Vice President’s Message

Damon Kurtz

PORAC Vice President

With the 2021 state legislative session over, we get to regroup and evaluate the outcome of another difficult year here in California. Each year, there seem to be more bills focused on law enforcement reform. Unfortunately, even bills introduced by legislators with good intentions can have negative impacts without input from law enforcement professionals. Fortunately, we have a strong coalition of law enforcement leaders and advocates who work tirelessly to make sure our concerns are addressed. This year there were several bills that required extra effort — none more than SB 2, introduced by Senator Bradford. The bill was introduced to create a license for law enforcement officers to work in the state of California. California is one of four states without a licensing program for law enforcement, so it made sense that we should have a similar program. However, SB 2 was a deeply flawed bill that would have created a completely biased process of licensing. After countless hours of negotiations and amendments, SB 2 passed through the Legislature and is headed to the governor’s desk. Although the bill was amended and is significantly better than when it was first presented, PORAC remains opposed, as it is still a biased approach to licensing. There seems to be a focus on being punitive when introducing legislation, rather than truly trying to make things better.

At the federal level, law enforcement reform seems to have lost much of its momentum. With the rise in violent crime across the nation, many elected officials have turned their focus to other issues, as the midterm elections are approaching quickly. Although law enforcement reform has slowed a bit, we remain focused on ensuring our interests are addressed. Although we do not support many of the law enforcement reforms being introduced by Congress, we do support a national standard on training standards and policies. All too often, we see incidents in other states that cause knee-jerk reactions here in California to address an issue that has already been addressed by California law enforcement. A national minimum standard of training and policies would help avoid many of the issues we have had to deal with recently.

Now that the California legislators are in recess, it allows us to turn our focus to more member-specific issues, like trainings and the Conference of Members. When we meet in Monterey for Conference this November, it will be the first large gathering of our membership since the 2019 Conference in Palm Springs. It’s crazy to think it’s been two years since we have been able to bring our membership together. President Marvel and I travel around the state often and attend chapter meetings to meet with our membership, but nothing can replicate the environment at the annual Conference. I’ve said this many times: Conference in November is the one time of year where you can network with our member associations, panel attorneys and industry experts all in one place. Getting to do this in Monterey just adds to the experience. With the combination of training and social gatherings, it’s our goal to provide a positive experience for all who attend. I hope we get to see you there.

As always, stay safe and healthy out there.

Vice President’s Message

Damon Kurtz

PORAC Vice President

This September marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the U.S. Pentagon. It’s hard to believe it was 20 years ago — it was such a profound moment, and I still remember that day vividly. At the time, I was a San Luis Obispo County deputy assigned as a court bailiff. I was preparing to go to work when I received a call to turn on the news. Like so many, I was in shock as to what I saw. The World Trade Center was billowing smoke from a commercial jet striking it. As I watched the coverage, I watched live as the second plane struck the building. I remember going to work that day as the details of the event became available, continuing to be shocked and upset as to what happened. In the days and months that followed, the one positive of that day was the patriotism and solidarity we had as a nation. Why it took such a tragic event for all of us to realize we were Americans first makes no sense to me. I hope that everyone takes the time to reflect and remember the lives lost that day. 

Unfortunately, we eventually devolved into the divisive, politically charged environment we are in today. It seems our government is almost devoid of true leaders who are willing to do the right thing versus the right thing for their political party or elected seat.

We see this today with police reform issues. Whether it’s divisive rhetoric or introducing controversial legislation, it seems no one is looking for true solutions. Let’s face it — if the problems were solved, there would be no controversy and no media coverage to spin the rhetoric. As I write this article, we are days away from the end of the legislative session here in California. It was another year full of dangerous and ill-conceived legislation designed not to address the real issues, but only to garner political support. We have stated repeatedly that this will have a negative impact on the safety of our communities. Well, it seems the “chickens have come home to roost.” Years of anti-law enforcement rhetoric and legislation have created a perfect storm. With violent crime on the rise around the country and a national shortage in officer staffing, those who pushed the rhetoric are now worried about their reelections. The same officials who were on the “defund movement” are now changing their stance as they realize their elected seat is in jeopardy. Law enforcement is not opposed to reform as long as it’s done in a fair and unbiased manner. We will always be willing to discuss how we can have better outcomes.

