The Mission of PORAC is to maintain a leadership role in organizing, empowering and representing the interests of rank and file peace officers;
To identify the needs of the law enforcement community and to provide programs to meet those needs;
To represent and protect the rights and benefits of peace officers;
To create an environment in which peace officers interact and work toward achieving common goals and objectives;
To conduct research, to provide education and training, to define and enhance standards for professionalism;
To promote public awareness that encourages and maintains the image of a “Professional Peace Officer.”
California State Sheriffs' Association (CSSA) is a nonprofit professional organization comprised of the 58 sheriffs along with thousands of law-abiding citizens throughout the state. The association was formed in 1894 for the purpose of giving California sheriffs a single effective voice. It was also formed for the purpose of sharing information and providing assistance to sheriffs and departmental personnel, thus enabling them to improve the delivery of law enforcement services to the citizens of this State.
Every sheriff works diligently with fellow sheriffs through CSSA to improve the profession and to elevate the law enforcement system through cooperation with other law enforcement agencies. As the sheriffs are Constitutionally elected officials, the California legislature regulates their duties and responsibilities. The sheriffs serve as upholders for your public safety needs. CSSA functions as a legislative watchdog for the county sheriff and sheriff's personnel as well as for citizens on professional and law enforcement issues.
Each year, between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss. C.O.P.S. provides resources to help them rebuild their shattered lives. There is no membership fee to join C.O.P.S., for the price paid is already too high.
C.O.P.S. was organized in 1984 with 110 individual members.
Today C.O.P.S. membership is over 30,000 families. Members include spouses, children, parents, siblings, significant others, and affected co-workers of officers killed in the line of duty according to Federal government criteria. C.O.P.S. is governed by a National Board of law enforcement survivors. All programs and services are administered by the National Office in Camdenton, Missouri. C.O.P.S. has over 50 Chapters nationwide that work with survivors at the grass-roots level.
Our mission is to provide resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as described by Federal criteria. We interact with the law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues and educate the public of the need to support the law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues and educate the public of the need to support the law enforcement profession and its survivors.