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.
President Geoff Spalding
Department Affiliation: Beaverton
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
The wife of a recently retired police chief, Diane emphasized the vital
role community involvement played in her ability to support her family and
"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
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.
Preparing families for the hazards of police work
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.
books for police wives
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.
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.
National law enforcement support group looking for Oregon
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,
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.
First Responder Appreciation
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!
OACP/OSSA Fall Leadership Training Conference
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.
*January 17-19, 2017: ELTS
*April 11-14, 2017: OACP Annual
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