DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO

  • By Ronald Hernandez
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  • April 12, 2017
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  • Dispatcher

Exploiting deputies who make mistakes and disciplining them seem to be the primary focus of those who control our department.

A TRULY FLAWED L.A. TIMES EDITORIAL

We were very disappointed to see the Los Angeles Times editorial comments on the County of Los Angeles v. Mendez United States Supreme Court case.

TRUE MEANING OF THE CPA

In January, 2017, the department mailed a newsletter entitled "Inside the LASD" to members of the department. This "newsletter" was intended to dispel rumors that have circulated throughout the department. In one of the articles entitled "Constitutional Policing Advisors Who Really Decides Discipline?" it makes the CPA's sound all warm and fuzzy and that they are a great tool for the department and its members. We would beg to differ with that assessment.

TWO COMMON QUESTIONS DEPUTIES FREQUENTLY FACE IN AN INCREASINGLY INTOLERANT DISCIPLINARY SYSTEM

ALADS members are facing an increasingly intolerant discipline system and two questions are commonly asked in reference to interviews.

THE DEPARTMENT'S DISSERVICE TO DEPUTIES = A DISSERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY THEY SERVE

As a common theme of scrutinizing every move deputies make evolves, the Sheriff's Department is also evolving in their policies, procedures and expectations. These changes do not come easy for most and it makes every single one of your jobs more difficult than the job already was.

ALADS Foundation for the Future 2017 Scholarship Program

It's time for the 16th Annual ALADS Foundation for the Future college scholarship competition for the dependent children of Full ALADS members. Eight $2,500.00 scholarships will be awarded.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • The applicant must be a child or dependent of a Full ALADS member.
  • The applicant must be a graduating high school senior, or currently attending college or university.
Submission Requirements:
  • The applicant must list the name and employee number of their member parent or guardian.
  • The applicant must include their name, address, phone number, date of birth, and date or anticipated date of their high school graduation.
  • The applicant must submit a 750-word essay in Microsoft Word on the topic: "What are the advantages and disadvantages of body worn cameras? What impact has the footage from body worn cameras had on society's perception of law enforcement, and how has that change in perception affected the profession?"
  • The applicant must include a copy of their last report card or transcript earned.
  • Children who have lost a parent must also include the date of passing of their member parent.
Scholarship Winners:
  • Upon receipt of the award, the applicant must also agree to perform 20 hours of community service. The scholarship check will be presented once the name and contact information of the community service supervisors is received.
The scholarship submission deadline is 5:00 PM Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
No submissions will be accepted after the deadline.
Email your application packet to scholarship@alads.org

ALADS is Preparing for Your Future Contract Negotiations

Want to Join the Contract Negotiations Team? Sign-up for the Negotiations Training Session Today!

On March 4th, 0900-1600, ALADS is hosting a negotiations training session for Full ALADS members at our facility located at 2 Cupania Circle, Monterey Park, CA 19755.

Our next contract negotiations team will be selected from the ranks of the attendees.

ALADS will provide a continental breakfast from 0800-0845 and lunch.

Please RSVP by February 27, 2017 to (323) 213-4005 as space will be limited.

MAKING CHANGES AT ALADS

  • By Ronald Hernandez
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  • February 02, 2017
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  • Dispatcher

Over the past two and a half months that I have been president, I have noticed that our board meetings have gotten longer and our unit representative meetings have gotten shorter. While I am not sure if that is the best way to measure the progress we have made, it is a good place to start to look at where ALADS is today.

IT's ONLY A MATTER OF TIME

This article is a reprint. It originally appeared in PORAC's Magazine in 2013. I feel that in light of the numerous violent police protests that occurred in the past year, the relevance of its subject matter is significant.

DISCIPLINE DISQUALIFICATIONS FOR COVETED POSITIONS

  • By Anthony Spatola
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  • February 02, 2017
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  • Dispatcher

If you are in a position where you are going to receive discipline, it is very important for you to be aware of how much discipline will prohibit you from being promoted to a Coveted Position. Your decision to accept discipline rather than grieve may have a very real impact on your candidacy for a Coveted Position.

DON'T FORGET THE RESOLUTIONS!

  • By Ronald Hernandez
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  • January 05, 2017
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  • Dispatcher

Every year, a good majority of us vow to change our lives in a positive manner, and we often fall short of realizing our resolutions. Setting goals is great, but never accomplishing any of them is just a waste of time. I resolve to fix, or help fix, the things that do not appear to be working to benefit, you, the members.

LOOKING AHEAD: ALADS IN 2017 AND BEYOND

Looking ahead to 2017, our main effort will be negotiating a successor agreement to the salary Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that expires "midnight of January 31, 2018."

ALADS Anthem Blue Cross Gym Membership Directions

ALADS Anthem Blue Cross Health Plan Members:

Happy New Year! Today begins the first day of the ALADS Anthem Blue Cross Gym Membership.

Below is the info you need to know to setup your gym membership:

ALADS is proud to now provide gym memberships and a new Mobile Health app to all members and their dependents over 18 enrolled in an Anthem Blue Cross medical plan. Your new gym membership is offered through Healthy Lifestyles and will allow you access to over 10,000 fitness centers across the country! All you need to start working out is your Healthy Lifestyles membership ID number. The best way to manage your new gym membership will be through the new Anthem Mobile Health app.

