Around the State

Longview POA rallies to help officer in need of transplant

Longview Office Cedric Smith

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 »

Posted by July 16, 2014

SAPOA takes case to the people in 30-second online radio spot

PublicSafetyFactsThe San Antonio Police Officers Association is asking the public to force the city management to negotiate fairly

The association posted a 30-second radio spot on the website, Public Safety Facts, reminding the residents of the Alamo City that its officers are dedicated to protecting the public. But the spot questions whether the city manager fully appreciates the sacrifices officers make.

“Being a police officer is about sacrifice. We sacrifice to protect San Antonio,” the spot says. “Our families sacrifice as we put on our uniforms not knowing if we’ll make it home.” Read More »

Posted by July 15, 2014

A thank-you note from McLennan County

thankyouMichael Graham, president of the Sheriffs Law Enforcement Association of McLennan County, took a little time to write a thank-you note to CLEAT for its help with the organization’s recent employee banquet.

“Thank you for your support of the men and women of the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office and the door prize donation you made to the annual employee banquet,” Graham wrote.

Your welcome!

Posted by July 15, 2014

San Antonio park police officer dies in bike accident

Officer Doug Rivers (Courtesy: San Antonio Park Police Officers Association)

Officer Doug Rivers (Courtesy: San Antonio Park Police Officers Association)

A San Antonio Park Police Officer was killed over the weekend when he lost control of his bicycle and struck a tree while riding off duty in a city park.

Officer Douglas Rivers died Saturday afternoon on the Jack White Trailhead in northeast San Antonio. He was 63.

“Doug was an icon in the San Antonio Law Enforcement community, and a mentor to dozens of Police Officers. The wisdom and knowledge that he passed on to us, and to those he came in contact with on a daily basis will never be forgotten,” Greg Adams, president of the San Antonio Park Police Officer’s Association, said on the organization’s website. Read More »

Posted by July 14, 2014

It’s time to register for POMF barbecue cookoff

2014 POMF BBQHey, barbecue cookers, are you fired up yet?

Online registration started Monday for the 2014 POMF Barbecue Cookoff, which will be held Sept. 12-13 in San Antonio’s Comanche Park 2.

Cookers will compete for $5,000 in prize money and all proceeds benefit the Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation. The prize money will be paid out in 10 places in each category. The judging wil be sanctioned by International Barbeque Cookers Association and Serena Balch is scheduled to be the Head Judge. Here’s a link to the official rules.

The 2013 POMF Cookoff hosted 32 cooking teams, and we are hoping for a greater turnout this year. Sign up and help spread the word for this event.

Cookers may register online or at the event. Here’s the link to the Facebook page.

The registration fee for the meats categories is $130 and it’s $25 for the beans category. There are no power hookups, so provide your own electricity.

There is community water so bring your own containers. There will be music each night.

Posted by July 14, 2014

Ribbon is cut to open new Lubbock field office

CLEAT Executive Director Charley Wilkison and President Todd Harrison are flanked by staff at the Lubbock ribbon-cutting.

CLEAT Executive Director Charley Wilkison and President Todd Harrison are flanked by staff at the Lubbock ribbon-cutting.

CLEAT’s new field office in Lubbock opened Tuesday, July 15, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the facility that will serve the members of Region 5.

CLEAT President Todd Harrison and Executive Director Charley Wilkison joined several staff and leadership members at the ceremony that was open to the media.

Starting out, the office at 2201 University Ave. will be staffed rotating in from the Field Services and Legal divisions. Vince Wisely and David Kilcrease will be the principal staffers in the rotation.

Members benefitting from the new field office will be from Amarillo, Midland, Midland County, San Angelo, Sweetwater and Lubbock — along with other cities and counties in Region 5.

Gabriel Monte of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal interviews Charley Wilkison after the ceremony.

Gabriel Monte of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal interviews Charley Wilkison after the ceremony.

Posted by July 14, 2014

CLEAT presents ‘Excited Delirium’ class to officers in Laredo

Instructor Jerry Staton teaches officers how to recognize excited delirium.

Instructor Jerry Staton teaches officers how to recognize excited delirium.

