In a few short months, state, county and municipal pension systems will be releasing their comprehensive annual financial reports (CAFRs). These are extremely important documents that pension systems must compile to comply with the accounting requirements set forth by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). CAFRs are important because they give you a snapshot in time of how your pension system is doing, providing the financial and statistical data to let you know whether your system is meeting its stated goals and offering a valuable insight into how city, state or county officials manage public finances. Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »