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October 24, 2017
TCSOA Board of Directors
2017
President
Christina Dail
Vice President
Vacant
Secretary
Nate Gillespie
Treasurer
Audrey Segura
Place 1
Dorsey Allen
Place 2
Michael Tobias
Place 3
Michael Pietrowski
Place 4
Ashley Miller
Place 5
Felicia Cabral
Political Action Chair
Darnell Dail
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TCSO to Host Panel Discussion Encouraging Female Applicants
Mar 23, 2017
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Download: TCSO to Host Panel Discussion Encouraging Female Applicants.pdf

TCSOA to Award 2016 Scholarships
Jan 09, 2017
The TCSOA Board of Directors voted to award four (5) $1,000.00 Scholarships. Three (3) $1,000.00 scholarships will be awarded to children of members in good standing and two (2) $500.00 scholarship will be awarded to members in good standing, and one (1) $1000.00 scholarship; the Warren P. Young Humanitarian Award, will be awarded to a member of the community. The deadline to apply is August 5, 2016.
Download: TCSOA Scholarship Application Instructions 2016.pdf

Law Day 2016
Jul 04, 2016
The time is fast approaching.  Law Day 2016 is around the corner.  Mark the date and time on your calendar, May 14th, 10a - 6p.  Last year was great, this year will be even better.  Our 1st ever softball tournament, the home run derby, door prizes, face painting and a host of other family oriented festivities are being planned.
Place 5 Runoff
Nov 24, 2015
The race for Place 5 on the the TCSOA Board of Directors ended dead even between Ashley Miller and Roger Casanova.  A runoff will be held beginning on Tuesday, November 17th at 0800 and ending pf Friday November 20th at 1700.
Election Results
May 03, 2016
Congratulation to the following new TCSOA Board of Director elects: Ed Williams - Vice President Nate Gillespie - Secretary Audrey Segura - Treasurer Felicia Cabral - Place 4 They are looking forward to serving you, the Sheriff's Office and the community.
TCSOA Treasurer's Son Takes Home the Gold
Jan 26, 2016
TCSOA Treasurer Melissa Duran's son Dominique had the opportunity to travel to London and participate in the Korean Kata Forms where he placed 1st and took the home the world championship.  He also finished 3rd in the weapons competition and took home the bronze.  He was the only competitor to represent the United States.  Congratulations Dominique on a job well done.
TCSOA Fundraiser Supporting Todd Radford for Sheriff
Jan 26, 2016
Come out and help us support TCSOA endorsed Todd Radford for Sheriff.  We will be hosting a fundraiser on Thursday October 15th at 530 pm at the Tavern located at 922 W. 12th Street Austin TX 78703.  We will also be launching our "Ten for Todd" initiative. This is also a great opportunity to meet Todd if you have not had the opportunity to do so.
Nominations for Employee of the Year 2015
Jan 26, 2016
Supervisors, reward a deserving employee / Officers, reward a deserving co-worker.  Any person may nominate a member.  TCSOA is now accepting nominations for "Employee of the Year" in the following categories: Civilian FTO Officer Supervisor Deputy Nominees must be a member of TCSOA.
Nominations for Employee of the Year 2015
Jan 26, 2016
Supervisors, reward a deserving employee / Officers, reward a deserving co-worker.  Any person may nominate a member.  TCSOA is now accepting nominations for "Employee of the Year" in the following categories: Civilian FTO Officer Supervisor Deputy Nominees must be a member of TCSOA.
2015 Board of Director Elections
Nov 15, 2015
TCSOA is seeking new candidates with initiative and enthusiasm to participate in the Board of Directors election process.  Being a Board member is both challenging and rewarding.  You can make a difference by serving staff and the community. If you are interested in running for office, you must file with the TCSOA Secretary no later than October 24th.
TCSOA PAC Endorses Todd Radford for Sheriff
Oct 19, 2016
Greetings: Over the past several months, the TCSOA PAC has been actively searching for a viable candidate to replace Sheriff Hamilton who has decided not to seek re-election in 2016.  The PAC met with several candidates (some have already filed while others have not) that have expressed interest in running for the office of Sheriff.   Our search lead us to Chief Todd Radford.
