Welcome to another exciting episode of Raven's Radar! In this episode, we shine the spotlight on the Texas Defense Force Security, an extraordinary organization dedicated to protecting the Lone Star State and its cherished values. As Patriots defending Patriots, they embody the true spirit of courage, community, and vigilance. Join us as we delve into their mission, challenges, and the vital role they play in safeguarding our homes, schools, and communities.
In this riveting interview, we have the privilege of speaking with Robert Beverly and Michael Richey, the driving forces behind the Texas Defense Force. These remarkable individuals share their insights, experiences, and vision for ensuring the safety and security of Texans.
The Genesis of Texas Defense Force
Robert Beverly, the founder of Texas Defense Force, enlightens us on the inspiration that led him to establish this organization. His personal journey, marked by a desire to protect his loved ones and a commitment to upholding the law, planted the seed for creating a legal entity that could serve and safeguard the community.
The Unique Role of Texas Defense Force
Texas Defense Force is not your ordinary security force. It is a volunteer program, driven by a deep sense of duty and compassion. Unlike traditional law enforcement, their approach is proactive, aimed at preventing incidents rather than merely responding to them. They possess the ability to step in and prevent misbehavior, making a tangible difference in the lives of their neighbors.
Addressing School Shootings: A Texas Defense Force Initiative
One of the pressing issues in our society is the alarming increase in school shootings. Robert Beverly shares a groundbreaking solution proposed by Texas Defense Force to combat this menace. Their volunteer program aims to place 10,000 officers in schools across the state, providing an additional layer of security that bridges the gap left by limited resources. This proposal has gained significant attention and sparked conversations about the need to prioritize the safety of our children.
Serving the Community Beyond Schools
While their focus is on schools, Texas Defense Force extends their impact beyond the educational realm. They have tirelessly devoted their resources and expertise to aid in disaster relief efforts. Whether it's powering homes during a devastating storm or offering support during other community emergencies, these dedicated individuals demonstrate their commitment to protecting and assisting their fellow Texans.
Episode 39 Transcript with Texas Defense Force Security
- Raven Harrison: Welcome, Patriots, to this episode of Raven's Radar today. We are using the force. What does she mean by that? It's gonna be epic. I promise. If it's in your sights, it's on my radar. We'll be airborne shortly.
- Welcome back, Patriots. It's that time. It's that time to get on the front lines. And today we are with the amazing Texas Defense Force and the founders of this amazing organization. What is so amazing about it? Well, pretty much everything. It is Texans protecting Texas. They're protecting our land, our school rules, our property, our freedoms, and everything we want as America, and they protect yours truly. This is the security, the official security of the conservative Warrior, and they're here with me today. Welcome, gentlemen. Welcome.
- Robert Beverly: Thank you.
- Raven: Thanks for being here. This is something that everybody's talking about but in a different facet. Security. Our security. What that means is conversation du jour everywhere right now in America. So tell us a little bit about Texas Defense Force when you started and what our mission is.
- Robert: The entire reason I founded this was back in 2016. I didn't feel like I had the legal background to be able to protect myself and my family. The lack of that knowledge, plus proper training, was elusive, and it was a stepping stone. And I found this to be a good way legally by the state of Texas to create an entity where we could go out and help to protect our neighbors.
- Raven: So was there something that led into that? What was the catalyst that led you to believe, I don't have enough protection, I don't have the right to execute my rights properly? If something comes down, a situation where our security is threatened, our freedom, our safety is threatened?
- Robert: Well, honestly, I've never had any run-ins with local law enforcement, but I was protesting on a bridge, and they didn't like it, and they did everything they could to get me off, and I didn't understand my legal rights, and I thought, there's got to be a better way, and I need to answer that. And so I started to develop and talk to people who could give me an insight, and I found the security industry to be that answer, because by law, I have to be a good person. I can't have class B misdemeanor on my license in order to be licensed by the state of Texas as a security guard. And we use that licensing called 1702, the occupation code, to answer that. In turn, we're able to go out and do things in the neighborhood. We protect folks, and we're volunteers. That is the key to our whole organization. We're volunteers. We do not do this for a living.
