Sunday, June 29, 2008

Leadership Seminars

All leadership seminars are unique and were developed by Dr. Andrew J. Harvey and Raymond E. Foster. The training can include PowerPoint presentations, course workbooks, film clips, and interactive discussion, all presented in a friendly and fun atmosphere conducive to learning. Each course is customized to the degree specified by the client. Classes can have as much or as little custom content as desired. Attendees will come away with practical skill and knowledge that can be immediately put to use within the organization.

Examples of training seminars include:


If a player doesn't realize it's his or her turn to play, the dealer will say, “Your action.”
This one-day course is designed to help current and aspiring leaders to fulfill their ultimate potential in the realm of
leadership by realizing it’s always your action. The course is based on the book Leadership: Texas Hold em Style; and, covers the keys to good leadership through a variety of engaging and entertaining instructional methods.

Made Hand Career Development:

In poker, a made hand is one that does not need to improve to win. As an example, in draw poker, if you had two pairs and another player is drawing for a straight or a flush, you have a made hand because you win even if you don’t draw a card that improves your hand. Conversely, your opponent has a drawing hand, they must draw into a winning combination.

Made Hand Career Development is designed primarily for public sector professionals. The course teaches you how to develop your career to the fullest. Giving you the tools and resources to develop your career into a winning made hand. An organization benefits from this one-day seminar through developing their employees to view their career as journey for which they must be prepared.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Public Safety Technology in the News

MDI, Inc.'s LearnSafe™ Initiative Launches LearnSafe Direct™ -Nation's First and Only School Safety and Security Products and Services Catalog
BusinessWire, (06/09/2008)

MDI, Inc, creators of the LearnSafe Initiative, has published the LearnSafe Direct catalog, which is geared entirely toward marketing school safety and
technology products, services, and training to educational institutions. LearnSafe staff will be attending and conducting presentations at various events over the summer to the target audience for their catalog and using these events to educate attendees on the value of school safety initiatives that involve the entire district. The company also announced a product called Sentinel, which will allow authorized personnel to remotely log into school surveillance cameras and control the units' functions for review before, during, and after an incident occurs.

The Many Roles of Thermal Imaging in
Law Enforcement
Advanced Imaging Magazine, (06/2008), David Lee

Thermal imaging
technology, once reserved for the 5 percent of the 5,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States that have aerial patrol units, is now being made available to the 95 percent of agencies that do not have aerial patrol capabilities. Developments in this field have yielded units that are capable of being mounted to poles or patrol vehicles, and officers can now use handheld units while on patrol. These capabilities were once believed to be unattainable, but now are available for patrol officers in the air, on land, and in water. They can be portable or stationary depending on the need of the department.$5203

Leverage Leads Wireless Video Surveillance Solution for
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's ASAP Program
FoxBusiness, (06/06/2008)

In an attempt to increase officer safety and decrease the amount of
crime in Lynwood, California, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Century Station, has implemented the Advanced Surveillance and Protection (ASAP) program. Developers of the program based it on the adoption of multiple crime prevention technologies such as gunshot detection and automated license plate recognition. In addition to those technologies is wireless video surveillance in the Lynwood area. The sheriff's department received a recommendation from another vendor on the ASAP project to collaborate with Leverage Information Systems to implement the wireless video solution. The system is laid out to stream video to the dispatch center, and dispatchers can then monitor and inform patrols regarding incidents or crimes as they happen. The added plus of such a system is that dispatchers can provide deputies critical information prior to arrival on scene that can increase the deputies' safety.

Police Agencies Worldwide Lock Down Computing Costs With NComputing Solution
iStockAnalyst, (06/09/2008)

Law Enforcement agencies are using a new virtual desktop tool to help reduce the expense of purchasing desktop computers that are rarely used by officers. Because officers spend the bulk of their shifts out on patrol, the purchase of a desktop computer that will ultimately be left unattended and unused has become an information technology expense that some agencies can no longer afford. NComputing has created a product that allows multiple officers to share one desktop computer. The tool was developed based on the idea that today's computers are very powerful, but not used to full capacity. With this tool, users with separate peripheral equipment (mouse and keyboard), can log onto one desktop computer and maximize the computer's capacity without severely affecting an agency's budget.

