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Remembering 9/11

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The tragic events that took place on September 11, 2001 changed America forever. On this day, we honor the 343 lives that were lost as they attempted to save the lives of others. We will never forget the bravery and sacrifice of these heroes.
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Why 2018 could be an especially deadly year for cops

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"Maybe they forget [officers] have families," Gloria Vega said. "But they're just like everybody else. The only difference is my dad went out there ... he sacrificed his family, sacrificed us having him, to protect people he doesn't even know.” To read the full story, click here.   
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What happens when we run out of cops?

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What happens when we run out of cops? This is a question worth asking as it pertains to the safety of our communities, families, and friends. Police recruitment and retention may be one of this countries biggest problems. To read more about what will happen when we run out of law enforcement officers, click on the link below.  https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/what-happens-when-we-run-out-of-cops/
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Celebrating Police Week 2018

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This year, from May 13th to May 19th, thousands of police officers, law enforcement professionals, friends, family, and survivors, gather in Washington D.C for National Police Week. In 2017 alone, 129 officers were killed in the line of duty. Since 1791, a total of 21,541 officers have lost their lives in the line of duty. One of the most moving ceremonies is the Annual Candlelight Vigil, where the names of fallen officers will be forever etched into the Memorial Wall. Unlike many memorials in W...
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9-11 Letter

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So often we commemorate the day or memorialize an overwhelming mass tragedy, but lose sight of the individuals, the moments in time, the instances that change our world. The below letter, written to a 9/11 survivor, to the police officer who saved her that day, could easily go out to any Officer in the field today. In instances each and every day, you give of yourself selflessly, without hesitation, and in the face of fear. Alongside members from each of the various emergency services – the Offi...
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9-11 Letter

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So often we commemorate the day or memorialize an overwhelming mass tragedy, but lose sight of the individuals, the moments in time, the instances that change our world. The below letter, written to a 9/11 survivor, to the police officer who saved her that day, could easily go out to any Officer in the field today. In instances each and every day, they give of themselves selflessly, without hesitation, in the face of fear. Alongside members from each of the various emergency services - they reac...
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National Police Week honored 135 fallen

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In 2016, the profession of law enforcement, and our nation, lost 135 police officers in the line of duty. This national figure is the highest it has been since 2001, with nearly half of these brave men and women having been killed in ambush-style attacks; with the remaining being a result of various other incidents, including traffic-related accidents and suffering heart attacks on the job.   This May marks the 55th year, in which thousands of police officers, law enforcement professionals,...
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55th National Police Week

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May 2017 marks the 55th year by which our nation will pay tribute to the men and women of our local, state and federal peace officers. National Police Week is an annual event, conceived from “Police Day”, which was created in 1962, when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation, designating May 15 as a time in which our nation would pause, gather, and most of all, to remember, those brave men and women who gave their final breath for the sake of justice.   In the years and decades to ...
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Police Week - Honoring Our Fallen

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135 of our brothers and sisters paid the price last year. They died knowing they stood for something greater than oneself.  They came from departments large and small, rich and poor, of virtually every race, color and creed. However, far greater than any of their own individual characteristics, are the collective qualities they and each of you share; Honor, Loyalty, Commitment, Courage and a Selfless unspoken promise to those with whom you don the badge. A promise that says, “No matter the ...
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Monthly BOD meeting tomorrow

Reminder that tomorrow is the monthly SDSPOA Board of Directors Meeting at 1500 hours at the EOC. It is important that all directors attend so that POA business may be conducted. All members are welcome to attend as guests. This is the last meeting before the annual elections in December. It would be a great idea to reach out to members in your classification if you are interested in being on the Board of Directors and let them know. The Director positions are voted on by members in that classif...
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Benefits and Open Enrollment

Dear Members, As a reminder, it is Open Enrollment for your health care benefits. The following link should take you to the info page on the Sandi.net website. https://www.sandi.net/staff/benefits/2017-annual-open-enrollment-period - overlay-context=benefits/contact-information-and-hours-operation You have until November 18, 2016 to make any changes to your health benefits. Don’t forget that we have some amazing perks such as Flexible Spending Savings Accounts (FLSA) and also Catastrophic Leave....
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San Diego and Imperial County Chapter of PORAC November 2016 General Election Voter's Guide Recommendations

