Welcome to the California Law Enforcement Columbia Association

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Betty Lou’s Seafood, 318 Columbus Street, SF at 1300 hours (Lunch at 1330 hours)

Consul General of Italy Lorenzo Ortona (center) addresses the group at the 2016 Columbia Association Christmas Dinner. CLECA Executive VP Steve Landi and Chaplain Joseph Landi (L) and President Leo Pierini (R).




This year’s Festa Coloniale Italiana, held by the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club, will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 in front of the SFIAC Building at 1630 Stockton Street in San Francisco. For more information go to http://www.sfiac.org.



The California Law Enforcement Columbia Association is proud to announce the 2017 recipient of the Italian-American Public Safety Scholarship, Daniel Chavez-Luviano. Daniel is entering his senior year at San Francisco State University with a Criminal Justice Studies Major and a minor in Ethnic Studies. He also is very involved in the issue of human trafficking and the global impact of these issues. Daniel is active in on campus student organizations and is a strong contributor to the classroom environment in his Criminal Justice classes.

The CLECA Italian-American Public Safety Scholarship is awarded to an individual based on his GPA, involvement in the community and interest in law enforcement or public safety as a career. The scholarship was established in June 2016 when California Law Enforcement Columbia Association President Leo Pierini signed the final agreement papers to establish the Scholarship with the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) of San Francisco State University.


In other breaking news from the Executive Board of Directors, a discussion was initiated to create a sub-association of CLECA which would encompass all Public Safety and First Responders of Italian-American heritage. At the conclusion of 2016, the Board voted to create a First Responder Membership Category beginning in 2017.





Membership in the California Law Enforcement Columbia Association (CLECA) is a way of showing your Italian-American pride. Membership also offers you a tremendous networking opportunity while enjoying a close fellowship bond with law enforcement professionals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Our social and planned events offer members a chance to enjoy themselves while serving a variety of great causes. For the low dues amount of $50 annually for voting members and $20 annually for other member categories you can begin expanding your cultural horizons. The California Law Enforcement Columbia Association is affiliated and sanctioned by the National Council of Columbia Associations in Civil Service, which dates back to 1975, and is the first Columbia Association on the West Coast.

The California Columbia Association consists of six entry level membership categories, which include: Italian Law Enforcement Sworn Members, Italian Law Enforcement Non-sworn Members, Public Safety Members, Associate Members, Affiliated Members and Student Members. Please visit our “MEMBERSHIP” Section for more details on these categories. You can also download a Membership Application and submit it by mail or email. If you have any questions, you can contact the Association at columbiaca@yahoo.com.

The California Law Enforcement Columbia Association is registered as a Non-profit Association with the California Secretary of State’s Office, the State Tax Board and the IRS.




Carabinieri & Columbia Association officers

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Columbus Day Parade 2013 001


Parade 5 2012


The NYPD Columbia Association Standard Honored in San Francisco 2001

Columbus Day Parade 2001 in San Francisco. SFPD Officers carrying the NYPD Standard in honor of New York Officers after Columbus Day events in New York were suspended following the tragic attacks of that year. For more details and photos on the story and history behind the above photograph, click on the HISTORY Tab for the entire history of the California Columbia Association.