days into it, you<br />

could decide to get the hell out<br />

of the city and head to the country.<br />

Why? Because there’s a fantasy<br />

that out in the country you’ll<br />

find food and you’ll find water.<br />

Well, even in Nebraska, what do<br />

you think they’re dependent upon<br />

to bring in the harvest? To plant<br />

the seeds? To do all of it? Electricity.<br />

But without electricity, all<br />

bets are off whether you are in<br />

Montana or you are in New York<br />

City—it’s all the same.<br />






You have to detonate the<br />

weapon in the upper atmosphere,<br />

the rarefied atmosphere,<br />

200 miles up. The nuclear detonation<br />

sets up an electrostatic<br />

discharge that then cascades<br />

down to the Earth’s surface and<br />

blows us out. But it’s not a lightning<br />

bolt. You won’t see it, except<br />

maybe if you were looking at the<br />

point of detonation. Then you’d<br />

see a flash, but it wouldn’t even<br />

bother your eyesight. You don’t<br />

need precision: just put it two<br />

hundred miles up, pop it, and it’s<br />

a game changer. It’s over.<br />




THING.<br />

At the end of my book ONE<br />

SECOND AFTER, some military<br />

people finally come into the<br />

town a year later, and one of<br />

them says, ‘Oh, yeah, it was the<br />

<strong>No</strong>rth Koreans who did this to<br />

us and we flattened them—we<br />

turned their whole country into<br />

glass.’ And my main character<br />

says, ‘So? What difference does<br />

that make now?’<br />

So if this really happened and<br />

we retaliated? It would make no<br />

difference to any of us because<br />

we’d have already lost the war,<br />

literally in one second. What we<br />

do afterward, it doesn’t matter<br />

to you and to me.<br />



I started thinking and writing<br />

about the EMP question about<br />

20 years ago, and I based a lot<br />

of my book, initially, on Congressional<br />

testimony. A number<br />

of experts were going up there,<br />

all saying the same thing: We’ve<br />

got to harden the grid, or we’re<br />

waiting to get our butts kicked.<br />

There was an attempt at legislative<br />

action, but it was killed in<br />

committee, particularly thanks<br />

to Lisa Murkowski from Alaska,<br />

because the bill didn’t have the<br />

perks she wanted.<br />

We’ve had at least two or<br />

three major efforts to put a bill<br />

through. A very strong leader on<br />

the issue was Congressman Roscoe<br />

Bartlett from Maryland. He<br />

was the only person with a PhD<br />

in the hard sciences in Congress,<br />

and rather than listen to him,<br />

they gerrymandered his district<br />

to eliminate him. So for 20 years,<br />

it’s been gridlocked, and every<br />

legislative action has failed.<br />

<strong>No</strong>w, what are we going to<br />

tell those people the day after?<br />

Gee, thanks? I had someone say<br />

to me more than once that the<br />

elite will take care of their own,<br />

but the rest of us slobs, we’re<br />

doomed. It’s kind of frightening,<br />

isn’t it?<br />








To the person who hasn’t done<br />

anything: What’s preventing you<br />

from getting a month’s worth of<br />

supplies in your home? You can<br />

do it even if you’re just in a little<br />

apartment. Take some two-liter<br />

bottles of soda, and when you’re<br />

done, clean them out, fill them<br />

up with water, and stick them in<br />

a closet. You should have at least<br />

a couple of gallons of water per<br />

day per person in your household.<br />

Next time you go to the market,<br />

you don’t need to buy the<br />

fancy twenty-five-year shelf life<br />

stuff. Just simply pick up Campbell’s<br />

Soup and such. That stuff’s<br />

good for three or four years. Buy<br />

them on sale. Spend fifty bucks<br />

a month more than usual to get<br />

food, get water.<br />

The third thing I’d say, if you<br />

are on medication, don’t wait<br />

until the day before the medication<br />

comes due to get a refill.<br />

If possible, try to keep a three<br />

month supply on hand. Next: security.<br />

I do not advise people one<br />

way or the other regarding guns,<br />

but if you decide to do that, I beg<br />

you to get trained—and not by<br />

your neighbor. Get trained by a<br />

professional. I’ve seen too many<br />

cases of people getting hurt or<br />

killed because of stupidity with<br />

guns.<br />

Transportation-wise, you<br />

should have a G.O.D. bag in your<br />

car: Get Out of Dodge. Just take<br />

a backpack, fill it up with two<br />

liters of water, a couple of days’<br />

worth of food, one of those<br />

space blankets, and keep it in<br />

your car. And put some silver in<br />

there—actual real silver coins.<br />

Because the day after something<br />

happens, you could be waving<br />

hundred dollar bills and nobody<br />

would care. But if you pull out<br />

a silver coin, you might be able<br />

to trade enough to get what you<br />

need. So very basic things like<br />

that. They can make a big difference.<br />

There’s this assumption among<br />

the public, I think, that if something<br />

goes wrong, someone<br />

else—likely the government—<br />

will take care of everything.<br />

But we’ve never encountered a<br />

situation where the mechanisms<br />

necessary to take care of everything<br />

also stop working. Your car<br />

stops in the street, and the tow<br />

truck that can move it is also<br />

stopped. Suddenly, that’s one<br />

move too many in a chess game<br />

for people to think ahead.<br />

It’s called the expectation of<br />

normality. The way things are at<br />

this very moment is “normal,”<br />

and we expect it will be that<br />

way tomorrow and the day after.<br />

That’s true for all of us. But if the<br />

rug gets pulled out from under<br />

us, then what? Suppose on September<br />

10, 2001, a bunch of people<br />

started pointing at the sky<br />

saying, you know, you could take<br />

a couple of jets and turn them<br />

into giant cruise missiles. The<br />

reaction would be “Oh, you’re<br />

crazy. That will never happen.”<br />

And then the next day it did.<br />

I keep telling people not to expect<br />

normalcy forever. Sooner or<br />