- Raven: And now we're talking about we. So you started this in 2016, and it's grown.
- Robert: Correct.
- Raven: So now we have an actual force. Not that you're not a force in yourself, but we have a force now of a lot of members and engagement. What's the growth and engagement been like?
- Robert: We've had a couple of hiccups where we've had people that come in that don't really belong. If you want to be a cop, go be a cop. We're not cops.
- Raven: What's the distinguishing difference if people are going between what you do and what police officers and cops do?
- Robert: We don't have arrest authority under the law and we respect police. We don't go into that realm of authority, but we are able to do things. I've always said that we are proactive in our approach rather than reactive. Police can only respond when something has happened or on the verge of happening and they witnessed it. We can actually go out and stop people from misbehaving.
- Raven: That's it. That was the tactical nuke that we always get is this is solving problems before they occur. Could have really used that in 2016 before we got El Sniffy. But the point is that we've got now situation. So let's put that in real context. What does that actually mean, school shootings? Let's take it from that perspective, that's a hot topic right now because we've got a lot of lawlessness. So where do you come in as it relates to the epidemic of school shootings?
- Robert: We've had sure, let me back up a little bit and say there's a lot of misbehavior going on in the past few years. We've all seen it nationwide where there's select groups of people who feel like they can go out and cause havoc and damage and hurt our fellow citizens and we don't have to tolerate that. And I will give you one example right now. We have some folks down in South Texas that are fixing to host a couple of people that believe that school shouldn't have books that are adverse to the learning of a child. And they have asked us to come down and protect them from getting out of hand and keeping the peace. And keeping the peace. Then fast forward it. The school shootings have become alarmingly a problem and I've developed an answer to that that I feel is awesome. It should go nationwide, not just in Texas. And I believe that we are getting a phenomenal amount of response on that now.
- Raven: So let's drill that real quick. The question is, how do we stop school shootings, Robert?
- Robert: And the answer is we bring in the mothers and fathers or the LEOs that are in a position they want to protect the children. Not that they're getting a paycheck, but they protect the children. So we have a volunteer program that we submitted to the state to put 10,000 officers in the school statewide. The legislature didn't look at it. We didn't get the attention we felt like it should have deserved. But now the schools are coming after us now for those answers because the state did not allocate the kind of funds that these schools actually needed to do it to hire someone. And it's quite the situation, right?
- Raven: So I will play the victim. But Robert, there's a sign that says it's a gun-free zone. That's good, right? There are a lot of folks that shouldn't have them.
- Robert: It's the motivation of the person. But if I was a father, just as you saw in Uvalde, to refuse a person's right to go and help protect their children is not a good thing. And we have got to facilitate more people to get involved in the community to help fight against that kind of behavior.
- Raven: Correct. And then for those who think we were out of know, Uvalde is here in Texas, that was in our backyard. Okay, so the important premise of this is we get a lot of flak. I know you get it. I get it. Of people know we don't need guns in our schools. We just need a sign that says, don't bring guns here in some rock salt. Okay? But no, in reality, the way that you stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. And if we protect our banks, our sporting events, and even our demented residents of 1600 with guns, then we should be protecting our most valuable and our most vulnerable with them, too. I said it. I went there. How am I doing? Exactly? Okay, so she's batting in there. So also this program that you've developed also relies on, is there a technology behind that about how do we actually stop them? Robert, is there a way to equip teachers and to notify them of certain situations before it comes to the point where we're all kind of watching it on the news, hoping it turns out better?
- Robert: Well, our first focus was on bringing in talent to satisfy the security needs of the day. And after we did that, we had the opportunity. I do architectural art for a living. I create things. And it led to some programs that I was able to join forces with my lieutenant commander here, Officer Richey. He is brilliant in programming. And I had was trying to get an app built in Czechoslovakia until the started in Ukraine and couldn't find the talent. I met Mr. Richey. He came in and auditioned as an officer and found out that this is the best thing that could have ever happened. Because what he's done is we can conceptually derive a lot of material that is needed from a deterrent standpoint.
- Raven: Oh, that sounds interesting. We have got to get into that. We are going to get back into what he means by that right after the break, and I will be asking him the question everybody wants to know which is, "Was that your crack in the White House?" Unreal. That's a big no. But I think he has an educated guess on who it is, and we're going to talk about it right after this.
- Welcome back, Patriots. Hopefully, we are filling that gap. We're stepping into the gap because we're using the force today. The Texas Defense Force, an amazing organization that is committed and dedicated to keeping Texas safe. Texans protecting Texas. We're here with Robert Beverly and Michael Richey, and Michael, you joined Texas Defense Force. Tell me about your role and what you do now with the force.
- Michael Richey: Uh, I manage the website and I try to come up with conceptually new avenues for us to push our services out to the schools and other individuals. I'm a volunteer just like everyone else and just trying to do my part. We recently did a commercial, so one of these things that you kind of jump into because you have to.
- Raven: Well, a commercial that sounds like a winner. I think we have the commercial.
- SOP Commercial: Community, Patriotism, and Texas Grit
- So that is our force. Jack of all trades, master of all trades. And so, yes, Robert, great commercial, great clip. What are your thoughts?
- Robert: Well, number one, Mr. Richey undervalues himself. That was a very humble reply. And the work that he has done to transform and update our entire program. I can come up with the concepts, but he has become an invaluable tool to this organization and we have a lot of things planned and we plan to be a lot more proactive in other areas in the coming year that are going to transform the way we are viewed on a nationwide level. So, yes, he is being humble.
- Raven: He is a cyber genius. Nerds unite. This is our guy. I mean, he really is. You know the commercial, they say there's an app for that. We got one of those. He literally can put technology. I can say to him, I want a device that does this, and he can build it. He is a cyber genius. And so the important thing is keeping us safe. Is there any way that we could hack into Joe Biden's teleprompter?
- Michael: You probably pay Hunter off, and he'd probably just give you the passwords, throw a piece of Parmesan cheese on the ground.
- Raven: Yeah, we're going to sprinkle the we'll be too busy with that because we don't know whose line it is. We know whose line it is. Okay, give me a break. But anyways, yeah, I'm having a little fun with him. But the important thing is being able to have the technology that gives us the resources to be ahead of these problems is the essence of it. So going forward, what is Texas Defense Force working on right now?
- Robert: Well, right now we are being inundated by the schools. We sent out a program. Michael developed this online. You can go and look at our homepage at txdf.org, and you will see on the first page a calculator. And I'm going to let him explain what it does and how it works. But it is phenomenal. And each school can go in and look at their own stats as far as what they need to satisfy the current HB Three protocol from the state. I'll let him fill in those blanks.
- Michael: I think I should probably start with the source of my data.
- Raven: Okay. Which is it definitely not an apple?
- Michael: This definitely not no, it's an animal. Definitely an animal.
- Raven: Okay. I couldn't resist. Patriots. Okay, go for it.
- Michael: I had to cover up the logo, right? So the data that I received is from the two bills that were passed, HB Three, which mandates an armed security officer in school during regular school hours. Now, HB Three doesn't provide the funding for the schools. That comes from HB Eleven, which provides $10 per student per year to cover security, which is not a lot at all.
- Raven: $10 per year?
- Michael: Per student per year.
- Raven: Okay, I'm not exactly sure what does $10 a year warrant in security. Let me bring I got something like that out of a Cracker Jack box a long time ago.
