OROVILLE - On January 15, 2016, representatives from the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA), and its affiliate Resources Protection Peace Officers Association (RPPOA), visited 17 California Fish and Wildlife warden cadets at the Law Enforcement Academy at Butte College in Oroville.
"We visited the cadets on their second day in the academy," said CSLEA Member Services Representative George Pina. "It's a great time to introduce ourselves, let them know who they can contact and what our benefits and services are."
In addition to Pina, in attendance on behalf of RPPOA and CSLEA were RPPOA President Matt Yarbrough, CSLEA Chief Counsel and General Manager Kasey Clark, and Member Services Representative Marco Castro. Yarbrough emphasized that first and foremost, the cadets must work to graduate from the academy and pass their field training. Clark advised that in the present political climate, it is even more important for armed 24/7 peace officers to have a well-funded and defined legal defense plan.
"We visited with 17 cadets," said Pina. "And welcomed 16 as new members of CSLEA FOP Lodge 77. We look forward to assisting them in their careers and wish them the very best as they proceed through the academy."