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FEATURES/COVER 80 NATIONAL MISSING CHILDREN’S DAY 86 ADAM’S LEGACY DEPARTMENTS PUBLISHER’S THOUGHTS EDITOR REX EVANS THOUGHTS GUEST COMMENTARY - DOUG GRIFFITH GUEST COMMENTARY - PAT DRONEY GUEST COMMENTARY - PAT DRONEY GUEST COMMENTARY - DANIEL CARR NEWS AROUND THE US MIGRANT CRIME BREAKING NEWS CALENDAR OF EVENTS REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN HEROES WAR STORIES AFTERMATH HEALING OUR HEROES DARYL’S DELIBERATIONS BLUE MENTAL HEALTH DR. LIGHT BULB AWARD ADS BACK IN THE DAY PARTING SHOTS BUYERS GUIDE ISD PD JOB LISTINGS NOW HIRING BACK PAGE

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VOL. <strong>40</strong> NO. 6 JUNE 2024<br />

FEATURES/COVER<br />

DEPARTMENTS<br />

80 NATIONAL MISSING CHILDREN’S DAY<br />

86 ADAM’S LEGACY<br />

PUBLISHER’S THOUGHTS<br />

EDITOR REX EVANS THOUGHTS<br />

GUEST COMMENTARY - DOUG GRIFFITH<br />

GUEST COMMENTARY - PAT DRONEY<br />

GUEST COMMENTARY - PAT DRONEY<br />

GUEST COMMENTARY - DANIEL CARR<br />

NEWS AROUND THE US<br />

MIGRANT CRIME<br />

BREAKING NEWS<br />

CALENDAR OF EVENTS<br />

REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN HEROES<br />

WAR STORIES<br />

AFTERMATH<br />

HEALING OUR HEROES<br />

DARYL’S DELIBERATIONS<br />

BLUE MENTAL HEALTH DR.<br />

LIGHT BULB AWARD<br />

ADS BACK IN THE DAY<br />

PARTING SHOTS<br />

BUYERS GUIDE<br />

ISD PD JOB LISTINGS<br />

NOW HIRING<br />

BACK PAGE<br />

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DOUG GRIFFITH<br />

GUEST COMMENTARY<br />

DANIEL CARR<br />

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

MICHAEL BARRON<br />

OUR TEAM<br />

OUR CONTRIBUTORS<br />

EDITOR-AT-LARGE<br />

Chief Rex Evans(Ret)<br />

SENIOR EDITOR<br />

Dr. Tina Jaeckle<br />

CREATIVE EDITOR<br />

Jessica Jones<br />

COPY EDITOR<br />

Lt. John King (Ret)<br />

OUTDOOR EDITOR<br />

Rusty Barron<br />

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR<br />

Lt. Daryl Lott (Ret)<br />

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS<br />

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

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR<br />

Doug Griffith<br />

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR<br />

Art Woolery<br />

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR<br />

Daniel Carr<br />

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR<br />

Bill King<br />

WARSTORY<br />

Michael Barron<br />

AFTERMATH<br />

Hunter Rankin<br />

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS<br />

Joanna Putman<br />

Acacia Coronado<br />

Jim Vertuno<br />

Melody Gutierrez<br />

Peter Sblendorio<br />

Jim Piwowarczyk<br />

Jessica McBride<br />

Yilum Cheng<br />

Dylan McGuinness<br />

Thomas Tracy<br />

Keri Blakinger<br />

Matthew Halloway<br />

Dr. Richard Segouia<br />

Noah Souther<br />

Kristen Spicker<br />

Ruben Vives<br />

Patricia Davis<br />

Pat Droney<br />

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Associated Press<br />

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

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FROM THE PUBLISHER’S DESK<br />

Mayor needed to blame someone!<br />

In my opinion, the handwriting<br />

was on the wall the minute<br />

Whitmire won the Houston<br />

mayoral election – Troy Finner<br />

would be out as Houston’s police<br />

chief sooner or later. I even<br />

said so much in another editorial<br />

months ago. Every new mayor<br />

thinks he needs to clean house<br />

with department heads to “do a<br />

better job.”<br />

It’s no secret that Houston’s<br />

crime problems haven’t gotten<br />

any better. They are short<br />

some 2000 officers and that’s<br />

not likely to change anytime<br />

soon. Combined with punk<br />

ass DA’s and judges that let<br />

crooks out of jail on low<br />

or no bonds, they just go<br />

out and commit even more<br />

crimes. It’s an endless revolving<br />

door.<br />

Finner was fighting a losing<br />

battle from the day Acevedo<br />

left. But I’ll tell you this.<br />

Finner was a sincere man<br />

who truly cared about this<br />

city. Every time a family lost<br />

a loved one, Finner would sit<br />

down and comfort them and<br />

promise he’d do everything in<br />

his power to bring them justice.<br />

A near impossible task,<br />

but Finner was all about taking<br />

on the impossible.<br />

Hell, I don’t even know when<br />

the man slept. He was in front of<br />

the cameras nearly 24/7 addressing<br />

yet another shooting,<br />

another killing or some horrific<br />

accident that claimed yet another<br />

innocent life. But I believe<br />

he was one of the best chiefs<br />

Houston ever had. Unlike his<br />

predecessor Acevedo, he wasn’t<br />

all about himself and trying to<br />

win over every group in town<br />

by pretending to believe in their<br />

causes.<br />

HPD has had its share of internal<br />

problems over the years. And<br />

I’m not discounting the whole<br />

coding issue and lack of investigation<br />

into crimes. But the truth<br />

is, if you’re short 2000 officers<br />

something isn’t going to get<br />

done. There just aren’t enough<br />

resources to investigate EVERY<br />

SINGLE incident. But once the<br />

local news got involved it was a<br />

witch-hunt to find the smoking<br />

gun and who knew what when.<br />

Does it really matter when<br />

Finner knew about it. He said the<br />

minute he found out about the<br />

coding, he said “stop using<br />

it.” Of course, we now know<br />

that didn’t happen. Finner<br />

demoted and fired people he<br />

thought failed to follow his<br />

orders. But the news media<br />

wanted the story to end with<br />

Finner gone. The mayor felt<br />

the pressure and walla, Finner<br />

decides it’s time to go.<br />

I’ve heard the acting Chief<br />

Larry Satterwhite is also a<br />

good man, a good cop and<br />

will be a good replacement<br />

for Finner. Only time will<br />

tell if he can do what Finner<br />

couldn’t. Find a couple thousand<br />

cops that want to work<br />

in Houston and put an end to<br />

this revolving door of justice.<br />

As far as Finner, I’m sure<br />

he’ll land on his feet somewhere.<br />

He is a fine individual<br />

and a great cop who served his<br />

department and his community<br />

faithfully for over 34 years. I<br />

am proud to call him a friend<br />

and wish him and his family the<br />

absolute very best.<br />

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FROM THE EDITOR-AT-LARGE<br />

Those that can hurt you.<br />

In the course of my thirty-year+<br />

career, I have been<br />

shot, cut, struck by a motor<br />

vehicle, hit with a pole,<br />

chuck of wood and a curling<br />

iron (A damn hot one, at<br />

that.) I’ve been spit on, cussed<br />

at, threatened, pushed off a<br />

trailer park porch and a whole<br />

host of other miscellaneous<br />

injuries.<br />

I was the recipient of multiple<br />

ambulance rides, a couple<br />

of Life Flight rides and even a<br />

ride on a TPW Game Warden<br />

Boat (Because a snake I absolutely<br />

did not see, stepped<br />

on and then was subsequently<br />

bitten by) made it happen.<br />

Well friend as you might<br />

imagine I have a few scars.<br />

Some healed up pretty good.<br />

Others, not so much. I have<br />

all the heart-breaking scars<br />

to go with the physical scars<br />

as well. I have lost a total of<br />

14 Law Enforcement Officers<br />

whom I personally knew and<br />

worked with, who did not survive<br />

their career. I freely attest<br />

they were better men, brothers,<br />

husbands, fathers, friends<br />

and cops than I could have<br />

ever been. Hands down. They<br />

were the absolute best we<br />

(our profession) had to offer.<br />

Now, to the point of this<br />

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month’s column. All the pain,<br />

loss, horrible memories and<br />

heart break, pales in comparison<br />

to the blows I took not<br />

from crooks, but from the few<br />

who took swipes at me wearing<br />

the same damn uniform<br />

and badge as I was. That’s<br />

right you’re tracking. The<br />

worst pain I ever had, came<br />

from our own.<br />

Don’t start thinking this is a<br />

pity-party column cause it’s<br />

not. I am simply pointing out<br />

something which is rarely ever<br />

spoken about in our profession.<br />

And that is we eat our<br />

own. We do. I have personally<br />

seen it happen time and time<br />

again. I have the scars on my<br />

heart and in my memories to<br />

prove it. And I’m not the only<br />

one. There’s plenty more just<br />

like me out there. You only to<br />

look left or right, whomever<br />

you see in a uniform, they’ve<br />

had it happen too.<br />

It’s not all doom and gloom,<br />

however. Not at all. There’s<br />

always the gleaming beam<br />

of light, a shining beacon of<br />

hope that pierces the darkness<br />

of such treachery and that my<br />

friends are called…KHARMA!!<br />

Ah, yes. That moment when<br />

you have either been subjected<br />

to their treachery or<br />

you watched it all go down<br />

to some other cop. When the<br />

universe spins the wheel, and<br />

it stops on them…there’s not<br />

much like. In fact, it’s like going<br />

through the drive through<br />

and you get the freshest fries<br />

right out of the fryer and<br />

salter. It just doesn’t get much<br />

better than that!<br />

So, fear not the criminals<br />

and poor folks who just take<br />

a swing out of desperation<br />

to get away, not so much to<br />

hurt you. Be wary of those<br />

who lurk among us who while<br />

wearing the same uniform,<br />

will plant a knife squarely in<br />

your back and smile at you<br />

when you turn around. Believe<br />

me, they are out there. In large<br />

numbers.<br />

Till next time my friend, be<br />

smart and be safe. Be kind<br />

when and wherever you can,<br />

until you can’t.


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GUEST COMENTARY<br />

Doug Griffith<br />

As the World Turns,<br />

and Turns Some More<br />

The Houston Police Department<br />

has had more twists<br />

and turns on the SL Code<br />

scandal than a daytime soap<br />

opera.<br />

Yesterday, the great SL code<br />

investigation was provided to<br />

the Administrative Discipline<br />

Committee as completed.<br />

We soon found out that this<br />

investigation was promulgated<br />

on a discovery letter that<br />

was generated by an Executive<br />

Assistant Chief. This<br />

letter details a meeting in<br />

which this Executive Assistant<br />

Chief “distinctly recalled a<br />

heightened concern” over the<br />

SL code being used in sexual<br />

assault cases.<br />

There is only one small<br />

problem with this discovery<br />

letter. The HPOU found that<br />

this Executive Assistant Chief<br />

was 233 miles away at a “Being<br />

First” retreat. For those<br />

who do not know, Being First<br />

is the program that brought<br />

us ONE HPD. It appears that<br />

this discovery letter was<br />

factually inaccurate but still<br />

used as a basis to conduct a<br />

very quick, one sided investigation,<br />

leading to a list of<br />

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former Assistant and Executive<br />

Assistant Chiefs being<br />

blamed for the code and for<br />

allowing it to continue. Oddly<br />

enough, the Chief, who admitted<br />

to knowing about this<br />

in 2021 was absolved from the<br />

investigation, and never even<br />

questioned.<br />

What is really frustrating, is<br />

how the department has been<br />

shoving ONE HPD down our<br />

throats for the last few years.<br />

Positions have been created<br />

to help change the culture of<br />

the department and telling<br />

us how much the leadership<br />

loves and respects the employees<br />

of the Houston Police<br />

Department. We are all ONE<br />

HPD. RIGHT!!!! That is until a<br />

scandal hits the department<br />

and they need individuals to<br />

blame.<br />

It appears that there is a<br />

pattern and practice with<br />

the Chief. A critical incident<br />

takes place, we immediately<br />

start an investigation and find<br />

someone to blame. First the<br />

Astroworld tragedy, where<br />

he demoted three esteemed<br />

Assistant Chiefs. Now we have<br />

the SL Code debacle with the<br />

DOUG GRIFFITH,<br />

PRESIDENT, HPOU<br />

demotion of two more Assistant<br />

Chiefs. I am not sure why<br />

anyone would want to be an<br />

Assistant Chief in this atmosphere.<br />

You too could be the<br />

next person tossed under the<br />

bus and then backed over. I<br />

guess the tenants of ONE HPD<br />

are only important when you<br />

are trying to protect HPD-1.<br />

EDITOR: We are waiting for<br />

the next Badge & Gun to publish<br />

to see the continuation<br />

of this story now that Finner<br />

is gone. The news stopped<br />

reporting about the whole<br />

coding issue as soon as Finner<br />

retired. Like all of a sudden<br />

the issue was resolved. News<br />

Media wanted Finner out and<br />

by damn they got their wishes.<br />

Can’t wait to see what’s next.<br />

Stay Tuned.


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GUEST COMENTARY<br />

Pat Droney<br />

CHINESE ARE FLOODING IN<br />

In just two days in May, more Chinese nationals illegally<br />

crossed into U.S. than the entire year of 2021.<br />

Right in the nick of time, right<br />

Mr. Biden? In the same week<br />

where the White House has<br />

been floating the idea of a border<br />

“crackdown” comes news<br />

that the invasion of our country<br />

by Chinese nationals has been<br />

hitting a fever pitch. In fact, more<br />

illegal Chinese nationals entered<br />

the U.S. in two days this month<br />

than all of 2021, The Federalist<br />

reports.<br />

This week, the New York Post<br />

reported that Biden is planning<br />

to issue an executive order that<br />

would allow him to shut down<br />

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

the number of illegal crossings<br />

reaches 4,000 per day. That<br />

extrapolates to nearly 1.5 million<br />

illegals entering the country annually.<br />

Biden’s action to give the<br />

appearance of doing something<br />

to control the flow of illegals<br />

into the country is far too little,<br />

far too late.<br />

While the administration has<br />

been gaslighting the American<br />

people into believing the “migrants”<br />

coming to the United<br />

States are doing so for a “better<br />

life,” the fact is that an overwhelming<br />

majority of those who<br />

have entered the U.S. are from<br />

countries other than Mexico and<br />

most are single, military-aged<br />

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males. They have come from all<br />

over the world, including Sudan,<br />

Iran, Venezuela, Egypt and other<br />

Middle Eastern countries, and<br />

the People’s Republic of China,<br />

among many others.<br />

It is those coming from the<br />

Middle East and China which<br />

have raised the most alarm bells.<br />

Unlike most countries, Chinese<br />

citizens don’t merely fly out of<br />

the country. They have to get<br />

permission from the Chinese<br />

Communist government in order<br />

to leave. So those who have<br />

somehow found their way thousands<br />

of miles across the Pacific<br />

Ocean and into our country are<br />

not walking on water. They are<br />

being flown to this side of the<br />

globe.<br />

As The Federalist notes, the<br />

influx of Chinese nationals<br />

entering the U.S. is particularly<br />

alarming. The outlet notes<br />

that “this phenomenon not only<br />

underscores a significant breach<br />

in national security, but also<br />

facilitates greater infiltration by<br />

the Chinese Communist Party<br />

(CCP) into the U.S., which current<br />

federal policies not assessing the<br />

substantial risks of that infiltration.<br />

In the first two days of May,<br />

reports show that more Chinese<br />

nationals entered the country<br />

than in the entire year of 2021.<br />

This is attributed to what The<br />

Federalist called “an alarming<br />

oversimplification in the vetting<br />

process instituted by the De-<br />

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partment of Homeland Security<br />

(DHS), which has reduced the<br />

number of vetting questions<br />

asked of Chinese nationals from<br />

approximately <strong>40</strong> to only five.<br />

By so doing, DHS is prioritizing<br />

“processing efficiency” over<br />

national security, which causes<br />

massive vulnerabilities that<br />

could be exploited by bad actors,<br />

such as China, to embed espionage<br />

agents or worse within the<br />

country.<br />

The Federalist lays the blame<br />

for the focus on “processing<br />

efficiency” on Biden’s nonexistent<br />

border policies, with border<br />

patrol agents being so overwhelmed<br />

with illegal crossings<br />

and bogus asylum requests that<br />

standard national security measures<br />

have been mothballed.<br />

What can only be described as<br />

a cold war with China escalated<br />

this week when Biden slammed<br />

economic and trade sanctions on<br />

Chinese goods, including aluminum,<br />

computer chips, lithium-ion<br />

EV batteries, and other<br />

products. The irony in the EV<br />

batteries cannot be overlooked,<br />

since the administration is forcing<br />

draconian emission standards<br />

on American automakers<br />

to force the companies to focus<br />

on electric and hybrid electric<br />

vehicles. Many states are likewise<br />

trying to phase out the sale<br />

of gasoline-powered vehicles by<br />

the early 2030s.<br />

The sanctions are expected<br />

to see Beijing ramp up its doctrine<br />

of “unrestricted warfare,”<br />

“which advocates for the use of<br />

various tactics including economic<br />

pressure, cyber-attacks,<br />

and ideological infiltration.” The<br />

lack of proper screening and the<br />

high volume of Chinese nationals<br />

entering the US is therefore<br />

deeply concerning. Fears are not<br />

only that the Chinese nationals<br />

may engage in nefarious activities,<br />

but given the current<br />

nationwide demonstrations in<br />

support of Hamas, with many<br />

Asians participating, it may also<br />

be a goal to further social chaos<br />

in the U.S.<br />

There is also the issue of<br />

fentanyl, with the CCP supplying<br />

Mexican drug cartels with<br />

the precursor materials for the<br />

manufacture of the deadly drug,<br />

along with other synthetic opioids.<br />

Moreover, the CCP is also<br />

assisting cartels with money<br />

laundering and financial transactions<br />

by using Chinese banks,<br />

businesses, and networks to<br />

move and hide their illegally-gained<br />

profits. They have also<br />

begun to engage in extensive<br />

illegal marijuana production and<br />

distribution networks, run by socalled<br />

“snakeheads”--Chinese<br />

organized crime that operates<br />

under the CCP<br />

The use of drugs is nothing<br />

new, The Federalist reports.<br />

Famous Chinese dictator Mao<br />

once declared that “drug warfare,<br />

obtaining sudden and huge<br />

profits by spreading disaster in<br />

other countries” was part of the<br />

“three great campaigns” of the<br />

Chinese revolution. It has long<br />

been suggested that the CCP<br />

was behind a number of “armed<br />

insurgencies and terrorist groups<br />

in Southeast Asia, Latin America,<br />

and Africa by providing drugs<br />

and weapons in exchange for<br />

loyalty and influence.”<br />

According to The Federalist<br />

citing U.S. Customs and Border<br />

Protection, over 10,000 Chinese<br />

illegals have been apprehended<br />

since October 2022, contrasted<br />

with only 500 in the same period<br />

in 2021. And that only accounts<br />

for encounters and apprehensions,<br />

not so-called “gotaways.”<br />

Some of that increase could<br />

be attributed to economic and<br />

social uncertainties in China,<br />

the demand for cheap labor in<br />

the U.S. and the effectiveness of<br />

smugglers already embedded in<br />

the U.S. Still, it is difficult to just<br />

“walk out” of China.<br />

Law Enforcement Today has<br />

previously reported on the number<br />

of so-called Chinese “police<br />

stations” in cities throughout the<br />

U.S., including New York, Los Angeles,<br />

San Francisco, and Houston.<br />

The “stations” are staffed by<br />

so-called “volunteers,” who we<br />

are told help Chinese nationals<br />

with services such as renewing<br />

drivers’ licenses or passports.<br />

However, as we have reported<br />

and as The Federalist confirmed,<br />

these “police stations” are run by<br />

the CCP and operate as “overseas<br />

repression operations,” with<br />

the goal of “locating, intimidating,<br />

and silencing dissidents,<br />

activists, and critics of the regime.”<br />

It is also believed that due<br />

to Chinese law requiring Chinese<br />

nationals to engage in espionage<br />

wherever they are, these “police<br />

stations” ensure that they do so.<br />

The Federalist also noted that<br />

through allied United Front organizations,<br />

they also serve to<br />

“undermine the credibility and<br />

legitimacy of the U.S. government<br />

and its institutions, creating<br />

division and conflicts among<br />

Americans.”<br />

China has a strategy of “hybrid<br />

warfare,” which includes<br />

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ilization against the U.S. and<br />

its allies, such as cyberattacks,<br />

espionage, disinformation, and<br />

weaponized migration.” Note the<br />

last element. It’s fairly easy to<br />

argue that our migration system<br />

has been “weaponized.”<br />

None of this appears to be<br />

by accident, and seems to be<br />

the full-scale implementation<br />

of the Cloward-Piven Strategy,<br />

which is to overload the system<br />

until it breaks down. So-called<br />

“sanctuary” jurisdictions across<br />

the country are at that point,<br />

where they simply do not have<br />

the housing or infrastructure<br />

to handle the influx of illegals<br />

into their communities. That<br />

has resulted in “non-sanctuary”<br />

jurisdictions having to take the<br />

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

overflow. Simply put, it is not<br />

sustainable.<br />

The Federalist breaks down<br />

the current border situation and<br />

compares it to tactics used by<br />

Belarus against the EU, where<br />

mass migration was “used as a<br />

tool to overwhelm systems, sow<br />

discord, and destabilize regions.<br />

The outlet further notes that “in<br />

the US., this strategy aligns disturbingly<br />

well with the observed<br />

increase in Chinese illegal entries,<br />

suggesting a coordinated<br />

effort to exploit the U.S. immigration<br />

system’s current weaknesses.”<br />

Leading one to further concluded<br />

that none of this is by<br />

accident, actions (or more accurately,<br />

inactions) taken by the<br />

Biden administration has made<br />

the above issues worse. Instead<br />

of focusing on national security,<br />

the administration under feckless<br />

Secretary of Homeland Security<br />

Alejandro Mayorkas has emphasized<br />

so-called “humanitarian”<br />

priorities, which has diverted<br />

border security officials from<br />

their primary duty of enforcing<br />

the border to instead handle administrative<br />

work to make entry<br />

into the country for illegal aliens<br />

seamless.<br />

The current administration has<br />

shown no interest in shutting<br />

off the invasion at the southern<br />

border, likely hoping that those<br />

they allow into the country will<br />

be future Democrat voters. None<br />

of these foreign invaders are being<br />

assimilated into our culture.<br />

Instead, as we’ve seen at college<br />

campuses and city streets across<br />

the country, they take down OUR<br />

flag and replace it with THEIRS,<br />

from so-called “repressive regimes”<br />

that they are ostensibly<br />

trying to escape.<br />

Instead of working with state<br />

governments to stop the flow<br />

into the country, the Biden administration<br />

has sued states such<br />

as Texas at every turn when they<br />

try to do what the federal government<br />

refuses to.<br />

The only hope for our country<br />

is to make a regime change in<br />

November. However, given what<br />

China has been able to do in only<br />

two days in May, eight months<br />

until Inauguration Day in January<br />

may be too late. A lame duck<br />

Biden is much more dangerous<br />

than the empty suit we’ve had<br />

in office for the past 3-½ years.<br />

By January 20, 2025, China may<br />

have the United States right<br />

where they want us…and that’s<br />

not good for any of us.


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GUEST COMENTARY<br />

Pat Droney<br />

BIDEN VIOLATES FEDERAL LAW<br />

Biden ‘forgets’ to list luxury vacations at homes of billionaires<br />

on his ethics disclosure form, a violation of federal law<br />

WASHINGTON, DC- The New<br />

York Post reported that Joe<br />

Biden refused to reveal his stays<br />

at the vacation homes of rich<br />

mega-donors in apparent violation<br />

of federal law. The revelation<br />

comes after leftist-rag Pro-<br />

Publica was awarded a Pulitzer<br />

Prize for attacking conservative<br />

Supreme Court justices for ostensibly<br />

the same thing.<br />

The Post report says that<br />

Biden took four vacations where<br />

he stayed at the ritzy vacation<br />

homes of wealthy campaign<br />

donors with none listed as gifts<br />

on the forms he signed. Under<br />

the Ethics in Government Act of<br />

1978, all federal officeholders,<br />

including judges and yes, the<br />

president, are required to submit<br />

the paperwork annually.<br />

“If there’s a deliberate omission<br />

of a gift, an intentional lie,<br />

that can very well be prosecuted<br />

as a criminal offense,” said<br />

Richard Painter, who served as<br />

White House chief ethics lawyer<br />

under President George W. Bush.<br />

“It just seems to me to be<br />

stupid to leave it off the form<br />

because everyone knows about<br />

[presidential] trips and everyone’s<br />

going to ask who paid,”<br />

Painter added. As a point of<br />

20 The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>June</strong> ‘24<br />

information, Painter ran unsuccessfully<br />

as a Democrat in 2018<br />

and 2022.<br />

In 2023, the Bidens stayed for<br />

free at the St. Croix home of<br />

Bill and Connie Neville for the<br />

New Year’s holiday, and ended<br />

the same year at the beachfront<br />

property, which the Neville’s<br />

typically list as a VRBO rental.<br />

Newsmax reports that Neville<br />

is the founder of US Viking, a<br />

software company that makes<br />

ENPS, which is news production<br />

software sold by the Associated<br />

Press.<br />

Last year, the Biden’s spent<br />

six days over Thanksgiving at<br />

the Nantucket home of billionaire<br />

hedge fund founder David<br />

Rubenstein, and nine days last<br />

August at the waterfront retreat<br />

on Lake Tahoe, Nevada of billionaire<br />

climate investor and activist<br />

Tom Steyer.<br />

The New York Post reported<br />

that the Biden trip to Rubenstein<br />

home was unpaid, however<br />

neither Biden nor Rubenstein has<br />

confirmed that.<br />

When it was revealed that<br />

Biden would be staying at Steyer’s<br />

retreat, the media was told<br />

that he would pay “fair market<br />

value” for use of the property,<br />

however a local investigation<br />

revealed that Steyer did not have<br />

a permit to rent out the property.<br />

For what was likely political<br />

pressure, the investigation into<br />

the matter was quickly dropped<br />

and no rental terms have ever<br />

been revealed.<br />

The Post reported that it is not<br />

believed any of the billionaire<br />

property owners were present<br />

for any of the four trips the<br />

Biden’s took in 2023.<br />

Painter told The Post that<br />

deliberately omitting gifts from<br />

the ethics forms could open up<br />

Biden or his staff to criminal<br />

liability. It should be noted that<br />

Biden’s Justice Department is<br />

currently trying to prosecute<br />

former President Trump, claiming<br />

that presidents do not have<br />

immunity from criminal prosecution.<br />

“If somebody told the White<br />

House Counsel’s Office, which<br />

prepares the gift schedule, ‘That<br />

doesn’t need to go on there because<br />

the president paid for the<br />

trip,’ and then the White House<br />

Counsel’s Office relies on that in<br />

drafting the gift schedule, it is<br />

then given to the president and<br />

the president signs–whoever it<br />

was told the White House Coun-


sel’s Office that doesn’t need to<br />

go on there because the president<br />

paid for the trip, if that person<br />

knew that was not true and<br />

knowingly told a lie to the White<br />

House Counsel’s Office, whoever<br />

that person is, they violated 18<br />

United States Code 1001, the false<br />

statements statute,” Painter said<br />

of the Bidens’ stay at Steyer’s<br />

home.<br />

“If [Biden] knew the gift schedule<br />

was incomplete and someone<br />

told him, he would have the<br />

same liability,” Painter added.<br />

Under 18 USC § 1001, violating<br />

that regulation is punishable by<br />

up to five years in prison.<br />

“It just seems to me to be<br />

stupid to leave it off the form<br />

because everyone knows about<br />

[presidential trips] and everyone’s<br />

going to ask who paid,”<br />

added Painter.<br />

“So you either have to pay for<br />

the house, make sure the owner<br />

is present, or put it on the form.<br />

Those are your three options.”<br />

The Bidens have other issues<br />

where they appear to have been<br />

skirting the ethics law, including<br />

a trip by Jill Biden to the Super<br />

Bowl in February 2023, where<br />

the Philadelphia Eagles were<br />

participating, where it is not believed<br />

she paid for the ticket and<br />

which was also not disclosed.<br />

Conversely, Kamala Harris did<br />

disclose tickets provided by ESPN<br />

to last December’s Celebration<br />

Bowl college football game<br />

between Howard University and<br />

Florida A&M. Those tickets cost<br />

$1,890, according to a disclosure<br />

made by Harris.<br />

Meanwhile, while ProPublica<br />

has avoided looking into Biden’s<br />

apparent skirting of the ethics<br />

law, they have been all over conservative<br />

Supreme Court justices<br />

Clarence Thomas and Samuel<br />

Alito, ignoring a carveout in the<br />

policy which provides officials<br />

do not have to disclose “any<br />

food, lodging, or entertainment<br />

received as personal hospitality.”<br />

Both Thomas and Alito claim that<br />

privilege.<br />

Most experts including Painter<br />

and Walter Schaub, who led the<br />

Obama-era Office of Government<br />

Ethics, say a homeowner<br />

must be present for a free vacation<br />

to be exempted from disclosure,<br />

although some disagree<br />

with that assessment.<br />

“I have always been of the<br />

view that the exception cannot<br />

be used when the friend is not<br />

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there, and I think arguments to<br />