later something will happen.<br />

If there’s one consistent, recurring<br />

motif in the story of human<br />

existence, it is that “something”<br />

happens constantly.<br />

Our civilization is temporary.<br />

All civilizations are. If you went<br />

to the streets of Rome in 150 AD<br />

and said, “Guys, it ain’t always<br />

gonna be this way. Someday it’s<br />

gonna change,” no one would<br />

believe you. American civilization,<br />

we’ve had 250 years, and<br />

we’re doing pretty good. But<br />

don’t expect it to run for another<br />

250 years. Something will<br />

replace it. Maybe for the better,<br />

possibly for the worse. You can’t<br />

live on the expectation of normality<br />

forever. Every civilization<br />

rises, reaches a peak, and collapses.<br />

Who’s to say we’re different?<br />

We’re not.<br />

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healing our heroes<br />

What’s in your Mental<br />

Health Toolbox?<br />

We all have tools; we know<br />

what we have and sometimes<br />

we use them every day. When<br />

something needs repairing<br />

around our house, we go to<br />

our toolbox, take out the tool<br />

we need and fix what’s broken.<br />

We are very meticulous when<br />

it comes to our tools. We keep<br />

them clean, wiped down, oiled<br />

properly, and put them back in<br />

the proper place when we are<br />

finished so we know where they<br />

are if we need it again.<br />

We need to do the same thing<br />

with our Mental Health tools.<br />

If a door handle in your home<br />

is loose, you don’t just let it stay<br />

loose. Eventually the handle is<br />

going to break! So, what do you<br />

do? Well, you can just avoid<br />

using that door! You can keep<br />

it closed? Or you can open it<br />

more gently, hoping the handle<br />

won’t fall off. Or you go can go<br />

to your toolbox grab the proper<br />

tool, tighten the loose screw,<br />

which will take you less than<br />

5 minutes from start to finish,<br />

and you’ll have a more secure<br />

door handle. It may not seem<br />

like much. All you did was turn<br />

a screw a few times, but once<br />

its fixed you feel accomplished,<br />

happy, and more confident<br />

the door will not break. You’re<br />

Done.<br />

Your Mental Health Toolbox<br />

works the very same way. We<br />

all have mental health screws<br />

which need to be tightened every<br />

now and then. We have the<br />

tools needed to fix these little<br />

things. We just need to look<br />

for the proper tool.<br />

• Five Minutes of Breathing<br />

Exercises<br />

• Five Minutes of Stretching<br />

• Five Minutes of Mental Mindfulness<br />

• Five Minutes of relaxation<br />

These are just a few of the<br />

tools we have readily available<br />

to us at any time. These<br />

are tools we can use at home,<br />

at work or in our car. Just five<br />

minutes of tightening up, can fix<br />

most issues and keep us from<br />

breaking.<br />

Sometimes, the issue requires<br />

some outside help. Let’s look at<br />

this another way.<br />

When our car is low on gas,<br />

what do we do? We go to the<br />

gas station and fill our tank.<br />

<strong>No</strong>body likes to drive around<br />

with a<br />

blinking gaslight, it’s extremely<br />

stressful. We have all been<br />

there. <strong>No</strong>t knowing when the<br />

car will run out of fuel!<br />

We say to ourselves I can<br />



make it just a few more blocks<br />

or I will fill up tomorrow, but<br />

without further warning the car<br />

just stops!!<br />

At this point, we always say to<br />

ourselves, I should have stopped<br />

for fuel and just filled up. Why<br />

did I let this happen?<br />

Our bodies work the same<br />

way. We need to keep an eye on<br />

our mental health gas light and<br />

refill our tank, sometimes we<br />

need to go see someone to help<br />

refill our own tank.<br />

Finding someone to talk to is<br />

easier than finding a gas station.<br />

As first responders, We have a<br />

directory at our fingertips of the<br />

best places to refill. We have<br />

the inside track on where to get<br />

premium fuel at the best price.<br />

There is no reason to run out<br />

of gas or live with a loose door<br />

handle. All the tools and resources<br />

we need to fix these<br />

issues are right in our own<br />

toolbox.<br />

We all face these issues, and<br />

you are not alone. Written by<br />

Retired NYPD Detective John<br />

Salerno, A Badge of Honor<br />

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daryl’s deliberations<br />

Who’s Fault Is It?<br />

I think that this screenshot of<br />

a particular op-ed piece from<br />

the Washington Post probably<br />

captures the factional divide in<br />

our country better than anything<br />

I have read or heard. The Post<br />

writer blamed me for the shooting<br />

in Uvalde. She said former<br />

President Obama was right to<br />

cite me as “clinging to their guns<br />

or religion” and therefore, I am at<br />

fault. If you are a responsible gun<br />

owner and or a person of faith,<br />

I’m afraid the Washington Post<br />

has indicted you as well.<br />

The German Enlightenment<br />

philosopher, Immanuel Kant,<br />

coined a term that he called<br />

“Categorical Imperative” in his<br />

philosophical treatise on the<br />

“Social Contract.” The “Categorical<br />

Imperative” basically says<br />

that morality is based on rational<br />

logical actions and cannot be<br />

waived to serve passing notions<br />

of styles on what is or is not allowed<br />

in society.<br />

Personal responsibility is unwavering<br />

and rational. The abdication<br />

of the categorical imperative<br />

or personal responsibility is<br />

irrational, and therefore immoral.<br />

Irrational behavior is ultimately<br />

what causes society to collapse.<br />

The current atmosphere of upended<br />

rationale to justify witless<br />

spending and violating our laws<br />

with impunity is something that<br />

strikes conservatives (clingers of<br />

guns and God) in their hearts.<br />

The opposite of “categorical<br />


imperative” is “moral relativism.”<br />

Moral relativism says that<br />

“good” and “bad” are not objective<br />

