Letters to protest parole for cop-killer Sidney Porter

It makes angry practically beyond words to have to report that Sidney Dean Porter — the man who killed Officer Frank Ward — may be allowed to walk free from prison next week


What part of the phrase “life in prison” do some people refuse to understand?

Presently, that is perhaps a question best directed to the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision, which agreed to release cop-killer SIdney Dean Porter (scheduled release date is Friday, June 7, 2013). So, let's ask them. I suggest we start sending a whole bunch of emails to the parole board.  That email address is bppps.webmaster@doc.state.or.us.

I spoke late this afternoon with Eric Bunday, a Sergeant with the Hillsboro (Ore.) Police Department and a vice president for the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation. Bunday furnished me with two versions of a letter urging reconsideration of the decision to parole Sidney Dean Porter.

Choose the version you like from the two below, tinker to your heart’s content, and send a letter to Kristin Winges-Yanez, Chairperson of the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision. 

Send a similar letter to the any member of the Oregon House Judiciary Committee

Heck, start by sending one to Governor John Kitzhaber...

Police Officers Version
To whom it may concern,

I am writing to you today to request that you and the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision take into account the testimony provided at the House Judiciary Committee hearing on May 28, 2013. We ask that you use this information in order to make an informed decision regarding the status of the board’s earlier decision to grant parole to Sidney Dean Porter, the murderer of John Day Police Department Officer Frank Ward – End of Watch: April 8, 1992.

Sincerely,

____________

Police Survivors Version
To whom it may concern,

I am the surviving __(fill in relation)__ of __(fill in name of fallen officer with agency)___, who died in the line of duty on __( fill in end of watch date)___. I am writing to you today to request that you and the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision take into account the testimony provided at the House Judiciary Committee hearing on May 28, 2013.

We ask that you use this information in order to make an informed decision regarding the status of the board’s earlier decision to grant parole to Sidney Dean Porter, the murderer of John Day Police Department Officer Frank Ward – End of Watch: April 8, 1992.

Sincerely,

____________

One Last Item...
In the event you want to use “snail mail” on this (and in this case, I don’t recommend it), address your letter to the following:

Chairperson Kristin Winges-Yanez
Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision
2575 Center Street NE, Suite 100
Salem, Oregon 97301-4621

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Doug Wyllie is Editor at Large for PoliceOne, responsible for providing police training content and expert analysis on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community. An award-winning columnist — he is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column — Doug has authored more than 900 feature articles and tactical tips. Doug is also responsible for planning and recording the PoliceOne Podcast, Policing Matters, as well as being the on-air host for PoliceOne Video interviews. Doug also works closely with the PoliceOne Academy to develop training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.

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