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Are you familiar with the news show segments testing children’s safety knowledge? They often feature “strangers” trying to lure children with offers of ice cream, modeling contracts, or other goodies. Too many times, these tricks are successful.


In these scenarios, even children who know better often ignore their safety rules. Would-be abductors count on this. They know that while many children are taught to avoid strangers, they may not be taught to recognize abduction tactics. 


The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® has noted the use of more than 100 of these tactics.[1] Below are some examples. Review them with your children and practice a response. The more children practice, the better prepared they will be in a real situation. 

Learn The TrickBeat   It
The Offer Trick

A child is offered something desirable — like candy, money, toys, or a ride.


Children should not accept gifts without your permission. Use teachable moments, like when a friend or relative offers a gift, to practice this concept with your child.

The Animal Trick

A cute or interesting animal is used to get the child to follow or enter a vehicle or home.


Teach your children to never enter anyone’s vehicle or home without your permission.

The Emergency Trick

Someone fakes an emergency and offers to take the child to another location.


Instruct your child to never go anywhere with anyone without asking the permission of the adult in charge. Have your child practice saying, “I can’t go with you until I check with my mom/dad/teacher” in a firm voice and walking away.

The Help Trick

The child is asked to help with something such as directions, looking for a lost pet, or carrying something.


Adults should ask other adults for help, not children. Have your child practice saying “I can’t help you” in in a firm voice. Teach children to stand at least one to two arms’ lengths away while interacting with unknown adults.

The Friend Trick

A person tells the child he or she has been sent by the child’s parent. Sometimes the person actually does know the parent.


Talk to your child’s school about obtaining permission from you before releasing your child to anyone.

The “Bad” Child Trick

Someone accuses the child of doing something wrong and says the child must go with him or her.


Teach your child to always check with you or the adult in charge before going anywhere with anyone. Instruct children to immediately tell you if someone approaches them or tries to take them away.

The Flattery/Model Trick

Someone compliments the child and asks to take his or her picture. The person may promise the child fame or fortune.


Instruct your child not to accompany anyone anywhere without your permission. Teach older children that a legitimate photographer or casting agency will try to talk to a parent or guardian, not a child.

The Open-the-Door Trick

Someone tries to get the child to answer the door when the parents aren’t home.


Remind your children they shouldn’t open the door for anyone when you aren’t home. Let them know legitimate service people will return.


Parents, are you struggling with how to talk to your kids about Gangs?


The National Gang Center has published an updated version of the “Parents' Guide to Gangs.” This guide provides parents with answers to common questions about gangs to enable them to recognize and prevent their child’s involvement in a gang. The National Gang Center is supported by OJJDP and the Bureau of Justice Assistance.




Frequently Asked Questions About Gangs answers many of the most frequently asked questions on gangs, gang joining, gang trends, and more that the National Gang Center receives.In the online video “Why Youth Join Gangs,” gang researchers, practitioners, and young people who were previously involved in gangs talk about research regarding gang joining and provide insights into what you might observe when interacting with youth who are at high risk of joining a gang. Learn more about the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model for addressing communities’ gang problems. 








The California State Sheriffs’ Association (CSSA) is concerned with the safety and welfare of all Californians and seeks to preserve the rights of all individuals to live and work in communities where drug abuse is not accepted nor subjected to its adverse effects. We believe the effort to legalize marijuana is contrary to the interests of the public health, safety, and welfare, and therefore are opposed to any attempt to decriminalize the use of this drug for recreational use.



Despite “legalization” efforts in other states, marijuana remains a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act and is defined as having a high potential for abuse. The dangers of marijuana, and the threat to public safety caused by its use in terms of highway safety, criminal activity, and domestic violence, are well-documented.



Statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse show that marijuana reduces motor coordination and slows reaction time, a dangerous combination when operating a motor vehicle. In addition, nearly 4.2 million people over the age of 12 had a marijuana abuse or addiction problem in 2011.



Legalization of marijuana will likely increase drug use and health care costs due to abuse and overdoses of the drug. The black market for marijuana will likely remain strong as many drug cartels will not work within a regulatory system that will reveal the extent of their other illegal activities or subject their industry to tax levies and licensure.



One need only to look to Colorado, which recently legalized the recreational use of marijuana, to see the tremendous societal impacts of this misguided effort. Since legalization, Colorado has experienced major increases in fatalities arising from driving under the influence of marijuana. The number of children being exposed to marijuana has grown significantly, as has the injury and damage caused by extraction of concentrated cannabis. Marijuana is being illegally diverted to other states and tax revenues are failing to meet expectations as users are flocking to medical marijuana dispensaries and the thriving black market.



