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OUR TEAM<br />



Chief Rex Evans(Ret)<br />


Dr. Tina Jaeckle<br />


Jessica Jones<br />


Lt. John King (Ret)<br />


Rusty Barron<br />


Lt. Daryl Lott (Ret)<br />


Sam Horwitz & Det. John Salerno (Ret)<br />


Doug Griffith<br />


Art Woolery<br />


Daniel Carr<br />


Bill King<br />


Michael Barron<br />


Unnamed Widow<br />


Joanna Putman<br />

Chief Joel Shults<br />

Dr. Ron Brown<br />

Lia Lando<br />

Rosalio Ahumada<br />

John Lippman<br />

Luke Sprinkel<br />

Bethany Barnes<br />

Richard Winton<br />

Alexia Weisend<br />

Frank Heinz<br />

Mark Price<br />

Lucas Bell<br />

Associated Press<br />

The Law Officer & Police 1.com<br />

The BLUES is published monthly by Kress-Barr, LLC, PO Box 2733, League City Texas 77574. The opinions expressed in some articles,<br />

op-eds, and editorials are those of the author and do not reflect the opinion of The BLUES or its parent company.<br />

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First time I have nothing to say,<br />

well maybe that’s not true.<br />

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For the first and only time<br />

in <strong>40</strong> years, I really don’t have<br />

much to say for this month’s<br />

column. Well, that’s not true.<br />

I have a lot I could say, but<br />

I’m close to selling my house<br />

and I’m trying to pack and<br />

go through what goes to the<br />

new house and what goes in<br />

the trash. When you’ve lived<br />

in your current residence for<br />

nearly 15 years, you have no<br />

idea how much crap you have<br />

accumulated until you start<br />

packing.<br />

There must be other retired<br />

officers out there that keep all<br />

kinds of junk with the mindset<br />

that “hey I’d better hang on to<br />

that in case I need it someday.”<br />

For instance, I found a huge<br />

box of cables and cords. Power<br />

cords, USB cables, audio cables,<br />

old coaxial cables, etc. I<br />

have no idea what the hell any<br />

of it goes to or why I would<br />

have saved any of it for 15<br />

years. Trash.<br />

In the garage I found a floor<br />

jack that leaks and won’t stay<br />

up. (<strong>No</strong> ED jokes please) Parts<br />

for various old cars I no longer<br />

own, such as a 2018 Dodge<br />

Charger. For that car I have: an<br />

upper grill; airbox and ram air;<br />

custom valve covers; a carbon<br />

fiber cover for the windshield<br />

washer tank; and a brandnew<br />

set of 3D Floor Mats.<br />

Speaking of floor mats, I<br />

have front mats for a Jeep<br />

Wrangler and a Cargo Mat<br />

to match.<br />

I have a couple bikes that<br />

haven’t been ridden since<br />

George Bush was president,<br />

dirt bikes that all have bad gas,<br />

a couple of electric scooters<br />

(who knows where the chargers<br />

are) a couple of old filing<br />

cabinets, and lots of cans of old<br />

paint, bug spray and God knows<br />

what else.<br />

If you live near me, I suggest<br />

you make late-night runs by<br />

my house on Thursday nights,<br />

just before Friday’s heavy trash<br />

day. There’s no telling what you<br />

might find at the curb.<br />

So, while I’m trying to sort<br />

out the logistics of moving to a<br />

temporary home while our new<br />

home is being built, there was a<br />

moment I thought there might<br />

not be an <strong>April</strong> 2024 Issue.<br />

(kinda like the non existent 1983<br />

Corvette.) Just skip a month!<br />

But in the <strong>40</strong>-year history of the<br />

<strong>Blues</strong>, some 483 issues to be<br />

exact, we have NEVER missed<br />

an issue. Every single month<br />

since 1984, we have always<br />

published something. <strong>No</strong>t every<br />

month was spectacular or contained<br />

award-winning material,<br />

and perhaps some were even<br />

boring. But nevertheless, a copy<br />

of The BLUES was delivered like<br />

clockwork to police departments<br />

all across Texas.<br />

I run into officers every week<br />

that say “I remember the BLUES<br />

arriving at the station the first<br />

of every month. They would<br />

be stacked up in the roll call<br />

room and every officer would<br />

grab one and totally ignore<br />

the sergeants briefing while<br />

they scanned the pages to see<br />

if someone they knew was<br />

the recipient of the Light Bulb<br />

Award.”<br />

So, skipping an issue was<br />

certainly not in the cards.<br />

Therefore, if this issue was a<br />

little late, now you know why.<br />

Finally let me close with this. If<br />

we haven’t thanked every one<br />

of you for reading this magazine,<br />

let me say THANK YOU.<br />

We wouldn’t be here today if<br />

it wasn’t for the thousands of<br />

officers that grew up with the<br />

BLUES. And if you are one of the<br />

nearly 1.5 million new readers<br />

that just discovered us, I say<br />

“welcome aboard.”

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More than just a job.<br />

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For me, law enforcement was<br />

always more than just a job. It<br />

was my career. My profession. I<br />

worked and studied diligently to<br />

be the best law enforcement officer,<br />

supervisor and administrator<br />

I could be.<br />

In an ever-changing world and<br />

environment for law enforcement,<br />

this was and continues to<br />

be a tremendous challenge. <strong>No</strong><br />

matter who you are or where you<br />

are geographically, the community<br />

you serve and its governing<br />

body, determines how you “Police.”<br />

Along this long and winding<br />

road of wins, losses and unbelievable<br />

moments, I have learned<br />

a few things about being a supervisor<br />

and ultimately a Chief of<br />

Police for over 13 years.<br />

Here’s my top ten list…I’d love<br />

to hear yours!!<br />

1. Stop. Just listen and take a<br />

deep breath. More often than not,<br />

especially as a Chief, a knee jerk<br />

reaction will cost you more later<br />

than the problem was ever worth.<br />

2. Don’t be a “Micro-Manager.” I<br />

know it’s cliché. But it’s so damn<br />

true. Get off your troop’s back<br />

and just let them do their job. You<br />

might just be surprised what a<br />

great job they are actually doing.<br />

3. Get off the damn radio. Stop<br />

yakking on that damn thing. Let<br />

them know you’re there. But to<br />

just stay on the radio all day or<br />

night. Just stop it already.<br />

4. Policy is, Policy. I completely<br />

understand this concept. I<br />

have directed and written three<br />

Department Manuals and two<br />

complete Emergency Operations<br />

Plans. That being said, being a<br />

decent, compassionate and understanding<br />

human being is far<br />

more integral to what we do than<br />

to just bury someone with policy.<br />

Have a heart. Give people the<br />

opportunity to survive a mistake<br />

and grow. You’ll be grateful for<br />

what you did, I can promise you<br />

that.<br />

5. Always stand up for your<br />

troops. Back your First Line Supervisors.<br />

As a Chief, I’ve seen<br />

Assistant Chiefs on down to<br />

Corporals, make good decisions.<br />

It was the delivery that was the<br />

problem. Stay on your people<br />

constantly is demoralizing and<br />

polarizing. Stop it. Be attentive<br />

and supportive to your subordinate<br />

staff and help them deliver<br />

the message the way you want or<br />

need it to be delivered.<br />

6. This one will cause a ruckus.<br />

You and your Command Staff, and<br />

every Supervisor in the department,<br />

do NOT NEED to have every<br />

new car, radio, MDT or toy that<br />

the Department gets. I’ll repeat it<br />

for those in the back. Don’t take<br />

all the BRAND-NEW STUFF for<br />

yourself. Let the worker bees, especially<br />

your swing shift or night<br />

shift guys and gals get a taste of<br />

a new car, new radio, new body<br />

armor, etc. You’ll be shocked at<br />

the skyrocketing moral this will<br />

cause. I’m just saying. Remember<br />

where you came from.<br />

7. Work with local agencies and<br />

department heads, not against<br />

them. One thing I can tell you<br />

working night shift as a Deputy,<br />

Sergeant, and a Lieutenant, (Yes,<br />

I can spell Lieutenant) is this, we<br />

all got along with each other.<br />

Chief’s and Command Staff need<br />

to do the same. Getting along<br />

with one another is the ONLY way<br />

we as a profession are ever going<br />

to survive this onslaught of anti-police<br />

ideologies.<br />

8. Provide a safe, sealed means<br />

for Mental Health for your Troops.<br />

This is critical. In my younger<br />

days, the most highly recommended<br />

Mental Health Professionals<br />

were Jack Daniels and<br />

Marlboro. As a profession, we<br />

have made great strides in providing<br />

our officers with the help<br />

they need, but we still have a<br />

way to go. Providing a place for<br />

your officers to get assistance<br />

for their mental health is criti-

cal to the overall mission of the<br />

department. <strong>No</strong>t to mention to<br />

the community we are sworn to<br />

protect. Give them the space and<br />

place to get help.<br />

9. Support your support staff.<br />

Telecommunicators, Administration,<br />

Assistants, IT, Fleet. You<br />

know the ones. They are rarely<br />

seen and always in the background<br />

getting the job done so<br />

that the front-line troops can do<br />

their job. These are the cogs that<br />

hold the entire operation together.<br />

We must stop forgetting them.<br />

10. Finally, police work isn’t<br />

always pretty. It’s not all balloons<br />

and stickers. Sometimes, you<br />

must employ force and be hard<br />

on people to stop or prevent a<br />

violent incident, injury or death<br />

from occurring. In this profession,<br />

it’s just a FACT. We cannot<br />

continue to be totally immersed<br />

in the art of Community Policing<br />

when the bullets start flying.<br />

We must act Immediately. When<br />

someone chooses to start shooting<br />

and killing innocent people,<br />

especially children, there is no<br />

time to talk, hand them a balloon<br />

or a sticker. It’s time to punch<br />

their ticket and send them down<br />

the road. Period.<br />

These are just some of the<br />

big-ticket items that come to<br />

my mind with regards to being a<br />

solid supervisor or administrator<br />

in law enforcement. If you have<br />

more to share, please write me<br />

at bluespdmag@gmail.com. I am<br />

open to hearing more from those<br />

whom we share our Calling with.<br />

Let’s be careful out there….<br />


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police law news<br />

Daniel Carr<br />

This Month in Policing<br />

NMSP Officer Justin Hare, an interstate tragedy.<br />

As many of you know - New<br />

Mexico is my home state and<br />

I recently retired from the Albuquerque<br />

Police Department.<br />

This tragedy occurred approximately<br />

three hours east of Albuquerque<br />

on Interstate I-<strong>40</strong>. And<br />

ended this morning on the far<br />

West-side of Albuquerque.<br />

Every police officer that is<br />

murdered in the line of duty is<br />

a tragedy. But, it sadly happens<br />

so often that the news stories of<br />

cops being murdered thousands<br />

of miles away can blur together<br />

- stories stacked like a pile<br />

of books that are waiting to be<br />

read. I think it hits a little harder<br />

for all of us the closer to home<br />

this happens.<br />



On March 15, 2024 at approximately<br />

05<strong>40</strong> hrs a New Mexico<br />

State Police Officer (NMSP)<br />

named Justin Hare was murdered<br />

in the line of duty.<br />

According to the NMSP Chief,<br />

Officer Hare responded to a<br />

call where someone requested<br />

assistance for a flat tire on the<br />

side of the highway.<br />

Officer Hare responded and<br />

observed a white BMW stopped<br />

on the shoulder. A man named<br />

Jaremy Smith emerged from the<br />

driver’s seat, approached the<br />

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front passenger window of the<br />

police vehicle, and made contact<br />

with Officer Hare. Officer<br />

Hare offered Mr. Smith assistance<br />

with his tire and asked if<br />

he needed a ride into town.<br />

That was the last conversation<br />

that Justin Hare would ever<br />

have.<br />

Without warning and in cold<br />

blood Mr. Smith produced a<br />

firearm and shot Officer Hare<br />

- as he sat in his police car.<br />

Ambushed. The coward then<br />

walked to the driver’s side of<br />

the vehicle and shot Officer Hare<br />

again.<br />

Mr. Smith then pushed Officer<br />

Hare into the passenger side of<br />

the vehicle and got into the drivers<br />

seat and fled the scene in the<br />

police vehicle. At some point Mr.<br />

Smith pushed Officer Hare out of<br />

the vehicle and onto the side of<br />

the frontage road - to die alone<br />

on the cold pavement.<br />

The “alert” tone went off from<br />

Officer Hare’s radio and another<br />

NMSP officer was dispatched to<br />

assist. Officer Hare was located,<br />

laying alone on the frontage<br />

road and the NMSP officer and<br />

a Quay County deputy rendered<br />

aid, called for rescue, and spent<br />

the last moments of life with<br />

Officer Hare. Officer Hare was<br />

transported to the hospital -<br />

where he died.<br />

There was a massive manhunt<br />

for Mr. Smith this night and he<br />

was able to successfully evade<br />

law enforcement.<br />


The thing about police work<br />

is that you never know who<br />

you are dealing with. Officer<br />

Hare was just trying to help<br />

someone who was having car<br />

trouble. Likely a call that most<br />

cops would view as no big deal.<br />

There would be no way for any<br />

officer to predict this outcome.<br />

The investigation into this case<br />

revealed several things:<br />

Mr. Smith is from Marion,<br />

South Carolina but had ties to<br />

Albuquerque, NM.<br />

The vehicle that Mr. Smith had<br />

been driving was registered<br />

to Phonesia Machado-Fore - a<br />

medic in SC - that had been<br />

found dead on March 14, <strong>2024.</strong><br />

Mr. Smith has a lengthy and<br />

violent criminal history.

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As the manhunt intensified<br />

and now involved local, county,<br />

state, and federal law enforcement<br />

- there was a “shots<br />

fired” call near Santa Rosa, NM.<br />

A rancher was checking on his<br />

livestock when a black male<br />

began shooting at him. This<br />

being a rural area and within 50<br />

miles of the site where Officer<br />

Hare was murdered - law enforcement<br />

personnel descended<br />

on the area and conducted an<br />

exhaustive search. But, Mr. Smith<br />

(who was the likely shooter)<br />

was able to escape. The rancher<br />

was not injured.<br />

CAUGHT!<br />

On March 17, 2024 just before<br />

0900 hrs it was reported that<br />

Mr. Smith had been taken into<br />

custody and shot by police on<br />

Albuquerque’s far West side.<br />

“At 9:30 AM, the New Mexico<br />

State Police confirmed our initial<br />

report, which stated that Jaremy<br />

Smith was taken into custody<br />

after a pursuit and a deputy-involved<br />

shooting with the Bernalillo<br />

County Sheriff’s Office.<br />

The Multi-Agency Task Force<br />

has initiated an investigation<br />

into the deputy-involved shooting.<br />

<strong>No</strong> deputies were injured.”<br />


A message to all officers who<br />

risk their lives and engage in<br />

these dangerous manhunts:<br />

These people have nothing to<br />

lose.<br />

Kill them - before they kill you.<br />


I am often asked why the life<br />

of a police officer has “more<br />

value” than other people. They<br />

question why society briefly<br />

pauses and communities unite<br />

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to grieve together when a police<br />

officer is murdered in the line of<br />

duty.<br />

And I have thought about this<br />

question a lot over the last few<br />

years. Because, clearly, all human<br />

lives have value and most<br />

everyone has made some positive<br />

impact on this world and<br />

will be missed by family and<br />

friends.<br />

I guess, simply, this hits different<br />

when it’s someone who is<br />

out there protecting us. Because<br />

the good guys are not supposed<br />

to CLICK die like TO this. TAP TO WATCH<br />

There are no words to express<br />

gratitude for those who make<br />

the ultimate sacrifice.<br />




If you take progressive crime<br />

policy to its logical resting place<br />

you will end up with Seattle,<br />

San Francisco, and New York<br />

City. Cities where violent and<br />

property crime expand, police<br />

officers are demoralized, and<br />

communities are destroyed.<br />

But, recently, the obvious consequences<br />

of these inane “soft<br />

on crime” policies are disliked<br />

- even by those who wanted to<br />

take the risk to give them a try.<br />


THOUGH.<br />

Oregon had decriminalized<br />

small amounts of hard drugs in<br />

2020.<br />

Predictably, there were a shit<br />

ton of overdoses.<br />

Last week the Oregon House<br />

passed bill <strong>40</strong>02 - which will<br />

again make the possession of<br />

hard drugs a crime.<br />

Bad public policy has consequences<br />

and costs real lives. In<br />

2019 (per the CDC) Oregon had<br />

84 overdoses due to “synthetic<br />

opioids.” By 2023 that number<br />

was 1100.<br />

This is not that complicated:<br />

alcohol, caffeine, and marijuana<br />

may not be great - but we<br />

can still maintain a functioning<br />

society if they are present.<br />

The same is not true for heroin,<br />

meth, and fentanyl. Public<br />

policy should follow that logic.<br />

San Francisco voters just<br />

embraced conservative ballot<br />

measures. In part because 806<br />

people died from overdoses last<br />

year in SF.<br />

Prop E. More police surveillance,<br />

more leeway for police in<br />

pursuits with the use of drones,<br />

less documentation on low level<br />

use of force investigations, and<br />

limited oversight of civilian police<br />

commission.<br />

Prop F. Requires adults who<br />

receive cash assistance from the<br />

city to be screened for drugs. If<br />

positive - they have to enroll in<br />

treatment to keep benefits.<br />

It’s almost as if Ben Shapiro<br />

wrote those ballot initiatives.<br />

In New York, Governor Kathy<br />

Hochul deployed 750 National<br />

Guard members to the NYC subways<br />

and 250 State Police and<br />

transit officers to combat rising<br />

violent crime.<br />

Broken Windows1 (implemented<br />

the last half of the 1990s<br />

under Giulani and Chief Bratton)<br />

focused police efforts on<br />

addressing the signs of social<br />

decay.<br />

It worked.<br />

New York City murders:<br />

1990 - 2605 murders<br />

2000 - 952 murders

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Det. Art Woolery, Ret.<br />

“The Armed Citizen” Be prepared.<br />

At the beginning of each<br />

month, I look forward to the<br />

delivery of my N.R.A. issue of<br />

the American Rifleman magazine.<br />

Within its contents is a<br />

section titled “The Armed Citizen.”<br />

It is usually seven short<br />

stories about people from all<br />

walks of life that have decided<br />

to exercise their second amendment<br />

rights to arm themselves,<br />

to protect themselves, family<br />

and property. Having read these<br />

stories every month for many,<br />

many years, I did a little math.<br />

Eighty-four stories a year, but<br />

that is just the ones published<br />

in one magazine each month. I<br />

wonder what the total number<br />

would be if the Uniform Crime<br />

Report (UCR) from every state<br />

were gathered. Maybe I’ll ask<br />

Google for the number. Wow,<br />

Google did not have a number.<br />

In the February issue, I gave<br />

my thoughts on what it is going<br />

to take to solve the crime<br />

problem in this country. In the<br />

meantime, I suspect there will<br />

be no shortage of material for<br />

“The Armed Citizen” staff.<br />

Regarding the constant call<br />

for more gun legislation, it is<br />

hard for me to understand how<br />

more laws are going to change<br />

anything. Any act is not a crime<br />

unless an existing law is violated,<br />

so why would anyone<br />

think that new laws would be<br />

obeyed with all the crime we<br />

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see today? Gun owners are not<br />

the ones calling for more legislation,<br />

more restrictions and<br />

the like. It’s the non-gun owners<br />

most of whom have never<br />

held a firearm, don’t know the<br />

difference between auto and<br />

semi auto, single shot or 8<br />

round magazines. These are the<br />

very people wanting to impose<br />

more gun legislation on us. If<br />

you were to place a handgun<br />

on a table alongside a hammer,<br />

screwdriver, butcher knife, and<br />

chain saw, the handgun would<br />

be singled out as the villain.<br />

However, it’s a tool just like<br />

all the other items mentioned.<br />

That is until such time it’s in the<br />

hands of the wrong person and<br />

used to commit a crime. I wonder<br />

if the anti-gun people are<br />

raising all this hell because they<br />

truly believe all the BS that is<br />

being spread or, have they just<br />

found a “tool” they can use to<br />

draw support to their side for<br />

other political reasons. Society<br />

is going to have to take responsibility<br />

to change the mindset<br />

of future generations. We must<br />

change the way people think,<br />

how they feel about each other<br />

and themselves. Federal and<br />

State Governments can’t do it.<br />

The Laws only apply to those<br />

who want to obey them. Society<br />

will decide if we want our<br />

country to be a safe place to<br />

live the American Dream. Our<br />

country is only as strong as<br />

the citizens are as individuals.<br />

Strength in numbers only happens<br />

when singles come together<br />

as “one”.<br />

Recently, I had the occasion to<br />

be in a conversation with two<br />

friends of mine, one on one at<br />

different times and places. The<br />

conversation with both however<br />

was the same, crime and the<br />

condition of the country as it<br />

is today. The first friend said to<br />

me, “I have my CHL (concealed<br />

handgun license), but I don’t<br />

carry. I asked why not? and he<br />

replied, “All my friends carry so<br />

I don’t feel I need to.” Okay, so<br />

he can’t defend himself when<br />

he is alone, and with friends,<br />

he puts the burden on them<br />

not only to be ready to defend<br />

themselves but him as well. The<br />

second friend said “I am thankful<br />

for the police and citizens<br />

who carry because I really don’t<br />

want to have to shoot someone<br />

or have any of my family to have<br />

to shoot someone. So, number<br />

one at best is going to tell his<br />

assailant “Stop I have a CHL.”<br />

Number 2 is going to be held<br />

at gun point, while his wife or<br />

daughter are assaulted. Some<br />

people say I’m paranoid. I like<br />

to think I’m just alert and prepared.<br />

Until next time, stay safe my<br />

friends and God Bless

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<strong>No</strong> Spring Break for the Police<br />

Chief Joel F. Shults,<br />

We aren’t yet a third of the<br />

way into <strong>2024.</strong> As Springtime<br />

provides its annual renewal of<br />

hope, the season of mayhem has<br />

not abated.<br />

As of March 12, 2024, 7 law<br />

enforcement officers had been<br />

murdered by gunfire, 1 by stabbing,<br />

1 has drowned, 4 were<br />

killed being struck by a vehicle, 1<br />

by beating, 7 in car crashes, and<br />

1 along with 2 National Guardsmen<br />

in a helicopter crash. Thousands<br />

more had been injured and<br />

assaulted in ways that are not<br />

uniformly measured. Five police<br />

K9s had also died.<br />

Heroism is in no short supply.<br />

Conroe, TX officers saved a<br />

woman being held with a knife<br />

to her throat in an attempted<br />

sexual assault. Officers’ attempts<br />

at de-escalation were to no<br />

avail. The incident ended with<br />

the hostage taker dead and the<br />

victim physically uninjured.<br />

A deputy in Alabama saved a<br />

fellow officer’s life whom he had<br />

never met by donating a kidney.<br />

“Somebody needed something to<br />

live, and I was very lucky to be<br />

able to help with that,” said Jefferson<br />

County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike<br />

House, who donated a kidney to<br />

Vestavia Hills Police Cpl. Jerry<br />

Hughes.<br />

Two NYPD officers faced a<br />

rain-slicked Brooklyn Bridge,<br />

climbing 25 feet to save a suicidal<br />

woman. After talking with the<br />

woman, they were able to lead<br />

18 The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>April</strong> ‘24<br />

her to safety. In Akron, OH officers<br />

rescued a 2-year-old boy<br />

from Larry Spence, 54, who stole<br />

a pickup truck with a sleeping<br />

child buckled in the back seat.<br />

The officers offered comfort to<br />

the child, including offering a<br />

story from a child’s book about<br />

dinosaurs. LAPD officers were attempting<br />

to stop a vehicle driving<br />

with no headlights when the<br />

driver crashed into a utility pole,<br />

causing the vehicle to catch fire.<br />

Officers broke into the vehicle to<br />

pull two teen occupants out of<br />

the flames but were unable to<br />

save a third.<br />

Broward County, FL, sheriff’s<br />

deputies fatally shot a transit<br />

worker in Pompano Beach after<br />

he allegedly killed a colleague<br />

and opened fire at law enforcement<br />

officers. Marana, AZ police<br />

attempted to stop a suspected<br />

drunk driver who led officers on<br />

a foot chase. The man was reportedly<br />

armed with a handgun<br />

and, when located, was killed in<br />

an exchange of gunfire.<br />

Arrests have been made in the<br />

January attack on two police<br />

officers at a migrant shelter in<br />

New York. The officers were<br />

kicked and beaten by multiple<br />

suspects after one of the officers<br />

was engaged in taking custody<br />

of a suspect. Manhattan District<br />

Attorney Bragg, typical of his<br />

reputation for being a friend of<br />

offenders, initially allowed four<br />

suspects released with no bail<br />

but then indicted them after<br />

protests.<br />

Officers in Phoenix protecting<br />

Vice President Harris’ motorcade<br />

were assaulted with red dye<br />

thrown by a protester. A Hamilton<br />

Township, NJ police officer<br />

underwent surgery after he was<br />

shot multiple times by a gunman<br />

who was subsequently shot and<br />

killed by police during a domestic<br />

violence call. Police in<br />

Sante Fe, NM were attempting to<br />

apprehend a fugitive when gunfire<br />

erupted. One officer and two<br />

suspects were hospitalized.<br />

While the stories of chaos and<br />

tragedy are too many to cite, police<br />

work never ceases to offer<br />

occasional amusement. Police<br />

in Colorado were searching for a<br />

burglary suspect when they discovered<br />

him answering nature’s<br />

call with his pants down on a<br />

toilet in the building. The Superintendent<br />

of the New Orleans<br />

Police Department is lobbying<br />

for new facilities, reporting that<br />

rats are eating marijuana held<br />

in evidence. A Weld County, CO<br />

deputy was successful in rounding<br />

up a runaway emu. Despite<br />

attempts to escape the deputy,<br />

the bird was wrangled back to<br />

its owner.<br />

The seasons may change, but<br />

the challenges of policing never<br />

do.<br />

This article originally appeared<br />

in the National Police Association<br />

and was reprinted with permission.

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police law news<br />

Daniel Carr<br />

Officer Involved: Jaheim McMillian<br />

The race of a suspect and an<br />

officer are literally the least important<br />

part of any police interaction.<br />

If two humans treat each<br />

other with respect: the eye color,<br />

hair color, fingernail length, or<br />

skin color have no relevancy. That<br />

should not be controversial - that<br />

should be boring common sense.<br />

But it clearly isn’t.<br />

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There was an Officer-Involved-Shooting<br />

(OIS) on October<br />

6, 2022 in Gulfport, Mississippi.<br />

A police officer killed a<br />

teenager. The police dash camera<br />

footage of the incident was<br />

recently released.<br />

During the four months in between<br />

the incident and the video<br />

becoming public: the media<br />

“race-baited” for ratings, the<br />

family of the deceased tried to<br />

profit from the tragedy, people<br />

who don’t know any better (or<br />

who don’t care) protested in the<br />

streets, a police officer who was<br />

not involved in this incident received<br />

death threats, and the police<br />

officers who were involved<br />

were forced into bureaucratic<br />

silence.<br />

This story was covered by local<br />

and national news outlets and<br />

exploited by anti-police activists.<br />

Many of the headlines of the<br />

stories produced by The Guardian,<br />

Mother Jones, Daily Kos, The<br />

Huffington Post and others highlighted<br />

the race of the ‘victim’<br />

while conveniently leaving out<br />

that he was armed with a gun.<br />

Ever wonder why municipalities<br />

cannot recruit or retain<br />

decent cops?<br />


Multiple individuals called into<br />

police dispatch to report that a<br />

car full of people were wearing<br />

masks and pointing guns at<br />

random drivers. A location and<br />

description of the vehicle was<br />

provided to police.<br />

Officers responded to the area<br />

and actually located the offender<br />

vehicle (good job!). A traffic stop<br />

was conducted and the vehicle<br />

stopped in the parking lot of a<br />

Family Dollar store.<br />

Once the vehicle stopped, two<br />

young men exited the vehicle.<br />

Both were armed with handguns.<br />


Jaheim McMillian exited the<br />

rear passenger door of the vehicle<br />

- while holding a handgun.<br />

He initially ran away from the<br />

officer and towards the front<br />

door of the store. Mr. McMillian<br />

ran left and then when he<br />

reached the end of the building<br />

he reversed course and ran to the<br />

right. During this time the handgun<br />

was visible and the officer<br />

did not utilize any force.<br />

Then (for some reason) Mr.<br />

McMillian ran around another<br />

parked car and turned towards<br />

the officer - while holding the<br />

gun. In this instant Mr. McMillian<br />

went from an armed fleeing felon<br />

to an armed felon who was<br />

rushing towards the police officer.<br />

It was at that point that the<br />

officer fired his weapon - killing<br />

Mr. McMillian.

