Texas police group releases app for members E-mail
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The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, which represents roughly 19,000 law enforcement officers statewide, released a smartphone application that allows members to quickly report critical incidents to the association's attorneys, who would represent them during any internal investigation.

"It's a dangerous profession, in that you risk your life every second," said CLEAT Executive Director Charley Wilkison, who took the association's top job last month.

"And it's a dangerous profession, in that you get sideways politically in the Rio Grande Valley with the wrong people politically and you can wind up back on midnight patrol."

"I want that CLEAT membership to mean more than just the card in their wallet," Wilkison said, adding that he plans to improve services, starting with the smartphone app.

The restructuring plans also will impact the organization's approximately $15 million annual budget.

About three years ago, CLEAT hired Roberto "Bobby" Garcia, an experienced employment attorney who previously worked for TMPA and opened a Valley office.

The pilot project helped CLEAT provide better member services and connect officers with attorneys when required.

"Those are the kind of things we're doing. No slowing down, pedal to the metal," Wilkison said.

"We're in great financial condition, we're growing. We're going to continue to do the rights things to attract law enforcement officers, their families and their associations to CLEAT."

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