LASPA’s mission is to keep our members well-informed. That is why you’ll find these FAQs about LASPA helpful. If you have a question that is not covered below, please contact our office at (323) 981-2850 or submit your questions through our Contact Us page, and we will provide a prompt response.
What is LASPA’S purpose?
LASPA was founded in 1999 to provide employees of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, an employee association that holds and represents its members’ best interests. LASPA provides its members with a variety of services.
Who founded LASPA & Why?
LASPA was born out of conflict between the founders, a group of deputies who wanted to choose their own representation and the leaders of their previous union, the Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff’s (ALADS). The conflict was due to several reasons: The Founders believed that ALADS should publish its financial statements, contracts with employees and attorneys, expense account records and allow all members of ALADS to be eligible to run for governing positions; all the basis of a democratic organization.
How has LASPA grown since its organization?
We currently have a new and enthusiastic Board of Directors that want to make a difference, while keeping our members’ best interest in mind. Our mission is to provide the finest services available to law enforcement with our experienced panel of attorneys fighting for you. Our success speaks for itself; we have sustained our membership at well over a thousand members and it continues to grow. We definitely welcome LASD personnel who are in search of a better employee association.
Why has there been so much controversy surrounding LASPA?
From the beginning, there has been a great deal of opposition from other employee associations, surrounding the existence of LASPA. However, we believe that it’s in our best interest to not entertain the angry rhetoric of other associations and stick to what we do best; representing our members ethically and responsibly. Our members are clearly pleased with the results, which is evident by the significant increase in our membership (which includes many previous members from other employee associations).
How are LASPA dues spent?
All dues paid to LASPA are used to improve and expand benefits. In fact, on demand, members are able to obtain a financial breakdown illustrating how their dues money is spent.
How does LASPA compete with other unions?
We are different from the other employee associations in several ways; first and foremost, we firmly believe that an association should be managed to serve the best interest of its members. We know what members need and expect from their association, and we provide our members with experience and expertise, dedicated and efficient office staff, outstanding customer service, a stellar group of attorneys with a 24/7 roll out team and payroll reimbursement; all for far less then what other employee associations charge. We are not here to overtake any other association; but rather, to provide the department with a democratic choice in representation.