TURNING THE SHIP

  • By Ronald Hernandez
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  • November 13, 2017
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  • Dispatcher

I am proud of the evolution that has taken place at ALADS over the past 12 months. The highlight reel of the past 12 months includes ALADS successfully defeating the sheriff's implementation of the "Brady List" – TWICE – and ALADS utilizing "impasse" as a new process to deal with the department over changes in working conditions.

THERE'S MORE MONEY OUT THERE

How many hours do you get paid for being on call all day or for showing up to court and immediately being sent home? Is it 4 hours, 3 hours, or is it 2 hours? The answers vary from station to station and sergeant to sergeant.

WELCOME JAY TRISLER! ALADS' NEW ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jay Trisler comes to ALADS with over 30 years of law enforcement experience and decades of formal union work.

VOTE!

  • By Ronald Hernandez
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  • October 13, 2017
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  • Dispatcher

I would like to give you some insight and encourage you to VOTE! Vote your conscience. Vote for what is best for the organization, VOTE!

WHAT'S YOUR TIME WORTH? LET'S PUT SOME MONEY IN YOUR POCKET

Have you ever worked off the clock? Have you ever stayed after hours to write a report? Have you ever taken reports home because you ran out of time at work... Now, have you ever done any of the things and not turned in an OT slip? If so, that is working off the clock.

FRIVOLOUS SPENDING AT ALADS

  • By David Gaisford
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  • October 13, 2017
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  • Dispatcher

During my time as an ALADS member, I have often heard members make comments about "frivolous spending" at ALADS. As a member, I too was sometimes angered by some of the ways our money was being spent. In fact, concerns over misuse of our hard-earned money is one of the reasons I decided to become more closely involved.

HUMANIZING THE THIN BLUE LINE

  • By Ronald Hernandez
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  • September 14, 2017
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  • Dispatcher

On August 29th, I had the opportunity to visit eight different legislators at our State Capitol.

WHAT HAS ALADS DONE FOR ME LATELY?

  • By Robert Sass
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  • September 14, 2017
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  • Dispatcher

I was recently asked, what has ALADS done for me? The question made me think, if a member is asking it, there must be many more members with the same question.

LABOR BUSINESS UPDATE

  • By Derek Hsieh
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  • September 14, 2017
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  • Dispatcher

Over the last year or so, I have been working with the ALADS Board to change the way ALADS does its labor business. We've added staff, expertise and implemented new systems.

RELATIONSHIPS 101

  • By Ronald Hernandez
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  • August 09, 2017
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  • Dispatcher

We at ALADS have been doing our best to establish a good working relationship with our beloved department, but it is not being reciprocated.

Reimbursement Information for World Police & Fire Championships (WPFC)

ALADS is proud to announce that it will reimburse a portion of members' WPFC registration fees, in the amount of $60.00 (not including event sport fees). 

To be eligible for the reimbursement, you must be a Full-Service Voting Member.

Reimbursement will be awarded after the event. Proof of payment and proof of attendance will be requested for processing.

To receive reimbursement members must include their WPFC registration cards, proof of attendance, name, employee number, and current address. To download the reimbursement form CLICK HERE.

Please send your documentation to Selya Arvizu at sarvizu@alads.org.

To visit the WPFC website click here: http://www.la17wpfg.com/

IS STAFFING A BALANCING ACT?

  • By Ronald Hernandez
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  • July 05, 2017
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  • Dispatcher

It's no secret we are short numerous deputies. However, what does appear to be a secret is exactly how many. Since I have been on the ALADS Board of Directors, I have posed the question to several different Sheriff's Department executives.

HELP YOURSELF AND YOUR PARTNErS: WE INVITE YOU TO BECOME A UNIT REPRESENTATIVE

Each unit of assignment can have multiple unit representatives. I encourage it.

