San Bernardino Police Officers Association Endorses Scott Beard for City Council

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association is endorsing Scott Beard for City Council in the 7th Ward Runoff Election against incumbent Jim Mulvihill.

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“The San Bernardino Police Officers Association is endorsing local business owner Scott Beard for City Council in Ward 7,” said Steve Turner, president of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association.

“The most important job of the City Council is to keep the people of San Bernardino safe, and safety is Scott Beard’s top priority,” said Turner.  “He is committed to putting more police officers on the street and ensuring that we have the tools necessary to protect San Bernardino’s residents and families at all times.”

“As a successful local business owner, Scott Beard also has the knowledge, experience, plus the proven commitment to helping turn San Bernardino’s economy around,” Turner said.

“Compared to incumbent Jim Mulvihill, Scott Beard is obviously the better candidate,” Turner continued.  “Jim Mulvihill has done nothing to put more police officers on the street. During Mulvihill’s time on the City Council, drastic cuts have been made to the police department that have weakened basic public safety services. He has not earned another term in office.  We urge the voters of the 7th Ward to replace him with Scott Beard.”

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SBPOA President’s Statement on the Attacks Last Week in San Bernardino

The following is a statement by Steve Turner, President of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association:

For the last four years I’ve had the privilege of representing San Bernardino’s rank and file police officers as the president of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association.

What occurred in our city last Wednesday is unlike anything any of us have ever experienced as peace officers.

On behalf of the members of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims whose lives were brutally taken from them.  We want you to know how deeply saddened we are for your loss. We are here for you and we continue to pray for you during this time of incredible grief.

To the residents of San Bernardino, we want to thank you for all of your words and displays of support.  We also appreciate the prayers, love, support, and sympathy you have shown to the victims and their loved ones.  It is through your loving actions that our nation and the world has seen what San Bernardino is truly made of.

As President of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association I want to acknowledge the police officers who responded to last Wednesday’s terrorist attack.  The officers that responded to the calls for help did so demonstrating the highest degrees of professionalism and bravery. Their goal was to protect the lives of those inside the Inland Regional Center building and to prevent any further fatalities.

These officers arrived on scene and immediately focused on locating and protecting the innocent lives while searching for the attackers.  They arrived at a scene of absolute horror.   They faced victims, survivors, explosives, and a very real concern that the terrorists were still at the location.

With all of those obstacles, they remained calm and professional while rescuing individuals from the building, without allowing any one else to be harmed. The actions of these officers were nothing short of heroic.  I have never been so proud to represent these fine police officers than I am at this time.

The last five years have been difficult on the community of San Bernardino and its police department.  Bankruptcy and budget cuts have diminished services that residents of most cities take for granted, including law enforcement.

Throughout these challenges, the men and the women of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association remained committed to protecting the residents of the city we serve.

Our promise to San Bernardino’s residents has been and remains, “Your Safety Is Always Our Top Priority.”

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San Bernardino Police Officers Association Endorses Bessine Littlefield Richard for City Council

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The San Bernardino Police Officers Association is endorsing Bessine Littlefield Richard for the City Council in Ward 6.

“Having met with and interviewed all four candidates running for the City Council in the Sixth Ward, the San Bernardino Police Officers Association firmly believes Bessine Littlefield Richard is the best and most qualified person for the job,” said Steve Turner, president of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association.

“As a lifelong resident of the West Side, Bessine has deep roots in the community,” Turner said.  “She knows the community.  She knows the people.  She will be a strong voice on the City Council for their needs and their interests, especially when it comes to making the neighborhoods and families of the Sixth Ward safer.”

“The San Bernardino Police Officers Association looks forward to working with Bessine Littlefield Richard on the City Council.  Her energy, ideas, and commitment to public service will go a long way towards improving the quality of life throughout San Bernardino, revitalizing the economy, and making our city and its residents safer.  We hope you will join us in supporting Bessine Littlefield Richard for City Council,” Turner said.

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San Bernardino Police Officers Association Endorses City Councilmember Henry Nickel for Re-Election

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association is pleased to announce the endorsement of Henry Nickel for re-election to the San Bernardino City Council in Ward 5.

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“Henry Nickel brings a very strong work ethic, civility, and a high level of professionalism to the City Council,” said Steve Turner, president of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association.

“Councilmember Nickel has been a steady hand at City Hall during the multiple trials facing our city as it works through bankruptcy.  He has been unwavering in his commitment to making the residents and families of San Bernardino safer.  He has stood with the men and women of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association and we are honored to stand with him now in his re-election bid,” Turner said.

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Reserve Your Seat for SBPOA’s City Council Candidate Forums

Anyone interested in attending the City Council Forums being sponsored by the San Bernardino Police Officers Association can do so by filling out the form below.

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Both candidate forums will be held in the Santos Manuel Student Union Theater at Cal State San Bernardino on Saturday, September 19, 2015.  Brad Pomerance of Charter Communications’ California Edition will serve as moderator.

The Ward 6 Candidate Forum will start at 1:30 p.m.

All four Ward 6 candidates – Anthony Jones, Rafael Rawls, Bessine Richard, and Roxanne Williams – have agreed to participate.  They are running replace retiring Ward 6 City Councilmember Rikke Van Johnson.

The Ward 7 Candidate Forum will start at 4:00 p.m.

Incumbent City Councilmember James Mulvihill will face off against three of his four challengers - Damon Alexander, Leticia Garcia, and Kimberly Robel. Candidates Scott Beard has informed us they will be unable to participate.

