Commitment to the CPOA Board of Directors is an ongoing process. Our leadership has a long history of committing many years of service to the mission of CPOA, and fortunately, leadership changes have been infrequent. This year has been different. This past October, after years of dedication to the leadership process and finally reaching the pinnacle in CPOA, newly sworn-in President Deputy Chief David McGill was hired to be the Chief of Police in Sedona, Arizona. If that wasn’t enough of a shift, in December, 1st Vice President Chief Mitch McCann then announced his retirement. We thank them for their service to CPOA and congratulate them on their new adventures. This unprecedented scenario required CPOA to look to its 2nd Vice President, Sacramento Police Captain Marc Coopwood, to not only ascend early into his Presidential year, but also to serve an 18-month term. The Board of Directors is looking forward to Captain Coopwood’s leadership, and he is already moving to tackle some high priority issues on behalf of our CPOA membership. The following is President Coopwood’s first communication to the membership:
I am honored and humbled to represent CPOA as your President. With 12,000 plus members and growing, we have momentum on our side. The CPOA staff is working hard to bring to you the best training and networking opportunities available in the state. Meanwhile, the Board of Directors and I are meeting with our elected officials regularly at the State Capitol to advocate on your behalf. We are discussing important items such as: Proposition 57 regulations, the recent legalization of marijuana, and identifying new funding streams for P.O.S.T. We also look forward to working closely with our colleagues at the California Police Chiefs Association and the California State Sheriffs’ Association. We believe a more unified voice will produce positive change and opportunity for our law enforcement profession as a whole. I am excited for this new challenge. I promise the entire CPOA membership to bring great energy, enthusiasm and dedication to my position as President. Thank you for being loyal to CPOA, our profession and the respective communities you serve.
Captain Marc Coopwood
Sacramento Police Department