Friday, November 10, 2017

URGENT REQUEST for No Parole Letters

A cop killer in the state of New York will have a third parole hearing this month after a judge determined that letters requesting that parole be denied sent in by law enforcement officers in the previous two hearings were inappropriate to consider in the case.

More details are available here.

Trooper Emerson Dillon, Jr. of the New York State Police was murdered by John Ruzas in 1974.  Ruzas was on parole at the time and, along with an accomplice, had just committed an armed robbery when Trooper Dillon pulled over the car he was driving in.  Trooper Dillon was 38 years old at the time of his murder and left behind a wife and six children.  Additional incident details are available on ODMP.

ODMP believes that the voice of the law enforcement community should be considered in the case of this parole hearing.

Please send in letters using our No Parole system asking that this cop killer be kept behind bars; personalize your letter if you see fit and send as soon as possible to the address listed:

Letters can also be submitted online here; due to time constraints this may be the best option:

End of Watch Report: October 2017

Last month, eleven law enforcement officers gave their lives in the line of duty in the United States.  Of those deaths, five were the result of gunfire, three were the result of assault, one officer drowned, one died in an automobile crash, and one died as the result of a heart attack. Deaths took place in eight different states.

The total number of line of duty deaths at the end of October stands at 109, down from this point last year across every category tracked by ODMP.

The Officer Down Memorial Page extends our condolences to those families, friends, and agencies who lost a loved one to a line of duty death in October 2017.  Please take the time to read the memorials of these fallen heroes:

Corporal Michael Paul Middlebrook
Lafayette Police Department, LA

Officer Charleston V. Hartfield
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (NV)

Officer Floyd East, Jr.
Texas Tech University Police Department (TX)

Sergeant Michael Shannon Robinson
Christiana Care Health System Department of Public Safety (DE)

Correctional Officer Justin James Smith
North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Division of Prisons (NC)

Correction Enterprise Manager Veronica Darden
North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Division of Prisons (NC)

Officer Marcus Anthony MacNeil
New Orleans Police Department (LA)

Officer Craig E. Lehner
Buffalo Police Department (NY)

Officer Justin A. Leo
Girard Police Department (OH)

Trooper Daniel Keith Rebman, Jr.
South Carolina Highway Patrol (SC)

Correctional Officer Wendy Shannon
North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Division of Prisons (NC)

Monday, October 9, 2017

C.O.P.S. National Conference on Law Enforcement Wellness & Trauma

Our friends at C.O.P.S. are hosting their National Conference on Law Enforcement Wellness & Trauma from November 10-12th in Grapevine, TX.

C.O.P.S. recognizes that every law enforcement officer is subjected to crisis and tragedy as a part of their job. They see the most unthinkable acts of criminal behavior in our society. But are we doing a good job helping officers navigate these events over a course of a twenty to thirty year career?
We continue to see officers suffering from PTSD in growing numbers. Divorce rates continue to be higher for officers than the general public and tragically, too many officers choose to end their own lives each year.
This conference offers a much needed focus on officer wellness and the need to pro-actively address the cumulative stresses that can occur over an officer’s career. This conference is for all law enforcement officers (active or retired) nationwide. It is recommended for peer supporters, counselors, police chaplains and law enforcement spouses/significant others. Law enforcement survivors are also welcome to attend. 
Location & Hotel:
Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center
Grapevine, TX 76051

$137 per room + tax
Amenities include complimentary breakfast and
transportation to/from DFW International Airport.

The deadline to reserve your room with the C.O.P.S.
discounted rate is Friday, October 20, 2017.

You can make your reservations by calling

Be sure to mention that you are part of the
C.O.P.S. National Conference Block
to receive the discounted rate.

The fee to attend is $300 per person. The registration fee covers classes, three meals (two lunches and Law Enforcement Appreciation Night) and networking room. If the participant secures a room through the Host Hotel, then breakfast vouchers will also be provided.

C.O.P.S. believes that spouses/significant others play a major role in the overall well-being of law enforcement officer wellness. Spouses and significant others who are attending with a registered participant may attend all classes, meals and events with their officer at a reduced rate of $125. 

The deadline to register is October 20, 2017.