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2021 REUNION - CANCELLED - [Please see below message from Dennis]
  1. Enrollment: MUST email either hr218qual@mdpd.com or jhuckestein@mdpd.com to register.
  2. For everyone's safety, CDC guidelines regarding social distancing and usage of masks WILL be adhered to.
NOTE: Next shoot September 27, 2021
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RPOC NEWS – July/August/September 2021
By: Dennis Bambach, President, RPOC


We hope you and your family had a safe and healthy 4th of July holiday. Things are slowly returning to normalcy and I know all of us hope that the trend continues. We are finally able to start planning vacations and trips that we have put off for over a year. Again, a reminder, it is never too early to start planning for next year’s reunion and to save the date on your calendar. The reunion will return to the Marriott Lake Mary, April 21st thru April 25th.
Please keep in mind that this is the start of hurricane season and we should all make sure to be prepared well in advance of any storm that comes our way. Stay safe!

           John Fraley, Vice President/Scholarship Chairman - We sent out the scholarship awards to the five recipients last month. Each recipient received a one-thousand-dollar check to help with their education and expenses. The RPOC board through the Otis Chambers Scholarship Fund are proud to help the children and grandchildren of our members in continuing their education. [Please see below pictures of this years scholarship winners]
I am extremely proud of the program and our board. I am also proud of our members who have answered the call and supported the Otis Chambers Scholarship Fund. Special thanks to Kay Chambers who came to our board to initiate the program. 
Please continue your help with your donations in January 2022 with your renewals. We will open the fund for the fall semester of 2022. We will start the application process on January 15th 2022 and will close May 1st 2022.
           Ed Spisak, Treasurer Preface to Treasurer’s statement – Below was written before the current surge of Covid cases and hospitalizations in Florida, which has recently become one of, if not the highest State of new cases. Spouse and I received our vaccinations in March and feel more comfortable about prevention or lessening of the virus. If you’ve not received your vaccinations, please consider it for your safety and the safety of others.
Gratefully, we are steadily moving back to normal after the very stressful year and more we’ve all been through. It’s clear from the many communications we’ve received, that everyone is ready to get together and enjoy our next reunion which is scheduled for April, 2022. We are all looking forward to it! Our membership dues and generous donations have been doing well. We have been receiving new Members both by your referrals, our transmittal of Applications to retired LEOs who have expressed interest in joining and through the RPOC website. The process is made easy at our website: www.rpocpba.org and we urge you to please continue to spread the news to your retired friends who may not yet be members, about joining.

           Reba Miller, Chaplain - Passing of our Warriors... With Honor, Respect and Remembrance "May the Lord bless you and draw you close to him"..... 

           1. Eugene E. "Gene" Moore, May 2021
           2. Zackery Gentile, June 2021
           3. Roy Sommerhoff, May 2021
           4. Rollie T. Biggs May 2021

We extend our condolences, love and support to retirees Cookie Coleman and Dick Ward at the passing of their beloved spouses, Harry Coleman and Carol Ward. Please know that we are sending encouraging and uplifting support to retiree Harry Wright, during his time of rehabbing.

" Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look harder. A positive mind will give you a happier life” ...anonymous 

           Jerry Rudoff, Sgt. At Arms/Information Officer -Due to the overabundance of questions and issues regarding health insurance related topics that have been raised in the Retired Police Officers Council (RPOC) Facebook group as well as other related law enforcement groups, specifically those who are approaching the age 65 and have many Medicare related questions, we have enlisted the assistance of an expert in this field to answer many of our members questions. As our RPOC Facebook page is private and is considered a benefit to our members, we have invited participants of other groups to join the RPOC via our website at www.rocpba.org so that they too can take advantage of this most valuable resource. The following is the announcement that has been placed on our Facebook page:
Hello all,
As promised, we wish to introduce our new FB group member Stephanie N Ranfys. Stephanie is the wife of retired MDPD Sgt. Butka who I'm sure many of you know and her son is currently a police officer with MDPD as well. So, she is family. She is also a Field Benefits Consultant with Av Med and has expertise in dealing with Medicare matters as relates to retirees and those approaching Medicare age. Stephanie has agreed to come here on a voluntary basis and try to answer some of your many related questions and to also address some of your Av Med related concerns. All we ask is that you be patient and respectful as she makes her way through this maze of related questions and issues. As we progress in this exercise, we'll even have the opportunity to eventually create some private FB rooms via our group so Stephanie can talk about some specific health insurance related products that might be beneficial for us all. If you'd care to address a question to Stephanie please make sure you TAG her name, Stephanie N Ranfys as I've done here so she won't have to sift through a bunch of unrelated topics to get to your question. If you have any questions for us, RPOC, feel free to note them here or message us. Thank you all again for your respectful patience in this process and your time. Now please give a family welcome to Stephanie N Ranfys. We have noticed that many of our participants on Facebook have sent welcome posts to Stephanie. The next step now is for you all to state some of the questions you might have or need to know in preparation for receiving Medicare. If you have a personal situation/issue and do not wish to discuss it in a public forum, feel free to PM Stephanie and make arrangements for a private consult.
We would like to welcome New Members: Cheryl Mercure, MDPD; Paul Terry, MDPD; Curtis Johnson, Bay Harbor Island PD; Norberto Gonzalez, MDPD; Heather Grimes, MDPD – Reinstated: Ramon Delvalle, Ben Hall, Douglas McCoy, Hernan Organvidez, Timm Ross.
In closing I would like to say that our thoughts and prayers are with the families and victims of the condo collapse in Surfside and our support goes out to all the First Responders working incessantly on this horrific tragedy.

