National Crime and Intelligence Analyst Appreciation Day
September 20: The LA County Sheriff's Department benefits from the expertise of talented and dedicated Crime Analysts. PPOA is proud to help acknowledge their crucial behind-the-scenes work on National Crime and Intelligence Analyst Appreciation Day. Thank you LASD Crime Analysts for your professionalism and commitment to public safety!
POST Public Hearing re: Training Requirements
September 20: PPOA Executive Director Wayne Quint Jr. attended the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission public hearing in Sacramento in order to speak to the Commission about PPOA's opposition to the recent decision to seek regulatory changes to minimum training requirements for newly hired District Attorney Investigators.
LA County Federation 'House of Labor'
September 20: PPOA representatives joined fellow LA County Federation of Labor members on Monday for the monthly "House of Labor" teleconference. Discussions were centered on the many issues impacting union members, including COVID-19, the vaccination mandate for County employees and more. Meeting participants from PPOA included President Tab Rhodes, Vice President Jim Blankenship, Secretary Tony Coleman, Treasurer Bob Maus, Directors Joyce Kato, Chris Lee, Henry Jimenez, Tony Romo, Jim Schallert and Executive Director Quint.

The County Fed is comprised of more than 300 unions and labor organizations, representing more than 800,000 members.
COVID-19 Legal Meetings
September 21: On Tuesday, PPOA hosted the first of two legal meetings this week in order for President Rhodes, Executive Director Quint, Senior Labor Rep. Venise Wallace, Labor Rep. O'Neil, Intake Rep. Kevin Thompson and PPOA attorneys to address and analyze COVID-19 issues impacting PPOA members. All parties met again on Thursday (9/23) for further discussions. PPOA representatives now meet twice a week to stay current in all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and related negotiations. This dedication of PPOA resources will continue to supplement and enhance the efforts of the Coalition of County Unions (CCU) to negotiate reasonable terms as well as mitigate impacts on PPOA membership regarding this issue.
PPOA/Custody Labor Management Committee Meeting
September 21: PPOA participated in the monthly Custody Labor Management Committee (LMC) teleconference with Employee Relations, Assistant Sheriff Corbett and his command staff on Tuesday to discuss issues impacting PPOA members assigned to Custody Division. Meeting participants from PPOA included President Rhodes, Board Secretary Coleman and Executive Director Quint.
Meet and Confer re: Transcript Requirements for Lieutenant Applicants
September 21: PPOA representatives took part in a Meet and Confer with LASD executives regarding transcript requirements for lieutenant test applicants. Meeting participants from PPOA included President Rhodes, Executive Director Quint and union legal counsel.

Background: In the PPOA Week in Review dated September 4th, PPOA communicated the Department’s notification to numerous lieutenant test applicants of the requirement of “official transcripts” to validate educational diplomas/certificates submitted during the promotional exam process. PPOA had objected to this change in advance of this notification and filed a Cease and Desist letter (click to read) with the Department, demanding the end of this new requirement and a Meet and Confer to address these changes to working conditions of our members. Additionally, conversations with the Department during the second week of September led to a successful effort resulting in an extension (click to read) to this transcript requirement. 

Updates will be provided to those impacted, following further developments. 
Coalition of County Unions Meeting re: Vaccination Policy
September 21: PPOA joined fellow members of the Coalition of County Unions (CCU) on Tuesday to discuss the LA County COVID-19 vaccination policy. Meeting participants from PPOA included Executive Director Quint, President Rhodes, and Board Secretary Coleman.

PPOA/Operations Labor Management Committee Meeting
September 21: PPOA took part in a Labor Management Committee teleconference with Countywide Operations Assistant Sheriff Limon on Tuesday to discuss issues impacting PPOA members.

Meeting participants from PPOA included President Rhodes, Board Members Nancy Escobedo, Jose Rios and Tony Romo as well as Executive Director Quint. 
Legal Update re: April 2020 Sergeant Promotions
September 21: PPOA Attorney Jim Cunningham hosted a teleconference to update 98 Sergeants — all promoted on April 28, 2020 — regarding ongoing administrative and legal efforts to ensure they receive proper compensation and back pay. Click here for more details.
Meet and Confer re: Proposed Schedule Changes
September 22: PPOA took part in a Meet and Confer teleconference with the Community Colleges Bureau (CCB) Captain and CCB staff to discuss proposed schedule changes at Harbor College and Trade Tech. Meeting participants from PPOA included President Rhodes, Board Member/Security Officer Henry Jimenez, Executive Director Quint and Labor Representative Teresa O'Neil.
Meet and Confer re: Proposed Policy Changes
September 22: The Coalition of County Unions, including PPOA, took part in a Meet and Confer teleconference with representatives from the County CEO's Office and the Department of Human Resources (DHR) to discuss proposed changes from DHR to the Policies, Procedures and Guidelines (PPG) Policy Number 818: Nepotism and Personal Relationships. The CCU will continue negotiating this matter with the LA County representatives as there are many complex issues needing further information and clarification. Meeting participants from PPOA included Executive Director Quint, President Rhodes and fellow CCU leaders.
COVID-19 Accommodation Forms Distributed
September 22: As predicted last week, the Department of Human Resources, over the strenuous objections of PPOA and other CCU members, distributed COVID-19 Accommodation Forms and Guidelines. This action, despite the fact that negotiations have not yet concluded, is inappropriate and from a PPOA perspective, represents bad faith negotiations. Notwithstanding this development, negotiations continue and details of this policy are still fluid. 

