Now that it seems the world is slowly returning to normal, this would be a good time to focus on what is important for our classification(s). Although there are many topics to choose from, it seems as though uniforms is a popular subject. After a little research, I was pleased to hear that the new Micro Ripstop Trousers made by United Uniform that were approved for deputy use were also authorized for Sheriff’s Security Officers (SSOs) and Sheriff’s Security Assistants (SSAs) to wear as an optional duty uniform. While we are on the topic of uniforms, I have seen a few different variations of name tapes on both Class B shirts (which have been authorized for us to wear during this COVID pandemic) as well as on some duty jackets. For clarification, the approved and correct nametape for our Class B uniform shirt should be the OD green color name strip with gold lettering of your last name. As far as your duty jacket goes, the nametape should be black with gold lettering. If ordering uniform apparel through our PPOA website, you will find the correct items already listed, taking the guesswork out of what exactly should be worn.
On February 23, PPOA hosted its first delegates meeting of 2021. It was held via Zoom and we had approximately 50 participants. This was a good turnout; however, I think it would be fantastic to see more of our members involved. If you don’t already know, our quarterly delegates meetings are a way to get information out to our members and keep you all updated on current events, Department issues and pretty much anything to do with our classifications. These meetings are open to all active, full dues-paying PPOA members who complete a brief online delegate training. I highly encourage you all to attend. It’s good to be informed and just as important to stay informed.
Recently, PPOA emailed surveys regarding communication to the membership. Hopefully all of you received the series of three brief questionnaires. I understand everybody’s time is valuable, but it is really important for you to provide input in order for the union to serve you better.
SAFEGUARDING YOUR HEALTH
Vaccines are now available to Department members. You may have seen an email that went out regarding the procedure on how to sign up. Vaccines are optional and can be received at various locations throughout the county. I can tell you from personal experience that I suffered no adverse reactions to the vaccine from both doses; however, side effects vary from person to person.
I have received calls recently regarding the ending of contracts or more possible curtailments. All I can say is that unless you hear it from PPOA or the Department, pay no attention. Morale is up right now, and we intend on keeping it that way. You can help by stopping the spread of misinformation. I will help PPOA fight hard for retaining what we have and continue to fight for what is right, equal and fair. In order to continue to communicate important and valuable information to you, I ask that you make sure your personal email, home address and telephone number are all on file and updated. Recently, PPOA President Rhodes, Executive Director Quint and I called Community College SSOs regarding scheduling questions, and I would say about 10% of people’s phone numbers were either incorrect or disconnected. If you would like to update your information or to clarify what we have on file, please call the PPOA office at (323) 261-3010 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.