LAREDO  — CLEAT was in Laredo on Tuesday and presented a class on “Excited Delirium and Arrest Related Deaths” to 33 officers from Laredo Police Department and Webb County Sheriff’s Offce.

Over the past decade, increased attention has been paid to the sudden and seemingly inexplicable deaths of some highly agitated subjects who are taken into custody. In most of these cases, the force required to restrain or incapacitate the suspect was not sufficient to cause death. Many of these deaths have been attributed to excited delirium.

The CLEAT class is an interactive approach to safely manage an excited delirium event. Taser and “ED” Instructor Jerry Staton, a retired Austin police officer, taught officers how to recognize excited delirium, how to safely handle someone suffering from ED and how to minimize the risk of injuries to all involved.

Staton also spends part of the class demonstrating take down and restraint techniques that are effective in dealing with excited delirium suspects.

Officers who attended received eight-hours TCOLE credit for the class.

Posted by July 8, 2014

Police pension under attack on all fronts, Wilkison tells officers

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Police pension are under attack from an unlikely alliance of libertarians, conservatives and liberals who are using the earned and paid-for benefit as a political wedge, CLEAT Executive Director Charley Wilkison told a gathering of peace officers on Monday.

Charley Wilkison

Charley Wilkison

Speaking at the Crime Prevention Association conference in College Station, Wilkison said public-sector pensions have been in the political cross hairs for nearly a decade. And last year in Texas, one lawmaker pushed a bill that would have stripped pensions away from officers just because they were accused — and necessarily convicted — of a crime.

“I fought that bill up and down the line,” Wilkison told the conference, pointing out that CLEAT’s Public Affairs team derailed the measure long before it could ever reach the governor’s desk. Read More »

Posted by July 8, 2014

TXSBLE Conference proves productive for CLEAT Field Services

danny 4 new guysWhile attending TXSBLE Conference in Corpus Christi this week, Danny Arredondo of CLEAT Field Services persuaded Texas State University Police Department Detective Ron Dorsey, Sgt. Alex Villalobos, Capt. Daniel Benitez, and Detective Rolando Belmares to drop TMPA and signed up with CLEAT.

Arrendondo said CLEAT will soon be returning to Texas State University to with remaining sworn officers for a presentation and sign up.

It was a busy time for CLEAT at TXXBLE. Check out the photos below.

 

 

 

 

TXSBLE Conference Organizer Cynthia Arredondo presenting CLEAT Field Rep Danny Arredondo w/ Plaque for their Bronze Sponsorship of the Conference w/ over 650 Law Enforcement and School Administrator attendees in Corpus Christi.
TXSBLE Conference Organizer Cynthia Arredondo presenting CLEAT Field Rep Danny Arredondo with Plaque for their Bronze Sponsorship of the Conference with over 650 Law Enforcement and School Administrator attendees in Corpus Christi.

 

 

CLEAT Field Rep. Danny Arredondo getting Trinity University Police Department Chief Paul Chapa signed up as a CLEAT member at the TXSBLE Conference in Corpus Christi

CLEAT Field Rep. Danny Arredondo getting Trinity University Police Department Chief Paul Chapa signed up as a CLEAT member at the TXSBLE Conference in Corpus Christi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLEAT Vice President and LaPorte Officer Matt Novosad and members of Laporte PD w/ CLEAT Field Rep. Danny Arredondo at the TXSBLE Conference in Corpus Christi

CLEAT Vice President and LaPorte Officer Matt Novosad and members of Laporte PD with CLEAT Field Rep Danny Arredondo at the TXSBLE Conference in Corpus Christi.

Posted by July 3, 2014

CLEAT to Obama: Mayor Castro turned his back on police

Todd Harrison

Todd Harrison

CLEAT has some pointed words on soon-to-be former Mayor Julian Castro as he prepares to leave San Antonio for a post in President Obama’s Cabinet.

President Todd Harrison shares his thoughts on the Mayor with the president in a letter to the President.

Executive Director Charley Wilkison adds his in a message to CLEAT staff and leadership below: Read More »

Posted by July 2, 2014