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VCDSA Ballot Deadline Thursday

VCDSA Ballot Deadline Thursday

Your ballot MUST be in the VCDSA office by 5:00 on Thursday, October 15, 2020.  This is your chance to have your voice heard.  

Things to know:

  • If you have not mailed it, you are too late.  It has to be at the office by the time listed above.  We will be counting ballots prior to the arrival of the mail on Friday.
  • Please make sure the outer envelope has your name so that we can make sure nobody votes twice (although we would not expect you to).  
  • There is a secure dropbox on the wall to the left of the doors at the VCDSA office where you can leave your completed ballot.
  • Thank you for taking the time to vote!!
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VCDSA Endorsements for November 3, 2020 Election

VCDSA Endorsements for November 3, 2020 Election

Jackie Lacey

Los Angeles County District Attorney

 

Andy Caldwell

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Halloween Trick or Treat Event

Halloween Trick or Treat Event

VCDSA, as a part of #UnitytoSparkChange will be co-hosting a drive through trick or treat event at two different locations on Halloween. Please share this information on your social media pages and let your friends and family know.  We hope to see you all there. More information to come soon!

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Hope for Heroes Virtual Run

Hope for Heroes Virtual Run
Please join VCDSA for our first ever Virtual Run. We are excited for this opportunity to bring together our members and our community and run to remember fallen heroes.
 
 
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VCDSA Nomination Meeting

WHEN: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2020, 4:30 P.M.
WHERE: Zoom (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for link)
WHY: NOMINATION OF VCDSA OFFICERS, DIRECTORS AND TRUSTEES FOR 2-YEAR TERMS BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2021

YOU MUST BE NOMINATED AT THIS MEETING.  YOU WILL BE CONTACTED BY THE SECRETARY AFTER THE MEETING TO ACCEPT NOMINATION AND MUST SUBMIT A CANDIDATE STATEMENT BY SEPTEMBER 25th.

(STATEMENTS TO BE NO MORE THAN 250 WORDS—VCDSA WILL MAIL STATEMENTS TO ALL MEMBERS.)

VCDSA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

VICE- PRESIDENT
TREASURER
THREE (3) SHERIFF’S ACTIVE-DUTY DIRECTOR POSITIONS
ONE (1) DA ACTIVE DUTY DIRECTOR POSITION


VCDSA RETIREES MEDICAL REIMBURSEMENT TRUST

ONE (1) ACTIVE-DUTY TRUSTEE
ONE (1) RETIREE TRUSTEE


Election Schedule Pursuant to VCDSA Bylaws
Nomination Meeting                                   09/18   
Deadline for Candidate Statements             09/25
Ballots distributed by                                  10/02
Ballots returned by                                     10/15
Ballots counted by                                      10/16
Results posted by                                       10/19

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VCDSA President, Nick Odenath Participates in VC Leadership Academy

VCDSA is proud to announce that President, Nick Odenath, will be one of the participants in the year-long Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA). The VCLA is a tremendous opportunity for Nick to develop personal leadership skills that will assist in his efforts to lead our Association as an active member of this community. He joins another VCDSA member, Commander Eric Tennessen, and many other community leaders as they embark on this new endeavor. Please join us in supporting them in this process.
 
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We Need YOUR Help to Defeat SB 731

We Need YOUR Help to Defeat SB 731
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California Coalition of Law Enforcement Association(CCLEA) has shared the below information with us that we would like to share with you.  If you click the red box at the bottom you will be directed to their website where you can automatically email your lawmakers and let them know you think this is a bad idea and bad for our communities.

Thank you.  There are currently more than two dozen pieces of legislation regarding law enforcement being pushed in Sacramento.  Your assistance is desperately needed.
 
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Opportunity to Assist the Family of a Fallen Brother

Opportunity to Assist the Family of a Fallen Brother
Please join us in supporting our fallen brother's family as they navigate this terrible trial.

Click on photo above or this link to donate.

