A Discussion of Criminal Justice Issues and Other Things

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Officer Memorials

Sergeant Nicholas G. Sottile, 48, of the Florida Highway Patrol, was shot and killed during a traffic stop on January 12th.

Sergeant Sottile had served his department for 24 years. He is survived is survived by his wife, daughter and son. His son is also a trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol.

Chief Ernest V. Mendoza
, 54, of the Needville, Texas Independent School District Police Department was killed when his vehicle was struck head on by a drunk driver on January 19th.

Chief Mendoza had served his agency for 10 years with a total of 25 years in law enforcement. He is survived by his wife and seven children.

Trooper Jose A Rosado, 45, of the New York State Police was killed in a vehicle accident on January 24th.

Trooper Rosado had served his agency for 18 years. He is survived by his son and daughter.

Deputy Sheriff Alan Inzer, 43, of the Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana Sheriff's Office was shot and killed during the pursuit of several armed burglary suspects on January 25th.

Deputy Inzer was off duty when the incident occurred. He served his agency for 17 years and is survived by his wife, mother and sister.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Howard Bacon Jr.

Late in December of 1980, Grand Island, Nebraska Police Chief Howard Bacon interviewed me in his office after I had spent a day of written tests and physical fitness testing to be considered for a job as a police officer with GIPD. He asked me if I could work in a community with a diverse population. He asked me if I could sacrifice working days other people had off and he asked me if I could make a commitment to serve the citizens of Grand Island. He was very serious about the questions because Chief Bacon truly believed in serving the community.

Chief Bacon passed away last weekend. Chief Bacon was the most honest, ethical man I have ever known. What you saw was who he was. He never expected his officers to do anything he wouldn't do himself. He brought a level of professionalism and integrity to our department that wasn't found elsewhere at the time.

Chief Bacon gave me a chance when I started working for him on January 5, 1981. He told me to be honest, treat people with respect and honor those who came before me. Simple words with a powerful meaning.

He was a good police chief.

He will be missed.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Officer Memorials

Trooper Calvin W. Jenks, 24, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol was shot and killed on a traffic stop on January 6th.

Trooper Jenks had served his agency for nearly 3 years. He is survived by his wife, parents, four brothers, a sister, grandparents and a large extended family.

Deputy Sheriff Rahamy Mitchell, 38, of the Fannin County, Texas Sheriff's Office died on January 7th as a result of injuries he received in an automobile accident that happened on January 7th.

Deputy Mitchell had served his agency as a licensed officer since 2003. He is survived by his 16 year-old son, father and sister.

Police Officer Tyron Franklin, 23, of the Paterson, New Jersey Police Department was shot and killed after he was identified as a police officer during a robbery attempt at a local fast food restaurant on January 7th.

Officer Franklin had served his agency for 8 months. He is survived by his 16 month-old son.

Detective Troy Lamont Chesley Sr., 34, of the Baltimore City, Maryland Police Department was shot and killed during an off duty robbery attempt on January 9th.

Detective Chesley served his agency for 13 years. He is survived by his two sons.

Sergeant James P. Hardin
, 35, of the Hope Mills, North Carolina Police Department died after suffering a fatal heart attack on January 11th while searching the woods for a suspect having stolen gas from a service station.

Sergeant Hardin served his agency for 9 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Rules to Live By

I found this quote in a file of papers I keep at home for a reference. There is no attribution, unfortunately and you may have seen it put to music. It's just as powerful as the first time I saw it.

Suggestions on how to live a happy and rewarding life:

Take time to smell the roses.

Take a nap on Sunday afternoon.

Drink 8 glasses of water a day.

Never deprive someone of hope....
It might be all they have.

Be Thankful for every meal.

Don't be afraid to say.....
"Im sorry"

Don't take good health for granted.

Don't interrupt.

Don't tailgate.

Improve your performance by improving your attitude.

Wave to children on the school bus.

Listen to your children.

Leave everything a little better than you found it.

Leave the toilet seat in the down position.

Keep it simple.

Keep good company.

Keep your promise.

Be kinder than necessary.

Take good care of those you love.

Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.

Wear outrageous underwear under the most formal business attire.


Judge your success by the degree that you're enjoying peace, health and love.

Be a good loser.

Be a good winner.

Be romantic.

Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you.

Enjoy real maple syrup.

Never refuse homemade brownies.

Never give anyone a fruitcake.

Remember other people's birthdays.

Sing in the shower.

Don't Nag.

Don't gossip.

Don't expect money to bring you happiness.

Be forgiving of yourself and others.

Never, never, give up on anyone. Miracles happen every day.

Say thank you a lot.

Say please a lot.

Take your dog to obedience school...You'll both learn a lot.

Slow dance.

Don't rain on other people's parades.

Don't postpone joy.

Stop blaming others.

Take responsibility for every area of your life.

Take care of your reputation. It's the most valuable asset.

Count your blessings.


Marry only for love.

Call your mother.

Do more than is expected.

Be there when people need you.

Be someone's hero.

When you care about others...
When you reach out to others...
When you give of yourself to help others...

You make a difference.
Together we have made a difference!