ALADS' NEW TRUCK

We purchased a 2016 Dodge Ram Crew Cab 4x4 in March to replace our aging 2007 Chrysler Aspen SUV which was in need of costly repairs.

SALARY NEGOTIATIONS ARE JUST AROUND THE CORNER AND I NEED YOUR HELP

As we have done with prior surveys, we will be sending you the Negotiations Survey via email. Therefore, for you to be able to participate in the upcoming survey, we need your email address.

18th Annual Bob Hermann Charity Golf Tournament

Where: Black Gold Golf Club

            1 Black Gold Dr.

            Yorba Linda, CA 92886

When: Monday, August 21, 2017

Registration: 7:30 AM

Shotgun Start: 8:30 AM

Website: http://www.blackgoldgolf.com/

Click here for the flyer.

ALADS Members Discounted Prices:

$100/individual

$400/foursome

Event includes: Buffet Lunch, Opportunity Drawings & Awards!

Come out and support your fellow deputy sheriffs and district attorney investigators who are in dire need due to a medical emergency. If you would like to participate, please call the ALADS Facility at (323) 213-4005 so we can send you a sign-up form. We look forward to seeing you there!

2017 ALADS Family Day & Picnic

Come and have a terrific day with your family!

111 Raging Waters Drive, San Dimas, CA 91773 
Date: Sunday, September 17, 2017
Park Open: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

No Admittance after 4 PM

All You Can Eat Lunch & Beverages Free Beer, Margaritas & Sodas
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Photo ID Required for Alcohol Wristbands

Park is open to deputies, district attorney investigators, and up to four family members FREE!
Additional family members allowed at $40.00 per person! (MAX OF 5!)
PLEASE LIMIT GUESTS TO FAMILY MEMBERS ONLY!

Parking is including with Sheriff's Department I.D.

For more information, contact ALADS: (323) 213-4005

Click here to print out the ALADS Family Day and Picnic flyer.

We Look Forward to Seeing You There!

FOLLOW THE LEADER

  • By Ronald Hernandez
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  • June 12, 2017
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  • Dispatcher

In a climate rife with second-guessing, where the media celebrates portraying law enforcement as bad guys and criminals as just being misunderstood, the Sheriff's Department needs great leaders more than ever.

FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME

Let's face it, the Sheriff's Department is building a body camera program and implementing it soon. Ask yourself this question. Would I be comfortable wearing a department issued body camera, activating it at some point, and then turning it in at the end of shift to be stored in a "cloud" for the department to do as they will with?

REMINISCING AND CAMARADERIE

The 2017 Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay is in the books, and the teams, captains and coaches can take a sign of relief, for a short time, because 2018 will be here before we know it. Here is to the camaraderie the race creates and the disappointment that society prefers to make our camaraderie and dedication a bad thing.

THE FIRST SIX MONTHS

I want to let you know what has been accomplished at ALADS since our election in November 2016. My goal is to show that your ALADS Board of Directors has been working long hours to make ALADS better for you.

"FREEWAY THERAPY" = EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT

Just last month, ALADS had to take another case of a deputy who, without any legitimate process, was subjected to the illegal practice by supervisors willing to "take the law into their own hands."

Join Us In Honoring Our 2017 ALADS Awards Banquet Recipients

Join us on June 3, 2017 at the Sheraton Universal for the premier law enforcement event of the year, where we honor the outstanding achievements of our Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriffs and District Attorney Investigators. ALADS members receive two FREE tickets while supplies last.

Come and enjoy the great stories, dinner and camaraderie while we honor our heroes and stay for the after party featuring complimentary cigars and beverages.

DATE: June 3, 2017

TIME: 6:00 PM

LOCATION: Sheraton Universal

                     333 Universal Hollywood Dr.

                     Universal City, CA 91608

RSVP: (323) 213-4005

Call ALADS to reserve your tickets today!

2017 ALADS AWARDS RECIPIENTS


Life Saving Award

Deputy Armando Hernandez Jr.