Meet and Greet
Jun 15, 2015
Meet Chief Todd Radford, Candidate for Travis County Sheriff Wednesday, June 17th 6:00 p.m. Lola Savannah Coffee House on 3001 RR 620 South, Austin, TX 78738. Campaign contributions are gladly accepted but all are welcome to attend to meet Chief Radford.  Calling on all members to attend, we need your support.
Law Day 2015
Oct 08, 2015
The time is fast approaching.  Law Day 2015 is around the corner.  Mark the date and time on your calendar, May 9th, 10a - 6p.  Last year was great, this year will be even better.  The home run derby, door prizes, petting zoo, face painting and a host of other family oriented festivities are being planned.  The event will be held at the softball fields next to TCCC.
Randy Reed
Apr 07, 2015
Hello,   My name is Randy Reed also known as “Big Reed” and a few others. I am currently running for the TCSOA President position. I am a husband, father of 4 and a grandfather of 1. I am a Veteran of the U.S. Navy and now a Senior Corrections officer.
Christina McAfee Bio
Apr 07, 2015
Christina has been a TCSOA board member for approximately 6 ½ years.  She strives to help the members of TCSOA.  Christina has served as a board member, Secretary and is currently serving as Vice President of the TCSOA Board of Directors and is ready and willing to serve the members of the Travis County Sheriffs Officer Association.
TCSOA Supports the BAIR Foundation
Jan 26, 2016
Each year many different organizations seek help from the community both during the holiday season and year round.  Without your support, many in the community would be left behind and would not have the services they need or the opportunity to participate in or get some sense of enjoyment out of the holidays and life year round.
TCSOA and CBF Staff Host Fundraiser
Apr 14, 2015
TCSOA and CBF recently hosted a fundraiser to benefit 2 members who were affected by two different life altering experiences.  The team put together a barbeque fundraiser and were able to raise more than 2k to support their needs.  TCSOA would like to thank you as members and CBF members who participated selflessly in this event to assist one another.
Active Shooter Dead after Firing on Police Station
Apr 14, 2015
In the wake of the latest active shooter here in Austin on Thanksgiving, we are thankful that no one was injured or killed except (sadly) the gunman. It is a reminder that we need to remain ever vigilant and aware of our surroundings. We never know what people are going through or what triggers will cause them to act in a certain manner.
Wis. deputies save inmate from hanging
Dec 07, 2014
By C1 Staff DANE COUNTY, Wis. — Deputies at the Dane County Jail were able to stop an attempted suicide and saved an inmate’s life. Madison.com reports that an 18-year-old inmate, whose name has not been released, used a bed sheet to hang himself, but deputies found him and cut him down before permanent damage occurred.
Ark. inmate gets death penalty for murder of CO
Dec 07, 2014
MARIANNA, Ark. — An Arkansas inmate already serving life in prison has been sentenced to the death penalty in the stabbing death of a correctional officer. Related Article: Female Ark. corrections officer killed A Lee County jury on Thursday convicted 34-year-old Latavious Johnson of capital murder in the January 2012 death of Cpl. Barbara Ester.
CBF Staff and TCSOA Come Together to Assist Homeless Family
Apr 14, 2015
Recently, members of CBF and TCSOA received the following letter from a concern staff member at a local elementary school.  In no time at all they sprang into action and began collecting needed items for the family.  Together, they were able to nearly furnish the entire house and provide badly needed items to the family and recreational items to the children.
2014 Board of Director Elections Nearing
Nov 10, 2014
TCSOA is seeking new candidates with initiative and enthusiasm to participate in the Board of Directors election process.  Being a Board member is both challenging and rewarding.  You can make a difference by serving staff and the community. If you are interested in running for office, you must file with the TCSOA Secretary no later than October 21st.
CO gets $150K settlement in alleged work-related miscarriage
Dec 07, 2014
By C1 Staff HUDSON COUNTY, NJ — A corrections officer who alleges that work conditions caused her to miscarry one of her twins has settled for $150,000 from Hudson County.
Video: Inmate scales prison fence, escapes
Nov 11, 2014
By C1 Staff PAYETTE, Idaho — A Payette County Jail inmate is on the loose after scaling the yard fence over razor wire and escaping. http://www.correctionsone.
Calif. corrections officer may have known his killer
Nov 11, 2014
The Californian BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A correctional officer found dead in the entryway of his southwest Bakersfield home appeared to have been shot multiple times and may have known his killer, according to court filings.