Technology Beats the Heat This Summer
PR Web, (06/09/2008)

A new product has been developed for use by public safety and K-9 units to help them deal with and beat the summer heat. The company's original product line was designed to keep wine cool, but sensing a need, Cooltech Marketing, Inc. developed a product line for body cooling. The products designed specifically for law enforcement include a safety-reflective vest and body armor inserts designed to maintain a 59-degree temperature, and a canine body cooling vest and cool mats that maintain 65 degrees. The units are designed to be re-cooled in a freezer for 30 minutes, but the user can use ice water if a freezer isn't available.

Police Share Secure Wireless Network in Wisconsin
Technology, (06/09/2008), Jessica Hughes

In Wisconsin three cities in particular-Fitchburg, Middleton, and Sun Prairies-have some obvious similarities with regard to population size, distance between each city, and location in relation to the State capital of Madison. The cities, however, have other similarities that aren't as obvious. They share an encrypted wireless network responsible for connecting the police departments of all three cities, a multitude of high-tech software, and the joint Multi-Jurisdictional Public Safety Information System (MPSIS) task force in charge of it all. The initial purpose for this task force was to overhaul the records management system. Since then MPSIS has expanded its role to help obtain other updated technology, and in so doing, has achieved a cost savings.

Traffic Ticket System Takes High-Tech Turn, (06/11/2008), Jill Nolin

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and the Montgomery Police Department are preparing for the implementation of 33 e-citation systems that will eliminate the traditional handwritten citations. The county is hoping to have the units installed in 27 cruisers, using State funding of $25,000 to pay for most of the cost. At present, the city has six cruisers equipped with e-citation units. Officers will be able to swipe a motorist's license, input into their laptop data relating to location and type of offense, and then that information will go directly to the Alabama Office of the Courts. Officers hope the system will reduce motorist complaints regarding handwriting and streamline the process of issuing a citation.

Local Congressman Focuses on Improving Uses of DNA, (06/12/2008), Staff Writer

Representative Adam Schiff, who represents the area of Pasadena, California, introduced four amendments in Congress that will improve law enforcement's use of DNA tools for helping apprehend violent criminals and reduce the DNA backlog of samples waiting processing. Schiff's first amendment seeks to create an incentive program that would make States that collect DNA samples from suspects arrested for murder or sex crimes eligible for additional funding from the Federal Government. The second amendment establishes new standards for use of the Federal DNA indexes, so that uploading to the system by State and local
forensic labs is a speedier and smoother process. Amendment three came about as a result of a report that indicated that investigators and prosecutors were not following up on crime scene DNA when matches were made. Schiff's third amendment calls for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, to look into how DNA database matches are checked ! and followed by prosecutors and report the findings. The report will be used to examine why matches are not followed up on and determine if additional crimes could have been prevented. The final amendment allows States that establish permanent funding for DNA analysis to receive matching funds from the U.S. Attorney General.

Nassau to Test Sensor That Detects Gunshots, Location
Newsday, (06/12/2008), William Murphy

A three-square mile of Uniondale and Roosevelt (New York) will become the test bed for Nassau
police to try a gunshot detection system. The rationale for choosing this location is that the police have retrieved 128 guns identified as being used to commit crime. City officials plan to use forfeiture fund to pay for the ShotSpotter, Inc., system, which has be implemented in other cities throughout the United States. If the system is considered a successful test use of the product will be expanded with in the county.,0,7119348.story

Segway Officers Roll with the Beat, (06/13/2008), Greg Skinner

Using Juneau's cruise ship head tax, Juneau
police have been able to create the Paid Reserve Officer program. After being retired for 3 years, Juneau Police Officer Rayme Vinson returned to take the position of Reserve Officer. He is one of five officers participating in the Reserve Officer Program who handle issues related to crowds of tourists coming in on ships. The years of previous experience that these officers bring to the program benefits the community and helps the department reallocate regular patrol officers to handle normal police work. The unit has two Segways that are on loan from the Federal Government, which allow the reserve officers to patrol from an elevated standpoint. The used of Segways makes the officers more visible to tourists who may need assistance, and gives them better visibility of the surrounding area.

