(SACRAMENTO)–Senator Chuck Poochigian (R-Fresno) was named Outstanding Senator of The Year 2000 by the California State Sheriffs’ Association. The California State Sheriffs’ Association is honoring Senator Poochigian for his efforts as a member of the Senate Budget Committee and his strong support for law enforcement on a variety of issues–including the extension of the citizens options for public safety ("COPS") program and supporting law enforcement technology gran’s.
Stanislaus County Sheriff Les Weidman–the president of the California State Sheriffs’ Association–said–"Senator Poochigian was the ‘go-to’ guy for law enforcement and a major reason for our success this legislative session."
The California State Sheriffs’ Association is meeting in Sacramento for its executive board meeting november 15-17–2000. The Sheriffs’ Association represents the 58 elected County Sheriffs in California and was established in 1894–making it the oldest law enforcement organization in California. Among its many goals–the Association shares information and resources among Sheriffs–monitors over 600 legislative bills a year regarding professional law enforcement issues–and coordinates interaction between State and Federal agencies to address the sheriffs’ concerns.
Senator Poochigian said–"I am very honored to receive this award from the California State Sheriffs’ Association. as a member of the legislature–i will continue to work hard to ensure that the outstanding men and women who work in law enforcement have the resources they need to protect the public and keep our communities safe."