Every member of the DPS Officer’s Association is entitled to and will receive a copy of the Association magazine, published three times a year. The magazine includes the most recent reports from the Board of Directors, Legislative reports, Letters to the Editor, DPSOA reports, feature articles, information on current and future DPSOA events, as well as important forms for event registrations and applications. The magazine also features the companies and commercial enterprises throughout Texas that support the DPSOA. The DPSOA magazine keeps the members informed and up to date on DPSOA news.
If you would like to submit an article for the DPSOA Magazine, please contact: Editor@dpsoa.com
Annually, the DPS Officers Association convenes a general conference for all regular and associate members of the Association. Held at various locations throughout the state the conference encompasses two full days of activities, principally to address Association related business however social events are also included. The annual conference provides the membership with current information and an opportunity to become directly involved in the conduct of the Association. It is at this time that’s matters requiring Association membership consideration are addressed. After the meetings, the members have a chance to visit with friends from all over the state and enjoy two evenings of entertainment. Members, if you have never participated in the Annual Conference please take advantage of the next opportunity — October 2013. Click here to learn more.
The members of DPS Officers Association are eligible for a one time entitlement payment from the Death Benefit Fund. The Fund will pay the entitlement to the beneficiary of the qualified member at the time of death. Current active duty and retired members that are in good standing with the Association are the only individuals that are eligible for this benefit. Additional information and eligibility requirements can be found at Death Benefit Fund Guidelines.
DPS Officers Association District Representatives will schedule quarterly meetings in their respective areas. These districts correspond to the divisions established by the DPS throughout the state. Currently there are 18 DPSOA districts with approximately 3500 members. The district meetings offer opportunities to address DPSOA related business, elect representatives and other ballot initiatives including but not limited to by-law revisions, legislative proposals, fund raising and social events. The meetings are also tools keep members informed and actively engaged in matters that directly effect them personally and professionally.
Emergency Relief Fund
The members of DPS Officers Association are not unlike the citizens of any Texas community and often experience the same hardships and trials common to everyone. It is at just such times that this unique DPSOA assistance program reaches out to support its members. Whether a natural disaster, a personal hardship, or medical emergency our members are eligible to receive relief funds. This program is available at the discretion of the Board of Directors, and provides immediate aid for the discretionary use of DPSOA members.
New Member Packets
As an introduction to the DPS Officers Association and an expression of appreciation all new members receive a membership gift packet. The packets vary from year to year, however, they generally consist of the Association’s by-laws, a lapel pin or another suitable item of jewelry, a pen and calendar, or other special gifts. DPSOA values its members and works hard to maintain their loyalty and trust.
Police Olympics and Tournaments
The DPS Officers Association provides financial support for participants in the Texas and National Police Olympics. The purpose of these athletic games is to promote benevolence, sportsmanship, and friendship among members of the Law Enforcement and Civilian communities through sports competition. DPSOA has sponsored many law enforcement athletes both member and non-member, in these competitive games, either as individuals or teams. It is our commitment to continue to support the Police Olympics and the healthy spirit of competition and friendship it engenders. In addition to the Police Olympics the DPSOA sponsors annual regional golf tournaments for members. These events provide opportunities for our members to compete, socialize, and develop lasting friendships with fellow officers. We make every effort to schedule the tournaments at different venues and different times throughout the year to accommodate all of our members.