Nine cadets are set to graduate from the San Angelo Police Department Academy.
On Friday, November 6, 2015, at 3:00 p.m., the San Angelo Police Department's Basic Police Officer Class 2015-A will participate in a Graduation and Swearing in Ceremony at the SAPD Police Academy, 3373 FM HWY 584.
The nine (9) graduates who will be sworn are; Maryan Cade, Nicholas Franchuk, Thomas Gibson, Travis Gonzales, Long Nguyen, Brad Howarth, Joe Mata, John Southwell, and Chase Hill.
The cadets successfully completed an extensive one thousand seventy (1,070) hour academy learning basic law enforcement skills and a multi week in-service course. Following graduation, the cadets will become Apprentice Police Officers (APO's) and will be assigned to a seventeen (17) week Police Training Program.
The Police Training Program is designed to teach the APO's how best to use the skills acquired in the academy and in-service training.
Immediately following the Graduation and Swearing in Ceremony, there will be a Promotion Ceremony for Officer Craig Thomason. Officer Thomason will be promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
Officer Craig Thomason was hired by the San Angelo Police Department on April 11, 2008. Officer Thomason is a member of the SAPD SWAT team and has worked as a Patrol Officer and a Detective. Officer Thomason has 2,483 training hours and holds an Advanced Peace Officer License.
The ceremonies are open to the public.
Due to predicted inclement weather in Dallas tomorrow, Mrs. Pickens and guests will be unable to travel to San Angelo tomorrow. The planned meeting for Operation Blue Shield tomorrow and has been cancelled and will be rescheduled soon. When the new meeting date and time is set, that information will be released in a subsequent press release.
The Concho Valley Citizens Care organization, in partnership with the San Angelo Police Department, is sponsoring a meeting about bringing Operation Blue Shield to San Angelo. The meeting will be held on Thursday November 5, 2015 at 10:30 am in the North Conference Room of the McNease Convention Center, 500 Rio Concho Drive. The founder and CEO of Operation Blue Shield, Mrs. Toni Pickens, will be in attendance for the meeting, and a question and answer session will immediately follow the meeting.
Mrs. Pickens? charitable and community contributions are vast. She is a founding member of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, serves on the advisory boards of Dallas Habitat for Humanity, the Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Texas Heart Institute, Amergy Bank-Dallas and Oklahoma State University. In addition, Mrs. Pickens serves on the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Steering Committee, the MD Anderson Living Legends Steering Committee, and the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Life Partner/Member.
Operation Blue Shield's mission is to create, promote and fund programs designed to bring about the progressive change, trust and unity that our communities and our Nation so desperately needs. Operation Blue Shield's outreach programs connect, educate and empower community stakeholders (citizens, local businesses, public officials, non-profits, education, churches, first-responders and law enforcement) in a common goal of positive, forward-thinking social infrastructure changes. In doing so, we serve to unify these groups in a shared commitment to public safety, increased accessibility to home ownership, an increase in small business, improved education and economic development (jobs).
Please join Concho Valley Citizens Care and the San Angelo Police Department in welcoming Mrs. Pickens and Operation Blue Shield to San Angelo by attending the meeting this Thursday. If you would like more information about the various programs Operation Blue Shield is involved in please visit www.operationblueshield.com.
A 31-year-old San Angelo man was arrested Saturday night after a vehicle and foot chase through a Santa Rita neighborhood.
Just before 11:00 p.m. on October 31, San Angelo Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a red 1995 Chevrolet Silverado near W. Avenue J and S. Bryant Blvd. for displaying a fictitious license plate. The driver, later identified as Jimmy Carrasco Jr. (DOB 01-17-84), refused to stop and evaded Officers for several blocks. During the pursuit, Carrasco ran several stop signs and nearly collided with oncoming traffic.
The vehicle pursuit ended when Carrasco stopped his vehicle in the 600 block of W. Avenue K where he exited and ran on foot. He was apprehended a short time later in the 600 block of W. Avenue M.
Police K9 Team Officer B. Gesch and his Police Service Dog Duke arrived on scene and conducted an article search of the path Carrasco took after he fled from his vehicle. Duke was able to locate a plastic bag that contained marijuana in an alley where Carrasco was seen jumping a fence.
Carrasco was charged with Evading Arrest in a Vehicle, Evading Arrest on Foot-Prior Convictions, Class B Possession of Marijuana, Displaying a Fictitious License Plate, five outstanding City Warrants, one outstanding County Warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance PG1, and issued a traffic citation for No Insurance.
A 20-year-old female passenger Carrasco left behind when he fled from the vehicle was released at the scene.
The San Angelo Police Department is saying goodbye and happy retirement to one of its most beloved Officers, Jimmie Byrne. Today is Byrne's last day with the Department; however, this is not the first time he has retired.
Byrne was hired in October 1973. He began his career as a patrol officer before transferring to the Street-Crimes Unit, then on to oversee the Traffic Division. Byrne promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1982 and Lieutenant in 1987.
Byrne retired, the first time, in August 1999 and returned to the Department as a Part-time Officer in December 2008 where he has since worked as a Motors Officer. Since his return, Byrne earned the Title of Reserve Officer of the Year two years in a row at the Department's Annual Awards and Appreciation Banquet. He has received countess letters of commendation from local citizens, businesses, and the Department. Accruing 2,172 training hours throughout his career, Byrne retires as a Master Patrolman who has served the community for 33 years.
?I have been blessed to have shared my career with such a great man. He is a great officer, great supervisor, and great employee. When he retired and decided to come back part time, we were ecstatic. I will personally miss having him around.? Police Chief Tim Vasquez