Fulton County Lodge #64
Fraternal Order of Police
Newsletter June 2010
A Message from the President’s Desk
Howard Billingslea U. S. Supreme Court Miranda
Supreme Court Justices rule 5-4 that suspects can’t claim
right by being silent. In a split decision, the Supreme Court’s
Jimmy Atkinson conservative majority expanded its limits on the famous
1st Vice President Miranda rights for criminal suspects, over the dissent of Howard Billingslea
new Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who said the ruling turned
Sherry Grant American’ rights of protection from police abuse “upside down”.
2nd Vice President Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the
majority opinion, said a suspect who goes ahead
and talks to police after being informed he doesn’t
Cynthia D. DuHart have to has waived his right to remain silent. Elena
Secretary Kagan, President Barack Obama’s nominee to join
the court, sided with the police as U.S. Solicitor
Greg Lauth General when the case came before the court. She
Treasurer would replace Justice John Paul Stevens, one of
This decision means police can keep shooting
Ron Burgess questions at a suspect who refuses to talk, in hopes
Sgt-At-Arms that the person will crack and give them some in-
formation. The ruling comes in a case in which a
Oz Armour suspect, Van Chester Thompkins remained Inside This Issue
Chaplain mostly silent for three-hour police interrogation Calendar of Events ..............2
before implicating himself in a January 10, 2000, Chaplain’s Corner ................2
murder in Southfield Michigan. He appealed his Community News.................7
Greg Winds conviction, saying he had invoked his Maranda DeKalb Co Job Info ..............4
State Trustee right to remain silent by remaining silent. FOP Legal Defense Plan
Justice Kennedy, writing the decision for (Attorney Listings) ...........6
Derek Jones the court’s conservatives, said that wasn’t enough. FOP Lodge #64 Exec. Board....6
Lodge Attorney “Thompkins did not say that he wanted to re- FOP News
main silent or that he did not want to talk to po- National & State ..............3
lice, “Kennedy said. “ Had he made either of Ful Co. Labor Minutes ...........5
Lodge Office Ph# these simple, unambiguous statements, he would Secretary Notes ..................4
(404) 767-0501 have invoked (see MIRANDA pg. 3)
Address: FOP Lodge #64 Monthly Lodge Meeting
2896 East Point Street Thursday, June 24, 2010, at 6:00 p.m.
East Point, GA 30344 Make plans to attend this meeting.
Monthly Training Class - Financial Planning
The Class will be held at 17:00 hours (an hour BEFORE) our Meeting
MIRANDA (cont’d from pg. 1) his right to cut off ques- Deceiving Ourselves
tioning.” Here he did neither, so he did not invoke his
by Billy Graham
right to remain silent.”
He was joined in the 5-4 opinion by Chief Justice The flight away from God and into self-suffi-
John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Tho- ciency is as old as the human race. It finds
mas and Samuel Alito. This is the third time this session C expression today in the words Believe in your-
the Supreme Court has put limits on suspects’ Miranda self and in admonitions to self-confidence. But
rights to remain silent and to have a lawyer even if they the Bible says, “For if anyone thinks himself
can’t afford one, which officers are required to tell them. H to be something, when he is nothing, he de-
Earlier this term, the court ruled that a suspect’s request ceives himself” (Galatians 6:3).““God did not
for lawyer is good for only 14 days after the person is intend that we should be self-sufficient. Life
released from police custody, and that police do not have A on the highest level is a life that leans on the
to explicitly tell suspects they have a right to a lawyer dur- everlasting arms. “In You, O Lord, I put my
ing an interrogation. n trust,” said David (Psalm 31:1).““Many people
P boast of their own virtues. The Bible says that
Let’s Keep Our Members in the our good works are like filthy rags in the sight
of God (Isaiah 64:6). We cannot save ourselves.
U. S. Armed Forces L We cannot get ourselves to Heaven by our own
good deeds. Only by the grace of God, through
in Our Thoughts & Prayers A
the finished work of Christ, will any person
get to Heaven.
