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Detective Raders
This is OPOA member Detective Raders. He was a 2019 Crime Stoppers Officer of the Year nominee. Detective Raders was instrumental in actively investigating a violent criminal gang that was responsible for several felony assaults in 2018. In 2019 Detectives Raders partnered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to investigate the gang's criminal activity. Over a several month period Detective Raders and the ATF seized 41 firearms, 10 of which were stolen and co...

Detective Brandt
This is OPOA member Detective Brandt. He was a 2019 Crime Stoppers Officer of the Year Nominee. Detective Brandt was responsible for the arrest of multiple violent carjacking suspects during 2019, and the recovery of several vehicles. The most notable case was in May 2019. Detective Brandt responded to a carjacking report where the victim had been violently assaulted and her vehicle stolen. Detective Brandt learned the vehicle was equipped with GPS but needed to have an active se...

Sunderman and Martinez
These are OPOA members Officers Sunderman and Martinez. They were 2019 Crime Stoppers Officer of the Year nominees. In 2019 they were partners working in UPB when they accomplished the following: 6 stolen car recoveries with arrests 1 carjacking arrest and vehicle recovery 2 possession with intent to deliver arrests marijuana/cocaine 2 burglary arrests 2 robbery suspect arrests with recovery of a firearm And most dramatically they located the suspect vehicle from an abduction, pu...

Police Morale and Recruiting Challenges
Police recruiting has faced challenges for several years. Recent events are likely to make that worse. Images on the news of police officers being cursed at, spit upon, and assaulted with everything from water bottles, to bricks, to molotov cocktails does not help to inspire new recruits to apply. To combat these shrinking hiring pools and to get good, qualified, professional applicants, departments are going to have to offer excellent pay and benefits. Pay scales and incentives like lo...

SRO
Some in our community are calling for the removal of OPD School Resource officers from local schools. We feel that is a terrible, dangerous idea. SRO’s do so much more than criminal enforcement. They encourage students to succeed, help build positive police/community relationships, and most importantly provide safety for the students and staff if the worst should happen. They have extensive training in working with youth and de-escalation in addition to all their required law enfo...

Community Cooperation
Our members work hard serving and protecting this community. Part of that is investigating cases and making arrests. But community involvement is also a big part of what we do. Our goal is to make everyone in Omaha as safe and successful as possible. We enjoy doing prevention outreach and community involvement. We want to build strong relationships with the citizens we serve. Through events such as this pop-up block party last summer, providing kids in the community better sports equipment ...

Respect
The difficult job of being a law enforcement officer has become even more challenging in today’s emotional political climate. Peace officers have an inherent respect for other professionals who endure intense political pressure while simultaneously striving to maintain their professionalism, make tough choices, and do the right thing, even when it’s hard. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine is one of those professionals, and thus he has our respect. The citizens of Douglas Cou...