Below is the link for the scholarship application and information on the scholarship dinner.
Please review this to assist you in accessing care should you or a family member become ill. We encourage you to plan ahead and have the app set up in advance.
As always, if you have questions about your medical insurance through VCDSA, please contact D’annah Taday by clicking the button below or calling 805-639-9218.
Please see the newly updated FAQ regarding coronavirus in the coronavirus section of this website. It has been updated substantially so please take a minute to review it from start to finish to see if you receive answers to some of your questions. If not, please contact us at VCDSA.
Until further notice, Brenda Cummings will only be doing conference calling regarding pre retirement counseling.
Brenda will be available Monday thru Friday to answer your retirement questions.
Please contact Kathy Hart at VCDSA. Kathy will then forward your contact information to Brenda
Costco has announced it is temporarily allowing priority access to their warehouses for Costco members who are healthcare workers and first responders. If you present your Costco membership card and VCSO identification you will be allowed to move to the front of the line to enter the warehouse.
The CDC has put this together to help protect law enforcement.
For more information and how to protect yourself click the link below.
VCDSA OFFICE CLOSED TO ANY PUBLIC CONTACT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
We are sad to announce that starting Monday, March 23, 2020, there will be no public access to the VCDSA office so that we can comply with the orders put in place by the County and the State. We will remain open via telephone and email only. We appreciate your cooperation in not attempting to come to the office during this time as staff has been instructed there will be no entry. Below are options for a few things that may be urgent during this time period:
Thank you for your understanding. We hope that all of our VCDSA members and their families stay well. These are unprecedented times and unfortunately call for unprecedented measures.
VCDSA members who are registered with this website have access to a document that includes FAQ regarding coronavirus. You can find it in the member login section under "Member Documents." These FAQ will be updated frequently so please make sure you check back. Please also spread the word and share this document.
In spite of many closures in the community and cancellation of events, VCDSA remains open to continue to care for our members, but we are asking everyone to limit your in-person visits to essential visits and request that you utilize the phone or email in contacting us or shopping at Tri-Counties Police Products. Your cooperation in this regard will assist in keeping our staff healthy so that we can continue to serve.
We understand that Sheriff’s personnel may need to update their uniform supply to be available to work in the event of staffing shortages. We have many used uniforms in excellent shape that we will continue to make available at the VCDSA office for our members. We only ask that only those people who need the uniforms come in for them to limit our staff’s contact with the public so that we can continue to provide services.
For the time being, Tri-County Police Products will be available online only. We are sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation. We will continue to be available to ship ordered items immediately to get them to you quickly. If something is needed urgently, please contact us so we can make arrangements to make that happen.
These are challenges we have not faced before and we appreciate all of you cooperating with our attempts to stay healthy so that we can continue to keep our office running. Please let us know if you are in need or know someone who is.
After 22 years of serving as a Benefits Manager, Barbara Dwyer has decided to enjoy the next chapter of life, retiring effective January 1, 2020.
We are excited to welcome D’annah Taday (pronounced Dee-anna) as the VCDSA Benefits Manager. Prior to joining the team at VCDSA, D’annah worked in various roles involving human resources related duties. She was able to work for a time with Barbara to learn the details of this challenging position and we look forward to enjoying the benefit of her positive nature and can-do attitude as she works to support our members for a long time in the future.
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2019, 7:00 P.M.
WHERE: VCDSA, 981 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura
WHY: NOMINATION OF VCDSA OFFICERS, DIRECTORS AND TRUSTEES FOR 2-YEAR TERMS BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2020
YOU MUST BE NOMINATED AT THIS MEETING. YOU WILL BE CONTACTED BY THE SECRETARY AFTER THE MEETING TO ACCEPT NOMINATION AND MUST
STATEMENTS TO BE NO MORE THAN 250 WORDS—VCDSA WILL MAIL STATEMENTS TO ALL MEMBERS.
PRESIDENT(Minimum of 1-year VCDSA Board experience required)
SHERIFF’S ACTIVE-DUTY DIRECTOR - three (3) positions
RETIREE DIRECTOR - one (1) position
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VCDSA Board of Directors
Did you know you can make a difference while you shop Amazon Prime Day deals on July 15 & 16?
Simply shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/77-0217063 and AmazonSmile donates to the VCDSA Charitable Trust.
