I hope everyone had a good Christmas and a happy new year. Let me introduce myself: My name is Gerardo “Gerry” Garcia. I was a PPOA director for four years. In addition, I have been a union delegate for over 15 years and have worked numerous assignments. I was a Security Assistant for over three years. Enough about me — on to new business.
We are working on the status of the uniform and what will be the next step. We are prepping for the next steps for the training part of what I promised to follow up on. I would like to know if all Sheriff’s Security Officers have their P.O.S.T. identification number and that your training is accurately shown on their training record. I want to make sure we can all take future steps together. If you do not have your P.O.S.T. number, notify your training personnel at your respective assignments. These are difficult times, and I want to make sure all personnel have a strong foundation.
These are difficult times, and I want to make sure all personnel have a strong foundation.
I am talking with training personnel, but I would like to get your input on what training you would like to attend, if possible. Years ago, I was in the process of getting personnel issued a gas mask. I will continue to address that aspect.
For the personnel at County Services Bureau, I know they postponed a job fair until after the new year. I am aware of it and watching as it develops to make sure all things are transparent and concerns will be addressed.
For those at College Bureau, I know you are on a contract extension. I am monitoring and seeing that the Community College District is happy and their services are being met.
For the personnel at Court Services, it’s been business as usual. I would like to see if in the future we can add some training, as much of our training is perishable skills.
Homicide and Aero Bureau: You guys aren’t forgotten, and I am here as needed.
As you all know, we will be going into Unit 621 contract negotiations, and I will get a consensus as it approaches so we make sure we can speak about the important topics at the negotiations table. So, monitor your email and look out for other stuff that PPOA sends. Please make sure we have your personal email to keep you up to date on information.
In addition, I am the new membership chairperson for PPOA. That being said, I know many are happy with PPOA, but I would like to reach out to the ones who are dissatisfied, and I would like to know what happened. I want to make sure you are all important, and we are here as the union for you. Please let me know.
I want to thank each and every one of you, as you are the key piece in making sure your clients feel safe at your respective assignments. Stay safe and watch each other’s back. If you have any questions or comments, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.