SPPOA honored as Chamber of Commerce Member of the Quarter
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: December 25, 2013
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula Times
The Chamber of Commerce honored the Santa Paula Police Officers Association (SPPOA) as its Member of the Quarter at the December Good Morning Santa Paula!
SPPOA President Jeremy Watson, a SPPD Sergeant, accepted the award on behalf of the association from GMSP Moderator Ben Schuck, who asked Watson about the organization.
“Our initial job is to take care of our police officers...the members of our association are all sworn personnel and dispatchers,” that the SPPOA represents including labor negotiations.
“We like to support organizations in Santa Paula,” such as local programs through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Clara Valley, soccer and baseball teams among others.
“We often get requests from these organizations and the SPPOA is happy to sponsor an entire team or a child. With the chamber we also co-sponsor Cruise Nite,” the First Friday Main Street car show held from April to October each year.
“The most important thing,” said Watson, “is we try to take care of the community.”
Schuck noted that the Santa Paula Police & Fire Foundation (SPP&FF) supports public safety through fundraising including annual the Moonlight at the Ranch.
“The foundation raises the funds for things our public safety doesn’t have money for,” such as equipment, including purchases of bullet proof vest inserts for police and Jaws of Life extrication equipment for firefighters.
Schuck, a SPP&FF Board Director, said “Although the foundation looks like it is benefiting police and fire that’s not the case...you benefit us as a community.
“I really appreciate what the Santa Paula Police Officers Association does,” and Schuck noted, “It is my honor,” to recognize the organization as the Chamber Member of the Quarter.
Noted Watson, “The association really appreciates the community assistance, as well as the support of the police and fire foundation...without it we would not have the equipment we need, the high-tech helmets and the communications gear to go along with it.”
The new ballistic helmets were purchased with new communication headsets that fit perfectly into the headgear. The equipment not only automatically measures and protects the hearing of the officer from loud noises such as gunshots, but at the same time also offers amplification of ambient sound so officers can whisper or talk to each other and no one else can hear.
The support the community offers SPPD personnel, said Watson, “Goes both ways...”