To: Members

From: Tom Dominguez, President

Re: Senate Bill 230

Date: September 12, 2019

Contact: (714) 285-2800

Governor signs important police training bill

Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs parts of coalition that pushed for its passage.

Governor Newsom signs SB 230 as law enforcement association leaders look on.

Today Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 230, which requires law enforcement officers to be trained in techniques to reduce the need for deadly force. The bill was authored by State Senator Anna Caballero (D-Salinas).

The bill allocates up to $450,000 for the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training to strengthen guidelines and allocates $10 million for peace officers to attend the courses.

AOCDS was a critical member of a coalition of law enforcement associations and management that worked tirelessly in Sacramento to get this common sense solution to the governor’s desk.

BACKGROUND

Tom Dominguez, Sen. Caballero and Gov. Newsom.

In April, AB 392 (Weber) was dramatically amended and ultimately was signed by Governor Newsom. It strengthened the state’s current standard for authorizing use of force, but its definition of “necessary” conforms to Graham v. Connor and the objectively reasonable force standard. SB 230 was a critical component to the passage of AB 392.

SB 230 provides officers with the tools and training they need, including de-escalation tactics, interacting with vulnerable populations and alternatives to use of deadly force.

SB 230 will invest in the training necessary to successfully reduce the use of force in Orange County communities and equip our officers with the tools that are imperative to our success.

SB 230 will set a new national precedent by establishing use-of-force policy requirements for all 500 law enforcement agencies and departments throughout the state.  

We believe Senate Bill 230 will lead to tangible results and make positive change happen, not only for Orange County Peace Officers, but for the public we serve.

It was our privilege to work together with other members of the law enforcement community to move and ultimately get signed, SB 230.  We’d like to thank Sen. Caballero for her leadership in authoring the bill and Gov. Gavin Newsom for signing the bill this afternoon. 

Press Release – Las Vegas Shooting, Work Comp Benefits
Contact: (714) 285-2800
To: MembersFrom: Tom Dominguez, President

Re: Press Release – Board of Supervisors Action
Date: September 10, 2019

OC BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVES WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BENEFITS FOR OC PEACE OFFICERS INJURED OUT OF STATE

Action taken is the result of the AOCDS Sponsored Bill, AB 1749 (Daly D-Anaheim), related to October 1, 2017, Mass Shooting In Las Vegas, NV.

SANTA ANA, CA – September 10, 2019
Video of action taken at the Board of Supervisors meeting: CLICK HERE
Today at their regularly scheduled board meeting, the Orange County Board of Supervisors, by a unanimous vote, adopted a resolution allowing Orange County employed peace officers who were injured at the October 2017 mass shooting event in Las Vegas, NV, access to workers compensation benefits. The action is a result of the passage of AB 1749, state legislation sponsored by the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs (AOCDS) and introduced by Assemblyman Tom Daly, D-Anaheim. The bill was approved by then Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. on September 23, 2018.
BACKGROUND:
During the Las Vegas shooting on October 1, 2017, several AOCDS members who were off-duty deputy sheriffs and District Attorney investigators, bravely brought themselves and others to safety, then automatically returned to the killing field to save more lives. Deputies Joe Owen and Mark Seamans were among several AOCDS members in attendance at the concert venue. Seamans assisted in shielding others from gunfire and helped move people to safety. He injured his leg as a result. Deputy Joe Owen was applying pressure on a victim’s bullet wound and dragging that person to safety when he was shot in the abdomen and thigh. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department awarded Deputies Owen and Seamans the Purple Heart, along with the Medal of Courage, for their bravery.
Our deputies acted heroically, exactly what they were sworn to do; however, when it came time for them to get the care and/or compensation they rightly deserve, the County objected, saying the law didn’t provide a remedy for these officers, because the incident took place out of state. That should not be the case, so we committed ourselves to do everything in our power to change that.
AB 1749 clarifies that fully sworn peace officers can file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits if, while in pursuit, apprehension, protection or preservation of life or property within or out of the state, the officer suffers injury, disability or death. AB 1749 is a bill AOCDS proudly sponsored and fought for in the legislature. Assemblymember Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) introduced the bill. AOCDS diligently pursued this common-sense fix to the California Labor Code, because it is the right thing to do. These sworn law enforcement officers’ training and instincts to save lives immediately kicked in when the gunfire erupted. These members, along with all the other members of law enforcement, are true heroes.
AOCDS President Tom Dominguez said, “The board resolution adopted today would not have been considered if not for the support of Sheriff Don Barnes. We are incredibly grateful for his support. We want to express our gratitude to Assemblymember Tom Daly for his steadfast support of California law enforcement and Governor Brown for his decision to sign the bill. In-state or out of state, our officers are never off duty. The public reasonably expects us to act in these situations. If we are injured, are disabled or die as a result, the appropriate remedy should be provided… and now, thanks to the action taken by the Orange County Board of Supervisors, it will be.”
AB 1749 went into effect on January 1, 2019 and applies to the peace officers injured in the Las Vegas shooting.

Deputy Carlos Cammon
EOW: August 23, 2019

The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriff’s (AOCDS) mourns the passing of Dep. Carlos Cammon, who succumbed to injuries sustained at an on-duty OCSD SWAT tryout in July, 2013. Carlos died at a local rehab facility late Friday night, August 23rd. He was 29 when the injury occurred.

Cammon, a six-year veteran, was assigned to patrol operations in the city of Stanton. In 2010 he was awarded the department’s Medal of Courage after he and three other deputies subdued a man with a knife who was assaulting a woman in Orange.

He began his career with the OC Sheriff’s Department in 2006 and was first assigned to the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana after he graduated from the OCSD Basic Academy in 2007.

Cammon was born in Los Angeles. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology Law and Society from UC Irvine in 2006.

He is survived by his most loving mother, Lenora “Cookie” Sturdivant, who was by his side caring for him nearly everyday for six years.

Those wishing to assist the family with a financial contribution can do so through the AOCDS Memorial Fund, an IRS 501(c)3 charitable organization, via the link below. Unless directed otherwise, the family will be given the names and contribution information of all those making donations.

Please join the men and women of AOCDS as we we grieve with the Cammon family. Thank you for your support.

DONATE

A visitation service will be held on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 from 1700-1900. Family, friends and law enforcement are welcomed to pay their respects to Deputy Cammon.

Fairhaven Memorial Cemetery Waverly Chapel
1702 Fairhaven Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705
A grave-side burial service will be held Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 1000.


Procession:
Law enforcement marked vehicles beginning at 0900.
Brown Colonial Mortuary
204 West 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Law enforcement vehicles line up along N. Sycamore, enter from Washington


Grave-side burial services:
Beginning at 1000, standing-room only on grass.
Fairhaven Memorial Cemetery
1702 Fairhaven Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Parking is limited, carpooling is encouraged


Lunch reception:
Immediately following the grave-side service
Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriff’s Office
1600 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Parking and entrance on N. Sycamore Street
“We are extremely proud to represent approximately 3,000 active and 900 retired deputy sheriffs, district attorney investigators and public assistance investigators, sheriff-coroner investigators, probation officers and park rangers, who are sworn to protect the more than 3.1 million people who call Orange County, California home. We go above and beyond to support our members and encourage the community to join us in our mission to make Orange County the safest and most desirable place to live.”
— Tom Dominguez

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