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Randy Simmons 5K Challenge Run, Cross Fit and Bike Ride

The 6th Annual Randy Simmons 5K Challenge Run is taking place on Saturday October 19, 2013 beginning at 8 a.m., rain or shine.  The event will also include a fitness challenge and a Police Unity Tour bike ride of 26 or 50 miles.

This event will be held at the Elysian Park Police Academy located at 1880 North Academy Road, Los Angeles, 90012 and begins promptly at 8 a.m.  For online registration please visit, Keyword: “Randy Simmons 5K”.

Police Officer Randall Simmons, a 27-year veteran of the LAPD, was murdered in the line of duty on Thursday February 7, 2008.  Officer Simmons became the first LAPD SWAT officer to die in the line of duty. To view more information about the event or on Officer Randy Simmons, please visit


Don't know if any of you LEOs have a perspective on this: Would a drone have helped prevent this officer's death and the grave wounding of Officer Veenstra? There are various legislative efforts underway across the country, proposed by various civil liberties groups, to limit domestic police agencies' use of drones. Some of these proposals are not well-grounded in the realities of how the devices might render some life-saving benefits. My opinion, anyway.

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