Nominations for Employee of the Year
Nov 11, 2014
Supervisors, reward a deserving employee / Officers, reward a deserving co-worker.  Any person may nominate a member.  TCSOA is now accepting nominations for "Employee of the Year" in the following categories: Civilian FTO Officer Supervisor Deputy Nominees must be a member of TCSOA.
Inmate shoots Iowa deputy at hospital, kills self
Nov 11, 2014
WEST UNION, Iowa — An Iowa jail inmate shot a sheriff's deputy and then killed himself on Saturday after grabbing the deputy's gun and trying to escape from a hospital, authorities said. Palmer Lutheran Health Center.
CLEAT assisting Travis County in effort to improve pay
Sep 28, 2014
CLEAT has been working with the Travis County Sheriff’s Association and had meetings with administration to address some significant issues as the county goes through the budget process for next year. The Association has been attending the budget meetings to address the baseline number of paid Certified Peace Officers positions and to fix the Peace Officers Pay Scale.
Texas inmate receives 4 years for assaulting COs
Nov 11, 2014
By Jennifer Rios San Angelo Standard-Times SAN ANGELO, Texas — Billy Vercher, a man convicted of aggravated robbery last year, was sentenced to four years in prison for assaulting two Tom Green County jailers. His sentence will run concurrently with the 30-year sentence he received in September.
Soledad prison inmate slips handcuffs, stabs prison guard in the head
Nov 11, 2014
By GALE HOLLAND A state prison guard in Soledad was stabbed in the back of the head Friday by an inmate who allegedly slipped out of his handcuffs and went at him with a handmade shank, a spokesman said. The attack happened just before 1 p.m.
What is a corrections officer worth to the taxpayers? Part I
Oct 08, 2015
In the last couple decades, I’ve heard people call corrections officers everything from “badge-carrying babysitters for adults” to law enforcement superheroes. Clearly, there is a wide variety of opinion on the value corrections officers provide to society.
Civil Rights Commission alleges Howard Co. Sheriff's Dept. unlawfully fired jail officer
Nov 28, 2014
By Carson Gerber Kokomo Tribune INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Civil Rights Commission says the Howard County Sheriff’s Department likely violated the state’s civil rights laws after denying a former jail officer recovering from an illness a light-duty assignment and later terminating him.
What's it like being a corrections officer?
Oct 08, 2015
By Brian Dawe, American Cop Magazine Photos by Dave Douglas Like most kids growing up, I often spent days with my friends playing cowboys and Indians, soldier, fireman, and cops and robbers. Never once can I recall locking my friends in the basement and playing Correctional Officer.
TCSOA To Award Scholarships
May 23, 2014
The TCSOA Board of Directors voted to award four (4) $1,000.00 Scholarships.  Three (3) $1,000.00 scholarships will be awarded to children of members in good standing and one (1) $1,000.00 scholarship, the Warren P. Young Humanitarian Award, will be awarded to a member of the community.  The deadline is May 5, 2014.
Download: TCSOA Scholarship Application Instructions 2014.pdf , TCSOA Scholarship Application 2014.pdf

TCSOA Law Day 2014
May 23, 2014
The time is fast approaching.  Mark the date on your calendar, May 10th.  (10a - 6p) TCSOA is planning to have the best Law Day ever.  Since Moya Park is not available due to the floods, this year's event has been moved to the parks / softball fields next to TCCC.  We have lots of activities planned and look forward to seeing each one of you there.
Employee of the Year Nominations - Process Underway
Jan 11, 2014
Supervisors, reward a deserving employee / Officers, reward a deserving co-worker. TCSOA is now accepting nominations for "Employee of the Year" in the following categories: Civilian FTO Officer Supervisor Deputy Nominees must be a member of TCSOA.
TCSOA in conjunction with APA to Host 2013 CLEAT Conference
Dec 10, 2013
TCSOA, in conjunction with the Austin Police Association will be hosting the CLEAT Conference here in Austin, Texas October 16-19th at the Sheraton downtown.  TCSOA will host dinner on Friday night at the Fiesta Gardens.
Download: cleatbooklet-final.pdf

TCSOA Supports the community and it's members
Apr 17, 2014
I first want to apologize for taking so long to write about TCSOA participating in this year's Special Olympics Fire Truck pull!  TCSOA has participated in this worthy event for the last 3 years.  We are pleased to inform you that TCSOA took 2nd place in the Law Enforcement Division!  So we represented you well.
