enforcement agencies – Pledge Peace http://pledgepeace.org/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 04:32:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://pledgepeace.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/cropped-icon-32x32.png enforcement agencies – Pledge Peace http://pledgepeace.org/ 32 32 Central Coast Law Enforcement Must List Military Style Gear https://pledgepeace.org/central-coast-law-enforcement-must-list-military-style-gear/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 02:10:00 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/central-coast-law-enforcement-must-list-military-style-gear/ Central Coast and state law enforcement agencies are now required to list their military-grade equipment and make this information publicly available. Assembly Bill 841 monitors and controls this equipment and the governor signed the bill into law last September. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office hosted a community zoom meeting to explain the law Monday night at 6:30 p.m. and release information about the proposed policy for funding, acquiring, and using equipment. organizations and listen to what they have to say about the weapons they have,” said Veterans for Peace member Lee Brokaw. He criticizes law enforcement’s use of military-grade equipment. He says it shows a strong show of force when driving through neighborhoods with large caliber firearms and armored vehicles. “All of these weapons that are on these lists are intended for use against the citizens of the community where these officers are supposed to be peacekeepers. . Not military officers.” “The interesting thing about this Assembly bill is that they designate items that they consider military-style equipment,” said Santa Cruz County Sgt. Daniel Robbins. .Some of them are command and control items like the bomb squad vehicle.But the department also has bola wraps, drones and flashbangs. things: one being the policy and ordinance being established for the use of military style equipment and these must be approved by a government entity which in our case is the gentlemen oversight board. “said Robbins. The Santa Cruz Police Department is also working on its list of military-style equipment. It should be released next week. One of those items is the “bear cat” armored vehicle that security interior provided back in 2016 at no cost to the city. But there was a lot of public outcry upon his arrival. “I think we’re all open to productive conversations and suggestions, but at the same time, it There are good facilities that keep our community and our officers safe,” said Acting Santa Cruz Police Chief Bernie Escalante. Santa Cruz County on March 22. The police department will present them to the public safety committee on March 23. Eventually, it’ll be sent to City Council for their approval in April.

Central Coast and state law enforcement agencies are now required to list their military-style gear and make that information available for public review.

Assembly Bill 841 monitors and controls this equipment and the governor signed the bill into law last September.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office hosted a community zoom meeting to explain the law Monday night at 6:30 p.m. and release information about the proposed policy for funding, acquiring and using equipment.

“I think it’s a godsend that Sacramento has given us the opportunity to meet with these agencies first and hear what they have to say about the weapons they have,” said Lee Brokaw, a member of Veterans for Peace.

He criticizes law enforcement’s use of military-grade equipment. He says it shows a strong show of force when driving through neighborhoods with large caliber firearms and armored vehicles.

“All of these weapons that are on these lists are for use against the citizens of the community where these officers are supposed to be peace officers. Not military officers.”

“The interesting thing about this Assembly bill is that they designate items that they consider military-style equipment,” said Santa Cruz County Sgt. Daniel Robbins.

The Sheriff’s Office has about 20 items that qualify as military-style gear.

Some of them are command and control elements like the bomb squad vehicle.

But the department also has bola wraps, drones, and flashbangs.

“What this bill was really about was transparency and accountability of law enforcement. And so this bill outlines two things: one being the policy and the order established for the use of military-style equipment and they must be approved by a government entity, which in our case is the board of supervisors,” says Robbins.

The Santa Cruz Police Department is also working on its list of military-style equipment.

It should be released next week.

One such item is the “bear cat” armored vehicle that Homeland Security provided in 2016 at no cost to the city. But there was a lot of public outcry when he arrived.

“I think we’re all open to having productive conversations and suggestions, but at the same time there’s good equipment out there that keeps our community and our officers safe.” said Acting Santa Cruz Police Chief Bernie Escalante.

The sheriff’s office is scheduled to present its information to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on March 22. The police department will present them to the public safety committee on March 23. Finally, they will be sent to the municipal council for approval. in April.