As we enter the fall months, that means our annual Conference is right around the corner. This will be the first large event we have hosted since the pandemic began. Our last Conference or symposium was held in 2019, which seems like eons ago. We are excited to bring Conference back to the members in Monterey this year. It will be nice to see some familiar faces and to meet new ones. I’ve said this many times before; the Conference is the single best event for law enforcement labor to network among the associations, law firms and industry professionals. If you cannot make it to Conference this year, the annual symposium will be held in April 2022 in Dana Point. I hope I get to see you at one of these events. In the end, it’s the membership that makes PORAC so strong and effective. It’s truly a pleasure when we get to see everyone in person.  Virtual meetings may be the norm these days, but nothing beats the communication of a face-to-face conversation. As always, stay safe and healthy out there!

Vice President’s Message

Damon Kurtz

PORAC Vice President

Heading into August, we are winding down this year’s legislative session. This year has been one of the busiest to date for PORAC; we tracked over 40 bills that we had an “active oppose” position on. Luckily, the majority of those bills are no longer moving forward, or we were able to negotiate amendments that addressed our concerns and have removed our opposition. We continue to negotiate for amendments on Senate Bill 2, which creates a law enforcement licensing program through CA POST. As we have said on multiple occasions, we at PORAC do not oppose a licensing program as long as the process for providing and revoking the license is fair. That is still not the case with the current language, and we continue to work toward that goal. Currently, 46 other states have a law enforcement licensing program, and it’s a little surprising that California does not have one. I am confident that in the end we will be able to create a program that is fair and equitable.

On the federal front, we continue to engage with our elected officials at the national level on several issues, but the most pressing issue remains the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Our conversations have been consistent with those in negotiations to retain the current standards in qualified immunity. Our position on law enforcement reform at the national level should be about creating national minimum standards for training and policies, much like we have here in California. Punitive legislation will not address the issues in law enforcement. PORAC will continue to insert ourselves in these issues to make sure your voices are heard. As always, we encourage you as associations and individuals to continue to engage your elected leaders on the issues that affect us all.

PORAC training classes are back in action, and it’s been nice to finally see our members in person again. This year’s Annual Conference of Members is rapidly approaching, make sure you register before it sells out. This year’s Conference will be in Monterey, and there will be something for everyone. Aside from the normal business conducted at Conference, there are a number of local attractions to keep you occupied. Whether it’s taking in a round of golf, visiting Cannery Row, Alvarado Street or the aquarium, there is something for everyone. I say it often, but the annual Conference is the best place to network with your peers, attorneys and industry experts. We look forward to seeing you there.

Something new that we have been doing at PORAC is looking for innovative ways to market ourselves to the public. Traditionally, we have only focused our outreach on our membership and the law enforcement community. Unfortunately, in this environment, we have to be more proactive in our efforts to be heard, whether it’s on the political or the public relations front. We need to do more to make sure that the public sees a professional representation of law enforcement labor in the media and in politics. We have recently started to use unconventional ways to get the PORAC brand out there so that we can be seen by those unfamiliar with law enforcement labor. We recently partnered with Kyle Weatherman, a NASCAR driver on the Xfinity Series races. Weatherman is a staunch supporter of law enforcement, and we have sponsored his car on a few races. Our race in March received national coverage as Weatherman’s car with the PORAC logo was featured in the NASCAR ads. Generating public support and a visible public image has influence with our elected officials here in California and in Washington, D.C. Our next race will be September 25 in Las Vegas.

August is also the time for PORAC region meetings and elections. If you have an interest in who is representing your region on the Executive Committee or on one of the PORAC trusts, make sure you attend your respective region meeting to participate. August 9 will be the official opening of and the first full Board of Directors meeting at the new PORAC Headquarters. The new building will allow us to hold larger trainings, Board meetings and political fundraisers that were unable to be conducted at our previous location. I look forward to seeing all of you soon at one of these events.

As always, stay safe and healthy out there!

Vice President’s Message

Damon Kurtz

PORAC Vice President

This year has been one of the busiest in PORAC’s history when it comes to bills in the California Legislature. We began the year with over 40 bills with an “active oppose” designation, meaning we actively engage on the bill to seek amendments or have the bill terminate before becoming law. With the legislative session at the halfway mark, we have successfully cut more than half of those bills from our active oppose list. This is a testament to the hard work put in by our advocates, Randy Perry and Aaron Read, along with a strong coalition of law enforcement organizations. Much of our advocacy effort relies on relationships and our ability to communicate with our elected officials regarding pending legislation. Every year, hundreds of bills are introduced that may have good intentions but would have negative consequences because they were not properly vetted. Of course, there are also many bills that are designed to have those intended consequences.

