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The DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office is hosting four separate 4-hour classes (8a-12noon or 1p-5p.) Each class will cover all
three topics of CPR, First Aid and Stopping the Bleed. To register, please contact Sgt. Thomas Eisman by
firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and TCOLE PID. Space is limited to 15 seats for each
class, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will be required to show photo ID to
enter the class.
Today, Sheriff Marr and several staff and deputies went to Vitality Court Senior Living Center on John Stockbauer Drive to honor a longtime reserve deputy sheriff for his service.
Mr. Richard Gisler, a retired DuPont employee started his law enforcement career as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff on April 25, 1977 under Sheriff Dalton “Dutch” Meyer. He served under Sheriff Ratcliff, Sheriff O’Connor and Sheriff Marr until his retirement on March 24, 2021.
During his tenure, Deputy Gisler served the citizens of Victoria County in the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations and most recently in the Crime Scene Unit.
“For over four decades, he never collected a paycheck from the County” said Sheriff Marr.
Gisler, with 44 consecutive years, is the longest serving active deputy sheriff at the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office. “I enjoyed every bit of it” Gisler said.
Sheriff Marr thanked Deputy Gisler for his service and wished him well in his retirement. Marr presented Deputy Gisler with a glass etched plaque noting his years of service and his VCSO badge.
The VCSO would like to also thank the many residents, Vitality Court staff, family and friends who attend today’s tribute.
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A leader needs two crucial elements to succeed in taking on any challenge. One comes from within, as a leader needs passion for his or her duty. The second comes with the passage of time, the needed wisdom and experience to make potent decisions.
Combining 27 years of law enforcement experience with the drive of a rookie rising up the ranks, Ray Boyd has become a leader in Goliad, taking over the position of county sheriff on Jan. 1. The longtime leader in the field has undertaken many jobs in his tenure, but the position in Goliad is the most fulfilling for him, taking up the sheriff’s role where he grew up.
“(I) really enjoyed it,” Boyd said of his time growing up in the Goliad area. “It’s a really good county to live in, it’s a good place to raise your family, it’s a good place to be raised. The county is predominantly populated by some of the nicest people that you’ll ever meet, anywhere.”
After graduating from Goliad High School, Boyd picked up his law enforcement and leadership skills through the Victoria Police Department, beginning there in 1994. He worked his way up from jailer to patrolman to narcotics officer, eventually becoming assistant chief of police. Retirement from that position led him to further education through Leadership Command College at Sam Houston State University, followed by training at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Equipped with vast education and work experience, Boyd went back to serve in Victoria, working six years as chief deputy in the county’s sheriff’s office. All of the knowledge gained during his tenure has now led him back to the start.
“This is home,” he said. “I have four kids, I have a beautiful wife, this is where I wanted my kids raised. My wife and I decided this is where it would be.”
Starting again in Goliad means a renewed focus for Boyd on the criminal front, taking on immediate challenges with the county’s issues. His top intention is continuing the battles against drug addiction and drug-related activity, to which he takes an “aggressive” stance.
“The vast majority of criminal activity that we find, whether its in this community or another, is driven by drug abuse,” he said. “The desire to get more dope. For some people, you can get them into some sort of rehabilitation program and prevent them from reoffending. Some people, you just can’t.”
To tackle the two-pronged issue, Boyd first sets his sights on providing options for those that are afflicted by drug addiction, in order to prevent them from recommitting drug-related crimes. Boyd’s previous efforts to provide options have resulted in legislative successes in Austin. He worked with legislators for two sessions, eventually helping set the framework for Senate Bill 292 and House Bill 13.
Passed during 2017’s 85th Texas Legislature, Senate Bill 292 directs the Mental Health Grant Program for Justice-Involved Individuals to fund matching grants for county-based community collaborations. These matching grants are used to reduce:
-Recidivism by decreasing the frequency of arrest and incarceration among people with mental illness, and
-The total wait time for people with mental illness placed on forensic commitment to a state hospital
Section 2 of the bill authorizes the continuation of the Harris County Jail Diversion program, supporting to increase enrollment in mental health services. House Bill 3 created a similar program to provide mental health services and treatment for Texans. Together, the orders assist in getting residents on medications or other needed treatments.
“That’s something you’ll see us take advantage of in Goliad,” Boyd said. “It’s something we pioneered in Victoria, and plan on utilizing it here to the best of our ability.”
Boyd also plans on boosting the ability to grasp substance abuse issues for prisoners, further promoting recidivism.