Field Investigation Drug Officer (FIDO) Program

Many drug investigations fail to be prosecuted or are dismissed due to a lack of timely sample analysis. In an effort to combat this problem, the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC), in partnership with the NLECTC system, and the Forensic Resource Network, has implemented Field Investigation Drug Officer (FIDO) programs at three pilot sites: Utah Bureau of Forensic Services, Oregon State Police, and Philadelphia Police Department.

The aim of the FIDO program is to streamline the adjudication process by allowing certified
law enforcement officers the capability of providing a preliminary identification of the most commonly encountered drugs of abuse. To this end, NFSTC conducted a thorough review of four commercially available field test kits and has created guidance documents for the establishment of FIDO programs. NFSTC will work with the pilot sites to assess how the implementation of the program impacted the laboratories' efficiency, how the agencies ma! y have changed the way that drug cases are address, whether the agencies plan to continue the FIDO program, and how the program affects how FIDO officers process drug cases.

For more information about the field test kit review study and the FIDO program, please contact NFSTC at

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Bush Commits Navy Support Following Philippines Typhoon

By Donna Miles

American Forces Press Service

June 24, 2008 - U.S. Pacific Command is moving quickly to support President Bush's promise to provide naval assets in the wake of a deadly typhoon in the Philippines that left more than 150 dead and hundreds missing. Bush expressed condolences to Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during their White House meeting today and assured her the United States will move Navy assets to the area to assist. "We're happy to do it. We want to help our friends in time of need," Bush said.

The official death toll from the June 21 Typhoon Fengshen stands at 163, with about 800 more missing after the ferry Princess of the Stars capsized off Sibyauan. The typhoon also damaged more than 600,000 acres of farmland.

After her session with Bush, Arroyo met with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates at the Pentagon and also visited Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte.

Arroyo expressed thanks to the United States for its willingness to provide emergency aid to the Philippines "in this hour of need" during a news conference with Negroponte. "We are deeply grateful for the response by the U.S. government, including the U.S. Navy," she said.

Talking to reporters after their meeting, Bush said he congratulated Arroyo on her strong, effective stand on counterterrorism and her vision of peace for the region.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Methamphetamine - Community Prevention Tactics

June 20, 2008, 2008 (San Dimas, CA) On June 27, 2008, Conversations with Cops at the Watering Hole will feature a conversation with Former San Francisco Police Department Inspector Linda Flanders and Red Wing Police Department Chief of Police Tim Sletten about community prevention tactics and methamphetamine addiction.

Program Date: June 27, 2008
Program Time: 2100 hours, Pacific
Topic: Methamphetamine - Community Prevention Tactics
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About the Guests
In the 1970s,
Linda Flanders was the first female police officer to join the Mill Valley police Department (California). By 1980, she had moved across the bay and joined the San Francisco Police Department. During her career she was promoted to the rank of Inspector and trained as a Child Interview Specialist. Linda Flanders worked for several years in the Juvenile Division’s Child Sexual Assault Detail.

Linda Flanders has a degree in Criminal Justice and became a Movement Education Teacher in 1991. Since 1999, she has worked as an independent educational filmmaker and, co-developed the “The Movie Making Process©” as a learning and teaching tool for today’s kids. Using a mix of art education, pop-culture and digital technology the process has developed into the 21st Century Prevention Program. The original work, “The Movie Making Process”© was recently nominated by the State of Wisconsin as their “Most Promising Prevention Program”.

Linda Flanders has published several articles on alternative learning styles and children who exhibit atypical behavior. And, is the author of the self-help Cinema-therapy book for teens Hollywood Endings and How To Get One. The prevention program for communities is called The Northern Lights; Shining The Light on the Meth-edemic and mixes entertainment and education to deal with methamphetamine specifically and addiction in general. Linda Flanders’ current project is to work with communities nationwide on the prevention program and evaluation, document it in a peer-reviewed article and submit the findings to the National Institute of Health as a model program. She is actively looking for communities to join this endeavor.

Chief of Police Tim Sletten worked his way up through the ranks of the Red Wing Police Department (Minnesota) and was appointed Chief in 2004. He is very active with the town’s community groups and a visual presence at all events. As a small town Chief, he’s learning quickly how to deal with global issues at the local level. He’s an advocate for up-to date training, known for addressing community concerns immediately and recognizes the need to connect with young people through their own interests. Of The Northern Lights; Shining The Light on the Meth-edemic project, Chief Tim Sletten said, “This is the first thing I’ve ever seen that was created specifically for the kids.”

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.

Listen, call, join us at the Watering Hole.

Program Contact Information
Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Running for any office

I thought people might like to know what all is involved when running as a candidate for a particular office, let's say for example ... a sheriff position. First, before running for such a position ... be sure that is the job you really want to get elected for.

Each state varies for certain qualifications a candidate must meet before he or she is eligible to run. In most cases, the candidate must be a certified police officer, have a high school diploma or GED, and a registered voter for one party or another.

The candidate then fills out some forms the election board requires. One or two forms must be notarized before returning documents to the election board. The candidate pays a fee for ballot entry. In most cases, the candidate can complete this procedure in about 1 1/2 to two hours. Then the candidate receives some information that is required by the ethics commission. These forms are to be read carefully and directions followed as required.

To save some time, open a business account with a bank for campaign contributions. Have a campaign manager, a chairman, a treasurer and some campaign members picked out for your campaign.
In a majority of elections, it is almost impossible to win an election without contributions. Contributions will pay for your election signs, banners, advertisements, advertising and bumper stickers. Document all actions made in your campaign. By now, you should be ready to start your campaign.

Every candidate needs to build their platform .. what are you going to do as sheriff if you are elected .. this is one thing the people are going to want to know. Keeping in mind, the sheriff [incumbant]you are running against is going to want to know what your platform is too, so that they can fix or add to their campaign ... so be careful, just show general changes you will make without being too specific.

Once people find out that you are going to run for office ... you will surely be getting phone calls from people you hadn't heard from in ages. Be careful, these people calling themselves friends may be calling to fish out information from you so that they can tell your opponent what you are doing, so my advise here is to tell no one but your selected few who are campaigning in your behalf. If the sheriff you are running against is well liked and accepted by the citizens .. and is doing a good job your chances in winning may be minimal ... but if he or she is not well liked, your chances are really good for winning. Regardless of either example, you already have a 50/50 chance in winning.

At first you will find some people who are willing to support you and then dropping out shortly afterward for whatever reasons. When this happens, stay positive ... these things will happen. By now you are a registered candidate, your name is in the paper as a running candidate. After three days, you will know if anyone else filed for the same office. Now you begin to build your strategy for winning the election.

Getting your name and what you stand for out to the general public. Easy, right? This can be difficult if you don't have the contributions to advertise throughout the County. People voting, are going to vote the same way they have in previous elections .. by a straight party ticket, or some will vote for the new candidate just because they want a change, and the others will vote just to be voting. The incumbant you are running against already has their signs out and usually has campaign money left in their account from previous elections. So, you can figure they aren't having the problems you are starting out with. Now you begin to prepare for news media and reporters who may want to write an article on you and your campaign, so be prepared.

In my case, little money and as a new boy in town, I really have to hustle more to win. But all in all, the real trick in winning is not the money, not because you were good at what you did, its the majority vote that makes or breaks your chances for winning. I hope this article helps someone who may seeking office elsewhere.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

The Justice for Sergeant Donald Sowma Petition Drive

On November 19,1976, Don Sowma my husband and father of our four children was shot and murdered in the line of duty as a Police Officer for the City of Cypress. Don was killed by Bobby Joe Denney of Ardmore Oklahoma, Denney was himself a former police officer from Healdton Oklahoma and his father, now deceased was a longtime County Sheriff. During a burglary, Denney dropped his gun from his waistband when he heard police outside, he crawled to the gun and found it and shot my husband as he entered the dark room.


