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2010 TCLEOSE Summaries Detailed

2010 TCLEOSE Summaries Detailed

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Two Dallas police officers were among a group of cops honored at the state Capitol in Austin on Friday.
Two Dallas police officers were among a group of cops honored at the state Capitol in Austin on Friday.

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Published by: The Dallas Morning News on Jun 06, 2011
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The State of Texas and the Texas Commission on LawEnforcement Officer Standards and Education
2010 Law Enforcement Achievement Awards Recipients
Each year, the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) acceptsnominations for the annual State of Texas Law Enforcement Achievement Awards. Created by Senate Bill 992 in1989, the awards are presented to selected peace officers, reserve officers, jailers, and custodial officers who arelicensed by TCLEOSE. Nominees should exceed the normal expectations of job performance through acts of professional achievement, public service, or valor.During the 81
st
Legislative session, Section 1701.401(f) of the Texas Occupation Code was amended to read: “Thecommission may present awards relating to not more than a total of 20 incidents and accomplishments each year.”This means that TCLEOSE is authorized to make achievement awards to the individuals in twenty separate eventsand/or accomplishments. This change facilitates group as well as individual nominations in the categories of professional achievement, public service, or valor.The nominations must be submitted by an elected official of the state, an elected official of a political subdivision, anadministrator of a law enforcement agency, or a person holding a current license issued by TCLEOSE. A judgingpanel is chosen to review the nominations, and the list of nominees is then presented to the Commissioners for finaldetermination.
Professional Achievement
Officer Louis C. Felini Dallas Police Department
Peace Officer Louis C. Felini began working with the Dallas Police Department in September 1988. InOctober 2007, he was assigned as Deployment Supervisor and tasked with development of operations thattargeted crime around truck stops, motels, rail yards, and apartment complexes that had been taken over by gangs. Officer Felini spearheaded the Prostitute Diversion Initiative, which brought outside services tothe streets to provide prostitutes with an exit from the sex trade and prevent recidivism in the criminal justice system. The operation is conducted once a month with the Dallas Police Department, neighboringlaw enforcement agencies, and over 45 social services and faith-based organizations. Sergeant Felini alsodeveloped a DNA database at no cost to the Dallas Police Department to identify these women when theybecame the victims of violent crimes. Part of the program also educated these women on indicators thatcould help them identify truck drivers as persons of interest to the FBI’s Violent Criminal ApprehensionProgram, which is an integral part of their Highway Serial Killers Initiative. Sergeant Felini also developedTactical Approach To Target Organized Offenders operations to combat gang-induced crimes at apartmentcomplexes, and a burglar tracking system to help and implement patrol officers to identify suspects on their beats. This law enforcement benefit is for long term intelligent strategies for a transient population.Sergeant Felini takes the initiative to develop programs to fight crime and travels across the county tospeak to law enforcement agencies about his programs. In Sergeant Felini’s career of 21 years, he hasearned many commendations and awards for himself and for the Dallas Police Department, including the1996 Achievement Award for Valor. It is for these reasons that Sergeant Louis C. Felini is awarded theProfessional Achievement award.
 
 
 
Public ServiceJailer Crystal A. Irvin DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office
Jail Captain Crystal A. Irvin has been a jailer with the DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office for just over 4 years,and is highly motivated and community active. In April 2010, Jail Captain Irvin organized the DeWittCounty Sheriff’s Office Employee Association softball tournament and helped to raise over $3,000. A$1,000 scholarship from the tournament’s funds was given to a local senior high school student interestedin a law enforcement degree. June 2010 was hot, but not for the elderly thanks to Crystal, who coordinateda fan drive. In August, Jail Captain Irvin organized a school supply drive with matching donations of $900for four school districts, along with a $500 scholarship to an employee wanting to attend a police academy.November’s Taco Thursday provided breakfast tacos prepared by DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office personnel,which raised $965 for the Deputy Santa Program. Jailer Irvin arranged a police patch and volleyballtournament: another fund drive for Deputy Santa. After learning about a single-parent employee with anautistic child, Crystal rallied her co-workers to provide a birthday party and gifts. All the while, Jail CaptainCrystal Irvin oversaw the expanding 51 to 161 bed jail facility. It is for this driving force that theAchievement Award for Public Service is awarded to Jail Captain Crystal A. Irvin.
Senior Deputy Sheriff Derrick R. Taylor Travis County Sheriff’s Office
Senior Deputy Derrick R. Taylor, a jailer for over 19 years and a 12-year peace officer with the TravisCounty Sherriff’s Office, successfully facilitated several presentations focused on youth behavior.Deputy Taylor presents “Consequences” to inform at-risk youths of the positive and negative effects of their choices. “Shattered Dreams” is another program in which students are educated on the impact of drinkingand driving. Derrick also serves as Advisor for Explorer Post 1099, providing guidance and structure toyoung people in weekly meetings, where they learn about careers in law enforcement and valuablecommunity services. Each year Deputy Taylor arranges for boat rides at Mansfield Dam for Texas Schoolfor the Deaf students for Ranger Days. “Extravaganza” is a daylong law enforcement fun day with freefood, games, door prizes, along with access to many area nonprofits and the opportunity for citizens tomeet officers up close and personal. This “give back” to the community was to make it better known thatTravis County Sheriff’s deputies are always on duty to help. It is with deep thanks for Senior DeputyDerrick R. Taylor commitment to his community that the Public Service award is given.
Jailer Adan Maldonado Webb County Sheriff’s Office
Jailer Adan Maldonado is years ahead of his coworkers as a result of his “can do” attitude. A correctionsofficer for the Webb County Sheriff’s Office for the past year and a half, Maldonado, who also has aMaster’s Degree from Texas A&M University, received his TCLEOSE Instructor’s Proficiency Certification in2010. Jailer Maldonado is a Beta Trainer for the new pilot program “NetSmartz,” developed by the NationalCenter for Missing and Exploited Children in conjunction with the Internet Crimes against Children TaskForce in partnership with Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Netsmartz got its start in Laredo and teachesInternet safety to children from kindergarten through 12
th
grade. The Netsmartz Program uses 3-Danimation characters such as Clicky the Netsmartz Robot to warn about online dangers and teach how toavoid them as the characters round up “Webville Outlaws.” In grades 3-6, the program introduces childrento the dangerous “Wizzywigs” and what to do about them. The teens and tweens presentation consists of 
 
