I want to start out this month by saying goodbye to Adah Mathias, who has, for some crazy reason, worked the last 23 years on behalf of all of us. We’ll miss her at the office, but I’m pretty sure we haven’t seen the last of her. Have fun in retirement Adah!

BODY WORN CAMERAS Not sure if by the time you read this if the BWCs will be out. But I can tell you that there has been a lot of talk about the policy and specifically whether a deputy would be allowed to review the footage following a critical incident prior to writing a report or being interviewed in the case of an OIS. Sheriff Gore, Assistant Sheriff Barnett, Sheriff’s legal, along with the DSA and our legal met to discuss some of the final thoughts and input for our BCW policy. It was clear at the meeting the sheriff’s goal has always been what would be best for our deputies, our department, and the citizens we serve. After the meeting, a policy was agreed upon and will be in affect when the BWCs hit the streets. This is a great example of how the Sheriff and DSA have worked together in the best interest of deputies, the operations of our department, and to the public.

UNIFORM ALLOWANCE Don’t forget to come out to the DSA Store for all your uniform needs, including making use of Emma, our seamstress, for any needed alterations. The DSA Store has a clearance sale going on and a couple of September specials so you can make the best use of your uniform allowance. The already low prices on uniforms make the drive out to the Poway store worth it. Of course, if you don’t need a uniform you must need a new firearm. Who doesn’t need one of those?

PINK PATCH PROJECT Pink patches are now available at the DSA Store. Buy a new shirt with pink patches, or have the patches switched out on a current shirt. The pink patches are approved for wear during the month of October. We encourage you to take part in this project to open up a dialogue with community members and show your support for those diagnosed with breast cancer. You may also purchase the patch in a gift envelope. All proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research. All of this has been accomplished within the partnership with Sheriff Gore and the DSA.

UPCOMING EVENTS I hope you had the chance to enjoy our annual Wave Waterpark party to say goodbye to the summer. Coming up fast is the 30th Annual Lonny Brewer Memorial Golf Tournament on September 11. It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years. Next up is the Save the Bacon Ride on October 7. For those of you who don’t ride, stop by the after party for some good food and a pint of Pacific Islander Beer. Rounding out the lineup is an adults only Wine Tasting Tour, which is always popular and sells out fast. Check out the DSA website for all the details.

Summer is coming to an end—seems to end a little sooner every year. Our kids are all back in school; some just starting out in K and some a freshman in high school or college. Each step in between has a degree of stress and challenges for our kids. The world has become a very interesting place for them. Schools do a great job, but the ultimate responsibility is ours as parents. (Parents defined as anyone raising children to be sure.) So if this is the roll you have chosen, it isn’t a part time job. It’s full time and more. You will never regret any of the time you spend or the things you do with your kids. You will regret the time we let slip by when you are away from them, so make the most of every moment together. 