Government signs crime bill and vetoes restrictions on law enforcement recruitment funding under community policing model https://pledgepeace.org/government-signs-crime-bill-and-vetoes-restrictions-on-law-enforcement-recruitment-funding-under-community-policing-model/ Thu, 10 Mar 2022 00:02:53 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/government-signs-crime-bill-and-vetoes-restrictions-on-law-enforcement-recruitment-funding-under-community-policing-model/


UPDATE: This story and headline have been updated to include clarification on the governor’s veto of restrictions on legislation to recruit and retain law enforcement officers.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday signed House Bill 68, a bipartisan package of initiatives designed to tackle crime in New Mexico communities and invest in public safety personnel across the state. The bill was part of the record $8.5 billion spending plan for the coming year.

“Every New Mexican deserves to feel safe in their community – and they demand action from their government,” said Lujan Grisham. “House Bill 68 expands on the transformative work we have done in previous years, strengthening our state’s public safety system and making the streets safer in every community in New Mexico. ”

While the governor left most of the spending proposed by the legislature, she used her veto to reduce some restrictions in the $50 million in funding for the recruitment and retention of law enforcement officers to administer. through allowances. The package provided funding only for agencies that use a community policing model. The community policing stipulation was left out, which the governor said would make funding more accessible to law enforcement agencies across the state.

The legislation:

  • Establishes programs to recruit and retain law enforcement officers, along with $50 million in the budget to establish an officer recruitment fund;
  • Strengthens penalties for crimes committed with a firearm, including a criminal in possession of a firearm and the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime;
  • Creates criminal laws relating to violent threats, property damage and chops;
  • Eliminates the statute of limitations for second degree murder;
  • Increases death benefits for families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty to $1 million, establishing New Mexico’s policy as the most generous in the nation;
  • Establishes the Violence Intervention Program Act, accompanied by $9 million in the budget to establish violence intervention programs statewide; and
  • Allocates crime reduction grants, along with $2 million in the budget for crime reduction grants.

“This legislation will help our justice system better deal with and reduce dangerous crime,” Rep. Meredith Dixon said. “Stronger penalties, coupled with investments in addressing the underlying causes of crime, will help us make our communities safer, now and in the long term.”

“Our constituents have demanded that we respond to crime in our city and state and we have heard them. HB 68 is an important step that will improve the effectiveness of our criminal justice system in deterring crime,” said Rep. Marian Matthews.

“Crime must be the priority of every session until we have a system that works top to bottom to protect families in New Mexico. This is a real first step, to gain support for our officers and to get tough on gun violence,” said Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller. Mexicans who live in metro Albuquerque.

The legislation also requires that recent GPS data kept on people on bail be more easily provided to law enforcement officers; redefines the role and composition of the Law Enforcement Academy Council and divides its functions into two separate entities; and creates new judges in the 2nd, 5th and 13th judicial districts.

GA Proposed Bill SB 403: Law Enforcement, Behavioral Health https://pledgepeace.org/ga-proposed-bill-sb-403-law-enforcement-behavioral-health/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 19:52:00 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/ga-proposed-bill-sb-403-law-enforcement-behavioral-health/ The legislation would offer officers the option of working with a virtual or in-person behavioral health specialist during a mental health crisis.

ATLANTA — The Georgia Senate on Thursday introduced a bill that would give local law enforcement the ability to partner with behavioral health specialists to help officers respond to an emergency mental health crisis .

According to a release from Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan’s office, SB 403, known as the “Georgia Behavioral Health and Peace Officer Co-Responder Act,” would provide a statewide framework for more teams. of co-respondents.

“In my home county of Forsyth, I have seen firsthand the impact behavioral health professionals can have on law enforcement response efforts,” Lt. Governor Duncan said. “Pairing law enforcement officers with professionals with specialized training to defuse a mental health emergency can yield long-term results that increase public safety and provide immediate access to mental health care for those affected. people in crisis. I commend my colleagues for putting public safety first with innovative and targeted strategies.”

Sen. Ben Watson (R – Savannah) is chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. It also sponsors SB 403 which would direct community service boards (CSBs) in Georgia to provide a behavioral health specialist to assist law enforcement agencies that choose to participate in the program. In Georgia, there are currently 23 CSBs in operation.

“As a physician with more than three decades of experience, I cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring that people in behavioral health crisis receive an appropriate response, appropriate care, and consistent follow-up,” said said Senator Watson. “This legislation is an important step towards securing mental health services in Georgian communities by providing crisis intervention to those who need it most urgently.”