One of those bills that remain a primary focus for PORAC is SB 2, which makes changes to the Bane Act and creates a licensure program for law enforcement.   Unfortunately, SB 2 is less about a legitimate licensure program and more about a punitive attack on law enforcement for real or perceived wrongdoings. President Marvel and I continue to meet with our elected representatives and advocate for a fair and objective licensure program for law enforcement. It is our goal to see the necessary amendments to SB 2 and provide a licensure program that California deserves.  

So much of the current “cancel culture” we see in our society today unfortunately also permeates our government. There is a not-so-subtle agenda to abolish law enforcement, and we are already seeing the negative effects in crime rates across the country. The answer is not defunding or abolishing law enforcement; rather, there needs to be a true investment in law enforcement. For too long, law enforcement has been a political issue when it comes to budgetary concerns. Funding is often leveraged for other projects or programs in local budgets. The mantra of “Do more with less” has taken its toll on the profession, and our relationships with the community have suffered. I hear our leaders speak of community-based policing but rarely see a true commitment to funding this type of program. Community-based policing takes people, not programs or special units. This doesn’t mean funding only for law enforcement officers. There needs to be a commitment to all services surrounding public safety, from the community services officer and the mental health professionals to the law enforcement and fire services. The burden cannot be put on the law enforcement profession alone; it will take a collaboration of services if we truly want a community-based approach to public safety. Maybe that’s what it should be, community-based public safety, because law enforcement cannot handle the burdens of society on our own.

Unfortunately, there seems to be a popular belief that law enforcement reform must come through punitive legislation rather than looking for solutions on how to provide better public safety services. This is why I harp on being engaged with our elected leaders at the local, state and federal levels. We must be a voice of reason to those who legislate, and not let the actions of a few be the only representations of law enforcement. Law enforcement is a noble profession full of honorable and courageous people, and these are the voices our leaders need to hear. Ultimately, I am an optimist and believe we will be successful in bringing a reasonable voice to the table for a healthy change in how we provide law enforcement to our communities.

As always, stay safe and healthy out there!

Vice President’s Message

Damon Kurtz

PORAC Vice President

Summer is upon us, and it appears that the restrictions related to the pandemic are continuing to ease. Whether that’s due to science or politics, I will leave for another conversation. The easing of these restrictions means in-person meetings and the ability to travel for most of us. For me, the in-person meetings are a welcome change — to say I have a little Zoom fatigue would be an understatement. Getting to see everyone in person at chapter meetings and other events is a welcome change from the last year in our “virtual” isolation.

One of the perks of my job is that I get to speak to association leaders and officers around the state about what PORAC has to offer and how we can help their POA/DSA. As a former POA president, PORAC membership was something that I always valued because of the benefits and protections it gave my members. Whether it was the obvious need for legal defense or a disability plan that protected our members should they be injured, it was nice to know that my members were covered. This allowed me to focus on all the other issues that came with being an association president. We often speak to PORAC’s advocacy efforts, but there is so much more that PORAC is here to do for your association. 

I have written and spoke about it many times, but an undervalued part of membership is the ability to network with our peers in law enforcement labor. With the COVID restrictions being lifted, our PORAC training classes are moving forward and are in high demand, usually filling up quickly. We continue to look for opportunities to bring more training classes to meet the demand of the membership. One of the best opportunities for members to network is at the annual Conference of Members. This year will be in Monterey, California, from November 19 to 21. With all the members, panel attorneys and industry vendors, the event will sell out quickly, so be on the lookout for Conference registration announcements coming soon.

One benefit of PORAC I wish we did not need is the Fund a Hero program. Unfortunately, we see all too often our law enforcement families in crisis, or worse yet, officers lost in the line of duty. Just this past month, we lost officers in the line of duty in Stockton and San Luis Obispo. A tragic reminder of how dangerous the law enforcement profession is. Law enforcement associations were originally formed to take care of our member families in crisis and loss, created as “widow and orphan” organizations. It was in that spirit that the Fund a Hero program was formed to raise money for our member families in need. Fund a Hero was created with the intent to provide a level of protection from fraud that can happen from other platforms and offset some of the unavoidable fees associated with fundraising by paying for the first $10,000 in fees. No amount of money can replace our loved ones, but making sure the families of our fallen officers are financially taken care of should be a priority for us all. Regardless of the platform used, I encourage you to support these efforts if you can by visiting PORAC.org/fund-a-hero. I hope to see you all soon and as always, stay safe and healthy out there. Take care.

