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Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the California State Sheriffs’ Association (CSSA) Board of Directors has determined that it has no choice but to make the necessary decision to cancel the CSSA Annual Conference scheduled for June 15 – 18, 2020, in Riverside County.


The CSSA Annual Conference has built a reputation as one of the profession’s premier events, and the leadership of CSSA shares the disappointment of hundreds of attendees who look forward to this conference each year. While CSSA hoped for the best, the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic made this decision an obvious and sensible one. Protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our members, staff, attendees, all participants, their families and communities far outweigh any potential consequences of canceling this meeting. 


CSSA expresses our sincere appreciation to Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco and his team for all the hard work they had put in to make this year’s annual conference another top-notch event. The CSSA staff are working diligently on potential alternatives to holding the annual conference later in the year, and while nothing official has been planned yet, additional information will be shared when available. 

CSSA wishes health and safety to all as we make our way through this challenging time.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             


April 11, 2020                                                

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CSSA Statement on Judicial Council’s $0 Bail Rule for Certain Crimes


Sheriffs across California affirmed their opposition to a rule adopted by the Judicial Council of California on Monday that temporarily imposes an emergency statewide bail schedule setting bail at $0 for specified misdemeanors and felonies.



“Sheriffs understand the unprecedented impacts that the COVID-19 outbreak has created, but we are deeply concerned that the blanket release from custody of potentially thousands of inmates will have far-reaching public safety ramifications,” said Sheriff David Livingston, President of the California State Sheriffs’ Association (CSSA). “We fear the Judicial Council’s ‘one-size-fits-most’ approach will also jeopardize public health during the COVID-19 crisis by releasing mentally ill individuals to the community without proper planning and services and releasing people who may be homeless, unable or unwilling to comply with stay at home orders, or drug-addicted and at risk of overdose.”



“Many counties have taken significant steps to address the outbreak and deter the spread of the virus, including by reducing jail populations where appropriate,” said Sheriff David Robinson, 1st Vice President of CSSA. “However, this has been accomplished by taking measured steps, often in conjunction with local partners including judges, the district attorney, probation, and the public defender. The judiciary’s statewide mandate, in many circumstances, ignores these local processes and results and simply cannot contemplate every case detail and the needs of hundreds of communities around California.”



CSSA notes that, while the $0 bail rule exempts certain crimes from its reach, it would nevertheless apply to other offenses including child abuse, elder abuse, and violating public health orders, meaning suspects arrested for those crimes could be released on $0 bail.



“We understand that we are facing extraordinary circumstances and we appreciate the Judicial Council’s work to keep court operations running,” added Livingston. “That said, we are worried that this order risks public health and safety and we urge judges to use whatever discretion is available to examine the totality of the circumstances when applying this order.”






The CSSA family is thinking of you during this difficult time and hoping your family is safe and well. As we all know, the situation with COVID-19 is ever changing. We want to let you know that we are working from home and are available by email. Please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you need assistance. We appreciate your patience as we get through this together.


Below are links to several resources, including Governor Newsom’s directive and frequently asked questions, the link to the Center for Disease Control, as well as a link to the California Department of Public Health COVID-19 updates website.



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Take the following steps to help fight fraud:


Review activity on all of your bank and credit card accounts regularly and report suspicious activity promptly.


Create a strong, unique password for each online sign-in – and use additional security features when available.


Protect your devices by installing antivirus software and keeping your operating systems, applications and web browser up-to-date on your mobile phone, tablet and computer.


Stay alert to online threats. Avoid clicking suspicious links or responding to emails or texts urging you to act quickly. Do not provide personal information like your account numbers, PIN or Social Security number.


Never trust caller ID: Always validate a person’s organization by calling them back through an official phone number.

    • Scammers may pose as government officials, law enforcement or even Bank of America employees to steal your personal information.
    • Zelle® and other payment apps, such as Venmo, should only be used to send money to friends, family or others you trust and not to buy goods or services from people you don’t know.


Know how to identify red flags. In many of the most common types of scams, you may be:

      • Pressured to send money
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      • Asked to cash a check for a stranger
      • Instructed to make a cash deposit for sweepstakes
      • Offered more than you are asking for something with a request to send the overpayment elsewhere



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 TOGETHER WE CAN: Reducing Criminal Justice Involvement for People with Mental Illness

California’s Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) launched an eighteen month review of this issue and has just released the report, Together We Can: Reducing Criminal Justice Involvement for People with Mental Illness.


While not a comprehensive study of mental illness, it’s an actionable roadmap for change calling for California to make an immediate and strong commitment to address this complex issue. “One of the greatest policy failures of our time was dismantling our state mental health care institutions without having adequate community-based treatment in its place,” said MHSOAC Commissioner and Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown. “Our jails shouldn’t be used in place of treatment. We believe we should, and can, do better.”

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Members and Corporate 100 Partners, as a thank you for being a fundamental part of our organization, CSSAF is now offering all current members and Corporate 100 Partners an exclusive discount code to use whenever you rent a car through Enterprise. Be sure to reserve your next rental car through and contact us to access the code.


Please note, CSSAF does not receive monetary proceeds from this arrangement. This discount was arranged solely to serve as an additional benefit to our members.


For more info, please call 916-375-8000 or email



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