Md. legislators join call for answers on CO's stabbing
Jul 16, 2014
By Kevin Rector The Baltimore Sun Related Articles: Attack on Md. corrections officer could have been prevented Md. corrections officers to demand resignations Md.
Two COs injured while struggling with detainee
Jul 16, 2014
By Kevin Rector The Baltimore Sun BALTIMORE — Two corrections officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center were injured shortly after noon on Wednesday when a detainee refused to enter his cell and a struggle ensued, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said.
TCSOA holds Scholarship Ceremony
Oct 11, 2013
TCSOA held its scholarship ceremony to award academic and community scholarships.  This year, TCSOA awarded a total of four scholarships to the children of members and the community.   We had several outstanding students who applied making the selection process a very competitive one.  This year’s recipients were: Brittianey Pecina – Warren P.
TCSOA Scholarship Recipients 2014
Jul 16, 2014
TCSOA would like to congratulate the 2014 TCSOA Scholarship Recipients.   This year's recipients are: Warren P. Young Community Award    Patrick Harris Jr.    Children of Members Scholarships 
Three Corrections Officers Remain Hospitilized After Head On Collision (Updated 04/01/2013)
Aug 09, 2013
Three Travis County Corrections Officers remain hospitalized after a horrific head on collision which occurred on Saturday night around 1015 pm.  Senior Officer L. Goodloe, Corrections Officer D. Rodriguez and Corrections Officer C. Lueg remained hospitalized as of Sunday evening. A fourth Corrections Officer D. Lee was released this evening. Officer Rodriguez is expected to be released tomorrow. Release dates for Officers Lueg and Goodloe are not known at this time. The four officers were a part of a car pool.
TCSOA to Award Scholarships 2013
Apr 20, 2013
The TCSOA Board of Directors voted to award 6 scholarships to members, children of members and the community.  Over the past several years, TCSOA has recognized the need to assist individuals with the ever increasing cost of education.  Two years ago, TCSOA added the Warren P.
Download: TCSOA Scholarship Application Instructions 2013.pdf

Hundreds Attend Services For Fallen Corrections Officer
Aug 09, 2013
It was an emotional day for hundreds of people Friday as they came out to pay their respects to a corrections officer killed while on duty. The viewing was held for 34 year old Eric Williams who officials said was killed by an inmate at a federal prison in Wayne County. Hundreds of people lined up outside the Greater Nanticoke Area High School to pay their final respects to a corrections officer killed in the line of duty. Officials at the federal prison near Waymart say 34 year old Eric Williams died Monday after he was attacked by an inmate wielding a homemade weapon.
Law Day Set for May 11th
May 15, 2013
It is that time of the year again so mark your calendars.  TCOSA will be hosting the annual Law Day festivities this year on May 11 at Moya Park.  We are looking forward to another exciting and fun filled event with fun and festivities for all ages.  This is an opportunity to come out, relax and enjoy time off and each others company.
TCSOA to Sponsor a Family for Christmas
Jan 09, 2013
The TCSOA Board of Directors voted unamiously to sponsor a family for Christmas.  If you know of anyone in need, please submit their name and a bio of why you believe they should be sponsored.  Please include the number of family members and their ages if known.  Please email your recommendation to President Hodge at (president@tcsoa.org) no later than December 17th.
Interested in Running for Office?
Nov 08, 2012
TCSOA is seeking new candidates with initiative and enthusiasm to participate in the Board of Directors election process.  Being a Board member is both challenging and rewarding. If you are interested in running for office, you must file with the TCSOA Secretary no later than October 23rd.
Board of Director Elections
Jan 11, 2013
The TCSOA Board of Directors Elections will begin on November 6th at 00:00 and end on November 20th at 11:59 pm.   This year, voting will be conducted through the TCSOA Website.  In order to participate in the voting process, you must be registered for access to the TCSOA Website no later than Friday November 2nd.
Sgt. Charles Ray Bar - September 12, 1949 - July 8, 2012
Sep 28, 2012
Today we laid to rest our beloved co-worker, friend and brother in Chirst.  Sgt. C.R. Barr fought a good fight.  In 2001, he suffered a massive heart attack which most agree, should have ended his life.  However, GOD said no because he had other plans for Chuck.  Eventually, Chuck returned to work and retired from Travis County in 2010.
