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 »
Last month, the cover of this magazine said, “Resolve to get involved,” and that’s going to continue to be our motto for this entire year. I probably sound like a broken record, but I want to once again remind you how important it is to be actively engaged, not only in your association, but in what’s happening at the state and national levels. I can’t stress that enough, especially as this is a presidential election year. Read More »
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 »