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CLEAT holds first regional leadership course

Perry Hyden at the Regional Leadership Course.

Perry Hyden at the Regional Leadership Course.

GALVESTON — The first CLEAT Regional Leadership Course was held Monday in Galveston and gave Southeast Texas association leaders insight into how to better organize and operate their locals.

CLEAT Field Representative Perry Hyden, who organized the course, provided a detailed overview of leadership principles and best practices. Hyden, who teaches leadership at two universities, holds a master of Science in Strategic Leadership and is working toward a doctoral degree.

CLEAT Executive Director Charley Wilkison explained how local associations can advance their agendas by building and nurturing relationships with municipal and county political leaders. He also provided an explainer on lobbying the Texas Legislature.

Other topics in the course included how to manage and protect association finances, how to operate a political action committee and stay within in the bounds of state law and the rules of the Texas Ethics Commission, how to file association paperwork with the Texas Secretary of State and the IRS, and how to handle the media.

Future courses, which are free to CLEAT members, are planned in other regions of the state. Notice will be posted on the CLEAT website.

CLEAT Vice President Matt Novosad, foreground, and Region 6 Director Forrest Gandy, in blue, listen to a resentation.

CLEAT Vice President Matt Novosad, foreground, and Region 6 Director Forrest Gandy, in blue, listen to a presentation with local association leaders.

Posted by February 17, 2015

50-plus officers take part in ‘Winning Mind for Women’ class

G-Town2GEORGETOWN — More than 50 female officers from the Austin area and beyond took part in the CLEAT-sponsored “Winning Mind for Women” class this week in Georgetown.

Leading Tuesday’s training was retired Police Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, a 29-year veteran of the Naperville, Ill., Police Department and now part of the Buck Savage Team.

CLEAT regularly sponsors Buck Savage’s “Winning Mind” classes all over Texas.
Check our “Training Schedule” page for coming classes on this topic and others. Follow the “jump” a synopsis of what officers who take the class learn: Read More »

Posted by February 11, 2015

El Paso SOA shows its appreciation for Craig Deats

President Jose Marrufo led a group from the El Paso Sheriff’s Officers Association to the Austin law offices of Craig Deats recently to bring a token of appreciation.

CraigDeats-imageTheir gift was a statue depicting a confrontation between a bull and a bear. Deats, a longtime labor lawyer and great friend of CLEAT, is no stranger to confrontation.

“I feel very honored by the gift and just wanted to pass on what a great group they are,” Deats said. Read More »

Posted by February 3, 2015

CLEAT protects voting rights of Arlington officers called to military duty

CLEAT has defeated an effort that would have prevented Arlington police officers on U.S. military deployment from participating in the upcoming election over meet-and-confer rights.

APA HeaderThe Texas Municipal Police Association and its affiliate in Arlington had sought to disqualify reservists and National Guard members called to active duty from voting in next month’s election to determine who should represent Arlington officers in pay and benefit negotiations with the city.

CLEAT and its affiliate, the Arlington Police Association, moved swiftly to protect the rights of all police officers in the city. APA has long been the sole bargaining agent and is fighting TPMA’s effort to move in.

“TMPA’s cynical maneuver to win an election at any cost shows that it is more than willing to sacrifice the interests of dedicated police officers who choose to serve their country,” said CLEAT Regional Director Bobby Hardin, who is also President of the Tarrant County Law Enforcement Association. “This stands in stark contrast to CLEAT, which last year chose to honor its members who serve in the National Guard and Reserves by waiving the membership dues during their deployment to active duty.

“If Arlington police officers want to know which organization is committed to protecting their interests 24 hours of every day, 365 days of every year, they need to look no further than these two examples,” Hardin continued.

See the full news release that was distributed to the media.

Posted by January 29, 2015

Del Rio POA honors City Councilman Reno Luna


The Del Rio Police Officers Association recently gave City Councilman Reno Luna its Administrator Award.

Luna was given the honor for his support to the police officers throughout their long struggle with anti-union former Police Chief James DeBrow. Councilman Luna consistently held the now-fired chief accountable for his violations of state municipal civil service law.

The award for Luna is the second major honor he’s been given in recent months. In November, Luna and Mayor Robert Garza earned the CLEAT Law Enforcement Administrator Award for cleaning house in the Del Rio Police Department, starting with the firing of DeBrow.

Posted by January 29, 2015

New president, VP take charge at Travis County SOA

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From left, Campbell White of TCSOA Place 4, CLEAT’s Charley Wilkison, TCSOA President Domingo Botello, VP Christina McAfee and PAC Director Frank McIntyre.

The Travis County Sheriff’s Officers Association has new leadership.

New President Domingo Botello and new VP Christina McAfee took their oaths office Tuesday evening.

Former President James Hodge, who is also a CLEAT Regional Director, decided not to seek another term to lead the local. Botello was vice president under Hodge.

Posted by January 28, 2015

Do you use body cameras on the job? Please take this survey and tell us about your experience

Heriberto Rodriguez, a peace officer attending the University of Texas, is conducting an anonymous survey of law enforcement officers in the state of Texas.

The purpose of the survey is to collect information regarding the use and views of body worn video cameras.

If you are a sworn law enforcement officer with arrest authority, please take a few moments to complete this simple survey. Your input is valuable and appreciated, and you will be furthering the cause of police education.

The survey consists of 28 questions and your responses will remain anonymous. No personally identifiable information will be collected, and you will never be contacted by the authors of this survey. The survey is located at:

The survey is open for only a limited time. Thank you for your participation.

Posted by January 22, 2015

Bobby Hardin makes mealtime pitch to Tarrant County cadet class


Tarrant County Law Enforcement Association President Bobby Hardin, who’s also a CLEAT Regional Director, recently gave the first 2015 cadet class something to chew on.

Hardin made his presentation to the cadets on the benefits having having top-flight representation during chowtime.

Posted by January 22, 2015

Congressman Poe pays tribute to peace officers

Remarks in the Record

Texas Congressman Ted Poe recently paid tribute to all peace officers in the country in remarks that were made part of the Congressional Record in response to the senseless killing of two officers in New York City last month.

“Mr. Speaker, everyday men and women of the police force put on their uniform and head out into the unknown,” said Poe, who represents sections of the sprawling suburbs of Houston. “They  encounter callous criminals and outlaws who have no regard for the law or their fellow man. But yet every day, these police officers still get up and put on the uniform. They bravely face what could very well be some of the most dangerous situations and potentially their last moments on this Earth as they work to protect us: our families, our friends, our children. Read More »

Posted by January 20, 2015

CLEAT attorney Garcia helps deputy clear his record

Bobby Garcia and Albert Cardenas

Bobby Garcia and Albert Cardenas

Cameron County Sheriff’s Deputy Albert Cardenas was wrongly fired last year and slapped with a dishonorable discharge that could have forever derailed his career.

But CLEAT Staff Attorney Bobby Garcia stepped in and launched the process that would clear the deputy and set the record straight. Read More »

Posted by January 20, 2015