the contrary make no sense,”<br />

Schaub told The Post. “It’s not the<br />

rich-friend-who-can-give-youstuff<br />

exception. It’s supposed to<br />

apply to things like your friends’<br />

kids’ wedding or a home-cooked<br />

meal with your friend.”<br />

Conversely, some others believe<br />

differently, including Kedric<br />

Payne, general counsel of the<br />

Campaign Legal Center and a<br />

former Office of Congressional<br />

Ethics lawyer. Last year, Payne<br />

told The Post that he believes the<br />

executive branch “does not have<br />

a requirement that a host remain<br />

on the premises for the personal<br />

hospitality exemption to apply.”<br />

Meanwhile, Mark Paoletta, who<br />

served under former President<br />

Trump as general counsel of the<br />

White House budget office, told<br />

The Post there are “two standards”<br />

applied depending on<br />

which party the official is from.<br />

“This is another intentional refusal<br />

to disclose gifts by…Biden.<br />

His habit of taking over donors’<br />

homes for vacations and not<br />

paying nor disclosing is consistent<br />

with his family’s long history<br />

of grift and corruption,” said<br />

Paoletta. He is a longtime friend<br />

of Justice Thomas, whose free<br />

travel with real estate billionaire<br />

Harlan Crow was the focus of<br />

ProPublica’s left-wing hit job on<br />

him.<br />

Crow was present for some of<br />

that travel with Thomas, and has<br />

no known business in front of<br />

the Supreme Court.<br />

“Some liberal ethics experts<br />

have called Biden’s repeated<br />

omissions illegal and a potential<br />

criminal violation of [the] law.<br />

And this year, Biden also failed<br />

to disclose Jill Biden’s use of the<br />

22 The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>June</strong> ‘24<br />

luxury box at the Super Bowl.<br />

They aren’t ashamed and don’t<br />

even bother hiding it because<br />

they know the liberal media<br />

won’t say a word,” Paoletta continued.<br />

He then set his sights on Pro-<br />

Publica, a hack left-wing site<br />

funded in part by George Soros,<br />

which he said “was laughably<br />

awarded a Pulitzer for its dishonest<br />

agenda-driven ‘ethics’<br />

reporting.” The site routinely<br />

targets conservatives and law<br />

enforcement while ignoring liberals<br />

and Democrats.<br />

“Where is the leftwing, billionaire-funded<br />

ProPublica?”<br />

Paoletta said, noting they “are<br />

completely fine with Biden’s actual,<br />

wilful violations of the law.<br />

Double standard doesn’t begin to<br />

describe the hypocrisy on display.”<br />

House Oversight Committee<br />

Chairman James Comer (R-KY)<br />

says there needs to be federal<br />

reform to focus on gift omissions.<br />

“The radical left’s silence on<br />

President Biden’s many ethics<br />

issues is deafening,” Comer<br />

said. “From President Biden’s<br />

involvement in his family’s influence<br />

peddling schemes, all the<br />

‘loans’ the Bidens received from<br />

Democrat donors, to President<br />

Biden’s free vacation stays at his<br />

donors’ homes, it’s clear we need<br />

to reform federal ethics laws to<br />

provide greater transparency to<br />

the American people.”<br />

Justice Thomas has said that<br />

he was advised the ethics law<br />

contains a “personal hospitality”<br />

exception and therefore he didn’t<br />

have to report the trips or reimburse<br />

for private jet flights. Reporting<br />

has shown that Mr. Crow<br />

also provided financial support<br />

to the justice’s mother and great<br />

nephew.<br />

Some far-left Democrats, including<br />

radical Sen. Ed Markey<br />

(D-MA) and Hamas-sympathizer<br />

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez<br />

(D-NY) have demanded Justice<br />

Thomas be impeached or forced<br />

to resign. Last year, the U.S. Judicial<br />

Conference tightened up<br />

rules to specify that resorts don’t<br />

count as personal residences and<br />

therefore are not exempt from<br />

reporting.<br />

“This is beyond party or partisanship.<br />

This degree of corruption<br />

is shocking–almost<br />

cartoonish. Thomas must be<br />

impeached,” Ocasio-Cortez<br />

screeched in a tweet on X.<br />

Last Thursday, an unnamed<br />

White House official told The<br />

Post that, “The President and<br />

First Lady did not have any<br />

required disclosures of gifts or<br />

travel reimbursements during<br />

the reporting period (January to<br />

December 2023). Under the ethics<br />

rules, gifts of personal hospitality<br />

from friends such as food,<br />

lodging, and entertainment are<br />

not required to be listed on the<br />

report.”<br />

Painter, however, isn’t buying it,<br />

and noted that he doesn’t believe<br />

there needs to be additional<br />

legal reforms to clarify that such<br />

vacation stays must be listed on<br />

the ethics forms.<br />

“Most of these billionaires<br />

want something, other than just<br />

being able to be friends with<br />

famous people,” Painter said.<br />

“President Biden should set a<br />

good example by either paying<br />

for the house or fixing those<br />

forms.”<br />

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GUEST COMENTARY<br />

police law news<br />

Daniel Carr<br />

Officer Involved: Roger Fortson<br />

This case hit my radar a few<br />

days ago when Ben Crump gave<br />

several interviews to mainstream<br />

media. He laid out a series of<br />

awful circumstances that results<br />

in an Officer-Involved-Shooting<br />

(OIS) - that left a 23-year-old<br />

man dead.<br />

Within a few hours of hearing<br />

his version of the events I posted<br />

a story on Tik Tok and Instagram<br />

and cautioned people to not<br />

believe anything that Crump says<br />

- without independent evidence<br />

to back it up.<br />

In response I received multiple<br />

messages calling me a “racist”.<br />

Today, the video was released<br />

and proved that Ben Crump again<br />

had lied about an OIS.<br />

INVOLVED<br />

This case involved the Okaloosa<br />

County Sheriff’s Office in Florida<br />

and a young man named Roger<br />

Fortson. Mr. Fortson was airman<br />

in the U.S. Air Force and had been<br />

living in off-base housing.<br />

THE CLAIM<br />

Ben Crump made three major<br />

claims about this case:<br />

1. The police responded to the<br />

“wrong” apartment.<br />

2. The police did not announce<br />

their presence<br />

3. The police forced entry into<br />

the residence.<br />

THE BODY CAM VIDEO<br />

As of this afternoon the body<br />

cam video had not been released<br />

and people across social media<br />

continued to parrot the lies of<br />

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

Ben Crump.<br />

It was then that I was<br />

sent the body cam<br />

video from a source.<br />

The body cam footage<br />

was playing on a police<br />

computer and had<br />

been recorded by a cell<br />

phone. I checked Google<br />

and X and realized<br />

that I was watching<br />

body cam footage of<br />

this incident that had<br />

not been made public<br />

yet.<br />

I posted the video<br />

on my X and YouTube<br />

platforms. Ten minutes later Ben<br />

Crump and others posted the<br />

same footage and it all went<br />

viral.<br />

WHAT HAPPENED<br />

The apartment complex manager<br />

called police and reported<br />

a “domestic disturbance” involving<br />

a man and a woman at the<br />

complex. A deputy responded to<br />

the apartment and knocked on<br />

the door. The deputy then yelled,<br />

“Sheriff’s Office!” multiple times<br />

in between knocking. Eventually<br />

the door was opened by Mr.<br />

Fortson - who was holding a<br />

gun in his right hand.<br />

The deputy then fired his<br />

weapon at Mr. Fortson multiple<br />

times - killing him.<br />

ANALYSIS<br />

This call was in reference to a<br />

domestic disturbance - one of<br />

the most statistically dangerous<br />

calls for police officers to respond<br />

to.<br />

The deputy yelled “Sheriff’s<br />

Office!” multiple times. It would<br />

be reasonable for the deputy to<br />

believe that the occupants of the<br />

apartment heard him and knew<br />

that he was law enforcement.<br />

When Mr. Fortson opened the<br />

door holding the gun - what<br />

should the deputy have thought<br />

in the moment?<br />

A reasonable police officer<br />

would think:<br />

This guy knows that I am a police<br />

officer yet he answered the<br />

door holding a gun anyway. That<br />

is an overt deadly threat.<br />

With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight<br />

- we know that Mr. Fortson<br />

was a U.S. airman and likely had<br />

no ill intent toward the deputy.<br />

But, that is not relevant. The<br />

relevant issue is - what would


a reasonable police officer have<br />

done in the moment given the<br />

information that they knew at<br />

the time?<br />

Any reasonable police officer<br />

would perceive this as a deadly<br />

threat and responding with<br />

deadly force would be objectively<br />

reasonable.<br />

This is a legal police shooting.<br />

One of many headlines after<br />

Crump’s media tour.<br />

THE CRITICISM<br />

The release of the video has<br />

only intensified the criticism and<br />

vitriol towards the deputy.<br />

And aside from me and a few<br />

honest allies - there is no one<br />

calling out Crump for his blatant<br />

lies about the facts of the case.<br />

It will be forgotten and his next<br />

grift will be met with unquestioned<br />

cult-like loyalty from his<br />

followers and the mainstream<br />

media.<br />

The biggest concern is that<br />

people want to know why the<br />

deputy fired his weapon - when<br />

Mr. Fortson was holding the gun<br />

at his side. The assertion is that<br />

since the gun was not pointed at<br />

the officer - that there was not a<br />

deadly threat.<br />

The time is takes for a person<br />

holding a gun at their side to<br />

firing a round at a target is about<br />

1/4 of a second. A person holding<br />

a gun in this position would be<br />

able to fire several rounds at the<br />

police officer - before the officer<br />

could respond.<br />

The difference between a gun<br />

held at the side and pointed at<br />

a target is 1/4 of a second. Since<br />

no human can react that quickly<br />

- those two positions should<br />

be viewed as nearly the same in<br />

reality.<br />

If a police officer waits until<br />

the gun is pointed at them - it is<br />

too late - they have already been<br />

shot. And there is no law, policy,<br />

or training that requires police<br />

officers to wait that long.<br />

FINAL THOUGHTS<br />

Mr. Fortson was not a career<br />

criminal. From all available<br />

information - he was a good<br />

person who dedicated his life<br />

to serving his country. That is<br />

noble and honorable. The reason<br />

that he answered the door while<br />

holding the gun is most likely a<br />

momentary lapse in judgment<br />

or that he just did not hear the<br />

announcement from the deputy.<br />

Those factors do matter - as<br />

to ignore them would be to deny<br />

the humanity present in this<br />

case.<br />

But, that should not affect the<br />

legal analysis.<br />

The actions of the deputy were<br />

objectively reasonable in the<br />

moment - given the totality of<br />

the circumstances. The deputies<br />

actions should be reviewed and<br />

judged based on the facts of the<br />

case - not on how honorable of<br />

a person Mr. Fortson was.<br />

The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>June</strong> ‘24 25


GUEST COMENTARY<br />

police law news<br />

Daniel Carr<br />

Officer Involved: Samuel Sterling<br />

The business of tracking down<br />

and apprehending violent, combative<br />

offenders is dangerous for<br />

both police officers and suspects.<br />

The level of dangerousness<br />

immediately decreases in<br />

exact proportion to the increased<br />

cooperation of suspects.<br />

The actions of police officers<br />

are often taken in response to<br />

the level of resistance that they<br />

face. Since police officers sometimes<br />

make tactical errors or<br />

misjudge obstacles in real time<br />

dynamic situations - the odds of<br />

a negative outcome increase the<br />

more brazen the selfish criminality.<br />

SAMUEL STERLING<br />

WHAT HAPPENED<br />

Samuel Sterling was an aspiring<br />

rapper. He was also a<br />

convicted violent felon that had<br />

absconded from probation. Both<br />

the feds and local police were<br />

looking for him.<br />

On April 17, 2024 Michigan State<br />

Police officers located Mr. Sterling<br />

in a parking lot in Kentwood,<br />

Michigan.<br />

The officers attempted to arrest<br />

Mr. Sterling and he fled on<br />

foot instead of cooperating like a<br />

decent person. Officers engaged<br />

in a pursuit and issued commands<br />

for Mr. Sterling to “stop”<br />

and also provided a warning that<br />

he would be “tased” if he did not<br />

cease fleeing.<br />

Mr. Sterling ran towards a<br />

Burger King restaurant and it was<br />

26 The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>June</strong> ‘24<br />

there that the foot pursuit came<br />

to an end, and with it, Mr. Sterling’s<br />

life.<br />

USE OF FORCE<br />

In conjunction with officers<br />

pursuing Mr. Sterling on foot -<br />

an unmarked/undercover police<br />

SUV (that was driven by a State<br />

Police Sergeant) was following/<br />

paralleling Mr. Sterling. As Mr.<br />

Sterling approached the entrance<br />

to the Burger King - the<br />

SUV collided with Mr. Sterling<br />

and pinned him between the<br />

vehicle and the building.<br />

Officers rendered air and called<br />

for rescue to the scene, but Mr.<br />

Sterling sustained a fatal injury.<br />

USE OF FORCE CONSIDER-<br />

ATIONS<br />

Utilizing a moving police vehicle<br />

to stop a suspect from<br />

running would be classified as<br />

deadly force.<br />

A police officer is only justified<br />

in using deadly force if there was<br />

a reasonable belief that the suspect<br />

posed an imminent threat<br />

of death of great bodily injury to<br />

the officer or another.<br />

A police officer cannot “crash”<br />

into a suspect only because they<br />

are fleeing.<br />

If a police officer could articulate<br />

a reasonable belief that a<br />

suspect fleeing was “armed and<br />

dangerous” and posed a danger<br />

to a specific victim and the only<br />

way to stop the threat was with<br />

deadly force - then it is possible<br />

that using a vehicle as a deadly<br />

force option would be objectively<br />

reasonable.<br />

USE OF FORCE ANALYSIS<br />

There is no evidence that Mr.<br />

Sterling was armed, dangerous,<br />

or posed an imminent danger to<br />

anyone.<br />

It appears that Mr. Sterling was<br />

running away from police officers.<br />

The intent of Mr. Sterling<br />

was to evade police. There is<br />

no evidence to suggest that Mr.<br />

Sterling held the intent or pos-


sessed the ability to harm others.<br />

Therefore, this was not a reasonable<br />

use of deadly force. This<br />

is obvious. The more interesting<br />

question is whether or not this<br />

was intentional or accidental.<br />

Did the police Sergeant intentionally<br />

crash into Mr. Sterling as<br />

he was running?<br />

Did the police Sergeant attempt<br />

to “cut off” Mr. Sterling<br />

so that he could not enter the<br />

restaurant and he misjudged that<br />

maneuver?<br />

Did the vehicle slide on the wet<br />

pavement as the Sergeant tried<br />

to stop?<br />

Absent relevant information<br />

that has not been made public -<br />

an intentional use of the vehicle<br />

to stop Mr. Sterling would not be<br />

reasonable.<br />

THE AFTERMATH<br />

The Michigan State Police have<br />

placed the Sergeant on unpaid<br />

leave - while the Michigan Attorney<br />

General’s Office determines<br />

if charges will be filed. The “unpaid”<br />

portion of this is abnormal<br />

and provides some insight on<br />

what the State Police brass think<br />

about this case.<br />

Michigan Governor Gretchen<br />

Whitmer has called the death<br />

“unacceptable” and stated, “In<br />

light of video footage showing<br />

a departure from MSP protocols<br />

and the high standards of the<br />

department, my expectation is<br />

the State of Michigan will take<br />

steps to terminate the trooper’s<br />

employment if criminal charges<br />

are issued.’<br />

The attorney for Mr. Sterling’s<br />

family has stated that he expects<br />

the Sergeant to be prosecuted.<br />

An attorney representing the<br />

Sergeant stated that he is “heartbroken”<br />

and “wants the family to<br />

know that he had no intention of<br />

purposely harming Mr. Sterling.”<br />

NEW RULE<br />

(JUST A PROPOSAL)<br />

If a suspect flees, resists arrest,<br />

fight with police, etc…<br />

And that results in death or<br />

injury of the suspect.<br />

If the police officer is subsequently<br />

convicted of a crime in<br />

the case.<br />

The sentence for the officer<br />

should AT MINIMUM be cut in<br />

half - as the illegal actions of<br />

the suspect were the proximate<br />

cause.<br />

FINAL THOUGHTS<br />

In the light most favorable to<br />

the Sergeant, his actions were<br />

negligent. In the light being<br />

painted by anti-police activists,<br />

his actions were reckless and<br />

intentional.<br />

It is clear that the Sergeant did<br />

not intend to use deadly force to<br />

stop Mr. Sterling from running.<br />

It is also not clear why the Sergeant<br />

was the lead vehicle - instead<br />

of directing resources and<br />

operating as a scene manager.<br />

It is simple to say that this all<br />

could have been avoided if Mr.<br />

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Sterling had “ just cooperated”.<br />

This is a very simply way to view<br />

this case, but it also true.<br />

However, police operate in a<br />

world where suspects do not<br />

always cooperate and there are<br />

policies and equipment designed<br />

to assist and guide police<br />

in these scenarios. The Police<br />

Sergeant on scene has a primary<br />

duty to ensure that these<br />

protocols are followed. That did<br />

not happen in this case and the<br />

result was that a young man was<br />

killed and a police supervisor<br />

will likely forfeit his career and<br />

possibly his freedom.<br />

Since the blame for the tragic<br />

results should be split between<br />

Mr. Sterling and the Sergeant -<br />

the best we can hope for is that<br />

the Sergeant is prosecuted and<br />

sentenced like Kim Potter - and<br />

not like Derek Chauvin.<br />

Fleeing from police officers<br />

is incredibly dangerous and<br />

greatly increases the odds that a<br />

suspect will be harmed. Police<br />

officers cannot force suspects to<br />

be reasonable or decent. So, for<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

SANTAQUIN, UT.<br />

Santaquin Police Sergeant Bill Hooser was struck and killed by the<br />

driver of a semi that was feeling from police.<br />

By Joanna Putman<br />

Police1<br />

30 The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>June</strong> ‘24<br />

SANTAQUIN, UT. — The Utah<br />

officer killed when he was<br />

rammed by a trucker fleeing a<br />

traffic stop has been identified<br />

as Sgt. Bill Hooser of the Santaquin<br />

Police Department, KUTV<br />

reported.<br />

Sgt. Hooser was killed on May<br />

5 when Michael Aaron Jayne,<br />

driving a stolen semi-truck,<br />

struck him during a traffic stop,<br />

according to the report. The<br />

incident unfolded as Hooser and<br />

a Utah Highway Patrol trooper<br />

investigated a report of a person<br />

on the back of the semi.<br />

“Bill started his law enforcement<br />

career journey as a volunteer;<br />

it was a decision he made.<br />

He wanted to and it’s something<br />

he loved to do,” said Michael<br />

Hooser, Sgt. Hooser’s brother,<br />

during an emotional conference.<br />

He described Sgt. Hooser’s dedication<br />

to his job and his profound<br />

impact on the community.<br />

The community and law<br />

enforcement family expressed<br />

deep sorrow and support for<br />

Hooser’s family, who are mourning<br />

the “senseless loss” of a<br />

husband, father and grandfather<br />

who died “doing the job he<br />

loved.”<br />

“He was a top-notch officer. It’s<br />

going to be hard to replace him,”<br />

Santaquin Police Chief Rodney<br />

Hurst said.<br />

Throughout Hooser’s seven-year<br />

tenure with the police<br />

department, Hooser served in a<br />

variety of roles including doing<br />

detective work. While investigating<br />

cases of child abuse in the<br />

Santaquin area, he worked with<br />

the Children’s Justice Center in<br />

Provo and was involved in the<br />

forensic interview process.<br />

Crystal Thorne, a forensic<br />

interview specialist at the CJC,<br />

said through her interactions<br />

with Hooser she learned he was<br />

a detailed investigator who<br />

always was sensitive to families<br />

and children navigating a traumatic<br />

situation. “So like the families<br />

that came in, the children<br />

that came in, he just met them<br />

where they were at,” she said.<br />

“He was very trauma-informed<br />

in that regard.”<br />

Hooser has been described<br />

by his peers as an officer who<br />

operated “by the book.” Thorne<br />

echoed that by saying he was<br />

extremely thorough in all of his<br />

investigations of child abuse.<br />

SGT. BILL HOOSER<br />

“He would always be willing<br />

to ask questions or willing to<br />

provide experiences that he’s had<br />

as part of the training. So he was<br />

always wanting to learn and do<br />

better to further help his community<br />

he served,” Thorne said.<br />

The suspect has a history of<br />

similar offenses, including a conviction<br />

of attempted assault in<br />

the first degree when he tried to<br />

run over an Oregon State Police<br />

trooper in 2009.<br />

Jayne was also charged with<br />

one count of attempted aggravated<br />

murder connected to the<br />

2009 incident, but he was not<br />

convicted, KUTV reports.


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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

EUCLID, OH.<br />

Euclid Police Officer Jacob Derbin was shot and killed while<br />

responding to a family disturbance call.<br />

EUCLID, OH. - Newly-released<br />

body camera footage sets the scene<br />

for the ambush killing of Euclid<br />

Police Department Officer Jacob<br />

Derbin, who warned other officers<br />

of danger while being shot, FOX 8<br />

reported.<br />

The May 11 incident occurred<br />

when Derbin and two other officers<br />

responded to a woman’s plea<br />

for help regarding threats from an<br />

ex-lover.<br />

Body camera videos showed the<br />

woman expressing her fear to the<br />

officers, saying, “I don’t feel safe<br />

standing right here and he shot my<br />

brother. He is texting that he is going<br />

to shoot me and my mother.”<br />

During the response, Derbin went<br />

to the backyard to search for the<br />

suspect when he was ambushed<br />

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

Despite his injuries, Derbin managed<br />

to warn his fellow officers<br />

about the suspect’s location, an act<br />

that Euclid Police Chief Scott Meyer<br />

described as the “total work of a<br />

hero.”<br />

Days earlier, the suspect involved<br />

in the shooting had been accused of<br />

shooting the woman’s brother and<br />

had outstanding warrants for a series<br />

of crimes and parole violations,<br />

according to the report. Following<br />

the incident, a standoff with police<br />

ensued, ending when the suspect<br />

took his own life, as confirmed by<br />

the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner.<br />

32 The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>June</strong> ‘24<br />

OFFICER JACOB DERBIN<br />

The community and the Euclid<br />

Police Department mourn the loss<br />

of Derbin, who came from a family<br />

deeply rooted in law enforcement,<br />

according to the report.<br />

“I am absolutely devastated by<br />

the loss of our officer,” Meyer said.<br />

“Officer Jacob Derbin is a hero. He<br />

did everything right.”<br />

Derbin, is being remembered by<br />

those who knew him for his enormous<br />

smile and great attitude.<br />

Euclid Police Chief Scott Meyer<br />

said Derbin has served Euclid residents<br />

since July of 2023 with “dedication,<br />

honor and professionalism.<br />

His kind heart and enormous smile<br />

were infectious. He will be missed<br />

by all who know him.”<br />

Derbin is a veteran who served in<br />

the Army Reserves. He served a tour<br />

of duty in Kuwait. After serving in<br />

the military, he graduated from the<br />

Kent Police Academy.<br />

“He loved public service,” Meyer<br />

said. “This is somebody who’s still<br />

in the army reserves, who’s served<br />

his country. Public service meant<br />

everything to him.”<br />

Meyer said Derbin was tactically<br />

sound and also a “gentle giant.”<br />

Derbin’s father is also a police officer<br />

for the city of Euclid, according<br />

to the chief.<br />

“He was a kind of happy-go-lucky<br />

kind of a guy,” Meyer said. “He just<br />

loved public service and loved being<br />

here. He was that rare find, and I’m<br />

devastated, and his family is obviously<br />

devastated.”<br />

He was engaged to Liv Wuebker<br />

and was supposed to get married<br />

in July.<br />

According to a statement from St.<br />

Augustine Church in Minster, Ohio,<br />

they met as opposing teams at a<br />

state football game when he was<br />

a senior at Cuyahoga Heights High<br />

School and she was a junior on the<br />

Minster cheerleading squad.<br />

“They talked, dated, and eventually<br />

engaged a year ago today.”<br />

“Jacob had a strong faith and desire<br />

to have a full Catholic Mass to<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

BOLO<br />

The escaped inmates were identified from left to right as Omarion Hookfin,<br />

Avery Guidry, Jamarcus Cyprian, and Travon Johnson.<br />

TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA. – Law enforcement officials in Louisiana are looking for<br />

four inmates who escaped from jail Sunday evening and are considered to be dangerous,<br />

authorities confirmed.<br />

Four inmates escaped through the perimeter fence of the Tangipahoa Parish Jail<br />

during recreation time in the jail yard, according to Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel<br />

Edwards.<br />

The escapees have been identified as Jamarcus Cyprian, 20, Travon Johnson, 21,<br />

