Training to Spot Cyberbullying Available to Parents and Educators

Richmond, VA – A new training program designed to teach adults how to know if a child is being cyberbullied was unveiled today by Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown at the Virginia State Capitol.

Brown got the idea for “Cyberbullying: Our Children, Our Problem” after reading about the suicide of a 12-year-old Florida girl.

The program is a partnership between the Safe Surfin’ foundation and the National White Collar Crime Center.

Tammy Garcia flew overnight from California to be there for the announcement. Garcia’s son Michael committed suicide in 2011.

“He was an athlete in school. He was beautiful. He was a bodybuilder and had so much going for him. He was the captain of the football team. He was getting straight A’s” said Tammy Garcia. “So for something like this to come to the point of suicide, it was shocking for our family.”

The online training is geared toward both parents and educators. It takes about 30-45 minutes to complete. Click here for a link to the training.

Tennessee Moose Association Donates 11 Ballistic Vests to Bradley County Sheriff’s Office


The Loyal Order of the Moose, a storied philanthropic fraternal organization, has made a resurgence in Bradley County, having fronted funds for and sized 11 Bradley County Sheriff’s Office deputies for new ballistic vests.

Tuesday, the Tennessee Moose Association presented the BCSO with the first, custom-made vest for deputy Paul Allen.

“This is a really great day,” Director of Research at the Safe Surfin’ Foundation and active Moose member Ron Porter said. “You have a Sheriff here who is unique and determined, and it was my pleasure to meet him.”

The Order of the Moose, along with the umbrella group Safe Surfin’ Foundation, recognized a need voiced by Sheriff Eric Watson during the annual National Sheriff’s Association convention last summer.

Porter said his organization and the Order of the Moose were able to meet that need.

“We were at the convention in Fort Worth, Texas,” Porter began, “when we heard Sheriff Watson speak on some of his concerns, namely deputies being properly outfitted for duty.”

Porter and Secretary of the Tennessee Moose Association Jim Leitnaker approached Watson with a solution.

“The Safe Surfin’ Foundation, funded by the Moose, hosts a number of unique programs,” Porter explained.

“We do Internet safety, distribute educational materials, provide software and hardware to law enforcement, and … ballistic vests to departments that need them.”

“I was contacted by the BCSO’s Director of Support Services Richard McAllister. We made the determination that this department met the criteria to apply for the vests,” Porter said. “There wasn’t going to be any support for the purchasing of vests from the state or from the county budget.”

“So, we took Watson’s concern before the Tennessee Moose Association, and Jim (Leitnaker) was successful in having them agree to funding the purchase of 11 ballistic vests for the BCSO,” Porter told.

“These vests aren’t the typical; they are tailor-made to fit the deputy,” Porter said.

Porter noted the vests are designed to have the strength and durability to repel certain attacks.

“These vests we present today are a level 3A vests, and are a substantial enough deterrent to save an officer’s life,” Porter explained.

“Additionally, the Kevlar they are constructed from was produced at the Richmond, Va., DuPont plant – American made,” Porter said as he held the vest up. “This is what will save lives.”

President of the Tennessee Moose Association Terry Clarke said, “It is out privilege and honor to present this department with these vests. May you wear them in good health.”

Watson, along with Deputy Allen and County Commissioner Jeff Yarber, took time to share their appreciation.

“Thank you.,” Watson said. “Thank you for what you’ve done here. A few months ago, we realized that 26 officers were working without vests. Today you have really helped us by providing 11 — an investment close to $11,000.”

The Sheriff said the issue of personal protective equipment was an “important topic” for him and BCSO staff.

“It is a proven fact these vests do save lives,” he said.

Deputy Allen, the recipient of the first Moose-donated vest, with his two daughters, personally thanked the Tennessee Moose Association and the Safe Surfin’ Foundation.

“This is the vest that I’ll be wearing everyday. Personally, this is tremendous and greatly appreciated,” Allen said.

Allen explained that most vests, including the ones the BCSO utilizes, have a five-year lifespan. His vest had reached its retirement age.

“I realize that this vest has greatly increased the chances of surviving some type of major incident, and could bring me home someday.”

“I want to thank you for what you’ve done today,” Chairman of the Law Enforcement Committee and County Commissioner Yarber.

“I also thank our Sheriff, who came in here and found a way to help the county and the BCSO save money. He’s innovative. He’s went out and found ways to help support his staff.”

Yarber said, “It’s very easy to be a supporter when you have a Sheriff like this, and it’s very easy to be a supporter when you have individuals and organizations like yourself who come in and see needs, filling gaps that maybe our budget constraints cause us to not have the ability to fill.”

The Tennessee Moose Association lacks a physical presence in Bradley County, but recent efforts with the BCSO are but a precursor to future aspirations.

Clarke, president of the Tennessee Moose Association, in the presentation alluded to an effort to establish a Moose Lodge in the Cleveland area.

“Thank you for the opportunity today,” Clarke said. “We hope that this teaches you more about the Moose, and we’re trying to establish ourselves here in this county. We look forward to working for this community, one that we hope to be a priceless part of in the near future.”