Under the program, CSBs would provide virtual or in-person behavioral health specialty to assist officers. With the help of a licensed counsellor, officers would have the power to refer someone to a treatment center rather than making an arrest.

SB 403 now heads to the House for consideration. For more information on the legislation, click here.

SANDF will support law enforcement https://pledgepeace.org/sandf-will-support-law-enforcement/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 09:38:56 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/sandf-will-support-law-enforcement/

Defense and Veterans Affairs Minister Thandi Modise said the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) stands ready to provide law enforcement support to help maintain stability in the country.

“SANDF will continue to be on high alert to protect all national key points, as well as the economic corridors of the country, from any disruption or blockage, resulting either from the protest of truckers or from any disruptive element.

“The SANDF continues to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic and as such, continues to carry out operations to secure the borders – in particular the land borders. This is in order to curb the cross-border movements of undocumented migrants, illicit goods and drugs, weapons, livestock and stolen vehicles.

“The defense forces have recorded spectacular successes in this regard by intercepting many luxury cars smuggled into neighboring countries and intercepting drug trafficking,” she told a press conference in the city. Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) cluster on Sunday.

The Minister said that in addition to assisting law enforcement agencies, SANDF also assists in bridge construction by leveraging the capability of South African Army engineers for the rural bridge program from Welisizwe.

“These bridges will help stop school children drowning while trying to cross swollen rivers to get to school and will help pensioners access their retirement benefits. We have already built 16 bridges in KwaZulu-Natal and 18 in the Eastern Cape, and thus enabled thousands of people to cross dangerous rivers to reach clinics, schools and other service delivery centres.

“In the months and years to come, we will intensify this program, in accordance with the marching orders of the Commander-in-Chief.”

According to Modise, at least 2,000 new recruits are expected to join the ranks of the SANDF in the first weeks of March, a move which she says should “ensure that we have a defense that is well equipped, combat ready and able to stand up”. fulfill its constitutional mandate”.

rule of law

Modise said the JCPS cluster flagged “deliberate undermining of the rule of law” during the protests as a matter of concern.

“Our position is very clear on this: our officers will enforce the rule of law without fear or favor where people willfully undermine the authority of the state. No one has the right, regardless of their grievances or dissatisfaction with anything, to break the right right.

“[As] Security Cluster Ministers, we are committed to creating a safe and enabling environment that will reassure both the citizens of this country and international tourists and investors that they will be safe when they come to do business in this country.

“We therefore call on all peace-loving people in this country to work with us as we transform and improve the security mechanisms that will serve us all without fear or favor.”

Another cluster concern is the “low level of trust” between members of the public and law enforcement.

“We will therefore work to rebuild trust between officers deployed in communities and community members. This will include reviving community policing forums, which will work with local police stations to tackle crime. inclusive approach to assess the threats that exist in communities and put in place the necessary responses,” said Modise.

gender-based violence

Meanwhile, the JCPS cluster welcomed the enactment of the Criminal and Related Matters Amendment Act, the Criminal Law (Sex Offenses and Related Matters) Amendment Act and the Domestic Violence Amendment Act .

The three new pieces of legislation were enacted in an effort to secure more prosecutions in cases related to gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF).

Modise said thousands of members of the South African police service have undergone training to deal with crime against women and children.

“The Police Department has trained more than 90,000 officers in an effort to support the decline in sexual offending. [SAPS] set up GBVF desks in police stations in all provinces, which will be managed by trained GBVF desk officers.

“It is expected that these GBVF offices will be finalized by the end of March this year and the government will prioritize identified GBVF hotspots,” she said.

(With contributions from the South African government press release)

Miami-Dade mayor shakes up law enforcement officials https://pledgepeace.org/miami-dade-mayor-shakes-up-law-enforcement-officials/ Fri, 18 Feb 2022 17:56:00 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/miami-dade-mayor-shakes-up-law-enforcement-officials/

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Daniel Junior, pictured at a press conference in 2021, was ousted as head of Miami-Dade’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.


The Miami-Dade County mayor on Friday announced a reshuffle of his administration’s law enforcement officials, demoting the head of the corrections system, Daniel Junior, while promoting the county police director to deputy. responsible for public security.

