Vice President’s Message

This September marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the U.S. Pentagon. It’s hard to believe it was 20 years ago — it was such a profound moment, and I still remember that day vividly. At the time, I was a San Luis Obispo County deputy assigned as a court bailiff. I was preparing to go to work when I received a call to turn on the news. Like so many, I was in shock as to what I saw. Read More »

President’s Message

It’s hard to believe 20 years have passed since the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. It was a day that I am sure everyone can remember exactly what they were doing when the news broke. The devastation, loss of life and how our lives dramatically changed on several levels after that attack will never be forgotten. As the solemn 9/11 anniversary fast approaches, lets come together, united, to honor the victims, including the occupants of the twin towers, the Pentagon, the passengers inside the hijacked airplanes, the heroes who stood up against the terrorists and all the incredible first responders who ran unflinchingly into the burning and collapsing buildings to save lives. As we commemorate this fateful day, let’s be resolute in defending and keeping America safe from future terror attacks. Never forget! Read More »

Vice President’s Message

Heading into August, we are winding down this year’s legislative session. This year has been one of the busiest to date for PORAC; we tracked over 40 bills that we had an “active oppose” position on. Luckily, the majority of those bills are no longer moving forward, or we were able to negotiate amendments that addressed our concerns and have removed our opposition. We continue to negotiate for amendments on Senate Bill 2, which creates a law enforcement licensing program through CA POST. As we have said on multiple occasions, we at PORAC do not oppose a licensing program as long as the process for providing and revoking the license is fair. Read More »

President’s Message

Last month, California’s Attorney General (AG) Rob Bonta announced the release of initial guidelines and protocols for the implementation of Assembly Bill 1506. I wanted to take this month’s message to provide you with some background on this legislation and explain how it will be implemented, as I think it is important for our members and the law enforcement community to understand. I would also like to point out that while PORAC did not support this bill or agree to the protocols now being implemented by the attorney general’s office, California law enforcement has an obligation to comply with the new law. Read More »

Treasurer’s Message

Over half the year has passed, and 2021 has proven to be just as crazy as 2020. COVID is in the news every day, the stock market is up and down with the sunrise and sunset and PORAC is fighting for all law enforcement officers in California on a daily basis. This month, the Budget Committee will be submitting a recommended budget to the full PORAC Board for 2022. The budget captures the following: revenue expectations from membership, Conference/seminars, PORAC Law Enforcement News and investment income. Read More »

President’s Message

For this month’s message, I want to provide you with an update on the work PORAC is doing on the legislative front, reinforce the value of PORAC’s trusts that all members should be taking advantage of and share with you some of the work we are doing to proactively promote the PORAC brand in California and also nationally. Read More »

Vice President’s Message

This year has been one of the busiest in PORAC’s history when it comes to bills in the California Legislature. We began the year with over 40 bills with an “active oppose” designation, meaning we actively engage on the bill to seek amendments or have the bill terminate before becoming law. With the legislative session at the halfway mark, we have successfully cut more than half of those bills from our active oppose list. Read More »

Treasurer’s Message

Happy Independence Day. July 4, 1776, commemorated the Declaration of Independence of the United States. The Continental Congress declared that the 13 American colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of Britain, and were now united, free and independent states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Read More »

President’s Message

No sooner did we kick off Police Week on May 13 than two California officers, San Luis Obispo Police Detective Lucas “Luca” Benedetti and Stockton Police Officer Jimmy Inn, were killed in the line of duty. These two officers dedicated their lives to serving and protecting their community and our nation. They were also true professionals, dedicated to their agencies, and hardworking who made their community safer for everyone. They served and sacrificed for a purpose far greater than themselves. I can think of no truer definition of a hero. May God bless Luca and Jimmy. We shall never forget the memory of our heroes. Read More »

Vice President’s Message

Summer is upon us, and it appears that the restrictions related to the pandemic are continuing to ease. Whether that’s due to science or politics, I will leave for another conversation. The easing of these restrictions means in-person meetings and the ability to travel for most of us. For me, the in-person meetings are a welcome change — to say I have a little Zoom fatigue would be an understatement. Getting to see everyone in person at chapter meetings and other events is a welcome change from the last year in our “virtual” isolation. Read More »