In the News

Responding to COVID-19

Coronavirus’s Impact on Law Enforcement The term “March Madness” has taken on an entirely different meaning in 2020. Instead of describing the fanaticism focused on college basketball tournament brackets, it’s an apt descriptor of the public’s focus on the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This is a novel version of the more common coronavirus, […] Read More »

Out of Tragedy, Purpose

Out of tragedy, sometimes organizations find purpose. That’s the case for PORAC and its Fund a Hero platform. For me, the tragedy was a night in August 2018 when a young rookie Oakland police officer named Jordan Wingate was involved in a very serious on-duty vehicle collision. Jordan was the sole occupant of a police car that struck a big rig, and he suffered a traumatic brain injury in the accident. In the days, weeks and months that followed, there was an outpouring of support for Jordan from his colleagues and the community. My association, Oakland POA, set up an account at our local credit union to take monetary donations to aid his recovery. While many sent donations to the account, others wanted Jordan’s dad, a veteran Oakland police captain, to set up a modern, online and convenient way to donate to Jordan’s recovery fund. In response, a GoFundMe account was created, and generous online donations flooded in. Read More »

PORAC Committee Profile – Bylaw Committee

Want to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at PORAC? We’re turning the spotlight on each of the specialized committees that are working hard to serve our members. This month, we focus on the Bylaw Committee. As PORAC constantly evolves and strives to fulfill the needs of its members and affiliates, so […] Read More »

Capitol Beat – Officer Wellness, Elections and the Future

Peace officers experience more trauma throughout their careers than most people do in a lifetime. What others only see in headlines, our officers will likely come face to face with during their career. Without the resources to cope and manage the stress and trauma associated with being in law enforcement, our officers’ health and well-being are compromised. This year, PORAC is standing in strong support of the Officer Wellness Budget Proposal submitted by the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA). This proposal appropriates $40 million out of the general fund to support peace officer wellness and mental health programs across California. Read More »

Federal Legislation – Amid Uncertainty, PORAC Goes to Washington

Darryl Nirenberg Partner Eva Rigamonti Associate Patrick Northrup Legislative Assistant Steptoe & Johnson LLP As fears over the coronavirus grew, and only hours before congressional offices largely closed their doors to outside visitors, the PORAC Executive Committee spent two days in Washington, D.C., speaking to lawmakers and policymakers about the needs of law enforcement officers […] Read More »

PORAC Headquarters is Temporarily Closed

Due to the formal order from the Sacramento County Health Officer directing residents to remain at home to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), our staff will be working remotely with limited access. Read More »

PORAC Symposium – IMPACT 2020 & The POREF Open have been CANCELED

After careful deliberation by PORAC leadership, it was determined that the best course of action during the uncertainty of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak would be to cancel the IMPACT 2020 Symposium and POREF Open Golf Tournament. It is an unfortunate decision, but the safety of our members, panel attorneys, guests and staff are of the […] Read More »

PORAC Chapter Profile – Redwood

To help you learn more about where and who your fellow members are, in PORAC Law Enforcement News we’ll profile each of the 14 chapters up and down the state. We hope that reading about every chapter’s challenges and achievements will bring us all closer together and inspire you, your association and your own chapter as you navigate the road ahead. This month, we feature the Redwood Chapter. Read More »