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VISTA PATROL DEPUTIES pose with boxes of Thanksgiving meals
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     JUST ANOTHER DAY at the office. CJ Rueda smiles beneath his
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 composed of laterals and newly-graduated academy recruits. Thanks to
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                                                                    President             Vice President         Secretary/Treasurer          Director
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   BOARD OF DIRECTORS                                     PRESIDENT’S REPORT
       David Leonhardi
                                                          DAVID                                  LEONHARDI
       (619) 206-1605


        Vice President
                                        elcome to 2021! Last year was unlike                   directors have decided not to seek re-election.
        Dawn Morabe
                                        anything we’ve ever experienced, and for               Every year, three seats are available for election
       (760) 805-2104
                                most people it wasn’t a positive change. Although              to the DSA board, so we will be welcoming
                                2020 was challenging on many different fronts,                 at least two new directors onto our board in
                                I hope the members noticed our efforts to                      2021. Outgoing director Carl Gardenhire has
                                minimize the effects that the coronavirus had                  decided not to seek re-election this year. I know
                                on our ability to serve our membership. I want                 Carl is passionate about our members and the
                                to recognize the DSA staff members who went                    association, but I believe he is planning for
       Marlon McCurdy
                                above and beyond to keep serving our members                   retirement before the end of another three-year
        (760) 717-2250
                                in a strange year. Our staff kept the store open,              term on our board. Carl has been a voice of
                                went on the road to notarize documents for                     reason for his entire time on the board and he
                                members, adjusted their schedules, and were                    will be missed.
                                extremely innovative by coming up with ideas
                                to benefit members and host events such as our                 Tevita Fifita is also leaving the board this year and
  Director Danielle Benjamin                                                                   will not be seeking re-election. Tevita came onto
                                Halloween drive thru.
       (619) 694-8682                                                                          the board earlier this year due to a retirement         We were also met with very real and serious                    and was a welcomed addition. He also has a ton
                                political challenges in 2020. We were mostly                   to bring to our membership, but has a lot on
                  ◄►            successful in our battles against terrible                     his plate. Tevita has two young kids, is full-time
                                legislation, and that was due to the engagement                SED, and is working on some personal goals as
  Director Raymond Castillo
                                we had from our members and their families.                    well. Hopefully Tevita will return to our board
       (619) 265-6381
                                Unfortunately, many of those battles will be                   in the future when he has more time and energy
                                returning in 2021 and we will need help and                    to participate.
                                support from everyone to be successful again.
                  ◄►                                                                           Lastly, our Treasurer Marlon McCurdy is up for
                                Stay tuned for regular updates and requests
                                from the DSA for you to get involved by signing                re-election. I will not say goodbye to Marlon, as
      Director Tevita Fifita                                                                   the election results are not yet in. Marlon has
                                petitions, sending letters to legislators, and other
        (619) 838-2917                                                                         been a terrific contributor in his time on the
                                ways we can influence the decisionmakers.                                                                       board. He’s done a great job as our treasurer
                                Lastly, I want to recognize our outgoing board                 and as our representative on our retiree medical
                                members. I do not yet know the results of                      trust. I sincerely wish Marlon the best of luck in
    Director Carl Gardenhire    this year’s election, but two of our incumbent                 his re-election bid, and I hope he will stay on the
        (619) 241-1471                                                                                                board for three more years.
                                                                                                                      Regardless of election
                  ◄►                                                                                                  results, the DSA is going to
                                                                                                                      navigate 2021, regardless of
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                            DAWN MORABE
                            12 Traits of Effective Police Leaders
                            This article is an excerpt and is reprinted with permission from