The Mobile Health app will also serve as your one-stop for all of your Anthem Blue Cross plan information and other ALADS benefits. Moving into this New Year, ALADS continues to provide some of the most exclusive benefits to members and their families. Best of all, these new benefits are now available at no cost to all members and dependents over the age of 18 enrolled in an ALADS Anthem Blue Cross medical plan! Use this year as your opportunity to take-charge of your health and well-being through the new gym membership and Anthem Mobile Health app!

Healthy Lifestyles Gym Membership

The ALADS Anthem Blue Cross medical plans now include gym memberships at no additional cost. Not only is the monthly membership free, the annual fees and sign-up fees are fully-covered at each of the 10,000 gyms included in the network. Anthem's Healthy Lifestyles program includes some of the most popular fitness centers across the country. To quickly find fitness centers located near you, just go to https://prime.healthways.com/FitnessCenter/Search and search by your address and city or zip code. This feature is also available on the Anthem Mobile Health app and the Healthy Lifestyles website.

Through the program you will not be tied down to one facility; instead you can go to an Anytime Fitness one day and then go to an LA Fitness the very next day, even if it's in another state! Simply show your Healthy Lifestyles membership ID card, or Healthy Lifestyles membership ID number, at the front desk of any participating gym and you're ready to start working out. Please note that some gyms may issue an individual copy of their own membership ID card to you as well.

Anthem Mobile Health App Features

Sometimes managing your family's healthcare can be difficult and confusing. That's why ALADS has partnered with Anthem to create a user-friendly app for you and your family. The Anthem Mobile Health app is now available to all members and dependents over the age of 18 enrolled in an ALADS Anthem Blue Cross medical plan. On the new Mobile Health app you now have access to exclusive features including:

  • View your Anthem Blue Cross deductibles and balances
  • View and download ID cards
  • Access your benefit summaries
  • Find an Anthem Blue Cross doctor or dentist
  • Access information and links on other benefits included with your ALADS Anthem Blue Cross medical plan
  • Consult a physician 24/7 through LiveHealth Online
  • Manage your gym membership

How Can I Download and Register for the Mobile Health App?


The ALADS Mobile Health app is now accessible via smartphone, tablet, or smart watch and runs on both iOS and Android devices. Go to the App Store or Play Store and download the Mobile Health Consumer app. Open the app and select "Register Now" and on the next screen enter your first and last name, last four digits of your social security number, and your birthday (example: 05/23/1985). You will automatically be provided with a username. You can choose to keep this username or create a new one. You can now choose your password and enter your email address. For step by step directions click HERE.

You can also access the Mobile Health app on the web if you do not have a smartphone or up-to-date mobile device. You and your dependents over the age of 18 can register for Anthem Mobile Health online at https://www.mobilehealthconsumer.com/web/pages/login.html. Each eligible member of your family will need to create their own username and password to access their version of the Mobile Health app.

During these first few weeks of January, all enrolled members who download and register for the ALADS Mobile Health Consumer app will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win an iPad!

How Can I Register for my Gym Membership?

While you can sign-up for your gym membership directly on the Mobile Health app on your phone, for a preferred experience we recommend using a desktop or tablet for the initial registration process. On the Mobile Health home screen, click the "Healthy Lifestyles Gym Membership" tile and navigate to the "Go to Website" button on the next screen. Alternatively, you can register directly on www.MyHealthyLifestyles.com.

On the Healthy Lifestyles website, click "Sign Up." Please note, your enrolled dependents over the age of 18 will need to complete their own registration for a free gym membership. On the next screen enter your first name, last name, date of birth, postal code and gender. Click "Next" and continue to create a username and password by entering your email address and challenge questions.

Return to the Healthy Lifestyles home screen, enter your newly created username and password and click "Sign In." Once you have agreed to the Healthy Lifestyles terms and conditions, your Healthy Lifestyles membership ID card will be mailed directly to your house. Once you have registered, you will have the option to complete a Well-Being Assessment or you can skip it by selecting "I'd rather do this later. Let me create my Well-Being Plan without it."

However, you don't need to wait to receive your physical membership ID card to start going to the gym; all you will need is your membership ID number. You can access this number on the Healthy Lifestyles website under the Resources and Tools tab. Click on Fitness Centers and select Print a Temporary Card. Simply print out this screen, or write down your 16 digit membership ID number and show it to the front desk at any participating gym. 

If you have trouble signing up for your gym membership, please call Benefit Service Center at (818) 678-0040 or toll-free at (800) 842-6635.

MAKING ALADS THE MEMBERS' ASSOCIATION

  • By Board Members
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  • December 20, 2016
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  • Dispatcher

We would like to extend our thanks to all of you who participated in our recent Board of Directors election. The election has resulted in a significant change in Board members...We believe that, with the help of all our deputy and DAI members, we can bring ALADS to its full potential and make it an association of which we are all proud to be a part.

EXECUTIVE FORCE REVIEW COMMITTEE

  • By Julia Kingsley
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  • December 20, 2016
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  • Dispatcher

If you have been, or are currently under investigation for a Use of Force, Tactical Incident, or anything that required an activation of an Internal Affairs Bureau Force / Shooting Response Team, you will be reviewed by an anonymous review panel known as the Executive Force Review Committee (EFRC).

