Vice President’s Message

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 »

Vice President’s Message

So, when the president or vice president needs to quickly make PORAC’s voice heard in the California State Assembly, how does it happen? We hop into the car, take a drive over to the Capitol, catch the elevator to the sixth floor and pay a visit to the office of Assembly Member Jim Cooper. Read More »

Vice President’s Message

Let’s say it all starts with a parka. On a warm summer afternoon, a police officer on patrol notices a man walking along a street in a residential neighborhood. Despite weather more appropriate for a T-shirt and shorts, this guy is sporting a parka. More observant than the average person, the patrol officer notices that first — a heavy jacket on a nice day. And it’s out of place. The officer hangs back in his car, watching the man cross the street. Read More »

Vice President’s Message

From Day One in the Academy and the nearly 20 years since, I’ve known that our profession is under the microscope. We are big targets; easy to see coming. The police stand out, so it’s easy for some people to spot us and wait, ready for us to make a mistake. We are frequently called into situations where our presence isn’t welcome, and where the people we are sworn to protect are less than cooperative. And today, the microscope on us has grown more intense and powerful. Read More »

Vice President’s Message

A rush-hour traffic collision. An early morning bus accident. A motorcycle pursuit. Three everyday events in the life of a California peace officer. Three tasks we manage with absolute efficiency and professionalism countless times throughout our careers. But within 72 hours this past February, those three common and separate events began a horrifically fateful process that left three of our own dead in Whittier, Dublin and Sacramento. Read More »