California Sheriffs strongly reject the notion that marijuana is harmless. The marijuana being cultivated today is exponentially more concentrated than that of years ago. The potential for abuse and overdose is extremely great. Law enforcement is on the front lines of the damage, lost lives and broken communities that result from the careless use of this drug. Our message is clear: marijuana is a dangerous drug and California should not legitimize its use.



CSSA Participates in May 7, 2015 Press Conference in Support of “Stepping Up,” a National Initiative to Reduce the Number of Mentally Ill in Jails 


Sacramento May 7, 2015 – Today, CSSA participated in a press conference hosted by the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) in support of a national initiative entitled, “Stepping Up” that is being launched this week. The goal of the initiative is to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails. Stepping Up is co-sponsored by the Council on State Governments Justice Center, National Association of Counties, and American Psychiatric Association.


Speakers included Matt Cate, Executive Director – California State Association of Counties; Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens – CSSA Board Member and Major County Sheriffs’ Association 1st Vice President: Chief Probation Officer Mack Jenkins, San Diego County; Senator Robert Hertzberg, D-18th District; Darrell Steinberg, former California State Senate President Pro Tem; Dr. Renee Binder, President-Elect – American Psychiatric Association; Council Member Riki Hokama, Maui County – National Association of Counties President.


Stepping Up Initiative

The number of people with mental illnesses in U.S. jails has reached a crisis level. Those who deal with this problem every day agree that the current approach does little to improve public safety, stresses already strained budgets, and hurts people with mental illness and their loved ones. 


Stepping Up seeks to bring local and state stakeholders together around a common goal: to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails. A collaboration between the National Association of Counties, the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the American Psychiatric Foundation, Stepping Up calls for key actions, including collecting data to determine the extent of the problem within each jail, developing a plan that draws on proven research to combat the problem, and designing an approach to track progress going forward. And everyone – from a local policymaker to a family member of a person with mental illness – can play a critical role in the initiative in bringing this issue to national attention.


Click here for more detailed information on the Stepping Up Initiative and how you can participate.  You can also visit




The California State Sheriffs’ Association Foundation (CSSAF) has been recently advised that citizens have received suspicious phone calls that appear to be coming from either our main number 916.375.8000 or our fax number 916.375.8017. This scam involves callers posing as law enforcement and threatening legal action if you do not pay them. If you receive any suspicious calls, DO NOT give out any personal information, such as social security number, bank account numbers, etc., and report these calls to your local law enforcement agency immediately.


“Please be advised that the California State Sheriffs’ Association Foundation does not solicit by phone,” said CSSA President, Sheriff Adam Christianson.



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Information on California Peace Officer Memorial                

The California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation is a non-profit charitable foundation whose mission is to recognize and honor Californias peace officers who gave their lives In The Line of Duty serving the citizens of this great state, and provide support to the family members left behind. Below is the May Ceremonial Schedule, list of all officers to be honored as well as CA State income tax donation information. 

Ceremonial Schedule
List of Honored Officers
Tax Information



CSSA SURVEY (as of 4/25/14)

Summary Letter

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AB 109 (Chapter 15, Statutes of 2011) became effective on October 1, 2011. Beginning on October 1 all qualifying low level offenders convicted of non-serious, non-violent, non-sex offenses will begin serving their sentence at the local level rather than in state prison.

Below we have gathered information that has been distributed to our membership regarding realignment. Additionally, we have provided links to other helpful websites related to realignment.

  Video - Criminal Justice Realignment - What Counties Need To Know To Implement

Note: Viewers may need to download an add-on to PowerPoint to view. Instructions are on the video page.

Criminal Justice Realignment Implementing Legislation 


 CDCR Documents


Other Resources:

  • CSAC 
  • CPOC
  • CPCA
  • Joint Venture Program URL
  • CALREALIGNMENT.ORG -The website was developed as part of a state-wide conference on criminal justice realignment that was held on September 21 in Sacramento. The website will continue to present information on best practices, assist counties to access technical assistance providers, and make available county realignment plans as they are approved.


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 California Sheriffs Advocate for Victims of Crime


The California State Sheriffs' Association has urged the reversal of the Board of Parole Hearings' decision to grant parole to CDCR inmate David Weidert, #C-39455. Weidert was convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life for his vicious murder of a mentally-challenged young man, Michael Morganti.


As law enforcement leaders committed to public safety and protection of our communities, California's Sheriffs will continue to support crime victims in their efforts to keep such dangerous murderers off our streets.

Click here to access CSSA's letter.

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VINELink is the online version of VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), the National Victim Notification Network. This service allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day. Victims and other concerned citizens can also register to be notified by phone,email or TTY device when an offender's custody status changes. Users can also register through their participating state or county toll-free number. Click Here for More Information


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