17th Annual Awards Banquet Moved to June 3rd

Awards Banquet Returns to the Universal Sheraton

Date: June 3, 2017
Location: Universal Sheraton
Nominations: OPEN NOW – February 28, 2017

AWARDS: Medal of Valor, Exemplary Performance, Rookie of the Year, Patrol, Custody, Leadership Awards!

ALADS Members are encouraged to send in award nominations for their fellow deputies and district attorney investigators to be honored at the premier law enforcement event of the year, the 17th Annual ALADS Awards Banquet.

The Awards Banquet is returning to the Universal Sheraton in 2017 where the First Annual ALADS Awards Banquet was held in 2000. The 2017 Awards Banquet will also include new award categories such as Rookie of the Year, Patrol and Custody Awards.

There is no higher accolade than being honored by your peers. ALADS members who would like to nominate a deputy or district attorney investigator for an award, please send the following information to ALADS President Ron Hernandez at rhernandez@alads.org.

1. Name, Phone Number, and Work Assignment of Nominee(s)

2. A paragraph about the incident, include any audio or video available

3. A police report of the incident if available

4. Nominator(s) Name, Phone Number, Email Address

This year's awards banquet will include a new category of honorees. With so many new deputies and DAI's on the job in LA County, a new category of "Rookie of the Year" has been added to the list. We encourage ALADS members to nominate the Rookie of the Year from your unit. One Rookie of the Year will be chosen by the nomination committee for patrol, custody and special assignments. Please include a short paragraph and contact information (see above) for your nomination for Rookie of the Year.

2017 Nominations are open for the following categories:

· Medal for Bravery

· Exemplary Performance Award

· Exemplary Service to Victims

· Rookie of the Year (Patrol, Custody and Special Assignments)

The deadline to submit 2017 Award Nominations is Tuesday, February 28. In the subject line of your email please put “ALADS AWARDS BANQUET NOMINATION”.

We look forward to receiving your nominations!

Make Up to 2.5% More A Year: Get Your Advanced POST Certificate

How to Maximize Your Benefits

You became a deputy sheriff because you want to give back to the community.  You want to do good work and help people who otherwise would be injured or killed.  You want to make sure your children and your grandchildren have the same opportunities you have had, and you want the less fortunate to have an opportunity to be safe and do better.

However, don’t forget to take care of yourself and your family by taking advantage of the POST certificate process. 

Just as you keep an eye on your retirement, your personal investments and your checking and credit card accounts, you should be monitoring your advancement towards your Intermediate and Advanced POST Certificates.

Upon qualifying for your Intermediate POST Certificate you will receive a 2.5% increase in pay. Upon qualifying for your Advanced POST Certificate you will receive a second 2.5% increase in pay. That means that some of you may currently be eligible for a 5% increase in pay.

If you have not begun to do so, start working towards receiving your Intermediate or Advanced POST Certificate. POST Certificates are awarded to deputy sheriffs who achieve increasingly higher levels of education, training and experience.

As you can see in the charts below, if you have a B.A. or B.S. you only need have to have two years of experience to receive an Intermediate POST Certificate.  You can also see that the more years you work as a deputy sheriff, the less education or training points you need to qualify for the certificate. For example, if you have eight or more years on the department, you only need 15 education and 15 training points.  Be smart, don't wait years to maximize your pay, start working immediately on obtaining your Intermediate and Advanced POST Certificates.

When planning how to accumulate POST credits, you should first contact the training staff at your station/unit. They should have access to the department’s Training Record System (TRS) and be able to provide you with a copy of your training record. Your training record will consist of three sections TRS, WQS, and CTS. Total the number of hours, of two hours or more, in the sections, and then divide by 20 to determine your “training points.”

After you have done this, it would be a good idea to call the POST Certificate Coordinator Karla De La Torre (562) 347-1222 to check your math, send you the necessary paperwork and help you plan the best way to accumulate more points as quickly as possible.  

Taking advantage of this program:  

Accumulating points is easy. To accumulate education points towards a POST Certificate you can begin taking classes at any accredited college and may include those units obtained through college-affiliated training or in-service training. 

To accumulate training points, you can include hours in Basic Academy courses, in-service training, and may include outside training. College-affiliated training can be counted as education OR training points, BUT NOT BOTH. 20 hours of training = 1 training point and you CANNOT substitute training points for college units.

Basically, you need to accumulate both Education Points and Training points to receive your certificate.  For example, for six to seven years of service on the department you need to have 30 education points and 30 training points to receive your Intermediate POST Certificate. If you are not planning to take advantage of the POST Certificate Program, you should consider that the opportunity cost of whatever it is that you are    doing instead is 2.5% or 5% of your salary year after year. It better be worth it.

Two frequently asked questions that the POST Coordinator receives are: If you have more than 12 years of experience, do you still need any education points or training points? The answer is that both Intermediate and Advanced POST Certificates have minimum requirements regardless of how many years of experience you have (see the charts). The second question is: Do you have to submit sealed official transcripts? The answer to this question is no.  You can submit copies of official transcripts or your degree if you have been awarded one. However, they do not accept “unofficial transcripts.” For example, you could not submit transcripts that say “unofficial” on them.

