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Honorary Bylaws

HONORARY MEMBERS OF THE
LONG BEACH POLICE OFFICERS
ASSOCIATION

BYLAWS


ARTICLE I
NAME

Section 1.   The name of this organization shall be Honorary Members of the Long Beach Police Officers Association.


ARTICLE II
PURPOSE

Section 1.   The purposes of this organization shall be:

  1. To actively support law enforcement officers generally and the Long Beach Police Officers specifically.
  2. To assist in maintaining and perpetuating the Long Beach Police Officers Memorial Widows Emergency and Scholarship Fund
  3. To annually award to a Long Beach Police Officer the Award for Police Excellence, as set forth in ARTICLE XIII of these BY LAWS.
  4. To not more than annually award to a Long Beach Police Officer the Richard A. Rose Career Achievement Award, as set forth in ARTICLE XIV of these BY LAWS.

ARTICLE III
ORGANIZATION AND GOVERNMENT

Section 1.   This organization exists under the Bylaws of the Long Beach Police Officers Association.
Section 2.   This organization shall be governed by the Executive Committee of the Honorary Membership of the LBPOA, hereinafter referred to as “Executive Committee.”
Section 3.   All acts of the Executive Committee are subject to ratification or approval of the Board of Directors of the LBPOA, hereinafter referred to as “Board of Directors.”
Section 4.   The government of this organization, its direction, and the control of its property shall be vested in the Executive Committee.
Section 5.   The Executive Committee shall consist of not more than fifteen (15) Executive Committee members, including officers, not counting members emeriti. 


ARTICLE IV
MEMBERSHIP

Section 1.   Any person of good moral character who is supportive of law enforcement officers generally and the Long Beach Police Department specifically shall be a candidate for membership.
 
Section 2.   Candidates for membership will be required to:

  1. Be sponsored by a current active, retired or Honorary member in good standing.]
  2. Submit an application.
  3. Consent to a background investigation for the purpose of establishing the requirements of Section 1 above.
Section 3.   Membership shall consist of the following:

  1. Members Emeriti.
  2. Honorary Life Membership.
  3. Honorary Regular Membership.
  4. Such other memberships as may be designated by the Executive Board.
Section 4.   Application for membership must be approved by a majority vote of the Executive Committee members present, with a Quorum voting at a regularly scheduled monthly meeting, and approval of the Board of Directors of the LBPOA.

Section 5.   Membership may be terminated through death, expulsion, voluntary withdrawal, non-payment of dues or conduct unbecoming a member as determined by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Committee members present, with a Quorum voting at a regularly scheduled monthly meeting, and concurrence of the Board of Directors of the LBPOA. The LBPOA President and/or the LBPOA Board of Directors also have the authority to terminate members. 

Section 6.   Emeritus Executive Committee member status shall be installed from time to time by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Executive Committee, with a Quorum voting at a regularly scheduled monthly meeting, and approval of the Board of Directors of the LBPOA. The Board of Directors of the LBPOA also have the authority to bestow emeritus membership.

  1. Members Emeriti of the Executive Committee are authorized but not required to attend all regularly scheduled and specially called meetings, events and activities of the Executive Committee.  
  2. Members Emeriti of the Executive Committee may present motions and participate in discussions at the regularly scheduled and specially called meetings of the Executive Committee; however, Members Emeriti are non-voting members of the Executive Committee.
  3. Members Emeriti of the Executive Committee may accept task assignments made from time to time by the Chairman of the Executive Committee.
  4. All current and past members of the Executive Committee are eligible to submit a letter requesting installation as a Member Emeritus of the Executive Committee.  Installation as a Member Emeritus of the Executive Committee shall be based upon the length and quality of the applicant’s service as a member of the Executive Committee and the contributions he/she made furthering and accomplishing the goals of the LBPOA and its Honoraries.
  5. Withdrawing and past members of the Executive Committee may be nominated for installation as a Member Emeritus of the Executive Committee by any member of the Executive Committee or Board of Director of the LBPOA. Said nomination must be submitted in writing to the Executive Committee and shall set forth the details of the nominee’s service on the Executive Committee upon which the nomination for installation is based.
  6. Members Emeriti of the Executive Committee shall be installed for the remainder of their lives and may be removed only for good cause consisting either of repeatedly interfering with the orderly or efficient conduct of the Executive Committee meetings or for conduct contrary to the standards of the Honoraries or the LBPOA.
  7. Members Emeriti of the Executive Committee are exempted from payment of Honorary   Membership dues.