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Ask The Candidates Your Questions at the City Council Forums

On Saturday, September 19, 2015 the San Bernardino Police Officers Association is sponsoring candidate forums for those running for City Council in Wards 6 and 7.

The main purpose of these forums is to allow the voters of San Bernardino to become acquainted with the different candidates, their backgrounds, and their positions on the issues facing the City of San Bernardino.

To encourage public involvement, the SBPOA welcomes residents to submit their questions to be posed to the candidates at the forums.

If you have a question for all of the candidates, some of the candidates, or for one specific candidate, please submit your question using the form below.  If your question is asked during either forum, we will do our best to ensure it is attributed to you.

 

Thank you for your participation in our forum and San Bernardino’s electoral process.

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San Bernardino Police Officers Association Hosting City Council Candidate Forums

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association is pleased to announce it will be hosting candidate forums in the upcoming elections for San Bernardino City Council in Wards 6 and 7.

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“Based on the success of the Mayoral Candidates Forum we hosted in 2013, the SBPOA has decided to again hold public candidate forums for those running this year in the 6th and 7th City Council Wards,” said Steve Turner, president of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association.

The candidate forums will both be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Cal State San Bernardino in the Santos Manuel Student Union Theatre.

The Ward 6 forum will begin at 1:30 PM and the Ward 7 forum will begin at 4:00 PM.   Brad Pomerance, host of Charter Communications’ California Edition, has graciously agreed to serve as the moderator for both forums.

Brad Pomerance, host of Charter's California Edition, will serve as moderator of SBPOA's City Council Candidate Forums.

Brad Pomerance, host of Charter’s California Edition, will serve as moderator of SBPOA’s City Council Candidate Forums.

“With the crowded fields in both of these races, the San Bernardino Police Officers Association wanted to provide this opportunity to allow the voters of these two wards to get to know the candidates, their backgrounds, and where they stand on the issues facing our city,” Turner said.

In City Council Ward 6, four candidates are seeking the seat currently held by Rikke Van Johnson.  Johnson is retiring from the City Council and not seeking re-election.

In City Council Ward 7 there are also five candidates.  City Councilmember James Mulvihill is seeking re-election and facing four challengers.

“All candidates in these two races have been invited to participate in the forums, whether or not they are seeking the endorsement of the Police Officers Association for their campaigns.”  Turner said.  “SBPOA has not endorsed any candidate in either council race.  If SBPOA chooses to endorse a candidate in either Ward 6 or Ward 7, such a decision will only be made after the candidate forums.”

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association will solicit questions from its members, community groups, and the voting public to be asked at the candidate forums.

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New Five-Year Contract A Good First Step Towards Rebuilding the San Bernardino Police Department

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The San Bernardino Police Officers Association and the City of San Bernardino reached agreement this week on the terms of a contract that will allow the City’s bankruptcy to move closer to finalization.

On Monday, City Council unanimously approved the five-year contract which has the overwhelming support of San Bernardino’s rank-and-file police officers.

“This agreement is both fair and reasonable given the current conditions facing our membership and that of the City,” said Steve Turner, president of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association.

“Keeping experienced officers working our streets, as well as the recruitment of new officers were some of the concerns of the police officers. This agreement should address those concerns and help to bring stability to the department, which has lost more than 33% of sworn and civilian staffing since the Bankruptcy filing, back in August of 2012,” Turner said.

“It is a good first step toward rebuilding our agency and will also help to reduce crime and violence on our streets,” Turner said, “It is our hope that the agreement will receive broad support from both the residents and the federal bankruptcy court.”

The agreement is comprehensive and will also see San Bernardino’s police officers continue to share the costs of retirement benefits and health care rates.

 

 

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Wishing You A Great 2015

As we begin 2015 we wanted to thank you for your continued support and for standing firmly with us in 2014.

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Your support for San Bernardino Police Officers was on full display with the outpouring of generosity and unending prayers for Police Officer Gabriel Garcia who was critically wounded in the line of duty, and when Police Officer Shaun Jarvis lost his life in an off duty traffic accident.

Your support and prayers for these members of our family will never be forgotten.

Officer Garcia is in the midst of a long recovery process and your continued prayers for his health are greatly appreciated.

We also wanted to thank you for your support in last November’s election.

Because of your support for us, Measure Q, which would have enabled the City to drastically cut the pay of San Bernardino Police Officers, was soundly defeated.  By stopping this misguided initiative residents helped prevent a mass exodus of experienced officers that would have greatly destabilized the Police Department.

As we head into 2015, let us affirm that we remain committed to your safety.  Keeping San Bernardino’s neighborhoods and families safe is always our top priority.

We will continue to seek ways to work collaboratively with the city to make San Bernardino safer and find ways to contain costs while ensuring the necessary level of police protection.

Thank you again for your unwavering support.

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San Bernardino Looks to Disband its Police Department

As you have been made aware through recent news reports, City Hall has confirmed that the City Council will once again look at disbanding the San Bernardino Police Department.

The information we have been given indicates that the City Council will present, debate and approve asking the Sheriff’s Department for a request proposal (RFP) at Monday’s meeting, 11/17/14.

This action is evidence of the Mayor’s deep contempt for your decision in the most recent election cycle where Measure Q was soundly defeated.

We are asking each of you to come show your support by letting Mayor Davis and the City Council know of your belief that San Bernardino should have its own police department.

The City Council meeting starts at 4pm.  The item on disbanding the Police Department and contracting out to the Sheriff’s Department is item 5P.

The men and women of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association would very much appreciate your support in this matter.

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