The 2019 DSA elections are here!

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The 2019 DSA elections are here! The open positions up for this election are: Vice President and one at-large position. Please see the DSA bylaws for specific guidelines on nominations. You can find the DSA election application and bylaws on the DSA website located at www.alamedadsa.comNominations will be accepted until Tuesday September 3, 2019 at 1700 hours. All nominations must be submitted to the DSA Office Manager, Nicole Peters, she will pr...
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Letter to Membership

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August 2, 2019DSA Members,The DSA Board will be sending out a vote for a bylaw change.  This bylaw amendment will change our election process and accomplishes several necessary changes:Shortens the current term for all board members by three (3) months.Seats elected board members prior to the PORAC conference and swearing in instead of two (2) months after.Removes the conflicting clauses on plurality vote versus majority vote and establishes...
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Letter to Membership

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July 26, 2019DSA Members,I wanted to take an opportunity to once again update everyone on the status of our DSA President position.As previously advised, Douglas Knittel was removed by the DSA Board of Directors based on committee findings on July 23, 2019. We had also confirmed a petition that would initiate a vote to recall Douglas Knittel from the President’s position.On July 24, 2019, Douglas Knittel expressed he would most likely waive his r...
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Board Announcement

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Deputy Sheriff Association members,The Deputy Sheriff’s Association Board of Directors (Board) would like to provide an update to the membership regarding the status of Douglas Knittel. Miguel Campos identified violations of our bylaws and requested the removal of Douglas Knittel as President of the Deputy Sheriff’s Association of Alameda County for cause. Also an additional recall of Douglas Knittel initiated by Micah Bennett and this is the lat...
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Board Announcement 07/19/2019

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Members,During the general membership meeting held July 17, 2019, Micah Bennett presented a petition to recall Douglas Knittell as the Presidnet of the Alameda County Deputy Sheriff's Association.Micah Bennett's petition summary and background are as follows and was signed by at least 260 members.Read More Here
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Letter sent to County HR without board approval or knowledge

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This document shall supersede any official notice received on, or prior to, the date of this document.This document shall not be rescinded, or superseded, by any other official notice received by the Deputy Sheriff's Association of Alameda County (DSA) or the Mastagni Holstedt Law Firm, until the election of a new President of the Deputy Sheriff's Association in the year 2020.Click to Read Document
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SANTA RITA JAIL / GLENN E. DYER DETENTION FACILITY

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The Agency and the DSA met to discuss the consolidation of sworn Bargaining Unit 13 members from the Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility to the Santa Rita Jail. During the discussion the re-bidding of sworn staff at the Detention and Corrections Division was discussed as a potential resolution regarding the issue of senior members. A compromise was reached with the transfer of “Security Team” members moving from A-Team to A-Team, B-Team to B-Team, e...
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Home Buying Seminar

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First Responders Appreciation Night - Sat 3/9

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Looking for something to do over the weekend?  Check out the San Jose Earthquakes Game, it's First Responders appreciation Night this Saturday.  Tickets start at $28, To purchase tickets visit fevo.me/firstresponders2019 or contact Matt hanson at (405) 556 - 7749. See attached flyer for details - click here 
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Texas Hold'Em Charity Poker Tourn, March 30th, 2019 5-10pm

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Attention Members: In support of the Police Unity Tour, you can purchase tickets for TEXAS HOLD'EM Charity Poker Tournament on March 30th, 5-10pm. $100 Buy-InClick Here to Download/View event flyer - Location: Athens Burger Restaurant/Banquet Room, 699 Dublin Blvd., CA 94568For Tickets, contact Bobby Mendenhall (510) 882-5992 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   
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2018 DSA RUNOFF ELECTION

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In the Run Off Election that ended on February 6, 2019, members of the DSA elected John White to fill one of the two vacant At-Large positions. John was telephoned and congratulated on his victory. Of the 502 members that voted the following results were submitted to the Election Committee; • John White - 253 votes (Elected)• Daniel Darbison - 233 votes• Shaughn Park - 211 votes• Michele Costeiu - 92 votes• Shawn Corke - 90 votes The Election Com...
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EDEN TOWNSHIP SUB-STATION O.S.H.A. COMPLAINT

