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CLEAT Benefits Comparison: Us vs Them

As a law enforcement professional your job is difficult, dangerous and often violent. You need someone in your corner standing up for you and fighting to protect you, your job and your family’s income. CLEAT is the best, largest, and most respected organization fighting for Texas’ finest. It's our mission to ensure that you, as a…
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Termination Battle of Harris County Detention Officer Ends in an Immediate Reinstatement

On February 16, 2017, CLEAT Staff Attorney Bob Thomas represented Harris County Detention Officer Lonnie Franklin at the Harris County Sheriff's Civil Service Commission hearing. Lonnie was terminated on September 6, 2016. After a contested evidentiary hearing, the Commission voted unanimously to reverse the termination and immediately reinstate Officer Franklin. He was assigned to 1200…
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2017 Peace Officers Memorial and Candlelight Vigil

Preparations have begun for the 2017 Texas Peace Officers Memorial Service and Candlelight Vigil. These services will be held in Austin, Texas at the State Capitol. The following information is for your consideration in making plans for your individual department to attend these activities. Below is information regarding each ceremony and specific information for those…
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NAPO Joins with CLEAT in Opposing the Parole of 1976 Waco Cop Killer

In June 1976, Sgt. Barrett attempted to arrest Thelette Brandon for stabbing a man to death at a Waco Bus Station. Brandon resisted arrest, stabbed the officer and gained control of his service weapon which he then used to shoot Sgt. Barrett. "Sgt. Barrett dedicated his life to serving the community," CLEAT said in its letter.…
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The 16th Annual Ride for the Fallen

The 16th Annual Ride for the Fallen which benefits the Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation, will be held on Saturday April 29th, 2017.  This year, the Sentries LEMC of Brownsville will lead our ride and lay the wreath at the memorial tribute. Pre-registration $35 per bike / includes ride shirt. On-site registration and ride start will be…
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The 2017 CLEAT Legislative Reception and Blitz

Please join us for our Biennial Legislative Reception and Blitz Tuesday, January 17th! CLEAT’s Biennial Lobby Blitz will take place the morning of January 17th at 8:00 a.m. and we will meet at the Texas Capitol in Room E2.018. The reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. which will be located at the…
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CLEAT Staff Attorney, Jim Jopling, Receives The Chris McGill Award

[caption id="attachment_14557" align="alignleft" width="225"] The Jopling's at home in El Paso: son Owen, CLEAT Staff Attorney Jim Jopling, son Clay, and wife Claire Jopling.[/caption] "I'm pleased to honor Jim's work as a CLEAT employee," stated Executive Director Charley Wilkison, "the job of a staff attorney has so many moving parts and is so essential to…
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