Richard A. Billings

14815 South 2200 West

Bluffdale, Utah 84065

(801) 450-8962

e-mail: rab1949@msn.com

 

{1} Relevant prior and part-time employment, with dates:

 

May 9-31 August 2004                        C4I Lead Officer, Athens 2004 Summer Olympics

(Greek Police, Fire Brigade and Coast Guard in Volos, Greece)

 

October 14, 2003April 17, 2004     Advisor, Senior Advisor, Iraqi Ministry of Justice, Prisons Department (Iraqi Corrections Services)

                                                            Baghdad, Iraq

 

December 1998 – October 2003         Jailer, Jails Programs/Oxbow Jail/Metro Jail

                                                            Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Department

 

February 07-24, 2002                         Law Enforcement Security, 2002 XIX Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City, Utah

                                                            Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office

 

November 1989- October 1998          Team Commander, Special Operations Unit, (SWAT & K-9) Utah Department of Corrections

 

February 1974 - October 1998            Corrections Officer, Utah Department of Corrections

 

November 1967 – November 1971     Security Police and K-9, United States Air Force

 

 

{2} Degrees and relevant special training:

 

September 19–22, 2003                      Conference 2003

                                                            8th Annual Law Enforcement & Corrections Training Conference

                                                            Forced Cell Extraction (Instructor)

                                                            St. George, Utah

 

May 30, 2001August 2, 2003          CTO (Correctional Training Officer)

                                                            Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office/ Metro Jail

 

March 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26,        Officer Survival (Instructor)

27, 28, 2002                                        Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office/ Metro Jail

 

September 18, 2001                            Conference 2001

                                                            6th Annual Law Enforcement & Corrections

                                                            Training Conference

                                                            Tactical Teams in Jail/Corrections Settings (Instructor)

                                                            St. George, Utah

September 16–19, 2000                      Conference 2000

                                                            5th Annual Law Enforcement & Corrections Training Conference

                                                            Forced Cell Extraction (Instructor)

                                                            St. George, Utah

 

September 16-19, 1997                       PPCT (Pressure Point Control Technique) Spontaneous Knife Defense Instructor Course

                                                            Special Operations Unit

                                                            Draper, Utah

 

October 01-11, 1996                           34th Special Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.)

                                                            Basic Academy (Assistant Cadre Instructor)

                                                            Attended at the request of California Department of Corrections

San Louis Obispo, California

 

May 02-04, 1994                                 Pressure Point Control (P.P.C.T.) Instructor for Spontaneous Knife Defense

                                                            Fred House Training Academy

                                                            Draper, Utah

 

February 05, 1992                               Pressure point Control (P.P.C.T.) Instructor for Spontaneous Knife Defense

                                                            Fred House Training Academy

                                                            Draper, Utah

 

November 1991                                  Cadre Training for Central Utah Correctional Facility (C.U.C.F.) Instructor

                                                            Trained Cadre members in chemical agents, forced cell and section extraction, disturbance control and lethal/non-lethal use of force.

 

July 1991                                             Cadre Training for Draper Site (Instructor)

Trained Cadre members in chemical agents, forced cell and section extraction, disturbance control and lethal/non-lethal use of force.

 

May 28-29, 1991                                 Pressure Point Control Technique (P.P.C.T.) Instructor Course

                                                            Fred House Training Academy

                                                            Draper, Utah

 

April 17-27, 1990                               25th Special Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.)

                                                            Basic Academy (Assistant Cadre Instructor)

                                                            Attended at the request of California Department of Corrections

San Louis Obispo, California

 

August 13-16, 1990                             Gunnison Testing Research Project (Instructor)

                                                            Conducted extensive training in forced cell and section extraction, riot and disturbance control, emergency breaching of doors and windows in the event of a hostage situation.

