California Peace Officers' Association

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California Peace Officers’ Association
Founded1921 (1921)
Headquarters2485 Natomas Park Drive, Suite 540
Sacramento, CA 95833
Key people
  • Chief Ty Henshaw, President

The California Peace Officers' Association (abbreviated CPOA) is a non-profit professional association dedicated to the training and leadership development of law enforcement officers of California. The organization, established in 1921, has a membership more than 23,000 officers across municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies in California.[1] As of 2021-2022, CPOA is led by President Ty Henshaw, Chief of the Irwindale Police Department.[2]

Political positions[edit]

In 2014, CPOA opposed Proposition 47, which reduced punishments for nonviolent crimes in a bid to reduce overcrowding in state prison and fund recidivism programs.[3]

In 2017, CPOA opposed a campaign led by California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom to legalize marijuana in the state.[4]

CPOA opposed California Senate Bill 54 (2017), which prevents state and local law enforcement agencies from using their resources on behalf of federal immigration enforcement agencies.[5]

In March 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke to the CPOA in opposition to California's sanctuary city laws, where he announced a federal lawsuit against the state's immigration laws.[6][7]

In October 2019, Newsom signed a bill, AB 1215, which bans law enforcement from using facial recognition technology on body cameras.[8] CPOA has opposed the bill, saying "threatens the future of effective policing and crime reduction".[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About CPOA". California Peace Officers Association | CPOA. Retrieved 2020-06-07.
  2. ^ "2019 - 2020 Board of Directors". California Peace Officers Association | CPOA. Retrieved 2020-06-07.
  3. ^ Stanton, Sam (2014-10-17). "Proposition 47 would lower penalties to reduce prison population, pay for programs". The Sacramento Bee.
  4. ^ White, Jeremy B. (2016-05-17). "California marijuana legalization draws lawmaker opposition". The Sacramento Bee.
  5. ^ Hart, Angela (2017-04-05). "Immigrants rights activists press for support of California's 'sanctuary state' bill". The Sacramento Bee.
  6. ^ Samuels, Brett (2018-03-07). "Sessions to California: 'There is no secession'". The Hill. Retrieved 2020-06-07.
  7. ^ Samuels, Brett (2018-03-06). "Jerry Brown: Sessions's 'sad' political stunts won't work in California". The Hill. Retrieved 2020-06-07.
  8. ^ a b Rodrigo, Chris Mills (2019-10-09). "California blocks police body cameras from using facial recognition". The Hill. Retrieved 2020-06-07.
  9. ^ "Facial recognition misidentified 26 California lawmakers as criminal suspects". San Francisco Chronicle. 2019-08-14. Retrieved 2020-06-07.

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