President's Message


Welcome to CLEARS Southern Chapter

Dear Colleagues,

I write this letter at the end of the most onerous year of our lives.  When I wrote last year’s letter, I had such hope for the beginning of a new decade that was sure to be full of promise. I could have never imagined the unbelievable upheaval a global pandemic would inflict on us both personally and professionally.   I naively believed that the most difficult issue we would all face was the state-wide transition from UCR to NIBRS.  But as we reflect on what has transpired, we mourn the tremendous losses experienced as a result of Covid-19 and are humbled by the tasks of rebuilding and reimagining our law enforcement environment. 

What 2020 has shown us all is how adaptable and resilient we all have been required to be at a moment’s notice.  We immediately transitioned to a new digital format for trainings, meetings, and for some of us, telecommuting.  I want to thank my executive board for pivoting to hosting all our events digitally.  I could not be prouder of their hard work and determination to provide our members with continued training and networking opportunities.     

The CLEARS Southern Chapter Board and I look forward to the upcoming year with optimism and steadfastness.  In 2021 our goal is to continue broadening our use of technology to build membership, provide up-to-date training, and to network effectively and frequently with our members.  The challenges we face will be numerous and profound, but we are committed to doing everything we can to help our members thrive.

In closing, it is my honor to serve as the CLEARS Southern Chapter President for 2021-2022, and I hope you will feel free to reach out to me and my executive board during this time with any of your thoughts and concerns. We understand that we could not be such a successful organization without the loyal support of our members, and for that we are immensely grateful.

Please stay safe and healthy.


Christy Witherspoon
Torrance Police Department
(310) 618-5531