The PORAC Legal Defense Fund is run by cops, for cops. The Board of Trustees is comprised of five active and working full-time public safety officers. The Board governs the operation of the Fund, and acts as the hearing panel for any member benefit appeals.
The current elected Board of Trustees is:
San Mateo County Deputy Sheriff's Association
2421 Broadway Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
Fresno Police Officer's Association
994 North Van Ness Avenue
Fresno, CA 93728
Trustee Todd Fraizer was a Patrol Officer and Field Training Officer for the City of San Diego from 1985-1989. From there, he transferred to the Fresno PD where he has filled many roles, including: Patrol, FTO, Investigations-Night Detective unit, District Detective, Robbery/Felony Assault unit and Homicide unit, Coordinator Crime Stopper program and Coordinator Citizen on Patrol Volunteer program. He has been with the Fresno PD since 1989. Todd has also served on the Fresno POA Board since 2012 and is currently the President of the Fresno POA.
As a detective for over 15 years, Todd primarily investigated violent crimes, including homicide and Officer Involved Shootings. Several years ago, this experience coupled with his work as a Director and LDP Trustee, he worked with FPD and the FPOA to establish a policy where officers involved in an OIS or other critical incident were provided the opportunity to wait two days before providing their investigative statement. Todd was also involved in establishing a new policy where officers involved in a major traffic collision would also wait two days prior to providing an investigative statement, to allow the potential for undiagnosed head injuries, to include concussions to be taken into consideration.
Simi Valley Police Officer’s Association
PO Box 616
Simi Valley, CA 93062
Chris Coulter has been a Police Officer for 22 years. He was hired by the City of San Bernardino in 1991 and lateraled to the Simi Valley Police Department in 1994. He has held assignments in Patrol, Vice, Gang Suppression, Problem Oriented Policing, and is currently assigned as a Motor Officer and Accident Investigator. Chris has been a board member of the Simi Valley Police Officers’ Association for seven years where he has served as a uniformed representative, Secretary, and was just re-elected to his fourth consecutive term as President. During this tenure, he has presided over two local civic election campaigns, contract negotiations, and several issues involving the use of LDF and members of the SVPOA. He is also an active representative to the Tri-Counties Chapter of PORAC’s Region Three.
Chairman Chula Vista Police Officer’s Association
PO Box 848
Chula Vista, CA 91912
Chairman Fred Rowbotham is a full-time police officer with the Chula Vista Police Department, currently assigned to the Patrol Division as a Sergeant. During his 21 years of service, he has received numerous awards from the community and the Department for meritorious service, most notably the Burn Institute’s “Spirit of Courage Award” for rescuing a family from a house fire. Sergeant Rowbotham is a California POST-Certified instructor. In addition to his duties at PORAC and the Chula Vista Police Department, Sergeant Rowbotham is President Emeritus of the Chula Vista Police Officers’ Association (CVPOA), where he served as President for 12 years. He remains active on the CVPOA Board of Directors. The CVPOA is the recognized bargaining agent for all ranks within the City of Chula Vista Police Department, up through the rank of Captain, and proudly boasts 100 % membership.
Chairman Rowbotham was elected to the PORAC Legal Defense Fund Board of Trustees in 2010. In 2013, he was elected Chairman of the Board, the position he currently holds. Chairman Rowbotham has maintained continuous membership in PORAC and PORAC LDF for the entirety of his professional law enforcement career, dating back to 1997. Prior to entering law enforcement, Chairman Rowbotham was a proud member of the UFCW Local 135, AFL-CIO.
Chairman Rowbotham is focused on providing our members the highest level of outstanding legal representation available anywhere. He is committed to making PORAC LDF available to as many public safety officers across the country as possible. If you, or someone you know is a public safety official in any capacity and do not already have this important benefit, please contact the PORAC Legal Defense Fund to learn all of the benefits the Fund has to offer.
Oakland Police Officer's Association
555 5th Street
Oakland, CA 94607
Barry has been with the Oakland Police Department since he graduated the Oakland
Police Academy in 2000. Following graduation, he served in the Patrol Division, Traffic
Division, and Criminal Investigation Division. In 2006 he was promoted to Sergeant.
Barry has been a board member of the Oakland Police Officers’ Association (OPOA)
since 2005. In January 2012, he became President of the OPOA, prior to that he was
the OPOA Vice President for three years and OPOA Secretary for one year. He has
served on his association’s bargaining team since 2006 and has represented Oakland
Police Officers in disciplinary proceedings for over a decade. Barry is also a Director-
At-Large on the PORAC Board of Directors.