Vice President’s Message

Damon Kurtz

PORAC Vice President

As I write this article, many of the COVID restrictions are easing and we are moving closer to reopening California. This means that we will have the ability to hold in-person meetings, trainings and events. Aside from the LDF, IBT and RMT, one of the best benefits of being a member of PORAC is the ability to network with your peers across the state. The COVID lockdown has severely hampered our ability to meet with one another and stay current on the issues we face. As an association leader or simply a member who wants to be more engaged, PORAC strives to provide opportunities for you to learn from and strategize with your peers in law enforcement labor. It’s not uncommon to see associations making public statements on issues in which the information may be outdated or factually incorrect. In this era of hyper-scrutiny of law enforcement, it’s incredibly important to not only be factually correct, but to also speak on the issues with a united voice. In my opinion, our collective voice is what makes us truly effective in our advocacy of law enforcement. The challenge we face as association leaders in a large state with a diverse population is that it can be difficult to find common ground on the issues we are all facing. Being active with our peer organizations helps us face these challenges, and a good way to do this is by attending PORAC chapter meetings.

Chapter meetings are now moving away from virtual and back to in-person meetings. Although the use of virtual meetings has proven to be a useful tool, I do not believe they are as effective as in-person meetings. These meetings are essential to PORAC, as we need to hear from all of our member associations large and small. There is no “one size fits all” solution to law enforcement, and we use the information gathered at these meetings to help craft our advocacy efforts at the state and federal legislatures.  Although there are still some associations that seek to put their individual organization’s name above the collective voice of law enforcement, at PORAC, we will continue to represent all our members through a statewide lens. Brian and I, as well as your local representative on the Board of Directors, will be at these chapter meetings. We look forward to hearing from you and gaining the insight of your perspective on the issues to help us navigate these challenging times.

Providing a wide variety of training classes is another benefit to our membership organizations. PORAC took advantage of the shutdowns to re-evaluate many of our training classes. Some course curriculums have changed as well as the instructors who teach the classes. New classes will be presented this year in a Peer Support class, and we have partnered with Force Science to bring the two- and five-day certification courses to the membership. These classes provide an excellent opportunity to learn something new while networking with your peer association leaders. This year, we have also revamped the PORAC Labor Relations Program (LRP). The LRP is basically a scholarship program for small associations of 30 members or fewer that otherwise do not have the resources to send their members to training classes. PORAC covers the costs associated in attending these classes for those organizations. The classes have been historically limited to the Leadership and Basic Collective Bargaining classes. This year, PORAC has expanded the LRP to include our other classes offered. Lastly, this year’s Conference of Members is slated to take place in Monterey on November 19–21. Attendance will be in high demand, so keep an eye out for registration — it will likely sell out quickly. As always, stay safe and healthy out there!

Vice President’s Message

Damon Kurtz

PORAC Vice President

Legislative games are in full swing at the State Capitol once again. What was once a rare occurrence from only a few select legislators has now become the norm. The good news is that PORAC leadership and our advocates are prepared to challenge any bad legislation as it comes forward. One of the biggest challenges we face as law enforcement advocates is that we are morally and ethically bound to speak the truth in our representation of prospective legislation. These same rules do not apply to those who seek to defund and destroy the law enforcement profession. There is no requirement to swear an oath to testify truthfully in any committee at the Legislature and, as we know, the media operates in the realm of fiction in their reporting practices. They would have everyone believe that misconduct is rampant in the law enforcement profession. We all know this to be blatantly false. But even though we are playing by different rules, that does not mean we cannot be effective in changing this narrative.

Politics is a participation sport, and it requires all of us to be engaged to be successful. This does not mean you have to be an association leader to help. It truly starts with each individual officer and their daily interactions. We must be better in our communication with the public. Take the time to educate during our citizen contacts about law enforcement. As associations, we must be better engaged with our elected officials, from the school board to the federal level. I know I’m a broken record on politics, but we need everyone to be more engaged, from new academy graduates to our most seasoned veterans.