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N This Month’s Prayer
Lord, forgive us for
‘ thinking that we can
manage our lives on
We pray that you be covered in the blood
our own strength. Re-
of Jesus. S veal to us the times
We appreciate all that you do to keep our
when we rely on our-
selves instead of You,
We thank you for making it possible for us
and teach us how to
to enjoy freedom.
live in reliance on
We do not take anything that you do for
Christ. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
We love you!!! C O R N E R
Georgia FOP State Conference June 24-27, 2010, Columbus FOP Lodge
FOP Lodge Meeting, Thursday, June 24, 2010, at 6:00 p.m.
FOP Lodge Meeting, Thursday, July 22, 2010, at 6:00 p.m.
James “Jim” Stephens, Fulton County Retirement Board Representative
will be our special guest speaker.
FOP Lodge Meeting, Thursday, August 26, 2010, at 6:00 p.m.
FOP Lodge Meeting, Thursday, September 23, 2010, at 6:00 p.m.
FOP Lodge Meeting, Thursday, October 28, 2010, at 6:00 p.m.
News from Our State Lodge and National Headquarters
We continue to grow! As of this date, we have a total of
327,847 active FOP Members in 2,162 lodges!
We would like to welcome:
AR #078 - Rick Pressley Memorial Lodge ID #149 - Palouse Lodge
WA #031 - Jefferson Area Lodge AL #070 - Willie Q. Pettway Lodge
UT #031 - Utah County Lodge
Badges to Books: The Transition from Police Officer to Professor -- by Michael J Kane, Ph.D.
A career in law enforcement has long been both rewarding and meaningful. However, any career law enforcement
officer has witnessed changes over the decades with expectations of greater professionalism and more education. Many
officers nearing retirement, or those in current practice, often consider transitioning from a practitioner of the field into a
college level instructor. This only makes sense considering the wealth of experience a career law enforcement officer can
bring to a university classroom and university department heads often prefer properly educated and experienced instruc-
tors over non-experienced instructors. But, how does a police officer transition to a professor of
criminal justice, or what is the journey from badges to books?
The Right Education
The first step obviously is a college education. The NFOPU program has successfully aided in
this endeavor. In a recent Journal article, the importance of selecting a regionally accredited program
was explained. The six regional accrediting bodies require, at minimum, a Master's degree in the field
with substantial graduate hours in the topic taught for accredited four-year universities. Some of
these accrediting bodies specifically require eighteen graduate hours in the field taught.
The Right Major
But what about the degree's major? The major or title of your degree is also important. The standards of the
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) address this issue. The ACJS is the criminal justice discipline's academic
and professional organization who functionally set the standard for criminal justice college and university programs. Similar
to the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA.), the ACJS promotes voluntary certifica-
tion standard for both professors and programs. The purpose of accreditation or certification is to promote a quality
assurance process and gives programs a high standard of recognition. Most university criminal justice programs strive to
meet these standards. When future professors plan their degrees, they are well advised to find programs that fit these
standards. The ACJS requires a Master's degree or
Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) in Criminal Jus- Georgia FOP Foundation
tice or Criminology to teach in various levels of criminal The Georgia FOP Foundation needs your help. Your
justice programs. Although some allowance is made for tax deductible contribution will go a
a closely related field, an applicant must show substan- long way to help fund our projects. Our
tial work or a clear commitment to criminal justice. Re- major focus at this time is to assist the
gardless of past years of experience, some officers are survivors of law enforcement officers
turned away because they hold degrees in law, political killed in the line of duty. Through the
science, or education to name a few. To teach criminal foundation, we are able to receive tax-
justice, one should have a graduate level criminal justice deductible donations from individuals,
degree. organizations and businesses. The dis-
About the Author: Dr. Michael Kane is a Pro- bursement of these funds is strictly
fessor of Criminal Justice and Graduate Academic Di- regulated and must be used for the
rector at Mountain State University. He is a former po- foundation's stated charitable purposes.
