Friday, July 29, 2016

Jesus Eddie Campa, Marshall residents, Police officers engage in dialogue at town hall meeting

By Robin Y. Richardson  from the Marshall News Me

A roomful of residents turned out for the Marshall Against Violence and Marshall Police Department town hall meeting Wednesday, to begin a dialogue to help strengthen the relationship between civilians and officers.
The idea came about in light of the recent shootings of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which were fueled by fatal shootings by police of black men, around the country.
"I definitely want to thank Marshall Police Department, Chief Campa and the officers for their willingness to have an open dialogue with the citizens of Marshall," MAV Founder and President Demetria McFarland said. "On the behalf of the citizens of Marshall, in general, we do not want our children to be fearful of police officers. They need to know that the officers are here to protect and to serve. They put their lives on the line every day to ensure the safety of our city and our community.
"We have to realize that out of every situation, every group, out of everything that we do, here within not only Marshall, in the world, you're going to have a few bad seeds, but not all cops are bad cops," she said, sharing a peaceful encounter she had with an officer during a traffic stop the same day.
In her prayer, Patricia Frazier Butler thanked God for the opportunity to come together as a unit to solve a problem that's bigger than Marshall.
"We thank you, right now, for a different perspective. We thank you thank the law enforcement even understand us, from a different perspective," she said.
Marshall Police Chief Jesus "Eddie" Campa said despite the bad image that's being portrayed of police officers and citizens in the national media, the city of Marshall is making great strides.
"If you look at Marshall, Texas, we've totally changed things around here in Marshall," the police chief said, citing the "No Colors No Labels" initiative that was created to improve race relations.
"We're kind of like the blueprint or the model that the rest of the country should actually be following because of some of the things we're doing here.
"We've came in and built this bridge of trust with our community," Campa said. "We're trying to keep developing (it). That's why we're here today."
The police chief said it broke his heart when a young black woman approached him at the local prayer vigil, held in honor of the fallen Dallas officers.
"She started crying, saying: 'I'm terrified of the police. I don't know what to do. Every time my brother goes out, I'm scared he's not going to come home because the police are out of control.'"
He assured her that those few bad apples weren't in Marshall.
"There's no reason to be afraid of us. We're the good guys," Campa told the mostly all black audience.
"There's a few bad apples everywhere, in everything that you do. In every walk of life there's bad apples, but the thing is there's only 1 percent of that community that's bad."
That's why when retired MPD Officer Scott Beck and McFarland both approached him about hosting an open dialogue with the community, he jumped at the opportunity.
"It made total sense to put something like this together," Campa said. "The purpose of this is to build a bond, educate you on the proper etiquette we want to see when we pull you over. We want to hear from you."
He said MPD is aiming to be the most transparent police department in the nation.
"We're here to remove any preconceived notion that we are racially motivated," said Campa. "If we were, you wouldn't be hosting meetings like this. It's all about building relationships."
Herman Robertson, a volunteer for one of the traffic stop demonstrations conducted during the event, said he appreciates the opportunity to dialogue with the officers because he's tired of being mistreated.
"I know we screw up; I screw up, but, hey, when I ain't done nothing wrong and I'm sitting at my home at my property, on my car, minding my business smoking a cigarette and you don't even ask me my name, you just ask me to turn around and put my hands behind my back… (it's wrong).
"Is that how you do black people?" Robertson asked.
"That's how y'all did me a month ago," he said. "I ain't got nothing against y'all. I'm tired of getting dogged out, and getting slammed down to the pavement and slammed against my car. I'm tired of that. I work every day; I work hard; I do the best I can do."
Campa apologized for any mistreatment, and welcomed residents to file a complaint in his office anytime they felt wronged.
"I don't want that one bad apple to ruin everything I have worked so hard to establish," Campa said. "But, I'm telling you, here in Marshall, you will never have a reason to be afraid of us doing anything wrong because we will not tolerate it.
"What you're hearing, when we stop you, just follow along with us and everything will be fine," he said.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Jesus "Eddie" Campa "Translation devices will help us communicate"

Marshall, Texas: (KLTV)- Special machines are helping an East Texas police department communicate with those who speak other languages.

Two weeks ago the Marshall Police Department received translators through a government program to help serve their growing Spanish-speaking population.
Officer Justin Mills with the Marshall Police Department showed us a scenario where he pulled over Marshall Police Chief Jesus Eddie Campa and used the translator to speak to Campa in Spanish.
"So basically what I just told him is that he's speeding in a school zone, and the reason for this citation he's receiving is for speeding," says Mills.

