Montco deputy surprised by mentor’s appearance at swearing-in ceremony

NORRISTOWN — As Karissa Rivera dreamed of becoming a Montgomery County deputy sheriff she kept on her desk a framed photograph of the Las Vegas police officer who inspired her as a little girl to pursue a career in law enforcement.

On Monday, Rivera, 22, of Horsham, beamed with joy as her mentor, William Thomas Stockdale, a retired sergeant with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, surprised her by attending her swearing-in ceremony.

“Oh my goodness! Good to see you,” an emotional Rivera said as Stockdale, a towering man, approached her with a look of pride while acknowledging her accomplishment.

“Good to see you,” Stockdale responded as he hugged Rivera, who as a child he taught while working as an officer with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program in Las Vegas.

Rivera, originally from Las Vegas, and Stockdale, who retired in July 2017, hadn’t seen each other in more than a dozen years.

The surprise reunion was arranged by Rivera’s co-workers in the sheriff’s department, who noticed the photograph she had on her desk, a cherished memory of her posing with Stockdale during her participation in the D.A.R.E. program he oversaw.

“She told us that experience inspired her to wanting a career in law enforcement. This is really truly a pleasure and a treat today,” county Sheriff Sean P. Kilkenny said as he invited Stockdale to be a witness at Rivera’s swearing-in ceremony at the county courthouse.

Rivera, a graduate of William Tennent High School who earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Bucks County Community College, had worked in the civil processing division of the sheriff’s department since September 2018 and recently completed the training to become a deputy.

Stockdale said Rivera was one of the 7,000 fifth graders he instructed about the dangers of substance abuse while working with the D.A.R.E. program in Las Vegas.

“You wonder if D.A.R.E. works, what impact it has on people. You can only hope you have an impact on children. But a story like this, it was well worth it. This shows me that it was a program that was successful,” Stockdale said.

“I had such a positive impact that she kept that picture of me, the two of us from 16 years ago, on her desk. That just blows my mind. It’s phenomenal,” Stockdale added.

Stockdale is no stranger to Montgomery County as he was a U.S. Army recruiting commander from 1990 to 1993 and had stations in Pottstown, Norristown and Lansdale.

Rivera, supported at the ceremony by relatives, said she was expecting the ceremony to be short and casual. Rivera did not notice Stockdale sitting in the audience as she awaited her turn among other new recruits to take the oath of office as a deputy.

It was only when Kilkenny invited Stockdale to come forward that Rivera recognized the name from her past and realized the mentor from her childhood was in the room.

“I wasn’t expecting any of this at all. When I saw him, I felt like my jaw dropped to the ground. I was shocked. I was so surprised,” Rivera gushed afterward. “It means the world to me. It’s important that someone I looked up to came here because they believed in me. This journey has been a long one and I’m grateful.”

“She lit up. It was a great surprise. I’m glad it was a pleasant surprise for her,” Stockdale added.

During an impromptu moment after Rivera took her oath as a deputy, Stockdale told her, “I couldn’t be happier or more proud of you for what you did. I’m honored to be here. I really am. Keep up the good work.”

Corporal Bryan Subbio had the job of tracking down Stockdale, relying on the photograph co-workers observed on Rivera’s desk.

“The story of the Las Vegas D.A.R.E. officer kept coming up,” recalled Subbio, who contacted Las Vegas authorities who put him in touch with the now retired Stockdale. “It’s a great story. It’s amazing that it worked out the way that it did.”

Subbio recalled the first time he spoke with Stockdale on the phone and explained to him the nature of the call.

“It was awesome. It was a long process to get to that point. You could tell he absolutely was touched by the story and excited he could impact a student’s life like that,” Subbio said.

It was the greatest kept secret in the department as co-workers were able to hide the fact they had contacted Stockdale about attending the ceremony.

Stockdale, who attended the event with his wife, Kathy, said he didn’t hesitate making the trip east when he learned he had inspired Rivera, as a 10-year-old girl, to consider a career in law enforcement.

“I told my wife, ‘We’re going.’ When I heard the story about the picture and the department saying that she’s such a wonderful person, I had to come out and support her. There was no ifs ands or buts about it, I had to come out,” Stockdale said.