 

                                                            Conducted live fire, sniper and assault scenarios to test ballistic capabilities to be considered in hostage rescue.  Tested emergency breaching tools and methods for hostage and emergency incidents.  Training was conducted in newly constructed Gunnison Facility prior to occupation by inmates.  As a result of testing, many scenarios have been approved for future incident management resolution.

 

March  08, 1990                                  Forced Cell/Section Extraction (Instructor)

                                                            Fred House Training Academy

Draper, Utah

 

November 24, 1988                            Arrest and Control Instructor

                                                            Utah Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.)

                                                            Salt Lake City, Utah

 

November 01-05, 1982                       Police Firearms Instructor

                                                            Utah Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.)

                                                            Salt Lake City, Utah

 

SPECIALIZED TRAINING

 

April 12-13, 2001                               2001 Utah Gang Conference

                                                            16 hours training

                                                            Fred House Training Academy

Draper, Utah

 

September 29, 1997                            Defense Technology Oleoresin Capsicum (O.C.)

                                                            Aerosol Projectors Instructor Certification Program

                                                            Salt Lake County Sheriff’s

                                                            Riverton, Utah

 

September 16-19, 1996                       First Responder – Clandestine Lab Training

Utah Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.)

Ogden, Utah

December 08-09, 1994                       Special Purpose Low Lethality Anti-Terrorist Munitions (S.P.L.L.A.T.M.)

                                                            Camp Williams, Utah

 

November 08, 1994                            ASP Certification

                                                            Salt Lake City Police Department

                                                            Fred House Training Academy

                                                            Draper, Utah

 

September 13-16, 1994                       Crime Control and Prevention Training Conference

                                                            Advanced Firearms Training and CQB

                                                            Tactical Firing Range Management and Design

                                                            L.A. Riots – A Case Study by Daryl Gates

                                                            VIP Protection

                                                            Domestic Terrorism Through 2000

                                                            Police Sniper/Counter sniper Operations

                                                            Las Vegas, Nevada

 

April 05-07, 1994                               International Association of Chiefs of Police (I.A.C.P.) Submachine Gun Course

                                                            Don BorinskiSan Diego Police Department SWAT

                                                            West Jordan, Utah

 

March 02-03, 1994                             Street Survival Training Seminar

                                                            Calibre Press

                                                            Salt Lake City, Utah

 

November 08-10, 1993                       Basic Hostage Negotiations Seminar

                                                            Frank A. Boltz Associates, Inc.

                                                            Hosted by Salt Lake City Police Department

                                                            Salt Lake City, Utah

 

February 10, 1993                               Building Searches Training

                                                            Salt Lake City Police Department

                                                            Salt Lake City, Utah

 

August 16-20, 1992                             Advanced Defensive Tactics Training

                                                            Utah Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Bill Weaver – Instructor

                                                            Brian Head, Utah

 

August 10-14, 1992                             Tactical Hostage Rescue Entry and Assault Training (T.H.R.E.A.T.)

                                                            London Metropolitan Police – Tactical Division

                                                            Salt Lake City, Utah

 

December 17, 1990                             High Hazard Warrants/ Covert Entries Training  Salt Lake Metro Narcotics Strike Force

                                                            Salt Lake City, Utah

 

October 18-28, 1989                           22nd Special Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.) Basic Academy

                                                            San Louis Obispo, California

 

September 17-22, 1989                       Anti-Terror Logistics and Systems (A.T.L.A.S.) Israeli Defense Personnel

                                                            Program Manager for A.T.L.A.S., Retired Colonel Moshe Betser (Israel) Field Commander during the raid at the Entebe, Uganda Airport, July 1976

 

May 22-26, 1989                                 Tactical Hostage Rescue Assault Training (T.H.R.E.A.T.)

