Beat To Beat
September 2019
Citizen Outreach
David Hinners

We at USDSA are excited to be moving forward with our new Beat to Beat newsletter. We have been working on expanding our circulation base so we can reach more people throughout the United States. This newsletter goes out to American Citizens, our generous donors and Law Enforcement officers and agencies. As you read through the newsletter you will see some of what we do here at USDSA with our Law Enforcement programs; where our trainers have recently been teaching our much needed survival trainings, what smaller underfunded agencies received safety equipment, our End of Watch program and our newest Scholarship program to dependent children of Law Enforcement. We are always working on new programs to assist our Nation's Law Enforcement.

But one program we don't normally list here is our Law Enforcement Thank You card program. One of the things we ask our donors to do is to sign and return a thank you card we send them. We get tens of thousands of these cards back every year and we send them out to Law Enforcement Agencies all over the United States. Some of the cards we get back are just signed, but a lot of them have great messages written in them. We then send these cards out to Law Enforcement agencies all over the United States so they can see the love our American citizens have toward our Officers and Deputies.
I started in Law Enforcement in February of 1997 and retired in May of 2017 from my department. My father was a reserve officer for the same department back in the 1970's and I have known a lot of officers before my career started. I get asked if the attitude toward Law Enforcement has changed over the last few years or decades. I cannot really say that the overall attitude has changed in the last few years or even decades, but I can say recently we have had a more vocal outcry against Law Enforcement. Which in my opinion has had an overall affect on the moral of Law Enforcement today.

But one thing I definitely know, is the silent majority loves and respects our Nation's Law Enforcement and I can back that up with the overwhelming response we get back with our thank you cards. 

David Hinners
Executive Director
US Deputy Sheriff's Association
Survival  Training
USDSA Hosted by Wilson County Sheriff's Office for Training

On July 23rd & 24th, Trainers from the United States Deputy Sheriff's Association were hosted by the Wilson County Sheriff's Office in Kansas.

These free courses Taught footwork, striking, take-downs, control holds, ground fighting, and more, emphasizing officer survival and proper use of force. Deputies from Wilson County Sheriff's Office and officers from the Fredonia Police Department attended the classes.

Safety Tip of the Month: School Zone Safety

With children back in school, remembering school zone laws and safety are very important.
  • Stop signs on school buses are legal stop signs, you may not pass the bus while the bus is loading/unloading and the sign is extended
  • Adhere to school zone speed limits, always reduce your speed for the school zone. In many areas speeding tickets may be higher for school zones
  • Don't block the crosswalk at stop signs and stop lights, blocking the crosswalk forces pedestrians into traffic
  • Respect the crossing guard, they are there to make sure all pedestrians, especially children, are able to cross the street safely
Equipment  Donations
USDSA's equipment donation program provides safety equipment, free of charge, to under-funded departments.  Below, are a few thank you letters we have received this past month.  To see the complete listing of the many departments we have supported through this program, CLICK HERE.
Floyd County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

ATTN: Mike Willis
United States Deputy Sheriff's Association

The Floyd County Sheriff's Office would like to express our gratitude to the USDSA for your generous donation to our agency. The items we received were greatly needed and will be utilized by our officers. We appreciate your generosity and thank you for helping us to serve the citizens of Floyd County to the best of our abilities by providing us with this needed equipment.

John P Hunt
Floyd County Sheriff
San Jacinto College Police Department, Texas

Mike Willis,

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your generous donation to San Jacinto College Police Department. We are thrilled to receive the trauma kits and to have the U.S. Deputy Sheriff's Association support.

Through your donation we will be issuing one trauma kit to each of our patrol officers. Your organization truly makes the difference for us, and we are extremely grateful!


Marisol Gamboa
Administrative Police Lieutenant
San Jacinto Collge
Overbrook Police Department, Kansas

Dear Mike. Thank you very much for the training gear you sent us. As you know, budgets keep getting smaller and smaller but the cost of training, equipment and other essentials keep rising. This donation will help our small department continue to train in the important art of self defense, without breaking our budget. Thank you again. The U.S. Deputy Sheriff's Association is truly a blessing.

Terry Hollingsworth
Chief of Police
Overbrook Kansas
Elkins Police Department, West Virginia

On behalf of the Elkins Police Department and the City of Elkins I, FSGT. R.W. Belt would like to thank you and your organization for the generous donation of the ballistic vests and trauma kits for our fine officers. The vests went to two of our new recruits and each officer received one of the trauma kits. We thank you again for the donation, God bless you and your organization. 

FSGT. R.W. Belt
Elkins Police Dept.
End  Of  Watch
When a law enforcement officer dies in the line of duty, the loss is a tragedy for the family and the community they serve. The USDSA honors all law enforcement officers who  make the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the safety of our communities. We urge everyone to take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices that have been made. 

USDSA provides a cash donation to the primary beneficiary or memorial fund of any law enforcement officer in the United States, who perishes in the line of duty.  If you would like to contribute to this memorial fund, you may donate here.

Remembering those we lost, our thoughts and prayers are with their families and communities.
Deputy Carlos A Ramirez
Kendall County Sheriff's Office, Texas
Officer John Ralph Anderson IV
Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee
Deputy Omar Diaz
Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas
Deputy Nicholas Blane Dixon
Hall County Sheriff's Office, Georgia
Conservation Officer Shannon Lee Barron
Red Lake Nation Conservation Department, Minnesota
Sergeant Michael Stephen
Stone County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

Deputy Benjamin Nimtz
Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida
Officer Juan Jose Diaz
Los Angeles Police Department, California
Detective James J Biello
Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

Click here to visit our website for more End Of Watch Tributes
Other  News
Scholarships Awarded for the Dependent Children of Law Enforcement

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, USDSA is pleased to announce that scholarships have been awarded to the dependent children of Law Enforcement Officers across the United States of America. 

One scholarship recipient wrote to us:

Dear United States Deputy Sheriff's Association:

I was very happy and appreciative to learn that I was a recipient of the United States Deputy Sheriff's Association's Steve Van Dyke Memorial Scholarship. I am writing to thank you for your generous financial support towards my higher education. 

In the fall, I will attend Hampton University majoring in psychology with an emphasis in criminal justice. Upon graduation from Hampton University, I will continue my education by obtaining a Master degree to pursue a career as a Criminal Psychologist. I not only have a passion for the law, but also a vision to help make my community a safer place to live. Thanks to you, I am one-step closer to that goal. 

Once again, I offer my sincerest thanks for your generous support. 

Erin Coley

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