If you are a veteran on the department and have not taken advantage of this program, know that your pay is not retroactive to the time you first had enough points to be eligible for a POST Certificate. Assuming all eligibility requirements are met, retroactive pay is authorized from the date the POST Coordinator receives the applicant’s completed POST application, including all supporting documentation. Don’t be one of the people that walk in there to find out you could have received a 5% pay increase ten years ago.

We would like to once again recognize POST Certificate Coordinator Karla De La Torre for going the extra mile in helping our members obtain their POST Certificates and their help in putting together this article which contains some of the information you will receive upon requesting your POST packet.

Do yourself, and your family a favor. Invest in yourself and get your POST Certificates ASAP.

ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App Available January 1st, 2017!

By: Jennifer Lincicum

ALADS Insurance Consultant

ALADS has exciting news for all members enrolled in one of the Anthem Blue Cross medical plans. Starting January 1st, 2017, all members enrolled in one of the ALADS Anthem Blue Cross medical plans will have access to a FREE mobile health app. The new ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App is available for all enrolled members and their enrolled dependents over the age of 18. On this new app, members and their eligible dependents will have the opportunity to take a proactive role in managing their health and benefits.


Starting January 1st, 2017, you will be able to access benefit information, track your progress towards your annual deductible and out-of-pocket maximums, and even access benefit ID cards, all from your smartphone or mobile device. The ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App will also serve as your primary hub to manage your gym membership through Healthy Lifestyles. Best of all, the ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App is available to all members enrolled in an ALADS Anthem Blue Cross medical plan and will be no cost to you and your family!


What is the ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App?


The ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App is a platform that provides important alerts, education, and personalized navigation through your health resources allowing you to make the best choices for you and your family’s health. The platform provides a single “hub” to access all of your ALADS medical and dental benefits, Anthem Blue Cross plan information, and ALADS exclusive benefit information without having to navigate through multiple websites.


ALADS and Anthem Blue Cross have customized the Mobile Health Consumer App to provide the most user-friendly experience to their members. Beginning January 1st, 2017, you will be able to access the personalized features of the ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App, which will allow you to:


·         View and download ID cards

·         Access your Anthem Blue Cross benefit summaries

·         Access your ALADS exclusive benefit information

·         Find an Anthem Blue Cross doctor or dentist

·         Access information and links on other benefits included with your ALADS Anthem Blue Cross medical plan

·         Track your Anthem balances and deductibles

·         Manage your FREE gym membership


How Can I Manage my Health Through the App?


ALADS is here to help you and your family in taking a proactive role in your health. The new ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App can help your family by providing guidance on how best to utilize your chosen health plan. This dynamic system is based on your unique health profile and resources. For example, the ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App can help you compare costs for health services as well as track your Anthem balances and deductibles. The platform can also help you and your family understand the copays and services that your medical plan covers. Some of these features, however, will require you to “link” your Anthem.com account to the ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App. You can “link” the app to your Anthem.com account in your profile settings under the deductibles and balances tab.


The ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App also includes an optional health assessment test for enrolled members and dependents over the age of 18. Based on your test, the app will recommend health programs, provide suggestions for healthy actions, or provide you with a list of questions to discuss with your doctor. The app also includes a unique gaps-in-care program, based on your health information and history. This information is completely confidential and will offer suggestions to help manage any of your specific health conditions. 


How Can I Manage my Gym Membership?


As you may know, starting January 1st, 2017, ALADS will be offering a gym membership to all members and dependents over the age of 18 enrolled in an ALADS Anthem Blue Cross medical plan. This new benefit will provide you and your family access to over 10,000 gyms and fitness centers nationwide. The ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App will be the primary place for you to manage your gym membership. On the app you will be able to:


·         Complete your registration through the Healthy Lifestyles website

·         Search for gyms in your area

·         Access the Healthy Lifestyles website for more information

·         Contact Healthy Lifestyles support


How Can I Download and Register for the App?


You will not be able to register an account on the ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App or website until January 1st, 2017! 


The ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App is accessible via smartphone, tablet, or smart watch and runs on iOS and Android devices. While you can download the ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App from the iTunes store or Google Play, you will not be able to register an account until January 1st, 2017.

Open the app and select “Register Now.” Please note that registration will not be available until January 1st, 2017.  Enter your first and last name, last four digits of your social security number, and your birthday (example: 05/23/1985). You will automatically be provided with a username. You can choose to keep this username or create a new one.  You can now set your password and enter your email address.

You can also access ALADS mobile health on the web if you do not have a smartphone or up-to-date mobile device. You can register for ALADS mobile health online starting January 1st, 2017 by going to https://www.mobilehealthconsumer.com/web/pages/login.html.

While the ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App will not be available for registration until January 1st, 2017, all enrolled members who download and register for the ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App during the first few weeks of January will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win an iPad!


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Through your Anthem Blue Cross CaliforniaCare HMO plan and Anthem Blue Cross PPO plan, you and your family have access to the finest doctors and one of the most extensive networks in the state. With CaliforniaCare, you can build a relationship with your own network doctor with almost all benefits including doctor visits, hospitalization, well baby care, surgery, eye and hearing exams, for little or no out-of-pocket cost. With the Anthem Blue Cross PPO plan, you have the freedom to choose medical services from within Anthem Blue Cross’ expansive PPO provider network, or from a non-PPO provider.


