For Immediate Release
December 18, 2017
Deputy Sheriffs Commend Villaraigosa’s Commitment to Public Safety as Mayor of Los Angeles
FRESNO, CA – Today, the Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association announced their endorsement of Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor, citing his successful record as Mayor of Los Angeles dramatically reducing violent crime.
“The Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association strongly supports Antonio Villaraigosa because he has proven time and again he will support the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect Californians,” said Eric Schmidt, President, Fresno Deputy Sheriffs Association.
“I’m honored to have the backing of the brave men and women of the Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association,” said Antonio Villaraigosa. “Safe communities are the very foundation of economic opportunity and economic equality. By fighting crime with constitutional community policing – we are fighting poverty as well.”
As Mayor of Los Angeles, Villaraigosa made public safety one of his highest priorities. He increased the Police Department to more than 10,000 sworn officers and violent crime was nearly reduced by 50 percent during his tenure as mayor. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck credited Villaraigosa’s public safety strategy, which included expansion of the police force, anti-gang programs for at-risk youth and efforts to reform schools in low-income neighborhoods, leading to the dramatic drop in crime.
The Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association was organized in 1973 to give members of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office the opportunity for fair representation based on the Peace Officer Bill of Rights. The FDSA was also organized to give a group of Deputy Sheriffs the opportunity to collectively bargain with the County of Fresno for wages, benefits and working conditions.
The FDSA represents over 650 active employees. Although Deputy Sheriffs make up the majority of the membership, dispatchers, community service officers, identification technicians, criminalists and deputy coroners are all represented by the FDSA.