Afghan National Police Training Continues Despite Obstacles

By Air Force Staff Sgt. Beth Del Vecchio
Special to American Forces Press Service

June 13, 2008 - Surrounded by Afghan National
Police, the U.S. Army staff sergeant moved the water-bottle caps around in the dirt, as if on a checkerboard. But, there was no board, and this was no game. It was training. With different obstacles facing the trainers at Forward Operating Base Scorpion, unconventional methods of training are common. The language barrier may seem to limit the training, but the trainers and mentors are committed to mission execution, no matter what the means.

Army Staff Sgt. James Parks, a police mentor team member from Buffalo, N.Y., uses the bottle caps to demonstrate a wedge formation, a type of patrolling technique. That day, his group was working on the "rush and roll," the "low crawl," and other basic combat reactions under fire. This training usually is for soldiers; however, due to the counterinsurgency environment, the Afghan National Police need these skills to survive and defeat the enemy.

"We train them in basic combat skills so they can stay alive out there," Parks said. "It seems basic to us, but it's stuff that they just don't know to do when there is enemy contact."

The majority of the
police training at the Regional Training Center in Kandahar is Afghan-led, but the three American and three coalition mentors work with Afghan police commanders and trainers to coach and advise the new recruits on basic combat skills.

"The language barrier is the biggest obstacle we face," Parks said.

Just like the bottle caps, the U.S. mentor team used colored blocks to demonstrate how to clear a building. They assigned colored blocks to each
police officer on the clearing team and set corresponding colored blocks on the inside of the building. That way, the police would know by looking at the colored blocks where they needed to position themselves once inside the building.

Once the
police officers finish the eight-week course at the RTC, they are sent out to districts in southern Afghanistan. But their training doesn't stop once they're in the field.

Regional Police Advisory Command South, with headquarters at FOB Scorpion, acts as a command post for several
police mentor teams spread out through Afghanistan's southern districts. Nearly 10,000 ANP officers work in the field, and the mentor teams travel from district to district to train, advise and mentor the police.

Army Col. John Cuddy, Regional Police Advisory Command South commander, oversees training for the RTC and the police mentor teams.

"The mentors and the PMTs are the front-runners of our mission here," he said. "It's amazing what these men are doing with what they have."

Cuddy said the mentor teams visit the district
police after they have left the regional training center and ensure they sustained those skills learned during training and are conducting their basic function as police officers: to serve and protect. The PMTs also ensure the police are getting paid and fed.

"If the ANP aren't paid, they go AWOL. If they aren't armed, they get killed in the night," he said.

Cuddy said reports of real progress come from the districts.

"We are getting feedback that the Taliban doesn't recognize the ANP they fight now," he said. "The ANP are starting to fight back. Before, they didn't have the training in basic fighting or survival skills, so they would surrender or run."

Afghan Brig. Gen. Nassurullah Zarifi, commander of the Afghan National
Police Kandahar Regional Training Center, has more than 35 years of experience, including time with the Afghan National Army. He worked for 16 years as an instructor in the ANA before he was transferred to the RTC.

"We have 350 students here, but not enough instructors. The American and coalition instructors help us to educate our people," he said. "While they are here, my instructors, deputies and myself work hard to ensure the students are trained properly and will do their job correctly when they leave the RTC to go to their communities."

He said he receives positive feedback from the provinces about the
police who graduated from the eight-week training program at the RTC.

"They are happy to have the new ANPs in their community," Zarifi said. "This is a long process, not a short-term answer. We are working on the security for the future of Afghanistan."

Air Force Staff Sgt. Beth Del Vecchio serves with Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan Public Affairs.)

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Criminal Justice Online: Introduction#links

Criminal Justice Online: Introduction#links


Hi, everyone.

Thank you, Mr. Foster, for inviting me.

I live in southwestern lower Michigan. I've worked in law enforcement and security most of my life. I went through the police academy in the fall of 1980 and started a career in law enforcement by working par time while in the academy. The department I worked for was small, just the Chief, two full time and one part time officers. When I graduated from the academy I was placed on the full time roster.All together I worked fifteen full time years and five part time years. I held the positions as sergeant, training officer, assistant chief and did some limited work as the unofficial department detective.