Baker to Vegas Team Sponsorship Guidelines

ALADS sponsors approximately 15 Baker to Vegas Relay Race teams every year.  To have your team considered for sponsorship by ALADS, your sponsorship request must be emailed to  b2vsponsorship@alads.org no later than January 31, 2017.  For your team to be eligible for ALADS' sponsorship, 90% of the deputies and district attorney investigators on your team's roster must be Full ALADS Members. In your email include, your Team Captain's contact information (work number, cell phone number, email address), unit mailing address and a list of names and employee I.D. numbers of all of the deputies and district attorney investigators participating.


Teams are sponsored on a first come, first serve basis. We look forward to sponsoring your team! 

IS YORK CONSPIRING WITH THE COUNTY TO DENY BENEFITS?

  • By George Hofstetter
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  • November 04, 2016
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  • Dispatcher

Since they have taken over, York has done nothing but consistently deny claims, many of which are presumptions under law and deny medical treatment.

L.A. COUNTY NEEDS A JAIL THAT WORKS

  • By Sean Van Leeuwen
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  • November 04, 2016
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  • Dispatcher

On October 25th, I attended the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor's meeting to give public comment on behalf of ALADS Members. Two items were on the agenda: (1) A review of the plan to rehabilitate and re-open Mira Loma jail and (2) the plan to replace Men's Central Jail with a new facility called the Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility (CCTF).

TOO MANY POLICY CHANGES AND NOT ENOUGH TRAINING

Of the 130+ policies that I've reviewed over the last year, there are many that represent a major change for the department and require the full training treatment, but certainly, there are some that could be retained with less.

DOES THE BRADY ISSUE IMPACT YOU?

After finishing the October Unit Representative meeting, representatives participated in a lively discussion regarding the Sheriff's Department's handling of the Brady List focusing on the department's take of who should be on the List and what information the department wants to turn over to the District Attorney's Office.

LASD'S MOUNTED ENFORCEMENT DETAIL

  • By Julie Petrelli
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  • November 04, 2016
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  • Dispatcher

Recently, ALADS was invited to Industry Hills Equestrian Center to observe monthly training conducted by the Mounted Enforcement Detail (MED). What is quite unique about these deputies is that they are able to conduct all police business on horseback.

SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT DISCIPLINE

  • By George Hofstetter
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  • October 07, 2016
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  • Dispatcher

Over the past two years or so, we have seen a dramatic shift in the way discipline cases are handled at the captain and division chief levels

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: LYBARGER V. CITY OF LOS ANGELES

  • By Sean Van Leeuwen
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  • October 07, 2016
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  • Dispatcher

We at ALADS want you to be aware of and excise your rights before you need to call us. Avoiding doing and saying the wrong things when you are potentially under investigation may save your job and possibly your freedom.

KNOWING AND UNDERSTANDING YOU AGENCY'S POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

  • By Jennifer Martin
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  • October 07, 2016
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  • Dispatcher

The era of relying on past practices in police work is over. In today's environment all police officers need to know their department's policies and procedures, legal updates, and Federal, State and local laws.

ARE WE AS A UNION AND AS A DEPARTMENT HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION?

Just after finishing the September unit representative meeting, one of our unit representatives asked me if there was a way that we could survey the members to get firsthand feedback about how they feel about the union and the department.

LAW ENFORCEMENT DISCIPLINE FROM START TO FINISH

  • By Anthony Spatola
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  • October 07, 2016
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  • Dispatcher

It is virtually impossible to discuss each topic I learned from attending a three-day training seminar titled "Law Enforcement Discipline from Start to Finish," presented by LRIS; so for this article, I chose to discuss how labor arbitrators look at disciplinary grievances and the application of just cause for discipline.

INTRODUCTION AND INITIAL OBSERVATIONS

  • By Julia Kingsley
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  • October 07, 2016
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  • Dispatcher

During my introduction to ALADS, the disconnection between the Sheriff's Department's management and what was happening on the ground baffled me.

ATTACK ON LAW ENFORCEMENT

  • By George Hofstetter
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  • September 09, 2016
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  • Dispatcher

Recent editorials by the Los Angeles Times and the liberal media typify the unfounded attacks on law enforcement nationally.

THE BEST OF HUMANITY

  • By Sean Van Leeuwen
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  • September 09, 2016
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  • Dispatcher

Another month has passed and we again find ourselves mourning the loss and remembering the sacrifices of brave law enforcement officers, murdered in the line of duty.

IF YOU ARE BEING QUESTIONED BY A SUPERVISOR, AN ALADS REPRESENTATIVE SHOULD BE BY YOUR SIDE

  • By Derek Hsieh
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  • September 09, 2016
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  • Dispatcher

I have been asked two questions so many times that I think it is important to put the questions and the answers right here for every deputy sheriff and district attorney investigator to see.

BOB HERMANN CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT - A TOTAL SUCCESS

Another year and another charity golf tournament done. All in all it was a great deal of fun and I hope that next year we do even better.

