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									          July 15, 2007

                                                 ALERT International
       Chris Sutterfield                  2007 Charlotte North Carolina Registrations Are Coming In
  OK Council on Law Enforcement
       Education and Training          The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is excited to be hosting the 2007
                                       ALERT International Conference. We have a great conference scheduled with
        Vice President                 many interesting activities planned! The conference alone will be worth the trip but
        Randy Jacoby
                                       we have several other optional activities to hold your interest. But before I tell you
  Oklahoma State University-OKC
                                       about the optional events, let me tell you about the conference itself. First of all,
          Secretary                    the host hotel is the Embassy Suites Hotel which is 10 minutes from the airport and
          Mike Brady                   five minutes from our Police Academy. We will have daily transportation to and
   Lake Oswego Police Dept OR          from the hotel to the Academy or any of the activities scheduled. There is a nightly
                                       complimentary social hour at the hotel as well as our ALERT Hospitality Suite.
           Tim Miller                  Early registration will be in the Hospitality Suite Monday afternoon.              The
  Kimberly-Hansen Police Dept ID       conference will begin on Tuesday morning at the Police Academy. After the
                                       Opening Ceremonies, we will have continuous break-out sessions as well as tours
  Immediate Past President             of the Academy and demonstrations at our driving facility. The break –out session
     Richard Maxwell
    Colts Neck Police Dept NJ
                                       topics will include Managing the Risks of Law Enforcement Driving, the Smith
                                       System Driving Program, an Orientation to Rolling Road Blocks, an Orientation to
Western Regional Representative        ATV riding for Law Enforcement, Stop Stick Training, EVOC 101 Simulator
         Jan Ellertson                 Training and an FBI Surveillance Maneuver Course .
   Portland Bureau of Police OR

      Southeast Regional
                                       Lunch and dinner will be provided and catered at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police
           Representative              Academy on Tuesday. The vendor Expo will also be open all day long at the
     William “Butch” Adams             Academy. Wednesday and Thursday will give you the opportunity to experience
 Douglas County Sheriffs Office GA     three different facility activities. For those of you that don’t care to travel to the two
                                       other choices, you can stay in town and participate in many behind the wheel
    South Central Regional
                                       courses at the Charlotte Vehicle Operations Center (CVOC). Some of the courses
         Mike Brown                    at the CVOC will be our Skid Pad Trilogy, the Off Road Recovery Course, the ABS
    Kansas City Police Dept MO         course, and our famous Emergency Curves course. Other activities at the
                                       Academy will be a four hour ATV riding course (previous riding experience
Midwest Regional Representative        recommended), and some behind the wheel time in the Skid Car. Now if you do
         Karl Smalley
 Adams County Sheriffs Office CO
                                       want to travel, we’ve got two options for you on Wednesday and Thursday. One of
                                       your choices will be to head to Cary, NC and visit First Sgt Ricky Stallings and his
     North Central Regional            staff with the North Carolina Highway Patrol There you’ll spend the day behind the
          Representative               wheel on their high speed road course or many of the other courses they have
        Mike Leaverton                 prepared for you. Lunch will be provided at the NC Highway Patrol Academy. The
KY Dept of Criminal Justice Training
                                       other choice for Wednesday and Thursday will be a trip to Laurens, SC and visit
       Northeast Regional              Chuck Lantz at the Michelin Proving Grounds. Chuck has prepared courses for
          Representative               you similar to the video that most of you have seen on Tire Blowouts and Tire
         Michael Martin                Tread / Pressure. Lunch will also be provided by the facility. When you finish with
      Oswego Police Dept NY
                                       the activities on Thursday, you’ll head back to Charlotte for a good ole’ Southern
  Prairie Provinces (CANADA)
                                       BBQ at the local Shriner’s Club “hideout” called The Red Fez Club. The Club is on
     Regional Representative           the edge of the beautiful water of Lake Wylie. You will be provided with excellent
          Jim Thiessen                 local N.C. BBQ pork and chicken cooked by our CMPD crew, as well as, some
 Winnipeg Police Service Manitoba      good ole’ Southern Blue Grass Music performed by a few of our officers.
                                       ---David Thaw
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                Nominations for the Upcoming Executive Board Elections
       UNCONTESTED NOMINEE FOR                        Session of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy;
                                                      the one hundred ninety-seventh (197th) Session of
                                                      the FBI National Academy in Quantico. He
                                                      obtained his Master Instructor Certification in 1994
                                                      and is also a graduate of Northwestern University
                                                      Traffic Institute for D.U.I. Instructors. Lieutenant
                                                      Reath also holds certifications as an instructor in
                                                      Physical Fitness from the Cooper Institute in Dallas,
                                                      TX, PPCT Defensive Tactics Instructor, and
                                                      Weapon of Mass Destruction.