This is an example of the<br />

involved police officer demonstrating<br />

great restraint. Two<br />

people who had reportedly committed<br />

felonies (by pointing guns<br />

at random drivers) and eluded<br />

police while armed with handguns.<br />

The officer did not use any<br />

level of force as the two young<br />

men ran away and the officer did<br />

not chase after either individual.<br />

The officer stood by his patrol<br />

car. However, once Mr. McMillian<br />

changed course and ran towards<br />

the officer with the handgun -<br />

only then did the officer fire his<br />

weapon. This indicates that the<br />

officer had no interest in using<br />

deadly force (or any force for<br />

that matter) until his life was in<br />

immediate danger.<br />

The other teenager who kept<br />

running away from the officer<br />

was arrested later, without incident,<br />

and no force was utilized<br />

against him - as he posed no immediate<br />

threat to police officers.<br />

According to a Grand Jury<br />

report - there was no criminal<br />

action by any police officer. The<br />

District Attorney will not be<br />

filing any charges against the<br />

officer.<br />

In essence, this OIS was found<br />

to have been within the law.<br />



The description of this incident<br />

that I provided is not simply<br />

my opinion, but objective fact<br />

as seen on police dash camera<br />

footage.<br />

The problem is that there was<br />

a four month gap in between the<br />

OIS and the release of the police<br />

video footage.<br />

During those four months,<br />

Mr. McMillian’s mother (Katrina<br />

Mateen) started a gofundme<br />

account with a stated goal to<br />

raise $200k. The fundraiser was<br />

started on October 7, 2022 (the<br />

day after her son died). The<br />

description of the gofundme<br />

states that Mr. McMillian was<br />

“unarmed” and had his “hands<br />

up” and was shot “in the back of<br />

the head” while holding a bag of<br />

“McDonald’s and keys.” The fundraiser<br />

states that the police had<br />

no reason to utilize force against<br />

him.<br />

The description of the fundraiser<br />

also names the officer<br />

who was supposedly the one<br />

who shot Mr. McMillian. The<br />

officer’s name and rank are in<br />

the description for the fundraiser.<br />

The officer subsequently<br />

received months of death threats<br />

to himself and his family. However,<br />

the officer listed was not<br />

involved in this case. In fact, he<br />

was not even on scene, he was<br />

not working that day, and was<br />

out of state on vacation on the<br />

day that the OIS occurred. The<br />

chief of police was forced to<br />

make a public statement about<br />

this issue.<br />

As of the writing of this article<br />

- the description still remains<br />

- despite the public video evidence.<br />

However, that dishonest<br />

description of this tragedy did<br />

help to raise over $90k for Ms.<br />

Mateen.<br />




Ben Crump was retained by Mr.<br />

McMillian’s family in this case. In<br />

a public statement on October<br />

13, 2022 Mr. Crump said, “This<br />

child had his whole life ahead<br />

of him, but bullets from those<br />

officers took all possibility of<br />

that away in an instant. While<br />

much remains unknown about<br />

this case, we fully intend to put<br />

pressure on officials in Mississippi<br />

until this family gets the answers<br />

they need and deserve. We<br />

are calling for officials to release<br />

any and all video footage of the<br />

incident so that we can see with<br />

our own eyes what transpired on<br />

that tragic night.”<br />

Here is how we know that<br />

there is overwhelming evidence<br />

that this was a lawful, justified,<br />

and objectively reasonable OIS.<br />

Mr. Crump demanded the release<br />

of the police video footage.<br />

The footage was released. Since<br />

the release - Mr. Crump has not<br />

commented, complained, or<br />

made any statement about the<br />

use of deadly force by police.<br />

We all know that if there was<br />

even the slightest whisper of the<br />

police officer making any error<br />

- Mr. Crump would not have<br />

been shy about creating a media<br />

carnival to expose the wrongdoing<br />

by police. The silence by Mr.<br />

Crump is blaring to those who<br />

pay attention to the playbook of<br />

anti-police activists.<br />


Mr. McMillian was only fifteenyears-old.<br />

We should all be angry<br />

about the end result. But who<br />

should we be mad at?<br />

The police officer who responded<br />

to a call in reference<br />

to a car full of people pointing<br />

guns at random citizens - who<br />

utilized deadly force only after<br />

an immediate deadly threat was<br />

posed? or,<br />

The parents, guardians, teachers,<br />

coaches, and/or other adults<br />

in his life who failed to provide<br />

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a good example for this young<br />

man and who also did not care<br />

enough to make sure that he<br />

was not running the streets with<br />

a gun?<br />

If we are going to assign blame<br />

- it seems dishonest to put the<br />

majority of the fault on the police<br />

officer who was forced into<br />

a dynamic and violent situation<br />

- through no fault of his own -<br />

while simultaneously not blaming<br />

the other adults who allowed<br />

this situation to deteriorate to<br />

the point that Mr. McMillian was<br />

out and about with a group of<br />

criminals terrorizing random<br />

citizens.<br />


There is a double standard at<br />

gofundme. gofundme routinely<br />

shuts down fundraiser accounts<br />

established for police officers<br />

when they are charged with<br />

crimes and trying to raise money<br />

for a legal defense. However,<br />

during the 2020 riots, thousands<br />

of people who were arrested for<br />

vandalism, theft, and arson were<br />

allowed to establish gofundme<br />

accounts and raised funds for<br />

their various criminal defenses.<br />

Mr. McMillian’s family has been<br />

allowed to establish such a<br />

fundraiser on this platform - despite<br />

the fact that he committed<br />

multiple crimes (felonies) before<br />

he was shot by a police officer<br />

- including Aggravated Assault<br />

against a Police Officer.<br />

gofundme is a private company<br />

and can/should be allowed to<br />

set their own standards. As customers<br />

we should request that<br />

they apply the same standards to<br />

every fundraiser. That is not an<br />

unreasonable request.<br />


If provided any reason (whether<br />

plausible or not) anti-police<br />

activists will exploit every situation<br />

to the maximum to promote<br />

their dishonest narrative. There<br />

are strategies and practices<br />

that can be employed to limit<br />

the damage that can be inflicted<br />

upon communities. There<br />

are misguided individuals who<br />

believe that it is their destiny to<br />

destroy and dismantle communities<br />

- while the rest of us are<br />

responsible for maintaining the<br />

thin blue line between order and<br />

chaos.<br />

For example, the reason that<br />

the Ma’Khia Bryant OIS in Columbus,<br />

OH is not associated<br />

with ‘police violence’ is because<br />

politicians made the good decision<br />

to release the police body<br />

cam footage almost immediately.<br />

The release of this footage<br />

depicted literally one of the<br />

most justifiable and reasonable<br />

OIS incidents ever captured on<br />

police body camera. There were<br />

no riots, no dishonest narratives,<br />

and no police officers received<br />

serious threats. (Listen to Officer<br />

Nate discuss this incident on the<br />

incredible podcast On Being a<br />

Police Officer).<br />

This is an honest playbook that<br />

politicians and police leaders in<br />

other communities should employ.<br />

The quick release of the<br />

footage in Mr. McMillian’s case<br />

could have stopped much of<br />

the chaos fueled by anti-police<br />

activists who only possess the<br />

goals to divide and destroy communities.<br />

The only way that we can fight<br />

against dishonesty is with the<br />

willingness to promote truth.<br />

We should all be allowed and<br />

encouraged to express, discuss,<br />

and debate opinions. We should<br />

do that in a reasonable and respectful<br />

manner. But, we should<br />

be more aggressive when it<br />

comes to objective truth.<br />

The time for silence is over.<br />

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Daniel Carr<br />

Boots & Flashlights: The fog of Naivety<br />

I started the police academy in<br />

July 2005 - a few months after<br />

I graduated from college with<br />

an undergraduate degree in Law<br />

Enforcement and Justice Administration<br />

(an unnecessary way to<br />

say “Criminal Justice.”)<br />

Going away to college as a<br />

quasi-independent young adult<br />

and half-heartedly attending<br />

easy college courses prepared<br />

me exactly zero for the police<br />

academy and somehow less for<br />

the realities of policing in a violent<br />

city.<br />

It’s strange to look at a career<br />

on a timeline where norms and<br />

practices dramatically evolve<br />

but you exist as the same person.<br />

The official training that I<br />

received in the police academy<br />

was some (now unimaginable)<br />

version of “Ask, Tell, Make.”<br />

I sat through that “training”<br />

enamored, hanging on every<br />

word as though my police academy<br />

instructors were Socrates<br />

and nearly two decades later I<br />

was the detective investigating<br />

officers for not using enough<br />

“de-escalation” and the teaching<br />

the preferred police ethics<br />

course of the day.<br />


As a rookie I was assigned to<br />

work graveyard shift in an area<br />

dubbed “the warzone.”<br />

It was 2006 and I was in a<br />

squad with my best friend. Policing<br />

as a new cop in a wild area<br />

24 The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>April</strong> ‘24<br />

is more satisfying when close<br />

calls, near misses, and successful<br />

foot chases are shared with a<br />

friend.<br />

My buddy and I were dispatched<br />

to a residential burglary<br />

call in the middle of a busy night<br />

on a specifically awful street.<br />

The victim scared the burglar<br />

and after forcing entry he ran<br />

from the scene. The caller provided<br />

surprisingly accurate information<br />

to dispatch that included:<br />

a description of the offender, the<br />

direction of travel, and an update<br />

of where the offender was<br />

in real time.<br />

As my partner and I approached<br />

the scene, to our absolute<br />

shock, we saw the offender<br />

near the scene of the crime.<br />

There was no one else on the<br />

street at this time of the night<br />

and the description provided was<br />

exactly what my mind imagined<br />

and now saw.<br />

We quickly exited the car (we<br />

were riding together as one of<br />

our cars was out of service)<br />

and approached the offender<br />

- shouting a barrage of verbal<br />

commands. As we approached<br />

I noticed that in between the<br />

offender and us - was a six-foot<br />

chain link fence. In the darkness,<br />

from a distance, I had not<br />

realized that a fence separated<br />

us. The offender was encased in<br />

another backyard.<br />

With the clarity of nearly 20<br />

years of 20/20 hindsight - we<br />

had multiple options. But, in the<br />

moment we gave the offender<br />

commands to climb over the<br />

fence - so that we could arrest<br />

him. He hesitated at first and<br />

said that he could not climb the<br />

fence. I responded that he surely<br />

did not want us to come and<br />

collect him. The offender meekly<br />

obliged and climbed over.<br />

He climbed over and was now<br />

on our side at the top of the<br />

fence and we put hands on him<br />

and guided him to the ground<br />

and got him in handcuffs. The<br />

explanation of “guided” is not an<br />

exaggeration. This guy was not<br />

armed, did not resist arrest, and<br />

we used zero force to get him<br />

into custody.<br />

As this was one of my first<br />

felony arrests I turned to my<br />

friend with the intent to give<br />

him a high-five, a chest bump<br />

and celebrate like Canseco and<br />

McGwire after a steroid fueled<br />

game-winning homer.<br />

For that brief second I was on<br />

top of the world. I just made a<br />

felony arrest without using force.<br />

I thought that this was the epitome<br />

of good police work.<br />

That brief second was corrupted<br />

by a squad of slightly more<br />

senior cops and their sergeant.<br />

Without knowing it they had<br />

pulled up on scene and starting<br />

approaching us as we guided the<br />

offender off of the fence and into

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handcuffs.<br />

I expected them to join our<br />

celebration or at minimum give<br />

us a “good job guys.” But, to my<br />

dismay, the first words spoken<br />

by our backup was criticism that<br />

the bad guy didn’t have any injuries.<br />

The sergeant condescended<br />

from on high that when cops<br />

catch someone who committed<br />

a felony that the drive to jail<br />

should be proceeded by a stop at<br />

the emergency room.<br />

There was then a sudden cloud<br />

of anonymous dust as a few<br />

seconds of boots and flashlights<br />

proceeded getting this guy to his<br />

feet.<br />

DARK<br />

Things after that were different<br />

for me. There was a cynicism<br />

and a darkness in policing that I<br />

had previously, naively not been<br />

aware of. This opened a new<br />

door and closed others in the<br />

structure that I had set up neatly<br />

in my mind.<br />

All these years later the fog of<br />

time clouds some of the details<br />

but the experience of disappointing<br />

eyes judging me in the<br />

moments after that arrest is still<br />

clear.<br />

I don’t know if the other officers<br />

on scene used force that<br />

day. I know that there was no<br />

stop at the hospital. I can’t even<br />

remember the names or the<br />

faces of the officers/sergeant.<br />

But, that isn’t the point. I am not<br />

griping about their possible unprofessionalism<br />

- but instead this<br />

is a vulnerable highlighting of<br />

my obscene naivety.<br />


I had held this idea that police<br />

were always the good guys and<br />

that criminals were always the<br />

bad guys. Things after this incident<br />

were different for me.<br />

I questioned the paradigm of<br />

what “good guy” and “bad guy”<br />

really were. I explored the idea<br />

that maybe more aggressive<br />

policing is the answer. That if<br />

police were slightly more aggressive<br />

with criminals who<br />

victimize the innocent - that the<br />

community may be safer for everyone<br />

else.<br />

And, maybe the statistics<br />

reflect that. Between 2006 and<br />

2024 the city entered into a DOJ<br />

Consent Decree (2014).<br />

In 2006 the city had 36 homicides.<br />

In 2022 the city had 121<br />

homicides. Maybe aggressive<br />

policing saves innocent lives?<br />

Maybe aggressive policing<br />

further divides populations that<br />

already distrust police?<br />

I still don’t have the answer.<br />

That’s the reason I continue this<br />

project. Asking important questions<br />

at the intersection of morality,<br />

law, and reality.<br />

“Whoever fights monsters<br />

should see to it that in the process<br />

he does not become a monster”<br />

- Friedrich Nietzsche<br />

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Knoxville Police Officer Wisbens Antoine was in his first day at the<br />

academy when he collapsed during a 1.5 mile run and died.<br />

The law enforcement community<br />

across Tennessee, already<br />

reeling from the shooting death<br />

of a Blount County sheriff’s deputy<br />

and the drowning of a Meigs<br />

County sheriff’s deputy, is in<br />

mourning again after the death<br />

of a Knoxville Police Department<br />

recruit.<br />

Wisbens Antoine, a member of<br />

the 2023-B Basic Recruit Class,<br />

collapsed during a training session<br />

Feb. 23, Police Chief Paul<br />

<strong>No</strong>el said in a press release. Antoine<br />

was rushed to the hospital,<br />

but died Feb. 25, <strong>No</strong>el said.<br />

“I don’t have the words to express<br />

the magnitude of the grief<br />

and sadness that we are all feeling<br />

right now,” <strong>No</strong>el said during<br />

a press conference Feb. 25,<br />

wiping tears away as he mentioned<br />

Antoine’s wife and two<br />

daughters. “We are all beyond<br />

devastated.”<br />

A Knoxville Police Department<br />

patrol car memorial was set<br />

up outside of the Public Safety<br />

Complex in honor of Antoine on<br />

Monday, Feb. 26, <strong>2024.</strong><br />

Antoine, 32, joined the Knoxville<br />

Police Department in 2023<br />

as a Public Safety Recruit and<br />

started the basic recruit academy<br />

on Sept. 25, <strong>No</strong>el said.<br />

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Antoine was set to be sworn in<br />

alongside of his 18 classmates<br />

on March 4.<br />

On Friday afternoon, Antoine<br />

collapsed during a routine physical<br />

training session at the end of<br />

a mile and a half run for reasons<br />

that remain unknown, <strong>No</strong>el said.<br />

Members of the police department<br />

training staff immediately<br />

provided CPR and other life-saving<br />

care, including using a mobile<br />

defibrillator, he said.<br />

Antoine was rushed to the<br />

University of Tennessee Medical<br />

Center and died at around 4 a.m.<br />

Sunday, <strong>No</strong>el said.<br />

As Antoine’s conditioned worsened<br />

Friday, <strong>No</strong>el made the decision<br />

to swear him in as a police<br />

officer.<br />

“There was no better way to to<br />

honor his service and his sacrifice<br />

to the department and the<br />

community than to make him a<br />

police officer at the hospital,”<br />

<strong>No</strong>el said during the press conference.<br />

The police department command<br />

and training staff, Antoine’s<br />

recruit class and Mayor<br />

Indya Kincannon were on hand<br />

as Knoxville Municipal Judge<br />

Tyler Caviness swore Antoine in,<br />

<strong>No</strong>el said. A fellow recruit took<br />


the oath on Antoine’s behalf and<br />

placed his new badge on his<br />

chest, <strong>No</strong>el added.<br />

Services for Antoine are pending,<br />

<strong>No</strong>el said Sunday, adding<br />

that details of a memorial service<br />

are still being worked out.<br />

A memorial fund account has<br />

been set up at the Knoxville<br />

Law Enforcement Federal Credit<br />

Union. Those wishing to donate<br />

money directly to the Antoine<br />

family can do so in person or<br />

by mailing a check to the credit<br />

union at 501 E. Summit Hill,<br />

Knoxville, TN, 37915. Checks<br />

should be made payable to the<br />

Wisbens Antoine Memorial Fund.


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Independence Police Officer Cody Allen was shot and killed by a<br />

suspect while assisting a civil process server who had been shot.<br />

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - On<br />

Thursday Feb. 29th, the Independence<br />

Police Department lost<br />

one of its own.<br />

While responding to assist in<br />

the shooting of a civil process<br />

server, Officer. Cody Allen was<br />

fatally shot by a suspect at a<br />

home in the 1100 block of <strong>No</strong>rth<br />

Elsea Smith Road.<br />

The Independence Police Department<br />

and Jackson Co. Circuit<br />

Court have confirmed that one<br />

officer and one process server<br />

are dead while one is in custody.<br />

“He is a hero, and unfortunately<br />

he lost his life while serving<br />

this community,” IPD chief Adam<br />

Dustman said. “He did exactly<br />

what the men and women of law<br />

enforcement are called to do<br />

day-in and day-out, and I could<br />

not be more proud of him and<br />

his service to his community.”<br />

Allen was a two-time member<br />

of the Independence Police<br />

Department. He began his law<br />

enforcement career with the<br />

Grandview Police Department<br />

before joining the police force in<br />

Independence.<br />

He then took a job in the private<br />

sector to try something<br />

different, but came back to the<br />

Independence Police Department<br />

nearly two years ago.<br />

“He missed it,” Dustman said.<br />

“But that’s not lost on me (that<br />

he re-joined IPD.) I could not be<br />

more proud.”<br />

Dustman said he remembered<br />

Allen as always having a smile<br />

on his face and being able to diffuse<br />

things at a moment’s notice.<br />

“One of a kind,” Dustman added<br />

about Allen. “A human being<br />

among human beings.”<br />

The Grandview Police Department<br />

shared similar sentiments.<br />

“Our hearts are heavy at the<br />

Grandview Police Department<br />

and our condolences go out<br />

to all the family, friends and<br />

co-workers reeling from the<br />

effects of today’s tragedy in Independence,”<br />

Grandview police<br />

chief Charles Iseman said. “Officer<br />

Cody Allen worked with us<br />


in Grandview for nearly six years<br />

before transferring to Independence.<br />

He was loved and respected<br />

by all those who worked<br />

with him. His death is a huge loss<br />

to the law enforcement community.”<br />

Allen was 35 years old, and he<br />

leaves behind a wife, two small<br />

children and his parents.<br />

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Washington State Trooper Chris Gadd was killed when a DUI driver<br />

struck his patrol car parked on the shoulder of I-5.<br />

EVERETT, WA. — Trooper Chris<br />

Gadd was a man of action who<br />

loved deeply, was competitive to a<br />

fault and was passionate about arresting<br />

drunken drivers to keep the<br />

roads safe.<br />

Hundreds of police officers from<br />

across the country, along with a<br />

contingent from Canada, joined<br />

Gadd’s family, friends and members<br />

of the public in remembering the<br />

goofy, gregarious 27-year-old who<br />

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

2.<br />

Motorcycles from police departments<br />

from Spokane Valley to<br />

Auburn were parked outside Angel<br />

of the Winds Arena, while inside a<br />

sea of uniforms in shades of blue,<br />

green and brown — and at least one<br />

red uniform of the Royal Canadian<br />

Mounted Police — amassed for a<br />

somber service steeped in military<br />

tradition.<br />

An honor guard stood at attention<br />

and saluted as Gadd’s family was<br />

escorted to the front of the arena,<br />

where his casket was draped in an<br />

American flag. The Seattle Police<br />

Pipes & Drums, dressed in kilts and<br />

tartans, played “Going Home,” and a<br />

color guard bearing flags marched<br />

to the stage.<br />

Seven troopers who knew Gadd<br />

best huddled in a group hug before<br />

one of them attached a streamer<br />

bearing Gadd’s name to the<br />

State Patrol flag, where it joined<br />

streamers with the names of 32<br />

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other troopers killed in the line of<br />

duty. Gadd, who was a volunteer<br />

firefighter and emergency medical<br />

technician before joining the Patrol<br />

2 years ago, was the 33rd trooper<br />

killed in the agency’s 103-year history.<br />

Pastor Matt Krachunis, who has<br />

known Gadd’s family for 20 years,<br />

said Gadd was proud to be a trooper,<br />

loved his job and did it well.<br />

The pastor remembered him as a<br />

“pudgy, round-faced kid” growing<br />

up in Covington who would show<br />

up on his bike with an airsoft rifle<br />

and his hair styled into a mohawk.<br />

Gadd and Krachunis’ son would<br />

raid the pantry to steal the pastor’s<br />

“premium snacks” — namely macadamia<br />

nuts and the good chocolate,<br />

he said.<br />

“Chris became a man when none<br />

of us were watching,” Krachunis<br />

said. “Chris took the world by the<br />

reins and just did it. … He made his<br />

decisions based on what he thought<br />

was important” and forged his own<br />

path.<br />

Gadd found his best friend in his<br />

wife Cammryn, and his favorite person<br />

was his young daughter, Kaelyn,<br />

who he’d hoped to rebuild a car<br />

with someday, Krachunis said. He<br />

was incredibly proud of his younger<br />

sister, Jackie, who became a Texas<br />

State trooper, and was a devoted<br />

son to his parents, Gillian and David,<br />

the latter a retired state trooper.<br />

“Chris and every single one of you<br />


stand as society’s first and last line<br />

of defense,” Krachunis said to the<br />

crowd of law enforcement officers.<br />

“Please, remember who Chris was:<br />

an honorable man, a father, a husband,<br />

a son and a friend.”<br />

Robinson expressed anger and<br />

sadness over the senselessness of<br />

Gadd’s death, which investigators<br />

have said was caused by an intoxicated<br />

driver who struck the back<br />

of Gadd’s patrol vehicle while the<br />

trooper was parked on the shoulder<br />

of Interstate 5 near Marysville.<br />

“I would trade places with him in<br />

a second if I had the chance because<br />

he was there doing his job to<br />

keep others safe,” she said. “It’s not<br />

fair and it’s not right.”<br />

State Patrol Chief Batiste called<br />

Gadd’s death a devastating loss and<br />

said he served with excellency and<br />


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A U.S. Border Patrol agent and two N.Y. National Guard soldiers were killed in<br />

a helicopter crash near Rio Grande City in South Texas.<br />

Associated Press<br />

LA GRULLA, TX. — A National<br />

Guard soldier from New York<br />

who was seriously injured in the<br />

crash of a helicopter flying over<br />

the U.S.-Mexico border remained<br />

hospitalized Sunday while authorities<br />

released the names of the<br />

two National Guard soldiers and a<br />

Border Patrol agent on board who<br />

were killed.<br />

The three killed Friday in the<br />

crash in a field in Texas near Rio<br />

Grande City were: Chief Warrant<br />

Officer 2 Casey Frankoski, 28,<br />

and Chief Warrant Officer 2 John<br />

Grassia, 30, both with the New<br />

York National Guard; and Border<br />

Patrol Agent Chris Luna, 49. The<br />

cause of the crash remains under<br />

investigation.<br />

The UH-72 Lakota helicopter<br />

was assigned to the federal government’s<br />

border security mission<br />

when it went down while the<br />

helicopter was conducting aviation<br />

operations, according to a<br />

statement released by Joint Task<br />

Force <strong>No</strong>rth, a military unit that<br />

supports Customs and Border<br />

Protection. <strong>No</strong> other details were<br />

provided.<br />

The injured soldier was from the<br />

New York National Guard, according<br />

to the National Guard Bureau.<br />

The soldier, whose name isn’t<br />

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being released, was the aircraft<br />

crew chief. The soldier remained<br />

hospitalized, according to a news<br />

release posted by the New York<br />

State Division of Military & Naval<br />

Affairs.<br />

Major General Ray Shields, the<br />

adjutant general of New York,<br />

said in the release that they are<br />

“shocked and devastated” by the<br />

deaths of Frankoski and Grassia,<br />

and are “praying for the quick recovery”<br />

of the injured crew chief.<br />

Troy Miller, acting commissioner<br />

of Customs and Border Protection,<br />

said in a statement that they were<br />

“heartbroken” by the death of<br />

Luna, who is survived by his wife<br />

and two children, parents and<br />

brother.<br />

Homeland Security Secretary<br />

Alejandro Mayorkas said in a<br />

statement that they are praying for<br />

the injured national guardsman’s<br />

“swift recovery,” and said his<br />

thoughts and the “deepest condolences”<br />

of the department were<br />

with the families of those killed.<br />

Grassia, who was a New York<br />

state trooper, was from Schenectady,<br />

New York, and he enlisted in<br />

the New York Army National Guard<br />

in 2013 as a UH-60 Black Hawk<br />

helicopter maintenance specialist,<br />

according to the New York State<br />

Division of Military & Naval Affairs.<br />

The release said that Frankoski, of<br />


Rensselaer, New York, enlisted in<br />

the New York Army National Guard<br />

in 2016 and she trained to become<br />

a UH-60 Black Hawk and UH-72<br />

Lakota helicopter pilot.<br />

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul<br />

said in a statement that she was<br />

“deeply saddened” by the deaths<br />

of Grassia and Frankoski.<br />

“There is no greater calling than<br />

service to and defense of your<br />

country,” she said.<br />

Frankoski and Grassia were assigned<br />

to Detachment 2, Company<br />

A, 1st Battalion, 244th Aviation<br />

Regiment. Luna was assigned to<br />

the Border Patrol’s Rio Grande City<br />

Station.<br />

The helicopter that crashed was<br />

assigned to the District of Columbia<br />

Army National Guard, according<br />

to the New York State Division<br />

of Military & Naval Affairs release.