To summarize my work, I was just your typical small town cop.

I enjoyed my work and did my best to serve my community.

I would like to say, in support of all those working in small departments, that small departments and their staff are the backbone of our country's law enforcement team, and far too often receive not enough credit for what they do.

My other accomplishments were:I served a total of six years in the US Army.I held a license as a private investigator for six years.I served my community as a council member and then as village president.
I am a husband, father and grandfather.
I would like to genuinely think of myself as a writer, but I know my limitations and do the best I can.
I have two books out, Dreams In Blue: The Real Police and Rubal. The first is a non-fiction; the second a fiction based on fact. * I know, "The real police," part has already been criticized by a few who've said, "Who the hell does he think he is, claiming to be the real police?!"
Allow me to explain the subtitle: During my years of work as a police officer I would occasionally get called to a address where the complainant, upon seeing me, would say, "I don't want you, I want the real police." In my case they usually meant the state police.
Anyway, I also have eleven short stories out. Anyone wanting to view my work just Google, Richard Neal Huffman.

Thank you for letting me share this.
Rick Huffman

Friday, June 13, 2008

Crime and Terror

[Picture above]think this can't happen here?

Law Enforcement in some of our larger agencies are better equipped and ready for potential terror threats and other security concerns. How much training and protection is our families and loved ones, and small agencies getting? We can train long hours and accomplish our goals in keeping our larger cities, borders and waterways safe and secure while our neighborhoods run rampid with crime and terror. As law enforcement personnel today, our hands are being tied more and more behind our backs as time goes by. One way we are losing our affect on society, is that we as a country are passing laws, that allow certain rights for undeserving Americans, prisoners and foreigners when they break the law, they appeal their murder convictions, or in sueing everybody for about anything or reason they like without any rebuttle. Buying armored trucks is not going to scare crime away, but enforcing realistic laws with adequate manpower, guilty court verdicts and necessary equipment will.

Our country anymore is becoming a paradise or flop house for foreigners, our government allows them aid and assistance and because of that, their numbers grow.
Foreigners know this, by populating a country .. and becoming a large part of the people, they can influence others and get specific rights passed that weren't available before. Foreigners have managed to slow down our airport service by security checks and services. They are responsible in stopping or limiting our criminal profiling measures, it was an affective way we had in detecting and catching criminals before they could run and hide or in stopping and preventing crimes before they happened. What's next? Car bombs, knocking our planes out of the air by rocket launchers, attacking our society in random kidnappings or fear tactics, creating crime and terror networks? When old criminals go to jail, the overcrowding problems usually occur, so the jails expedite their sentenced prisoners to prison as fast as they can to reduce their numbers and problems, this brings laughter for the prisoners ,because they know prison is their second home away from home, and after going to prison, they can watch TV, run games, scams and businesses, get back at the rat that turned state evidence against them in court, protection rackets, and lean on the weak people of our society by threats or outside means. I will only say that if our law enforcement and military aren't given more rights to enforce the laws, and get the necessary support behind them when they do fight crime and arrest these criminals at large .. we will lose our English dialect, our country to foreigners and who knows what else. Look around ... foreigners are everywhere. Somebody has to stop or reduce foreign people from entering into our country, and in strengthening our laws and punishment for wrong doers. Something to think about.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Barnes & Noble Announces Appearance by Lisa Lockwood, Author of Undercover Angel: From Beauty Queen to SWAT Team…A True Story.

June 12, 2008 – Author, Speaker and Reinvention Expert, Lisa Lockwood will be appearing at Barnes & Noble (2000 E. Rio Salado Tempe Marketplace in Tempe) on Saturday, June 13th from 6:30 to 8::30pm, signing her newly released book, Undercover Angel: From Beauty Queen to SWAT Team.

Real-life superhero
Lisa Lockwood has long since hung up her tiara and gun belt to inspire others with her bold accomplishments by becoming a writer, inspirational speaker and life coach. Her memoir serves as a reminder to readers that they too can get past a life destined for failure by remaining upbeat and optimistic.