W     hen studies are done on leadership, one thing holds
      true: effective leaders focus on developing a culture of
rewards versus a culture of punishment. Here is how they do it.
                                                                            9. Delegate to the expert in the room: Are able to hand over
                                                                            projects to the most qualified instead of letting their ego or political
                                                                            ambitions hurt the culture around them. A true leader knows how
                                                                            to follow first and then steps up to lead when there is a gap in
1. Live their values: Effective leaders have a strong moral compass         knowledge or skill level.
and have defined their values. They have a code of ethics on how to
treat others and their behaviors back up their words                        10. Vision cast goals: The ability to set goals for a team or an
                                                                            agency that are clear and concise and done in a way that generates
2. Realize position does not define leadership: Leadership is not           momentum towards productivity. Most leaders approach goal
defined by a vertical position. Leaders who rely on their title or          setting as a dictator rather than a vision caster. A dictator generates
position to influence others just do not seem to work well with             resentment and low morale whereas a vision caster generates
others. Leaders who lead by their hierarchal position do not lead           excitement and buy-in of the goals.
well, according to John Maxwell, because they fail to acknowledge
that leadership is about working with people.                               11. Forgive: In “Good Boss, Bad Boss,” Robert Sutton writes, “Do
                                                                            not hold grudges after losing an argument. Instead, help the victors
3. Set goals for interpersonal skill development: Personal                  implement their ideas with all your might.” Imagine how the police
development is ongoing, just like tactical skills, throughout our           culture would be revolutionized if we learned from mistakes instead
lives. Effective leaders see their personality strengths and talents and    of them being held against someone for their career. A culture of
continually work on making them stronger. They also identify where          forgiveness would heal a lot of angry cops.
they are not as strong and set achievable goals for improvement such
as being slow to anger (less irritable) or listening more, instead of       12. Are solution-oriented: Identifying the problem is easy. Finding
being defensive or treating others with contempt.                           a solution takes creativity and brainpower. Effective leaders do not
                                                                            complain, instead, they mull over the area that needs attention,
4. Say “Thank You” often: Effective leaders take the time to                involve others in brainstorming and work it over until a feasible
appreciate the strengths of others with an encouraging word or              solution is found.
gesture. Of course, it is their responsibility and expected of them
to do their job and do it well, but a word of acknowledgment and
gratitude goes far.                                                         True leadership is a lifestyle, not a position. Those who are effective
                                                                            know they are change agents and seek out to be “iron that sharpens
5. Admit their mistakes: Effective leaders approach their mistakes          iron.” To be an effective leader goes against human nature and
with humility instead of justification and defensiveness. This allows       definitely against standardized police culture for it takes humility,
an organization to move forward instead of becoming stuck on                commitment, and a strong work ethic on personal development.
blame and shame.                                                            So will you rise up and accept the challenge?
6. Strive to be mentors and coaches: Effective leaders believe in
duplicating themselves so that others can rise up to be better leaders
themselves. High-level leaders encourage the people around them

to soar to their highest potential; by doing this they minimize their
necessity at the most basic operational level, freeing themselves to

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                                    Mark Bryan                  DSA Announcements:
                                 Randy Gulihur
                          Emergency Services            Dinner Dance // The DSA member Dinner Dance, previously

                                  Fred Duey           rescheduled to February 13, has been rescheduled yet again due to the
                                     GCCCD            current public health order in place. The new event date is August 14,
                              Shannon Justice              2021 when, we hope, things are somewhat back to normal.

                                        Lakeside        Payroll Deductions for DSA Insurance Benefits //
                                     Shain Stoner      Payroll deductions for those DSA members with insurance benefits
                                      Las Colinas     have changed from 24 payroll deductions to 26. If you have questions
                                    Scott Johnson    about this, please contact Member Benefits Coordinator Louisa Hicks at
                                     Lemon Grove
                                    Aaron Montan      A “Day in the Life of a Deputy” Monthly Submission
                                             NTF      Contest Launches // The DSA is now accepting submissions in
                                    Frank Haskell     the form of pictures + anecdotes that showcase a “day of the life” of a
                                                      deputy. Submissions can be from on or off-duty adventures you deem
                                                      fun, funny, or inspiring. Each submission is equal to one entry into a
                               Marshall Abbott
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         Tuesday, January 26 | 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Location: DSA
                  13881 Danielson St, Poway, CA 92064                                          The DSA office remains
                                                                                               closed due to the current
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  “Garage Sale” Ongoing // The DSA store is still clearing out items from inventory. Stop      Upcoming General
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                                                                                               notice. Meeting links can
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This article is reprinted with permission from

  Readers respond: What
  should be the minimum
  age requirement to
  become a police officer?
  More than 4,000 Police1 readers answered our poll
  – here’s a summary of what readers had to say

  This information comes from recent Police1 polls. Polls are updated on      requirement for peace officers in the country.
  the P1 homepage each month and open to all P1 readers. Make your
  voice heard [at] in our latest poll.                  “These jobs are complex, they’re difficult, and we should not just
                                                                              hand them over to people who haven’t fully developed themselves,”
  Under a proposal introduced by Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer,             said Jones-Sawyer, who is chairman of the Assembly Public Safety
  D-Los Angeles, California police officers would have to be 25 or get        Committee.
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We asked Police1 readers what they thought the minimum age                    If I can serve my country in the military at 18 the same rule should
requirement should be for police officers. Sixty-three percent                apply to serving my country domestically. Science does show that
                                                                              cognitively individuals are still developing until their mid- to late-20s,
said it should be 21 years of age; 29% agree with the proposed
                                                                              however, age does not factor in lived experiences that influence the
increase to 25 years of age.                                                  ability to process or connect with others during traumatic experiences.
                                                                              Those prior life experiences can lend more credence for the officer
                                                                              supporting their community and increased empathy. These should
LOOK AT MATURITY AND LIFE                                                     ALL be factors taken into consideration when choosing the proper
                                                                              application, not solely based on age. — Angela Matthews
                                                                              I respectfully disagree with the military and police comparison. Have
We have hired people in their late 20s and early 30s who didn’t make          done both and retired from both, I can provide clear evidence of the
it. I think it has to be a maturity level of emotions and a completely        differences. Joining the military at 18 years of age, you are controlled,
clear understanding of what LE actually does and sees and experiences         directed and told what to do for years. It is a closed and controlled
rather than posting an age requirement. — David Garcia                        environment, and you have specific responsibilities. A police officer
                                                                              is on his/her own after approximately 8-9 months in California, and
I started as a reserve deputy at the age of 19. As the head of my office,     much less time in other parts of the country. Much life experience is
I would not make that type of decision to hire such a young person            needed and should be required, prior to taking on the numerous and
regardless of how mature they are. You can hire too young, but I              complicated responsibilities of law enforcement. — Donald Jenkins
believe you can’t hire too old. I think 24-28 is a great range for a first-
time officer. A little maturity and life experience are necessary for this
type of career. — Chris Matthews                                                                                                                                        Continued on next page >>

