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  • 02/10/2020 4:56 PM | Brandon Ledbetter (Administrator)

    Happy Birthday to the Texas System Police Association! We have made it 10 YEARS!!! 2-10-2020. We could not have done it without the support and dedication from our members. We have always supported our members and we pledge to continue our mission in Campus Policing. Thank You for the support and here is to the next 10 years and beyond.

  • 10/08/2019 10:21 PM | Brandon Ledbetter (Administrator)

    We have NEW TSPA branded merchandise in our online store. Check out the new items and help support the Texas System Police Association.  https://mytspa.org/Store

  • 09/25/2019 7:00 AM | Brandon Ledbetter (Administrator)

    We are excited to announce that the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, CLEAT Executive Board approved our Affiliation request at the Annual Conference.

    While at the conference, our Executive Board Members received quality training to better our association and move us forward. More info coming soon about the benefits!

  • 09/25/2019 6:52 AM | Brandon Ledbetter (Administrator)

              The Texas System Police Association (TSPA) recently commemorated the week of September 16-20, 2019 as Public Safety Officer Appreciation Week. Our Public Safety Officers are hard-working, highly trained individuals who are often our state’s first responders on the campuses of most Universities, College Campuses, and ISD Campuses. These individuals deter crime, lead evacuations, work closely with campus law enforcement officers, and are consistently vigilant int heir efforts to keep faculty, staff, and students safe in schools across Texas.

              Today, a security presence has become the expectation, thus the great work of our Public Safety Officers across the country can easily be taken for granted. Therefore, recognizing our Public Safety Officers are so important. Public Safety Officer Appreciation Week should be used to recognize their contributions and profile the many roles Public Safety Officers fill.

                    UT System Director of Police Michael Heidingsfield offered a note of appreciation regarding the week.

                    “I applaud the initiative of the Texas System Police Association in their efforts to not only recognize the critical work of our Public Safety Officers every day of the week, but to establish the week of September 16, 2019 – September 20, 2019 as Public Safety Officer Appreciation Week. On a regular basis I am impressed by the work of our Public Safety Officers who not only serve as our ambassadors to the campus communities they serve, but also detect criminal behavior, save lives, and assist in campus security.

                    The partnership between our sworn and civilian staff members is an acknowledgement of the combined efforts we bring to our commitment to ensure public safety. Thank you all!”

  • 08/13/2019 12:31 AM | Troy Mondine (Administrator)

    Start from the premise that every person who reports a sexual assault deserves a thorough, unbiased investigation

    Aug 6, 2019

      By Catherine Johnson

      The scene of a rape can be very dynamic with a lot of moving parts. Officers are responsible for ensuring the scene is safe, determining if the victim requires medical treatment, preventing the crime scene from being contaminated, and attempting to identify and apprehend the offender(s). All of this must be done while trying to approach the victim in a trauma-informed way and providing constant updates to the chain of command.

      In addition to these factors, it is common for officers to have a pre-conceived idea of what they believe occurred. This pre-conceived idea can be as a result of their own bias, or the bias of the officer(s) who trained them. As a result, things may be missed or simply ignored. This can give victims the feeling they are not believed, and thus that their case is not going to be handled properly. When victims do not feel believed or think their case is not being handled correctly, they may withdraw cooperation resulting in offenders not being held accountable. This can also fuel the officer’s initial bias.

      The scene of a rape can be very dynamic with a lot of moving parts. (Photo/Pixabay)

      I have had the privilege of talking to and working with criminal justice professionals and survivors from all over the world. The problems, challenges and issues surrounding rape investigations are strikingly similar regardless whether they are happening in Ghana or Kansas City. Based on my experience working with both survivors and investigators, it is imperative for investigators to keep an open mind and leave their own biases behind while recognizing what they say and do can impact the direction a case goes, and how the victim is left to feel in their wake. Here are 10 best practices for successful investigations:

      1. Every case, every time

      Investigate each case you are given. Don’t cut corners. Start from the premise that every person who reports a sexual assault deserves a thorough, unbiased investigation. It should not matter if the victim is a wealthy person in a nice home, or a homeless person living under a bridge. Both cases should be given due diligence and handled with the same professionalism and degree of seriousness.

      2. Conduct a victim-centered, offender-focused investigation

      To be victim-centered is to focus on understanding the impact of the trauma and making sure their needs are met.

      One simple way to do this is to ensure the victim has the option of having a victim advocate present during their interview(s). Victim advocates can be one of the best assets in your investigation as they can provide the emotional support needed which allows the investigator to focus on the facts and difficult questions. Victim advocates can also answer questions about victim’s compensation, counseling options and other resources available to them that are not known to the investigator.