“The key is not just to enforce the law, but to help prevent those criminal acts from taking place again,” he said. “If we can take one person who’s addicted to drugs and we can provide them with an alternative that gets them off of their drugs ... we can prevent, potentially, 100 (or more) crimes in the future.”
On the other side of the coin, the second prong of the approach is hitting hard on both drug dealers and suppliers. Boyd has already begun communication on that front with Goliad’s outside partners in drug enforcement.
“We can no longer live on an island,” he said. “We can no longer act like the Goliad County line is a barrier and nothing comes in, nothing comes out. We have to work close with our partners.”
Goliad’s life preserver comes in the form of local, state, and federal partnerships. The county is a member of the Highway Regional Task Force as a part of Houston’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program. The federal program is defined by the Office of National Drug Control policy as providing “federal assistance to better coordinate and enhance counterdrug law enforcement agencies in areas where major drug production, manufacturing, importation, or distribution flourish.”
The membership gives the county access to intelligence and tools that help aid the 33 employees of an office responsible for 7,400 citizens. Also helping out the cause on investigations are heavy-hitters such as Homeland Security, Border Patrol and the Texas Rangers, as well as other local agencies.
“It’s that relationship that we have with those other agencies that gives us the ability to be flexible,” Boyd said. “We borrow personnel, we borrow equipment from each other, we help each other out on investigations, and that’s how it’s going to have to function. Because we just don’t have the manpower.”
In the first week of 2021, Boyd’s efforts with other agencies led to the arrest of an area supplier outside of the county lines, which will transition into an investigation into a potential supplier in a major metropolitan area.
The partnerships will continue throughout 2021, as representatives from the Texas Rangers will be housed in the Goliad offices, with one Ranger currently assisting in the evidence room.
“It’s always good to have checks and balances, to have somebody from another agency that you can bounce ideas off of, and you can go back and forth with on stuff, get ideas that you may not have had yourself,” Boyd said.
Now that Boyd is back in town, his combination of rehabilitation options for addicted persons and what he calls a “relentless” approach to drug dealers will be a focus for 2021 and beyond. For the people that know him, Boyd will make sure his plan is followed through sooner, not later. The mark of a true leader.
“It is being done, that’s something we’re going after rather quickly.”
The Association of Midwest Fish and Game Law Enforcement Officers named Victoria County Game Warden Jon Kocian the Midwest officer of the year for 2020.
“Jon has established himself as a true leader amongst his peers and has an unwavering passion for passing on his knowledge, skills and abilities,” Victoria County Capt. Chris Bird said in a news release. “I’m privileged and blessed to have the caliber of Texas game warden that Jon represents in my district.”
Kocian has served as a Victoria County game warden for more than 17 years, according to the news release. He graduated from the Texas Game Warden Academy in 2003 after earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University.
In 2016, Kocian was awarded the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Director’s Life Saving Citation for rescuing two women when their kayaks overturned due to swift water in the Guadalupe River.
In 2019, Kocian led Operation Tres Bahias which spanned over five counties and involved 25 game wardens.
During the operation, Kocian briefed the team of wardens before each operational day on the specifics for alcohol detection on the water and provided support to wardens during the operation that resulted in 140 vessel contacts, 11 warnings, 16 citations, eight boating while intoxicated arrests and the recovery of a stolen boat.
This year, he was instrumental in the update and launching of the new Field Training Officer program for both Texas game wardens and state parks police officers, according to the news release.
The Association of Midwest Fish and Game Law Enforcement Officers is comprised of 29 member agencies from the United States and Canada. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has been a member since 1995
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San Patricio County S.O. is teaming up with Jim Wells, Bee & Refugio Counties on a Loose Livestock & Fence Damage program. These other counties have an active program in place that is aimed to help ranchers with animals that come loose. The program will be promoted through the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Association and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. They will start promoting the program soon with meetings at various locations. They plan to assign a deputy to manage the program & check on these ranches & extend the program to farmers as well. There is NO cost to Rancher or Farmer & San Patricio S.O. will provide the plate & registration.
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There are many truly inspiring police leaders, but there are a few who with their words become soul-crushing empty uniforms with rank.
Here are 12 examples of enthusiasm-bleeding statements made too often by “leaders.”
1. While pointing at their stripes on their sleeve, or bars on their collar they declare, “Because these say so.”
Have you ever suggested an alternative way to handle a call and had a commander point at their stripes or bars and say, “We’ll do it my way because these say so?”
End of discussion.
2. “We’ve always done it this way.”