ARTICLE V
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section 1.   The Executive Committee shall consist of the following:  Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Information Officer and such other Committee members as may be appointed by the Chairman.

Section 2.   The purpose of the Executive Committee shall be to conduct the business of this organization toward the accomplishment of its stated purposes. 

Section 3.   Any member in good standing shall be eligible for appointment to the Executive Committee.

Section 4.   Five (5) Executive Committee Members shall constitute a quorum.

Section 5.   The Chairman, upon approval by the Honorary Executive Committee, may declare vacant the seat of any member who has had four (4) unexcused absences from Executive Committee meetings during any calendar year.

Section 6.   No motion or proposal shall be approved, except upon a majority vote of the members of the Executive Committee present at the meeting at which said matter is presented, or via participation in an email poll.

Section 7.   Appointment to the Executive Committee shall be by the following process:  The Chairman of the Honorary Executive Committee shall be appointed by the LBPOA President, with confirmation of the LBPOA Board of Directors, and shall serve at the pleasure of the LBPOA President.  The appointment and notification of the Honorary Chairman shall be made on or before the 31st of December each calendar year.  After appointment of the Honorary Chairman, additional vacancies on the Honorary Committee shall be filled by the Honorary Chairman, with approval of the Executive Committee, and by confirmation and approval of the LBPOA Board of Directors.

Section 8.   The offices of Secretary and Treasurer shall be filled through appointment by the Chairman.

Section 9.   The term of office of each Executive Committee Member shall expire on December 31st each year. However, there shall be no limit to the number of terms an Executive Committee member may serve.

Section 10.   The Executive Committee shall maintain a separate wall-mounted plaque appropriately designed and engraved (a). With the names of the Chairmen of the Executive Committee and the years of their chairmanships; (b). With the names of the Honorary Life Members and the year of their installation; (c). With the names of the Members Emeriti and the year of their selection.


ARTICLE VI
OFFICERS

Section 1.   The Chairman shall be the chief executive officer and shall preside at all meetings of the Executive Committee, and shall be an ex officio member of all committees.

Section 2.   Vice-Chairman:  In case of the death or absence of the chairman, or his inability from any cause to act, the Vice-Chairman shall perform the duties of the Chairman.

Section 3.   The Secretary shall record the minutes and notify the members of Committee meetings.

Section 4.   The Treasurer shall report to the Executive Committee all income and expenditures.

Section 5.   The Secretary shall ensure maintenance of Executive Committee meeting minutes as approved by the Executive Committee.

Section 6.   The Public Information Officer shall be charged with maintaining liaison with the local press and news media, originating news releases and effecting publicity and recognition of honorary events, accomplishments and activities.


ARTICLE VII
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Section 1.   Executive Committee Meetings shall be held once a month at a time and place designated by the Chairman of the Executive Committee and shall be open to all members in good standing.

Section 2.   Special Executive Committee meetings may be called by the Chairman, or at the request of three (3) or more Committee members.

Section 3.   All meetings shall be run in a business like, professional manner.

Section 4.   The presiding officer shall not vote on any question before the house at any meeting, except when his vote is necessary to overcome a deadlock or tie vote of the committee.


ARTICLE VIII
COMMITTEES

Section 1.   The Chairman shall appoint such committees as may be deemed necessary.

Section 2.   The Executive Committee shall define the responsibilities of all other committees.

Section 3.   Committee meetings may be called at any time by the Chairman.


ARTICLE IX
DUES

Section 1.   Annual dues shall be due and payable on or before January 1st of each year in such amounts as is approved by the Executive Committee and approved by the LBPOA Board of Directors. Dues may be prorated for new members.

Section 2.   Dues paid by the honorary members shall be disbursed between the LBPOA and the LBPOA HONORARIES in such amounts or percentages as is approved by the LBPOA Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. That portion assigned to the LBPOA HONORARIES shall be deposited into the Honorary Members’ General Fund and used to carry on the business and objectives of the Honorary Members.


