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History of the
Northern California
Peace Officers Association

The Northern California Peace Officers Association (NCPOA) was founded in 1934 by leaders of the law-enforcement community throughout the Sacramento area.

It was formally organized in 1952 with the election of Sacramento Chief of Police Jim Hicks as the first NCPOA President.

In 1978 The NCPOA was incorporated as a tax-exempt non-profit association.

In 2011 the NCPOA Scholarship Fund was recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt public charity.

Since its original inception, the NCPOA has grown to over 400 members representing both active and retired public safety personnel from federal, state, county, and local public safety agencies.

The primary mission of the NCPOA is to provide scholarships to juniors and seniors enrolled in the Criminal Justice program at California State University Sacramento.

The NCPOA has awarded well over $250,000.00 in scholarships to over 200 deserving students. Many of these recipients have gone on to have distinguished careers in public safety, parole, probation and corrections.

The NCPOA is also dedicated to improving communications within the criminal justice system and enhance recruitment of well qualified candidates into the law enforcement profession. As well as the advancement of the art and science of police administration, to secure cooperation and coordination of all law enforcement matters, and to achieve the adherence of all peace officers to the highest professional standards of conduct. 

 Donations to the NCPOA Scholarship Fund are greatly appreciated. The NCPOA Scholarship Fund is a registered 501 (c)( 3) public charity and donations to the Fund are fully tax deductible. Tax ID # 27-4822850

NCPOA Bylaws

2021 - 2022 NCPOA Newsletters

Catch up on all our monthly newsletters in one place

September 2021 News

Because of government-mandated COVID related restrictions, NCPOA was unable to hold the election of new officers until now. However, members of the 2019-2020 Board of Directors have continued working on your behalf throughout this entire quarantine period. The long-delayed election will be held at the September meeting.

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October 2021 News

We had a great turnout for the meeting in Grass Valley. It was good to see many of our friends. Our Host Nevada County Sheriff Shannon Moon and some of her staff cooked up their traditional BBQ Tri-tip and served a delicious meal to our attendees. Sheriff Moon provided the history of her family in law enforcement and how the department handled the evacuation of residents during wildfires in Nevada County. 

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November 2021 News

We had another great meeting at SPOA Headquarters, Host Chief Hahn was unable to attend, but he was well represented by Deputy Chief Kathy Lester who provided a well-informed talk of the department’s challenges for the last two years. The department also provided a demonstration of some of their drones and how they are used in policing tactics. Additionally, outside was their SWAT Vehicle with two Sac PD officers. 

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December 2021 Newsletter

Our November meeting was hosted by POST Assistant Director Maria Sandoval and West Sacramento Chief of Police Rob Strange. This was our first meeting hosted by POST and was held at their West Sacramento Headquarters.  Assistant Director Maria Sandoval spoke to the membership about training standards and the coordination of training documents. Rob Strange gave a presentation on West Sac policing and brought three members from the force who demonstrated the use of Drone’s at the department. 

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January 2022 Newsletter

Our final meeting of 2021 was hosted by Elk Grove’s Chief of Police Timothy Albright and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones. Sheriff Jones was unable to attend, but Chief Deputy James Barnes represent him and the department. Chief Albright brought his Assistant Chief of Police Bobby Davis who is a retired Chief Deputy from The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. Each Department brought a beautiful gift basket that was auctioned off to benefit the Scholarship Fund.

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Meet Our Board of Directors & Executive Team Members

The NCPOA holds annual elections for it's Board of Director positions. The elected officers comprise of sworn law enforcement professional who have held leadership positions within their respective agencies. 

Larry Bowler 


Lieutenant, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department (Ret.) & California State Assembly 10th District

Tom Guichard 

Vice President

Sacramento County Sheriff's Dept. (Ret) & California State Bar Investigator

Open Position


Pending Appointment

Gina DiNapoli

Recording Secretary

Lt. Sacramento Police & Chief of Police San Jose State Univ. (Ret.)

Val Kobza

Executive Director

Chief Deputy, Sacramento Sheriff's Department (Ret.)

Nancy Wolfe


Chief Deputy / Assistant  State Fire Marshal, CalFire  (Ret.)

Hal Barker

Past President / BOD

El Dorado County Sheriff (Ret.) & Chief of Police City of Folsom (Ret.)

Judy Denton

Past President / BOD

Deputy Coroner, Sacramento County  (Ret.)

Chris Champlin

Past President / BOD / Webmaster

Marin County Sheriff & City of Clearlake Police 

Rod Harmon

Scholarship Manager

Santa Rosa Junior College Police Department

Marcia Whitaker

NCPOA Merchandise & Raffle Coordinator 

Union City Police & Mountain View Fire 

Dottie Greene


Associate Member