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Brian Steven Simon Memorial Patch

As some may recall, Brian Steven Simon, United States Probation Officer, District of Nevada, passed away, on May 28, 2010. Since his passing, Brian’s wife, Brenda, and daughter, Becca, left Las Vegas, Nevada, to be closer to family in Bethesda, Maryland. Although gone, neither Brian, nor his family, have been forgotten. To commemorate Brian, a Memorial Patch has been created and has been made available to all who would like to purchase one. The proceeds from the sale of the Memorial Patch will be deposited into his seven year old daughter’s college fund, which was established following his death.

Patches may be purchased by contacting USPO Bridger Franzen, in the District of Nevada, at United States Probation Office, 300 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Suite 1200, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89101, for $8.00 per patch. Please send check or money order made payable to “Clara Seeno,” who is the executor of the account. Cash is always accepted; however, it is not recommended. You may also contact Bridger Franzen at: Work - (702) 527-7263 or Cell - (702) 280-2831. Thank you all in advance for your generous donations. A photograph of the patch has been attached.

1 confirmed dead in Canton shooting

CANTON — A man was shot and killed during a roadside fight with a state probation officer when he tried to grab the officer’s gun, police said.

his is the first time someone has died after being shot by a probation officer in North Carolina, said Pamela Walker, director of external affairs for the N.C. Department of Correction, which employs probation officers.

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation is handling the case. The SBI investigates all officer-involved shootings in North Carolina.

Read the complete article at - citizen-times.com

Federal Benefits on the Chopping Block

We have all been witness to many stories, emails, news headlines and other “not so good news items” about the federal budget, spending and cuts. Our cost of living adjustments as federal employees have been frozen for three years, our district budgets cut, and we are routinely being asked to do more for less. This time, Congress is threatening federal employees with a freeze on within grade step increases until 2015 and increasing federal employees’ FERS contributions from .8% to 5.8%.  

FPPOA, in alignment with recent notices sent by  FLEOA, are also urging that you take the time to contact your Senator and Representative and send them a quick letter urging that this proposal not be passed.  Our retirement, livelihoods and careers as federal employees are being used as leverage in current deficit reduction talks.  Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers serve a unique role in government and provide a public service that protects communities across the country.  FPPOA encourages members and non-members alike to organize, stand together and fight, from every angle.

Below are the links to addresses for the House of Representative and Senate. Take a moment to call on them now and express the importance of providing quality benefits to federal law enforcement officers.

Find your Representative

Find your Senator

Law Enforcement Involved Shootings - Research on Circumstances

New findings on how offenders train with, carry and deploy the weapons they use to attack police officers have emerged in a just-published, 5-year study by the FBI.

Among other things, the data reveal that most would-be cop killers:

  • Show signs of being armed that officers miss; have more experience using deadly force in "street combat" than their intended victims;  
  • Practice with firearms more often and shoot more accurately; 
  • have no hesitation whatsoever about pulling the trigger. 

"If you hesitate," one told the study's researchers, "you're dead. You have the instinct or you don't. If you don't, you're in trouble on the street.."

Click here to read the article at Patriotnetwork.com (or)
Click here to download the PDF report from FPPOA.org

Facebook: Sex Offenders Need Not Apply!

Two articles dealing with Facebook caught my attention recently. The first by DeContodescribed a North Carolina lawsuit challenging state statute §14-202.5 as unconstitutional. This law prohibits registered sex offenders, …. “to access a commercial social networking Web site where the sex offender knows that the site permits minor children to become members or to create or maintain personal Web pages on the commercial social networking Web site.” Violations are a Class I felony (punishable but up to 5 years or fine or both). The arguments appear to be centered on freedom of speech and the law is too broad.

Sex Offenders and Gaming Devices: What is the Risk?

From time to time supervision officers ask me about gaming consoles and sex offenders. There were some recent incidents that compelled me to write about it today. The first involved a law enforcement request seeking assistance in analyzing a gaming console taken by a parole officer from a sex offender. The parole officer was concerned about what the offender had done with it. The next was a recently decided case striking a gaming restriction for a sex offender [1]. So why all the concern about gaming? Yes they are computers and yes they can connect to the Internet. But can sex offenders use them to have contact with minors and/or access pornography? Let’s take a look! (click here to read the article at corrections.com)

Cartel hit possibly behind US agent killing, congressman say

Washington (CNN) -- New information regarding the killing of a U.S. immigration agent in Mexico points to it being a sanctioned hit by the Zetas drug cartel and not a rogue incident, said Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who said he has been briefed by federal immigration officials.

FPPOA featured on FEDtalk Friday, February 25th, 11:00 am

A Different Look at the Federal Judiciary: Join host Debra Roth when she meets with Pat McNutt of the Federal Court Clerks Association and John Bendzunas of the Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association to learn more about the top issues affecting their members. The radio show aired Friday, February 25, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time.

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