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July & August Newsletter, 2014

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Ride Along, Routine?

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One night in early May, Jane and I were out on a routine ride along. Before each ride along we attend the briefing before the officers are dispatched to there assigned beats.

After the briefing we began our ride along and I stated to the Officer that I wanted to ride, until about midnight and that I needed to get home early that night. He said that would be fine. Each ride along is always a pleasure to ride with the officers and this ride along was no different. We had a number of different calls throughout the night, nothing out of the ordinary. Jane was also out that night riding with a different Officer. The evening was calm and quiet and nothing much going on in the city. Frankly, I like quiet nights because it gives me a chance to talk with the officer with no interruptions as we patrol the beat. About midnight he drove me back to the station. figured the night was ending, and that Jane and I would meet up and go home. After we reached the Stationwe were almost immediately dispatched to a situation where 4 deceased bodies were found in a house. When we arrived at the scene we learned there were three murdered people with a fourth body who had committed sucide. Oh my! As the Officer and I approached the house to go inside, the Corporal on the scene asked me to talk with the family, as I was needed there. He kept me from going inside the house. I am so thankful for that and later I told him so. I sure don’t need that memory. The Corporal pointed me to two family members on the outside perimeter. 380014_10151144497220244_1223836203_nOn my way to the family, I spoke with a Sergeant and a Patrol Officer that gave me a quick debriefing of what happened. The Sergeant asked if I would tell the family members that there were four deceased people in the house. I did hesitate somewhat, feeling the gravity of the situation, but knew my job was to give the death notices and comfort the family. In the back of my mind I was praying, I hope Jane is on her way, I need her to help me with this. Matthew 18:20 states, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” That verse came to mind that night. As I approached the family, I quickly ask the Lord to give me the right words to say. The family’s response was overwhelming as I stood there trying to comfort them. Just after I shared this tragic news, I saw Jane walking up the sidewalk with the Officer she was riding with. Wow! I was so happy to see her. In the eleven years we have done this, she is not only my partner in life, but also my partner as a chaplain’s wife. I’ve said it many times that I could not do what I do without her by my side. I am so thankful for her! We stayed with the family for almost 3 hours trying to comfort them in the most tragic time of their life. Psalms 37:23 states, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” Our steps were certainly ordered y the Lord that night. Praise the Lord we could be there to assist the Officers as well as the family members. We did finally make it home that night and got to bed about 5 AM.

A few days later I received a call from one of the family members asking us to tell their children of deaths of their loved ones. The following Saturday we visited the family and learned that the children were already told of the news. There were about 30 family members and friends. By God’s grace, we tried to comfort them and pray for them. Later, the family requested that we attend the viewing. It was very sobering to see three caskets in the front of the room. This was a tragic situation, but I am glad we could be there. I often say that chaplains have the opportunity to go places where a pastor could not go.

This is not the scene of the accident

This is not the scene of the accident!

The next day on Sunday night after church, we had stopped at our local market to pick up some groceries. On our way home, we were sitting in the left turn lane waiting for the light to change when we heard a bang sound to our right. We saw a vehicle coming with sparks flying out from under it, out of control, about 10 feet in front of us, moving to our left. It then hit a 3 foot flower planter at the gas station, went airborne about 15 feet hitting the awning of the gas station, then dropped onto 2 gas pumps, knocking them off their foundations. The vehice rolled and landed where you see in the photo. We were watching this as it was happening. I thought we were watching a Hollywood movie! I quickly drove our vehicle over to the gasoline station and parked and ran into the station and told the attendant to turn off the pumps. Jane called 911 while I proceeded to see if I could offer any assistance to the people inside the vehicle. There was no response from the occupant of the vehicle. We waited for the first responders and the police. They ere there within minutes! I was asked to give my statement as a witness to what I saw happen to the police officer. He asked me what my occupation is and I stated I ama police chaplain, the Officer was delighted and I gave hi my card.  We learned later that there was only one person in the vehicle.  They were able to get him out and rushed him to the hospital and that he was going to be okay.  What a blessing for us to be chaplains and have the opportunity to help people when they need it the most.

We are excited about introducing our new 7 minute video about In Pursuit Ministries of California and would love for you to watch it.

http://www.vimeo.com/inpursuitca/churchpresentation

Once you open it up you will need to key in the password which is: ministry. Please take time to watch it!