and are subject to the<br />

styles and whims of the day. It<br />

states that people living marginally<br />

outside the boundaries<br />

of the rule of law are not to be<br />

judged. Their behavior whether<br />

it be stealing from a place of<br />

business or disruptive conduct in<br />

school must be accepted in the<br />

name of “social justice.” Where<br />

are our students going to learn<br />

personal responsibility when we<br />

can’t even agree on what is right<br />

or wrong? We can’t even agree<br />

on what constitutes a male or<br />

female! Moral relativism is an insidious<br />

tool of evil that not only<br />

allows for, but encourages bad<br />

behavior.<br />

The Washington Post’s writer<br />

is wrong. The person responsible<br />

for the Uvalde shooting is the<br />

shooter. The shooter, apparently,<br />

has lived his whole life with<br />

no accountability. He has been<br />

taught that he is not responsible<br />

for his actions. He knows that<br />

there are no consequences for<br />

bad decisions. He is the ultimate<br />

example of an individual who<br />

has lived with no one teaching<br />

him objective truth and objective<br />

standards. He was one of millions<br />

of boys who have become<br />

sociopaths or they live in a basement<br />

as part of a group often<br />

described as “Failed to Launch.”<br />

He was alive during other shootings<br />

and heard the same old<br />

hand wringing mantra, “It wasn’t<br />

his fault. We have to do better.”<br />

The next cowardly little sociopath<br />

to kill children is already<br />

lurking in the shadows of his<br />

mother’s basement. He’s known<br />

as a bully and a cruel abuser of<br />

animals. He is amoral, meaning<br />

he has no moral compass. A<br />

sociopath is not mentally ill. A<br />

sociopath can very easily pass<br />

any psych interview because<br />

he knows what the interviewer<br />

needs to hear. A sociopath is<br />

actually quite bright, but he does<br />

not have any empathy for others.<br />

He considers other sociopaths his<br />

“real” family. He has no respect<br />

for his mother and grandmother<br />

and he manipulates them into<br />

unwittingly supporting his evil<br />

intent. He’s listening, watching,<br />

and waiting for his fifteen minutes.<br />

He’s heard the mantra and<br />

knows it’s not his fault.<br />

Comments? DarylLott.Texas@gmail.<br />

com or faithfultexasfootprints.com<br />

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blue mental health<br />

Survivors of LODD:<br />

We Honor Your Journey to Healing<br />

We continue to honor our survivors<br />

by dedicating this monthly<br />

mental health column to sharing<br />

the first-person journeys of those<br />

who have been deeply impacted<br />

by a line of duty death and will<br />

continue until Police Week <strong>2024.</strong><br />

As we listen to their voices, I am<br />

hopeful you will gain powerful<br />

life lessons and perspective, appreciation,<br />

and respect for those<br />

who continue to serve every day,<br />

and for those who have made<br />

the ultimate sacrifice. We should<br />

also never forget those left<br />

behind in the aftermath.<br />

This story is the fourth in<br />

the series, David Edwards,<br />

the father of Corporal Matthew<br />

Edwards, graciously<br />

agreed to offer his insight<br />

and road to recovery in his<br />

own words below.<br />

“It wasn’t that long ago . .<br />

. the first time I felt it. July<br />

23, 2010.<br />

I was busily preparing<br />

breakfast for my wife and<br />

worrying about being able<br />

to get in and out of the shower<br />

quickly enough to make it to<br />

work on time. Breakfast preparation<br />

in those days was pretty<br />

intense, and the order was the<br />

same every day. Two eggs – not<br />

over medium because the yokes<br />

were too runny, and not over<br />

hard because she still had to<br />

be able to dunk her toast. For<br />

someone who doesn’t even eat<br />

eggs, I struggled with getting it<br />

right, and some days I would go<br />

through 5 or 6 eggs just to get<br />

2 that she would eat! But that<br />

morning, breakfast preparation<br />

was interrupted by a phone call<br />

that caused me to simply turn off<br />

the stove and leave the uncooked<br />

eggs in the pan, because I now<br />

had a more important mission.<br />

I had to go upstairs and tell my<br />

wife that her baby boy had been<br />





FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010<br />


shot and killed early that morning<br />

in the line of duty.<br />

I was ultimately able to pull<br />

myself together well enough to<br />

meet up with my oldest<br />

son . . . also a police officer<br />

. . . and we made our way<br />

to the hospital to spend<br />

a few minutes with Matt<br />

before his body would be<br />

escorted to the medical examiner’s<br />

office. We were<br />

greeted by a wall of police<br />

officers from several jurisdictions,<br />

and escorted into<br />

a tiny waiting room where<br />

some of Matt’s fellow officers<br />

were standing, some<br />

were sitting, but all were<br />

fidgeting with nervous anxiety.<br />

There was coffee, and I hadn’t<br />

yet had a cup that morning, but<br />

I didn’t want any. I patiently<br />

mumbled my response to a few<br />

officers and hospital workers<br />

whose only words were, “I’m<br />

sorry for your loss.” I sat down,<br />

and a few other officers settled<br />

in the room. I especially noticed<br />

the detective diagonally across<br />

the room with 2 large paper<br />

bags on the floor next to his<br />

chair. I instinctively knew what<br />

was in the bags, and why he had<br />

to guard them so carefully.<br />

And there we sat for what<br />

seemed like an eternity but was<br />

probably not more than 4 or 5<br />

minutes. And that’s when I began<br />

to feel it. Whether it is an<br />

instinct, a compulsion, or simply<br />

a calling, I felt like I was there<br />

to minister to the officers in<br />

the room as much as they were<br />

there to minister to me and Mike.<br />

I have been an ordained minister<br />

since 1976, but I had never felt<br />

more “called” to the ministry<br />

than I did that morning. After a<br />

