FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9, 2007
AUSTIN, TX -- Commended for his legislative leadership and support of law enforcement, Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. was presented the Senator of the Year 2007 award at the thirty-first convention of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) in Brownsville on Saturday, Oct. 6.
"Thank you for this great tribute," Sen. Lucio said in his remarks to the convention participants. "Ladies and gentlemen, your dedication is an inspiration to me. Not everyone is equipped to handle the demands of your job. It is your work ethic, attitude, behavior and bravery that make it such a distinguished profession."
CLEAT is Texas' largest police officers' union, and the state's largest legal services provider for law enforcement officers. Founded in 1976 by 400 police officers from across the state, the organization now boasts more than 15,000 members and nearly 100 affiliates across Texas, including in Brownsville, Harlingen, McAllen, Kingsville and other South Texas towns.
Director of Governmental and Public Affairs for CLEAT, Charley Wilkison, said, "Sen. Eddie Lucio is a leader when it comes to law enforcement issues. Not only does he listen to his officers back home in South Texas but he also seeks out the voices of law enforcement from all over the state. His reputation of looking out for law enforcement is known all over Texas.
"Whether it's working to protect our children from predators or help find the funding for equipment for local law enforcement officers, he has been a true friend to the rank and file officers who protect our families and communities."
As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Lucio pushed for an increase of $369.4 million in funds for the incarceration and treatment of adult felons. He also helped secure $108 million for border security operations, including funding for local law enforcement surge operations, joint operation and intelligence centers, a border security operation center, additional Department of Public Safety troopers and more aviation support.
"None of these accomplishments would be possible without the dedication of your members--your commitment to service and to the public good," said Sen. Lucio. "You are the role models of today and tomorrow. Thank you for this high honor."
Mr. Wilkison added, "CLEAT is proud to honor Sen. Lucio for his many years of service to Texas law enforcement officers and their families."