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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 24–30, 2022

Since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) has challenged the Nation to confront and remove barriers to achieving justice for all victims of crime. During NCVRW, we celebrate the accomplishments of the victims’ rights movement and reflect on how far we have come.

Save the date for NCVRW 2022, which will be observed April 24–30. The 2022 NCVRW theme is Rights, access, equity, for all victims. The theme underscores the importance of helping crime survivors find their justice by:

  • enforcing victims’ rights
  • expanding access to services
  • ensuring equity and inclusion for all

The theme also highlights the need for victims of violent crime to have the necessary resources to allow them to heal and receive the fundamental justice they deserve. The events also recognize crime victims, survivors, and their family members in our community.

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It’s National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week!

Every year during the second week of April, the telecommunications personnel in the public safety community are honored. This week-long event, initially set up in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California and dubbed National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public. It is a week that should be set aside so everyone can be made aware of their hard work and dedication.

Ft. Worth Mayor Parker delivers a message regarding trial of former Ft. Worth officer

Atatiana Jefferson (L) and Former Ft. Worth Officer Aaron Dean (R)

The presiding judge has not yet set a date for the criminal trial of a former Fort Worth police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of Atatiana Jefferson in October 2019.

Mayor Mattie Parker on Friday shared a message with the Fort Worth community regarding the pending trial timeline:

“I hear, and share in, our community’s growing concern regarding the criminal trial of former City of Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean.

“Until this criminal trial is resolved, Fort Worth cannot reconcile or move forward as a more unified community, and more importantly, Atatiana Jefferson’s family and friends cannot begin to find healing.

“The full responsibility and sole authority to set the trial date lies with Judge Hagerman, and the city has no control over when the trial moves forward. I realize that Tarrant County courts are balancing a full docket with hundreds of cases that are lagging behind schedule due to the effects of the pandemic.

“Despite these obstacles, it is imperative that a trial date be set as soon as possible.

“As mayor, I am committed to ensuring the City of Fort Worth honors Atatiana Jefferson’s legacy and the family she left behind. I will be reaching out to her family to listen and better understand the best ways to accomplish that goal.”

LEO deaths top 110 in the beginning of 2021

We are 120 days into this year and have lost 117 law enforcement officers in the line of duty. There were also five Police K-9’s killed.

Many in America don’t know their names. Here they are:

