President’s Message

I write this month’s message in the wake of yet another tragic loss of an officer close to home.

On June 19, Sacramento Police Department Officer Tara O’Sullivan was killed in the line of duty while responding to a domestic violence call in north Sacramento. The 26-year-old officer had just graduated from the police academy and was still in field training when she was fatally shot trying to help a woman retrieve her belongings from her home. Described by her colleagues as a person with honor, integrity and commitment, O’Sullivan no doubt had a bright future ahead of her, but this senseless act of violence cut her promising career short. Her death marks the second young officer fatality in the Sacramento region this year, after Davis Officer Natalie Corona was shot responding to a car crash in January. PORAC expresses its deepest sympathies and condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer O’Sullivan. We will never forget. Read More »

Vice President’s Message

With my first six months as your vice president in the books, I can say it has been both enjoyable and very challenging at the same time. It’s been a pleasure for me to meet with members around the state. I get to learn about each association, their respective challenges and their insights on issues directly related to PORAC. Obviously, the biggest challenge was stepping into the legislative battle regarding use of force with SB 230 and AB 392. Although I have always had an appreciation for how effective PORAC’s advocacy is, it was very enlightening to be part of it firsthand. As I have said in previous articles, there are some large associations in the state that do a fine job representing their members and their respective areas. But there is no other law enforcement organization that is as effective as PORAC when it comes to advocacy efforts. It’s the collective voice of our members that makes us so effective. Having associations small and large across the state, impacting every legislative district, gives us a tremendous voice when it comes to issues affecting law enforcement. I am truly humbled that I get to be a part of this and that you, the members, have shown faith in me and allowed me to represent you. For President Marvel and me, it’s not something we take for granted. Read More »

Treasurer’s Message

By the time this article is printed, I will have reached the six-month mark as PORAC treasurer. This is the sixth article I have written, and over the last six months, my articles have covered a variety of topics. I received an email from a member earlier this month asking why my treasurer articles were not about being a treasurer. Until that email, I wasn’t even sure anyone read my articles. A week later, I ran into a member who said he recognized my face from my articles and stated he enjoyed my articles. My wife, who was with me at the time, was surprised and asked me if “people actually read those?” Until this month I wasn’t sure. As for the focus of my future articles, I will continue to cover any topic that I feel best serves the interests of PORAC and its members. Read More »

Treasurer’s Message

Those of us in leadership roles in law enforcement unions often face the difficult task of interacting in the political process with our corresponding bodies of government. Whether we like it or not, as public employees, we must deal with the government and the politicians who control it. Unfortunately, we do not get to control who is elected to manage the government that employs us, but we can have input in the process. The level and type of input law enforcement unions have with local and state governments are as diverse as the strategies and opinions we have about the political process. Read More »

President’s Message

Last month’s state and national law enforcement memorial ceremonies were a sobering reminder that our profession continues to be one of the most dangerous out there. In California, the names of eight officers who died in the line of duty last year and two who died in previous years were added to the California Peace Officers’ Memorial at the State Capitol. In Washington, D.C., 371 officers who died in the line of duty — including 158 who died in 2018 — were added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. PORAC joined law enforcement nationwide in not only honoring the service and sacrifice of these brave men and women but also paying respects to the families, friends and colleagues they left behind. We will never forget! Read More »

Vice President’s Message

As association leaders, we often focus our efforts on contract negotiations and issues related to them, such as pay and benefits, and that’s for good reason. Our members elect us to represent them and to negotiate on their behalf for the best possible pay and benefits. The demands put upon us can often feel unobtainable, and the pressure we impose on ourselves to provide successful contracts can take its toll. The pressures we feel are put into perspective every year when we honor our fallen officers during the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony. Read More »

President’s Message

As you’ll read later in this issue, our 2019 Symposium in Monterey was a resounding success. We had the largest attendance in our history. I’d like to thank all the presenters who came out to speak to our members. I give special thanks to Ann Carrizales, who had a spectacular presentation on resiliency. The Meadows Place (Texas) Police officer spoke movingly about what she went through after a 2013 vehicle stop led to a gunfight that injured her and she still arrested the shooters. An amazing story! Also, I want to thank Joe Gamaldi, president of the Houston Police Officers’ Union, who spoke about pay parity issues, something that California could eventually face. Read More »

Vice President’s Message

My primary role as PORAC vice president is to recruit and retain members. Often, I am asked, “What are the benefits of PORAC?” I think the No. 1 thing I point out is, “PORAC is cops looking out for cops,” or as Past President, Ron Cottingham always said, “PORAC has your six.”  With our membership at over 75,000 now, we bring a strong voice to issues here in the state as well as nationally. It’s because of our diverse membership that we are able to give a voice to the issues of the smallest associations with fewer than 10 officers to the large associations with more than 1,000. Read More »

Treasurer’s Message

Every May, those of us in the law enforcement community and those who support us join together to remember and honor our fallen officers.  At ceremonies in our local communities, at the State Capitol in Sacramento and at the National Peace Officers Memorial Day in Washington, D.C., we take a moment of silence and then add the names of our fallen brothers and sisters to memorials, vowing to always remember their sacrifices. Read More »

President’s Message

Since the announcements of SB 230 and AB 392 in February, the debate between public safety groups and ACLU-led organizations has been renewed in the public eye, drawing varying opinions from politicians to the public alike. The media, in particular, has been a powerful voice in this debate for the way it, in its so-called “objective” reporting, has framed both pieces of legislation. We have been monitoring the news cycle’s coverage of our bill and the opposition’s bill, and based on what we’ve seen so far, the long-held bias against police officers is alive and well in the media. Read More »