 Campa says being able to communicate clearly during traffic stops is essential in any language.

"You're telling them to stop or whatever, they make some kind of movement, you mistake it, you use force, or unfortunately deadly force, so you've taken an incident that could've really easily de-escalated and taken it to a whole different level," says Campa.

Campa, who's from West Texas, says he knows how difficult and stressful it could be for those who can't communicate in those situations.

"When I moved to East Texas, there were some phrases and sayings and talking that I was just like, 'what?' Which I didn't understand. It made me feel uncomfortable. I didn't know what you were saying to me. So imagine just totally not understanding the language completely," says Campa.

"I would be really nervous if I couldn't speak the language because, I would have no idea why this officer just stopped me. I have no idea what I did, and I don't speak English. So I don't understand what the sign said, but at least now he was able to tell me that he stopped me for speeding, by using the translator," says Campa.

The translators have hundreds of pre-set commands in many languages that officers use every day.

"Say I'm issuing a citation for expired tags, hit that," says Mills.
The device then says the above phrase in the selected language.

The other device has a headset that you can speak through. While it's not the quickest device, Campa says it's better than the alternative.

"Just totally not understanding anything and just looking at somebody like a deer in the headlights could escalate a situation that has no reason to be escalated," says Campa.
If special programs are downloaded, the translators can also translate from a selected language to English. Chief Campa says they will have extensive training with the translators and plan to have them out on their shifts by the end of September.
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Jesus Eddie Campa say"Suspect captured after robbery, chase in East Texas"

      After a high speed chase that lead officials through several counties, a suspect in a Sunday afternoon robbery in Marshall was taken into custody.
At about noon on Sunday, Marshall Police Department was notified of a robbery that had just occurred at the EZ Mart at 2507 West Pinecrest. A witness to the robbery was following the suspect's vehicle on Hwy. 43 and relaying the location to MPD dispatchers.
Harrison County Sheriff Tom McCool located the vehicle at Hwy 43 South near Cave Springs Road and several Harrison County Sheriff's Office deputies began pursuing the suspect's vehicle.
The pursuit continued south through Tatum and was joined by the Texas Highway Patrol, Rusk County deputies and Tatum Police Department. Road spikes were deployed causing the vehicle to wreck into a yard. After a brief foot pursuit the suspect was taken into custody.
The suspect was identified as Broderick Maximillian McHenry, 31, from Shreveport, Louisiana. He was booked into the Harrison County Jail for aggravated robbery, evading arrest/detention with a motor vehicle and additional charges relating to his activities in Rusk County.
“Despite the difficult times we in the law enforcement community are currently facing, our area law enforcement agencies work tirelessly and in concert to make our communities safe," Marshall Police Chief Jesus "Eddie" Campa said. "I am proud of the work done today and that this violent suspect was taken into custody before he could injure anyone else.”

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Prayers and problem solving in Marshall w/ Jesus Eddie Campa

Prayers and problem solving in Marshall

Marshall Against Violence and Marshall Police Department joined together Friday, praying for peace in the wake of the deaths of two black men, who were fatally shot by Minnesota and Baton Rouge police, and the shooting death of five Dallas officers who were killed during a protest about the shootings this week.
"It's really close to home," Marshall Police Chief Jesus "Eddie" Campa said during the prayer vigil, hosted by MAV, as he addressed a racially diverse crowd.
"It is two hours away," he said of Dallas' distance from Marshall.
As he reflected on the tragedies that have unfolded, he asked the crowd not to buy into the "racism" theory.
"It ain't about race," Campa said. "It really isn't."
The police chief said one of the things that his department is working on in the Marshall's community is educating residents on how to behave when approached by an officer.
"Some people don't know," Campa said. "If a police officer says put your hands up, put your hands up.
"It's plain and simple. Whether you're doing something wrong or not, just obey," he urged. "There's a reason why we're asking you to do it."
Campa encouraged the audience to join the department in uniting the community by supporting various MPD initiatives such as "No Colors, No Labels" and the Citizens Academy.
"I'm just asking you to help us come together," he said. "If you all really want to know what police officers go through, what we do, come out to the Citizens Academy. You'll see it's not all black and white."
Demetria McFarland, founder and president of MAV, echoed his sentiments. She just completed the Citizens Academy program and said it was an eye-opener.
"Before anybody gets upset and wants to take action into their own hands, come talk to us first," Campa said. "I am not a hard person to find. Set up an appointment and we'll get it done."
McFarland thanked MPD for their support.
"We have a choice today whether we are going to be a part of the problem or part of the solution," McFarland said, indicating not just black or white lives matter.
"All lives matter," she said, as she stood side by side next to her good friend, Lisa Hency, a white woman. "We have to have that dialogue set up with the police department and we have to know what our rights are.
"Go look at the Constitution, read it for yourself, see what your rights are. There's got to be that dialogue, that understanding between us."
City Commissioner LaDarius Carter praised Marshall for being a community that comes together in the midst of tragedy.
"The officials in Baton Rouge and Minnesota have to determine for themselves whether the actions of their police officers took or not, were appropriate," Carter said. "I just want to say as an elected representative of this community, I and majority of my counterparts, we have full faith and confidence in Chief Campa and his officers and the job that they do."
Despite the racism that's prevalent in the world, Friday's diverse crowd was encouraging, he said.
"Look around right now, we have people of all races here together for one purpose and that is to keep our community safe and join together in the face of tragedy," Carter said.
He encouraged them to remember that about Marshall as they see such tragedies unfold on the news.
"Remember where we actually live," Carter said. "We live in a community that pulls together when times get hard. So I want us to keep that in mind; I want us to keep our children safe; I want us to keep our officers safe by remembering the truth that we live in a community that come together regardless of race, or any socioeconomic demographic."