It's Time to VOTE!!! The following is the voter guide from the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of PORAC. Read your Official Voter Information Guide and vote wisely. These people and issues can and will affect you for years to come. San Diego-Imperial PORAC Chapter Local Voter Guide California State Assembly AD 71 Randy Vopel AD 75 Marie Waldron AD 76 Rocky Chavez AD 77 Brian Maienschein AD 78 Todd Gloria AD 80 Lorena Gonzalez California State Senate SD 39 Toni Atkins Congress CD 50 Duncan Hu...
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Introducing IDShield and LegalShield

Dear Members, We are introducing ID Shield and Legal Shield through Thin Blue Line Benefits, Inc. These products are being made available to our members at a discounted rate. IDShield provides services similar to, and more robust than Lifelock at a much lower cost. IDShield monitors the Dark Web for the most common beaches of your identity. Please check out the website set up for our members: www.legalshield.com/info/sdschoolspoa  --The link is also available on the Members page of our Webs...
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Student Injuring School Police Officer Returns to Lincoln

We were informed late last week that the student who injuried Bashir Abdi will return to Lincoln High School on August 29th. The POA met with district staff to what we thought was to discuss reasonable options. The meeting instead was a presentation of what the school is doing to assit the student at Lincoln. It was obvious there was no alternative option and the POA advised the district we would publicly express our disapproval. The following is the press release sent out to the media regarding...
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Retiree Medical Trust Application

Dear POA Members, We are in the final preparations to begin the RMT savings account with PORAC.  The District and PORAC need the attached application completed ( Retirement-Medical-Trust-Application.pdf )  2nd Vice-President Dana Ellis will be the collection point and contact for these applications.  It is important you return them to VP Ellis by  August 19, 2016 .  We anticipate the deductions to begin in the September 2016 paycheck.  You can also find the applicat...
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SDPOA Support Center Moving

During this morning's line up, President Montana discussed the SDPOA Support Center  was open at the SDPOA Hall. They have closed down the Support Center and will be moving it to SDPD HQ. SDPOA anticipates to open the Support Center immediately following a 4 pm press conference.  The Support Center will have Peer Support Officers and Chaplins available for officers who wish to speak to someone to assist with the passing of Officer DeGuzman or the stress of current events. SDPOA ha...
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Fallen SDPD Officer

As you may have heard, SDPD lost one officer late last night and a second is recovering. POA and department management team have been to both hospitals to express our condolences. We will be working on a contingency plan to be in place prior to this morning's deployment. 
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San Diego Schools POA Join Community in Supporting Law Enforcement

San Diego Schools POA Join Community in Supporting Law Enforcement
  This morning, San Diego Schools POA President Jesus Montana joined School Police Chief Rueben Littlejohn and Superintendent Cindy Marten at a community press conference in support of our law enforcement. In the wake of three Baton Rouge and five Dallas area law enforcement officers being killed, the San Diego law enforcement community has felt the loss of their brothers and sisters and the stress that is associated with it. Yet, our law enforcement officers continue to push along, supress...
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School Board Ratified Our Contract

We are pleased to announce that the San Diego Unified School District School Board unanimously voted to approve our Tentative Agreement. You should see the new salary rates in your June 30th paycheck. Next step ... retroactive checks. When? No later than August 10th.
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Ratification Results

We are happy to announce that the Ratification of the Tentative Agreement was approved by nearly 100% of all those who voted in person or by proxy. We had only one "NO" vote. We have uploaded the signed changes to the contract to the website. It can be located in the SDPOA Member Page and click " SDSPOA Documents " The next step is for the San Diego County Board of Education to approve our School Board to vote on the Tentative Agreement. If approval is granted it will be heard and voted by our S...
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Tentative Agreement Ratification Meeting

As stated during the staff meeting, the POA and SDUSD have reached a tentative agreement on our successor contract. We are currently awaiting for approval from the San Diego County Board of Education to move forward and present it to you and our Board of Education for approval. Per our By-Laws, any special meeting called must be called with a ten-day (10) notice. While the same requirement is not necessary for a General Membership meeting we are erroring on the side of caution. The General Membe...
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Transfer Request Form- Does It Waive My Right To Grieve

This past week, all School Police personnel received an email requesting all staff to submit a Request For Transfer Form.  The question then arises, if I submit it does it waive my right to grieve? The answer is "Maybe." While everyone is ordered to submit a request form, the management team has made it possible for the submission to still be "Voluntary" by having you write "No Transfer Requested." If you write that statement as option number 1 you make it very clear that any transfer would...
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Is this Memorial Weekend a four-day weekend?

