Have You Forgotten?

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks against our nation.

2,977 innocent lives were taken that that horrible day.

Amongst those casualties were 343 New York City Firefighters, 23 New York City Police Officers, and 37 Port Authority Police Officers.

They all courageously ran towards the disaster selflessly seeking to save lives.

We must never forget anyone who lost their lives on 9/11 or in its aftermath.

Submission of Questions for Mayoral Candidates Now Closed

We’d like thank everyone that’s already submitted questions for the upcoming Mayoral Candidate’s Forum.

We’ve received many great questions – more than can be asked in a three hour candidate forum – so we’ve had to close down the submission form for questions.

The Candidate Forum, sponsored by the San Bernardino Police Officers Association,  is scheduled for Saturday, September 14th, 6pm at Cal State San Bernardino.

All eleven qualified mayor candidates have been invited to participate in this important discussion about the future of San Bernardino. The forum is open to the public and will be filmed for television broadcast.

If you would like to attend the Forum, please reserve your seats by clicking this link.

Happy Independence Day

The men and women of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association wish everyone a happy and safe Independence Day.

On this day let us remember the courage of our Founding Fathers 237 years ago as they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to create a new nation dedicated to the ideals of freedom and liberty.

We also remember all the soldiers who 150 years ago met in one of the fiercest battles in our history out in the fields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  The three days of combat resulted in approximately 50,000 casualties.

The victory of the Union Army at Gettysburg turned the tide of the American Civil War, ensuring that slavery in this country would be abolished and that the United States of America would be preserved as a single, unified nation.

As President Abraham Lincoln said in his Gettysburg Address months after the battle:

The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.

That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.

That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.

We hope everyone has a happy and safe Fourth of July, celebrating our nation’s independence and freedom, as well as remembering all of those who came before and whose shoulders we now stand upon.

 

Mass Exodus of Officers Hits Stockton Police Department Hard

The Record reported on August 22nd that Stockton is losing experienced police officers in “startling numbers” since the city declared bankruptcy.  Unfortunately, San Bernardino is also steadily losing a great deal of experienced law enforcement professionals as a result of the city filing bankruptcy.

Here’s Scott Smith’s aritcle, “Exodus Hits PD Hard:”

At a time when they’re needed most, Stockton’s police officers are leaving in startling numbers, exiting for jobs with other agencies such as BART, the city of Oceanside and Placer County.

Stockton City Manager Bob Deis said Tuesday he has appealed to Gov. Jerry Brown and California’s top legislators for their help keeping the city from slipping into “municipal chaos.”