Police Omerta

May 28, 2008, 2008 (San Dimas, CA) On June 4, 2008, Conversations with Cops at the Watering Hole will feature an interview with Joe Sanchez a former NYPD police officer and the author of Latin Blues: A Tale of Police Omerta from the NYPD and A Tale of the Enemy Within.

 Program Date: June 4, 2008

Program Time: 2100 hours, Pacific

Topic: An Interview with Joe Sanchez

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 About the Guest

In 1965, Joe Sanchez was drafted into the United States Army, at the age of 18.  On his twentieth birthday, he found himself with the First Air Cavalry Air Mobile Division deployed near the village of Phantiet in South Vietnam.  On that day, his unit was engaged in a firefight with Viet Cong.  Joe Sanchez and three of his comrades were wounded by a grenade during that firefight.

 After discharge, Joe Sanchez served three years as a police officer with the New York Port Authority Police Department.  He then applied for, and was accepted, as a police officer for the New York City Police Department.  Joe Sanchez battled crime on the streets of New York, not realizing the most vicious enemy was within the NYPD. 

 In October of 1983, Joe Sanchez was indicted by a Special and Extraordinary Grand Jury in Manhattan for one count of Burglary in the First Degree; one count of Grand Larceny in the first Degree; one count of Grand Larceny in the second Degree; six counts of Grand larceny in the Third Degree; and, one count of assault in the Third Degree.  Joe Sanchez would ultimately be exonerated of the charges because the true betrayal wasn’t Joe’s, it was his enemies within the NYPD that had set him up.

 For a time, Joe Sanchez became a letter carrier and then reentered the criminal justice field as a correctional officer serving in both Sing Sing and Coxsackie State Prisons. If you ask Joe Sanchez, he will tell you, “It’s a true story. I’ve been trying to tell it for a long time. It’s my story, but not mine alone. It is also the story of those who lived and died alongside me, in Viet Nam and in that other battle, for justice and safety under the shield of the law; that is fought daily in the streets of every big city by every honest cop. In this case, the city is the Naked City, and the cop [namely, me] is a Latino. And the battle is neither for the civilians alone, nor just against the bad guys in the street. Some times the bad guys are in the Department. And sometimes the people who need protection are the honest cops.”

 Joe Sanchez is the author of Latin Blues: A Tale of Police Omerta from the NYPD and A Tale of the Enemy Within.

 About the Watering Hole

The Watering Hole is police slang for a location cops go off-duty to blow off steam and talk about work and life.  Sometimes funny; sometimes serious; but, always interesting.

 About the Host

Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster was a sworn member of the Los Angeles Police Department for 24 years.  He retired in 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant.  He holds a bachelor’s from the Union Institute and University in Criminal Justice Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Financial Management from California State University, Fullerton; and, has completed his doctoral course work. Raymond E. Foster has been a part-time lecturer at California State University, Fullerton and Fresno; and is currently a faculty advisor and lecturer with the Union Institute and University.  He has experience teaching upper division courses in law enforcement, public policy, law enforcement technology and leadership.  Raymond is an experienced author who has published numerous articles in a wide range of venues including magazines such as Government Technology, Mobile Government, Airborne Law Enforcement Magazine, and Police One.  He has appeared on the History Channel and radio programs in the United States and Europe as subject matter expert in technological applications in law enforcement.

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Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA



Face of Defense: Soldier Helps Iraqis Take Charge

By Army Spc. John Ahn

Special to American Forces Press Service

 May 28, 2008 – U.S. soldiers working together with their Iraqi counterparts is an important step toward Iraqis taking charge of their nation. A fire team at a joint security station near Camp Taji, northwest of Baghdad, is a model for a successful transition from a dependent Iraq to a sovereign nation that can secure the people.

 The fire team consists of both Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers and Iraqi soldiers from 36th Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division. U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Rios, a native of Sebastian, Texas, serves as the team chief. He is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division’s 2nd Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment “Wolfhounds,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team “Warriors.”