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On February 6, 2019, the Deputy Sheriff’s Association, represented by Steve Welty of the Mastagni, Holstedt Law Firm and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, represented by Undersheriff Rich Lucia, met to discuss safe work place conditions at the Eden Township Sub-Station on behalf of DSA Members.A Senior Member of County GSA was scheduled to attend the meeting on behalf of County of Alameda, but declined, on the advice of County Counsel, due to ...
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2018 DSA RUNOFF ELECTION

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The Election Committee Chairman Pat Smith, has directed NEP to start the runoff election for the two At-Large positions on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 and end on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at 1700 hours.Each member that is sent a ballot to vote, should vote for two, members that have continued in the election process.Good Luck to all!Doug Knittel, President, Deputy Sheriff’s Association
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Thank you for Supporting the Badge

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The Deputy Sheriffs' Association of Alameda County would like to thank YOU for your donation, time and committed support during our “Support The Badge” fundraising campaign. Your generous donations will help us support our critically injured deputies and their families. In addition, you help us support our community through programs like community outreach, little leagues, families in need, and other worthy causes.We appreciate you standing ...
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2018 DSA RUNOFF ELECTION

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Good Morning, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! With our runoff election starting in the next couple of weeks I felt it necessary to explain the process.Per DSA Bylaw; Article XIII; Section 2; I have selected an Election Committee to oversee the runoff elections. The Chairman will be Pat Smyth. Pat Smyth has selected two members from our Association to assist him; Taj Kooner and Robert Garrigan. Only these three Election Committee members will h...
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Secretary Vote Results

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The DSA Secretary Vote has now closed.  Eric Larson was the elected candidate with 55.24% of the votes. 
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2018 Election Results

Good Morning! Last night the DSA Members elected a new Treasurer, Sean Poole and a new Secretary, Eric Larson. I would like to congratulate them both on behalf of the membership and I look forward to working with them in the coming year! In the At-Large Election, there were six (6) candidates that ran for office. No candidate received a “Majority” of the ballots returned and as a result the DSA will have runoff elections. This is allowed because;...
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Policy and Security for Christmas Eve

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Message from the President - COLISEUM SECURITY DETAIL

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DATE: December 10, 2018TO: DSA Members at LargeFROM: Doug Knittel, President SUBJECT: CHRISTMAS EVE - COLISEUM SECURITY DETAIL - LEGAL OPINION On Tuesday, 120418, I was advised each of the Lieutenants of the Court Services Division was asked to identify six (6) members, for a total of twenty-four (24) members, to adjust their work schedules to work the Coliseum Security Detail (CSD), on Monday, 122418 (Christmas Eve).I have been in contacted the ...
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RUMOR CONTROL - July 2020 Contract Negotiations

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DATE: December 1, 2018TO: Members of the DSA FROM: Doug Knittel, President DSASUBJECT: RUMOR CONTROL Please see link for a message from your the DSA president - Click Here  
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Thank You! MEMBERSHIP ELECTION - AFFIRMATION VOTE

First, I would like to Thank the Members of the Deputy Sheriff’s Association that have put their trust in me and now reaffirmed their belief in my leadership. Often change is hard and the struggle long before the changes we want as an association can be realized. It is during the struggle that the bonds of trust and fortitude are tested and you, the members of the Deputy Sheriff’s Association, have proven you have what it takes to take a more pos...
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DSA Vote Results are In

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Attention Membership, The results of the vote to affirm or overturn the Board of Directors’ decision to remove Doug Knittel from the DSA presidency are in. You, the membership have voted to overturn the Board’s decision.Doug Knittel is reinstated as the DSA President effective immediately. Click Here for Vote Results
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Fall Fundraiser is here

Our association is preparing to drop our annual fundraising letter to the community. This is one of our communication strategies to help educate the public about our efforts and raise important funds. The letter also helps drive traffic to our website and social media. If a community member asks, please inform them that this is our official fundraiser and direct them to our website or social media to learn more. So here is what you need know:Our ...
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Join Us In Making a Difference in our Community!

