Around the State
Texarkana Officer William Jason Sprague
More than 250 runner hit the streets Saturday morning in Texarkana to honor the memory of a Texarkana Police Officer who died last year in the line of duty.
Officer William Jason Sprague, 30, was mortally wounded June 15, 2013, in a hit-and-run crash while responding to a disturbance involving about 100 people.
Family members, friends and members of the law enforcement community organized the run as a way of keeping Officer Sprague’s memory alive. Read More »
Melinda Griffith and Linda Koop
CLEAT’s Melinda Griffith recently met with Linda Koop, the Republican candidate for Texas House District 102 in north Dallas County.
Koop, who won CLEAT’s endorsement during the primary campaign in which she defeated incumbent Stefani Carter, has a Democratic opponent in what is considered a swing district that stretches east from Garland to Addison.
Carter won the seat in 2010, defeating Democratic incumbent Carol Kent, who wrested it from Republican Tony Goolsby two years before that.
A small businesswoman, Koop served on the Dallas City Council before seeking the House seat. She also has a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Here’s the link to Koop’s campaign Facebook page.
Lt. Col. Craig Driskell
CLEAT staff attorney Craig Driskell will be practicing military law for the next couple of weeks.
Driskell, a lieutenant colonel in the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas National Guard, is on Fort Hood fulfilling his summer training obligation. He is the lead attorney for the unit’s JAG section
“We’re the legal office for approximately 6,000 soldiers from our division out here doing training” Driskell reports. “With that many folks, you cannot believe the legal issues that come up.”
The issues run the gamut from criminal activity to troops going AWOL, he said. He is also part of the legal planning effort the upcoming and highly publicized mission for National Guard service at the Texas border with Mexico.
RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – Law enforcement officers who are members of the National Guard and called to active duty along the Texas-Mexico border will not have to pay their CLEAT membership dues for the duration of their deployment.
“As these officers prepare to leave their homes and their families to serve in the border-security efforts in South Texas, we want them to know that their dues will be taken care of,” said Charley Wilkison, Executive Director of CLEAT. Read More »
Gov. Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott talk Border security.
Gov. Rick Perry on Monday ordered as many as 1,000 troops from the Texas National Guard to assist state and local law enforcement personnel along the southern border.
The governor, flanked by the Texas Guard’s adjutant general and the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said he issued the order to boost the fight against “human smugglers” and “drug traffickers” associated with the migration of unaccompanied children from Central America crossing the Rio Grande.
Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican who is running against Democrat Wendy Davis to succeed Perry, also addressed the issue.
“The action I am ordering today will tackle this crisis head-on by multiplying our efforts to combat the cartel activity, human traffickers and individual criminals who threaten the safety of people across Texas and America,” Perry said.
Abbott said that his office is seeking reimbursement from the federal government for Texas’ expenses in the effort.
Perry said the Guard troops “will work seamlessly and side by side with law enforcement officials. It also builds on the National Guard’s existing border presence, which has been utilizing air assets to patrol the region looking for illegal activity.”
Forrest Gandy and Todd Harrison
CLEAT President Todd Harrison and Region 6 Director Forrest Gandy competed in the Project Blue Golf Tournament last weekend.
Project Blue is a non-profit organization formed to help officers who face serious illness or injuries outside the line of duty and fund criminal justice scholarships. Project Blue was started in 2009 to honor Marcus Lee Zaruba, a Sugar Land police officer who died from cancer at age 29.
Throughout Zaruba’s illness, the Sugar Land Police Department helped Marcus through fundraising, donations and overall support. The foundation was started in order to give back to other police officer associations and to fund criminal justice scholarships.
Corpus Christi Investigator Paul Lisowski was awarded Peace Officer of the Year by the Texas Gang Investigators Association during its recent conference in San Antonio.
The Corpus Christi Police Officers’ Association said on its website that “Lisowski has demonstrated a great passion for investigating cases involving gang members.”
“His outstanding accomplishments and performance in the field of gang investigations over the past year did not go unrecognized,” the association added. “This distinguished statewide award was well deserved.”
Every year the TGIA recognizes two Texas peace officers who have excelled in their professions in dealing with gang investigations or gang prevention and intervention.
Midland Deputy Sheriff’s Association gave out its 2014 Officer of the Year Awards at it’s banquet last week.
The honorees were, from left to right, Casey O’Donnell, CID; Adam Hilliard, Detention; Jerry Cook, Courthouse Security and Miranda Chavez, Patrol.
Not pictured was Harold Uddley, Civil Process/Warrants.
CLEAT had a great presence at the event, giving out promotional items as door prizes with the president Ken Colston. CLEAT benefit, pocket spirals and pens were available at sign-in table.
Five CLEAT Regional Director seats are up for election this year and the deadline to file is Aug. 1.
The seats are 1B, 3B, 5, 7 and 9.
Here are the rules for running as spelled out in the CLEAT Constitution:
“Regional Directors representing more than one Local shall file for office by August 1st of the final year of the respective Regional Director’s term of office. The candidate’s notice of filing for the office of Regional Director shall be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, to CLEAT’s administrative office in Austin. Upon receipt of the candidate’s notice of filing, CLEAT’s Ethics Committee shall verify the candidate’s eligibility and provide election rules to the eligible candidate.”
The election will be held later this year.
Longview Office Cedric Davis
Members of the Longview Police Officers Association rallied around one of their own who needs a life-saving kidney transplant.
Officer Cedric Davis is a 20-year law enforcement veteran — 10 years with Longview PD and 10 with the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office. He’s also an assistant pastor at his church.
“Cedric is more than just a public servant who loves his job,” the LPOA says on its Facebook page. “He is a husband, father, Christian and Officer.” Read More »