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Welcome to the Stanislaus County Peace Officers’ Association (SCPOA) website!  I am both honored and humbled to be entrusted as your President for 2015.  For those of you that are new to the website or not familiar with our organization, I would like to take a moment to share a few thoughts about our history and our future. 

The SCPOA was originally organized by a small group of Stanislaus County law enforcement officers in 1935, and has grown to include every law enforcement agency in Stanislaus County.  All these officers have taken the same oath of providing the highest level of service to the communities they patrolled.

In the past, the members of our Association did not have the luxuries we have today such as our handheld electronic devices. For instance, our iPhones can immediately notify us of community events, officer safety information, current case law, and breaking news involving the actions of law enforcement. The SCPOA was designed as a fraternal organization to utilize the communication technology of the day.  The Association had meetings that provided officers with an opportunity to have face to face conversations with fellow officers.  This allowed them to collaborate to be better officers and more effective community servants.  Throughout the years, the Association has provided scholarships for young and aspiring officers.  SCPOA is also the only organization with a permanent memorial at Lakewood Cemetery in Hughson.  It stands in our community as a tribute to our fallen officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of Stanislaus County.

Building on the accomplishments of the past, we will strive to make our Association even better. This year the SCPOA will be attempting to expand into more current social media outlets.  We will roll out a Facebook page that will provide information and events relative to our law enforcement community members.

In this fast paced electronic world we live in, I feel it is important to remember that there is a face and a smile on the other end of that e-mail.  We are all busy with our spouses, kids, family events, shift-work, continued education, mandatory overtime, etc.…  The list goes on and on.  In spite of all this, I would like to invite you to try and find some time to attend some of our monthly social events.  I will always cherish the great relationships this organization has helped me develop.  I am also grateful to the original officers who had the vision 80 years ago to develop this Association.

I can speak for the entire membership of the SCPOA when I say we look forward to embracing you with a face to face handshake.  At the very least, we can share a meal and a few laughs every month at the socials.  On the first Wednesday in May, I’ll also be with you at the Peace Officers’ Memorial when a few tears will be shed together for our fallen brothers and sisters.  Our chosen career path has become increasingly difficult and dangerous in recent months.   It is of the utmost importance that we all remain committed to continue to provide the highest level of service to our citizens and build a better, safer community for the citizens we have sworn to serve.

Matthew Gisler,
SCPOA President

SCPOA is committed to:

  • Encouraging high professional standards of conduct by all peace officers;
  • Promoting and encouraging cooperation and coordination between the members and agencies concerned in the prevention of crime and the enforcement of laws in Stanislaus County;
  • Promoting strong partnerships, good fellowship and closer friendship among peace officers of Stanislaus County; and
  • Promoting public support and recognition of law enforcement in Stanislaus County through benevolent activities.
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