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On Monday, March 30, 2020, at approximately 4:15am, the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Guy Jake Gromer, age 58, of Victoria, that he had been stabbed. Deputies located Gromer unresponsive a few minutes later on Beck Road West. Deputies rendered aid and EMS was summoned. Despite those efforts, Gromer was pronounced deceased at the scene by Judge John Miller who ordered an autopsy be performed.
During the course of the investigation, VCSO investigators arrested Henry Benitez Garcia, age 22; Laura Luna, age 20; and Aaron Guajardo, age 22, all of Victoria within hours after the initial call. All three are charged with Murder and remain in jail with their bonds set at $500,000.00 each by Judge Robert Whitaker.
The ARIDE training, which was to be held in Victoria on April 29-30, 2020 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus. When the class is rescheduled, we will let you know.
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.
Texas True Blue Coffee Company is all about the men and women that don a uniform, a gun, and a badge. As they go out the door they leave their family behind to safeguard the community they live in. It is about each of them that are willing to run towards danger and gunfire. They put themselves between us and evil that want to do us harm.
These officers are among us. They are our neighbors, a youth soccer coach, a volunteer at church, a scout masters, a son, a daughter, a mother, a father, they are a loving parent and spouse.
Texas True Blue Coffee was formed to make sure we have their back if it comes time.
A significant amount of profit will be dedicated to families of fallen officers and given out by the Texas True Blue Giving Team made up of fallen officer spouses. We will also assist with much needed officer training and reach out to fund programs for inner city youths. While Texas True Blue assists with fallen officer’s families, we will invest in a better community. TEXANS FOR TEXANS!
Contact Erwin Ballarta at: www.texastruebluecoffee.com
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Only $5.00 to renew every year? You can't beat a deal like this.
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Meeting to be hosted by the Victoria County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with National Police Officers Memorial Week.
Meeting to be hosted by the Live Oak County Sheriff's Office.
Meeting to be hosted by the Nueces County Sheriff's Office.
President: Derek Franco
1st Vice-President: Sheriff Pinky Gonzales
2nd Vice-Presidnet: Adrian Rodriguez
1st Sr. Dir: John Davis
2nd Sr. Dir: Sheriff Richard Kirkpatrick
1st Jr. Dir: Danny Lorberau
2nd Jr. Dir: Lou Villagomez
Chairman of the Board: Alden Southmayd
Sgt At Arms: Roy Boyd
Secretary/Treasurer: Charity Franco
Chaplain: Rev. T. Wayne Price
Scholarship Chairman: Larry Busby
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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