Who is the SPPA?

April 14, 2012

The (SPPA) gives the Floyd. L. Smith Memorial Scholarship to a local student. This year, the SPPA gave the scholarship to ninth grader at Highland High School Kevin Pantoja, who is looking to take part in the People to People's trip the European Odyssey in which he will embark on a 20-day program, joining other students from across the state and travel to Italy, Greece and France. Shown are SPPA Treasurer Melinda Moncada and SPPA President Sam Cunningham, presenting the scholarship to Pantoja.

The Sweetwater Police Patrol Association was founded approximately 10 years ago by officers of the Sweetwater Police Department who not only shared a common work interest, but a common goal to improve the community in which they live and serve through helping the community by providing added support to charitable causes and those in need.
The Sweetwater Police Patrol Association is a 501 (c) (5) non profit Texas Corporation which has been designated by the IRS as a 501 (c) (5) organizations and likewise recognized by the State of Texas as a legal entity. Along with the association comes the label "Union". A union is traditionally defined as, "an organization of workers formed for the purpose of advancing its members' interests in respect of wages, benefits, and working conditions" [Merriam Webster Dictionary]. The Police Patrol Association is not a traditional union in the sense that the association's primary purpose, from conception, has been to promote a better community through active involvement in charity functions and fundraisers.
Another misconception that comes from being labeled a union is the ability, and occasionally the intent, to strike in order to obtain political goals. Local Government Code Sec. 174.002(c) provides that it is unlawful in the State of Texas for Police Officers to strike. Striking for Police Officers has been outlawed since 1945 and in those past 67 years the law has been restated and emphasized several times over the last 19 years. This is common knowledge among city officials statewide. This law exists for the purpose of public safety and well being which is also a major concern for the Sweetwater Police Patrol Association. Despite disagreements with city officials, the SPPA has never gone on strike to obtain a goal or self motivated agenda. This has been done in order to maintain the high standard of public safety the officers that comprise the association have set. For the reasons listed above, strike has never been, nor ever will be, and option for the SPPA due to the high regard the association places on public safety and the well-being of the citizens.
The SPPA is proud to be affiliated with the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas (CLEAT). CLEAT is an organization that offers legal counsel and support to Police Officers and their families in times of need. This support can range from a multitude of areas. On unfortunate occasions, officers are forced to make split second decisions in the line of duty that have long lasting repercussions. One main example of this would be the use of deadly force. In those cases, CLEAT provides legal representation to officers when they are scrutinized for their actions in the line of duty. Along with this function, CLEAT also provides legal aid to the families of law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. CLEAT aids families of fallen officers in the process of executing the will as well as applying for and obtaining death benefits.
In summation, the association provides an outlet for officers to further one of the main goals of law enforcement — help the community. In an officer's line of duty, they often encounter the worst situations possible and are forced to deal with situations that often have no positive outcome. The SPPA allows officers to function in the community in a different light where they are able to participate in community functions for great causes. During this time, officers are able to interact on a more positive level with the community and continue to provide services, even when off duty. Whether it's hosting a softball tournament for the children of the community or playing a basketball game against the fire department, the ultimate goal is to raise funds for the community the officers serve and protect, and also provide positive outlets for the youth of today and the future of tomorrow.


ignorance is bliss

April 27, 2012 by johnp (not verified), 3 years 17 weeks ago
Comment: 549

Joekerr, what a joke. You might want to do your homework before you start asking questions you THINK you know the answers to. Simply because it does not make the newspaper doesn't mean it didn't happen. In the month of March the very things you believe only happen in "New York" have happened in Sweetwater, every one of them. So yes, they are heros! Mr. Joekerr please stop being jealous, some people are just not meant to do certain things. I can speak from experience, being a Vietnam Vet. I volunteered, does that make me any less than the marine standing next to me which was drafted? As my friends have told me, that makes me more of a hero. Some people just can't do certain things, its nothing to be mad about. There is not an "if" but a "when" you will someday NEED the Sweetwater Police. Before dialing 911 ask yourself "do I deserve the service they are providing me after all the degrading comments I've made toward them?". It is obvious your opinion is judged on ignorance. Joekerr, please keep your mouth shut and let them think your ignorant because when you open it, you're removing all doubt. I hate to be the one to break the news but even though your eyes are closed doesn't mean things only happen in "New York".


April 24, 2012 by LGibbens (not verified), 3 years 18 weeks ago
Comment: 534

Is that even a comment meant for this forum? I don't understand what bacon has to do with this discussion? Unless that is another colorful expression of today's youth to exclaim you have nothing better to say? Whatever the point for your mindless exclamation it still remains apparent the lack of a BRIDGE or ANGLE of approach between you and actual intelligent conversation. once again I reiterate the need for you to get the facts and not allow distaste of law enforcement be a barrier to intelligence.

Hey Joker, put your money where your mouth is!

April 24, 2012 by dreamweaver (not verified), 3 years 18 weeks ago
Comment: 532

Bet you $100 you don't have the balls to go to any one or four or ten of your local cops and tell them that "barney" stuff to their face. Yes, they get a paycheck.....for doing stuff you and I would never do! You're a moron to think they're "just like" me and you. You are nothing like them. Ever hold a dead baby? Ever sift through body parts? Ever get shot at for someone you don't even know? I thought so. You soccer head. Grow a pair and go talk to them face to face. I SUPPORT THE BOYS IN BLUE!