I hear way too often from association leaders, “I don’t like politics.” My response is: “Who does?” It is a necessary evil in any profession. It can be tedious and time-consuming, but if we do not cultivate relationships, our message often falls on deaf ears and leads to animosity. These relationships affect everything from your prospective contract negotiations to state and federal legislation. In many cases, I see the focus on our elected officials only during negotiations, and too often our relationships are focused on only those who agree with us on issues. While it’s important to keep those relationships strong, I would argue that more time should be devoted to those we disagree with. What has been lost in society today is the ability to sit down and work through our differences. Many of the issues we are dealing with do not need legislation, just a cooperative approach. As we navigate through the legislation on police reform, we need to remind everyone that we all want the same thing: safer communities and better outcomes in our interactions with the public. Unfortunately, there are those who have perverted legislative reforms into their personal vendettas against law enforcement. There is so much mistrust in how law enforcement is viewed today, and rather than looking for blame, we need to look for ways to create that trust. I harp on relationship-building with your prospective elected leaders because these relationships help us in PORAC’s advocacy efforts. Many of you already do an amazing job in your outreach efforts, and I thank you.

PORAC’s effectiveness comes from our member associations and our individual members. Representing so many in law enforcement, from patrol officers to specialized policing groups, allows us to bring a singular voice to our advocacy efforts. In the coming months, we will once again call upon you to help with those efforts. We may call upon you to attend a virtual meeting with a legislator or rally your friends and family to send letters and emails. Whatever the request, I am confident that we will come together as a team and rise to the challenge. As always, stay safe and healthy out there!

Vice President’s Message

Damon Kurtz

PORAC Vice President

This spring marks a full year of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was in March of last year that the PORAC Executive Committee was in Washington, D.C., meeting with our legislators when the Capitol and country shut down. At the time, I remember thinking this was just a bad flu. Little did we know how dangerous the virus would be. As law enforcement officers, we are trained to handle so many different situations. We study tactics and practice new techniques on how to handle any situation. We engage in countless mental scenarios of critical incidents so that if and when we are called to face such an event, we are prepared. Never in my wildest dreams did I think our most deadly foe would be a virus. How does one prepare for a virus? Especially one that is so random in how it will affect us as individuals.

I have always had respect for my fellow officers and the law enforcement profession. A desire to make things better drove me to get involved in the Association. It was always a source of motivation for me to help our officers and their families in crisis. With the losses of officers and loved ones from COVID experienced in our profession, I have never felt so helpless when it comes to fighting for our officers.

Whether I was representing the Fresno POA or now at PORAC, there is usually a clear path to provide protection for our officers. Normally, this strategy involved fighting for a benefit, legislation/policy, equipment or training. We had a plan to make sure our officers were prepared and protected in some way. For PORAC, that strategy involved workers’ compensation presumptions and vaccinations of first responders. Now that the vaccinations are underway, it is my hope that the virus will subside, and the dangers of law enforcement will not include an invisible threat of COVID-19.

This pandemic has recently hit home for me here in my own agency. As I write this article, I was just notified that Fresno P.D. has lost a second officer to this virus.  Sergeant Paul Brown of Fresno P.D. was one of my sergeants I worked for on midnights in patrol. He was a good leader full of compassion and a great sense of humor. He will truly be missed by so many, just as those you have lost in your agencies will be missed. Too many officers and family members have been taken from us before their time.

This pandemic has highlighted more than ever the need for peer support programs.  Our associations were formed to help the widows and orphans of our officers. So many have been affected by this virus, and it’s incumbent on us to make sure we focus on the families of our officers in need. Whether it’s through direct assistance of emotional support or using fundraising efforts like PORAC’s Fund a Hero program, we as association leaders can make a difference.

This year, PORAC will be introducing a peer support class in conjunction with the line-of-duty death class. The training will be specifically designed to help develop and maintain a peer support program. Whether you are in a large association or a small one, there are programs to fit your needs.  

Vice President’s Message

Damon Kurtz
PORAC Vice President

As we head into spring, things are coming into focus as this year’s legislative session takes shape. The last day for legislators to file for new bills is February 19. With more than 30 bills we are already tracking, this year will be as challenging as ever. The pandemic remains an issue when it comes to our advocacy efforts to meet with lawmakers. Every year there always seems to be new twists and turns that we must navigate, and this year will no doubt have its share of twists. Law enforcement reform is still a major focus of the State Legislature and the federal government. At PORAC, we have been busy preparing for whatever this year throws at us.