 The formation of the combined group initially came together out of sheer necessity when Rios’ soldiers were reassigned to other duties or left the area for environmental morale leave.

 The sudden moves forced the U.S. and Iraqi soldiers to learn to work together and overcome linguistic barriers. Overcoming those barriers was a challenge, Rios said, but they were eased through the use of interpreters and hand signals.

 “The most amazing aspect of the fire team is that we speak so little to each other,” Rios said. “We work mostly by hand signals and knowing glances.”

 Acknowledgement, he explained, is made by a simple nod.

 “They work like any other fire team in a modern army,” he said. “They know their jobs, take directions from their leader and execute. They are well-rehearsed and work flawlessly together.”

 Rios said he believes in the soldiers’ ability to work as members of a team. In fact, he added, they train together every chance they get. During their available free time, they come together to work on close-quarters-combat drills, practice search techniques for vehicles and buildings, and constantly refine their battle-drill skills. All team members know what they are expected to do when hostile contact is made.

 “He is a good leader,” said Hamed, an Iraqi soldier from 36th Brigade. Hamed has been on Rios’ team since the beginning. “[He’s] patient and decisive, and very funny, too.”

 Even with a language barrier, Rios is passing on his knowledge and preparing the Iraqi soldiers to be future leaders. He said his vision is to be a force multiplier by being an example so these soldiers can one day show their future soldiers how to be proficient warriors.

 Rios said he demands excellence from his team and doesn’t allow them to give less than their best.

 “I want 100 percent from them — their undivided attention. If they work hard now and train properly, when it comes to firefights and real-life matters, they won’t have to think about it,” he said. “I want them to identify what they must to do and execute.”

 (Army Spc. John Ahn serves in Multinational Division Baghdad with the 25th Infantry Division’s 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team.)

Florida Law Enforcement

May 24, 2008 (San Dimas, CA) Police-Writers.com is a website that lists state and local police officers who have written books. Continuing its leadership in the area of criminal justice books, Police-Writers.com added three Florida Law Enforcement officials.

 Dr. William Doerner is a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University in Tallahassee. He began his law enforcement career in 1980 as a part-time sworn officer with the Tallahassee Police Department.  William Doerner has a BA, MA and PhD in Sociology and is the author of over fifty scholarly articles and author of Introduction to Law Enforcement: An Insider’s View.  Additionally, he has co-authored of Delinquency and Justice; Study Guide for the Florida Law Enforcement Officer’s Certification Examination; Study Guide for the Florida Corrections Officer’s Certification Examination; and, is an editor of Contemporary Police Organization and Management: Issues and Trends.

 According to the book description, Law Enforcement: An Insider’s View, “addresses four major issues: (1) How the police function has evolved; (2) What it takes to become a full-fledged law enforcement officer; (3) On-the-street activities; and (4) Off-the-street issues.”

 Charles Rushing is a certified law enforcement instructor with the state of Florida. He also works as a part-time patrol officer with the Tallahassee Police Department. He consults as a subject matter expert regarding academy curriculum changes with Criminal Justice Standards and Training at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  He co-authored of Study Guide for the Florida Law Enforcement Officer’s Certification Examination and Study Guide for the Florida Corrections Officer’s Certification Examination.

 Kimberly Clark is a thirteen-year veteran of the Tampa Police Department. Since 1990, she has been a state certified high-liability instructor and an avid member of ASLET. During Kimberly Clark’s law enforcement career she worked uniformed patrol, undercover, as a latent detective and field training officer.  As a law enforcement training, Kimberly Clark has provided instruction in report writing, high stress radio procedures, use-of-force documentation, map reading, orientation, and defensive tactics.

 After her retirement from the Tampa Police Department, Kimberly Clark continued to teach at the Tampa Police Academy and online classes for the Smith and Wesson Police Academy. Kimberly Clark is the author of How to Really, Really Write Those Boring Police Reports!

 Police-Writers.com now hosts 1019 police officers (representing 429 police departments) and their  2172 criminal justice books in 33 categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.