In the past 15 years, the VCDSA Charitable Trust has donated over $800,00 to worthwhile charities and non-profits countywide. The Trust’s activities enhance and promote the image and reputation of the Deputy Sheriffs and D.A. Investigators who are our members, and of law enforcement generally. Charitable giving and community involvement by VCDSA provides the balance of positive to the substantial negative rhetoric about police that is prevalent today and serves to help humanize the badge. Through AmazonSmile you can assist with this at zero cost to you. We encourage you to save this link to your favorites.
To all VCDSA Members Active and Retired who are insured by Anthem:
As of July 1, 2019, there will be a change in the provider for your prescriptions if you are enrolled in the Anthem plan. If you have created a login with the VCDSA website, you can go to the Member’s Only section, log in, and go to the "Insurance" section to find the document titled “Prescription Change July 2019” to get the information you need. Please do this immediately so that if you have an ongoing prescription, you do not have any issues filling that prescription beginning July 1. Remember, your member card is available through the Anthem app on your phone or online if you have not received yours yet. If you have any questions, you may contact Barbara Dwyer at 805-639-9218.
If you have not created an account at venturacountydsa.com, doing so today will give you access to valuable information and updates.
AB 392 is the bill in Sacramento that will change the use of force standard for police officers from reasonable to necessary. It will change the face of police work immediately and contains provisions that are squarely opposite of the standard set forth by the United States Supreme Court. On Tuesday, the California Assembly Public Safety Committee passed AB 392 right through to the next step toward becoming law, which was fully expected based on the political makeup of that committee currently. In the link below you will find a video of that hearing. At about 55:20 in, you will hear from a Sacramento deputy describing a shooting where she was shot and her partner was killed. She is emotional and pours her heart out telling the story of decisions that police officers make every day. What we want you to know about this is what is the reality of what is going on up in Sacramento, which is rife with bullying and unprofessional attempts at intimidating anyone who does not agree with certain positions. During the deputy’s testimony, you will hear in the background the large ACLU contingent in the audience cheering her story of the death of her partner and disrupting her speech.
We at the VCDSA want to make sure that all of our members are kept informed of what is really going on in Sacramento because you will not likely see it on the news. We want to make sure you see and know the reality because we will be asking for your assistance to mobilize and do everything in our power (without resorting to bullying, untruths or violence) to stop this legislation from becoming law. We cannot wait for the bill to be close to being voted into law; we must get the word out now!
Please watch the video linked below and you will hear from us again in the coming days with more information on how you can help. Also, please follow Protect CA, PORAC, and our VCDSA social media pages for more information. We need to band together and prevent the travesty of this legislation. The majority of people support our peace officers, but the small segment of society who appear to despise law enforcement are doing everything in their power to make their voice heard. We have to show them our strength and that is in our numbers. Please send us an email and let us know you support these efforts. We want to hear from you.
Re: URGENT! ACLU Use of Force Bill Headed to Committee Hearings
We need you to take action now! Click here to send an email to stop the ACLU’s use of force bill, AB 392. The ACLU lobbyists want to make it easier to criminally prosecute public safety officers who are forced to make split-second decisions during dangerous encounters. This bill will be heard in the State Assembly’s Public Safety Committee on April 9.
We need you to click the link and send a message to key members of the Public Safety Committee, as well as your personal assemblymemberand State senator. Click here to send an email. It will take you one minute. All the hard work is done for you.
We are pleased to announce the National Latino Peace Officers Association of Ventura County(NLPOAVC) 2019 Scholarship application is now available for students in Ventura County. We encourage students to apply early!
Attached you will find the application or you can also find it on our website http://www.nlpoaventuracounty.com/scholarship/
Scholarship recipients will receive their award at our Scholarship Dinner April 11, 2019 at the Spanish Hills Country Club in Camarillo.
Application Deadline: Applications must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2019
The VCDSA Scholarship Application process is now open.
The deadline to have the completed application in the VCDSA office is March 29, 2019, at 4:00 p.m.
By Investigator Scott Peterson
It is with a heavy heart and a sense of optimism that I bring this year-end message to you. The events of the past months have taken their toll on all of us. We mourn the loss of our friend, colleague, mentor, and hero, Sergeant Ron Helus.
