President's Message

Somehow we are already into May, National Police Month. The vaccine is now available to a majority of the remaining citizens. California is slowly moving forward in opening up. Hopefully soon our county will be completely opened and we can resume our “normal” social lives, reuniting with friends ad family in person.

Even though there are no elections this year, the political season is as busy as ever. PORAC is breaking records this year by actively opposing more bills then we ever have. We are only supporting about 12 bills currently.

A Line of Duty Death packet has been added to the association’s website. It can be located in the Documents section. This packet contains helpful information and resources when it comes to financial assistance for families and how to apply. Even though it is called a LODD packet, it contains information that will help everyone during a time of crisis.

I realized we have not been providing for those association members who have retired. I have been able to collect email addresses for approximately 170 retirees. I have reached out to them and plan on providing monthly updates to them. If you know of a retiree, that may want to be contacted, please forward their email address to me or have them contact me so I can add them to the list. They are a great resource for many of us and don’t deserve to be forgotten.

For those coin enthusiast (numismatics), I would direct you to the U. S. Mint, specifically the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum Commemorative Coins that are on sale. There is only a limited amount that will be struck. If you recall our Association donated $25,000.00 to aid in the construction of the National Law Enforcement Memorial.

In closing, everyone should have May 15th, circled on your calendar. In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed, in part:

“Now, Therefore, I, John F. Kennedy, President of the United States of America, do hereby call upon the people of the United States, and upon all patriotic, civic, and educational organizations to observe the week of May 13-19,1962, as Police Week with appropriate ceremonies in which all of our people may join in commemorating police officers, past and present, who by their faithful and loyal devotion to their responsibilities have rendered a dedicated service to their communities and, in so doing, have established for themselves an enviable and enduring reputation for preserving the rights and security of all citizens.”

In Service,

Denise Lemen-Sipp

Bryan Zmijewski