Vice President’s Message

Vice President’s Message

Safety was top of mind as we honored our Fallen at the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony in May. This was especially so for me because I had been invited to represent PORAC at the meeting of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Officer Safety and Wellness Group in April in Washington, D.C. There, law enforcement officers, executives and support services representatives — such as the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services — gathered to discuss officer safety and wellness. Read More »

Vice President’s Message

Like many of you, we at PORAC have been closely following the repercussions of the March 18 shooting of Stephon Clark by Sacramento police officers. The event and its fallout are especially immediate for those of us here in the capital city, but the effects are reverberating throughout law enforcement. Read More »

Vice President’s Message

The latter part of February and the beginning of March were busy months for Brian and me, as we represented and spoke out on behalf of our membership in our nation’s capital and in Los Angeles County. Read More »

Vice President’s Message

As Brian details in his President’s Message this month, we’re excited to be bringing you some updates to this magazine that we hope will keep you even more interested and informed regarding the work of PORAC and the latest law enforcement topics. As I continue to focus on recruiting new members to join our organization, it’s an invaluable asset to have professional communications platforms that clearly and effectively express what PORAC is all about. Read More »

Vice President’s Message

With so much going on in our profession today, it can be difficult to keep up with it all. So often, if it’s not condensed into 140 characters or less, it isn’t important enough to grab my attention and I just miss it. Where I used to get the newspaper and a cup of coffee is now where I pick up my to-go order and quick-charge my device. We are all on the move. Read More »

Vice President’s Message

Happy new year! Hopefully 2018 welcomed you with great health and in the afterglow of bright and festive holidays with your families! While the close of our Annual Conference seems to mark the end of the year for us here at PORAC, December in the State Capitol is just as eventful as any other month — save for the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, which, for me, come as a welcome break from the craziness of the traveling season. Read More »

Vice President’s Message

As I write this month’s message, it appears that Governor Jerry Brown’s commitment to public safety isn’t what it used to be. He recently filed a petition that moves well beyond his 2013 pension reform package. This latest move seemingly challenges the “California Rule” while attempting to make the case for the state government abdicating the promises made to its public employees. Read More »

Vice President’s Message

There’s no way to sugarcoat the modern reality faced by law enforcement professionals: We are under attack. It’s not just hardcore criminals and sociopaths who are relentless in their assault on and disregard for public safety officers. It’s also the media, some elected officials and, sadly, a growing chorus of the uninformed public. PORAC saw this coming, and we’re doing something about it. Read More »

Vice President’s Message

Ask your average citizen about law enforcement training, and you’ll likely elicit a response chock-full of images of cadets with fresh haircuts, firearms ranges and traversing the trials of the police academy. But ask those of us who’ve been there and made it through … we know better. Read More »

Vice President’s Message

Take a moment to look at our website, porac.org. At the top of the page above our organization’s name and logo are three weblinks. They direct visitors of the site to PORAC’s Legal Defense Fund, Insurance and Benefits Trust, and Retiree Medical Trust. The location of those links — higher than anything else on the PORAC webpage — is neither an accident nor a coincidence. The benefits provided by PORAC are an essential service of the organization. All three trusts are where your PORAC membership pays real dividends. They belong at the top. Read More »