Among Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s gestures:

  • Police Superintendent Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez III will be elevated to county chief of public safety, overseeing both the police and the Miami-Dade Fire Department.
  • Levine Cava’s current security guard, former county police director JD Patterson, will take on a new role overseeing corrections and its new acting director, Cassandra Jones, currently assistant to the department under Junior.
  • Patterson will continue to report to Levine Cava, as will Ramirez, according to Levine Cava’s office. That leaves Ramirez with a smaller portfolio than Patterson, who has overseen corrections as well as fire and police.
  • Filling Ramirez’s shoes, as Acting County Police Director: George Perez, Miami-Dade Deputy Police Director.
  • The personnel changes move Junior, a popular department chief with Miami-Dade commissioners, to deputy director of security at the county’s PortMiami.

Junior’s transfer follows a series of negative reports about corrections that frustrated Levine Cava and his top aides on the 29th floor of County Hall, according to people familiar with the mayor’s thinking.

This included a county inmate who committed suicide by hanging in January; a lawsuit demanding humiliating treatment in prison against transgender men and women; and news revealed by the Miami Herald earlier this month that corrections had temporarily used a closed prison known as “Stockade” for COVID-19 duty, with allegations of putrid food and cold showers.

Sally Heyman, the county commissioner who chairs the council’s Community Safety Committee, said Junior’s demotion stunned her when Levine Cava confirmed rumors of the changes in a chat Thursday night.

“I think he did a really good job, inheriting the issues he had,” Heyman said of Junior, who has led corrections since then. Mayor Carlos Gimenez named him acting director in a 2016 order requiring prison oversight after the mistreatment of inmates in need of mental health services was uncovered.

“I feel discouraged and disappointed,” by Levine Cava’s decision, Heyman said.

Heyman said Levine Cava cited concerns she heard about other people’s corrections, and the mayor’s memo alluded to complaints that prompted the action.

“I believe that a transparent government is one that listens to its constituents and takes concrete action when necessary,” she wrote.

Levine Cava, who announced Friday that he tested positive for COVID-19, was unavailable for an interview.

Fletcher Everett, a community organizer with Beyond the Bars, said his group’s hotline receives daily complaints about poor conditions in Miami-Dade prisons and inmates not receiving proper medical care. “We hope the next Director of Corrections truly cares about the humanity of the people in our prisons,” he said, “and we urge the mayor’s office to initiate a public process to ensure that we we have the best person in place for such an important position.”

Changes that take effect March 1 give Levine Cava the ability to choose new permanent heads of the county’s two law enforcement agencies before the 2024 election, when an amendment to the Florida Constitution requires voters of Miami-Dade to elect a sheriff for the first time. since the 1960s.

Levine Cava said she wants the Miami-Dade County government to retain a police force under the mayor once a sheriff takes office, and the shake-up includes the placement of senior adviser Rahel Weldeyesus from the mayor for innovation, to the police department for “helping with the sheriff’s transition.

The county’s new police director, Perez, currently oversees the police services bureau, which has more than 2,500 employees. Levine Cava is also appointing Stephanie Daniels to the renewed position of assistant director. She will become the first woman – and the first black woman – to take on this role. She is currently the deputy director of the police department.

For Ramirez, promotion to deputy Levine Cava means going from the county’s top uniformed officer to a civilian job on the 29th floor.

A veteran of the police department, he was named director in 2020 by Gimenez and helped Levine Cava gain approval for his 2021 “Peace and Prosperity” crime plan that focused on social services and a program for residents undocumented from obtaining county-sanctioned identification cards. He oversaw the department throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and during the response to the condominium collapse at Surfside.

“It’s an honor to continue working in public safety,” Ramirez said Friday. “I’m very proud of the men and women of the Miami-Dade police force and how they got through a tough time.”

Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo Ramirez III, along with other county officials, provided an update on the search and recovery operation following the Surfside building collapse at a conference in press at Miami-Dade Emergency Operations in Doral, Fla. on July 26, 2021. Daniel A. Varela dvarela@miamiherald.com

This story was originally published February 18, 2022 12:56 p.m.

David Ovalle covers crime and the courts in Miami. A native of San Diego, he graduated from the University of Southern California and joined the Herald in 2002 as a sportscaster.