Law Day
May 16, 2012
Law Day is around the corner.  Come out and celebrate another year as we honor you for your service to the community, your dedication to the department and to your family.  The Law Day event is set for May 12th at Moya Park from 10 am - 6 pm.  Bring your family out for a day of fun, games, food and relaxation.  The location is next to the basketball courts.
Funeral Procession Will Journey to San Angelo to Bury Slain APD Officer
May 16, 2012
By Jordan Smith, 10:03AM, Tue. Apr. 10 Jaime De Luna-Padron was killed early Friday morning, the first APD officer shot and killed on-duty since 1978.
APD Officer Youtube Newscast
May 16, 2012
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHH2k-NppbY&feature=relmfu
APD Officer Killed, Another Injured in Separate Officer-Involved Shooting
May 16, 2012
by Laura Rice, KUT News by Wells Dunbar, KUT News by Andy Uhler   April 6, 2012 Update (5:49p.m.): 24-year-old Brandon Montgomery Daniel has been charged with capital murder after allegedly shooting and killing Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron last night. In a press conference at 5:00p.m.
TCSOA to Award Scholarships
Apr 06, 2012
The TCSOA Board of Directors voted to award 7 scholarships to members, children of members and the community.  Over the past several years, TCSOA has recognized the need to assist individuals with the ever increasing cost of education.  Last year, TCSOA added the Warren P.
Download: TCSOA Scholarship Application.pdf , TCSOA Scholarship Application Instructions.pdf

Michigan Corrections Officer Killed
May 05, 2012
MyFoxDetroit MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. — A father of two is murdered in Madison Heights. It happened just after midnight Friday at the President Madison Apartments. Investigators think this may have started as an attempted robbery. Clarence Hammond, 33, was wearing his Macomb County Corrections Officer uniform when he was shot and killed.
TCSOA Amnesty Program Extended
Apr 12, 2013
“TCSOA  OFFERS AMNESTY” The Travis County Sheriff’s Association is  pleased to  announce we are waiving all back dues and assessments for our  former members who seek to rejoin TCSOA. Come back home where you will be treated equal with all other members and not as a second class citizen. You will be able to fully participate and make a difference in the direction of your Association.
Austin, Bastrop - No Refusal Weekend
Jan 17, 2012
Going out to celebrate?  Think before you drink.  Austin and Bastrop have instituted a "No Refusal" weekend.  To Austinites, "No Refusal" weekend for New Years should not be a surprise.  What you may not know is other cities are starting to adopt the program, including Bastrop.
TCSOA Christmas Party 2011
Feb 07, 2012
TCSOA held its annual Christmas celebration on December 9th at the Sheraton Hotel Downtown.  By all accounts, it was one of the best yet.  Members brought their family and friends out to enjoy an evening filled with fun, dancing and giveaways.
TCSOA Works With Administration To Get Alternate JST Test Times Approved
May 05, 2012
TCSOA petitioned the Sheriff and asked that JST times completed for other assigments such as BPOC, HVU and Patrol be accepted as the officers time for the year.  The Sheriff agreed.  Prior to his ruling, officers were mandated to go through JST in their primary assignment in addition to completing JST for other areas they were seeking assignment to.
Board of Director and Amendment Elections
Dec 05, 2011
The TCSOA Board of Directors / Amendment Elections will begin on November 1st and end on November 21st at 11:59 pm. If you are eligible to vote, you will receive a link to you ballot via email at your co.travis.tx.us email address. The email will be sent by Rocky Lane (Chairperson) within the next 24 hours. If it is not in your inbox, check you spam folder.
Download: TCSOA 1.Recommended Changes to Constitution Final Copy[1].doc

2012 Texas Police Games
Jul 15, 2012
Any employee wishing to be involved in the coordination and /or the facilitation of any event for the 2012 Texas Police Games, hosted by the Travis County Sheriffs Office, please return this email to Major Mark Sawa.
Correction to TCUSOA Article
May 05, 2012
In the original article, “TCUSOA Attempts to Sell Out Members; Talk of Merger with TCLEA”, we inadvertently printed the name of Brett Spicer as the person who made the derogatory statement towards Corrections Staff.  The article has been corrected.  It was not the intent of TCSOA or its Board Members to print inaccurate information.