Omarion Hookfin, 19, and Avery Guidry, 19, Fox News Digital reported.<br />

The sheriff’s office said a section of the fence that was vulnerable had been maneuvered<br />

in a way that allowed the inmates to squeeze through and escape.<br />

The jailbreak is concerning since Johnson, Hookfin and Guidry were in custody for<br />

a 2022 homicide in Hammond, Louisiana. Cyprian was in custody for armed robbery<br />

and weapon charges.<br />

Moreover, Hoofkin had an additional charge of aggravated battery that occurred<br />

while he was incarcerated in Catahoula Parish.<br />

Authorities are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of the escaped<br />

inmates to contact 911.<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

UVALDE, TX.<br />

Families of Uvalde school shooting victims are suing Texas state<br />

police over delayed response.<br />

By Acacia Coronado and Jim<br />

Vertuno, Associated Press<br />

AUSTIN, TX. — The families of<br />

19 of the victims in the Uvalde<br />

elementary school shooting in<br />

Texas on Wednesday announced<br />

a lawsuit against nearly 100<br />

state police officers who were<br />

part of the botched law enforcement<br />

response.<br />

The families said in a statement<br />

that they also agreed to a<br />

$2 million settlement with the<br />

city, under which city leaders<br />

promised higher standards and<br />

better training for local police.<br />

The announcement came two<br />

days before the two-year anniversary<br />

of one of the deadliest<br />

school shootings in U.S. history.<br />

Nineteen fourth-graders and<br />

two teachers were killed on May<br />

24, 2022, when a teenage gunman<br />

burst into their classroom<br />

at Robb Elementary School and<br />

began shooting.<br />

The lawsuit is the latest of several<br />

seeking accountability for<br />

the law enforcement response.<br />

More than 370 federal, state and<br />

local officers converged on the<br />

scene, but they waited more<br />

than 70 minutes before confronting<br />

the shooter.<br />

It is the first lawsuit to come<br />

36 The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>June</strong> ‘24<br />

after a 600-page Justice Department<br />

report was released in<br />

January that cataloged “cascading<br />

failures” in training, communication,<br />

leadership and technology<br />

problems that day.<br />

The lawsuit notes state troopers<br />

did not follow their active<br />

shooter training and responsibility<br />

to confront the shooter, even<br />

as the students and teachers<br />

inside were following their own<br />

lockdown protocols of turning<br />

off lights, locking doors and<br />

staying silent.<br />

“The protocols trap teachers<br />

and students inside, leaving<br />

them fully reliant on law enforcement<br />

to respond quickly<br />

and effectively,” the families and<br />

their attorneys said in a statement.<br />

Terrified students inside the<br />

classroom called 911 as agonized<br />

parents begged officers, some<br />

of whom could hear shots being<br />

fired while they stood in a hallway,<br />

to go in. A tactical team of<br />

officers eventually went into the<br />

classroom and killed the shooter.<br />

“Law-enforcement’s inaction<br />

that day was a complete and<br />

absolute betrayal of these fam-


ilies and the sons, daughters<br />

and mothers they lost,” said Erin<br />

Rogiers, one of the attorneys<br />

for the families. “TXDPS had the<br />

resources, training and firepower<br />

to respond appropriately, and<br />

they ignored all of it and failed<br />

on every level. These families<br />

have not only the right but also<br />

the responsibility to demand<br />

justice.”<br />

A criminal investigation into<br />

the police response by Uvalde<br />

District Attorney Christina Mitchell’s<br />

office remains ongoing. A<br />

grand jury was summoned this<br />

year, and some law enforcement<br />

officials have already been<br />

called to testify.<br />

The lawsuit against 92 Texas<br />

Department of Public Safety officials<br />

and troopers also names<br />

the Uvalde School District,<br />

former Robb Elementary Principal<br />

Mandy Gutierrez and former<br />

Uvalde schools police Chief Peter<br />

Arredondo as defendants.<br />

Another lawsuit filed in December<br />

2022 against local and<br />

state police, the city, and other<br />

school and law enforcement,<br />

seeks at least $27 billion and<br />

class-action status for survivors.<br />

And at least two other lawsuits<br />

have been filed against Georgia-based<br />

gun manufacturer<br />

Daniel Defense, which made the<br />

AR-style rifle used by the gunman.<br />

The settlement with the city<br />

was capped at $2 million because<br />

the families said they<br />

didn’t want to bankrupt the city<br />

where they still live and to allow<br />

the community to continue to<br />

heal. The settlement will be<br />

paid from city’s insurance coverage.<br />

Under the settlement, the city<br />

agreed to a new “fitness for<br />

duty” standard and enhanced<br />

training for Uvalde police officers.<br />

It also establishes May 24<br />

as an annual day of remembrance,<br />

a permanent memorial<br />

in the city plaza, and support for<br />

mental health services for the<br />

families and the greater Uvalde<br />

area.<br />

Another report commissioned<br />

by the city also noted rippling<br />

missteps by law enforcement<br />

but defended the actions of local<br />

police, which sparked anger<br />

from victims’ families.<br />

“For two long years, we have<br />

languished in pain and without<br />

any accountability from the law<br />

enforcement agencies and officers<br />

who allowed our families to<br />

be destroyed that day,” said Veronica<br />

Luevanos, whose daughter<br />

Jailah and nephew Jayce were<br />

killed. “This settlement reflects a<br />

first good faith effort, particularly<br />

by the City of Uvalde, to begin<br />

rebuilding trust in the systems<br />

that failed to protect us.”<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

LOS ANGELES, CA.<br />

LAPD officer injured when she was ejected from patrol car after it was stolen.<br />

By Melody Gutierrez<br />

Los Angeles Times<br />

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles<br />

police officer was injured early<br />

Sunday morning after a man<br />

stole her patrol vehicle while<br />

she was inside it and then was<br />

later ejected from the cruiser.<br />

The unnamed officer had been<br />

working a security detail at 12th<br />

and Figueroa streets around<br />

3:30 a.m. when a man approached<br />

her vehicle and managed<br />

to get inside, according to<br />

the department.<br />

“The suspect drove off with the<br />

police vehicle and at some point<br />

the officer was ejected from<br />

the vehicle,” according to the<br />

department’s summary of the<br />

incident, which was posted on<br />

the social media platform X.<br />

The suspect drove the vehicle<br />

north of Figueroa and was in<br />

a collision before leaving that<br />

scene and crashing on 7th and<br />

Figueroa streets. Photos of the<br />

scene posted by KTLA-TV show<br />

the police SUV crashed into a<br />

pole, its front end severely damaged<br />

as an overturned bike and<br />

scooters lay amid debris on a<br />

sidewalk. Police said the suspect<br />

got out of the patrol vehicle and<br />

attempted to flee, but was apprehended.<br />

The officer was transported to<br />

a hospital with non-life threatening<br />

injuries and was listed in<br />

stable condition. The suspect<br />

was evaluated at the scene and<br />

“cleared to be transported to the<br />

station for arrest processing,” the<br />

department summary said.<br />

This story originally appeared<br />

in Los Angeles Times.<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

LOUISVILLE, KY.<br />

PGA championship golfer accused of ignoring cop directing<br />

traffic, dragging him on median.<br />

By Peter Sblendorio<br />

New York Daily News<br />

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Scottie Scheffler,<br />

the world’s top-ranked golfer,<br />

was arrested and reportedly hit<br />

with multiple charges, including<br />

second-degree assault of a police<br />

officer, after an incident early Friday<br />

outside of the PGA Championship.<br />

The chaos unfolded when Scheffler<br />

allegedly attempted to drive<br />

around the scene of a crash near<br />

the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville,<br />

Ky., according to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington,<br />

who witnessed the situation.<br />

Scheffler allegedly drove onto a<br />

median and, upon being told by a<br />

police officer to stop, continued<br />

to drive another 10 or 20 yards,<br />

ESPN reported. Speaking on ESPN’s<br />

“SportsCenter,” Darlington said an<br />

officer attached himself to the car,<br />

and that Scheffler drove another 10<br />

yards before stopping.<br />

The 27-year-old Scheffler reportedly<br />

then rolled down his window,<br />

and the officer attempted to pull<br />

him out of the car. Upon Scheffler<br />

opening the car door, the officer<br />

pulled him out of the vehicle and<br />

handcuffed him.<br />

Scheffler saw Darlington and<br />

asked him for help as he was being<br />

detained, according to the reporter.<br />

“He very clearly did not know<br />

what was happening in the situation,”<br />

Darlington said. “It moved<br />

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very<br />

quickly,<br />

very rapidly,<br />

very<br />

aggressively.”<br />

Scheffler<br />

was<br />

booked at<br />

a Louisville<br />

Metro Police<br />

Department<br />

jail at 7:28<br />

a.m., online inmate records show.<br />

His other charges include<br />

third-degree criminal mischief,<br />

reckless driving, and disregarding<br />

traffic signals from an officer<br />

directing traffic, according to the<br />

Louisville TV station WAVE.<br />

A pedestrian was hit and killed<br />

by a shuttle bus outside of Valhalla<br />

Golf Club around 5 a.m. Friday,<br />

police told ESPN, delaying the start<br />

of the second round of the tournament.<br />

The Louisville Metro Police Department<br />

hosted a press conference<br />

to discuss the arrest of PGA golfer<br />

Scottie Scheffler and to release<br />

videos of the incident, a livestream<br />

from the Courier-Journal shows.<br />

LMPD Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel<br />

began by expressing condolences<br />

to the family of John Mills,<br />

who was killed while working the<br />

PGA Championship on May 17. He<br />

was struck by a shuttle bus, according<br />

to the news conference.<br />

“By all accounts, we have learned<br />

that Mr. Mills was known for his<br />

kindness and dedication to our<br />

community,” Gwinn-Villaroel said.<br />

Gwinn-Villaroel then discussed<br />

the failure of the detective involved<br />

in the incident to turn on his body<br />

camera. She stated that the officer<br />

violated policy by not having his<br />

camera in a state of “operational<br />

readiness,” and that “corrective<br />

action” was taken following the<br />

incident.<br />

“I also want to take a moment to<br />

thank all law enforcement officials<br />

around the nation for the work<br />

that you do every day, and I’m truly<br />

grateful for LMPD’s dedication to<br />

keeping this community safe here in<br />

Louisville.”<br />

UPDATE: JUDGE DISMISSED ALL<br />

CHARGES ON MAY 29, <strong>2024.</strong>


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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

MAR-a-LAGO, FL.<br />

Biden’s DOJ Authorized ‘Lethal Force’ Against President Trump in<br />

Mar-a-Lago Raid.<br />

By Jim Piwowarczyk & Jessica<br />

McBride<br />

President Joe Biden’s Department<br />

of Justice authorized the<br />

FBI to use “lethal force” against<br />

his top political rival, President<br />

Donald Trump, in the Mar-a-Lago<br />

documents raid.<br />

That’s according to a court<br />

filing by Trump’s attorneys Todd<br />

Blanche and Christopher M. Kise.<br />

The court document, which is<br />

arguing to suppress evidence<br />

seized in the “unconstitutional”<br />

raid, says “the Mar-a-Lago raid<br />

was executed in an egregious<br />

fashion and in bad faith.” The<br />

motion contains the revelation<br />

about lethal force, which they<br />

learned through an “Operations<br />

Order” produced in discovery.<br />

The order contained a “Policy<br />

Statement” regarding “Use Of<br />

Deadly Force,” the motion says.<br />

That policy statement stated,<br />

for example, “‘Law enforcement<br />

officers of the Department of<br />

Justice may use deadly force<br />

when necessary . . . .” Id. at USA-<br />

01285183. The agents planned to<br />

bring ‘Standard Issue Weapon[s],’<br />

‘Ammo,’ ‘Handcuffs,’ and ‘medium<br />

and large sized bolt cutters,’<br />

but they were instructed to<br />

wear ‘unmarked polo or collared<br />

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shirts’ and to keep ‘law enforcement<br />

equipment concealed.’”<br />

The FBI did not deny the claim.<br />

“The FBI followed standard<br />

protocol in this search as we do<br />

for all search warrants, which<br />

includes a standard policy statement<br />

limiting the use of deadly<br />

force. No one ordered additional<br />

steps to be taken and there was<br />

no departure from the norm in<br />

this matter,” the FBI told Fox<br />

News in a statement Tuesday.<br />

CNN, predictably, tried to<br />

soft-pedal the angle, burying<br />

it in a lengthy story and writing<br />

that the order “also includes<br />

boilerplate language from the<br />

Justice Department manual<br />

about use of force, including the<br />

limited circumstances in which<br />

agents are authorized to use<br />

deadly force.”<br />

Of course, a raid targeting the<br />

home of a former president is<br />

anything but boilerplate.<br />

The motion says there was no<br />

basis “for the FBI to bring firearms<br />

into Mar-a-Lago. There<br />

were no threats and no risk to<br />

agents’ safety arising from their<br />

allegations relating to possession<br />

of documents at a premises<br />

already guarded by the Secret<br />

Service.” The motion adds that<br />

the agents “improperly seized<br />

passports, medical documents,<br />

correspondence related to taxes,<br />

and accounting information.”<br />

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a “roving and highly inappropriate<br />

search” that involved searching<br />

former First Lady Melania<br />

Trump’s master bedroom suite<br />

and the bedroom of Trump’s son,<br />

Barron. They did not find any<br />

documents there.<br />

Trump is seeking to suppress<br />

evidence because he says the<br />

raid of Mar-a-Lago is “unconstitutional.”<br />

He also argues that<br />

there was a “subsequent unlawful<br />

violation” of his “attorney-client<br />

privilege by the Special<br />

Counsel’s Office.”<br />

Trump’s motion says:<br />

On Aug. 8, 2022, “armed FBI<br />

agents stormed the private residence<br />

of a former president of<br />

the United States.”<br />

The motion notes that in August<br />

2022, the FBI did not believe<br />

it was necessary to raid Mar-a-<br />

Lago.<br />

Steven D’Antuono, the Assistant<br />

Director in charge of the<br />

FBI’s Washington Field Office,<br />

had said the FBI’s preference in<br />

“dealing with cases like this” was<br />

to seek consent, the motion says.<br />

He took that position in emails<br />

that have not been produced,<br />

according to the motion.<br />

However, in a meeting between<br />

the FBI and DOJ, Deputy Assistant<br />

Attorney General George Toscas<br />

said, “he frankly doesn’t give a<br />

damn about the optics” of the<br />

raid, the motion says. Attorney<br />

General Garland personally approved<br />

the raid, it adds.<br />

An affidavit for a search warrant<br />

contained inaccuracies,<br />

saying the investigation began as<br />

a result of a referral from NARA<br />

on Feb. 9, 2022, and the FBI then<br />

opened a criminal investigation,<br />

the motion says.<br />

An agent misled the magistrate<br />

judge to obtain the warrant, and<br />

the warrant lacked the particularity<br />

required by the Fourth<br />

Amendment, Trump’s lawyers<br />

say.<br />

“First, Agent failed to disclose<br />

that the FBI had taken the position—in<br />

writing, apparently—that<br />

it was not necessary to execute<br />

a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago.<br />

D’Antuono’s preference was<br />

consistent with DOJ’s handling of<br />

the investigation of Hillary Clinton<br />

where, despite the evidence<br />

of extensive evidence deletion,<br />

‘the prosecutors sought to obtain<br />

digital and documentary<br />

evidence by consent whenever<br />

possible,’” the documents say.<br />

“Second, Agent failed to disclose<br />

that presidents are not required<br />

to obtain clearances and<br />

that sensitive briefings including<br />

classified information had been<br />

provided to President Trump at<br />

Mar-a-Lago and other residences<br />

before and during his presidency,”<br />

it notes. The name of the<br />

agent was redacted.<br />

“Third, Agent suggested that<br />

the FBI had only initiated its investigation<br />

after the sham referral<br />

from NARA-OIG on February<br />

9, 2022,” the motion continues.<br />

“Fourth, Agent included in the<br />

affidavit the definition of ‘Presidential<br />

Records’ from the Presidential<br />

Records Act (“PRA”) but<br />

omitted the definition of ‘personal<br />

records,’ 44 U.S.C. § 2201(3),<br />

and the caselaw conferring on<br />

President Trump alone the discretion<br />

to designate documents<br />

as Personal Records,” the lawyers<br />

wrote.<br />

“The warrant at issue lacked the<br />

particularity required by the Fourth<br />

Amendment. Mar-a-Lago is an<br />

enormous property, and Agent did<br />

not establish a basis for rummaging<br />

through the majority of its rooms.<br />

In the affidavit, Agent described the<br />

property as a ’17-acre estate,’ which<br />

includes a ‘mansion with approximately<br />

58 bedrooms’ and ’33 bathrooms,’”<br />

the motion says.<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

HOUSTON, TX.<br />

New email in HPD dropped cases scandal was ‘final<br />

straw’ for Chief Finner, Mayor Whitmire said.<br />

By Yilun Cheng, Dylan McGuinness,<br />

After months of controversy<br />

surrounding the Houston Police<br />

Department’s practice of suspending<br />

cases due to short staffing,<br />

the revelation Tuesday that<br />

Chief Troy Finner was on an email<br />

discussing one such case in 2018<br />

was the “final straw”, Mayor John<br />

Whitmire said.<br />

Since February, the police department<br />

has been investigating<br />

its own practice of closing some<br />

264,000 cases in the last eight<br />

years due to lack of personnel”<br />

code. When Finner announced the<br />

investigation, he said he did not<br />

learn of the practice until 2021,<br />

and he thought he put a stop to it<br />

then.<br />

TV news stations reported late<br />

Tuesday morning that Finner was<br />

included on a 2018 email discussing<br />

a road rage incident that<br />

was suspended due to a lack of<br />

personnel – despite investigative<br />

leads, such as a license plate<br />

number and a witness.<br />

Finner, responding to the email<br />

then, said it was “unacceptable,”<br />

but the revelation that he<br />

may have known about the code<br />

earlier than he suggested proved<br />

damning. Finner said on X, formerly<br />

known as Twitter, that he<br />

46 The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>June</strong> ‘24<br />

could not recall the email until he<br />

saw it Tuesday.<br />

Even though the message said<br />

“suspended – lack of personnel,”<br />

Finner suggested he did not<br />

realize at the time there was an<br />

actual code to suspend cases for<br />

that reason. When discussing the<br />

development with news reporters<br />

Tuesday afternoon, he gave no<br />

indication he would step down.<br />

Whitmire left a City Council<br />

meeting that afternoon to determine<br />

the best path forward. The<br />

mayor said he and Finner had a<br />

dialogue that ended with the chief<br />

making the decision to retire on<br />

his own, and the mayor making<br />

the “tough decision” to accept. The<br />

mayor denied either asking Finner<br />

or offering him the option to<br />

resign.<br />

“It was the final straw. I think<br />

that can certainly be an honest<br />

statement,” Whitmire said of the<br />

2018 emails. “I was sick when I<br />

saw the recent email, but I don’t<br />

have time to be sick. I have to protect<br />

this city and lead, and it can’t<br />

be driven by personality. Chief<br />

Finner is a friend, and it was very<br />

painful to see someone retire in<br />

the middle of their assignment.”<br />

Whitmire said the most important<br />

factor in the shakeup was the<br />

effect the ongoing controversy has<br />

had on rank-and-file officers.<br />

“It had become… disruptive to<br />

the department,” Whitmire said.<br />

“I talked to many officers at every<br />

level of the department; this had<br />

become the dominant focus of so<br />

much of HPD’s staff.”<br />

During Wednesday’s City Council<br />

discussions about efforts to<br />

combat hot spots of criminal<br />

activities, Whitmire said HPD’s<br />

investigation into suspended cases,<br />

which the email concerning<br />

Finner has recently complicated,<br />

continues to get in the way of the<br />

department focusing on its main<br />

duty – fighting crime.<br />

“Part of the consideration is that<br />

the current investigation and suspended<br />

cases had become such a<br />

distraction that I was convinced<br />

that the department had lost<br />

some of its focus to address hot<br />

spots and response time,” Whitmire<br />

said.<br />

The department announced<br />

last week that it had finished the<br />

internal investigation and would<br />

release its findings soon.<br />

However, a new letter involving<br />

Executive Assistant Chief Chandra<br />

Hatcher forced the department<br />

to reopen the investigation last<br />

week, Whitmire said. KPRC reported<br />

that Hatcher, a member<br />

of Finner’s inner circle, initially<br />

requested the department launch<br />

its investigation, citing informa-


tion from a command meeting she<br />

said she attended in 2021. Documents<br />

obtained by the station<br />

raised doubt that Hatcher was at<br />

that meeting.<br />

Whitmire said the Hatcher letter<br />

and the Finner email, taken together,<br />

created major setbacks for<br />

the department that eventually led<br />

to Finner’s retirement.<br />

Whitmire initially promised to<br />

keep Finner on during his mayoral<br />

campaign last year. He said<br />

Wednesday it is common practice<br />

for new mayors to select their<br />

own police and fire chiefs. However,<br />

he decided not to do so due to<br />

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The mayor emphasized his<br />

support for Finner several times<br />

Wednesday, saying the outgoing<br />

police chief was a frequent visitor<br />

at the mayor’s breakfast table,<br />

and as recently as Saturday they<br />

toured flooding in Kingwood before<br />

casting votes together.<br />

“You don’t just talk business, you<br />

talk family, you talk gentleman to<br />

gentleman,” Whitmire said. “This<br />

is not about personality. He’s a<br />

human being. He has feelings. He<br />

has a family. Everything was taken<br />

into consideration.”<br />

Whitmire has appointed Larry<br />

Satterwhite, formerly executive<br />

assistant chief, as the department’s<br />

acting chief as the administration<br />

launches a search for<br />

a permanent replacement. The<br />

mayor said the transition has been<br />

a smooth one, as Satterwhite<br />

would already fill in as acting<br />

chief whenever Finner was away.<br />

“Chief Satterwhite is an outstanding<br />

public servant,” the mayor<br />

said. “The department’s morale,<br />

I believe, will improve when we<br />

get HPD off the front page and<br />

out of the news and back to crime<br />

fighting.<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

NEW YORK CITY, NY.<br />

NYPD to start Drone as First Responder program, allowing UAVs to respond<br />

to scenes of shootings. Patrol officers will be able to watch live video feeds<br />

from drones dispatched to crime scenes by a gunshot detection system.<br />

By Thomas Tracy<br />

New York Daily News<br />

48 The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>June</strong> ‘24<br />

NEW YORK — Drones will soon<br />

be accompanying cops on shooting<br />

investigations and other 911<br />

calls throughout the city, NYPD<br />

officials said.<br />

A new Drone as First Responder<br />

pilot program will be in effect<br />

in coming months, beginning<br />

with five NYPD police precincts,<br />

NYPD Deputy Commissioner of<br />

Operations Kaz Daughtry announced<br />

at a hearing before the<br />

House Committee on Homeland<br />

Security.<br />

“The plan, to be rolled out in<br />

the coming months, is to deploy<br />

these drones in response<br />

to certain 911 calls for service,”<br />

Daughtry told the committee.<br />

Three of the precincts participating<br />

in the program are in<br />

Brooklyn, Daughtry said. A fourth<br />

is in the Bronx and the fifth covers<br />

Central Park. The precincts<br />

were chosen “based on recent<br />

crime trends,” he explained.<br />

The roofs of the precinct station<br />

houses will be retrofitted<br />

to support two drone platforms.<br />

While the drones will be departing<br />

and landing from the station<br />

rooftop, the pilot will be stationed<br />

at the NYPD Joint Operations<br />

Center at police headquarters<br />

in lower Manhattan and will<br />

be sending video and telemetry<br />

to cops in the field, Daughtry<br />

said.<br />

The drones are expected to<br />

be deployed to shootings in<br />

their precincts and respond to<br />

ShotSpotter alerts from a ring<br />

of microphones in the area<br />

designed to detect gunfire, the<br />

NYPD said.<br />

ShotSpotter gunshot detection<br />

system,” an NYPD spokesman<br />

said. “Police officers already<br />

receive ShotSpotter alerts as<br />

they do other assignments: over<br />

their police radios and on their<br />

NYPD-issued smartphones, with<br />

information that includes the<br />

time and location of the gunfire.<br />

The system will now additionally<br />

send the longitude and latitude<br />

of gunfire to [the drones].”<br />

Drone pilots will then fly over<br />

to the shooting location “prior to<br />

the officers’ arrival on the scene,”<br />

the spokesman said.<br />

“Officers will see what the<br />

drone sees in real time via their<br />

smartphones,” the spokesman<br />

said.<br />

“The information provided by<br />

DFR will be shared with responding<br />

officers,” Daughtry told<br />

the committee. “[It] will enhance<br />

officers’ situational awareness<br />

as they arrive on scene, promote<br />

officer safety, and help us deploy<br />

resources more effectively.”<br />

The NYPD currently has 85<br />

drones. The remote fliers are<br />

traditionally used to cover major<br />

events, such as the New Year’s<br />

Eve ball drop in Times Square,<br />

large protests, and major police<br />

deployments. The drones have<br />

also been called into service to<br />

check on the structural stability<br />

of buildings and bridges after<br />

accidents, Daughtry said. Drones<br />

have also been utilized to pa-


trol above-ground train lines to<br />

watch out for subway surfers.<br />

Drone use by the NYPD jumped<br />

more than <strong>40</strong>0% last year from<br />

2022, but Daughtry said they<br />

can’t be used for “warrantless<br />

surveillance” as well as “traffic<br />

enforcement or immobilizing<br />

vehicles of suspects.”<br />

The drones can’t be used on<br />

routine patrols either, although it<br />

was not clear how the new pilot<br />

program will affect that rule.<br />

Critics have blasted the department’s<br />

use of drones, claiming<br />

the remote eyes in the sky<br />

was a “dystopian technology”<br />

that tramples on residents’ civil<br />

rights.<br />

Last year, a plan to fly drones<br />

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around Labor Day, a Caribbean-inspired<br />

celebration which<br />

has been a source of violent<br />

clashes in the past, was shot<br />

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Union as “racialized discrimination.”<br />

“It doesn’t make us feel safer,”<br />

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strategist. “The NYPD is playing<br />

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and Fourth Amendment rights.<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

