APR
06

Tips On Working Remotely During The Coronavirus Outbreak

Tips On Working Remotely During The Coronavirus Outbreak

We know our community is facing a whole new set of challenges each and every day while we’re all doing our fair share to remain indoors and protect each other from the recent Coronavirus outbreak.

While working remotely seems simple enough here are some recommendations that can help you better adjust to these changes while you settle into a new work routine.

Share to help our community continue to #FlattenTheCurve and be sure to comment with your own tips!

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MAR
31

How To Keep Our Community Safe From The Coronavirus



How To Keep Our Community Safe From The Coronavirus



Here are some preventative methods and information via the World Health Organization that can help keep our community informed and safe while we all face new challenges during the current Coronavirus outbreak.



Help Share these tips with our community so that we can all help #FlattenTheCurve! 



Source: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public


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MAR
28

Preventative Coronavirus Guidelines For Our Law Enforcement Family

Preventative Coronavirus Guidelines For Our Law Enforcement Family

Our priority will always be protecting our communities and amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, we’re still out there ensuring that everyone is safe while our nation experiences new challenges every day.

Here are some useful tips for our fellow officers to remember via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that can help keep all of us protected as well.

Be sure to share and together we can all help #FlattenTheCurve!

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-law-enforcement.html

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MAR
26

39th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service in Washington, D.C. Canceled Due to COVID-19

39th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service in Washington, D.C. Canceled Due to COVID-19

It is with great regret that, for the first time in the event's history, the 39th Annual National Peace officers' Memorial Service in Washington, D.C. has been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Teams are consulting with the Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) and other groups to develop a fitting tribute to honor the families of the fallen for the 2019 calendar year and will develop a plan to move forward after this crisis subsides to honor the sacrifices made by our fallen heroes in the way that has been done over the last 39 years.

The National FOP and Memorial Committee will undertake an effort to have a meaningful and respectful media tribute to our fallen heroes on May 15th, National Peace Officers' Memorial Day. 

It is with heavy sadness that we cannot come together this year, to grieve with our survivor families and draw strength from one another on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, but given the national crisis we must, as we always have, put the safety of the public first.

Please keep an eye out for updated information on how we will honor our fallen heroes once our nation recovers from this unprecedented pandemic.

NLEOMF - https://nleomf.org/

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MAR
16

Coronavirus Safety Tips For Our Community

Coronavirus Safety Tips For Our Community

With the rise of Coronavirus and the Flu currently hitting people of all ages around the nation, we ask that our community not panic, follow these simple steps to help keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe!

Prevention is key so be sure to share this to help inform our community and let’s work together to put these best practices to use.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact or visit your local hospital for more information.

For more preventative measures and info please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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JAN
16

We asked and you generously delivered. Thank you.

We asked and you generously delivered. Thank you.

As an appreciation of your generosity and thoughtfulness, we want to take a moment to thank you!

Your charitable donation to Garland Police Association FOP Lodge 269 means that we can continue to positively impact our community and support its local causes. This is what paying it forward is all about. By giving back in 2019 you’ve now shown others that you care about the future of our neighborhood.

Your generosity shows that you care about our local youth and police officers. That you strive to work together alongside us in caring for the well being of this community and each other. We can’t thank you enough for your signal of support.

Donors like you help us contribute to after school youth programs, events where we gather together to discuss important issues that affect all of us, and local charities that help those less fortunate than ourselves.

Your simple act of kindness raises the spirits of our officers. Knowing they have support from friends like you, brings a bit of peace and determination to their hearts as they patrol our streets at night.

You are now more than just someone that lives in our community: you helped invest in a brighter future, where we can make a more personal connection with our residents, help educate our youth, and create a safer environment not just now, but for tomorrow!

Thank you again for being a caring member of our community.

The Garland Police Association FOP Lodge 269

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JAN
09

Join the Garland PD Team - Apply Now!

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Visit the Garland Police Department website today and accept the challenge!
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OCT
28

Our Community Needs Your Help!

Our Community Needs Your Help!
Are you committed to making a difference in our community? Your charitable contribution will help us keep your loved ones safe, give back, and reach our annual goal!

Your Donation is the fuel for all of it. From caring for the families of fallen officers to local youth programs, your support helps us build trust between our officers and residents; strengthening our community.

Our local law enforcement association continually gives its financial resources to help the growing number of people in our community who desperately need our assistance. Our officers personally volunteer hundreds of hours towards local programs and causes aimed to help our most precious commodity: Our children.

Here’s how YOU can help: Donate Today

When you Donate Today , you WILL help a variety of local causes

  • Youth programs

  • Community safety events

  • Families of fallen or injured officers


  • As first responders, we are sworn to place your safety above all else, and it is our honor to do so. But, we also know our commitment can’t stop when our shift ends. When you Donate Today , you are standing with us as partners; helping us to shape a brighter future.

