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Funeral Procession Route for Fallen Mobile Police Officer Justin Billa

The Mobile Police Department announces the procession route for Officer Justin Billa, which will follow the funeral service set for 10 a.m.

Leaving Cottage Hill Baptist Church located at 4255 Cottage Hill Road, the procession will travel east on Cottage Hill Road turning right onto Azalea Road, from Azalea Road to Highway 90 turning right onto Highway 90. The procession will then travel west on Highway 90 to Three Notch Road and then to the entrance of Mobile Memorial Gardens located at 6100 Three Notch Road.

The Mobile Police Department thanks the citizens of Mobile in advance for their patience, as the procession of possibly hundreds of vehicles will cause traffic delays. However, the public is encouraged to line the route to show their support and give their respects to the family of Officer Billa.

T-Shirts to Honor Officer Billa

Corporal Garafola has designed T-shirts in support of Officer Billa’s Family. She is selling them for $20.00 each. The T-shirts will be black Dri-fit material with the attached design.

She is asking anyone that would like to buy one to e-mail her your name, size  and quantity. She will be placing the order ASAP. You can pay for the shirts when you pick them up . All proceeds from the T-shirts will go to his wife Erin and son Taylor.

Her e-mail is:

Please keep the Billa family in your prayers.



Robert Warren



Funeral Arrangements Set for Officer Justin Billa

Funeral arrangements have been finalized for Mobile Police Officer Justin Billa, who was shot and killed in the line of duty Tuesday, February, 20, 2018.

Visitation will be held Monday, February 26, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Cottage Hill Baptist Church, 4255 Cottage Hill Road in Mobile.

The funeral is set for Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Cottage Hill Baptist Church. The doors will open at 8:30 a.m. and public visitation will take place at this time. The funeral service will follow at 10 a.m.

Officer Billa will be laid to rest at Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 6100 Three Notch Road.

A hobby of Officer Billa was police patch collecting. To honor his passion, the Mobile Police Department is asking for all visiting law enforcement agencies to bring a patch to the funeral so that they can be displayed to treasure the memory of Officer Billa.

Those unable to attend the funeral service but wish to offer condolences may stop by the Mobile Police Department Headquarters located at 2460 Government Blvd beginning this Friday to sign the Memorial Book for Officer Billa.


Mardi Gras.


Good day to all,

I want to start by thanking each of the fourteen members who volunteered and were able to assist for the Mobile Police Academy Graduation Class 59; there were more than 300 friends and family in attendance. It was a great event and a strong show of support for the new officers starting their careers.



As everyone knows it is Mardi Gras season in Mobile. We have been asked to assist again in serving lunches to the officers working the parade routes this year. If you had the privilege to serve last year, you know what a great event this is. Last year we served 565 meals on Joe Cain Day and nearly 900 on Fat Tuesday. Due to its incredibly huge success, this year our association has been asked to serve MPD on Monday, as well.

We are in need of four (4) trucks each day to be utilized to take lunches to designated roll calls, and 10-12 volunteers each day to assist in distributing the lunches.

We will meet at the Crime Prevention Office; located behind the Police Headquarters Building @ 2460 Government Blvd., at the following times:

Sunday, February 11, 2018 8 AM
Monday, February 12, 2018 8 AM, and
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 8 AM.

We should conclude the event by 12:00pm (noon) each day, and you will be able to enjoy the Mardi Gras festivities, too.

If you are available to help with this event please contact Angel Cooper at or me at Cell: 228-281-0062.

Please also mark your calendar for:
Blues, Brews, and Burgers
March 2, 2018 7pm -10pm @ Azalea Manor (downtown)
This benefit is held for the Mobile Law Enforcement foundation. There will be great live music, cold beer and fresh grilled burgers and brats. The cost of Admission is $25.00 per person, which includes two drink tickets. Space is limited.

If you would like tickets for this incredible event, please contact Cell: 251-401-7246.

We look forward to seeing you during one or more of our Mardi Gras event days. This is a wonderful way for us to show appreciation to those who serve and protect our great city; these folks work very long days during this time of year.