LOS ANGELES, CA.<br />

Regulators say LASD committed ‘willful’ safety violations that led to<br />

2023 mobile range fire, death of Deputy Alfredo “Freddy” Flores.<br />

By Keri Blakinger<br />

Los Angeles Times<br />

50 The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>June</strong> ‘24<br />

LOS ANGELES — State regulators<br />

have accused the Los Angeles<br />

County Sheriff’s Department<br />

of skipping inspections, neglecting<br />

maintenance and committing<br />

an array of “willful” safety violations<br />

that led to a 2023 mobile<br />

shooting range fire that killed<br />

one deputy, according to records<br />

obtained by The Times.<br />

Last month, the California<br />

Division of Occupational Safety<br />

and Health hit the department<br />

with just over $300,000 in fines<br />

for a series of safety violations<br />

in a mobile range trailer parked<br />

outside the Castaic jail complex.<br />

Inspectors said the buildup of<br />

combustible dust — such as accumulated<br />

gunpowder — caused<br />

the deadly blaze.<br />

“The employer failed to conduct<br />

daily, weekly, monthly,<br />

and bi-annual preventive maintenance<br />

on the indoor mobile<br />

shooting trailer,” the agency<br />

wrote in a 19-page citation issued<br />

in April. “As a result on or<br />

about October 10, 2023, two employees<br />

suffered serious physical<br />

harm to their body when the indoor<br />

trailer exploded and caught<br />

on fire.”<br />

Both of the burned deputies<br />

were hospitalized, and last<br />

month one of them — Alfredo<br />

“Freddy” Flores, 51 — died. He<br />

was buried May 9 during a funeral<br />

in Sylmar.<br />

“We now know that Freddy<br />

lost his life because mobile<br />

trailers like the one he was in<br />

had a known history of catching<br />

fire due to poor design and poor<br />

maintenance,” said attorney<br />

John Carpenter, who is representing<br />

the Flores family.<br />

The Assn. of Los Angeles Deputy<br />

Sheriffs blamed county leaders<br />

on the Board of Supervisors<br />

for failing to “properly fund and<br />

equip” the Sheriff’s Department,<br />

which has a $4-billion budget.<br />

“The fire that caused Freddy’s<br />

tragic death was foreseeable and<br />

avoidable,” union President Richard<br />

Pippin wrote in an email.<br />

The Sheriff’s Department,<br />

meanwhile, said the blaze is still<br />

under investigation and declined<br />

to answer several specific questions<br />

about the incident, including<br />

whether the problems identified<br />

by the state have been fixed.<br />

“We are working with County<br />

Counsel to evaluate the violations,”<br />

the department wrote in<br />

an email, “but the safety of our<br />

personnel is paramount and our<br />

primary concern.”<br />

The agency did not say wheth-


er it appealed the citations,<br />

though state OSHA officials confirmed<br />

that it had. They said the<br />

fines have not been paid as the<br />

appeal is pending.<br />

Since the late 1980s, the Sheriff’s<br />

Department has relied on<br />

mobile shooting ranges to ensure<br />

its roughly 10,000 deputies<br />

can test their firearms skills four<br />

times a year. The department<br />

can move the range from station<br />

to station each week instead<br />

of paying deputies overtime to<br />

spend a day driving to a fixed<br />

location.<br />

The 50- to 53-foot mobile<br />

structures feature several shooting<br />

lanes overseen by a range<br />

master. The interior walls are<br />

covered with soundproofing<br />

foam, and a thick rubber or metal<br />

plate known as a bullet trap<br />

sits behind the target. As with<br />

other indoor ranges, shooting<br />

trailers require regular cleaning<br />

to prevent a dangerous buildup<br />

of lead and gunpowder.<br />

“When you shoot a gun, there’s<br />

gunpowder and explosives inside<br />

the cartridge,” one former range<br />

deputy told The Times in October.<br />

“Not all of that gunpowder<br />

burns — sometimes it ends up on<br />

the floor in front of you, sometimes<br />

it ends up on your hands.”<br />

Multiple range experts told The<br />

Times last year that although<br />

mobile range fires appear to be<br />

rare, the buildup of unburned<br />

gunpowder at any range that<br />

isn’t adequately cleaned and<br />

ventilated can lead to fires. Now,<br />

state regulators say, it has.<br />

One of the violations described<br />

in the Cal/ OSHA records — provided<br />

to The Times by the Flores<br />

family attorney — faulted the<br />

department for persistently<br />

failing to keep records of inspections<br />

dating to at least 2021,<br />

when the state hit the department<br />

with another citation for<br />

the same problem. It’s not clear<br />

how much the 2021 violation cost<br />

the county in fees, but the recent<br />

record-keeping failures netted a<br />

$1,000 fine.<br />

In its April notice, the state<br />

fined the department $25,000<br />

for failing to implement procedures<br />

for identifying workplace<br />

hazards “including the hazard<br />

of allowing the accumulation of<br />

propellant throughout the surfaces<br />

of indoor mobile shooting<br />

ranges” and for failing to do<br />

regular inspections.<br />

“The employer did not engage<br />

in scheduled periodic inspections<br />

to identify unsafe work conditions<br />

in indoor mobile shooting<br />

ranges,” the citation notice said.<br />

“Employer did not identify hazards<br />

related to indoor mobile<br />

shooting ranges after employer<br />

discovered a new hazard when<br />

mobile shooting ranges caught<br />

fire.”<br />

The department racked up<br />

another $25,000 fine for failing<br />

to fix safety concerns in a timely<br />

manner. Specifically, the state<br />

accused the agency of knowing<br />

about the danger of “accumulated<br />

propellant” inside range trailers<br />

and failing to “take sufficient<br />

steps to prevent the re-occurrence<br />

of fires in its indoor mobile<br />

shooting ranges.”<br />

One of the costliest violations,<br />

which the state deemed “willful”<br />

and “serious,” faulted the department<br />

for allegedly failing to<br />

conduct the regular inspections<br />

and preventive maintenance recommended<br />

by the trailer manufacturer.<br />

That violation netted a<br />

$125,000 fine, as did another<br />

“willful” and “serious” violation<br />

for failing to clean the range<br />

trailer often enough and allowing<br />

“the accumulations of combustible<br />

dust on floors, ledges,<br />

beams, equipment, machines,<br />

or elsewhere which caused an<br />

explosion and fire.”<br />

Last year, department officials<br />

told The Times that the range<br />

trailer had been serviced and<br />

cleaned by an outside contractor<br />

in July and that the department’s<br />

Facilities Services Bureau did<br />

its normal trailer maintenance<br />

in September. It’s not clear how<br />

those statements square with the<br />

recent citations or whether that<br />

could factor into the pending<br />

appeal, and the department did<br />

not clarify.<br />

More than six months after the<br />

2023 blaze, the department has<br />

still released few details about<br />

what happened. The blaze started<br />

around 9:30 a.m. Oct. 10 in the<br />

trailer, which was parked next to<br />

the men’s jail at Pitchess Detention<br />

Center.<br />

Two deputies were inside the<br />

53-foot trailer when the fire<br />

broke out, sheriff’s officials said.<br />

Flores was taking a department-mandated<br />

recertification<br />

test, and the other deputy was<br />

supervising. Both were rushed<br />

to the hospital with third-degree<br />

burns. Flores, a 22-year veteran<br />

of the department, remained<br />

hospitalized until his death.<br />

“Freddy Flores struggled to<br />

live for six months,” said Carpenter,<br />

the family attorney. “We<br />

still don’t know all the details of<br />

what happened. We just know<br />

that it should not have happened.”<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

OAKLAND CNTY, MI.<br />

Chilean gangs entering U.S. under Visa Waiver program<br />

behind wave of home burglaries.<br />

OAKLAND COUNTY, MI - Sheriff<br />

Mike Bouchard of Oakland County,<br />

Michigan revealed to reporters on<br />

May 16th that a wave of sophisticated<br />

burglaries targeting high-value<br />

homes yielding millions in stolen<br />

goods is being carried out by highly<br />

trained criminal gangs from the<br />

South American nation of Chile.<br />

Bouchard told News Nation that a<br />

particular visa waiver program has<br />

made it easier for these gangs to<br />

enter the U.S. illegally and reportedly<br />

over forty homes in Oakland<br />

County alone have been burglarized<br />

by the group with large stores<br />

of cash, jewelry, and luxury items<br />

stolen from affluent neighborhoods<br />

that are home to Executives and<br />

CEOs of the big-three auto manufacturers.<br />

Bouchard explained the situation<br />

and the perceived connection<br />

to the Visa waivers to the public<br />

during a town hall with Bloomfield<br />

Hills DPS Captain Tom Van Simaeys<br />

and Bloomfield Police Chief James<br />

Gallagher on May 13th at the Christ<br />

Chruch Cranbrook according to<br />

Michigan News Source.<br />

Bouchard told News Nation that<br />

his department has sought assistance<br />

from the federal government<br />

to bring the situation under control.<br />

“We’re not going to stop it as a local<br />

agency or even with, you know,<br />

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state and federal partners.<br />

It’s got to be stopped by<br />

national policy,” Bouchard<br />

said. He confirmed to the<br />

outlet that the groups from<br />

Chile targeting homes in the<br />

county are entering under<br />

a visa program that allows<br />

a lower level of scrutiny<br />

from Border Patrol Agents,<br />

permitting travel within the<br />

U.S. unimpeded for up to 90<br />

days.<br />

In a statement, a spokesman<br />

from the Department<br />

of Homeland Security<br />

confirmed the increase in sophisticated<br />

burglaries by Chilean gangs<br />

and said that they are working with<br />

authorities in Chile to address the<br />

problem.<br />

“DHS and our federal partners<br />

have actively engaged with all<br />

levels of the government of Chile to<br />

address this issue and have communicated<br />

the urgency of the situation.<br />

Chilean officials have responded<br />

by improving operational cooperation<br />

with DHS offices in efforts to<br />

detect, deter, and prevent travel to<br />

the United States by known criminal<br />

actors,” the spokesman wrote.<br />

The Sheriff added, “They’re aware<br />

of the fact that we’re having these<br />

crimes all across the country. But at<br />

this point, they’ve not shown any inclination<br />

to shut that program down<br />

or even pause it. They usually issue<br />

a standard statement saying they’re<br />

aware and they’re working closely<br />

with the Chilean government to try<br />

to increase information cooperation.<br />

That doesn’t help us. Our house<br />

is on fire with these burglaries.”<br />

The gangs Bouchard described are<br />

reportedly working in approximately<br />

100 different 3-6 man crews all<br />

over the country with operations reported<br />

in multiple states from New<br />

York to California and evidence of<br />

members coming from Venezuela<br />

and Colombia as well. The complex<br />

burglaries often involve using jamming<br />

technology to disable Wi-Fibased<br />

home surveillance systems<br />

and alarms.


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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

LEXINGTON, SC.<br />

Illegal immigrant from Mexico who caused a deadly<br />

wreck in South Carolina, faces deportation.<br />

By Matthew Holloway<br />

LEXINGTON, SC - An Illegal immigrant<br />

from Mexico, Giovanni<br />

Mendoza-Jimenez, 20, is under<br />

arrest and is being held on a<br />

detainment order from U.S. Immigration<br />

and Customs Enforcement<br />

(ICE) after causing a fatal<br />

collision that cost the life of a<br />

motorcyclist crushed between<br />

his vehicle and a stopped school<br />

bus.<br />

A student on the bus also<br />

suffered minor injuries. Mendoza-Jimenez<br />

is charged with<br />

driving too fast for conditions<br />

and failure to stop for a school<br />

bus.<br />

According to a press release<br />

from the Lexington, South Carolina<br />

Police Department, on Tuesday,<br />

May 21st shortly after 7:00<br />

a.m., police were dispatched<br />

to the scene of a three-vehicle<br />

collision between a work van,<br />

a motorcycle, and a school bus<br />

that had stopped to pick up students.<br />

The motorcycle was stopped<br />

behind the school bus as the two<br />

vehicles were approached from<br />

behind by Mendoza-Jimenez,<br />

who was driving without a license.<br />

The police said that Mendoza-Jimenez<br />

did not see the<br />

stopped vehicles and collided<br />

with the motorcycle throwing it<br />

aside and then pinning the motorcyclist<br />

to the bus.<br />

“The van driver did not appear<br />

to see the stopped vehicles and<br />

collided first with the motorcycle,<br />

sending the driver into the<br />

back of the bus and pushing the<br />

motorcycle a distance away from<br />

the scene. The van then collided<br />

with the back of the bus, pinning<br />

the motorcycle driver between<br />

the van and the bus,” the release<br />

said.<br />

Reporting from WOLO-TV<br />

Wednesday revealed the identity<br />

of the motorcyclist as Jon Douglas<br />

Ratcliffe who, despite wearing<br />

a helmet according to Lexington<br />

County Coroner Margaret<br />

Fisher, died from his injuries at<br />

the scene.<br />

Mendoza-Jimenez also sustained<br />

minor injuries and was<br />

transported to a local hospital by<br />

EMS subsequent to his arrest.<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

MIAMI, FL.<br />

Can’t make this up: Biden administration gives communist Cuba<br />

access to sensitive TSA areas at Miami International Airport.<br />

By Pat Droney<br />

MIAMI, FL - It’s recently been<br />

revealed that the Biden administration<br />

gave a guided tour of<br />

Miami International Airport’s<br />

TSA facilities to designated state<br />

sponsor of terrorism, Cuba.<br />

Breitbart News reports that<br />

earlier this week, five officials<br />

from Cuba, a communist country,<br />

received a “secret” guided<br />

tour of Miami International Airport<br />

courtesy of Alejandro Mayorkas’s<br />

Transportation Security<br />

Administration (TSA).<br />

Breitbart wrote that the tour,<br />

which lasted five hours, is being<br />

touted as being part of “law<br />

enforcement cooperation” between<br />

the two countries. Part of<br />

the tour included TSA’s control<br />

facilities at the airport, which<br />

contains some of the agency’s<br />

sensitive computer systems.<br />

News of the tour drew outrage<br />

from some Cuban-Americans in<br />

Miami, as well as officials from<br />

Miami-Dade county and MIA<br />

airport personnel, who were<br />

unaware of the planned visit.<br />

Cuba was designated a State<br />

Sponsor of Terrorism (SST) by<br />

the United States due to the<br />

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communist nation’s ties to a<br />

number of international terrorist<br />

organizations. Those groups<br />

include the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary<br />

Guard Corps (IRGC),<br />

terrorist organization Hezbollah,<br />

Colombia’s National Liberation<br />

Army (ELN), and the Revolutionary<br />

Armed Forces of Columbia<br />

(FARC), the latter two being<br />

Marxist terrorist groups.<br />

The Cuban government also is<br />

tied to Hamas, which conducted<br />

a terrorist attack on Israel last<br />

October 7 that resulted in over<br />

1,000 deaths of Israeli citizens<br />

and which sparked the current<br />

armed conflict in Gaza. The<br />

Castro-led government has also<br />

condemned Israel for conducting<br />

self-defense operations against<br />

Hamas, which still holds an estimated<br />

200 hostages, including<br />

US citizens.<br />

During the Obama regime, he<br />

removed Cuba removed from<br />

the SST list, however the country<br />

was reinstated at the end of<br />

the Trump presidency in January<br />

2021.<br />

Currently, Cuba is still on the<br />

SST list, however last week the<br />

Biden administration removed<br />

the communist nation from a list<br />

of countries that “are not cooperating<br />

fully” with the United<br />

States in battling terrorism.<br />

Hamas-sympathizing Secretary<br />

of State Antony Blinken said<br />

last week that Cuba no longer


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elonged on the list since Cuban<br />

officials and U.S. law enforcement<br />

officials are “once again”<br />

working together on counter terrorism<br />

and other related efforts.<br />

The TSA-guided tour occurred<br />

on May 20, which is coincidentally<br />

Cuban Independence Day.<br />

The Castro regime has tried to<br />

erase the legacy of that date,<br />

and does not celebrate it. In fact,<br />

the government prohibits Cubans<br />

from celebrating that date and<br />

instead forces them to celebrate<br />

July 26, when former Cuban<br />

strongman Fidel Castro led a<br />

terrorist attack on a military<br />

garrison in 1953.<br />

An anonymous source told<br />

Marti Noticias, a US-based outlet,<br />

that Cuban officials toured<br />

the airport without the knowledge<br />

of the Miami-Dade Aviation<br />

Department and caused a great<br />

deal of angst among the airport’s<br />

security personnel. Many<br />

of the staff are Cuban exiles who<br />

fled from the Castro regime.<br />

The source said that Cuban<br />

officials were invited to an area<br />

deemed an “exclusive and modern”<br />

area of the airport which<br />

not all airport employees are<br />

allowed to access.<br />

“It is the first time in more than<br />

20 years that I have seen something<br />

like this at the airport,” the<br />

source said. “The Cuban officers<br />

were taken to the south terminal,<br />

a new terminal where the<br />

TSA robots are. It is very modern<br />

and not everyone can go there.”<br />

The source said that in order<br />

to access that location, an investigation<br />

has to be conducted of<br />

each officer.<br />

“How are you going to bring in<br />

these people who are spies for<br />

the Cuban regime and also on<br />

May 20?” the source asked.<br />

The source didn’t elaborate<br />

on the technological details of<br />

the area, they claimed the visit<br />

endangered the safety of passengers.<br />

“They are officials from a<br />

terrorist country, an ally of our<br />

enemies, of China, of Russia,<br />

of Iran,” the source continued.<br />

“Who would think of inviting<br />

those people to see the most advanced<br />

of our technology?”<br />

The mayor of Miami-Dade<br />

County, Daniella Levine Cava released<br />

a statement in which she<br />

expressed shock over the visit by<br />

Cuban officials:<br />

The decision to allow Cuban<br />

officials to tour secure areas<br />

of MIA was made without the<br />

knowledge of the Miami-Dade<br />

Aviation Department, and took<br />

place on Cuban Independence<br />

Day–a day that we reaffirm our<br />

commitment to freedom and<br />

democracy in Cuba in the face of<br />

a brutal dictatorship.<br />

My office has directly contacted<br />

the Department of Homeland<br />

Security to understand how this<br />

decision was made, and to request<br />

that the County and MDAD<br />

be included in any future decisions<br />

regarding granting access<br />

to MIA facilities to foreign government<br />

officials.<br />

Miami-Dade County stands<br />

firmly with the Cuban people<br />

here in our community and on<br />

the island as they continue to<br />

fight to bring freedom to Cuba,<br />

and we are committed to ensuring<br />

the safety of our community<br />

and all those who travel through<br />

MIA.<br />

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AROUND THE COUNTRY<br />

TRAINING<br />

Jiu Jitsu’s Utility as a Law<br />

Enforcement Force Option<br />

We look closely at research from the literature on the thoughts,<br />

rationale, and strategies for Jiu-Jitsu in law enforcement.<br />

By Richard O. Segovia, Ph.D.,<br />

Ed.D.<br />

A key liability in law enforcement<br />

today is the absence of<br />

situation-specific training in<br />

some agencies, resulting in<br />

officers reacting physically and<br />

psychologically to real-life incidents<br />

inappropriately. Officers<br />

who use unreasonable force<br />

violate their agency’s policies,<br />

state and federal statutes, and<br />

community standards and can<br />

jeopardize their lives, the lives of<br />

other officers, and suspects. An<br />

unacceptable escalation of conflict<br />

can also put the reputation<br />

of law enforcement agencies at<br />

risk. This article critically examines<br />

the peer-reviewed studies<br />

of police assaults, the use of<br />

force by law enforcement, the<br />

methodologies of law enforcement<br />

training, and the use of<br />

martial arts, specifically Jiu-Jitsu<br />

training. Given today’s law enforcement<br />

landscape, is Jiu-Jitsu<br />

(BJJ) training a viable adjunct in<br />

reducing risk and liability for law<br />

enforcement agencies?<br />

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The work in this article used<br />

a qualitative narrative review<br />

methodology. It examined Brizin<br />

and Kernspecht’s general theory<br />

of combat and its application<br />

in law enforcement training. It<br />

explored existing literature on<br />

law enforcement training, the<br />

integration of martial arts, and<br />

methodological challenges. This<br />

article also analyzed the literature<br />

on real-life assaults on<br />

law enforcement officers and<br />

instances of unreasonable force<br />

usage, supported by culturally<br />

relevant examples from recent<br />

encounters. These insights<br />

underscore the urgent need for<br />

comprehensive training solutions<br />

to equip officers with the skills<br />

to handle high-stress situations<br />

effectively.<br />

Last, this article discusses the<br />

mental and physical rigors of<br />

Jiu-Jitsu training. It explains how<br />

it might empower officers and<br />

lead to a reduction in the application<br />

of inappropriate force.<br />

Modeling that balance could<br />

foster arrest and control skills<br />

via Jiu-Jitsu training, leading to<br />

a more appropriate use of force<br />

during a police encounter and a<br />

safer experience for all involved.<br />

If adopted in law enforcement<br />

training programs, Jiu-Jitsu<br />

training could contribute to developing<br />

a more robust and more<br />

accountable approach to using<br />

force. Agencies could generate<br />

more professionalism and rational<br />

ethical decision-making<br />

in their personnel by facilitating<br />

their philosophical understanding<br />

and skillsets.<br />

Where Do We Start?<br />

The theoretical underpinning<br />

of the literature review lies in the<br />

general theory of combat logic,<br />

as submitted by Brizin’s and<br />

Kernspecht’s work. This theory<br />

investigated integrating tactics<br />

and strategy in combat, emphasizing<br />

the alignment between<br />

the engagement’s purpose and<br />

the combatant’s resources or<br />

characteristics. Drawing from<br />

Eastern philosophical concepts,<br />

the theory proposes that efficient<br />

conflict resolution does


not always necessitate complete<br />

annihilation of the enemy. Brizin<br />

and Kernspecht integrate these<br />

ideas into a holistic framework,<br />

encompassing hierarchical levels<br />

of martial arts concepts applicable<br />

to combat or conflict situations.<br />

While promising, applying<br />

this theory in law enforcement<br />

contexts remains limited, with<br />

little research exploring its potential<br />

benefits for enhancing<br />

conflict resolution skills among<br />

officers.<br />

What Does the Research Say?<br />

The related literature discusses<br />

the foundational assumptions of<br />

Brizin and Kernspecht’s theory<br />

and the insights of Edward Luttwak<br />

and Carl von Clausewitz,<br />

collectively forming the general<br />

theory of combat logic. A thorough<br />

literature synthesis relevant<br />

to the identified problem of<br />

dated defensive tactics training<br />

and purpose unfolds, beginning<br />

with exploring the problem’s development<br />

and evolution. Subsequently,<br />

the review examines the<br />

latest literature addressing this<br />

topic, offering insights into contemporary<br />

perspectives. Methodological<br />

considerations, research<br />

design nuances, and literature<br />

gaps are analyzed, culminating<br />

in the rationale and justification<br />

for investigating effective training<br />

practices.<br />

Development of the Problem<br />

and Evolution of Police Training<br />

Groundbreaking and current<br />

literature documents the evolving<br />

problem of defensive tactics<br />

training for law enforcement<br />

officers. Noteworthy cases of<br />

injuries or deaths during altercations<br />

stress the gaps in officers’<br />

tactical training, prompting<br />

urgent calls for improved<br />

self-defense training to mitigate<br />

permanent physical harm. Instances<br />

of unreasonable force<br />

by officers highlight deficiencies<br />

in defensive tactics training and<br />

emphasize the potential role of<br />

martial arts training in enhancing<br />

conflict resolution.<br />

Further highlighted by recent<br />

events, the consequences of inadequate<br />

preparation are evident<br />

due to a lack of defensive tactics<br />

training. The evolving nature of<br />

police training, encompassing<br />

both force and de-escalation<br />

tactics, reflects the complex<br />

demands of law enforcement<br />

duties. Concepts rooted in Eastern<br />

martial arts principles have<br />

shaped modern police training<br />

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paradigms, advocating for the<br />

ethical use of force and emphasizing<br />

self-defense. Recent<br />

studies shed light on overlooked<br />

factors influencing officers’ use<br />

of force decisions, suggesting<br />

potential benefits of integrating<br />

martial arts training, such as<br />

Jiu-Jitsu, into police curricula<br />

to enhance threat perception<br />

and restraint techniques. Despite<br />

some limitations, such as<br />

the impact of anxiety on performance,<br />

martial arts training<br />

offers promise in equipping officers<br />

with the necessary skills to<br />

navigate high-tension situations<br />

effectively.<br />

Current Status and Potential<br />

of Martial Arts Training in Law<br />

Enforcement<br />

In the current state of law<br />

enforcement, martial arts training’s<br />

utility is a subject of increasing<br />

interest, with studies<br />

aiming to understand its impacts.<br />

A systematic review found<br />

that such training significantly<br />

improves tactical performance<br />

and reduces injury rates, anxiety,<br />

and stress. This aligns with<br />

broader literature indicating<br />

martial arts’ positive physical<br />

and mental health effects. One<br />

study explored the potential of<br />

martial arts, including Jiu-Jitsu,<br />

to mitigate racial bias conflicts,<br />

highlighting its role in reducing<br />

stress and improving officers’ decision-making.<br />

This aligns with<br />

concerns about racial subtext<br />

in police interactions. Furthermore,<br />

Eastern European studies<br />

highlight martial arts’ benefits<br />

on officers’ fitness and mental<br />

well-being, suggesting potential<br />

application in real-world scenarios.<br />

Regarding psychological impacts,<br />

research suggests that<br />

martial arts training enhances<br />

self-efficacy among patrol officers,<br />

influencing decision-making<br />

and motivation. Albert Bandura’s<br />

social learning theory<br />

supports this notion, emphasizing<br />

self-efficacy’s role in task<br />

accomplishment. This aligns<br />

with the need for effective decision-making<br />

and use-of-force<br />

protocols in law enforcement.<br />

Additionally, specialized techniques<br />

like Judo and Krav Maga<br />

have improved officers’ physical<br />

abilities, enhancing their effectiveness<br />

in arrest and control<br />

scenarios. However, challenges<br />

persist in integrating comprehensive<br />

martial arts training due<br />

to watered-down programs and<br />

lack of emphasis on philosophical<br />

and psychological aspects.<br />

Nonetheless, the potential for<br />

Jiu-Jitsu to offer a more focused<br />

and holistic approach presents<br />

an opportunity for improved<br />

training methodologies.<br />

Are There Research Challenges<br />

and Knowledge Gaps?<br />

Research on the effectiveness<br />

of martial arts training for law<br />

enforcement personnel has<br />

advanced over time, yet methodological<br />

issues persist, hindering<br />

a comprehensive understanding<br />

of these issues. While academic<br />

papers have shown the potential<br />

benefits of Jiu-Jitsu in law<br />

enforcement contexts, empirical<br />

evidence from experienced<br />

officers is essential for informed<br />

decision-making, and studies<br />

argue for the necessity of such<br />

evidence. For example, existing<br />

quantitative studies offer valuable<br />

insights but lack depth in<br />

capturing the nuanced experiences<br />

of police officers. Similarly,<br />

other researchers highlight<br />

the need for more qualitative<br />

research to explore officers’ perceptions<br />

and experiences with<br />

Jiu-Jitsu training, informing its<br />

integration into standard police<br />

practices.<br />

In addition to methodological<br />

challenges, significant gaps persist<br />

in understanding the impact<br />

of Jiu-Jitsu training on law enforcement<br />

professionals. Limited<br />

research explores officers’ firsthand<br />

experiences with Jiu-Jitsu,<br />

particularly concerning its<br />

efficacy in real-world scenarios.<br />

Despite historical efforts to enhance<br />

police training, including<br />

the introduction of nonviolent<br />

methods, challenges remain in<br />

ensuring consistent and effective<br />

training practices. For example,<br />

one study notes the increasing<br />

interest in martial arts training<br />

among law enforcement since<br />

the 1990s. Still, the effectiveness<br />

and sustainability of such programs<br />

require further investigation.<br />

Meanwhile, another study<br />

suggests that ongoing training<br />

programs may mitigate these<br />

challenges.<br />

Implementing standardized<br />

martial arts training holds potential<br />

benefits for law enforcement,<br />

including improved officer<br />

confidence and reduced use of<br />

lethal force. However, recent<br />

studies emphasize the need for<br />

context-specific research to<br />

understand the feasibility and<br />

effectiveness of Jiu-Jitsu training<br />

in diverse law enforcement<br />

settings. Addressing these gaps<br />

and methodological challenges<br />

is crucial for developing evidence-based<br />

training programs<br />

that enhance officer safety and<br />

public trust in law enforcement.