                                                      Lieutenant Reath’s primary duties are in the field of
                                                      Emergency Vehicle Operations where he has
                                                      served as the Academy’s Director since 1995. In
                                                      the year 2000, Lt Reath developed Indiana’s First
             Michael W. Reath                         Advanced EVO Instructor School for P.I.T. training,
                                                      rolling roadblocks, and other pursuit intervention
             Master Instructor                        termination techniques. Lieutenant Reath became a
Lt Michael Reath served with the Crawfordsville       certified EVO Instructor from the Indiana Law
Police Department prior to joining the staff at the   Enforcement Academy in 1989.
Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in January of
                                                             UNCONTESTED NOMINEE FOR
                                                               OFFICE OF SECRETARY
Lt. Reath is also a graduate of several driving
schools including GM Proving Grounds EVO
Instructor School in Milford, Michigan; Fairfax
County Criminal Justice Academy Advanced
Emergency Vehicle Operations Course in Fairfax,
Virginia and BSR Executive Protection Driving
School at Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia
to name a few. Lieutenant Reath is a certified
SkidCar Instructor along with being a certified
Driving Simulator Instructor. Lieutenant Reath has
been an active member of ALERT International
since 1993 and has served as the North Central
Regional Training Representative. Lieutenant
Reath has provided guidance for several
departments and academies throughout the country                 Mike Brady
in developing and revising their present driving       Lake Oswego OR Police Department
                                                      Mike Brady has worked with the Lake Oswego
Lt. Reath was chosen to participate in the revision   OR Police Department for most of his career.
of the 2006 National Emergency Vehicle Training
                                                      He is a certified instructor with Oregon DPSST,
Reference Guide as well as the 2007 ALERT
workshop Train the Trainer Pursuit Seminar.
                                                      and has assisted with many instructor courses
                                                      throughout the Northwest.
Reath developed Indiana’s First Advanced EVO
Instructor School for P.I.T. training, rolling        Brady has been the secretary for the
roadblocks,.                                          association for the past two years, and truly
                                                      believes in moving the association forward
He is a graduate of the eighty-eighth (88th) Basic
                                                      through its mission and dedicated membership.
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              NOMINEE FOR                                             NOMINEE FOR
        OFFICE OF VICE-PRESIDENT                                OFFICE OF VICE-PRESIDENT

         Lieutenant Stacey Barrett
           Louisiana State Police
Lieutenant Stacey Barrett is a 12 year veteran of                 Captain Travis Yates
the Louisiana State Police and currently serves as            Tulsa OK Police Department
the In-Service Coordinator at the LSP Training
Academy. In this capacity, Lt. Barrett oversees all    Captain Travis Yates has been with the Tulsa Police
Emergency Vehicle Operations, Defensive Tactics,       Department for 14 years and currently is a Captain
Officer Survival, Firearms and Physical Fitness        with the Headquarters Division.        He has been
training for both in-service and recruit training.     married for 12 years to Traci and has two sons,
                                                       Trevor & Tanner. Travis has a Master of Science
Lt. Stacey Barrett has been permanently assigned       Degree from Northeastern State University and is
to the Louisiana State Police Training Academy         currently an adjunct instructor with the University of
since 1999, after serving four years in Uniform        Phoenix. He is a certified law enforcement driving
Patrol. She was first certified as an Emergency        instructor, PIT instructor and tire deflation device
Vehicle Operations instructor that same year after     instructor.
attending San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office
Emergency Vehicle Operations Course. She has           Captain Yates is the commander of the Tulsa Police
also     attended    Utah’s     Police   Academy’s     Precision Driving Unit. The unit is responsible for
Emergency Vehicle Operation course. Lt. Barrett        mandatory driver training for the department’s 820
is also a certified SkidCar Instructor, as well as a   officers, academy training, tire deflation device
certified Driving Simulator Instructor.                certification and the newly developed driving
                                                       simulator program. He also coordinates a regional
Lt. Barrett has been an active member of ALERT         driver training program that offers law enforcement
since 2001. She assisted with teaching the Pursuit     training for free to outside agencies.
Seminars presented by ALERT in 2002. She was           Through his efforts, Captain Yates has received
chosen to participate in revising the Law              numerous department awards including the first
Enforcement Driver Training Reference Guide            Honorary Fellowship with the Advanced Drivers of
2007 and the Pursuit Policy Workshop for the           America. Travis is a graduate of the FBI National
National Highway Safety Traffic Administration in      Academy and is on the advisory board with Ten Four
2007.                                                  Ministries. He formerly held a board position with
Prior to her career with Louisiana State Police, Lt.   Special Olympics of Oklahoma.
Barrett    graduated     from    Louisiana    State    Captain Yates is the owner and moderator of the
University’s P.O.S.T. academy in 1991 and served       Police Driving Site, The site
as a Louisiana State Park Ranger, Alcohol              was formed in 2003 for law enforcement driving
Beverage Control Agent, and Department of Public       instructors to share information.      The site has
Safety Police Officer.                                 become the largest of its kind dedicated to the issue
Lt. Barrett received her Master of Criminal Justice    Continued p. 4
degree in May, 2006.
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                YATES Continued                          Uncontested Nominee for Office of Treasurer