“There are 21 Moose lodges in the state of Tennessee, but there hasn’t been one in southeast Tennessee or Bradley County since the 1980s,” Leitnaker explained in an earlier interview. “For 25 years now, the Order of the Moose has been out servicing the community, and no one has known about it.”

Porter said the process for the Moose to make a comeback in Bradley County has already begun.

“There are nearly 100 Moose members here in the area who are still paying dues, but have no lodge,” Porter expressed. “They want a local lodge, so Jim (Leitnaker) petitioned the International Moose Association, and they activated the process which allows for him to form a team that will go out and examine the possibility of establishing a Moose Service Center here in Cleveland.”

Leitnaker and Porter explained the Loyal Order of the Moose has a lot to give in regards to community service.

In addition to the many philanthropies the Moose organization undertakes, it brings with it a host of partnership groups like the Safe Surfin’ Foundation.

“Our directive is to support the children and the aged in our community,” Leitnaker affirmed. “The Moose International supports the Special Olympics, ‘Mooseheart’ children’s home, the ‘Moosehaven’ senior community, the Safe Surfin’ Foundation … there are a lot of things the Order of the Moose could do in southeast Tennessee if we had a physical presence here,” Porter stated.

“Our first effort in the area was to raise these funds to equip the deputies with vests,” told Porter. “We really want to make an effort to show this community the Moose is here to serve in its fullest capacity.”

One of the Order of the Moose’s most prominent community service programs is Porter’s Safe Surfin’ Foundation — a group that, primarily, provides digital identification kits for children.

“We’d like to bring our identification drive to Bradley County,” Porter conveyed. “We’ve run these ID campaigns all over the nation, and it has been wonderful.”

Porter said the ID process takes digital fingerprints and essential physical information of the children. Then, the information is stored onto a compact disc, making it easier for law enforcement to recognize a child in the event of abduction.

The Safe Surfin’ Foundation is run by former and active law enforcement personnel, and under this leadership the organization has initiated the “Protect the Protector” drive.

“These police officers get attacked every day,” Porter lamented. “Every 53 hours, a man or woman in the service of their community gets killed in the line of duty.”

“We’re wanting to demonstrate to Bradley County that the Loyal Order of the Moose is here to help. We have a variety of groups and programs we could employ in the area, but without a physical presence, we’re limited logistically,” Leitnaker stated.

“There are droves of Moose members in Cleveland, Ooltewah, Reliance and McDonald who are active and want to support their community.”


Article from: Cleveland Daily Banner

Leaders of Bedford County Sheriff’s Department honor fallen New York officer

Originally published:

BEDFORD COUNTY (WSLS) – Members of local law enforcement are back home after a quick trip to Brooklyn, New York.

Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown and Major Ricky Gardner traveled north to show support for an officer taken too soon.

NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu was shot alongside his partner Rafael Ramos as the two sat in their marked patrol car.

We sat down with the sheriff about what this trip meant to the long serving leader.

“It was a very humbling experience and I’ve been to law enforcement officers, deputy’s funerals, trooper’s funerals, federal agent’s funerals and it’s always a sad feeling, a feeling of loss, we are a family, we are a big family,” Sheriff Brown.

Thousands joined Brown and Gardner in honoring the fallen police officer Sunday.

While many officers in New York say they feel a lack of support from government leaders, namely Mayor Bill de Blasio following the recent officer involved shootings, they say they’ll continue working to keep their city safe.

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Sheriff Mike Brown, Board Member for NW3C shares The Briefing, which is the latest information to protect you and your family online

December 2014 News from NW3C:

Phone Scams


Phone scammers seek to profit by tricking those on the other end of the line into giving out personal information, such as credit card numbers, social security numbers or dates of birth. According to Jeff Lybarger, Fraud Complaint Supervisor for the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at NW3C, phone scams are still very common. Find out about common tactics, ways to avoid phone scams and what to do if you are a victim of one.

Pew Survey:
Online Harassment Affects 40% of Adult Internet Users


A new Pew Research Center survey shows that a majority of adult Internet users have witnessed some form of online harassment and 40% hThe ave been subjected to it. Find out more in this timely article.


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The staff of the Safe Surfin’ Foundation wishes you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you and your members for helping to protect our nation’s children! As a token of our deep appreciation we have persuaded one of our most famous celebrities to record an old Christmas classic especially for you!  We hope you enjoy this special gift!
Blessings to you all for a happy & healthy 2015! Sheriff Mike Brown, Robin, Ron, Randy, Eddie, Janet, Bonnie and Mike

Portsmouth Virginia Police receive Cop in a Box!


The Portsmouth Moose Family Center #898 provided funding recently to purchase a Cop in a Box unit for their local police department, the Portsmouth PD. Sheriff Mike Brown was present to along with Chief Ed Hargis of the Portsmouth Police Department along with Detective Tracy Crutcher who will be spearheading the ICAC investigations unit. As always the Moose have provided another unit to assist local law enforcement to provide this much needed equipment, and allows us to have more boots on the ground to go after and catch these child predators. We are very proud of lodge #898 and all their efforts to provide this equipment, which included a state of the art laptop with 27″ flat screen monitor and color printer large enough to handle all the cases in their unit. We wish to thank all those that got behind this great project and continue to help protect kids around the world.