The ”Why?”<br />

In examining the literature<br />

and methodological issues<br />

surrounding Jiu-Jitsu training<br />

for law enforcement, a critical<br />

need emerges to investigate the<br />

firsthand experiences of police<br />

officers with this martial art. By<br />

capturing these experiences,<br />

researchers can gain valuable<br />

insights into the perceived effectiveness<br />

and practicality of<br />

Jiu-Jitsu within law enforcement<br />

contexts. This review seeks<br />

to bridge gaps in existing literature,<br />

addressing shortcomings<br />

such as limited applicability to<br />

specific police departments and<br />

an overemphasis on quantitative,<br />

cross-sectional studies.<br />

Employing a qualitative approach<br />

can uncover nuanced<br />

perspectives and meanings<br />

police officers express regarding<br />

their encounters with Jiu-Jitsu<br />

training. Ultimately, the findings<br />

from such research may inform<br />

evidence-based strategies for<br />

developing and implementing<br />

Jiu-Jitsu training programs to<br />

enhance officer and suspect<br />

safety during confrontational<br />

situations. This evidence could<br />

prove instrumental in shaping<br />

intervention efforts and driving<br />

policy reforms concerning law<br />

enforcement training and preparedness.<br />

Policy and Practice Implications<br />

The transition of Jiu-Jitsu<br />

beyond the mats represents the<br />

potential to change law-enforcement<br />

policies and practices<br />

for officers nationwide. Law<br />

enforcement readers seeking information<br />

about Jiu-Jitsu might<br />

consider the lessons examined in<br />

the literature. By doing so, agencies<br />

could adopt a more comprehensive<br />

outlook on reforming<br />

workforce abilities, officer<br />

safety, tactical competency, and<br />

feedback mechanisms in the<br />

workplace. As a result, this will<br />

empower officers to advocate for<br />

a safer work environment and<br />

enhance and foster a safer community<br />

overall.<br />

How Can We Guide Policy?<br />

While the benefits of rigorous<br />

Jiu-Jitsu training are evident,<br />

practical constraints such<br />

as time, resources, and policy<br />

limitations present challenges.<br />

Mandating officers to dedicate<br />

time for training amidst their<br />

demanding shifts could prove<br />

difficult. However, innovative approaches,<br />

like incentivizing participation<br />

in sponsored programs<br />

or advocating for increased<br />

funding, can pave the way for<br />

expanded training opportunities.<br />

Embracing remote learning<br />

modules and integrating bitesized<br />

training sessions into shift<br />

briefings offer promising avenues<br />

for continuous skill development<br />

despite operational constraints.<br />

Practical Applications<br />

The value of open discourse<br />

and the practical application<br />

of learned concepts are critical<br />

learning components within<br />

the training arena. Fostering an<br />

environment of discretion and<br />

candor among instructors and<br />

students cultivates trust and<br />

enables meaningful exchanges.<br />

Encouraging candid conversations<br />

within law enforcement<br />

agencies enriches their capabilities,<br />

fostering a culture of diversity<br />

and receptiveness to new<br />

ideas. Furthermore, collaborative<br />

engagements with partner agencies<br />

serve as strategic conduits<br />

for professional growth, facilitating<br />

knowledge exchange and<br />

expertise-sharing among officers<br />

from diverse backgrounds.<br />

Conclusion<br />

This article underscores the<br />

critical need for improved training<br />

methodologies in law enforcement,<br />

highlighting the<br />

potential of Jiu-Jitsu training to<br />

address existing gaps and enhance<br />

officer preparedness in<br />

high-stress situations. By synthesizing<br />

the literature on law<br />

enforcement training evolution,<br />

real-life assaults on officers,<br />

and the effectiveness of martial<br />

arts training, it emphasizes the<br />

importance of evidence-based<br />

approaches to bolster officer<br />

safety and public trust. Law<br />

enforcement agencies might<br />

want to consider integrating<br />

Jiu-Jitsu training into policies<br />

and practices, navigating practical<br />

constraints through innovative<br />

solutions, and fostering<br />

open dialogue and collaboration<br />

among officers and agencies to<br />

promote continuous learning and<br />

improvement, ultimately contributing<br />

to safer communities.<br />

About the Author<br />

Dr. Richard “Rich” Segovia has dedicated<br />

over 29 years of his life to law<br />

enforcement at the local and state<br />

levels. His career has spanned various<br />

areas, including patrol operations,<br />

investigations, training, and other<br />

specialized assignments. In addition,<br />

Rich served in the United States Coast<br />

Guard during the Gulf War era and is<br />

a disabled American veteran. Today,<br />

Rich continues to serve the public in a<br />

senior program manager role within<br />

the special investigations group at<br />

the Texas Health and Human Services<br />

Office of the Inspector General. He is<br />

a certified California and Texas law<br />

enforcement instructor.<br />

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DASH CAM VIDEO: FLOR-<br />

IDA WOMAN SUSPECTED<br />

OF STEALING CAR JUMPS<br />

INTO LAKE AFTER CRASHING<br />

DURING PURSUIT<br />

By Joanna Putman, Police1<br />

MIAMI — Dash camera footage<br />

released by the Florida Highway<br />

Patrol shows a high-speed<br />

pursuit that ended in a dramatic<br />

water rescue of a suspect who<br />

attempted to flee authorities by<br />

jumping into a lake, NBC Miami<br />

reported.<br />

The incident began on May 9<br />

when the suspect reportedly<br />

stole a car during a test drive<br />

from Honda of South Miami,<br />

prompting a BOLO alert, according<br />

to the report.<br />

The pursuit started when the<br />

stolen car was identified on a<br />

freeway. Video shows the suspect<br />

driving recklessly, reaching<br />

speeds up to 90 mph, maneuvering<br />

aggressively through heavy<br />

traffic and using the shoulder to<br />

go around other vehicles.<br />

The footage shows the suspect<br />

striking several vehicles, eventually<br />

hitting a truck hard enough<br />

to disable the vehicle.<br />

The FHP trooper, who was<br />

able to stay close to the suspect<br />

during the pursuit, exited his<br />

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

cruiser and approached the vehicle<br />

with a gun drawn. As other<br />

officers approached, the suspect<br />

emerged from the vehicle,<br />

climbing onto a concrete ledge.<br />

The suspect then jumped off<br />

the ramp and into a lake in an<br />

attempt to evade capture. She<br />

refused to grab ropes tossed<br />

to her from the ramp, leading<br />

to several officers entering the<br />

water. During the rescue, she<br />

reportedly scratched one officer<br />

and briefly submerged another.<br />

The suspect was eventually<br />

pulled from the water and<br />

arrested. She faces multiple<br />

charges, including grand theft of<br />

a vehicle, two counts of battery<br />

on a police officer, fleeing and<br />

eluding police, leaving the scene<br />

of a crash and resisting an officer,<br />

according to the report.<br />

One of the drivers involved in<br />

the crash sustained injuries and<br />

was hospitalized. The incident<br />

is under further investigation by<br />

local authorities.


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NYPD COPS JUMP ONTO SUB-<br />

WAY TRACKS TO SAVE RIDER<br />

AS TRAIN APPROACHES<br />

By Thomas Tracy<br />

New York Daily News<br />

NEW YORK — Two daring<br />

NYPD cops jumped onto the<br />

tracks at a Bronx subway stop<br />

to save a fallen rider just moments<br />

before a train entered<br />

the station, recently released<br />

body-camera footage shows.<br />

The transit officers, assigned to<br />

the Third Ave. - 149th St. Station<br />

in Mott Haven to quell crime on<br />

the rails, were standing by the<br />

turnstiles when strangers ran up<br />

and said a commuter had an apparent<br />

seizure and fell onto the<br />

tracks about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.<br />

Body camera footage shows<br />

the cops running to the lip of<br />

the platform for the No. 2 and 5<br />

trains, where they found the man<br />

sprawled out across the tracks,<br />

his head dangerously close to the<br />

third rail.<br />

The officers hopped down<br />

onto the roadbed, grabbed the<br />

victim by each arm and hoisted<br />

him back onto the platform, the<br />

video shows.<br />

“Come on! Come on! Get up!”<br />

one cop is heard screaming as<br />

the officers lifted the victim to<br />

safety.<br />

One officer leapt back onto the<br />

platform but the other cop had<br />

trouble getting off the roadbed<br />

because his gun belt kept striking<br />

the lip of the platform, an<br />

NYPD spokesman said.<br />

The officer’s partner and a<br />

good Samaritan helped pull the<br />

cop back up as witnesses applauded,<br />

the video shows. The<br />

blaring horn of a train coming<br />

into the station is heard moments<br />

after the cops made it<br />

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

back onto the platform.<br />

“I thought the train was going<br />

to come,” one cop was recorded<br />

saying. “I thought a train was<br />

going to hit us. I swear to God.”<br />

EMS was called and medics<br />

took the man who fell to Lincoln<br />

Hospital, where he remained in<br />

stable condition Thursday.<br />

“Not only was he inches away<br />

from the third rail, but there was<br />

an oncoming train rapidly approaching<br />

the station,” the NYPD<br />

tweeted. “Officers sprang into<br />

action and without hesitation<br />

pulled him off the tracks.”<br />

©2024 New York Daily News.<br />

FBI REPORTS 2023 SAW 10-<br />

YEAR HIGH OF ASSAULTS ON<br />

OFFICERS<br />

The FBI has released preliminary<br />

data from its annual report<br />

on Law Enforcement Officers<br />

Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA).<br />

The data shows that 2023 saw a<br />

10-year high in officers assaulted.<br />

Agencies providing data to<br />

LEOKA reported 79,091 officers<br />

were assaulted in 2023. Most<br />

officer assaults occurred when<br />

responding to simple assaults<br />

against a non-officer (6,783 incidents),<br />

followed by drug/narcotic<br />

violations (4,879).<br />

LEOKA also reports that the<br />

number of officers feloniously<br />

killed—194—over the three-year<br />

period of 2021 (73), 2022 (61),<br />

and 2023 (60) was the highest<br />

number in any three-year period<br />

since 2003.<br />

Information about cop killers<br />

from the 2023 LEOKA show there<br />

were 57 perpetrators, 54 were<br />

male, 28 were white, 8 were<br />

reported as having a mental<br />

illness, and there were 32 violent<br />

prior arrests/offenses from an<br />

unknown number of offenders.<br />

From 2014 through 2023, the<br />

South had the most line-of-duty<br />

deaths yearly compared to other<br />

regions. There was a 38% decrease<br />

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

the region in 2023 (20 deaths)<br />

compared to 2022 (32 deaths).<br />

Last year marked the lowest<br />

number of line-of-duty deaths in<br />

the South since 2015 (19 deaths).<br />

The number of officers assaulted<br />

and injured by firearms has<br />

climbed over the years, reaching<br />

a 10-year high in 2023 with approximately<br />

466 officers assaulted<br />

and injured by firearms.<br />

The annual “Law Enforcement


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Officers Killed and Assaulted”<br />

publication will be released later<br />

this year and will consist of data<br />

tables on law enforcement officers<br />

who were feloniously and<br />

accidentally killed and assaulted<br />

in the line of duty in 2023.<br />

Also released today was 2023<br />

information from the Law Enforcement<br />

Employee Counts Data<br />

Collection. Law enforcement<br />

agencies provide these counts<br />

to the FBI annually and account<br />

for all sworn law enforcement<br />

officers and full-time civilian<br />

employees. This information may<br />

be used by city, county, state,<br />

and federal law enforcement<br />

agencies to establish manpower<br />

needs, both number and makeup,<br />

to provide effective enforcement<br />

and protection.<br />

SHOOTOUT IN MOSES LAKE<br />

By Joanna Putman<br />

Police1<br />

MOSES LAKE, WA — Body camera<br />

footage shows a man firing<br />

two guns at officers simultaneously,<br />

leading to an officer-involved<br />

shooting, KIRO reported.<br />

The May 4 incident began<br />

when officers responded to calls<br />

of a domestic disturbance at a<br />

motel, according to the report.<br />

Body camera footage released<br />

May 11 shows officers knocking at<br />

the motel room door, announcing<br />

their presence and requesting<br />

that the occupants come out<br />

with nothing in their hands.<br />

Video shows a woman exiting<br />

the room and cooperating with<br />

officers while a man stands in<br />

the doorway with one arm still<br />

inside the apartment. The man<br />

questioned officers, saying that<br />

he wanted to ensure his safety<br />

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

before exiting the apartment.<br />

One officer asked the man<br />

whether he had a gun, to which<br />

the man responded that he had<br />

multiple.<br />

“Do you have a gun in your<br />

hand?” the officer asked the man.<br />

“Yeah, I do,” the man replied.<br />

The officer then spoke with the<br />

man for several minutes, attempting<br />

to convince him that he<br />

would not be hurt as long as he<br />

exited the room without a gun in<br />

his hand.<br />

“I have a body camera that’s<br />

recording audio and visually, sir.<br />

I don’t want to hurt you…” the<br />

officer said. “…I don’t care about<br />

your warrants; I care about your<br />

safety and my safety.”<br />

Eventually, the man retreated<br />

back into the room and immediately<br />

re-exited, now holding<br />

a handgun in each hand, dash<br />

camera video shows. He fired a<br />

shot at officers from each gun,<br />

leading officers to return fire.<br />

He continued to fire multiple<br />

shots at officers with both guns<br />

until apparently running out of<br />

ammunition. After he stopped<br />

firing, he turned the corner of a<br />

building, after standing still for<br />

a few moments, he appeared to<br />

pass out, landing in the officers’<br />

line of fire.<br />

One officer was shot in the<br />

foot during the exchange of<br />

gunfire, according to the report.<br />

He is recovering after undergoing<br />

surgery.<br />

The suspect was also wounded<br />

but was treated at a hospital<br />

and released to police custody,<br />

according to the report.<br />

WYOMING SHERIFF UNVEILS<br />

RECRUITMENT BILLBOARD IN<br />

DENVER FOLLOWING COLO.<br />

PD’S BUDGET CUTS<br />

By Noah Zahn<br />

Wyoming Tribune-Eagle,<br />

Cheyenne<br />

CHEYENNE, WY. — As the Denver<br />

Police Department braces<br />

for an expected $8.4 million in<br />

budget cuts, or 1.9%, the Laramie<br />

County Sheriff’s Office is taking<br />

advantage of the potential marketing<br />

edge to try to poach Colorado<br />

law enforcement officers.<br />

This week, LCSO unveiled a<br />

billboard in downtown Denver<br />

that reads “Work in Wyoming,<br />

where breaking the law is still<br />

illegal & cops are funded!” Lara-


mie County Sheriff Brian Kozak<br />

said this move is a part of LCSO’s<br />

ongoing efforts to recruit from<br />

across the nation.<br />

“We’ve been focusing on recruiting<br />

from Colorado for over a<br />

year now,” Kozak said. “Last year,<br />

in 2023, we focused a lot on<br />

digital advertising, social media<br />

(and) digital TV in the Colorado<br />

area, and we were very successful.<br />

We hired 72 people in just<br />

one year.”<br />

He said that not all were from<br />

Colorado, but a large portion of<br />

the hires were.<br />

Kozak began the campaign<br />

when he became sheriff in early<br />

2023. One of his strategies has<br />

been crafting marketable messaging<br />

that he feels is appealing<br />

to potential candidates. This<br />

messaging portrays the area as a<br />

community that is supportive of<br />

law enforcement, a conservative<br />

area, and one that has access to<br />

outdoor recreation like fishing,<br />

hiking and hunting.<br />

“We actually hired some law<br />

enforcement officers from the<br />

Denver area, and in talking to<br />

them, and on our contact sheets,<br />

... we learned that a lot of the<br />

officers are frustrated there because<br />

they feel like the ability to<br />

do their job is restricted,” Kozak<br />

said. “So, we’re really focusing<br />

on that aspect of it to recruit<br />

people.”<br />

“It’s also interesting that LCSO<br />

touts Denver in its own recruiting<br />

materials, stating, ‘Adventure<br />

awaits you in the Rocky Mountains<br />

or the bustling city of Denver,<br />

each within an hour’s drive.’”<br />

A recent WalletHub study<br />

ranked the best states to be a<br />

law enforcement officer based<br />

on opportunity and competition,<br />

training requirements, and job<br />

hazards and protection.<br />

It identified Colorado and<br />

Wyoming as the 5th and 24th<br />

best states to be a police officer,<br />

respectively.<br />

At LCSO, there are currently<br />

eight patrol positions open and<br />

17 openings in detention. Kozak<br />

said there is almost $1.3 million<br />

in overtime spent each year<br />

because of staffing shortages.<br />

He views these marketing investments<br />

as a good way to reduce<br />

that budget.<br />

For the billboard, located at<br />

1381 W. Alameda Ave., LCSO<br />

spent $2,500 for a 30-day rental.<br />

Kozak said he will see how<br />

the next month goes and decide<br />

whether they want to continue<br />

to rent the advertisement. Currently,<br />

LCSO is receiving 20 to <strong>40</strong><br />

responses per day from potential<br />

candidates expressing interest in<br />

one of the openings.<br />

Kozak said LCSO has spent<br />

around $<strong>40</strong>,000 on advertising in<br />

the fiscal year.<br />

“But when you think of it,<br />

$2,500, with all the media coverage<br />

we’re getting off of it, all<br />

The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>June</strong> ‘24 69


the attention, it’s well worth the<br />

money,” Kozak said.<br />

Reprinted from the Wyoming<br />

Tribune-Eagle.<br />

DASH CAM VIDEO: MAN FLEE-<br />

ING OHIO POLICE GETS OUT<br />

OF CAR, FIRES AT OFFICERS<br />

BEFORE FATAL OIS<br />

By Holly Souther<br />

Dayton Daily News, Ohio<br />

COLUMBUS, OH — An Amazon<br />

employee is dead after exchanging<br />

gunfire with Columbus police<br />

Sunday.<br />

The incident started after West<br />

Jefferson police were dispatched<br />

on reports of an active shooter<br />

at Amazon CMH5 building,<br />

located at 6<strong>40</strong>0 state Route 29,<br />

around 4:43 p.m., according to a<br />

Facebook post by the West Jefferson<br />

Police Department.<br />

“At least one shot was fired<br />

within Amazon, damaging the<br />

building,” the post said.<br />

Police officers cleared the<br />

building for threats and victims,<br />

according to police. No injuries<br />

were reported at the Amazon<br />

warehouse.<br />

The suspect left the scene in<br />

a vehicle in an unknown direction<br />

prior to the officers’ arrival,<br />

according to police.<br />

The suspect was later located<br />

in Columbus, where a second<br />

incident developed. The Columbus<br />

Dispatch reported a shooting<br />

occurred around 6:15 p.m. near<br />

the intersection of Georgesville<br />

and Clime roads, east of Interstate<br />

270.<br />

The suspect shot and hit a<br />

Columbus police officer, with<br />

officers returning fire, according<br />

to police. The suspect was pronounced<br />

deceased at OhioHealth<br />

Doctors Hospital.<br />

70 The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>June</strong> ‘24<br />

West Jefferson police said the<br />

officer was treated at Grant Hospital<br />

and is in stable condition.<br />

West Jefferson Police Department,<br />

Madison County Sheriff’s<br />

Office, Plain City Police Department,<br />

London Police Department,<br />

Ohio State Highway Patrol,<br />

Jefferson Twp. Fire Department<br />

and Prairie Twp. Fire Department<br />

responded to the scene as well.<br />

The Columbus Police Department<br />

and Ohio BCI are investigating<br />

the shooting. Investigations<br />

at both locations are open<br />

and ongoing.<br />

Reprinted from the Dayton Daily<br />

News.<br />

BWC: OHIO OFFICER<br />

TRAPPED IN CAR AS DRIVER<br />

FLEES TRAFFIC STOP<br />

By Kristen Spicker<br />

Dayton Daily News, Ohio<br />

DAYTON, OH — Body and dash<br />

camera footage from Dayton<br />

police showed an officer trapped<br />

in a car as a man reportedly<br />

attempted to flee a traffic stop<br />

earlier this week.<br />

Antonie Michael Still, 30, of<br />

Dayton was charged with one<br />

count each of felonious assault,<br />

kidnapping, obstructing official<br />

business and resisting arrest,<br />

according to Dayton Municipal<br />

Court records. His bond was set<br />

at $100,000 Wednesday.<br />

Around 10 p.m. Monday, Officer<br />

Ashley Frey and Officer Madeline<br />

Ambrose conducted a traffic<br />

stop on a Honda Civic with<br />

expired tags near Bierce Avenue<br />

and South Torrence Street.<br />

During the video, officers can<br />

be heard asking Still to stop<br />

moving things around inside the<br />

car before telling him to step<br />

outside.<br />

One of the officers opened the<br />

car door and Still pulled it shut<br />

and said, “Ma’am I’m not going to<br />

do that.”<br />

Frey and Ambrose opened the<br />

door again and began to pull<br />

Still out of the car.<br />

When Frey reached over to<br />

undo Still’s seat belt, he tried to<br />

speed up while she was still in<br />

the vehicle, according to court<br />

records.<br />

Dash camera footage showed<br />

Frey inside the vehicle, struggling<br />

with Still as they attempted<br />

to control the car. The car<br />

crashed into a pickup truck,


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which shut Frey inside the car,<br />

according to court records.<br />

Ambrose ran to the car and<br />

attempted to open the passenger<br />

door, but it was locked. The<br />

car reversed briefly and then<br />

Ambrose was able to break the<br />

passenger window.<br />

The car then accelerated forward<br />

again, crashing into a tree.<br />

The airbags deployed as a result<br />

of the crash.<br />

Still then got out of the car<br />

and fled on foot. One of the officers<br />

deployed a Taser, but Still<br />

managed to briefly evade police.<br />

While on foot, Still dropped a<br />

bag that he later told detectives<br />

contained cocaine, according<br />

court records.<br />

Two other officers found Still<br />

in the area hiding under a handicap<br />

ramp in a yard. A resident’s<br />

dog had bitten him.<br />

Frey was taken to the hospital<br />

and treated and released,<br />

according to police. Still was<br />

also transported to the hospital<br />

before he was booked into the<br />

Montgomery County Jail.<br />

While Still said he was shot<br />

at, police reported no shots<br />

were fired during the incident.<br />

He also did not have any broken<br />

ribs due to his interaction with<br />

police.<br />

“Unfortunately, this is an example<br />

of how quickly situations<br />

can escalate and become dangerous<br />

for our officers,” read<br />

a statement from the police<br />

department. “Fortunately, all<br />

parties involved in this incident<br />

were not more seriously injured.”<br />

ARMED CALIFORNIA MAN<br />

SHOT IN FACE AFTER PLACING<br />

OFFICER IN HEADLOCK<br />

72 The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>June</strong> ‘24<br />

YUCAIPA, Calif. – A California<br />

man who was armed with<br />

a handgun on his person and<br />

explosives in his vehicle placed<br />

a police officer in a headlock<br />

during a traffic detention before<br />

being shot in the face by a second<br />

officer, authorities said.<br />

Alan Metka, 56, violently fought<br />

with police prior to being shot.<br />

He survived his gunshot wounds<br />

and now faces several charges<br />

in San Bernardino County, KTLA<br />

reported.<br />

On Feb. 9, Fontana officers<br />

were assisting other law enforcement<br />

agencies when Metka<br />

was detained during a traffic<br />

stop at Yucaipa Blvd. and 14th<br />

Street. The Fontana Police Department<br />

said the reason for the<br />

stop involved a couple of equipment<br />

violations.<br />

Metka initially appeared polite<br />

and cooperative as he answered<br />

one of the officer’s questions,<br />

even acknowledging a prior arrest,<br />

according to bodycam footage<br />

released by Fontana Police<br />

on Monday.<br />

“What were you arrested for?”<br />

a male officer is heard asking.<br />

“Explosives in public,” Metka<br />

replied.<br />

The driver complied when the<br />

officer asked him to step out of<br />

the vehicle and over to the curb<br />

while they conducted a records<br />

check.<br />

A second officer was conducting<br />

a cursory pat down of Metka<br />

when the situation quickly escalated.<br />

“What’s this right here?” the<br />

female officer is heard asking<br />

him.<br />

“My gun,” Metka replied as he<br />

then proceeded to place her in a<br />

headlock.<br />

She immediately hollered to<br />

her partner, “He’s got a gun,” as<br />

she fought with the combatant.<br />

Fontana Police Chief Michael<br />

Dorsey emphasized during a<br />

Monday press conference how<br />

quickly an encounter can turned<br />

deadly, according to KTLA.<br />

“This was everything but a<br />

normal traffic stop with a very<br />

cooperative individual and in one<br />

second it turned into a deadly<br />

fight for the officer’s life,” the<br />

chief noted. “The female officer<br />

continued to fight back to keep<br />

his hand in his pocket, so his gun<br />

wasn’t withdrawn.”<br />

Bodycam footage of the violent<br />

encounter showed her partner


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esponded with a single gunshot<br />

contact wound, striking Metka in<br />

the jaw.<br />

“We surmised that the gunshot<br />

could not be heard [in the video]<br />

because it was a very close contact<br />

wound,” Dorsey said.<br />

In addition to the handgun<br />

recovered from Metka’s person,<br />

police searched his vehicle and<br />

discovered an unspecified explosive<br />

device.<br />

Metka survived his injuries<br />

and was subsequently charged<br />

with possession of a firearm by a<br />

felon, assault with a semiautomatic<br />

firearm on a peace officer,<br />

and possession of a destructive<br />

device.<br />

Once he was medically cleared,<br />

he was booked at the West Valley<br />

Detention Center where he<br />

continues to receive treatment<br />

for his injuries. His bail was<br />

set at $160,000 and he is next<br />

scheduled to appear in court on<br />

Wednesday.<br />

He has a maximum prison exposure<br />

of up to 12 years if convicted<br />

on all charges.<br />

In August 2021, Metka was<br />

arrested after he was found with<br />

enough explosives that police<br />

shutdown Sierra Avenue and<br />

Valley Boulevard in Fontana.<br />

“He was actually convicted of<br />

felony possession of an explosive<br />

device in public and received<br />

two years in county prison,” San<br />

Bernardino County District Attorney<br />

Jason Anderson said at the<br />

news conference.<br />

74 The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>June</strong> ‘24<br />

ILLINOIS REPLACES ‘OFFEND-<br />

ER’ WITH ‘JUSTICE-IMPACTED<br />

INDIVIDUAL’<br />

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – With the<br />

amount of violent crime occurring<br />

in the city of Chicago as well<br />

as surrounding Cook County,<br />

rational thinking people would<br />

be inclined to do more to protect<br />

these communities from harm.<br />

But the progressive politicos in<br />

Illinois are more concerned with<br />

nouns than public safety as they<br />

are legislating away the term “offender,”<br />

the Daily Wire reported.<br />

In March, a man by the name of<br />

Crosetti Brand, 37, was released<br />

on parole in the state of Illinois.<br />

He had been sentenced to 16<br />

years in prison due to a home invasion<br />

robbery, but was released<br />

early by the state’s prison review<br />

board subject to electronic monitoring.<br />

One day after Brand was released<br />

from prison, Chicago<br />

police say he attacked a pregnant<br />

woman and her 11-year-old boy,<br />

killing the child and critically<br />

injuring his mother, according to<br />

ABC 7.<br />

Chicago Police Superintendent<br />

Larry Snelling said it was a<br />

crime, “that should never happened.”<br />

The last time Brand was on<br />

parole, he threatened the same<br />

woman by text message and<br />

showed up at her home, according<br />

to court documents.<br />

Yet despite his criminal history<br />

along with the alleged threats,<br />

he was released early from incarceration.<br />

But let’s not refer to the alleged<br />

child killer as an “offender.”<br />

No, that would be harmful to<br />

his emotional disposition. Let’s<br />

use softer, more sympathetic<br />

verbiage when addressing people<br />

involved in crime. … At least<br />

that is what the state of Illinois<br />

is saying with its new legislation.<br />

With frequent examples<br />

similar to Brand’s case, you’d<br />

hope lawmakers in Illinois (and<br />

elsewhere) would be motivated<br />

to set aside the nonsense<br />

perpetuating the decarceration<br />

movement and support laws<br />

that reign in their approach of<br />

“restorative justice” in order to<br />

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nity.<br />

However, the governing authorities<br />

in Illinois have opted for a<br />

very different response—something<br />

that would be satirical if<br />

they weren’t serious.<br />

A new bill that was just passed<br />

by both houses of the Illinois<br />

legislature will modify state law<br />

so the word “offender” is replaced<br />

by the term “justice-impacted<br />

individual,” according to<br />

the Daily Wire.<br />

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected<br />

to sign the bill into law.<br />

Once that occurs, the state DOC<br />

and other governing authorities<br />

will be required to use the term<br />

for all the Crosetti Brand’s in its<br />

overflowing “justice-impacted”<br />

system.<br />

15-YEAR-OLD ARRESTED<br />

FOR TRYING TO CARJACK DEP-<br />

UTY’S PATROL CAR AT STREET<br />

TAKEOVER<br />

By Ruben Vives<br />

Los Angeles Times<br />

HIGHLAND, Calif. — San Bernardino<br />

County Sheriff’s Department<br />

on Thursday arrested<br />

a 15-year-old boy suspected<br />

of trying to carjack a sheriff’s<br />

deputy as a mob of people at an<br />

illegal street takeover attacked<br />

his patrol car.<br />

The teen, who was not identified<br />

because he is a minor, was<br />

arrested at his home in Highland<br />

and was booked at the San<br />

Bernardino County Juvenile Hall<br />

on suspicion of attempted carjacking<br />

and vandalism, according<br />

to a statement from the department.<br />

The alleged incident occurred<br />

shortly after midnight May 11<br />

during an illegal street takeover<br />

at Victoria and Highland avenues<br />

in the city of Highland. The<br />

department said a deputy was at<br />

a red light near the intersection<br />

when a large crowd swarmed<br />

his patrol car and began kicking<br />

and punching it. Some of the<br />

attackers, the department said,<br />

used unknown objects to cause<br />

damage to the vehicle, including<br />

its front windshield.<br />

During an investigation into<br />

the incident, detectives obtained<br />

video that captured images of a<br />

teenage boy opening the deputy’s<br />

driver side door and attempting<br />

to take control of it, the<br />

department said.<br />

Detectives later identified the<br />

boy and executed an arrest warrant<br />

at his home on Thursday.<br />

The deputy was not injured in<br />

the attack. This story originally<br />

appeared in Los Angeles Times .<br />

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The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>June</strong> ‘24 77


IOWA DEPUTY FORCED TO<br />

RIDE OUT TORNADO AFTER<br />

TREE FALLS ON CRUISER<br />

By Joanna Putman, Police1<br />

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, IA —<br />

Body camera video shows the<br />

moment an Iowa Deputy was<br />

caught outside during a severe<br />

storm when a tree fell on his<br />

cruiser, WOWT reported.<br />

A Montgomery County Sheriff’s<br />

Sgt. Todd Dollen was caught<br />

in the tornado while assisting<br />

campers during severe weather<br />

on May 21 in Red Oak, Iowa,<br />

according to the report. After<br />

ensuring the campers reached<br />

shelter, Dollen attempted to aid<br />

some horses but found himself in<br />

the tornado’s path.<br />

Body-worn camera footage<br />

shows Dollen maneuvering the<br />

vehicle away from flying debris<br />

as the winds intensify. The video<br />

captures the moment the tree<br />

fell on the vehicle, forcing Dollen<br />

to stay inside while the tornado<br />

passed overhead.<br />

“Sgt. Dollen rode out the tornado<br />

in his vehicle while it passed<br />

over the top of him,” the Montgomery<br />

County Sheriff’s Office<br />

stated in a Facebook post. The<br />

footage reveals Dollen holding<br />

tightly to the steering wheel,<br />

breathing heavily as the storm<br />

raged.<br />

“I put the vehicle in park, my<br />

foot on the brake, and grabbed<br />

the steering wheel. I kind of<br />

relate it to an amusement park<br />

ride where you are anticipating<br />

what’s going to happen,” he told<br />

WOWT.<br />

All of the campers managed<br />

to escape the severe weather unharmed,<br />

according to officials.<br />

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FBI<br />

NATIONAL MISSING<br />

CHILDREN’S DAY<br />

80 The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>June</strong> ‘24


HELP US FIND THEM<br />

Every year on National Missing Children’s Day, May 25, we reaffirm<br />

our commitment to investigating these cases and finding children<br />

who have been reported kidnapped or missing, and we continue to<br />

encourage parents, caregivers, and others to make child safety a priority.<br />

Please take a look at the faces of the children on three pages—these<br />

are just some of the many children who have gone missing, leaving<br />

behind family and friends waiting for any news of their loved ones. If<br />

you have any information about these children that could help lead to<br />

their recovery, please contact the FBI, local law enforcement, or submitting<br />

a tip online.<br />

The <strong>Blues</strong> -- <strong>June</strong> ‘24 81


HOW THE FBI SUPPORTS MISSING CHILDREN CASES<br />

Children continue to face dangerous<br />

threats from online predators, human<br />

traffickers, kidnappers, and other<br />

criminals who mean harm.<br />

The FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid<br />

Deployment (CARD) teams are composed<br />

of experienced personnel<br />

with a proven track record in crimes<br />

against children investigations, especially<br />

cases where a child has been<br />

abducted by someone other than a<br />

family member. Team members provide<br />

on-the-ground investigative,<br />

technical, and resource assistance to<br />

state and local law enforcement. The<br />

teams work closely with representatives<br />

from the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis<br />

Unit (BAU), National Center for the<br />

Analysis of Violent Crime coordinators,<br />

and child exploitation task force<br />

members.<br />

The FBI’s Child Victim Services program<br />

within the Victim Services Division<br />

provides support to child victims,<br />

the families of child victims, and witnesses<br />

of federal crimes. The team is<br />

focused on ensuring that any interactions<br />

with child victims or witnesses<br />

are tailored to the child’s stage of<br />

development and minimize any additional<br />

trauma to the child. In addition,<br />

they connect children and families<br />

to other resources to support their<br />

health and well-being through difficult<br />

times.<br />

National Missing Children’s Day is<br />

also a reminder about preparedness<br />

should the unthinkable ever happen<br />

to your child. You can download the<br />

FBI’s Child ID app, which allows you<br />

to quickly share key information with<br />

authorities if your child is missing. The<br />

free app also includes tips on keeping<br />

children safe and guidance on what<br />

to do during the first crucial hours after<br />

a child goes missing. (The FBI does<br />

not collect or store the information<br />

or photos you enter into the app. The<br />

data resides on your mobile device<br />

unless you choose to send it to authorities<br />

in an emergency.)<br />

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What to do if Your Child Goes Missing<br />

The FBI has jurisdiction to immediately investigate any reported mysterious<br />

disappearance or kidnapping involving a child. Do not wait to report a missing<br />

child. Call your local FBI field office or the closest international office. You can<br />

also contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)<br />

at 1-800-THE-LOST. If your child is being abducted internationally by a family<br />

member and is not yet abroad, contact the U.S. Department of State.<br />

The <strong>Blues</strong> -- <strong>June</strong> ‘24 83


You’re shopping at the mall with your children when<br />

one of them suddenly disappears. A quick search of<br />

the nearby area is unsuccessful. What do you do?<br />

84 The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>June</strong> ‘24


Now there’s a free new tool from the FBI that can help. Our Child ID app—the first mobile<br />

application created by the FBI—provides a convenient place to electronically store<br />

photos and other vital information about your children so that it’s literally right at hand<br />

if you need it. You can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height<br />

and weight to security or police officers on the spot. Using a special tab on the app, you<br />

can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks.<br />

The app includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to<br />

do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing. It features a password protection<br />

option to help keep your information safe and allows you to add pictures from<br />

your mobile phone’s image library. You can also zoom in and crop images prior to saving.<br />

The app is available for download on iPhones through iTunes and on Android phones<br />

through Google Play.<br />

An important note: The FBI is not collecting or storing any photos or information that<br />

you enter in the app. All data resides solely on your mobile device unless you need to<br />

send it to authorities. Please read your mobile provider’s terms of service for information<br />

about the security of applications stored on your device.<br />

Put your child’s safety in your own hands. Download the FBI’s Child ID app today.<br />

The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>June</strong> ‘24 85


Adam’s Legacy:<br />

Transforming how we search for<br />

missing children.<br />

By Patricia Davis<br />

National Missing Children’s Day, recognized<br />

every May 25, will be especially poignant<br />

this year at NCMEC as we celebrate<br />

our <strong>40</strong>th anniversary. Since opening our<br />

doors in 1984, we’ve witnessed a dramatic<br />

transformation in the way our nation<br />

searches for missing children.<br />

If 6-year-old Adam Walsh was abducted<br />

from a shopping mall in Hollywood, Florida<br />

today, the response would be very, very<br />

different than it was on July 27, 1981.<br />

Today, unlike <strong>40</strong> years ago, a child abduction<br />

is entered into the FBI’s national<br />

crime database, giving law enforcement<br />

agencies in different jurisdictions real-time<br />

information to assist in the search. Missing<br />

child posters featuring Adam’s photo could<br />

quickly blanket Florida and could be shared<br />

on social media, national TV shows and<br />

trucker networks.<br />

Rapid deployment teams would be available<br />

to mobilize investigative expertise and<br />

critical resources – search dogs, drones,<br />

landscape mapping, details on nearby sex<br />

offenders and any attempted abductions<br />

in the area. If the case fit the state’s criteria,<br />

highway signs and cellphones would<br />

light up with AMBER Alerts to mobilize the<br />

public. Adam’s face could appear on Ring<br />

videos and gas station TVs. There would be<br />

emotional support offered for Adam’s parents,<br />

John and Revé Walsh.<br />

Back in 1981, Adam’s parents had none of<br />

these resources available when their son<br />

was abducted. When Adam vanished, there<br />

was no coordinated national response in<br />

place to search for missing children. During<br />

the worst moment of their lives, they realized<br />

that no one had a plan to find Adam,<br />

and they were on their own searching for<br />

their child. Two weeks after his abduction,<br />

Adam was found murdered. John and Revé<br />

channeled their profound grief into action<br />

and created a national movement to help<br />

all missing and exploited children. They<br />

co-founded NCMEC on April 6, 1984 as the<br />

nation’s clearinghouse and resource center<br />

on issues related to missing and exploited<br />

children.<br />

Over the past <strong>40</strong> years, while the world<br />

has changed in immeasurable ways, so<br />

has the way our nation responds when a<br />

child goes missing. A deeper understanding<br />

about issues facing children and advances<br />

in technology have enhanced the way we<br />

alert the public when a child is missing:<br />

• Social media enables us to spread the<br />

word quickly and geo-target areas where a<br />

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child is missing or may be now.<br />

• AMBER Alerts are galvanizing people<br />

faster through their cellphones and other<br />

electronic devices to search for abducted<br />

children.<br />

• Here at NCMEC, we no longer wait for<br />

the media to call us. Instead, we proactively<br />

and intentionally engage media markets in<br />

areas where law enforcement believes a<br />

missing child may be.<br />

• We recently debuted an innovative way<br />

to search for missing children – using a hyper-localized<br />

QR code that allows users to<br />

view pictures of chlidren who went missing<br />

within a 50-mile radius.<br />

• Ring, GSTV and national television<br />

shows, like “America’s Most Wanted” and<br />

“On Patrol Live,” are helping us bring more<br />

children home.<br />

New laws are also having a profound<br />

impact on bringing children home. A law<br />

enacted on Sept. 29, 2014, for example,<br />

requires Social Services to report any child<br />

missing from care to both law enforcement<br />

and NCMEC. Tragically, the law was needed<br />

because so many children vanish from<br />

foster care and group homes and are never<br />

reported. You can’t find children if you don’t<br />

know they’re missing. Since the law was<br />

passed, more children missing from care<br />

are being recovered – our caseload has<br />

doubled – making the law itself a powerful<br />

tool.<br />

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The spotlight on missing children in our<br />

country has never been brighter, thanks<br />

in great part to the tireless efforts of John<br />

and Revé Walsh.<br />

In 1981, after their son was abducted and<br />

murdered, they lobbied Congress tirelessly.<br />

“Where’s the Children’s Building?” Revé<br />

asked in a taxi when she and her husband<br />

landed in Washington. Today, NCMEC is that<br />

“children’s building.” Headquartered in Alexandria,<br />

Virginia, NCMEC has grown from<br />

a handful of employees to a staff of more<br />

than 450, with hundreds of volunteers and<br />

three regional branches across the United<br />

States.<br />

Two years after Adam’s abduction, President<br />

Reagan proclaimed May 25 as National<br />

Missing Children’s Day. It was named after<br />

6-year-old Etan Patz who was abducted<br />

on that day in 1979. Etan was walking alone<br />

for the very first time to his school bus stop<br />

in New York City and has never been found.<br />

His shocking abduction, and that of Adam<br />

and other children around that time, including<br />

victims of the “Atlanta’s missing and<br />

murdered children,” awakened the nation<br />

to what was happening to its most vulnerable<br />

citizens. The next year, President Reagan<br />

officially opened NCMEC as the nation’s<br />

beacon of hope for families of missing and<br />

exploited children.<br />

Since that day, we’ve helped law enforcement<br />

recover more than 426,000 missing<br />

children. Our partnerships with the Office<br />

of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Programs,<br />

federal law-enforcement agencies<br />

and private donors have grown stronger.<br />

National Missing Children’s Day honors Etan Patz.<br />

We have a rapid deployment team comprised<br />

of experienced retired law-enforcement<br />

officers called Team Adam. Our Adam<br />

Program signs up citizens and businesses<br />

for email alerts if a child is missing in their<br />

area. Code Adam keeps kids safer in businesses,<br />

parks, government buildings – all<br />

named in Adam’s memory.<br />

Because of what happened to Adam,<br />

we’re all working together now to help<br />

missing and exploited children. What a<br />

remarkable legacy Adam has left on our<br />

nation.<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 />

National Sheriff’s Association Annual Education & Technology<br />

Conference 2024<br />

When: <strong>June</strong> 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: <strong>June</strong> 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: November 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 />

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PROUDLY PRESENTS THE 2024<br />

ST ND RD<br />

1 / 2 / 3 PLACE PRIZES TO BE AWARDED IN THREE CATEGORIES:<br />

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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 />

Non 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 />

REGISTER HERE<br />

$ 385<br />

IHIA Active Member<br />

BOOK HOTEL<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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HONORING OUR<br />

SERGEANT BILL HOOSER<br />

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SANTAQUIN POLICE DEPARTMENT, UTAH<br />

END OF WATCH SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2024<br />

AGE: 50 TOUR: 9 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Sergeant Bill Hooser was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer that was fleeing a traffic stop on I-15 near mile<br />

marker 244 in Santaquin. A Utah Highway Patrol trooper and Sergeant Hooser initiated a traffic stop at 6:30<br />

a.m. after reports of a person standing on the back of a semi-trailer. The driver fled and turned his tractor-trailer<br />

around, driving south on the northbound lanes, when he hit Sergeant Hooser, his patrol car, and the trooper’s<br />

vehicle. Sergeant Hooser was killed instantly. The subject fled on foot and stole a truck. He was apprehended<br />

after crashing the truck during a short pursuit.<br />

Sergeant Hooser had served with the Santaquin Police Department for seven years and previously served with<br />

the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office (New Mexico) for two years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and<br />

a granddaughter.


FALLEN HEROES<br />

POLICE OFFICER JACOB DERBIN<br />

EUCLID POLICE DEPARTMENT, OHIO<br />

END OF WATCH SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2024<br />

AGE: 23 TOUR: 10 MONTHS BADGE: N/A<br />

Police Officer Jacob Derbin was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance call in the 300 block of East<br />

211th Street at about 9:55 pm. He was ambushed by a subject after he arrived at the location. The man who<br />

shot him, who is a convicted felon and was wanted for violating conditions of his community supervision, fled<br />

the scene. Officer Derbin was transported to University Hospitals where he succumbed to his wounds.<br />

The suspect was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound the next day.<br />

Officer Derbin had served with the Euclid Police Department for 10 months. He is survived by his fiancée.<br />

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HONORING OUR<br />

TROOPER II MARCELLUS E. BETHEA<br />

NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE, NEW JERSEY<br />

END OF WATCH SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2024<br />

AGE: 33 TOUR: 8 YEARS BADGE: 7829<br />

Trooper II Marcellus Bethea collapsed and died while training at the Ewing Headquarters<br />

Division at 10<strong>40</strong> River Road in Ewing Township.<br />

Trooper Bethea was training to join Teams Unit One, the New Jersey State Police SWAT<br />

Team.<br />

Trooper Bethea had served with the New Jersey State Police for eight years. He was survived<br />

by his wife and daughter.<br />

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FALLEN HEROES<br />

MASTER-AT-ARMS LYNDON JOEL COSGRIFF-FLAX<br />

UNITED STATES NAVY SECURITY FORCES<br />

END OF WATCH SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2024<br />

AGE: 22 TOUR: 2 YEARS BADGE: N/A<br />

Master-at-Arms 3rd Class LJ Cosgriff-Flax died when he fell overboard while conducting<br />

training at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown in Yorktown, Virginia. He was conducting familiarization<br />

training on the York River with his harbor security boat team when he fell overboard at<br />

about 8:05 pm. MA3 Cosgriff-Flax suffered fatal injuries during the incident.<br />

MA3 Cosgriff-Flax had been stationed at NWS Yorktown for two years. He is survived by his<br />

mother, father and stepmother, brother, sister, and grandparents.<br />

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BY MICHAEL BARRON<br />

Guide to In-Patrol Car Dining<br />

Editor: Many years ago, a story appeared on<br />

my desk seeking a spot in the upcoming War<br />

stories section of the BLUES. While it wasn’t necessary<br />

a ‘war story’ per se, it was entertaining<br />

and somewhat educational. It centered around<br />

“in-patrol dining” and what foods you could eat<br />

while on patrol. Now I’m sure with in-car cameras<br />

and BWC this might not be a thing anymore,<br />

or perhaps it still is. Regardless, I’ve updated the<br />

stories to include some of the latest offerings in<br />

drive-thru food choices and their adaptability to<br />

eating while on patrol.<br />

While at lunch with some patrol buddies of<br />

mine, the conversation somehow led to “dude you<br />

aren’t seriously going to eat those leftovers on the<br />

remainder of your shift, are you?”<br />

Sure, why not?<br />

Cause the guts of those tacos are going to spill<br />

everywhere and I’m pretty sure your car share<br />

partner isn’t going to want to sit in lettuce and<br />

guacamole. Nevertheless, he asked for a to-go<br />

box and proceeded to walk out the door, happy to<br />

have his afternoon snack ready to go.<br />

So, this got me to thinking. What exactly ‘can’<br />

you eat while patrolling the streets of Houston. So,<br />

over the next few weeks, I conducted several ‘experiments’<br />

with all kinds of drive-thru and to go<br />

foods to see what worked and what was a disaster.<br />

So, in no particular order, here are my findings:<br />

HAND-HELD FAST FOODS<br />

WHATABURGER:<br />

FAILS<br />

• Whataburger #1 with lettuce, tomato, onions,<br />

pickles, mayo, ketchup.<br />

• Any specialty burger loaded with anything other<br />

than meat and a bun.<br />

• Full Size Breakfast meal with pancakes<br />

(this should be obvious)<br />

• Whataburger with chili (again a no-brainer)<br />

RIDEALONGS<br />

• Breakfast on a Bun<br />

• Chicken Fingers dinner (watch the gravy)<br />

• Chicken Sandwich without lettuce & tomato<br />

• Whataburger Junior without lettuce & tomato<br />

MACDONALDS<br />

FAILS<br />

• Breakfast Meal with Hotcakes<br />

• Big Mac<br />

• Sausage Burritos (juices pour out the bottom of<br />

the paper wrapping)<br />

• Fruit and Maple Oatmeal<br />

RIDEALONGS<br />

• Quarter Pounder with Cheese or plain<br />

• Small Hamburger or Cheeseburger<br />

• Fish Sandwich<br />

• McNuggets<br />

• Breakfast Sandwiches<br />

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WENDYS<br />

FAILS<br />

• Cinnabon<br />

• Baconator (can cause stroke while driving)<br />

• Pretzel Baconator<br />

(can cause stroke & heart attack while driving)<br />

• Breakfast Baconator<br />

• Chili (come one don’t be stupid)<br />

• Salads – Much better for you but you ain’t<br />

driving and eating a salad<br />

RIDEALONGS<br />

• Single with cheese<br />

• Small Hamburger or Cheeseburger<br />

• Chicken Nuggets<br />

• Breakfast Sandwiches<br />

• Frosty – you have to stop some time<br />

and this is a good time to do just that.<br />

JACK IN THE BOX<br />

FAILS<br />

• Bacon Double Smashed Jack Combo<br />

• Classic Smashed Chicken<br />

• Anything with the name “smashed” in it<br />

• Classic Buttery (insert burger name here)<br />

• Jumbo Jack (in other words, no burgers)<br />

• Anything with the word ‘loaded’ at the<br />

front of the name<br />

• Chicken Fajita Pita<br />

• Chicken Teriyaki Bowl<br />

(damn good, but you’re parking for this one)<br />

• Grilled wraps<br />

RIDEALONGS<br />

• Popcorn Chicken<br />

• Chicken Strips (lots of batter)<br />

• Tiny Tacos (skip the loaded ones)<br />

• Regular Tacos (best late-night snack EVER)<br />

• Plain Burger with no condiments<br />

• Onion Rings<br />

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FIVE GUYS<br />

FAILS<br />

• Any of their burgers. They are delicious but the<br />

juice runs everywhere.<br />

RIDEALONGS<br />

• A bag of their fries<br />

SONIC<br />

FAILS<br />

• Burgers with anything but meat and cheese<br />

• anything with chili<br />

RIDEALONGS<br />

• Any of their finger foods<br />

• Great malts and shakes<br />

IN & OUT<br />

“Keep on driving to the nearest Whataburger”<br />

TACO BELL<br />

FAILS<br />

• Damn near entire menu<br />

RIDEALONGS<br />

• Nacho Fries<br />

Chick-Fil-A<br />

FAILS<br />

• Chicken Deluxe<br />

• Any of their Salads<br />

• Closed on Sundays<br />

RIDEALONGS<br />

• Strips & Nuggets<br />

• Chicken Sandwiches<br />

• Waffle Fries (if you like waffle fries)<br />

• Best Damn Lemonade on the Planet<br />

KFC<br />

FAILS<br />

• Buckets of Chicken (Lol)<br />

• Mashed Potatoes and Gravy<br />

RIDEALONGS<br />

• Strips & Nuggets<br />

• Chicken Sandwich (so so)<br />

Mind you this experiment was conducted<br />

in TEXAS. We realize cops in other states<br />

and large metropolitan cities may have different<br />

standards.<br />

• New York & New Jersey – A slice. Any kind,<br />

any time. Fold-it and it’s good to go.<br />

• Philly – Cheese Steak<br />

• Memphis – BBQ<br />

• Nashville – Hot Chicken<br />

• Florida – Any kind of seafood<br />

• Boston – Bowl of Chowder (with a lid)<br />

• Chicago – Deep Dish Pizza<br />

• Hazen Arkansas – Anything Chief Bradley<br />

can shoot and kill on his days off.<br />

We could go on, but you get the drift.<br />

Send us your favorite RIDEALONG FOOD to:<br />

bluespdmag@gmail.com.<br />

OH YEAH, WE FORGOT ONE,<br />

ALL BRAND OF DONUTS<br />

Popeyes<br />

FAILS<br />

• A Box of Chicken (Lol)<br />

• Rice & Beans<br />

RIDEALONGS<br />

• Strips & Nuggets<br />

• Chicken Sandwich<br />

(voted best Chicken sandwich)<br />

• Seafood boxes<br />

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WORDS BY HUNTER RANKIN<br />

“The Duty of Drinking<br />

If you’re like me (or like I was),<br />

there have been times you’ve<br />

wondered if you should be at<br />

work due to the previous night’s<br />

festivities. There are a myriad<br />

of reasons why there tends to<br />

be a phenomenon within some<br />

law enforcement professionals<br />

that never want the good times<br />

to end but as long as the good<br />

times are flowing, the feelings<br />

from the job simply had to wait.<br />

When I started in the profession<br />

in 1996, I was an 18-yearold<br />

kid who graduated high<br />

school the week before my start<br />

employment date. I had to transition<br />

from the normal carefree<br />

disposition of most high school<br />

kids, to now worrying about<br />

the stress of holding a job in a<br />

paramilitary environment. Beginning<br />

in the county detention<br />

center made that transition a lot<br />

easier but I quickly realized that<br />

working in a jail wasn’t much<br />

different than attending high<br />

school.<br />

A lot of the same people were<br />

there, some in orange and some<br />

in grey. The gossip was about<br />

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the same too. Much like high<br />

school, when the workday was<br />

over, it didn’t end and only just<br />

began. We would leave the jail,<br />

and ended up in the desert, or a<br />

bar somewhere.<br />

THE CULTURE<br />

At 18 years old, I wouldn’t<br />

normally have the ability to be<br />

involved in the after-work festivities,<br />

but my coworkers and<br />

supervisors made sure I could<br />

attend all of the necessary<br />

functions to be part of the club.<br />

Whether it entailed purchasing<br />

beer for me or sneaking me<br />

into the bar surrounded by cops<br />

wearing undershirts and uniform<br />

pants, I was part of “the team”<br />

and proved it on a nightly basis…<br />

after work.<br />

There were many days at work,<br />

after one of our nights of “Choir<br />

Practice,” that I felt like I should<br />

probably be checking myself into<br />

the drunk tank. Being from a<br />

small town, I began drinking at<br />

an early age. The drinking part<br />

of it was nothing new to me, but<br />

what came later on was.<br />

I was taught that drinking<br />

together was how you handled<br />

all of your stresses and emotions<br />

and bonded as partners. You<br />

didn’t talk about your feelings<br />

because that would make you<br />

seem weak. We worked in a profession<br />

where both sides could<br />

smell weakness and would use it<br />

to their advantage. This new way<br />

of dealing with life carried on<br />

years into my career even after I<br />

left the jail and was working as<br />

a sworn deputy.<br />

By my mid-twenties, I had<br />

been through a lot of the normal<br />

traumas that most in our profession<br />

go through but beginning<br />

the career at 18 years old had<br />

made me the Doogie Howser of<br />

police work. I had learned a lot,<br />

been through a lot, and dealt<br />

with none of it, all at a very early<br />

age.<br />

I experienced the gruesome<br />

scenes, the vulnerable victims,<br />

seeing people’s lives end way<br />

too early, and the one trauma<br />

that would shape the rest of my<br />

life, my childhood friend and<br />

partner was shot and killed in<br />

the line of duty. I chose not to


drink until he was buried but<br />

after the funeral, it was business<br />

(or fun) as usual.<br />

THE BOTTOM<br />

Drinking was how I coped with<br />

life, along with the accompanying<br />

trials and tribulations. That<br />

was until 2015 when I hit absolute<br />

rock bottom and was continuing<br />

to dig. That digging led<br />

me to beautiful Palm Springs,<br />

California. I always loved California<br />

and it was always a vacation<br />

destination for my family. I<br />

always wanted to live in California,<br />

so I got my wish, but I never<br />

dreamed it would be in a rehab<br />

facility under lock and key.<br />

90 days later, I came out a<br />

freshly graduated rehabber with<br />

a new outlook on life. It wasn’t<br />

easy and it took a lot of work,<br />

but it can absolutely be done.<br />

We are a unique breed in this<br />

profession and the journey to<br />

getting help was actually the<br />

hardest part.<br />

THE BEGINNING<br />

Once I broke down the<br />

long-engrained barriers that<br />

taught me to suck it up, drink<br />

your emotions, don’t talk about<br />

your feelings…and DON’T ask for<br />

help, I found a whole new world<br />

waiting for me.<br />

It was actually a world I had<br />

always been living in but had<br />

been masked by the dark filter<br />

I put on it. Getting sober was<br />

not and is not all rainbows and<br />

sunshine. Life still sucks, but I<br />

learned how to deal with life on<br />

life’s terms. Learning this new<br />

way of dealing with life has me<br />

happy and proud to say I am a 9<br />

year “graduate” of rehab.<br />

This is one of the biggest accomplishments<br />

of my life. There<br />

is help out there for all of us if<br />

we need it. Taking the first step is<br />

the hardest, but well worth it.<br />

THE SUBTLE SIGN<br />

In my last article, I wrote about<br />

the Line of Duty Death of my<br />

childhood friend and partner. I<br />

mentioned that I made a conscious<br />

decision not to drink until<br />

after the funeral. I knew that I<br />

needed to be strong and focused<br />

for the family. What I didn’t realize<br />

back then; is that it was a<br />

subtle sign I already had a drinking<br />

problem.<br />

Normal Drinkers, referred to as<br />

“Normies” by those of us in recovery<br />

never have to adjust their<br />

drinking for different situations.<br />

Normies never stop drinking or<br />

pause drinking to prove they can.<br />

The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>June</strong> ‘24 107


Sound familiar? I hope not, but if<br />

it does, there is a solution.<br />

In 1935 Alcoholics Anonymous<br />

was formed by two men<br />

in Akron, Ohio. Bill W, a New<br />

York Stockbroker, and Dr. Bob S.<br />

an Akron surgeon had a small<br />

meeting. These two men, affectionately<br />

referred to as Bill W.<br />

and Dr. Bob founded a program<br />

so profound that it is responsible<br />

for millions of men and women<br />

achieving and maintaining sobriety<br />

worldwide. I’m sure neither<br />

of those men realized the magnitude<br />

of their simple meeting and<br />

that what they discussed would<br />

still be going on 89 years later.<br />

The Big Book of Alcoholics<br />

Anonymous was later created. It<br />

is essentially a bible for alcoholics.<br />

In this book, we are taught<br />

that the one true wish of every<br />

alcoholic is to be a Normie. We<br />

wish we could drink casually,<br />

occasionally, just for fun, not<br />

for a reason, not to get rid of<br />

a problem, not to decompress<br />

from a hard day, not to cope<br />

with and drown out bad memories<br />

until we can’t remember<br />

them anymore.<br />

Spoiler alert, those bad memories<br />

always come back someday.<br />

There is a simple test that is<br />

posed in this literature. It goes<br />

something like this… Walk into a<br />

bar, order an alcoholic beverage<br />

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(pay for it) take one drink, sit it<br />