Deputy Danny Delgadillo

Deputy Carlos Levario Jr.

Deputy Ivan Delatorre

Deputy Raul Zuniga

Deputy Felix Bustamante

Deputy Erik Sibrian

Detective Arnulfo Aguirre

Deputy Wilson Ordonez Jr.

Deputy Joseph Bennett

Deputy Leobardo Trujillo

Deputy Vladimir Vasquez-Flores

Medal for Bravery

Deputy Eric Chinarian

Deputy Eduardo Eric Flores

Deputy Chris Allende

Deputy Chad Vanden Berg

Exemplary Performance

Detective India Inez

Detective Rob Harris

Sergeant John Hanson

Senior Investigator Rochelle Plue

Deputy Roger Parga

Deputy Manuel Navarro

Deputy Adrian Rendon

Deputy Marlin Conde

Deputy Luis Lezama

Detective Ron Greene

Deputy Fernando Galvan-Aguilar

Deputy Fernando Muniz

Deputy Jordan Hempstead

Deputy Albert Macias

Deputy Daniel Gonzalez

Deputy Eric Valdez

Deputy Andrew Alatorre

Sergeant Abel Jiminez

Rookie of the Year

Deputy Jeremy Farley

Commendable Restraint

Detective Noelle Judge

Deputy Jason Zabala


Call (323) 213-4005 to Reserve Your Tickets Today! 

DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO

  • By Ronald Hernandez
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  • April 12, 2017
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  • Dispatcher

Exploiting deputies who make mistakes and disciplining them seem to be the primary focus of those who control our department.

A TRULY FLAWED L.A. TIMES EDITORIAL

We were very disappointed to see the Los Angeles Times editorial comments on the County of Los Angeles v. Mendez United States Supreme Court case.

TRUE MEANING OF THE CPA

In January, 2017, the department mailed a newsletter entitled "Inside the LASD" to members of the department. This "newsletter" was intended to dispel rumors that have circulated throughout the department. In one of the articles entitled "Constitutional Policing Advisors Who Really Decides Discipline?" it makes the CPA's sound all warm and fuzzy and that they are a great tool for the department and its members. We would beg to differ with that assessment.

TWO COMMON QUESTIONS DEPUTIES FREQUENTLY FACE IN AN INCREASINGLY INTOLERANT DISCIPLINARY SYSTEM

ALADS members are facing an increasingly intolerant discipline system and two questions are commonly asked in reference to interviews.

THE DEPARTMENT'S DISSERVICE TO DEPUTIES = A DISSERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY THEY SERVE

As a common theme of scrutinizing every move deputies make evolves, the Sheriff's Department is also evolving in their policies, procedures and expectations. These changes do not come easy for most and it makes every single one of your jobs more difficult than the job already was.

ALADS Foundation for the Future 2017 Scholarship Program

It's time for the 16th Annual ALADS Foundation for the Future college scholarship competition for the dependent children of Full ALADS members. Eight $2,500.00 scholarships will be awarded.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • The applicant must be a child or dependent of a Full ALADS member.
  • The applicant must be a graduating high school senior, or currently attending college or university.
Submission Requirements:
  • The applicant must list the name and employee number of their member parent or guardian.
  • The applicant must include their name, address, phone number, date of birth, and date or anticipated date of their high school graduation.
  • The applicant must submit a 750-word essay in Microsoft Word on the topic: "What are the advantages and disadvantages of body worn cameras? What impact has the footage from body worn cameras had on society's perception of law enforcement, and how has that change in perception affected the profession?"
  • The applicant must include a copy of their last report card or transcript earned.
  • Children who have lost a parent must also include the date of passing of their member parent.
Scholarship Winners:
  • Upon receipt of the award, the applicant must also agree to perform 20 hours of community service. The scholarship check will be presented once the name and contact information of the community service supervisors is received.
The scholarship submission deadline is 5:00 PM Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
No submissions will be accepted after the deadline.
Email your application packet to scholarship@alads.org

ALADS is Preparing for Your Future Contract Negotiations

Want to Join the Contract Negotiations Team? Sign-up for the Negotiations Training Session Today!