                                                            London Metropolitan Police – Tactical Division

                                                            Salt Lake City, Utah

 

January 20, 1989                                 Basic Non-Lethal Weapons Course

                                                            Fred House Training Academy

                                                            Draper, Utah

 

August 01- September 09, 1988          Peace Officer Certification / Session #07

                                                            Fred House Training Academy

                                                            Draper, Utah

 

September 24, 1984                            Anti-Sniper Techniques

                                                            Utah Peace Officer’s Standards and Training

                                                            Salt Lake City, Utah

 

September 13, 1983                            Street Survival Training Seminar

                                                            Calibre Press

                                                            Park City, Utah

 

April 23, 1982                                    Utah Corrections Academy

                                                            Weber State College Training

                                                            Salt Lake City, Utah

 

March 11, 1982                                   Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Training

                                                            Drug Enforcement Administration

                                                            Utah Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.)

                                                            Salt Lake City, Utah

 

1980                                                    Basic Special Weapons and Training (S.W.A.T.) School, Utah SWAT Association

                                                            Salt Lake City, Utah

 

{3} Other professional activities, etc.

 

1996-1998                                                                       Utah SWAT Association (President)

 

January 09, 2001 – October 2003       Jail Inspector / Utah Sheriff’s Association

 

{4} Retainer information:

 

Utah                                                     Grimsley v. Mackay (Prisoner-on-prisoner assault)

                                                            Provided testimony in defense of prison officer’s actions.  Defendants prevailed when the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the Federal District Court and directed a verdict in favor of the UDC defendants.

Montana                                              Goings v. Chisholm (Use of force) Retained by defendants as consultant and expert witness.  This is one of several cases growing out of a 1991 prison riot.   Gave deposition and testified at court.  Case was dismissed.

 

California                                            Butler v. Plexico (Use of force, wrongful death) Retained by Defense counsel as an expert witness in defense of correctional officer who shot a prisoner during a riot.  Defendants won when 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the District Court’s denial of summary judgment.

 

Texas                                                   Garza v. JCW Electronics (Prisoner suicide case) Retained by Defense counsel as an expert witness in defense of phone company who installed a telephone system used by an inmate to hang himself.  The case is currently on appeal.  There has been no disposition. 

 

{5} Names, addresses and telephone numbers of attorneys who may be contacted as

 references:

 

Names of attorneys can be provided.

 

{6} Publications that contain your paid advertisements (Since 1996):

 

N/A

 

 

{7} Usual and customary fee:

 

Hourly rate:                                         $125.00 hr. for file review and other work done at my home or vicinity of Salt Lake City.

Daily rate:                                           $1,000.00 for each day or partial day spent onsite or traveling.

Expenses:                                            Actual travel expenses (airfare, ground travel, lodging, meals, and related costs) and other reasonable expenses incurred (commercial printing, courier, or mailing costs, etc.).

 

{8} Areas of expertise and experience:

 

(T)  Corrections Emergency Response Teams

(T)  Use of force

(T)  Riot and disturbance control

(Q)  Forced Cell Extraction

(T)  Inmate suicide

 

Note - Letter codes used in front of the subject mean:
[ T ] Testified in court or at depositions on the subject;
[ R ] Retained as a consultant, but have not testified on the subject.
[ Q ] Qualified to testify or consult on the subject, but have not served as a paid consultant.

 

[  ] Agency policies, practices and customs
[x] Batons, flashlights and other impact weapons
[  ] Campus rapes and assaults
[  ] Capital Sentencing
[x] Chemical irritants & electrical weapons
[  ] Competency, Insanity and Diminished Capacity
[  ] Correctional Psychiatry
[x] Deadly force; shooting avoidance and alternatives
[  ] Employment discrimination (hiring/promotions)
[  ] Employee dishonesty investigations
[  ] Failure to protect specific persons (domestic violence, witnesses, etc.)
[  ] Firearm range design - realism
[  ] Freedom of Information/release of police reports to public
[  ] Handicap/Disability Discrimination
[x] In-custody inmate/prisoner suicides (and prevention methods)
[  ] Inadequate premises security (guards, CCTV, locks, lighting, etc.)