Age doesn’t matter. Relevant education, life and work experience, and
maturity matter. To gain most of that takes a certain time, so I
would say 18 is illogical, even 21 isn’t old enough in most cases.
Kids who go straight into an academy after high school should
have a transitional stage where they work with training officers or
have other positions like in detention that are easier to monitor
instead of sending them out on their own. — Dominique Gourdon

The age doesn’t need to change, but I do believe anyone who wants                LAW ENFORCEMENT
to be an officer should be required to have at least one year of jail
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                                 Announcing the 2021 San Diego County Deputy
                                 Sheriffs’ Foundation Scholarship Program
                                 DSA Member and Dependent Scholarship applications are available at the
                                 DSA or online at Submission deadline is April 2,
                                 2021. More information below. Contact with questions.

For Dependents

The San Diego County Deputy Sheriff's Foundation (SDCDSF) will award a total of nine scholarships each at $2,000. These scholarships
are awarded in memory of the nine SDSD Deputies who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Scholarships will be awarded to children of Active and Retired DSA members. To qualify for the scholarships, students must be accepted
to an accredited two- or four-year college or university during the term immediately following high school graduation.

Candidates for the scholarships will be evaluated on Academic Achievement, Character, and Leadership. While the athletic achievement
of candidates will be looked at, it is not a determining factor for
scholarships to be awarded. Candidates must maintain a minimum
3.0 grade point average based on a weighted scale.

Complete information and the application can be obtained at
the DSA Office or online at The
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application should be mailed to the Scholarship Chairperson,
Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, 13881 Danielson Street, Poway,
CA 92064. Applications for scholarships must be received by the
Scholarship Chairperson on or before April 2, 2021.

                                                                           En orcement
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SDCDSF will award a total of four scholarships at $2,000 each to
Active DSA members in good standing. Payments will only be               I donate from every transaction to provide
made to the school. Any Active DSA Member in good standing              college scholarships to children of San Diego
who has been a member for at least one year may apply for the                        First Responders!
scholarship. Member must be enrolled in an accredited College
or University. Continuing education and online courses qualify
if University or College is accredited. Complete information and
the application can be obtained at the DSA Office or online at A personal essay must accompany
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news                         DSA | DEPARTMENT | COUNTY | INDUSTRY

                                                       Serving Our Members,
                                                        Their Families & the
                                                   The DSA board, staff, and Santa spent a morning with the City
                                                   of Lemon Grove during their bimonthly food bank on Saturday,
                                                   December 19. We handed out pumpkin and apple pies to local
                                                   residents thanks to our sponsors, California Coast Credit Union,
                                                   and spread some holiday cheer by passing out toys, books,
                                                   stockings, and candy canes to families. A special thank you to
                                                   City of Lemon Grove Mayor Racquel Vasquez and the deputies
                                                   from the Lemon Grove Substation for helping make this event a
                                                   reality! 2020 was a tough year for all, so we were grateful for the
                                                           chance to give back during the holiday season.

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    Station representatives are essential to the mission and the efficiency of the
             Association. At least 1 representative per team is needed.

                      What does a DSA station rep do?
   Relay information from DSA meetings to the DSA members on your team and work location
                                 Provide input on command requests
                       Post DSA event + program flyers at your work location
      Help brainstorm ideas for social events, wellness events, community + public relations
  Write a station report for the Silver Star or provide content for the DSA's social media channels

              Requirements:                                      What's In It for You:
   Current DSA member in good standing                Serve your fellow deputies
   Attend virtual or in-person member                 First to know important association information
   meetings on the second & fourth Thursdays          Up to $150 in gift cards to the DSA Store
   of each month                                      depending on participation


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feature | sdso media relations

  Meet the Media Relations Team
    by Lieutenant Ricardo Lopez

  The Media Relations team with Sheriff Bill Gore at ASTREA Base in El Cajon, September 2020. From left to right: Sammy Castanon, Gabriella Ibarra, Lt. Ricardo Lopez,
  Sheriff Bill Gore, Melissa Aquino, and Jeremy Fabunan.

