Sheriff's Security Officer Laid to Rest
Family members, friends and colleagues of Sheriff's Security Officer Robert D. Ford Sr. (EOW: 5/1/22) gathered for memorial services this week to pay final respects to the 27-year LASD veteran. PPOA Board Member Gerry Garcia attended the viewing on Tuesday and President Tab J. Rhodes was at the funeral service on Wednesday.

Officer Ford had been assigned to the Metropolitan Courthouse for the last 25 years and is survived by his two sons. Please continue to keep the Ford family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

53rd Annual LA County Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony
Families of fallen officers gathered with law enforcement personnel this week for the 53rd Annual Los Angeles County Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony. The event at STARS Center was hosted by Sheriff Alex Villanueva and he was joined by LAPD Chief Michael Moore and LA County Chief Probation Officer, Dr. Adolfo Gonzales. Guest speakers included LA County Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn.

The three peace officers listed below died in the line of duty in Los Angeles County in 2021. Their legacies were honored at the ceremony and engraved plaques with their names were added to the memorial wall.

Deputy Thomas Joseph Albanese
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
EOW: 2/25/21

Officer Jose Luis Anzora
Los Angeles Police Department
EOW: 3/3/21

Detention Services Officer Michael Wall
Los Angeles County Probation Department
EOW: 4/30/21
Support for the LASD Memorial Torch Relay Run
May 22: PPOA was proud to bring our mobile BBQ trailer to Crescenta Valley Station on Sunday as personnel from that unit participated in the Annual LASD Memorial Torch Relay Run.

This event was established in 1975 to honor the memory of the brave and dedicated peace officers in Los Angeles County who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. The run, which consists of 58 legs, began at the Hall of Justice on Friday, May 20 and traveled over 300 miles over the weekend. During that span, the Memorial Torch was passed to each of the mainland Sheriff’s stations. As the run came through Crescenta Valley, PPOA provided a freshly grilled lunch for Department personnel who participated.
Meeting re: Promotional Assignments
May 23: President Rhodes took part in a conference call with LASD executives on Monday to discuss non-patrol captain promotional assignments and processes. A follow-up meeting will be scheduled.
Meet and Confer re: Supervisors' Amendment of County Code to Overstep Sheriff
May 23: A meet-and-confer was held on Monday in order for President Rhodes, PPOA legal counsel and County representatives to discuss the ordinance passed by the County Board of Supervisors on April 5th, which amended the County Code, Title 5 by adding Rule 18.10. This ordinance gives the County’s Director of Personnel the authority to discipline any County for noncompliance with the County’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy or related directives. PPOA immediately sought judicial relief and went to court on April 6th. Click here to read the email PPOA sent to members on that date.

Ultimately, the Court encouraged all parties to meet and confer over the ordinance. A second meet and confer with the County will be scheduled.
Meeting re: Impact of COVID-19 on PPOA Members
May 24: 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 Rhodes, Executive Director Wayne Quint Jr., Intake Rep. Kevin Thompson and PPOA legal counsel.
Unit 621 Contract Negotiations
May 25: The PPOA Unit 621 contract negotiations team assembled in San Dimas on Wednesday for the fourth round of contract bargaining with County executives, who participated via video conference.
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.

The next round of negotiations is scheduled for Wednesday, June 1st.
LASD Launches 'Operation Safe Travels'
May 25: Sheriff Villanueva and Transit Services Bureau Captain Shawn Kehoe hosted a press conference on Wednesday to announce "Operation Safe Travels" -- the mission to keep the public safe while riding the Metro.

L A County Unions United Meeting
May 25: LA County union leaders hosted a teleconference on Wednesday to discuss the current status of salary contract bargaining. President Rhodes represented PPOA for this meeting.

Unions United is composed of 15 AFL-CIO labor organizations and represents 85,000 LA County employees. 
LADA Bureau of Investigation Meeting and BBQ
May 26: President Rhodes, Board Member Jay Chapman and LADA Bureau of Investigation (BOI) Chief Robert Arcos joined BOI personnel for a meeting at the LAPD Academy, followed by a BBQ for all attendees. PPOA was proud to contribute to this "all hands on deck" event.
Unit 612 Contract Negotiations
May 26: The PPOA Unit 612 Contract Negotiations team met with County executives 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 meeting marked the 13th round of negotiations.
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 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. 

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.
PPOA 22nd Annual Fishing Trip
Hundreds of PPOA members have enjoyed these trips over the last two decades and we hope you join us out on the ocean this summer! This event often sells out, so please reserve your spot as soon as possible.


Friday, July 15, 2022

Gathering spot: Pierpoint Landing
200 Aquarium Way, Long Beach
Please arrive no later than 5:30 am
Boat leaves promptly at 6:00 am

Destination: Catalina and/or local waters
Boat: 85 ft. Enterprise 
Capacity for PPOA fishing trip: 40 people
Cost: $48 per PPOA member (1 guest $48 allowed per member)

Reservations are first come, first served. 
Call PPOA to book your spot: (323) 261-3010

Fishing license required. Purchase in advance or arrive early to purchase 1-day license. Rod/reel rental can be reserved with LBM Sportfishing: (562) 598-6649.
Coffee and lunch will be provided by PPOA.