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ABOUT The Honorary Deputy Sheriff's Assocation

HDSA President’s Message

I am honored to be taking on the position of President of HDSA for the year 2015. I realize the responsibilities of the office, and would like to thank our immediate past President, Allan Rappaport; the HDSA Board of Directors; all committee chairs and committee members; the HDSA staff; Sheriff Gore and his department staff, as well as every HDSA member, for laying the groundwork to more outstanding accomplishments in 2015.

Significant accomplishments in 2014 include:

Outstanding golf and BBQ fundraising events, myriad luncheons with noted speakers, donation of a helicopter simulator to the ASTREA group by HDSA board member Dario DeLuca, update of HDSA By-Laws, significant improvements in the layout and operation of the Sheriff’s museum, overdue improvements in HDSA office administrative operations and a revamp of the HDSA budget system.

Our mission in 2015 is to further institutionalize these accomplishments while we continue to follow the road map so successfully initiated in 2014. Our goals include: a well managed budget, continued improvements to and successful operation by HDSA staff and docents at Old Town Bill Kolendar Sheriff’s Museum, continued aggressive improvements to the financial and construction needs of the Tactical Training Facility including Duffy Town and the ARange (which provides significant training opportunities for sheriff’s staff, other county law enforcement organizations as well as HDSA members) and most importantly, providing vital equipment to assist Sheriff’s Department deputies to safely and successfully accomplish their daily duties. This equipment typically includes special protective clothing for SAR personnel, support to ASTREA flight resources, safety equipment, and specialized training and educational opportunities. We look forward to inducting new quality members and providing continued support of HDSA fundraisers and programs.

In 2015 HDSA will continue to memorialize the accomplishments of the Sheriffs’ Department by providing a living history at our prestigious HDSA owned and operated museum. The Museum will continue to provide an important means of public relations and educational outreach in San Diego County for the Sheriff’s Department with the four goals of Educate, Interact, Remember and Inspire! Funded renovations, which should increase the museum’s visibility in Old Town as well as entice local, national, and international visitors, will commence this year.

Other key goals for 2015 HDSA will include continuing to conduct the “Hand Gun Safety” classes, competitive “Fun Shoots,” sponsor luncheons with inspiring speakers, conduct membership tours of select Sheriff’s Department facilities and others and have focused fundraising events to meet our

HDSA goals.

In 2014 Heather Araiza joined our HDSA team as Office Administrator. She has already streamlined and automated our office operations. Thank you Heather! A well deserved thank you and appreciation also goes to our HDSA treasurer, Steve Higgins, for his extensive rework of our financial systems leaving us more efficient and transparent for 2015 and beyond.

In 2014 Allan Rappoport both recognized and acted

upon the fact that HDSA had evolved in membership, programs, and the number of dollars managed into a rather growing and complex operation. However, as we grew, we continued to employ the same time -consuming and less precise tools and systems that had been used for years. Allan and the Board’s recognition of the need for updates, and the resulting adaptations, will benefit HDSA greatly as we transition into 2015 and beyond.

The 2015 Board Members and Committee Chairs are listed in our Roster included on our web site. We are very thankful for HDSA members committing to head up our various committees for 2015 .

We are also very fortunate to have a dedicated team of trained docents, volunteers and staff at the Museum.

We welcome five new members to the Board: Buzz Burnett, Bud Silva, Judge Roger McKee, Leo Hamel and Chris Espineli and thank outgoing Board members: Marilee Howe, Dr Jamal Habib, Dario DeLuca and Allan Rappoport for their support and leadership during their three year terms.

We extend a very sincere thank you to Sheriff Bill Gore as he begins his new term in office, Undersheriff Ed Pendergast, Senior Policy Advisor Greg Thompson and Commander Don Fowler who are all deeply invested in supporting HDSA. Without their dedicated support, our efforts could not be successful. We sincerely wish Commander Don Fowler a successful retirement in March 2015 and look forward to his continued involvement with HDSA as Vice Chair of the Museum Committee.

The 2015 team members are prepared to contribute hard work, creative problem solving, shared wisdom and donated resources as representatives of our membership; however, it is because of YOU, each individual member, that HDSA is a successful and valuable asset to the Sheriff’s Department.

We sincerely thank YOU! Please keep foremost in your mind that we all are here for just one purpose; to support the Sheriff’s Department in its efforts to make San Diego a model county where its citizens know they are respected, safe, and secure.

Looking Forward to a Great 2015

Michael Lapadula, 2015 HDSA President

Thank you for visiting our Website. Consider joining our wonderful organization.  You may also consider visiting the Sheriff's Museum website (WWW.SHERIFFSMUSEUM.ORG) for a view of what the Museum has to offer.

A-Range Improvements

A-Range Improvement Projects


The Honorary Deputy Sheriffs Association's Board of Directors is pleased to announce a grant of $75,000.00 to the Sheriff's Department A-Range and Duffy's Town facilities. This grant is in addition to a grant for $11,000, added to a previous grant of $45,000, to complete the electrical project at the Facilities. Jeff Basford, the HDSA A Range Co-Chair (working with Co-Chair Mike McCutcheon) describes the status of the A-Range and Duffy's town improvements and planned projects below. Thank you to Jeff, Mike, and their group of Contractors for their generous contributions of time, materials and funds, which serves to multiply the effect of these dollars many times over!

Sincerely, Marilee Howe, President, HDSA

2013 has been a very active year for HDSA and the Sheriffs Weapons Training Unit at A-Range. So far this year, major steps have been made towards the completion of the long-anticipated electrical upgrade, sponsored in large part and managed by the HDSA. This upgrade will supply sufficient power for A-Range operations, as well as for all of East Miramar base. HDSA recently completed a total re-build of the Rappel Tower on the Obstacle Course, which greatly expands the training capabilities for SED and SWAT deputies. The HDSA, in partnership with the US Marine Corps, completed a total re-surfacing of the K-9 Training area, including adding over 700 yards of amended top soil, a new sprinkler system, and hydro-seeding over an acre of ground. There are still plans to add parking canopies for K-9 vehicles to protect the dogs from overheating while in the vehicle, and once completed this major upgrade to K-9 will greatly expand the safety, capacity and training capabilities of the Sheriff's K-9 units. Another on-going project, also being done in partnership with the US Marine Corps, is the total rebuild of the hotel and baithouse structure in Duffystown. This structure, after 40 years of continuous heavy use by over 500,000 Law Enforcement personnel, has been torn down to the bare bones, and is being rebuilt with new lumber, new electrical and lighting, new doors and windows, a new roof - courtesy of the Roofing Supply Group, and new exterior siding and trim. These improvements will ensure the safety and functionality of the structures in Duffystown for another 40 years. The HDSA also purchased a new Conex box, which provides secure storage of valuable range equipment when not in use. Thus far the HDSA has completed over $100,000 worth of improvements to A-Range, at a cost of only approx $30,000, thanks to the generous donations of HDSA members, support from the US Marine Corps, as well as local business such as Neal Electric, SDG&E, Roofing Supply Group, Evergreen Nursery. And its not even June yet!!!

Jeff Basford, A-Range Chair