of police driver training and Travis fields numerous
requests each week to assist other agencies with
their driver training program. Travis is sought across
the country to speak on the importance of driver
training. He has been featured on CNN, Law Officer
Magazine, Law Enforcement Technology Magazine
and several other publications. He writes a monthly
column titled “Safety Behind the Wheel” for Police
One (
Travis has been a member with ALERT International
since 1998 and is looking forward to focusing his
efforts to assist the organization in any way that he
can. Travis welcomes any questions that you may
have. He may be reached at                      Tim Miller
or at 918-596-1354.                                       Kimberly-Hansen ID Police Department

                                                          Tim Miller began his career with the Twin Falls ID
                                                         Police Department, working in many divisions before
                                                         leaving to work on a national teenage driver training
                                                         project involving simulation. He was then hired as
                                                         the Assistant Professor for Law Enforcement Training
                                                         at the College of Southern Idaho. He now is the
                                                         School Resource Officer for the Kimberly School

                                                         Miller has been the Treasurer for the association for
                                                         the past ten years. In addition, he has been the
                                                         Chairman for the Idaho Peace Officers Association
                                                         for the past six years.

                                                         Miller was chosen to participate in the revision of the
                                                         2000 and 2007 National Emergency Vehicle Training
                                                         Reference Guide as well as the 2001 and 2007
                                                         ALERT workshop Train the Trainer Pursuit Seminars.

                                                         Miller has dedicated many hours to move the
                                                         association in a positive direction, through revamping
                                                         the newsletter and membership systems to keeping
                                                         communication open among the membership.

      The Board of Directors is seeking nominees from members to fill board positions as regional
      representatives. Please send a photo, a brief biography, and the position that you would like to be
      nominated for. Send them to the ALERT office or email them as soon as possible and your
      information will be posted in the upcoming newsletters with elections to be held in September before
      the conference. Results will be announced at the conference. If no nominations are received,
      regional representatives will be selected at the upcoming conference.
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                                             SCOTT vs. HARRIS
                                   SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
                          No. 05-1631 Argued February 26, 2007 Decided April 30, 2007
                                              Prepared by Thomas J. Witczak

On March 29, 2001, between 2230 and 2300, a Coweta County (GA) Sheriff’s Deputy, clocked a vehicle driven
by Victor Harris going 73 mph in a posted 55 mph zone. When the deputy attempted to stop Harris, Harris fled.
The pursuit covered nine miles and lasted approximately six minutes with speeds ranging between 70 mph and
90 mph. Harris passed vehicles when a double yellow traffic control lane was present and also ran through two
red traffic lights.

The deputy radioed dispatch and reported that he was in pursuit of a fleeing vehicle and broadcast the license
plate number. He did not relay the underlying charge of speeding. Coweta County Deputy (GA) Timothy Scott
heard the radio communication and joined in the pursuit.

After reaching Peachtree City in Fayette County (GA), Harris slowed down, activated his blinker and turned into
a drugstore parking lot, where two Peachtree City police vehicles were already stationed in the parking lot.
Deputy Scott went around to the other side of the complex and tried to prevent Harris from leaving the parking
lot. Deputy Scott drove his vehicle directly into Harris’ path. Harris attempted to turn to the left to avoid hitting
Deputy Scott’s squad, but the two vehicles came into contact with each other causing minor damage.