      To be offender-focused means focusing on the offender’s actions versus only focusing on the victim’s behavior. For example, if the victim reports she was picked up walking on the street at 2:00 am, it is understood you need to ask why they victim was walking at that time. But it is equally important to also investigate why the offender was out at 2:00 am, why they stopped to pick the victim up and why they committed the crime the victim reported. This leads to including the following types of questions in the sex crime investigation:

      • What kind of criminal history does the offender have? The offender may not have a history of sexual assault, but may have a history of soliciting prostitution, physical assault on women and burglary. Depending on the allegations made, the offender could be increasing their violence.
      • Have there been other reports of people being picked up and victimized in the area that matches this victim’s account? Could this be a serial rapist targeting a vulnerable population? Are there other victims who have not come forward for fear of not being believed?
      • What did the offender have in their car? Is there a weapon or items commonly used to bind a person such as handcuffs, duct tape or rope? Do they have child safety locks engaged which would prevent a person from exiting the vehicle?

      These questions are obviously focused on the scenario above, and many more could be listed, but the intent is to demonstrate what it means to be offender focused.

      3. Begin with the end in mind

      I often hear law enforcement officers complain about the prosecutor’s office being “lazy” and “not doing their job.” Prosecutors often complain officers’ investigations are poor and incomplete. I learned early in my career that prosecutors can only prosecute what they are given. Therefore, if they are given a case that only had the bare minimum completed, then they may not be able to take it to trial.

      It’s critical to talk to your prosecutors when they decline a case. Ask what needs to be done to make the case more prosecutable, then when you do your next investigation include everything they suggested. Sometimes the answer will be nothing. If the facts do not prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt, then the case will not move forward. However, if an investigator begins to look through the lens of beyond a reasonable doubt, and completes a thorough, unbiased investigation, the facts or an explanation for challenging facts, often exists.

      Look for corroboration of statements made by victims, witnesses and suspects. Leave no stone unturned.

      4. Keep an open mind

      In my experience, the more outrageous the story the more likely it actually occurred. Understand most allegations of rape are not false, made for revenge or occur because a victim’s feelings are hurt. If you assume something couldn’t have happened the way it was described, or assume the victim is not credible or the offender couldn’t possibly be a rapist then you will miss important evidence and facts because you will be working to prove your theory instead of working to prove what actually occurred.

      However, if you start by believing the victim and let the facts drive the investigation, you end up with more evidence that means more thorough case files that will result in more offenders being held accountable.

      5. Avoid developing theories about what occurred before having all of the facts present 

      As mentioned above, going into an investigation with an idea of what you think occurred can result in efforts to prove a theory versus being open to all facts. For example, if you look at a woman with a history of prostitution and assume her report is as a result of a lack of payment for services, you may miss the serial rapist who is targeting that specific population.

      Offenders choose their victims, and women being used in prostitution or other vulnerable populations such as drug-addicted, homeless and those with untreated mental illness are often perfect victims in the eyes of an offender because they believe the victim won’t fight back, won’t report or if they do report will be seen as less than credible.

      Look at challenging facts through the lens of an offender. Could the challenging facts actually be vulnerability exploited?

      6. Remember that offenders choose their victims

      When talking to the victim, they will give you indicators of what an offender may see as a vulnerability. For example, if a victim tells you they were extremely inebriated that could be considered a vulnerability. The next question may be, how inebriated was the suspect? Was this a case of two people who were both drunk and engaged in sexual activity, or was this a case of an offender who was in control using the victim’s inebriation and inability to fight back, perceived lack of credibility and possible inability to remember the crime?

      This analysis practice can be used in other areas of vulnerability as well.

      7. Listen to the victim with the intention of hearing and understanding them – not for the purpose of responding

      Be fully present during the interview. Listening is actually the most difficult part of an interview because one must shut down that innate sense of wanting to respond, or the thoughts of what needs to be done next.

      By actively shutting down your other thoughts and focusing completely on what the victim is saying, the victim will feel they are being heard. By being fully engaged and focusing completely on what the victim is saying investigators may also learn about additional witnesses, evidence or explanations for something they may not have previously understood. The devil is in the details.

      It is often the smallest detail, that initially does not seem important that can be the tipping point in the investigation.

      8. Be trauma-informed

      Understand trauma and how it relates to a victim’s ability to recall events. Individuals who have experienced trauma may not be able to relay information in a linear fashion and may forget (or simply not have a memory of) certain things. When practical, give the traumatized person 24 to 48 hours before requiring a full statement. Let them provide the information in the way that they remember.

