National Police Week honored 135 fallen

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In 2016, the profession of law enforcement, and our nation, lost 135 police officers in the line of duty. This national figure is the highest it has been since 2001, with nearly half of these brave men and women having been killed in ambush-style attacks; with the remaining being a result of various other incidents, including traffic-related accidents and suffering heart attacks on the job.  ...
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55th National Police Week

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May 2017 marks the 55th year by which our nation will pay tribute to the men and women of our local, state and federal peace officers. National Police Week is an annual event, conceived from “Police Day”, which was created in 1962, when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation, designating May 15 as a time in which our nation would pause, gather, and most of all, to remember, those brave me...
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Police Week - Honoring Our Fallen

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135 of our brothers and sisters paid the price last year. They died knowing they stood for something greater than oneself.  They came from departments large and small, rich and poor, of virtually every race, color and creed. However, far greater than any of their own individual characteristics, are the collective qualities they and each of you share; Honor, Loyalty, Commitment, Courage and a ...
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Kern County Businesses we need your help

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Once a year we reach out to the businesses in our local community asking you for your support.  Annually we look at how we can increase our impact in our community, and we continually strive to outdo our previous year. Your support allows us to make a bigger impact in the community we both share. Here is your chance to join the Kern LEA's community outreach mission. Join us by donating today,...
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Business Networking Mixer

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Join us for a Business Networking Mixer. Thursday April 20th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Appetizers and Drinks KLEA Business Hall 3417 Pegasus Dr. Bakersfield, CA 93308

Costco Membership Offer for KLEA Members

Costco Membership Offer for KLEA Members
Join Costco as a new member and receive coupons for FREE PRODUCTS and other great savings!  Please see attached flyer for full details or visit our website http://kernlea.org/ KLEA Costco Membership 2017

Bakersfield's BEST! Cultural Music Festival

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Honoring Kern County Law Enforcement. Sunday, February 12, 2017 Special Guest Star, Legend Tex-Mex, JOHNNY RODRIGUEZ. Also Featuring Johnny Owens & Buck Fever Band; Kadin Hernandez, Mariachi San Marcos, Mariachi Brian Anaya. Proceeds benefiting Kern County Law Enforcement: BPD/BPOA/KLEA/PAL A "Special" Tribute to Merle Haggard. Adult Tickets: $60 For info: visit www.bakersfieldmusichalloffame....
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Kern County Sheriff's Office delivering Christmas food baskets to families in need

Kern County Sheriff's Office delivering Christmas food baskets to families in need
"The Kern County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the Bakersfield Police Department and W.A. Thompson Distributors, will once again be delivering 500 Christmas food baskets to families in need throughout Kern County on Tuesday, December 20, 2016. This annual event is made possible through generous donations from benefit associations, volunteer organizations, and business owners throughout Ker...
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KCSO receives award from state's Alcoholic Beverage Control

"The Kern County Sheriff's Department has been selected to receive the Significant Achievement Award from the state's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). It's for their work in helping to reduce youth access to alcohol and alcohol-related harm through the ABC Grant Assistance Program (GAP). ABC officials say the Kern County Sheriff’s Department went well above and beyond their grant pr...
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We Need Your Support Now More than Ever

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We proudly protect our communities, children, and families, despite the difficult year the brave men and women of Law Enforcement has had to face. It is not an easy job, but we wear our badge with a humble pride and seek to make the community we share a safer place to live and work. That’s why I am asking for your help. At the time you receive this letter there have been 134 line of duty deaths of...
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County supervisors are planning to ask John Nilon to return to work

"If the Kern County Board of Supervisors follows through on plans to bring retiring County Administrative Officer John Nilon back to A) “shepherd” his replacement and B) serve in some dippy, made-up “innovation director” position — at a rumored cost of $100,000 a year — someone needs to call the Mary K. Shell Center." -By Lois Henry Read Full Article

More cameras creeping into daily local law enforcement

"I was perusing a Kern County Grand Jury report recently about the downtown jail and was surprised to learn that deputies working in the jail now have body cameras. (The report was actually focused on rekeying locks so jailers wouldn’t have so many keys. Sigh.) Anyhow, I had no idea body cams had expanded from the one pilot program that’s been ongoing in Wasco for about a year and a half. Was this...
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State is adding to jail burden

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(click image for video) "So far in our investigation of factors making Kern's county lock-up a more dangerous place, we've seen how budget cuts have strained jail maintenance and staffing to the breaking point. In the final report of this three-part series on conditions within the Kern County jails, we'll take a look at how the state is adding to the burden. AB 109 is a state law that requires cou...
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Budget cuts, state mandates straining county lockups