On March 4th, 0900-1600, ALADS is hosting a negotiations training session for Full ALADS members at our facility located at 2 Cupania Circle, Monterey Park, CA 19755.

Our next contract negotiations team will be selected from the ranks of the attendees.

ALADS will provide a continental breakfast from 0800-0845 and lunch.

Please RSVP by February 27, 2017 to (323) 213-4005 as space will be limited.

MAKING CHANGES AT ALADS

  • By Ronald Hernandez
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  • February 02, 2017
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  • Dispatcher

Over the past two and a half months that I have been president, I have noticed that our board meetings have gotten longer and our unit representative meetings have gotten shorter. While I am not sure if that is the best way to measure the progress we have made, it is a good place to start to look at where ALADS is today.

IT's ONLY A MATTER OF TIME

This article is a reprint. It originally appeared in PORAC's Magazine in 2013. I feel that in light of the numerous violent police protests that occurred in the past year, the relevance of its subject matter is significant.

DISCIPLINE DISQUALIFICATIONS FOR COVETED POSITIONS

  • By Anthony Spatola
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  • February 02, 2017
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  • Dispatcher

If you are in a position where you are going to receive discipline, it is very important for you to be aware of how much discipline will prohibit you from being promoted to a Coveted Position. Your decision to accept discipline rather than grieve may have a very real impact on your candidacy for a Coveted Position.

DON'T FORGET THE RESOLUTIONS!

  • By Ronald Hernandez
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  • January 05, 2017
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  • Dispatcher

Every year, a good majority of us vow to change our lives in a positive manner, and we often fall short of realizing our resolutions. Setting goals is great, but never accomplishing any of them is just a waste of time. I resolve to fix, or help fix, the things that do not appear to be working to benefit, you, the members.

LOOKING AHEAD: ALADS IN 2017 AND BEYOND

Looking ahead to 2017, our main effort will be negotiating a successor agreement to the salary Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that expires "midnight of January 31, 2018."

ALADS Anthem Blue Cross Gym Membership Directions

ALADS Anthem Blue Cross Health Plan Members:

Happy New Year! Today begins the first day of the ALADS Anthem Blue Cross Gym Membership.

Below is the info you need to know to setup your gym membership:

ALADS is proud to now provide gym memberships and a new Mobile Health app to all members and their dependents over 18 enrolled in an Anthem Blue Cross medical plan. Your new gym membership is offered through Healthy Lifestyles and will allow you access to over 10,000 fitness centers across the country! All you need to start working out is your Healthy Lifestyles membership ID number. The best way to manage your new gym membership will be through the new Anthem Mobile Health app.

The Mobile Health app will also serve as your one-stop for all of your Anthem Blue Cross plan information and other ALADS benefits. Moving into this New Year, ALADS continues to provide some of the most exclusive benefits to members and their families. Best of all, these new benefits are now available at no cost to all members and dependents over the age of 18 enrolled in an ALADS Anthem Blue Cross medical plan! Use this year as your opportunity to take-charge of your health and well-being through the new gym membership and Anthem Mobile Health app!

Healthy Lifestyles Gym Membership

The ALADS Anthem Blue Cross medical plans now include gym memberships at no additional cost. Not only is the monthly membership free, the annual fees and sign-up fees are fully-covered at each of the 10,000 gyms included in the network. Anthem's Healthy Lifestyles program includes some of the most popular fitness centers across the country. To quickly find fitness centers located near you, just go to https://prime.healthways.com/FitnessCenter/Search and search by your address and city or zip code. This feature is also available on the Anthem Mobile Health app and the Healthy Lifestyles website.

