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JUNE 2022. Blues Vol 38 No. 6.2 FEATURES 26 We Will Never Forget the 21 Lives Lost in Uvalde 30 INSERT: Texas School District Chief’s Conference 46 INSERT: Visit Galveston Island this Summer 52 COVER STORY Remembering Deputy Adam Howard 58 COVER STORY - 100 Club of Houston Awards Banquet DEPARTMENTS 6 Publisher’s Thoughts 8 Editor’s Thoughts 10 Guest Commentary 12 Letters 14 News Around the US 78 Remembering Our Fallen Heroes 82 War Stories 84 Aftermath 86 Open Road 90 Healing Our Heroes 92 Daryl’s Deliberations 94 HPOU - From the President, Douglas Griffith 96 Light Bulb Award - May Dora’s Wish Come True 98 Running 4 Heroes 100 Blue Mental Health with Dr. Tina Jaeckle 102 Ads Back in the Day 106 Parting Shots 108 Now Hiring - L.E.O. Positions Open in Texas 142 Back Page

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vised us that their families routinely witness illegal migrants traversing their lands, some in military camouflage. We’ve noted conversations with rugged ranchers, whose only desire is to work the land and make a living for their families, dismally describe the onslaught of migrants crossing their properties, leaving behind a sea of crumpled plastic bottles, feces, old diapers, chicken bones, slaughtered cattle, food containers and in some cases corpses. Some locals are considering leaving the lands their families have labored for generations. Nevertheless, never once did I hear from either the Sheriff, deputies and ranchers that they were not sympathetic to the human tragedies taking place, the trafficking, death, and sustained harm that both citizens and migrants alike have suffered. MANY FACETS TO THE CRISIS There are many facets to this crisis. It’s about the toll on migrants, loaders, communities and local law enforcement officers risking their lives each day. It’s about toddlers dumped at the feet of officers, or worse, in desolate regions of the desert, to divert CBP attention so adults can slip across the border elsewhere. It’s about fentanyl and the mounting death toll. It’s about police, sheriffs, emergency workers and healthcare workers dealing with addiction and overdose in faraway communities. It’s about the national guardsman who died in his attempt to save three migrants and the federal officers and others who have succumbed to suicide due to stress and depression. [7, 8] It’s about the dedicated and intrepid members of CPB, HSI and others working in DHS growing frustrated and despondent due to political posturing by leadership. And it’s about so much more. Alongside the war in Ukraine, the border crisis has become one of the greatest disasters in modern American history. Law enforcement leaders hundreds of miles from the border must realize the crisis will likely reach their jurisdictions. WHAT NON-BORDER JURIS- DICTIONS CAN DO Exactly, how, then, can local law enforcement hundreds of miles away from the border become part of the solution? Sheriff Dannels, current chair of the National Sheriff Association’s Southern Border Security Committee, shared several key recommendations for law enforcement agencies throughout the United States to consider. Educating citizens about the See Something, Say Something campaign related to human trafficking and drugs is critical. Cartels have an extensive reach, so it’s paramount that we inform officers about the complexities of the opioid crisis and its potential nexus to cartels. The RAND Corporation report “Law Enforcement Efforts to Fight the Opioid Crisis” provides detailed recommendations agencies can implement. [9] Examples include increasing the frequency and scope of drug screens in death investigations to identify novel opioids and their effects and applying data from rapid analysis of seized materials to inform public health and law enforcement interventions. The International Association of Chiefs of Police offers another resource, a recently released toolkit of Enhanced Collaborative Model (ECM) protocol development checklists that provides a list of items human trafficking task forces should consider when developing their own protocols. Lastly, law enforcement agencies small and large need to train select officers in recognizing and interpreting emerging threats radiating from social media platforms. Organizations such as the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI) provide training, expertise and technology to address trends and provide comprehensive forecasting capabilities. We don’t escape border issues by not being near the border. Sheriff Donahue’s words ring true for many and are a harbinger for the rest of us: Border issues are driving the criminality in our streets and rural areas as well as unprecedented numbers of overdoses, including overdose incidents and even deaths inside our jails,” he explains. “My jurisdiction is not unique in the threats we are facing. This border crisis will continue to get worse, and it is affecting every single city, county, and borough in the United States, whether we are talking about drug, human and or sex trafficking” If your jurisdiction has been fortunate enough to have been spared, now is the time to prepare. The border is coming to your door. 22 The BLUES POLICE MAGAZINE The BLUES POLICE MAGAZINE 23

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