SBPOA Supports Eric McBride as Next Police Chief

With the recent requests from the dais, news articles about conducting an outside search for a Chief of Police, and the delay by the City to appoint interim Chief McBride to the position of Chief of Police, we felt it prudent to make the position of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association known.

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association stands in full support for the appointment of Eric McBride to serve as the next Chief of Police for the City of San Bernardino.

Like few others, our community has faced long-term challenges on many levels including crime, a growing homeless and parolee population, quality of life issues that need resolution and repeated civic financial concerns, to name a few.

Eric McBride is a 28 year employee of the SBPD who has risen through the ranks and has worked many of the various details that the department has implemented over the years.

He knows not only the City of San Bernardino, but also the organizational structure of the SBPD, our policies and procedures, our personnel, and our culture. With his appointment, Eric McBride will hit the ground running and there will be no learning curve. He knows the City, our residents and the concerns within.

Our department requires stability and leadership at this time. We are asking that City Manager Ledoux appoint Eric McBride to the position of Chief of Police, without further delay. We have worked with Eric for many years and know he brings the stability and leadership our organization needs.

Eric was appointed to serve as the Interim Chief nearly a year ago and has run the department effectively and efficiently since taking the helm. He has surrounded himself with some of our agencies strongest leaders, who also know and understand the unique challenges facing the City of San Bernardino and its Police Department.

Eric has led in the implementation of some of the highest priority structural changes that are needed to positively impact crime, and his plans for a new direction for this department are supported by the rank and file. Morale has improved and we know that both crime and quality of life issues will be positively impacted through his leadership.

We have worked with Eric McBride for many years and he has earned the deep respect of the men and women of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association.  He is the obvious and best choice to be the next Chief of Police and move our department forward.

San Bernardino Police Officers Association Supports Juan Figueroa for City Council

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association has endorsed Juan Figueroa to fill the vacant city council seat in San Bernardino’s 3rd Ward.

“Having met with both candidates actively running in this election, we believe Juan Figueroa is the person voters can trust to put their safety first at City Hall,” said Brian Lewis, the president of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association.  “We look forward to working with Juan to make San Bernardino a safer place to live and for job-creating businesses to locate.”

Juan Figueroa is running in a Special Election for San Bernardino’s 3rd Ward.  A vacancy in the 3rd Ward was created when 3rd Ward Councilmember John Valdivia was elected Mayor of San Bernardino last November.  The Special Election is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

SBPOA’s Statement on Wednesday’s City Council Meeting

On Wednesday night the City of San Bernardino took an unfortunate step back into the past all of us had hoped had been left behind.

This happened when three elected members of the city council walked away from their duties and left the council meeting early.

Because of their unexpected departures, the city council was unable to conduct the public’s business and was forced to adjourn early.

This was an unnecessary waste of taxpayer money and of the residents valuable time who attended the meeting to give input on issues that were not discussed.

As the police officers of San Bernardino, we expect better from the elected leadership of the city.

We do not expect these elected leaders to always agree on things, but we do expect them to lead.

The residents of San Bernardino undoubtedly expect the same.

It is our sincere hope that the three city councilmembers who left the meeting understand that what they did was not in the best interests of the city.

We hope that they return to the dais as soon as possible to work through the issues facing our city.

San Bernardino Police Officers Endorse Mayor Carey Davis for Re-Election

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association (SBPOA) has endorsed Carey Davis for Mayor of San Bernardino in the upcoming November Election.

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“Mayor Carey Davis has been the steady hand San Bernardino needed to guide our city out of bankruptcy,” Brian Lewis, President of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association said. “Mayor Davis has stood by our police department and our officers during these challenging times. Today the San Bernardino Police Officers Association is proud to stand with Mayor Davis in his re-election efforts.”

Carey Davis was elected Mayor of San Bernardino on February 4, 2014. Davis inherited a bankrupt city and a bitterly divided city council from his predecessor, Pat Morris.

A certified public accountant by profession, Davis brought much needed change to City Hall with his calm, courteous, and collaborative demeanor.

During his term, Davis successfully led San Bernardino out of bankruptcy and provided compassionate reassurance to the city after the terrorist attacks of December 2, 2015.

“As Mayor, Carey Davis has demonstrated his commitment to making the residents and neighborhoods of San Bernardino safer,” Lewis continued. “He is committed to rebuilding our police department and ensuring that it has the resources needed to recruit and retain officers to be properly staffed for a city of this size. This will help improve emergency response times and allow officers to be more proactive against crime and violence.”