REIMBURSEMENTS FOR DAMAGED PERSONAL EQUIPMENT AND PROPERTY

  • By Julie Petrelli
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  • September 09, 2016
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  • Dispatcher

As a deputy sheriff, you may be faced with a situation where your personal equipment, eye glasses or uniform used for work is damaged course of your duties.

EOW 7-7-16

  • By George Hofstetter
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  • July 28, 2016
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  • Dispatcher

The officers murdered in Dallas will be missed but never forgotten by those of us who do the job. We remember them and their families in our thoughts and prayers.

REMEMBERING DALLAS

  • By Sean Van Leeuwen
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  • July 28, 2016
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  • Dispatcher

The recent murder of five fellow cops in Dallas is still fresh in all of our minds and weighing heavily on our hearts. What happened in Dallas on 7/7 will rank with 9/11 as an event we will all remember where we were and what we were doing when we first heard the news.

LASD STAFFING: REALITY CHECK 2016!

Now that they have come to terms with the reality, the department is seeking good ideas to help fix the problem. Despite the fact that ALADS' assertion of the staffing shortage fell on deaf ears in the past, we are more than willing to share ideas with the department now.

IS PILL CALL CAUSING MORE DEPUTIES TO USE FORCE?

On some floors [in custody], inmates are lined up in large groups to wait and see the medical staff. While they wait, the inmates become more and more restless finally resulting in becoming confrontational.

THE LIFE AND SPAN ON A BALLISTIC VEST: TAKING GOOD CARE OF YOUR VEST MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE

One of the pieces of your equipment that may just save your life and that you should always be sure is functioning properly is your ballistic vest.

August 8th-12th Body Scan International House Call at ALADS

Body Scan International House Call
August 8th - 12th

Your ALADS Board of Directors is pleased to provide the Body Scan health benefit at NO OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSE to subscribers (and their spouse/domestic partner) of ALADS-sponsored Anthem Blue Cross Health Plans.

The Body Scan and interactive video tour of your body is guided by your personal BSI physician, to provide you with the foremost preventive health benefit that is both comprehensive and confidential.

Make the most of your fully covered health benefit. Protect yourself and sign up for a Body Scan. Contact BSI at 877-274-VIEW to schedule an appointment today. For more information about BSI, go to www.bodyscaninternational.com.

Note: The Body Scan truck will be located in the parking lot behind the ALADS Facility.

2016 KLOS Blood Drive

ALADS members are encouraged to donate blood at the 35th Annual KLOS Blood Drive 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM on July 20, 2016 at Pitchess Detention Center. 

All presenting blood donors at these blood drives will receive an exclusive 35th Annual KLOS Blood Drive T-shirt, they will also receive a voucher to access one of this summer’s hottest concerts and events.

Long time partner of the American Red Cross Wahoo’s will be supporting the KLOS blood drive, providing a FREE meal to all presenting donors and a chance to win a beach cruiser. We will welcome walk-in signups but we encourage everyone to schedule your appointment in advance!

Schedule and Appointment Today!
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

For more information go to http://www.955klos.com/BLOOD/

FUNDING THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT

  • By George Hofstetter
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  • July 01, 2016
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  • Dispatcher

I have grown tired of hearing Sheriff's Department managers saying despite the fact that they have no money, they will find a way to make it work. Sadly, that way has always been found on the backs of deputy sheriffs.

THE OIG GOT IT RIGHT...AND WRONG

  • By Sean Van Leeuwen
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  • July 01, 2016
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  • Dispatcher

While I normally don't find myself agreeing with items coming from the OIG. I did agree with certain aspects of his report's findings and recommendations, while others I did not.

WHEN YOU WORK OVERTIME - IT'S YOUR CHOICE: PAY OR COMP TIME!

As an ALADS member, when you work overtime - you, and only you, get to decide if the compensation for those hours worked will be comp time (Aka "Save-Time") or cash. Any other arrangement or pressure from supervisors is a violation of our contract and several supporting laws.

BLUE ON BLUE

What would you do in a situation where a concerned citizen questions the validity of a plain clothes officer?

WHO IS LYING TO WHOM?

By now, most of you are aware of our new Honesty Policy (MPP 3-01/000.01). If not, take a look at it. If you are a deputy sheriff, this most definitely affects you because the threshold for you to be reprimanded is now much lower than ever before.

ARE YOU ENTITLED TO PATROL STATION RETENTION BONUS?

As of late, we have been receiving questions from our members on the topic of the patrol retention bonus, so what better time than now to provide a refresher course on the topic?

ALADS Family Day and Picnic

Come and have a terrific day with your family!

Location: Raging Waters, San Dimas 
111 Raging Waters Drive, San Dimas, CA 91773 
Date: Sunday, September 18, 2016
Check-In: 9:00 AM
Park Open: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

No Admittance after 4 PM 

Lunch & Beverages Provided!
Opportunity Drawings! 

Park is open to deputies, district attorney investigators and up to four family members free! Additional family members allowed at $40/person (Max. of 4). 

Parking is included with Sheriff's Department I.D.

Click here to print out the ALADS Family Day and Picnic flyer.

Please do not bring umbrellas, chairs, or coolers to the picnic.
PLEASE DO NOT BRING NEIGHBORS OR NON-611 MEMBERS!
Park is closed to the public.

