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Eagle Pass Police Association gears up for civil service election

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The Eagle Pass Police Officers and Firefighters are nearing the end to their campaign drive for an upcoming civil service election. Officers of the the Eagle Pass Police Association along with CLEAT staff have been working for over three months developing and executing a strategy for a civil service win. The Association has been raising money, running newspaper and radio ads, and have been working the polls to get votes. So far, there has been little opposition and the campaign has been successful. Election day is May 9th and CLEAT field services staff will be there to help the association celebrate their well-deserved victory.

Posted by May 1, 2015

CLEAT’s independence and dogged persistence on ‘body cam bill’ pays off

bodycam_senatedebateCLEAT’s insistence that the legislation governing police body cameras protect the legitimate privacy rights of law enforcement officers was finally embraced by the Texas Senate.

Sen. Royce West, the author of Senate Bill 158, agreed to an amendment from Sen. Jose Menendez that exempts things like private conversations unrelated to law enforcement from public disclosure.

The breakthrough came after a Capitol hallway encounter between Senator West and CLEAT Executive Director Charley Wilkison.

President Sgt. Todd Harrison, who witnessed the exchange said CLEAT never wavered and stood strong on the issue even in the face of political pressure.

“Most all of the so called law enforcement unions went belly up, adopted their chiefs positions or remained scared and silent,” said President Harrison, “but the CLEAT lobby team never backed down.” Read More »

Posted by April 30, 2015

El Paso constable honored at memorial bike trek

Riders prepare to get started.

Riders prepare to get started.

Law enforcement officers and supporters took part in Saturday’s Texas Law Enforcement Memorial Bike Trek in El Paso honoring a constable who was killed in the line of duty in November.

Constable Robert White died after he was attacked while working an overtime assignment. White served El Paso County Pct. 1 for 18 years. Read More »

Posted by April 29, 2015

MPLEA hosts 1st annual Officer Appreciation Barbecue

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Board members of the Mission Professional Law Enforcement Association with the help of CLEAT staff recently held their First Annual Officer Appreciation Barbecue for the Mission police officers and their families.

“The event was a great success and fun for all,” said CLEAT Organizer Steve Ayala, who is in the photo above with officers and their families. “We’d like to thank the great work MPLEA Board is doing.”

Posted by April 29, 2015

Grayson County honors fallen deputy with 5K run, walk

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CLEAT was on hand for Grayson County’s first annual Officers Down 5k Run/Walk last week.

The event was held in memorial and honor of Grayson County Deputy Sheriff Chad Key.

Key, a CLEAT member,  was struck and killed by a drunk driver while directing traffic around  10:30 p.m. on April 20, 2013. Read More »

Posted by April 27, 2015

East Texas associations host events for members, families

From left at the La Porte Police Association Annual Crawfish boil and member appreciation event :  Brain Larky, Marcus Upchurch, Tom Barbee, Matt Novosad and Chris Paige.

From left at the La Porte Police Association Annual Crawfish boil and member appreciation event: Brian Larky, Marcus Upchurch, Tom Barbee, Matt Novosad and Chris Paige.

The Jefferson County Association of Deputy Sheriffs and Correction Officers and the La Porte Police Association hosted events for members and families on Saturday

Jefferson County’s event was its annual family picnic. Several hundred officers and family members attended to enjoy 1,800 pounds of crawfish, barbecue and other foods.

CLEAT Field Services Coordinator Tom Barbee said the kids enjoyed the bounce castles, water slides, basketball and other events. Read More »

Posted by April 20, 2015

Lots of fun at TCLEA’s golf tournament on Saturday

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There was a good turnout for the Tarrant County Law Enforcement Association golf tournament on Saturday.

TCLEA would like to thank everyone who came out to support the event at Mansfield National Golf Course.

“Whether you were a player, sponsor or volunteer we could not have done it without you,” TCLEA said. “You all made it a successful day! On behalf of the kids and officers we help, we thank you for helping us help them!”

CLEAT organizer Tracy Chance was part of the action and he sent in the photos shown here. Read More »

Posted by April 20, 2015

Deadline to apply for POMF scholarship is May1

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The deadline to apply for a scholarship from the Peace Officers Memorial Foundation is May 1.

The POMF Scholarship Program was developed from a strong sense of commitment to peace officers’ and their families. The scholarship program was instituted for funding higher education for peace officers’ dependents. Scholarship awards are $500, and the number of awards is subject to program funding. Read More »

Posted by April 20, 2015

Misinformation Alert! CLEAT not involved in training of Oklahoma reserve deputy

By John Moritz
CLEAT Public Affairs

Misinformation has been circulating around the Texas Capitol and in some media outlets suggesting that CLEAT was somehow involved in the training of the 73-year-old Oklahoma sheriff’s deputy reservist involved in a much-publicized deadly shooting.

The confusion stems from the fact that the Oklahoma’s state agency similar to Texas’ TCOLE is called the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training and goes by CLEET, for short.

Just to be clear, CLEAT, the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, is not an agency of any state and has nothing to do with the State of Oklahoma.

It’s regrettable that some would use the unfortunate incident in Oklahoma as a way to attempt to soil CLEAT’s name and reputation.

Posted by April 16, 2015

Rainy night recruiting pays off in Harris County

California Casualty Representative Brandon Watson and a Harris County officer signing up new CLEAT members .

California Casualty Representative Brandon Watson and a Harris County officer signing up new CLEAT members.

Now here’s a silver lining for working all night in the rain.

CLEAT Organizer Janet Cole and Brandon Watson of CLEAT preferred provider California Casualty were part of all-night recruiting effort in Harris County that ended with 50 new members signing up. Read More »

Posted by April 6, 2015