back down on the bar, and walk<br />

out. Now if your head just exploded,<br />

as mine did the first time<br />

I heard that, you might not be a<br />

Normie. An alcoholic or problem<br />

drinker’s head will explode, not<br />

because of the money that was<br />

just wasted, but because who<br />

in their right mind would waste<br />

alcohol like that? Guys like me<br />

used to make fun of the guys<br />

who didn’t finish their drinks or<br />

went home first. I can only imagine<br />

exercising that test today, 9<br />

years sober, and I would not be<br />

able to taste just one drink of<br />

that alcohol and be satisfied. We<br />

would be fastening our seatbelts<br />

and on a collision course with<br />

Last Call.<br />

My allergy to alcohol would<br />

once again be revealed.<br />

First Responders have a keen<br />

sense of awareness, and we<br />

pick up on signs and signals<br />

that most civilians don’t. We<br />

are taught to trust our gut, and<br />

when something doesn’t feel<br />

right it’s probably not. I can say<br />

the same for alcoholics and<br />

Normies. Alcoholics have a different<br />

brain, a different thought<br />

process, and a different way of<br />

viewing and living life. If any<br />

of this sounds familiar to you,<br />

or you already know but aren’t<br />

ready to admit it, I promise you<br />

there is a solution.<br />

Everyone’s story is different,<br />

everyone’s recovery is different<br />

and doesn’t have to be like mine.<br />

There are a ton of different ways<br />

to deal with it, and not all of<br />

them involve Rehab or AA. Trust<br />

your gut, and pay attention to<br />

the subtle signs, they are there<br />

for a reason. Cops are some of<br />

the strongest and smartest people<br />

there are on the planet, but<br />

also the most stubborn.<br />

You will know when it is time,<br />

just get out of your own way<br />

and get to work.<br />

ABOUT THE AUTHOR<br />

Hunter Rankin is a Sheriff’s<br />

Commander in Arizona with over<br />

24 years experience in law enforcement.<br />

He is a graduate of<br />

the Northwestern Police School<br />

of Staff and Command, Class<br />

453 and the Arizona Leadership<br />

Program Class 4. He currently<br />

leads the Criminal Investigations<br />

Bureau in a medium sized agency.<br />

He has command experience in<br />

Patrol, Traffic, Training, Dispatch,<br />

Internal Affairs and Human Resources.<br />

He has 9 years of sobriety<br />

from Michael’s House of Palm<br />

Springs, CA and Palm Desert<br />

Recovery Center in Palm Desert,<br />

CA. He is a strong advocate for<br />

wellness and recovery in law<br />

enforcement.<br />

REPRINTED FROM THE LAW OFFICER


The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>June</strong> ‘24 109


A BADGE OF HONOR<br />

healing our heroes<br />

The Reality of<br />

Police Work!<br />

There is no job on this planet<br />

that suffers or loses more than<br />

our Law Enforcement officers.<br />

No job buries more employees<br />

or sustains more physical and<br />

mental injuries per year then our<br />

Brave men and Women in Blue.<br />

Some want to believe it’s all<br />

about saving lives and being the<br />

Hero. Others think it’s a hefty<br />

and secure retirement with great<br />

benefits. The reality is, the Job is<br />

a calling. Those who choose to<br />

answer it, are willing to do anything<br />

for one another. With this<br />

answer, comes preparation.<br />

Yes, there may come a time<br />

or two throughout your 20 or<br />

30-year career, to save a life or<br />

be called a Hero. You may even<br />

have the book smarts and the<br />

stomach to join the politically<br />

fueled ranks up the Law Enforcement<br />

ladder. But it doesn’t mean<br />

anything without the proper<br />

preparation of your own mental<br />

mindset.<br />

The reality is you’ll work 10,957<br />

days or 262,974 hours of your<br />

life and in some cases witness<br />

approximately 800 Traumatic experiences<br />

over a 30-year career.<br />

We witness things each day<br />

that no human can truly ever<br />

prepare for. Our brain is not capable<br />

of processing the amount<br />

of trauma we see in such a short<br />

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period of time. The average<br />

civilian sees maybe 5 Traumatic<br />

events in a lifetime, some of our<br />

Officers can experience that in<br />

just one 8-hour shift.<br />

Keeping a Healthy Mindset is<br />

the most important tool you will<br />

need to place into your Mental<br />

Health toolbox.<br />

You will spend countless hours<br />

off the clock decompressing<br />

from your shift, missing your<br />

kids’ baseball games and other<br />

family functions. This causes<br />

your mental health to deteriorate,<br />

possibly resulting in Isolation,<br />

addictions and self-harm.<br />

This can become your off-duty<br />

activities without the proper<br />

preparation.<br />

The reality: Loneliness, Kidney<br />

failure, Divorce, or Death can<br />

occur. The 262,974 plus hours<br />

you have worked so hard for<br />

should not be just tossed in the<br />

trash. There will never be a Hero<br />

Status, a book writing deal or<br />

enjoying everything you worked<br />

so hard for if you didn’t prepare<br />

or were too scared to talk.<br />

For most of us who are on regular<br />

Patrol, Detective, or Specialized<br />

Field Unit duties, those hefty<br />

pensions, book writing deals, or<br />

Hero Lives may never apply. But if<br />

you have an unhealthy mindset,<br />

you are almost guaranteed that<br />

SAMANTHA HORWITZ &<br />

JOHN SALERNO<br />

it will never happen. That’s just<br />

the true reality of it.<br />

The 800,000 plus sworn Officers<br />

throughout the United States<br />

have already seen 59 Brothers<br />

and Sisters laid to rest in 2024<br />

thus far and unfortunately there<br />

will be more before the years up.<br />

On average, we lose over 100<br />

Officers per year to felonious<br />

assaults, MVAs, drownings and<br />

more. Not to mention those lost<br />

by their own hands due to mental<br />

stress.<br />

When you look at the reality of<br />

these numbers and on how many<br />

people are impacted, the results<br />

are staggering. No other Job suffers<br />

as much.<br />

The Country’s expectation<br />

of us is more than the support<br />

they are willing to give. Yes, we<br />

have implemented many great<br />

peer-support groups, programs,<br />

and workshops. But it’s not<br />

enough. The reality is we as Officers<br />

are not utilizing them. Why?<br />

Well, we were never taught to<br />

talk the talk, only walk the walk.<br />

Many are afraid of the weight it<br />

may bring down on their careers,


and some are just afraid.<br />

Which is kind of ironic when<br />

you think about it. We will run<br />

towards gun fire, run into a<br />

burning building, climb the highest<br />

of peaks to save someone we<br />

don’t know and place ourselves<br />

in harm’s way, but we can’t build<br />

up the courage to make an appointment<br />

for self-help.<br />

It’s kind of sad when you think<br />

about it. We believed and aspired<br />

for our careers to be like<br />

the things we have read or heard<br />

about or seen on TV. That’s not<br />

reality. We need to set ourselves<br />

up for a successful future.<br />

Day one of Law Enforcement<br />

does not start when you raise<br />

your hand to take the oath, it<br />

begins before that. It begins<br />

with the mental mindset to help<br />

protect and serve the community<br />

we decided to work in.<br />

If we do not prepare, we are<br />

setting a path towards failure.<br />

The True reality of Law Enforcement<br />

is Preparation.<br />

Preparation for retirement and<br />

preparation for Family. And<br />

Preparation in the event of your<br />

death or disability, both of which<br />

will have long-lasting impacts.<br />

Having hard talks now will make<br />

it easier later.<br />

The time for this preparation is<br />

not in your 15th or 25th year. The<br />

time to start preparing is when<br />

the thought of a Police Career<br />

enters your mind.<br />

Have the real discussions with<br />

those around you. Learning to<br />

discuss what the future holds,<br />

will train your mind into discussing<br />

what the present reality<br />

is. It will develop the coping<br />

skills towards a successful<br />

retirement.<br />

Too many of us wait too long<br />

to talk about the reality of Police<br />

work. We must talk about the<br />

bad times as well as the good<br />

times. Hiding or shielding it only<br />

internalizes it. By internalizing<br />

it is certain to damage you and<br />

everything around you. You have<br />

worked too hard and sacrificed<br />

too much not to be able to enjoy<br />

the fruits of your labor when you<br />

return to civilian life.<br />

That my brothers and sisters, is<br />

the reality of Police Work.<br />

The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>June</strong> ‘24 111


DARYL LOTT<br />

daryl’s deliberations<br />

Diphtheria or Plague of<br />

the Children<br />

Exactly 203 years ago in 1821<br />

one of humanity’s most deadly<br />

diseases was given a name:<br />

Diphtheria. The malady is named<br />

for a false membrane that the<br />

disease produces that covers the<br />

soft palette of the throat. The<br />

membrane looks like a piece<br />

of leather hide on the back of<br />

the throat so “leather” is what<br />

Diphtheria means in English. The<br />

infection produces poison and<br />

the leather like membrane<br />

grows and eventually<br />

suffocates the<br />

victim. Adults could get<br />

the disease and die from<br />

it, but children and their<br />

little throats are particularly<br />

vulnerable, so the<br />

disease was especially<br />

lethal among children.<br />

Diphtheria is contagious<br />

and is passed by<br />

droplets from person to<br />

person. In the late 1800’s,<br />

germ theory was limited.<br />

American physicians<br />

didn’t really buy into the<br />

theory, but they knew<br />

children were dying<br />

of the plague. British<br />

scientists warned that<br />

people were spreading<br />

the disease with a “kiss<br />

of death” when they<br />

kissed their suffocating<br />

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children. They were correct, but<br />

what parent can resist kissing<br />

their child as the child’s blue<br />

face contorts in agony?<br />

No region of the world was<br />

safe from Diphtheria. No economic<br />

class was safe. Queen<br />

Victoria’s daughter, Princess Alice<br />

(age 35) and Alice’s daughter<br />

both died of the disease.<br />

The queen, like countless other<br />

parents and grandparents, was<br />

DARYL LOTT<br />

devastated. Of course, the disease<br />

spread like wildfire through<br />

densely populated cities<br />

like London and New<br />

York. The low income<br />

tenements were a fertile<br />

environment for the<br />

plague.<br />

The hospital wards<br />

were full of dying children<br />

and wailing parents.<br />

In New York City,<br />

in 1873, two physicians<br />

entered the fray on<br />

behalf of the working<br />

poor in the city’s crowded<br />

neighborhoods. The<br />

husband and wife team<br />

of Abraham Jacobi and<br />

Mary Putnam were<br />

angels of mercy in the<br />

crowded and deadly<br />

wards. These advocates<br />

for public health agencies<br />

actually created a<br />

new field of medicine<br />

known as “Pediatrics.”


The idea was that children are<br />

not simply smaller versions of<br />

an adult, but are separate beings<br />

with their own issues. The chief<br />

issue at that time was Diphtheria.<br />

The doctors’ own family was not<br />

immune to Diphtheria as they<br />

lost their beloved seven year old.<br />

This only spurred the doctors’<br />

efforts to promote public health<br />

standards and sanitation for everyone,<br />

including the poor.<br />

In 1888, the Pasteur Institute<br />

of Paris had two scientists that<br />

isolated the pathogen that produced<br />

the poison. That led to a<br />

Japanese scientist developing a<br />

process for making an antitoxin.<br />

The Pasteur Institute followed<br />

the process and developed an<br />

antitoxin from the blood of<br />

horses. It included infecting the<br />

horses with tetanus and their<br />

systems produced an antitoxin<br />

for Diphtheria.<br />

This equine based treatment<br />

for Diphtheria was a huge breakthrough<br />

and the scientists involved<br />

won the Nobel Prize in<br />

1901. The fatality rate among<br />

children fell to 25% with the<br />

horse antibodies treatment. The<br />

world had some hope! Obviously,<br />

in our modern world a lethality<br />

rate of 25% is not a good thing,<br />

but the celebrations of the new<br />

treatment were worldwide and<br />

heartfelt. Of course, the availability<br />

of the treatment was<br />

a whole new problem. Many<br />

vulnerable populations still<br />

suffered without the treatments.<br />

President Grover Cleveland’s<br />

daughter, “Baby Ruth” (the candy<br />

bar is named for her), died even<br />

with the treatment. One of the<br />

most famous efforts to make the<br />

treatment available to children<br />

took place in Alaska in 1925. It<br />

involved a 674 mile dog sled race<br />

to Nome that is memorialized<br />

now by the Iditarod Race. The<br />

lead dog of the original race,<br />

“Balto”, has a statue in New<br />

York’s Central Park.<br />

The treatment for Diphtheria<br />

also doubled as a vaccination<br />

to give people, especially children,<br />

immunity from the dreaded<br />

disease. Vaccination campaigns<br />

were successful until the supply<br />

chains were disrupted by World<br />

War Two. Fifty thousand Europeans<br />

died in 1943 because they<br />

could not access the life saving<br />

antitoxin/vaccine.<br />

In 1948, the Diphtheria Pertussis<br />

Tetanus (DPT) vaccination<br />

was developed and distributed<br />

worldwide. The World Health<br />

Organization administers the<br />

vaccine to developing countries.<br />

The elimination of Diphtheria is a<br />

goal of all civilized nations. Sadly,<br />

the vaccine pipeline has been<br />

interrupted in countries where<br />

violence and corruption reign.<br />

Diphtheria is making a comeback<br />

in unvaccinated children. If one<br />

contracts Diphtheria, the treatment<br />

is basically the same as it<br />

was 100 years ago—horse blood<br />

created antitoxin.<br />

The <strong>Blues</strong> - <strong>June</strong> ‘24 113


Unfortunately, the memories<br />

of families being decimated by<br />

Diphtheria and the euphoria of<br />

a 25% fatality rate have faded<br />

from our consciousness. I say<br />

“unfortunately” because many of<br />

us have lost our respect for the<br />

deadly repercussions of the socalled<br />

“childhood diseases.” We<br />

have forgotten what our ancestors<br />

experienced not so long ago.<br />

Vaccines are simply an inconvenient<br />

trip to the doctor’s office<br />

to have a shot placed on our<br />

children’s immunization record.<br />

Diphtheria has been relegated to<br />

the dustbin of history by scientists<br />

working tirelessly on behalf<br />

of their own children, many of<br />

whom succumbed to the deadly<br />

disease. The President of the<br />

United States and the Queen<br />

of England watched their own<br />

children being choked to death in<br />

gruesome scenes nobody wants<br />

to see repeated.<br />

I thank God and His agents,<br />

the physicians and scientists,<br />

for their heroic work on behalf<br />

of our greatest asset—our children.<br />

I pray for the little ones<br />

who have no access to vaccines<br />

and are contracting diseases in<br />

Yemen and Venezuela where<br />

Diphtheria is now rearing its ugly<br />

head. As populations of unvaccinated<br />

children move from one<br />

crowded refugee camp to another,<br />

it is inevitable that tragic<br />

outbreaks will occur. My hope<br />

is that the benefits of vaccines,<br />

clean water, and sanitation can<br />

be infused into the lives of these<br />

unfortunate people who live in<br />

filth and uncertain conditions<br />

that breed pestilence. This is<br />

what the medical pioneers of<br />

germ theory desired a hundred<br />

years ago. In most areas, we<br />

have come a long way from the<br />

dominance of Diphtheria, but in<br />

others, we have a long way to<br />

go.<br />

Send your comments to:<br />

DarylLott.Texas@gmail.com<br />

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DR. TINA JAECKLE<br />

blue mental health<br />

Making a Difference and<br />

Breaking Down Barriers<br />

Over the years, I have been<br />

blessed to meet countless<br />

excellent current and former<br />

law enforcement officers who<br />

have committed to breaking<br />

down the stigma and barriers<br />

to seeking and receiving adequate<br />

mental health services.<br />

Recently I became aware of<br />

a Texas-based award-winning<br />

radio show called MAD<br />

(Making a Difference) and had<br />

the opportunity to connect<br />

with John Salerno and Samantha<br />

Horwitz, co-hosts of<br />

the show, along with Charles<br />

Clark, Founder of the Blue<br />

Voice. MAD radio originated<br />

from the realization that<br />

laughter makes a difference<br />

and can save lives by reducing<br />

stress and providing a healing<br />

forum for the first responder<br />

community to understand that<br />

it’s okay not to be OK (#Itsoknototbeok).<br />

The show’s co-hosts bring<br />

numerous years of experience<br />

and wisdom. John Salerno is<br />

a retired New York City Detective<br />

with over 30 years as<br />

a first responder, starting as<br />

an emergency medical technician/firefighter<br />

and then<br />

moving into law enforcement.<br />

John was also a 9/11 first<br />

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responder who conducted<br />

search and rescue. Samantha<br />

(Sam) Horwitz was a former<br />

United States Secret Service<br />

Agent in World Trade Center<br />

Tower 1 on 9/11 when American<br />

Airlines Flight 11 struck<br />

it. Sam is the recipient of the<br />

United States Secret Service<br />

Director’s Citation for Valor for<br />

her service on 9/11. Sam has<br />

also been honored with the<br />

Texas State Flag from the Texas<br />

House of Representatives in<br />

recognition of her service as<br />

a United States Secret Service<br />

Agent and a Proclamation<br />

from the Texas Senate honoring<br />

her continued service<br />

to the citizens of the State of<br />

Texas. Sam’s been featured in<br />

People Magazine, ABC, CBS,<br />

Blaze TV with Glenn Beck, and<br />

other local and national media.<br />

She is the author of The<br />

Silent Fall: A Secret Service<br />

Agent’s Story of Tragedy and<br />

Triumph After 9/11. Together<br />

John and Sam (and with<br />

guests) discuss the impact of<br />

Post Traumatic Stress (PTS)<br />

and Post-traumatic Stress<br />

Injury (PTSI) within the first<br />

responder community and<br />

offer tools and resources to<br />

help cope with the stressors<br />

DR. TINA JAECKLE<br />

of performing daily job tasks.<br />

MAD also serves as a healing<br />

network to share John and<br />

Sam’s own experiences of<br />

PTSD with others and to help<br />

smash the mental health stigma<br />

for first responders seeking<br />

assistance.<br />

A Badge of Honor (www.<br />

ABadgeofHonor.com) was<br />

born out of this passion and<br />

offers educational workshops<br />

on PTS throughout the country.<br />

This organization has<br />

reached hundreds in Texas<br />

from agencies across the DFW<br />

metroplex and beyond. All<br />

participants are provided a<br />

questionnaire at determined<br />

intervals after the workshops<br />

to assess whether they utilize<br />

the tactics and tools demonstrated.<br />

This approach allows<br />

for measuring what works<br />

and how A Badge of Honor<br />

can keep innovating and improving.


As a mental health provider<br />

who has consistently advocated<br />

for more academy training<br />

on these issues, I wholeheartedly<br />

agree with A Badge of<br />

Honor’s current and future<br />

goals. They envision a <strong>40</strong>-<br />

hour block of instruction in<br />

academies on PTS followed by<br />

yearly or semi-yearly training.<br />

Additionally, they aim for all<br />

departments to have a written<br />

policy about mental health<br />

and how the department will<br />

support a first responder in<br />

need by providing 100% confidential<br />

resources and creating<br />

peer and family support programs.<br />

John Salerno offered the<br />

following valuable insight, “As<br />

mental health is not a one size<br />

fits, we need to show our first<br />

responders the many options<br />

available to them and their<br />

families. Families are also affected<br />

by PTSD, and we must<br />

educate them on what their<br />

loved ones are going through<br />

daily. Once a person becomes<br />

a frontline responder, your life<br />

changes if you want it to or<br />

not. Your mental health and<br />

how your department handles<br />

it are most important to<br />

the longevity of the career<br />

and the family unit. Many first<br />

responders are divorced due<br />

to work-related issues. So, if<br />

we can bring the knowledge<br />

to the entire first responder<br />

family, we may be able to save<br />

lives and families”.<br />

MAD radio, now called A<br />

Badge of Honor Podcast, now<br />

has more platforms, such as<br />

YouTube and others, and has<br />

moved the show out of the<br />

studio so they can interview<br />

first responders worldwide.<br />

The goal is to bring change in<br />

policies and procedures within<br />

the first responder community<br />

and to give front-line<br />

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NOT SO BRIGHT AWARD<br />

Light Bulb Award<br />

LOST IN TIME<br />

Biden thinks COVID happened while he was VP and Obama was president.<br />

Sorry Joe, you’re lost in space forever.<br />

President Biden appeared to<br />

claim he was vice president<br />

during the coronavirus pandemic<br />

and that former President<br />

Barack Obama had dispatched<br />

him to Detroit to help<br />

with the response.<br />

In comments first reported<br />

by the New York Post,<br />

Biden addressed an NAACP<br />

campaign event in Michigan<br />

Sunday night, where he repeatedly<br />

railed against his<br />

presumptive Republican opponent,<br />

former President Trump,<br />

while offering an aside about<br />

the contagion – which began<br />

in 2019 while the latter was in<br />

office.<br />

“When I was vice president,<br />

things were kind of bad<br />

during the pandemic,” Biden<br />

said near the beginning of his<br />

remarks.<br />

“And, what happened was<br />

Barack said to me: ‘Go to Detroit<br />

– help fix it.’”<br />

Duggan then rose and shook<br />

Biden’s hand.<br />

The pandemic, numbered<br />

COVID-19 due to global health<br />

officials having deemed it an<br />

outbreak in 2019, transpired<br />

in the latter years of Trump’s<br />

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term, not Obama’s. Biden<br />

succeeded Trump during the<br />

denouement of the pandemic.<br />

Elsewhere in the speech,<br />

Biden referenced working<br />

with civil rights activists in<br />

his youth, and quipped that<br />

Detroit helped “put food on”<br />

his family’s table, as his father,<br />

Joseph Biden Sr., was in the<br />

automobile business.<br />

Reserving much of his remarks<br />

to criticize Trump,<br />

Biden claimed at one juncture<br />

that “MAGA Republicans” want<br />

to engage in book-banning<br />

and other endeavors he described<br />

as extremist.<br />

“All that progress is at risk.<br />

Trump is trying to make the<br />

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country forget just how dark<br />

things were… when he was<br />

president,” Biden said.<br />

“We will never forget him<br />

lying about how serious the<br />

pandemic was, telling Americans<br />

‘just inject bleach’ – I<br />

think that’s what he did. I think<br />

that’s why he’s so screwy.”<br />

In another jab, Biden warned<br />

against his predecessor potentially<br />

nominating more<br />

justices to the Supreme Court:<br />

“Do you think he’ll put anybody<br />

[there] who has a brain?”<br />

“It’s clear when he lost in<br />

2020, and I mean this sincerely:<br />

something snapped in<br />

Trump. He just can’t accept he<br />

lost… That’s why Jan. 6 happened.”


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San Saba County Sheriff’s Office Get Info Deputy 07/06/2024<br />

Nacogdoches Constable, Precinct 1 Get Info Deputy Constable 06/30/2024<br />

Corsicana Police Department Get Info Police Officer 06/21/2024<br />

Port Aransas Police Department Get Info Patrol Officers 07/30/2024<br />

Fair Oaks Ranch Police Department Get Info Patrol Officer 07/08/2024<br />

Fort Bend County Fire Marshal’s Office Arson Investigator 06/07/2024<br />

Manvel Police Department Get Info Patrol Officer 07/13/2024<br />

Harker Heights Police Department Get Info Police Officer Trainee 06/07/2024<br />

Temple Police Department Get Info Police Officer 07/14/2024<br />

Center ISD Police Department Get Info Police Officer 07/15/2024<br />

Llano County Sheriff’s Office Get Info Civil Process/Transport Corporal 06/16/2024<br />

Llano County Sheriff’s Office Get Info Patrol Sergeant 06/16/2024<br />

Collin County Constable Precinct 1 Get Info Deputy Constable 06/28/2024<br />

Big Springs Police Department Get Info Police Officer 06/25/2024<br />

Rollingwood Police Department Get Info Police Officer 07/20/2024<br />

Mesquite Police Department Get Info Police Officer 06/25/2024<br />

University Park Police Department Get Info Police Officer Apply Here! 07/31/2024<br />

City of The Colony Get Info Police Chief 06/17/2024<br />

Haltom City Police Department Get Info Police Officer Civil Service Exam 07/28/2024<br />

Travis County Sheriff’s Office Facilities Court House Deputy 07/15/2024<br />

Gunter ISD Police Department Get Info Police Officer 07/15/2024<br />

Baylor County Sheriffs Office Get Info Deputy 07/20/2024<br />

Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct 4 Lateral & Current TCOLE Certified Cadets 07/23/2024<br />

Frisco Police Department Get Info Police Officers (Certified, Out of State Lateral and Recruits) 07/01/2024<br />

Wallis Police Department Get Info Police Officer 07/28/2024<br />

Rains ISD Police Department Get Info Police Officer 08/01/2024<br />

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NOW HIRING<br />

LE job positions<br />

WELCOME ABOARD PASADENA PD<br />

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ADCRR is Hiring<br />

Correctional Officers<br />

1-888-545-RUSH<br />

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This Is How We Serve<br />

Serve With Us<br />

Idaho State Police<br />

Apply now through<br />

March 3rd<br />

To Serve and protect<br />

the citizens<br />

of Idaho<br />

K9 Teams<br />

Commerical Vehicle Safety<br />

Investigations<br />

www.isp.idaho.gov<br />

Capitol Protective Services<br />

SWAT<br />

Crash Reconstruction<br />

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JOIN OUR TEAM!<br />

ARANSAS PASS POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

IS HIRING FOR<br />

TCOLE CERTIFIED POLICE OFFICERS<br />

The Aransas Pass Police Department is a progressive agency, employing some of the sharpest<br />

minds and equipping them with some of the best technology available. We continue to seek<br />

applications from those desiring to become part of our law enforcement family.<br />

Making a positive dierence in our community is what APPD is all about! Are you in?<br />

Opportunities<br />

Bike Patrol<br />

Crisis Intervention Team<br />

DEA Task Force<br />

Field Training Officer<br />

Gang/Narcotics Investigations<br />

Criminal Investigations Div.<br />

Marine Patrol & Dive Team<br />

Mental Health Officers<br />

School Resource Officer<br />

TCOLE Training Instructor<br />

Salary<br />

Annual Salary:<br />

$44,200.00 Base<br />

$6,600 Retention Stipend<br />

Hourly Incentives:<br />

$1.50 Max for College Degree<br />

$0.50 Per TCOLE License Step<br />

$0.50 Bi-Lingual<br />

$0.50 Special Assignment<br />

Benefits<br />

Paid Bereavement Leave<br />

Cell Phone<br />

Holiday Pay/Leave<br />

Longevity Pay<br />

Paid Personal Leave<br />

Sick Leave<br />

TMRS Retirement (2:1 at 6%)<br />

Tuition Reimbursement<br />

Vacation Leave<br />

Weapon Purchase Program<br />

Point of contact: Administrative Captain Troy Poe (361) 758-5224 ext. 2421 or tpoe@aptx.gov<br />

For an application or more information visit: police.aptx.gov/jobs<br />

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The City of Aransas Pass is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability.


