Wishing you all a holiday season filled with great food, the presence of those near and dear and plenty of memories to treasure always!
PORAC President Elect, Brian Marvel of San Diego POA
The membership of PORAC elected a new President on Saturday morning, November 18, 2017 during the Conference of Members hosted in San Diego. San Diego POA President, Brian Marvel was overwhelmingly elected as the new President of PORAC. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Sacramento - that he developed during his role as the President of San Diego POA.
Brian's accomplishments as leader of SDPOA were clear- to protect and enhance pay and benefits for all members. During his tenure, Brian was able to negotiate an epic 25-30% pay raise for his membership. He was also able to get a voter passed, revised pension plan reversed.
Brian has a clear vision for PORAC. He wants enhanced communication for members, enhanced training for members, and a larger footprint in the State and Federal Capitol. Brian will continue the work PORAC has been doing on a national platform and take us to the next level.
The Fresno Deputy Sheriff's Association welcomes our new President of PORAC, Brain Marvel.
PORAC Insurance & Benefits - Disability Plan
The Insurance and Benefits Trust of the Peace Officers Research Association of California (Trust) has been providing disability coverage to the PORAC membership for over 50 years; longer than any law enforcement group in the state. The PORAC Disability Plans currently provide short and long-term protection to over 21,000 PORAC members, representing over 180 participating associations. Last year, our Disability Plans paid members over $7 million dollars in both short and long-term benefits.
Maintaining the financial stability and reserves necessary to meet both current and future benefit obligations of your members continues to be of paramount importance to the Trust. Over the past four years, the Trust and its long term insured partner have seen a marked increase in the number of claims going past two (2) years in addition to an increase number of claims being paid beyond five (5) years. In order to make sure we can cover these claims and the evolving trend we have dedicated reserves of over $18 million dollars to guarantee payment of these claims. We hope you understand and agree that these reserves provide the financial security and confidence for any of those current or future disabled Members that their benefits will be there for them and their families when needed, whether it be today or for the long term 10, 20, or 30 years.
After much discussion, analysis and lengthy negotiations, the Trustees have approved effective January 1, 2018, the following monthly, per member premium increases:
Over this last year, the California Department of Insurance (CDI) completed an in-depth analysis and investigation of self-funded long-term disability plans being offered to safety personnel (peace officers and firefighters). CDI did this in response to the passage of AB 1072. Commissioned, the CDI investigated these self-funded long-term disability plans to determine the adequacy of their funding in meeting benefit obligations to the members and to review the administrative practices of the plans. The Trust is pleased to report that CDI sent a letter, approving this Trust's financials (its reserves) and the administration of the PORAC Disability Plans.
Over $80 million dollars in benefits have been paid to disabled members. This is both good news and bad news. Good news in that the Disability Plans were there to assist members and their families financially during those difficult and sometimes tragic times. Bad news in that so many members and their families have had to experience such challenges.
The PORAC Disability Plans continue to be two of the most heavily utilized benefit plans by the membership, especially when you consider that employers increasingly contest workers compensation claims and industrial disability retirements.
As referenced above, the Disability Plans currently have in excess of $18 million in reserves for existing claims. To drive home the importance of these reserves, there are currently over 40 members that have been determined to be permanently and totally disabled from all occupations and have been on claim receiving benefits for over five (5) years. They are expected to continue to receive disability benefits until age 65. That is the true test of a long-term disability plan.
The Trustees have also approved some plan changes to be implemented January 1, 2018. Some of those plan changes are:
Benefit Eligibility Waiting Period: During the first 60 days of Disability you are required to use any available personal leave pay you are eligible to receive from your employer. If after 15 days of Disability you are not eligible to receive any personal leave pay, your Maximum Monthly Benefit percentage during the first 60 days of Disability will be reduced: from 66 2/3% to 33/13% for members in the Premier Plan; from 70% to 35% for members in the Premier Plus Plan. Personal leave pay includes annual leave pay, sick pay, vacation pay, compensatory time pay, and donated amounts.
The Trustees are also developing a NEW Group Short Term Disability plan, the Silver Plan. This Plan is anticipated to meet the needs of some Associations looking for a less expensive plan while agreeing to a shorter benefit period. It is expected this Plan will be approved and available after January 1, 2018. Here are some of the highlights:
The Trust would like to thank all of the PORAC Associations and their members for their continued support of the PORAC Disability Plans. We appreciate all the confidence and trust you have shown through your participation and we will continue to strive to maintain your trust.