TCUSOA Attempts to Sell Out Members; Talk of Merger with TCLEA
May 05, 2012
Nearly ten years after Law Enforcement held secret back door meetings with members of the Commissioners Court in order to get pay raises while leaving their brothers in Corrections behind (which caused TCSOA to split into two different groups), history is repeating itself.
Download: TCLEA Merger Talks.pdf

TCSOA Annual Christmas Party
Dec 14, 2011
Hello TCSOA Members and Friends, This year, our annual Christmas Party will be held at the Sheraton Hotel at 701 East 11th Street on Friday, December 9th, from 6 P.M. til  2:00 A.M.  The itinerary is listed below.
Download: TCSOA_PARTY_INV_2010[1].pdf

Madaleine Racquel Frady "Chingy" October 30, 2001 - September 27, 2011
Dec 05, 2011
The TCSOA family would like to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Officer Heather Marquez on the loss of her daughter, Honorary Deputy Madaleine Racquel Frady “Chingy”.  Madaleine was laid to rest yesterday after a long battle with cancer.  Madaleine’s spirit and enthusiasm for life, laughter and fun was truly overwhelming.
Texas Deputy Constable Dies While On Duty
Dec 05, 2011
  Deputy Aigner paid the ultimate price in the name of public service.  Please keep our brother's family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.  Click on the link below to see full article.  http://www.officer.com/news/10356830/texas-deputy-constable-dies-while-on-duty
November General Election
Dec 05, 2011
TCSOA General Elections will be held from November 1st thru November 21st at midnight.  Rocky Lane (EMS) has been selected and approved by the board as the election Chairperson.  She has elected to use Ballot Bin as the method of voting.  Rocky will register each member with Ballot Bin.
TCSOA, CLEAT and NAPO Offering Aid to Victims of Wildfires
Oct 15, 2011
If you are a member of TCSOA and have suffered a loss or have been relocated due to the recent wildfires that have swept across Central Texas, we are offerring financial assistance to you.  This will be in addition to the CLEAT benefit listed below.   Please email us at info@tcsoa.
Bi-Weekly Pay Period Poll
Sep 05, 2011
A Bi-Weekly pay period poll has been posted in the online voting area.  We are facing time constraints so your immediate participation is required.  The poll is being conducted to find outhow many members want to switch from the current pay period to a bi-weekly pay period.
Funeral Services Planned for Husband of Officer
Jul 03, 2011
Funeral services have been planned for Officer Ibarra's husband Tony who was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident early Friday morning when the motorcycle he and Officer Ibarra were riding collided with a car.  Both were thrown from the motorcyle.  They were both taken to Brackenridge Hospital where Tony passed away from the injuries sustained during the accident.
Man attacks officer while being booked
Dec 05, 2011
If you don't think what we do can come with a price tag, just check out this video.  It is a good reminder to stay alert and continue to assess your situation.  Don't let your job become routine and don't become complacent or you could find yourself in this exact situation.  Thanks Officer Tobias for sharing this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch.
Bexar County Deputy Ambushed an Killed
Jun 11, 2011
A Bexar County deputy sheriff's patrol supervisor in a marked unit was apparently ambushed and killed in a hail of gunfire on the East Side early Saturday.
County, police, agree on 30-month labor contract
Jun 11, 2011
By SEAN BATURA News Reporter   Hays County commissioners unanimously approved an employment contract this week that guarantees police a 3.52-percent average raise this year and two percent raises in each of the following two budget years.
Rest In Peace Officer Johnson
Jun 11, 2011
By Dirk Lammers Associated Press SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — One of the inmates suspected of killing a 63-year-old guard during a failed South Dakota prison break had escaped the state penitentiary two other times during his 27-year criminal history. The state Department of Corrections says inmates Rodney Berget and Eric Robert, both 48, tried to escape shortly before 11 a.m.
Letter from the President
Jan 14, 2012
Dear TCSOA Members Another year has come and gone.? We suffered the fiasco of election problems, which should now be a thing of the past.? With our new web site up and running, we now have an in house solution which will provide us the answer we needed for electronic voting.
Washington Corrections Officer's Death Spurs Changes
Mar 28, 2011
By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. -- Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire outlined a series of reforms Monday aimed at protecting the safety of prison guards after a female corrections worker was strangled in a chapel with a microphone cord.