lice officer of Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.), U. S. Ma- Your tax-deductible donation
rine, Medicolegal Investigator, and was a reserve of- would be vital to our efforts and is greatly appreciated. I en-
ficer for the DeRidder Police Department (Louisiana) courage you to contribute any amount you consider appropri-
and reserve deputy for Montgomery County Sheriff's ate. Please go to the Georgia FOP website to make a donation
Department (Tn,) He holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice. via PayPal and to read our brochure: www.georgiafop.org/
DeKalb County Government News Fulton County Fraternal Order of
Police Lodge #64
Sec. Cynthia Dunn-DuHart
Phone: (404) 310-5475
Notes from the Secretary
by Secretary Cynthia Dunn-DuHart
Job Listings For the Week of June 7, 2010 If
you have an article or information that you would
*Detention Officer like to share, please submit the information to me by the
Director Library - Merit Exempt 10th day of the month.
Emergency 911 Operator If
you need any membership
Fire Medic I (Revised) information, please feel free to
Heavy Equipment Truck Mechanic contact me.
Inventory Warehouse Supervisor
**Police Officer If your residence or email
Water Production Pollution Control Branch Super- address changes, please furnish our office with the new
WQC Foreman (Revised)
WQC Operator Principal Please contact the secretary to ensure that your
WQC Plant Supervisor beneficiary information is current.
*You can apply using the online application form If
you would like a membership application, I can
at: http://www.dekalbsheriff.org/home/dekal2/ mail one to your residence upon request.
Employment%20Application.pdf The membership process:
Please send your preapplication form to the ad- Once you have submitted a membership applica-
dress below: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office Human tion, the membership must vote you in, as a member, at
Resources 4415 Memorial Dr. Decatur, GA. 30032 the Lodge meeting.
**Police candidates cannot apply using the online Your application information is inputted into the com-
application form. Please contact Human Resources puter and forwarded to the State and National Lodges.
at (404) 371-2332 or Police Background and Re-
cruiting Unit at (770) 724-7445 to obtain a test Upon approval of your application, a membership
date and a Police Officer packet. card will be generated from the National Lodge and
mailed to the secretary.
need -- at a Please note, if you need your membership number,
it will be available once the National Lodge has approved
Discounted the application.
Rate! The secretary will mail your membership card, along
Liberty Mutual is committed to community safety and law with the Fulton County Lodge #64’s membership infor-
enforcement officials who support it. We offer high-quality mation, to the address listed on the application.
auto and home insurance at discounted rates through Group
This entire process may take up to four (4) weeks,
Savings Plus. They also donate to our State FOP’s Schol-
however we are trying to reduce the time. If you have
arship Fund. For additional details or a free, non-obliga-
not received your information within 4-week time pe-
tion quote, please call: (888) 443-8115 or email:
riod, please notify the secretary.
MINUTES FROM FULTON COUNTY L ABOR RELATIONS MEETING
Ms. Colon: The Office of Professional Standards was created by the County Manager’s Office to provide employees a
mechanism to file complaints of fraud, waste and abuse without fear of any retaliation. The way it works through the whistle
blower concept, employees are able to file a complaint with the office and because of the “Joseph” statue the employee
identity is kept confidential. There are several ways that an employee can file a complaint.
* They can send an anonymous letter, as long as the letter contains the necessary information to begin an investigation. We
have to have specifics – name, what, where and when, if the anonymous person has that information. Also, certain
* Basically, we do anything that has to do with waste, time and attendance.
* We also do drug testing, misuse of county property and any type of conflict of interest. If someone has suspicion, he/she
can send an anonymous letter. Employees have gotten very crafty. They have a whistle blower email, so what she gets is
a lot of employees go to yahoo, create a false email and they are able to send this email without anyone knowing who they
are. Once an investigation is completed, the document is submitted to the County Manager’s Office. Then the County
Manager shares the document with the appointing authority of the department in question. The appointing authority
handles the matter at this point in terms of disciplinary action. My office investigates any suspicion a supervisor may have
regarding an employee engaging in fraud or abuse. If the supervisor is not sure of his/her suspicion they can come to my
office, discuss what their suspicions are. The training is mandatory. Mr. Billingslea: How many people do you have on staff
and what type of investigation skills do they have. Ms. Colon: I am the only one with investigation skills. However, I have
two (2) support staff, they do the research. I have over twenty (20) years of experience in investigation services and
compliance, all of it has been in the public sector. She has a Bachelors Degree and a Master Degree and a certificate in
internal investigations. Mr. Billingslea: Have you worked in any law enforcement agencies doing investigations? Ms.