“Do what is right, not what is easy nor what is popular.”
Roy T. Bennett
“Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today”

STAY HEALTHY ---- STAY CALM -- STAY INCHARGE                       

Scholarship Recipients:

Pictured Clockwise: Brooke and Taylor Woodburne, Tori Bevans, Russell Young
When you go to the website to join, renew or update personal info., look for the yellow box on the front page and click in the appropriate section. W
We feel confident that one of the legacy's you wish to leave those who came after you is a healthy and functional Retired Police Officers Council (RPOC). It is rather obvious that none of us are getting any younger and to this end we need our younger members to assume leadership roles in YOUR organization. With the RPOC elections for board members coming up in the not too distant future, we are looking for folks who are desirous of assuming a board position. Current board members will mentor all persons and in all positions. Please feel free to respond to this post via clicking on the below button and indicate your desires.. Thanks..
Occasionally, we received requests regarding employment for retired police officers. When we do, we try very hard to vet these requests as best we can. If you find something of interest to you, we strong suggest that you check them out to your own satisfaction.

Sent our way by John Butchko:
MSA Security, a nationwide security company, has proposed an offer to any retired officer for a security job in Miami. The details: One of their major clients is opening a site on Brickell Avenue, in Miami. MSA has their contract and wants to hire retired officers from the Miami area to guard the outside of the building. They will pay $35.00 per hour. The position is armed and prior LE background is preferred but you MUST have a B & a G State of Florida carry license that is mandatory. This is a non uniform position and dress is appropriate to the weather and environment. Company benefits available after you've been with them three months. It is a fulltime permanent but will become a 24/7 position in September. MSA is a large company all over the world and they are involved in many large contracts like the Port of NY, etc. if interested contact Director MICHAEL MULLADY, Director Protective Services at phone: office- 212-509-1336 Ext: 223, or his cell number 917-834-9044. Email: mmullady@msasecurity.net. Mr. Mullady stands ready to answer all of your question.

Jerry, great catching up with you the other night. Below is specific info:                       
Outdoor Network owned by a retired Miami Dade County police officer is looking for a part time Sprinter Limo driver to take occasional trips to Tampa and Albany Georgia transporting company employees. The pay is $25 per hour. Since this is part time the driver can pick the trips that best meet his/her schedule. 
If interested please text Tom D’Azevedo: 954-295-7305
Tom D’Azevedo, C.O.B.
Outdoor Network LLC

We have personally contacted Dave Edmonds and he assures us that there are no hidden agenda's other than finding LEO's wishing to write articles and/or just improve their writing style. If you have any questions, please direct them to Mr. Edmonds.
Name: Dave Edmonds
Phone: 707-490-9010
Subject: American Police Beat magazine, interested in our officers writing for us
Message: Hello, I’m a retired LEO and manager/editor for American Police Beat magazine. We’re looking for new LEO writers and I’m hoping you can put the below or something similar in your next newsletter to your members. My phone number is 707-490-9010 if you’d like to discuss.
Dave Edmonds
“‘Have you ever thought about publishing a law enforcement article? Here’s your chance. My name is Dave Edmonds and I’m a retired 34-year Deputy Sheriff from Sonoma County, California. I work for American Police Beat magazine, and we're looking for a cadre of new LEO writers.
I know that many LEOs have interesting and useful insights to share but don't know how to get started. When I first started writing for law enforcement magazines back in 2010, I know I wasted a lot of time and was pretty lost. So if you’ve ever thought about trying to publish an article this is a great opportunity. Also, if you’re a subject-matter expert who might want some help writing the article(s), one of our professional writers can be assigned to you. Please contact me at apb.dave@360armor.org.

Thank you for your reply. I have answered your anticipated questions below. I am available anytime if you or anyone else has additional questions. Justin Brighty, Security Detection, Central Division
Please see the following:
  • Our Security Detection Central Division headquarters is at 6626 Monroe Street, Sylvania OH. I am the point of contact, my cell phone number is 419-351-7074. Security Detection is broken up into East, Central, and West territories. I am one of the owners in the Central division.
  • Our website is www.securitydetection.com We are working directly with Garrett Metal Detectors and their website is www.garrett.com Product details on the Garrett website can be found under the security and thermal pages.  
  • This sales position is for selling Garrett walk through metal detectors that range in price from $2750.00 to $3495.00 along with the SmartScan thermal solution upgrade which sells for a price range of $7995.00 to $8995.00. Garrett also has a wide range of accessories.
  • This is an independent sales contractor position. The salary is $42,000.00 a year plus a commission of 30% of the profit of sales.
  • Once more COVID-19 restrictions are removed we will have training at the factory in Garland Texas. Until then Garrett has a training simulator that can be completed online.
  • As an independent sales contractor, the salesperson would be responsible for the vehicle, food, and hotel expenses if needed. The travel and lodging for training at the factory would be covered by Security Detection & Garrett Metal Detectors.
  • The region that this sales position will cover is Broward County, Miami-Dade County, and Palm Beach County. The only travel would consist of these 3 counties. After a solid presence of Security Detection / Garrett Metal Detectors is established in these counties we would expand into other Florida counties.
  • This salesperson would receive factory leads. We would expect this salesperson to make sales visits to courthouses, police departments, shipping ports, cruise ports, etc. to market Garrett Metal Detectors.  
The rep would be a 1099 contractor. The sales representative would receive referrals however this person would be required to make cold calls to public buildings and other locations, this is also something that the salesperson could schedule prior. The only computer-related requirements would be for quoting equipment and communication. Learning how metal detectors work and features would be the only technical requirements. We do have technicians based out of Orlando that are able to handle service work and installations if needed.
Thank You,
Justin Brighty
Security Detection, Central Division
Cell 419-351-7074

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph”
Thanks for your support,

Dennis Bambach
RPOC President
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