Cop Books from Florida

May 24, 2008 (San Dimas, CA) Police-Writers.com is a website that lists state and local police officers who have written books. Continuing its leadership in the area of criminal justice books, Police-Writers.com added one federal law enforcement official and two local police officers to the list of law enforcement personnel that have authored books.

 Dr. Randy Gonzales has enjoyed a 32 year career in the criminal justice field.  He has been a police officer, deputy sheriff, police instructor and chief of police of the New College of Florida Police Department. Dr. Randy Gonzalez holds a Master’s in Criminology and Public Administration, and a Ph.D. in Biblical Philosophy. A certified law enforcement instructor, Randy Gonzalez is the author of Crime Prevention for Children-a Basic Guide for Parents; An Introduction to Ethics and Professionalism in Law Enforcement; Law Enforcement Vehicle Pullovers and Traffic Stop Operations; Introduction to Law Enforcement Leadership and Supervision; Introduction to Law Enforcement the Practical Side of Criminology; Law Enforcement Tactics in Response to Terrorism; Leadership Principles of the Christian Warrior; Social Survival Tactics: A Guide to Basic Self-defense and Personal Safety Strategy; and, The Law Enforcement Leadership Field Notebook.

 James Giammarinaro joined the United States Navy in the mid-1980s and served for over five years, including two deployments to the Persian.  He began his law enforcement career when he joined the St. Augustine Police Department in 1990.  During his career he has received an Officer of the Year Award and was promoted to the investigative unit in 2000.  James Giammarinaro is the founder of the Child Safety Team, Inc. and the author of Parents, Predators, and Prevention.

 According to the book description of Parents, Predators, and Prevention, “Written by a Law Enforcement Sergeant, this book is your complete guide to learning about abductors, how they operate, and what you as parents can do to prevent your child from becoming the next victim. You will learn; How to empower your children to become more aware and confident; How to identify and deter the enemy; How to prevent the Internet Intruder from entering your home; and, Basic self-defense techniques for you and the family”

 After a career as an undercover federal agent, Sal Vizzini became the chief of police of the South Miami Police Department.  Sal Vizzini is the co-author of Vizzini: The Secret Lives of America’s Most Successful Undercover Agent.

 Police-Writers.com now hosts 1016 police officers (representing 428 police departments) and their  2166 criminal justice books in 33 categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.

Face of Defense: Wounded Warrior Leads Medical Battalion

By Elaine Wilson

Special to American Forces Press Service

 May 23, 2008 – When Army Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Cornejo was wounded in Iraq, he had to return stateside for medical treatment, reluctantly leaving his comrades and mission behind. But one thing that never left him was his desire to serve.

 After three months of in-patient treatment and more than five months in rehabilitation at Brooke Army Medical Center here, Cornejo assumed responsibility for 187th Medical Battalion from Army Master Sgt. Dwight Wafford during a May 13 ceremony at the battalion headquarters here.

 “Giving up never entered my thought process,” Cornejo said, speaking of his recovery. “It wasn’t ‘if,’ it was ‘when’ I was going to get back. I just wanted to know how fast I could get fixed so I could get back.”

 Cornejo deployed with 3rd Corps out of Fort Hood, Texas, in November 2006 as the chief medical noncommissioned officer for the corps staff. He was wounded Sept. 11, 2007, in a mortar attack on his forward operating base. He and 10 other soldiers were wounded.

 “I suffered shrapnel wounds on the left side of my body and left shoulder,” he said.

 He underwent extensive physical rehabilitation at BAMC and now is working on building strength in his shoulder.

 Cornejo found out he was selected for command sergeant major while deployed, and during his recovery at BAMC, was pleased to learn his assignment would keep him here.

 “I was very happy. Since I’m a medic, I’ve come full circle. I’m back where I was trained 20 years ago,” he said.

