LIT - Regional Police Academy schedules Core Courses

Child Abuse Core Course                March 18th -20th                Police Academy classroom

Use of Force Core Course                April 8th-9th                         Police Academy classroom


Call Karen at  880-8022 to register.



Gary Duncan   MPA,  LCC

Director/Regional Police Academy

Lamar Institute of Technology

(409) 880-8022


Providing Quality Law Enforcement Training Since 1968



2014 National Hurricane Conference

If you have not done so already, be sure to register by Friday, February 28 for the 2014 National Hurricane Conference, April 14-17, at the Hilton Orlando. Registering by February 28 will ensure that you receive the early registration rate of $350.

Visit to register online.

Please visit or click the links to the left for additional conference information.




You are invited to make nominations for the National Hurricane Conference’s 2014 Awards Program. Awards will be presented during the General Session on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.


The awards nomination deadline is Friday, February 28.  To learn more about the awards’ criteria and to submit nominations, please visit here.


We hope to see you in Orlando in April!

2014 Texas Emergency Management Conference scheduled for May 12 - 14

Please save the date for the 2014 Texas Emergency Management Conference!

Date: Monday, May 12 – Thursday, May 15, 2014
Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas
Registration: Registration to open soon
Cost: $150
Hotels: List of San Antonio Riverwalk hotels that are offering courtesy block at government rates.

Speakers: Applications for conference presentations are now closed.
Exhibitors: Please contact Scott Sutherland at (512) 424-7197 for more information.

LIT Police Academy sponsors The Tactical Leader Course









The Tactical Leader Course – KeithWenzel – March 6th (Police Academy Classroom)


This one day (eight hour) course is designed to provide you, the first line supervisor (but others can attend), with the tools necessary to effectively lead police officers and manage critical incidents.Tactical Leadership addresses the skills necessary to establish a cohesive and forward thinking team and ready them for success on the street. In addition, videos of actual critical incidents will be viewed, analyzed and discussed in order to develop a workable understanding of how to manage an event to a successful conclusion.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to do the following:

  • Apply leadership skills to address common officer issues
  • Communicate effectively within the team
  • Identify the essential components necessary for supervisory success in the field
  • Understand the importance of the supervisor’s role in maintaining discipline and the prevention of corrupt practices and police misconduct
  • Act and decide effectively during critical incidents
  • Apply policies, procedures, and tactical skills to resolve major police events


After a tour with the U.S. Marine Corps, Sergeant Keith Wenzel began his career in law enforcement as a patrol officer with mid-size police department. Four years later, in 1982, Keith was hired onto the Dallas PD and worked various assignments to include patrol, covert deployment, and an academy advisor. During this time between a career and family, he graduated from the Dallas Baptist University with a bachelors degree. In 1987 he was selected for the SWAT team where he stayed until he was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1993. As a supervisor, Keith held leadership positions in patrol, deployment, and the bike unit. He supervised patrol officers in five of the six patrol divisions in Dallas.

In 2007, Keith left patrol and began supervising in-service training at the Dallas Police Academy, developing new curriculum for his 3600 member department. His responsibilities include vehicle operation, defensive tactics, reality based training and use of force.

Sgt. Wenzel’s current clients include police agencies, technical colleges and professional organizations including ALERT, TWILE (Texas Women in Law Enforcement) and several private security firms.


Excellent course from an outstanding instructor.  Call 880-8022 to register.



Gary Duncan   MPA,  LCC

Director/Regional Police Academy

Lamar Institute of Technology

(409) 880-8022


Providing Quality Law Enforcement Training Since 1968


SNCA Training Chairman announces training events

March 1, 2014
NFA: Preparation for Initial Company Operations
Port Neches
POC: Shawn Gearinger
RSVP with SG

March 13, 2014
Port Arthur MSU
POC: Jeremy Hansen

March 19, 2014
Orange Co EOC
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POC: Frankie Walters

March 19, 2014
Ammonium Nitrate Program
Rock’n A Cafe  – 9am-11am Preceding the JC LEPC Meeting
POC: Greg Fountain

April 9-10, 2014
G-620 Texas Disaster Recovery Course
Orange Co EOC
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POC: Frankie Walters

April 15-16, 2014
MGT-310 Threat & Risk Assessment
LIT Multipurpose Bldg
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POC: Jason Goodrich

