The Eagle Pass Police Officers and Firefighters are nearing the end to their campaign drive for an upcoming civil service election. Officers of the the Eagle Pass Police Association along with CLEAT staff have been working for over three months developing and executing a strategy for a civil service win. The Association has been raising money, running newspaper and radio ads, and have been working the polls to get votes. So far, there has been little opposition and the campaign has been successful. Election day is May 9th and CLEAT field services staff will be there to help the association celebrate their well-deserved victory.
Around the State
Sen. Royce West, the author of Senate Bill 158, agreed to an amendment from Sen. Jose Menendez that exempts things like private conversations unrelated to law enforcement from public disclosure.
The breakthrough came after a Capitol hallway encounter between Senator West and CLEAT Executive Director Charley Wilkison.
President Sgt. Todd Harrison, who witnessed the exchange said CLEAT never wavered and stood strong on the issue even in the face of political pressure.
“Most all of the so called law enforcement unions went belly up, adopted their chiefs positions or remained scared and silent,” said President Harrison, “but the CLEAT lobby team never backed down.” Read More »
Law enforcement officers and supporters took part in Saturday’s Texas Law Enforcement Memorial Bike Trek in El Paso honoring a constable who was killed in the line of duty in November.
Board members of the Mission Professional Law Enforcement Association with the help of CLEAT staff recently held their First Annual Officer Appreciation Barbecue for the Mission police officers and their families.
“The event was a great success and fun for all,” said CLEAT Organizer Steve Ayala, who is in the photo above with officers and their families. “We’d like to thank the great work MPLEA Board is doing.”
CLEAT was on hand for Grayson County’s first annual Officers Down 5k Run/Walk last week.
The event was held in memorial and honor of Grayson County Deputy Sheriff Chad Key.
Key, a CLEAT member, was struck and killed by a drunk driver while directing traffic around 10:30 p.m. on April 20, 2013. Read More »
The Jefferson County Association of Deputy Sheriffs and Correction Officers and the La Porte Police Association hosted events for members and families on Saturday
Jefferson County’s event was its annual family picnic. Several hundred officers and family members attended to enjoy 1,800 pounds of crawfish, barbecue and other foods.
CLEAT Field Services Coordinator Tom Barbee said the kids enjoyed the bounce castles, water slides, basketball and other events. Read More »
There was a good turnout for the Tarrant County Law Enforcement Association golf tournament on Saturday.
TCLEA would like to thank everyone who came out to support the event at Mansfield National Golf Course.
“Whether you were a player, sponsor or volunteer we could not have done it without you,” TCLEA said. “You all made it a successful day! On behalf of the kids and officers we help, we thank you for helping us help them!”
CLEAT organizer Tracy Chance was part of the action and he sent in the photos shown here. Read More »
The deadline to apply for a scholarship from the Peace Officers Memorial Foundation is May 1.
The POMF Scholarship Program was developed from a strong sense of commitment to peace officers’ and their families. The scholarship program was instituted for funding higher education for peace officers’ dependents. Scholarship awards are $500, and the number of awards is subject to program funding. Read More »
By John Moritz
CLEAT Public Affairs
Misinformation has been circulating around the Texas Capitol and in some media outlets suggesting that CLEAT was somehow involved in the training of the 73-year-old Oklahoma sheriff’s deputy reservist involved in a much-publicized deadly shooting.
The confusion stems from the fact that the Oklahoma’s state agency similar to Texas’ TCOLE is called the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training and goes by CLEET, for short.
Just to be clear, CLEAT, the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, is not an agency of any state and has nothing to do with the State of Oklahoma.
It’s regrettable that some would use the unfortunate incident in Oklahoma as a way to attempt to soil CLEAT’s name and reputation.
Now here’s a silver lining for working all night in the rain.
CLEAT Organizer Janet Cole and Brandon Watson of CLEAT preferred provider California Casualty were part of all-night recruiting effort in Harris County that ended with 50 new members signing up. Read More »