 As the battalion command sergeant major, Cornejo has command responsibility for more than 450 instructors and nearly 6,000 soldiers being trained throughout the year. The battalion is responsible for the logistics and training of eight military occupational specialties, eight officer courses and nine additional skill identifiers.

 Cornejo said he would like to bring lessons learned while deployed to his soldiers.

 “My hope is to shed some light on past experiences to magnify the importance of basic warrior tasks each soldier needs to know,” he said. “My goal is to provide realistic, but safe, training for our soldiers.”

 During the ceremony, Army Lt. Col. Michael Hershman, 187th Medical Battalion commander, thanked Wafford and his family and welcomed Cornejo and his two daughters, Kayla and Jenna.

 “He knows what is at stake for our young Americans that we train each day,” Hershman said. “We look forward to him applying the lessons he learned in combat to take our field training and ‘soldierization’ to new levels.”

 (Elaine Wilson works in the Fort Sam Houston Public Information Office.)

Federal and Local Cops

Federal and Local Cops

 May 23, 2008 (San Dimas, CA) Police-Writers.com is a website that lists state and local police officers who have written books. Continuing its leadership in the area of criminal justice books, Police-Writers.com added one federal law enforcement official and two local police officers to the list of law enforcement personnel that have authored books.

 From 1972 to 1997, Raymond Batvinis was a special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  During his federal law enforcement career he also served in the Federal Bureau of Investigation Intelligence Division Training Unit.  Raymond Batvinis is the author of The Origins of FBI Counterintelligence.

 According to the book description of The Origins of FBI Counterintelligence, “As the world prepared for war in the 1930s, the United States discovered that it faced the real threat of foreign spies stealing military and industrial secrets—and that it had no established means to combat them. With an insider’s knowledge and a storyteller’s skill, Batvinis provides a page-turning history narrative that greatly revises our views of the FBI—and also resonates powerfully with our own post-9/11 world.”

 Mark Bannon is a retired lieutenant from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (Florida).  After three years of military service as a military police officer, Mark Bannon joined the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in 1981.  During his law enforcement career, he worked in a number of key assignments within the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office such as patrol officer, sex crimes investigator, homicide detective, patrol supervisor, and homicide supervisor.  He also was the Commander of such diverse units such as, Road Patrol, Community Involvement Team, Community Policing, and Fugitive Apprehension.  As a retired law enforcement officer, Mark Bannon maintains a lifetime membership in the Florida and Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Associations in order to continue his important relationships with law enforcement officers and the South Florida law enforcement community. 

 Mark Bannon holds a BA in Social Psychology, an MPA, is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute and a law degree from the Miami School of Law. After retiring from policing, he worked as a criminal prosecutor in South Florida.  Today, Mark E. Bannon conducts a private law practice. Mark E. Bannon is the author of A Quick Reference Guide To Contemporary CRIMINAL PROCEDURE For Law Enforcement Officers: One Hundred Notable United States Supreme Court Decisions, and Their Effect on Modern Policing in America.

 According to the book description, “The goal of this book is to provide a “quick reference guide” for law enforcement officers in their quest to furnish professional police services to their communities. Designed to be a handy source for the study of criminal procedures, this guide has assembled numerous court cases that will assist officers in dealing with the issues they may often encounter.

 Roberto Santos is currently detective sergeant of the persons crime section and team leader of the crisis negotiation unit at the Port St. Lucie Police Department (Florida. He has held positions in patrol, SWAT, criminal investigations, and narcotics. Prior to his law enforcement career, Sergeant Santos was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. In addition, he has instructed at the police academy and is an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University. He has extensive experience in police problem solving and problem analysis and has conducted numerous trainings sessions and seminars around the country. Sergeant Roberto Santos has a master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from Florida Atlantic University and a bachelor’s degree in business from Barry University. Robert Santos is the co-author of The Problem of Burglary at Single-Family House Construction Sites.

