Home Stats & Services Reports and Publications LEB February 2011 Bulletin Honors

Bulletin Honors

Bulletin Honors
Odessa Peace Officers Memorial

The Odessa, Texas, Police Department established the Odessa Peace Officers Memorial Foundation in October 2007 to honor its fallen officers. Motorcycle accidents claimed the lives of two officers; Corporal Gordon Terry Toal died while acting as a funeral escort in 1982, and Officer Scott Stanton Smith suffered fatal injuries when a motor vehicle struck him as he responded to a burglary-in-progress call in 1988. More recently, Corporals Arlie Jones, John “Scott” Gardner, and Abel Marquez died from gunshot wounds they sustained while responding to a domestic disturbance call in September 2007.

Since 2007, the foundation diligently has raised funds to build a memorial for the department’s five fallen officers. However, the foundation ultimately strives to serve any Texas law enforcement officer in times of crisis; it supports the families and widows of all officers who sustained injuries or paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

The foundation finally reached its goal and built a memorial for its fallen officers. The Odessa Police Department unveiled a statue of St. Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of police officers, on September 3, 2010. The department and foundation feel very proud of their monument and their efforts to honor law enforcement officers around the world.

Statue with wings and a sword


Table of Contents

Back to the Cover

A Model for Success in the Drug War
By Kelly J. Thomas
Law enforcement agencies can succeed in this battle despite the formidable enemies they face.

Systematic Pattern Response Strategy
By Roberto Santos
With the limited resources that police executives face today, it is necessary, more than ever, for organizations to employ systematic crime-reduction efforts to become more efficient and effective.

The "Public Safety" Exception to Miranda
By Carl A. Benoit
One exception to the Miranda rule permits officers to conduct a limited and focused unwarned interrogation and allows the statement to serve as direct evidence.

Writing Policy and Procedure Manuals

Leadership Spotlight
Inspirational Leaders Suspend Their Ego

Notable Speech
Partners in the Battle

Unusual Weapons
Cartridge Knives

Bulletin Honors
Odessa Peace Officers Memorial

Author Guidelines

The Bulletin Notes

Patch Call

LEB Home