YUCCA VALLEY - Crime Victims United of California (CVUC), the California State Police Chiefs Association (CPCA), and numerous prominent law enforcement leaders, including a 43-year veteran of law enforcement, announced their endorsements of Colonel Paul Cook (ret.) for Congress in the newly drawn 8th District.
CVUC stated the following in a letter to constituents: “[Cook] worked closely with us and other public safety groups to close a loophole in state law that allowed convicted sex offenders to move into local neighborhoods without registering with the police.
“He also took action to speed child abduction response times, establish a Missing Children Rapid Response Team, and make it easier for police to identify suspects when a child is abducted.
“Paul Cook is a man of great integrity who has earned the support of public safety leaders in San Bernardino County and throughout California. In Congress, he will be an effective, problem-solving leader for you …”
CVUC is the state’s leading victims’ advocacy organization, utilizing education, legislative involvement, and political action to give victims a voice.
The California Police Chiefs Association joined CVUC in endorsing Colonel Cook in his Congressional race. Established in 1966, CPCA is an organization that represents municipal law enforcement agencies in California.
Keith Buschey, a 43-year veteran of law enforcement who has served as a Deputy Chief in the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and a Colonel in the US Marine Corps Reserve, added his endorsement for Cook stating, “Paul and I served together as lieutenants in the Vietnam War. He was a leader then, and he is a leader today. In choosing a Congressman, the citizens of his district could not possibly do any better.”
As a state lawmaker, Cook has authored several successful bills protecting victims from dangerous criminals, such as child predators. Cook’s AB 307 prevents registered sex offenders from working any job that provides goods or services to minors in an unaccompanied setting. He also passed a series of bills to reform procedures and methods for cases of missing children. These bills were implemented in every law enforcement agency across California, providing coordination for investigation efforts and ensuring information on a missing child reaches the correct authorities in the shortest time possible.
Additionally, Cook earned endorsements from the following law enforcement officials and organizations: San Bernardino County Sheriff Rod Hoops, San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos, retired San Bernardino County Sheriff Gary Penrod, retired Mono County Sheriff Dan Paranick, retired Mono County District Attorney George Booth, Inyo County Sheriff Bill Lutze, Mono County Sheriff Rick Scholl, the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association, the San Bernardino Police Officers Association, the Latino Peace Officers Association, and the California Association of Highway Patrolmen.
Penrod serves as Cook’s Congressional campaign co-chair. Cook has also earned the endorsement of Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff and Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach.
Cook stated, “Communities can prosper only when they are safe. We need to give families the best chance to thrive, educate their children, and live a high quality of life. We can do that through partnerships with law enforcement. I’m proud to stand with law enforcement in our fight against crime. Families want safe communities, and I’ll work every day in Congress to provide families the safety they deserve.”