Monday, July 11, 2016

Jesus "Eddie" Campa needs your help in msolving an Unsolved Murder of Graylon Williams

“Mystery Monday”-Unsolved Murder of Graylon Williams
Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa and the Marshall Police Department are seeking the community’s assistance in helping solve one of Marshall’s cold cases. MPD is seeking any information related
to the murder of Graylon Williams, which occurred in January 2008.

On January 4, 2008, at approximately 10:15 p.m. Officers responded to the Sweet Stop Gas station located in the1100 block of West Grand Ave. in reference to a black male that had been
shot. Upon arrival, Officers discovered a black male, later identified as Graylon Williams, sitting in a gray colored pick-up parked in front of the gas station. Officers discovered that Williams had what appeared to be gunshot wounds. Williams was unresponsive when Officers first arrived on scene. Marshall EMS arrived on scene and transported Williams to the hospital where he later died due to his injuries. As Officers investigated the scene it was discovered that Williams was shot by an unknown person or persons in the vacant lot between the gas station and Bel-Aire
Manor apartments, which are just south of the gas station. This area is frequented by subjects walking to and from the apartment complex and gas station.

The Marshall Police Departments’ Criminal Investigations Bureau has put in many hours on this case, but has yet to come up with any informationleading to an arrest. The Investigations Bureau
asks that if anyone has information regarding this case please contact Lt.Patrick Clayton at 903-935-4546 or 903-935-4575. If you wish to remain anonymous call Marshall/Harrison County
Crime Stoppers at 903-935-9969.

Chief Campa is asking the community to help us in solving this case and bring closure to the Williams family. Chief Campa stated “Any information you have, even if you believe it’s trivial,
could be the piece of evidence we need to make an arrest. Our detectives are working tirelessly to solve not only Mr. Williams murder, but all other homicides that have occurred in the City of
Marshall. It’s time to take a stand.”

Friday, July 8, 2016

Jesus "Eddie" Campa: A look at local law enforcement training

I was interviewed this week on the training that we are providing for our officers.  We are doing everything that we can do to make sure that we always do the right thing.

A look at local law enforcement training: A look at local law enforcement training after two deadly officer involved shootings in two days.

Jesus "Eddie" Campa: 5 officers dead in 'ambush' at protest

 Dallas police shootings: 5 officers dead in 'ambush' at protest

A suspect who was killed by police after snipers shot 12 Dallas officers, five fatally, "wanted to kill white people, especially white officers," police chief David Brown said.
The man was killed after authorities cornered him in a garage at El Centro Community College. After several hours of negotiations, lasting into the early hours of Friday morning, officials exchanged gunfire with the suspect and "saw no other option" but to kill him by detonating a bomb, Brown said.
"Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger," he said.
Brown said the suspect, who he would not identify, told a hostage negotiator that he was upset about the Black Lives Matter movement and the recent police shootings of black men elsewhere in the U.S.
"The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers," Brown said. "The suspect stated that he was not affiliated with any groups and he stated that he did this alone."
Nonetheless, officers took three other people into custody.
Dallas Mayor MikeRawlings praised the team who took down the suspect.
"The good news: He's gone off the face of the Earth," Rawlings told MSNBC.
The city's downtown was in lockdown Friday after Thursday night's ambush, which marked the deadliest day for law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001.
Earlier, the suspect had told police negotiators that "the end is coming" and that "there are bombs all over the place in this garage and downtown," Brown said.
President BarackObama, who was in Poland for a NATO meeting, condemned the "vicious, callous and despicable attack."
I believe I speak for every single American when I say that we are horrified over these events and that we stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas," the president said.
The chaos started when at least two snipers fired from an elevated position on police officers minutes before 9 p.m. local time (10 p.m. ET), Brown said. He called it an "ambush-style" shooting.
"We believe that these suspects were positioning themselves in a way to triangulate on these officers from two different perches in garages in the downtown area, and planned to injure and kill as many law enforcement officers as they could," he told a news conference earlier — noting that some victims were shot in the back.
Other suspects might still be at large. "We're hopeful that we have got everybody, but we don't know that for sure," Rawlings told NBC's TODAY.
He said the suspects in custody were "being pretty tight-lipped," but their motives were clear. "It's simple ... they wanted to kill police officers. And sadly, they did."

