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Oxford Welcomes Four New Officers

January 6th, 2008

Four new Oxford Police Officers reported for duty on December 31, 2007.  The four graduated from the Texas State Police academy on December 21, 2007.  Lt. Mike Pepper, stated “The four new officers are a welcome addition to further increase our total officers on road patrol.” 

The new troopers have received approximately 840 hours of structured training in law enforcement techniques since the class began on July 14th.  Their curriculum included 80 hours of criminal law instruction, 50 hours of vehicle operations training, 30 hours of psychology training, and 40 hours of “Survival Spanish.” 

New Officers

  1. Sean Weaver graduated from Southern Hancock High School and Gunderson University. Weaver was a full-time officer for three years in Cincinnati, Ohio.  
  2. William Mason graduated from Grant High School and Oxford Community College (Ohio). Mason, also from Cincinnati, Ohio, was a Hamilton County Deputy for two years.  
  3. Steve Dossett graduated from New Castle High School and Bethel College. 
  4. Chris Ray graduated from Bedford High School and Texas Wesleyan University.  

The four officers will participate in a 14 week Field Training Program where they will ride with an officer trainer and apply the knowledge and skills learned at the academy in field situations.  They will receive their patrol cars after successfully completing this program.

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Identity Theft

January 6th, 2008

Lt. Mike Pepper, would like to remind citizens that Identity Theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America.  It’s Tuesday afternoon around 3 p.m. and you check your answering machine and get a pre-recorded message from a major credit card company wanting to verify you made an $8,000 purchase at a local retail store in your town. You are no longer who you say you are. You now have to prove who you are. You may even have to apply for a new social security number and make sure when you retire there is no confusion about your total earnings and receiving your benefits.  Attorney fees to get your life back and name back could run into thousands of dollars.  Sounds like a dream, but you awaken to the nightmare of getting your identity back. It could happen to you!

Steps to prevent Identity Theft

1.  Release your Social Security number only when absolutely necessary.

2.  Do not have your Social Security number printed on your checks or driver’s license.

3.  When you order new checks have them delivered to your bank and not your home.

4.  Order your Social Security Earnings Statement once a year to check for fraud.

5.  Cross-Cut shred your credit card receipts, bills, and other financial information.

6.  Order your credit report once a year to check for inaccuracies and fraud.

7.  Do not leave envelopes containing bill payments in your mailbox.

8.  Do not carry credit cards, social security cards, birth certificates, passports in your wallet.

9.  Do not create PINs by utilizing your house address, date of birth, or consecutive numbers.

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