Press Releases

An Open Letter to Congressman Lacy Clay

PORAC understands that members of the U.S. House of Representatives are asked to select artwork created by students in their districts to be displayed in the United States Capitol. The idea is to recognize the talents and achievements of young constituents, and promote artistic expression and discussion. It has not been seen as a way […] Read More »

An Offensive Painting is Removed

Missouri Congressman, Lacy Clay, sparked a controversy when he decided to hang an obviously offensive painting from a local art contest on the walls of the United States Congress[…] Read More» Read More »

Statement by President Durant – Removal of offensive painting at the U.S. Capitol

For Immediate Release: January 6, 2017 Contact: Terry McHale (916) 448-3444 The Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), representing more than 69,000 California law enforcement personnel throughout the state, is pleased that an offensive piece of artwork that depicts police officers as gun-toting pigs has been re-moved from the U.S. Capitol.  PORAC members […] Read More »

PORAC Opposes H.R. 699 / E-Mail Privacy Act

On behalf of the Peace Officers Research Association of California (“PORAC”), the
nation’s largest statewide public safety association, representing over 66,000 members in
California and Nevada, I write to oppose H.R. 699, the “the Email Privacy Act,” which seeks to
update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”) for the digital age.

PORAC supports reforming ECPA and acknowledges the need for renewing this
outdated law, but H.R. 699 is not the answer. The ability to access electronic communications is
critical for law enforcement to ensure public safety efficiently and effectively. As written, H.R.
699 places an undue burden on law enforcement’s ability to gather digital evidence, providing Read More »

Statement from PORAC President Mike Durant Regarding Anti-Law Enforcement Statements of Quentin Tarantino

Sacramento, CA – The Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) represents over 67,000 public safety members in over 910 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
As a career cop, and as the President of PORAC, I join other law enforcement officers around the country in condemning the terribly irresponsible comments by film director Quentin Tarantino. Read More »

California Law Enforcement Makes Transparency a Priority Open Justice Website Brings Public Safety Data to the Public

After months of working together, the Peace Officers Research Association of
California (PORAC), representing 67,000 public safety members and 915 associations, appreciates
the considerable efforts of Attorney General Kamala Harris on the launch of Open Justice, a website
clearinghouse for public safety data in California.
In response to concerns of those they serve, PORAC has been conferring with Attorney General
Harris on ways to improve transparency in reporting of law enforcement interactions with the public.
“Every member of our community matters to us,” said PORAC President Mike Durant. “We feel the
frustrations of our neighbors and we want to be part of the solution. Solving the problem begins with
having the data to know how to approach those concerns. Open Justice will give us a more detailed
roadmap so we can be pragmatic moving forward.” Read More »

Law Enforcement Leaders Support Efforts to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

Sacramento, CA: Legislators and stakeholders today discussed the importance of increasing the use of Abuse-Deterrent Formulas to curb prescription drug abuse. Brent Meyer, Vice President of the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), representing 67,000 public safety members and 910 public safety associations testified in support of the measure. Read More »

PORAC Participates in Hearing to Strengthen Community Trust in Law Enforcement

Sacramento, CA: The Legislature today held an important in-depth discussion on the relationship between law enforcement and the communities we serve. As the largest statewide association of public safety personnel in the nation, the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) attended the hearing to listen and contribute to the discussion. PORAC wants to be part of the solution. Read More »