 

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VCDSA Shoot Canceled

VCDSA Shoot Canceled
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2020 VCDSA Shoot Canceled

The VCDSA Board of Directors and 2020 Shoot Committee are disappointed you announce that due to COVID restrictions,  the VCDSA Shoot has been canceled for 2020. We hope to return in 2021 bigger and better than ever. 
 
 
 
 
Wishing you all good health and safety
 
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PORAC Reminder

PORAC Reminder

The following message was received from PORAC and we felt it was important to share with our members.  Please read and share.  Thank you.


SOCIAL MEDIA INCIDENT INVOLVING
FORMER AND ACTIVE OFFICERS

Last Friday, a story broke about former and active police officers in Southern California threatening to kill a civil rights activist on a private social media page. That same day, news broke that current and retired Northern California police officers were included in this group. In addition, it was revealed, these same officers were in another local private social media page making patently offensive and racist posts. We were sickened by what we saw, which goes against the fabric of our profession, to protect and serve. Their actions are reprehensible and should not be tolerated.
It's been long known that personal social media accounts and law enforcement professionalism rest on a fine line and we've encouraged members to use good judgment when using personal platforms as much as possible. Will Aitchison from Labor Relations Information System (LRIS) wrote down the ten golden rules of social media for public safety personnel.

  1. Your First Amendment rights are very limited.
  2. Just because something is an internet meme doesn’t mean you can post it.
  3. Nothing you post online is truly private. Check your privacy settings. But remember nothing you post is truly private.
  4. Before posting, ask yourself: if my employer receives a complaint about what I’m going to post, how will they react? If the answer is “not so well” or “they’ll start a disciplinary investigation,” is the post really worth it?
  5. Be positive with your posts, not negative and critical.
  6. If you have the slightest doubt about whether to post something, sleep on it. Ask a fellow officer, one you think of as responsible and serious, what he/she thinks.
  7. Think: Who are your “friend (s).”
  8. Ask yourself – can someone figure out that I’m a public safety officer from my social media profile or my prior posts?
  9. Your credibility can be called into question by what you’ve posted online.
  10. Think about your job, your family, and your safety.


LRIS Podcast on Social Media (Click to Listen)

We are living through unprecedented times and it's tough to be a cop right now. Despite behaviors elsewhere, California's law enforcement and all who PORAC represents are here to serve. We must remain focused on taking care of each other and the oath we took. 

Together we will succeed. 

 

Former Police Officer 'Openly Plotting' To Kill BLM Activist Shaun King

Read Newsweek Article


Blog post unmasks private '10-7ODSJ' group
with current, retired officers

Read Mercury News Article

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VCDSA Office Closed

VCDSA Office Closed

In observance of Independence Day, the VCDSA office will be closed on Friday, July 3rd.

Wishing you a safe 4th of July.
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PORAC Responds to Limitations Proposed on Police Unions

PORAC Responds to Limitations Proposed on Police Unions
On June 1, 2020, a coalition of past and present District Attorneys proposed a change to the State Bar Ethics Rules prohibiting prosecutors from receiving political donations from police unions, yet continue to receive donations from
organizations such as the ACLU, etc. PORAC wrote a response condemning the proposal and forwarded a copy to Ventura County District Attorney, Gregory D. Totten. That letter is attached here for your review and clearly outlines the problems with such a rule
change.
 
Please reach out if you have any questions or comments by using the link below to email VCDSA President, Nick Odenath.
 
Contact VCDSA President @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
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Qualified Immunity Information

Qualified Immunity Information

PDF of the above information

Another Interesting Article

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Retirement Questions?

Retirement Questions?
Our wonderful VCDSA Retirement Specialist, Brenda Cummings, continues to work from home but is available for all of your retirement questions. You can reach her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. where she will answer your questions or schedule a telephone meeting.
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VCDSA Response to Recent Events

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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.

Contact D'annah - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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.

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

Application

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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.

Email Kasey regarding someone in need - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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.

Application

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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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