“On this Veterans Day, my team and I at the AG's Office are reminded of the great debt owed to the men and women who defend our nation and the freedoms we enjoy. This year, we are particularly aware of our veterans' sacrifices, both at home and abroad, as each selflessly places their lives and safety on the altar of freedom to protect the liberties and rights promised by our Constitution to all Americans, of every color, creed, and culture.
“On a personal level, I am forever grateful to those who have fought and continue to fight for the land and people that welcomed my own father as he fled an oppressive regime in the Philippines in response to the call of Lady Liberty. ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free[...] Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!’
“My family has lived by the light of this lamp, as do millions of other citizens who call America home, no matter their color, religion, or culture. I have great hope in our future and gratitude for our diversity because I sincerely believe that America is centered in respect and understanding of the beauties of freedom where diverse backgrounds and cultures coexist in harmony and peace. In every war that Americans have fought, it is the promise of freedom and opportunity for all that has inspired our soldiers.
“On a final note, our veteran community is one of the most vulnerable to succumb to suicide as these heroes battle post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, job displacement, and reintegration hurdles, among other mental, emotional, and economic challenges. Some reports indicate that we have lost more veterans of Middle East conflicts to suicide than to combat. While we never leave them behind in battle, we unknowingly abandon them when they return home. Let's assure we provide the best healthcare, resources, and support for our veteran men and women who are too often fighting a different and internal war at home."
Utah AG Reyes endorsed by Utah police association for increased outreach and improved relations between local law enforcement and the communities they serve and protect.
As part of the endorsement letter, Dave Edwards, vice chairman of the Utah Fraternal Order of Police, acknowledged Attorney General Reyes for his work to diligently familiarize himself and the Attorney General’s office with Utah police training and the role Utah police serve as a unique group of public servants. “As you know, this is a difficult time for law enforcement given the challenges with public perception that continue to plague our profession in the wake of some of the tragedies that have developed nationwide,” Edwards noted in the letter.
Since Reyes took leadership, the Utah Attorney General’s office has become a leader in community outreach and de-escalation training for all agencies in the state, making all Utah AG office and agency personnel more sensitive and better equipped to deal with people of all languages, religions and cultures, along with those from the mental health, minority communities, homeless and the disability communities.
“I pray every night for the agents of my office to come home safely to their families. But too many men and women in uniform across the country never make it home,” said Reyes. “I am a proud supporter of these dedicated servants who put themselves in harm’s way each day to protect us. They deserve our respect and appreciation. I am honored and proud that the Utah Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed me in the Attorney General’s race.”
For more information on Attorney General Sean Reyes, please visit seanreyes.com.
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Transcript of UT FOP 30-Second Radio Ad that starting airing on Oct. 17:
This is Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes. Everyday special agents from my office and other brave men and women in uniform leave their homes not knowing what the day will bring.
I am a proud supporter of law enforcement who put themselves in harm’s way to protect us. I am also proud that the AG’s office has helped Utah become a leader in de-escalation training and dialogues to strengthen trust and safety between cops the communities they police.
These are just a few of the reasons the Utah Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed me as Attorney General.
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SALT LAKE CITY—October 11, 2016—Based on his support of and commitment to the Second Amendment, Attorney General Sean Reyes has earned an “A+” rating and endorsement for reelection from the NRA-PVF in the 2016 general election. An “A+” rating is reserved for a solidly pro-Second Amendment elected official who has consistently supported the NRA’s position on votes of importance to gun owners and sportsmen.
Reyes rejects the Clinton-Obama gun control agenda, which includes restrictions on transferring firearms between life-long friends and family members and a deceptive emphasis on closing gun shop and online loopholes which are already addressed by federally mandated background checks of gun dealers including at gun shows. Reyes also respects and supports hunting as a valuable tool for wildlife management and conservation.
Responding to this recent national endorsement, Reyes stated, “I appreciate the endorsement by the NRA, and look forward to continuing to work with them in support of our Second Amendment rights."
According to NRA-PVF Chairman Chris W. Cox in a recent endorsement letter, Attorney General Reyes’ extensive work on the legal front to protect the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has been much appreciated. “Our members will interpret you’re A+ rating and endorsement as indicating that you are a solid pro-gun/pro-hunting candidate. I look forward to a future partnership with you to advance the interests of Utah’s law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen,” he added.
For more information on Attorney General Sean Reyes, please visit seanreyes.com.
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As we transition into fall and the election cycle heats up, it is especially important as a nation and as Utahns that we never forget the thousands of brave civilians, law enforcement, and first responders who died in a terrorist attack on our nation just fifteen years ago on September 11, 2001.
This Sunday, on September 11, we honor the lives of those who died so tragically and far too soon. It’s also a day to show the world and those who disdain our way of life, our freedoms and the U.S. Constitution that we will never forget the horrific events that occurred on 9/11 and that we will never stop fighting for those freedoms.
Strategic national security and foreign policy with America's best interests in mind have never been as important as they are today. With that in mind, I ask that you please take a moment this weekend to say a prayer and/or conduct a moment of silence for those who lost their lives on 9/11 — and please never forget.