ASK A COP — Which local law enforcement agency has the most authority? – Port Arthur News https://pledgepeace.org/ask-a-cop-which-local-law-enforcement-agency-has-the-most-authority-port-arthur-news/ Tue, 08 Feb 2022 06:35:41 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/ask-a-cop-which-local-law-enforcement-agency-has-the-most-authority-port-arthur-news/

Oscar d’Orange asks: I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m confused about the operational differences between law enforcement agencies in the state of Texas. What is the difference between the municipal police, the DPS, the constable, the sheriff and who has the greatest authority?

Responnse: It is confusing for many. ALL of these agencies are police, and they ALL have the duty and the power to arrest. One of the main differences between agencies is who they are employed by. Police officers will normally be employed by a local municipality and will focus their activities primarily in the city that employs them. City police are headed by a Chief of Police. In Port Arthur, it’s Chief Tim Duriso. And the police will handle just about EVERY call imaginable i.e. shootings, homicides, burglaries, traffic violations, thefts, any disturbances, alarms, accidents, assault and fraud to name a few.

Constables are elected county officials of a certain ward and they employ deputy constables to perform various law enforcement functions including issuing traffic citations, serving warrants and civil documents such as subpoenas and temporary restraining orders. Deputy constables also serve as ushers for the Justices of the Peace Court and many other functions.

The sheriff is also an elected official who employs deputy sheriff officers to perform countywide duties. The deputy sheriff’s duties include running the county jail, security for bailiffs in county courts, traffic enforcement, rural areas of county calls that mirror those of city police officers, and the department of the sheriff transports prisoners to and from local courts throughout the county, even across the country if necessary. Sheriff’s Services also transport juvenile offenders and mentally ill inmates, as well as rounding up stray livestock in the county and many other duties.

The Department of Public Safety (DPS), aka trooper, is employed by the state as a police agency. Soldiers primarily enforce traffic laws on highways and state roads and assist any agency that requests assistance. State troopers also provide security at the state capitol in Austin and enforce weight laws regarding commercial vehicles. Soldiers apprehend traffic offenders, investigate most rural traffic accidents, recover stolen vehicles and stolen property, apprehend wanted persons, and assist other officers in emergencies. There is no power distinction between all law enforcement officer agencies, but the county sheriff elected the highest ranking law enforcement officer in that county.

Officer Rickey Antoine

Calvin of Port Arthur asks: Could you please explain what offenses police officers commit and do not enforce on private property?

Responnse: There is a lot of confusion about what a Texas police officer WILL INVESTIGATE and NOT SEND on private property. So here is a list of what a police officer will enforce on private property: Fire Zone Violation, Disabled Parking Violation, Reckless Driving Violation, and Drunk Driving Violation. Texas police will NOT investigate private property: stop sign violations, wrong parking violations (using multiple lanes), driving the wrong way in one lane, no seat belt violations, no driver’s license, violation of expired license plate sticker, failure to yield the right of way to pedestrian for crosswalk violation and minor accident with a fender bender where NO ONE is injured. You can call a police officer to the scene if you are involved in an accident, but the MOST they will do for you if no one is injured is to help you exchange information.

Janet from Nederland asks: Over the past few weeks, we’ve been talking about speeding and momentarily accelerating above the posted limit. Honestly, speed hasn’t been an issue for me for many years now. My biggest concern is that people always tell me that I drive too SLOW. If someone is in a hurry, my vehicle should not be their means of transport, because I don’t like fast speeds. I NEVER drive my vehicle over 65 mph, and my family doesn’t like it. Is it an offense in Texas to drive too slowly? Can I get a ticket if I go too slowly?

Responnse: Sounds like you’re a careful and conscientious driver. If your driving behavior is as you described it, “as long as you drive in the RIGHT lane”, it is completely legal. Texas Transportation Code 545.3363 states that “An operator may not drive so slowly that it interferes with the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when the reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or as required by law.” The normal DRIVE lane is the right lane. The left lane is reserved for left turns and overtaking. Too often motorists like you drive below the posted limit in the left lane and obstruct traffic. Even if you exceed the speed limit, you should get into the right lane as soon as possible and safely. If you are driving so slowly in the left lane that you impede normal traffic, then “YES” you could be cited for OBSTRUCTING TRAFFIC.