Through the program you will not be tied down to one facility; instead you can go to an Anytime Fitness one day and then go to an LA Fitness the very next day, even if it's in another state! Simply show your Healthy Lifestyles membership ID card, or Healthy Lifestyles membership ID number, at the front desk of any participating gym and you're ready to start working out. Please note that some gyms may issue an individual copy of their own membership ID card to you as well.

Anthem Mobile Health App Features

Sometimes managing your family's healthcare can be difficult and confusing. That's why ALADS has partnered with Anthem to create a user-friendly app for you and your family. The Anthem Mobile Health app is now available to all members and dependents over the age of 18 enrolled in an ALADS Anthem Blue Cross medical plan. On the new Mobile Health app you now have access to exclusive features including:

  • View your Anthem Blue Cross deductibles and balances
  • View and download ID cards
  • Access your benefit summaries
  • Find an Anthem Blue Cross doctor or dentist
  • Access information and links on other benefits included with your ALADS Anthem Blue Cross medical plan
  • Consult a physician 24/7 through LiveHealth Online
  • Manage your gym membership

How Can I Download and Register for the Mobile Health App?


The ALADS Mobile Health app is now accessible via smartphone, tablet, or smart watch and runs on both iOS and Android devices. Go to the App Store or Play Store and download the Mobile Health Consumer app. Open the app and select "Register Now" and on the next screen enter your first and last name, last four digits of your social security number, and your birthday (example: 05/23/1985). You will automatically be provided with a username. You can choose to keep this username or create a new one. You can now choose your password and enter your email address. For step by step directions click HERE.

You can also access the Mobile Health app on the web if you do not have a smartphone or up-to-date mobile device. You and your dependents over the age of 18 can register for Anthem Mobile Health online at https://www.mobilehealthconsumer.com/web/pages/login.html. Each eligible member of your family will need to create their own username and password to access their version of the Mobile Health app.

During these first few weeks of January, all enrolled members who download and register for the ALADS Mobile Health Consumer app will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win an iPad!

How Can I Register for my Gym Membership?

While you can sign-up for your gym membership directly on the Mobile Health app on your phone, for a preferred experience we recommend using a desktop or tablet for the initial registration process. On the Mobile Health home screen, click the "Healthy Lifestyles Gym Membership" tile and navigate to the "Go to Website" button on the next screen. Alternatively, you can register directly on www.MyHealthyLifestyles.com.

On the Healthy Lifestyles website, click "Sign Up." Please note, your enrolled dependents over the age of 18 will need to complete their own registration for a free gym membership. On the next screen enter your first name, last name, date of birth, postal code and gender. Click "Next" and continue to create a username and password by entering your email address and challenge questions.

Return to the Healthy Lifestyles home screen, enter your newly created username and password and click "Sign In." Once you have agreed to the Healthy Lifestyles terms and conditions, your Healthy Lifestyles membership ID card will be mailed directly to your house. Once you have registered, you will have the option to complete a Well-Being Assessment or you can skip it by selecting "I'd rather do this later. Let me create my Well-Being Plan without it."

However, you don't need to wait to receive your physical membership ID card to start going to the gym; all you will need is your membership ID number. You can access this number on the Healthy Lifestyles website under the Resources and Tools tab. Click on Fitness Centers and select Print a Temporary Card. Simply print out this screen, or write down your 16 digit membership ID number and show it to the front desk at any participating gym. 

If you have trouble signing up for your gym membership, please call Benefit Service Center at (818) 678-0040 or toll-free at (800) 842-6635.

MAKING ALADS THE MEMBERS' ASSOCIATION

  • By Board Members
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  • December 20, 2016
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  • Dispatcher

We would like to extend our thanks to all of you who participated in our recent Board of Directors election. The election has resulted in a significant change in Board members...We believe that, with the help of all our deputy and DAI members, we can bring ALADS to its full potential and make it an association of which we are all proud to be a part.

