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The Santa Monica Police Officers Association endorses Santa Monica City Council Candidates Lana Negrete, Armen Melkonians, and Albin Gielicz as well as Measures CS, DT, and DTS.

SANTA MONICA, CA – The Santa Monica Police Officers Association (SMPOA) is proud to endorse incumbent City Council member Lana Negrete, Armen Melkonians, and Recreation and Parks Commissioner Albin Gielicz for election to Santa Monica City Council. “We must elect policy makers that make public safety a priority, and Lana, Armen, and Albin are committed to providing the Santa Monica Police Department with the resources we need to keep our community safe,” said Gerardo Leyva, SMPOA President.  Council member Negrete works with residents to activate

The Santa Monica Police Officers Association calls on the members of the Public Safety Reform & Oversight Commission to do their jobs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rob Schwenker 310-923-0124 rob@803.media ############ The Santa Monica Police Officers Association calls on the members of the Public Safety Reform & Oversight Commission to do their jobs   On February 2, 2021, Santa Monica City Council adopted an ordinance adding Santa Monica Municipal Code Chapter 2.50 to establish a Public Safety Reform and Oversight Commission (PSROC). The Santa Monica Police Officers Association (SMPOA) worked with city staff on crafting that ordinance and the SMPOA’s member officers have worked to cooperate with

Official Statement of the Santa Monica Police Officers’ Association on Patrol and Enforcement

Official Statement of the Santa Monica Police Officers’ Association on Patrol and Enforcement Recently, there has been increased public dialogue around the topic of crime and public safety presence in downtown, the parks, and other areas of Santa Monica. The Santa Monica Police Officers Association (SMPOA) would like to bring clarity to misconceptions about these issues and correct the record on a series of falsehoods. It is unambiguous, and recent history has demonstrated that promulgating a false narrative undermines the faith and confidence of our

Official Statement of the Santa Monica Police Officers Association on the OIR report

Official Statement of the Santa Monica Police Officers Association on the OIR report   The Santa Monica Police Officers Association is grateful for the investigative work done by the OIR group into the events of May 31, 2020. The resulting report is a document our organization and its members have carefully reviewed, and policy changes based on its recommendations that will equip our department to best serve the public’s safety will be wholeheartedly embraced.   However, it is important to note that only 13 officers

Why We Released the Policy Platform

The upheaval of the past year was enough to test the most resilient and grounded among us. Santa Monica police officers were not immune to the stress of the pandemic coupled with a social reckoning of our profession. Initially, we, the sworn officers of the SMPD, felt unfairly lumped into the national indictment of unprofessional police officers and departments. We were angry at having to defend ourselves and the service we provide to our community. But slowly, and after a lot of individual introspection, as a group we started

Official Statement of the Santa Monica Police Officers Association on the Formation of the Public Safety Reform & Oversight Commission

Official Statement of the Santa Monica Police Officers Association on the Formation of the Public Safety Reform & Oversight Commission   On February 2, 2021, Santa Monica City Council adopted an ordinance adding Santa Monica Municipal Code Chapter 2.50 to establish a public safety reform and oversight commission.   In advance of the adoption of this ordinance The Santa Monica Police Officers Association (SMPOA) made repeated efforts to communicate the association’s desire to partner with the City in the formation of the Oversight Commission and

Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health and safety of our fellow community members and healthcare workers, we have decided to cancel this Saturday’s annual Candy Cane Drive. Though we’re saddened to not be Santa’s official escort around our city this year, the big guy has told us to rest assured that Santa Monica is on the nice list for his rounds next Thursday night. Happy Holidays everyone and we’re confident we’ll be back to this great tradition next year.

Stay safe, stay well and stay merry.
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