- Michael: I probably shouldn't name off individual schools here, but there are a lot of schools in Texas that have one or two campuses less than 1000 students. So for a school, let's say you have a school that's 1000 students and two campuses, they're getting $10,000. That's all. Now, the median wage for private security is $33,377, something like that, 33,000. And the median wage for an SRO is $59,000. So they can't even afford a security guard for one third of the year when they need two for two campuses, one for each campus. So what I've done is I collected some data from the Tea, which gives me information about the 2022 numbers for all of our schools. We, of course, I don't have current numbers. School hasn't started yet. But using last year's numbers, I was able to bring up this calculator to create this calculator to allow a school district to find themselves in the list, make adjustments to their maybe they have a different estimate than last year's. And maybe they've opened a new campus so they can adjust the student count and the campus count and see exactly what the state gives them, how many SROs or how many private security that will buy them and what their budget underrun is. Because not a single school has been given enough to cover the state mandate.
- Raven: I mean, well, $10. I mean, I can't buy the poster board for those ridiculous gun-free zone signs for that amount of money. $10 per student per year. That's Bidenomics. Okay? So that's what people really need to understand, is that's part of the problem. We don't even have the resources. We're talking about keeping our children safe. Okay? We got to stop being sheep. That's not enough for them to do what they want to do. But this is how we're addressing the problem. So how are we addressing the problem? What do we do to move this forward so school districts can look you up? But then what's our next step to get Texas Defense Force in our schools and helping these communities keep our kids safe?
- Michael: Probably the biggest part of our organization is the answer. We are volunteers.
- Raven: Yeah.
- Robert: What we're trying to do is we're saying, folks, we know that you have to satisfy this requirement. Our original proposal to the state was a five-year contract costing $45 million. What was unique about that is we're taking the entire responsibility away from the schools. Now they dictate who comes in and serves, the police chief, the superintendents. We don't go into their response area of responsibility. All we're doing is making sure that these folks have their head in the game. They are there to provide that service. And if they aren't, then we suggest they be removed. My whole concept was to bring them in once a quarter for an evaluation and let them go back and say, we don't think that this guy is really up to the task. He's not willing to put the training in. He doesn't take it seriously. All right. Or he's had 1000 donuts between quarter one and two. We don't like that. But we cover the entire situation, even communication, and we don't have that yet, so excellent.
- Raven: And what I want to also show people that there's something that Robert is being very humble about, which is when these guys roll up. I mean, it is just you have to see it to believe it. So this is what it looks like when Texas Defense Force rolls up on site.
- Arlington Independence Day Parade TXDF Convoy 2023
- Raven: Whoo! Patriots, did I tell you? I'm sorry. That is as Texas as it gets. A gun turret guys on the back of a truck. I can't even tell you what that was like. I was honored to be in the parade with Texas Defense Force for 4th of July and celebrating our freedoms. And I'm just telling you, there's just nothing like a big truck in Texas, a big monster truck with a gun turret on the back. Yes, I went there. So I can promise you all these anti-gun people aren't having as much fun as we did on that day. But at the end of the day, the goal is not to use them. But coming back to this, this is a display of force that we come on. They're a deterrent to protect the children because we all know that people, especially ones who are shooting up these places, are looking for soft targets. They don't go into police stations. They don't go into banks. They go into schools. They go into sporting events and things they believe are soft targets.
- Robert: Correct. And with the numbers that we can put into the schools as volunteers, it's triple, quadruple the amount that any school might be able to afford. And it makes it a unique situation. There's also something else that happens is these officers. Because we're a statewide agency, those officers can go anywhere with that school bus that goes to a track meet two or three hours away. Your typical law enforcement officer has no authority outside of his sworn jurisdiction. So it makes it, there are a lot of, we could go into a lot of bells and whistles for the volunteer who goes into a school that goes way beyond what the responsibility is to the school. But we could do that. But we'd be here an hour and a half just enjoying the benefits. But at the end of the day, we want these folks. Our intent as an organization is we hope they stick around and serve the community they live in. And that is the entire concept behind Texas Defense Force.
