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2020 VC Peace Officer Memorial Video

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NLPOA Scholarship Deadline Extended

With schools still closed due to Covid-19, the National Latino Peace Officers Association of Ventura County (NLPOAVC) is extending the deadline for our scholarship to a new date, July 10, 2020.
 
The deadline was initially extended from April to May 3rd, but found some students weren't able to collect all the required letters of recommendation or an official transcript. Our scholarship dinner is tentatively scheduled for August 5, 2020, this is when we distribute the $1,000 scholarships.

Below is the link for the scholarship application and information on the scholarship dinner.

Scholarship Info

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PORAC Honors California's Fallen Officers With Memorial Video

PORAC Honors California's Fallen Officers With Memorial Video

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Tips to Access Medical Care

Tips to Access Medical Care

Please review this to assist you in accessing care should you or a family member become ill. We encourage you to plan ahead and have the app set up in advance.

As always, if you have questions about your medical insurance through VCDSA, please contact D’annah Taday by clicking the button below or calling 805-639-9218.

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VCDSA Scholarship Final Notice

The final day to send in your scholarship application is April 24, 2020.

The office is currently closed to all non-staff but there is a drop box on the wall outside of the office.

Click below for the scholarship application.

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FAQ Regarding Coronavirus **UPDATED**

FAQ Regarding Coronavirus **UPDATED**

 

Please see the newly updated FAQ regarding coronavirus in the coronavirus section of this website.  It has been updated substantially so please take a minute to review it from start to finish to see if you receive answers to some of your questions.  If not, please contact us at VCDSA.

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Retiree Specialist

Until further notice, Brenda Cummings will only be doing conference calling regarding pre retirement counseling.

Brenda will be available Monday thru Friday to answer your retirement questions.

Please contact Kathy Hart at VCDSA. Kathy will then forward your contact information to Brenda

You can contact Kathy at 805-639-9218 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Costco Offers Priority Access for First Responders

Costco Offers Priority Access for First Responders

Costco has announced it is temporarily allowing priority access to their warehouses for Costco members who are healthcare workers and first responders. If you present your Costco membership card and VCSO identification you will be allowed to move to the front of the line to enter the warehouse.

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How to Protect Others if you Become Sick

How to Protect Others if you Become Sick
Prvent Spread 2

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What Law Enforcement Personnel Need to Know about Coronavirus

What Law Enforcement Personnel Need to Know about Coronavirus

The CDC has put this together to help protect law enforcement.

For more information and how to protect yourself click the link below.

SEE ON WEBSITE

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Coronavirus Flowchart

Coronavirus Flowchart

 

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VCDSA Scholarship Application Date Change

VCDSA Scholarship Application Date Change

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VCDSA Office Hours Update

VCDSA OFFICE CLOSED TO ANY PUBLIC CONTACT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Dear Members:

We are sad to announce that starting Monday, March 23, 2020, there will be no public access to the VCDSA office so that we can comply with the orders put in place by the County and the State.  We will remain open via telephone and email only.  We appreciate your cooperation in not attempting to come to the office during this time as staff has been instructed there will be no entry.  Below are options for a few things that may be urgent during this time period:

  1. Retiree Medical Trust:
    1. If you need to drop off a Retiree Medical Trust form, please either mail it or drop it in the box on the wall outside of the office.  The signature must be an original signature so emailing and faxing are not an option.  Again, please do not ask staff to allow you in the office as they have been instructed not to
    2. If you are expecting to receive a check, Rick Shimmel has advised he will be sending them by mail and there will be no checks distributed in person.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but are doing our part to stop the spread of the coronavirus and protect both our staff and our members.
    3. Rick will be available via email and telephone on Wednesdays.
  2. Used Uniforms:
    1. We continue to have used uniforms available to our members but you must call to make an appointment and we will place the boxes of uniforms outside the front door for you to pick out what you need.  Please only take those you need or can use.  For the time being, we will not have a way to charge for them so you will be able to receive them at no cost.
    2. If you think you might need used uniforms please do not delay in obtaining them as we cannot ensure how long we will be able to have staff present to put them outside for you.
  3. Notary Services:
    1. Notary services are for emergency notary needs only and are on an appointment only basis. Please call the office at 805-639-9218 to schedule your appointment.  Appointments cannot be guaranteed, but we will make every effort to accommodate you
  4. Medical Insurance Questions:  You can contact D’annah Taday during usual business hours for medical insurance questions.  Her email is d’This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the office number is listed above.  Please make sure you have your medical card now because the medical providers are quite busy and difficult to get assistance after hours.

