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Erin Billa, the wife of slain Mobile Police Officer Justin Billa, posted this statement on Facebook Wednesday morning, the day after his funeral:

Okay this is going to be long so bare with me…
Yesterday I laid not just my husband but my absolute best friend in this universe to rest. I keep waiting for my phone to ring with his special ringtone or my text to go off and it be him. I kept pleading for God to give me a sign. Not that I have any doubt that he’s on the right hand of our Father but I just needed his presence. Two times I’ve looked at Taylor and said “you know dada loves you” and each time he has placed his small
Little finger on my nose as if he’s saying “well dada loves you too”. Another time I just was simply getting him to say dada and he kept
Pointing up. Call it a coincidence if you want but I know better than that. Everyone keeps telling me “ you’re so strong” and I don’t feel that way but what I do feel is Justin beside me holding me up. He was always the strong one so maybe this strength he left behind for me. Just like anyone I keep asking myself why? Trying to make sense of the senseless. I still have no idea why but what I do know is God has huge plans, specifically for me, to carry on Justin’s legacy. I will be praying hard in the next couple months on how exactly this will
Be done but I trust in God to guide me. I always want to say thank you and I wish that I could tag every person but it would thousands of people.
To my friends and family that have not left my side. Before I could even ask for Something they were there with it. love you guys more than words.
To my second my family, my law enforcement family…. I don’t even know where to begin. I know Justin and I have always been a part of it but the love you guys continue to give me, gives me a kind of comfort that I’ve never felt before. Not only from the MPD but from across the state and country.I love you guys so much and you’re probably going to get sick of seeing me around the department.
To the community: Your support has truly been the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. You guys have gone out of your way time and time again to support us, to offer kind words, and to just show your respect. All I ask of you is to continue this attitude towards our officers and first responders. They are not bad people, they are amazing men and women who get up everyday to protect and serve you and want to do so. I strongly encourage you to do a ride along so you can see exactly what they do. It’s easy to be a back seat driver to someone’s job but until you see what they do you won’t understand.
To the media, I thank you for being respectful in this time.
And my last plea for everyone is so to seek Jesus and know Jesus. He loves everyone no matter what sin or what past. When I start getting worked up I start to feel a sense of calmness come over me. Because Justin is patrolling the streets of heaven right now and watching over me and Taylor.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”-Matthew 5:9
Justin Taylor, I am counting down the days until I get to hold you again.
–Erin Billa

Officer Justin Billa

On behalf of the Executive Board and Members of the Mobile Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association I would like to extend heartfelt sympathy to Officer Justin Billa’s family. To his wife, son, mother and father, our hearts and prayers go out to you in this difficult and challenging time. To his brothers and sisters in blue, thank you for your testaments of who he was and for your incredible support of his love and passion for service to our city. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friend” – John 15:13
To his fellow citizens of the City of Mobile, your heartache is shared by many at the loss of a true servant to our community. “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” – Matthew 5:9.
Please continue to keep the Billa family and all the men and women of law enforcement in your prayers. We, the MCPAAA Executive Board, will let everyone know of any opportunity or request from MPD or Chaplin Connick asking for assistance. If you would like to donate to Officer Billa’s family, please refer to the attached link set up by MPD. https://www.mobilepd.org/memorial-fund/
May God’s blessing, grace and mercy be upon the Billa family in this time. God Bless the men and women of law enforcement and God bless the City of Mobile, Alabama.

Respectfully
Robert Warren
President
Mobile Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association.

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 angelcooper@mcpaaa.com or me at robertwarren@mcpaaa.com. 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 john.weichman@cityofmobile.org 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
robertwarren@mcpaaa.com
228-281-0062

Class #59 Graduation Ceremony

Good Day to all,
I want to thank the many volunteers that helped at the Chili Cook Off. Your support for this event and for the Mobile Police Department is greatly appreciated, as always! Not only have I had the pleasure of hearing from the Chief, but also from many of the command staff, officers and fellow citizens expressing their appreciation for our assistance and support. Many of the events in which we participate could not happen if it were not for you, our Alumni Association Members. On behalf of Chief Batiste and the men and women of the MPD, I wish to express appreciation for the support you show; it does not go unnoticed.
Upcoming events
February 2nd – 2:00pm: Class 59 of the Mobile Police Department will be graduating. It will be held at The Lady of Lourdes Church located at 1621 Boykin Boulevard, Mobile, Alabama 36605. All Association Members are invited to attend. Our Association will provide refreshments, hand out programs and provide class plaques for achievement. If you are interested in helping with this event, please contact Angel Cooper at angelcooper@mcpaaa.com
February 11th and February 13th – We have been asked to deliver meals to the officers working parade routes on February 11th (Joe Cain Day) and February 13th (Fat Tuesday). As details are finalized, we will let everyone know…we are still awaiting additional details for these two events.
Save the date:
March 2nd – BLUES-BREWS and BURGERS Event to be held on March 2, 2018. This event will support the newly formed Mobile Law Enforcement Foundation. More information to follow shortly.
Thanks for your attention,
Robert Warren
President
MCPAAA
robertwarren@mcpaaa.com

Chili Cook Off

Good Day Everyone. I hope you are staying warm. I want to thank the volunteers who assisted for the Prayer Luncheon on the January 11; it was a very emotional event.

I hope everyone is ready for the Chili Cook off tomorrow. We ask all volunteers to be at Cathedral Square, Saturday, January 20, between 7:30am-8:00am. We will be assisting to set up and then monitoring and marking punch cards at the assorted booths. This is our second year of participating in the Chili Cook Off and based on last years’ experience, it is a great time.

Our new Association shirts are here. If you ordered a shirt, we will have it at the Chili Cook Off tomorrow. If you have not paid for your shirt, the cost is $30.00 and you can pay when you pick it up.

February is going to be another active month for our Association, below is a list of events already on the schedule.

February 11-13: Mardi Gras
We will be delivering lunches again this year to officers working parade routes. Please save the dates on your calendar, as more information is soon to follow.

We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the Chili Cook Off.

Robert Warren

Chili Cook Off moved to January 20th 2018

***NEW DATE FOR MPD 3RD ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF***

Due to the cold, chilly weather expected for Saturday, the MPD 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off has been rescheduled to Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cathedral Square Downtown Mobile. For ticket information, call 251-208-1924.

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 (www.mcpaaa.com).
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 (angelcooper@mcpaaa.com) or Robert Warren, President (robertwarren@mcpaaa.com) 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
robertwarren@mcpaaa.com

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.

• SAVE THE DATE:
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 angelcooper@mcpaaa.com.

I look forward to seeing everyone on the 7th.
Robert Warren
President MCPAAA
228-281-0062

robertwarren@mcpaaa.com

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 jmweichman@bellsouth.net 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
robertwarren@mcpaaa.com

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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