18 Year San Diego Police Veteran, Brian Marvel, Elected by Peers to Head California’s Largest Public Safety Organization

The Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), representing more than 70,000 public safety members and 930 associations, announced today that San Diego Police Officer III, Brian Marvel, is the organization’s new President.  In addition to his service in the U.S. Navy, the SDPD veteran, Marvel, is a respected cop who brings 18 years of public safety experience to the job.

Marvel replaces Mike Durant, the Santa Barbara Senior Deputy Sheriff who held the position for four years.  Durant will be retiring in early 2018.

“Mike was a daring leader and a dedicated peace officer,” said PORAC President Marvel.  “I look forward to the challenge and wish Mike the best in his retirement.”

President Marvel joined the San Diego Police Department in 1999.  He served 10 years in patrol operations at several divisions.  He currently works in the Wellness unit and is the Military Liaison officer for the department. Marvel is also a veteran and an adjunct professor at the San Diego Regional Police Academy.

In 2007, Brian was elected to the Board of Directors for the San Diego Police Officers Association and in 2009 he was elected to the first of five two-year terms as President, representing 1,850 plus members. In addition, Brian is the past Board President of California Against Slavery, which spearheaded the passage of Prop 35 (2012), the Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act; which was the most successful ballot initiative since California began the process in 1914.

President Marvel has spent the last two years as Chapter President of PORAC’s San Diego & Imperial County Chapters and he is the treasurer for the California Coalition of Law Enforcement Associations.

“PORAC is on the front line of public policy defense for officers who protect Californians and a staunch advocate for public safety,” said Marvel. “I know the job is demanding and I am prepared for the challenges that lie ahead for law enforcement.”

Marvel has dedicated his life to protecting the people of our nation and our Great State.  In his new capacity, he will be tasked with managing PORAC’s legislative package, working with stakeholders to ensure Californians are safe.  Marvel will be travelling throughout the state, meeting with public safety stakeholders to share his ideas and discuss how to improve the profession and best utilize limited resources.  

If you would like to discuss the importance of public safety with President Marvel, or if you have any questions regarding how you and your family can stay safe, feel free to contact him at the PORAC office: (916) 928-3777. 


The Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) was incorporated in 1953 as a professional federation of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.  Today, PORAC represents over 70,000 public safety members and over 930 associations, making it the largest law enforcement organization in California and the largest statewide association in the nation.


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