Colon: No, I have worked for other counties and community colleges, all in internal investigations. The investigations they
conduct here are not criminal, they are administrative in nature. Mr. Billingslea: When you deal with fraud that is criminal.
Ms. Colon: It is criminal, but there is an administrative component and you do not have to be a law enforcement officer to
belong to a certified establishment. There are certain techniques you learn as internal investigators with a certificate that
prepares you for qualifications. When we locate fraud, we investigate the administrative component and the report is
submitted to the law enforcement for the criminal persecution. Mr. Fann: In your investigations, if someone made an
alleged allegation against someone and you began to conduct an investigation which proves to be unfounded, however, in
your investigation something else is discovered. What do you do? Ms. Colon: I am not in the witch hunting business or
reporting petty things. If you are using email account to do business, of your eight (8) hours you spend six (6) of them
conducting your personal business that would be a different issue. It is not just using an email account, you are wasting
resources. You can get a degree online and if you are getting your education during work hours you are stealing county
resources. Mr. Fann: Your office has begun an investigation and it leaked out... I filed a grievance, my grievance was
upheld. Now, my supervisor is retaliating against me, can this same whistle blower program be used in the matter? Ms.
Colon: I am under the impression that the grievance procedures has a retaliation policy. Ms. Avato: As a union represen-
tative, we are the ones who would do the investigation to prove what it is. In some cases it is a he-said/she-said situation.
Mr. Fann: You can turn a good employee into a bad employee because they really want to do a good job, but when you
start retaliating against them by giving them a bad performance evaluation, not giving them promotional opportunities or
letting them go to certain kind of training and other things that are available to them. Ms. Wilson: An employee has a
manager that he/she has complained about for years. Would you be interested in documentation from years back? Ms.
Colon: It has to be ninety (90) days from the date. Mr. Wildy: If you receive a complaint against sworn personnel for a
violation, will you notify the department, their OPS or Internal Affairs. Ms. Colon: If I contact the Chief Police or the
department, there are some instances where there has to be joint investigation. If something happens with EEO, there is an
investigation between abuse of power and issues of discrimination. These have to be done jointly. Mr. Billingslea: If you
receive a complaint from a citizen on sworn personnel. The citizen feels like the department is not doing anything about it.
Ms. Colon: I would go to the individuals. I am not going to tell the person step-by-step what I am doing because I would
jeopardize the investigation. Mr. Billingslea: I know of a lot of cases where an officer may be investigated and disciplined.
If reported to you would you publicize the violation? Ms. Colon: Absolutely not. The same would apply to an administra-
tive investigation. (For the entire minutes, go to www.fultoncofop64.org)
Our 2010 Executive Board :
President - Bro. Howard Billingslea (770) 861-0912
1st Vice President - Bro. Jimmy Atkinson (770) 778-1726
2nd Vice President - Sis. Sherry Grant (770) 861-1649
Secretary - Sis. Cynthia Dunn-DuHart (404) 310-5475
The FOP Legal Defense Plan Treasurer - Bro. Gregory Lauth (404) 314-9997
You have limited legal coverage by the Lodge. This cover- Sgt.-at-Arms - Bro. Ron Burgess (404) 713-6685
age is limited to representation in administrative actions. Chaplain - Bro. Oz Armour (770) 949-5694
The amount allocated for the purpose shall consist of the State Trustee - Bro. Gregory Winds (404)276-2787
cost of legal representation of initial consultation with FOP
Lodge #64 attorney, Atty. Derek H. Jones.
On our Lodge meeting nights, a one (1) hour block
However, the FOP Legal Defense Plan Inc. is owned and
operated by the National FOP and designed exclusively for of training will be offered an hour BEFORE our
the legal defense protection of its law enforcement profes- regular meetings. This training will be starting at
sionals. The plan coverage includes: 1700 hours. Please be advised, you must sign
• Administrative in on the C-12, at or before 1700 hours to
• Civil get credit for two hours of POST training.
