CLEAT held its Member Appreciation Day with a barbecue lunch last week in Pharr and Harlingen. There was a good turnout and plenty of food. Read More »
Around the State
CLEBURNE — More than 120 Texas law enforcement officers have taken the the CLEAT-sponsored Canine Encounters Law Enforcement Training class. The first class was held last month and the two most recent classes were held this week,
CLEAT is the first statewide law enforcement organization to make the class available to officers.
In addition to offering the class, CLEAT is also working with animal-rights organizations that are promoting legislation to require regular training to provide a better understanding of canine behavior and learn alternative ways to subdue a potentially aggressive dog.
The legislation being developed would not prohibit officers from using deadly force against dogs to protect themselves or others.
Cop to cop, CLEAT is the only statewide police association whose voice is heard in the Capitol. The other guys do not have a real voice in Texas. They are conflicted. Nobody listens because they spend all their time spinning big yarns.
They’ve said CLEAT was broke when we are larger and more financially sound than we’ve ever been ($15 million in annual asset and operating budgets, $1 million in reserve, and none of our money comes from state or federal welfare). Another story they’ve made up was that one of our founders, Ron DeLord, is headed to federal prison. Both of these stories are flat-out lies. Read More »
Effective Jan. 1 of this year, CLEAT has a new provider for its benefit plan — and that means there are a few changes in the coverage plans and they way participants in the plans file claims.
You can check out the details clicking on the “Dental & Vision” tab on the far-right side of the home page. The drop-down menu will take you where you need to go.
The CLEAT Benefit Plan is an ERISA Plan which provides dental and vision benefits to its participants. The plan is available to:
- Members of participating local associations
- Affiliated locals with the minimum of 75 percent participation
- Employees of a political subdivision
- Officers who were members of the plan for 12-months prior to termination of employment or retirement.
For any questions regarding the CLEAT Benefit Plan, contact
Zan Terry, Ameritas
10999 IH 10 West Suite 700 San Antonio, TX 78230
Office: 210.638.7964; cell: 210.865.6443
Alex Perez, Spectrum Advisory Group
1939 NE Loop 410, Suite 233
San Antonio, Texas 78212
Office: 210-824-8004; Cell: 210-326-8756
Del Rio Police Cpl. Roberto Zaragoza has finally won vindication, with help from CLEAT Staff Attorney Karl Brehm.
Zaragoza was terminated from employment by then-Chief James Von Debrow. Zaragoza had responded to a domestic violence call and assisted the victim of assault in the arrest of her attacker.
A month later, after the victim and suspect reconciled, Zaragoza was accused of improper contact during the ride to police headquarters after the suspected had been arrested. Chief Debrow gave no regard to the fact the suspect was now telling the Del Rio Police that the suspect did not actually assault her.
The complainant gave a sworn statement the night of the attack that the suspect did assault her. That fact was also attested to by the complainant’s mother who witnessed the attack and also gave a sworn statement that the suspect assaulted her daughter.
After the arbitration of Zaragoza’s case, the Hearing Examiner ordered Zaragoza returned to work with complete back pay and removal of all mention of the disciplinary history handed down Chief Debrow. Zaragoza was found to be truthful about what happened the night in question and the complainant was found to have been untruthful regarding her allegations against Zaragoza.
Cpl. Zaragoza is today back at work for the Del Rio Police Department and Chief Debow is not. Debrow was terminated after intense pressure from CLEAT and the local association from the employment of the Del Rio Police shortly after the Arbitration hearing on Zaragoza’s case.
Talk about a holiday rush.
In the past two weeks, CLEAT signed up more than 120 new members across the state. Here’s the breakdown:
Myra Marquez in the El Paso office brought in 43 new graduates from the El Paso Police Department’s academy and 22 from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department academy. That was 100 percent from each class.
CLEAT President Todd Harrison announced the signing of 43 new graduates from the Austin PD academy. Again, 100 percent.
And John Kerr signed 15 newly certified Police Officer from Waco.
It’s holiday time and several affiliated locals have taken time to celebrate the season.
The Arlington Police Association had its holiday party on Dec. 6. And the association continued its Santa Cops program for families in need. Several associations have similar programs.
CLEAT wishes all its members, their families and their supporters a happy and safe holiday season. Read More »
Workers installed the shiny new sign in the front of the building just west of the Texas Capitol.
With the makeover that began in the summer just about complete, all of the major divisions are consolidated on the ground floor. That includes the Austin-based lawyers, field representatives and Public Affairs and Membership teams and the Training and Finance departments. Read More »
CLEAT is proud to endorse Lois Kolkorst in the upcoming special election for State Senate District 18.
“Texas law enforcement officers have had rock-solid ally in Representative Kolkorst for the 14 years she’s served in the state House,” said CEAT Executive Director Charley Wilkison. “We look forward to her leadership in the Texas Senate.
“Rep. Kolkhorst has a 100 percent voting record of fighting crime and keeping criminals behind bars,” Wilkison added.
Kolkorst, a fifth-generation Texan who can trace her roots back to the Texas War of Independence, is running to replace Glenn Hegar, who resigned from the Senate after his election to state comptroller this month.
SD 18 includes all of Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Caldwell, Calhoun, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, Lee, Matagorda,Refugio, Victoria, Waller, Washington and Wharton counties and part of Fort Bend County.
While San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley goes to court to push for steep cuts in police officers’ compensation, the SAPOA is fighting back in the court of public opinion by pointing out the manager’s hypocrisy when it comes to the public-sector payroll.
In a new 60-ad on radio, TV and the web, the association sets the record straight.
“Sheryl Sculley wants to talk about extravagant pay and benefits for police officers? Let’s talk about who’s really overpaid,” the ad says. “Sheryl Sculley makes half-a-million dollars a year. That’s 12 times more than the average San Antonio resident earns, more than any city manager in Texas, more than the governor of Texas, more than the president of the United States.” Read More »