  • Sergeant Gordon William Best
  • Sergeant Daniel Marcus Mobley
  • Lieutenant Jeff Bain
  • Deputy Sheriff Nicholas Howell
  • Sergeant Randall Sims
  • Deputy Sheriff Jonathan David Price
  • Police Officer Jay Hughes
  • Officer Brian David Sicknick
  • Sergeant David G. Crumpler
  • Lieutenant William Lyle Gardner
  • Conservation Officer Steven Reighard
  • Police Officer Arturo Villegas
  • Master Corporal Brian Roy LaVigne
  • Agent Luis A. Marrero-Díaz
  • Agent Luis X. Salamán-Conde
  • Agent Eliezer Hernández-Cartagena
  • Police Officer Melton “Fox” Gore
  • Sergeant Frederick H. “Butch” Cameron
  • Detective Sergeant Stephen R. Desfosses
  • Chief of Police Tony M. Jordan
  • Corporal Christine Peters
  • Constable Sherry Kay Langford
  • Lieutenant Treva Preston
  • Corrections Officer IV Alfred Jimenez
  • Police Officer Jerry Steven Hemphill
  • Sergeant Edward John Marcurella, Jr.
  • Lieutenant John Reynolds
  • Corrections Officer Joseph A. Martini
  • Deputy Sheriff Adam Gibson
  • Police Officer Brandon M. Stalker
  • Warrants Officer Toby Keiser
  • Deputy Sheriff Jacinto R. Navarro, Jr.
  • Officer Byron Don Shields
  • Lieutenant Frank Arnold
  • Special Agent Wayne Douglas Snyder
  • Captain Michael D’Angelo Garigan
  • Lieutenant Juan Rafael Rivera-Padua
  • Auxiliary Sergeant Louis M. Livatino
  • Director of Field Operations Beverly Good
  • Sergeant Tommy W. Cudd
  • Sergeant Jeffery Robert Smith
  • Special Agent Robert Allan Mayer, Jr.
  • Sergeant William Brautigam
  • Correctional Officer Juan Llanes
  • Sergeant Grace A. Bellamy
  • Lieutenant Michael Boutte
  • Special Agent Laura Ann Schwartzenberger
  • Special Agent Daniel Alfin
  • Detention Officer Robert Perez
  • Agent Juan Rosado-López
  • Patrolman Darian Jarrott
  • Detective Pedro Junior “Pete” Mejia
  • Officer Cesar Dangaran Sibonga
  • Deputy Sheriff Ross Dixon
  • Corrections Officer IV Vicky James
  • Investigator Eddie B. Hutchison, III
  • Chief of Police Timothy John Sheehan
  • Deputy Sheriff Donald Raymond Gilreath, III
  • Police Officer Mitchell Penton
  • Officer Genaro Guerrero
  • Corrections Officer IV Tawiwo Obele
  • Major Estaban “Stevie” Ramirez, III
  • Deputy Constable Manuel Phillipe De La Rosa
  • Sergeant Richard Paul Brown
  • Deputy Sheriff Michael Magli
  • Police Officer Horacio Dominguez
  • Lieutenant Eugene Lasco
  • Natural Resources Officer Jason Lagore
  • Parole Officer Troy K. Morin
  • Officer Carlos Mendoza Deputy
  • fficer Genaro Guerrero
  • Corrections Officer IV Tawiwo Obele
  • Major Estaban “Stevie” Ramirez, III
  • Deputy Constable Manuel Phillipe De La Rosa
  • Sergeant Richard Paul Brown
  • Deputy Sheriff Michael Magli
  • Police Officer Horacio Dominguez
  • Lieutenant Eugene Lasco
  • Natural Resources Officer Jason Lagore
  • Sheriff Thomas Albanese
  • Reserve Deputy Constable Martinus Mitchum
  • Police Officer Dominic Jared Winum
  • Captain Justin Williams Bedwell
  • Police Officer II Jose Anzora
  • Corrections Officer III Tracey Adams
  • Officer Crispin San Juan San Jose
  • Officer Jesse Madsen
  • Sergeant Barry Edwin Henderson
  • Deputy Sheriff Stanley “Allen” Burdic
  • Police Officer Gary Hibbs
  • Border Patrol Agent Alejandro Flores-Bañuelos
  • Police Officer Kevin Valencia
  • Sergeant LaShonda Owens
  • Police Officer Eric Talley
  • Chief of Police Fred Alan Posavetz
  • Correctional Officer Robert McFarland
  • Senior Master Trooper Todd A. Hanneken
  • Corporal Kyle Jeffrey Davis
  • Trooper Joseph Gallagher
  • Sergeant Shane Owens
  • Reserve Deputy Sheriff James Driver
  • Trooper Chad Walker
  • Corrections Officer Luis Arturo Hernandez, Sr.
  • Police Officer William Evans
  • Lieutenant James Kouski
  • Police Officer Brent Nelson Hall
  • Deputy Sheriff Christopher Wilson Knight
  • Sergeant James K. Smith
  • Deputy Sheriff Thomas Patrick Barnes
  • Deputy Sheriff Carlos Antonio Hernandez
  • Border Patrol Agent Christopher Shane Simpkins
  • Police Officer David Parde
  • Constable Edward F. Ryan
  • Police Officer Anastasio Tsakos
  • Sergeant Chris Ward
  • Deputy Sheriff Logan Fox
  • K9 Figo
  • K9 Riley
  • K9 Luna
  • K9 Kozmo
  • K9 Jango


Rest easy. They’ve got it from here.

Robber With Replica Gun Shot And Killed By Dallas Police On LBJ Freeway

Three Dallas Police officers fired at and ultimately killed a man who Chief Eddie Garcia said tried to carjack a woman, robbed a CVS at gunpoint and ran across LBJ Freeway Monday evening, April 19. 

Chief Garcia said the officers fired at the man when he pointed what turned out to be a fake gun at them. 

No officers or bystanders were hurt. 

Chief Garcia said officers first responded to a report of an attempted carjacking by an armed man in Far North Dallas around 4 p.m.

Read more and watch video from CBSDFW…

What is a Blue Alert in Texas? Authorities issue one for suspect after Burleson officer is shot

As law enforcement searches for a suspect accused of shooting a Burleson police officer multiple times Wednesday, millions of Texans may be notified on their phone to be on the lookout with a Blue Alert.

The Blue Alert was launched in Texas in 2008 when then-governor Rick Perry signed Executive Order RP-68. 

It was created to let residents across the state know when an offender who killed or seriously injured a federal, state, or local law enforcement officer in the line of duty is on the run. 

According to DPS, four criteria must be met to issue the alert:

  • A law enforcement officer must have been killed or seriously injured by an offender.
  • The investigating law enforcement agency must determine that the offender poses a serious risk or threat to the public and other law enforcement personnel.
  • A detailed description of the offender’s vehicle, vehicle tag, or partial tag must be available for broadcast to the public.
  • The investigating law enforcement agency of jurisdiction must recommend the activation of the Blue Alert to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Texas is one of the 34 states that currently have the system in place. 

Wednesday’s alert was an effort to locate 39-year-old Jerry Elders, who is described as a 5’11” white man with brown hair and blue eyes, weighing approximately 165 pounds.

He was last seen in Johnson County in a silver 2014 Toyota Tacoma truck with license DKB6819.

