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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

Investigation upholds CLEAT’s assertion of racial discrimination by La Marque councilwoman

Charley Wilkison at the news conference in La Marque in May with CLEAT Field Services Tom Barbee and CLEAT Board Member Forrest Gandy and members of the La Marque Police Association.

Charley Wilkison at the news conference in La Marque in May with CLEAT Field Services Tom Barbee and CLEAT Board Member Forrest Gandy and members of the La Marque Police Association.

The law firm hired by the La Marque City Council has upheld CLEAT’s assertion that a council member pushed to cut the public library’s funding because she believed it primarily benefited African-American residents of the coastal community.

The council hired the nationally recognized firm of Olson & Olson after CLEAT and the La Marque Police Association in late May turned over to the U.S. Attorney’s Office sworn affidavits and audio recordings showing that Councilwoman Connie Trube had used racial prejudice to guide her public policy initiatives.

“The evidence establishes that these statements were made by Trube and there was an inappropriate racial aspect to them.” Olson & Olson attorney Brian Begle said in a report presented to the La Marque City Council on Monday. Read More »

Posted by July 1, 2014

Border Patrol golf tournament in South Texas raises $4,000 for POMF

A vivid remembrance at the Peace Officers Monument from May's Ride for the Fallen.

A vivid remembrance at the Peace Officers Monument from May’s Ride for the Fallen.

Chief Patrol Agent Robert Harris of the U.S. Border Patrol Office in Laredo sent a check for $4,076 to CLEAT last week.

The amount was half of the money raised May 3 during the first South Texas Corridor Classic, a charity golf tournament organized by the federal agency’s sector headquartered in Laredo. The money was donated to the Peace Officers Memorial Foundation of Texas. The balance raised during the tournament was donated to the federal memorial.

“Thank you for all you do to support our fallen heroes and their families,” Chief Harris said in a handwritten note to CLEAT accompanying the check.

CLEAT is a founding sponsor of the foundation, which strives to perpetuate the memory of Texas law enforcement officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving their communities.

The foundation honors the fallen by providing assistance and support in a line of duty death. The foundation also offers college scholarships, sponsors the biennial Memorial Service at the State Capitol and supports research to find and honor all Texas Peace Officers who throughout history have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Chief Harris said the Border Patrols Laredo Sector plans to make the  South Texas Corridor Classic an annual event.

 

 

Posted by June 30, 2014

Officer’s unfair F-5 report upgraded to ‘Honorable Discharge’ thanks to CLEAT

Officer Patrick Zee and CLEAT Staff Attorney Bob Thomas.

Officer Patrick Zee and CLEAT Staff Attorney Bob Thomas.

A Texas Administrative Law Judge recently reversed an unfavorable F-5 report for Officer Patrick Zee from the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe Police Department  in Livingston.

As a result of the judge’s decision, the report was upgraded to an Honorable Discharge.  The action came after a one-day contested evidentiary hearing in Houston.

Zee was represented by CLEAT Staff Attorney Bob Thomas.

Posted by June 30, 2014

CLEAT is working the Gang Investigators Training Conference

Danny Arrendondo

Danny Arrendondo

CLEAT is on hand in San Antonio this week for the Texas Gang Investigators Association 2014 Training Conference.

In the photo is field rep Danny Arrendondo working the CLEAT table. We’re not showing the faces of investigators because many of them work undercover.

The conference runs through Friday.

Posted by June 25, 2014