The one constant that can be expected is the divisiveness of our elected officials on both sides of the aisle. This was on full display in the aftermath of the violent protests that occurred January 6 at the U.S. Capitol. For the past year, we have watched as our lawmakers downplayed the violence and destruction of protests across the nation. The divisive rhetoric of partisan politics culminated with the events that unfolded at our nation’s capital. I watched in dismay as our brothers and sisters in law enforcement placed themselves in harm’s way to protect the Capitol and the people inside, just like they have done at every violent protest in cities across the nation. Our officers have been put in impossible situations and continue to serve our communities with honor and integrity. The violence at the Capitol was especially disheartening to see. As a military veteran and as an American, to see this type of activity at the Capitol was a new low. For me, a riot is a riot no matter the cause or the location, there is no difference. The tragic loss of life and destruction of property should be denounced regardless.

What is clear to me is that we have millions of Americans who feel disenfranchised with our government. I hoped for our lawmakers to see this incident as an opportunity to put partisan politics aside and come together as Americans, not as Republicans or Democrats. Instead, it has been more of the same, and the parties seem to be doubling down on the rhetoric. We can only hope that as the new administration takes office, the rhetoric and the theater of politics will subside, and we can work on issues as our Founding Fathers intended.

For President Marvel and I, we will continue to focus on things we can control. We will continue to be a voice of reason and insert ourselves in the conversations related to law enforcement and bring commonsense to the table.

Here in California, the election of Biden and Harris has caused vacancies for U.S. Senate seats and state attorney general. This will cause a myriad of changes within the State Legislature. Some will be filled by the governor’s appointment and some will trigger special elections. PORAC is monitoring these changes and will keep you informed on any developments and what to expect from the new office holders.

Although the pandemic continues to create challenges, the PORAC staff continues to work on training and events. It is our hope that we will be able to provide the membership with training and networking opportunities soon.

As always, stay healthy and stay safe out there!

Vice President’s Message

Damon Kurtz
PORAC Vice President

As expected, on the political level 2021 has started much like last year. Within a few days of the start of this year’s legislative session, there were already several bills on proposed law enforcement reform. Despite a lack of experience, it seems everyone is now an expert on law enforcement and has decided they have the best idea on how it should be done.

It’s sad that this concept has now permeated every facet of the media. I’ve grown accustomed to seeing this in the news media, but now it seems to be even in the TV shows our friends and family watch. I used to scoff at most TV shows when they depicted law enforcement, because it was usually too grandiose or completely inaccurate to how the job is done. Now I just get angry because law enforcement is no longer shown as a heroic profession. It is now portrayed as a profession full of immoral and bigoted people who have no regard for the communities they serve. In my 26 years of experience, I know this to be a false depiction; the bad apples are the exception, not the norm. The men and women of law enforcement are some of most caring and compassionate people in any profession. So many go above and beyond what the job requires to help those in need — but you already knew that.

I keep seeing our elected leaders and persons of influence talk about creating an environment of trust between communities and law enforcement, yet their actions and words do the opposite. The truth is that the media and our politicians will stoke these fires and promote the division in our communities as long as it gets votes or viewership.

Although all of this frustrates me and makes me angry, it also motivates me. I know we are better, and I have been put in a position to carry that message to anyone who will listen. The advocacy we do at PORAC is at the state and national level because we have that platform, but I still advocate at the local level when I can. I know I am a broken record on this issue, but it all starts at the local level. As ambassadors of the profession, we must be more proactive in our outreach and involvement at the local levels. Your local POA and DSA are essential in creating the dialogue and trust in our communities. It’s up to us to create and maintain a healthy relationship in our communities. I often see angry posts on social media from members of law enforcement lashing out at those who advocate for law enforcement reform. I would encourage all of us to focus on working with our local associations to bring that message, rather than continuing with the vitriol for all to see.

This year’s legislation is much like last year’s. The main focus seems to be on creating a law enforcement licensing system in which a peace officer’s POST certificate can be revoked for wrongdoing. In concept, this not a bad thing as long as the process is fair and equitable, devoid of political pressures. Unfortunately, since it’s the politicians who create the laws, there are always politics involved. At PORAC, we are hard at work trying to come to resolutions on the bills the Legislature brings forward without negative impacts on the profession. We know this is a tall order, but it’s one we are committed to.

On a more positive note, we are looking ahead to a new year of training and events. We are hard at work putting together a full schedule of new and established classes for the upcoming year. The 2021 Symposium and POREF Open Golf Tournament will be here before you know it (April 15–17). With most of 2020’s events having been canceled, we look forward to seeing everyone again. We expect the trainings and events to sell out, as there is limited space, so do not delay in registering if you plan on attending one. I hope to see you all in person soon. Take care, stay healthy and stay safe out there!