The Oxnard Peace Officers Association (OPOA) was originally chartered as a fraternal organization in the1970’s. In the years that followed, the OPOA was reorganized to expand its charter and mission. The concerns of officer’s and civilian employee’s working conditions and economic conditions became a priority. The OPOA set out to establish a positive dialogue with the police administration and city officials. Initially, the activism of the OPOA was not well received, but calmer and more enlightened leaders eventually realized the benefit of a cooperative relationship with the OPOA. Today, the OPOA continues to work closely with the Oxnard Police Department and City of Oxnard to ensure its members are offered a median salary and benefits package compared to other police officers and public safety employees working in Ventura County. This can only be made possible with a continuous and cooperative relationship with the leadership of the OPOA and our appointed and elected leaders. Many economic and working issues remain, but dialogue has improved and is an on-going process.
Today, the Oxnard Peace Officers Association is comprised of police officers, senior officers, sergeants, public safety dispatchers and public safety officers. The OPOA has over 255 active members and continues to be a positive and influential voice for public safety employee concerns. We are a fraternal, benevolent, and charitable organization that serves the needs of our members and our community.
Our commitment to the community has been long time evident. Our partnership with our city goes far beyond just protecting our community. We have sponsored many city, school, youth and charitable programs and causes in the City of Oxnard and County of Ventura. We believe it is important to contribute back to this community and will continue our involvement in the future. In 2008 alone, the OPOA has contributed over $55,000 for charitable and benevolent purposes. An excellent example of this community partnership is the OPOA’s annual support for the Toys for Tots program. The OPOA sponsors the highly successful Toys for Tots campaign that collects toys, food, and funds for needy families identified by officers and other service organizations. This program not only provides special gifts and meals to families during the holiday season. It also assists with the many other special needs that come to our attention; usually through officers on the streets.
The Oxnard Peace Officers Association is proud of its advocacy for employees and service to the community. We appreciate you visiting our website and welcome your comments or questions.