Fresno Deputy Sheriff's Association

Representing more than 650 active employees.

Our Mission

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.

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Today we honor fallen Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputy Joel Wahlenmaier who was gunned down during the service of a search warrant in the Fresno County town of Minkler, on February 25, 2010. 

The Fresno Deputy Sheriffs Association honors each of our fallen deputies who have been killed in the line of duty. Joel was a member of the Fresno County Search and Rescue team, property detective, homicide detective and a great friend and partner to many of us here. 

Joel is survived by his wife Bev Wahlenmaier, daughter Amy, son-in-law Hunter and son Austin. A grand-daughter whom he never met, Monroe.  

Take the time today as we are at the Fresno Deputy Sheriffs Association to remember our friend Joel Wahlenmaier.  Joel paid the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of Fresno County. 

We will always honor him and we will never forget him. God Bless


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A Message from the President, June 2018

Assembly Bill 931

The Assembly Bill labeled, AB 931, which has as its goal prosecution of law enforcement officers for using deadly force, even if the use of force was "reasonable." The bill seeks to replace the 146-year-old "reasonable" standard for judging use of force with a new standard that requires a determination if the force was "necessary." This newly invented standard allows prosecutors to second guess the actions of a law enforcement officer and file charges if they decide the officer should have taken a different course of action.