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CLEAT Convention: Members, staff begin arriving in San Antonio

Charley Wilkison and CLEAT Vice President Ervey Banda talk with reporters

Charley Wilkison and CLEAT Vice President Ervey Banda talk with reporters.

SAN ANTONIO  — Members and staff began arriving in San Antonio on Wednesday for the 2014 CLEAT Convention at the Holiday Inn Riverwalk.

As preparations continued for the speeches and workshops later in the week, Wednesday was largely devoted to training. Jim Glennon of Calibre Press presented Arresting Communications Training. He’ll follow on Thursday with Ethics and Leadership in Law Enforcement Training. Read More »

Posted by November 5, 2014

CLEAT convention opens this week in San Antonio

CLEAT’s annual convention starts Wednesday and run until Saturday at San Antonio’s Holiday Inn Riverwalk.

The gathering will feature training opportunities legislative workshops, remarks from well-positioned elected leaders and ceremonies.

CLEAT President Todd Harrison Todd Harrison will deliver his “State of the Union Address on Friday. Click here for all the details, including the agenda.

On Thursday, thee will be a golf outing at The Quarry Golf Club 444 E. Basse. Call 210-824-4500 for tee times. Mention the CLEAT Convention for the discounted rate of $45.

And finally, there will be “Must be present to win” door prizes like and items to be raffled or auctioned like … Read More »

Posted by November 3, 2014

TAVTI eats well, courtesy of Hays County LEA

Tate Puryear, Marty Espinoza, Tem Hegamenn, and HCLEA President Richard Lozano

Tate Puryear, Marty Espinoza, Tem Hegamenn, and HCLEA President Richard Lozano

Members of the CLEAT-affiliated Hays County Law Enforcement Association cooked for approximately 200 sworn members of the Texas Association of Vehicle Theft Investigators, or TAVTI, conference.

The event was held at The embassy Suites in San Marcos from Oct. 13th through Oct. 17th.

Danny Arrendondo of Field Services represented CLEAT. Read More »

Posted by November 3, 2014

First officer to use CLEAT phone app: ‘I can’t believe how well it worked’

Craig Driskell with Fort Worth Officer Lizzie Duemig.

Craig Driskell with Fort Worth Officer Lizzie Duemig.

Lizzie Duemig was just seven weeks out of the Fort Worth Police Academy when she found herself in the middle of her first critical incident over the summer.

It was a death-in-custody case, and even though Duemig had done nothing wrong, she decided to contact CLEAT just to be on the safe side.

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Posted by October 29, 2014

CLEAT’s critical incident class prepares officers for what to expect

Vince Wisely teaches "The Aftermath of a Critical Incident" class.

Vince Wisely teaches “The Aftermath of a Critical Incident” class.

CLEAT Staff Attorney Vince Wisely taught “The Aftermath of a Critical Incident” class to officers in Lubbock and Amarillo on Oct 28 and 29.

In light of recent high-profile critical incidents that gained widespread media attention, it is more important than ever for officers to be prepared in the event the find themselves involved in a controversial critical incident.

The four-hour course focuses on teaching officers what to expect, step by step, during a post-critical incident investigation. It prepares officers for both the administrative and criminal investigation they will face and the rights they have during these investigations. Read More »

Posted by October 29, 2014

CLEAT offering ‘Canine Encounters for Law Enforcement’ training

CLEAT's Melinda Griffith, second from left, meets with animal advocates Cindy Boling, Stacy Sutton Kerby and Mark Boling.

CLEAT’s Melinda Griffith, second from left, meets with animal advocates Cindy Boling, Stacy Sutton Kerby and Mark Boling.

As recent incidents of dogs being shot by law enforcement inflame public passions, CLEAT is offering state-of-the-art training to better equip officers in dealing with potentially aggressive dogs.

The class, “Canine Encounters for Law Enforcement,” will be held Dec. 11 in Cleburne. Instructed by Jim Osorio, a nationally recognized expert in police encounters with dogs, the training is being offered to officers free of charge and officers will receive credit from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

The class, which continues CLEAT’s commitment to ensure that Texas has the best trained law enforcement professionals in the nation, will teach officers how to recognize canine aggression and interpret body language. Officers will learn defensive tactics and how to use less-than-lethal techniques to control dogs. Read More »

Posted by October 28, 2014

CLEAT joins SLEAMC in fundraiser for corporal’s young son

Cpl. Claudia Graefser, her son, Jon, and CLEAT's Tracy Chance.

Cpl. Claudia Graefser, her son, Jon, and CLEAT’s Tracy Chance.

CLEAT joined the Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Association of McLennan County last weekend to help sponsor a fundraiser for 7-year-old Jon Graefser, who is battling brain cancer.

Jon, whose mom a corporal with McLennan County, has all ready under gone surgery to have the tumor removed as well as six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation. He will now have 54 weeks of additional chemo. Read More »

Posted by October 28, 2014

A conversation with Todd Harrison

Todd Harrison has been a CLEAT member just about as long as he’s been a law enforcement officer, and as president of the organization, he’s got his eyes on the future.

As an Austin Police sergeant with more than two decades experience under his belt, Harrison says it’s important that young officers just coming up understand the importance of having an ally in their corner. That means having someone looking out for their job security, their legal needs and their post-retirement years.

With CLEAT, Harrison says, “You’ve got someone backingyou up. It keeps you from having to worry about what’s going to happen to your family and to yourself.”

Click on the video below to see his full remarks about where CLEAT has been, and where it is going in the years ahead.This is one in an occasional series of conversations with the some of the people who make the CLEAT the largest and best labor law enforcement organization in Texas.

Posted by October 22, 2014

Williamson County Sheriff’s Posse donates $800 to POMF

wilco posseThe Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation thanks the Williamson County Sheriff’s Posse for its generous donation of $800.

“Every year, the Williamson Count Sheriff’s Posse chooses a few deserving nonprofit organizations to donate the annual rodeo process to,” the Posse said in a recent letter to the POMF. “This year, your organization was chosen.

“The Posse admires and appreciates all your organization does for our community.”

Posted by October 22, 2014

CLEAT stands up for Laredo officers as inquiry proceeds

From left: LPOA President Luis Dovalina, Charley Wilkison, Melinda Griffith and CLEAT Board Member Mark Guerra.

From left: LPOA President Luis Dovalina, Charley Wilkison, Melinda Griffith and CLEAT Board Member Mark Guerra.

LAREDO — While some police critics are rushing to judgment over a recent deadly force incident involving Laredo Police, CLEAT Executive Director Charley Wilkison urged the City Council and the critics to allow the investigation to run its course before making premature decisions and adding to the heated rhetoric.

Wilkison, Board Member Mark Guerra and CLEAT Public Affairs Coordinator Melinda Griffith joined Laredo Police Officers Association President  Luis Dovalina at the council meeting Monday evening.

Several people used the meeting to make inflammatory remarks based on incomplete or inaccurate information surrounding the incident. Read More »

Posted by October 21, 2014