Anyone who sees him or has information should call Burleson Police Department at 817-426-9903.

Police officer shot multiple times during traffic stop in north Texas

Photo: WDTV

An officer with the Burleson Police Department in north Texas was shot multiple times during a traffic stop, authorities said in a tweet Wednesday morning.

It happened around 4:15 a.m.

The officer was transported to John Peter Smith hospital in Fort Worth.

His condition was not immediately disclosed by authorities.

A neighborhood near the scene was locked down, according to KRLD.

According to police audio heard after the shooting, three men were in a car and took off with the officer’s gun. The men are at-large.

“Officer-involved shooting. We have an officer that was shot. Car is occupied by three males. They were last seen heading Southwest . They also took the officer’s firearm,” dispatch said.

Police say that if anyone has information or sees something suspicious, they should call 911.

Burleson is about 15 miles south of Fort Worth.

Read more at Texas Police News or KRLD…

How Chauvin trial has impacted its witnesses

The first days of testimony at the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death were dominated by witnesses to his arrest and countless videos that forced them to relive the trauma of it all over again. 

One man who shouted “You can’t win!” at Floyd as the Black man struggled with police, bowed his head and sobbed on the stand. The teenager who shot widely seen bystander video cried as she talked about her guilt over not being able to help Floyd. A firefighter trained as an EMT broke down as she described her frustration because police prevented her from acting to save Floyd’s life. The young cashier who reported that Floyd used a $20 counterfeit bill to buy cigarettes — prompting a call to police — recalled his guilt as he watched Floyd struggling to breathe.

Attorneys on both sides at the trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin face a delicate balance in questioning witnesses who have experienced such pain while trying to advance their cases. The testimony raises questions about how witnesses who have suffered trauma are treated when they participate in the criminal justice system.

New York Law School criminal law professor Kirk Burkhalter, a former detective who leads a program on police reform, said the bystander testimony has been a powerful reminder of how police misconduct is a betrayal to the entire community. 

“These people have been walking around with this pain for a year, unbeknownst to us,” he said. “They were victims of a crime. We just cannot forget that. They were trying to do their civic duty and they were prevented from interceding in something that was just completely horrible.”

Read more from Texas Police News…

Dallas chooses former California police chief as new top cop

A former California police chief will be the next leader of the Dallas police department and the Texas city’s first Hispanic chief.

Eddie Garcia, who retired as police chief in San Jose this year, will replace outgoing Police Chief U. Renee Hall, Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax announced Wednesday. Garcia’s first day on the job is set for Feb. 3.

Garcia spent nearly three decades rising through the ranks of the San Jose police department before eventually taking over the top job there. He will succeed Hall, who was the first woman to serve a Dallas chief, after she announced she’d be leaving at the end of the year following criticism from city officials over her leadership amid protests and unrest that swept the country over the summer.

Mayor Eric Johnson welcomed Garcia in a statement and called his hiring a “historic moment for Dallas.” Johnson said he looks forward to seeing the new chief’s strategies to make the city safer.

Garcia beat out several other candidates, including current Dallas commanders, and will take over the department as it struggles with a rise in violent crime and dearth of trust among some Black and Latino residents.

Dallas Police Association President Mike Mata said he looks forward to working with Garcia, although his organization had hoped an internal candidate would be named chief.

Garcia brings decades of experience to Dallas and the Texas city has a population similar to San Jose’s in size and demographics. But Mata said the new chief will also have his work cut out for him in bringing down Dallas’ murder rate and would do well to surround himself with commanders who know the city and its politics.

Great Wolf Lodge guests threatened on Christmas

Shortly after 9:00pm on Friday, December 25, 2020, Grapevine Police were alerted to a report of a man inside Great Wolf Lodge who made threatening comments and claims of a firearm. The man was no longer in sight when officers arrived but a witness provided a description of the man. 

Within minutes of the initial report, several phone calls were made to 9-1-1 about a hotel guest being threatened or in danger. Additional officers were dispatched to the scene, including members of the Northeast Tarrant County SWAT Team, as well as officers from Bedford PD, Euless PD, Hurst PD, Irving PD and Southlake PD. Grapevine Fire medics also staged on the property as a precaution. 

Officers began searching the property and securing areas, while also trying to make contact with the witnesses. The threats were traced to the 8th floor of the hotel, so officers evacuated the floor and conducted a room-by-room search of the guest quarters. Guests from the 8th floor were moved to a secure area inside the resort, while guests on other floors were asked to stay in their rooms. 

Detectives interviewed the occupants of a room where one of the calls originated, and determined they were not in danger. No reports of injury were ever made, and no suspect was located. Officers cleared all areas of concern at approximately 2:00 a.m. Some officers remained on the property as an additional precaution. 

Grapevine Police appreciates all of the employees and guests who reported information, and encourage anyone who sees something suspicious to report it immediately.