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Law Enforcement Assistance Connection Event Features Prominent Speakers; Raises $6,000 for National Law Enforcement Museum

By Bruce R. Mendelsohn


On October 29, 2007, the Law Enforcement Assistance Connection Inc, (LEAC) and its Executive Director Mr. Terry L. Hunt, Jr. hosted a fundraising event in support of the National Law Enforcement Museum. The event, at Michael’s Café in Baltimore County, Maryland, raised more than $6,000 for the Museum, bringing to more than $30,000 LEAC has raised for the Memorial and the Museum in the five years this fundraising event has occurred.

More than 150 people attended the event, which was MC’ed by WBAL-TV anchor Stan Stovall. Guest speakers included NAPO’s 2007 “Top Cop” awardee, U.S. Marshal Peter Elliott (Northern District of Ohio), Chief Carlos Noriega (Miami Beach Police P.D.), Chief Charles “Chuck” Press (Key Biscayne, Florida), Dennis Hallion of the National Troopers Coalition, Tonya Sconyers (NC Department of Parole & Probation) and NLEOMF Chairman Craig W. Floyd.

In his keynote address, Marshal Elliott—who received NAPO’s prestigious award for establishing the Fugitive Safe Surrender program—discussed the program’s concept and success.

Over a four-day period, Fugitive Safe Surrender relocates the whole justice system—police, prosecutors, sheriffs, marshals, public defenders and Judges—into a church. The program has thus far led to the peaceful and voluntary surrender of more than 6,000 fugitives in just six cities, including the surrender of more than 1,500 fugitives in Memphis, Tennessee in September 2007.

Presenting Marshal Elliott with LEAC’s top award, Mr. Hunt said: “Programs like FSS—and professionals like Marshal Elliott—make it easy for citizens like me to advocate so passionately for law enforcement.”

“Terry Hunt’s passion for law enforcement is inspiring and immediately evident to anyone whose life he touches,” said Chief Noriega. “Anyone who knows Terry understands that he will go out of his way to assist, support and promote any issue that will benefit the law enforcement profession.”

Chief Press added, “All law enforcement professionals need to know that there’s an inspirational figure that’s out there fighting every day to make sure you get the honor and recognition you deserve.”

In his concluding remarks, Mr. Hunt said, “I have never been more pleased to do my part to help build the National Law Enforcement Museum.

“Becoming a sworn police officer was always my dream, and although I have a disability which leaves me wheelchair bound, I’ve been able to transform this disability into a source of motivation. I’m honored to give back the support and services which the law enforcement community has unselfishly given to me, my family, and my community.”

The son of a retired Baltimore County Detective Sergeant, Mr. Hunt has consistently advocated for strong, collaborative and supportive relationships between law enforcement, the public, and the business community. Since establishing the LEAC, a non-profit organization that creates and sustains these relationships, Mr. Hunt has received numerous awards for his local and national efforts to keep law enforcement officers safe.

“Our primary undertaking is sponsoring this annual benefit for the NLEOMF,” said Mr. Hunt. “LEAC is also instrumental gathering politicians, law enforcement officers, corporate sponsors, professional groups, and concerned citizens to make sure our nation’s law enforcement officers get the respect and recognition they deserve.”

“LEAC is a great example of what committed citizens are doing throughout the nation to help build the Museum,” said Mr. Floyd. “Few citizens are more committed than Terry, who has for years supported the Memorial. He understands why it’s essential to have a national Museum that tells the complete story of law enforcement in America, and we’re grateful he’s among our increasing group of Museum supporters.”

“With all the challenges law enforcement faces today,” concluded Mr. Stovall, “it’s encouraging to know that you have advocates and representatives on your side like Terry Hunt and LEAC.”

American Police Beat (1/08)


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