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Genesee County Sergeant Thomas Sanfratello died after being attacked by a<br />

suspect in a bar in Batavia New York.<br />

By Lia Lando<br />

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WKBW) — There<br />

is an outpouring of support for<br />

a fallen member of local law<br />

enforcement and his family.<br />

Earlier this week the Genesee<br />

County Sheriff’s Office announced<br />

the line-of-duty death<br />

of Sergeant Thomas A. Sanfratello.<br />

The sheriff’s office said Sgt.<br />

Sanfratello was killed on March<br />

10 after an incident while working<br />

a special assignment detail<br />

at Batavia Downs.<br />

Two suspects in the case,<br />

33-year-old Michael Elmore and<br />

39-year-old Lyndsey Wilcox,<br />

appeared in Batavia Town Court<br />

Tuesday. At the sheriff’s office, a<br />

patrol car sits out front in honor<br />

of Sgt. Sanfratello and serves as<br />

a memorial.<br />

“Tommy should be remembered<br />

as a good all-around guy,”<br />

said Gordon Dibbles, a retired<br />

Chief Deputy who has fond<br />

memories of working with Sgt.<br />

Sanfratello. “You know it’s not<br />

real...these types of things for<br />

me...it’s something that doesn’t<br />

set in until quite a while later.”<br />

“The community that we all<br />

have, they come together immensely<br />

for things like this,” said<br />

Joshua Lathan who has lived in<br />

the area his entire life.<br />

He is proud to see his neighbors<br />

showing so much support<br />

for Sgt. Sanfratello and his family.<br />

“Just driving, especially at<br />

nighttime, seeing all the blue<br />

lights on everyone’s front porches,<br />

the flags being hung in all the<br />

towns, the yard signs that people<br />

are getting. Just recently a<br />

couple from Oakfield are getting<br />

together buying t-shirts with his<br />

name on them,” Lathan said.<br />

Other signs of support include<br />

posters in windows all over town<br />

along with artwork and signs<br />

honoring the Sergeant.<br />

“I noticed all the sheriff’s badges<br />

on all the businesses and it<br />

was nice to see,” said Leah Ford<br />

who came to town for lunch<br />

with her family.<br />

“He would be very appreciative<br />


of all of this,” said Dibbles. “He<br />

also had a good sense of humor<br />

and I think he would be on more<br />

of the side of the ‘celebrate life<br />

type of thing’ but people are<br />

hurting so this is what you do.”<br />

Earlier this week an emotional<br />

Ian Sanfratello, the son of Sgt.<br />

Sanfratello, spoke alongside<br />

several Genesee County sheriff’s<br />

deputies and Batavia police officers<br />

during a news conference.<br />

“He will never be forgotten and<br />

he will be missed immensely by<br />

all that not only had the chance<br />

to know him, but talk to him.<br />

And he will always be loved,”<br />

Sanfratello said<br />



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A motorcyclist with a fake plate that read ‘WILL RUN” was arrested after a<br />

chase involving six Florida agencies.<br />

By Law Officer<br />

VOLUSIA COUNTY, FL. – A motorcyclist<br />

in Florida with a fake<br />

personal license plate reading,<br />

“WILL RUN,” fled from police at<br />

speeds reaching 145 mph before<br />

he was safely tracked down and<br />

arrested, according to law enforcement<br />

authorities.<br />

The biker “taunted and fled”<br />

from six different law enforcement<br />

agencies prior to being<br />

captured. He was trailed by air<br />

support and finally taken into<br />

custody in Sanford.<br />

Ashtin Jarvis, 19, New Smyrna<br />

Beach, was arrested on several<br />

charges including fleeing at high<br />

speed, reckless driving, and possession<br />

of a counterfeit license<br />

plate, in addition to traffic violations.<br />

Thank you Seminole County<br />

Sheriff’s Office and Sanford Police<br />

Department for the assist!<br />

Jarvis taunted and fled from<br />

Port Orange PD, New Smyrna PD,<br />

Ormond Beach PD, Edgewater PD,<br />

South Daytona PD, and VSO deputies.<br />

Participating law enforcement<br />

agencies did not engage<br />

in any pursuits, instead calling in<br />

Air One to respond, follow and<br />

help protect the public from the<br />

reckless behavior on our roads.<br />

“Oh man, was that fun?” a<br />

deputy asked Jarvis as he approached<br />

him during the arrest.<br />

“<strong>No</strong>, not really,” the rider said.<br />

According to a probable cause<br />

arrest affidavit obtained by<br />

Law&Crime, a deputy was patrolling<br />

the area of Dunlawton<br />

Avenue in Port Orange when he<br />

saw a group of motorcycle riders<br />

popping wheelies. He saw one of<br />

the riders had the license plate<br />

“WILL RUN” on his bike, which<br />

the deputy recognized as a motorcycle<br />

that fled the week prior<br />

during “Bike Week.”<br />

The deputy noticed the license<br />

plate was invalid and started<br />

following the crew. He pulled up<br />

to them at a stop light, got out<br />

of his patrol unit, and walked up<br />

to them. That’s when the motorcyclist<br />

took off.<br />

Once he was arrested, deputies<br />

asked Jarvis about the fake<br />

plate. He reportedly said he saw<br />

it in a video and thought it was<br />

funny, so he decided to buy it,<br />

while saying his actual license<br />

plate was at home.<br />

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The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>April</strong> ‘24 37



New Mexico State Policeman Justin Hare was shot and<br />

killed while responding to a stranded motorist on I-<strong>40</strong>.<br />

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – New<br />

Mexico State Police have identified<br />

the suspect in the shooting<br />

of Officer Justin Hare as<br />

32-year-old Jaremy Smith of<br />

Marion, South Carolina. In an update<br />

posted on Facebook, NMSP<br />

Chief Troy Weisler said around<br />

5 a.m. Friday, Officer Hare was<br />

sent to help a motorist with a<br />

flat tire on I-<strong>40</strong> near mile marker<br />

320, west of Tucumcari.<br />

Officer Hare parked behind the<br />

vehicle. Jaremy Smith, 32, then<br />

approached the officer’s passenger<br />

side window.<br />

“Officer Hare offered to give<br />

the suspect a ride to town, then,<br />

without warning, the suspect<br />

pulled out a firearm and shot<br />

Officer Hare. The suspect then<br />

walked to the driver’s side and<br />

shot Officer Hare again,” said<br />

Chief Weisler.<br />

The chief also said Smith then<br />

pushed Officer Hare to the passenger<br />

seat and took off in the<br />

officer’s patrol car which was<br />

later found abandoned. Police<br />

are still searching for Smith.<br />

NMSP has also issued an arrest<br />

warrant for the 32-year-old<br />

charging him with First Degree<br />

Murder, Armed Robbery, Shooting<br />

at or from a Motor Vehicle,<br />

Tampering with Evidence, Felon<br />

in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful<br />

Taking of a Motor Vehicle,<br />

and Criminal Damage to Property.<br />

“The last words Officer Hare<br />

uttered on this earth was an<br />

offer to help the man who was<br />

about to kill him. I am disgusted<br />

and sickened by the actions<br />

of this cold-blooded murderer.<br />

We are bringing every resource<br />

to bare to bring Officer Hare’s<br />

killer to justice and we will not<br />

rest until that is done,” said Chief<br />

Weisler.<br />

Officer Hare is the first New<br />

Mexico State Police Officer to be<br />

killed in the line of duty since<br />

Officer Darrian Jarrott in February<br />

of 2021.<br />

Officer Hare became a member<br />

of the NMSP in December<br />

2018, successfully completing the<br />

training program as part of the<br />

93rd graduating class for NMSP.<br />

He was born in Albuquerque and<br />

was raised in Logan and Moriarty,<br />

New Mexico. He attended CNM<br />

and Embry–Riddle Aeronautical<br />

University. He is survived by<br />

his parents, girlfriend, and two<br />

young children.<br />


UPDATE: The gunman believed<br />

to be responsible in the homicides<br />

of a patrolman with the<br />

New Mexico State Police as well<br />

as a paramedic in South Carolina<br />

was identified as Jaremy Smith,<br />

was taken into custody on Sunday<br />

March 17th, after an alert<br />

gas station clerk in Bernalillo<br />

County New Mexico, spotted the<br />

suspect and called 911, authorities<br />

said.<br />

Smith is being charged with<br />

murdering Officer Hare and<br />

off-duty paramedic Phonesia<br />

Machado-fore earlier in the<br />

month. At the time of publishing,<br />

Smith was held without bond.<br />

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New York City Police Detective First Grade Jonathan Diller was<br />

shot and killed during a traffic stop near 1919 Mott Avenue in the<br />

Far Rockaway area of New York City.<br />

A New York Police Department<br />

officer was shot and<br />

killed in the line of duty Monday,<br />

March 25th in Queens, according<br />

to Mayor Eric Adams.<br />

The NYPD officer, identified<br />

as 31-year-old Jonathan<br />

Diller, was shot in the torso<br />

underneath his bullet-proof<br />

vest during a traffic stop in<br />

Far Rockaway. Diller was taken<br />

to Jamaica Hospital, where<br />

he later died.<br />

Police said two suspects<br />

were taken into custody and<br />

that the driver of the car has<br />

21 prior arrests, while the<br />

passenger, who was also the<br />

shooter, has four prior arrests.<br />

“It’s because of a senseless<br />

act of violence that we<br />

witness a person had a total<br />

disregard for the safety of<br />

this city,” Mayor Adams said<br />

at a news conference Monday<br />

evening. “It is the good<br />

guys against the bad guys<br />

and these bad guys are violent.<br />

They carry guns and the<br />

symbol of our public safety,<br />

which is police uniform, they<br />

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have a total disregard for,”<br />

Adams said.<br />

“Tonight this city lost a hero,<br />

a wife lost her husband, and a<br />

young child lost their father,”<br />

Police Commissioner Edward<br />

Caban said on social media.<br />

“We struggle to find the words<br />

to express the tragedy of losing<br />

one of our own. The work<br />

that police officer Jonathan<br />

Diller did each day to make<br />

this city a safer place will<br />

NEVER be forgotten,” Caban<br />

said on X.<br />

“Our prayers are with his<br />

family, loved ones, and brothers<br />

and sisters in blue,” Caban<br />

concluded.<br />

According to NYPD, Diller<br />

and his partner conducted the<br />

traffic stop at 1919 Mott. Ave.,<br />

around 5:48 p.m. Monday. As<br />

they approached the vehicle,<br />

one of the suspects displayed<br />

a gun and pointed it at the<br />

officers. Shots were fired and<br />

Diller’s partner returned fire<br />

at the armed suspect, striking<br />

him.<br />

“He was given a lawful order<br />


numerous times to step out of<br />

the car. He refused. When the<br />

officer took him out of the car,<br />

instead of stepping out of the<br />

car, he shot our officer,” NYPD<br />

Chief of Detectives Joseph<br />

Kenny said at a news conference<br />

Monday night.<br />

The NYPD said Diller made<br />

more than 70 arrests during<br />

his time on the force. Diller<br />

leaves behind his wife, Stephanie,<br />

and their child.<br />

Coverage of Detective Diller’s<br />

memorial service and his<br />

wife’s eulogy will be featured<br />

in next months issue.

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DAVIS, CA.<br />

CHP Officers injured when a driver deliberately crashed head-on into their<br />

patrol vehicle while they were parked along Interstate 80 in Davis California.<br />

By Rosalio Ahumada,<br />

The Sacramento Bee<br />

DAVIS, CA. — California Highway<br />

Patrol shared video Thursday<br />

that officials say captured<br />

a driver who “deliberately”<br />

crashed head-on into a parked<br />

patrol vehicle, injuring two officers<br />

Wednesday along Interstate<br />

80 in Davis.<br />

The CHP on Thursday afternoon<br />

released video of the white vehicle<br />

slamming into the patrol vehicle<br />

parked on the right shoulder<br />

of the I-80 eastbound lanes,<br />

just west of Mace Boulevard.<br />

Ezery Beauchamp, a CHP assistant<br />

commissioner, said in a<br />

video news release that the officers<br />

working for the CHP Woodland<br />

office were “targeted” by<br />

the driver, who crashed head-on<br />

into their parked vehicle. He said<br />

the officers had just completed<br />

an unrelated traffic stop on another<br />

vehicle along the freeway.<br />

The driver, who has since been<br />

arrested and booked at the Yolo<br />

County Jail, drove his vehicle at<br />

a high rate of speed along the<br />

right shoulder of the freeway<br />

and “intentionally struck” the<br />

stopped CHP vehicle, Beauchamp<br />

said in the narrated CHP video,<br />

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which includes footage from another<br />

driver who was in the area<br />

at the time of the crash.<br />

The video shows the force of<br />

the impact cased the white vehicle<br />

to become airborne before it<br />

rolled over and came to rest on<br />

its wheels on the right shoulder.<br />

The crash crushed the front end<br />

of the CHP patrol vehicle, and its<br />

airbags appeared to have deployed.<br />

At the time of the crash, both<br />

officers were seated in the patrol<br />

vehicle and wearing their seat<br />

belts. The CHP said the officers<br />

were taken by ambulance to a<br />

hospital and medically treated<br />

for minor to major injuries.<br />

“Acts of violence like this<br />

against our officers will not be<br />

tolerated,” Beauchamp said in<br />

the video. “Our CHP detectives<br />

and investigative personnel will<br />

work collaboratively with the<br />

Yolo County District Attorney’s<br />

Office to ensure this individual is<br />

held accountable for his actions.”

Police chief Anthony Anderson collapses<br />

watching college basketball game, later dies<br />

BOONEVILLE, MS. – A community in Mississippi is mourning after a police chief collapsed<br />

while watching a college basketball game and later died.<br />

The <strong>No</strong>rtheast Mississippi Community College announced the death of Police Chief<br />

Anthony Anderson, 61, who worked for the school for nearly 10 years. Officials said he<br />

collapsed at the basketball game Saturday evening and was rushed to Baptist Memorial<br />

Hospital where he was later pronounced dead from natural causes, WTVA reported.<br />

Anderson was a 24-year law enforcement veteran. He previously served the Union<br />

County Sheriff’s Office, and became the Verona Police Chief prior to being employed as<br />

the <strong>No</strong>rtheast Mississippi Community College’s police chief, according to WFSB.<br />

School officials noted “even the strongest among us are not immune” as they grieve his<br />

loss.<br />

“Chief Anthony Anderson’s untimely departure reminds us that even the strongest<br />

among us are not immune to life’s fragility,” said the community college president Dr.<br />

Ricky G. Ford in a post to social media. “His dedication to safety, service, and community<br />

will be deeply missed but forever cherished in the hearts of those he protected and inspired.”<br />

Anderson leaves behind his wife and three children.<br />

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BETHEL, VT.<br />

Vermont State Trooper Cpl. Eric Vitali was severally injured when he<br />

slammed into an unoccupied fire truck in Bethel Vermont.<br />


Valley News Staff Writer<br />

The Vermont state trooper<br />

who sustained serious injuries<br />

when his vehicle collided into<br />

the back end of a fire truck near<br />

the Bethel exit on Interstate 89<br />

last week, remains hospitalized<br />

and the next several days “will<br />

be critical in determining the<br />

outcome of his recovery,” the<br />

Vermont Troopers Association<br />

said in an announcement of a<br />

fundraising campaign to assist<br />

the trooper’s family with medical<br />

and care costs.<br />

Cpl. Eric Vitali, a 19-year veteran<br />

of the Vermont State Police,<br />

“suffered life-threatening traumatic<br />

injuries and his condition<br />

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is critical,” the trooper’s association<br />

reported late Monday evening.<br />

The VTA said Vitali’s injuries<br />

include “traumatic brain, spinal<br />

fractures and pelvis fracture.<br />

His doctors are indicating that<br />

the coming 72 hours” will be<br />

all-important in ascertaining the<br />

extent of the trooper’s recovery.<br />

Vitali was airlifted to Dartmouth<br />

Hitchcock Medical Center in<br />

Lebanon from the scene of the<br />

accident on Friday.<br />

A passionate family man and<br />

father of two young boys, Vitali<br />

is an avid outdoors man who<br />

enjoys camping, hunting, mountain<br />

biking, motorcycle riding,<br />

jeeping and scuba diving — he<br />

is a member of the state police’s<br />

Underwater Recovery Team — in<br />

addition to teaching and sharing<br />

his knowledge of jiu-jitsu with<br />

his family. He also had a hobby<br />

in blade smithing, the troopers<br />

association said.<br />

“Eric and his family are going<br />

to face enormous medical, personal,<br />

and financial challenges<br />

as a result of his injuries. This<br />

has been a life altering event for<br />

the entire Vitali family, and they<br />

are facing an uncertain future,”<br />

the VTA said. “The support they<br />

have received so far has been<br />

overwhelming and appreciated<br />

but that support is going to need<br />

to continue well into the future.”<br />

People interested in donating<br />

can go to https://helpahero.com/<br />


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Farmington Police Chief Gary Rutherford blasted the ‘sham’ prosecution<br />

of Trooper Londregan.<br />

By Luke Sprinkel<br />

MINNEAPOLIS, MN. – Farmington<br />

Police Chief Gary Rutherford released<br />

a statement on Monday defending<br />

State Trooper Ryan Londregan<br />

and urging other police chiefs<br />

to publicly speak out in support of<br />

law enforcement officers. Additionally,<br />

the police chief pointed to the<br />

Londregan case as a reason for the<br />

ongoing “recruiting and retention<br />

crisis in Minnesota law enforcement.”<br />

Trooper Londregan is currently<br />

facing felony charges for a July<br />

2023 incident in which the law<br />

enforcement officer shot and killed<br />

Ricky Cobb.<br />

Cobb, a convicted felon, attempted<br />

to flee law enforcement in a<br />

vehicle while another state trooper<br />

was half-inside, half-outside<br />

the vehicle. In response, Londregan<br />

shot Cobb as his fellow state<br />

trooper was dragged for a short<br />

distance by Cobb’s vehicle.<br />

“When Mr. Cobb chose to flee<br />

with another Trooper hanging part<br />

in and part out of the car, Trooper<br />

Londregan was not only justified<br />

in his decision to use deadly force,<br />

but some would also argue that he<br />

was obligated to do so in defense<br />

of his partner,” said Rutherford.<br />

The police chief added, “Trooper<br />

Londregan made a decision under<br />

Farmington Police Chief Gary Rutherford, left, released a statement on<br />

Monday defending State Trooper Ryan Londregan.<br />

the incredible stress of a dynamic<br />

and rapidly evolving use of force<br />

incident, a situation the Hennepin<br />

County Attorney obviously knows<br />

nothing about.”<br />

In particular, Chief Rutherford<br />

criticized Hennepin County Attorney<br />

Mary Moriarty for the current<br />

controversy surrounding a use-offorce<br />

expert that was hired by her<br />

office to examine the Londregan<br />

case.<br />

Alpha News previously reported<br />

that a court document filed by<br />

Londregan’s attorneys says Jeffrey<br />

<strong>No</strong>ble, the use-of-force expert<br />

selected by the Hennepin County<br />

Attorney’s Office (HCAO), told Moriarty<br />

that “a reasonable officer in<br />

Trooper Londregan’s position would<br />

have perceived that Trooper [Brett]<br />

Seide was in danger of death or<br />

great bodily harm, specifically from<br />

being dragged by the vehicle as it<br />

continued to accelerate.”<br />

In his statement, Chief Rutherford<br />

blasted Moriarty, saying, “she<br />

ignored her paid expert and criminally<br />

charged Trooper Londregan<br />

anyway.”<br />

“Cases like this are why so many<br />

cops have left the profession early<br />

and why so few young men and<br />

women are seeking to join our<br />

ranks. Who can blame them?” added<br />

the police chief.<br />

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IN THE<br />

LINE OF<br />

DUTY<br />

Providing mortgage-free<br />

homes to Gold Star and<br />

Fallen First Responder<br />

families with young<br />

children and building<br />

specially-adapted Smart<br />

Homes for our most<br />

severely injured.<br />







FDNY Firefighter Stephen Siller<br />

gave his life while saving<br />

others on September 11, 2001<br />








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A suspect attempted to flee with Pasco County Deputy<br />

Christopher Howell still inside the suspect’s vehicle. BWC<br />

shows the OIS that followed.<br />

By Bethany Barnes<br />

Tampa Bay Times<br />

PASCO COUNTY, FL. — A deputy<br />

fatally shot a <strong>40</strong>-year-old<br />

man after a fight inside a moving<br />

vehicle near Hudson on Saturday<br />

evening, according to the Pasco<br />

County Sheriff’s Office.<br />

Authorities identified the man<br />

Sunday morning as Paul Smith,<br />

<strong>40</strong>. The sheriff’s office identified<br />

the deputy as Christopher Howell.<br />

Authorities would not immediately<br />

release further information<br />

about Howell.<br />

Around 5:30 p.m., Howell, on<br />

duty, approached Smith outside<br />

a 7-Eleven gas station near U.S.<br />

19 and New York Avenue, according<br />

to the sheriff’s office. Howell<br />

believed Smith to be a suspect in<br />

a recent battery case, and asked<br />

him to speak with him.<br />

The sheriff’s office released<br />

body-worn camera footage of<br />

the incident, which the Times reviewed.<br />

The video shows Howell<br />

walked up to Smith, who was<br />

parked at a gas pump. The deputy<br />

said “Hey Paul” several times<br />

and told him to step out of his<br />

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car.<br />

At that<br />

point, video<br />

shows<br />

Smith, who<br />

had been<br />

standing<br />

and leaning<br />

into his<br />

vehicle, sat<br />

down in the<br />

driver’s seat,<br />

gripped<br />

the wheel and asked “What’s<br />

the matter?” as Howell grabbed<br />

Smith’s forearm. The deputy<br />

repeatedly told Smith to get out<br />

of the car. Smith remained in<br />

the driver’s seat and kept asking<br />

what was going on, before starting<br />

the car.<br />

Footage then shows the deputy<br />

is inside the vehicle as Smith<br />

starts driving. It is unclear how<br />

Howell ended up inside the vehicle.<br />

Throughout the incident, the<br />

deputy repeatedly screamed at<br />

Smith to get out of the car, the<br />

footage shows. Howell can be<br />

seen using a Taser on the driver<br />

while tires are heard screeching.<br />

Eventually, Howell yelled,<br />

“Stop the car, you’re going to get<br />

shot.” Video shows Howell pointing<br />

his gun at Smith while he is<br />

behind the driver.<br />

At a news conference, Pasco<br />

spokesperson Col. Jeff Harrington<br />

defended Howell’s actions<br />

as necessary.<br />

Pasco records show several<br />

criminal convictions against a<br />

Paul Smith in that county, including<br />

battery and drug charges.<br />

Smith was convicted in 2019 of<br />

fleeing law enforcement by car,<br />

aggravated assault on a law enforcement<br />

officer and hit-andrun,<br />

and served three years in<br />

state prison.

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HOUSTON, TX.<br />

The Houston Police Department is not only short 2,000 officers, but they<br />

have more than 260,000 open cases that have been suspended due to that<br />

shortage. Chief Finner and the Mayor have launched a full-scale investigation.<br />

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HOUSTON, TX. – What began<br />

with a tweet has resulted in<br />

a Houston Police Department<br />

scandal now entering its second<br />

month.<br />

In the past eight years, HPD<br />

has suspended more than<br />

260,000 cases coding them<br />

with “Suspended - Lack of<br />

Personnel.” HPD Chief says his<br />

department is reviewing those<br />

cases and is focusing their<br />

attention on contacting the<br />

victims in nearly 4,000 alleged<br />

sexual assault cases.<br />

HPD Chief Troy Finner informed<br />

Houstonians last<br />

month, that sexual assault<br />

investigations along with thousands<br />

of other cases, had been<br />

“suspended” due to a lack of<br />

personnel to investigate them.<br />

Some time back, before Finner<br />

was appointed Chief, a<br />

code was created to temporary<br />

suspend cases due to personnel<br />

shortages plaguing the<br />

department. Finner says he first<br />

learned of the cases and the<br />

code back in 2022 and thought<br />

the practice had ended. Apparently<br />

not.<br />

Since the investigation was<br />

launched, two Assistant Chiefs<br />

have been demoted and now<br />

law enforcement sources tell<br />

say multiple HPD Commanders<br />

are being asked questions<br />

about the over 4,000 sexual<br />

assault investigations that were<br />

suspended.<br />

In a statement on X, formerly<br />

known as Twitter, Finner said<br />

this is unacceptable.<br />

I am addressing this matter<br />

and I have assigned a team of<br />

investigators to review those<br />

cases coded “Suspended - Lack<br />

of Personnel.” Furthermore,<br />

I am permanently assigning<br />

additional investigators to the<br />

Special Victims Division to<br />

prevent this from recurring,”<br />

Finner said.<br />

Finner said despite staffing<br />

challenges, this should have<br />

never happened and said it will<br />

not continue. “All victims and<br />

their families are important to

me and deserve to be treated<br />

as such,” Finner said.<br />

In the meantime, Ray Hunt,<br />

Director of the HPOU, expressed<br />

concerns Monday with Finner<br />

handing down disciplinary<br />

actions in an investigation the<br />

chief is at the center of, “Remember,<br />

the chief of police determines<br />

the final discipline on<br />

a case, is that fair if the chief is<br />

a part of the investigation that<br />

that person also makes the determination?<br />

That’s a question<br />

as to whether or not this mayor<br />

wants to dig into and say, ‘Do I<br />

think it’s fair to my officers, do<br />

I think it’s fair to my members<br />

to be investigated and the final<br />

discipline be issued by someone<br />

who also is being questioned<br />

on this case?’” said Hunt.<br />

On Tuesday, March 19th, The<br />

Houston Police Officers Union<br />

sent a letter to Mayor John<br />

Whitmire on Monday, requesting<br />

that Chief Finner be recused<br />

from the investigation<br />

and outcomes of the department’s<br />

suspended cases scandal.<br />

The letter comes after Mayor<br />

Whitmire last week officially<br />

launched an investigation into<br />

sexual assault and other criminal<br />

investigations that had been<br />

“suspended” dating back to<br />

2021. It also comes weeks after<br />

KPRC 2 Investigates first posed<br />

the question as to how IAD<br />

can properly investigate Chief<br />

Finner if the chief can direct<br />

IAD the way he wants to? Since<br />

the investigation was launched,<br />

two Assistant Chiefs have been<br />

demoted.<br />

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Spring Cleaning Protocol Tips to Protect<br />