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  (Click image for video) "As the local economy limps along, tax receipts have suffered, leaving local governments scratching to pay for vital community services. The county jail is no exception. We begin a three-part series on how budget cuts and state mandates have strained our county lock-ups to the breaking point. Last month, Sheriff Donny Youngblood went toe to toe with the county board ...
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Veterans Day brings breakfast, parade and freebies in Bakersfield

Veterans Day brings breakfast, parade and freebies in Bakersfield
"A breakfast, parade and freebies mark Veterans Day on Friday in Bakersfield." - By BakersfieldNow Read full article and view video

Kern Law Enforcement Association's 7th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast

Kern Law Enforcement Association's 7th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast
"Kern Law Enforcement Association is hosting its 7th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast November 11, 2016 from 6-9 a.m. at the American Legion Post 26 Banquet Hall. Veterans eat free and non-military guests are encouraged to donate 5 dollars." - By ABC23 Read Full Article

Second former detective sentenced to five years in BPD corruption scandal

Second former detective sentenced to five years in BPD corruption scandal
"Patrick Mara, once named Bakersfield’s police officer of the year, was sentenced to five years in federal prison Monday for his part in a conspiracy to steal narcotics from drug dealers and sell them back into the community. Mara, 36, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to sell methamphetamine. Although he pleaded guilty to a single charge, it was for an amount o...
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Political Scramble: What's up with those Neighborhood Watch campaign fliers?

Political Scramble: What's up with those Neighborhood Watch campaign fliers?
"Residents of downtown and southwest Bakersfield are getting campaign fliers from City Councilman Terry Maxwell and Vice Mayor Harold Hanson, with one whole side a reproduction of a Neighborhood Watch sign. Not an artist’s rendition either — these look like the real deal and advise the holder to “place this card in your window with this side facing out.” But, as City Council candidate Jeff Tkac, a...
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Memorial to fallen deputy vandalized again

Memorial to fallen deputy vandalized again
"Sheriff officials are considering moving a large stone memorial to the late Deputy Rick McHale after a second incident of vandalism in east Bakersfield. McHale was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call in 1989. City and county officials named a soccer field after him that summer and installed a plaque mounted in a large stone overlooking the field at Belle Terrace Park, ...
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Sikh Riders of America hold fourth annual motorcycle ride for local charities

"The Sikh Riders of America held their fourth annual motorcycle ride Saturday morning. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the ride are going to local charities including Kern County 999 foundation, armed forces support ride and the Kern County Law Enforcement Association as well as to a couple families who have a loved one battling cancer." - By Jessica Harrington Read Full Article

KLEA cautions deputies to avoid controversial attorney

KLEA cautions deputies to avoid controversial attorney
"Kern Law Enforcement Association (KLEA) is advising its member deputies in Kern County to steer clear of Gregory Petersen, an Orange County civil rights and employment attorney." - By ABC23 Read Full Article

Deputies should avoid 'controversial' attorney

Deputies should avoid 'controversial' attorney
"The Kern Law Enforcement Association is cautioning its member deputies to avoid an Orange County civil rights and employment attorney. KLEA says Gregory Peterson submitted a letter to Sheriff Donny Youngblood outlining alleged grievances affecting pay and time off." - By Alan Prock Read Full Article

Deputies union warns attorney suit could be a 'scam'

Deputies union warns attorney suit could be a 'scam'
"The union that represents Kern County sheriff’s deputies has warned its members to stay away from a Newport Coast attorney who was herded out of a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday by security after threatening a lawsuit over public safety pay. Attorney Gregory Petersen, in turn, called the union “useless” and said it was in the pocket of Sheriff’s Office management. He urged deputies, in a le...
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Kern County Sheriff's Office accepting applications for open positions

Kern County Sheriff's Office accepting applications for open positions
By Zuriel Loving BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Kern County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting applications for Deputy Sheriff Trainee, Sheriff's Detentions Deputy Trainee and lateral transfers. If you have what it takes, fill out the applications here by September 16.