Wisconsin Police Officer Killed in Wild Shootout
Mar 28, 2011
AP, FOND DU LAC, Wis. –  A Wisconsin man opened fire on police during a six-hour standoff at a house, killing one officer and critically wounding another, authorities said. Police in Fond du Lac were called to the house around 6:30 a.m. Sunday to investigate a sexual assault. Shortly after they arrived, the suspect started shooting at the officers, a news release said.
Police Officer Dies in Ohio; Suspect Hurt
Mar 28, 2011
Help support Wisconsin by keeping the pressure on Governor Walker.  In doing so, you will also keep the pressure on the State of Ohio.  This is the second police officer killed in the line of duty in Wisconsin and Ohio in the past two days.
Walker's Wisconsin Senate Majority in Peril as Thousands Work for Recalls
Mar 19, 2011
By Tim Jones - document.write(dateFormat(new Date(1300161660000),"mmm d, yyyy h:MM TT Z"));Mar 14, 2011 11:01 PM CT The chanting has ended, protesters have quit marching around the Capitol, and a quieter struggle is under way to deny Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker the Senate Republican majority he used to curb public-sector union rights.
Michigan Protest Movement to Soon Rival Wisconsin?
Mar 19, 2011
Robert Dougherty Robert Dougherty – Tue Mar 15, 5:26 pm ET The Michigan protests and budget dispute has fired up the state. But to much of the nation, the struggle in Michigan has gone on in the shadows compared with the other states in the Midwest. However, that may change Wednesday, with a rally that could dwarf the one in Wisconsin last weekend. While Gov.
Warren P. Young, A Christian, A Friend, A Mentor, A Co-Worker and A Soldier
Jun 11, 2011
Today Warren P. Young, a Christain, a friend, a mentor, a co-worker and a soldier was laid to rest. Warren recently retired from the Travis County Sheriff's Office after becoming ill and being diagnosed with Cancer.  For those of you who had the opportunity to know Warren, you know he was a caring person who always had a story to tell or advice to give.
Winconsin Layoff Will Come Friday, Scott Walker Says
Mar 19, 2011
AP/The Huffington Post First Posted: 03/ 3/11 05:02 PM Updated: 03/ 4/11 04:35 PM MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday that he will issue layoff notices to 1,500 state workers on Friday if his proposal forcing them to pay more for benefits and taking away nearly all their collective bargaining rights isn't passed by then.
How I Got To Madison, Wisconsin
Mar 19, 2011
Michael Moore Oscar and Emmy-winning director Posted: March 6, 2011 10:45 PM Early yesterday morning, around 1:00 AM, I had finished work for the day on my current "project" (top secret for now -- sorry, no spoiler alerts!).
Angry Demonstrations in Wisconsin as Cuts Loom
Mar 19, 2011
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New Polls Find Support For Public Employee Unions
Mar 19, 2011
First Posted: 03/ 1/11 09:17 AM Updated: 03/ 1/11 09:17 AM Huff Post WASHINGTON -- As protests continue over the proposal by Gov. Scott Walker (R) to strip collective bargaining rights from public employees in Wisconsin, two new independent national media surveys released Monday night find Americans taking the side of organized labor.
Judge Orders Protesters to Be Removed From Wiscosin Capitol
Mar 19, 2011
DAVID A. LIEB   03/ 3/11 11:52 PM   MADISON, Wis. — About 50 pro-union protesters peacefully left the state Capitol late Thursday after a judge ruled they could no longer spend the night to show their opposition to Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to eliminate nearly all collective bargaining rights for public workers.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Issues Layoff Notices
Mar 19, 2011
March 4, 2011 11:39:08 PM MADISON, Wis., March 4 (Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker issued layoff warning notices on Friday to unions representing state workers as a three-week-long battle between Republican and Democratic lawmakers over union bargaining rights took a new turn.
Wisconsin Governor Slashes Budget; Forces Government Employees To Pay More To Pensions And For Benefits
Mar 19, 2011
In case you have not been following the news lately, the Governor of Wisconsin unveiled his plan to reduce benefits paid to government worker in the form of requiring them to pay more in to their pension and more for their benefits.  The Governor stirred national debate approximately 3 weeks ago when he announced his intent to cut funding for schools and public service.