Law Enforcement from Viral Threats<br />

By Dr. Ron Brown, M.D., CEO of<br />

AeroClave<br />

A healthy police department<br />

can mean the difference between<br />

a safe and crime-ridden<br />

community. Over the last four<br />

years, the U.S. has experienced<br />

a police staffing crisis that has<br />

significantly impacted the way<br />

police departments approach<br />

health and wellness.<br />

Police officers can face a<br />

multitude of health risks each<br />

time they wear the uniform, and<br />

department heads must help<br />

to mitigate these risks when or<br />

wherever possible. From mental<br />

health initiatives and workshops<br />

to supplying personal protective<br />

equipment in the wake of infectious<br />

diseases, departments<br />

can help to minimize the impact<br />

health risks can have on their<br />

respective communities. With an<br />

already dwindling staff of officers<br />

across the U.S., the prioritization<br />

of lowered unplanned sick<br />

leave through necessary infection<br />

control protocols can help<br />

to ensure communities are well<br />

protected and served.<br />

According to the National Law<br />

Enforcement Memorial Fund,<br />

police departments across the<br />

country saw a 39% decrease<br />

in line-of-duty deaths in 2023.<br />

This statistic also represents a<br />

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52% decrease in deaths caused<br />

by falling objects, fire-related<br />

incidents, and medical-related<br />

illnesses or events, including<br />

COVID-19.<br />

While these numbers are<br />

encouraging, law enforcement<br />

agencies must continue to put<br />

the necessary time and energy<br />

into creating effective protocols<br />

to defend officers from avoidable<br />

health risks. COVID-19 and other<br />

communicable diseases remain<br />

a consistent threat. This year so<br />

far, there have been several viral<br />

outbreaks, including <strong>No</strong>rovirus,<br />

RSV, and measles.<br />

It is doubtful that these risks<br />

can be entirely eliminated; however,<br />

maintaining a clean workplace<br />

for first responders can<br />

help to reduce their impact. Here<br />

are some effective spring cleaning<br />

tips departments can carry<br />

out to help keep their officers<br />

safe from viral spread and other<br />

health hazards in <strong>2024.</strong><br />

Organize a Gear Cleaning<br />

Station<br />

Police departments with proactive<br />

approaches to infection<br />

control can help mitigate health<br />

risks before they have the opportunity<br />

to cause a threat. This<br />

can be as simple as organizing<br />

a cleaning station for any police<br />

gear that has come into contact<br />

with potential viruses or communicable<br />

diseases.<br />

Setting aside a designated<br />

area for officers to clean their<br />

gear and clothes within the<br />

department can help prevent<br />

them from bringing unwanted<br />

contaminants into department<br />

common areas or back to their<br />

homes and families. This protocol<br />

can also help to ensure<br />

potential contaminants are disposed<br />

of in a consolidated space.<br />

Officers don’t have the liberty<br />

of choosing who or what they<br />

come into contact with; therefore,<br />

these proactive measures<br />

can help prevent others from<br />

being exposed.<br />

Disinfect Surfaces and Vehicles<br />

Daily<br />

While gear and clothing can be<br />

the perfect surface for spreading<br />

certain contaminants, objects<br />

including countertops, chairs,<br />

desks, and others can pose the<br />

same threats. Investing in disinfectants<br />

that can be used daily is<br />

the easiest way for departments<br />

to encourage the safety of their<br />

officers. Officers should always<br />

use surface-safe disinfectants<br />

such as antibacterial soaps or<br />

EPA-registered disinfectant wipes.<br />

Departments can also invest<br />

in more advanced decontamination<br />

tools and technology. From<br />

electrostatic sprayers to UV light<br />

systems and even large-area

fogging systems, there are several<br />

techniques departments can<br />

use for surface and air decontamination.<br />

To maintain a clean environment,<br />

however, a routine is necessary.<br />

Implementing a cleaning<br />

schedule for officers on duty can<br />

help ensure surfaces are not going<br />

untouched and that the next<br />

shift is presented with a clean<br />

environment.<br />

Stock vehicles with PPE<br />

While an officer may spend<br />

a large part of their day within<br />

the department headquarters,<br />

vehicles also play an important<br />

role. Law enforcement vehicles<br />

can act as a nursery for germs<br />

and other contaminants like the<br />

flu due to their high volume of<br />

traffic, escorting detainees. This<br />

is where the need for personal<br />

protective equipment (PPE)<br />

increases.<br />

Departments should not only<br />

provide access to PPE such as<br />

masks and gloves within the<br />

station, but also stock vehicles<br />

with the proper essentials for<br />

encountering a civilian with a<br />

potential viral contagion.<br />

Police gear goes through an<br />

extensive oversight process<br />

to make sure they provide the<br />

protections listed in their materials<br />

and product specifications.<br />

However, with PPE, as we saw<br />

during the wake of COVID-19 and<br />

the years following the pandemic,<br />

the increased need for PPE<br />

caused shortages which posed<br />

a tremendous challenge to the<br />

U.S. healthcare system and other<br />

first responders. With the wavering<br />

supply of PPE, law enforcement<br />

agencies must also<br />

ensure the items they offer meet<br />

the current safety standards<br />

to protect against viral threats.<br />

Departments have the opportunity<br />

to consult with local health<br />

organizations and utilize online<br />

resources like those provided by<br />

the Centers for Disease Control<br />

and Prevention (CDC).<br />

By implementing some of<br />

these spring cleaning techniques<br />

and decontamination protocols,<br />

law enforcement agencies can<br />

assist in providing a clean and<br />

safe environment for their officers,<br />

ultimately protecting the<br />

communities they serve. Actions<br />

as simple as cleaning gear and<br />

equipment, wiping down surfaces,<br />

and stocking vehicles with<br />

prevention supplies can have a<br />

significantly positive impact on<br />

the health and wellness of officers<br />

to combat current staffing<br />

issues across the U.S.<br />

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South American Gangs fly into LA to burglarize wealthy homes. “They don’t<br />

carry guns because they don’t want to get gun charges if caught.”<br />

By Richard Winton<br />

Los Angeles Times<br />

LOS ANGELES, CA. — In the desert<br />

around Scottsdale, Arizona,<br />

on Monday, police officers hunted<br />

for a member of an international<br />

heist ring suspected of<br />

swiping jewels and luxury goods<br />

from homes across Los Angeles.<br />

Using helicopters and drones,<br />

they eventually found him hiding<br />

under a tree.<br />

The wanted man, it turned out,<br />

was a 17-year-old from Chile.<br />

Authorities say the teenager<br />

and his two adult accomplices<br />

later admitted to breaking into<br />

multiple homes, part of a growing<br />

trend of “burglary tourism”<br />

from South America.<br />

The Los Angeles Police Department<br />

said the teenage fugitive<br />

was first arrested Feb. 29 in Pacific<br />

Palisades along with three<br />

other Chileans as they cased<br />

homes in the wealthy enclave.<br />

Police tracked down the crew<br />

after a security camera captured<br />

the license plate of their 2024<br />

Hyundai Tucson amid a series<br />

of burglaries across East Hollywood.<br />

Increasingly over the last five<br />

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years, police officials say, thieves<br />

from South American nations<br />

have entered the U.S. for the purpose<br />

of committing robberies.<br />

In the case of Chile, authorities<br />

suspect some criminals are taking<br />

advantage of the tourist visa<br />

system, which does not require a<br />

background check for travelers.<br />

Once in the country, police say,<br />

they plan heist sprees and fence<br />

the loot before dispatching their<br />

earnings back home.<br />

LAPD Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton<br />

told The Times that South<br />

American theft groups are not<br />

new in L.A., but they have become<br />

more active in recent<br />

months.<br />

Although crime statistics show<br />

burglaries are on the decline<br />

overall, Hamilton said: “The<br />

number of crimes tied to these<br />

kind of crews are way, way up.”<br />

He cautioned that it’s difficult<br />

to know for certain how many<br />

robberies can be attributed to<br />

foreign burglars, but said evidence<br />

indicates they are behind<br />

scores of break-ins. He estimated<br />

that north of the 118 Freeway<br />

in L.A. last year there were 94<br />

burglaries, many probably committed<br />

by these crews.<br />

“They often target homes often<br />

connected to open spaces, hiking<br />

trails and canyons that give<br />

them access,” Hamilton said.<br />

The groups mostly hit wealthy<br />

neighborhoods where homes<br />

have jewelry and high-value<br />

items that can be easily exchanged<br />

for cash, he said.<br />

“They tend to not carry guns.<br />

They don’t want to get gun<br />

charges,” Hamilton said. “They<br />

sometimes carry jamming devices<br />

to disable home security<br />

systems.”<br />

While Chileans are among the

most common members of these<br />

criminal enterprises, Hamilton<br />

said, they are seeing other South<br />

Americans including Peruvians,<br />

Ecuadoreans and Colombians as<br />

well. The LAPD and other local<br />

law enforcement agencies have<br />

formed a task force dedicated to<br />

the problem.<br />

“I can tell you that we have a<br />

significant increase in burglaries<br />

from organized groups that<br />

are outside this country, that are<br />

coming into the country, and<br />

they are targeting high-end residents,”<br />

LAPD Chief Dominic Choi<br />

said at Tuesday’s Police Commission<br />

meeting.<br />

In one case on Aug. 17 of last<br />

year, Burbank police officers arrested<br />

a man identified as Felipe<br />

Leiva Solis, a 33-year-old Chilean<br />

national, after a woman hiding<br />

in the bathroom of her home<br />

called to report that four men<br />

had broken in through a sliding<br />

door. Leiva Solis was found in a<br />

nearby yard on Burbank’s <strong>No</strong>rth<br />

Parish Place and is suspected of<br />

four other burglaries across the<br />

city, according to court documents.<br />

Leiva Solis was released on<br />

bail but picked up again on Dec.<br />

19 in Glendale by police officers<br />

who suspect he was behind a<br />

string of burglaries in the city.<br />

He was among a group of three<br />

men who tried to flee on foot<br />

when their vehicle was stopped,<br />

according to Glendale Police<br />

Investigator Jackie Nguy.<br />

In court papers asking for<br />

Leiva Solis to remain in custody,<br />

Nguy alleged the Chilean was<br />

part of “an organized burglary<br />

ring responsible for a minimum<br />

of ten residential burglaries in<br />

Glendale,” and also tied to other<br />

thefts in Beverly Hills and other<br />

counties.<br />

LAPD Det. Robert Hoebink said<br />

in a court declaration that Leiva<br />

Solis’ crew was tied to at least<br />

30 burglaries in West Los Angeles<br />

alone. Hoebink alleged the<br />

Chilean used a fake passport to<br />

open a Bank of America account<br />

and wired more than $23,000<br />

back home despite being here on<br />

a tourist visa.<br />

LAPD officers on Dec. 27<br />

nabbed three more of the crew<br />

allegedly tied to Leiva Solis near<br />

Coldwater Canyon Drive south of<br />

Mulholland when called to assist<br />

Beverly Hills on a manhunt for<br />

burglars. Inside a Ford Explorer,<br />

police said they found $1 million<br />

worth of stolen designer purses,<br />

clothing, watches and jewelry —<br />

all believed to be from a single<br />

heist.<br />

Three more arrests would<br />

come the next day as LAPD investigators<br />

recovered more highend<br />

items from the group’s base<br />

of operations.<br />

On Dec. 30, another West L.A.<br />

burglary led Beverly Hills police<br />

to identify a white Mercedes GLS<br />

as tied to the crime, arresting<br />

a female driver and four other<br />

suspects nearby.<br />

Leiva Solis is being held without<br />

bail and is slated to be back<br />

in court next week. He’s pleaded<br />

not guilty to three counts of burglary<br />

and one count of conspiracy<br />

to commit burglary.<br />

Investigators say Chilean or<br />

South American crews are also<br />

behind hundreds of break-ins in<br />

Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara<br />

and San Diego counties.<br />

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EL PASO, TX.<br />

Hezabollah Terrorist apprehended at US-Mexico border.<br />

His reason for coming to America - “I’m going to try<br />

and make a bomb!”<br />

EL PASO, TX. – An illegal immigrant<br />

who originated from<br />

Lebanon was taken into custody<br />

by US Customs and Border Protection<br />

(CBP) agents on March 9<br />

in Texas. During questioning, he<br />

reportedly acknowledged being<br />

a member of the Hezbollah terrorist<br />

organization and planned<br />

to make a bomb with aspirations<br />

to travel to New York City.<br />

Basel Bassel Ebbadi, 22, told<br />

CBP, “I’m going try to make a<br />

bomb” when asked what he was<br />

doing in the US, according to a<br />

document obtained by the New<br />

York Post.<br />

ICE documents<br />

revealed the man<br />

also said in a separate<br />

interview that<br />

he trained with<br />

Hezbollah for seven<br />

years, and focused<br />

on “jihad” and killing<br />

non-muslims.<br />

Once his training<br />

was complete, he<br />

served four years<br />

with the organization<br />

as a guard at<br />

weapons locations.<br />

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




SUICIDE’<br />

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Boeing<br />

whistleblower John Barnett was<br />

found dead on March 9 from<br />

what authorities initially called a<br />

“self-inflicted” gunshot wound,<br />

Law Officer reported earlier this<br />

week. A close friend says she<br />

does not believe he died by suicide<br />

based upon prior comments<br />

he made noting his potential<br />

demise.<br />

Barnett, 62, worked for Boeing<br />

for more than three decades<br />

before he retired in 2017. Beginning<br />

in 2010, he specialized as a<br />

quality control manager at the<br />

<strong>No</strong>rth Charleston plant making<br />

the 787 Dreamliner.<br />

Barnett raised safety concerns<br />

at the airline’s factories and<br />

provided his first deposition in a<br />

lawsuit against Boeing just days<br />

before he was found dead in a<br />

hotel parking lot. His body was<br />

discovered when he mysteriously<br />

failed to show up for a second<br />

session of testimony.<br />

A close family friend, who only<br />

wants to be identified as Jennifer,<br />

told ABC 4 that once he<br />

began speaking out about safety<br />

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concerns with the airplane giant,<br />

he apparently feared for his own<br />

safety, saying, “if anything happens,<br />

it’s not suicide.”<br />

As a result, Jennifer said, “I<br />

know that he did not commit<br />

suicide. There’s no way.”<br />

Barnett’s attorney, Brian<br />

Knowles, is also highly suspicious.<br />

He told TMZ that he has<br />

serious doubts regarding the<br />

circumstances surrounding his<br />

client’s death, and called the<br />

self-inflicted gunshot “alleged.”<br />

“Today is a tragic day,”<br />

Knowles told Corporate Crime<br />

Reporter on Saturday, March 9.<br />

“John had been back and forth<br />

for quite some time getting<br />

prepared. The defense examined<br />

him for their allowed seven<br />

hours under the rules on Thursday.”<br />

Barnett had talked about this<br />

exact scenario playing out after<br />

he began making public allegations<br />

regarding compromises in<br />

Boeing-related safety concerns<br />

following his retirement, the Post<br />

Millennial reported.<br />

“He wasn’t concerned about<br />

[his own] safety because I asked<br />

him,” Jennifer said. “I said, ‘Aren’t<br />

you scared?’ And he said, ‘<strong>No</strong>, I<br />

ain’t scared, but if anything happens<br />

to me, it’s not suicide.’”<br />

Jennifer said the conversation<br />

included the former quality<br />

control manager discussing his<br />

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ton where he ultimately died.<br />

“I know that he did not commit<br />

suicide. There’s no way. He loved<br />

life too much. He loved his family<br />

too much. He loved his brothers<br />

too much to put them through<br />

what they’re going through right<br />

now,” Jennifer emphasized.<br />

Jennifer last saw Barnett at<br />

her father’s funeral in late February<br />

where served as one of the<br />

pallbearers. She believes someone<br />

“didn’t like what he had to<br />

say” and wanted to “shut him<br />

up.”<br />

“That’s why they made it look<br />

like a suicide,” Jennifer concluded.<br />





Associated Press<br />

IRVINE, CA. — An explosion<br />

during an indoor training exercise<br />

Wednesday sent 16 members<br />

of Southern California’s<br />

64 The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>April</strong> ‘24<br />

Orange County Sheriff’s Department<br />

SWAT team to the hospital,<br />

with one person requiring surgery<br />

for a leg injury, the department<br />

said.<br />

Two others had superficial<br />

wounds while the remaining 13<br />

had dizziness and ringing in their<br />

ears.<br />

The blast occurred shortly before<br />

1 p.m. at the facility in a remote<br />

area of Irvine, said sheriff’s<br />

Sgt. Frank Gonzalez. It was not<br />

immediately clear what caused<br />

the explosion, but it happened<br />

during a training with the sheriff’s<br />

bomb squad, he said.<br />

The most severe injury was a<br />

non-life-threatening leg wound<br />

that will require surgery, Gonzalez<br />

said. The two other wounded<br />

deputies won’t require surgery,<br />

he said.<br />



ING UNIT<br />

The Dallas Police Department<br />

is rolling out a new Constitutional<br />

Policing Unit. According<br />

to area news reports, the new<br />

group is composed of three<br />

sworn officers and five civilians,<br />

with a criminal justice expert<br />

from Tarleton State University<br />

serving in an advisory role.<br />

Though local news outlets didn’t<br />

provide specific details about the<br />

unit’s day-to-day activities, it<br />

appears to be focused on training<br />

as well as police reform,<br />

transparency and accountability.<br />

During a meeting with the Dallas<br />

City Council’s Public Safety<br />

Committee in December, Chief<br />

Eddie Garcia gave one example<br />

of the unit’s responsibility:<br />

training officers to be “active<br />

bystanders.” This training would<br />

focus on encouraging officers to<br />

intervene when they witness inappropriate<br />

conduct from fellow<br />

officers or supervisors. The new<br />

unit will launch its own website<br />

sometime this year.<br />

The Constitutional Policing Unit

The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>April</strong> ‘24 65

isn’t the only reform-minded<br />

initiative to come about during<br />

Garcia’s tenure. The department<br />

has also implemented a Tactical<br />

Training Group that brings<br />

together the most experienced<br />

officers in the agency to conduct<br />

best practices training for the<br />

department’s various special<br />

units. The department has also<br />

implemented body cameras for<br />

all street-level officers and an<br />

expedited process for misconduct<br />

complaints.<br />

Despite these numerous reform<br />

initiatives, some people aren’t<br />

convinced. Changa Higgins, an<br />

activist who has led protests<br />

against the Dallas P.D., is a member<br />

of the Community Police<br />

Oversight Board that reviews<br />

discipline and policy. Responding<br />

to the constitutional policing initiative,<br />

he stated, “This looks like<br />

a workaround of the Office of<br />

Police Oversight. We don’t want<br />

workarounds. We want a real<br />

empowered oversight board …”<br />

Higgins’ response makes clear<br />

the difficulty faced by reform-minded<br />

agencies like the<br />

Dallas P.D. While many activists<br />

view policing as a function that<br />

needs to be monitored and constantly<br />

improved, some seem to<br />

consider it inherently flawed and<br />

in need of control.<br />



By Joanna Putman<br />

Police1<br />


California police department<br />

that has had civilian community<br />

service officers since 1980 has<br />

changed their titles and upped<br />

their numbers in the past year,<br />

KSBY reported.<br />

66 The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>April</strong> ‘24<br />

The San Luis Obispo Police Department<br />

renamed its Field Service<br />

Technicians to Community<br />

Service Officers (CSOs) in 2023,<br />

according to the report. The officers<br />

patrol the downtown area,<br />

respond to low-level crimes and<br />

educate the public.<br />

The department has added<br />

four more CSOs in the past year,<br />

making them more visible to the<br />

community as they patrol special<br />

events, according to the report.<br />

They use a warning system that<br />

can lead to citations if violations<br />

persist.<br />

“People have felt easier to<br />

approach us because we’re very<br />

readily accessible to them,” CSO<br />

Samantha Corsaw told KSBY.<br />

“Whether it’s just from wanting<br />

to talk about the day and the<br />

weather to, ‘Hey, I noticed this<br />

problem, can you go find a solution<br />

for me?”<br />





By Joanna Putman<br />

Police1<br />

SEATTLE — A SWAT officer<br />

will not be charged in the 2020<br />

shooting of a man who fled police<br />

while holding an infant, the<br />

Seattle Times reported.<br />

Officer <strong>No</strong>ah Zech, <strong>40</strong>, fired<br />

a single round from his patrol<br />

rifle, striking domestic violence<br />

and child abduction suspect<br />

Shaun Fuhr in the head as he<br />

fled, according to the report. The<br />

Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney’s<br />

Office stated that given<br />

the information Zech had at the<br />

time of the shooting, his fear for<br />

the safety of the officers and the<br />

child were reasonable.<br />

At the time of the incident, 911<br />

callers included Fuhr’s partner,<br />

who said that Fuhr had beaten<br />

her, threatened her life and fired<br />

a gun, as well as a witness who<br />

said he saw Fuhr tucking a gun<br />

into his waistband and running<br />

away with the child.<br />

Officers, including the SWAT<br />

team, pursued Fuhr through a<br />

construction site, according to<br />

the report. Zech and Fuhr came<br />

into the open at the same time<br />

where Zech shot Fuhr. Senior<br />

Deputy Prosecuting attorney<br />

Joseph Marchesano said that<br />

because of the abduction of<br />

the child, officers had cause for<br />

alarm.<br />

“They had no idea what his intentions<br />

were,” Marchesano said.

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By Joanna Putman<br />

Police1<br />

COCHISE COUNTY, AZ. — Deputy<br />

Christopher Oletski, who fell<br />

15 feet off an overpass while in<br />

pursuit of fleeing, smuggled migrants<br />

has returned to light duty,<br />

ABC 15 reported.<br />

ABC 15 has obtained body<br />

camera footage from the night<br />

of September 28, 2023, when<br />

Cochise County Sheriff’s Office<br />

Deputy Oletski was severely injured<br />

in the fall, according to the<br />

report. Oletski was assigned to<br />

the Criminal Interdiction Team,<br />

which focuses on human smuggling<br />

and drug trafficking.<br />

The incident occurred while<br />

the team was pursuing a suspected<br />

human smuggler. Oletski<br />

was attempting to deploy spike<br />

strips when he tripped and fell<br />

off the bridge, landing on an<br />

embankment. Clips from the<br />

released body camera footage<br />

show other officers trying to<br />

figure out how to get Oletski to<br />

an ambulance without causing<br />

more pain.<br />

“We don’t want to move his<br />

back at all,” officials can be<br />

heard saying.<br />

Oletski told ABC 15 he sustained<br />

substantial brain injuries<br />

and broke his femur, pelvis, right<br />

elbow and wrist. He does not remember<br />

the fall or several days<br />

that followed, according to the<br />

report.<br />

“The reason why I am OK with<br />

getting hurt is because in my<br />

eyes, the way I look at it, if I<br />

didn’t try to stop that vehicle,<br />

it was going to go up the road<br />

and maybe kill a family,” Oletski<br />

68 The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>April</strong> ‘24<br />

told ABC 15. “If I didn’t try to stop<br />

that vehicle, the driver could<br />

have made a terrible decision<br />

and killed the passengers inside<br />

of that vehicle. If I didn’t stop<br />

that vehicle, the passenger could<br />

have gone up the road or the<br />

driver could have gone up the<br />

road and killed themselves,” he<br />

said.<br />

Oletski will be on light duty<br />

for at least 12 to 18 more months<br />

before fully returning to duty,<br />

according to the report.<br />





PLAN<br />

By Joanna Putman<br />

Police1<br />

PITTSBURGH, PA. —The Pittsburgh<br />

Bureau of Police has<br />

implemented a new response<br />

policy. Beginning March 11, officers<br />

will only respond to calls of<br />

in-progress emergencies, WPXI<br />

reported.<br />

The policy is part of Chief<br />

Larry Scirotto’s efforts to reduce<br />

the bureau’s call volume from<br />

about 200,000 calls to about<br />

50,000 calls this year, according<br />

to the report. Calls for criminal<br />

mischief, theft, harassment and<br />

many others will be handled by<br />

the telephone reporting unit or<br />

by online reporting.<br />

“That allows our officers to be<br />

engaged in community in a way,<br />

now they’re at the YMCA instead<br />

of sitting on the 10th Street<br />

bypass with a bike complaint,”<br />

Scirotto stated.<br />

The bureau will offload most<br />

parking issues to the Pittsburgh<br />

Parking Authority, according to<br />

the report. It will remove desk<br />

officers from precincts between<br />

the hours of 3 a.m.-7 a.m., and<br />

reduce the number of officers on<br />

overnight shifts.<br />

“The staffing plan designed<br />

by police command is a direct<br />

response to a seriously understaffed<br />

police department,” said<br />

Bob Swartzwelder, FOP union<br />

President. “Only time will tell<br />

if the plan works or the Chief<br />

will need to pivot and modify<br />

his plan quickly. The FOP will

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e watching carefully for any<br />

contract violations that develop<br />

especially when non-emergency<br />

events come up such as St. Patrick’s<br />

Day, parades, large concerts,<br />

July 4th etc. In short, the<br />

FOP believes that the police department<br />

is seriously over-committed<br />

and under-resourced.”<br />






“The rats are eating our marijuana.<br />

They’re all high,” Superintendent<br />

Anne Kirkpatrick said.<br />

NEW ORLEANS, LA. – An infestation<br />

of rats at the headquarters<br />

of the New Orleans Police Department<br />

has apparently left the<br />

rodents stoned and the volume<br />

of marijuana booked as evidence<br />

is shrinking, according to the<br />

police superintendent.<br />

New Orleans Police Superintendent<br />

Anne Kirkpatrick is battling<br />

a new adversary: an army<br />

of rats that has begun feasting<br />

on drugs stored in the evidence<br />

room, the Daily Beast reported.<br />

On Monday, Kirkpatrick told<br />

the City Council’s Criminal Justice<br />

Committee that the police<br />

department needs to relocate<br />

its facilities to a downtown high<br />

rise in order to escape the unbearable<br />

conditions.<br />

“The rats are eating our marijuana.<br />

They’re all high,” Kirkpatrick<br />

was quoted as saying by<br />

local media.<br />

In addition to getting stoned,<br />

the superintendent noted the<br />

rodents have left feces on desks,<br />

and cockroaches have also<br />

moved in.<br />

“The uncleanliness is off the<br />

Stoned Rats are eating the marijuana booked as evidence at NOPD<br />

charts,” Kirkpatrick noted.<br />

Her comments regarding the<br />

conditions in the building that<br />

first opened in 1968 comes after<br />

the department spent years lobbying<br />

for a new location for its<br />

headquarters.<br />

On Monday, the City Council<br />

approved a motion to authorize<br />

a pending 10-year lease agreement<br />

that would see the department<br />

relocate to the upper two<br />

floors of 1615 Poydras Tower in<br />

the center of the city.<br />






Newly released body-camera<br />

footage from earlier this year<br />

has revealed a comical rescue<br />

mission undertaken by Indianapolis<br />

police officers as they<br />

attempted to capture a “big<br />

ass raccoon” that had invaded<br />

a man’s home on the southeast<br />

side of the city.<br />


The incident, which occurred<br />

in the early morning hours of<br />

January 9, saw Officer Aaron<br />

Laird responding to a homeowner’s<br />

distress call reporting an<br />

“unusual guest” that had barged<br />

into his residence and caused<br />

chaos.<br />

Upon entering the home, Officer<br />

Laird was greeted by the<br />

homeowner’s account of the<br />

havoc wreaked by the raccoon,<br />

explaining that it had knocked<br />

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around the living room.<br />

In the bodycam footage released<br />

by the Indianapolis Metropolitan<br />

Police Department<br />

(IMPD), Officer Laird can be seen<br />

cautiously approaching the corner<br />

where the large raccoon was<br />

cowering amid scattered items.<br />

“He’s a big son of a bitch, easy<br />

partner,” Officer Laird can be<br />

heard saying in the video. “We<br />

got a big ass raccoon in here.”<br />

As the officers attempted to<br />

corner the elusive critter behind<br />

a refrigerator, the raccoon darted<br />

away, climbing on doors and<br />

doing “pull-ups” on the door<br />

moldings to evade capture.<br />

After a few failed attempts<br />

using a catch pole, Officer Laird<br />

eventually managed to safely<br />

capture the raccoon and release<br />

it back into the wild.<br />

In the aftermath of the chaotic<br />

encounter, officers apologized<br />

to the homeowner for the mess<br />

caused by the raccoon’s escapades<br />

within the house.<br />

“That’s fine, that’s the easy<br />

part,” the relieved homeowner<br />

responded as he began to clean<br />

up.<br />

“I just wanted him out of here.<br />

When I heard that big bang, I<br />

thought someone was robbing<br />

my house.”<br />

“He was a big boy,” Officer<br />

Laird added.<br />

The department later joked<br />

about the incident, stating on<br />

social media: “The raccoon was<br />

not charged with a crime.”<br />




MARANA, AZ. — A multi-agency<br />

law enforcement investigation<br />

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team has released body camera<br />

and helicopter footage of an officer<br />

using a rifle to take down an<br />

armed suspect at long range, the<br />

Arizona Daily Star reported.<br />

The Feb. 10 incident began<br />

when officers from the Marana<br />

Police Department conducted<br />

a traffic stop. After conducting<br />

an CLICK investigation, TO TAP officers TO WATCH decided<br />

to arrest Tobin Pico, 29, for<br />

aggravated DUI, according to the<br />

report.<br />

When officers started trying to<br />

place Pico in handcuffs, he fled<br />

on foot, crossing multiple lanes<br />

of traffic. Body camera footage<br />

from one of the officers shows<br />

Pico dropping a handgun in the<br />

road’s median. He picked it up<br />

and continued to run from officers.<br />

Other officers were called to<br />

assist, and an air unit maintained<br />

a visual on the suspect<br />

as he started to walk toward a<br />

populous area, according to the<br />

report. Helicopter video shows<br />

the handgun on the ground next<br />

to him.<br />

An officer’s body camera then<br />

shows a team setting up a rifle.<br />

The officer with the rifle fired<br />

three shots. Helicopter video<br />

shows the suspect falling to the<br />

ground after the third shot. The<br />

distance between the officer and<br />

the suspect is unclear, but the<br />

officers cannot be seen on the<br />

thermal helicopter video that<br />

shows Pico being shot.<br />

After being struck by rifle fire,<br />

the suspect was able to get up<br />

and fire shots at officers, helicopter<br />

video shows. Officers<br />

returned fire, again bringing the<br />

suspect to the ground.<br />

Officers rendered aid, but the<br />

suspect was pronounced dead<br />

on the scene, according to the<br />

report.<br />



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Smaller agencies in smaller<br />

