Membership in SRA is open to all permanent, full-time employees of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Once you have become a member, you may remain a member throughout your career and even into your retirement. Benefits are available as long as you are a member in good standing.
The Constitution and By-Laws authorize the Association to charge members dues. Currently the dues are $15 a month for active members and $9 a month for retirees.
Mortuary Benefit Limitations Top
Mortuary benefits effective January 1, 2016, are as follows, and apply to anyone joining SRA on or after that date.
|Joining under 42 years of age:||Member
|Joining between 42 and 44 years of age:||Member
|Joining between 45 and 49 years of age:||Member
|Joining at 50 years of age or over:||Member
The General Manager will handle all reinstatement’s and rehires on an individual basis.
Mortuary Benefits Top
Benefit is promptly paid to adult beneficiary, or directly to the mortuary. Comparable coverage by a private underwriter would entail a high premium, whereas this is another benefit of membership and is carried into retirement. Counsel and guidance is available from our staff to a distressed or bereaved family if desired. Learn more here.
Retired Member Benefits Top
Retirement may seem remote, but forethought should be given to this subject. It is our earnest wish that one and all will attain a regular retirement, but unfortunately, retirement occasionally arrives sooner than expected through service or nonservice connected disability.
Regardless of how you retire, except for deferred retirement, continued membership is available in the Sheriffs’ Relief Association. Retirement dues are payable by pension check deduction. Current benefits are the same as regular members except that disability and supplemental benefits are not available.
Upon a member’s retirement they are presented with a keepsake box, suitably inscribed, as a gift from us. Spousal benefits (loans, emergency assistance, etc.) have been made available on an individual basis, even after the death of the primary member.
The Sheriffs’ Relief Association remains your link with the Department you served. Our counsel and expertise is always available to retired members and their families.
Sheriffs’ Loan Corporation Benefits Top
New members may negotiate a loan of $1,000 during the initial year of employment with the Department. In the second and any succeeding year, the maximum loan amount may be available.
The intent is to make small sums readily available for the needs of members. Interest rates on these loans will be attractive. Members must have a minimum of $400 available to qualify for a loan.
All loans are payroll deductible.
Sheriffs’ Relief Foundation Top
To more effectively manage the Sheriffs’ Relief Association’s charitable activities on behalf of its members, the Sheriffs’ Relief Foundation was established in 1982.
The Foundation was formed as a charity in order to solicit and accept tax-deductible donations to its funds. These donations will be used to perpetuate the funds and to make suitable charitable donations as determined by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
Foundation Emergency Relief Grants
Rendered only in the case of dire emergency, wherein investigation by the Board of Trustees has determined true justification coupled with an inability to pay.
These matters are, of course, kept confidential, but it is common knowledge that such aid has greatly alleviated the burden of many members in time of extreme need.
Spousal and Dependent Children Benefits Top
Spouses of members are eligible to become Honorary Associate members without additional dues. Spouses and minor children are also covered by a mortuary benefit which will be paid to the member.
Star News Top
Star News is the Association’s monthly publication. It is mailed to all active and retired members.
Supplementary Disability Benefits Top
Supplementary disability benefits may be available when a member receives less than 100 percent of County salary due to disability not related to the job. This benefit will be paid to a maximum of $10,000. Benefit claims must be submitted on a prescribed form and are paid after verification. Claimant must be a member in good standing for one year to qualify.
Medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, crutches, canes, etc. are available at no cost.
A unique benefit during time of illness or bereavement is the assistance rendered to the concerned member and/or the member’s family by the managers of the Association and members of the Board.
Sheriffs’ Relief Association has two Emporium stores featuring LASD-themed gear and equipment. Click here for locations, hours and to view some of the products that we offer.
Members have access to a wide variety of discounted tickets, including amusement parks, movie theaters and more. Click here to see a full list.