few more minutes in the waiting<br />

room, we were finally able to go<br />

into the treatment room and say<br />

goodbye to Matt. As we were<br />

leaving the room, a lieutenant<br />

said to me, “Mr. Edwards, I just<br />

want you to know that we will<br />

do everything we can to help<br />

your family through this.” And<br />

instantly I knew how I had to respond:<br />

“You all are Matt’s family,<br />

too, and I want to do what I can<br />

to help you all through this. Let’s<br />

just get through it together.”<br />

I think for the very first time<br />

in my ministry, I actually understood<br />

the conversation that had<br />

taken place several centuries<br />

before between God and the<br />

prophet Ezekiel. The people of<br />

God were suffering in exile, and<br />

God was calling Ezekiel to go<br />

minister to them. But God didn’t<br />

immediately tell Ezekiel what<br />

he should say . . . He instructed<br />

him to simply go and observe the<br />

plight of his countrymen. Don’t<br />

ask any questions. Don’t preach<br />

any sermons. Just sit there and<br />

watch. And so Ezekiel describes<br />

in his narrative how he went and<br />

simply stayed among the people,<br />

and summed up his week-long<br />

experience with these words: “I<br />

sat where they sat.” Ezekiel was<br />

moved by that experience. His<br />

capacity to minister to them was<br />

built upon a foundation of having<br />

lived that experience himself.<br />

His compassion for them was<br />

not the sympathy of an outsider,<br />

but the empathy of one who<br />

had been immersed with them in<br />

their sufferings.<br />

The morning of July 23, 2010, I<br />

sat where they sat. I don’t know<br />

how else to explain it. But I can<br />

tell you that it is what drives me<br />

to do what I do as a police chaplain<br />

and as the leader of a nonprofit<br />

that focuses on the wellness<br />

of law enforcement officers<br />

and other first responders. Every<br />

time there is a line of duty death,<br />

my personal instinct is to shrink<br />

away and selfishly care for my<br />

own freshly opened emotional<br />

and spiritual wounds. But then I<br />

remember, “I sat where they sat.”<br />

There are people suffering who<br />

need to be ministered to, and no<br />

one can do it with more sincerity<br />

and empathy than one who has<br />

sat where they now sit. There<br />

are family members whose heart<br />

may only be touched by a loving<br />

word from someone who has<br />

been there. There are young<br />

officers who may be attending<br />

their first funeral who need to<br />

learn how to put themselves in<br />

the shoes of the suffering.<br />

I would be dishonest if I were<br />

to deny that whenever I see a<br />

social media post about a line of<br />

duty death, my personal desire<br />

is to shut down the computer,<br />

retreat from the pain, and protect<br />

myself. But I can’t because<br />

I sat where they sat. Whenever<br />

there is a line of duty death that<br />

happens close by, I would rather<br />

do anything besides put on my<br />

Class As and accompany a group<br />

of officers, stand in formation,<br />

hold a salute, and listen to one<br />

more final radio call. But I have<br />

to go, because I sat where they<br />

sat. I will continue to fight that<br />

feeling, and to embrace that<br />

feeling, because I sat where they<br />

sat”. -David Edwards, Father of<br />

Corporal Matthew Edwards<br />

For more information on the<br />

services and resources offered<br />

by Concerns of Police Survivors,<br />

please visit Concerns of Police<br />

Survivors (C.O.P.S.)<br />

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Light Bulb Award<br />


A Florida officer, who shot at cuffed suspect after mistaking acorn<br />

landing on patrol car for gunfire, resigns after Internal Investigation.<br />

By Joseph Wilkinson<br />

New York Daily News<br />


Florida police officer confused<br />

a falling acorn for a gunshot<br />

and responded by unleashing a<br />

hail of bullets on his own patrol<br />

car while a man sat handcuffed<br />

inside.<br />

Jesse Hernandez of the Okaloosa<br />

County Sheriff’s Office<br />

shot up his vehicle after the<br />

acorn struck the hood during the<br />

<strong>No</strong>v. 12, 2023 incident. His partner,<br />

Beth Roberts, also opened<br />

fire on the vehicle after Hernandez<br />

yelled “Shots fired!” and said<br />

he had been struck by gunfire.<br />

The handcuffed suspect inside<br />

the car, Marquis Jackson, was<br />

not struck by any of the bullets.<br />

“Windows were shattering on<br />

me the whole time as bullets<br />

continued flying across me,”<br />

Jackson wrote Feb. 7 on Facebook.<br />

“I was blessed not to get<br />

hit by any bullets or get hurt<br />

physically but mentally, I’m not<br />

ok. I haven’t been the same since<br />

and I don’t think this feeling I<br />

have will ever change.”<br />

Hernandez, Roberts and two<br />

other officers responded to two<br />

calls in Fort Walton Beach in<br />

the Florida Panhandle. A woman<br />

had reported that<br />

her boyfriend, Jackson,<br />

refused to return her<br />

vehicle and sent her<br />

threatening messages,<br />

including an image of a<br />

firearm silencer.<br />

While Roberts spoke<br />

with the woman, Hernandez<br />

returned to his<br />

vehicle to grab some papers. As<br />

he was walking past the vehicle,<br />

the acorn fell and struck<br />

the hood. Hernandez convinced<br />

himself that he’d been hit by a<br />

bullet, then dove and rolled dramatically<br />

on the ground.<br />

“I feel the impact. My legs just<br />

give out,” Hernandez told internal<br />

investigators. “I returned fire<br />

until I could get cover behind<br />


another vehicle that was parked<br />

in a driveway there.”<br />

Later in the interview, Hernandez<br />

was shown video of the<br />

acorn falling on his car.<br />

“Deputy Hernandez asked,<br />

‘Acorn?’” the report reads. “Investigator<br />

Hogan answered, ‘Acorn.’”<br />

Hernandez resigned on Dec. 4.<br />

Roberts remains a member of<br />

the department.<br />




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CES 2024 Showed that the Future<br />