EXECUTIVE FORCE REVIEW COMMITTEE

  • By Julia Kingsley
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  • December 20, 2016
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  • Dispatcher

If you have been, or are currently under investigation for a Use of Force, Tactical Incident, or anything that required an activation of an Internal Affairs Bureau Force / Shooting Response Team, you will be reviewed by an anonymous review panel known as the Executive Force Review Committee (EFRC).

17th Annual Awards Banquet Moved to June 3rd

Awards Banquet Returns to the Universal Sheraton

Date: June 3, 2017
Location: Universal Sheraton
Nominations: OPEN NOW – February 28, 2017

AWARDS: Medal of Valor, Exemplary Performance, Rookie of the Year, Patrol, Custody, Leadership Awards!

ALADS Members are encouraged to send in award nominations for their fellow deputies and district attorney investigators to be honored at the premier law enforcement event of the year, the 17th Annual ALADS Awards Banquet.

The Awards Banquet is returning to the Universal Sheraton in 2017 where the First Annual ALADS Awards Banquet was held in 2000. The 2017 Awards Banquet will also include new award categories such as Rookie of the Year, Patrol and Custody Awards.

There is no higher accolade than being honored by your peers. ALADS members who would like to nominate a deputy or district attorney investigator for an award, please send the following information to ALADS President Ron Hernandez at rhernandez@alads.org.

1. Name, Phone Number, and Work Assignment of Nominee(s)

2. A paragraph about the incident, include any audio or video available

3. A police report of the incident if available

4. Nominator(s) Name, Phone Number, Email Address

This year's awards banquet will include a new category of honorees. With so many new deputies and DAI's on the job in LA County, a new category of "Rookie of the Year" has been added to the list. We encourage ALADS members to nominate the Rookie of the Year from your unit. One Rookie of the Year will be chosen by the nomination committee for patrol, custody and special assignments. Please include a short paragraph and contact information (see above) for your nomination for Rookie of the Year.

2017 Nominations are open for the following categories:

· Medal for Bravery

· Exemplary Performance Award

· Exemplary Service to Victims

· Rookie of the Year (Patrol, Custody and Special Assignments)

The deadline to submit 2017 Award Nominations is Tuesday, February 28. In the subject line of your email please put “ALADS AWARDS BANQUET NOMINATION”.

We look forward to receiving your nominations!

Make Up to 2.5% More A Year: Get Your Advanced POST Certificate

How to Maximize Your Benefits

You became a deputy sheriff because you want to give back to the community.  You want to do good work and help people who otherwise would be injured or killed.  You want to make sure your children and your grandchildren have the same opportunities you have had, and you want the less fortunate to have an opportunity to be safe and do better.

However, don’t forget to take care of yourself and your family by taking advantage of the POST certificate process. 

Just as you keep an eye on your retirement, your personal investments and your checking and credit card accounts, you should be monitoring your advancement towards your Intermediate and Advanced POST Certificates.

Upon qualifying for your Intermediate POST Certificate you will receive a 2.5% increase in pay. Upon qualifying for your Advanced POST Certificate you will receive a second 2.5% increase in pay. That means that some of you may currently be eligible for a 5% increase in pay.

If you have not begun to do so, start working towards receiving your Intermediate or Advanced POST Certificate. POST Certificates are awarded to deputy sheriffs who achieve increasingly higher levels of education, training and experience.

As you can see in the charts below, if you have a B.A. or B.S. you only need have to have two years of experience to receive an Intermediate POST Certificate.  You can also see that the more years you work as a deputy sheriff, the less education or training points you need to qualify for the certificate. For example, if you have eight or more years on the department, you only need 15 education and 15 training points.  Be smart, don't wait years to maximize your pay, start working immediately on obtaining your Intermediate and Advanced POST Certificates.

