Long before Mick Rickman became the top lawyer for CLEAT, he was a member of CLEAT for seven years as a police officer in Mesquite.
"It was a important for me then, it's important for officers now, and it will be important for officers in the future," Rickman says.
Rickman, who used his law enforcement experience as a springboard to a legal career, says that every police officer stands in the path of a legal complaint every day on the job. And when someone files a complaint, no matter how trivial it might seem, the officer better have immediate access to top-flight legal representation.
And that's exactly what every CLEAT member has.
"The bottom line is, the difference between an outside attorney and a CLEAT attorney is that the CLEAT attorney deals with (law enforcement issues) 24/7," Rickman says.
Click on the video below to hear Mike explain the mission of CLEAT Legal Services in detail. This is one in an occasional series of conversations with the some of the people who make the CLEAT the largest and best labor law enforcement organization in Texas.