Board Meeting Date Change

The Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association board meeting regularly scheduled for May 15, 2019 is being rescheduled to May 22, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.   Thank you for your understanding.
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Disturbing Video from our State Assembly

AB 392 is the bill in Sacramento that will change the use of force standard for police officers from reasonable to necessary.  It will change the face of police work immediately and contains provisions that are squarely opposite of the standard set forth by the United States Supreme Court.  On Tuesday, the California Assembly Public Safety Committee passed AB 392 right through to the next step toward becoming law, which was fully expect...
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We Need Your Help to Stop ACLU Use of Force Legislation AB 392

Re: URGENT! ACLU Use of Force Bill Headed to Committee Hearings We need you to take action now!   Click here to send an email  to stop the ACLU’s use of force bill, AB 392. The ACLU lobbyists want to make it easier to criminally prosecute public safety officers who are forced to make split-second decisions during dangerous encounters. This bill will be heard in the State Assembly’s Public Safety Committee on April 9.  We need ...
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Retirement Specialist In Office March 13, 2019

If you would like to speak to Brenda Cummings, VCDSA’s experienced retirement counselor, she has open appointments for her next scheduled office date on March 13, 2019 .  Please call VCDSA at 805-639-9218 to schedule your appointment.
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NLPOAVC Scholarship

Good afternoon, We are pleased to announce the National Latino Peace Officers Association of Ventura County(NLPOAVC) 2019 Scholarship application is now available for students in Ventura County.  We encourage students to apply early! Attached you will find the application or you can also find it on our website   http://www.nlpoaventuracounty.com/scholarship/ Scholarship recipients will receive their award at our Scholarship Dinner ...
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Ventura Eco Extreme Mud Challenge

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                                                  For more information go to VenturaEcoX.com  
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2019 VCDSA Scholarship Application Open

The VCDSA Scholarship Application process is now open. Open to dependent children of active members of VCDSA in good standing, or of retired members of VCDSA in good standing with ten (10) consecutive years of active membership immediately prior to retirement, or of medically retired members of VCDSA in good standing with five (5) consecutive years of active membership immediately prior to retirement, or of survivors of active or retired members ...
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VCDSA Board Meeting Canceled for 1-16-19

The VCDSA Board meeting for January 16, 2019, has been canceled.  The Board will convene at the regularly scheduled meeting on February 6, 2019, at 8:30 a.m.  Please contact the VCDSA office if you have any questions.
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Police Unity Tour Fundraiser January 14

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Please print the attached flyer if you attend.  Thank you.
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VCDSA President's Message for the New Year

President’s Message By Investigator Scott Peterson It is with a heavy heart and a sense of optimism that I bring this year-end message to you.  The events of the past months have taken their toll on all of us.  We mourn the loss of our friend, colleague, mentor, and hero, Sergeant Ron Helus.  Sergeant Ron Helus The night of November 7, 2018, will be forever engrained in our minds.  A night of sheer terror for most, punctuated ...
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Health Care ID Cards

If you are a VCDSA member and have not received your Anthem ID card, please refer to the attached document for directions on obtaining your card online.  I just completed the process and it took me approximately ten (10) minutes.  Please also note that there is a mobile app for Anthem Blue Cross that you can use to always have your ID card at hand.  The ID cards are mailed in a Dodger Blue envelope with a large, white "Hello!" on t...
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Helus Lager Served Locally For A Limited Time

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McGregor’s is going to serve Helus lager this Friday, December 14th, from open to close, 12pm to 11pm. All proceeds from each pint ordered will go to the Association for Sergeant Helus. Thank you McGregor’s! McGregor’s is located at 144 Los Angeles Ave Moorpark, CA 93021. 805-553-9818 Their website is: http://www.mcgregorscraftbeer.com/
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California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser

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Benefitting the Helus Family California Pizza Kitchens are generously holding an all-day fundraiser with proceeds benefitting the Helus family. **Note** You will need to print the flyer and take it with you to CPK. Printed flyers are available at VCDSA. When: Thursday December 13, 2018 Time: All day! Locations: CPK locations in Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Tarzana, Northridge, Burbank, Topanga, Simi Valley, Santa Barbara, Valencia, and Bakersfield
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Helus Lager Available in December

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Firestone Walker Brewery has graciously chosen to help the Helus family in their time of loss, and to honor Sergeant Ron Helus for his sacrifice.  For the month of December 2018, Firestone will be releasing their special December lager in their Taprooms.  The name, in honor of Sgt. Helus, is the “Helus Lager.” You can only find the Helus Lager at the Firestone Walker Brewery Taprooms.  They will have t...
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Reminder: Medical Insurance Forms Due This Week

This is a reminder that your medical insurance forms are due in the VCDSA office by noon on Friday, November 30, 2018.   Also, if you need assistance with your forms or have questions about the plans, there is a final open enrollment meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 6 to 8 PM at the Thousand Oaks police station community Room. 
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Open Enrollment Meeting Postponed