Deputy Scott took control of the pursuit and radioed dispatch for “permission to P.I.T.” the Harris vehicle.
Sergeant Fenninger, the supervisor in charge, granted Deputy Scott permission to employ the P.I.T. technique.
At the time of the pursuit, Coweta County Sheriff’s Department had a vehicle pursuit policy that stated,
“Deliberate physical contact between vehicles at any time may be justified to terminate the pursuit upon the
approval of the supervisor.” Deputy Scott and other Coweta Deputy’s had not had formal P.I.T. training until
after the incident. After receiving approval, Deputy Scott determined that he could not perform the P.I.T.
because he was going too fast. Instead, he rammed his squad directly into Harris’ vehicle at 80 mph. Harris lost
control of his vehicle. The vehicle left the roadway, ran down an embankment and crashed. As a result, Harris
was rendered a quadriplegic.

The United States Court of Appeal for the 11the Circuit analyzed a ramming during a police pursuit under deadly
force principles and refused to grant the deputy summary judgment or qualified immunity. The supervisor, who
authorized Deputy Scott to perform the Precision Immobilization Technique (P.I.T.) during the pursuit was
granted summary judgment and dismissed from the case because, while he authorized the P.I.T. maneuver, the
deputy did not P.I.T. the Harris’ vehicle, but instead rammed the vehicle.

The United States Supreme Court had to consider two questions:
   1. Whether a law enforcement officer’s conduct is objectively reasonable under the 4th Amendment when
       the officer makes a split-second decision to terminate a high-speed pursuit by bumping the fleeing
       suspect’s vehicle with his push bumper because the suspect has demonstrated that he would continue to
       drive in a reckless and dangerous manner that put the lives of innocent persons at a serious risk of
   2. Whether at the time of the incident the law was clearly established when neither this Court (the Supreme
       Court) nor any circuit, including the Eleventh Circuit, had ruled the Fourth Amendment is violated when a
       law enforcement officer used deadly force to protect the lives of innocent persons from the risk of
       dangerous and reckless vehicular flight.
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The attorney for Harris stated that his client was driving fast, but he had his vehicle under control. He even used
his turn signals.
Justice Kennedy: He used his turn signals. That’s like the strangler who observed the no smoking sign.

Harris’ attorney stated that any officer who perceives that someone is driving unsafely and that they may cause
an accident to someone who may or may not be down the road if not stopped, would be justified in using deadly
force to literally take out anyone who is speeding.

Justice Scalia: It depends on how fast – It defends on how fast the car is going, whether it’s a two lane road or
four lane divided highway. All those factors come into account.

Harris attorney stated that when he turned into the shopping center he wasn’t weaving through a parking lot. He
was going through a private access road in a shopping mall which was closed at 11pm. And the collision, the
impact occurred when Officer Scott, who was going too fast to make the turn into the shopping center, went up
to the next intersection, came around the other way to head my client off at the pass. And then what happened
was that Mr. Harris took evasive action to avoid a collision when Officer Scott put himself right in Mr. Harris’ way.

Justice Alito: Mr. Jones, I looked at the videotape on this. It seems to me that he created a tremendous risk of
drivers on that road. Is that an unreasonable way of looking at the –at this tape?

Justice Scalia: It is frightening. A frightening amount of speed, and cars coming in the opposite direction, at
night, on a two lane winding road.

Harris attorney responded with, “ Well, as the Court below found, and as the tape indicates, Mr. Harris didn’t run
anybody off the road. He didn’t ram anybody. He didn’t try to ram anybody. He was just driving away.

Justice Souter: The question is whether he was creating a substantial risk doing that. My question is how could
a jury find otherwise? Your answer up to this point is that well, he used signal lights and his reflexes were good,
and they sure were. But the question is whether he was creating a substantial risk of death or serious bodily
harm to others. And my question is leaving – assuming that his reflexes were good and he knew how to use the
signal lights, how could the jury fail to find that he was creating such a risk?

The Court ruled 8-1 in favor of Deputy Timothy Scott.

 Because the car chase respondent initiated posed a substantial and immediate risk of serious physical injury to
others, Scott’s attempt to terminate the chase by forcing respondent off the road was reasonable, and Scott is
entitled to summary judgment.

