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JULY 2022. Blues Vol 38 No. 7

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JULY 2022. Blues Vol 38 No. 7.1 FEATURES 38 COVER STORY - Diamond DA62-MPP 50 INSERT: APSCON Convention - Reno 66 12 Innovative Police Technologies 76 Sheriff’s Association of Texas Conference - Ft. Worth 84 Visit Galveston Island this Summer DEPARTMENTS 6 Publisher’s Thoughts 8 Editor’s Thoughts 10 Guest Commentary 14 News Around the US 34 Breaking News 90 Remembering Our Fallen Heroes 110 War Stories 114 Aftermath 118 Open Road 120 Healing Our Heroes 122 Daryl’s Deliberations 124 HPOU - From the President, Douglas Griffith 126 Light Bulb Award 128 Running 4 Heroes 130 Blue Mental Health with Dr. Tina Jaeckle 132 Off Duty 136 Ads Back in the Day 140 Parting Shots 142 Buyers Guide 160 Now Hiring - L.E.O. Positions Open in Texas 198 Back Page

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APSCON COURSES All of these conference courses will be held at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. Tactical Flight Officer Course Mon. July 25 – Wed. July 27 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM • Location: Tuscany 11 The Tactical Flight Officer Course is designed to hone the airborne tactical skills of aircrews. This year, we welcome Clay Lacey of the Texas Department of Public Safety as the lead instructor. The course will provide all the information necessary to safely and successfully support ground personnel involved in law enforcement missions. The course is not just designed for TFOs, but is applicable to pilots and crewmembers alike. Students will learn how to set up perimeters, effectively direct a scene from the air, manage critical missions from above and how to conduct a thermal imagery search using the latest in airborne tactics. In addition, the course will explore the specialized equipment that is available and how to properly integrate it into your day-to-day operation. This class is essential to your aviation law enforcement professional development and a must for all TFOs. APSA is again delighted to have MD Helicopters, Inc. sponsoring this course. Maximum enrollment is 70. Cost: 5 members; 5 non-members Sponsored by Public Safety Aviation Unit Manager Course Mon. July 25 – Wed. July 27 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Location: Tuscany 9 The Public Safety Sponsored by Aviation Unit Manager Course continues to be a popular course, and APSA will again subsidize the cost of course tuition and conference registration to the first 20 unit managers or supervisors who register for this course. (The applicant must be an APSA member, currently assigned as the officer in command or supervisor of a public safety aviation unit, not previously attended the Unit Manager Course, and the offer is extended to only one person per agency.) This course is designed to provide both the newly assigned or experienced aviation unit managers and supervisors the latest information and tools to effectively and efficiently manage, supervise and lead their agency’s aviation unit. The course will include topics regarding unit administration, budgets and finance, safety and SOPs, training program management, legal and regulatory issues and personnel selection. Each class is designed specifically for the manager and supervisor to enhance his/her ability to lead their unit. We are delighted to have Airbus returning as our sponsor. Maximum enrollment is 70. Cost: 5 members; 5 non-members Aviation Safety Management Systems Course Mon. July 25 – Wed. July 27 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Location: Tuscany 10 Safety Management Systems expert Dawn Bolstad-Johnson of Kaizen Safety Solutions, LLC instructs this course. APSA will subsidize the cost of course tuition and conference registration for the first 20 aviation unit safety officers who register, if the agency’s unit manager has completed the Aviation Unit Manager Course and also registers and attends this course along with the unit’s safety officer. (The applicant must be an APSA member, currently assigned, as a safety officer and the unit manager must have attended the Unit Manager Course within the past five years. This offer is only extended to one person per agency.) The course will cover the responsibilities for developing and maintaining an SMS program. The student will be provided the tools for a Safety Officer’s toolkit on safety program oversight, evaluation and audit tools, implementation of policy, regulatory compliance and all other facets of developing and sustaining an aviation Safety Management System. For those unit managers that have attended the Unit Manager Course, this is an excellent way to continue your aviation education. This course is a must for all unit safety officers and unit managers. This course meets the SMS training requirements for the Airborne Public Safety Accreditation Commission standards. It is highly recommended that members attend this course before attending the Aviation Safety Officer Course. Maximum enrollment is 65. Cost: 5 members; 5 non-members APSCON COURSES All of these conference courses will be held at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. Aviation Safety Officer Course Mon. July 25 – Wed. July 27 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Location: Tuscany 8 The Aviation Sponsored by Safety Officer Course is for the newly assigned and/or experienced unit safety officer. APSA Safety Program Manager Bryan Smith and APSA Aeromedical Liaison Dudley Crosson, PhD of Delta P, Inc. instructs the course. The course curriculum is built upon Safety Management Systems, the duties and responsibilities of an aviation safety officer, elements of a safety program, pre-accident planning, initial accident investigation, inspection and audits as well as fitness for flight. Subject matter experts in the field of aviation safety and other related topics instruct this course. It is highly recommended that students have previously attended a SMS training course prior to attending the ASO Course due to the course foundation being based on the principals of SMS. APSA is pleased to have Baldwin Safety and Compliance as the course sponsor. Maximum enrollment is 65. Cost: 5 members; 5 non-members Airborne Thermographer Certification Course Mon. July 25 – Wed. July 27 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Location: Tuscany 7 APSA is Sponsored by pleased to offer the Airborne Thermographer Certification Course, taught by certified thermographer instructor Brian Spillane of Teledyne FLIR and Nick Minx and the staff of Tactical Flying, Inc. The course is designed to not only benefit the tactical flight officer, but also the public safety pilot and entire aircrew. The course will focus on the technical aspects of thermal imagery, theory, aircraft positioning, tactics, downlink technology and legal issues. This course is sponsored by Teledyne FLIR. Maximum enrollment is 65. Cost: 5 members; 5 non-members Share your public safety aviation photos and news with us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube. 54 The BLUES The BLUES 55

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