Painting It Forward Public Fundraiser

Sunday, August 18 1:00 – 4:00PM
2260 Village Walk Dr., Ste 104, Henderson, NV
$45 per painter

Paint It Forward by supporting the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Honor Guard which proudly serves the City of Las Vegas, the County of Clark, and the Law Enforcement Community across the United States of America. The Honor Guard performs military style honors during funeral services of officers killed in the line of duty, as well as for deaths of current or retired law enforcement officers in an endeavor to provide closure to the families of officers.

The mission of the Honor Guard is to serve the police department and the community as a visual reminder of the service and traditions of law enforcement; forever respecting and remembering with honor and distinction past and present police officers for their dedication and service to the citizens of Southern Nevada.


Outrage Continues Over Videos of NYPD Officers Harassed

NYPD union president slams Mayor de Blasio and the police commissioner after shocking new video shows officers being harassed on the subway

The LVPPA stands united with UCOPS over the treatment of our brothers and sisters across the country in law enforcement. These acts should not and can not be tolerated!

The United Coalition of Public Safety (UCOPS) is sickened to see the videos from New York this week where NYPD Officers were attacked by gang members and thugs in their city.

The breakdown in our society continues with these despicable acts that disrespect law enforcement. These NYPD Officers had an unknown liquid thrown on them while performing their duties for the communities they serve. The liquid substance very easily could have had harmful matter in it.

These officers are no different than any of your family members, they are human. All law enforcement officers across our nation deserve the support of the community and most importantly the cities and counties in which they work.

Shame on Commissioner James O’Neil and Mayor Bill de Blasio for creating an environment that allows the criminals to run amuck without consequences.

Every member of UCOPS wants the NYPD officers, their families, and the good people of NYC to know that they will not be abandoned in their time of need.


LVMPD unveils new innovative technology & blueprint for reality-based training facility

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Sheriff Joe Lombardo held his fourth annual luncheon fundraiser Wednesday, introducing a new project that will help officers train and prepare for worst-case scenarios like the One October mass shooting.

“The ultimate goal is to make our community safer and our police officers safer, and give them the education and training and equipment to be successful,” said Lombardo.

Now the LVMPD Foundation is working to raise money for a reality-based training facility called the Nevada Joint Training Center.

“The first step is a $20 million lift, and we’re well on our way to achieving that number,” Lombardo said.

The new center would bring all of Nevada’s first responders together and allow them to train in real-life situations.

The center would include indoor and outdoor villages with life-size streets homes and even realistic casinos.

Another highlight from the luncheon was the display of new technology that helps to keep officers and our community safe.

The interactive displays give donors and people in attendance a firsthand look at the new tools available to law enforcement. It also allowed people to speak with the officers and teams that use them on a daily basis.

“It’s invaluable. You can replace this, you can’t replace an officer, so we’re keeping our officers safe, and we’re putting them in a position where they don’t have to use force on an individual,” said Lt. Melanie O’Daniel.

If you’d like to donate to help LVMPD and fund some of the equipment click here.


LVMPD holding open recruitment for people interested in becoming police officers

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is holding open recruitment for those interested in a career as police officer.

Every Tuesday and Thursday at Police Memorial Park, LVMPD will give people the chance to experience what it’s like to go through the police academy.

Officer Brent Garcia with LVMPD recruitment has some advice for those interested in law enforcement.

“It takes discipline and it takes dedication,” Garcia said.

There is no age restriction or registration required, but recruits must be in good enough physical and mental shape to succeed.

The open recruitment at Police Memorial Park will be from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. in the summer and 7 to 9 a.m. in the fall.


Flushing drugs down the toilet could lead to ‘meth-gators,’ Tennessee police dept. warns

Police in Tennessee are warning residents against flushing drugs down the toilet in the event of a potential drug bust, saying that animals could ingest the substances and wreak havoc on the community.

When officers from the Loretto Police Department went to serve a search warrant on Saturday, they found the suspect, Andy Perry, allegedly attempting to flush meth and several pieces of drug paraphernalia down the toilet, according to police.

Police also noted that if the drugs made it far enough to Shoal Creek and then the Tennessee River, “meth-gators” could become a thing.

Loretta Police Chief Bobby Joe Killen told ABC News that while there have been no reports of wild animals on drugs in the area, the department decided to post the warning after seeing past reports of a squirrel that may have been fed meth in Alabama and a python and other animals that were addicted to meth at an Australian prison.