Robert Warren
President MCPAAA

Happy New Year.

I hope everyone had a safe and Merry Christmas.
In our last post I reflected about the great year we had, as an association, in 2017; I again want to thank you for making this possible.
Let’s talk about 2018, what our association can continue doing in support of the men and women of law enforcement, and to help our great city reach the goal of being, “The safest city in America with respect to all.”
Association membership – In our inaugural year, we had over 100 members join; now it’s time for many to renew memberships. While some may hesitate to renew because, “there was no time to participate in events,” please know your membership extends much further. While we would love to have all members actively participate, it’s understood many have full time jobs and family commitments which make it a challenge to attend. Please know your $20.00 or $50.00, tax-deductible paid membership dues are the primary source of funding for our association. This contribution allows us to buy food, cakes, treats, and other items we provide at events in which we participate to directly support our men and women of law enforcement. If you have not yet renewed, please do so by downloading an application from our website, or if you know someone that has not yet renewed please encourage them to do so. Your tax-deductible membership contribution and completed application may be mailed to 1251 Virginia Street, Mobile, Alabama 36604.
Tax-Exempt Status – You may have noticed I stated membership dues are tax-deductible. Yes, we finally received our tax-exempt status from the IRS which means all membership dues and any donations made to the Mobile Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (MCPAAA) may be deducted from individual or business income taxes. If you own, work at, or know of a local business interested in financially supporting the MCPAAA, please contact any member of the board so we may reach out to provide specifics. Board member contact information may be found on our association website (
MCPAAA Committees – Sign up to be on an association committee. That’s right, we are seeking members willing to commit to serve on our Board of Directors and/or on one or more newly formed association committees. Opportunities include: Nominating and Election Committee, Fund Raising Committee, Newsletter Committee, Membership Committee, Special Projects Committee, Website Committee and Merchandise Committee. Each committee and its description can be found in the “Association Bylaws,” and each committee will require a chairperson. Please advise a board member if you have any questions, etc.

January 2018 – Events in need of support:

January 6th Cathedral Square – Mobile Police Department 3rd Annual Chili Cook off to benefit the Mobile Police Foundation and Crime Prevention Unit. The public is invited to taste the best chili in the city – cooked by Mobile police officers!

This family-fun event will be held Saturday, January 6, 2018, at Cathedral Square Downtown Mobile, 300 Conti Street. Teams of police officers will compete against each other with their best chili recipes.

The MPD Chili Cook-Off is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person, free for children under 5.
The winning department will receive the trophy and bragging rights for the year.
We need 6-8 Volunteers to assist with set up, work the voting booth, assist when needed during the event and break down afterwards. Volunteers will need to be there at 8:00AM

January 11th- Law Enforcement Prayer Luncheon (20th annual luncheon): Chaplin Ed Connick is sponsoring a prayer luncheon, and has asked for assistance from MCPAAA; we need 8-10 volunteers to help with set up, serving of food, clean up and breakdown. This event is being held at Cottage Hill Baptist Church located at 4255 Cottage Hill Road. The luncheon will start at 12:00PM and will end promptly at 1:00PM. All proceeds from donations will given to Officer Jackie Tucker who was shot December 2016 in the line of duty. She will be recognized as OUR HOMETOWN HERO. Volunteers need to be there by 10:00AM.
Please contact Angel Cooper, Secretary ( or Robert Warren, President ( if you are interested in volunteering for these events.
These are the first in 2018 of many opportunities we will have to support our Mobile Police Department. I look forward to working with each of you in the new year. On behalf of the Executive Board I want to wish a Happy and Safe New Year to each of you, your families and especially to the men and women of law enforcement that maintain the safety of our great community.