 According to the book description of The Problem of Burglary at Single-Family House Construction Sites, “This guide begins by describing the problem of burglary at single-family house construction sites and reviewing the factors that increase its risks. It then identifies a series of questions that can help analyze your local burglary problem. Finally, it reviews responses to the problem of burglary at single-family house construction sites as identified through research and police practice.”

 Police-Writers.com now hosts 1013 police officers (representing 425 police departments) and their  2154 criminal justice books in 33 categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.

Face of Defense: Guardsman Trains, Deploys With Active-Duty Division

By Army Spc. April Campbell

Special to American Forces Press Service

 May 22, 2008 – Most National Guardsmen train and mobilize together as a whole unit before deploying to Iraq, but some deploy individually and are attached to active-duty units. Such is the case for Army Maj. Barry Hafer, a Marshall, Texas, native and a member of the Texas National Guard’s 5th Battalion, 112th Field Artillery Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, who serves as the “Red Team” leader with 4th Infantry Division and Multinational Division Baghdad.

 In early 2007, 4th Infantry Division initiated plans for the first division-level Red Team, a team designed to work with different staff sections performing critical reviews and challenging cultural assumptions. The position on the Red Team caught Hafer’s attention, and he volunteered for the job.

 “I thought it was a great opportunity,” he said. “It’s a leading-edge concept.”

 Since his civilian job in industry and manufacturing requires the ability to get to root causes and bring up sensitive questions along with helping to find solutions, the prospect interested him very much, Hafer added.

 At the time, Lt. Col. Mike Runey, an Exeter, N.H., native who now serves as chief of plans with 4th Infantry Division and Multinational Division Baghdad, was asked to lead the team and help choose two Guardsmen who would best fit the role.

 “There were several candidates put forward by the Texas National Guard at the time,” Runey said. “They thought Major Hafer would be a good fit, and we thought so too. It worked out well for us.”

 With less than a week’s notice, Hafer began training for the new position. In April, he attended the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies, at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. There, he met the other two soldiers, including Runey, who make up the division’s Red Team. This would be the first step in Hafer’s deployment.

 He initially had planned to deploy with 4th Infantry Division shortly after completing the course, the division’s deployment date was pushed back until November. Hafer went to Fort Hood, Texas, and trained with the division until that time.

 While Hafer has spent many long hours working to accomplish his mission during this deployment, the hard work with the division is not the only sacrifice he has made. As a family man, businessman and leader in his community, he had to put his civilian life on hold without much preparation time.

 “I left a lot of good people with almost no notice, and everyone in Marshall stepped up and was incredibly supportive,” he said.

 Hafer was actively involved in the Marshall Rotary Club, the Marshall Chamber of Commerce and the Harrison County Manufacturing Council. He was also the director of operations for Mecar USA, a military ammunitions manufacturer, he added.

 While he and his wife did not know when or where he would deploy, Hafer said, he knew he most likely would deploy. This helped to mentally prepare the Hafers for the deployment.

 “We talked a lot. Careerwise, I knew I would be deploying,” he said. “As a family, we were ready. Not everything was taken care of, but we were ready.”

 Hafer also received support from his employer.

 “Mecar USA supported me with no notice and has kept in contact with me and my family since I’ve been gone,” he said.

 Hafer said he makes sure that he does his part as well to keep in contact with his loved ones and community back home. As is the case with many soldiers deployed to Iraq, this correspondence with those at home helps lift Hafer’s spirits.

 “Staying in touch with his family and community back home has been key to keeping his morale up,” Runey said. “Major Hafer is one of the hardest-working guys I’ve seen.”

 Hafer will be able to reconnect with his family and friends back home when he redeploys in July. The homecoming, though long awaited, will be bittersweet, Hafer said, as he will be leaving many new friends in Iraq. He said he will not soon forget his deployment with the Ivy Division.

 “I think it was a great opportunity to work with an extremely professional active-duty unit with a great reputation,” he said. “I’ve learned an immense amount just being here — being around this unit, the people and the professionalism.”

 (Army Spc. April Campbell serves in the Multinational Division Baghdad Public Affairs Office.)