Amazing how the world turns in less than a month. One incident in one city a thousand miles away has upended our entire profession, sparking dramatic calls for police reform at the federal, state and local levels. All the hard work responding to the COVID-19 crisis, the last couple of years working with the Legislature on Senate Bill 230/Assembly Bill 392, and the increased work on building greater relationships and trust within minority communities all pretty much evaporated overnight with the death of George Floyd. A vast majority of peace officers around the nation, including PORAC, were shocked and saddened by what we saw on that video. Read More »
PORAC was founded in 1953 when less than three dozen California peace officers formed a special association, collectively motivated to professionalize our occupation, with service at the core. One of the earliest successes was the development and implementation into law of the first “peace officers standards setting” agency, now POST, which was eventually followed by the rest of the nation. On that foundation, we built strength to increase our rights and benefits as peace officers. We began to have greater self-determination and autonomy from city and county administrators, along with police management. We have met some of the toughest times — recessions, natural disasters, legislation and now, a global pandemic — head-on. I am proud to be at the helm and strive every day to continue our legacy of exceptional service and professionalism. Read More »
Traditionally, May is the time of the year when the law enforcement family from across the country comes together to honor all the officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their communities. It is a month marked by hundreds of solemn yet heartfelt ceremonies, including national observances on Peace Officers Memorial Day and throughout Police Week. However, the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has turned our world upside down. Along with school and business closures, events of all kinds are being canceled, and sadly included among them are peace officer memorial ceremonies. Read More »
I want to start by thanking you for being a valued member of PORAC during these uncertain times. I know everyone is working hard to keep their communities safe while also keeping themselves and their families healthy. Although the PORAC office is closed, we are working very hard on the state and federal level to make sure the working conditions and safety of all first responders and public safety officers are not left out of the equation as elected officials react to the coronavirus pandemic. Here are the top priorities we are working on:
Requesting personal protective equipment (PPE), Priority testing for first responders, Making COVID-19 a workers’ compensation presumption, Major funding for equipment, personnel, compensation and other costs associated with COVID-19, When a vaccine becomes available, first responders are a priority Read More »
Spring is here, and for many, that means it’s time to organize, declutter and deep-clean your home. In addition to freshening up your living space, spring cleaning is a great opportunity to review important financial planning documents that may not always be at the forefront of your mind, such as your insurance and benefits.
As we progress through our careers with our respective agencies, we sometimes set our insurance and benefits on autopilot, only making sure we have coverage during annual enrollment. We routinely renew our policies year after year, without giving thought to whether we have the appropriate coverage at the most favorable cost. As you know, disaster can strike at any time from many different sources — this includes dying on duty or off. Now is a great time to review those policies, especially your life insurance. Read More »