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Autumn 2016


Despite the potential misnomer, this monthly publication is a resource for all significant others of OACP members. Whatever your particular situation, the love of someone in law enforcement connects us all. Use this newsletter as a repository of helpful resources, a forum through which to start a conversation, or simply as a way to keep in touch with other OACP spouses. Here's what you can expect to find in each issue:

Peer Profile: Learn from those who know what it's like to be the support system behind an officer in law enforcement.

Notes & News:
Wouldn't it be nice to have spare hours to browse the Internet? (Spare time? What is that?) Because you can't always peruse the web, those of us at the OACP office have collected pertinent articles and websites in one handy spot.

OACP Update: 
Stay informed regarding upcoming events, conference schedules and legislative bills that could affect your loved one's career.

Peer Profile

Peer: Diane Spalding
Husband: OACP President Geoff Spalding
Department Affiliation: Beaverton PD

It only seemed fitting that our inaugural issue feature the "First Lady" of the OACP, Diane Spalding. Her husband, Geoff, is the current OACP President and former Beaverton Police Chief. Diane's advice was instrumental in the creation of this program and publication.

Diane Spalding is a self-proclaimed introvert, although her resume would suggest otherwise.

The wife of a recently retired police chief, Diane emphasized the vital role community involvement played in her ability to support her family and her husband.

"Be involved with different activities," Diane recommended to new chiefs' wives. "If you can, try to attend as many as possible. I've always been a little reluctant to get involved and I kind of needed to push myself to get out there and meet the community, and actually now, I quite enjoy it."

Diane's husband, Geoff, dedicated more than 40 years to law enforcement before retiring this summer from his position as Beaverton's Police Chief. Once a cadet with aspirations in public safety herself, Diane remained committed to serving her community in a variety of capacities throughout her husband's career.
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Notes & News

Preparing families for the hazards of police work
The IACP Police Chief Magazine
The Irvine Police Department recognized that an ingredient missing from its employee assistance programs was the orientation and preparation of family and friends for the new officer's transition into the police culture. In fact, this is the entire family's transition into the law enforcement culture. By providing family members and friends with this knowledge and insight, the department hopes to help families and friends of new officers in four distinct ways. 
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Seven books for police wives
How 2 Love Your Cop
Way back in the dark ages of the late 80s, before everyone had a computer and a cell phone, there was no information or help for those of us who were new law enforcement wives. Some of us muddled through, some gave it up, but in LA, very few of us ever spoke to each other. Marriage topics were taboo, unless someone was bold enough to rant to the world about their home life. And really, that wasn't helpful. I'm pleased to say that this is no longer the case.
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Out to lunch
Suddenly Cop Wife
I often chide him about going out for lunch. I say all the things a wife has been known to say: you should take a break, get time away from the computer, get some fresh air, etc. "It's just not worth it," he says, and then proceeds to explain to me why. I get it. However I really got it the other day when I was in Midtown Manhattan.
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National law enforcement support group looking for Oregon chapter volunteers
National Alliance for Law Enforcement Support
NALES is an all-volunteer national non-profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status. Our membership is made up of our Board of Directors, Staff, Auxiliary Committee members, online forums' members, and volunteers from throughout the United States, and the world. Our chapters are working to extend the support and resources we offer nationally to the local and state level. They participate in various activities, including (but not limited to) critical incident response, appreciation projects for officers and agencies, planning events for spouses and for families, speaking to agencies and families about available resources, fundraising, etc.
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Living the police wife life

I remember him calling me for the first time on his lunch break from his patrol car. Within 10 minutes it became very clear that if a relationship with a police officer was anything like trying to carry on a simple phone conversation with a police officer, "challenging" was going to be an understatement. Between the radio squawking in the background, the interruptions of other officers talking back and forth, his attention being distracted by passing traffic, and the mid-sentence "I have to call you back" (which happened at least five times during that first 30 minute conversation), I knew I was in store for something on a whole other level.
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OACP Update

First Responder Appreciation Week
September 21-27, 2016
Celebrate Oregon's First Responder Appreciation Week in myriad ways! Look for locally sponsored events like this Appreciation Night at the Victory Club in Salem, where a portion of the night's proceeds will go to the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation. If you're a football fan, check out discounted tickets for the OSU and UO home games on Sept. 24. And don't forget to swing by the small businesses hanging these flyers or something similar in their windows!

Joint OACP/OSSA Fall Leadership Training Conference
September 28-29, 2016
Members and leaders of both the OACP and OSSA will participate in this joint training conference, held in Salem at the Public Safety Academy. Stay in the loop throughout the event by downloading the conference app on your phone or by viewing a tentative schedule here.

Looking Ahead
Future OACP Conferences

*January 17-19, 2017: ELTS Winter Conference
Seaside, Oregon

*April 11-14, 2017: OACP Annual Conference
Bend, Oregon


In This Issue...

1.    Welcome

2.    Peer Profile

3.    Notes & News

4.    OACP Update

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