Join me, Officer Rickey Antoine and the CREW: Stephen Buzzard Boots Mosley, Lelo mouth of Hwy 69/73 Washington and Tejas Lil Man Morning Star for Ask A Cop LIVE, on KSAP 96.9 FM The Breeze every Tuesday from 1pm at 2:30 p.m. as they discuss the “Ask A Cop” column. Call your question live at 409-982-0247 or text comment at 409-748-6106. Email your questions to rickey.antoine@portarthurtx.gov, call 409-983-8673 and leave a voicemail or mail them to: Ofc. Rickey Antoine, 645 4th Street, Port Arthur, Texas, 77640. If you see me in public, you can always approach me and “Ask a cop!”

Narcotics Commission strengthens the capacity of law enforcement agencies | Social https://pledgepeace.org/narcotics-commission-strengthens-the-capacity-of-law-enforcement-agencies-social/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 16:47:53 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/narcotics-commission-strengthens-the-capacity-of-law-enforcement-agencies-social/

The Narcotics Control Commission (NACOC), with the support of the UK Government, organized a practical regional training course to hone the skills and abilities of its staff and those of other law enforcement agencies in container handling.

The training will also help the 40 delegates from Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone who are taking part in the intensive four-day course to foster regional and inter-agency cooperation in maritime security.

The Search of Container Course, which started in Accra last Tuesday, is being led by officials from the UK Customs and Medicines Agency (UK) and will provide participants with in-depth knowledge on screening containers at points of entry into means that will allow them to detect contraband products, in particular illicit drugs.

The course content has been selected to respond to the evolving trend of illicit drug trafficking via containers, the areas covered being health and safety, container types and vulnerabilities, handling of seals and image interpretation .

The rest is about tendencies and mode of concealment, intelligence-based and rules-based targeting, insider threats and anti-corruption measures.


NACOC Acting Director General Mr. Kenneth Adu-Amanfoh commended the Governments of Ghana and the UK for organizing the training in Accra and for the law enforcement officers.

“Drug trafficking is a transnational organized crime that requires effective and efficient international collaboration to combat and dismantle complex international criminal syndicates,” he said.

He said West Africa had had its fair share of being continually exploited as a transit point for illicit drug trafficking from Latin America to Europe and North America.

He said it was therefore imperative that customs and port control officers be equipped with the skills and knowledge to profile and target suspicious shipments, including the expertise to examine and carry out drug seizures.

According to Mr. Adu-Amanfoh, the commission had, in September 2020, intercepted 152 kg of cocaine hidden in sugar containers from Brazil.

“After familiarizing with the course content, I am confident that at the end of this course, participants will be equipped with the required technical skills and know-how in seaport drug interdiction”, said- he declared.

He urged participants to pay attention and be open-minded to engage, learn and share their knowledge.


The British High Commissioner to Ghana, Ms. Harriet Thompson, expressed the hope that the participants would benefit from the training by applying what they had learned to make a difference in their respective programs in the sector.

She tasked the participants to apply what they would learn during the training to combat illicit drug trafficking in and around the West African sub-region.

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unified law enforcement structure will be ‘career ladder’ | News https://pledgepeace.org/unified-law-enforcement-structure-will-be-career-ladder-news/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 06:27:00 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/unified-law-enforcement-structure-will-be-career-ladder-news/

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A unified law enforcement rank structure will serve as a “career ladder” designed to improve officer retention by providing clear incentives and requirements to move up the ranks, Standards and Commission officials said Friday. training of peace officers.

A draft unified plan, which will apply to all law enforcement agencies in Guam, was unveiled by Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency chief Vince Perez, who chairs the commission.

The plan is still being reviewed and all local law enforcement will be brought to the table to provide input, according to Perez. It is divided into four levels: entry level, journeyman, supervisor and executive. From there, different stages of law enforcement officers are outlined with requirements for experience, training, and education.

For new hires, having a training and education advantage will be recognized, instead of everyone starting at the bottom.

“You just got out of high school, that’s your LEO 1. If you got in and got your certificate from Basic Law Enforcement Academy, that’s LEO 2, if you have 60+ credits, that’s a LEO 3,” he said.

“I’m not going to compete with other people. As soon as I graduate from my law enforcement training academy and become a police officer 1, I am in competition against myself. If I respect my class time, my duty time and I have good grades from my supervisor and I am on par with my learning, then I should be eligible for promotion,” he said.

