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PERS Announces Greater Scrutiny of Industrial Disability Retirements

In a March 30, 2017, circular letter, CalPERS identified changes to the way industrial disability retirements (IDRs) are to be handled and processed by local agencies. In addition to auditing the IDRs processed by contracting local agencies, CalPERS has made clear that it intends to take a harder line on both approving and continuing IDRs for CalPERS members of local agencies. Read More »

2017 California Memorial Ceremony

On May 7 and 8, the law enforcement community gathered in Sacramento for the 41st annual California Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony. Always a somber occasion, this year’s event took on added significance and poignancy with the addition of 15 names to the monument. Read More »

Legislative Day 2017

PORAC’s annual Legislative Day was held at the State Capitol immediately after the Memorial Ceremony. The ceremony provides important context about the realities of enforcing the law in our state, generating meaningful dialogue about legislative issues affecting public safety. Read More »

Washington Fly-In Spring 2017

With a new administration in place, the PORAC advocacy team kicked off spring in our nation’s capital, meeting with California’s congressional representatives as well as committees and agencies responsible for public safety policy. Read More »

Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association Ratifies New MOU

Anthony Gomez Second Vice President Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association On February 9, with the assistance of Messing Adam & Jasmine LLP, the Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association ratified a substantial new contract with the County of Fresno. This deal came about after many years of modest contract increases and even a painful decrease, which included furloughs […] Read More »

The World Is a Dangerous Place to Live

Anne Marie Schubert District Attorney County of Sacramento Mike Ramos District Attorney County of San Bernardino There are nearly 750 people on California’s death row who are evil. One example of evil is death row killer Hung Thanh Mai, who executed CHP Officer Don Burt Jr. in 1996 during a traffic stop. Officer Burt’s father, […] Read More »

Building a Case for AEDs and Law Enforcement

LORALEE OLEJNIK Community Relations Specialist City of San Diego Emergency Medical Services Across California and the nation, a movement is underway to equip law enforcement officers with lifesaving automated external defibrillator (AED) devices that restart hearts that have stopped beating. Take Robert Hoadley as a success story in this effort. In April 2011, the then […] Read More »

Law Enforcement Medicine: This Specialty’s Time Has Come

Does law enforcement need its own medical specialty? Mass shootings, terrorist attacks and unprecedented shootings of police officers in 2016 strongly support the answer yes. MARK CANNON, M.D. Cardiac Anesthesiologist, Critical Care Medicine Specialist Anesthesia Service Medical Group; Sharp Memorial Hospital; University of California, San Diego; Chula Vista Police Department In the early 1990s, specific […] Read More »

64th Annual PORAC Conference of Members – 2016

64th Annual PORAC Conference of Members Disneyland® Hotel November 17-20, 2016 The Conference of Members was hosted by Region II and co-chaired by Executive Directors Randy Beintema and Jacky Parks. 605 delegates representing 137 associations attended to elect a vice president; vote on bylaws; receive organizational, trust and benefit updates; and network on the important […] Read More »