  I t’s probably a deputy’s least favorite job: giving an interview to a reporter.
    Nowadays, law enforcement interactions with the media are a given.
  However, talking to a reporter shouldn’t be a cause for anxiety or worry.
                                                                                       You’ve probably already met Media Relations Officers Melissa Aquino
                                                                                       and Sammy Castanon. They use their TV news backgrounds to prepare
                                                                                       deputies for interviews and build positive relationships with the media.
  This is where Sheriff ’s Media Relations can help.                                   Melissa and Sammy are always happy to answer your questions and listen
                                                                                       to your story ideas.
  Whether it’s good news or bad news, Media Relations pushes out timely
  and accurate information to media organizations in San Diego County                  Jeremy Fabunan oversees the Video Production Unit (VPU). Since joining
  and across the globe. We do this in a variety of ways such as news releases,         the Sheriff ’s Department back in March, our social media videos have gone
  interviews, regular segments on local TV news stations, news conferences,            viral and received rave reviews from our employees, as well as other law
  and videos created by our Video Production Unit.                                     enforcement agencies. Jeremy’s background as a filmmaker is invaluable
                                                                                       in showcasing the talents and hard work of our deputies and staff in a
  As Media Relations Director, I serve as the Sheriff ’s Department’s official         modern, entertaining format.
  spokesperson. I work closely with Sheriff Gore and our command staff to
  address and compose responses to media inquiries.                                    In late 2019, Deputies Chris Luther and Carlos Vasquez from the Vista
                                                                                       Detention Facility were temporarily assigned to the Video Production Unit
  Let me tell you a little bit about the great and diverse team that supports me       to help with video and photo projects. They brought a new perspective from
  in Media Relations. All possess special talents in writing, graphic design,          their many years of working the frontlines and put those ideas into videos.
  photography, and videography.
                                                                                       Recently, Deputy Mark Garrett from the San Marcos Sheriff ’s Station has
                                                                                       joined the Video Production Unit. Mark’s positive relationships with those
                                                                                       on patrol, as well as his experience in the field, will help to add to a unique
                                                                                       perspective of the Sheriff ’s Department that is rarely seen by the public.

                                                                                       Deputy Marcial Lopez serves as the Sheriff ’s liaison to Crime Stoppers.
                                                                                       He works closely with our detectives to generate leads for unsolved crimes
                                                                                       and cold cases. Rounding out the Media Relations Unit are Graphic Artist
                                                                                       Augustin “AJ” Moreno and Secretary Gabriella Ibarra. Both joined the
                                                                                       Media Relations team in 2020.

                                                                                       Speaking of 2020, to say it has been a challenging year for everyone is an
                                                                                       understatement. While our deputies have been keeping our communities
                                                                                       safe during these unprecedented times, Media Relations has been busy
                                                                                       letting the media know about the good work YOU are doing every day
                                                                                       to make a positive difference in the lives of the citizens you have sworn
                                                                                       to protect.

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Media Relations and the Video Production Unit covering a Mobile Field Force
(MFF) training at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal, October 2020. From left to
right: Jeremy Fabunan, Deputy Marcial Lopez, and Deputy Mark Garrett.

As you know very well, social media has become THE source of information
for most people in this “24-hour news cycle” age. The Sheriff ’s Department
has a significant social media presence.

As of this writing, we have nearly 54,000 followers on our Twitter account.
We have nearly 14,000 followers on our Instagram account. If you haven’t           Documenting the San Diego County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony at
done so yet, please follow us on both platforms at @SDSheriff.                     the County Administration Center, May 2020. From left to right: Deputy Chris
                                                                                                                          Luther and Deputy Charlie Vasquez.
The Watch Commanders at the Communications Center have increased our
presence by posting timely and updated notifications on breaking news on
our Twitter account. They play a critical role in getting the newly created
“AutoHelo” messages out to the public. This feature was created by the Data
Services Division and provides ASTREA notifications to whoever dials in
to the free service, as well as sending the message simultaneously to Twitter.

As you can tell, Media Relations is a 24/7 job. We are always on call and
always available to assist. It is all a team effort.

While Media Relations manages the department’s social media accounts,
we rely on our deputies and staff to provide the great photos and videos
we share with our tens of thousands of followers.

To those who regularly send us photos, videos and story ideas, we thank
you! I can’t stress how important it is for us to tell OUR stories, especially
to those who know nothing about law enforcement and show them what’s
really going on.

