President’s Message

President’s Message

Happy new year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and were able to spend quality time with your loved ones. Beyond the festivities, the holidays are an opportunity to reflect on what you’re most thankful for, including family, friends and colleagues. It’s also a time to reflect on the realities of our profession. For many law enforcement personnel, the holidays are like any other day of the year. We sacrifice spending time with our loved ones so that the members in our community can have peace of mind while celebrating with theirs. In fact, we spend a lot of time away from our families year-round, missing birthdays, sporting events and other milestones because of our sworn duty to protect others. I would like to recognize all the officers who worked during the holidays to keep us safe and extend thanks to those in our communities who are supportive of the many sacrifices made by law enforcement. Read More »

President’s Message

First and foremost, I want to give a big thank-you to all the delegates who joined us at the 67th Annual Conference of Members in Palm Springs. I also hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with their family and friends and you’re enjoying the run-up to Christmas and New Year’s. Conference is always an important time for PORAC as we conduct our organization’s business; hopefully, everyone who attended found it useful. It’s also a great opportunity to network with your colleagues from around the state, enjoy unique training opportunities, discuss the past year and look forward to the future. Read More »

President’s Message

November marks the anniversary of my election to my first term as PORAC’s president. I spent my first year in office examining and assessing the many processes by which PORAC functions — not only its day-to-day operations but also broader concepts like training, branding and communications strategy. I hope you saw the results of those efforts this year as we made positive transitions in several areas. Read More »

President’s Message

After well over a year of advocacy, legislative drafting, research and extensive collaboration with law enforcement supporters and with those across the aisle, SB 230 was finally signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on September 12. California can now proudly proclaim that it has the most robust use-of-force training programs in the nation. This landmark bill will require consistent policies and training from every agency in the state, so the training I receive in San Diego will be consistent with the training in Crescent City. As a profession that continuously strives to improve, this is a natural progression in that evolution. Read More »

President’s Message

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 »