President’s Message

President’s Message

Last month was the annual California Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony in Sacramento as well as National Police Week in Washington, D.C. Both ceremonies were solemn events that honored our fallen heroes from 2016, one Oakland officer from 2015 and four officers from years past who had formerly been unrecognized. One of the deputies memorialized was Tulare County Deputy Scott Ballantyne, EOW: February 10, 2016. Read More »

President’s Message

Your PORAC Executive Committee met last month in San Diego at the Bahia Resort Hotel in conjunction with our PORAC Training and Labor Symposium. During the meeting, the members present discussed many aspects of PORAC, including our lobbying trip to Washington, D.C., two weeks prior. Read More »

President’s Message

I understand that many of us are hearing about AB 953 and the RIPA Board on a continual basis. The regulations that are being proposed to the Department of Justice are mind-boggling. With that said, in the coming weeks or month we should have the initial regulations before all of us from Attorney General Becerra. PORAC has had several frank conversations with him about the proposed regulations. Read More »

President’s Message

In early February, your PORAC Board of Directors met in Sacramento to address the many issues before them, including several bills related to peace officer transparency (in response to SB 1286, which PORAC and other law enforcement groups killed last year); school safety; penalties for driving under the influence of marijuana or alcohol; as well as a possible fix to AB 953, the Racial Identity Profiling Act (RIPA). Read More »

President’s Message

Late last year, PORAC was notified of a controversial painting displayed in the corridors of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The painting was hung in the Capitol by Congressman William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.). A few days later, Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) removed the painting and returned it to Congressman Clay’s office. Read More »