towns face unique challenges,<br />

and a tiny department in Minnesota<br />

is no exception.<br />

Moose Lake, Minnesota, has<br />

slightly more than 2,700 citizens<br />

and law enforcement was being<br />

provided by just one officer as of<br />

February, as a result of ongoing<br />

budget cuts and a rash of officer<br />

resignations. But at a recent<br />

meeting, the town decided that<br />

even that was too much. In a 3–2<br />

vote, the city council chose to<br />

disband the police department.<br />

Apparently, public safety costs<br />

make up the majority of the<br />

city’s budget. They plan to save<br />

money by contracting with the<br />

county sheriff’s office to provide<br />

coverage to the town. The details<br />

of the new arrangement will<br />

take some time to finalize, but<br />

the Moose Lake Police Department<br />

will soon be no more.<br />

Despite the obvious difficulty<br />

the City faced in reaching the<br />

contentious decision (the two<br />

council members who voted<br />

against the move felt strongly<br />

about keeping the department),<br />

they aren’t alone. Data from<br />

Minnesota POST indicates that<br />

Moose Lake will be the 36th<br />

department in the <strong>No</strong>rth Star<br />

State to disband in the last seven<br />

years.<br />

It’s not unheard of for budget-balancers<br />

to seek new ways<br />

to save money, and various<br />

consolidation or contract arrangements<br />

can often give the<br />

taxpayers more bang for their<br />

buck. That being said, the need<br />

for cops doesn’t go away. Moose<br />

Lake’s contract with the local<br />

sheriff’s office is expected to<br />

provide them with four deputies.<br />

And then there were none. Moose lake PD disbanded.<br />




APPLE VALLEY, CA — The San<br />

Bernardino County Sheriff’s<br />

Department has released body<br />

camera footage from the fatal<br />

officer-involved shooting of a<br />

15-year-old wielding a bladed<br />

gardening tool, KCAL reported.<br />

The March 9 incident occurred<br />

when 911 callers reported that<br />

Ryan Gainer, 15, was using the<br />

5-foot-long tool to assault family<br />

members and damage property,<br />

according to the report. Video<br />

shows that Gainer confronted<br />

deputies when they arrived at<br />

the home.<br />

In the video, one deputy can be<br />

seen approaching the front door<br />

of the residence. As he nears the<br />

door, Gainer can be seen running<br />

toward the deputy with the tool<br />

in hand, apparently unprovoked.<br />

The officer begins to back away.<br />

The video then includes body<br />

camera from the second deputy<br />

to arrive at the scene, who was<br />

standing several yards away<br />

from the door as the first deputy<br />

approached it. The footage<br />

shows Gainer emerging from<br />

the home and running at the first<br />

deputy, who then turned around<br />

and pointed his gun at Gainer.<br />

The second deputy then raised<br />

his weapon and pointed it at<br />

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Gainer. At least one of the deputies<br />

fired shots, striking Gainer,<br />

after the provided body camera<br />

footage cut out, according to the<br />

report. The deputies rendered<br />

medical aid until an ambulance<br />

arrived to take Gainer to the hospital.<br />

He later succumbed to his<br />

injuries, according to the report.<br />

The incident is under investigation.<br />




By Crime Watch MN<br />

OAKDALE, MN. – Just weeks<br />

after three first responders were<br />

shot and killed during a standoff<br />

while responding to a domestic<br />

situation in Burnsville, an eerily<br />

similar scene played out in Oakdale,<br />

MN., overnight Monday to<br />

Tuesday.<br />

Just before 10:00 p.m. on Monday,<br />

Oakdale officers were called<br />

to a domestic dispute near the<br />

100 block of Greystone Avenue.<br />

Police located the vehicle involved<br />

in the dispatch and began<br />

trailing it, according to dispatch<br />

audio.<br />

The vehicle took off from officers<br />

who aired that there was<br />

a female in the passenger seat<br />

with her hands up. The dispatcher<br />

relayed that information indicated<br />

that the female was being<br />

threatened by a party with a gun.<br />

Police continued to follow the<br />

vehicle until it pulled up to the<br />

apparent residence involved in<br />

the call. An officer then shouted<br />

over the air, “shots fired, shots<br />

fired, get us armor here dispatch,<br />

ASAP.”<br />

Another officer indicated that<br />

shots were being fired out of a<br />

window and yelled at others to<br />

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take cover. Another officer ordered<br />

everyone to take cover<br />

behind their vehicles as police<br />

indicated that shots continued to<br />

be fired.<br />

Police then indicated that the<br />

female involved in the incident<br />

was in the backyard holding a<br />

baby. Police were able to get the<br />

female to safety as they called<br />

for overhead help from a State<br />

Patrol flight operator and requested<br />

a sniper to respond to<br />

the scene.<br />

Further dispatch audio indicated<br />

that the officers who were<br />

sheltering behind vehicles in<br />

the front of the residence were<br />

eventually able to get to safety<br />

with the assistance of armored<br />

equipment. A “Code Red” alert<br />

was requested by police to be<br />

sent to the surrounding neighborhood<br />

advising residents to<br />

shelter in place. Several responders<br />

from SWAT, a negotiator<br />

team, and other agencies<br />

began responding to the scene.<br />

Information was aired that the<br />

female victim told police that the<br />

suspect claimed he was “ready<br />

to die tonight, and he wouldn’t<br />

go back to prison.”<br />

The standoff continued as radio<br />

dispatches went to an encrypted<br />

channel at about 11:30<br />

p.m.<br />

The city of Oakdale posted a<br />

press release on Tuesday detailing<br />

what transpired during<br />

the ordeal and confirmed that a<br />

suspect had been arrested:<br />

“Just before 10:00 p.m. on<br />

March 11, 2024, Oakdale officers<br />

were called to a domestic<br />

dispute near the 100 block of<br />

Greystone Avenue. The 911 caller<br />

expressed concern that the<br />

male involved had a gun and had<br />

25-year-old Devione Leeante<br />

threatened the female with it in<br />

the past. While en route to the<br />

address, officers located a vehicle<br />

they believed to be occupied<br />

by the involved parties and attempted<br />

a traffic stop near 10th<br />

Street and Hadley Avenue. The<br />

driver fled from officers, leading<br />

them on a brief pursuit before<br />

stopping at a residence on the<br />

100 block of Greystone Avenue.<br />

Immediately upon exiting the<br />

vehicle, the male driver, later<br />

identified as 25-year-old Devione<br />

Leeante Malone of St. Paul,<br />

began shooting at officers. At<br />

least one Oakdale police officer<br />

exchanged gunfire as Malone fled<br />

into the home where he continued<br />

to fire at officers before<br />

barricading himself inside. Law<br />

enforcement immediately secured<br />

the area, evacuating nearby<br />

homes. A female passenger<br />

and infant inside the vehicle<br />

were located unharmed and ushered<br />

to safety by police.<br />

Resources from multiple jurisdictions<br />

responded to assist at<br />

the scene, where four Oakdale<br />

officers were unable to safely<br />

retreat due to incoming gunfire.

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Whether you join us in Arlington, Virginia or virtually from anywhere,<br />

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National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community.<br />

SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2024<br />

• National Police K9 Memorial Service<br />

• ODMP 5K<br />

SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2024<br />

• Police Unity Tour Arrival<br />

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2024<br />

• Candlelight Vigil<br />

TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2024<br />

• The 30th Annual Pipeband Memorial March and<br />

Service, Organized by the National Conference of<br />

Law Enforcement Emerald Societies (NCLEES)<br />

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2024<br />

• Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service<br />

• Ambassador Wreath Laying and Stand Watch<br />

for the Fallen<br />

• Ford Giveaway Drawing<br />


MAY 9–18, 2024<br />

• National Law Enforcement Museum OPEN<br />

each day from May 9-20, 2024<br />

MAY 14–16, 2024<br />

• C.O.P.S. National Police Survivors’ Conference<br />

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2/27/24 2:05 PM

Law enforcement in armored<br />

vehicles responded to help safely<br />

extricate the officers, all of<br />

whom remain physically unharmed.<br />

After hours of attempted contact<br />

with the suspect, Malone<br />

surrendered to police just after<br />

12:30 a.m.<br />

Malone remains in custody at<br />

the Washington County Jail on<br />

multiple felony charges, including<br />

felony assault, possession of<br />

a firearm by person convicted<br />

with a crime or violence, and<br />

domestic abuse no contact order<br />

violation. Charges may be added<br />

as the investigation continues.<br />

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension<br />

(BCA) is handling the<br />

use of force investigation while<br />

the Washington County Sheriff’s<br />

Office is managing the criminal<br />

investigation. Oakdale Police<br />

Department is grateful for the<br />

assistance of the Washington<br />

County SWAT Team, Ramsey<br />

County Sheriff’s Office SWAT<br />

Team, St. Paul Police Department<br />

SWAT Team, Washington<br />

County Sheriff’s Office, Ramsey<br />

County Sheriff’s Office, Woodbury<br />

Police Department, Cottage<br />

Grove Police Department, and all<br />

other neighboring agencies who<br />

responded to assist.<br />

More information will be released<br />

when it becomes available.”<br />

Malone posted $1,000 bond and<br />

was released from custody on<br />

Jan. 5, records show.<br />





Celebrity drag performer<br />

Shangela — born Darius Jeremy<br />

Celebrity drag performer Shangela & VP Harris<br />

Pierce — is being accused of several<br />

sexual assault encounters.<br />

The high profile individual was<br />

lavishly honored by the Biden<br />

Administration and became the<br />

first person to wear drag at an<br />

event at the official vice presidential<br />

residence, the New York<br />

Post reported.<br />

Shangela, 42, was the focus of<br />

a revealing Rolling Stone exposé<br />

this week involving five accusers<br />

alleging sexual abuse. The allegations<br />

come nearly a year after<br />

the deviant niche performer was<br />

also sued for rape, according to<br />

the news outlet.<br />

Vice President Kamala Harris<br />

has known Shangela since<br />

at least 2019 when they posed<br />

together for a selfie when the<br />

now-VP was running for president.<br />

Shangela praised Harris for<br />

being “a fierce ally” of the<br />

“LGBTQIA+ family,” saying, “I can<br />

for sure say I am proud to see<br />

a strong, intelligent, dedicated<br />

Black/Indian woman going after<br />

the Democratic nomination.”<br />

Harris invited Shangela to a<br />

Pride event at the Naval Observatory<br />

in 2022. As a result, the<br />

performer became the first ever<br />

to attend the official residence in<br />

drag, People magazine reported<br />

at the time.<br />

“I woke up today asking myself<br />

‘Did that really just happen?’”<br />

Shangela wrote on Instagram<br />

after “laughing and sobbing” at<br />

the exposure of being invited to<br />

speak at Harris’ event.<br />

“Last night I had the honor of<br />

becoming the first drag queen in<br />

drag to ever attend an event at<br />

the residence of the Vice President<br />

of America.”<br />

“Me — the lil country gay kid<br />

from Paris, TX just helped introduce<br />

the highest ranking female<br />

leader ever elected in our country.<br />

And I did it standing in my<br />

truth.”<br />

Several months later, the Biden<br />

Administration invited Shangela<br />

to the White House for the president’s<br />

ceremonial signing of The<br />

Respect for Marriage Act. During<br />

the appearance the performer<br />

dressed in drag and posed with<br />

Harris.<br />

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“What an honor to be invited<br />

to the White House by our @<br />

potus and @drbiden yesterday to<br />

witness the signing of the Respect<br />

for Marriage Act,” Shangela<br />

wrote on Instagram.”<br />

“The weather was chill but the<br />

emotions were warm and fuzzy<br />

… and as a drag queen whose<br />

community is specifically targeted<br />

right now, this type of inclusion<br />

meant A LOT.”<br />

Following recent revelations<br />

regarding the sexual assault<br />

allegations against Shangela, the<br />

Vice President’s Office did not<br />

immediately return a request for<br />

comment from The Post.<br />

Furthermore, Shangela’s attorney<br />

Andrew Brettler did not immediately<br />

respond to a request<br />

for comment Wednesday about<br />

the accusations of sex abuse or<br />

connections to Biden and Harris.<br />

According to Rolling Stone,<br />

Shangela, who only uses feminine<br />

pronouns while dressed in<br />

drag, has been accused of either<br />

sexually assaulting five people in<br />

the queer community, or trying<br />

to have sex with individuals after<br />

they were too intoxicated to give<br />

consent.<br />

The alleged crimes involve<br />

male and non-binary individuals<br />

between the ages of 18 and<br />

23. The accusations date back to<br />

2012, The Post reported.<br />

One of Shangela’s accusers<br />

was a teen at the time of the<br />

alleged encounter. He claimed<br />

the flamboyant performer tried<br />

to anally penetrate him after he<br />

had been prepped with alcohol<br />

and vomited all over a hotel bed,<br />

the Rolling Stone reported.<br />

Two additional accusers said<br />

they had blacked out and later<br />

awoke and led to believe they<br />

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had participated in group sex<br />

with Shangela and another man.<br />

Brettler had reportedly denied<br />

the allegations against Shangela,<br />

saying he never had “nonconsensual<br />

sex of any kind with them,<br />

or anyone else.”<br />

The accusers told Rolling Stone<br />

they had been reluctant to speak<br />

out due to politics involving drag<br />

shows. Nevertheless, they felt<br />

empowered after a former HBO<br />

production assistant filed a lawsuit<br />

against Shangela for rape<br />

last year.<br />



DENT<br />

Restoring a semblance of order<br />

to the inner cities of America as<br />

well as preserving our nation’s<br />

borders and maintaining security<br />

in flyover country has rarely<br />

been more of a focal point than<br />

it has become in recent years. <strong>No</strong><br />

institution knows public safety<br />

better than law enforcement<br />

and its officers who are sworn to<br />

“bear true faith and allegiance”<br />

to the Constitution of the United<br />

States.<br />

Cops are also keenly aware<br />

that political office holders can<br />

empower or cripple their efforts<br />

as it relates to public safety. In<br />

the past four years the institution<br />

of law enforcement has<br />

taken a historic beating as the<br />

progressive movement seeks to<br />

cripple its ability to preserve the<br />

peace. Hence, community members<br />

should take note of political<br />

endorsements made by police<br />

organizations.<br />

In Florida, the largest police<br />

union announced on Thursday<br />

which candidate for president<br />

they will support in the <strong>No</strong>vember<br />

general election.<br />

Florida Police Benevolent Association<br />

(PBA) President John<br />

Kazanjian declared his organization<br />

will support former President<br />

Trump. In a letter shared<br />

with Fox News Digital, Florida<br />

PBA says Trump is the right person<br />

to handle the many crises<br />

facing the nation.<br />

“It’s no secret that over the<br />

past four years, under the current<br />

administration, America<br />

has regressed. Law enforcement<br />

officers are leaving their jobs in<br />

record numbers throughout this<br />

country, crime is rising in our<br />

major cities, and over 8 million<br />

migrants have entered this<br />

country, putting a heavy and<br />

untenable strain on the ability<br />

of local municipalities to effectively<br />

maintain public safety and<br />

provide essential services to the<br />

citizens of this country,” Kazanjian<br />

wrote.<br />

“This <strong>No</strong>vember, America is<br />

once again at a critical juncture.<br />

The choice we make in electing<br />

the next president of the United<br />

States will have a lasting impact<br />

on our nation for generations to<br />

come. And for us, the choice is<br />

crystal clear. On behalf of the<br />

30,000 members of Florida’s<br />

largest law enforcement union,<br />

the Florida PBA is proud to once<br />

again endorse you for president<br />

of the United States,” he added.<br />

“Moving forward, we will ask<br />

all of our 30,000 members, their<br />

friends and family, and all Floridians,<br />

who love and respect<br />

law enforcement, to cast their<br />

ballots in support of President<br />

Donald J. Trump. Together we’ll<br />

make America great again.”

‘HE’S GOT MY GUN, I’M SHOT’:<br />




By Joanna Putman<br />

Police1<br />

TALLAHASSEE, FL. — The Tallahassee<br />

Police Department has<br />

released body camera footage<br />

of a suspect shooting an officer<br />

with the officer’s service weapon.<br />

The March 8 incident began<br />

when officers ordered Willis Adams,<br />

36, to leave a hotel, according<br />

to the video release. Video<br />

shows an officer giving Adams a<br />

card.<br />

“They already refunded you,<br />

I made sure they did that,” the<br />

officer told Adams.<br />

The officer then informed Adams<br />

that he needed to remove<br />

his belongings from the hotel<br />

room and assisted him for more<br />

than an hour, according to the<br />

release. Adams, shirtless and<br />

speaking erratically, continually<br />

insisted that “the charges were<br />

dropped” and that he would return<br />

to the hotel.<br />

The officer repeatedly warned<br />

Adams that if he returned, he<br />

would be arrested. He tells Adams<br />

to lock up the car with his<br />

possessions and leave the property.<br />

About 10 minutes later, one of<br />

the initial responding officers<br />

spotted Adams trying to enter<br />

the property on foot. He approached<br />

Adams, who informed<br />

the officer he was on the phone<br />

with 911 dispatch and dared him<br />

to deploy his TASER “for no reason,”<br />

video shows.<br />

As Adams continued to run<br />

away, the officer deployed his<br />

TASER, which did not appear to<br />

have any effect on Adams. Adams<br />

then hit the officer twice<br />

with a metal can, according to<br />

the release.<br />

The officer then used a baton<br />

in an attempt to keep Adams at<br />

a distance. Adams was able to<br />

knock the baton from the officer’s<br />

grasp.<br />

“I will hurt you,” Adams can be<br />

heard yelling at the officer.<br />

The officer and Adams then<br />

get into a physical altercation.<br />

During the struggle, Adams was<br />

able to climb on top of the officer<br />

and lock his arm around his<br />

neck, according to the release.<br />

The officer then retrieved his<br />

firearm, which Adams grabbed<br />

and attempted to wrestle away<br />

from the officer.<br />

A bystander can be seen stopping<br />

and attempting to help<br />

the officer. The officer’s firearm<br />

discharges, striking the officer in<br />

the hand, according to the release.<br />

Adams then picked up the<br />

firearm and walked away with it.<br />

“Dispatch, he’s got my gun, he’s<br />

got my gun,” the officer said. “I’m<br />

shot.”<br />

The officer was treated for the<br />

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gunshot wound and is expected<br />

to recover. Adams was arrested<br />

and charged with attempted<br />

homicide of a law enforcement<br />

officer, according to the release.<br />





GATES COUNTY, N.C. – A man<br />

later identified as an illegal<br />

immigrant on a terror watch<br />

list was involved in a four-hour<br />

standoff with law enforcement<br />

authorities in <strong>No</strong>rth Carolina<br />

last week, according to multiple<br />

reports.<br />

Awet Hagos held deputies<br />

and troopers at bay for about<br />

four-hours last Monday. He is a<br />

citizen of the African nation of<br />

Eritrea who entered America illegally<br />

after a stay in Haiti, The<br />

Western Journal reported.<br />

Hagos, 32, was arrested on<br />

March 11. He has been in the<br />

<strong>No</strong>rth Carolina area for the past<br />

six months illegally, according<br />

to officials.<br />

Once Hagos’ fingerprints were<br />

checked, federal authorities<br />

reportedly discovered that he<br />

was on the terrorist watch list,<br />

reported Fox News.<br />

A representative for the U.S.<br />

Immigration and Customs<br />

Enforcement (ICE) said Hagos<br />

“entered the United States as<br />

a non immigrant in 2016 and<br />

violated terms of admission,”<br />

according to the News & Observer.<br />

On March 11 at about 6:<strong>40</strong><br />

p.m., deputies with the Gates<br />

County Sheriff’s Office were<br />

dispatched to a convenience<br />

store regarding a report of a<br />

part-time employee firing a gun<br />

Terror Watch Suspect & Illegal Immigrant, Awet Hagos<br />

outside the business, according<br />

to Sheriff Ray Campbell, the<br />

Roanoke-Chowan News Herald<br />

reported.<br />

“Upon arrival, the deputies and<br />

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

State Highway Patrol attempted<br />

to take the suspect into<br />

custody,” Sheriff Campbell said.<br />

“However, the suspect became<br />

extremely combative and at<br />

one point attempted to disarm<br />

a deputy of their firearm. The<br />

suspect then fled into a small<br />

camper located adjacent to the<br />

business,” the sheriff said.<br />

“At first we believed he was<br />

still inside the camper, but<br />

thanks to the Ahoskie Police,<br />

their drone, that has an infrared<br />

camera, spotted him attempting<br />

to crawl out from underneath<br />

a home next door,” Campbell<br />

said. “That allowed us to focus<br />

our attention there and we were<br />

able to get him to come out.”<br />

Nevertheless, the standoff lasted<br />

about four hours before the<br />

man surrendered, according to<br />

authorities.<br />

Following Hagos’ arrest, he<br />

was charged with three counts<br />

of assault on a government<br />

official, three counts of resisting<br />

a public officer and carrying<br />

a concealed weapon. He was<br />

booked into jail and held on a<br />

$100,000 bond.<br />

<strong>No</strong>rth Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark<br />

Robinson was unhappy that local<br />

law enforcement officials had<br />

to deal with a “violent illegal<br />

immigrant,” the Carolina Journal<br />

reported.<br />

As a result, the gubernatorial<br />

candidate sent a letter to President<br />

Joe Biden seeking answers<br />

and challenging the president’s<br />

border policy.<br />

“This incident raises a number<br />

of serious questions that deserve<br />

to be addressed urgently,”<br />

the letter read, according to Fox<br />

News.<br />

“I called on President Biden to<br />

give immediate answers,” Robinson<br />

said “How did Hagos enter<br />

the United States? How did Hagos<br />

get to <strong>No</strong>rth Carolina? Did he<br />

travel by air, interstate, or rail?<br />

Are there other places that he’s<br />

been in our state that he’s traveled<br />

to or through, and should<br />

those areas be on alert?”<br />

Robinson’s letter is largely<br />

symbolic since he notes that<br />

even elected officials in Washington,<br />

D.C. cannot get answers<br />

from the president.<br />

“The silence from the Biden<br />

administration on this situation is<br />

not an isolated incident,” he said.<br />

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“<strong>No</strong>t even our elected officials<br />

in Congress or the Senate have<br />

been able to get any answers<br />

from him.”<br />





By Alexis Weisend<br />

The Columbian, Vancouver,<br />

Wash.<br />

VANCOUVER, WA. — A Vancouver<br />

man was sentenced Tuesday<br />

to a year and a day in federal<br />

prison for intentionally selling<br />

low-quality ballistic protective<br />

equipment produced in China to<br />

dozens of domestic law enforcement<br />

agencies and the U.S.<br />

military.<br />

Jeffrey Meining, 42, operated<br />

a ballistic equipment business<br />

from 2016 to 2022 called BulletProof-IT,<br />

according to a news<br />

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

Office for the District of Oregon.<br />

He sold equipment, including<br />

helmets, body armor and shields<br />

to state, local and federal agencies<br />

that included law enforcement<br />

agencies, fire departments<br />

and the military.<br />

He told buyers the products<br />

were from the United States<br />

when they were actually from<br />

China. For instance, Meining<br />

purchased 600 helmets from<br />

a Chinese company in 2017 for<br />

about $50,000 and sold them<br />

for $90,000 to a reseller. That<br />

reseller sold them to the U.S.<br />

Department of State for $107,994,<br />

according to the news release.<br />

Meining also lied about safety<br />

testing, the news release said,<br />

claiming his products met certain<br />

safety standards. However,<br />

he did not test them to meet the<br />

Jeffrey Meining sold low-quality ballistic vest produced in China<br />

advertised levels, or he altered<br />

reports to reflect inaccurate results,<br />

court records show.<br />

Customers relied on Meining’s<br />

false statements and falsified<br />

product testing results when deciding<br />

to purchase his products,<br />

the news release said.<br />

Meining was charged with<br />

wire fraud in <strong>No</strong>vember 2022. On<br />

March 23, 2023, he pleaded guilty<br />

to the single charge.<br />

After serving time in prison,<br />

Meining will have three years of<br />

supervised release.<br />

“In the shadow of deceit,<br />

Jeffrey Meining orchestrated a<br />

scheme of betrayal, defrauding<br />

not only law enforcement agencies<br />

but the very fabric of trust<br />

woven into our nation’s armor,”<br />

said Robert Hammer, special<br />

agent in charge of Homeland Security<br />

Investigations Seattle Field<br />

Office.<br />



GUNS<br />

Associated Press<br />

CHICAGO, IL. — The city of Chicago<br />

sued Glock Inc. on Tuesday,<br />

alleging the handgun manufacturer<br />

is facilitating the proliferation<br />

of illegal machine guns that<br />

can fire as many as 1,200 rounds<br />

per minute on the streets of the<br />

city.<br />

The lawsuit alleges Glock<br />

unreasonably endangers Chicagoans<br />

by manufacturing and<br />

selling semiautomatic pistols<br />

that can easily be converted<br />

to illegal machine guns with<br />

an auto sear — a cheap, small<br />

device commonly known as a<br />

“Glock switch.” The switches<br />

are the size of a quarter and are<br />

easily purchased illegally online<br />

for around $20 or manufactured<br />

at home using a 3D printer.<br />

The complaint filed in Cook<br />

County Circuit Court is the first to<br />

use Illinois’s new Firearms Industry<br />

Responsibility Act, passed<br />

and signed into law in 2023 to<br />

hold gun companies accountable<br />

for conduct that endangers the<br />

public.<br />

The lawsuit states police in<br />

Chicago have recovered over<br />

1,100 Glocks that have been converted<br />

into illegal machine guns<br />

in the last two years in connection<br />

with homicides, assaults,<br />

kidnappings, carjackings and<br />

other crimes.<br />

The lawsuit alleges that Glock<br />

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knows it could fix the problem<br />

but refuses to do so and seeks a<br />

court order requiring the company<br />

to stop selling guns to people<br />

in Chicago. It also seeks unspecified<br />

damages.<br />

“The City of Chicago is encountering<br />

a deadly new frontier in<br />

the gun violence plaguing our<br />

communities because of the increase<br />

of fully automatic Glocks<br />

on our streets,” Mayor Brandon<br />

Johnson said in a news release.<br />

“Selling firearms that can so<br />

easily be converted into automatic<br />

weapons makes heinous<br />

acts even more deadly, so we<br />

are doing everything we can in<br />

collaboration with others committed<br />

to ending gun violence<br />

to hold Glock accountable for<br />

putting profits over public safety,”<br />

Johnson said.<br />

Joining the city in the lawsuit<br />

is Everytown Law, a Washington-based<br />

firm that seeks to<br />

advance gun safety laws in the<br />

courts.<br />

“Right now, anyone in the United<br />

States with $20 and a screwdriver<br />

can convert their Glock<br />

pistol into an illegal machine<br />

gun in just a few minutes,” said<br />

Eric Tirschwell, executive director<br />

of Everytown Law.<br />

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OUT<br />

NASHVILLE, TN. – Nashville PD<br />

said on Friday they found the<br />

body of Riley Strain, a University<br />

of Missouri senior who went<br />

missing on March 8 after going<br />

out downtown.<br />

Authorities said Strain’s body<br />

was recovered from the Cumberland<br />

River in West Nashville<br />

on Friday morning, about 8 miles<br />

from downtown. Police said on X<br />

that no foul play-related trauma<br />

was observed, and an autopsy is<br />

pending.<br />

“This morning, around 7:28<br />

a.m., we received a call from a<br />

worker on 61st Avenue, at a company<br />

that adjoins the Cumberland<br />

River, that had been searching<br />

for anything that would pop<br />

up on the river, especially looking<br />

for Riley Strain,” Metro Nashville<br />

Police Department Chief<br />

John Drake said during a Friday<br />

morning press conference. “As<br />

they were removing an object<br />

from the river, they noticed what<br />

appeared to be Riley Strain.”<br />

The fire department retrieved<br />

Strain’s body from the river, and<br />

the medical examiner’s office<br />

reviewed his remains. Strain’s<br />

family has been contacted, Drake<br />

said.<br />

“There are no signs of foul play<br />

at this time, according to the examination<br />

here at the riverbank,”<br />

Drake said. “Mr. Strain still had<br />

the shirt on that he was wearing,<br />

had the watch and other identifying<br />

factors that helped us<br />

identify who he is.”<br />

The 22-year-old finance student<br />

was visiting Nashville for<br />

his fraternity’s spring formal trip<br />

when he vanished. He had been<br />

out on Broadway drinking with<br />

friends at Luke Bryan’s downtown<br />

bar, called Luke’s 32, when<br />

staff asked him to leave.<br />

Police say his phone pinged for<br />

the last time around Gay Street,<br />

part of which borders the Cumberland<br />

River.<br />

Nashville police released a<br />

video of Strain greeting a police<br />

officer on Gay Street while<br />

the officer was checking parked<br />

vehicles for signs of a reported<br />

vehicle burglary just before the<br />

college student disappeared.<br />

“Shown was Riley’s brief exchange<br />

of greetings w/ Officer<br />

Reginald Young on Gay St., south<br />

of the Woodland St. Bridge, on<br />

the night of 3/8. Riley did not

appear distressed. Officer Young<br />

was there on a vehicle burglary<br />

call & remained on that portion<br />

of Gay St. for 45 min,” police said<br />

on X. “<strong>No</strong> video has been discovered<br />

that shows Riley away from<br />

Gay St after the 9:52 p.m. timeframe.”<br />

Luke’s 32 said in a statement<br />

that bartenders served Strain<br />

one drink before staff asked him<br />

to leave.<br />

“At 9:35 p.m., our security team<br />

made a decision based on our<br />

conduct standards to escort<br />

him from the venue through our<br />

Broadway exit at the front of our<br />

building,” the bar said in a March<br />

15 statement. “He was followed<br />

down the stairs with one member<br />

of his party. The individual<br />

with Riley did not exit and returned<br />

upstairs.”<br />

TC Restaurant Group indicated<br />

that they were working closely<br />

with authorities in the search for<br />

the missing college student.<br />

After leaving the bar, Strain<br />

told his friends that he would<br />

head back to their accommodations<br />

at Tempo by Hilton, which<br />

is about five blocks away from<br />

Luke’s 32, as FOX 17 first reported.<br />

When his friends did not see<br />

him again at their hotel later<br />

that evening, they filed a missing<br />

persons report, Strain’s cousin,<br />

Chelsea Strain, previously told<br />

Fox News Digital.<br />

Police are still working to<br />

determine exactly how Strain<br />

ended up walking in the opposite<br />

direction of his hotel. It is<br />

possible that he could have entered<br />

the wrong destination into<br />

a map on his phone, according to<br />

family spokesperson Chris Dingman,<br />

but authorities continue to<br />

Arlington Texas Firefighter Brady Weaver<br />

investigate all possibilities.<br />

Strain’s family flew to Nashville<br />

and became involved in<br />

the search immediately after his<br />

friends reported him missing<br />





By Frank Heinz<br />

An Arlington Texas firefighter<br />

is in critical but stable condition<br />

after being shot in the chest<br />

while responding to a welfare<br />

call early Friday morning, Arlington<br />

Police say.<br />

Firefighters, police, and paramedics<br />

arrived at an apartment<br />

on the <strong>40</strong>0 block of Bardin<br />

Greene Drive at about 12:43 a.m.,<br />

police said, after someone called<br />

911 reporting hearing children<br />

crying in a neighboring apartment<br />

and pleading with their<br />

mother to wake up.<br />

Police said officers knocked<br />

on the door and identified themselves<br />

but no one answered.<br />

Police said that they knocked on<br />

the door for more than five minutes<br />

and heard children inside<br />

continuing to call for their mother<br />

to wake up.<br />

“Concerned that someone<br />

inside the apartment could be<br />

injured or in need of emergency<br />

medical attention, the first responders<br />

made the decision to<br />

force entry into the apartment,”<br />

police said.<br />

While a firefighter used a tool<br />

to open the door, police continued<br />

to identify themselves<br />

outside. Assistant Police Chief<br />

Tarrick McGuire said police identified<br />

them 17 times before they<br />

tried to enter the apartment and<br />

before the shot was fired. A short<br />

time later, police said, someone<br />

inside the apartment fired a gun<br />

through the door and the bullet<br />

struck firefighter Brady Weaver<br />

who was at the door.<br />

Hearing the gunshot, all first<br />

responders backed away from<br />

the door including Weaver who<br />

was able to retreat on his own<br />

before being taken to a nearby<br />

hospital.<br />

Arlington Fire Chief Bret<br />

Stidham confirmed Friday afternoon<br />

that Weaver was critically<br />

injured but was stable and alert<br />

and that his recovery was trending<br />

the right way. Stidham said<br />

Weaver is a six-year veteran of<br />

the Arlington Fire Department.<br />

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After the gunfire, police ordered<br />