[  ] Injuries to / physical or sexual assaults on inmates and prisoners
[  ] Insufficient or inadequate training
[  ] Jail medical procedures
[  ] K-9 deployment and training
[  ] Neck restraints and similar defensive tactics
[  ] Physical Fitness Standards and Training
[x] Poor or inadequate conditions in jails and correctional facilities
[x] Positional restraint asphyxia
[x] Prisoner transport, restraints, handcuffing and hog-tying
[  ] Psychiatric Disability
[  ] Psychological screening of employees
[  ] Retention of a known unfit employee or negligent entrustment of a weapon
[  ] Search and Seizure
[  ] Sexual harassment
[  ] Sexual Offender Evaluations
[  ] Standards for discipline, internal affairs procedures, (in)adequate punishment
[  ] Street Gang Violence/Prevention
[x] SWAT techniques, hostage & barricade situations
[  ] Use/protection of confidential informants
[  ] Vehicle pursuit & emergency response policies & techniques



{9} Types of cases you will not accept:

 

Determined on a case-by-case basis.

 

{10} Other information relevant in evaluating your services (publications, awards, achievements, special interests):

 

Co-Author “Use of Force in Corrections Facilities” article w/Gary W. DeLand (Corrections Managers’ Report, Vol. IV, No.1, June/July 1998)

 

 

CORRECTIONS INCIDENTS

 

 April 11, 1997                                   Tactical Commander for Uinta 4 Forced Section of  Inmate Allen Jones.

 

June 10-26, 1996                                 Supervised Security for inmate Troy Kell Capital homicide trial Central Utah Correctional Facility Gunnison, Utah           

May 13, 1996                                      Supervised inmate Mark Warner escape and re-capture

                                                            from University of Utah Medical Center 

 

August 10, 1993                                  Central Utah Correctional Facility Riot  

                                                          Tactical Commander for C-Section riot.  Twenty-one inmates refused to return to their cells, destroyed property, set fires, manufactured home-made weapons, removed steel shower door and used it as a battering ram to defeat security door, exited section and attempted to assault control room.   Inmates returned to section upon observing SWAT Teams entering corridor.  Inmates were removed, searched and returned to cells by SWAT Team members.

                                                 

 January 30, 1993                                Supervised Tactical Operation of James Andrus Escape   Upon obtaining information on inmate Andrus’ whereabouts, Special Operations located themselves at an Ogden farmhouse and conducted surveillance with the aid of night vision equipment.  Farmhouse was occupied by a parolee on supervision by State of Utah for aggravated rape in which he had raped and cut his grandmother with a knife.  As a result of intelligence information provided, Department of Corrections SWAT Team, Investigations Bureau and Adult Probation and Parole secured an apartment complex and arrested Andrus in one of the apartments.

                           

 November 1992                                 Operation Campaign ’92

                                                              Six-month investigation into narcotics being distributed within the Utah State Prison and Salt Lake City area. Sting operation involved a duplex occupied by a confidential informant in one half and officers of the Department of Corrections, ATF and Metro Narcotics in the other half.  On the night of operation, Special Operations provided perimeter security and made arrests at the duplex.   As a result of SWAT Team’s professionalism, approximately 16 individuals were arrested, vehicles, narcotics and cash were received culminating in a one-kilo transaction.   Also, the team stopped two vehicles patrolling the area.  These individuals were there with a narcotics distributor to provide him with counter surveillance.  Without the cooperation and the SWAT Team’s alertness, officers working undercover may have come into danger.  

                            

May 1991                                            Mike Archuletta/John Brunner Disturbance at Uinta II Supervised Special Operations Unit during disturbance at Maximum Security where inmates John Brunner and Mike Archuletta refused to return to their cells and damaged section property.  Inmates were forcibly subdued through use of high pressure water, multiple entry teams and a distraction device.   