ARTICLE X
RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS

Section 1.   All receipts shall be deposited into the General Fund.

Section 2.   All disbursements shall be made by check signed by two designated members of the LBPOA Board of Directors.

Section 3.   No expenditures shall be authorized except against funds on deposit.


ARTICLE XI
FISCAL YEAR

Section 1.   The fiscal year for this organization shall be from January 1 to December 31.


ARTICLE XII
LIAISON OFFICER

Section 1.   Coordination and communication between the Long Beach Police Officers Association and the Executive Committee shall be through the Long Beach Police Officers Association’s Liaison Officer, hereinafter referred to as “Liaison Officer.”


ARTICLE XIII
LONG BEACH POLICE OFFICERS

ASSOCIATION’S HONORARY MEMBERS

AWARD FOR POLICE EXCELLENCE

Section 1.   The award shall be made annually by the LBPOA Honoraries to an active Long Beach Police Officer who is a member of the LBPOA and who provided outstanding service to the community during the previous calendar year by: demonstrating professional excellence, outstanding application of police science, procedures, skill, and acumen in a particular police matter or throughout the year.

Section 2.   The award shall be known as the Long Beach Police Officers Association’s Honorary Members’ Award for Police Excellence, followed by the date and the year in which it is awarded.

Section 3.   Nominations for recipients of this award shall be solicited each year from the LBPOA President and the LB Chief of Police. The request for said nominations shall be made no later than November 1st of each year and returnable to the Executive Committee on or before the first week of January of each year.

Section 4.   The Executive Committee, with assistance from the liaison officer or the LBPOA President, shall annually select the recipient of the Police Excellence Award from among the nominees. 

Section 5.   Each recipient of the LBPOA Honorary Members’ Award for Police Excellence shall be awarded One Thousand dollars ($1,000) or such other dollar amount as is approved by the Executive Committee.

Section 6.   The Executive Committee shall maintain a trophy to be known as Long Beach Police Officers Association Honorary Members’ Trophy for Police Excellence upon which the name of each recipient shall be engraved along with the year of the award.

Section 7.   In addition, each recipient of the award shall receive an individual plaque appropriately engraved with the name and year of the award.


ARTICLE XIV
RICHARD A. ROSE 

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Section 1.    The award shall be given by the Honorary Committee of the Long Beach Police Officers Association to an active Long Beach Police Officer, who is a member of the LBPOA, with a minimum of 20 years of service with the Long Beach Police Department.

Section 2.   The LBPOA Honorary Executive Committee shall set forth the procedures for the selection of the recipient of the Richard A. Rose Career Achievement Award.

Section 3.   The award shall be bestowed upon an officer who has demonstrated outstanding application of police science, procedures, skills and acumen throughout his/her career.

Section 4.   Qualified officers, along with their biographical histories, shall be requested from the Chief of Police no later than July 1st of each year, returnable to the Executive Committee not later than October 31st of each year.

Section 5.   The award should be a replica of the American Eagle and shall be known as the Richard A. Rose Career Achievement Award.  It should be displayed in a prominent location of the POA office with the names of the recipients and the year of recognition engraved on a nameplate and attached to the display.  

Section 6.   Each recipient of the Richard A. Rose Career Achievement Award should be presented with a replica of the American Eagle, if available, or such as approved by the Executive Committee, and a wall plaque with the recipient’s name and year it was presented at an Honorary event in his/her honor, along with a monetary award of one thousand dollars ($1,000) or such other dollar amount as is approved by the Executive Committee.

Section 7.   Prior nominees who remain active officers of the Long Beach Police Department, and members of the LBPOA, and not attained a rank higher than lieutenant, shall remain eligible and may be considered for this award.


ARTICLE XV
AMENDMENTS

Section 1.   These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Executive Committee, with a quorum voting, and approval of the Board of Directors of the LBPOA.

Section 2.   Any member of the Executive Committee may sponsor a proposed Bylaw change provided said proposed bylaw change is submitted to the Executive Committee, in writing, at a regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

 

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