everyone inside the apartment<br />

to come out and they said<br />

a man, a woman, and two children<br />

complied. McGuire said they<br />

surrendered without incident<br />

and were cooperative.<br />

The man, who police said is<br />

the person who fired the shot, is<br />

being questioned by detectives.<br />

Arlington Police said investigators<br />

will consult with the Tarrant<br />

County District Attorney’s Office<br />

to determine whether criminal<br />

charges should be filed against<br />

the man.<br />

<strong>No</strong> additional shots were fired<br />

and there were no other injuries<br />

reported. Police said the woman<br />

who exited the apartment was<br />

the woman being called by the<br />

children and that she needed no<br />

medical attention.<br />

Arlington Police said the investigation<br />

into the shooting is<br />

ongoing.<br />





By Mark Price<br />

The Charlotte Observer<br />


K-9 partner of a Florida sheriff’s<br />

deputy did something horrifying<br />

— and potentially deadly — at<br />

a crime scene when it jumped<br />

without warning from a highrise<br />

bridge over the Indian River.<br />

It happened on the 528 Causeway<br />

in Brevard County, and dash<br />

camera video shows the deputy<br />

ended up in a tug of war as the<br />

dog dangled from its leash. Brevard<br />

County is east of Orlando,<br />

along Florida’s Atlantic Coast.<br />

“K-9 Deputy Lauren Donaldson<br />

got the scare of her life when<br />

“K-9 Deputy Lauren Donaldson got the scare of her life when her partner,<br />

K-9 ‘Zeppelin,’ decided to leap over the bridge’s guard rail and off the<br />

bridge that is approximately 75 feet above the surface of the water,” the<br />

sheriff’s office wrote in a March 21 Facebook post.<br />

her partner, K-9 ‘Zeppelin,’ decided<br />

to leap over the bridge’s<br />

guard rail and off the bridge that<br />

is approximately 75 feet above<br />

the surface of the water,” the<br />

sheriff’s office wrote in a March<br />

21 Facebook post.<br />

“Thankfully, Lauren responded<br />

quickly to ‘Zeppelin’s’ actions<br />

by tightly holding on to his lead,<br />

immediately bracing her feet<br />

against the railing, and then<br />

somehow, reaching over the<br />

guard rail and pulling ‘Zeppelin’<br />

back onto the bridge!”<br />

It happened as the partners<br />

were walking away from a felony<br />

arrest, and it appears the dog<br />

realized its mistake at the last<br />

second. Close inspection of the<br />

video shows Zeppelin desperately<br />

tried grabbing the top of the<br />

concrete wall before vanishing.<br />

Donaldson is heard saying only<br />

the word “<strong>No</strong>” as she holds the<br />

leash and pulls her partner from<br />

the abyss.<br />

The entire episode lasts just<br />

six seconds and the two are seen<br />

acting as if nothing happened as<br />

they walk away.<br />

“Lauren’s rescue of her beloved<br />

partner is even more amazing<br />

when you consider that ‘Zeppelin,<br />

a Belgian Malinois, weighs<br />

approximately 75 pounds and<br />

Lauren weighs 122 pounds when<br />

she is soaking wet and holding<br />

a bowling ball,” Brevard County<br />

Sheriff Sheriff Wayne Ivey said in<br />

the release.<br />

“Somehow she managed to not<br />

panic and pull ‘Zeppelin’ back<br />

to safety!! Without Lauren’s fast<br />

action there is no question that<br />

‘Zeppelin’ would have fallen ...<br />

most likely to his death!”<br />

Neither suffered injuries during<br />

the incident, officials said.<br />

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When I first connected with Thomas “Tom” Rizzo for this cover<br />

story, it felt as if we had known each other for years as we shared<br />

our experiences and goals in the policing field. His background and<br />

experience are impressive. However, what truly stands out is his<br />

genuine personality and desire to create positive change for law enforcement<br />

leaders and those with boots on the ground. There is no<br />

doubt he is making this happen.<br />

Rizzo is a proud father of four, currently serving as the Commander<br />

of the Investigations Division (Howell Township Police Department,<br />

New Jersey) and oversees both sworn officers and civilian<br />

staff. With over twenty-three years of law enforcement experience,<br />

he is currently responsible for the oversight and administration<br />

of advanced investigations, which incorporates many of the latest<br />

technological advantages, often exceeding the industry standard.<br />

Rizzo created the department’s first Criminal Suppression Unit,<br />

which has focused primarily on narcotics interdiction, substance<br />

abuse and prevention education, and the investigation of violent<br />

crimes. He has also instructed for intra/inter agency training in<br />

areas of leadership, public speaking, ethical dilemmas, case law<br />

application, and interdiction tactics. Rizzo received a B.S. from the<br />

University of Central Florida in Criminal Justice, and an M.A. from<br />

Seton Hall University in Human Resource Training & Development.<br />

Rizzo has successfully blended his law enforcement career with<br />

that of a military beginning and the role of the college professor<br />

(for more than twelve years) to now serve as a motivational<br />

speaker. After attending and graduating from the New Jersey State<br />

Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) Command & Leadership<br />

Program, he returned as an instructor, focusing on group leadership<br />

theories and resolution strategies. He is also an adjunct professor<br />

for New Jersey City University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and<br />

Rutgers School of Public Affairs & Administration (Results Driven<br />

Strategic Management) and has taught in numerous areas including<br />

School of Management, Criminal Justice, and Professional Security<br />

Studies. Rizzo regularly guest lectures for the annual Mid-Atlantic<br />

Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (MALEEDS) held<br />

at Princeton University and focuses on areas of ethical dilemmas<br />

and transformational leadership. He has authored an article on<br />

community engagement for the International Association of Chiefs<br />

of Police (IACP). As requested, Rizzo is a keynote speaker throughout<br />

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“The Ivory Tower”<br />

Rizzo has presented nationally<br />

in over forty states through<br />

his organization Walk the Talk<br />

Consultants. LLC. The course<br />

titled “The Ivory Tower” provides<br />

a comprehensive analysis of<br />

leadership theories (regardless<br />

of rank) and how to practically<br />

apply them, to serve a benefit to<br />

both the prospective leader(s)<br />

and the agency as a whole.<br />

Rizzo explained that he is most<br />

proud of the fact that while<br />

much younger, he served as a<br />

caretaker for his mother who<br />

suffered from terminal cancer.<br />

Since her untimely death, he then<br />

found himself caring for a wife,<br />

who also suffered from medical<br />

disabilities, to include parenting<br />

four children. Rizzo also shared<br />

that he now finds himself estranged<br />

from the very relationship<br />

he swore to uphold. He provides<br />

this personal background<br />

as a means of understanding<br />

why he instructs on this subject<br />

matter, “Traditional supervisory<br />

courses, while valuable,<br />

seemingly always offer similar<br />

content in the “management” of<br />

the position, but not the leadership<br />

tenets which focus on the<br />

human component of connection.<br />

With no ill intention, as we<br />

promote and gain more years of<br />

experience, we tend to become<br />

further separated from who we<br />

were or where we came from,<br />

the operational level, and more<br />

importantly - our loved ones,<br />

who we are tasked to lead and<br />

care for (Ivory Tower theory)”.<br />

To counteract this, Rizzo found<br />

by learning transformational<br />

leadership strategies and viewing<br />

officers as “human beings”<br />

can influence personnel in such<br />

a way that allows them to expand<br />

their potential to heights<br />

never thought possible; while<br />

simultaneously learning various<br />

methods on how to properly address<br />

our personal wellness; so<br />

that it aligns with the obligations<br />

of our profession, which serves<br />

to achieve a profound effect -<br />

multi-dimensional wellness. We<br />

become the best total version of<br />

ourselves, which in turn allows<br />

us to perform at our best, while<br />

productively influencing others.<br />

Simply stated, this course is<br />

about leadership perspective. By<br />

having others realize that they<br />

too, can be transformational<br />

leaders, despite their current<br />

rank or designation, serves them<br />

on a personal basis, in addition<br />

to improving their respective<br />

agencies as becoming more<br />

effective officers. The confidence<br />

that this course will not only<br />

equip the officer-student with a<br />

newfound leadership mentality,<br />

but a work-life balance methodology,<br />

built to support wellness<br />

on both fronts.<br />

Additionally, the “Ivory Tower”<br />

course was constructed with the<br />

purpose of developing leadership<br />

in those who attend as a perspective,<br />

not a position. Attendees<br />

are tasked with analyzing their<br />

own inner circles and how they<br />

can impact their effectiveness as<br />

leaders and human beings alike.<br />

The ability to receive, interpret,<br />

and utilize constructive criticism<br />

has become rare amongst those in<br />

leadership positions. If circles are<br />

formed with healthy components,<br />

it can extend our reach and effectiveness.<br />

The empathetic understanding<br />

of the current difficulties<br />

must be seriously internalized by<br />

the leader if they are to be genuine<br />

in their efforts. The contents<br />

of this seminar can easily be<br />

adjusted to fit a diverse audience;<br />

spanning generations; positions<br />

regardless of hierarchy; from military<br />

to public servants to private<br />

industry.<br />

Attendees of Rizzo’s training<br />

are regularly sharing their testimonials<br />

and confirmation of the<br />

positive influence of this information<br />

and approach. “This class<br />

transformed my career and gave<br />

one hell of a leader and mentor<br />

to look up to. I’m going to try and<br />

get in this class again because it’s<br />

just that powerful.”<br />

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“Improvement Seekers”<br />

Rizzo furthered shared that<br />

life has consistently shown that<br />

the best teachers are those who<br />

help others in terms of where to<br />

look, yet not what to see. Many<br />

“improvement seekers” are only<br />

missing guidance with the vital<br />

navigational equipment required<br />

for success, however they misinterpret<br />

this with what is perceived<br />

as the inability to reach<br />

the intended destination. This is<br />

guided by the following foundational<br />

principles: discipline<br />

vs. motivation; leadership as<br />

perspective; foundational relationships;<br />

conflict resolution and<br />

solutions; wellness and work<br />

life balance; personal investment<br />

for compounded results;<br />

and effective communication,<br />

to include written, verbal, and<br />

non-verbal. Rizzo’s speaking<br />

engagements are formulated to<br />

increase wellness and alignment<br />

of personal and professional<br />

lives. With career enhancement,<br />

morale improvement, and personal<br />

fulfillment at the forefront,<br />

leadership perspective will shift,<br />

and self-assessment will expand<br />

and readily translate into action..<br />



Rizzo has been fortunate to<br />

consistently check off the goals<br />

on his bucket list and one included<br />

the writing and publishing of<br />

his book titled “Copikaze: A Crucible<br />

to Manage Mission Impossible<br />

(2021)”. The summary explains,<br />

“With constant evolution<br />

being experienced in the policing<br />

profession, the odds of successfully<br />

navigating a career from its<br />

onset to completion have become<br />

increasingly slim. Whether<br />

attributed to the complexities of<br />

modern directives, the frustrations<br />

of contradicting legislation,<br />

or the overwhelming pressures<br />

felt due to the concerted efforts<br />

of reformists, the nobility of the<br />

calling has certainly been called<br />

to center-stage. Who, in their<br />

sane mind, would want this job<br />

given the current climate? Fear<br />

not, for the noble ones still do<br />

exist as the overwhelming majority,<br />

however, their existence<br />

is being threatened by the advent<br />

of enhanced scrutiny, while<br />

lacking the adequate tools to<br />

avoid the inevitable spoils along<br />

the way. Leadership in the very<br />

essence of the term has never<br />

been more of a necessity, yet we<br />

commonly find it to be more of<br />

an anomaly. Is this because our<br />

supervisory ranks are plagued by<br />

demonic patrons or could it be<br />

simply an expected outcome as<br />

numbness of the soul has begun<br />

to steer the ship. This crucible<br />

is meant to provide a series of<br />

lessons as the cliché rings, “If I<br />

only knew then, what I’ve come<br />

to know now.” For officers, this<br />

book provides a candid analysis<br />

of policing trials and tribulations,<br />

while offering a guide to<br />

navigate the treacherous path<br />

which has been paved. For officers’<br />

loved ones, it serves as a<br />

means to acceptance, forgiveness,<br />

and acknowledgment. For<br />

the oppositionist, it is offered<br />

as a path to understanding, not<br />

necessarily agreement. For all, a<br />

means to heal not hurt”.<br />

The reviews of the book have<br />

been consistently outstanding,<br />

“This is a great book for a<br />

newer officer to read so he or<br />

she knows how to best navigate<br />

this career, and how to be<br />

prepared for ups and downs no<br />

matter how skilled you think<br />

you are; Tom is a prime example<br />

of outstanding leadership. This<br />

book is a excellent road map to<br />

a successful career in law enforcement<br />

and how to navigate<br />

the pitfalls as well. This book<br />

is a must read from the bottom<br />

up, rookie to head of the department.”<br />

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Rizzo’s Personal and Professional Philosophy<br />

Rizzo shared that he has been blessed to<br />

build a unique sense of empathy for the individual<br />

spirit of perseverance, which spans a<br />

myriad of cultures and diverse backgrounds.<br />

He found that by personally deploying this<br />

empathetic approach to human relations and<br />

interactions, one can foster a sense of disciplined<br />

morale which translates into high levels<br />

of achievement, while experiencing an internal<br />

motivation tending to be shared amongst others.<br />

While serving as a management consul-<br />

tant to a family-owned business for years and<br />

expanding that mentality to his current administrative<br />

position, he has established a standard<br />

of conduct, subject to self-assessment, to<br />

which he both abides by and strives to improve<br />

upon with daily goals. “Simply stated; I consistently<br />

focus on improving not just myself but<br />

also those around me. The philosophy rings<br />

true...you cannot see or realize the best in others<br />

until you are operating as the best version<br />

of yourself.”<br />

The Power of Mentorship<br />

“If only one had a mentor, free from ego and<br />

single dimension process...” Rizzo is a consummate<br />

proponent of the use of mentors<br />

to create sustainable health. This is key in his<br />

teaching philosophy, “The establishment of a<br />

mentorship program within any viable organization<br />

can be the key component to its survival<br />

and the internalization of the mission. With<br />

a unique approach, the individual mentor is<br />

equipped with the requisite skill set to then<br />

serve as the “train the trainers” for the rest of<br />

the organization. General operators then become<br />

skilled experts in a specific craft, only<br />

then pass the proverbial baton to the next in<br />

line, in a wholesome fashion, free from the<br />

temptation of false incentives, yet worthy of<br />

genuine emulation. This remains as a tenet of<br />

a healthy environment, capable of aiding the<br />

longevity of the system in which it exists.”<br />

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Rizzo and “On Patrol: Live”<br />

Most recently Rizzo has appeared as a guest host on the<br />

show “On Patrol: Live” and has become quite popular with the<br />

fans. “On Patrol: Live” is an American reality television and docuseries<br />

that airs on the cable and satellite television network<br />

Reelz. It follows camera crews going on a ride-along with U.S.<br />

law enforcement agencies. When asked how he was selected<br />

for this role, Rizzo explained “On Patrol: Live has been literally<br />

a dream come true. I was part of a national group selected to<br />

interview and then chemistry test in studio. When selected and<br />

given the opportunity to “guest host”, I was in a state of disbelief.<br />

To share a studio with such professionals and have the<br />

chance to express my interpretations of policing in America,<br />

it is my hope to enhance our connection with those we serve,<br />

support those who I call brother or sister. I’m forever grateful!<br />

The warm reception I’ve received is unbelievable and leaves me<br />

inspired beyond belief!”<br />

Future Goals<br />

Lastly, I asked Rizzo about his future goals. He graciously<br />

shared, “My future goals are certain, but my path is yet to be<br />

paved. I pray that if I’m “good” at my job it makes me “better”<br />

as a person, father, and friend. I genuinely feel that being<br />

“good” is just that…GOOD; yet being “successful” is by taking<br />

your “good” and using it to make OTHERS better. I firmly believe<br />

that if I continue to find the means to relay my passion into a<br />

purpose, I’ll be capable of achieving my ultimate goal, which is<br />

to leave not a thumbprint but a SOUL-PRINT on those who continue<br />

to serve. I believe the key to public safety is by connecting<br />

to those we intend to serve. The only way to truly connect is by<br />

showing up as the best version of ourselves, it’s the only way to<br />

see and realize the best in others”.<br />

Please visit https://www.thomasrizzo.com for contact information.<br />

His book, Copikaze: A Crucible to Manage Mission<br />

Impossible, is available on Amazon or his website.<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 />

Court Security Specialist Training<br />

When: <strong>April</strong> 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 />

MA Chiefs of Police Annual Trade Show<br />

When: APRIL 10, 2024<br />

​Where: Marlborough, MA<br />

UT FBINAA Chapter Spring Conference<br />

When: APRIL 14 - 17, 2024<br />

​Where: Moab, UT<br />

MN Chiefs of Police Association Executive Training Institute ​<br />

When: APRIL 15 - 18, 2024<br />

​Where: St. Cloud, MN<br />

South Dakota Spring Sheriff and Police Chiefs Conference<br />

When: APRIL 16 - 18, 2024<br />

​Where: Deadwood, SD<br />

International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence<br />

Analysts<br />

When: <strong>April</strong> 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: <strong>April</strong> 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 />

IL Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Training Conference<br />

When: APRIL 24 - 26, 2024<br />

Where: Tinley Park, IL<br />

FBI-LEEDA the Annual Executive Education Conference<br />

When: <strong>April</strong> 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 />

OH Chiefs’ In-Service and Annual Conference<br />

When: APRIL 28 - 30, 2024<br />

Where: Columbus, OH<br />

Police Tech Conference and Expo<br />

Canada’s Hub for Police Technology Innovation and Procurement<br />

When: <strong>April</strong> 30 - May 1, 2024<br />

Where: Toronto, Canada<br />

https://www.canadianinstitute.com/police-tech/<br />

The Police Tech Conference and Expo is a leading Canadian<br />

event focused on police technology innovation.<br />

As an interactive two-day conference, it will enable in-depth<br />

discussions about real-world initiatives and strategies from<br />

leading law enforcement experts. The expo floor will showcase<br />

the latest technology solutions specifically designed for public<br />

safety applications.<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 Crimes Against Children Conference<br />

When: August 11-15, 2024<br />

Where: Dallas, TX2021 CACC<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 />

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 />

<strong>April</strong> 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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Foundational Homicide<br />

Investigations Course<br />

The IHIA and the Tacoma Police Department<br />

will be holding our Foundational Homicide<br />

Investigations Course in Tacoma, Washington<br />

Topics Include:<br />

• Responsibilities of the<br />

Homicide Investigator<br />

• Investigative Considerations<br />

• Crime Scene Investigation<br />

• Evidence Processing<br />

• Lab Capabilities<br />

July 22-26, 2024<br />

Tacoma Police Department<br />

3701 S. Pine Street, Tacoma, WA 98<strong>40</strong>9<br />

$ 435<br />

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

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

morning, and a networking event.<br />

The Buy 3, Get 1 Free promotion is eligible for this course.<br />

(For further info, email us here.)<br />


$ 385<br />

IHIA Active Member<br />


For questions, please contact:<br />

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

Sr. Investigator Ed Striedinger, (206) 992-5610, estriedinger@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 />

• Suspect Development &<br />

Elimination<br />

• Interview & Interrogation<br />

• Exploitation of Digital<br />

Evidence<br />

• Cellular Analysis<br />

• Media & Public Information<br />

Officer Relationship<br />

• Criminal Investigative<br />

Analysis<br />

• Role of the Medical<br />

Examiner/Coroner<br />

• Investigative Resources<br />

(FBI ViCAP)<br />

• Child Abductions/Death<br />

Investigations<br />

• Documentation/Report<br />

Writing<br />

• Defense Attorney/<br />

Prosecutor Relationship<br />

• Legal Matters<br />

• Courtroom Testimony<br />

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AGE: 32 TOUR: 1 DAY BADGE: N/A<br />

Police Officer Wisbens Antoine passed away after collapsing at the completion of a 1.5-mile<br />

run during Basic Recruit Training at 1650 Huron Street in Knoxville on February 23, <strong>2024.</strong><br />

The training staff provided life-saving measures until he could be transported to UT Medical<br />

Center. His condition worsened, and he passed away on February 25, <strong>2024.</strong><br />

Officer Antoine had served with the Knoxville Police Department for one day. He was a<br />

member of the 2023-B Basic Recruit Class. He is survived by his wife and two children.<br />


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AGE: 35 TOUR: 15 YEARS BADGE: 1598<br />

Officer Cody Allen was shot and killed at 1100 N Elsea Smith Road while responding to the<br />

shooting of Civil Process Server Drexel Mack, of the 16th Judicial Circuit Court of Jackson<br />

County, at about 1:00 pm.<br />

Officer Allen had served with the Independence Police Department for six years and had<br />

served in law enforcement for 15 years. He had previously served with the Grandview Police<br />

Department for six years and the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office for seven years. He is<br />

survived by his wife and two children.<br />

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Trooper Christopher Gadd was killed when his patrol car was struck by another vehicle while he was parked<br />

on the shoulder of I-5, near 136th Street NE in Marysville, at about 3:00 am. He was conducting DUI enforcement<br />

patrols when the crash occurred. The vehicle that struck him was traveling at a high rate of speed<br />

when he drove into the back of his patrol car. Then, the vehicle ricocheted off his patrol vehicle and was hit by<br />

a van.<br />

Trooper Gadd had served with the Washington State Patrol for 2-1/2 years. He is survived by his wife, 2-yearold<br />

daughter, parents, and sister. His father also serves with the Washington State Patrol, and his sister serves<br />

with the Texas Highway Patrol.<br />

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AGE: 51 TOUR: N/A BADGE: N/A<br />

Border Patrol Agent Chris Luna was killed in a helicopter crash along with two members of the New York<br />

National Guard in Starr County, Texas. The New York National Guard UH-72 Lakota helicopter was supporting<br />

the Department of Homeland Security as part of Joint Task Force <strong>No</strong>rth. Agent Luna was onboard the military<br />

aircraft when it crashed just north of the Rio Grande River, approximately two miles southeast of La Grulla,<br />

Texas. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Casey Frankoski and Chief Warrant Officer 2 John Grassia were also killed in<br />

the crash, while a third service member was injured.<br />

Agent Luna was survived by his wife, two children, parents, and brother.<br />

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AGE: 54 TOUR: 32 YEARS BADGE: G509<br />

Sergeant Thomas Sanfratello died after being attacked after responding to a dispute between two patrons at<br />

one of the Batavia Downs Casino’s bars at 8315 Park Road in Batavia. One of the patrons was arrested at<br />

about 12:30 am and was being escorted from the establishment by Sergeant Sanfratello and security when<br />

the second patron attacked him. A violent struggle ensued, during which Sergeant Sanfratello attempted to<br />

use his taser on the subject. Sergeant Sanfratello became unresponsive and died despite security personnel<br />

and bystanders administering CPR. Sergeant Sanfratello had served with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office<br />

for 32 years and had twice been recognized as Officer of the Year. He is survived by his son, two daughters,<br />

mother, two sisters, nieces, and nephews.<br />


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AGE: 35 TOUR: 6 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Patrolman Justin Hare was shot and killed at about 5:30 am while conducting a welfare check on a vehicle<br />

that was stopped near mile marker 320 on I-<strong>40</strong>, west of Tucumcari.<br />

A subject connected to the vehicle opened fire on him before fleeing on foot along a frontage road. The man<br />

remains at large.<br />

Officer Hernandez had served with the Las Cruces Police Department for two years. He was survived by his<br />

wife and two sons.<br />

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AGE: 31 TOUR: 3 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Detective First Grade Jonathan Diller was shot and killed during a traffic stop near 19-19 Mott Avenue in the Far<br />

Rockaway area of New York City. At 5:50 p.m., Detective Diller and his partner approached a vehicle that was<br />

stopped in front of a bus stop. Despite being asked numerous times to exit the vehicle, the subject refused. He<br />

pulled out a gun and shot Detective Diller in the stomach, striking him under his vest. Detective Diller was able<br />

to get the gun away from the subject, and his partner wounded the suspect. Detective Diller was transported to<br />

Jamaica Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. Detective Diller had served with the New York City Police<br />

Department for three years and was assigned to Patrol Borough Queens South Community Response Team. He<br />

is survived by his wife and one-year-old son. He was posthumously promoted to Detective First Grade and given<br />

a new shield number, 110, which is his son’s birthday.