When planning how to accumulate POST credits, you should first contact the training staff at your station/unit. They should have access to the department’s Training Record System (TRS) and be able to provide you with a copy of your training record. Your training record will consist of three sections TRS, WQS, and CTS. Total the number of hours, of two hours or more, in the sections, and then divide by 20 to determine your “training points.”

After you have done this, it would be a good idea to call the POST Certificate Coordinator Karla De La Torre (562) 347-1222 to check your math, send you the necessary paperwork and help you plan the best way to accumulate more points as quickly as possible.  

Taking advantage of this program:  

Accumulating points is easy. To accumulate education points towards a POST Certificate you can begin taking classes at any accredited college and may include those units obtained through college-affiliated training or in-service training. 

To accumulate training points, you can include hours in Basic Academy courses, in-service training, and may include outside training. College-affiliated training can be counted as education OR training points, BUT NOT BOTH. 20 hours of training = 1 training point and you CANNOT substitute training points for college units.

Basically, you need to accumulate both Education Points and Training points to receive your certificate.  For example, for six to seven years of service on the department you need to have 30 education points and 30 training points to receive your Intermediate POST Certificate. If you are not planning to take advantage of the POST Certificate Program, you should consider that the opportunity cost of whatever it is that you are    doing instead is 2.5% or 5% of your salary year after year. It better be worth it.

Two frequently asked questions that the POST Coordinator receives are: If you have more than 12 years of experience, do you still need any education points or training points? The answer is that both Intermediate and Advanced POST Certificates have minimum requirements regardless of how many years of experience you have (see the charts). The second question is: Do you have to submit sealed official transcripts? The answer to this question is no.  You can submit copies of official transcripts or your degree if you have been awarded one. However, they do not accept “unofficial transcripts.” For example, you could not submit transcripts that say “unofficial” on them.

If you are a veteran on the department and have not taken advantage of this program, know that your pay is not retroactive to the time you first had enough points to be eligible for a POST Certificate. Assuming all eligibility requirements are met, retroactive pay is authorized from the date the POST Coordinator receives the applicant’s completed POST application, including all supporting documentation. Don’t be one of the people that walk in there to find out you could have received a 5% pay increase ten years ago.

We would like to once again recognize POST Certificate Coordinator Karla De La Torre for going the extra mile in helping our members obtain their POST Certificates and their help in putting together this article which contains some of the information you will receive upon requesting your POST packet.

Do yourself, and your family a favor. Invest in yourself and get your POST Certificates ASAP.

ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App Available January 1st, 2017!

By: Jennifer Lincicum

ALADS Insurance Consultant

ALADS has exciting news for all members enrolled in one of the Anthem Blue Cross medical plans. Starting January 1st, 2017, all members enrolled in one of the ALADS Anthem Blue Cross medical plans will have access to a FREE mobile health app. The new ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App is available for all enrolled members and their enrolled dependents over the age of 18. On this new app, members and their eligible dependents will have the opportunity to take a proactive role in managing their health and benefits.


Starting January 1st, 2017, you will be able to access benefit information, track your progress towards your annual deductible and out-of-pocket maximums, and even access benefit ID cards, all from your smartphone or mobile device. The ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App will also serve as your primary hub to manage your gym membership through Healthy Lifestyles. Best of all, the ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App is available to all members enrolled in an ALADS Anthem Blue Cross medical plan and will be no cost to you and your family!


What is the ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App?


The ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App is a platform that provides important alerts, education, and personalized navigation through your health resources allowing you to make the best choices for you and your family’s health. The platform provides a single “hub” to access all of your ALADS medical and dental benefits, Anthem Blue Cross plan information, and ALADS exclusive benefit information without having to navigate through multiple websites.