      This best practice enables you to get more robust statements, and it allows for fewer inconsistencies.

      9. Realize that inconsistencies are not necessarily intentional lies

      As stated above, trauma impacts a person’s ability to recall events. The gaps created in their memory may never return or they may take several days to return. Do not assume because the victim changes the order of events, adds a detail previously omitted or shares additional information they are lying. In some cases, it is trauma that explains the change, and, in some cases, it is because the investigator has gained the victim’s trust and they now feel safe to share the information. For example, a man initially reports a robbery to law enforcement but later discloses a rape. The rape was not disclosed because the victim was lying, but because the victim felt safe with the investigator.

      Take the information without judgement and continue to investigate.

      10. Consider what success looks like in your investigations

      Success is not necessarily measured by the closure of cases or rate of prosecution, but instead can be measured by victims feeling they were heard, taken seriously and supported.

      Ultimately, be the investigator you would want for yourself or your loved one.

    • 08/13/2019 12:29 AM | Troy Mondine (Administrator)

      Following violent protests, the chief of police in Portland suggested that the city ban the wearing of masks during protests

      Aug 9, 2019

      Following violent protests that left several people injured—including a conservative journalist who was badly beaten by protesters, the chief of police in Portland, Oregon suggested that the city pass a law that bans the wearing of masks during protests. Citing the fact that other states have laws prohibiting the wearing of masks during the commission of a crime, Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw suggested that the city institute the restrictions on masks at protests and demonstrations.

      The Oregon ACLU opposes the proposal—they do tend to side politically with the people who tend to wear masks at rallies—but others in both government and private sectors see some benefit to the idea. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss whether or not such a proposal would even pass in the City of Roses.

    • 08/13/2019 12:24 AM | Troy Mondine (Administrator)

      Officers stopped the suspect moments before he entered a bar

      Aug 5, 2019

        Dayton Daily News, Ohio

        DAYTON, Ohio — The Dayton police officers who engaged a shooter in the Oregon District early Sunday morning have been identified.

        Video: https://youtu.be/FquDIetgiu4

        Video above shows the officers stop the suspect moments before he would have entered Ned Pepper’s bar.

        The six officers are:

        Sgt. William C. Knight, sworn in Feb. 14, 1997

        Officer Brian Rolfes, sworn in April 8, 2016

        Officer Jeremy Campbell, sworn in Aug. 5, 2016

        Officer Vincent Carter, sworn in April 8, 2016

        Officer Ryan Nabel, sworn in April 8, 2016

        Officer David Denlinger, sworn in April 8, 2016

        It is not known which officer shot and killed the suspected shooter, Connor Betts, 24 of Bellbrook.

        All the officers are on administrative leave, which is protocol for officer-involved shootings.

        Nine people were killed during the incident and 27 were injured.

        ©2019 the Dayton Daily News (Dayton, Ohio)

      • 08/13/2019 12:19 AM | Troy Mondine (Administrator)

        It marks his first public appearance since being shot multiple times outside his home

        Yesterday at 11:52 AM

        By Phil Davis
        The Baltimore Sun

        BALTIMORE — The off-duty sergeant who was shot multiple times near his home in Northeast Baltimore on Thursday is awake and speaking, saying in a new video, “I’ll be back.”

        Appearing in a YouTube video, Sgt. Isaac Carrington, 43, speaks only briefly from his hospital bed, telling the audience “I love you all” before saying the police code signal “10-8,” meaning he is an in-service officer.

        Video:  https://youtu.be/nNIPYs-Ta1M

        “I’ll be back,” Carrington says, before waving at the camera.

        It marks his first public appearance since being shot multiple times outside his home in the 5600 block of Summerfield Ave. in Frankford.

        Baltimore police said Carrington was shot around 3:30 p.m. Thursday while he was off-duty and hanging out in front of his home with a neighbor.

        The department said a car pulled up in front of the two and at least one masked man carrying a gun tried to rob them. Police said Harrington and his neighbor ran in opposite directions and the masked man chased after Carrington, shooting him multiple times.

        The sergeant was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in critical condition as police scoured the city in search of the suspects.

        The Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 tweeted just after noon Saturday that his condition had been upgraded to “stable” and that he was able to squeeze the hands of hospital staff.

        Police took two people into custody Saturday after the department said a vehicle similar to the one used by the suspects was located in southwest Baltimore County.

        However, in the video, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison says the department is still looking for the shooter.

        “He still has a long way to go, but our prayers have been answered," Harrison said. “And now we all have to rally around getting him healed and making sure we find who did this to hold them accountable.”