• Criminal actions (arising within the scope of law
enforcement employment whether on or off duty.) Our regular Lodge meeting will continue to start
• Unrestricted choice of your own defense attorney. at 1800 hours.
Please feel free to invite potential members to
For further information, contact : our Lodge meetings.
Sis. Cynthia Dunn-Duhart at (404) 310-5475 or
Atty. Derrick Jones at (404) 373-4562
THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF THE ATTORNEYS THAT ARE ON THE FOP LEGAL DEFENSE PLAN:
Atlanta: Lance LoRusso Roswell: Valerie Sherman
LoRusso Law Firm, PC 1560 Warsaw Rd. Suite 100
1827 Powers Ferry Rd. Bldg 8, Ste 300 Roswell, Ga. 30076
Atlanta, Ga. 30339 (678) 215-4106
(770) 644-2378/(409) 313-5163 firstname.lastname@example.org
Statesboro: W. Keith Barber, P.C.
Scott M. Williamson 18 South Main St.
Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers Statesboro, Ga. 30458
1355 Peachtree St. Suite 300 (912) 764-2623/Fax:(912) 764-9902
Atlanta, Ga. 30309 email@example.com
(404) 874-8800/Fax: (404) 888-6199
www.swiftcurrie.com Tucker James W. Howard
1479 Brockett Rd. Suite 200
Decatur: Derek H. Jones Tucker, Ga. 30084
309 Sycamore St. (770) 270-5080
Decatur, Ga. 30331 firstname.lastname@example.org
(770) 716-1306/Fax: (770) 460-6728
Lawrenceville: Kimberly Seymore
P.O. Box 163
Our Deepest Sympathy Goes Out to
Get Well Wishes Go Out to:
the families of ::
~The late Maj. Joseph Booker
~The late Lt. Dudley Brooks
The late Lt. Betty J. Smith
THEY SAY THAT TIME CURES MOST THE GRIEF
AND THE PAIN WILL GO AWAY,
BUT THE MEMORIES OF ALL OF YOU, Bro. Cecil Pace, FC Sol
ARE ALWAYS HERE TO STAY. Bro. John T. Youngblood, FCSO
Col. Arthur Reid, FCSO
WE GUESS FRIENDS, ARE FRIENDS, FOREVER Maj. Robert King, FCSO
REGARDLESS OF HOW WE PART. Capt. Maudell Phillips, FCSO
THE JOY OF KNOWING YOU, OUR FRIENDS Lt. Raymond Johnson, FCSO
REMAINS WITHIN OUR HEARTS.
Freebies Fun in the Sun
With money being as tight as it is, the following are some
FREE FUN events:
Centennial Olympic Park FREE concert series every
Wednesday, through September, from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
in the Park’s Southern Company Amphitheater. Enjoy ev-
erything from jazz to contemporary music performed by your
favorite local and national touring acts. Pack a picnic or
enjoy savory options from food vendors. Alcoholic bever-
ages may not be brought into the Park, but are available for
purchase on-site.Please leave all high-back chairs (taller than Clayton County International Park, a 200-plus acre
24 inches), glass, pets and grills at home. facility located at 2300 Highway 138 SE, Jonesboro, GA
High Museum FREE admission on the first Saturday of Phone: (770) 603-4000
the month to the first 600 residents of Fulton County be-
tween 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Location: 1280 Peachtree Admission: $11 (adults 13-54) $9 (seniors 55+)
St., N. E. Call (404) 733-5000. $9 (children 3-12)
South Fulton Arts Center FREE admission to the Inde- Park Hours: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
pendent Filmmaker Series of Film Screenings. Every 4th Amenities:
Saturday through Oct. 30 at 3:00 p.m. Location: 4645 Beautiful beach water park Tennis Complex
Butner Road. Call (770) 306-3087. Muscle Beach Fitness Center Picnic Pavillions
Soccer/Softball Fields Water Slides
Fulton County Lodge #64
Fraternal Order of Police Place
2896 East Point Street
East Point, Georgia 30344
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