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We would like to thank you for your support of the men and women of our Deputy Department who protect us each and every day. A deputies job can be stressful and demanding, but we take great pride in helping our fellow citizens whenever we get the chance. It’s not just our job, it’s our honor to serve. Our deputies frequently go into harm’s way to protect our community and defend our freedoms. When a deputy is critically injured and their family n...
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PORAC Voter Guide

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Attention Members: We are providing two PORAC voting documents for your reference. These documents are available under DSA documents/elections documents on the association website as well. PORAC Voter Guide
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October Board of Directors Meeting

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October General Membership MeetingThursday October 25, 2018 1300 HoursThere were meeting dates posted at some duty stations, but never officially announced. One of these meeting dates was this Wednesday, October 17. To be clear, there is no meeting this week. We realize 1300 hours is a difficult time to attend a meeting, so, please see the announcement for this Friday night at the DSA.Friday Night at the DSALast Friday, about 40 members showed up...
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Important DSA Update

Dear Members,On Friday, September 28, the Board of Directors posted a document explaining the reasons why Doug Knittel was removed from the Board. We have re-posted the document now to the “Letters to Membership” link on the website, including the supporting documentation. Also posted on the website and attached here is the Removal Committee Report. Supporting documents to this report are on the website.The electronic vote to Affirm or Overturn t...
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Remembering 9/11

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September 11th, 2001 rocked America to the core. We will always remember the bravery, strength, and courage the first responders portrayed on that day. On September 11th, please take a moment to honor the 343 heroes who lost their lives. Check out the 9/11 Memorial & Museum website to find a memorial near you.
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Officer Calms Nervous Child

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We love the viral video from HeartThreads that tells the story of a Texas police officer calming down a nervous child. He let the boy sit in his patrol car and gave him a tour of the police department. The best part? That boy wants to be a police officer when he grows up now! Can’t wait to have you as a brother in law enforcement, Jacob! Check out the video here!
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CA Deputy Freed Bear Trapped in Car

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Sometimes our job goes beyond our training to help those around us in a different way. We’re grateful to our fellow deputy who stepped up to save a bear by breaking a car window so it could escape. Check out the Placer County Sheriff’s Office video here.
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2018 Line of Duty Deaths

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Our country has struggled with the balance of political correctness, maintaining civil rest and protecting those who protect our communities. So far in 2018, too many law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty helping to maintain these principles. Let’s take a moment to remember all of these brave heroes by reviewing the 2018 Honor Roll of Heroes… Click here to learn about them.
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Celebrating Police Week 2018

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This year, from May 13th to May 19th, thousands of police officers, law enforcement professionals, friends, family, and survivors gather in Washington D.C for National Police Week. In 2017 alone, 129 officers were killed in the line of duty. Since 1791, a total of 21,541 officers have lost their lives in the line of duty.One of the most moving ceremonies is the Annual Candlelight Vigil, where the names of fallen officers will be forever etched in...
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Join us Battle of the Badges Blood Drive (LEO vs EMS & Fire)

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To ensure a spot, please register at: utilizing sponsor code ACSO Register HereIn a hurry? Save up to 15 minutes by enrolling for a Rapid Pass prior to the blood drive!!! Together we will make a difference!Enroll Here
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Join us Battle of the Badges Blood Drive (LEO vs EMS & Fire)

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To ensure a spot, please register at: utilizing sponsor code ACSO Register HereIn a hurry? Save up to 15 minutes by enrolling for a Rapid Pass prior to the blood drive!!! Together we will make a difference!Enroll Here
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Board of Directors Vote Results

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Attention DSA Members - The Board of Directors vote has closed. Results are posted below: Doug Knittel, PresidentDirectors at Large- Kevin LewisTom BoydBy Laws: Q3 I vote to delete Article IX, Section 2-Yes Q4 I vote to delete Article IX, Section 3-No Q5 I vote to delete Article IX, Section 4-NoIf you have any questions please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Thank you for your support