Faith Baptist Church, Taylors, SCDuring the month of June we attended our annual FBFI endorser agency’s training held at Faith Baptist Church, Taylors, SC where I was ordained and served on staff many years. It was great to be back. During this time saw many of our chaplains and received some very intense training. During the meetings Dr. John Vaughn showed the video to all of the chaplains as well as the Board of the FBFI. Many of the those who saw it said it was an excellent video. !

IMG_1168Many of you know, we have family that lives in South Carolina. While we attended the FBFI Annual Fellowship meetings mentioned above we had the joy of seeing our children. We met with our daughter, Charmaine, and her two children, our grandchildren, our son Nathan and his wife Rochelle and their new 6 month old, our new granddaughter, Isabel, As you can see in the photos, she is beautiful! It was great to seeour family again after almost 4 years.! ! While we were there we stayed at the Barnabas House mission house owned by Rod & Linda Hochmuth, Nathan’s in laws. We thank you Rod and Linda for inviting us to stay. What a blessing! !

IMG_1123We were also invited to speak at the Westview Baptist Church in North Charleston. Westview Baptist has been supporting us now for over 6 years. Pastor Howell and his wife Mary as well as the church treated us like we were Kings from a far away place. Pastor gave me the whole Sunday to preach and give an update on our ministry including the chance to share our 7 minute video. I hope you will take the time to watch it! They gave us a wonderful love offering to help with our expenses for the trip.

IMG_1065We have not served at the MEPS, Military Entrance Processing Station in El Segundo since last Fall. We have asked many of you to pray that they might invite us back. When we were in South Carolina I received a call inviting me to perform the invocation for the Change of Command Ceremony on June 25, 2014. While we were there we did ask would it be possible to come back on a regular basis? They stated, they will check into it. They certainly would love to have us back and said many times how much they missed us. Please pray we will be able to return. Our new commander is Lt. Col. Robin Branch-Hoeflein, US Army. Obviously we got to meet her and she is a delightful person. Our former commander is Lt. Col Matthew J. McDivitt, US Marine Corp. We will miss him! His new duty station will be Paris Island, SC.

Image 1Last June we have served as volunteer Chaplains for 11 years at the Police Department. We praise the Lord for the opportunity to serve!

Hope you enjoyed reading this newsletter and please take 7 minutes to watch our new video and don’t forget to pray for us! Thank you!!

Sincerely in Christ, Bob & Jane Keller rejakeller@gmail.com www.inpursuitca.com

P.S. If you are interested in inviting us to your church to share the 7 minute video, please call me at 714.865.9177. Perhaps we can show it in Sunday School or an evening service.! !
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“Daniel Fraembs Memorial”

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This album is to honor the memory of Officer Daniel T. Fraembs, Pomona Police Department,  E.O.W. May 11, 1996!

Photos courtesy of Pomona Police Department.

“Amazing Grace”

 

Police Officer Daniel Fraembs was shot and killed while checking on three suspicious subjects, two male gang members and a female, in an industrial area.

As Officer Fraembs patted down the first male suspect the second man was able to draw a .45 caliber handgun and shot Officer Fraembs in the face, killing him.

The gang member who shot him was sentenced to death in 1997.

Officer Fraembs was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Pomona Police Department for three years. He is survived by his mother and sister.

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The Pomona Police Department invites you…

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P1000916Open House on May 13, 2014 from 10am-pm.

The Pomona Police Department is inviting the community to participate in our Open House. This year’s Open House will coincide with National Law Enforcement Week.

Pomona Police personnel will be providing guided tours of the the Police Station to include the Jail, Dispatch Center Records Bureau from 10:00 am-6:00 pm. We will have numerous law enforcement displays from our specialized units such as SWAT, K-9 Unit, Helicopter, Traffic Bureau and School Resource Officers.

Children’s fingerprinting will also take place throughout the day by one of our many community partners. The Kiwanis Club of Pomona will be volunteering their time grill hamburgers and hot dogs for purchase. The proceeds will be re-invested back into the community.

Further event details, please contact our Community Programs Unit;

(909) 620-2318 or vince_terrell@ci.pomona.ca.us

Address/Location
Pomona Police Department
490 West Mission Boulevard
Pomona, CA 91766

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Every 15 Minutes!