ALADS and Anthem Blue Cross have customized the Mobile Health Consumer App to provide the most user-friendly experience to their members. Beginning January 1st, 2017, you will be able to access the personalized features of the ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App, which will allow you to:


·         View and download ID cards

·         Access your Anthem Blue Cross benefit summaries

·         Access your ALADS exclusive benefit information

·         Find an Anthem Blue Cross doctor or dentist

·         Access information and links on other benefits included with your ALADS Anthem Blue Cross medical plan

·         Track your Anthem balances and deductibles

·         Manage your FREE gym membership


How Can I Manage my Health Through the App?


ALADS is here to help you and your family in taking a proactive role in your health. The new ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App can help your family by providing guidance on how best to utilize your chosen health plan. This dynamic system is based on your unique health profile and resources. For example, the ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App can help you compare costs for health services as well as track your Anthem balances and deductibles. The platform can also help you and your family understand the copays and services that your medical plan covers. Some of these features, however, will require you to “link” your Anthem.com account to the ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App. You can “link” the app to your Anthem.com account in your profile settings under the deductibles and balances tab.


The ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App also includes an optional health assessment test for enrolled members and dependents over the age of 18. Based on your test, the app will recommend health programs, provide suggestions for healthy actions, or provide you with a list of questions to discuss with your doctor. The app also includes a unique gaps-in-care program, based on your health information and history. This information is completely confidential and will offer suggestions to help manage any of your specific health conditions. 


How Can I Manage my Gym Membership?


As you may know, starting January 1st, 2017, ALADS will be offering a gym membership to all members and dependents over the age of 18 enrolled in an ALADS Anthem Blue Cross medical plan. This new benefit will provide you and your family access to over 10,000 gyms and fitness centers nationwide. The ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App will be the primary place for you to manage your gym membership. On the app you will be able to:


·         Complete your registration through the Healthy Lifestyles website

·         Search for gyms in your area

·         Access the Healthy Lifestyles website for more information

·         Contact Healthy Lifestyles support


How Can I Download and Register for the App?


You will not be able to register an account on the ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App or website until January 1st, 2017! 


The ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App is accessible via smartphone, tablet, or smart watch and runs on iOS and Android devices. While you can download the ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App from the iTunes store or Google Play, you will not be able to register an account until January 1st, 2017.

Open the app and select “Register Now.” Please note that registration will not be available until January 1st, 2017.  Enter your first and last name, last four digits of your social security number, and your birthday (example: 05/23/1985). You will automatically be provided with a username. You can choose to keep this username or create a new one.  You can now set your password and enter your email address.

You can also access ALADS mobile health on the web if you do not have a smartphone or up-to-date mobile device. You can register for ALADS mobile health online starting January 1st, 2017 by going to https://www.mobilehealthconsumer.com/web/pages/login.html.

While the ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App will not be available for registration until January 1st, 2017, all enrolled members who download and register for the ALADS Mobile Health Consumer App during the first few weeks of January will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win an iPad!


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Through your Anthem Blue Cross CaliforniaCare HMO plan and Anthem Blue Cross PPO plan, you and your family have access to the finest doctors and one of the most extensive networks in the state. With CaliforniaCare, you can build a relationship with your own network doctor with almost all benefits including doctor visits, hospitalization, well baby care, surgery, eye and hearing exams, for little or no out-of-pocket cost. With the Anthem Blue Cross PPO plan, you have the freedom to choose medical services from within Anthem Blue Cross’ expansive PPO provider network, or from a non-PPO provider.


Baker to Vegas Team Sponsorship Guidelines

ALADS sponsors approximately 15 Baker to Vegas Relay Race teams every year.  To have your team considered for sponsorship by ALADS, your sponsorship request must be emailed to  b2vsponsorship@alads.org no later than January 31, 2017.  For your team to be eligible for ALADS' sponsorship, 90% of the deputies and district attorney investigators on your team's roster must be Full ALADS Members. In your email include, your Team Captain's contact information (work number, cell phone number, email address), unit mailing address and a list of names and employee I.D. numbers of all of the deputies and district attorney investigators participating.


Teams are sponsored on a first come, first serve basis. We look forward to sponsoring your team!