PORAC Law Enforcement News Articles

2017 California Memorial Ceremony

On May 7 and 8, the law enforcement community gathered in Sacramento for the 41st annual California Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony. Always a somber occasion, this year’s event took on added significance and poignancy with the addition of 15 names to the monument. Read More »

Legislative Day 2017

PORAC’s annual Legislative Day was held at the State Capitol immediately after the Memorial Ceremony. The ceremony provides important context about the realities of enforcing the law in our state, generating meaningful dialogue about legislative issues affecting public safety. Read More »

Capitol Beat – The Bail Reform Battle

Bail reform is expected to be in the center ring of the criminal justice reform battles this legislative session. In April, the Assembly Public Safety Committee hearing overflowed into the halls of the Capitol. The crowd was what you would imagine: social justice organizations, law enforcement and an impressive number of bail bond agents, led by celebrity bounty hunters Duane “Dog” and Beth Chapman. Read More »

Federal Legislation – Policymakers Maintain Robust Law Enforcement Funding

On May 5, President Trump signed into law a $1.1 trillion spending measure that funds the federal government through September 30, the end of fiscal year (FY) 2017. The House and Senate voted to pass the measure just days before federal funding was set to expire. Generally speaking, the FY 2017 spending bill, commonly called the omnibus, maintains funding for the federal government — including a number of fundamental federal law enforcement programs. Read More »

Washington Fly-In Spring 2017

With a new administration in place, the PORAC advocacy team kicked off spring in our nation’s capital, meeting with California’s congressional representatives as well as committees and agencies responsible for public safety policy. Read More »

Capitol Beat – Law Enforcement Plays Defense Against Bad Bills

PORAC is tracking a total of 262 bills so far this legislative session. If passed, many of these bills will have a positive impact on law enforcement. However, we still have some tough opponents. Although PORAC is proactively sponsoring and supporting legislation, we also have a high success rate in opposing harmful bills. Read More »

Federal Legislation – Championing Public Safety Amid Changes in Washington

In late March, more than a dozen PORAC and PORAN members traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with lawmakers to discuss legislative priorities in the 115th Congress. In total, the group met with more than 30 lawmakers and their staffs, including U.S. Senators Feinstein (D-Calif.), Harris (D-Calif.), Heller (R-Nev.) and Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), as well as House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). PORAC also met with staff from the House Education and Workforce Committee and the Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students. Read More »

Capitol Beat – PORAC Priorities in 2017

Aaron Read and Randy Perry Legislative Advocates Aaron Read & Associates, LLC PORAC-Sponsored Bill: AB 1428, Transparency for Law Enforcement The California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), in addition to other social justice organizations, have been shopping around various legislative proposals to lawmakers and their staff that would open up […] Read More »

Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association Ratifies New MOU

Anthony Gomez Second Vice President Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association On February 9, with the assistance of Messing Adam & Jasmine LLP, the Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association ratified a substantial new contract with the County of Fresno. This deal came about after many years of modest contract increases and even a painful decrease, which included furloughs […] Read More »