The Santa Clara Police Association was established in 1974 to represent both the sworn and civilian members of the Santa Clara Police Department. Santa Clara has a population of approximately 118,000, which doubles during the daytime because of the influx of all the hi-tech workers. The SCPOA has a total of 144 dedicated sworn members.
The goal of the SCPOA is to act as a liaison between its members and management. In addition, the Board conducts contract negotiations; schedules department functions, supports local charities and fundraisers, and works to maintain morale among its members.
The SCPOA is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of a President, Vice President, Financial Officer and eight Directors. The Board is elected by its members every year.
In The Department
The board members serve the association by conducting contract negotiations, scheduling of association sponsored events, maintaining and improving department morale. The board members act as liaisons between the officers and the command staff when dealing with personnel issues. Board members are knowledgeable in the Peace Officer Bill of Rights, and they monitor internal affairs investigations to ensure officer's rights are not violated.
During contract negotiations, the board members complete research and present the members positions on topics such as benefits, work schedules and salaries, to the city manager.
In The Community
The SCPOA is active in our community by supporting many charities and public awareness events. From donating funds to fallen officer's families to local schools and athletic organizations, the SCPOA strives to assist our community.
Occasionally, the association will donate funds and services to families and victims of tragic incidents in our community. This can range from paying for dinner for an abandoned child we find on the street, to assisting a low income family with funeral expenses. Although funds are limited, we do our best at being there for people when they are dealing with a hard time in their life.
We have a great working relationship with our community. By being there for them, they repay us by being there when we need them.