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The Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Alameda County would like to express our gratitude for your overwhelming generosity during our “Red, White, Blue, and YOU” fundraising campaign. We truly live by our campaign slogan “One Nation, One Community, Many Voices, Under the Banner of Unity.” Together we do make our community a better and safe place to live and work.We are honored to have your continued support, and we pledge to uphold our promises to g...
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Fall Fundraiser is here

Our association is preparing to drop our annual fundraising letter to the community. This is one of our communication strategies to help educate the public about our efforts and raise important funds that our association will be able to reinvest in local programs. The letter also helps drive traffic to our website and social media. If a community member asks, please inform them that this is our official fundraiser and direct them to our website o...
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Help Make a Difference in Our Community!

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On behalf of our officers and our fellow citizens, the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Alameda County is asking you today for your support. While our nation is facing unprecedented times, we are thankful for our community who has stayed strong and united and we value the support you have shown our deputies.   Donate Here Today!Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Alameda County is dedicated to safety and improving our community, but we need ...
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DSA Bylaws

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Attentions Members:Please find attached DSA Bylaws. Click here for 2007 BylawsThe recent vote has three sections up for review in Article IX: Article IX, Section 2, 3 and 4. Each sections verbiage is include on the vote itself, for your reference. If you have any questions please contact the DSA Office by phone (925)463-3760 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. You
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Why Politics Matter in Policing

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Officers Need Help (from you)!!! For most of us, including those in law enforcement, politics is a dirty word and not something we primarily think of as having any bearing on our profession directly. However, the longer those of us in this profession, do the job, we learn that simply cannot be further from the truth. That’s why, it important that you, the general public know, the decisions you make in the voting booth, significantly impact our du...
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Why Politics Matter

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For most of the general public, including those of us in law enforcement, politics is a dirty word and not something we primarily think of as having any bearing on our profession directly. However, that simply cannot be further from the truth. The decisions we make in the voting booth, significantly impact our duties, our long term effectiveness and the communities entrusted to our care.  We must become actively engaged in these processes, i...
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9/11 Letter

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So often we commemorate the day or memorialize an overwhelming mass tragedy, but lose sight of the individuals, the moments in time, the instances that change our world. The below letter, written to a 9/11 survivor, to the police officer who saved her that day, could easily go out to any Officer in the field today. In instances each and every day, they give of themselves selflessly, without hesitation, in the face of fear. Alongside members from ...
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Support Deputy Khin - June 1st

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Thursday, June 1stCome out in support of Deputy Sroeuy Khin and his family. Stop in anytime from 12:00pm- Close, 50% of the proceeds and 100% of cash or card donations will go directly to the Khin family.All are welcomed.See Flyer -  
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National Police Week honored 135 fallen

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In 2016, the profession of law enforcement, and our nation, lost 135 police officers in the line of duty. This national figure is the highest it has been since 2001, with nearly half of these brave men and women having been killed in ambush-style attacks; with the remaining being a result of various other incidents, including traffic-related accidents and suffering heart attacks on the job.  This May marks the 55th year, in which thousands o...
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55th National Police Week

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May 2017 marks the 55th year by which our nation will pay tribute to the men and women of our local, state and federal peace officers. National Police Week is an annual event, conceived from “Police Day”, which was created in 1962, when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation, designating May 15 as a time in which our nation would pause, gather, and most of all, to remember, those brave men and women who gave their final breath for the sa...
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Alameda County Businesses we need your help

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Once a year we reach out to the businesses in our local community asking you for your support.  Annually we look at how we can increase our impact in our community, and we continually strive to outdo our previous year. Your support allows us to make a bigger impact in the community we both share. Here is your chance to join the DSA of Alameda County community outreach mission. Join us by donating today, your contribution goes towar...
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Update from the President

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Attention all DSA Members -Please see attached document covering some important issues affecting the DSA and some of the advocacy work your board of directors is doing on your behalf.Thank you, Tom MathenyDSA PresidentPresidents_Message_April_2017.pdf
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Memorial Fund