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image002On April 3rd we were asked to assist with the “Every 15 Minutes program at Ganesha High School.  Please see below to learn more about this program.

On April 3rd and 4th, the Pomona Police Department presented the “Every 15 Minutes” program at Ganesha High School.  The two-day event is designed to demonstrate the consequence for teenagers exerting poor judgment related to drinking alcohol and driving.

This event is also a reminder that every 15 minutes in America someone loses their life in an alcohol-related traffic collision.  The program focuses on educating high school Juniors and Seniors.  It challenges them to think about driving under the influence, distracted driving, personal safety awareness and their responsibility to make mature decisions when lives are at stake.  The first day of the program includes the “Grim Reaper” entering a classroom every 15 minutes and removing a student.  A police officer will read that student’s obituary to fellow classmates.  The student is then a “living dead” reminder to the students left behind.  The first day also includes a mock, fatal traffic collision (please see below) in front of the Ganesha High School and students portray the involved parties.

There is an overnight retreat for the participating students.  The retreat includes education, reflection and team building exercises.  Day two of the program consists of an assembly including a mock funeral procession video footage of the two-day event, guest speakers and the involved students returning to “life”.  This program is funded by a grant from the California Highway Patrol as well as a Driver’s Safety grant from State Farm Insurance.

We thank PUSD, CHP, LA County Fire, Cole Schaffer Ambulance, State Farm Insurance and all of our other community partners that are supporting this event.

Lt. Eddie Vazquez
Patrol Operations

Please see below the slide presentation of this event!

 

We want to thank Sheri Orellana for taken these photos. 

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IF YOU WANT TO BE UNDERSTOOD … LISTEN

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If you want to be understood … LISTEN

Chaplain Rex Wolins

Pomona Police Department

IMG_0560The most important skill sworn and non-sworn law enforcement personnel can possess is the ability to communicate clearly and non-threateningly to those people whom we encounter everyday. In effect, the attitude we take toward others will be the primary way our community judges the success (or failure) of community-oriented policing. Getting along with others is the philosophical basis as well as the practical application of any community-oriented policing policy. Improving the verbal and non-verbal communication skills of sworn and non-sworn department personnel should be an important consideration.

It is obvious, is it not? The first contact the public has with law enforcement is, most of the time, with the person behind the desk at the station or on a call out. First impressions, at this point, cannot be overestimated. By intentionally assisting the sworn and non-sworn employee to present a non-threatening, non-challenging posture to the public, we have gone a long way toward improving the understanding of the department in the eyes of the community.

Yet, such an apparent truth oftentimes gets lost in the shuffle of everyday administrative and patrol functions. Forgetting such an important fact obviously is not intentional. Rather, it happens because of attitudes and stresses inherent within the law enforcement profession itself. Given the nature of law enforcement, it is built-in to carefully examine and be aware of all persons; what they are wearing as well as general appearance. The stress of this orientation on sworn and non-sworn staff has been widely documented.

Communication theory tells us HOW we say words is just as important as the words themselves! Moreover, the body language we use, coupled with the words we say, cause persons to react either positively or negatively towards us. When persons come into contact with law enforcement, for whatever reason, it is an anxiety producing experience. We in law enforcement should do all we can to minimize as much stress as we can in those with whom we come in contact

There is a way in which respect for the individual can be maintained as well as the integrity of the department employee. The way to accomplish this is by teach

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ing active and positive communication skills to department personnel. Every sworn and non-sworn employee needs to know those skills that diffuse tension and calm those with whom we come in contact. “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger….Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.   Proverbs 15:1,12:25

Instead of only reacting to the anxious or defensive individual, we need to know the techniques and skills that can dilute and calm the potentially explosive situation.

For the sworn and non-sworn employee, this means staying calm and controlling our attitudes and emotions towards people in stressful situations. If the individual is demanding or haughty, personnel should be taught to stay in control of their feelings and not react in kind. Our purpose is not to respond negatively, but to make sure WE don’t return spite for spite and make the situation worse.

This does not mean a milquetoast approach in dealing with the public. It DOES mean that, by being aware of what “pushes our buttons”, we are in a better position to control and dissolve any tension instead of adding to it.