Sergeant Ron Helus
The night of November 7, 2018, will be forever engrained in our minds. A night of sheer terror for most, punctuated by the heroic act of a man who understood the danger he was facing yet still made the ultimate decision to enter a chaotic scene and face the evil that lurked. Ron was a hero every day, but his last unselfish act of duty, honor, and courage will always be remembered by the community he served as a “heroic deed.” For those of us who knew the man, who worked alongside him, who knew his friendship, commitment and the love he had for his family, we will always remember Ron as a man who lived a heroic life each and every day. Every second of life brings us moments we will cherish, anguish about, and learn from. Each second provides us an opportunity to bring forth the best in ourselves and impart a lasting, positive impact on those around us. Ron truly understood that and endeavored to be a great person, a loving husband, father, family man, and a man who put his heart and soul into a profession he so loved (and the second family he cherished so much). To Karen, Jordan, Ron’s family and friends, I want you to know what an honor it was for those of us who served alongside Ron. We will never forget the goodness of the man and the leadership he provided. To my friends, colleagues, and members of Ron’s second family, let us never forget his sacrifice and continue to serve as I believe Ron would want us to, with duty, honor, and courage. Above all, let us create cherished moments like Ron did, for all of us.
To all active and retired members:
This is your reminder that there is a benefits fair on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. In order to get information to the members in the most efficient manner, we have implemented the following briefing schedule for Saturday’s fair. These briefings will be conducted by the Alliant staff and provide an overview of the plans followed by a Q & A. Board members will also be on hand to answer questions regarding the new plans. The briefings are being conducted to provide info to the members more efficiently, but the vendors will also be on hand to answer all questions individually. There will be a variety of resources, activities for the kids, door prizes and another gun and air pods raffled off. We hope you will join us!!
VCDSA Medical Plan Briefings – Actives and Non-Medicare Retirees
There has been some confusion regarding the HMO plans and at our request, Alliant has provided the following information that some may find useful.
In most areas of California the Classic HMO will have more doctors than the Select HMO. The network has a lot to do with how the doctors get paid. Without getting too complicated, a doctor doing the same amount of work gets paid more under the Anthem Classic contract than they would under the Select contract. Many doctors participate in both the Select and Classic networks, but some doctors choose to only participate with the Classic network due to the difference in payment.
In LA and SB counties, some of the more/most expensive HMO doctors only participate in the Classic plan, but there is little or no difference between the networks in Ventura County. In reality most people will only need to see one or two doctors, so the only thing that really should matter which specific plan your one or two doctor(s) contract with. If your doctors happen to be in both networks, the Select HMO makes a lot of financial sense. This is why we encourage everyone to visit the VCDSA/Anthem website (https://enrollment.anthem.com/VCDSA) to check their doctor's status.
The 2019 Anthem Enrollment form can be found on the website under Member Documents>Insurance. You can print this form and bring it with you to one of the enrollment events or to meet with Barbara. This form has been crossed-out and highlighted to make completion easier.
An error was discovered in the 2019 rate sheet posted here under Member Documents>Insurance. The corrected rate sheet is now published for your information. The correction pertains to the Select HMO plan. In the rate sheet published previously, there was an indication that the deductible applied to items it did not apply to. That has been corrected. The deductible applies primarily to hospitalizations and services connected with hospitalization, not to regular doctor visits. This does NOT apply to the retiree rate sheet.
To Our Members:
Since the email went out announcing the change in medical benefits, there have been questions and comments that we would like to address. The Board and staff of VCDSA understand a transition this significant is disruptive and frustrating. Many of you have important questions regarding how you can continue the best care for your families. Although we are unable to adequately and personally speak to each and every one of you, we are sending out this FAQ to address some of the issues However, we encourage all of you to attend one of the benefits fairs as they will be the best sources of information regarding the plans. Additionally, there will be Board members at each of the events so you will be able to discuss with them the process that went in to this decision.
The VCDSA Board
One of the benefits VCDSA provides for our members are the services of the very knowledgable Brenda Cummings. Brenda is a retirement specialist who can answer all of your questions about retirement, whether you started last week or 30 years ago. There is no question too big or small so please do not think your questions are insignificant. We want our members to be educated and fully aware of what lies ahead for them.
Brenda is in the office limited hours but you can always call the VCDSA office to make an appoinment. She will be in the office this Wednesday, August 15, and has appointments available. If you are interested in speaking with her, please call (805 639-9218 and ask for an appointment with Brenda.
One of our deputies is in a position that hopefully none of us every have to be. He can use any financial support you can muster right now. If you cannot donate, could you please share the link so we can spread it far and wide.
Thank you so much for your support! You can click the link below.
On June 8, members of our department, academy recruits, department staff and our friends from Probation carried the torch in the Special Olympics Torch Run along PCH. Extra kudos to Deputy Mario Molina who ran in full uniform. VCDSA members are proud to participate in this event every year!