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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


FROM THE GUEST EDITOR’S DESK CONGRATULATIONS Their lives are in our hands. Back on May 24th, after numerous inquiries, questions and the like, in reference to the tragic, senseless loss of life in Uvalde, Texas, out of respect to those lives lost, those hearts broken and those who were there, I chose to remain silent. I waited for the time to pass whereby the beautiful souls taken, could be laid to rest. No matter what is shown, revealed or said, above all things, respect for those lost should always be, paramount. For about ten years of my thirty-year career in Law Enforcement, I was an ISD Chief of Police. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to build two Police Departments which were comprised of some of the finest Law Enforcement Officers, in the State of Texas. In my time as an ISD Chief, I brought multiple, Full Scale Active Shooter Drills to our schools. I invited area and even regional First Responder agencies to participate. In those events, we incorporated students to help as “Victims” and even had professional make-up artist create “wounds” We infused obstacles such as gunfire, smoke, fire alarms and “victims” grabbing the responding Officers legs, begging for help. The test here was, can our Officers push through such obstacles and continue to hunt down REX EVANS and stop the killer from taking one more innocent life? Some, laughed at these events citing, “That’ll never happen here!” And “We don’t need to be doing all this. It’s a waste of time, money and resources.” And of course, there were the attitudes some agencies or department heads had for one another and, towards schoolbased policing, in general. In the course of my time as an ISD Chief of Police, I had Teachers, Administrators, Principals and even Superintendents, challenge and argue against some safety measures, counter measures and other safety equipment. Budgets are critical, this I understand. Traditional ways of doing things and such, I get it. That being said, at what cost though? As far as the Law Enforcement response to Robb Elementary School. If we in Law Enforcement, specifically School Based Law Enforcement, don’t aggressively and tenaciously train for the fight, how then could we ever expect to win that fight? There’s an institution, a State of Texas Agency, called the Texas School Safety Center. It is charged with in part, identifying, accessing and measuring hazards and threats within Public School Districts, across Texas. After the Santa Fe High School tragedy, the Governor and Lt. Governor held multiple high-level meetings of how to proceed with keeping such a tragedy from repeating itself. Including, the Texas School Safety Center. I will give credit where credit is due. They were on the right track, here. They really were. Unfortunately, they stopped short. You see, the Texas School Safety Center has volumes of rules and regulations. But no Investigative / Enforcement Division which can effectively tell a School District, you shall meet minimum State Standards as pertaining to safety / security regulations set forth, by Law. Specifically with regards to the overall Law Enforcement Response to Robb Elementary. The ISD Chief of Police should have responded to and done multiple things, differently. Very differently. And, in every Active Shooter Response Doctrine I’ve ever been exposed to, the ISD Chief of Police is in fact, the overall Incident Commander. Unless...he or she has been incapacitated or otherwise incapable of such Command and, is 8 The BLUES The BLUES 9

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