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We have established an account under the DSA of Alameda County Charitable Foundation for the benefit the family of Deputy Sheriff Michael Foley at the SF Police Credit Union.Contributions may take place in person at a local branch, mail or electronically utilizing account #1387350 S5 Michael Foley Memorial Fund.Please forward contributions to SFPCU via mail or electronically:ACSO DSA Charitable Foundation for Michael Foley Memorial Fund2550 Irvin...
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Memorial Fund

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 We have established an account under the DSA of Alameda County Charitable Foundation for the benefit the family of Deputy Sheriff Michael Foley at the SF Police Credit Union.Contributions may take place in person at a local branch, mail or electronically utilizing account #1387350 S5 Michael Foley Memorial Fund.Please forward contributions to SFPCU via mail or electronically:ACSO DSA Charitable Foundation for Michael Foley Memorial Fund2550...
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We Need Your Support Now More than Ever

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We proudly protect our communities, children, and families, despite the difficult year the brave men and women of Law Enforcement has had to face. It is not an easy job, but we wear our badge with a humble pride and seek to make the community we share a safer place to live and work. That’s why I am asking for your help.At the time you receive this letter there have been 138 line of duty deaths of Law Enforcement officers across the...
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Vote Results

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Please note the results of our recent vote:Vice President: Tim O'Conell: 98 Doug Knittell: 278 Director-at-Large: Garrett Dagneau: 352 Question 1: Yes: 263 No: 101 Question 2: Yes: 263 No: 97
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Bylaws Vote

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The vote on the Bylaws is concluded. The vote was (No - 216 votes or [65.26%] to Yes - 115 votes [34.7%} ). 
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Letter From The Board

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Dear Membership:Over the past eight (8) months, your Board of Directors has worked tirelessly to integrate the newly elected board members onto the DSA Board. During our annual long-range planning retreat, it became clear that we have a major problem with our treasurer, Rick Gonzales. The Board of Directors believes that it is in the best interest of the DSA to present the membership with the problems our treasurer is creating for the DSA and his...
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Exclusive Members Only Discounts Now Available!

Exclusive Members Only Discounts Now Available!
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Attention Members - You will now find members only discounts posted on our association's website. These discounts are available to all registered members and can be found on the member's dashboard.   The newest discount is for RussianBlades.com a designer of custom knives.Simply login to your members area and select the members tab to retrieve Coupon Codes. Once you are logged in scroll down and look for the box that says Coupon Codes l...
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Calling all Local Businesses

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Small businesses are a major contributor to the strength of our local economy.  Literally, small businesses are the backbone of our local community and we appreciate your investment and hard work to make our community a great place to live and work.According to the 2010 Census, 99.7% of U.S. employer firms are small businesses.  Almost half of the nation's private sector workforce is employed by small business,  there is nothing sm...
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#GivingTuesday

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December 1st is #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to giving back.  This is the time of year when we think about all that we are thankful for this holiday season.  We are thankful for each and every person out there backing the Deputy Sheriffs' Association of Alameda County.Throughout the year we work hard to give back to our local community in many ways. To view the organizations we sponsor and how we give back visit our "Charities We Sup...
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Getting their attention: The heart behind the badge

Getting their attention: The heart behind the badge
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Cmdr. Mike Parker wrote an eye opening letter depicting his 31 years on the job.  The letter shares Parker’s love of the job and the hardships a career in law enforcement can bring.   Parker says, “I have buried my friends and seen their children grieve, feeling lost and alone, yet surrounded by a sea of uniforms. I have seen the extreme cruelty that one human being can inflict on another and the incredible ...
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Open Enrollment for 2016

Please click the link below to view information about Open Enrollment.  Open enrollment is from October 19 through November 2. Open-Enrollment-for-2016.pdf
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Internet and Website Safety Tips

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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 e...
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Domestic Violence

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You can feel so vulnerable during domestic violence situations. Here are some protection tips for you at home while you are still with your abuser, in your car, and with your cell phone. I am also including tips regarding your finances, belongings, and reputation to help you feel more in control.Abuser's want total control over you. If they can't have you, they may try to destroy you in every way possible, or take your life. These protection tips...
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Crime Prevention

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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 valua...
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