Welcome to the Coastal Bend Peace Officers Association

Serving the Coastal Bend and it's Officers Since 1966.

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come Play for a great cause

Proceeds Benefit Police Cadets With Tuition

The Blue Knights Texas 48 is a nonprofit Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club which is based out of Cuero, TX. We are part of an international organization which has approximately 650 chapters in 29 countries and 18,800+ members.  Our Blue Knights chapter supports various charities to include Warriors Weekend, Bluebonnet Youth Ranch, Kory Kubecka Santa Run, and Blue Santa. 


     In 2018, we started a scholarship fund to help Police Cadets cover tuition for those who are attending the Victoria Police Academy. In September 2019, we lost our Chapter President unexpectedly. To honor him, we named the fund the Sam Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund. 


      In addition to naming the Scholarship Fund after the late Sam Jones, we also named our annual golf tournament, the Sam Jones Memorial Golf Tournament and it will be hosted by Blue Knights TX 48. Original date was set for Saturday, April 6, 2020 but due to the Corona Virus, the tournament was postponed. The Tournament has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 13, 2020 at the Cuero Municipal Golf Course in Cuero, TX. There will be two sessions, the morning session will tee off at 8:00am and the afternoon session will tee off at 1:00pm. All proceeds will go to the Sam Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund which will help add more officers to the streets in the crossroads area. 


This year, we have partnered with Dixon Golf to provide 2 challenges on the golf course as well as give all golfers the opportunity to win cash and prizes to include a chance to win an Aurelius Driver valued at over $350. Lunch will be provided for all registered teams/players.


We are currently seeking sponsors in the following categories:

• Sponsor one of the following:

• Sponsor a Hole - $250

• Sponsor a Team - $200

• Sponsor a Hole and a Team - $400

The tournament format will be a 4 Person Scramble. Entry fees will be as follows:


• $50 per player

• $200 - 4-man team


Here's Whom to Contact:

If you are interested in a sponsorship or entering a team, please contact Josh Serbin @ 830-463-9998.  Thank you for your support.

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May 2020 Meeting Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the CBPOA President and Board of Directors have cancelled the May 2020 meeting, which had been scheduled to be hosted by Victoria S.O.  Keep checking back with us for updates on the next meeting.

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CLEAT to Take Legal Action on Behalf of COVID-19 Survivor Families

Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) has issued the above statement regarding the COVID-19 epidemic and law enforcement.

Police officers wear protective masks while maintaining a road block.

Agencies Grapple With COVID-19's Impact on Public Safety

The novel coronavirus continues to spread across the United States, with over 217,000 confirmed cases and 5,148 deaths in 49 states as of 12:30 p.m. EST April 2, according to a tracker from Johns Hopkins University.


While social distancing measures and stay-at-home orders have been implemented across much of the country, many “essential workers” and first responders remain in their jobs, taking on active roles in their communities — in situations where they risk contracting coronavirus themselves. These workers include doctors, nurses, carers, farmworkers, cleaners, grocery store workers and transportation workers to name just a few, as well as those people employed by police departments and sheriffs’ offices, whose duties now increasingly include imposing social distancing and shelter-in-place measures in circumstances that mean it’s hard to practice them.


“We have always been more at risk for violence because of our profession and now I think we are more at risk of [the] virus because of our profession,” Chicago Interim Police Superintendent Charlie Beck said at an April 2 press conference, confirming the first COVID-19-associated death among the Chicago Police Department’s ranks.


Sheriff Daron Hall, President of the National Sheriff’s Association and Sheriff of Davidson County, Tenn. says that, amid the pandemic, law enforcement officers are trying to strike a balancing act between protecting civilians and protecting themselves.

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New Hoof Patrol Program



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.

need to pay your 2020 dues? Do you want to join the cbpoa?

New Member Dues are ONLY $8.00

Our new member dues are some of the most affordable of any law enforcement organization anywhere.

Returning Member Dues are ONLY $5.00

Only $5.00 to renew every year?  You can't beat a deal like this.

Who Do I Contact To Pay?

You can send your payment to:

Charity Franco, Secretary/Treasurer

2962 Old  St. Mary's Rd.

Beeville, Texas 78102

Email:  coastalbendpoa@gmail.com

2020 Scheduled Meetings and Hosts

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May 2020 (MEETING CANCELLED)

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, our May 2020 meeting, originally scheduled to be hosted by Victoria S.O. has been cancelled.  Keep up for future updates on the next meeting. 

July 23, 2020

Meeting to be hosted by the Live Oak County Sheriff's Office.

October 22, 2020

Meeting to be hosted by the  Nueces County Sheriff's Office.

2020 CBPOA Officers

Congratulations to the following officers elected for the 2020 business year:

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


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12 facts that a supervisor is a bleeder, not a leader

Don't be the supervisor who bleeds the enthusiasm out of the officers you are supposed to lead

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.”


Mic drop!


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.”


CONCLUSION

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.

About the author

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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Serving the Coastal Bend and it's Officers Since 1966

Serving the Coastal Bend and it's Officers Since 1966

Serving the Coastal Bend and it's Officers Since 1966

"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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Serving the Coastal Bend and it's Officers Since 1966

Serving the Coastal Bend and it's Officers Since 1966

The Coastal Bend Peace Officers Association is responsible for awarding thousands of dollars of scholarship money each year to qualified and responsible sons and daughters of CBPOA members who wish to carry on the tradition of law enforcement and law enforcement related fields.

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