of Cars will be Defined by AI<br />

By Dr James Jeffs, Senior Technolog.y<br />

Analyst at IDTechEx<br />

IDTechEx’s new report, “Future<br />

Automotive Technologies 2024-<br />

2034: Applications, Megatrends,<br />

Forecasts”, highlights the biggest<br />

changes coming to cars over the<br />

next ten years. Electrification will<br />

change what powers cars, and<br />

automation will change how they<br />

are driven, but one of the biggest<br />

opportunities is connectivity and<br />

software definition, which will<br />

change how cars are monetized.<br />

This was blindingly apparent at<br />

CES 2024, where it felt like “autonomous”,<br />

“connected”, “AI” and<br />

“software-defined vehicle” were<br />

prerequisite buzzwords for exhibitors<br />

to get through the door.<br />

We found that connected and<br />

software-defined vehicles have<br />

the greatest potential for growth<br />

in the automotive space. The<br />

reports found that these technologies<br />

will grow at a compound annual<br />

growth rate of 21.1% between<br />

2024 and 2034, reaching a value<br />

of US$700 billion. That’s around<br />

US$<strong>40</strong>0-500 per vehicle on the<br />

road. So where is all that revenue<br />

going to come from?<br />

At CES this year, IDTechEx saw<br />

where some of this revenue will<br />

be coming from. Firstly, there will<br />

be the AI assistants in the cabin.<br />

This was a big focus from players<br />

like Mercedes, Amazon Web<br />

Services (AWS), and Qualcomm.<br />

The early functionality of these<br />

will be a more natural interaction<br />

with the car’s systems. Voice<br />

commands in cars are nothing<br />

new and have progressed over the<br />

years from an unusable gimmick<br />

to something that some readers<br />

will now be thinking, “Oh yeah,<br />

my car does have voice commands”.<br />

Even the best systems today<br />

are slightly clunky and require<br />

the user to memorize specific<br />

nomenclature and ways of phrasing<br />

requests.<br />

Over the past few years, the<br />

world has seen how much AI<br />

has grown, with chat GPT proving<br />

that machines can replicate<br />

normal human conservation and<br />

contribute to the vehicle experience.<br />

Qualcomm and AWS both<br />

had demonstrator interfaces that<br />

had been trained on the vehicle’s<br />

owner manual. This is an ideal<br />

first application as customers can<br />

ask about features on the vehicle<br />

and get an understandable explanation<br />

from the AI assistant. For<br />

example, the driver could ask the<br />

assistant, “Why is the engine turning<br />

off when the car is stopped?”<br />

and the assistant can explain that<br />

this is designed to save fuel and<br />

let the driver know how to turn it<br />

off if they desire. Another application<br />

is simply interacting with<br />

the vehicle’s settings. Lots of cars<br />

already have voice control systems<br />

that can change the climate<br />

control settings, but AI assistants<br />

offer a far more natural way of<br />

doing this. Drivers won’t need to<br />

hone their commands, and use<br />

specific words; they can say “I’m<br />

cold”, “turn the heat up”, “set the<br />

temp to 20 degrees” or “temp to<br />

70 degrees” and the car will make<br />

the change accordingly.<br />

AI assistants will likely come<br />

as a subscription service, though,<br />

especially since they tend to rely<br />

on connectivity. AWS’s AI assistant<br />

for the car is a cloud service, connecting<br />

to AWS servers to execute<br />

the AI functionality. Qualcomm’s<br />

latest chips incorporate built-in AI<br />

accelerators, allowing the vehicle<br />

to offer some AI features even<br />

when off line. However, it will<br />

likely require some connection for<br />

regular updates and requests that<br />

require accessing data that is not<br />

stored on the vehicle, such as calendar<br />

information or Wikipedia<br />

articles. Either way, AI assistants<br />

will very likely be a premium<br />

service, perhaps with the first year<br />

for free, to entice customers and<br />

demonstrate value.<br />

The AI examples discussed<br />

focussed on interactions with<br />

the vehicle, but combined with<br />

connectivity and third-party<br />

application stores, the possible<br />

applications of the AI assistant are<br />

unbounded. A basic application<br />

of this is scheduling car servicing.<br />

When the vehicle gets close to<br />

its service interval, the AI assistant<br />

can access the dealership’s<br />

service center availability, then<br />

offer the driver available slots to<br />

get their vehicle service, let them<br />

know the cost of different packages,<br />

and even schedule and pay<br />

