PPOA Reps Assess Ongoing Impact of COVID-19
April 26: PPOA representatives took part in their weekly teleconference to continue assessing the impact of COVID-19 on our membership.

Meeting participants from PPOA included President Tab Rhodes, Executive Director Wayne Quint Jr., Senior Labor Rep. Venise Wallace, Labor Rep. Teresa O'Neil, Intake Rep. Kevin Thompson and PPOA legal counsel.
Sheriff Discusses Current Issues
April 26: Sheriff Villanueva hosted a press conference on Tuesday to discuss "false claims made in a recent lawsuit." Click here to watch video of the event.

April 27: Sheriff Villanueva hosted a Facebook live stream on Wednesday to discuss current issues, including Supervisor Holly Mitchell's alarming impact on Marina del Rey Station, the County vaccine mandate and more.
Meet and Confer re: Failure to Make Statements
April 27: PPOA representatives met with LASD executives for a Meet and Confer regarding proposed revisions to the "Failure to Make Statements" policy presented by the Department. Meeting participants from PPOA included President Rhodes and counsel, Jim Cunningham.
Unit 621 Salary Contract Negotiations Officially Begin
April 27: The PPOA Unit 621 contract negotiations team officially opened contract talks with the County on Wednesday afternoon. PPOA members who serve on that team gathered in the union conference center for a video conference with County executives. Introductions were made and discussions were centered on general expectations for contract bargaining and a number of initial proposals put forth by the PPOA team.

Unit 621 is the official bargaining unit for the following LASD classifications: Custody Assistant, Civilian Investigator, Crime Analyst, Public Response Dispatcher, Court Services Specialist, Law Enforcement Technician, Security Assistant, Security Officer.
LA County Unions United Meeting
April 27: President Rhodes participated in a teleconference on Wednesday with fellow labor leaders from unions throughout LA County to discuss contract bargaining and plans for a press conference the following day (see more on that below.) Unions United is composed of 15 AFL-CIO labor organizations and represents 85,000 LA County employees.
Press Conference Points to County's Lack of Respect for Frontline Workers
April 28: PPOA Executive Board Member Joyce Kato and counterparts from ALADS, County Fire, Probation and more spoke at a press conference (click here for news article) to draw attention to the County's lack of respect for its frontline workforce. This event was hosted by Unions United in front of the Hall of Administration. It also served as a unified show of support for our brothers and sisters in SEIU Local 721 as they are currently considering a countywide strike to protest the current state of salary contract negotiations.
Unit 612 Salary Contract Negotiations
April 28: The PPOA Unit 612 Contract Negotiations team met with County executives on Thursday via video conference to continue negotiations for a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The current contract for Sergeants and Lieutenants from the Sheriff's Department and District Attorney's Office expired on January 31, 2022. This marked the 10th round of negotiations for Unit 612. 
Memorial Ceremony Reimbursements for PPOA Members
PPOA will issue a reimbursement up to $350 for members who attend the 2022 California Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony in Sacramento.

All members are strongly encouraged to attend the candlelight vigil on May 1st and the memorial ceremony on May 2nd to help honor the service and sacrifice of our fallen brothers and sisters. Due to the pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 events were cancelled and all fallen officers who would have been honored at those ceremonies are now scheduled to be be memorialized at the 2022 ceremony (click here for full, updated list of honorees.) 

Reimbursement eligibility is limited to the first 10 full dues-paying, active PPOA members who call the union office to register. Following the event, each eligible member must submit receipts for hotel and travel expenses to PPOA for reimbursement

If you plan to attend the memorial ceremony and would like to be eligible for reimbursement, please call PPOA at (323) 261-3010.
PPOA 2022 Scholarship Applications Available Online
PPOA is once again proud to offer college scholarships to help further the education of PPOA members and their sons/daughters. Since the inception of this scholarship program, PPOA has been honored to contribute approximately $100,000 toward the educational goals of our members and dependents. Eligibility is limited to active, full dues-paying PPOA members and the biological children, stepchildren or adopted children of active full dues-paying PPOA members or retired PPOA members who were paying full dues prior to retired membership. Application deadline is May 13, 2022 at 5:00 pm.

Visit PPOA.COM for applications and details.
Raffle Tickets Available for 6 Ft. Tall Gun Safe
PPOA will be raffling off an impressive 6-foot tall Liberty gun safe and all proceeds will benefit the Star & Shield Foundation. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Peace Officer Memorial Golf Tournament on June 6th. Winner need not be present.

To purchase tickets, please call PPOA at (323) 261-3010.
Fraternal Order of Police
PPOA members have long benefitted from our longtime affiliation with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the world's largest organization of law enforcement officers, with more than 364,000 members in more than 2,100 lodges nationwide. All active PPOA members are part of California FOP Lodge 1, which represents public safety organizations throughout LA County and operates under the capable leadership of former PPOA President Roger Mayberry. Click here to read the latest weekly news update from the California FOP.

Please make it a point to check out the Washington Watch — a weekly update provided by the National FOP. We encourage PPOA members to stay up to date on the legislative news and activity impacting public safety personnel nationwide.