 

September 1990                                  Rick George/Gerald Brown Recapture Supervised Special Operations Unit responsible for recapture of inmates Rick George and Gerald Brown who had escaped from South Point Facility by hiding in a secret compartment of a prison maintenance vehicle.  They fled to nearby American Fork canyon where over 150 local law enforcement officers assisted in the search.  Rick George and Gerald Brown exchanged shots with Forest Service Officers and were subsequently captured by Special Operations Unit.                             

 

April 1990                                          Kenneth Roberts Hostage Situation at Uinta II Supervised Special Operations Unit during hostage situation involving Officer Joe Hughes at Maximum Security.  Inmate Roberts rigged a section shower door to indicate it was locked, and used a homemade knife to force Officer Hughes into his cell.  He ordered cell door closed threatening to kill the officer.  Roberts released Officer Hughes without injury during negotiations.

 

December 1989                                   David Jolivet/Corstiaan Vanzyverden Disturbance at Uinta II.   Supervised Special Operations Unit during disturbance at Maximum Security where inmates Jolivet and Vanzyverden refused to return to their cells, doing extensive damage to section, setting booby traps, breaking out cell front windows and providing weapons to fellow inmates.  They jammed door locks to prevent entry and made threats to kill staff members.  Disturbance quelled by using a sting ball grenade and multiple entry teams.  Incident scrutinized by ACLU who determined officers acted appropriately and without use of excessive force.  Governor Norman H. Bangerter mailed compliments on “successful planning, resolve and execution of the disturbance-suppression efforts.”    August 2, 1992, NBC’s “Eye Witness Video” aired a program based on video recording of sting ball incident.

 

EXECUTIONS

                     

August 28, 1987                                 Participated with SWAT Team providing security during

                                                           the court-ordered execution of:    

                                                           Dale Pierre Selby

 

June 10, 1988                                       Participated with SWAT Team providing security during the court-ordered execution of:

                                                           Gary Arthur Bishop

 

July 29, 1992                                      Supervised Emergency Response Team including allied

                                                           agencies during court-ordered execution of: 

                                                           William Andrews

 

January 26, 1996                                Supervised Emergency Response Team including allied   agencies during court-ordered execution of:

                                                            John Albert Taylor    

 

AGENCY ASSISTS

 

July 15-16, 1997                                 Harvey Street multi-agency drug raid in West Valley  Operation involved assistance of about one dozen SWAT teams and agencies.

 

February 15, 1997                               Supervised Special Operations Unit in capture of Greg  Turner from Sundance Ski Resort (Turner was captured with a loaded Desert Eagle .44 magnum handgun).

 

December 05, 1995                             Joint gang round-up operation in Layton, Utah

 

July 1993                                             Operation Sundance

                                                           No knock warrants with F.B.I., Department of Public Safety, West Valley City and West Jordan.  Provided   tactical surveillance prior to night of arrests.  Responsible  for assault on apartment complex in hostile, gang-riddenarea, taking control of several residences within complex and securing complex allowing narcotics officers and ATF agents to make entry and investigate illegal narcotics and firearms sales. Twenty-one individuals were arrested and 20search warrants were served along the Wasatch Front. 

 

May 18-25, 1993                                 Operation Quick Peek

                                                            Joint operation with Salt Lake City FBI, ATF, IRS, and local law enforcement agencies. Operation resulted in arrest of 60 subjects including 21 gang members as well as 13 Tongan Crypt Gang (TCG) members and entire leadership who had been contracted to make a “hit”.   Recovered over $1M in stolen property including vehicles used in drive-by shootings.  Sting operation purchased 150 weapons including 40 fully automatic weapons, one M60 machine gun and 40 bombs. 

 

                                                            Twenty-four of the most violent suspects were arrested by Special Operations including suspect who pulled weapon on undercover FBI Special Agent and suspects who were trading drugs and arms for automatic weapons to “kill cops.”

 

November 05, 1992                            Operation

                                                            Joint operation with Department of Corrections Investigative Bureau and Salt Lake City Metro Narcotics arresting 18 individuals with outstanding felony warrants. Besides arrests, the Special Operations Unit was involved in residents’ searches and transportation of suspects.  Also provided perimeter security where undercover operations were taking place.  In each incidence, Unit provided invaluable service to CIB and Metro Narcotics. 