God bless you, your family and those who work each day to secure our inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
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AG Reyes Emphasizes Sanctity of Life As Guiding Principle in Statement About Shootings in Dallas, Louisiana and Minnesota
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes released the following statement regarding recent shootings in Dallas, Louisiana and Minnesota:
"Our office, which includes many front line law enforcement officers, is in mourning for all the lives lost this past week. From Dallas to Louisiana to Minnesota and the rest of our nation, all lives are sacred. And the sanctity of life should be a guiding principle in how our law enforcement and our communities interact: the sanctity of lives and safety of law enforcement equally with those citizens they are sworn to protect. We express our most sincere sympathies to those who have lost loved ones to violence now or in the past.
"Over the last two years, our Office has conducted round-table discussions and trainings on the topics of de-escalation and communication with both community and faith leaders in Utah along with members of law enforcement. We are committed to continuing that effort. If we can help prevent even one act of violence, we will have been successful."
In addition to public outreach, the Office of the Attorney General, with support from Governor Herbert, the Utah legislature and law enforcement leaders, conducts statewide de-escalation training to law enforcement personnel with an emphasis on the sanctity of life. Training is also being developed to further skills and sensitivity relating to citizens with cultural and language diversity as well as mental illness or disability. Such training is intended to help Utah officers avoid violence in their peace keeping efforts and is available to all members of the Utah law enforcement community.
“We are shocked and profoundly saddened by the tragedy of today’s shooting in Orlando. We express our deepest sympathies to those who have lost family and friends in this despicable act of terror and cowardice.
“Regardless of whether this massacre of innocent lives was motivated by radical terrorist ideology, hatred toward the LGBTQ community or any other reason, it was a monstrous act that we denounce in every respect.
“As a caution, we cannot allow this horror to fuel reactive and displaced blame toward peaceful and law-abiding Muslim members of our communities. Rather, we should rally together as Americans and as human beings to unitedly offer our prayers and support for families of victims. With one voice, we must loudly decry violence and hatred toward fellow human beings of any race, religion or sexual orientation.
“My office has offered, if it is needed, the full resources of the Utah Attorney General’s investigative division to help our law enforcement colleagues in Florida.”
"As we celebrate this Memorial Day weekend and enjoy the privileges of this singular nation, we extend our gratitude to those who have sacrificed their lives to protect our country and to keep it free. May we never forget those that have paid the ultimate price that we may all enjoy the liberty and prosperity with which we have been blessed. As we also remember family and loved ones, please be careful and travel safely.”
“Throughout the year, I pray for the safety of Utah law enforcement officers in Utah and nationwide. I am deeply grateful for the day-to-day service they render and for the sacrifices they and their families make. As we kick off National Police Week, I extend my sincere and heartfelt gratitude to all of the men and women of law enforcement across the state for their dedication and continued sacrifice on behalf of Utah citizens. Our team at the Utah Attorney General’s Office is proud to serve with them.
“Please join me in recognizing Peace Officer Memorial Day on May 15, 2016 in remembrance of the fallen who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. May God watch over and keep safe our men and women in uniform as they continue to protect our citizens and the freedoms we enjoy in our great state and nation.”
The Utah Republican Assembly (URA) held simultaneous Endorsing Conventions on Wednesday night, April 13, 2016, at the Crystal Inn in Murray and at the Washington County Commission Chambers in St. George where dozens of grassroots conservative activists and members gathered to listen to a number of statewide elected officials and candidates in addition to candidates for the Utah State Legislature. Utah Attorney General Reyes along with 21 other candidates were unanimously endorsed for the 2016 election cycle with praise extending from northern to southern Utah. This critical endorsement also carries with it the endorsement of the URA’s parent organization-- National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA).
AG Reyes had kind words for the URA, stating, “I had the privilege of addressing officers, delegates and members of the Assembly who braved the weather tonight at its Endorsing Convention…Thank you to the Utah Republican Assembly for its unanimous endorsement.”
URA National Director David Pyne added, “We intend to do everything we can to help our endorsed candidates win. I believe that they are all very principled and courageous conservatives and we are pleased to give these outstanding public servants and candidates our full support in the 2016 elections."
The state’s large Mormon community is particularly vulnerable to various financial schemes.
On Monday, Utah became the first state in the U.S. to have an online registry for white-collar crime offenders. The registry, which was approved by Utah legislature last year, will include a recent photo of criminals convicted of second-degree felonies involving fraud in the last 10 years in Utah, similar to other criminal registries. Although this information is already publicly available, Utah’s Attorney General Sean Reyes said that the user-friendly nature of the database is an important tool for consumer protection, especially in light of the state’s financial vulnerability to a certain types of fraud known as affinity fraud.
Why is Utah so particularly vulnerable to these sorts of schemes? The perpetrators of affinity fraud pray on groups with strong social ties, such as religious and ethnic communities. Usually, it involves a fraudster being, or pretending to be, a member of the group, and subsequently exploiting the trust of that community to run a Ponzi scheme. As Lisa Fairfax, a law professor at George Washington University, wrote, the scam is based on the premise that “You can trust me because I’m like you.” It works—well. The most famous affinity-fraud case in recent years is that of Bernie Madoff, who scammed his (mainly Jewish) clients of nearly $50 billion dollars.
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