Sacramento police officer Brent Meyer is the Vice President of the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), which is the largest statewide law enforcement labor organization in the United States, representing over 70,000 law enforcement professionals in over 930 individual police associations.
Elected in 2013, Meyer is primarily responsible for PORAC’s recruiting and retention efforts. Prior to being elected to lead PORAC, Meyer served as President of the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Police Officers Association (SPOA) from 2007 to 2011. At 32 years old, he was the youngest police officer ever elected president of the SPOA Board of Directors.
Officer Meyer, who earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Management, has been with the Sacramento Police Department since 1992. He began his career as a student trainee and was a community service officer until 1998, when he was sworn-in as a Sacramento police officer.
During his time with the department, Officer Meyer has worked in patrol; in the police department’s federally grant-funded Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) program at the Regional Community Policing Institute in Sacramento; as a traffic enforcement officer on a motorcycle; and as a bicycle patrol officer in the central core of downtown. Within those assignments, he has trained other police officers and community service officers, and served in the capacity of an interim supervisor.
Officer Meyer holds Basic, Intermediate and Advanced California POST Certificates.
Additionally, Officer Meyer represented the Association on the Sacramento Police/Sheriff Memorial Foundation Board of Directors from 2002 to 2009, serving as its President from 2007 to 2009.
In 2009, Officer Meyer helped choreograph and oversaw the critical challenge of extending the Association’s MOU with the City of Sacramento. Touted as a “blueprint for exceptional labor relations,” this contract extension is credited with saving the jobs of 67 police officers, and distinctly set the tone for the subsequent collective-bargaining sessions with other city labor unions that year.
In 2010, Officer Meyer assumed the responsibility of representing the SPOA on the Board of Directors for PORAC and is recognized as a statewide expert and leader in the practice of running a police labor organization.
Officer Meyer is a lifelong resident of California, residing in the City of Sacramento.