Special PPOA Board of Directors Meeting
September 22: PPOA convened a special Board of Directors teleconference on Wednesday evening to discuss a number of pressing issues, including COVID-19 negotiations, contract extensions, Brady letter concerns and more. Board members in attendance included: President Tab Rhodes, Vice President Jim Blankenship, Secretary Tony Coleman, Treasurer Bob Maus, and Directors Joel Barnett, Nancy Escobedo, Henry Jimenez, Joyce Kato, Chris Lee, Jose Rios, Jim Schallert and Tony Romo.
California Peace Officer Memorial Foundation Board Meeting
September 22: PPOA representatives joined fellow board members of the California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation (CPOMF) on Thursday for the monthly board meeting. This meeting was hosted by the Riverside Sheriff's Association. Discussions were focused on planning for the 2022 memorial ceremonies to be held on May 1st and 2nd at the State Capitol. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 and 2021 events were cancelled and all fallen officers who were to be honored at those ceremonies are now scheduled to be memorialized at the 2022 ceremony (click here for full, updated list of honorees.) Meeting participants from PPOA included Treasurer Robert Maus and Executive Director Quint, who also serves as CPOMF Executive Director.

For more information about CPOMF, visit
Law Enforcement Leadership Development Institute Continuum
September 24: The LASD Law Enforcement Leadership Development Institute Continuum graduation took place at STARS Center yesterday. PPOA Board Secretary Coleman attended to offer support and congratulations to the graduates, including Custody Assistant Christopher Watson, who served as one of the class speakers.
COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate Impact Negotiations
September 24: PPOA, along with ALADS and the other unions of the County Coalition of Unions (CCU) continued impact bargaining negotiations related to the proposed COVID-19 vaccination policy. PPOA, as an organization, is an unyielding advocate during these negotiations, fighting for all of our members regardless of personal beliefs or positions on this issue, as due process was bypassed, and your rights to employment are being challenged. Negotiations participants from PPOA included Executive Director Quint, President Rhodes and Board Secretary Coleman.
PPOA is following a legal, political, and collaborative strategy with our labor partners, ALADS, and the other members of the CCU. We have thoroughly researched legal options and opinions from the top legal defense attorneys utilized by our coalition partners (FOP, California Coalition of Law Enforcement, Southern California Alliance of Law Enforcement, Peace Officer’s Research Association of California) and monitor numerous lawsuits nationwide for any nuggets of knowledge which may adjust our strategy.
National Security Officer Appreciation Week
PPOA is proud to represent hundreds of hard-working Sheriff's Security Officers (SSO) and Security Assistants (SSA) throughout the County. This week, we are particularly honored to acknowledge their commitment during National Security Officer Appreciation Week. Thank you to all SSOs and SSAs who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe!

Annual PPOA Retiree Report Hits Mailboxes
PPOA's Annual Retiree Report arrived in mailboxes this week. Inside, you'll find: 
  • Tips for healthy retirement adjustment
  • HR-218 retiree qualification procedures
  • Annual PPOA Retiree Luncheon invitation
  • and more!

LASD Captain Announces Candidacy for Sheriff
This week, LASD Captain Britta Steinbrenner announced her plans to run for LA County Sheriff in 2022. During her 34 years with the Sheriff's Department, Captain Steinbrenner has worked in a variety of roles, including Emergency Operations, Reserve Forces, Risk Management and Personnel Administration bureaus, along with time on patrol and custody assignments. She joins six other challengers to Sheriff Villanueva, including three active or former LASD employees: Chief Eli Vera, Lieutenant Eric Strong, and former Assistant Sheriff Cecil Rhambo.
Fraternal Order of Police
PPOA is a longtime member of 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 MayberryClick here to read the latest biweekly news update from the California Fraternal Order of Police (CAFOP). 

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.