RIPA - What is Coming to California Law Enforcement
I hope you are all prepared for what is to come in the world of California Law Enforcement. I used to tell people we are the cutting edge to law enforcement agencies in the United States. Now, however, we are not only cutting edge in technology and tactics - but we serve up agendas for those ultra-left-wing legislators who want to put the handcuff on cops. As you will read below - what is to come for us all.
Attorney General Becerra Announces Final Regulations to Implement Racial and Identity Profiling Act (RIPA)
Regulations prescribe process for collecting data pertaining to law enforcement stops
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announce the regulations drafted by the California Department of Justice (DOJ) for the collection of data pertaining to law enforcement stops under Assembly Bill 953 (AB 953), the Racial and Identity Profiling Act (RIPA) of 2015, are now final. Beginning July 1, 2018, law enforcement agencies, starting with the nine largest agencies, will begin collecting stop data and reporting the information to the DOJ.
"Public safety is a job for all of us - our peace officers, of course, but a cooperative citizenry as well. Trust is the glue that makes the relationship between law enforcement and the community work," said Attorney General Becerra. "This new RIPA data collection and reporting process is meant to strengthen, and in some cases repair, that trust. The regulations are a product of collaboration among community leaders, law enforcement professionals and researchers in the public safety field. I thank everyone who participated in the formulation of these regulations."
"The California Police Chiefs Association has routinely proven to be a collaborative partner with various stakeholders throughout California in our efforts to increase public safety and enhance community trust in law enforcement," said Chief Edward Medrano, Co-Chair of the RIPA Advisory Board and President of the California Police Chiefs Association. "The Racial and Identity Profiling Act and the recently approved regulations is another tool to ensure our officers continue to provide fair and impartial policing to the communities we serve."
"Racial and identify profiling has created trauma across California and the passage of AB 953 in 2015 sent a clarion call to the public safety system that necessary change was upon us," said Reverend Ben McBride, Co-Chair of the RIPA Advisory Board and Co-Director of People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO) CA. "The RIPA Board worked alongside the Department of Justice and those closest to the pain around these issues, creating regulations for how we collect the data. We now continue the sacred work of ensuring California is a state where all, despite of difference, are treated with respect and fairness under the law."
"We need to move beyond the rhetoric and the entrenched positions on this issue," said Assembly member Shirley Weber, the author of AB 953. "It's time for us to address bias in policing from a policymaking perspective. With these regulations we will have the comprehensive hard data necessary to understand the scope of the problem and to make practical decisions about how to reduce over-policing persons of color, a practice that wastes resources, engenders mistrust and compromises public safety."
The RIPA regulations give law enforcement agencies and their officers clear instruction regarding what data to report about stops, and the logistics of how and when to report this stop data. DOJ completed the regulations after thoroughly considering the oral and written commentary from hundreds of stakeholders, including the law enforcement community, academics, and community advocates. DOJ also reviewed stop data collection programs in other jurisdictions and conducted a field test to better understand the practical implications of this data collection.
The regulations require, among other things, that officers collect and transmit to the DOJ the following information:
The first round of data collection, starting with the largest law enforcement agencies, will begin on July 1, 2018.
The regulations, including a complete list of the information required to be reported for each stop, can be found online at www.oag.ca.gov/ab953/regulations.
The DOJ published the original proposed stop data regulations in December 2016, as required by AB 953, to specify the data that local and certain state law enforcement agencies will be required to collect and report to the DOJ on each stop by a law enforcement officer. After receiving hundreds of comments from stakeholders during an initial 45-day public comment period, the DOJ revised the regulations.
In August 2017, Attorney General Becerra posted revised proposed regulations and opened a 15-day public comment period for stakeholders to participate in the process.
Stakeholders that provided input include the RIPA Board; state and local law enforcement agencies and associations; civil rights groups; individuals representing the LGBTQ, immigrant, disability and youth rights communities; community organizations; and members of academia. PORAC represented us as one of the stakeholders. The Attorney General's Office appreciates and thanks all stakeholders who participated in this process.
Take care of yourselves and one another.