We Look Forward to Seeing You There!

ALADS Family Day and Picnic Cabana Bidding is NOW OPEN!

BIDDING STARTS AT $25

ALADS CARES is auctioning off the Cabanas at this year's Family Day & Picnic to raise funds for families of ALADS members who have been injured or given their life in the line of duty.

Groups of Cabanas are stationed at different locations in the park.  Click here to see the map of the park.

To place your bid, you must be an ALADS member registered on the ALADS website and have an up-to-date email address.  After registering or logging onto the website, go to the auction page and simply look for the cabana you are planning to bid on and click on the Bid Now button.

If someone outbids you, you should receive an email that you were outbid. Click on the link included in the email to bid again.  You can also check the website periodically for bids. 

Deadline to bid: 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 13, 2016 

Winners will be notified via email immediately following the deadline.

Bidding Closed

Winners will be notified by email and expected to make their payment within 24 hours of the notification email being sent. You can pay online using your credit card, debit card, or PayPal. If the auction winner fails to pay within 24 hours, the cabana will be given to the next highest bidder.

ALADS CARES is a nonprofit 501C(3) #45-3275658
Donations to ALADS CARES are tax deductible.




17th Annual ALADS River Trip

Join Us for the 17th Annual ALADS River Trip

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016, 10 AM
Where: Pirate Cove Resort, 100 Park Moabi Road, Needles, California 92363
Phone: (760) 326-9000
Website: 
www.piratecoveresort.com

The ALADS Annual River Trip is a great event for the entire family, whether you own a boat or not. The beach party will be at Pirate Cove Resort. You can drive right up to the cove if you don’t own a watercraft. Pirate Cove boasts many amenities including cabins, boat rentals and an RV Resort. ALADS will provide a DJ, refreshments and barbecue hamburgers, hot dogs and hotlinks.

Call the Pirate Cove Resort for available accommodations.

This is a great event every year. We look forward to seeing you and your family there!

DEPUTY AND PUBLIC SAFETY AT RISK

  • By George Hofstetter
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  • June 08, 2016
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  • Dispatcher

Law enforcement is a dangerous job and the county has to make itself competitive. Until the staffing shortfall is seriously addressed, the safety of our deputies and the public alike will continue to be at risk.

ALADS' PEACE OFFICER PROCEDURAL BILL OF RIGHTS (POBR) CARDS

  • By Sean Van Leeuwen
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  • June 08, 2016
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  • Dispatcher

The ALADS POBR cards will be available to all deputies from our field representatives, our website or via U.S. mail.

A LETTER FROM ST. PAUL INTERIM CHIEF KATHY WUORINEN

St. Paul's Interim Police Chief: Undaunted Officers, in a Time of Scrutiny.

17TH ANNUAL BOB HERMANN MEMORIAL GOLF CLASSIC TO SUPPORT THE ALADS CARES FOUNDATION

Let me tell you why you should put the Bob Hermann Golf Classic on your calendar.

Vote to Re-Elect Shawn Kehoe

Vote to Re-Elect Shawn R. Kehoe to the LACERA Board of Retirement AND Board of Investments~

Protect YOUR Retirement Benefits and YOUR Interests!

Ballets will be mailed June 27th, 2016!

THIS JUNE: MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

Safety members -- Between June 27th and August 5th you will be receiving an important ballot from the County of Los Angeles.

Please Support Shawn by voting for him on BOTH the Board of Retirement and Board of Investments. It is very important that we CONTINUE to elect a representative of the Sheriff's Department to represent YOUR interest on both boards.

Committed to Defending Your Benefits

Lt. Shawn Kehoe has worked tirelessly to defend your retirement benefits from the constant onslaught of attacks. He has defended your rights to disability retirements when injured in the line of duty, worked to protect your retiree healthcare system that is currently under attack, and ensured LACERA remains a premier retirement system. It is important that we re-elect Shawn! IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU VOTE IN ORDER TO RETAIN SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPRESENTATION ON BOTH BOARDS!

History of Accomplishments

  • Defended your pensions during "PEPRA" Legislation partnering with the Unions, State, and County systems
  • Fought against poor legislation aimed at taking your benefits
  • PROTECTED your Retiree Healthcare System
  • Preserved the LACERA Budget
  • Encouraged cost-saving efforts within the organization

Education

  • Master of Public Administration, University of Southern California (USC)
  • BS Business Administration and Finance
  • Graduate Certificates from the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, Cornell University, UC Berkeley, Harvard, UCLA

Experience

  • Chairman, Board of Retirement
  • Vice-Chair, Board of Investments
  • 18 + Years Experience LASD
  • Two Terms on the Board

WWW.SHAWNFORLACERA.COM

Notice: Employees are prohibited from using County time or County resources to further the campaign or election of the candidate.


Certified Gang Enforcement Officer

Our certification program consists of two 8 hour courses. A written examination is also required for certification. Upon completion of the requirements, we will certify you as a "Certified Gang Enforcement Officer". See our website for more information on our Certification Program at http://www.serratotraining.com/

Day One - Gang Enforcement:

This course focuses on the foundation of the identification and documentation of gang members both on the streets and in custodial settings. The instruction will include the legal foundation to file and prosecute gang members, an explanation and understanding of PC 186.22(a) gang enhancements and everything you need to know to be successful. Officer Safety issues during contacts, the importance of properly documenting gang members, associates and facilitators through tattoos, paraphernalia and other indicia will be discussed. The instruction will also include current street and custody trends such as politics, communication, control, narcotic sales, taxing and assaults.