"Ever hold a dead baby? Ever

April 25, 2012 by joekerr (not verified), 3 years 18 weeks ago
Comment: 541

"Ever hold a dead baby? Ever sift through body parts? Ever get shot at for someone you don't even know?

No, can't say that I have. And neither can the cops on our police force. At least not but one or two of them. We don't live in NYC y'know. These guys wouldn't be able to hack it there any better than I could. In fact, the last shooting I really remember hearing about involving them was when they popped that lady with the mental issues out in front of USG a few years ago. For holding a BB gun. With no hostages. But no, no, you've got to be right, they're all heroes and I'm the scumbag just for criticizing them on the internet. Get real.

You're the worst type of person for glorifying them for doing a job they agreed to do in exchange for getting paid. They ARE NOT all heroes despite what you'd have us believe. They're just people. And you, you're worse than 10 Hitlers.

I suppose you forgot about

April 27, 2012 by johnp (not verified), 3 years 17 weeks ago
Comment: 550

I suppose you forgot about the guy who just got out of prison. He took the car at gun point from the elderly lady. He then came to Sweetwater, not "New York", where he carelessly placed countless lives in danger, including police officers. Shall we say, the State of Texas saved lots of tax dollars. There have been several things in the past year SPD has had to deal with that not many could. Suicides, baby Angel, shootings, drug dealers, infant deaths, an officer who use to be a police officer here was shot and narrowly escaped death. The list is endless. joekerr you are one of the most disrespectful human beings around, criticizing people who are willing to lay down their lives for you and I. It is obvious you are not a military veteran, which most officers are. You have no respect for the American flag and it is very doubtful you even know what the colors stand for. There is no doubt you could ever get choked up at the beginning of a sporting event because your looking at the colors and hear the anthem. And you claim these officers are worse than "10 hitlers " (intentionally not capitalized)!! You sir/ma'am are simply IGNORANT!

Sure smells like BACON in

April 19, 2012 by joekerr (not verified), 3 years 18 weeks ago
Comment: 531

Sure smells like BACON in here.


April 24, 2012 by dreamweaver (not verified), 3 years 18 weeks ago
Comment: 533

You smell like masingill!

wow... It appears that

April 18, 2012 by LGibbens (not verified), 3 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 527

wow... It appears that everything you type gets less and less intelligent. If you have such little faith in your local police department I cant imagine how your even still living in that town. Hope no one breaks into your house late at night because you just made it very clear you will not be calling the police, unless your a hypocrite. Anyway Good luck either way. Your not worth my time. Im an old man and have better things to do than try to educate a young diaper wetter such as yourself.

Never realized the cops were

April 16, 2012 by joekerr (not verified), 3 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 523

Never realized the cops were unioned up here. Explains a lot actually.

@Joekker, Or whatever you

April 17, 2012 by LGibbens (not verified), 3 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 525

@Joekker, Or whatever you choose to call yourself...
Ive read your posts over the past few days and realize, Your incapable of getting actual information from any of these articles. Your blinded for your dislike for these men and women who serve YOU to actually get the idea of the information presented to you. My only hope is that you are not a residence of Sweetwater because I hate the thought that one of these men or women who serve you would have to lay down their life to save your ignorant butt. They fight for you and would take a bullet for you any day and all you can do is make comments under a screen name... what a brave soul you are sir

oh so you're saying, because

April 17, 2012 by joekerr (not verified), 3 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 526

oh so you're saying, because they CHOSE to become police officers of their own free will, then I should never question their motives at all, for any reason, just because they are such good people and they're doing the right thing? get real, that's how the Nazi's got started, by people not questioning them. these people don't "serve" me or anybody, they are doing it for the same reasons anybody would, a paycheck. if you are one of those people who think that every single cop is a hero, then you're incredibly naive, they are JUST people, same as you and I, with their own faults, and I wouldn't trust any of them to "take a bullet" for me. that's ridiculous. this isn't the secret service, its a bunch of hometown Barneys, half of which shouldn't be carrying a weapon in the first place. if any of them really cared about the city they wouldn't be wasting so much time whining about who their boss is going to be, they'd suck it up and drive on with the mission. very unprofessional. now they send out this thinly veiled threat, in the form of a press release describing their "striking" policies...just wow.


April 18, 2012 by LGibbens (not verified), 3 years 18 weeks ago
Comment: 529

Also I never read any sort of threat about striking. Once again if you took time to gather facts and not let your dislike blind you you would have seen where they were taking the time to INFORM you that its illegal for them to strike as well as they expressed several times that it is in no way their intent to strike. Read before you speak and it makes people seam more intelligent

Thinly veiled threat?????

April 18, 2012 by thepragmatist (not verified), 3 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 528

Since reading comprehension isn't your strong suit, let me help you out. The article stated, clearly, that it is unlawful for police associations to strike. So, being unable to strike, stating so in a public forum constitutes a thinly veiled threat? Sounds like someone must have failed their TAKS test. By the way, the SPPA has welcomed their new Chief with their best wishes. Rather professional I'd say.

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