for the appointment.<br />

In-vehicle payment will be<br />

another game-changing technology<br />

for the car market. These<br />

systems can use biometric security,<br />

powered by the in-cabin<br />

infrared and regular cameras, to<br />

authorize payments. In one of the<br />

demonstration booths, an exhibitor<br />

pressed to make a purchase on<br />

a mock-up infotainment system;<br />

the camera showed their face for<br />

verification, and then the bank<br />

transaction could be seen on a<br />

separate screen. This wasn’t a<br />

faked example or charade, but<br />

real money moving between accounts,<br />

processed by what would<br />

be a car.<br />

One company was demonstrating<br />

how a user could pay for an<br />

upgrade to access additional<br />

functionality, the feature-asa-service<br />

model. This currently<br />

exists with companies like Tesla,<br />

BMW, and others fitting hardware<br />

to their vehicles with its full functionality<br />

locked behind a paywall.<br />

Currently, the driver needs to pay<br />

to access these features through<br />

a smartphone app or online. With<br />

AI assistants, connectivity, and incar<br />

payments, the game changes.<br />

A driver could say “I’m cold” and<br />

the AI assistant could recommend<br />

subscribing to a package which<br />

includes heated seats. Connectivity<br />

and AI payments, then complete<br />

the purchase. This is how<br />

AI, connectivity, software-defined<br />

vehicles, features-as-a-service,<br />

and in-car payments all come<br />

together to generate hundreds of<br />

dollars worth of new revenue per<br />

vehicle in 2034.<br />

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The Aransas Pass Police Department is a progressive agency, employing some of the sharpest<br />

minds and equipping them with some of the best technology available. We continue to seek<br />

applications from those desiring to become part of our law enforcement family.<br />

Making a positive dierence in our community is what APPD is all about! Are you in?<br />

Opportunities<br />

Bike Patrol<br />

Crisis Intervention Team<br />

DEA Task Force<br />

Field Training Officer<br />

Gang/Narcotics Investigations<br />

Criminal Investigations Div.<br />

Marine Patrol & Dive Team<br />

Mental Health Officers<br />

School Resource Officer<br />

TCOLE Training Instructor<br />

Salary<br />

Annual Salary:<br />

$44,200.00 Base<br />

$6,600 Retention Stipend<br />

Hourly Incentives:<br />

$1.50 Max for College Degree<br />

$0.50 Per TCOLE License Step<br />

$0.50 Bi-Lingual<br />

$0.50 Special Assignment<br />

Benefits<br />

Paid Bereavement Leave<br />

Cell Phone<br />

Holiday Pay/Leave<br />

Longevity Pay<br />

Paid Personal Leave<br />

Sick Leave<br />

TMRS Retirement (2:1 at 6%)<br />

Tuition Reimbursement<br />

Vacation Leave<br />

Weapon Purchase Program<br />

Point of contact: Administrative Captain Troy Poe (361) 758-5224 ext. 2421 or tpoe@aptx.gov<br />

For an application or more information visit: police.aptx.gov/jobs<br />

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The City of Aransas Pass is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability.





• Sick Leave<br />

• Paid Vacation<br />

• Paid Holidays<br />

• Personal Days<br />

• Teacher Retirement System<br />


• Intermediate PO: $2,<strong>40</strong>0<br />

• Advanced PO: $4,800<br />

• Master PO: $7,200<br />


• Must be 21 Years Of Age<br />

• Must Hold an Active Tcole Peace Officer License<br />

• Must Complete the Following:<br />

• Pass Physical Agility Test<br />






• Uniforms Provided, Including Duty Weapon<br />

• Department Provided Training<br />

• Starting Pay Depends on<br />

Qualifications / Experience<br />

• TCOLE Certification / Education Pay<br />

• Most Officers work Day Shift with Weekends Off<br />




• Criminal Investigations<br />

• Emergency Response Team<br />

• Honor Guard<br />

• Gang Task Force<br />

• Community Outreach Division<br />

• K-9 Division<br />

• Firearm Instructor<br />

$1,000 SIGNING BONUS<br />

• Background Investigation<br />


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• Drug Screening<br />


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NOW<br />

HIRING<br />





















$2<strong>40</strong>0 RELOCATION PAY FOR CERTIFIED<br />







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October 15<br />


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Cuero Police Department<br />

<strong>No</strong>w Hiring for Patrol Officer Position<br />

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.<br />

Email TCOLE Personal History Statement to sellis@cityofcuero.com<br />

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DALLAS POLICE department<br />


