Arizona Police Association
Welcome to the Arizona Police Association
The Arizona Police Association (APA) is “an association of associations.” The APA is not “an employment organization, nor is it a “Fraternal Organization.” These points are important as they help to define what the purpose of the APA is and what it is not. To be more precise, the APA is what is commonly referred to as a “Trade” or “Professional” organization.
The Arizona Police Association is an association of associations, not an association of individual members. Membership will be offered to any bona-fide independent or certified union, association, guild, society, or similar organization that represents or has predominately as its members certified, full-time, sworn Arizona law enforcement or correctional officers, or federal equivalent operating within the State of Arizona, provided such organization is not a local, state, or national fraternal police lodge or its subsidiary or related subgroup. An individual person who is not a member in a current APA member association can not become an active member of the Association.
Any person or group of persons who are not sworn Arizona law enforcement officers, but who support the purposes and goals of the Association may apply for honorary membership in the association
The Board of Directors of the Arizona Police Association shall review and may approve applications for membership in the Association.
Persons or organizations requesting membership should contact the executive director of the Arizona Police Association directly for specific requirements.
The Arizona Police Association (APA) is “an association of associations.” The APA is not “an employment organization, nor is it a “Fraternal Organization.” These points are important as they help to define what the purpose of the APA is and what it is not. To be more precise, the APA is what is commonly referred to as a “Trade” or “Professional” organization. As such, the APA represents a group of like-minded individual and autonomous law enforcement employee groups. These individual employee groups, who may or may not be officially sanctioned to do so, have the primary responsibility of representing their individual members on issues relating to wages, discipline, working conditions, benefits, employee rights and other similar issues that are commonly involved in the employee /employer relationship.
Through the combined effort and strengths of our member organizations, the APA is able to provide, at a very low cost, one large, amplified, law enforcement “voice” within our community. The main function of this “voice” is to effectively communicate with and lobby the state legislature, our federal representatives, and when needed, local city and town councils, board of supervisors and individual employers. This communication and lobbying is focused upon the issues affecting the working law enforcement officer, whether these issues concern retirement benefits, adequate pay, adequate equipment, due process rights, effective law enforcement legislation, or the ability of law enforcement officers to be treated fairly. Additionally, when circumstances warrant it, the APA will utilize its “voice” to publicly address issues that are of concern to our individual member groups or the organization as a whole. Publicly addressing these issues can come in the form of joint press conferences, press releases, public appearances and public education through our Website at www.azpolice.org.
Finally, the APA recognizes that the employer of the individual officer member is responsible for providing each officer with adequate scope-of-employment legal protection and representation. In those instances, when the employer refuses to provide adequate legal scope-of-employment representation, the APA is committed to maintaining an optional low-cost legal safety net. This scope-of-employment safety net, combined with the equally low-cost, broad-spectrum legal services provided by the law firm of Michael Napier P.C., one of the most experienced police labor law attorneys in the state of Arizona, will insure that none of our members will ever find themselves defenseless when they need assistance the most. We are an organization of local law enforcement officers helping local law enforcement officers.
1. State Legislative Bill Lobbying
a. Bill research
b. Bill preparation
c. Selection of a bill sponsor
d. Introduction of the bill
e. Lobbying bill with members of the House and Senate
f. Testifying on merits of the bill in the House and Senate
g. Tracking and guiding the bill through legislative process
h. Opposing bills hostile to law enforcement (includes services of a, e, f and g)
2. Assistance in Local Lobbying Efforts
a. Assistance in lobbying local city and town councils and county board of supervisors on local issues
b. Issue research
c. Issue documentation and make presentations
d. Lobbying local Council/Boards/Committees
e. Testifying before local Councils/Boards/Committees
3. Political Activity
a. Meeting with elected and yet to be elected candidates to discuss issues
b. Assisting in signature collections
c. Erecting political campaign signs
d. Manning polling places
e. Walking neighborhoods
f. Organizing photo shoots
g. Public appearances
4. Political Endorsements
a. Candidate research for statewide and local elections
b. APA recommendation for endorsement
c. Official APA endorsement
d. Preparation of Press releases, APA web page announcements and other articles
e. Recommendation for Political Action Committee donations
5. Providing a Unifying Voice for APA Member Groups
a. Liaison with the press
b. Producing press releases on significant events
c. Holding press conferences when necessary
d. Maintaining APA Website focused on keeping APA members and the community as a whole informed about APA issues
e. Exposing improper acts/tactics/policies through website and articles to be placed in member association’s newsletters
6. Contacting and Lobbying Law Enforcement Employers At the direction of the Board of Directors:
a. Informally assist in the resolution of work related disputes
b. Assist in developing a positive labor / management relationship
c. Obtain information through public records requests to assist member groups
7. Legal Defense Fund of PORAC
a. Full scope of employment legal representation by an experienced criminal attorney from the outset of an investigation through trial
b. Experienced civil attorney to monitor and assist you in a scope of employment civil issue when your employer provides primary representation
c. If there is a conflict, inadequate representation, or if your employer refuses to defend you in a scope of employment civil legal issue, you will be provided independent counsel
d. In cases of legal conflicts between members, each member will receive separate counsel
APA Executive Board
Executive Director - Joe Clure
President – Justin Harris - Glendale Police Officer’s Association
Vice President – Chris Pittman – Deputies Law Enforcement Association
Treasurer- Bill Crotteau – Buckeye Police Association
Secretary – Ken Crane – Phoenix Law Enforcement Association
APA Lobbyist G. Michael Williams - Williams & Associates
The President of Williams & Associates, Mike Williams,
began his career as a senior staff and legislative assistant to
United States Senator John McCain. He handled issues ranging
from aviation affairs to public land trades. He also served as
Senator McCain’s liaison to all elected officials in the State of Arizona.
This experience provided Mr. Williams with a large political base that
he has effectively used to assist clients as well as candidates running
for statewide or district office. In particular, Mr. Williams has served
in a number of election campaigns including those for the Governor,
Senate President, Senate Majority Leader, Speaker of the House and
House Majority Leader.
In 1991, Mr. Williams was recruited by the Arizona Attorney General
to form and direct an intergovernmental and legislative liaison division
for the Attorney General’s office. He served as the director of this
division for two years acting as the liaison to more than 2,000 trade
associations, Arizona businesses and the Arizona State Legislature.
In 1993, Mr. Williams accepted a position with the Phoenix and Milwaukee law firm of Quarles & Brady. While there, he served clients as a government and legislative relations advisor. He represented and assisted clients including Ryder Truck Rental, MCO properties, the Plumbing Industry and Education Trust, Maryatt Industries, Honeywell, Miller Brewing and the Motion Picture Association. Mr. Williams served Quarles & Brady until forming the firm of Williams & Associates.
Mr. Williams attended Arizona State University where he received his B.S. in political science with a minor in economics. He has lived in Arizona for more than 20 years.