AGE: 35 TOUR: 9 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Deputy Sheriff Christina Musil was killed when her patrol car was struck by a commercial vehicle on Illinois 23<br />

south of Perry Road at about 10:<strong>40</strong> pm.<br />

She was parked on the shoulder of the roadway when the approaching vehicle struck the rear of the patrol<br />

car. She was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.<br />

Deputy Musil had served with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office for five years and had served as a military<br />

police officer in the Illinois Army National Guard.<br />

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100,000 words? Are you kidding me?<br />

Two years ago, I mentioned I<br />

was working on a book featuring<br />

over <strong>40</strong>-years of war stories.<br />

Some of my own and over a<br />

hundred from nearly <strong>40</strong> years of<br />

publishing The BLUES and telling<br />

your war stories.<br />

So, when the editor says, “send<br />

me what you got, and we’ll go<br />

from there.” I just gathered them<br />

all together. Put breaks between<br />

each story, saved it and hit send.<br />

Easy peasy right?<br />

<strong>No</strong>pe. He calls me back and says,<br />

“did you realize that you send me<br />

over 100,000 words?” Ah, well no.<br />

Is that a problem? You need to go<br />

through and prioritize the stories.<br />

Put the most important or significant<br />

ones in the beginning and the<br />

less interesting ones towards the<br />

back.<br />

OK, I’m on it.<br />

So, as I began this process, I<br />

realized they were all significant<br />

because they were in fact a part<br />

of someone’s life. The officer that<br />

wrote it and the people involved in<br />

the actual event itself. To everyone<br />

involved, regardless of how insignificant<br />

or boring it may seem, it<br />

wasn’t.<br />

So, if it were you that had to<br />

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prioritize this forty years of storytelling,<br />

whose story would you<br />

send to the back?<br />

What would it be about? How<br />

a local woman fought with her<br />

boyfriend every weekend. Moved<br />

in and out of their apartment so<br />

many times that the officers responding<br />

to the disturbance calls<br />

knew all the players by first names<br />

until one night they arrived and<br />

found her dead on the sidewalk?<br />

Or the time I got into a chase<br />

that lasted so long, I had time to<br />

stop, get gas, go to the bathroom,<br />

get a coke and jump back on the<br />

freeway only to discover I was<br />

now the number one unit behind<br />

the suspect vehicle in a chase that<br />

had gone on for hours.<br />

Maybe the story about a young<br />

female that worked at an apartment<br />

complex that was harassed<br />

by a cop that refused to leave her<br />

alone. Who stalked her until one<br />

day she just disappeared? Vanished<br />

without a trace and to this<br />

day remains a missing person.<br />

Or the story about a girl who<br />

showed up at a Stop-n-Go at 6am<br />

in the morning, saw a cop drinking<br />

coffee and said she and her<br />

boyfriend had been kidnapped by<br />

drug dealers. She managed to escape<br />

but he was still tied to a bed<br />

frame and being tortured.<br />

Getting shot always makes a<br />

great story, and there are lots<br />

of them. Our editor Rex Evans<br />

recounts his brush with death –<br />

twice. My encounter with a truck<br />

driver that left me and the truck in<br />

the ER with gun shot wounds. My<br />

partners tragic death in the middle<br />

of I45. The minute-by-minute recollection<br />

of a cop’s efforts to save<br />

his partners life in the middle of a<br />

riot. There are literally four dozen<br />

or more just like these.<br />

Speaking of riots. The past few<br />

years, the streets of our cities<br />

have become war zones. One story,<br />

that actually became 4 stories,<br />

takes us along for the ride of a<br />

lifetime as officers get pinned<br />

down and manage to save their<br />

own lives as well as the citizens<br />

that relied on them to save them.<br />

Ordinary citizens, actually former<br />

marines, join the story to assist<br />

cops in the fight of their lives.<br />

And who can forget about<br />

the morons in city governments<br />

across the country that decided<br />

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

Several stories recount the

effects of such decisions, and the<br />

results are horrific and sometimes<br />

hilarious. A city council saved<br />

from a burning van by a cop that<br />

no idea these same individuals<br />

had just voted to end his job.<br />

Reading about a cop’s decision<br />

to take his own life is hard to read.<br />

But in a Christmas Eve story, a<br />

cop who lost his rookie partner<br />

to gunfire, ends up under a bridge<br />

with his gun in his hand. Suddenly<br />

a young family of three living<br />

under that same bridge, have an<br />

encounter with the officer that not<br />

only saves his life but changes the<br />

lives of hundreds more.<br />

Saving a life is the reward. When<br />

a mom flags you down to say<br />

her house is on fire and her kids<br />

are inside, what would you do?<br />

Of course, you call for Fire and<br />

tell the dispatcher you’re going in<br />

the house. Tell FD. In hindsight, I<br />

guess that’s stupid. After all we’re<br />

cops, and they are firemen trained<br />

to search for people in burning<br />

buildings. But try standing next to<br />

a mom while her kids are burning<br />

up in their house waiting on a fire<br />

truck that’s minutes away. <strong>No</strong>pe.<br />

You go in and get them. I coughed<br />

up black shit for days after that.<br />

Fire Chief said I was an idiot and<br />

NEVER do that again. Yes, I received<br />

a 100-club award. But the<br />

real reward was seeing those boys<br />

grow up and knowing that me<br />

being an ‘idiot’ made that happen.<br />

And my first time being on the<br />

front page of the local paper.<br />

MY second appearance on that<br />

local rag, was with an 18-month<br />

little girl named Rosa who had<br />

been sexually assaulted by her<br />

step uncle and thrown like a piece<br />

of garbage into a bayou. After<br />

hours of searching and some<br />

come to Jesus’ intervention by my<br />

lieutenant, the suspect gave up<br />

the location. My Lt. told me to go<br />

bring her home. I found her under<br />

a bridge and carried her lifeless<br />

body to a waiting life flight helicopter.<br />

I had no idea the news<br />

media were taking my picture and<br />

I didn’t care. I rode with her to the<br />

hospital and watched that flight<br />

crew bring her back to life. The<br />

second I felt her squeeze my hand<br />

and she opened her eyes; I knew<br />

God was on that helicopter with<br />

us. God choose to save Rosa and<br />

I was just his servant. That very<br />

event changed my life and hundreds<br />

more. It was heartbreaking<br />

and magical at the same time. I<br />

never knew what happened to<br />

that precious child. I heard she<br />

moved back to Mexico with her<br />

family. But one thing I do know is<br />

that God wanted her here on this<br />

earth and that for as long as she<br />

lived, He would be there watching<br />

over her.<br />

It’s these stories that move us<br />

and make us realize that being a<br />

cop, a fireman or first responder<br />

is more than a job, it’s a calling.<br />

It’s truly Gods work. Children of<br />

God & Peacemakers. So how can<br />

you rate one story over another.<br />

Every story is just as important<br />

and meaningful as the one before<br />

it and the one after it. There is no<br />

way to prioritize God’s work.<br />

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You’re gone! <strong>No</strong>w What?<br />

The pain for you is finally over.<br />

<strong>No</strong> more depression. <strong>No</strong> more<br />

night terrors. <strong>No</strong> more roll calls.<br />

<strong>No</strong> more blood on the sidewalks.<br />

<strong>No</strong> more innocent children dying<br />

in your arms. <strong>No</strong> more reports.<br />

<strong>No</strong> more “stupid” supervisors<br />

looking over your shoulder. <strong>No</strong><br />

more fireworks twice a year<br />

taking you back to Iraq. <strong>No</strong> more<br />

family reunions you hate. <strong>No</strong><br />

more family anything. <strong>No</strong> more<br />

kids’ baseball games to interrupt<br />

your never-ending naps. <strong>No</strong><br />

more runs to the grocery store.<br />

<strong>No</strong> more shopping for furniture<br />

you say we don’t need. <strong>No</strong> need<br />

to ever cut the grass again or do<br />

any lawn work. <strong>No</strong> more clothes<br />

to wash or put away. You never<br />

have to wash my car or change<br />

the oil or take it to the shop<br />

when it’s broken. You won’t have<br />

to take time to teach our son<br />

how to drive, or hunt or anything.<br />

<strong>No</strong> more daddy-daughter dances<br />

you have to make excuses not to<br />

go to. And you’ll never have to<br />

worry about walking her down<br />

the aisle. NOPE. You’re all good<br />

now.<br />

But what about us. All of those<br />

things are still happening. Just<br />

without you. I know you were<br />

in pain, but did you or the thousands<br />

before you, ever stop and<br />

think about the pain you left<br />

behind. When your partner was<br />

shot and killed, Mary Beth was<br />

surrounded by her blue family.<br />

They never left her side, not even<br />

10 years later. They stood by her<br />

from the minute they woke her<br />

up at 2am to say her husband<br />

was a hero and wasn’t coming<br />

home, until this very day when a<br />

dozen officers from your squad<br />

showed up to take her two boys<br />

to school. They do that every<br />

year.<br />

They didn’t have to tell me<br />

you were gone. Because I found<br />

you. Yeah, they came over when<br />

I made the call. To take a report<br />

and search our house. And yes,<br />

there was a military funeral, but<br />

I felt everyone staring at me,<br />

thinking OMG what’s she going<br />

to do now. There is a difference<br />

in dying in the line of duty and<br />

taking your own life. If you’re<br />

LOD you had no choice, you<br />

died a hero. Take your own life<br />

and you bear a stigma no one<br />

wants to share. Of course, they<br />

feel sorry for us and always say<br />

“anything we need.” But it’s not<br />

the same.<br />

Your brothers and sisters in<br />

Blue don’t understand. You never<br />

told them you were hurting. You<br />

refused to share with them your<br />

pain and suffering. You thought<br />

they wouldn’t understand. You<br />

didn’t trust them. But that’s what<br />

police work is all about. TRUST.<br />

You have to know your partner<br />

and your team has your back<br />

and you have theirs. But you hid<br />

it all from everyone. Everyone<br />

outside of our home anyway.<br />

One day you’re having a backyard<br />

cookout, being all buddy<br />

buddy and talking shop and the<br />

next day, they are gathered in<br />

our front yard waiting for the ME<br />

to come take your lifeless body<br />

away. <strong>No</strong>w what?<br />

What are they supposed to do<br />

with that? How are they supposed<br />

to process that? Live with<br />

that? The brother they trusted<br />

was suddenly gone and they had<br />

no idea why. But I guess that’s<br />

not your problem anymore.<br />

But I suppose it’s as much my<br />

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fault as it is yours. I could have<br />

gotten you help. I could have<br />

gone to your supervisors and<br />

told them how bad it was. I<br />

could have forced you to get<br />

help. It would have destroyed<br />

your career, but maybe, just<br />

maybe you’d still be here for<br />

me and the kids. Who cares if<br />

you’re still a cop.? You’d still be<br />

an incredible dad and a wonderful<br />

husband.<br />

But I didn’t do that because<br />

you begged me not to. Said you<br />

would get help and get better.<br />

That it would be OK. Well,<br />

you lied. It didn’t get better for<br />

anyone but you. All of us are in<br />

more pain that you ever were.<br />

You can’t imagine what’s it<br />

been like for me and the kids.<br />

Your family. Your mom and<br />

dad. Your brothers and sisters.<br />

Your brothers and sisters in<br />

Blue. The whole damn city is<br />

suffering. You have NO idea<br />

how fucked up this is.<br />

But I know life must go on.<br />

My life must go on. Our kid’s<br />

life must go on. Your partner<br />

has to keep on saving lives and<br />

sometimes people will die in his<br />

arms and sometimes they are<br />

just kids. But GOD put us here<br />

to do our jobs and live our lives.<br />

You have to believe in his plan.<br />

You can’t change it. The minute<br />

you think you can, you start<br />

down a path that ends with you<br />

taking your own life and leaving<br />

the rest of us here to pick up the<br />

pieces.<br />

To everyone reading this, I<br />

want to speak to you now. <strong>No</strong><br />

matter how bad things may<br />

seem, there is a better life for<br />

you and your family. You just<br />

have to ask for help. You have<br />

to believe in GOD and his plan<br />

for you and your life. Don’t for a<br />

minute think you can deal with<br />

this on your own. You can’t! If<br />

you’re the spouse, get your wife<br />

or husband help. Screw the job.<br />

This is your life. His life. His kid’s<br />

life that is hanging in the balance.<br />

There are people out there<br />

that truly care about you and<br />

your situation. You just have to<br />

ask for help. Confide in them.<br />

Trust them. Go to them. Do it<br />

NOW.<br />

It’s too late for me and my<br />

family, but it’s never too late<br />

for yours. Please call one of the<br />

numbers below and let me help<br />

you save your family. May God<br />

Bless You and Your Family.<br />

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healing our heroes<br />

One More Move<br />

As First Responders, the physical<br />

and visual memories we<br />

store inside ourselves over our<br />

careers can lead to damaging<br />

impacts. These stored traumas<br />

below the surface can change<br />

the way we look and approach<br />

things. The way it changes our<br />

coping mechanisms can differ<br />

from person to person, but<br />

the dark road it leads us to is<br />

always the same.<br />

We have all come to the point<br />

where there is no hope, no escape,<br />

a place where we feel all<br />

is lost and the point of moving<br />

forward seems fruitless. Its<br />

Game Over…or CHECK MATE.<br />

Life is a like a game of Chess.<br />

We are placed into positions<br />

and roles, surrounded by<br />

Pawns, Knights, Bishops, Rooks<br />

and Kings. We have a strategy<br />

or outlook in life in which we<br />

hope takes us to a successful<br />

finish. Like Chess, one moment<br />

or movement in time can cause<br />

an extreme disruption in our<br />

path.<br />

When this occurs, we feel<br />

trapped, we can’t think logical,<br />

and all viable solution seems<br />

bleak.<br />

We are First Responders; we<br />

are never to be in a cornered<br />

position. It goes against all the<br />

training that has been ingrained<br />

into us. Our brains muscle<br />

memory begins or loses all<br />

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hope. This is because we sometimes<br />

need to put the training<br />

aside and look at things from a<br />

different view.<br />

We are conditioned to make<br />

split second decisions and<br />

choices in a moment when we<br />

are under pressure. We need to<br />

learn to condition our minds to<br />

look at certain situations and<br />

objective in a more objective<br />

way.<br />

A painting in Paris depicting<br />

the Devil and a King playing<br />

Chess titled “Checkmate” has<br />

been the source of much controversy<br />

for over a century.<br />

The Stories surrounding the<br />

painting has been debated by<br />

some, but heartfelt by many. It<br />

pictures the Devil smiling in his<br />

triumph as the King holds his<br />

head in despair. He had lost to<br />

the demand. The moves he had<br />

made cost him his victory, or so<br />

he thought.<br />

It has been said, after much<br />

study of the pieces on the<br />

board, a chess scholar evaluated<br />

the painting, he took his<br />

time going over each move that<br />

was made, he looked at it from<br />

a different perspective then<br />

the King and found, there was<br />

ONE MORE MOVE. This move<br />

would release the King from his<br />

checkmate, and he would be<br />

able to continue the game and<br />

possibly onto a successful WIN.<br />



The moral of the story when<br />

you break it down. Demons<br />

will always be the first to call<br />

checkmate to make you feel<br />

you have no other alternatives.<br />

Sometimes it takes outside<br />

forces to look at our situations<br />

from a different angle to show<br />

us there is always another path<br />

to a successful outcome.<br />

We spent most of our lives<br />

being the caregivers to others.<br />

Our strength displayed behind a<br />

suit of armor which is unbreakable.<br />

We do this to provide<br />

pain relief for those who have<br />

been impacted by trauma. We<br />

can’t forget to sometimes allow<br />

others to help relieve our pain<br />

which we have suffered.<br />

Accepting or asking for help<br />

is not a sign we have lost, but<br />

a sign that Checkmate has not<br />

been called.<br />


MOVE<br />

John Salerno<br />

Ret. NYPD Detective<br />

A Badge of Honor

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daryl’s deliberations<br />

Finding Honor Among<br />

Everyday People<br />

One of the things I like about<br />

cruises is that you meet new<br />

people. The last cruise I went on<br />

didn’t really have this option as<br />

everyone was kept in a bubble<br />

for social distancing purposes.<br />

However, some years ago, we<br />

met another couple with which<br />

we enjoyed spending a good<br />

deal of time.<br />

One evening I was walking on<br />

the deck of the cruise ship with<br />

a compass<br />

in my hand. I<br />

was conspicuously<br />

trying<br />

to figure out<br />

where we<br />

were and in<br />

what direction<br />

we were<br />

headed. I was<br />

imagining<br />

how people<br />

like the Vikings<br />

navigated<br />

themselves<br />

around<br />

using only a<br />

rudimentary<br />

compass and<br />

no charts. My<br />

new friend,<br />

Frank, saw me and asked what I<br />

was doing. I told him that I was<br />

trying to figure out the direction<br />

we were headed and exactly<br />

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where we might be going. Frank<br />

said, “It doesn’t work like that.”<br />

Really?<br />

Frank told me that he was<br />

a retired navigator. He said he<br />

would be glad to show me how<br />

navigation works. Frank was a<br />

navigator before GPS satellites<br />

assumed those duties. He very<br />

patiently showed me how compasses,<br />

charts, and headings<br />

worked. He told me to meet him<br />

for lunch the next day and he’d<br />

show me something else.<br />

At noon the next day, a ship’s<br />

officer took a sextant reading<br />


to plot our location without the<br />

use of satellites. Frank told me<br />

that there<br />

was a noon<br />

position<br />

report done<br />

every day.<br />

The officers<br />

had to be<br />

able to find<br />

their way<br />

around in the<br />

old manner<br />

in case the<br />

electronics<br />

failed. They<br />

practiced<br />

“old school”<br />

navigation<br />

every day.<br />

The captain<br />

gave the<br />

“noon report”<br />

shortly thereafter.<br />

I asked Frank if he had been in<br />

the Navy. “<strong>No</strong>,” he said, “I was in<br />

the Air Force.” Interesting. I had

to hear more of his story. We sat<br />

down and Frank told me that he<br />

was a navigator in Vietnam. He<br />

was assigned to a squadron of<br />

F-4 Phantom jet fighters out of<br />

Udorn, Thailand. The Phantom<br />

is an old school fighter/bomber<br />

that has a crew of two officers.<br />

The Navy, Marines, and the Air<br />

Force used the versatile plane<br />

around the world years ago. Iran<br />

still uses the jets that were sold<br />

to the Shah back in the Seventies.<br />

The two-officer crew is situated<br />

in tandem seats. The pilot<br />

is in the front seat and, obviously,<br />

is responsible for flying the<br />

aircraft. The officer in the back<br />

seat is basically responsible for<br />

the radio, weapons, and navigation.<br />

Frank was a navigator on a<br />

Phantom. His partner was the pilot<br />

whom he referred to as Dick.<br />

Frank told me that he and Dick<br />

flew missions all over Southeast<br />

Asia constantly avoiding Surface<br />

to Air Missiles (SAM’s) and Russian<br />

MiG fighters that had shot<br />

down many of their colleagues.<br />

A Distinguished Flying Cross was<br />

awarded because of their aerial<br />

exploits against a determined<br />

enemy using the latest weapons<br />

from the Communist arsenal.<br />

Frank eventually retired from<br />

the Air Force and he and his wife,<br />

Lee, moved to Arizona. We kept<br />

in touch and Frank and Lee came<br />

to Houston to visit, but Becky<br />

wasn’t feeling well. I described<br />

her symptoms to Frank over<br />

the phone and he told me that I<br />

should take Becky to the ER and<br />

that he and Lee would catch their<br />

plane and wait until Becky felt<br />

better to visit. I took Becky to the<br />

ER where an emergency appendectomy<br />

was done. (Thanks for<br />

the advice, Frank!)<br />

We received a letter in the<br />

mail recently from Lee in which<br />

she relayed the sad news of<br />

Frank’s death. She said Frank<br />

was exposed to COVID and died<br />

in the first phases of the pandemic.<br />

Frank was a kind, patient,<br />

and humble man.<br />

Lee filled me in on Frank’s<br />

pilot/partner a couple of years<br />

ago. Dick is now the president of<br />

Kansas State University where<br />

he earned a bachelor’s degree in<br />

mechanical engineering before<br />

he was commissioned into the<br />

Air Force. His last posting in the<br />

Air Force before his military retirement<br />

was in the Pentagon as<br />

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of<br />

Staff. He was the highest-ranking<br />

officer in our military while<br />

serving President George W.<br />

Bush in the War on Terror.<br />

People like Frank that have a<br />

quiet kindly manner never go out<br />

of style. They are full of wisdom<br />

and should never be overlooked:<br />

it is too easy to ignore the unassuming<br />

older man in the corner.<br />

They are treasures that we so<br />

often take for granted and then<br />

they are gone. The next time you<br />

lift your glass to absent friends,<br />

could I ask you to remember<br />

Frank Brooks? He taught me a<br />

lot about finding my way through<br />

life’s dark oceans and I will miss<br />

him.<br />

Comments: DarylLott.Texas@<br />

gmail.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<br />

survivors by dedicating this<br />

monthly mental health column<br />

to sharing the first-person<br />

journey of those who have<br />

been deeply impacted by a line<br />

of duty death and will continue<br />

until Police Week <strong>2024.</strong> As<br />

we listen to their voices, I am<br />

hopeful you will gain powerful<br />

life lessons and perspective,<br />

appreciation, and respect for<br />

those who continue to serve<br />

every day, and for those who<br />

have made the ultimate sacrifice.<br />

We should also never<br />

forget those left behind in the<br />

aftermath. This is the fifth story<br />

in the series. Kirk Dinkheller,<br />

the father of Deputy Sheriff<br />

Kyle Dinkheller, graciously<br />

agreed to offer his insight and<br />

road to recovery in his own<br />

words below.<br />

“January 12th, 1998, started<br />

like any other day. By the end<br />

of that day my world would<br />

have been turned upside down<br />

when my son, Deputy Sheriff<br />

Kyle Dinkheller, was killed<br />

in the line of duty in Laurens<br />

County, Georgia, in what started<br />

as a routine traffic stop. I<br />

will never forget that day,<br />

because that was the day that<br />

everything changed forever, for<br />

me, my family, Kyle’s coworkers,<br />

and the entire community.<br />

I had lunch with Kyle that<br />

day, and later participated in<br />

a company bowling league. I<br />

received a phone call while at<br />

the bowling center from someone<br />

that had heard on a police<br />

scanner that Kyle had been<br />

shot. To this day I have no idea<br />

who called me.<br />

I rushed to the hospital<br />

where it was confirmed that<br />

Kyle had been shot. <strong>No</strong> other<br />

information was immediately<br />

provided until the Sheriff,<br />


the Major, and the Chaplain<br />

showed up. The news no father<br />

should ever have to hear:<br />

Kyle had passed away from his<br />

gunshot wounds, he had been<br />

brutally shot 10 times, the last<br />

shot through his right eye. The<br />

news no father should ever<br />

have to share: To notify Kyle’s<br />

mother and his brother and<br />

sister of the passing of our<br />

first born and of their brother.<br />

Kyle and his wife had a oneand-a-half-year-old<br />

daughter<br />

and his wife had just found out<br />

that she was pregnant with his<br />

son.<br />

That entire following week<br />

was spent with a lot of people<br />

from Kyle’s department and<br />

of course family and friends.<br />

I requested to see the dashcam<br />

video of the traffic stop.<br />

At first, they were reluctant<br />

to show me but eventually<br />

agreed, first with no sound,<br />

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then later with sound. The<br />

video is horrific and disturbing<br />

for most people to see, but<br />

I needed to see it. These are<br />

sights and sounds I will never<br />

forget. To this day people ask<br />

me how I can show this video,<br />

but it plays in my head 24<br />

hours a day. In the months to<br />

come, as we ALL mourned the<br />

loss of Kyle, the community<br />

rallied around our family and<br />

the Sheriff’s Department with<br />

great respect, assistance, and<br />

appreciation. They went out<br />

of their way to ensure Kyle’s<br />

family and especially Kyle’s<br />

wife and children were looked<br />

after. To this day, 26 years<br />

later, the community and local<br />

law enforcement agencies still<br />

honor Kyle each year on January<br />

12th with a prayer vigil<br />

at his memorial. It’s amazing<br />

the people that still visit Kyle’s<br />

memorial to reflect and often<br />

leave coins, badges, or other<br />

mementos in Kyle’s memory.<br />

This means the world to our<br />

family. The memorial has also<br />

become a place where I go to<br />

reflect and talk to Kyle if I am<br />

having a bad day or if I just<br />

need to spend some time.<br />

A training video was developed<br />

using Kyle’s dash cam<br />

video as a training tool. For<br />

the last 25 years I have traveled<br />

around the country as a law<br />

enforcement advocate, utilizing<br />

this video while speaking<br />

to law enforcement agencies,<br />

academy classes, and anyone<br />

who will listen to my message.<br />

As the father of an officer<br />

killed in the line of duty, my<br />

message in showing the video<br />

where my son was killed and<br />

talking about it to help bring<br />

home the importance of safety,<br />

well-being, and going home at<br />

the end of the shift. I usually<br />

show the video before I introduce<br />

myself. This puts the<br />

video in perspective. I believe<br />

this helps show the other side,<br />

the family, the agency side of<br />

an unthinkable tragedy by seeing<br />

my face. They are hearing<br />

from someone that lives it and<br />

deals with it daily. It makes it<br />

real.<br />

So, I will keep doing this,<br />

keeping Kyle’s memory alive<br />

until I’m no longer here to do<br />

it. Hopefully somebody will<br />

pick up the torch and keep<br />

running with it when I’m gone.<br />

I know talking about Kyle and<br />

showing this video helps. The<br />

video has been shown all over<br />

the world and I still hear from<br />

people who tell me it helped<br />

them or even saved their lives.<br />

It’s all about law enforcement<br />

officers going home at the end<br />

of each shift.<br />

I have heard and I believe<br />

this: I believe you die twice,<br />

the day that you take your last<br />

breath and the day that someone<br />

says your name for the<br />

last time. My mission remains<br />

keeping Kyle’s name alive and<br />

his sacrifice, our sacrifice, saving<br />

lives”.<br />

For more information on the<br />

services and resources offered<br />

by Concerns of Police Survivors,<br />

please visit Concerns of<br />

Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)<br />

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Ottawa police admitted they screwed up last month when they claimed<br />

the worst mass shooting in the city was actually committed with a knife.<br />

Ottawa police admit they<br />

screwed up last month when<br />

communicating key information<br />

about the city’s worst mass killing<br />

in recent history.<br />

Six people including a mother,<br />

her four young children and a<br />

family acquaintance were found<br />

dead inside a townhouse in the<br />

south Ottawa suburb of Barrhaven<br />

on March 6. The woman’s<br />

husband and father of the children<br />

remains in hospital.<br />

A 19-year-old man who was<br />

living with the family is in custody<br />

facing six counts of first-degree<br />

murder and one count of<br />

attempted murder.<br />

A horrible crime for sure, but<br />

the suspect didn’t shoot anyone.<br />

He stabbed all the victims, yet<br />

the Ottawa police said it was the<br />

worst mass shooting in the city’s<br />

history.<br />

How do you confuse a knife<br />

with a gun shot?<br />

The day after the tragedy, the<br />

Ottawa Police Service (OPS)<br />

called the killings a “mass<br />

shooting” when no guns were<br />

involved, repeatedly misspelled<br />

the victims’ names and misiden-<br />





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“You know you’re fired right?”<br />

Ottawa Mayor Mark Sutcliffe looks on as Ottawa Police Chief Eric Stubbs responds to a question<br />

during a news conference the day after six people, including a mother and her four children,<br />

were killed in Barrhaven. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press - image credit)<br />

tified the accused.<br />

Chief referred to ‘mass shooting’<br />

on Thursday morning during<br />

a live, nationally broadcast<br />

interview on CBC, OPS Chief Eric<br />

Stubbs mistakenly called the<br />

killings a “mass shooting.”<br />

During a news conference that<br />

afternoon, Stubbs misidentified<br />

the man in custody as “Frank<br />

D’Souza. (Francisco “Frank”<br />

D’Souza is actually an Indian-American<br />

entrepreneur and<br />

business and CEO of Cognizant,<br />

a fortune 200 company. Sorry<br />

Frank!<br />

Later that day Febrio De-Zoysa,<br />

a 19-year-old Sri Lankan<br />

national who had come to Canada<br />

as a student, was officially<br />

charged.<br />

After the news conference<br />

on Thursday, OPS issued five<br />

separate emails to correct the<br />

victims’ names they’d provided<br />

earlier that day.<br />

Their first attempt contained<br />

errors in three of the six names.<br />

The second email contained<br />

different errors in the same<br />

three names.<br />

A third email corrected two<br />

names and the age of a victim.<br />

After CBC flagged more errors,<br />

OPS replied with yet another<br />

correction. Then, at 3 p.m., they<br />

issued a final version.<br />

In a statement to CBC, OPS<br />

admitted the mistakes and said<br />

homicides are “very complex<br />

files to investigate and quickly<br />

evolving.”<br />

Yeah, it’s difficult to tell the<br />

difference between a gunshot<br />

victim and a stabbing victim<br />

what with no blood splatter<br />

and the knife found at the scene.<br />

Morons!<br />

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Dodge sees no future for V-8 and<br />

