Within seconds, sensitive information about individual DPS employees and the agency were released by scrupulous hackers. I think all of us have reflected on the incident and were reminded how important it is for law enforcement officials to protect their identities. The agency has been able to answer some questions about the recent hackings and provide training courses. The Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) encourages all members to change their passwords and be cautious of what you transmit over emails and the internet. DO NOT email passwords to yourself or other people. When creating new passwords, think gibberish! Your password should be at least six characters and not a dictionary word or common name. Experts recommend that you change your password on occasion and never enter your password in a third-party service or software that looks suspicious. I also want to reiterate to our members that AHPA goes through great lengths to protect your information we have on file. AHPA shares in your efforts to ensure you and your family’s safety. Lastly, the association continues to work with members of our legislature and the Governor’s office to see these hackers brought to justice. We will continue to be in front of this issue.
As an AHPA member, you also get a significant discount for Lifelock’s services. The Lifelock “Identity Alert Team” will contact you if they receive any indication that your personal information has been compromised. If your identity does become compromised, the LifeLock Identity Resolution Team will be there to work with you until you’re satisfied that your information is once again secure. If you want to learn more, AHPA encourages you to go to our website (www.ahpa.com) and click on the Lifelock link on the discount page.
Speaking of member benefits, I am happy to learn more people are taking advantage of their NO COST (yes, FREE!) member life insurance and accidental death coverage. Our jobs continue to be dangerous and unpredictable and it is important to the association that you and your family are well covered. Pacific Financial Design tailors insurance coverage to accommodate each member’s needs. For those of you that have not contacted Pacific Financial Design, I encourage you to contact your personal representative, Bob Jagus. He can be reached by email (Robert@thepdfgroup.com) or phoned directly (480-320-9754). More information can be found on our website under “Member Benefits”.
Another benefit that members should consider taking advantage of is a FREE will. It is estimated that 58% of Americans lack a basic will. Your attorney, Dale Norris, has been assisting with wills that accommodate the needs of someone in law enforcement. Norris, a former Phoenix Police officer, will work with you to write a will that works for your family. Death is not an attractive subject; however, AHPA recognizes this service is important for our members and their families. You can contact Dale directly by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call him directly at 602-307-5627.
The Arizona Highway Patrol Association continues to reevaluate and expand our member benefits. I encourage all members to take advantage of services that come with being a part of the association. If it is a crisis situation, like a computer hacking, to everyday discounts, AHPA is there for you. We want what is in the best interest of our membership. Our goals are to promote the positive role of law enforcement professionals, and to protect and secure rights and benefits for our members. The association is here to serve you.
President, Arizona Highway Patrol Association