You can consider this article a personal invitation to you, our deputies,          Sheriff’s Graphic Designer Augustin “AJ” Moreno hard at work on a project for
                                                                                                                     the Media Relations Unit, December 2020.
to become one of our many Sheriff ’s “social media correspondents” and
contribute your ideas and content.
                                                                                 department. We want to hear from you!
We recently enlisted the help of Detective Eric Garcia from the Alpine
Substation, his wife Deputy Heather Arthur who is currently working traffic      If there was a great arrest made at your station or you have photos of a
at the Santee Station and Deputy Bryce Thompson from the Lemon Grove             positive interaction with community members, let us know. Send us an
Substation. They have provided some great ideas and content which has            email at: You can also call us at (858) 974-
made our social media posts more entertaining and engaging.                      2259.

This is another way we can draw in the public on social media by showing         We strive for our Twitter and Instagram posts to be a mixture of news,
off the many talents and diversity of our deputies and employees. In a           community events and how we engage with the community. More
nutshell, this is how we continue to humanize the badge.                         importantly, we want to highlight the dangerous and hard work our deputies
                                                                                 and staff do every day. If we don’t fill in the blanks and tell our stories, others
You are on the frontlines every single day. You are the eyes and ears of our     will try and do that for us.
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feature | vista patrol station

   Vista Patrol Team in the Community
    by Deputy Liah Ector

  G    reetings and Happy New Year to all the readers! By the time
       you read this, Christmas has well been over and passed.
  Many of us worked New Years Eve and into the first day of 2021. It
                                                                       come to donate and we thank you. Your donations that day saved
                                                                       57 lives. This is an amazing selfless act to conduct not only as a
                                                                       Deputy Sheriff but as a human being.
  has to get better, right? Well, to show some positive events which
  occurred here at the Vista Patrol Station, please take the time to   We look forward to delivering 300 backpacks to children in need
  read this.                                                           this January! The DSA graciously provided school supplies to fill
                                                                       the backpacks for the children. More photos and events to come
  As the Community Enrichment Deputy at the Vista Patrol Station,      in the future. Everyone please stay safe and stay positive. Together
  I’ve been working hard to develop working relationships with the     we can continue to enrich the lives of those around us who are not
  City of Vista, Vista Unified School District and different organi-
  zations who have wanted to assist in helping needy children and
                                                                       as fortunate.
  their families during the holiday season.
  With 2020 and Covid-19 attacking every inch of our lives, the
  community of Vista has needed all hands on deck to survive. We
  recently partnered with the Vista Fire Department to collect toys
  for children experiencing homelessness and those who have been
  displaced from their families.
  Walmart partnered with us and sponsored five needy children’s
  wish lists. The Vista Patrol Station deputies were given the wish
  lists and we had so much fun shopping for the children. Unfor-
  tunately, due to Covid-19 the children could not assist with the
  During Thanksgiving, we provided dinners to five families who
  were in need. In October, we partnered with North Coast Church
  and Miss and Mr. Vista Pageant. We provided a drive through
  trunk or treat for the community. Many families and children
  were excited to receive Sheriff swag bags and lots of candy. We
  partnered with the San Diego Blood Bank and hosted a blood
  drive at the Vista Civic Center. Some of you reading this may have
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Honoring        Our
FallenOF Heroes
                                                 California Professional Peace Officers

         OUR OWN                                       Always have. Always will.
                                      he beautiful bronze and granite California Peace Officers’
                                    Memorial located on State Capitol grounds in Sacramento
                                contains the names of more than 1,600 courageous peace officers
                          who have laid down their lives in the line of duty protecting and serving
                          their fellow Californians. Tragically, every year more names are added
                          to our hallowed monument.

                          YOU CAN HELP the CPOMF in our mission to underwrite the
                          annual California Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony, maintain the
                          memorial monument, subsidize survivor support groups, and support
                          the families of our fallen heroes through our educational grant and
                          financial assistance programs.

                          California law allows taxpayers to make voluntary tax-free contributions
                          on their personal state income tax returns to the “California Peace
                          Officers’ Memorial Foundation Fund”. Simply indicate the amount to
                          be donated where instructed on the tax return form. Importantly, the
                          law requires that all contributions be used to maintain the California
                          Peace Officers’ Memorial and for activities in support of the surviving
                          families of our brave men and women peace officers who have made
                          the ultimate sacrifice. We urge the more than 100,000 peace officers
                          serving California to help us TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN.