Proposed unified leadership structure

A screenshot of Customs and Quarantine Agency chief Vince Perez reviewing a proposed unified leadership structure for all local law enforcement.

The new requirements will not affect the ability of officers with more experience to progress, and extended experience and training will still be considered if officers seeking higher positions do not have formal degrees.

Not all law enforcement organizations will have access to the highest levels of leadership, Perez said. Law enforcement acting as a section of a larger agency, for example, might only escalate to the upper echelons of the supervisory level.

The rank standardization process began last year, with the goal of making it easier to transfer law enforcement between agencies. It is also the first step towards creating a unified pay scale for all law enforcement.

Starting salary differentials at different agencies often lead to lower-paid officers leaving for “greener pastures” with more pay and less responsibility, Sen. James Moylan said last year. This was a particular problem for the Guam Police Department — before a recent widespread pay increase, GPD officers earned $11.87 an hour, compared to $18.19 for Port Authority officers. Guam.

With the recent 18% raise for all law enforcement officers, a new compensation study may not be necessary to create a unified compensation plan, Perez said. Further input from the Department of Administration will be sought.

Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center graduates 287th basic training class https://pledgepeace.org/kansas-law-enforcement-training-center-graduates-287th-basic-training-class/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 19:05:17 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/kansas-law-enforcement-training-center-graduates-287th-basic-training-class/

HUTCHINSON – Twenty-three new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Jan. 14 in a ceremony held at KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium.

KLETC Executive Director Darin Beck stands with William Butrum, Class President of the 287th Basic Training Class.Officer William Butrum of the Baldwin City Police Department was the class president. The speaker for the ceremony was Darrell Atteberry, Chief of Police for the Bel Aire Police Department. KLETC Police Senior Instructor Michael Turenne was the class coordinator for the 287th Basic Training Class.

Chase Turner of the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office was recognized at the ceremony for his “Top Shot” class firearms proficiency.

Graduates receive certificates of course completion from KLETC and Kansas law enforcement certification from the Kansas Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, the licensing authority of Kansas. state law enforcement. The training course fulfills the state requirement for law enforcement training. Classroom lectures and practical applications help train officers to solve the increasingly complex problems they face in the line of duty.

Established by the Kansas Legislature in 1968, KLETC trains the majority of Kansas municipal, county, and state law enforcement officers and oversees the training of the remaining officers through seven law enforcement programs. Licensed and certified academies run by local law enforcement agencies and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

About 300 officers enroll in KLETC’s 14-week basic training programs each year. KLETC provides continuing education and specialized training to more than 10,000 Kansas agents each year. KLETC is located one mile west and one mile south of Yoder, near Hutchinson, and is a division of the University of Kansas Lifelong & Professional Education.

The graduates, who began training in September 2021, represented 19 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies across Kansas. Graduates are listed below by county and agency:

Christopher Kelso, Great Bend Police Department

Chase Turner, Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office
Kevin Goodrum, Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office

Andrew Peniston, Butler County Sheriff’s Office
Dane Danninger, Butler County Sheriff’s Office

Colton Pennington, Pittsburg Police Department
Jared Seal, Pittsburg Police Department

William Butrum, Baldwin City Police Department

Alanna Hansen, Fort Hays State University Police Department

Lon Hurst, Junction City Police Department

Michael Thompson, Parsons Police Department

Keenan Lambert, Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office
Victor Ramos, Leavenworth Police Department

Kirk Clark, Neosho County Sheriff’s Office

Bailey Ham, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

Manuel Luna, Hutchinson Police Department

Grant Greenwood, Bel Aire Police Department

Michael Craven, St. John Police Department

Ghentry Chance, Sumner County Sheriff’s Office

Chase Penterman, Wichita County Sheriff’s Office

Kenneth Carlburg, Neodesha Police Department

Jessica White, University of Kansas Medical Center Police Department
Eric Grenis, University of Kansas Medical Center Police Department.

About Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center

Established by the Kansas Legislature in 1968 as the central law enforcement training center for our state, the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) serves as the headquarters for all law enforcement training law enforcement in Kansas. Located at the former Naval Air Station south of Hutchinson and west of Yoder in Reno County, Kansas, the center’s mission, as expressed in the Law Enforcement Training Act, KSA 74-5601 et. following. is “the promotion and development of improved law enforcement personnel and procedures throughout the State, and the training center shall provide qualified applicants with the programs and courses of instruction designed to achieve this objective” . KLETC, a unit of the University of Kansas Lifelong & Professional Education, directly trains the overwhelming majority of Kansas municipal, county, and state law enforcement officers, and oversees, supervises, and monitors the training of remaining officers in eight authorized and certified academy programs. operated by local law enforcement and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Top picture: Bel Aire Police Department Chief of Police Darrell Atteberry speaks to the 287th Basic Training Class.

right picture: KLETC Executive Director Darin Beck stands with William Butrum, Class President of the 287th Basic Training Class.

Hinojosa: Police Appreciation Day https://pledgepeace.org/hinojosa-police-appreciation-day/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 20:32:05 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/hinojosa-police-appreciation-day/

Today across Texas and the United States of America, we celebrate Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. It’s a day to honor the courageous law enforcement officers who serve and protect our communities.

For many of us, these are our partners or spouses, sons or daughters, brothers or sisters, or friends. They are on the front lines every day to protect our communities, sacrificing their lives to keep our families safe.

Our police, men and women, risk their lives on a daily basis. There is no routine stopping of traffic or a routine response to a call for help. We thank our officers for keeping us safe and for patrolling our neighborhoods, streets and highways day and night. We thank their families for the sacrifice they must make and for their suffering, pain and sorrow when their loved one does not come home. Actions speak louder than words and in the last session, the Texas Legislature delivered on its promise to ensure law enforcement has the resources they need to do their jobs.

Funding to keep our communities safe and to provide law enforcement with the necessary tools and resources was one of our priorities during the last session. The state budget included $ 22 million for the DPS to equip its vehicles with bulletproof windshields and $ 10 million for bulletproof vests. We have allocated $ 15 million in grants to local law enforcement agencies to establish a body camera program. The budget also included $ 200,000 for the peace officer mental health program; $ 15 million for border prosecution grants; $ 10.2 million in grants for local border security; and $ 7.9 million for anti-gang activity, among others.

In the last session, the Legislature established COVID-19 as a suspected illness for first responders who die or are disabled by complications from the virus. This will simplify the process of obtaining benefits, compensation and assistance. The state is also now requiring some first responders to receive full employee benefits and compensation if ordered to quarantine or isolate due to possible or known on-duty exposure to a communicable disease.

To prepare Texas peace officers for the incredible amount of responsibility and complexity that comes with their careers, the state must provide solid and effective training and the resources to properly train new officers. HB 3712 requires the basic training course to include training on prohibiting the use of certain cervical attachments such as chokes, an officer’s duty to intervene and stop or prevent another officer from using excessive force against a suspect; and an officer’s duty to call for emergency medical personnel and provide first aid or treatment in certain circumstances.

To protect both citizens and the law enforcement community, we passed SB 24 in response to the growing number of unfit officers moving from one law enforcement agency to another after dismissal. . This bill requires law enforcement agencies to review a candidate’s criminal history, personal records and past conduct before hiring them. The recruiting agency must then certify to the Texas Law Enforcement Commission that it has reviewed the required documents. If a recruiting agency does not comply with these basic requirements, TCOLE will suspend the peace officer license of the head of the law enforcement agency.

Equally important, we have focused on meeting the mental health needs of law enforcement officers. According to reports, 228 law enforcement officers committed suicide in 2019, nearly double the number killed in the line of duty (132). That same year, there were 19 suicides of police officers in Texas alone. During the last session, I had the pleasure of co-writing SB 64 which will create a voluntary peer support network focused on training our agents to support each other. I also supported SB 1359 which requires every law enforcement agency to develop and adopt a policy allowing the use of mental illness leave for peace officers experiencing a traumatic event on the job.

Finally, in the last session, I drafted SB 1071 to provide totally disabled state peace officers with a monthly retirement payment based on today’s salary scale. It is crucial that we take care of the peace officers who put their lives at risk for our families every day.

Join me on this Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, to thank our law enforcement personnel, men and women, for their service, dedication and commitment to ensuring the safety of our communities and our communities. families.

Editor’s Note: The guest column above was written by State Senator Juan Hinojosa de McAllen. The column appears in The Rio Grande Guardian International News Service with permission of the author. Hinojosa can be contacted by email via: [email protected]

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