Vice President’s Message

Vice President’s Message

With the 2021 state legislative session over, we get to regroup and evaluate the outcome of another difficult year here in California. Each year, there seem to be more bills focused on law enforcement reform. Unfortunately, even bills introduced by legislators with good intentions can have negative impacts without input from law enforcement professionals. Fortunately, we have a strong coalition of law enforcement leaders and advocates who work tirelessly to make sure our concerns are addressed. Read More »

Vice President’s Message

This September marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the U.S. Pentagon. It’s hard to believe it was 20 years ago — it was such a profound moment, and I still remember that day vividly. At the time, I was a San Luis Obispo County deputy assigned as a court bailiff. I was preparing to go to work when I received a call to turn on the news. Like so many, I was in shock as to what I saw. Read More »

Vice President’s Message

Heading into August, we are winding down this year’s legislative session. This year has been one of the busiest to date for PORAC; we tracked over 40 bills that we had an “active oppose” position on. Luckily, the majority of those bills are no longer moving forward, or we were able to negotiate amendments that addressed our concerns and have removed our opposition. We continue to negotiate for amendments on Senate Bill 2, which creates a law enforcement licensing program through CA POST. As we have said on multiple occasions, we at PORAC do not oppose a licensing program as long as the process for providing and revoking the license is fair. Read More »

Vice President’s Message

This year has been one of the busiest in PORAC’s history when it comes to bills in the California Legislature. We began the year with over 40 bills with an “active oppose” designation, meaning we actively engage on the bill to seek amendments or have the bill terminate before becoming law. With the legislative session at the halfway mark, we have successfully cut more than half of those bills from our active oppose list. Read More »

Vice President’s Message

Summer is upon us, and it appears that the restrictions related to the pandemic are continuing to ease. Whether that’s due to science or politics, I will leave for another conversation. The easing of these restrictions means in-person meetings and the ability to travel for most of us. For me, the in-person meetings are a welcome change — to say I have a little Zoom fatigue would be an understatement. Getting to see everyone in person at chapter meetings and other events is a welcome change from the last year in our “virtual” isolation. Read More »

Vice President’s Message

As I write this article, many of the COVID restrictions are easing and we are moving closer to reopening California. This means that we will have the ability to hold in-person meetings, trainings and events. Aside from the LDF, IBT and RMT, one of the best benefits of being a member of PORAC is the ability to network with your peers across the state. The COVID lockdown has severely hampered our ability to meet with one another and stay current on the issues we face. Read More »

Vice President’s Message

Legislative games are in full swing at the State Capitol once again. What was once a rare occurrence from only a few select legislators has now become the norm. The good news is that PORAC leadership and our advocates are prepared to challenge any bad legislation as it comes forward. One of the biggest challenges we face as law enforcement advocates is that we are morally and ethically bound to speak the truth in our representation of prospective legislation. Read More »

Vice President’s Message

This spring marks a full year of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was in March of last year that the PORAC Executive Committee was in Washington, D.C., meeting with our legislators when the Capitol and country shut down. At the time, I remember thinking this was just a bad flu. Little did we know how dangerous the virus would be. As law enforcement officers, we are trained to handle so many different situations. We study tactics and practice new techniques on how to handle any situation. We engage in countless mental scenarios of critical incidents so that if and when we are called to face such an event, we are prepared. Never in my wildest dreams did I think our most deadly foe would be a virus. Read More »

Vice President’s Message

As we head into spring, things are coming into focus as this year’s legislative session takes shape. The last day for legislators to file for new bills is February 19. With more than 30 bills we are already tracking, this year will be as challenging as ever. Read More »

Vice President’s Message

As expected, on the political level 2021 has started much like last year. Within a few days of the start of this year’s legislative session, there were already several bills on proposed law enforcement reform. Despite a lack of experience, it seems everyone is now an expert on law enforcement and has decided they have the best idea on how it should be done. Read More »