Proposition 57 promises to increase the Proposition 47 crime wave

Proposition 57 promises to increase the Proposition 47 crime wave
George Hofstetter wrote an excellent piece that highlighted the issues surrounding Prop. 57. Make sure to give it a read and to vote NO on Prop. 57." by George Hofstetter If Proposition 57 passes, it will lead to drastically shortened prison sentences for "non-violent" inmates convicted of property crimes who earned their way to prison due to their underlying crime or criminal history.  These...
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County Budget

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By Clayton Huckaby / Kern Valley Sun On Tuesday, August 23 the Kern County Board of Supervisors met to discuss the budget and make decisions concerning the budget cuts for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Due to decreases in the cost of oil and deficits in county tax revenue because of those decreases, the county is currently required to adopt hefty budget cuts to maintain a fiscally sound budget policy...
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Board of Supervisors Approve County Budget, Additional Funds for Sheriff - Voices in support of law enforcement were heard

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Hanging with Heroes

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Save the Date Thursday, September 15th 6 PM - 9 PM Riverview Park, 401 Willow Dr., 93308 Come out and join us for a free meet and greet where you can talk with Kern County heroes! This event is brought to you by the Oildale Neighborhood Watch & Community Action Team. Their mission is to assist the community in triumphing over critical life obstacles by giving them the tools needed to bring hop...
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Law Enforcement and Supervisors Battling It Out in Press

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Bakersfield, CA (Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 at 11 a.m.)—The Kern Law Enforcement Association union has put out a statement today warning of crime and chaos if the Kern County Sheriff’s budget is cut. On Friday, Aug. 19 Supervisor Mick Gleason, chairman of the Kern County Board of Supervisors put out a press statement saying that the sheriff’s department already receives 48% of discretionary funds for the county and they have the ability to live within their means. Why all the sudden crossfire?

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Sheriff Youngblood to ask Board of Supervisors for help in funding the deputy recruitment process

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Sheriff Youngblood to ask Board of Supervisors for help in funding the deputy recruitment process

Three weeks after the Kern County Board of Supervisors denied Sheriff Donny Youngblood's tax proposal, he'll be going in front of them again.

On Tuesday morning, Youngblood will be asking supervisors for $1.3 million dollars to help fund the next Kern County Sheriff's Academy.

- By Brandon Johansen

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Kern Law Enforcement Association endorsed Kyle Carter for Bakersfield mayor

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Kern Law Enforcement Association has announced its endorsement of Kyle Carter for Mayor of Bakersfield.

"The largest representative of law enforcement in Kern County has endorsed businessman Kyle Carter for Mayor of Bakersfield. The Kern Law Enforcement Association (KLEA) chose the home-builder for his business experience, support for public safety and ability to impact the community's economy for the better.

- Kyle Carter

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Saturday shootout stretched law enforcement thin

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Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood called Saturday’s 1 a.m. shootout “domestic terrorism” and the most devastating he has seen in the Bakersfield area, but acknowledged at a press conference Monday that it also took a heavy toll on law enforcement and first responders already stretched thin.

- By Harold Pierce

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Local law enforcement officers show support for Dallas

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Law enforcement officers from all over the country and here at home are in Dallas to show support. The Bakersfield Police Department and Kern County Sheriff's Department are represented in Dallas this week.
 
Bakersfield Police Officers Association President Ramon Chavez and Secretary Alex Patino attended funeral services and memorials there. Chavez called it a humbling experience.

- By Kristin Price

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Member of Kern law enforcement traveling to Dallas to honor fallen officers

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A representative from Kern law enforcement is traveling to Dallas today to honor the officers who lost their lives during the police ambush on Thursday, July 7.

The Kern Law Enforcement Agency released the following on Tuesday:

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Kern County law enforcement union blasts budget cuts, calls for people to speak at public meeting

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A union that represents law enforcement staff in Kern County has blasted proposed budget cuts by county supervisors.

This comes just days after the proposed cuts were announced by county department heads.

-By Justin Burton

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Join Us For Law Enforcement Night At The Ballpark

Join Us For Law Enforcement Night At The Ballpark
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Join us for a Night at The Ballpark , as we show our support for our local law Enforcement! Sam Lynn Ballpark - 4009 Chester Ave., Bakersfield Saturday, August 27th, 2016 Gates open at 6:15pm, Game time at 7:15pm Fireworks after the Game! We will have display booths hosted by the Bakersfield Police Department, and other local agencies as well as a game worn jersey auction honoring fallen BPD Offic...
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Join Us on July 27th @ Habit Burger!

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Join us at Habit Burger for a fundraiser for Kern Law Enforcement Association From 4-11pm on Wednesday, July 27th , KLEA will receive 20% of the proceeds when you present our flyer, mention KLEA, or in uniform.  Come grab a burger, fries, and a shake and support law enforcement. Please see flyer for location details. "We hope to see you there!" (click image to download flyer)

Honoring American Heroes, Past and Present

Honoring American Heroes, Past and Present
Law enforcement officers are people like you and me who want to make a difference. Serving the communities that we all share is just a part of what these humble heroes do. Standing up for those who can not stand up for themselves is just in their blood. Despite the dangers, they proudly put on their uniforms and badges every day, for us. National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day has become a day for u...
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Exclusive Members Only Discounts Now Available!