        ©2019 The Baltimore Sun

      • 06/06/2019 1:23 AM | Troy Mondine (Administrator)

        Several students tried to pull an officer off a student who was resisting arrest, causing a brawl with about 80 students, police and staff

        May 28, 2019

        Nicholas Filipas
        The Record, Stockton, Calif.

        STOCKTON, Calif. — Bear Creek High School was placed on lockdown Friday morning after as many as 80 students were involved in a physical altercation with police as they detained one student for fighting with staff.

        An unruly student was reported to have been uncooperative and fighting school staff and a school resource officer about 10:46 a.m. at the campus, located at 10555 Thornton Road in north Stockton

        When Stockton police arrived to detain the subject, the student instead resisted and the commotion drew the attention of about 80 other students, authorities said.

        Cellphone video of the incident that circulated on social media showed several students trying to pull an officer off the juvenile and throwing objects.

        As more police officers responded, they were reportedly struck by several students, and a garbage can was thrown at authorities and school staff, according to the report.

        The rowdy student was eventually detained and had to be escorted off campus due to the size of the crowd, officers said.

        Lodi Unified officials said in a statement that in an abundance of caution, Bear Creek High was placed on lockdown for several minutes before it was lifted.

        Police said no officers, school staff or students were injured in the brawl. The original disruptive student was cited for resisting arrest.

        In the same statement, the district said it will continue to work closely with police as they conduct their investigation.


      • 06/06/2019 12:10 AM | Troy Mondine (Administrator)

        Tanika Turner

        TSPA Representative 

        Every year in Washington D.C. officers from all of over the United States and Canada gather to celebrate the memory of police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. National Police Week is in their 38th year of operation. This year, thee gathering kicked off May 12, 2019. A series of events led to the finale, the memorial service with President Donald Trump as the keynote speaker.

        The events begin with the 5k race. Walkers and runners of all ages join together at the capitol to complete the race in honor of fallen law enforcement.  The 5k race is hosted by the Officer Down Memorial Page. On this page you are able to view officers who have passed away or report officers who have passed.

        The next day is the Law Enforcement United Bike Ride which began in Alexandria, Virginia. Their slogan “We Ride for Those Who Died” stresses the main purpose of the ride is to raise awareness to fallen officers. The organizations second goal is to raise money for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and museum. According to the Police Unity Tour website they were able to donate $2.6 million this year to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

        The Candlelight Vigil has been a tradition that has been going on for 31 years. The street is corded off by a trail of motorcycles. People in both uniforms and plain clothes walk toward the National Mall. With the Washington Monument as a backdrop, it creates a dramatic picture. Books are given out that show the breakdown of ceremonies, with the ending being the calling of names that are being added to the memorial.

        This year, Texas had 11 officers killed in the line of duty. As each name was read, the gong of a bell could be heard. The crowd, originally lit by large lights is now lit by thousands of white pillar candles. Fathers hold their children closer and women comfort each other.

        As you sit back and look at the lit candles and all of the people holding each other, it is visual proof that the brotherhood is real. Officers, family of officers and blue supporters all come together at one spot at one time to honor the memory of those who gave the greatest sacrifice.

        One of the traditions during National Police Week is the exchange of patches. Police from all over bring their police department’s patches and trade them with other agencies. The most sought after patch is at times the patch where the largest incident has occurred.

        The hangout spot of choice is Tent City. There you can listen to music, enjoy great food or buy drinks with your friends. With over 80 vendors, you can find almost all the police gear you would like. With operating hours of 11:00 a.m. until 2 a.m., it is a safe place to have fun and hang out with all of the new law enforcement you have met.

         The D.C. Fraternal Order of Police provide a shuttle from their lodge to the vigil, the navy yard metro station, tent city and the Kelly’s Irish Times bar.

        The 38th National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service is the last event of police week. Officers, all dressed in class A uniform, stand together with their departments as speeches are given. On the west front of the United States Capitol, Donald Trump addresses the crowd.

         “Your loved ones were extraordinary and selfless Americans who gave everything they had in defense of our communities, our children and our nation.” Trump said.

        Trump went on to tell the crowd that he will always support the brothers and sisters in blue. Trump vocalized his condemnation of anti-police rhetoric. He said that those who file false police reports should face legal consequences.

        After the tribute to officers, Trump spoke of Corporal Singh, an officer who was killed around Christmas time during a traffic stop by someone who crossed the border. The president then used that time to talk about immigration.

        NPW provides a time of bonding for all officers involved. If ever you wanted a reminder of why you do the job you do, it is laid out for your eyes to see the entire week.

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