Frequently Asked Question
You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers.
We’ve noticed a pattern, so we thought we’d make it easy for our members by posting the answers to our most frequently asked questions. If you still can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please feel free to contact us at:
Becoming a LASPA Member
For your convenience, we have several options: you can join online by clicking the sign-up form, over the phone at (888) 958-9998, and walk-ins are always welcomed.
LASPA members would receive full and complete legal coverage for Grievances, Administrative, Civil and Criminal events as long as the incident falls under the course and scope of their job. In addition, at no extra cost our members receive 30 days of payroll reimbursement. *Please refer to our payroll reimbursement guidelines for further details. We also offer 24-hour legal assistance.
LASPA truly cares about their members; this is why we offer an array of services that are beneficial to all of our members. LASPA members have the choice to utilize any of our panel attorneys for legal representation; unlike other unions, we offer payroll reimbursement for suspensions without pay. We also offer our members at an additional cost optional benefits that include, but are not limited to: POPA Credit Union; Life, Disability, Cancer insurance policies, etc.
- If you want an effective alternative to your current union
- If you are tired of being overlooked or ignored by your union
- If you are skeptical of how your union is spending your membership dues
- If you are tired of being represented by a unit rep and want to be represented from an experience and board certified attorney
Subject of Investigation
If you are notified by the department that you are the subject of an investigation, immediately contact our office. In many cases we have members who feel intimated with the situation and are unaware an attorney can be present for the interview. As a subject of an investigation, the member has the right to have legal representation. With the presence of an attorney, they will protect your legal rights. For your best interest, we strongly advise that you should not agree to be interviewed without the presence of an attorney.
All reimbursements are mailed out by the end of each month after Board of Directors review your paperwork to make sure the incident falls under the member’s course and scope of their job. If the incident is not covered, you will receive a letter stating the reasons.
If the Sheriff’s Department is suspending me without pay, how can I qualify for LASPA’s payroll reimbursement?
As soon as you receive your final settlement letter from the Sheriff’s Department stating that they are going to suspend you without pay, please contact our office immediately at (888) 958-9998.
You will need to submit your settlement letter along with a 15th paycheck stub to our office via fax, mail, or walk-ins are always welcomed. *Please refer to our payroll reimbursements guidelines for further details.
Things happen. Unintended consequences occur. That is why LASPA offers payroll reimbursement during suspensions without pay. Reimbursement applies for time periods of up to 30 days per year. With payroll reimbursement our members can continue to pay their bills and provide for their families while situations are resolved.
During normal business hours, please contact our office at (888) 958-9998 and our friendly staff members will direct you with an attorney. If you are involved in a shooting after-hours, please call (888) 958-9998 and our 24/7 professional answering service will direct you to our on-call attorney.
If I was involved in an off-duty incident, and need legal representation, can I utilize a LASPA attorney?
One significant benefit that all LASPA members receive through our union is legal representation. With work related incidents all LASPA members can utilize our panel of attorneys for representation free of charge. If you are involved in an off-duty incident (e.i. DUI, car accident, fight, etc.), LASPA has attorneys that specialize in different areas of law (e.i. criminal defense, personal injury, etc.) that our member can hire at a discounted rate. Attorney fees are very costly and can add up, so why hire an outside attorney when you can utilize one of LASPA’s panel attorneys.
Yes! It is imperative that you advise your unit of assignment for any off-duty incidents. Failure to not inform your unit can have negative results.
The LASPA Board of Directors reviews all donations request once per month. Once the donation is approved our friendly staff will notify you directly. All donations are mailed out at the end of each month.
A month prior to the event, please submit your request to our office. You have three convenient options to submit your request: you can fax, mail, or walk-in. Please submit a letter stating the purpose for the donation.