 

September 1991                                  Alta View Hospital Hostage Situation  Participated in debriefing and evaluation of incident. Utah Department of Corrections’ SWAT Team played key role rescuing potential hostages early in the crisis and during critical moments of hostage rescue.

 

April 1991                                          Operation Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Public Safety, West Jordan and West Valley City Police Departments took down methamphetamine laboratory and  its operators.                                                          

 

July 1990                                             FBI Fugitive Task Force

                                                            Federal, state and local law enforcement Task Force  developed to recapture local and national fugitives.  Task  Force became national model responsible for recapturing  over 1,000 fugitives in a two-year period.  Special Operations assisted in arrests of the more violent fugitives.

 

August 13-25, 1989                             Operation Greenleaf

                                                            Unit Supervisor during Marijuana Eradication Agency assist with Drug Enforcement Administration, National Guard and local law enforcement authorities in Grand and Morgan counties.  Provided tactical support for confiscation and eradication teams.

 

SPECIAL CORRECTIONAL ASSIGNMENTS

 

April 20 - May 5, 2001                       Employee Background Investigations  Salt Lake County Sheriff

                                                            (80 hours)   

 

December 1989-October 1998            General Assignments:

·       Develop tactical preparedness through balance of policy, procedures, training, equipment practice and needs. 

·       Provide protection to public, staff and inmates from hostile or violent actions, escapes and other criminal actions. 

·       Respond to emergencies using approved tactics, weapons, K-9 capabilities, other equipment, critical incident management techniques and law enforcement principles.

·       Meet Department’s tactical response needs by ensuring constant readiness and engaging in specialized training, scenario testing and immediate action drills.

·       Develop plans for facility rescue and recovery, hostage rescue and inmate disturbance control.

·       Respond to hostile actions and criminal activity using special weapons, K-9, equipment and tactics, applying only that level of force necessary to control the incident.

·       Provide special security for functions including, but not limited to, high-risk inmate moves, special searches, shakedowns and other security functions.

·       Develop and enhance working relationships with Department members and allied law enforcement agencies.

·       Respond to requests for assistance from allied agencies, when authorized.

 

May 28-29, 1996                                 Draper Uinta IV Testing Research Project

·       Conducted live fire, sniper and assault scenarios to test ballistic capabilities to be considered in hostage rescue, riot and disturbance control.

·       Tested emergency breaching tools, explosive options and emergency insertion options for hostage and emergency incidents. 

·       Training was conducted in newly constructed Draper Uinta IV (Maximum Security) facility prior to occupation by inmates.  As a result of testing, many scenarios have been approved for future incident management resolution.  

 

August 05, 1992                                  Moab Jail Research Project

·       Conducted explosive breaching and hardened facility testing in Grand County jail prior to demolition and reconstruction.

·       Evaluated breaching options for hostage rescue through use of emergency access equipment and controlled explosives to defeat security doors.

 

October 06-08, 1991                           Utah Department of Corrections Tactical Training Conference

                                                            Camp Hill, Pennsylvania Riot debriefing.

                                                            Sherwood Hills, Utah

 

1989- 1998                                          Officer Project Rescue Manuals

·       Cataloged, photographed, video taped, diagramed or blue

                                                            printed all facilities, housing units, support offices and

                                                            buildings including 13 County Jails which contract with

                                                            Department of Corrections.

·       Procured emergency keys for all areas; cataloged walls, doors, windows and roofs as to construction, glazing, hinge location, direction of swing, etc. to provide accurate references in tactical emergencies.   

 

August 13-16, 1990                             Gunnison Testing Research Project

·       Conducted extensive training in forced cell and section extraction, riot and disturbance control, emergency breaching of doors and windows in the event of a hostage situation.