Lateral Entry Police officers<br />


Education Pay Up to $2,880/yearly<br />

Bachelor’s Degree $3,600/yearly<br />

Intermediate Cert. $600/yearly<br />

Advanced Cert. $4,800/yearly<br />

Master Peace Officer $7,200/yearly<br />

Shift Differential 3.5% - 6.5%<br />

FTO Pay<br />

$1,200/yearly<br />

Language Pay Up to $1,800/yearly<br />

3 years experience<br />

$80,431<br />

4 years experience<br />

$82,736<br />

5 years experience<br />

$85,109<br />


Assistance with state licensing<br />

endorsement<br />

15 paid vacation days/year (does<br />

not expire)<br />

Relocation assistance<br />

<strong>No</strong> residency requirement<br />

Wellness Unit and Peer Support<br />

6 Weeks maternity/paternity leave<br />

Health/Vision/Dental/Life<br />

Insurance<br />

Load Bearing Vests<br />

All Equipment provided at no cost<br />

Minimum Qualifications:<br />

Subject to same hiring process as all other police officer applicants<br />

Will have college credit hours substituted<br />

Must have 36 months certified, full-time, law enforcement experience<br />

Must not have any pending disciplinary actions or investigations<br />

Out of state applicants will complete state licensing process prior to entry into the lateral<br />

academy<br />


Apply now at<br />

1<strong>40</strong>0 Botham Jean Blvd., Dallas, TX 75215<br />

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COUNTY<br />


Seeking Individuals Who Are Interested in a Rewarding Career in Corrections<br />

Begin Your Career Today!<br />


Position: Corrections Deputy I<br />

Bureau/Division: Corrections/Jail<br />

Title/Rank: Corrections Deputy/Deputy I<br />

Reports to: Sergeant - Corrections<br />

Starting Salary: $51,250.00<br />


Maintains the security of the facility by conducting security checks, settling disputes, and performing cell searches and<br />

inspections; conducts outside perimeter checks.<br />

Preparation and proper completion in the documentation of inmate records.<br />

Issues inmate meals, clothing, linens, and personal items.<br />

Supervise inmate programs (recreational, legal, health care, visitation and religious services)<br />

Prepares reports on jail and inmate activities, enforce inmate handbook rules.<br />

Supervises inmates performing such assignments as cleaning and maintaining the jail facility and continuously observe<br />

locations and activities of inmates.<br />


• High School / GED Certificate and must be at least 18 years of age.<br />

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

background investigation.<br />

• Must be able to work days, nights, weekends, holidays and mandatory shifts when needed.<br />

• Must be able to work during natural disasters and or under declarations.<br />

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

Sheriff's Office in effect at the time of application.<br />

• Must have favorable employment history. All information given regarding past employment will be thoroughly checked.<br />

• Must have a stable credit history.<br />

• Must possess good computer skills and demonstrate comprehensive reading and comprehension skills.<br />

• <strong>No</strong> conviction above a Class B Misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last 10 years nor have been on or<br />

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

convictions of any level.<br />

• Applicant must pass all phases of the required testing.<br />

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

presently licensed.<br />

TO APPLY<br />

An applicant interested in any of GCSO position shall first download, complete and return<br />

the Application Packet, per the instructions on the downloadable form.<br />

The Application Packet can be found at SHERIFF.GALVESTONCOUNTYTX.GOV<br />

JOIN US<br />


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The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer<br />


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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 />

●<br />

●<br />

●<br />

●<br />

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 />







●<br />

●<br />

●<br />

Current TCOLE Peace Officer License<br />

Ability to pass comprehensive background<br />

Ability to pass medical, drug and psychological<br />

exams<br />


●<br />

●<br />

●<br />

●<br />

●<br />

●<br />

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 />


●<br />

●<br />

●<br />

●<br />

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 />


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 />

● 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 />



● Current TCOLE Peace Officer License<br />

● Intermediate TCOLE Peace Officer License<br />

● Ability to pass comprehensive background<br />

● Bilingual<br />

● Ability to pass medical, drug and psychological<br />

exams<br />

●<br />

●<br />

Previous ISD PD experience<br />

Background in law enforcement<br />


● 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 />

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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11th Street<br />

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Hour work schedule<br />

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www.hempsteadcitytx.gov (job opportunities)<br />

1015 11th St Hempstead, TX<br />

hpdrecruing@hempsteadcitytx.gov<br />

Or call us at: (979) 826-3332


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WE ARE<br />

HIRING!<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 />

WE ARE<br />

HIRING!<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 />

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 />

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@HCSOTexas<br />

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THIS CODE Harris County<br />

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WE ARE<br />

HIRING!<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 />



• 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 />

WE ARE<br />

HIRING!<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 />

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IS NOW<br />

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Police Officer<br />

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 />

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 />

The Killeen Police<br />

Department is dedicated to<br />

building a partnership with<br />

the community to fight crime<br />

and improve every citizen's<br />

quality of life.<br />

Opportunity to work in various<br />

specialized units<br />

Officer De'Vonte Johnson<br />

Recruiter<br />

254-200-7987<br />

DJohnson@killeentexas.gov<br />

Follow us at:<br />

KilleenPD<br />

KilleenPolice<br />

JoinKilleenPD<br />

The Killeen Police Department is an<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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E<br />