Qualified immunity requires resolution of a “threshold question: Taken in the light most favorable to the party
asserting the injury, do the facts alleged show the officer’s conduct violated a constitutional right?” Saucier v.
Katz, 533 U.S. 194, 201

The record in this case includes a videotape capturing the events in question. Where, as here, the record
blatantly contradicts the plaintiff’s version of events so that no reasonable jury could believe it, a court should not
adopt that version of the facts for purposes of ruling on a summary judgment motion.

Viewing the facts in the light depicted by the videotape, it is clear that Deputy Scott did not violate the Fourth
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Garner did not establish a magical on/off switch that triggers rigid preconditions whenever an officer’s actions
constitute “deadly force.” The Court there simply applied the Fourth Amendment’s “reasonableness” test to the
use of a particular type of force in a particular situation. That case has scant applicability to this one, which has
vastly different facts. Whether or not Scott’s actions constituted “deadly force,” what matters is whether those
actions were reasonable. In determining a seizure’s reasonableness, the Court balanced the nature and quality
of the intrusion on the individual’s Fourth Amendment interests against the importance of the governmental
interests allegedly justifying the intrusion. United States v. Place, 462 U.S. 696, 703. In weighing the high
likeliness of serious injury or death to respondent that Scott’s actions posed against the actual and imminent
threat that respondent posed to the lives of others, the Court takes account of the number of lives at risk and the
relative culpability of the parties involved. Respondent intentionally placed himself and the public in danger by
unlawfully engaging in reckless, high-speed flight; those who might have been harmed had Scott not forced
respondent off the road were entirely innocent. The Court concluded that it was reasonable for Scott to take the
action he did. It rejects respondent’s argument that safety could have been assured if the police simply ceased
their pursuit. The Court ruled that a police officer’s attempt to terminate a dangerous high-speed car chase that
threatens the lives of innocent bystanders does not violate the Fourth Amendment, even when it places the
fleeing motorist at risk of serious injury or death.

Justice Scalia delivered the opinion of the Court. Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Kennedy, Justice Souter,
Justice Thomas, Justice Ginsburg, Justice Breyer and Justice Alito joined in on this opinion. Justice Stevens
filed a dissenting opinion.

Basically, prior to this decision, the extent to which we could apply tactics to stop the fleeing suspect were based
on the NATURE OF THE CRIME, and what actions the driver was taking to elude had very little to do with the
decisions we made.

My interpretation of this case says the actions of the violator become the determining factor in what tactics are
appropriate. The nature of the offense is just the justification to initiate a pursuit. The driver actions become the
basis for tactics to stop them.

Department Policy:
Departments need to have a policy on pursuits that specifically identify the issue and how to deal with it. We
cannot afford to have a policy that is vague in nature. Policies must be reviewed on an annual basis and the
review panel should include officers who actively use the policy.

Supervisory Monitoring Of A Pursuit:
This is important. Has a supervisor been advised that a pursuit is in progress? Is the supervisor monitoring the
pursuit? Is it necessary for the officer to get supervisory approval for a specific tactic or use of a specific piece of
equipment? What if the supervisor makes a decision to terminate the pursuit? As soon as the officer is
informed, he or she must terminate that pursuit immediately. Not in a couple of blocks or miles, but right now.
Officers must also know that they may have to terminate a pursuit on their own, prior to supervisory intervention,
if certain conditions exist.

In-Car Camera:
The in-car camera is a necessity, especially in an emergency response and a pursuit. We have evidence of
what actually took place in this situation. In this case, it was clear that the in-car camera showed the U.S.
Supreme Court Justices exactly what happened and not what the attorney for Harris claimed happened.
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Officer-Dispatch Communications:
Every communication between an officer and dispatch is recorded. This is not something that can be changed
or misinterpreted. When it comes to a criminal or civil trial, the officer can review this communication or ask that
it be played in court for the judge and jury. Once again, we have information that is undisputed.

Constitutional Law – Officers need proper training in understanding what constitutes a seizure under the Fourth
Amendment of the U.S. Constitution relating to pursuits.

Roadblocks – We have moving roadblocks, roadblocks with an escape route, channelization, and roadblocks
with no escape route. Do we train officers properly how to set up these different types of roadblocks? Not just
looking at a PowerPoint, but physically taking part in properly setting up the specific roadblock.

Tire Deflation Devices – What type of device does our department have? Are all the officers properly trained
on how to use the device?

Pursuit Intervention Technique (P.I.T.) – Does our policy allow officers to use the P.I.T.? If so, are they properly
trained on how to properly use this technique? It is important for us to know and understand that this technique
can be taught and the outcome is predictable.

Scott vs. Harris certainly was a positive decision for the law enforcement community. However, it is not a sign
for us to become complacent. We need to continue to train our officers in emergency responses and pursuits.
The next challenge may be next week or next year. Will we be ready to meet with that challenge? The bottom
line is that we want our officers to come home safely at the end of their shift. In order to do that, we need to
provide them with whatever it takes in our training efforts. Training needs to be a top priority in our budgets and
for our officers on the street.

THOMAS J. Witczak, is a master instructor from Wisconsin. He has taught EVOC for over 25 years. Tom
continues to serve on the EVOC Advisory Board for EVOC and wrote the first state training manual. He was
appointed to a special task force by the Attorney General to come up with a policy on pursuits. Tom is the
trainer-of-trainers for new instructors in the state. He also acts as an expert witness to the courts for
emergency response and pursuit related matters. Tom can be reached at
                     Tribute to Our Fallen Law Enforcement Officers
                                                              Deputy First Class Hilery A. Mayo Jr.
Deputy Sheriff Marvin Jerome Scarlett
Henry County Sheriff's Office, Georgia                        St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana
End of Watch: Sunday, May 20, 2007                            End of Watch: Saturday, June 9, 2007
                                                              Biographical Info
Biographical Info
                                                              Age: 32
Age: 42
Tour of Duty: 15 years                                        Tour of Duty: 10 years
Incident Details                                              Incident Details
                                                              Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
                                                              Date of Incident: Saturday, June 9, 2007
Date of Incident: Sunday, May 20, 2007
Deputy Marvin Scarlett was killed in an automobile
accident on I-75 at approximately 5:00 am.
                                                              Deputy Hilery Mayo was killed in an automobile accident
                                                              on Louisiana 40 while he and another deputy responded
His patrol car collided with the back of a delivery truck
                                                              to an emergency call.
that had stopped in the roadway due to another accident
that had just occurred.
                                                              The patrol car left the roadway, went into a ditch, and
                                                              then struck a tree. Deputy Mayo was killed and the other
Deputy Scarlett had served with the Henry County              deputy, who was riding in the passenger seat, was
Sheriff's Office for 5 years and had previously served with
                                                              seriously injured. Both deputies were wearing their seat
the Miami-Dade, Florida, Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation for 10 years.
                                                              Deputy Mayo had served with the St. Tammany Parish
                                                              Sheriff's Office since 1997. He is survived by his wife,
Officer Jeffrey Howard (Jeff) McCoy                           mother, sister, and brother.
Abilene Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Tuesday, June 5, 2007                           Sergeant Linden "Beau" Raimer was killed when a pine
                                                              tree that had been struck by lightning hit his patrol car
Biographical Info                                             while in the funeral procession for Deputy Mayo.
Age: 40
Tour of Duty: 18 years
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident                           Officer Robert Franklin Dickey
Date of Incident: Tuesday, June 5, 2007                       California Highway Patrol, California
Officer Jeff McCoy was killed in a two-vehicle automobile     End of Watch: Sunday, June 10, 2007
accident while on routine patrol before dawn.                 Biographical Info
                                                              Age: 37
An oncoming car crossed into his lane and crashed into        Tour of Duty: 5 years
the driver's side of his patrol car. The impact shoved the    Incident Details
patrol car into a utility pole, killing Officer McCoy. The    Cause of Death: Automobile accident
driver of the other vehicle was taken to Hendrick Medical     Date of Incident: Sunday, June 10, 2007
Center for treatment of his injuries.
                                                              Officer Robert Dickey was killed in an automobile
                                                              accident on I-8 while on patrol in Imperial County.
Officer McCoy was a member of the Abilene Police
Department for 18 years.                                      It is believed that a tire on his patrol car blew out, causing
                                                              him to lose control of the vehicle. The patrol car left the
                                                              roadway and flipped several times.