                          A SMALL DONATION OF $20 MAKES A DIFFERENCE

  California Resident Income Tax Return 2020                                                                 540
      California Peace Officer Memorial
          Foundation Fund                           • 408     $20         00
     110 Add code 400 through code 419. This is your total contribution                               •110     00

                   The CPOMF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, Federal Tax ID #95-4350983
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chaplain’s corner | report

Chaplain’s Corner
by Chaplain Herb Smith

“And not only this, but we
also exult in our tribulation,
knowing tribulation brings
about perseverance, and
perseverance proven
character; proven
character, hope; and hope
does not disappoint because
the love of God has been
p oured ou t within our
hearts through the Holy
Spirit Who was given us.”
(Romans 5:3-5)
                                                   PEARLS BEFORE SWINE © 2020 Stephan Pastis. Reprinted by permission of ANDREWS MCMEEL SYNDICATION. All rights reserved.
Stephan Pastis is at it again in his comic strip
“Pearls Before Swine” in a recent (Oct.18)
effort to impart an encouraging perspective midst our society’s ever-                what we are, and to prove His faithfulness, through us and with us…
growing encroachment of all things COVID. Here now, “Rat” sketches                   Trusting [God] for that purpose and in that process with the faith, hope
our rather naïve yet dauntless optimist “Pig” valiantly carrying around his          and love only He can provide, is to write a story for our lives that could
unwieldy yet generous box of “HOPE” wherever he goes. Notwithstanding                never have been written or imagined on our own.”
the successive damage it sustains by his tripping and dropping it, having a
tree limb fall on it, getting hit by a truck with it and then falling through        Certainly 2020 was beyond anything we could have imagined or predicted,
a bridge from it, Pig continues to carry its tattered and torn remnants              and it has both humbled and sobered us into recognizing that we really have
as though it’s not the worse for the wear. Friend “Rat” comments “Hard               no idea what is ahead. And above all that, neither is there much we can do
not to admire” as Pig intrepidly putters away taping up and repairing his            about it. Political and social issues are always in the mix of influence, but
dilapidated yet treasured store of assurance.                                        natural disasters, like invisible pandemics, defy our best efforts to prevent
                                                                                     or control. In the end, we are left with a finite sense that the only thing
Hope does spring eternal in us all if we are not too battered down by the            we can control is our response, and one which places the welfare of each
vicissitudes and virus of life in our times. Even as Aragorn reassured the           other in high regard. When we do, we become an arm of the One Who
lass who asked him at the Battle of Helm’s Deep if their situation was               does control all things after the order of His will, and Who is faithful to
hopeless, he replied “there’s always hope.” That and the Hunger Games                His Word. Author Jack Countryman says it plainly: “God makes a promise.
logos, “Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.” I would add that is, hope        Faith believes His promise. Hope anticipates its fulfillment. Patience quietly
laced with compassion, and a love and respect for all that is good, true, and        waits.” And as declared in Hebrews 6:18: “God has given both His promise
beautiful. It is what draws us back to center when we feel strung out by the         and His oath. These two things are unchangeable as it is impossible for
stress of disappointment, loss, discouragement and what seems like failure.          God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to Him for refuge can have great
Sometimes, as author/speaker Christine Caine states, “when you’re in a dark          confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.”
place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted.” All
which adversity cultivates in our life really does give truth to the adage “if       We have a new year before us, but our situation remains the same. Yet for
it doesn’t kill you it will certainly make you stronger.” We don’t generally         all the tribulation, we are also tested and tempered. God only knows what
want to die but after all there are some things worse than death (Cpt. Jack          we are being prepared for, and what He intends to create out of it all. Our
Sparrow…). But as Jesus explained as well, a seed doesn’t do anything                box of hope, big or small, will get dented, bent, torn, and crushed. But if
unless it gets planted in the ground and dies, and then germinates into a            it’s the love of God that keeps it taped together, our assurance will not be
plant that bears much fruit. Life without pain has no character, just as a           disappointed.
“stressed” piece of furniture or a firefighter’s helmet isn’t beautiful without
the marks and dents that reflect its integrity. Wisdom and understanding,            “Sustain me (O Lord), according to the Word of Thy promise, that I may live;
patience and persistence, are born through what can only be generated by             and do not let me be ashamed of my hope.” (Psalm 119:116)
humility spawning hardship.
                                                                                     “It’s turning the thunder into grace, knowing sometimes the break in your
So, where are we amidst this sea-change of a pandemic? In last year’s                heart is like the hole in the flute. Sometimes it’s the place where the music
January article, I talked about facing a new year with a daring resolve to do        comes through.” - Andrea Gibson
the right thing toward a “faithfulness to a simple and divine ordinance to
keep and protect the people and things in our life that matter the most…”            “Behold I l ay in Z ion a choice, precious
                                                                                     cornerstone, and he who believes in Him will not
“We don’t go through life alone, and the circumstances and people God
places us into and with, all have a purpose to enlarge us more greatly than
                                                                                     be disappointed.” (I Pet. 2:6, Isaiah 28:16)                          ⭑
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report | retired

                                                                                  March 2003. I had 15 years with each agency,
                                                                                  plus two years with SDPD and one year with

                                                                                  the USBP. I spent almost five years at LGS,

                                                                                  working South Bay most of the time. Then I
                                                                                  went to court services. I left to try the Border
                                                                                  Patrol, graduating as Honor Man in their
                                                                                  academy at Glencoe, Georgia. They didn’t
                                                                                  pay enough to cover child support and living
     by Greg Reynolds                                                             expenses so I returned to the SDSD in 1979. I
                                                                                  then worked Civil, Warrants/Fugitives, Bailiff
                                                                                  and then to ASTREA for five years. During
                                                                                  this time I worked part time as a firearms instructor at the SDPD academy
     “When the Legend Becomes Fact,                                               and the SDSD academy. I got a job offer from the California DOJ and spent
                                                                                  15 years as a Special Agent working the Bureau of Narcotics and Bureau of
           Print the Legend”                                                      Investigation. Now my wife, former Deputy Gayle Andrus, and I have been
                                                                                  living in the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho area. Still have kids and grandkids in the
                                                                                  SoCal area.