There are times when officers come forward with a plan to solve a reoccurring problem in an innovative way and their suggestion is met with, “Why change the status quo? We have always done it this way.”
End of suggestions. The next three go together.
3. “Slow down. There is no extra pay for making the most arrests.”
4. “Big arrests, big problems, little arrests, little problems, no arrest, no problem.”
5. “If you keep that up (referring to a high volume of self-initiated activity), they are going to expect that of you every night.”
These three statements have been heard by most proactive police officers who love what they are doing and are extremely active on the street. Some supervisors look at very active officers as a problem rather than a solution and feel it’s their mission to slow them down. The sad thing is, these statements often come from peers as well.
6. “The job will never love you back.”
If any officer lets it slip that they love their job, there will be that wise old supervisor, who will point out, “The job will never love you back.”
7. "Did you make that arrest 15 minutes before quitting time just for the overtime?"
Many officers never lose sight of their duty. For example, they realize that arresting an impaired driver saves lives.
No officer motivated to aggressively pursue an impaired driver will hesitate to arrest said driver 15 minutes before quitting time. These officers eventually run into a commander who will suggest their motivation for the arrest was to “pad their check with overtime.”
8. “Do as I say, not as I do.”
Even though every leadership course in the nation says, “Don’t say this; lead by example,” there seems to be no silencing this refrain.
9. “If I’d have been there, I would have….”
Nothing irks a street officer more than when this statement is made by a commander who has maneuvered into a position where they will never have to handle a life-threatening call again. The statement is made worse when this commander does not even supervise the officers who handled the high-profile, life-threatening situation that he or she is criticizing. These personally boastful statements serve only to give officers that hear them a sense no one has their back.
When the actions of the officers are found to be justified, this unnecessary Monday morning quarterbacking will get back to the officers involved in the critical incident and it becomes a source of pain.
10. “You’re not a social worker!”
There are times in every officer’s career when they are moved to go above and beyond for a little boy, a little girl or even an entire family in need. They are motivated by the caring spirit that brought them to this profession.
An officer may take a Christmas tree to a house. They may buy a pair of shoes for a homeless man or drop off a couple of chili dogs to a down-and-out traveler. Most will see the extra effort as laudatory, but there will be that one commander who will proclaim, “You’re not a social worker!”
The truth is police officers are the only social workers who make house calls 24-7. Most of you are pretty damn good at it also, so keep up the good work!
11. “You can’t make a difference. When a cop leaves this job it’s like pulling your hand out of a bucket of water. No one will even notice you were here.”
Really? A cop can’t make a difference?
What about the officers who have dragged people out of burning cars?
What about the officers who have saved lives with Narcan and tourniquets, or delivered babies?
What about the officers who keep many women from being beaten or killed at domestics every night of the week?
What about the Dayton officers who dropped an active shooter just as he was about to enter a crowded night club?
American police officers do make a difference!
12. “Have you scheduled the lobotomy yet?”
Street officers can demoralize a new supervisor as well by asking in response to the announcement of their promotion, “Have they scheduled the lobotomy yet?” This can be especially troubling when the comment comes from a good friend.
Instead, consider saying, “Congratulations my friend. You earned it.”
The people who say these things are not being leaders. They are choosing to be bleeders. They bleed the enthusiasm out of the officers they are supposed to lead.
To supervisors who say these things, learn to be better.
To officers who these things are said to remember to not let anyone keep you from doing what you love and loving what you do. When you hear statements like these just remind yourself not all supervisors are leaders and not all leaders are supervisors.
And then, regardless of your rank, be a leader.
Lt. Dan Marcou is an internationally-recognized police trainer who was a highly-decorated police officer with 33 years of full-time law enforcement experience. Marcou’s awards include Police Officer of the Year, SWAT Officer of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year and Domestic Violence Officer of the Year. Upon retiring, Lt. Marcou began writing. He is a co-author of “Street Survival II, Tactics for Deadly Encounters,” which is now available. His novels, “The Calling, the Making of a Veteran Cop,” “SWAT, Blue Knights in Black Armor,” “Nobody’s Heroes” and Destiny of Heroes,” as well as his latest non-fiction offering, “Law Dogs, Great Cops in American History,” are all available at Amazon. Dan is a member of the PoliceOne Editorial Advisory Board.
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"The purpose of the CBPOA shall be to promote the cooperation and understanding of all persons involved in the enforcement of laws of the State of Texas and of the United States; the continued and convenient interchange of information and training between various Federal, State and local agencies, and to conduct ourselves in a manner that will gain the respect of those we serve and to constantly strive to improve our position.'
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