    We know the stronger our community is, the better we can protect you and our youth.

    Thanks to generous donors like you, we can continue to serve our at risk youth and be leaders in our community.

    Your support will help our officers build a brighter and safer future for us all.

    Please give what you can, even $10 per month will make an impact! Together we can continue to help our community thrive!
     
    With our heartfelt gratitude in advance, thank you.
     
     
    The Garland Police Association FOP Lodge 269   
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    OCT
    02

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Here at the Garland Police Association FOP Lodge 269 we feel it is our duty and privilege to help spread the word. The simple truth is this: 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. This year alone over 250,000 women in our country will be diagnosed with the disease. It is the most common cancer among women worldwide.
     
    These facts are not meant to terrify. They are the truth and why must we take it so seriously. But the news is not solely negative.
     
    Leaps are being made with research using shared data across the world, and keeping a hard focus on awareness is helping U.S. women with early diagnosis and treatment. More cancer centers are being erected. Support groups and Internet education have an enormous reach now. One fantastic organization, Susan G. Komen has established a 24-hour Helpline to help patients and those who simply need support and information.
     
    There is a ray of hope in all of this: there are over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors alive in the U.S. today.
     
    We refuse to rest on that statistic, however, with many needs still unmet. More research is needed. Continuous improvement is needed for existing treatment options. Institutes of Training and Higher Education need funding to carry on finding better and more effective forms of treatment. And women diagnosed or surviving need greater support.
     
    Please take a few moments this month to learn more about breast cancer. Share this article with others. Send a link to a loved one. This is a battle for the women and families in our lives that are facing or may face this dreaded disease.

    It has been said that sunshine is the best disinfectant. As long as we keep shining a light on breast cancer, the harder it will be able to hide in the shadows.
     
    Thank You,
     Garland Police Association FOP Lodge 269
     

    Some good BCA information links:
    ·       https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-facts
    ·       https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month
    ·       https://www.wearitpink.org/about/breast-cancer-awareness-month
    ·       https://www.healthline.com/health/breast-cancer/best-blogs-of-the-year#3
    ·       https://ww5.komen.org/
    ·       https://pinkpatchproject.com/

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    AUG
    19

    Supporting Local Family-Owned Businesses!

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    5th Avenue Nutrition just recently opened and they are incredibly welcoming and inviting. The GPA takes pride in recognizing our local family-owned establishments that support growth within the community of Garland.

    They have a host of healthy options of baked treats, Black Rifle Coffee, as well protein shakes and great tasting beverages. Stop by and visit them! 

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    AUG
    11

    Thanks to Members of Holy Grace Tabernacle

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    The members of the Holy Grace Tabernacle and Officers Birdwell and Smith combined efforts to assist a young lady having a mental health crisis. During church services, this subject walked into the sanctuary asking for help. Through collaborated teamwork, she was provided with spiritual guidance and counseling by church staff, while Officers were able to facilitate professional assistance.
     
    The GPA would like to thank the members of the Holy Grace Tabernacle for the graciousness they displayed in dealing with this delicate matter, and their sincere appreciation and continued support for the Garland Police Dept.
     
    Apostle Kimberley Brandon, Prophetess Brenda Howard, Evangelist Veronica Bramble, and Deacon Brandy Cox.
    Also thank you to Pastor Bishop Eddie and Vanessa Willis
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    JUN
    15

    GCPAAA Luncheon

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    The GPA was able to enjoy a late lunch with GCPAAA today in the Ashlock room. The turnout and show of support was tremendous.

    The GPA made a donation as token of our gratitude for the continued support we receive from this dedicated group of men and women. A special thanks to Monica L Doherty and her team for all the time and effort that went into today's meal.

    I grabbed Lt. Dan Colasanto to be the pic for several reasons, but the main reason was to acknowledge him and the rest of the SWAT team and those in CID for the outstanding police work they accomplished this week. Several very bad individuals were removed from the streets of Garland.

    Awesome work!

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    JUN
    02

    Helping out at Hugs Cafe, Inc.

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    Hugs Cafe, Inc. wrote the following:

    In a day and age where positive comments and a thank you can be hard to come by, let me give you this. On June 1, 2019, Officer Matt Smith of the Garland Police Department showed up and made a difference. The event was the Hugs Cafe Summer Social which is a summer dance for folks with developmental disabilities and their families. Matt volunteered his time as a face painter. Both the young kids and older kids loved it! Matt had a line waiting for his artistic touches from the moment the doors opened until the DJ turned off the music! Matt was very gentle with our folks and guests and they responded to him really well. Thank you Matt for brightening the day of so many folks!

    Here is a photo of Matt with Abs, one of the Hugs Cafe Teammates. Abs was very excited about getting a dragon painted on his arm.
    Hugs Cafe, Inc. is a nonprofit based in McKinney, Texas with the mission of providing training and employment for adults with developmental disabilities.