J anuary 2021 is upon us. It’s resolution time! One of my friends told            On a trip to Arizona for business I came across
  me that his immediate resolution is to never by accident walk into the          this great statue in front of the headquarters for
bathroom while his grandmother is cleaning the shower naked ever again.           the Maricopa Sheriff ’s Department. It is truly a
And, if you are still debating the current political climate, remember what       work of art. I was thinking about jumping up
Mark Twain said: “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you          on the horse (ok, crawling up on it) but there
please.” And this great tidbit from Guy Everest: If 2020 was a math word-         was a nasty looking Deputy eyeballing me as I
problem: If you’re going down a river at 2 MPH and your canoe loses a             walked close to the statue. I remembered many
wheel, how much pancake mix would you need to re-shingle your roof?               of my supervisors’ lectures about my knack for
And some of you had family gatherings recently over the holidays. Come            failing to use common sense at times, so I didn’t
on, be honest, how many of you looked around your family reunion and              mount the steed. But if one of my immature
thought, “Well, aren’t we just two clowns short of a circus?”                     retired friends (Russ Moore, Mike Barletta, or
                                                                                  Earl Wentworth) had been there and double-
I got a missive from retired Deputy Mike Dunlop. Mike is a deep thinker,          dared me, I would have!
and although I try to stay out of politics in my Ten 7 articles, I couldn’t
resist this. Election Day has come and gone, and I have seen a lot of             The RDSA 2020 Fall Campout was held in Temecula in November. Lynn
hate spewed recent months about a man who is a constant winner and                Miller sent me this great picture of the retirees enjoying life. One can only
overachiever, and that’s what the people who support him like about him.          hope that certain of the attendees were not allowed to play with fire! I don’t
Some people are jealous of someone who is successful, powerful, and has           want to cast aspirations (well, yes I do because that’s what I do) but when
a lot of money. Throw in a hot foreign model at this side and they hate           I was transferred to the best lieutenant job ever in RLE, Rod Gilmore was
him even more. You may not have wanted him in his role, but he is there           one of my sergeants, and we had a slew of fires to fight all of a sudden.
now and there’s nothing you can do about it. But, like him or not, Tom            Coincidence? I think not. Top row: Ray Miller, Bob Plumbley, Doug Huse,
Brady is really turning things around in Tampa!                                   Bill Burmeister, Rod Gilmore, Mike Crews, Dana Gassaway, Al Collier,
                                                                                  Valinda Sutton, John Holmerud, Ron Cuevas. Bottom row: Chuck Lane,
                             I heard from Rick Figueroa and he sent me            Linda Barnett, Joe Stauffer, Gene Gillard, Robbie Bethea.
                             this great picture of him and Roy Castaneda.
                             After spending seven days visiting his daughter
                             and grandkids, Roy Castaneda stopped in
                             to Pasadena, Texas to spend time with Rick
                             Figueroa. Old times and old friends were the
                             subject of conversation and catching up with
                             what’s going on in the world. And that is what
                             it’s all about!

Al Bates, who retired in 1989 after working the jail, patrol, transportation
and public affairs, sent me a nice email about his mentors. He credits
Sergeants Kenny Prue, Felix Bustamante, and Manny Perez for helping
him during his career. Al went on to explain that each of these mentors,
Manny, Kenny and Felix, were true professionals. They were also good
cops. They all had a sense of humor and they knew when discipline was
needed and when it wasn’t. I agree with Al; that is the hallmark of a strong                               Bob Knox sent me a great picture of him and his
supervisor. I remember John Duffy once stating that the most important                                     wife, Bari. They moved to Ammon, Idaho in 2015
rank in the Sheriff ’s Department is that of sergeant. They are the first level                            where they live except for the four winter months
between the line staff and management. If you’ve got good sergeants,                                       that they spend in Baja on the beach. Bob also sent
you’ll have a successful operation. I never forgot that.                                                   me a picture of the Offensive Line of the County
                                                                                                           Mounties when we beat the SDPD (finally!) in
This from Al Andrus: I retired from the SDSD and the California DOJ in                                     Cop’er Bowl X. Left to right: Bob Knox, me, John