Thank you for your understanding.  We hope that all of our VCDSA members and their families stay well.  These are unprecedented times and unfortunately call for unprecedented measures. 

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Special Deal For Difficult Times

Please take advantage of this special, limited time deal by one of our trusted local attorneys. It is a win-win-win because you help a local business, support a brother and save a ton of money on something you need.

Information on the special deal

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Coronavirus FAQ for VDSA Members

VCDSA members who are registered with this website have access to a document that includes FAQ regarding coronavirus.  You can find it in the member login section under "Member Documents."  These FAQ will be updated frequently so please make sure you check back.  Please also spread the word and share this document.

This document is available in the private Members Only portion of the website in order to protect our members.  If you are a VCDSA member and are not registered for the website or you lost your password, please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can get you immediate access.  

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Coronavirus Closings

In spite of many closures in the community and cancellation of events, VCDSA remains open to continue to care for our members, but we are asking everyone to limit your in-person visits to essential visits and request that you utilize the phone or email in contacting us or shopping at Tri-Counties Police Products.  Your cooperation in this regard will assist in keeping our staff healthy so that we can continue to serve.

We understand that Sheriff’s personnel may need to update their uniform supply to be available to work in the event of staffing shortages.  We have many used uniforms in excellent shape that we will continue to make available at the VCDSA office for our members.  We only ask that only those people who need the uniforms come in for them to limit our staff’s contact with the public so that we can continue to provide services.

For the time being, Tri-County Police Products will be available online only.  We are sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation.  We will continue to be available to ship ordered items immediately to get them to you quickly.  If something is needed urgently, please contact us so we can make arrangements to make that happen.

These are challenges we have not faced before and we appreciate all of you cooperating with our attempts to stay healthy so that we can continue to keep our office running.  Please let us know if you are in need or know someone who is.

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Anthem Coronavirus Information

Anthem has shared some important information about the Coronavirus

Click the links below to learn more about the Coronavirus and any questions that you may have.

 

What is the coronavirus

 

Coronavirus Questions

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VCDSA 2020 Scholarship Application

The VCDSA 2020 Scholarship Application is now available. The deadline to have the completed application in the VCDSA office is March 27, 2020.

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2020 VCDSA Political Endorsements

2020 VCDSA Political Endorsements

2020 Endorsments VCDSA

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Welcome to the VCDSA Benefits Manager

Welcome to the VCDSA Benefits Manager

   After 22 years of serving as a Benefits Manager, Barbara Dwyer has decided to enjoy the next chapter of life, retiring effective January 1, 2020. 

   We are excited to welcome D’annah Taday (pronounced Dee-anna) as the VCDSA Benefits Manager.  Prior to joining the team at VCDSA,  D’annah worked in various roles involving human resources related duties.  She was able to work for a time with Barbara to learn the details of this challenging position and we look forward to enjoying the benefit of her positive nature and can-do attitude as she works to support our members for a long time in the future.   

   D’annah is married and they keep busy chasing 14-month-old Sebastian.  We are very excited to see her grow in her position and support our mission and goals.  Please join us in welcoming, D’annah to the VCDSA!  If you have any questions, or if you have any difficulties with your insurance, please contact D'annah via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  She can assist you with benefits questions, claim difficulties, or other insurance questions.  Please do not struggle through medical insurance difficulties alone.  We are here to help!

 

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Important Information Regarding Medical Insurance

Please note that new medical cards have been mailed to all of you enrolled in Anthem plans, so please make sure you check your mail for your new cards.
 
We have been advised that everyone received a new membership number, even if they did not make any changes to their Anthem plan. Utilizing your 2019 member number to your doctor for care in 2020 may result in you being told you do not have insurance. Therefore, it is critical to obtain your new enrollment member number to provide to your doctors when seeking care.
 
If you did not receive a new card in the mail, you have three options:
 
1. Download the “Sydney” app by Anthem and you will always have your card with you when your phone is with you;
2. Go online to Anthem and get a copy of your card;
3. Contact D’annah Taday at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 805-639-9218 and she can provide your card.
 
Thank you!
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