On January 15, Pleasanton Police Department hosted a Will Day presentation for local law enforcement officers. Over 30 officers from Pleasanton, Jourdanton and Poteet PD and the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office, as well as their spouses, participated in the event.
“The Pleasanton Police Department would like to thank TMPA for being with us today to provide this valuable service to our officers. A will is not something most police officers want to think about,” said Pleasanton Police Chief Ronald Sanchez. “As your Chief of Police, I want to ensure that all of my officers’ families are protected in the event of the untimely death of a loved one. We have set up this event today so we could hopefully provide some peace of mind for our officers and their families.”
Chad Hyde, Staff Attorney for Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA), represents police officers out of the Central Texas and San Antonio areas. Part of the services TMPA offers with their membership is basic estate planning which includes a will and power of attorney.
“[Estate planning] is you’re making decisions right now about how you want your property distributed once you pass away, some end-of-life decisions whenever you are either incapacitated, terminal or in an irreversible condition. You want to make some decisions on how you want the doctors and your family to handle that situation. Or if you’re simply just unconscious, who is going to be making decisions for you. Those are kind of some basic estate planning decisions that we can help you with today,” said Hyde.
Hyde further emphasized the importance of reviewing your will every year to ensure it is up-todate and accurate.
Chief Sanchez explained before the Will Day event, he had not looked at his will for over 20 years. A couple of months after the Atascosa Ambush in October 1999, Chief Sanchez and his wife decided to do a will. He had not touched nor looked at it since.
“Now that my kids are older, I decided it was time to update it. It’s important that everyone does it, too,” said Chief Sanchez.
According to Field Rep Ray Wilkinson, TMPA is coming up on their 70th Anniversary and they represent about 30,000 law enforcement officers across the State of Texas. Everyone involved with TMPA is a member who pays a small membership fee that includes all access to their services such as police training, representation for officers facing disciplinary action involved in police shootings and so much more. They also provide services for cops who are killed or injured in the line of duty.
“We’ve been around since 1950. We’re the oldest, and could say the first in modern time, police association in Texas. We were formed by a group of World War II veterans that thought there was a need for this,” said Wilkinson. “We try to take care of the cops and their families when unexpected or bad things have occurred.”
For more information on TMPA and the services they offer, please visit their website at www.tmpa.org or give them a call at 1-800-848-2088.