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Duffy, and Gary Fisher. This picture                                       East County, Jail, the Jail Annex (Anthoney Home), General Services, 5150
is autographed to Bob with green ink                                       Pick Up, Records, Transportation, and was a Warrant Detective. Per his
from Sheriff Duffy, but only to Bob….                                      daughter he also ran for Sheriff. Great history!
they name streets after Bob…One
Way! But the best picture is of the old                                    Info from Chuck Seiber: Fifty years ago this month (01/18/71), the 37th
SID unit when they had to actually                                         Sheriff ’s Academy held its first day of classes at a very sparse Miramar College
wear a uniform. It’s hilarious to see                                      campus. Starting salary was $4.41 per hour, or $9,172.00 per year. We were
these secret squirrels squeeze into                                        the first academy under a new Sheriff by the name of John Duffy. In a mere 12
their uniforms for the mandatory                                           weeks we were transformed into Deputy Sheriffs. Some of us had military law
picture. Some of them wish that                                            enforcement experience, many others did not. It was helpful, but the civilian
spanx had been invented back then.                                         side of law enforcement was not as forgiving as was the military version. The
Back row- Bob Baker, Rick Stok,                                            academy cadre were Sgt. Bill Felkner, Deputy Bob Evans, Deputy Jim Palmer,
Danny Goodrich, Tony Leatherman,                                           and Deputy Ralph Landmesser. Guest appearances were made by numerous
Mark Parmely, Bill Sullivan, Paul Torres, Rob Carroll, Bob Knox, Bob       experts in their fields, including Undersheriff Fred Lee (defensive tactics) who
Posada, Alan Nyheim. Front row- Bill Parsons, Jim Skill, Chuck Wood,       took on all comers when it came to one-handed push-ups. Only a couple of
John Lorenz, Ron Austin, and Larry Carlisle.                               recruits took the challenge and no one beat him (not even close). Our academy
                                                                           also had a contingent of Marine MPs from Camp Pendleton, as well as officers
                                                                           from Oceanside, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, and El Cajon. There may
                                                                           have been other agencies as well. Those of us attending as Deputy Sheriffs
                                                                           were: Frank Adams, Frank Bird, Wayne Clark (cadet, but turned 21 before
                                                                           our graduation), Don Continelli, Bob Krtek, Claudette Miller, Steve Nicas,
                                                                           Chuck Sanders, John Scheck, Chuck Seiber, Lois Wagner, John Walker, and
                                                                           Jimmy Wilkins (Special Assistant to Sheriff Duffy).

                                                                           Earl Wentworth asked, “Siri, what’s the weather going to be today?” to
                                                                           which it replied, “Why? Where the hell do you think you’re going? You’re
                                                                           in Purple lockdown, you idiot.”

                                                                           Robbie Bethea, the County Line guru, has once again put together the
                                                                           pictorial tribute of those we have lost in 2020, and yes, there were too many!
                                                                           Here is the photo montage that Robbie works hard on, and I appreciate her
                                                                           efforts to help us remember all of them. This montage consists of retired
We lost a legend in 2020. Ernest P. Sable passed                           personnel that Robbie was notified of their passing, with the family’s
away at almost 97 years of age. His sons told me that
he died at home with a smile on his face. Great way
to go! Ernie was a hero at the Battle of the Bulge,                                                     2020 ~ In Memoriam
also known as the Ardennes Counteroffensive,
which was the last major German offensive
campaign on the Western Front during World
War II, and took place from December 16, 1944 to
January 25, 1945. Ernie was a scout and ended up
winning two Bronze Stars during WWII. I had the
honor of meeting Ernie at one of Chuck Wood’s monthly luncheons in             JAMES BIGBEE     MATTHEW CREED   PENNY GARRETT     PETE GASCON     ROBERT GERMAINE

La Mesa a while back and he was a joy to talk to about the “old days” on
the Department. Ernie said that he usually was the only patrol Deputy on
duty from El Cajon east during his shift.

Another legend lost was Buford “Bill” Lane. I had
                                                                              ELIZABETH GROFF   PAULA HAWKINS     STAN HAY       GARY HUGHES        JOHN KOSICH
the pleasure of meeting his daughter who traveled
up to Pine Valley to get her Dad’s album pictures
for him to have prior to his passing. Buford was
hired by the Sheriff ’s Office in 1955 and took
a deferred retirement in 1971. He worked the
Mexico Border detail, Civil Bailiff, Patrolled the                             BUFORD LANE       JOHN LORENZ    BOB PARSONS       BRIAN PERRY      CARROLL RAINS

                                                                               RALPH RICKLY      ERNIE SABLE    JAN STAUFFER    MIKE VASZORICH      LOIS WAGNER

                                                                                                                                                     Not Pictured

                                                                                                                                                    EDWARD KOHL

                                                                                                                  RON WIBE

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