“As far as I know, there’s no methed-up gators being sighted anywhere,” Killen said. “It’s just a joke to let people know they don’t need to be flushing their drugs of any kind down the sewer system. They need to dispose of it in a proper manner.”

Killen said the police department often adds jokes to its public service announcements to help get the point across.

“We take our job seriously, but we like to joke amongst ourselves at the department,” he said. “When you work eight, 10-hour shifts in our line of work, there are times when we like to laugh a little bit. Otherwise, you take you problems home.”

Killen added, “I learned from my granddaddy, the more you smile, the more you laugh, the longer you live.”

He’s been with the department for 22 years and a chief for 29 years, he said.

Police said they’d help residents dispose of their drugs in a “proper way.” In addition, prescription pills can be disposed of at the Loretto City Hall.

Perry was charged with possession of meth for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence, police said. Perry is still being held at the Lawrence County Jail, a representative from the jail told ABC News.


Texas police take a stand in the freezer aisle, following viral ice-cream video

KELLER, TX – Police in Keller, Texas are taking a stand after a woman was caught on camera licking a container of Blue Bell ice cream before placing it back in the freezer.

The stand those officers are taking is right next to the Blue Bell freezer. The Keller Public Safety Facebook page reassured residents that their holiday ice cream would be completely saliva free, saying in part, “The only Blue Bell Ice Cream being licked here in Keller this holiday weekend will be the kind you’ve already purchased.”

Corporal Clark and Officer Bryans will be standing guard over the ice cream to deter copy-cats.

The post comes in the wake of the viral video. The woman seen licking the ice cream was later identified, and could now face up to 20 years in prison, and up to a $10,000 fine. She is charged with second degree tampering with a consumer product, a felony in the state of Texas.


Tempe Police officers claim they were asked to leave Starbucks

Some Tempe Police officers were forced to take their coffee to go at Starbucks in the East Valley city, where officers claim an employee asked them to leave the store on July 4th.

FOX 10’s Justin Lum spoke with the President of the Tempe Officers Association, who said a customer told a Starbucks employee they felt unsafe because of the number of officers in the store.

According to TOA officials, a group of five Tempe officers had just bought their drinks and stood near the front of the Starbucks, and that’s when a barista made the request for the customer, and so, they left. FOX 10 has learned that two of the officers, who are veterans, are offended and frustrated by what happened. On Friday, the association took to social media, and posted a “Dump Starbucks” photo.

“It’s become accepted to not trust or to see police and think that we’re not here to serve you, and again, it goes back to — we take great pride of the level of customer service we provide to citizens, and to be looked at as feeling unsafe when you have law enforcement around you is somewhat perplexing to me,” said Ferraro, via a phone interview.

Starbucks officials have issued a written response, reading:

“We have deep respect for the Tempe Police Department and its service to our community. We have reached out to understand better what may have happened in our store, and to apologize for any misunderstanding or inappropriate behavior that may have taken place.”

The Tempe Officers Association responded with their own statement from President Sergeant Rob Ferraro:

“We would like to thank the public for the overwhelming support shown to our officers in the aftermath of this unfortunate incident. We are encouraged that Starbucks has reached out to our organization and to the Tempe Police Department to apologize and to further express their support of law enforcement.

We hope that out of this unfortunate incident there comes a welcome dialogue, one that more closely unites the men and women on the front lines of police work with the communities we serve and protect.”


Hot Car Rescues: What is the law in Nevada?

Despite warnings, every year we hear about pets and children being left inside cars on hot days.

In Nevada, the laws are different when it comes to rescuing children than animals from hot cars.

Anyone can rescue a child from a hot car. If you break a window to get the child out, you are protected under the state’s Good Samaritan Law.

When it comes to pets, only police officers or animal control officers can use force to rescue an animal. If you see an animal inside a car, call animal control or 911.

If you’re caught leaving your pet inside a car then you could face a misdemeanor charge, which includes up to 6 months in jail or a $1,000 fine.


Police: Don’t call us with Taco Bell complaint

SLIDELL, La. (AP) – A police department in Louisiana is reminding people that it’s there to serve, just not handle customer service complaints about Taco Bell.

The Slidell Police Department posted on Facebook Monday that someone called to complain that a local Taco Bell had run out of “both hard and soft taco shells.”

The department says while it was a “travesty,” it can’t do anything about it.

The department hoped the taco shell stock has been replenished.

The officers say “we can’t make this stuff up.”