Benefits and Additional Pay:<br />

• $2500 Sign - On Bonus<br />

• Lateral Entry Program<br />

• Take - Home Vehicle<br />

$77,314 - $97,679<br />

• Cross Fit G ym<br />

• 24 /7 Private Indoor/Outdoor Range<br />

• Load Bearing Vests<br />

• Tattoos and Beards<br />

• Tuition Reimbursement<br />

• 20 Year TMRS Retirement 7% , 2:1 match<br />

• 457 Deferred Compensation p lan with 3.76% city match<br />

• 3 Weeks Paid Vacation<br />

• 15 Days Paid Sick Leave<br />

• 9 Paid Holidays<br />

• Field Training Officer<br />

• Bilingual<br />

• Longevity<br />

• Education /Certification<br />


Specialized Units :<br />

• SWAT<br />

• Street Crimes<br />

• K - 9<br />

• Narcotics<br />

• UAS Drone<br />

• Bicycle Patrol<br />

• Criminal In vestigations<br />

• Traffic<br />

• DWI<br />

• Commercial Vehicle Enforcement<br />

• Training<br />

• School Resource Officer<br />

• Neighborhood Resource Officer<br />

• Co - Care Crisis Team<br />


• 1 YEAR $83,566<br />

• 4 YEARS $93,677<br />

• 2 YEARS $86,877<br />

• 5 YEARS $97,679<br />

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$65,709-$67,685<br />

Based on Population and Experience<br />

TEAM<br />




$60,085<br />

$3,000<br />


$60,085 - $84,308<br />


Insurance<br />

120 Hours Vacation<br />

11 Paid Holidays<br />

80 Hours Sick Leave<br />

20-Year Retirement Plan<br />

2/1 City Match TMRS<br />

Beards & Tattoos Allowed<br />

Academy Pay<br />

Equipment Provided<br />

Excellent Training Provided<br />

Speciality/Cerification Pay<br />

Community Support<br />

Plentiful Outdoor Activities<br />


COMING 2023<br />

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Serving the Villages of Bunker Hill, Piney Point and Hunters Creek<br />


The Memorial Villages Police Department is currently looking for experienced officers who are<br />

self-motivated, innovative, enthusiastic and love working for a community that supports them.<br />

5+ Years Patrol Experience Required<br />

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 />

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 />

Starting at $83,459 up to $94,164<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 />

Scan for more<br />

information<br />

For more information you can contact<br />

The City of Manvel Police Department at<br />

281-489-1212<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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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 />



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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MAKE A<br />


IN YOUR<br />


We are looking for outstanding individuals to<br />

join our team! As a Pearland Police Officer your<br />

mission will be to prevent crime and disorder, build<br />

partnerships within the community, and positively<br />

impact the quality of life for all our residents.<br />


• Competitive Salary • Outstanding Training<br />

• Career Advancement • Exceptional Benefits<br />

The City of Pearland is one of the fastest growing<br />

communities within the region. Pearland is located<br />

approximately 20 minutes south of Downtown Houston<br />

and the current population is approximately 130,000<br />

residents.<br />



$5,000 Hiring Incentive for T.C.O.L.E Certified Police<br />

Officers who qualify with at least 2 years of experience.<br />

TEST DATE:<br />

SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 8:30 A.M.<br />

Register by: April 12.<br />

Pearland Recreation Center & Natatorium<br />

4141 Bailey 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 />


• 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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WE ARE<br />

HIRING<br />


www.porthouston.com/careers-2<br />


$60,000 up to $71,000<br />

* Salary depends on experience<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 />

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 />


• Must be 21 years old<br />

• Must have 2+ years of police officer<br />

experience<br />

• Must have valid Texas Driver’s License<br />

• Must be a U.S. Citizen<br />

• Must have an honorable discharge<br />

from the military (if applicable)<br />

• Must never have been convicted of a<br />

Class A Misdemeanor or above<br />

• <strong>No</strong>t been convicted of a Class B<br />

misdemeanor within the last 10 years<br />



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 />

• Must have a GED or high school diploma<br />

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Provide Exceptional<br />

Service to All!<br />


US NOW<br />

972-412-62<strong>40</strong><br />

Welcome Aboard<br />

Rowlett Police Department<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 />


Starting salary is $65,554<br />

Top Out Police Officer salary is $90,861<br />

Lateral Transfer - May be eligible for a starting<br />

salary of up to $75,221<br />


Containment Team<br />

SWAT<br />

Bike Unit<br />

Community Services<br />

School Resource Officer<br />

Field Training Officer<br />

Criminal Investigations Division<br />

Traffic<br />

Crisis Assistance Team<br />

Crisis Negotiation Team<br />


TMRS Pension 7/14<br />

Medical Insurance<br />

Dental Insurance<br />

Vision Insurance<br />

10 paid vacation days during<br />

first year & 10 Paid Holidays<br />

Paid Sick<br />

Beards and tattoos are<br />

authorized<br />

Longevity Pay<br />

Long Term Disability<br />

Life Insurance<br />

Dry cleaning<br />

Three department issued<br />

firearms<br />

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WE’RE<br />

HIRING<br />



55 officer department<br />

44 square mile district<br />

47 schools<br />

35,000 population<br />

24/7 Patrol<br />

We want you to preserve, protect, and defend our future.<br />

Starting Pay $63,000 (TCOLE Basic Peace Officer certification with no experience)<br />

Patrol & Onsite Officers (HS/MS)<br />

Gang Officer<br />

Mental Health Officers<br />

Community Relations Officer<br />

Emergency Management<br />

Criminal Investigations<br />

K-9 programs<br />

Language pay<br />

Shift differential pay<br />

Intermediate, Advanced and<br />

Master Peace Officer<br />

certificate pay<br />

Paid time off<br />

Ample overtime opportunities<br />

*All equipment provided including duty weapon<br />

**Training opportunities available<br />

Apply online today. springbranchisd.com/join-our-team<br />

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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 />




$250<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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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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