The La Mesa Police Officers Association was incorporated in 1954. The association was originally founded due to poor relations with the city administrators, low pay, poor benefits, and a lack of training for the officers. Prior to the formation of the La Mesa Police Officers Association, the officers had no way to negotiate better pay and benefits. The officers were also “at will” employees and could lose their job at any moment. With the formation of the La Mesa Police Officers Association, officers started receiving better pay and benefits. With the support of all the police officers associations around the state, legislation was passed that made the job of a police officer a better one. That strong bond between all of the police officers associations has continued since then and has made the job even better.
The La Mesa Police Officers Association has two awards in memory of former La Mesa Police Department officers that are given out to the community: the Ken Joseph award and the Christine Rath award. The LMPOA has the Don Fach scholarship which is presented to a child of a LMPOA member.
The Ken Joseph Award
The Ken Joseph award is presented to the Grossmont College Administration of Justice student who best exemplified high academic achievement, a long-term interest in the Criminal Justice field, and a record of citizenship that is keeping with the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.
The Christine Rath Award
The Christine Rath award is presented to the El Capitan High School Agricultural student who best exemplifies high academic achievement on the their scholastic record, their FFA/4-H Project Enterprise, their leadership abilities, and display of citizenship that is in keeping with the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.
The Don Fach Scholarship
We also have the Chief Don Fach scholarship for higher education, which is presented to the child of an LMPOA member who best exemplifies the characteristics of leadership and dedication to service above self.