The open enrollment meeting at VCDSA scheduled for tonight (November 8 )has been postponed. We will provide the new date as soon as we can. Thank you for your understanding. The VCDSA staff is available to answer questions about insurance in the meantime.
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Reminder and Info: Benefits Fair at Thousand Oaks Station on 11/3/18

To all active and retired members: This is your reminder that there is a benefits fair on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  In order to get information to the members in the most efficient manner, we have implemented the following briefing schedule for Saturday’s fair.  These briefings will be conducted by the Alliant staff and provide an overview of the plans followed by a Q & A.  Board members will a...
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Response to More FAQ on Medical Insurance

There has been some confusion regarding the HMO plans and at our request, Alliant has provided the following information that some may find useful. HMO Networks:      In most areas of California the Classic HMO will have more doctors than the Select HMO.  The network has a lot to do with how the doctors get paid.  Without getting too complicated, a doctor doing the same amount of work gets paid more under the Anthem Class...
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Insurance Enrollment Form on Website

 The 2019 Anthem Enrollment form can be found on the website under Member Documents>Insurance.  You can print this form and bring it with you to one of the enrollment events or to meet with Barbara.  This form has been crossed-out and highlighted to make completion easier.  
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Update to 2019 Rate Sheet

An error was discovered in the 2019 rate sheet posted here under Member Documents>Insurance.  The corrected rate sheet is now published for your information.  The correction pertains to the Select HMO plan.  In the rate sheet published previously, there was an indication that the deductible applied to items it did not apply to.  That has been corrected.  The deductible applies primarily to hospitalizations and services...
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Medical Insurance FAQ

To Our Members:       Since the email went out announcing the change in medical benefits, there have been questions and comments that we would like to address. The Board and staff of VCDSA understand a transition this significant is disruptive and frustrating. Many of you have important questions regarding how you can continue the best care for your families. Although we are unable to adequately and personally speak to each and eve...
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Open Enrollment News

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Please join us at the upcoming Benefits Fairs.  Click this link to see the Active Rate Sheet:  Active Rate Sheet  or this link to see the Retiree Rate Sheet:  Retiree Rate Sheet    
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Nomination Meeting Reminder

  VCDSA NOMINATIONS MEETING   WHEN:      FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018, 4:00 P.M. WHERE:  VCDSA, 981 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura WHY:        NOMINATION OF VCDSA OFFICERS, DIRECTORS AND TRUSTEES FOR 2-YEAR TERMS BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2019 To run for the Board of Directors of VCDSA, you must be nominated at this meeting.  You will be contacted by the VCDSA Secretary during the n...
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Retirement Specialist Appointments Available

One of the benefits VCDSA provides for our members are the services of the very knowledgable Brenda Cummings.  Brenda is a retirement specialist who can answer all of your questions about retirement, whether you started last week or 30 years ago.  There is no question too big or small so please do not think your questions are insignificant.  We want our members to be educated and fully aware of what lies ahead for them. Brenda is i...
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One of Our Deputies is in Need and You Can Help

One of our deputies is in a position that hopefully none of us every have to be.  He can use any financial support you can muster right now.  If you cannot donate, could you please share the link so we can spread it far and wide.   Thank you so much for your support!  You can click the link below. GoFundMe page for Burckhard family
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Change in Medical Insurance Servicing

Effective immediately, the VCDSA is transitioning to Alliant Insurance Services as the broker with respect to our employee benefit insurance programs.  The former broker, JHC Benefits should be continuing to handle the members' patient advocacy through the end of April.  For further information, please see the letter under "Insurance" in the member's only section of this website.  Here you will find all of the information you need ...
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Torch Run 2017

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On June 8, members of our department, academy recruits, department staff and our friends from Probation carried the torch in the Special Olympics Torch Run along PCH. Extra kudos to Deputy Mario Molina who ran in full uniform. VCDSA members are proud to participate in this event every year!
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With Heavy Hearts

With Heavy Hearts
Our hearts are heavy and our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Boyer, his family, and our brothers and sisters at Whittier PD. "May he rest in peace."
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Internet and Website Safety Tips

Internet and Website Safety Tips
Though there have been many scares about what can happen to children or teenagers on the internet, adults should be safe as well. There is no limit to the amount of risk adults come in contact with such as sexual predators, criminals who are seeking out your personal information on social networking sites, buying habits, frequently used sites, and many others. Here are some tips to help prevent you from being a target: Do not share things such as...
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Enhancing teachers’ response to active threats

Enhancing teachers’ response to active threats
When you say the words “first responders” who comes to mind? Police, Fireman, EMT? But what about teachers? It is no longer adequate to place all of the responsibility for our children’s safety in the hands of our teachers during an attack and not take the time to properly train them to accomplish that task. Nor is it acceptable to simply tell them, "Lock your classroom door, turn out the lights, hide in a corner and pray that the attacker doesn’...
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Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention
Simple Crime Prevention: Anyone can be a target of even the simplest of crimes. Here are some tips to keep you safe in your everyday life: -Always be aware of your surroundings and who is around you. Take time to observe what people are wearing and what they look like in case you have to describe it later to someone.  -Do not leave any items in your car that may be seen as valuable to someone else. Do not give thieves the opportunity. Put va...
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