Ohio Union Bill Aimed At Reducing Bargining Rights Passes State Senate
Mar 19, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The bargaining rights of public workers in Ohio would be dramatically reduced and strikes would be banned under a bill narrowly passed by the state Senate on Wednesday.
US jails struggle with role as makeshift asylums
Nov 11, 2014
By Adam Geller Associated Press CHICAGO — Peering through the chain link of a holding pen at the Cook County Jail, a man wrapped in a navy varsity jacket leans toward clinical social worker Elli Petacque Montgomery, his bulging eyes a clue that something's not right. "They say I got bipolar, that's all," he says.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Feb 07, 2012
Dear TCSOA Members, As we come to the end of the Christmas Day and the end of the 2011, the Board of Directors hope each one of you had a very Merry Christmas.  Nothing beats the joy of spending time with seldom seen family and friends.
Austin-area wildfire burns a record 476 homes in Texas
Oct 03, 2011
By Karen Brooks AUSTIN, Texas | Mon Sep 5, 2011 7:50pm EDT "I'm still seeing no containment," said April Saginor, public information officer for the Texas Forest Service, who confirmed that the Bastrop County Complex Fire has scorched more than 25,000 acres and burned 476 residences so far.
TCSOA Board Members to Attend Briefing; Offer Assistance to Victims of Wildfires
Oct 15, 2011
TCSOA board members along with members from other associations have been invited to CTEC to attend a preliminary briefing on the developing wildfire events.  We will offer financial assistance as well as other forms of assistance to those who have affected by this unimaginable event.
28 Day Cycle Abandoned; 40 Hour Work Week Reinstated
Sep 05, 2011
Members of TCSOA, TCLEA and the TCSO Administration went to Commissioners Court to fight against the 28 day pay cycle in favor of a 40 hour work week.  The 28 day pay cycle has been in place for the past 12 years.   The cycle allowed supervisors to flex overtime over a 28 days cycle.
Officer and husband involved in fatal crash (Article updated 09-05-11 click "Read More")
Sep 07, 2011
Around 0330 on Friday morning, Travis County Correctional Officer Melissa Ibarra and her husband Tony were involved in a traffic accident.  Although details of the accident remained sketchy, what is known is the motorcycle they were riding collided with a car.  They were both thrown from the motorcycle.
Baton; A Letter from the Editor
May 05, 2012
Dear TCSOA Members,   There is a new Association in town.  After running for office in various positions for the TCSOA Board of Directors, some winning and some losing, several members have decided that since they could not get elected (some were elected but chose to abandon their new position) to the TCSOA Board Directors, they would start their own association.
Wisconsin Judge Temporarily Halts Collective Bargaining Law
Mar 28, 2011
By Monica Davey THE NEW YORK TIMES CHICAGO — A Wisconsin judge on Friday issued a temporary restraining order blocking the new state law that curbs collective bargaining rights for most public employees.
What is a corrections officer worth to the taxpayers? Part II
Oct 08, 2015
In the first part of this two-part article, we looked at why understanding the worth of a corrections officer to the taxpayers is of vital importance to the public, politicians, administration, and to officers themselves.
TCSOA Board of Director Elections
Jan 11, 2014
Greeting TCSOA Members,  The Board of Directors general elections are here again.  TCSOA is seeking new candidates with initiative and enthusiasm to participate in the Board of Directors election process. Being a Board member is both challenging and rewarding. If you are interested in running for office, you must file with the TCSOA Secretary no later than October 23rd.
TCSOA to Award Schorlarships
Sep 05, 2011
Each year, TCSOA awards scholarships to the children of members who are attending or planning to attend college.  This year, TCSOA will award 6 - $500.00 scholarships.  The application deadline is May 13th. 
Download: TCSOA Scholarship Guidelines and Application.pdf

State stops collecting union dues, starts charging more for health care
Apr 12, 2011
By Jason Stein and Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel Madison - Gov. Scott Walker's administration is no longer collecting dues on behalf of state unions and as of Sunday began charging employees more for health care and their pensions, even though nonpartisan legislative attorneys say the changes are not yet law.
Plan to Merge Agencies on Jails, Police and Firefighters Concerns Safety Officials
Jun 17, 2011
The Texas Tribune By BRANDI GRISSOM Published: March 17, 2011  A money-saving proposal to combine state agencies that oversee police and firefighter training and local jail operations has public safety officials statewide worried about their future.


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