- Raven: And what I also want to not be remiss is that we're talking about schools. But it's not just schools. We had a tornado that came up recently that devastated a local area, and you guys were on site. That command center has generators getting people who had lost power and hospitals. Correct.
- Robert: Yes! Two years ago, I believe it was during that real bad storm snow where it got so cold. We actually took our 45 kilowatt generator and went over and powered homes in the metroplex area for folks who could not be transported to the hospital. They were too frail and the resources weren't there. And we went over and powered their homes. We also did an apartment complex. So it was a situation where we go out and serve on different levels. And that's what it basically is about.
- Raven: Patriots, I want you to hear that it's not just our children. It's not just our elderly. It's being a part of the community, serving the community that we all live in and draw strength from. That's how Texans do it. We look after each other. That's it. It's been that way forever in Texas. When disaster strikes, we come running. It's just you guys do it in all black trucks and with generators and the resources needed to do the job we need them to do. And that's amazing. So you're going to be out in a few different areas coming up, right? Trying to get support as we go. The kids go back to school, correct?
- Robert: Yes. Yes. Worry. We have quite a few zoom calls already planned with area superintendents. The response has been overwhelming for our program. Why? Because schools can't afford what the state's given them. They just don't have the resources. They've got a mandate and no money for it.
- Raven: That's it. They've got some hard numbers for one school district. Let's get the one school district. Let's get some verbs in the sentences. Mike, let's go.
- Michael: All right, I'm not going to name the school district here, but I'm going to give you their 2022 enrollment. They had 2716 students on six campuses, so that means that they need six security guards for those campuses.
- Raven: Per the mandate.
- Michael: Per the mandate. That liability to the school district. If they do only level three private security officers, at the median, the median salary is $200,000. If they do SROs, it's $354,000. But the state has provided them with $172,000. And no, pardon me, I got that wrong. They're underfunded by $172,000 if they do level three security, and they're underfunded by $327,000 if they do SROs.
- Raven: Okay, I'm one of these people who needs it in hand puppets and big letters. So we know that we're woefully underfunded. But Texas Defense Force's solution for the gap we have in not being able to afford proper security officers, I mean, how do you digest that?
- Michael: Well, so that school district, that's underfunded by between $150,000 and $230,000, they can't afford a single officer. But under our program, they can afford 22 volunteers, which is more than enough to cover their six campuses.
- Raven: And 22 volunteers. We're talking about people who are trained, licensed, bonded, and capable of doing the job.
- Michael: And volunteers mean they want to do it and motivated. It's their children that they're protecting.
- Raven: There it is. Patriots. It's their children. Ours, too, but their children. So they have a vested interest. It's also more palatable because they are part of that community. They're actually serving their community. That's huge.
- Michael: One other point.
- Raven: Yes.
- Michael: There was a woman in Uvalde who was arrested attempting to get into the school during that shooting. She was trying to get to her children. And I think that if we were to put an armed parent in a security role in that school, they'd go through a brick wall to save their kids.
- Raven: You got that right. I feel like I do that on a daily basis anyway. But yes, absolutely. That's good information. That's awesome. And that's really important that people need to know. And you have statistics for that. But I could actually go to your website and put in my children's school district and find out where we stand in terms of readiness. And is that what I'm always talking about, Patriots? About being readiness and prepared and what the front line looks like. And that's why when we're sending billions of dollars over to Ukraine and our kids are getting $10 per student per year, it's a problem. Also for tornado disaster relief. And now we've got an influx, any influx of seven to nine million illegals coming into our country. Okay. Thanks to this administration. Is that amping up the need for security exponentially?
- Michael: It's not getting any safer.
- Robert: So you darn right.
- Raven: Not until we get some order back in the universe and some common sense back in the White House. So tell all of us this is what we need to hear. We need to have the tools to be able to engage. And what we need is we need parents to come out and support you.
- Robert: Correct.
- Raven: Where can people find you and get involved with what you're doing?
