May 30: PPOA’s commitment to the legislative process stretches back nearly… Read More
PPOA is proud to continue the annual tradition of issuing reimbursements up to $100 for members who attend the 2019 California Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony on May 6th in Sacramento and up to $250 for members who attend the 2019 National Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony on May 15th in Washington DC. Read More
IMPORTANT: Have you noticed unauthorized or duplicate insurance deductions on recent pay stubs? Click here to complete a form and let us know. Have you purchased insurance through the PPOA Insurance Agency? Did you notice a new deduction on your paycheck under the code “SFA” that you did not authorize? Read More
Feb. 19: After a series of lengthy, frustrating delays, the county finally submitted the new salary contract MOUs for Units 614, 621, and 631/632 to the board of supervisors at their meeting on Tuesday. Members in those units will now see their increases (retroactive to October 1, 2018) as soon as the department processes them. Read More
When you shop, Amazon gives. In fact, Amazon will donate .5% of the proceeds of your purchases to the Star & Shield Foundation. These funds from Amazon Smile help the foundation support families of fallen officers and those truly in need. This is a simple way to contribute to a worthy cause every time you […] Read More
Show Me the Money! Here we are in May 2019 and the County still has not paid several negotiated raises agreed upon in July 2018, nearly one year ago! As of this date, the BU612 Patrol Bonus and the Supervisory Skill Bonus have not been paid to the employees. Why? Good question. It depends on […] Read More
Shout out to all the DADS getting it done today.
Video evidence that cops and golf make for lighter moments 😄
(courtesy of PPOA tournament this week)
A deputy with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station was injured after their department motorcyc...
SERGEANT JAMES BEAMON
END OF WATCH: MAY 29, 2019
Family, friends and department colleagues gathered today to share stories of Sergeant Beamon's larger than life personality and his dedication to family. Sergeant Beamon had 37 years of service to the county at the time of his passing and was known amongst family as the "hardest working man on the department" because he worked so much overtime. Darlene added this fitting line in a letter to her late husband, published in the memorial program: "The days since you passed have been difficult, but God's grace is helping us get through this. He is sending all the help we need through family, friends and LASD personnel."
(Photos by Greg Torres)
(Photos by Greg Torres / PPOA)
PPOA congratulates all 37 new Custody Assistants at today's graduation for working hard and working together to complete the academy and begin their promising new careers with the LA County Sheriff's Department. Best of luck to all of you!
LEADERSHIP UPDATE FOR PPOA BOARD OF DIRECTORS — MORIGUCHI RESIGNS; RHODES ELECTED PRESIDENT
After 10 years of dedicated service to the members of the Professional Peace Officers Association, Brian Moriguchi resigned as president at yesterday's board meeting, citing health concerns. President Moriguchi stated he planned on serving in that capacity longer, but felt this was the right time to leave. "It has been a great pleasure serving the PPOA membership over the years," states Moriguchi. "I have complete confidence in the new leadership and the board of directors." As the longest sitting President of PPOA, Brian is known nationwide for his efforts and contributions to PPOA, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and the law enforcement community. Thank you so much, Brian.
As a result of this sudden revelation, the Board of Directors unanimously elected the current Vice-President, Lieutenant
Tab Rhodes, as the new President of PPOA. In addition, our long serving Secretary Jim Blankenship (Law Enforcement Technician) was elected to be the new Vice-President and Tony Coleman (Custody Assistant) was elected to serve as the new Board Secretary. Rogelio Maldonado (DAI Lieutenant) will remain as Treasurer of the organization. Past President Moriguchi has graciously agreed to remain on the Board as a Director to assist our new President with the transition.
Additionally, the Board of Directors took the opportunity to round out the conference table by appointing two new members to fill vacant board seats. Please join us in welcoming Commander Carlos Marquez (vacancy created by the promotion of Patrick Jordan to Chief) and Lieutenant Ryan Vienna (vacancy created by the recent retirement of Sergeant Jim Schallert) to the PPOA Board of Directors.
Deputy Solano’s friends, family and supporters gathered in Alhambra last night for a candlelight vigil and chose to remember the dedicated father and deputy for how he lived rather than how he died. “He was a great man and he deserved to have his life remembered like this, and our main goal now is getting justice for him,” said Solano's stepdaughter, Jessica Jimenez.
It was an evening of love and support for the entire Solano family as dozens remembered him.
We extend our sincere condolences to the family members and friends of the following PPOA members who passed away in May:
Retired Deputy David Bethany
Retired Sergeant Arthur Garcia
Retired Sergeant Robert Green
Retired Deputy Larry Watts
Retired D.A. Lieutenant Charles Powers
Sergeant James Beamon
PPOA was proud to present college scholarships to a roomful of bright, young minds this morning. The students — daughters, sons and dependents of PPOA members — were joined by family members for a special ceremony prior to today's board meeting. Special thanks to #LASD Undersheriff Tim Murakami for helping us honor our recipients. We were also joined by very special guests who made the ceremony extra meaningful. Sergeant Ottawa Cureton was on hand to speak about the legacy of her late son, C.A. Anthony Thompson and the first ever scholarship in his memory. Mr. and Mrs. Burkhardt, the parents of the late Security Officer Lars Burkhardt, were also on hand to help present a scholarship in memory of their son. Please see photo captions for more info.
This afternoon, PPOA President Brian Moriguchi presented a plaque to former PPOA President Arthur Reddy to acknowledge his remarkable three decades of service as a board member. Nobody in PPOA’s 68-year history has committed more time on the board. The retired #LASD sergeant was first elected to the board in 1979 as a deputy sheriff. Art was re-elected as a board member term after term as a deputy, then sergeant, then retired member. His institutional knowledge of PPOA is unmatched and invaluable. His impact and genuine friendship with countless PPOA board and staff members cannot be measured. Following his resignation from the board in April, Art generously agreed to continue providing his input to PPOA on a number of issues to help this association move forward. Thank you Art!
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EOW: Nov 15, 2018
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EOW: Sep 14, 2018
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EOW: Sep 12, 2018
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EOW: Mar 09, 2018
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EOW: May 13, 2017
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The vibrant life of Custody Assistant Anthony Thompson was cut short by a drunk driver on November 19, 2017. His mother, LASD Sergeant Ottawa Cureton, is passionate about Anthony's legacy as she moves forward with equal parts strength and grace. PPOA was honored to capture Sergeant Cureton's inspiring perspective on video as we mark the one-year anniversary of Anthony's passing.