“Undercover Angel focuses on my personal achievements and reinvention, as well as showing readers the power of determination and perseverance,” says the former beauty queen.

“The truth this brave woman shared with the world is nothing short of amazing. I believe this book shows us that you can be a beautiful and successful woman at the same time by working towards it ethically,” says one reader, a Drill SGT in the US

Lisa Lockwood is the recipient of numerous law enforcement and military honors.

Media Interviews: CNN Headline News Nancy Grace, CNBC The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, NBC & Fox Business News and over 100 national and local radio shows. Articles about her life, and her inspiring advice for others, have appeared in major newspapers all over the country.

Lisa Lockwood - Lisa Lockwood is a first Gulf War veteran, former beauty pageant contestant, SWAT team officer and undercover detective. She is now a successful writer, speaker, and reinvention expert. Her latest book is Undercover Angel: From Beauty Queen to SWAT Team…A True Story. Lockwood is currently negotiating potential TV pilots and movie scripts based on her life.

Lisa Lockwood
Lockwood Entertainment Inc.
(514) 620-4224

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


May 30, 2008 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opened today the application period for approximately $16 million in equipment and training awards through its 2008 Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP). Since its inception in fiscal year (FY) 2005, more than $104 million in equipment and training has been awarded through CEDAP to law enforcement agencies, fire departments and other emergency responders.

CEDAP is a highly competitive program that works in conjunction with other DHS grant programs to help strengthen the regional response and mutual aid capabilities across the nation to increase overall preparedness. CEDAP provides local
homeland security partners with essential equipment and equipment training they may not otherwise be able to afford.

Eligibility for the CEDAP Program is limited to
law enforcement agencies, fire departments and other emergency responder organizations with specific financial and capability needs. Equipment and training awards for the FY 2008 CEDAP Program are offered in five categories: extrication devices; thermal imaging, night vision, and video surveillance tools; chemical, biological and radiological detection tools; information technology and risk management tools; and covert vehicle tracking tools.

CEDAP equipment awards are integrated with state planning processes for regional response and asset distribution. Each State Administrative Agency has the opportunity to review applications submitted by first responder organizations within their state to ensure equipment requests are consistent with their state
homeland security strategy.

Prospective applicants may review the program solicitation through the Responder Knowledge Base at beginning today. Completed applications must be submitted to DHS-FEMA at no later than 5 p.m. EDT, June 30, 2008.

For more information on CEDAP and other DHS grant programs, visit

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Paradigm Shift Released

June 8, 2008, 2008 (San Dimas, CA), a website dedicated to listing firefighters and other emergency services personnel who have written books announced that Firefighter Harry S. Franklin has released his new book.

Harry S. Franklin was born in London, England, in 1972 and currently lives in Aptos, California. He works as a Firefighter and Paramedic for the Santa Clara Fire Department (California) and spends his free time developing his talents as a writer. He became a paramedic at the age of nineteen, making him one of the youngest paramedics ever in California. Prior to becoming a paramedic he served as a State Beach Lifeguard in Santa Cruz for three seasons.
He has been happily married to his wife Michelle for over ten years, and is the proud father of two beautiful daughters, Rose and Sara. His unique career and lifestyle have given him a wisdom and sense of perspective that transcends his thirty-five years of age. Besides literature, his fields of interest and study include mythology, psychology, theology and philosophy. His influences include the teachings of Friedrich Nietzsche, Albert Camus, Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. He also enjoys many different physical sports including Rugby, Judo, Soccer, and mixed martial arts.
Harry S. Franklin is the author of Paradigm Shift – Return of the Angels.

According to the description of Paradigm Shift – Return of the Angels, it “draws a link between Angels from the Bible and aliens from outer space, while at the same time, thrilling its readers with a story about global catastrophe and alien invasion. Hailed for its literary merit and applauded for its bold ideas, Paradigm Shift promises to be entertaining and controversial” is a subsidiary of American Heroes Press; and, along with and now lists over 1,100 American Heroes who have written books.