·       Conducted live fire, sniper and assault scenarios to test ballistic capabilities to be considered in hostage rescue.

·       Tested emergency breaching tools and methods for hostage and emergency incidents.  Training was conducted in newly constructed Gunnison facility prior to occupation by inmates.  As a result of testing, many scenarios have been approved for future incident management resolution.   

 

AWARDS OF RECOGNITION   

 

May 05-07, 1997                                 Inter-Mountain SWAT Olympics  First Place for Draper Team  Second place for Gunnison Team

 

September 14, 1996                            Medal of Merit The Division of Institutional Operations Special Operations Unit at Draper and Gunnison have performed in an exemplary fashion during the past year.  From the Troy Kell Trial at the Central Utah Correctional Facility to “mundane” tasks such as repelling off buildings or searching through water from broken sewer lines, these units do it all.  As the saying goes, “They go boldly where no men dare to go.”  This is the creed of the unit.  They truly epitomize professionalism, and are a great asset to both the Division of Institutional Operations and the Department of Corrections.     

 

October 08, 1994                                Certificate of Commendation

This award is presented to a member of the Department for outstanding performance in a specific instance or for outstanding performance of general duties over an extended period of time.

·       On numerous occasions throughout the year the special Operations Staff at both the Draper and Gunnison sites were routinely called on to undertake risky, dangerous and undesirable tasks encountered in law enforcement.  They not only responded in a timely, and highly motivated manner, but they accomplished all assigned and implied tasks with orchestrated precision.   They always used the minimum amount of force necessary.  The individual and collective professionalism, and bravery displayed is indicative of the highest traditions of public service.  It reflects positively upon them, their Special Operations team and the Utah Department of Corrections. 

 

September 07, 1991                            Silver Medal of Valor

presented for outstanding service and conspicuous bravery in the line of duty, where officer risks loss of life with full and unquestionable knowledge of danger involved and the objective is of sufficient importance to justify the risk.

·       On July 31, 1990, Public Safety Dispatcher requested assistance from any six Alpha unit to aid other law enforcement agencies in high speed pursuit which originated in Orem and was northbound on I-15.  Special Operations Captain Richard Billings and Officer Larry Pate responded to request for assistance.  During course of high speed pursuit, suspect vehicle rammed their vehicle several times.  They demonstrated outstanding bravery as they continued to engage the suspect in pursuit.  Their major concern was that suspect vehicle was headed into congested traffic and would pose a threat to public safety.  As a result of the pursuit, suspect exited I-15 at 10600 South and was taken into custody.  

 

May 1991, 1992, 1993                        FBI Inter-Mountain SWAT Olympics                                                                        

Fifteen federal, state and local police Tactical Units competed in various tactical events.  Utah Department of Corrections won first place in 1991; first place in 1992; and second place in 1993. 

 

July 1990                                             Executive Director’s Award- Special Operations Unit

Medal presented to a member or unit of Department for acts of bravery during performance of duties, for service with distinction under extraordinary circumstances during a major emergency or special operation, or for other exceptional service to Department.

·       For the entire history of Corrections in Utah, there had been no professional rapid response capability for handling riots and other disturbances.  Since 1987, the Utah Department of Corrections has had a highly trained, professional team which fills that void.

·       Team has been used in the successful resolution of life-threatening hostage situations; inmate disturbances in various facilities; response to escapes/walkaways; forced entries of drug houses and dwellings of offenders being supervised in the community; back-up and assistance to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies; and specialized personal security assignments.

·       The Special Operations Unit has served not only Draper Utah State Prison site but has responded to Rich County Jail escape; made a high-speed response to an Iron County Jail escape; then again responded to Cedar City even while returning to home base to putdown an inmate disturbance; assisted at the Marion standoff; and responded to other similar situations around the State.  SWAT Team has performed in an exceptional manner, often under very difficult circumstances, and that emerging tradition continues under the direction of Richard Billings and Kent Davis.