Rawlings didn't elaborate any further on the motives or on who the suspects were, and said authorities were "not ruling anything out," including terrorism.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Jesus "Eddie" Campa: Police Sleep: Officers On Night Shift 14 Times More Likely To Be Sleep Deprived: By Amanda L. Chan

Work as a police officer — which, for many, includes shifts during non-daytime hours — could negatively impact sleep, a small new study shows.
University of Iowa researchers found that police officers who worked during the nights or evenings were 14 times more likely to get fewer than six hours of sleep a a day, compared with people who worked days.
Plus, the police officers who got fewer than six hours of sleep a day had more than a doubled risk of bad quality sleep, compared with those who got six or more hours of sleep a daythe Workplace Health & Safety study said.
“This study further confirmed the impact of shift work on law enforcement officers and the importance of sleep as a modifiable risk factor for police,” study researcher Sandra Ramey, an assistant professor at the University of Iowa, said in a statement.
The study included surveys from 85 male police officers, between ages 22 and 63, who were part of three different Iowa police departments and worked about 46 hours a week, on average. Researchers were sure to get an equal number of dayshift workers as night- and evening-shift workers. All of the study participants were asked about their stress and fatigue levels, and their height, weight and C-reactive protein levels (a sign of inflammation) were also measured.
The researchers spotted some trends among the officers. For one, 83 percent said they have had to, at least on occasion, get up early for work the next day after working a night or evening shift.
The researchers also noted that they did not find a link between poor sleep and health problems, but they said that the study sample size may have been too small to spot any that may exist. Past research has linked poor sleep and too little sleep with health problems like Alzheimer’s disease and memory problemsweight gainand diabetes.
Recently, a similar study on sleep and health in police officers was published in the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health.
In that study of 464 Buffalo (NY) Police Department officers, researchers found that almost half worked the night shift (a significantly higher percentage than the rest of the U.S. population, of which 9 percent does shift work). And this shift work was linked with an increased risk of metabolic syndrome. That condition is comprised of a group of conditions, including excess body fat, high cholesterol and an increase in blood pressure or blood sugar levels, according to the Mayo Clinic.
And last year, a study of nearly 5,000 police officers in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that as many as 40 percent of police officers don’t get enough sleep and have some sort of sleep disorder, ABC News reported.
“We know that sleep deprivation results in impaired performance both cognitively, physically and emotionally, which can impact decision-making and response time, which are crucial to high stress professions such as law enforcement,” Dr. Nanci Yang, a Stanford University professor not directly involved in the study, told ABC News. “It is paramount to public safety that it be addressed.”

Jesus "Eddie" Campa talks New King City police chief outlines plan to move forward

When the scandal first broke I was contacted about applying for this job.  In less then 6 months that chief was terminated.  I was contacted once more by King City to apply for the position and once again I did not.  A year into that Chief's term he was fired.  This time I was once again contacted by recruiters for King City and yet again I declined to apply for the job.  

I would like to wish Chief Masterson nothing but the best ass he takes on this very challenging role.  The citizens of his community deserves nothing but the best and I pray that the Chief can deliver.  He is on point when he states that he would rather patrol by himself then to hire the wrong persons.   

Police department rocked by scandal two years ago

KING CITY, Calif. —King City has another new police chief, adding to a long list of permanent and interim chiefs who have run the department since a department-wide scandal was uncovered more than two years ago.

