Treasurer’s Message

Treasurer’s Message

Law enforcement officers are often exposed to events and situations that the human mind is not made to process. Most officers can name at least one call that changed them, a call that they still can see clearly in their mind, a call that will forever impact them. Unfortunately, some officers have several of these calls still playing inside their head. My call occurred around midnight in the early morning hours of a Sunday in the fall of 2001. While the details of that night are not critical to my message here, I can tell you that the images and feelings I had that morning are forever burned into my mind. Read More »

Treasurer’s Message

In 1998, I was hired as a Sacramento police officer. During my six months in the Academy, I attended the funerals of two law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty. On December 8, 1998, Sacramento Deputy Sandra Larson was killed in a traffic collision while transporting prisoners. Even though I was only two months into the Academy, I can still remember the gravity that her death brought to me. It opened my eyes to the reality that law enforcement officers are not invincible, and in my chosen occupation there was a real possibility that one day I might not return home from my shift. Read More »

Treasurer’s Message

By the time this article is printed, I will have reached the six-month mark as PORAC treasurer. This is the sixth article I have written, and over the last six months, my articles have covered a variety of topics. I received an email from a member earlier this month asking why my treasurer articles were not about being a treasurer. Until that email, I wasn’t even sure anyone read my articles. A week later, I ran into a member who said he recognized my face from my articles and stated he enjoyed my articles. My wife, who was with me at the time, was surprised and asked me if “people actually read those?” Until this month I wasn’t sure. As for the focus of my future articles, I will continue to cover any topic that I feel best serves the interests of PORAC and its members. Read More »

Treasurer’s Message

Those of us in leadership roles in law enforcement unions often face the difficult task of interacting in the political process with our corresponding bodies of government. Whether we like it or not, as public employees, we must deal with the government and the politicians who control it. Unfortunately, we do not get to control who is elected to manage the government that employs us, but we can have input in the process. The level and type of input law enforcement unions have with local and state governments are as diverse as the strategies and opinions we have about the political process. Read More »

Treasurer’s Message

Every May, those of us in the law enforcement community and those who support us join together to remember and honor our fallen officers.  At ceremonies in our local communities, at the State Capitol in Sacramento and at the National Peace Officers Memorial Day in Washington, D.C., we take a moment of silence and then add the names of our fallen brothers and sisters to memorials, vowing to always remember their sacrifices. Read More »

Treasurer’s Message

The shooting of Stephon Clark has now been reviewed by two independent agencies, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office and the California Department of Justice. Both agencies spent nearly a year combing through all the evidence, including video recordings, photographs, witness interviews, forensic evidence, coroner’s reports and countless other evidence. Read More »

Treasurer’s Message

Law enforcement officers are often criticized for their interactions with three groups of people that continue to fill our streets and communities: the homeless, the mentally ill and those who are drug and/or alcohol dependent. There certainly are grounds to argue that many of these people are where they are because of the choices they have made, but we, as law enforcement officers, cannot ignore the fact that these groups draw away resources that traditionally have been used elsewhere. Read More »

Treasurer’s Message

When I was elected president of the Sacramento Police Officers Association, I had a singular focus on negotiating our association’s next MOU. While I was aware that there were many other responsibilities of an association president, I had not given them much thought. During my first month as president, many of these other responsibilities reared their heads. Read More »

Treasurer’s Message

I want to start by thanking the PORAC membership for electing me as treasurer of PORAC. I am honored to be selected to serve you and the interests of law enforcement in California. I pledge to put my time, efforts and knowledge toward advancing the safety of all Californians, especially those who have stepped forward, put on a badge and serve their communities as law enforcement officers. Read More »

Treasurer’s Message

Prior to completing this Conference financial report, I spoke with Mark Sikorski of UBS Financial Services, and he told me that our investments were down 0.24%, and that is with 25% of our monies in fixed income/bonds. The S&P for the same period is not doing much better, which is a difference from last year when our investments were up 19%. Obviously, we would be doing much better if all of our monies were in stocks; however, there needs to be some security built into our investments. Since Mark and I began managing these accounts, our reserves have increased from $2.05 million to just shy of $6 million. Read More »