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September 16, 2013
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Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief 10-43: Be Advised...
with Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief

A cop killer up for parole: LEOs send letters in protest

Although Sidney Dean Porter was sentenced to life in prison for his brutal murder of Officer Frank Ward of the John Day (Ore.) Police Department, he has being given the opportunity to apply for parole

On April 8, 1992, Sidney Dean Porter viciously murdered Officer Frank Ward of the John Day (Ore.) Police Department. Although Porter was sentenced to life in prison, a recent appellate court ruling led to Porter being given the opportunity to apply for parole.

In late May of this year, I learned that Porter was due to be released on parole, and wrote a column giving instructions on how PoliceOne Members might voice their disagreement about that decision. 

Thanks in part to your efforts, the parole for Porter was temporarily rescinded, pending an additional hearing about the matter by the Parole Board. 

Here We Go Again
Well, that date has come. A new parole hearing is set for two weeks from today on Monday, September 30. 

In the past couple of days, I’ve been in phone and email contact with my friend Eric Bunday, a Sergeant with the Hillsboro (Ore.) Police Department and a vice president for the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation. Bunday is one of the people behind the effort to prevent parole for Sidney Porter.

“We need your help again in keeping Sidney Dean Porter in prison for the murder of John Day Police Department Officer Frank Ward,” Bunday told me. 

“We’re asking that you voice your opposition to the parole of Sidney Dean Porter by writing an email to the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision by Monday, September 23,” Bunday added.

As he did before, Bunday furnished us with a few versions of a template letter to use as a basis for your own personally worded emails.

Send your email message to: bppps.webmaster@doc.state.or.us and make your subject line read “SID#7430532, PORTER, Sidney Dean.”

We did this once before. We can do it again.

Dear Members of the Board,

I am writing to you today as you consider whether or not to grant parole to Sidney Dean Porter, who is presently serving a life sentence for the murder of John Day Police Department Officer Frank Ward - End of Watch: April 8, 1992. I ask you to carefully consider all evidence presented before you. I further ask that you consider that Sidney Dean Porter sentenced the family of Frank Ward to a life sentence for which there is no parole when he murdered Officer Ward, and I ask that you bear this in mind and deny Sidney Dean Porter parole from the life sentence he was given by a court of law in the interests of justice for Officer Ward and his family.

Sincerely,

Send your emails, and stay tuned. I’ll keep you posted in this space. 


About the author

Doug Wyllie is Editor in Chief of PoliceOne, responsible for setting the editorial direction of the website and managing the planned editorial features by our roster of expert writers. In addition to his editorial and managerial responsibilities, Doug has authored more than 750 feature articles and tactical tips on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community. Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), and an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers' Association. He is also a member of the Public Safety Writers Association, and is a three-time (2011, 2012, and 2014) Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" Finalist in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column. Even in his "spare" time, he is active in his support for the law enforcement community, contributing his time and talents toward police-related charitable events as well as participating in force-on-force training, search-and-rescue training, and other scenario-based training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.

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