Agitators with extremist social agendas continue to lie about the police relating to events in Ferguson and elsewhere. Just last week these agitators again blocked traffic in St. Petersburg, staging yet another “die-in” on Central Avenue. On January 12, these agitators cemented themselves to concrete barrels on a major interstate in Boston – blocking rush hour traffic and an ambulance. As usual, the press does not describe these unlawful, disruptive events as riots or chaos, but gives them the patina of legitimacy by calling them “protests”. The local press and mainstream also never mentions that George Soros, a man known for taking down national economies, has spent $33 million to finance these phony “protests” resulting in violence in Ferguson.
Meanwhile, the people of St. Petersburg and America are often completely unaware of the way their lives are protected every day by the police. They take for granted that “someone” is maintaining law and order and ignore police officers that stand up for the citizens by putting their lives on the line every day. While there are rare episodes of police abuse, there is in fact an unswerving dedication of over 99% of our police officers “to protect and serve”. To remind the citizens of the bravery of our police force and the critical function they plan in ensuring domestic tranquility and liberty, the Sunbeam Times will be highlighting crime stories and police action that goes unnoticed every day.
Last February, the St. Petersburg Rotary Club Awarded the Ned March/Bud Purdy award to Detective Paul “Jacques” LaMonde. Detective Lamonde is with the city’s CASE unite (Crime Analysis, Surveillance and Enforcement). While we sleep or go about our daily lives, Detective Lamonde is busys watching for crime and arresting perpetrators. He is taking criminals off the street and had the most arrests on the unit from 2010-2013 along with his partner Detective Jim Culberson. Detective LaMonde was shot stopping an armed robber in 2009. Yet he returned to the unit after rehabilitation and in 2010 chased down an armed robbery suspect, vaulting four fences in an industrial area to make sure he was arrested. More details on the Detective are below.
As the lies of “Hands up Don’t Shoot” continue to fuel the phony protests/agitation events against the police, citizens are encouraged to remember and support the Police who protect us. Let’s not be deluded by the straw-men arguments of which lives “don’t matter”, but rather thank the Police officers we see and tell the agitators to turn their attention to the real criminals who harm us every day.
Biography on Detective “Jacques” LaMonde from the St. Petersburg Police Department
Detective Paul “Jacques” LaMonde, 46, became a sworn police officer with the St. Petersburg Police Department on November 17, 1990. He is currently a detective with the Department’s undercover surveillance team (Crime Analysis, Surveillance and Enforcement (CASE) Unit).
Jacques and his wife of 14 years, Laurie, are raising a basketball team: five boys – including a set of 12 year told triplets.
In nearly 24 years with the Department, Jacques has served with distinction as a patrol officer, a Community Policing Officer, a brief stint with the Downtown Deployment Team, and as a Detective with the CASE unit since 2008. An avid athlete, he regularly plays golf, basketball and flag football and prides himself on staying in excellent physical condition.
Jacques daily work consists of conducting covert surveillances, undercover operations and arresting wanted felons. He is one of the best in terms of equating suspect and vehicle movements to real time, which is critical to the movements and positions of other detectives.
He has compiled a lengthy list of accomplishments during his career and has arrested murderers, serial armed robbers and a host of wanted felons involved in a variety of crimes.
On January 26, 2009, Jacques surveilled a suspicious trio of individuals in the Kenwood area and then observed them rob at gunpoint a convenience store. During the takedown after the robbery, one of the suspects shot Jacques several times, causing life threatening injuries. He received the Department’s Purple Heart and Medal of Valor for his actions. After months of rehabilitation, he returned to duty on October 20, 2009 and chose to return to his high-risk job in the CASE unit.
In August of 2010, Jacques and other detectives surveilled a serial armed robbery suspect responsible for many robberies in the Tampa Bay area. After the suspect robbed a store in Pinellas Park, Jacques chased the man through an industrial complex, vaulting four fences in the dark to keep the suspect in sight and ensure his capture.
Jacques and his partner (Detective Jim Culberson) made more arrests in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 than anyone else in the entire CASE unit.
Jacques’ supervisor, Sergeant Rick Shaw, relies heavily on him to make sound, split-second decisions regarding surveillance tactics, take-down procedures and strategically placing other detectives into the best position to further the objectives of the unit. He also teaches these skills to other law enforcement agencies such as the Tampa Police Department and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department.
Detective Jacques LaMonde’s selfless devotion to duty and love for his job, his good-natured style and work ethic, all join together to make him most deserving of this prestigious award.