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 Josh Lancaster
On May 29, 2003, Deputy Sheriff Josh Lancaster was killed in the line of duty during a vehicle pursuit. A suspect was evading Sanger Police Officers when he crashed into Josh’s unmarked detective car. The crash happened in southeastern Fresno County in the area of Adams and Maple. The suspect’s fleeing car was traveling in excess of 90 miles an hour when it broadsided Josh’s unmarked patrol vehicle.
As I speak to many of our members, members of the community, other law enforcement groups, and government officials – the conversation always gravitates to how are we doing recruiting? My short answer to them, “It’s tough.”
As professionals in this career, we must figure out a new way to hire people. We not only have to seek out those who want to get into this profession, but those who want to work at our department.