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Fresno Deputy Sheriff's Association

Representing more than 650 active employees.

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The Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association was organized in 1973 to give members of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office the opportunity for fair representation based on the Peace Officer Bill of Rights. The FDSA was also organized to give a group of Deputy Sheriffs the opportunity to collectively bargain with the County of Fresno for wages, benefits, and working conditions.

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The Fresno County Sheriff's Office Commemorates the death of Deputy Sheriff Dennis Phelps

Dennis Phelps

On May 19, 2002, Deputy Sheriff Dennis Phelps was gunned down in eastern Fresno County during a vehicle stop on a suspicious vehicle/suspect. Prior to the deadly shooting, the suspect was alleged to have shot at a parking lot sweeper in the area of Herndon and Fowler.

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Thanking Ms. Brenda D. Lavell for her continued support of this event. And also a thank you to those who attended to support the event. This meant a lot to the families of the fallen deputies we were honoring.

The Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association was organized in 1973 to give members of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office the opportunity for fair representation based on the Peace Officer Bill of Rights. The FDSA was also organized to give a group of Deputy Sheriffs the opportunity to collectively bargain with the County of Fresno for wages, benefits, and working conditions.

Over time, the FDSA has evolved, not only as a labor organization with the members we represent, but as part of the community as well. The FDSA is generous to charitable organizations, both financially and with active participation from its members. By working for an elected Sheriff, the FDSA stays politically involved in the community on issues the organization sees can affect law enforcement or the Sheriff.

The FDSA represents over 650 active employees. Although Deputy Sheriffs make up the majority of the membership, dispatchers, community service officers, identification technicians, criminalists, and deputy coroners are all represented by the FDSA. The variety of job classifications allows the FDSA to represent both sworn and support personnel throughout the enforcement side of the Fresno Sheriff’s Office.

The FDSA is an active participant in our State Association, Peace Officer’s Research Association of California (PORAC). The FDSA holds a director at large seat on this board.

The Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association’s goal is to be an outreach for its members and the community. These goals are achieved when we all come together to reach that common goal. Our main focus is law enforcement, not only for labor aspects, but also to serve the citizens of Fresno County who rely on us for their public safety needs.

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President's Message, April 2015

***Please remember to joins us for the 4th Annual FDSA Peace Officer Memorial Open House. It’s this Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 5:30pm-8:00pm at the FDSA. This is the time for us to reflect, remember and honor the deputy sheriff’s from our own agency who have died in the line of duty. There will be family members of our fallen deputies there as well. This is a great time to reconnect and let these loved ones know that we will never forget the sacrifices that were made by their husband, son, father, or brother.

Golden Handshake

Many of you have inquired over the last few weeks about a “5 year Golden Handshake.” This is NOT anything the County of Fresno is talking about, nor is this anything the County of Fresno would entertain as a benefit to encourage an employee to leave early and receive a full pension behind that departure (retirement).