Hellcat engines.<br />


We’ve known for years at this<br />

point that the V-8-powered<br />

performance car was not long<br />

for this world. With the death of<br />

both the Dodge Challenger and<br />

Chevrolet Camaro nameplates<br />

last model year, choices for<br />

American buyers only continue<br />

to disappear. And while Dodge<br />

has announced that it hasn’t<br />

entirely given up on the internal<br />

combustion muscle car, it’s made<br />

it clear that the V-8 engine is not<br />

a part of its future aspirations.<br />

As rumors initially suggested,<br />

Dodge hasn’t let go of gasoline<br />

power with the introduction of<br />

the 2025 Charger lineup. While<br />

the Daytona-branded models<br />

are pure electric performance<br />

machines, the car’s STLA Large<br />

platform was designed with traditional<br />

power trains in mind. As<br />

such, a gasoline-powered variant<br />

of the model will arrive for<br />

2025 wearing just the Charger<br />

nameplate. This model is slated<br />

to come equipped with the<br />

automaker’s twin-turbocharged<br />

3.0-liter Hurricane inline-six engine,<br />

which currently does duty<br />

The Dodge Hemi is DOA<br />

in Jeep and Ram products. There<br />

are no V-8s on the menu, nor<br />

does it seem like they will come<br />

down the line.<br />

“We don’t have a V-8 in the<br />

plan,” Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis<br />

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Dodge’s answer to muscle is its new 500hp High-Output in-linesix<br />

cylinder engine called the “Hurricane SixPack”<br />

told reporters during the debut<br />

of the Charger Daytona. “We love<br />

performance. We love to go fast.<br />

We just don’t have a V-8 in the<br />

plan.”<br />

What Dodge now has is it’s<br />

variant of the inline-six engine<br />

is known as the SixPack, a nod<br />

to the 4<strong>40</strong> SixPack engine option<br />

found on the original 1969 Dodge<br />

Charger R/T. Despite lacking a<br />

trio of Holley 2300 carbs, the<br />

inline-six engine compares quite<br />

favorably to the outgoing V-8s.<br />

In SixPack standard output<br />

trim, the engine provides the<br />

Charger with 420 hp. The outgoing<br />

5.7-liter Hemi V-8 was rated<br />

at 370 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque.<br />

Step up to the SixPack High Output<br />

and that figure jumps to 550<br />

hp, which dwarfs the 6.4-liter<br />

Apache V-8’s 485 hp and 475 lbft<br />

rating.<br />

“We looked at many different<br />

power trains,” said Kuniskis. “But<br />

I think you’ve probably driven<br />

many times the Hurricane, and it<br />

is a fantastic power train. If you<br />

want to count cylinders, sure, it’s<br />

different. But if you want to put<br />

a 550-horsepower Hurricane up<br />

against a 5.7 or even a 6.4 V-8,<br />

the numbers tell the story. It’s a<br />

pretty amazing package.”<br />

Kuniskis went on to ask the<br />

crowd how much horsepower<br />

Ford’s new Mustang Dark Horse<br />

makes with its 5.0-liter V-8. The<br />

answer is a healthy 500 hp, a<br />

figure that notably falls short of<br />

the SixPack High Output variant<br />

of the Hurricane. The Coyote V-8<br />

makes that power without the<br />

help of turbos, however.<br />

While the Hurricane will be<br />

able to bring the performance<br />

we’ve come to expect from our<br />

muscle cars, the attitude of the<br />

inline-six is inherently different<br />

from a V-8. Add to the fact<br />

that every Charger will come<br />

equipped with all-wheel drive,<br />

and it’s clear we’ll need to look<br />

at these models a bit differently<br />

than their predecessors. That<br />

doesn’t have to be a bad thing<br />

though. Especially if the alternative<br />

was a solely electric.<br />

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Training Opportunities<br />

Harris County Constable to Sponsor Cadets<br />

Precinct One Constable Alan Rosen has launched a new program to recruit younger<br />

non-sworn personnel and pay for their TCOLE training to become certified deputies.<br />

The profession of law enforcement<br />

is going through a difficult<br />

time, especially in the areas<br />

of recruiting and retention. A<br />

growing and alarming number<br />

of experienced law enforcement<br />

officers are leaving or retiring<br />

from the profession. And to<br />

say the numbers and quality of<br />

recruits has significantly diminished<br />

would be an understatement.<br />

Law enforcement agencies<br />

across the nation are struggling<br />

with this significant issue. Collectively,<br />

these problems are<br />

causing real fears for law enforcement<br />

agencies and community<br />

leaders who are worried<br />

about public safety and the risks<br />

officers face. And, fewer recruits<br />

and rising numbers of officers<br />

leaving translates into fewer<br />

officers on the streets. That also<br />

means more danger and complexity<br />

for officers who haven’t<br />

left our profession who are<br />

serving in communities that are<br />

growing more perilous.<br />

With all that said, there are<br />

some law enforcement leaders<br />

tackling the challenge methodically<br />

and strategically.<br />

Harris County Precinct One<br />

Constable Alan Rosen is one of<br />

those leaders. He, along with his<br />

seasoned Command Staff, have<br />

144 The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>April</strong> ‘24<br />

thought “outside”<br />

of the proverbial<br />

“box.” They have<br />

focused recruiting<br />

efforts on our<br />

younger community<br />

members, specifically<br />

those who<br />

already work for<br />

the office in a nonsworn<br />

capacity. For<br />

example, employees<br />

like telecommunications<br />

specialists, clerks,<br />

and screeners for our Downtown<br />

Courthouse Complex security<br />

division.<br />

While many of these great<br />

employees are younger, they<br />

offer a great asset to the department<br />

and the community.<br />

How so? Longevity. The Constable<br />

reasoned we can actively recruit<br />

some of our best and brightest<br />

non-sworn personnel, offer them<br />

an opportunity to be “sponsored”<br />

in a local law enforcement<br />

academy, and, upon graduation,<br />

commission them as an officer in<br />

one of our divisions.<br />

By “sponsoring” the Constable<br />

means “GETTING PAID!” It works<br />

like this: The employee transfers<br />

from their current position,<br />

while maintaining a salary and<br />

benefits, to their new position<br />

within the department. They are<br />

a police academy cadet. Upon<br />

graduation, with no loss in salary<br />

or benefits, the newly-minted<br />

Deputy Constables would begin<br />

their journey on a new career<br />

with one of the largest constable’s<br />

offices in the nation.<br />

Is this the fix for this problem?<br />

Time will tell.<br />

Constable Rosen has already<br />

initiated this program for a small<br />

number of non-sworn employees<br />

who have a great work record<br />

and high evaluations. Would<br />

such a program work for all law<br />

enforcement agencies? Probably<br />

not. There are no silver bullets<br />

in our profession that work for<br />

everyone or fit every agency.<br />

However, this is innovation and a<br />

positive step.<br />

The <strong>Blues</strong> received exclusive<br />

permission to visit with Natalie<br />

Spellman aptly considered as

Cadet <strong>No</strong>. 1 of Constable Rosen’s<br />

program. Here’s what she had to<br />

say:<br />

1. Natalie, what prompted you to<br />

become interested in a career in<br />

law enforcement?<br />

Previously working closely with<br />

Precinct One in a field I am passionate<br />

about put me in a position to<br />

see the difference being made daily<br />

due to the actions and involvement<br />

of Precinct One Deputies. Witnessing<br />

this made it hard to not want to<br />

be a part of it too.<br />

2. So, why Precinct One?<br />

I have previously worked<br />

closely with the Precinct<br />

One Animal Cruelty Unit<br />

and been impressed with<br />

their dedication to providing<br />

meaningful, professional,<br />

and efficient resources<br />

and enforcement<br />

to the community they<br />

serve. I have witnessed<br />

Precinct One take part in<br />

pet food and vaccination<br />

drives along with other<br />

events that filled a need in<br />

the community they serve.<br />

Being a resource to the<br />

people means a lot to me<br />

and made choosing Precinct<br />

One an easy choice.<br />

3. What are some of<br />

the things you like most<br />

about Precinct One?<br />

I respect Precinct One’s passion<br />

for both people and animals. This is<br />

shown through the various divisions,<br />

events, and opportunities<br />

that Precinct One. The potential for<br />

growth as I learn more about myself<br />

and law enforcement was a large<br />

factor in picking Precinct One.<br />

4. The program you’re in is new.<br />

Constable Rosen created this program<br />

especially for young adults,<br />

like you. What does that mean to<br />

you and how has this impacted<br />

your life?<br />

When considering a career shift,<br />

details such as family and other<br />

responsibilities are major factors in<br />

the decision. This program assisted<br />

me to make the decision based<br />

more on my personal goals and<br />

assisted with the management of<br />

stress as I made the transition. The<br />

program has made me feel like a<br />

part of Precinct One even as I am<br />

still enrolled in the police academy<br />

and has provided me with support<br />

and a resource to reach out to with<br />

any questions I have.<br />

5. What are some of your goals<br />

as you look ahead to a career in<br />

law enforcement?<br />

My current goal in law enforcement<br />

is to take this opportunity<br />

head on and learn as much as I can<br />

ensure I am the best officer I can be.<br />

As well as continuing the drive that<br />

others have started before me that<br />

have led Precinct One to be a great<br />

community driven law enforcement<br />

agency.<br />

6. So far, what would you think<br />

has been your biggest challenge?<br />

Your biggest success?<br />

My biggest challenge yet has<br />

been making the decision to make<br />

the shift into a new career. I am<br />

a strong believer that if you are<br />

comfortable, you are not challenging<br />

yourself. Making the shift was a<br />

choice with a lot of different factors<br />

but has been well worth. My<br />

biggest success is pushing myself<br />

mentally, emotionally, and physically<br />

throughout my time in the police<br />

academy and seeing what I am<br />

capable of.<br />

7. To everyone out there who<br />

might see this story, what would<br />

you like to tell them? Especially,<br />

any young lady such as yourself<br />

who, might be seriously thinking<br />

of such a career move as the one<br />

you’ve chosen?<br />

I would tell them that<br />

making the jump is scary,<br />

but rewarding. Put yourself<br />

in situations where you can<br />

surprise yourself and be<br />

proud of what you accomplish.<br />

If you are considering<br />

a career in law enforcement,<br />

educate yourself on<br />

what a career in this field<br />

means. The balance of<br />

what you can do for both<br />

yourself and others is a<br />

rewarding opportunity that<br />

is worth exploring.<br />

We will continue to<br />

monitor the success of this<br />

new program with excitement.<br />

It is with a hopeful<br />

mindset that we look<br />

for these initial cadets to<br />

successfully complete the academy,<br />

return to the office and start working<br />

productively.<br />

We’d like to applaud Constable<br />

Rosen on his dedication to trying to<br />

solve a serious problem. The fact<br />

that he and his Command Staff are<br />

trying new ideas is a huge step<br />

forward. Great idea and way to go,<br />

Constable Rosen!<br />

If you would like more information<br />

on this program or becoming a<br />

deputy with Harris County Constable’s<br />

Pct. 1, email them at: Pct1Recruiting@cn1.hctx.net<br />

or call their<br />

Recruiting office at 832-927-1533.<br />

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$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 />

• Background Investigation<br />

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• Drug Screening<br />






• Uniforms Provided, Including Duty Weapon<br />

• Department Provided Training<br />

• Starting Pay Depends on<br />

Qualifications / Experience<br />

• TCOLE Certification / Education Pay<br />

• Most Officers work Day Shift with Weekends Off<br />




SGT. HALL AT 281.442.4923<br />



• Criminal Investigations<br />

• Emergency Response Team<br />

• Honor Guard<br />

• Gang Task Force<br />

• Community Outreach Division<br />

• K-9 Division<br />

• Firearm Instructor<br />


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NOW<br />

HIRING<br />











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$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 />

Email TCOLE Personal History Statement to sellis@cityofcuero.com<br />

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Department Benefits<br />

14 Paid Holidays<br />

2 Weeks Paid Vacation<br />

Certification Pay<br />

100% Insurance Paid for Employees<br />

Retirement 2 to 1 match (20yr Retirement)<br />

FSA for Employees<br />

Longevity Pay<br />

Equipment & Uniforms Provided Including Duty Weapon w/ Red Dot Sight<br />

Take Home Vehicle Within Surrounding Counties<br />

10 Hour Work Shifts<br />

Membership Paid to Local Gym<br />

Department Provided Training<br />

Off-duty Security Opportunities<br />

Cell Phone Stipend<br />

Starting Pay Depends on Qualifications<br />

Requirements: Must be TCOLE Certified or currently enrolled in an accredited Police<br />

Academy and pass a background investigation.

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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 />

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1<strong>40</strong>0 Botham Jean Blvd., Dallas, TX 75215<br />

(214) 671-4<strong>40</strong>9

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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 />


<strong>40</strong>9.763.7585 : SO.EMPLOYMENT@GALVESTONCOUNTYTX.GOV

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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 />

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2<strong>40</strong> or 202 Duty Day Schedule<br />

Competitive Salary - MTD9* Starting<br />

Stipends available for Intermediate, Advanced and Master TCOLE License<br />

Various opportunities including K9, Patrol, Investigations, FTO, Instructor and more<br />


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Current TCOLE Peace Officer License<br />

Ability to pass comprehensive background<br />

Ability to pass medical, drug and psychological<br />

exams<br />


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Online Application<br />

Complete preliminary interview<br />

Complete background investigation<br />

Complete Oral Board Interview<br />

Conditional Job Offer<br />

Complete Medical, Psychological and Drug Screen<br />


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Intermediate TCOLE Peace Officer License<br />

Bilingual<br />

Previous ISD PD experience<br />

Background in law enforcement<br />

Contact us at 281-422-6461 to speak with a recruiter.<br />

Apply online @ https://www.gccisd.net/page/employment.home<br />

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Provides law enforcement services to the school district to prevent and protect all students, personnel,<br />

and visitors from physical harm and prevent property loss due to theft or vandalism. Enforce all<br />

laws including municipal ordinances, county ordinances, and state laws.<br />

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2<strong>40</strong> or 202 Duty Day Schedule<br />

Competitive Salary - MTD9* Starting<br />

Stipends available for Intermediate, Advanced and Master TCOLE License<br />

Various opportunities including K9, Patrol, Investigations, FTO, Instructor and more<br />


●<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 />


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●<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 />

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ARE WE<br />

HIRING<br />

Criminal Background<br />

Pass<br />

proficiently<br />

Type<br />

Nights, Weekends & Holidays<br />

Work<br />

Speaking Preferred<br />

Spanish<br />

11th Street<br />

1015<br />

Texas<br />

Hempstead,<br />

Hour work schedule<br />

12-<br />

every other weekend<br />

off<br />




Dispatchers<br />


18 years of age<br />

Minimum<br />

Starting Salary: $41,600<br />

B E N E F I T S<br />

BlueCross Blue Shield<br />

Vision & Dental Insurance<br />

Longevity Pay > 1 year<br />

Certificate Pay<br />

Uniform Shirts Provided<br />

77445<br />

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www.hempsteadcitytx.gov (job opportunities)


Place your department’s recruiting ad<br />

in The BLUES for only $250 for an<br />

BECOME entire A HEMPSTEAD year, only $20 a POLICE month. OFFICER<br />

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Starting Salary: $57,750<br />









- Training Provider<br />

- Canine Program<br />

- Narcotics Investigation<br />

- Crash Investigators<br />

- Telecommunications<br />

Division<br />

1015 11th St Hempstead, TX<br />

hpdrecruing@hempsteadcitytx.gov<br />

Or call us at: (979) 826-3332<br />

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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 />

For additional information contact<br />

Harris County Sheriff’s Office<br />

Recruitment Unit<br />

(713) 877-5250<br />

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TO APPLY<br />

www.harriscountyso.org | www.hcsojobs.com<br />

SCAN<br />

THIS CODE Harris County<br />

@HCSOTexas<br />

Sheriff’s Office<br />

HCSOTexas HCSOTexas @HCSOTexas

WE ARE<br />

HIRING!<br />



• High School Diploma or G.E.D.<br />

• A minimum of 6 months of work experience in emergency<br />

dispatch, call center, customer service, or a closely related field<br />

• Must successfully complete Telecommunicator training and pass<br />

all testing required to obtain TCOLE certification within a year<br />

of employment<br />

• At least 18 years of age (by start date)<br />

• Eyesight must be correctable to 20/20, normal color, and<br />

peripheral vision<br />

• Correctable normal audible range in both ears<br />

• Must pass a thorough background investigation (criminal<br />

background check, fingerprinting, personal interview, etc.) as<br />

required by TCOLE<br />

• Must pass a medical and psychological evaluation as required by<br />

TCOLE<br />

• Demonstrated proficiency with computer and related software,<br />

i.e., Word/Excel, writing correspondence, reports, and<br />

processing documents. (In-person testing required)<br />

For additional information contact<br />

Harris County Sheriff’s Office<br />

Recruitment Unit<br />

(713) 877-5250<br />

TO APPLY<br />

www.harriscountyso.org | www.hcsojobs.com<br />

SCAN<br />

THIS CODE Harris County<br />

@HCSOTexas<br />

Sheriff’s Office<br />

HCSOTexas HCSOTexas @HCSOTexas<br />

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WE ARE<br />

HIRING!<br />



• 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 />

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TO APPLY<br />

www.harriscountyso.org | www.hcsojobs.com<br />

SCAN<br />

THIS CODE Harris County<br />

@HCSOTexas<br />

Sheriff’s Office<br />

HCSOTexas HCSOTexas @HCSOTexas

WE ARE<br />

HIRING!<br />



Ask About Our Hiring Incentive<br />

• High School Diploma or G.E.D<br />

• U.S. Citizen<br />

• At least 18 years of age (by start date)<br />

• Eyesight must be correctable to 20/20, normal color,<br />

and peripheral vision<br />

• Correctable normal audible range in both ears<br />

• Must pass all pre-employment testing<br />

• Must pass a thorough background investigation (criminal<br />

background check, fingerprinting, personal interview, etc.)<br />

as required by TCOLE<br />

• Must pass a medical and psychological evaluation as required<br />

by TCOLE<br />

Lateral Detention Officer:<br />

If you have verifiable experience as a correctional officer or a<br />

jailer from any correctional facility, we will pay you up to 14<br />

years for your experience.<br />

For additional information contact<br />

Harris County Sheriff’s Office<br />

Recruitment Unit<br />

(713) 877-5250<br />

TO APPLY<br />

www.harriscountyso.org | www.hcsojobs.com<br />

SCAN<br />

THIS CODE Harris County<br />

@HCSOTexas<br />

Sheriff’s Office<br />

HCSOTexas HCSOTexas @HCSOTexas<br />

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IS NOW<br />

Hiring<br />


Police Officer<br />

Online Applications<br />

will open:<br />

July 31, 2023<br />

Application Deadline:<br />

September 15, 2023<br />

Civil Service Exam will<br />

be:<br />

September 24, 2023<br />

To apply, go to:<br />

www.killeentexas.gov/16<br />

8/Job-Opportunities<br />

Wear The Badge,<br />

Make a Difference<br />

D<br />

b<br />

th<br />

a<br />

Officer De'Vonte Johnson<br />

Recruiter<br />

254-200-7987<br />

DJohnson@killeentexas.gov<br />

The Killeen Police Department is an<br />

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Starting pay - $57,889<br />

Paid: Vacation, Holiday & Sick Leave<br />

$15K Sign-on incentive for TCOLE<br />

certified Peace Officers<br />

College Degree pay incentive<br />

7% retirement plan through TMRS<br />

with a 2:1 match ratio<br />

Comprehensive Benefits Package<br />

Opportunity to work in various<br />

specialized units<br />

The Killeen Police<br />

epartment is dedicated to<br />

uilding a partnership with<br />

e community to fight crime<br />

nd improve every citizen's<br />

quality of life.<br />

Follow us at:<br />

KilleenPD<br />

KilleenPolice<br />

JoinKilleenPD<br />

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L A P O R T E<br />

P O L I C E D E P A R T M E N T<br />

Lateral Police Officer<br />

Starting Pay $ 62,416. to $73,775.<br />

Effective October 1, 2022<br />

<strong>No</strong> prior experience required. High School diploma or GED required.<br />

Possession of Class C Texas Driver License.<br />

Must possess a TCOLE License or be enrolled in accredited Basic Peace Officer Academy.<br />

Certification Pay (bi-weekly):<br />

$46.15 - Intermediate Peace Officer<br />

$69.23 - Advanced Peace Officer<br />

$92.31 - Master Peace Officer<br />

Education Pay (bi-weekly):<br />

$46.15 - Associates Degree<br />

$69.23 - Bachelors Degree<br />

$92.31 - Masters Degree<br />

Employee Benefits:<br />

Medical / Dental / Vision Insurance<br />

Longevity Pay<br />

Tuition Reimbursement<br />

TMRS Retirement (2 to 1 match)<br />

ICMA Deferred Compensation/Roth IRA<br />

$1,000 Physical Fitness Program<br />

Weapon Purchase Program<br />

Take-home Vehicles<br />

Specialized Divisions:<br />

SWAT / Bomb Squad<br />

Bike Patrol<br />

Criminal Investigative Division<br />

Crime Scene Unit<br />

Drone Pilots<br />

School Resource Officers<br />

Traffic/DOT Officers<br />

Police Area Representatives<br />

Apply online at<br />

www.laportetx.gov/jobs<br />

Paid Leave Benefits<br />

15 days vacation (Civil Service)<br />

15 days sick leave<br />

Military Leave<br />

9 observed holidays per year<br />

2 employee holidays per year<br />

Bereavement Leave<br />

Comp Time<br />

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- 10 Paid Holidays a year<br />

- 15 Paid Sick Days a year<br />

- Paid Vacation<br />

- Take-Home Car Program<br />

- Duty Equipment and Weapon Provided<br />

- Tuition Reimbursement for College<br />

- Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS)<br />



MAY 18, 2024<br />




- Associate's Degree - $100 monthly<br />

- Bachelor's Degree - $150 monthly<br />

- Master's Degree - $200 monthly<br />

- Bilingual Pay - $50 to $100 monthly<br />

NOW<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 />


• 1 YEAR $83,566<br />

• 2 YEARS $86,877<br />

• 3 YEARS $90,373<br />

• 4 YEARS $93,677<br />

• 5 YEARS $97,679<br />

Specialized Units :<br />

• SWAT<br />

• Street Crimes<br />

• K - 9<br />

• Narcotics<br />

• UAS Drone<br />

• Bicycle Patrol<br />

• Criminal In vestigations<br />

• Traffic<br />

• DWI<br />

• Commercial Vehicle Enforcement<br />

• Training<br />

• School Resource Officer<br />

• Neighborhood Resource Officer<br />

• Co - Care Crisis Team<br />


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Start a career with<br />

Longview PD<br />

LongviewTexas.gov/LPDJOBS<br />

Providing<br />

Professional<br />

Policing<br />

We accept lateral transfers!<br />

Starting Salary<br />

$63,090-$71,070<br />

Two-Tier Hiring Incentive<br />

$3000<br />

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Longview Police Department

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Patrol Officer<br />

The City of Manvel Police Department is looking to find qualified candidates to fill the ranks of the patrol<br />

division.<br />

The City of Manvel is a rapidly growing and diverse community. The current population is estimated at a<br />

little over 16000 and is located in the northern part of Brazoria County along the State Highway 288<br />

corridor approximately 4 miles South of the City of Houston.<br />

The Manvel Police Department has a competitive pay structure for cities of the same size. Salary is based<br />

on experience and certification levels.<br />

Requirements:<br />

High school diploma or GED<br />

Valid Texas Driver’s License<br />

with good driving record<br />

TCOLE certified OR currently<br />

enrolled in Academy<br />

program<br />

Preference for LE experience<br />

Hiring Process Includes :<br />

Written test<br />

Oral board interview<br />

Physical agility test<br />

Thorough background<br />

investigation<br />

Accelerated Field Training<br />

Program for experienced officers<br />

One year probationary period<br />

Pay and Benefits:<br />

Competitive pay with an employment<br />

improvement step program<br />

TMRS retirement up to 7% with 2:1 match<br />

by city<br />

Retirement vested after 5 years of service<br />

Medical Insurance covered 100% for<br />

employees and 100% paid for employees<br />

and dependent by the city after 3 years<br />

12 hour shifts (DuPont Schedule)<br />

Personal time off - Vacation and Holiday<br />

accruals<br />

Paid sick time<br />

Lateral transfers<br />

For more information you can contact<br />

The City of Manvel Police Department at<br />

281-489-1212<br />

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Serving the Villages of Bunker Hill, Piney Point and Hunters Creek<br />


The Memorial Villages Police Department is currently looking for experienced officers who are<br />

self-motivated, innovative, enthusiastic and love working for a community that supports them.<br />

5+ Years Patrol Experience Required<br />

Hiring Bonus $1,500<br />

Night Shift Differential $3,600<br />

E.C.A $1300<br />

Bi-lingual Pay<br />

Education Pay<br />

Intermediate, Advanced, Master<br />

Peace Officer Certification Pay<br />

Healthcare, Dental and Vision Insurance<br />

100% paid for employee, 75% for<br />

spouse/dependents.<br />

Paid long-term disability and Life Insurance<br />

for employee, additional life insurance<br />

available for spouse/dependents.<br />

Health Savings Account with Department<br />

contributions up to $4,200 annually.<br />

TMRS Retirement 7% w/ 2:1 match (20 yr).<br />

457 Deferred Compensation Plan with<br />

employer contribution of 2.5% of annual<br />

salary.<br />

Tuition Reimbursement<br />

Longevity Pay up to a max of $2,<strong>40</strong>0<br />

annually at 10 years of service.<br />

12 Hour shifts with every other Friday,<br />

Starting at $83,459 up to $94,164<br />

Scan for more<br />

information<br />

W W W . M V P D T X . O R G<br />

11981 Memorial Drive – Houston, Tx 77024<br />

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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: <strong>April</strong> 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 />

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 po<br />

experience<br />

• Must have valid Texas Dr<br />

• Must be a U.S. Citizen<br />

• Must have an honorable<br />

from the military (if applic<br />

• Must never have been co<br />

Class A Misdemeanor or<br />

• <strong>No</strong>t been convicted of a C<br />

misdemeanor within the l<br />

• Must have a GED or high<br />

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• Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance<br />

eligible first day of employment<br />

• Wellness Program<br />

(can earn up to $600 credit per year if requirements met)<br />

• Enrollment with Calm App for Wellbeing<br />

• Defined contribution plan (<strong>40</strong>1a)<br />

– Employer Sponsored<br />

• Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan)<br />

– Employee Contributions<br />

• Vacation<br />

• Sick Leave<br />

• Paid Holiday 12 days/year<br />

• Life and Accidental Death and<br />

Dismemberment Insurance<br />

• Short Term and Long-Term Disability Benefits<br />

• Flexible spending account (FSA)<br />

• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)<br />

• Pet Insurance<br />

• Legal and Identity Theft Protection<br />

• Tuition Reimbursement<br />

Up to the IRS annual limit and a maximum lifetime<br />

reimbursement of $25,000<br />

• Onsite Credit Union<br />

– Port of Houston Credit Union<br />

lice officer<br />

iver’s License<br />

discharge<br />

able)<br />

nvicted of a<br />

above<br />

lass B<br />

ast 10 years<br />

school diploma<br />



Employment is contingent on passing<br />

any post-offer pre-employment<br />

screening as listed below:<br />

• Criminal background check<br />

• Motor Vehicle Record check<br />

• Drug screening<br />

• Physical exam<br />

• Psychological exam<br />

• Additional as required<br />

SCAN<br />

QR CODE<br />

TO APPLY<br />

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Provide Exceptional<br />

Service to All!<br />


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 />

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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$250<br />

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We are hiring<br />

Police<br />

Officers<br />

now.<br />

Join the Waco ISD<br />

Police Department team!<br />

Pay Grade: 310<br />

Days: 207 and 226<br />

Salary: $42,228 to $55,542*<br />

*Depending on workday calendar<br />

and years of experience.<br />

Sign-on Bonus: $5,000<br />

Qualifications:<br />

Education/Certification:<br />

• High School Diploma or GED<br />

• Texas Peace Officer License issued by TCOLE<br />

• Current valid Texas class “C” drivers license<br />

To learn more or<br />

apply, please visit<br />

Wacoisd.org/apply<br />

Waco ISD Police Department<br />

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