                                                              He was flown to Yuma Regional Medical Center, in
                                                              Arizona, where he succumbed to his injuries a short time

                                                              Officer Dickey had served with the California Highway
                                                              Patrol for 5 years. He is survived by his wife and one-
                                                              year-old son.
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                                                               Deputy Sheriff Charles Cook
                                                               Buchanan County Sheriff's Department, Missouri
                                                               End of Watch: Thursday, June 28, 2007
Deputy Kelly James Fredinburg
                                                               Biographical Info
Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon
                                                               Age: 28
End of Watch: Saturday, June 16, 2007
                                                               Tour of Duty: 3 years
Biographical Info                                              Incident Details
Age: 33                                                        Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit
Tour of Duty: 8 years, 10 months                               Date of Incident: Saturday, June 23, 2007
Incident Details                                               Weapon Used: Automobile; Motorcycle
Cause of Death: Automobile accident                            Suspect Info: At large
Date of Incident: Saturday, June 16, 2007
                                                               Deputy Charles Cook succumbed to injuries sustained 5
Deputy Kelly James Fredinburg was killed in a two-
                                                               days earlier while pursuing a motorcycle on the Belt
vehicle collision while responding to a call for assistance
from another agency.                                           Highway.

                                                               The motorcycle had been observed harassing a St.
Deputy Fredinburg was driving south on Highway 99E,
                                                               Joseph police officer by continuously driving past the
north of Gervais, with his lights and siren activated when
                                                               officer and doing wheelies while the officer was
a vehicle traveling north crossed the center line and
                                                               conducting a traffic stop.
collided with his patrol car. Deputy Fredinburg's patrol car
overturned and caught fire. He succumbed to his injuries
at the scene.                                                  The officer radioed the situation in to dispatch and Deputy
                                                               Cook responded to the scene. As the motorcycle fled
                                                               northbound on the highway Deputy Cook attempted to
One of the three occupants of the other vehicle was also
                                                               catch up to it. As he crested a small hill he encountered a
                                                               semi truck turning left across the highway. Deputy Cook
Deputy Fredinburg had served with the Marion County            swerved to avoid striking the truck but his patrol SUV left
                                                               the roadway and struck a traffic control box.
Sheriff's Office for 10 months and had previously served
with the Polk County Sheriff's Office for 8 years. He is
                                                               He was transported to a local hospital where he remained
survived by his wife, two daughters, parents, brother,
                                                               in critical condition until succumbing to his injuries. The
sister, and grandmother.
                                                               motorcyclist who caused the incident was not captured.

                                                               Deputy Cook had served with the Buchanan County
Sergeant Justin Thompson                                       Sheriff's Department for 3 years. He is survived by his
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia                 wife and 2-year-old son.
End of Watch: Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Biographical Info
Age: 25
Tour of Duty: 5 years
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Sergeant Justin Thompson was killed in an automobile
accident shortly after midnight on Corridor G. His patrol
car was involved in a single vehicle crash shortly after he
assisted other deputies in the Alum Creek area.

Sergeant Thompson was a veteran of the War on
Terrorism. He had served with the Lincoln County
Sheriff's Office for 5 years. He is survived by his parents.
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Police Officer Adam Joseph Menuez
Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribal Police Department
Tribal Police
End of Watch: Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Biographical Info
Age: 27
Tour of Duty: 5 months
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Incident Location: Nevada
Officer Adam Menuez was killed in automobile accident
on Rio Vista Street, on the Stillwater Indian Reservation,
while responding to a call at approximately 4:30 am.

He lost control of his 2006 Dodge Charger patrol car and
struck a guardrail on a bridge as he rounded a bend in
the roadway. The vehicle overturned and became
submerged in an irrigation canal. He was extricated from
the vehicle and transported to Fallon Churchill Banner
Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Menuez was a US Army veteran of the War on
Terrorism. He had served with the Fallon Paiute-
Shoshone Tribal Police Department for only 5 months.

Police Officer Dayle Weston (Wes) Hardy
Plano Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Saturday, July 7, 2007
Biographical Info
Age: 31
Tour of Duty: 12 years                                        If you are planning on participating
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
                                                              in the extra-curricular activities
Date of Incident: Saturday, July 7, 2007                      planned for October 29th and
Officer Dayle Hardy was killed when his police motorcycle
collided with a vehicle at the intersection of Independence
                                                              November 2nd while attending the
Parkway and Russell Creek Drive.                              Annual Conference, be sure to send
He was transported to Baylor Hospital where he                in your registration forms and
succumbed to his injuries a short time later.                 payments for these activities so
Officer Hardy had served with the Plano Police                transportation and other needs can
Department for 8 years and had previously served with
the Wise County Sheriff's Office for 4 years. He is
                                                              be arranged ahead of time.
survived by his wife and twin 3-year-old daughters

                                                              It is critical that the registrations are
                                                              received prior to your arrival at the

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