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California Tackles Post-Traumatic Stress Injury

In September, the California Legislature unanimously passed Senate Bill 542, which was promptly signed by Governor Gavin Newsom. SB 542 contains a presumption for first responders who have developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), also known as post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI), as a result of their jobs. Read More »

It’s a Blue Christmas

When most people think of Christmas, they think of family, gifts, religion, lights, candy canes, cookies, more lights and finally Santa. The people of Butte County, more specifically Chico, are no different. The only thing that might be a little different is that when Santa comes to Chico, he’s blue. That’s right — Blue Santa. So what is Blue Santa? Blue Santa is the Chico Police Departments, Santa Claus. He wears a blue police uniform, complete with Chico P.D. patches and his very own department badge with his name on it.  Read More »

Capitol Beat – Looking Ahead in 2020

This January marks the second year of a two-year legislative session. This means that we will see many of our 2019 priority bills moving through committee and floor hearings once again. Last year, there were over 3,000 bills introduced in the state Assembly and state Senate. On average, each bill is amended three or four times, so that means PORAC leadership, along with Aaron Read & Associates, reviewed over 10,000 bills, looking for those that have an impact on our members. Read More »

Federal Legislation – Happy New Year: Buckle Up for 2020

2019 is behind us. Whether it felt more like a decade or more like a week is up for debate. Yet, 2019 may end up being just the warm-up for 2020, which is set to be just as chaotic, if not more so. At the time this issue went to print, Congress was in the process of reaching a funding agreement with only six days to go before a shutdown, and an impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate for President Donald Trump appeared destined to be the first order of business once Congress returns for the new year.

In addition to an impeachment trial and the inevitable chaos of a presidential election year, Congress will have to find time to address the many priority issues facing Americans — not the least among them are issues facing law enforcement officers across the country.

By any measurement, 2020 promises to be a wild ride. Buckle up: Here’s Steptoe’s 2020 PORAC federal preview. Read More »

67th Annual PORAC Conference of Members

The 67th Annual Conference of Members was held at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert, hosted by Region I and co-chaired by Executive Committee members Barry Donelan and Paul Kelly. A total of 643 delegates representing 151 associations attended to vote on bylaws and elected officers, receive organizational, trust and benefits updates, meet with vendors and network with fellow members. To the delight of many, for the first time ever, the Conference notebook was made available in digital format, so no one had to lug around those “10-pound books,” according to the co-chairs. Read More »

PORAC LDF Summary Annual Report

This is a summary of the annual report for the Legal Defense Fund of the Peace Officers Research Association of California, (Employer ID No. 23-7077256, Plan No. 501) for the year ended December 31, 2018. The annual report has been filed with EBSA as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The Legal Defense Fund of the Peace Officers Research Association of California has committed itself to pay certain legal representation costs incurred by participants under the terms of the Fund. Read More »

Capitol Beat – The California Climate

For four years now, we have talked about how drastically the pendulum has swung from California’s “tough on crime” stance of the 1980s and ’90s to the current position of releasing violent criminals, full officer transparency, increased use of body cameras and the intent to prosecute officers and send them to prison. But nothing speaks more to that swing than the high-profile election of Chesa Boudin, the new district attorney in the City and County of San Francisco. Read More »

Federal Legislation – PORAC Goes to Washington

This October 23–24, the PORAC Executive Board, led by President Brian Marvel and Vice President Damon Kurtz, brought the voice of California law enforcement to Washington, meeting with senators, representatives and committees to convey the needs of peace officers across the state. In total, PORAC met with 31 different offices from every corner of the state of California, as well as several Senate and House committees that handle the issues that matter to PORAC members. Through the course of these meetings, PORAC focused on five key issues that affect the everyday lives of law enforcement officers. Read More »