2017-08-09 / Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

To Grapevine and Back
By Larry G. Spence

We returned from the 139th Annual Sheriff's Training Conference late Wednesday night and back to work on Thursday. Since then it's been catch-up time. When I got back to work on Thursday 1 had 434 Emails awaiting me on my county e-mail.

We've been addressing them every day to go along with the normal everyday activities. I think I have it down to less than a hundred so far. The conference was great, a lot of good training, several good speakers, including the Governor, and a lot of good training classes to attend, one of which I was one of the presenters on Border Issues .

I was assisted by the Chairman of the Southwestern Border Sheriffs' Coalition, Sheriff Joe Frank Martinez from Val Verde County, Texas, Larry Guerra, our Executive Director of both the Texas and Southwestern Border Sheriffs' Coalitions, Sheriff Mark Lamb of Pina County, Arizona and myself. Chairman of the Texas Border Sheriffs' Coalition. We did two presentations and both were well attended.

A new President and board of directors of the Sheriff's Association of Texas was sworn in on Tuesday night. Sheriff Gary Mattox of Lamb County is our new President, and I was blessed to once again be asked to serve as the Association's Chaplain. Sheriff Mattox will be the 12th President and Board that I've had the privilege and honor of serving alongside. The Sheriff's Association of Texas consists of some of the most dedicated officers I've known that's ever pinned on a badge.

A lot of changes are taking place and new laws coming into effect in September that we need to be aware of, before they become law. All in all it was a very worthwhile conference, and we got the opportunity to pick up some training hours at the same time.

Getting home and getting back to the business at hand is time consuming and then the calls keep coming in daily. So I guess you never really get caught up.

Senator John Cornyn along with some others have been working on a bill they are going to submit called. Building America's Trust Act. It appears to be a hard thought out bill that could really help with some of the current issues we are facing. They have asked for the support of the National Sheriff's Association, The Sheriff's Association of Texas, and the Southwestern Border Sheriffs' Coalition which consists of Sheriffs along the border in the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. There are 31 of us in the Coalition. All of the aforementioned Associations and Coalitions have sent letters in support of this Build America's Trust Act. Hopefully, it will be passed. By working together we can make a difference.

I hope and pray everyone has a great week and please remember to stay safe and stay blessed!

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