Robert Warren
President / MCPAAA

Merry Christmas

When our association was started just over a year ago our mission was to promote and enhance the relationship between the community and the Mobile Police Department; our mission remains the same today, as the day our association was formed. Because of the hard work of each volunteer member of the Mobile Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (MCPAAA), we have had the distinct pleasure to participate in 25 different events throughout 2017, and our membership has grown to over 100 members.
Our 2017 resume highlights everything from support to cape wearing super heroes (MPD Swat) rappelling outside USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital in support of very brave children fighting cancer, to feeding the Heroes that keep our city safe during Mardi Gras.
We have attended events expressing our gratitude for new officers who graduated from the Police Academy (Class 58), to celebrating the recent promotion in rank of the veteran officers leading our Police Department and these new graduates.
We have assisted in raising money for families and children in need with “Movie in the Park,” to raising awareness in our community for victims of violent crimes.
The prior list is only a partial summary of our success this year, thanks to you!
We have had an impact outside of our community, as well, with the support of the CALEA Conference (The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.) and our participation in the National Alumni Association. None of this could have been accomplished without you, our volunteer member. It is only with concerned and engaged citizens, like you, that we have had great impact on our amazing city and have been able to show such incredible support for those that serve and protect our families, our homes and our businesses.
As we enter the Christmas season, I want to say, “Thanks!” to each association member for his/her contribution, which has enabled all we have been able to accomplish this year; it is truly amazing.
On behalf of the executive board I wish each of our members, our sponsors, their families, and all the men and women of law enforcement a very Merry Christmas. As each of us takes time to be with friends and family over the holidays, please remember those dedicated first responders on the streets protecting our community. Please make a special opportunity to thank them for their service to us, and to wish them a Merry Christmas.

Robert Warren
President / MCPAAA

From the President/Up coming event

Good day to all.
Thanks to all who ventured into the cold and rain to attend our MCPAAA Christmas Social on Thursday night; a great time was had by all. The toys that were donated will make a lot of children happy this holiday season.
We started taking orders for our newly designed association shirts; the cost of each shirt is $30.00. It can be ordered in men and women sizes. If you are interested in placing and order, please let me know.
We have been asked by Chaplin Ed Connick to help with a dinner and dance being held the 14th of December at 4128 Government Blvd (Commercial complex West of AMF Bowling Lanes). To date, 225 Officers and their spouses have RSVP’d. We need volunteers to help with this event.
We will assist in setting up, service of food, cleaning up and breaking down. If you are available to help, please contact Angel Cooper at We will meet at 5:30PM for set up. The event will start at 7:00PM and is expected to end at Midnight. The chaplain has also asked for any Christmas decorations for 30 tables.
If there are any questions, please contact any member of the Board.
I look forward to seeing everyone there.
Robert Warren
President. MCPAAA

From the President

Good day to all,
Congratulations to the Graduates of Class 22. Last nights graduation ceremony was truly an awesome experience; it is so exciting to see such incredible enthusiasm from this graduation class. I look forward to working with each of you in the coming year in support of our Mobile Police Department. We will soon be posting photos from the Graduation event. Thanks to John Weichman, Andre Doucet, and Maria Weichman for their hard work on the wonderful food for the evening.
After the Graduation Ceremony, we conducted our fourth quarter business meeting, and a lot of items were discussed; highlights include:
• Mobile Police Department Citizens Academy Alumni Association has officially received its non-profit status. We will be working on presentation brochures for opportunities inform local businesses. If you know of a business that would be interested in supporting our association and the men and woman of law enforcement, please inform any board member.

• We are changing the design of our Association shirts. Attached are photos of the new design which will also include your name embroidered on the right upper front. The new shirt will cost between $25.00 and $30.00 and includes the stich work. We hope to work out all details this week and will start taking order  shortly.


• “Shop with a Cop” – We are in the planning stage for this event in which we were involved last year. Under privileged children in Mobile were paired with a member of Law Enforcement for a Christmas shopping expedition. I have already received a few emails about donations for this event. I appreciate the interest being shown. If you are want to donate, or know of a business willing to sponsor and support this event please email me. Our financial goal is $1,600.00 – $1,800.00 dollars to provide a shopping opportunity for 16-18 children in need. All donations are tax deductible.