Secondly, the sworn and non-sworn employee should be instructed as to the importance of “body language” in communication. The posture of the employee says more than words to the public. This is the dimension of professionalism sought by any organization; a capable and efficient manner of doing business that soothes and eases anxiety. It is not an external bravado that seeks to intimidate or control. Persons who are nervous, for whatever reason, tend to focus on non-verbal signals. The tone of the voice, the volume used in speaking and the speed or cadence of the words influence how the public receives the message of the law enforcement employee. If we improve not only what we say but how we say it, situations which could be explosive can be defused.

This calling that we in the department, sworn and un-sworn have said yes to comes with a lot of baggage, how we handle it for the most part P1000462depends on the tools we have and how we choose to use them. A good look through the book of Proverbs in the Old Testament reveals to us some great tools of wisdom for handling those stressful times when we hold the key to letting a situation explode or defuse it.

“Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.”

- Proverbs 23:12

Be Safe

OFFICER SAFTY, OFFICER SAFTY, OFFICER SAFTY

Chief Paul Capraro’s Swear In Ceremony!

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Congratulations to Paul Capraro as our new Chief of the Pomona Police Department, Pomona, CA!

Photo’s taken by Mr. Tony Nguyen of the Pomona Police Department and Jeff Schenkel of Pomona’s only community newspaper.

Pomona Police Officer Timothy Dorn Academy Graduation!

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Officer Timothy Dorn graduated from Orange County Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy, Class of 208, on January 16, 2014.  We of the Pomona Police Department want to congratulate him for this tremendous achievement.

The Academy is 26 weeks and is one of the most challenging in the nation.  Their goal is provide the graduates with the skill and character that will help them succeed during a lifetime of law enforcement.

Pomona Police Department wants to welcome Officer Dorn as one of our newest officers in the Department.

Photo’s taken by Tony Nguyen of the Pomona Police Department.

 

 

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A Letter from Police Chaplain Fred Henzler

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henzler08-1“I was asked to be at the retirement dinner for a Perry Police Officer who is retiring after 40 years of service.  That seem like such a long time until I realized that when we came with the police department, he had only been there 27 years.  He was the first black officer that was ever hired.  He and his wife became dear friends to us.  Judging from the turnout of nearly 200 people, I’m sure he was a friend to many.  The City Council, the Mayor, the County Commissioners, the Perry Police Chief and the past Chief, the Houston County Sheriff, many officers, deputies, state patrol and firefighters were all there.  I think that most everyone was especially kind to me because of the passing of my wife Marie.  Both the former Chief of Police and the Sheriff spent a good deal of time with me.  I was blessed to have had all the wonderful and amusing stories about my friend.

During the brief time of three years that we were with the police department we saw a mini revival.  One of our officers, who was shot in a shootout accepted Christ as his Savior.  We had little to do with this except to encourage him to start reading his Bible.  Both his wife and his sister-in-law had been praying for him for years.  Two Christian Officers really started living for the Lord. A female officer really started living for the Lord.  A female officer left the department in order to go to Bible College.  Two other officers decided to leave so that they could spend more time with their families and be in church every Sunday.  We were thrilled but I don’t think the Chief was very happy.  He usually was not at the roll call but he came in just in time to hear another officer say, “I’m leaving.”  When someone asked what are you going to do, he said, “Preach.”  The Chief gave me a strange look.  The officer, a Christian was just joking.  He needed more time for his business.  A couple was there yesterday but I did not recognize them.  They seem to know all of the other officers and their wives.  The officer that was joking about preaching had changed in the last 10 years and had a handlebar mustache and I did not recognize him.  In fact, I have not laughed so much since Marie went into the hospital.

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Thanks to many of you who knew I was discouraged and needed encouragement.”

Please pray for Chaplain Henzler due to the fact his wife Marie went home to be with the Lord recently!

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2 Comments

  1. Alex Gonzalez
    August 25, 2011, 7:56 PM

    Bob and Jane, what an excellent job you have done on the blog. Photos, Vimeo, great text. And congratulations on your recent honors from the Pomona Police Department. The Lord truly honors availability and your servants’ hearts. Gal. 6:9

  2. August 29, 2011, 10:56 AM

    Preach it my brother.

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