real-life stories told by victims of Internet exploitation, and warns how easy it is to track someone online.Netsmartz offers Parents and Communities an extensive educational presentation with resources. Alongwith Principal Abraham Rodriguez of Salinas Elementary School, Jailer Maldonado was instrumental inhelping to get the approval of the United ISD for this program. Jailer Maldonado has made children and thegeneral public more aware of Internet dangers with extensive planning, coordination, training, andpromotion with airings on the local TV stations and newspapers; and in doing so, is hereby awarded theState of Texas Public Service award.
Valor Officer Justin B. Graham Amarillo Police DepartmentCorporal Paul D. Ware
On May 15, 2010, Officer Justin B. Graham was en route to the Amarillo Police Department and CorporalPaul D. Ware was unloading his patrol car after they had completed their 10-hour shifts when a call wentout for any units available. Officer Graham, a peace officer with one and half years’ experience, along with11-year Corporal Ware, immediately responded to an apartment complex fire. The officers were told that a67-year-old woman was trapped inside the apartment. Smoke kept them from seeing where the victim wasas she called out for help. Crawling, they attempted to extract her from where she was stuck between acouch and wall. Burns on her arms caused her skin to slip, which prevented Corporal Ware from pullingher to safety. After running outside to get a clear breath and returning, Corporal Ware flipped the couchover so that Officer Graham could pull her out and extinguish the flames in her hair. The victim’s dog wasalso rescued. Both Justin and Paul were both treated for smoke inhalation at the scene. Sadly, the victimlater passed away because of the extensive nature of her burns. It is for their courageous and brave effortsin placing their own lives in extreme danger that the Achievement Award for Valor is presented to AmarilloPolice Department’s Officer Justin B. Graham and Corporal Paul D. Ware.
Deputy Sheriff Gerald W. Johnson, Jr. Bandera Co. Sheriff’s Office
Deputy Sheriff Gerald W. Johnson, Jr. was a 2-year peace officer in Louisiana before coming to BanderaCounty Sheriff’s Office, where he has served for the past 10 years. On the evening of August 28, 2010,Sergeant Johnson was called in early and assigned to a case of Aggravated Assault with a DeadlyWeapon. It was reported that a verbal altercation had taken place with one subject firing a semi-automaticpistol at the other in his car, nearly missing a child in the back seat. Sergeant Johnson requested a warrantto search for firearms. The subject’s criminal histories revealed that the subject had multi-state feloniesrecords and a history of violent behavior. It was believed that there was a risk that the subject would usefirearms against officers executing the no-knock-provision warrant. Sergeant Johnson used a ram to enter the house as the suspects ran into different rooms. Gerald encountered the primary suspect hiding behinda male and holding a gun. The suspect fired his weapon, striking Sergeant Johnson, whose vest saved hislife. The suspect turned his attention to another officer, and reached for an assault rifle in an effort to shootthrough the wall to kill the other officer. Sergeant Johnson was able to shoot and kill the suspect beforeany harm came to the other officer. It is for his loyalty to protection, his clear thinking, and the placing of hisfellow officers’ lives before his own that the Valor award is given to Bandera County Sheriff’s OfficeSergeant Gerald W. Johnson, Jr.

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