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  Arizona Black Law Enforcement Employees



   Beyond the Blue

Volume 7 Issue 4                                                                                September-December 2006




    Sergeant Kendall Moreland                                                                                                                   Detective Juan Garza


Sergeant Kendall Moreland, and Hostage Negotiator Detective Juan Garza gave an informative presentation at the October 18, 2006 ABLE General Membership Meeting regarding the duties of the Special Assignments Unit (SAU).  The SAU is oftentimes called the SWAT team by the public and media because of the popular 1970’s television program of the same name which portrayed the duties of the Los Angles Police tactical unit.




The SAU is a detail of police officers who are very highly trained and skilled in weapons tactics, surveillance, hostage situations and teamwork.  The SAU performs entries for search warrants, they assist in police investigations and aid detectives by doing surveillance functions and help in the apprehension of felonious suspects.  They are equipped with the weapons and protective clothing and shielding when dealing with high threat situations.  It is also very important to note that they maintain a high level of weapons discipline and have been very successful in the saving the lives of victims and also in the preservation of the lives of armed suspects.  They maintain a high level training regiment that ensures their efficiency, accuracy and police professionalism in whatever situation they encounter.






Current and retired Phoenix Police Department employees join newly appointed Chief of Police Patrick Melvin for a photo during his retirement celebration.  Chief Melvin retired as a Commander with the Phoenix PD.  Chief Melvin is a long-time ABLE/BPOF and AZ NOBLE member.  He is also the Region VI President of NOBLE National.  He was selected as the Chief of Police for the city of Maricopa, Arizona.












Hero: a person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose; especially one who has risked his or her life. 


In the field of police work we are sworn to protect the citizens and visitors of our great city.  We are tasked to enter dangerous situations and at times to make unpopular decisions amid the public outcry.  It is often that we save lives, prevent damage to property, and do other good deeds that receive no public or internal recognition.  We aren’t looking for praise in the press, or adulation from our coworkers, we just want to do our job and keep everyone safe. 


We are the Unsung Heroes.


One Unsung Hero did something that was not reported in the newspaper and that received no special recognition by the Police Department.  But eleven years after it happened, I still remember what a fellow officer did for a citizen that prolonged the person’s life. 


 Officer “Monty” Woods


On Wednesday, June 7, 1995 Officer Arthur “Monty” Woods and I responded to 2041 W Maryland after we received a contact residence request call from the homeowner’s wife who was out of state at the time.  She called the police after she was unable to reach her husband who lives at this address.  We knocked on the door and there was no response.  We walked around the house and looked to see if we could see anything, but we saw no one except for a barking dog that we could see through the front window, running around inside the house.  We didn’t know if the homeowner went to the store or had left with a friend.  There were no signs of foul play.  We were going to leave and make it a number “2”, but Officer Woods told me that he had a feeling that we shouldn’t leave yet.  You know, the “police sixth sense” that we develop over time about various situations.  The feeling we get about something that sometimes saves our lives or the life of another.  It also manifests as a gut feeling when someone is lying to us: when our intuition is telling us something that the facts about a matter is saying exactly the opposite.  Officer Woods had the feeling that day.  It didn’t manifest in me that day, but he had it.  He said, “Terry, I think we need to check a little further, something is telling me we need to check again”. 


We contacted the neighbor next door who told us that she had tried to reach the homeowner at his residence hours earlier and she was unsuccessful.  She was also aware that he had heart problems and was therefore, concerned about him.  We re-contacted the wife of the homeowner by telephone and expressed our concern and the neighbor’s concern about her husband. She gave us permission to break a window to enter her residence to check the welfare of her husband.   Officer Woods contacted our supervisor and after he arrived, he broke the window and we all entered the residence with an animal control officer, who restrained the large dog that was inside.  We searched the residence and found an elderly man in a bedroom lying on the floor, between the bed and the wall.  He was unconscious and had shallow breathing.  He was unresponsive to our efforts to wake him up.  We feared he may have had a stroke.  We contacted the Phoenix Fire Department who arrived in a short time, and transported the homeowner to the hospital. 


I was impressed with Officer Woods because he heard and listened to that inner voice that told him to check further.  It saved the life of a person who may have been found dead if he had remained in that situation for several hours more.  It is because of this life-saving effort that I like to commend Officer Woods for being an Unsung Hero.


                                                                                                                                   By Detective Terry Yahweh



Law Enforcement Training



Contact your training coordinator if you have an interest in attending these AZ POST classes.  The complete list of  courses from January – June 2007 can be found at; in the left column click on Training Calendar. 

It is important to sign up for a class promptly because they fill up quickly.  Below is a list of the classes available for

January – February 2007.

              COURSE                           DATES         LOCATION

Computer Facilitated Child Sex Exploitation Invest.

Jan. 9 – 11, 2007


Background Investigation / AZ POST Audit

Jan. 24 – 25, 2007

Mesa PD Academy

Firearms Instructor

Jan. 29 – Feb. 9, 2007

MCSO Range

Tactical Handgun

February 15 – 16, 2007


Advanced Collision Investigation

Feb. 19 – 23, 2007


Firearms Instructor

Feb. 26 – Mar. 9, 2007




Rio Salado Community college is offering law enforcement classes for the Spring session.  These courses include:

General Instructor, Investigator Training, and High Risk Vehicle Stops Instructor.  The schedules, times, costs, and other information for these courses can be found on their website:

If you have additional questions you can contact Sergeant Jim Hornburg (retired) at: (480) 517-8461 or by






ABLE General Membership Meeting


On Wednesday, December 6, 2006,  at 6:00 p.m. we are having our next ABLE General Membership Meeting at  AZ POST, 2643 E University Drive in Phoenix.  We will be taking our 2007 group photo which will be featured in the journal for the ABLE 2007 Criminal Justice Conference, and also on our website which will be online by the beginning of next year.  During our meeting we will recognize retired and retiring officers.  We will be having an end of the year potluck, so bring your best dish to share with everyone.           


Pictured above are a few ABLE members  in a 2006 group photograph.  Pictured are individuals from several different police agencies and governmental agencies.  Everyone is requested to come dressed in their respective agency’s uniform or dressed professionally.  Detective Larry Jones will be taking our group photo and will be available to take personal photographs in your uniform.  He has excellent pricing for the photographs.  Please be on time for the group photograph at 6:00 p.m.



PO BOX 20642