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Police Chiefs Flex Their Legislative Muscles at the State Capitol

Cal Chiefs held its first very successful Annual Legislative Day May 14th in Sacramento and more than 70 police chiefs attended.

The event kicked off Tuesday evening May 13th with a reception at the State Capitol and more than 20 legislators attended, including Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. The reception was a great way for chiefs to have a casual conversation with their legislators.

The morning of May 14th featured a welcome by Cal Chiefs’ president Christopher Boyd and Law & Legislative Committee Chair David Swing as well as updates on CPCA key bills by our legislative team and legislative committee members. Chiefs, who attended the event in uniform, were provided with a packet of material that included talking points about our key legislative priorities, sample letters and bill summaries.

Cal Chiefs’ staff had already set up appointments for chiefs with their legislators for later in the day and the halls of the capitol were full of dark blue uniforms as chiefs made their rounds.

Chiefs were also treated to a personal behind-the-scene’s tour of the Capitol and the Senate and Assembly Chambers by Assembly Member Ken Cooley prior to their legislative meetings, and posed for a group picture on the Capitol Steps.

In addition to attending individual meetings, our Executive Board met with legislative leaders and the governor to discuss our priorities. The fact that the Governor’s May budget revision was published during our event and included an increase in front line funding to a total of $40 million made the event that much better. Plans are already underway for the 2nd Annual CPCA Legislative Day that will likely be held at the end of April in 2015 in order to avoid any conflicts with Peace Officer Memorial ceremonies. We anticipate and even larger turnout next year.

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