The FPBA then became more or less a “union” with the introduction of the Peace Officer’s Bill of Rights; the state legislature now gave the POAs everywhere the right to represent their members when they were charged with job related offenses. Expansion of this type of representation quickly occurred.
In 1977, the association continued to grow in size and strength. One story from the time is when the association took the chief to task on the issue of not having shotguns in the units. During this time the only units to have shotguns were the sergeant’s cars. A general membership meeting was called with the chief over the issue. One of the members who voiced his opinion in that meeting was told by the chief, “You were selling shoes when I hired you and you can sell them again for all I care.” With that said, the association knew exactly where the chief stood. However, the association continued to question other various issues.
In 1979, the association fought for and won a 30% single year increase. The members not only walked the picket line in front of city hall but they also rallied the business community. The association from then on was no longer “just a social, partying bunch.”
In 1983, with Rex Stricklin at the helm, the FPBA changed the name to the current, Fullerton Police Officers' Association. Some of the accomplishments for this administration were negotiating the original 12 Master Patrol Officers to a total of 41 new additions and renaming all 53 as “Senior Officers”. The association purchased one of the original three Police Canines (Barney).
The FPOA first started its Political Action Committee (PAC) in 1994. For many years the PAC was passive in its political activities. When election years rolled around, the PAC would interview candidates and give one or two of them an endorsement but little else. As the association entered the 21st century, it was felt that the association and its members should become more involved in the community to insure that it continues to be for the people living and working in Fullerton. The PAC and its members are committing more resources towards this effort each year. The goal is that in the future elections the best candidates get elected to keep Fullerton safe. In 2000, the FPOA-PAC endorsed two candidates for city council. A lengthy interview process was completed to determine who the best persons were for the positions available. The PAC came out and supported two candidates and took on a stronger role, by walking precincts, hanging signs and sending out mailers to the citizens of Fullerton. On November 7 2000, the two candidates finished 1—2 out of 8 candidates running for the three available seats. This was a great victory for the FPOA-PAC and the citizens.