o December 7th – Annual Christmas Social will be held at the Azalea Manor on Dauphin Street in downtown Mobile. Doors open at 5:00pm and will go until 8:00pm. There will be Christmas music, plenty of great food, cash bar and wonderful fellowship. Please come out and celebrate the holiday season with us. We ask for a five dollar ($5.00) donation per person to offset any costs for food and rental of the facility. We are also accepting unwrapped toys for under-privileged children in our great city.

o December 14th – Dinner and Dance for the Sworn Officers of MPD and their spouses. Sponsored by Chaplain Connick, it will be held locally at 4128 Government Blvd. (Commercial complex West of AMF Bowling Lanes). Chaplain Connick has asked the association to assist with setting up the facility, serving of the food, clean up and break down. We need volunteers starting at 5:00PM for all or a portion of the event which starts at 7:00PM; it is expected to end around 11:00PM. If you are available, please contact Angel Cooper at

I look forward to seeing everyone on the 7th.
Robert Warren
President MCPAAA

From the President

Good day to All.
First off, let’s welcome our new Members from Class #22: Sandy Agerton, Jack Brunet, Charlotte Buffington, Dean Buffington, Angeline Buntin, Katrina Busby, Bonnie Dunning, Gary Frost, Mark Golson, Terry Hartley, Lee Hughes, Delcine King, Jerome King, Mark MacInnes, Sara McCoy, Rosemary McLain, Jerald McWhorter, Earnest Rogers and Gene Warren. Please tell them how much you appreciate their support of the MCPAAA and the Men and Woman of Law Enforcement in our great city. It is only with concerned and engaged Citizens, like you, that can make an impact in our great city.
I want to thank our present members who extended their respective memberships and tell them how appreciative I am for their continued support of our Association. The dues received by our organization are a major part of our Association funding. It allows us to support the many functions and events in which we are involved all year. If you have not yet made an opportunity to renew your membership, we hope you will advance that process. If you need information on renewals, please feel free to contact me or any of the Executive Board members.
The MCPAAA will be changing its Association shirt designs. The new shirts are “Dry Fit” and are available in sizes for both men and woman. The cost of each shirt is $25.00; more information and a preview of the new design will be available shortly. If you are interested in purchasing one you can email John Weichman at or call him at 251-401-7246.
The association has some great events coming up in the next few weeks so mark your calendar:
Nov 28th, 2017 – Graduation of Class 22 of the Citizens Academy. Doors will open at the Azalea Manor at 5:00PM, the graduation will begin at 6:00PM and will be followed by our 4th Quarter Membership Meeting.
Dec 7th, 2017 – MCPAAA Holiday Social. It will be held at Azalea Manor from 5:30PM until 8:00PM; music and food will be provided. Come out and celebrate Christmas with us. We are asking for a $5.00 donation per person from all who will be attending to help with the cost of the event.
Dec 14th, 2017 – Dinner and Dance for the members of Law Enforcement. Event takes place 7:00PM – Midnight. Sponsored by the Chaplin, he has requested assistance from our association. Volunteers will be needed for this event.
On behalf of the Executive Board I would like to wish each of our members a happy and safe Thanksgiving. As we come together with family and friends, give thanks for the abundance God provides to our community and to each of us, individually. Please remember the men and woman of law enforcement and their dedication and sacrifice for our safety.

I look forward to seeing each of you on the 28th of November.
Robert Warren
President – MCPAAA
Cell (228) 281-0062

Pistol Range Day

Good day to all:
I hope everyone is enjoying the cooler weather. Remember tomorrow (Sat 11/4) is our Range day. We will meet the current class of the MPD Citizens Academy (class 22) at 8:00AM at the range; a light lunch will be served. There are a few rules that must be passed on.
1) You must be a graduate of the academy to attend this event,
2) Back ground checks are required, and as a graduate that has been done,
3) No personal fire arms are allowed on the range,
4) For safety purposes, the Mobile Police Dept. will provide the weapons for this event, and
5) No photos can be taken inside the SWAT mock up house.
It will be a great time to meet our new members from class 22; I look forward to seeing everyone there. If you are going to attend, please e-mail any of the Board members so we can get a count of how many will be attending. Thanks for your time and your attention.

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