FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Indiana Conservation Officer Captain Zach Mathews has been selected by the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) as the 2016 Police Executive Leadership Academy (PELA) Leader’s Leader Award.Mathews completed the PELA Academy in 2016 and received accolades from PELA facilitator, Dr. Neil Moore, for his classroom contributions and leadership perspectives. “Captain Mathews is one of the superior police leaders in Indiana at this time and a great role model for any police agency”, said Dr. Moore. “Capt. Mathews is exploring leadership principles from such diverse places as the Disney Corporation, Chick-fil-A and several other private sector organizations with an eye toward applying those principles in a policing environment.”Captain Mathews is a native of Columbus Indiana. He was hired as an Indiana Conservation Officer in 1998 and was assigned to Bartholomew County. Mathews was promoted to Detective Sergeant in 2003. He was promoted to Captain of Investigations in 2005 and was placed in command of Training Section in 2011.Mathews will be presented with the award at the PELA graduation and Awards Ceremony on January 25, 2017 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Indianapolis.“It is an honor for Indiana Conservation Officers and “THE” DNR Law Enforcement Division to receive recognition for the police leadership role our officers and staff have achieved”, said Danny L. East, DNR Law Enforcement Division Director. “Captain Mathews is an outstanding example to his colleagues and to police agencies across the state.”
United States president Donald Trump has accused the NFL of “total disrespect” after it decided it will not punish players for not standing during the national anthem.Players this season have followed the practice started by quarterback Colin Kaepernick of kneeling in protest against racial injustice.Trump tweeted: “The NFL has decided it will not force players to stand.”Total disrespect for our great country.”Kaepernick was not invited to Tuesday’s NFL talks about the protests despite other players indicating they wanted him there, his lawyers said.The governing body met team owners and player representatives in New York and described the talks as “productive”, although no concrete steps to address the issue were announced. Quarterback Kaepernick first sat down during the US national anthem in August 2016, before opting to kneel instead, in protest against racial injustice.Other players followed suit, and the movement spread after criticism from Trump last month.Kaepernick, 29, has been without a team since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March.He has filed a grievance against team owners he believes are conspiring not to hire him because of his protests.