This year, the Friday before Memorial weekend is a non-instructional day. What does that mean for school police? Essentially, it means students and staff will not be at our school sites. Central office, which includes school police,  will still report for work as any other normal day. Like any other non-instructional day, such as Thanksgiving or winter break, those wishing to take the day off must submit a vacation request and submitted to their supervisor.   Enjoy your well-deserved l...
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Honoring American Heroes, Past and Present

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Law enforcement officers are people like you and me who want to make a difference. Serving the communities that we all share is just a part of what these humble heroes do. Standing up for those who can not stand up for themselves is just in their blood. Despite the dangers, they proudly put on their uniforms and badges every day, for us.  National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day has become a day for us to unite as a community and to honor those who have given their lives to protect us, our fam...
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Exclusive Members Only Discounts Now Available!

Exclusive Members Only Discounts Now Available!
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Attention Members - You will now find members only discounts posted on our association's website. These discounts are available to all registered members and can be found on the member's dashboard. The newest discount is for RussianBlades.com a designer of custom knives. Simply login and select the members tab to retrieve Coupon Codes. Once you are logged in scroll down and look for the box that says Coupon Codes located on the lower right hand side of the page. *If you’ve forgotten your login, ...
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The State of Policing in America Reported by MSNBC

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Most of us get up in the morning. go about our days and never think about our local law enforcement officers, unless we hear another negative story on the news.  There is a perception that there are a lot of bad cops out there.  However the reality is that 99.1% of Law Enforcement officers are NOT accused of any misconduct of any kind.    In 2015, 965 civilians were fatally shot by officers, this kind of situation gets the media’s attention, understandably. However, it is imp...
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POLL: Should There Be Armed Police Officers In Our Schools?

Let your voice be heard and take the poll, "Should armed police officers be stationed at area high schools?" In an era where individuals or groups are targeting our students, such as Active Shooters and terrorists viewing our schools as soft targets, do we want trained professionals protecting our students? http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/polls/2016/mar/should-armed-police-officers-be-stationed-area-hig/results/
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Enhancing teachers’ response to active threats

Enhancing teachers’ response to active threats
Enhancing teachers’ response to active threats
When you say the words “first responders” who comes to mind?  Police, Fireman, EMT? But what about teachers?  It is no longer adequate to place all of the responsibility for our children’s safety in the hands of our teachers during an attack and not take the time to properly train them to accomplish that task. Nor is it acceptable to simply tell them, "Lock your classroom door, turn out the lights, hide in a corner and pray that the attacker doesn’t pick your room."   Today, the n...
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PORAC Strongly Supports Body Cameras

PORAC Strongly Supports Body Cameras
LEADING LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSOCIATION IN CALIFORNIA STRONGLY SUPPORTS BODY CAMERAS Peace Officers Research Association of California Backs Responsible Implementation and Use of Body Cameras Sacramento, CA: PORAC leadership, representing 67,000 public safety members and over 915 associations in California, will testify at a hearing of the California State Assembly Public Safety Committee  tomorrow  that will be weighing the benefits of law enforcement wearing body cameras to the pote...
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Hate Crimes Law Could Include Cops

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The National Fraternal Order of Police is lobbying to add police officers to other victims under the Congressional hate crimes statute. Violence against police officers that is motivated by anti-police bias should be prosecuted as a hate crime, according to Jim Pasco, the executive director of the F.O.P. "Right now, it's a hate crime if you attack someone solely because of the color of their skin, but it ought to be a hate crime if you attack someone solely because of the color of their uniform ...
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Pentagon gives military weapons to US schools

Washington: The US Defence Department program accused of fuelling the militarisation of local law enforcement is stirring controversy again, this time for providing equipment and weapons to school police. Law enforcement agencies affiliated with at least 120 schools, colleges and universities have received gear through the program, according to a Washington Post review of data from 33 states. The items received include at least five grenade launchers, hundreds of rifles and eight mine-resistant,...
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Student Safety is Top Priority

School Police Share Tips That Help Protect Children The safety and well-being of our students and staff are a top priority. In response to the Chelsea King and Amber Dubois tragedies, School Police has compiled a list of simple, common sense tips that can help protect children and adults against stranger abduction or attack. Please read these tips carefully and share with students, staff, parents and community members: Don’t walk or run alone, when possible. Go with a family member, friend and/o...
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Crime Prevention Tips

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School Burglary Prevention Please assist the San Diego Unified Police Department in the prevention of burglaries to our schools. If you see suspicious activity on or around schools or district sites, phone the San Diego Unified Police Department at (619) 291-7678 (24 hours). Employees: Check and lock your classroom and office windows before you leave. If you think the current security screens will stop a burglar, you are wrong. You need to make it as difficult as possible for intruders to obtain...
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