HDSA President’s Message


This year, the HDSA will celebrate its 42nd year supporting the San Diego County Sheriff and law enforcement in general.  As a member, you can be proud of the great works that we have accomplished to date and the excellent organization we have built to continue that work.


This past year we raised over $626,150.00 in support of the Sheriff through fundraisers, donated equipment and materials, and membership dues.  As an organization, we should be proud that our overhead is kept very low so that most of the funds and other resources donated to HDSA end up directly benefiting the Sheriff.  We do this by controlling our cash expenses, using volunteer time and carefully managing contracts to deliver the equipment and facilities needed.  


As we look forward to another exciting year of contributions, it is worth taking note of our significant accomplishments in 2015.  Led by Abeer Hage, we had the most successful fundraiser in our history.  We made major renovations and repairs to the Tactical Training Facility including most of the buildings and ranges.  The Museum completed a huge renovation of the building and most of the exhibits on the 2nd floor.  In total, we accomplished every major goal we had set for the year, and several that were not planned!


We have an excellent leadership team in place, most of which have been serving in their positions for several years.  This continuity in leadership is one of our strengths, and we will continue to leverage this going forward.  Thanks to this strong team, their committee members and the excellent leadership of our past President Mike Lapadula and Treasurer Steve Higgins, we are in excellent financial shape. 


2016 will be another important year for the HDSA.  Our focus will remain on three key areas:  About 50% of our effort will be on equipment purchases in support of the Sheriff’s priorities and the remainder will be split equally between the Tactical Training Facility and the Sheriff’s Museum.  We are planning major improvements in all these areas, and I look forward to updating you as we make progress.


So, with all this good news and congratulations, what is the key message that I want to leave you with?  If you are already planning to participate in one or more of the initiatives for 2016, keep up the good work!  If you want to participate with your time, money or other donations – please do!  I welcome your support and encourage you to contact me (just call the HDSA office at 858-974-2296 and I will get right back to you).  Beyond this, we have many ways for you to enjoy the benefits of membership in the HDSA.  Watch the website and newsletter for interesting things to do and learn about.  Please come and say hi to me at one of our luncheons where you can also meet other fellow HDSA members and members of the Sheriff’s Staff in person and hear firsthand about our progress.  We have excellent speakers and a few surprises in store to make it well worth your while. 


     Until then, I wish you and your family an excellent start to 2016 and look forward to working with you as we create the most successful year yet!



Rick Elkus

2016 President, HDSA