Day Two - Gang Investigations:

This course supplements the Enforcement course and places and emphasis on the investigation aspects of gang contacts, gang injunctions, debriefing and gathering intelligence for multiples sources, cultivating informants, PC186.30 (gang registrations), how gangs use social media and conducting searches of gang members and associates. This course will also examine the use of databases, prior contacts (Field  Interview and Gang Cards) and Gang Supplements. The legal requirements and other considerations when contacting Juveniles during gang investigations will also be discussed.

Bob Hermann Charity Golf Tournment

Where: Montebello Golf Course

When: August 8, 2016 at 9 AM

Click here for flyer

ALADS Members Discounted Price:

$100/individual

$400/foursome

(estimated cost savings: $50 per person or more!)

Includes Fees, Cart, Lunch, On-Course Refreshments (tacos & drinks) All Games, Five Raffles

Games Include:

Putting Competition, Closest to the Hole, Farthest Drive, Hole-in-One Competition (You can win a brand new Mustang)

Come out and support your fellow deputy sheriffs and district attorney investigators who are in dire need due to medical emergency. If you would like to participate, please call the ALADS Office at (323) 213-4005 so we can send you a sign-up form. We look forward to seeing you there.

Join Us for the 16th Annual ALADS Banquet

Help us honor this year's ALADS Awards Banquet Recipients.

Deputy sheriffs and district attorney investigators working in Los Angeles County frequently demonstrate outstanding efforts that save lives and stop crime. When those incidents are overlooked, ALADS makes sure proper recognition is given at the Annual ALADS Awards Banquet.

This year's honorees have truly exemplified the best in law enforcement.

Exemplary Performance:

  • Deputy Steve Sully
  • Deputy Scott Holdsworth
  • Deputy Mony Lesoon
  • Deputy Brian Heischuber
  • Deputy Brian Rooney
  • Deputy Douglas Huntley
  • Deputy Mark Manskar
  • Deputy Anthony Ledesma
  • Deputy Lai (Eric) Tung
  • Deputy Maria Urena
  • Deputy Felix Bustamante
  • Deputy Rafael Mejia
  • Deputy Mario Cuevas
  • Deputy Brendan Corbett
  • Deputy Mike Courtial
  • Deputy Ron Carter
  • Deputy Zac Ullman
  • Deputy Erik Nava
  • Deputy Lucio Venegas
  • Senior Investigator Joe Vita
  • Senior Investigator David Jones
  • Deputy DA Loren Naiman
  • Sergeant Kamal Ahmad
  • Deputy George Creamer
  • Deputy Tom Mayberry
  • Deputy Marc Schultz
  • Deputy Chuck Miranda
  • Deputy Gonzalo Galvez
  • Deputy Steve Pratt

Exemplary Service to Victims:

  • Detective Susan Gilpin

Medal for Bravery:

  • Deputy Steve Longan
  • Deputy Josh Corrales

Leadership Awards:

  • Captain Christopher Cahhal
  • Captain Ernest Chavez
  • Captain Jack Ewell

16th Annual ALADS Awards Banquet / 6:00 PM Reception / 7:00 PM Dinner

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel

404 South Figueroa St., LA, CA 90071

Tickets to the ALADS Awards Banquet are free to ALADS members and one guest.

Contact the ALADS office to reserve your tickets early.

WHY DOESN'T THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT FOLLOW THE RULES?

  • By George Hofstetter
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  • May 01, 2016
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  • Dispatcher

We don't know why every other unit in the county is using SMS for overtime sign-ups and Santa Clarita is not, so we must ask the question, why are you not following the rules?

WHERE ARE ALL THE DEPUTIES?

It's no secret the Sheriff's Department is severely understaffed. Those of you being constantly drafted and denied any time off can attest to that. What deputies are having a difficult time understanding is: 1) How we got to this point and 2) What's being done about it?

POLICE TRAINING, ITS NEEDS AND PROBLEMS

The Office of the Inspector General has specifically cited training as an issue in a recent report. ALADS also supports more training. Our deputies need it to survive on the street, in the courtroom, and in the media.

WHO'S GOING TO PROTECT YOU?

If you think this department will protect you, you are grossly uneducated about how it operates.

PUTTING LIPSTICK ON A PIG, CARPING IS STILL CARPING, BY ANY OTHER NAME

The Department has brought CARPing back under a new name. They are calling it "Administrative Adjustment." Unfortunately, changing the name doesn't change the devastating impact it has on the department.

WANTED: NEW DEPARTMENT SLOGAN?

I think when Jim McDonnell took over as Sheriff we were all hoping that he could help return the Sheriff's Department to its former greatness. Things like our station and unit logos are symbols of that former greatness.

OUTSIDE EMPLOYMENT IS NOT A RIGHT THE RULES HAVE TO BE ADHERED TO

Prior to starting any outside employment, full-time deputies must receive departmental approval.