April 17-18, 2014
MGT-318 Enhanced Threat & Risk Assessment
LIT Multipurpose Bldg
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POC: Jason Goodrich

April 29-30, 2014
MGT-318 Public Information in a WMD/Incident (PIO) Course
Orange Co EOC

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POC: Frankie Walters

Regional Police Academy schedules 2014 classes

Course: Basic Instructor
Where:  Police Academy
When:  February 17-21

Course:  Kinesic Interview Phase III
Where:  Police Academy
When:  March 10-14
This is by Stan Walters, the Lie Guy.  You must have attended Phases I & II.  Must be approved by Gary Duncan to attend.

Course:  Leadership, Performance & Management Phase III
When:  March 25 – 27
This course is conducted by Bill Westfall.  He strongly encourages you have Phase I & II, but exceptions can be made.
Must be approved by Gary Duncan to attend.

Course:  Patrol Tactics
Where:  Police Academy
When:  April 29-30
This course is conducted by Ray Decunto and is a physical, fast paced course.  Only 24 slots so attendance must be approved by Gary Duncan to attend

Course:  The Bullet Proof Warrior
Where:  Police Academy(MPC Conference Room)
When:  May 22-23
Course is provided by Jim Glennon & Dave Grossman.  Non limit on attendance
Call me about the restricted entry classes.  Call Karen about the other courses.  Number is 880-8022
Other courses, especially the core courses, will be posted in the next week or so.
Gary Duncan   MPA,  LCC
Director/Regional Police Academy
Lamar Institute of Technology
(409) 880-8022

USCG schedules Grant Committee Meeting

The next Grant Coordination meeting hosted by the United States Coast Guard and SETRPC will occur on Tuesday, March 4th at 1:30pm at the USCG office located at 2901 Turtle Creek Drive, Suite 200 Port Arthur, Texas 77642. 

SETRPC calls Interoperability Meeting

There will be a meeting of the South East Texas Regional Interoperable Communications Committee on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:30pm in the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission Transportation Conference Room.  An agenda will be distributed a little closer to the time of the meeting.  This is an important meeting with some very timely topics already on the agenda for discussion and action.

SNCA Mobile App Now Available

The Sabine Neches Chiefs Association would like to formally announce the availability of the SNCA Mobile App for iOS and android devices. The new mobile app allows you to access and view quicklinks to commonly accessed and updated information which includes meeting information, dues payment, the calendar, news events and more. To download the app you can search iTunes or at the Google Play Store for “SNCA” and download it to your iOS or Android compatible device. If you are having problems with either application please send an email to Direct links to the apps are provided below as well. Thank you and enjoy!

SNCA Mobile on iTunes:

SNCA Mobile on Google Play:

NFA Preparation for Initial Company Operations

Port Neches sponsors NFA Preparation for Initial Company Operations



NFA Direct Delivery


Preparation for Initial Company Operations


WHEN……………. March 1 – 2, 2014   8:00 am – 5:00 pm


WHERE………….. Effie & Wilton Herbert Public Library, 2025 Merriman Street, Port Neches


FEE……………….. *Free*     Limited to 30 Students 

This is a Regional Direct Delivery instructed by the National Fire Academy (NFA).


Select here for additional information








Annual Sabine-Neches Chiefs’ Association Bosses Night & Awards Ceremony






On December 2, 2013, the Sabine Neches Chiefs’ Association held its Annual Bosses Night at the Groves Activity Center.  This annual dinner is an opportunity for members to show their appreciation to their Boss’s and for the organization to recognize those outstanding within their membership.


This year, four awards were presented on the behalf of The Sabine Neches Chiefs’ Association as follows:


Community Service Award - “Presented to a member who has provided leadership, guidance, facilities, equipment, or support to an Emergency Response Program, a Community, or the Profession in the furtherance of emergency response activities”.


Presented to:

-Wilburn F. Lyons


Outstanding Member Award – “Presented to a member in recognition of exemplary performance relating to emergency management, emergency response, or emergency related duties or program administration”


Presented to:

– Ralph Valenciano

– Pat Grimes


Special Recognition Award The Awards Committee may recommend any Special Awards in recognition of contributions made in the advancement of Emergency Management, Emergency Response or Public Safety.”


Presented to:

-Captain Joe Paitl