ALDINE ISD<br />

POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

JOIN OUR TEAMAPPLY AT<br />

EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS<br />

• Sick Leave<br />

• Paid Vacation<br />

• Paid Holidays<br />

• Personal Days<br />

• Teacher Retirement System<br />

TCOLE CERTIFICATION INCENTIVE<br />

• Intermediate PO: $2,<strong>40</strong>0<br />

• Advanced PO: $4,800<br />

• Master PO: $7,200<br />

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS<br />

• Must be 21 Years Of Age<br />

• Must Hold an Active Tcole Peace Officer License<br />

• Must Complete the Following:<br />

• Pass Physical Agility Test<br />

• Background Investigation<br />

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• Drug Screening<br />

ALDINEISD.ORG<br />

STARTING SALARY $55,000 WITH NO EXPERIENCE<br />

UP TO $85,000 DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE<br />

ALDINE ISD PD OFFERS<br />

DEPARTMENT BENEFITS<br />

• Uniforms Provided, Including Duty Weapon<br />

• Department Provided Training<br />

• Starting Pay Depends on<br />

Qualifications / Experience<br />

• TCOLE Certification / Education Pay<br />

• Most Officers work Day Shift with Weekends Off<br />

(INCENTIVE PAY FOR DETECTIVES, K-9 HANDLERS, AND<br />

FIREARM INSTRUCTORS.)<br />

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT<br />

SGT. HALL AT 281.442.4923<br />

OR VISIT ALDINEISD.ORG<br />

SPECIALIZED DIVISIONS<br />

• Criminal Investigations<br />

• Emergency Response Team<br />

• Honor Guard<br />

• Gang Task Force<br />

• Community Outreach Division<br />

• K-9 Division<br />

• Firearm Instructor<br />

$1,000 SIGNING BONUS


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NOW<br />

HIRING<br />

BIG SPRING PD IS NOW HIRING POLICE OFFICERS<br />

• 100% PAID ACADEMY TRAINING FOR<br />

NON-CERTIFIED CADETS<br />

• EQUIPMENT AND UNIFORMS ARE PROVIDED<br />

INCLUDING TAKE HOME VEHICLES<br />

• TMRS RETIREMENT (2:1 CITY MATCH)<br />

• 100% EMPLOYEE MEDICAL AND LIFE<br />

INSURANCE PREMIUM PAID BY THE CITY<br />

• PAID VACATION AND HOLIDAYS<br />

• PAID SICK LEAVE<br />

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• LONGEVITY PAY FOR YEARS OF SERVICE<br />

• EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PROGRAM<br />

• PROGRESSIVE ANNUAL IN-SERVICE<br />

TRAINING AND EXTERNAL TRAINING<br />

OPPORTUNITIES.<br />

• OPPORTUNITIES FOR DIVERSE<br />

EXPERIENCE IN ASSIGNMENTS SUCH AS<br />

SWAT, NARCOTICS, TRAFFIC, AND CRIMINAL<br />

INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION<br />

• $1500 ACADEMY REIMBURSEMENT AND<br />

$2<strong>40</strong>0 RELOCATION PAY FOR CERTIFIED<br />

OFFICERS<br />

$55,900 STARTING ANNUAL SALARY FOR CERTIFIED POLICE OFFICERS.<br />

ENTRY LEVEL TESTING ON AUGUST 1, 2023<br />

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JULY 26, 2023<br />

APPLY NOW AT WWW.MYBIGSPRING.COM<br />

THE CITY OF BIG SPRING IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


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October 15<br />

WATCH FOR NEW TEST DATES<br />

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Cuero Police Department<br />

Now Hiring for Patrol Officer Position<br />

Department Benefits<br />

14 Paid Holidays<br />

2 Weeks Paid Vacation<br />

Certification Pay<br />

100% Insurance Paid for Employees<br />

Retirement 2 to 1 match (20yr Retirement)<br />

FSA for Employees<br />

Longevity Pay<br />

Equipment & Uniforms Provided Including Duty Weapon w/ Red Dot Sight<br />

Take Home Vehicle Within Surrounding Counties<br />

10 Hour Work Shifts<br />

Membership Paid to Local Gym<br />

Department Provided Training<br />

Off-duty Security Opportunities<br />

Cell Phone Stipend<br />

Starting Pay Depends on Qualifications<br />

Requirements: Must be TCOLE Certified or currently enrolled in an accredited Police<br />

Academy and pass a background investigation.<br />

Email TCOLE Personal History Statement to sellis@cityofcuero.com<br />

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DALLAS POLICE department<br />

WE aRE HIRING<br />

Lateral Entry Police officers<br />

INCENTIVE PAYS<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 />

BENEFITS<br />

Assistance with state licensing<br />

endorsement<br />

15 paid vacation days/year (does<br />

not expire)<br />

Relocation assistance<br />

No 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 />

www.dallaspolice.gov<br />

DALLAS POLICE RECRUITING<br />

1<strong>40</strong>0 Botham Jean Blvd., Dallas, TX 75215<br />

(214) 671-4<strong>40</strong>9<br />

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GALVESTON<br />

COUNTY<br />

SHERIFF’S OFFICE<br />

Seeking Individuals Who Are Interested in a Rewarding Career in Corrections<br />

Begin Your Career Today!<br />

GALVESTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ESTABLISHMENT OF ELIGIBILITY<br />

Position: Corrections Deputy I<br />

Bureau/Division: Corrections/Jail<br />

Title/Rank: Corrections Deputy/Deputy I<br />

Reports to: Sergeant - Corrections<br />

Starting Salary: $51,250.00<br />

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES<br />

Maintains the security of the facility by conducting security checks, settling disputes, and performing cell searches and<br />

inspections; conducts outside perimeter checks.<br />

Preparation and proper completion in the documentation of inmate records.<br />

Issues inmate meals, clothing, linens, and personal items.<br />

Supervise inmate programs (recreational, legal, health care, visitation and religious services)<br />

Prepares reports on jail and inmate activities, enforce inmate handbook rules.<br />

Supervises inmates performing such assignments as cleaning and maintaining the jail facility and continuously observe<br />

locations and activities of inmates.<br />

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS<br />

• High School / GED Certificate and must be at least 18 years of age.<br />

• Must be a U.S. Citizen and resident of the contiguous United States for a period of time sufficient to conduct a<br />

background investigation.<br />

• Must be able to work days, nights, weekends, holidays and mandatory shifts when needed.<br />

• Must be able to work during natural disasters and or under declarations.<br />

• Must possess a valid Texas driver's license and an acceptable driving record as determined by the Galveston County<br />

Sheriff's Office in effect at the time of application.<br />

• Must have favorable employment history. All information given regarding past employment will be thoroughly checked.<br />

• Must have a stable credit history.<br />

• Must possess good computer skills and demonstrate comprehensive reading and comprehension skills.<br />

• No conviction above a Class B Misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last 10 years nor have been on or<br />

currently on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense and no Family Violence<br />

convictions of any level.<br />

• Applicant must pass all phases of the required testing.<br />

• Must be eligible for licensing by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) for the position applied for, if not<br />

presently licensed.<br />

TO APPLY<br />

An applicant interested in any of GCSO position shall first download, complete and return<br />

the Application Packet, per the instructions on the downloadable form.<br />

The Application Packet can be found at SHERIFF.GALVESTONCOUNTYTX.GOV<br />

JOIN US<br />

VISIT SHERIFF.GALVESTONCOUNTYTX.GOV TO APPLY!<br />

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The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer<br />

CONTACT US<br />

<strong>40</strong>9.763.7585 : SO.EMPLOYMENT@GALVESTONCOUNTYTX.GOV


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GOOSE CREEK CISD PD<br />

NOW RECRUITING<br />

POLICE OFFICERS !<br />

POSITION DETAILS:<br />

Provides law enforcement services to the school district to prevent and protect all students, personnel,<br />

and visitors from physical harm and prevent property loss due to theft or vandalism. Enforce all<br />

laws including municipal ordinances, county ordinances, and state laws.<br />

●<br />

●<br />

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●<br />

2<strong>40</strong> or 202 Duty Day Schedule<br />

Competitive Salary - MTD9* Starting<br />

Stipends available for Intermediate, Advanced and Master TCOLE License<br />

Various opportunities including K9, Patrol, Investigations, FTO, Instructor and more<br />

REQUIREMENTS:<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 />

HIRING PROCESS:<br />

●<br />

●<br />

●<br />

●<br />

●<br />

●<br />

Online Application<br />

Complete preliminary interview<br />

Complete background investigation<br />

Complete Oral Board Interview<br />

Conditional Job Offer<br />

Complete Medical, Psychological and Drug Screen<br />

PREFERRED:<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 />

THE CITY OF<br />

TELECOMMUNICATIONS DIVISION<br />

HEMPSTEAD POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

Dispatchers<br />

QUALIFICATIONS<br />

18 years of age<br />

Minimum<br />

Starting Salary: $41,600<br />

B E N E F I T S<br />

BlueCross Blue Shield<br />

Vision & Dental Insurance<br />

Longevity Pay > 1 year<br />

Certificate Pay<br />

Uniform Shirts Provided<br />

77445<br />

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www.hempsteadcitytx.gov (job opportunities)


JOIN OUR TEAM<br />

Hempstead's Finest<br />

BECOME A HEMPSTEAD POLICE OFFICER<br />

Starting Salary: $57,750<br />

- BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD<br />

- VISION & DENTAL INS<br />

- CERTIFICATE PAY<br />

- WEAPONS ISSUED<br />

- OFF EVERY OTHER WEEKEND<br />

- CONTINUING TRAINING<br />

NOW HIRING 3 POLICE OFFICERS<br />

HPD BOASTS:<br />

- Training Provider<br />

- Canine Program<br />

- Narcotics Investigation<br />

- Crash Investigators<br />

- Telecommunications<br />

Division<br />

1015 11th St Hempstead, TX<br />

hpdrecruing@hempsteadcitytx.gov<br />

Or call us at: (979) 826-3332<br />

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Place your department’s recruiting ad<br />

in The BLUES for only $250 for an<br />

entire year, only $20 a month.<br />

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LATERAL DEPUTY<br />

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WE ARE<br />

HIRING!<br />

LATERAL DEPUTY<br />

REQUIREMENTS<br />

• Must be a licensed Peace Officer by the Texas Commission on<br />

Law Enforcement (TCOLE) in good standing<br />

• Must be currently employed as a Peace Officer (any break in<br />

service will be considered on a case-by-case basis)<br />

• Must have a minimum of 12 consecutive months experience as a<br />

Peace Office at any one agency<br />

• Must successfully pass the HCSO Physical Abilities Test (PAT)<br />

• Meet HCSO firearms qualification standard<br />

• Must pass a thorough background investigation (criminal<br />

background check, fingerprinting, personal interview, etc.) as<br />

required by TCOLE<br />

• Must pass a physical and psychological evaluation as required by<br />

TCOLE<br />

• Valid driver’s license and liability insurance (Texas by start date)<br />

• Eyesight must be correctable to 20/20, normal color, and<br />

peripheral vision<br />

• Correctable normal audible range in both ears<br />

• A two (2) year minimum commitment to Patrol before being<br />

eligible to transfer to other Bureaus<br />

For additional information contact<br />

Harris County Sheriff’s Office<br />

Recruitment Unit<br />

(713) 877-5250<br />

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TO APPLY<br />

www.harriscountyso.org | www.hcsojobs.com<br />

SCAN<br />

THIS CODE Harris County<br />

@HCSOTexas<br />

Sheriff’s Office<br />

HCSOTexas HCSOTexas @HCSOTexas


WE ARE<br />

HIRING!<br />

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER<br />

REQUIREMENTS<br />

• High School Diploma or G.E.D.<br />

• A minimum of 6 months of work experience in emergency<br />

dispatch, call center, customer service, or a closely related field<br />

• Must successfully complete Telecommunicator training and pass<br />

all testing required to obtain TCOLE certification within a year<br />

of employment<br />

• At least 18 years of age (by start date)<br />

• Eyesight must be correctable to 20/20, normal color, and<br />

peripheral vision<br />

• Correctable normal audible range in both ears<br />

• Must pass a thorough background investigation (criminal<br />

background check, fingerprinting, personal interview, etc.) as<br />

required by TCOLE<br />

• Must pass a medical and psychological evaluation as required by<br />

TCOLE<br />

• Demonstrated proficiency with computer and related software,<br />

i.e., Word/Excel, writing correspondence, reports, and<br />

processing documents. (In-person testing required)<br />

For additional information contact<br />

Harris County Sheriff’s Office<br />

Recruitment Unit<br />

(713) 877-5250<br />

TO APPLY<br />

www.harriscountyso.org | www.hcsojobs.com<br />

SCAN<br />

THIS CODE Harris County<br />

@HCSOTexas<br />

Sheriff’s Office<br />

HCSOTexas HCSOTexas @HCSOTexas<br />

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WE ARE<br />

HIRING!<br />

DEPUTY CADET<br />

REQUIREMENTS<br />

• At least 60 college credit hours and/or 2 years of military<br />

experience with an honorable discharge<br />

• At least 21 years of age (by start date)<br />

• Valid driver’s license and liability insurance (Texas by start date)<br />

• Must successfully pass the HCSO Physical Abilities Test (PAT)<br />

• Eyesight must be correctable to 20/20, normal color, and<br />

peripheral vision<br />

• Correctable normal audible range in both ears<br />

• Must pass a thorough background investigation (criminal<br />

background check, fingerprinting, personal interview, etc.)<br />

• Must pass a medical and psychological evaluation as required by<br />

TCOLE<br />

• Must pass all required testing<br />

YOUR LAW ENFORCEMENT CAREER<br />

STARTS HERE, JOIN OUR ACADEMY!<br />

• Must pass all required testing upon completion of the Basic<br />

Peace Officer Course (BPOC), sworn Deputies must successfully<br />

complete the Field Training Program (FTP) before receiving a<br />

Patrol assignment<br />

• A two (2) year minimum commitment to Patrol before being<br />

eligible for other Bureaus<br />

For additional information contact<br />

Harris County Sheriff’s Office<br />

Recruitment Unit<br />

(713) 877-5250<br />

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TO APPLY<br />

www.harriscountyso.org | www.hcsojobs.com<br />

SCAN<br />

THIS CODE Harris County<br />

@HCSOTexas<br />

Sheriff’s Office<br />

HCSOTexas HCSOTexas @HCSOTexas


WE ARE<br />

HIRING!<br />

DETENTION OFFICER<br />

REQUIREMENTS<br />

Ask About Our Hiring Incentive<br />

• High School Diploma or G.E.D<br />

• U.S. Citizen<br />

• At least 18 years of age (by start date)<br />

• Eyesight must be correctable to 20/20, normal color,<br />

and peripheral vision<br />

• Correctable normal audible range in both ears<br />

• Must pass all pre-employment testing<br />

• Must pass a thorough background investigation (criminal<br />

background check, fingerprinting, personal interview, etc.)<br />

as required by TCOLE<br />

• Must pass a medical and psychological evaluation as required<br />

by TCOLE<br />

Lateral Detention Officer:<br />

If you have verifiable experience as a correctional officer or a<br />

jailer from any correctional facility, we will pay you up to 14<br />

years for your experience.<br />

For additional information contact<br />

Harris County Sheriff’s Office<br />

Recruitment Unit<br />

(713) 877-5250<br />

TO APPLY<br />

www.harriscountyso.org | www.hcsojobs.com<br />

SCAN<br />

THIS CODE Harris County<br />

@HCSOTexas<br />

Sheriff’s Office<br />

HCSOTexas HCSOTexas @HCSOTexas<br />

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THE KILLEEN POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

IS NOW<br />

Hiring<br />

FOR THE POSITION OF<br />

Police Officer<br />

Online Applications<br />

will open:<br />

July 31, 2023<br />

Application Deadline:<br />

September 15, 2023<br />

Civil Service Exam will<br />

be:<br />

September 24, 2023<br />

To apply, go to:<br />

www.killeentexas.gov/16<br />

8/Job-Opportunities<br />

Wear The Badge,<br />

Make a Difference<br />

D<br />

b<br />

th<br />

a<br />

Officer De'Vonte Johnson<br />

Recruiter<br />

254-200-7987<br />

DJohnson@killeentexas.gov<br />

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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 />

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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 />

No 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 />

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Paid Leave Benefits<br />

15 days vacation (Civil Service)<br />

15 days sick leave<br />

Military Leave<br />

9 observed holidays per year<br />

2 employee holidays per year<br />

Bereavement Leave<br />

Comp Time<br />

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BENEFITS:<br />

- 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 />

PATROL OFFICER<br />

ENTRANCE EXAM:<br />

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ADDITIONAL<br />

INCENTIVE PAY:<br />

RECRUITING<br />

- Associate's Degree - $100 monthly<br />

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- Master's Degree - $200 monthly<br />

- Bilingual Pay - $50 to $100 monthly<br />

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Benefits and Additional Pay:<br />

• $2500 Sign - On Bonus<br />

• Lateral Entry Program<br />

• Take - Home Vehicle<br />

$77,314 - $97,679<br />

• Cross Fit G ym<br />

• 24 /7 Private Indoor/Outdoor Range<br />

• Load Bearing Vests<br />

• Tattoos and Beards<br />

• Tuition Reimbursement<br />

• 20 Year TMRS Retirement 7% , 2:1 match<br />

• 457 Deferred Compensation p lan with 3.76% city match<br />

• 3 Weeks Paid Vacation<br />

• 15 Days Paid Sick Leave<br />

• 9 Paid Holidays<br />

• Field Training Officer<br />

• Bilingual<br />

• Longevity<br />

• Education /Certification<br />

GET PAID FOR YOUR EXPERIENCE AS A CERTIFIED OFFICER<br />

• 1 YEAR $83,566<br />

• 2 YEARS $86,877<br />

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• 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 />

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• 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 />

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Patrol Officer<br />

The City of Manvel Police Department is looking to find qualified candidates to fill the ranks of the patrol<br />

division.<br />

The City of Manvel is a rapidly growing and diverse community. The current population is estimated at a<br />

little over 16000 and is located in the northern part of Brazoria County along the State Highway 288<br />

corridor approximately 4 miles South of the City of Houston.<br />

The Manvel Police Department has a competitive pay structure for cities of the same size. Salary is based<br />

on experience and certification levels.<br />

Requirements:<br />

High school diploma or GED<br />

Valid Texas Driver’s License<br />

with good driving record<br />

TCOLE certified OR currently<br />

enrolled in Academy<br />

program<br />

Preference for LE experience<br />

Hiring Process Includes :<br />

Written test<br />

Oral board interview<br />

Physical agility test<br />

Thorough background<br />

investigation<br />

Accelerated Field Training<br />

Program for experienced officers<br />

One year probationary period<br />

Pay and Benefits:<br />

Competitive pay with an employment<br />

improvement step program<br />

TMRS retirement up to 7% with 2:1 match<br />

by city<br />

Retirement vested after 5 years of service<br />

Medical Insurance covered 100% for<br />

employees and 100% paid for employees<br />

and dependent by the city after 3 years<br />

12 hour shifts (DuPont Schedule)<br />

Personal time off - Vacation and Holiday<br />

accruals<br />

Paid sick time<br />

Lateral transfers<br />

For more information you can contact<br />

The City of Manvel Police Department at<br />

281-489-1212<br />

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MEMORIAL VILLAGES POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

Serving the Villages of Bunker Hill, Piney Point and Hunters Creek<br />

POLICE OFFICER<br />

The Memorial Villages Police Department is currently looking for experienced officers who are<br />

self-motivated, innovative, enthusiastic and love working for a community that supports them.<br />

5+ Years Patrol Experience Required<br />

Hiring Bonus $1,500<br />

Night Shift Differential $3,600<br />

E.C.A $1300<br />

Bi-lingual Pay<br />

Education Pay<br />

Intermediate, Advanced, Master<br />

Peace Officer Certification Pay<br />

Healthcare, Dental and Vision Insurance<br />

100% paid for employee, 75% for<br />

spouse/dependents.<br />

Paid long-term disability and Life Insurance<br />

for employee, additional life insurance<br />

available for spouse/dependents.<br />

Health Savings Account with Department<br />

contributions up to $4,200 annually.<br />

TMRS Retirement 7% w/ 2:1 match (20 yr).<br />

457 Deferred Compensation Plan with<br />

employer contribution of 2.5% of annual<br />

salary.<br />

Tuition Reimbursement<br />

Longevity Pay up to a max of $2,<strong>40</strong>0<br />

annually at 10 years of service.<br />

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WE’RE HIRING<br />

Join our team and receive:<br />

• Medical, dental, vision and life insurance<br />

• Paid vacation, employee days, well days,<br />

sick days and holidays<br />

• Competitive pay (including bilingual pay incentive)<br />

AND MUCH MORE!<br />

APPLY NOW<br />

Scan here or visit<br />

RideMETRO.org/Careers<br />

Call 713-739-4953 or email JoinMPD@RideMETRO.org<br />

for additional information.<br />

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MAKE A<br />

DIFFERENCE<br />

IN YOUR<br />

COMMUNITY<br />

We are looking for outstanding individuals to<br />

join our team! As a Pearland Police Officer your<br />

mission will be to prevent crime and disorder, build<br />

partnerships within the community, and positively<br />

impact the quality of life for all our residents.<br />

CITY OF PEARLAND, TEXAS<br />

• Competitive Salary • Outstanding Training<br />

• Career Advancement • Exceptional Benefits<br />

The City of Pearland is one of the fastest growing<br />

communities within the region. Pearland is located<br />

approximately 20 minutes south of Downtown Houston<br />

and the current population is approximately 130,000<br />

residents.<br />

JOIN OUR TEAM<br />

HIRING POLICE OFFICERS AND CADETS<br />

$5,000 Hiring Incentive for T.C.O.L.E Certified Police<br />

Officers who qualify with at least 2 years of experience.<br />

TEST DATE:<br />

SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 8:30 A.M.<br />

Register by: April 12.<br />

Pearland Recreation Center & Natatorium<br />

4141 Bailey Road, Pearland, TX 77584.<br />

Doors Open: 7:15 a.m. No admittance after 7:45 a.m.<br />

Candidates must park in the north parking lot.<br />

SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES WILL APPLY<br />

• Attendance limited to first 150 arrivals<br />

• Mandatory temperature checks<br />

• Masks required, hand sanitizer available<br />

• Candidates seated 6 feet apart<br />

For additional information and to register for an upcoming Civil Service Exam, visit<br />

pearlandtx.gov/PDCareers<br />

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PORT HOUSTON<br />

POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

WE ARE<br />

HIRING<br />

SIGN UP TODAY!<br />

www.porthouston.com/careers-2<br />

STARTING PAY*<br />

$60,000 up to $71,000<br />

* Salary depends on experience<br />

Are you looking for a career with<br />

meaning? Do you want to make<br />

a difference in a highly supportive<br />

community? Join our team at<br />

Port Houston!<br />

REQUIREMENTS<br />

• Must be 21 years old<br />

• Must have 2+ years of po<br />

experience<br />

• Must have valid Texas Dr<br />

• Must be a U.S. Citizen<br />

• Must have an honorable<br />

from the military (if applic<br />

• Must never have been co<br />

Class A Misdemeanor or<br />

• Not been convicted of a C<br />

misdemeanor within the l<br />

• Must have a GED or high<br />

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BENEFITS:<br />

• Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance<br />

eligible first day of employment<br />

• Wellness Program<br />

(can earn up to $600 credit per year if requirements met)<br />

• Enrollment with Calm App for Wellbeing<br />

• Defined contribution plan (<strong>40</strong>1a)<br />

– Employer Sponsored<br />

• Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan)<br />

– Employee Contributions<br />

• Vacation<br />

• Sick Leave<br />

• Paid Holiday 12 days/year<br />

• Life and Accidental Death and<br />

Dismemberment Insurance<br />

• Short Term and Long-Term Disability Benefits<br />

• Flexible spending account (FSA)<br />

• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)<br />

• Pet Insurance<br />

• Legal and Identity Theft Protection<br />

• Tuition Reimbursement<br />

Up to the IRS annual limit and a maximum lifetime<br />

reimbursement of $25,000<br />

• Onsite Credit Union<br />

– Port of Houston Credit Union<br />

lice officer<br />

iver’s License<br />

discharge<br />

able)<br />

nvicted of a<br />

above<br />

lass B<br />

ast 10 years<br />

school diploma<br />

EMPLOYMENT<br />

TESTING<br />

Employment is contingent on passing<br />

any post-offer pre-employment<br />

screening as listed below:<br />

• Criminal background check<br />

• Motor Vehicle Record check<br />

• Drug screening<br />

• Physical exam<br />

• Psychological exam<br />

• Additional as required<br />

SCAN<br />

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Provide Exceptional<br />

Service to All!<br />

CONTACT<br />

US NOW<br />

972-412-62<strong>40</strong><br />

Welcome Aboard<br />

Rowlett Police Department<br />

NOW HIRING<br />

kharrelson@rowlett.com<br />

4<strong>40</strong>1 Rowlett Rd.,<br />

Rowlett, TX 75088<br />

Accepting Lateral<br />

Police Officers.<br />

Get paid for your<br />

experience!<br />

CURRENT SALARY<br />

Starting salary is $65,554<br />

Top Out Police Officer salary is $90,861<br />

Lateral Transfer - May be eligible for a starting<br />

salary of up to $75,221<br />

UNITS/ DIVISIONS<br />

Containment Team<br />

SWAT<br />

Bike Unit<br />

Community Services<br />

School Resource Officer<br />

Field Training Officer<br />

Criminal Investigations Division<br />

Traffic<br />

Crisis Assistance Team<br />

Crisis Negotiation Team<br />

BENEFITS<br />

TMRS Pension 7/14<br />

Medical Insurance<br />

Dental Insurance<br />

Vision Insurance<br />

10 paid vacation days during<br />

first year & 10 Paid Holidays<br />

Paid Sick<br />

Beards and tattoos are<br />

authorized<br />

Longevity Pay<br />

Long Term Disability<br />

Life Insurance<br />

Dry cleaning<br />

Three department issued<br />

firearms<br />

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SPRING BRANCH ISD POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

WE’RE<br />

HIRING<br />

DEPARTMENT<br />

HIGHLIGHTS<br />

55 officer department<br />

44 square mile district<br />

47 schools<br />

35,000 population<br />

24/7 Patrol<br />

We want you to preserve, protect, and defend our future.<br />

Starting Pay $63,000 (TCOLE Basic Peace Officer certification with no experience)<br />

Patrol & Onsite Officers (HS/MS)<br />

Gang Officer<br />

Mental Health Officers<br />

Community Relations Officer<br />

Emergency Management<br />

Criminal Investigations<br />

K-9 programs<br />

Language pay<br />

Shift differential pay<br />

Intermediate, Advanced and<br />

Master Peace Officer<br />

certificate pay<br />

Paid time off<br />

Ample overtime opportunities<br />

*All equipment provided including duty weapon<br />

**Training opportunities available<br />

Apply online today. springbranchisd.com/join-our-team<br />

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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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