“Everybody wants to put what’s happened in the past to bed and they want someone who’s going to be around a while. They’re looking forward to someone who is going to stay, become part of the community, and I’m hoping to be that person,” said Robert Masterson, who will be officially                                                    sworn in Wednesday night as King City’s new police chief.
Masterson, 50, comes from Tulare County, where he served as chief of police for the College of the Sequoias. Prior to that, he worked with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department for 20 years.
“I speak from the heart and I act from the heart, that’s all I can do,” Masterson said.
The incoming chief takes over a department that was rocked by scandal two years ago when six cops were arrested, including a former chief and interim chief. The arrests resulted from a towing scandal, death threats, embezzlement and gun charges.
The force has never fully regained the trust of the community and Masterson said that will be a top priority.
“I think the first part we need to do is find out from the people that live in King City, what do you need, what do you want, what do you think we need to do, and then those are our marching orders,” Masterson said.
He said trust won’t be built overnight, it will take some time, and part of that involves changing the culture within the police force and hiring the right people.
“I’d rather drive a patrol car myself than hire an officer that is going to give the city problems down the road and mistreat the people that live here. So I’d rather handle the beat myself than hire that officer and be back in the situation we were two years ago,” Masterson said.
The new chief said another priority will be gang prevention and intervention programs to steer kids away from the gang lifestyle. Masterson said he supports the use of body cameras and is in the process of selecting a new vendor.
Masterson said he brings to the job honesty, integrity, transparency and the fact that he’s in this for the long haul.
“I’m roughly the sixth or seventh chief that sat behind this desk. I hope to be the last one for quite a while. Rest assured, I’m not going to do anything that is going to give the city or people of this town (a reason) to get rid of me,” Masterson said.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

“Transparency with the media is vital” states Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa

You will always here police chief’s talk about transparency.  Many of them talk about it because it is the word that is currently trending in today’s police world.  I pride myself in running a very transparent police department.  I think that having the open working relationship that we have with the media has been a great benefit for us.  When I arrived I was told that the media did not think highly of our agency.  After meeting with several of the media outlets I discovered that they in fact did not have a high opinion of the Marshall PD.  Just as it is important to have the trust of the community, it is just as important to have an open line of communication and trust with the media.  In a time where the media is quick to highlight any short coming or misconceived notion that a police officer commits a mistake, it is vital to have a transparent relationship with the media.  Now I am not saying to go out and become their best friends, but make sure to keep them in the loop.  Get information out there as soon as possible, so there is no perception of mistrust or that you are hiding something. 
This is why I hosted the 2nd Annual Media day luncheon at the MPD in 2015 and will be hosting our 3rd Annual Media day luncheon during the month of September 2016.  This gives me the opportunity to invite the media to our Head Quarters.  During their visit he give them a tour of the facility and show them the day to day operations of the PD.  We also provide them with some great demonstrations from our SWAT and K-9 units.  Then we settle in for a nice catered lunch, along with a Q&A session.  The media truly appreciates this and we enjoy building a bridge that brings us together.  The following is a story that was written by Kelly Colvin of KSLA. 
Marshall, Tx. police host media day event

Posted: Nov 13, 2015 4:45 PM CSTUpdated: Nov 28, 2015 12:17 AM CST
By Kelly Colvin

Marshall, Texas, Police Chief Eddie Campa briefs media representatives (Kelly Colvin/KSLA News 12)

Marshall police hosted a media day event Friday to demonstrate some of their tactics used in certain situations.
Police Chief Jesus "Eddie" Campa said he wanted to hold the event to build relationships with representatives of the media, thanking them for their efforts in helping police get much-needed information to the public.
As part of the event, members of Marshall Police Department's SWAT team and K-9 units demonstrated several scenarios police face while on duty.
Officers with the special response team demonstrated a traffic stop in which the SWAT team had to be called in to assist in getting the "suspect" out of the vehicle. Officers with the K-9 unit also showed how the dogs check a vehicle where drugs are suspected to be present.
Campa explained that the department's canine officers no longer scratch on the spot of the vehicle where drugs are suspected but rather simply lie down as their signal.
K-9 Officer Amor showed off his skills at taking down a suspect. For demonstration purposes, Capt. Best was the "suspect." Wearing a special protective sleeve, Best endured Amor's vicious bites. But after it was over and the sleeve came off, Amor showed a softer side to Best.
Campa answered numerous questions, including queries about the department's new campaign No Colors, No Labels.
It's an initiative to education and promote positive relationships between citizens and erase preconceived notions that all police are racially motivated, according to the department. 
The campaign implemented by Campa involves grass-roots educational and social media campaigns.
While explaining his idea, Campa used as examples several instances in which he said he had been racially profiled. 
The initiative's mission is to stop hate, promote diversity, eliminate prejudices and advocate safe, inclusive communities for all.
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