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.
The Safe Surfin’ Foundation Team traveled to the Moose International conference held in Las Vegas for 2014, and enjoyed working, as always with the great Moose Proud participants. Our National spokesperson, Erik Estrada was there for the entire event and we had the premier showing of the Moose Proud Documentary. Comments from everyone were very positive and uplifting, we could not be working with a better group of dedicated members who are the backbone to our foundation. This year’s conference was titled Back to Basics and focused on community events. We brought in the Child ID kits and the Moose members went to work in different areas of Las Vegas helping shelters, food banks, and many other projects. We want to thank all the members that visited with us at the booth and throughout the hotel, we truly are a family.
Sheriff Mike Brown attended the annual West Virginia Moose Conference to deliver ballistic vests to officers that were in need. The Moose association and members raised the monies needed to purchase these vests, one of many tools needed to protect an officers life daily. Sheriff Brown started the “Protect the Protectors” program once he found out that there are over 200,000 law enforcement officials across the country that do not these vests. Some agencies have been wearing vests that where 20+ years old! but a typical vest starts to break down after 5 witching the last few months, through the Attorney Generals Office in Virginia, Sheriff Brown presented over 500 vests to officers across the Commonwealth and with at least 300 more requests needing to be filled.
The vests provided here were given by the West Virginia Lodges and Chapters and even personal donations. Like every program we currently have we could not do what we have been doing without the support of the local Moose Lodges and Chapters and Moose International. We look forward to providing more vests across the country to protect those that protect us.
if you need further information on this program and others that support the community you live in, please send us an email through our website or give us a call, we still have a long ways to go, but we are indebted to the Moose for all they have done for the Safe Surfin’ Foundation in supporting our efforts to educate kids and their parents about the dangers on the Internet as well as providing much needed equipment to support their local law enforcement.
Moose Proud Premier Showing of the Documentary Movie
When: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Where: Lynchburg South Moose Lodge #1727
934 Waterlick Road. Lynchburg, VA
Meet and Greet before the movie with host Erik Estrada.
$5.00 Donation forwarded to Safe Surfin’ Foundation
Copies of the Documentary Movie available for $15.00
Light refreshments – General public is invited
Bedford Co., VA – Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown believes social media sites can be used to help prevent school violence incidents.
Brown appears in a nationally distributed DVD produced by the National White Collar Crime Center. The DVD will be used to train teachers, school administrators and police on warning signs to look for online.
“We get calls. We get calls from parents. We get calls from students about seeing something on Facebook that disturbs them,” said Sheriff Mike Brown.
“They feel compelled to share all the information they have, whether it’s criminal or non-criminal, any aspect of their life,” said Matt Davis, Cyber Tips Manager with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. “Things they’ve heard, rumors or gossip. They feel like they need to share on their social media sites.”
Sheriff Brown has a limited number of DVDs he wants to give away to schools or law enforcement agencies. To get one call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-4800.
To view Sheriff Brown’s interview please visit the following link:
If you would like to support your local law enforcement in Virginia or anywhere across the county please contact us or simply go to the donate button. Thanks for your continued support of the Safe Surfin’ Foundation.
Members of the Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office proudly displays the ballistic vests they received recently as Sheriff Mike Brown continues to provide these vests to agencies across Virginia who cannot afford them in their budgets. Sheriff Brown is committed to protecting those that protect us and started the Protector the Protectors program last year with funding provided by Moose International, The National Sheriff’s Association and a grant received by the Attorney General. With over 200,000 officers across the country not having vests provided to them, they literally put their lives on the line every time they put on the uniform.
If you would like to assist with donating to this effort, please do so at our home page with the donation button or contact our co-founder Robin Sundquist at email@example.com or 540-586-4800.
We wish to Thank everyone that has helped with this project so far and stand with us as we help our officers be in the line of duty and service to their communities.
Sheriff Mike Brown presenting the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office with the 500th vest that has been giving to local Law Enforcement in Virginia through a grant provided to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office by the Attorney Generals Office. These ballistic vests have been provided to agencies who could not afford them to protect their officers. Sheriff Brown began the program, “Protect the Protectors” once he found a study showing that over 200,000 officers across the country either do not have vests or have been issued vests that are past their expectation date. Today was a milestone, with the 500th vest going to Westmorland County, along with vests that went out Wednesday to the Town of Amherst, Radford City and Albermarle County Sheriff’s Office.
The pictures above are from some of Child ID events sponsored by Moose International in California hosted by Jerry O’Conner. The BTS events stand for “Behind the Smile” which is their community service tag used for all of their community events.
The Safe a Surfin’ Foundation would like to spotlight how Moose International helps protect our kids around the country. We thank you all.
The Glade Spring, Virginia Police Department received a special gift Wednesday.
Members of the Smyth and Washington County Moose International chapters donated four new bulletproof vests to the Glade Spring Police Department Wednesday morning.
The donation was part of the the Safe Surfin’ Foundation and Protect the Protector program.
Glade Spring Police Chief Ricky Stumbo said even though crime rates are low in the town, there is still danger on every call. “Every time you go on a call, you’re essentially in a place where you [can possibly encounter] someone with a firearm,” he said. “Every call, unbeknownst to the situation, you could be in need of that vest at any moment.”
He told us vests expire after five years, and this donation will help keep officers safe. “The kevlar that’s inside the vest, as long as it’s not moving, it’s not doing anything. The minute somebody starts wearing it and moving the vest around, the fibers begin to move. Over that lifespan, they separate, and they become less effective at stopping a round if it was to take a bullet,” Stumbo said.
Chief Stumbo told us vests are fitted to each individual officer. The donation brings the department’s total to six effective vests.