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More information on how to join the CLEAT Retiree Association

Retiree Association
The CLEAT Retiree Association is available to all honorably retired Texas Peace Officers. For just $14.50 a month or a discounted rate of $150 for annual dues payments, retired members will be provided with the same protections as that of active peace officers.

Retiree members have access to legal representation, free preparation, execution and probate of wills for member and spouse by CLEAT Attorneys, a $1,000 life insurance benefit and eligibility in the CLEAT Retiree Dental/Vision Plan.

Click here for the latest information on how to join and see the FAQ list if you have any further questions.

Posted by May 15, 2015

Leadership Academy hotel registration deadline approaching

The annual CLEAT Leadership Academy is June 11-12 in Austin and the May 22 deadline is fast approaching to reserve a hotel room for those planning to attend.

Rooms the AT&T Conference Center, where the Academy will be held,  are $179 per night. The center is at 1900 University Ave., which is at the corner of  University and Martin Luther King  Boulevard in Central Austin.

To reserve a room online, click here.

Here is a link to the agenda and list of speakers.  There is no registration fee to attend the CLEAT Leadership Academy! All program costs will be absorbed by CLEAT. The only costs to your association will be transportation to and from Austin, the hotel rooms and meals.

Posted by May 15, 2015

Eagle Pass voters overwhelmingly adopt police, fire civil service

Eagle Pass officers with  Mayor Ramsey Cantu. CLEAT's Perry Hyden is second from right.

Eagle Pass officers with Mayor Ramsey Cantu. CLEAT’s Perry Hyden is second from right.

Eagle Pass voters rallied to the cause of their police officers and firefighters Saturday by overwhelmingly approving civil service.

The unofficial vote count was 1,710 for the measure and 425 against. That’s an 80-20 margin .

CLEAT Field Services Director Dwight Tiller and Field Rep Perry Hyden spent a lot of time in Eagle Pass assisting the local association with the campaign. Tiller said civil service gives rank-and-file officers due process in employee matters and will put in place a fair structure for promotion.

“This is a huge victory for our officers in Eagle Pass,” Tiller said “It was gratifying to see the citizens of that community come together to support their police.”

Added Raul Gonzalez of the Eagle Pass POA: “We like to thank the voters of Eagle Pass for their loyal support of our local Fire Fighters and Police Departments and the men and women who work in these public safety positions in approving the Civil Service Proposition.”

More photos on the Eagle Pass Police Association Facebook page.

Posted by May 13, 2015

Novosad represents CLEAT at Fort Bend picnic


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CLEAT Vice President Matt Novosad and his family pinch-hit for the Field Services Division over the weekend.

They covered the Fort Bend County picnic on Saturday when everyone in the Division “had schedule or personal conflicts,” said Field Services Diirector Dwight Tiller. “Thanks Matt!” Read More »

Posted by May 11, 2015

CLEAT members can request a will online though new portal

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Austin Police Officer Joseph Spees and his family, Jessica and Molli, executed their will at CLEAT Headquarters in Austin with CLEAT Will Coordinator Carol Whitfield and Staff Attorney Nadia Stewart.

CLEAT offers free-of-charge will preparation for our members, including a power of attorney and medical directive.

Members can request a will online through our new membership portal that went live this month.

Posted by May 6, 2015

‘Your loved ones gave their last full measure for us’

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The families, friends and fellow colleagues of the Texas peace officers who gave their lives in the line of duty were comforted Monday with the promise that their loved ones’ memory and dedicated will not be forgotten.

To all of the surviving family members who are here today, we say thank you,” Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush told the those who attended the ceremony that stretched from the State Capitol’s South Steps to the Great walk connecting the complex to downtown Austin.  “We can’t know the burden you bear; but we do know the debt we owe to you.

“Your loved ones gave their last full measure for us.  And we are eternally grateful.” Read More »

Posted by May 4, 2015

Ride for the Fallen draws 620-plus riders, shattering record

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Retired Houston Police Sgt. Rico Garcia believes so strongly in the Ride for the Fallen that he thinks everyone should take part. Everyone in his law enforcement motorcycle club, anyway.

“What better ride to go to than one to honor our brothers who gave their lives,” Garcia said Saturday morning, a few minutes before getting ready to leave the Central Texas Harley-Davidson dealership in Round Rock for the journey to the Texas Peace Officers Memorial at the State Capitol in Austin. “That’s why I made this a mandatory ride for our club.” Read More »

Posted by May 3, 2015

Eagle Pass Police Association gears up for civil service election

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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.

Posted by May 1, 2015

CLEAT’s independence and dogged persistence on ‘body cam bill’ pays off

bodycam_senatedebateCLEAT’s insistence that the legislation governing police body cameras protect the legitimate privacy rights of law enforcement officers was finally embraced by the Texas Senate.

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 »

Posted by April 30, 2015

El Paso constable honored at memorial bike trek

Riders prepare to get started.

Riders prepare to get started.

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.

Constable Robert White died after he was attacked while working an overtime assignment. White served El Paso County Pct. 1 for 18 years. Read More »

Posted by April 29, 2015