“I am honored to have the support of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association,” Mayor Carey Davis said. “These brave and professional police officers have done tremendous work under the most difficult circumstances these last several years. To have earned their trust to continue serving this city as mayor is truly humbling. I look forward to working with the SBPOA and the City Council to return the San Bernardino Police Department to the staffing levels it had before the bankruptcy required such drastic cuts to public safety.”

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association represents the majority of the men and women serving as peace officers in the City of San Bernardino’s Police Department. The Election is scheduled for November 6, 2018.

Join Us in Support of San Bernardino Police Explorer Samantha Spencer

Please help us support one of our San Bernardino Police Department Explorers, Samantha Spencer.

Samantha Spencer is 15 years old and has been an explorer with the San Bernardino Police Department for 2 years. She lives in San Bernardino and attends a local high school where she maintains a 4.5 GPA.

Samantha’s mother is a single mother and sole provider who was recently injured at work. As a result of the medications she was on, she had adverse reactions and has autoimmune issues now. Her mother has had multiple trips to the emergency room and several hospital stays and has been unable to work.

Samantha has not requested any money and this is being done by the San Bernardino Police Officers Association to assist one of our own explorers. The money raised will be used to buy gift cards to assist with groceries and other household expenses.

Samantha is still attending school and will stay with friends during her mother’s hospital stays.

Please join us in supporting SBPD Explorer Samantha Spencer at this GoFundMe page.

This GoFundMe page was created by the San Bernardino Police Officers Association in support of Samantha but is not tax deductible.

Thank you in advance for your kind and generous support.

SBPOA Opposes Measures N & O, Backs Measure P

The San Bernardino Police Officer’s Association opposes Measures N and O in the November 8th Election.

These competing marijuana initiatives are poorly crafted and deeply flawed. They do not provide for adequate oversight or security. They will not generate enough revenue to allow for proper law enforcement that will be required to ensure public safety.

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association has grave concerns regarding the passage of either measure and ask that voters join us in saying NO to Measures N and O.

Additionally, to prevent such reckless initiatives that circumvent our City Council, the San Bernardino Police Officers Association is supporting Measure P. Measure P is a Municipal Code Amendment that explicitly details how medical marijuana sales will be conducted and by whom.

San Bernardino Police Officers Association Supports Measure L

SBPOA backs plan to update City Charter

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association supports Measure L to update and modernize our City Charter.

At a time when our city is nearing the end of the Bankruptcy process, it is important to make the most of this very rare opportunity to improve operations of how San Bernardino will be governed in the future.

Measure L will improve accountability by clarifying the lines of authority between the various branches of our City government.

Measure L also requires an annual independent financial audit, a balanced budget, and it enhances public safety through the guarantee of a fully staffed and stable Municipal Police Department.

Measure L will also consolidate the election of our civic leaders to even numbered years, improving voter turnout and reducing costs to the taxpayers.

Measure L is a “win-win” for the City of San Bernardino. San Bernardino will exit the bankruptcy process with a clean slate and the promise of improvement for our roads, street lights and other quality of life issues in our community.

We urge the citizens of San Bernardino to join the San Bernardino Police Officers Association in supporting Measure L.

SBPOA Opposes Local Marijuana Initiative

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association opposes the local marijuana dispensary ballot measure in the upcoming November 2016 Election.

Unfortunately, there has been some confusion on SBPOA’s position – therefore we wanted to state clearly for the voters of San Bernardino that our association does not support this initiative.

We believe the confusion over our position was inadvertently caused by discussions about different proposals and pending statewide initiatives on this topic.

This initiative was rushed and not thoroughly vetted.  Public safety must be the top priority of our city. We believe this initiative carries with it many risks and will not improve safety of the residents and families of San Bernardino.

SBPOA Supports SB 987 by Senator Richard Roth

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association is backing the passage of SB 897 authored by Senator Richard Roth.

This important legislation provides for an additional year of paid leave to police officers critically injured by someone in the line of duty, like our own SBPD Officer Gabriel Garcia.

Please contact your State Senator and State Assemblymember to let them know you support SB 897.

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SBPOA Supports Denise Trager Dvorak for Judge

The San Bernardino Police Officers Association is honored to support prosecutor Denise Trager Dvorak for San Bernardino Superior Court Judge.

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Denise is a veteran prosecutor with a long history of standing up to criminals and fighting to make our community safer.
She is the only candidate in this election who has put dangerous criminals where they belong — in prison.
We believe Denise Trager Dvorak with make an excellent judge and hope you will vote for her in this election.