Exclusive Members Only Discounts Now Available!
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Attention Members - You will now find members only discounts posted on our association's website. These discounts are available to all registered members and can be found on the member's dashboard. The newest discount is for RussianBlades.com a designer of custom knives. Simply login and select the members tab to retrieve Coupon Codes. Once you are logged in scroll down and look for the box that s...
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Calling all Local Businesses

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Small businesses are a major contributor to the strength of our local economy.  Literally, small businesses are the backbone of our local community and we appreciate your investment and hard work to make our community a great place to live and work. According to the 2010 Census, 99.7% of U.S. employer firms are small businesses.  Almost half of the nation's private sector workforce is em...
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The State of Policing in America Reported by MSNBC

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Most of us get up in the morning. go about our days and never think about our local law enforcement officers, unless we hear another negative story on the news.  There is a perception that there are a lot of bad cops out there.  However the reality is that 99.1% of Law Enforcement officers are NOT accused of any misconduct of any kind.    In 2015, 965 civilians were fatally sho...
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Honoring One of our Own, Jan 14th, 2016

Honoring One of our Own, Jan 14th, 2016
There will be a Military Graveside Service to honor Dennis Clinton.  It will take place at the Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin on Thursday, January 14th. Attendees are asked to line up in their vehicles as they arrive. A vehicle procession will be led by mortuary staff at 10:45 AM . 30338 East Bear Mountain Boulevard Arvin, CA 93203 From the Bakersfield Metro Area: Take CA-58 east towa...
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#GivingTuesday

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December 1st is #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to giving back.  This is the time of year when we think about all that we are thankful for this holiday season.  We are thankful for each and every person out there backing the Kern Law Enforcement Association. Throughout the year we work hard to give back to our local community in many ways. To view the organizations we sponsor and how we ...
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Enhancing teachers’ response to active threats

Enhancing teachers’ response to active threats
Enhancing teachers’ response to active threats
When you say the words “first responders” who comes to mind?  Police, Fireman, EMT? But what about teachers?  It is no longer adequate to place all of the responsibility for our children’s safety in the hands of our teachers during an attack and not take the time to properly train them to accomplish that task. Nor is it acceptable to simply tell them, "Lock your classroom door, turn out ...
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“LIFTING UP KIMBER” LIFT-A-THON 2015

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You hear the term, “Superhero” tossed around a lot these days. But, it isn’t often you hear of a whole family of superheroes. That’s exactly what The Wonderlys are. High school sweethearts and married for eight years, Darren and Kati’s lives were forever changed when their oldest daughter Kimber was born with Lissencephaly, a rare neurological condition in which the brain is smooth. Due to Lissenc...
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KLEA Nominations Opened

KLEA Nominations Opened
Nominations for Vice President and 5 Director positions opened at the September 8th, 2015 Board Meeting. Nominations will close at the conclusion of the October 13th, 2015 Board Meeting. Please stop by the KLEA office to nominate yourself or a fellow officer for the open positions. Forms are available online at Kernlea.org and at the office on 3417 Pegasus Dr. KERN LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSOCIATION NOMI...
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KLEA Delivers $5,000 Reward Check

KLEA Delivers $5,000 Reward Check
KLEA President Marc Haiungs had the honor of delivering a $5,000 check from the Kern Law Enforcement Association to Gary Welfl of Brady's Market as reward for the information he provided that led to the demise of accused murderer, kidnapper, and attempted murderer of two Sheriff's Deputies, Benjamin Ashley. Also present were Sheriff's Commanders Drake Massey (left) and Tyson Davis (right). Video c...
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Internet and Website Safety Tips

Internet and Website Safety Tips
Internet and Website Safety Tips: Though there have been many scares about what can happen to children or teenagers on the internet, adults should be safe as well. There is no limit to the amount of risk adults come in contact with such as sexual predators, criminals who are seeking out your personal information on social networking sites, buying habits, frequently used sites, and many others. Her...
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Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention
Simple Crime Prevention: Anyone can be a target of even the simplest of crimes. Here are some tips to keep you safe in your everyday life: -Always be aware of your surroundings and who is around you. Take time to observe what people are wearing and what they look like in case you have to describe it later to someone. -Do not leave any items in your car that may be seen as valuable to someone else....
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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence
You can feel so vulnerable during domestic violence situations. Here are some protection tips for you at home while you are still with your abuser, in your car, and with your cell phone. I am also including tips regarding your finances, belongings, and reputation to help you feel more in control. Abuser's want total control over you. If they can't have you, they may try to destroy you in every way...
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