    Thank you,
    Chris R. Thompson
    Board of Directors
    Hugs Cafe, Inc

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    MAY
    15

    Donation to Garland Police Pursuit Driving Program

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    Today, the GPA donated $500 to our Garland Police Pursuit Driving Program. The money is going towards the purchase of some much-needed equipment for a new trailer that was purchased by Chief Bryan. Chief Bryan generously purchased this trailer for the Pursuit Driving Program while he was still the Assistant Chief over Patrol. After taking ownership of the trailer, Lt. Steadman quickly came to the realization that they had no budget and needed several items to make this trailer an effective and professional-looking piece of equipment deserving to represent the Officers of the Garland Police Department.

    Lt. Steadman took over the Pursuit Driving Program last July and thinks that our program (which has been headed by Lt Holmes for the last 23 years and has had instructors like Jared Weston, Joel Price, Chris Hataway and Craig Thompson for many of those years) is second to none and only challenged by our lack of city-owned facilities. Lt. Steadman feels we will see a whole new attitude and excitement in regards to driving.

    The GPA appreciates the effort and passion Lt. Steadman has infused into our driving program.

    In the Pursuit of Excellence …
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    MAY
    03

    Police Memorial Beautification Project

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    Zach Moore and members of the First Baptist Church of Garland Youth Ministry have arrived at the Garland Police Department, and have begun their important beautification work at the Police Memorial. GPA President Matt Smith and Chief Bryan were on hand to welcome them to the Police Department and thank them for helping to make the Memorial more attractive.
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    APR
    23

    A Day at the Range

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    From Garland Police Association FOP Lodge 269 President Matt Smith:

    "I have always enjoyed qualifying at the range, gives Officers a chance to run into old friends and those in different areas of the PD that they normally don't have a chance to see. 

    Today I ran into Lt. Kemp, SRO Lee Carter, and spotlight Officer of the Month Clint Korenek. Scott Ehrman and Scott Litchenberg are seldom heard or seen, but are always consummate professionals when it comes to the Department's firearms standards. 

    Everyone in the GPA appreciates you and thanks you both for your dedicated service" 

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    MAR
    22

    Oliver's One Request

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    During a shift on patrol, Officers encountered a young supporter.

    Oliver had only one request, could he sit in a police car.
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    FEB
    28

    Honoring Deputy City Manager & Police Chief

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    Two men were honored today, Garland's new Deputy City Manager Mitch Bates and Police Chief Jeff Bryan. It was honor and quite humbling for the Garland Police Association Board to be included with local Chiefs, DPS Area Directors, and Federal Agents to show our gratitude toward these two leaders. The City of Garland has a very bright future.
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    FEB
    21

    Pancake Breakfast this Sunday 2/23

    Pancake Breakfast this Sunday 2/23

    Come support the Garland Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association at the All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast at Labella Italian Grill

    4125 Broadway Blvd.
    Garland, TX 75043

    Saturday February 23, 2019
    7am - 10am

    Tickets $5.00 Available at the door
    For ticket information contact Monica Doherty at 469-366-7862

    Menu Includes: Pancakes, Sausage, Coffee, Orange Juice, and Water

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    JAN
    17

    Ride Out with City Manager Bryan Bradford

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    It was a privilege to have City Manager Bryan Bradford ride out with Garland Police Association President today.


    In addition to seeing the streets of Garland from the view of a patrol officer, Bradford and President Matt Smith discussed a range of issues, including the future of the City and the search for Garland's next Chief of Police.


    The Police Association is proud to have a seat at the table for the future of our City. Together, and only together, we can make Garland one of the best cities in America to live, to work and to play.

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    DEC
    19

    INTERNET AND WEBSITE SAFETY TIPS

    INTERNET AND WEBSITE SAFETY TIPS
    Though there have been many scares about what can happen to children or teenagers on the internet, adults should be safe as well. There is no limit to the amount of risk adults come in contact with such as sexual predators, criminals who are seeking out your personal information on social networking sites, buying habits, frequently used sites, and many others.Here are some tips to help prevent you from being a target:Do not share things such as e...
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    DEC
    17

    Crime Prevention

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    Simple Crime Prevention:Anyone can be a target of even the simplest of crimes. Here are some tips to keep you safe in your everyday life:-Always be aware of your surroundings and who is around you. Take time to observe what people are wearing and what they look like in case you have to describe it later to someone.-Do not leave any items in your car that may be seen as valuable to someone else. Do not give thieves the opportunity. Put valuables i...
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    DEC
    13

    Garland PD Custodian Tim Kreyer

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    Passing out Association t-shirts today, and had the opportunity to bump into long-time Garland PD custodian Tim Kreyer - a genuine person as you will ever meet and always has a smile on his face and a positive attitude...
    Thanks Tim!
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