- Robert: They can go to our website, it's txdf.org, and they can go through our contact page and find us there.
- Michael: There's a link right on the homepage where it says, for parents. This is for parents who want to volunteer.
- Robert: That's right. And as an organization, the way we have dealt with this since the beginning was if you come in, we provide you with the umbrella, the security, licensing. We train you. You go through this, we'll tell you exactly how to dress and your uniform requirements, all of the legal. We spend a lot of time educating you. We have a ham radio class coming up in just, what, three weeks? We require all of our officers to have their first level technician license under the ham radio operator. Why? Because we actually have a superintendent that we are having a conference call with next week northwest of here. And he actually experienced a tornado that went through and damaged his property. And the school buses had no way to communicate, and so they went to a ham radio system. So we go way beyond just your typical security guard. We don't do security guard. It doesn't pay very well. We ask the guys to come in, be trained. In return, all we ask for is 40 hours a year volunteer. As far as the parents that go into the school, that's an entirely different program. But we're hoping that they stick around. In ten years from now, we've got 10-15 thousand people statewide that are out there serving their community in a security role capability.
- Raven: And that's the crux. Patriots, I get this question a lot. You ask me a lot on the website. What can we know? What can we do? We see all this going on. This is what we can do. Okay, Raven, give us a sign. Here it is. It's not apple. I'm just yo, here is this is it. Patriots, this is your homework. You got to get out to the website, go visit Texas Defense Force, support them, donate, be behind them. We have to get behind the people who are doing the work and give them the resources they need to do the job we are tasking them to do. You know how I say it. So this is it. This is the marching orders. This is the time. This is the time to get involved. Patriots, we need you now more than ever. And we'll be back right after this.
- Thank you, Patriots, for being here for this episode of Raven's Radar. I hope you guys enjoyed being with the force. I know my inner dork is coming out and I can do that, though. This is an amazing organization. Thank you so much to Texas Defense Force for taking the time to come in and explain to us. I really feel like for Patriots, for Americans, for Christians, for warriors, that's what we need right now. We need an abundance of solutions, not feigning the problems. We all know what's out there. What are we going to do about it? Verbs in the sentences. That's what I'm always talking about. Verbs in the sentences and coming to the front line, shouting at the television, oh, my gosh, this is terrible. That's probably refreshing, but it's not helpful. We've got to get to this front line. And how do we do that? We go to the people who are making it happen if we can't be on the front line, support those of us who are. So I'm asking you to go to Ravenharrison.com. There'll be information about Texas Defense Force where you can find them. If you want to find me on social media, you can do it at Raventx Warrior. Please consider going to Ravenharrison.com. Clicking on Ravenpac and donating, every little bit helps, but these are the kind of things we do. This is what Ravenpac does. It funds organizations like Texas Defense Force and conservative politicians who are following the letter of law and upholding the values and beliefs of their constituents. This is what it is. We're putting our money where our mouth is and both in some cases. I also encourage you to pick up a copy of Raven's Mantle. This is a barnburner. It is a firebred program of what the loop of communism and the Cold War looks like and where we are now. We are not in new territory with saving our country. We're just back in familiar territory and we've got to step up. Now. We were all made for a time such as this. So I'm asking Patriots, get a copy of the book. You can get it at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com. You can also go to our website for a link. You're not going to be disappointed. This is fire. You know, your favorite fire breather is going to put it in print right now. And I'm counting on Patriots. Give me your feedback and join me on the front line. And until then, keep fighting.
Texas Defense Force embodies the true spirit of patriotism and community. Their mission to defend and protect is not confined to the walls of schools; it extends to anyone in need. Their volunteers, driven by a shared purpose, stand as a shining example of selflessness and dedication.
It is incumbent upon us, as fellow Patriots, to support and appreciate the Texas Defense Force and their invaluable contribution to our great state. Let us rally behind them, whether through volunteering, community engagement, or providing the necessary resources to help them fulfill their mission.