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Peace Officer Memorials

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department sponsors or participates in memorial ceremonies commemorating fallen peace officers throughout the year.

Blue Light Ceremony

The Blue Light Ceremony began in 1988 in Philadelphia when Dolly Craig wrote a letter to Concerns of Police Survivors stating that she would be honoring her late son-in-law, Philadelphia Police Officer Danny Gleason, during the holiday season by placing a blue light in her window. This blue light tradition has spread to other law enforcement agencies over the years.

This year's ceremonies will be held:

Monday, December 1, 2014 at 6:00 PM
La Quinta City Hall
78-495 Calle Tampico
La Quinta, CA 92253

Monday December 15, 2014 at 6:00 PM
County Administrative Center
4080 Lemon Street
Riverside, CA 92501


Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony

In 1962 President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation into law:

To pay tribute to the law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and to voice our appreciation for all those who currently serve on the front lines of the battle against crime, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved October 1, 1962 (75 Stat.676), has authorized and requested the President to designate May 15 of each year as "Peace Officers Memorial Day," and the week in which it falls as "Police Week" and by Public Law 103-322 (36 U.S.C. 175) has requested that the flag be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers' Memorial Day.

This year's Peace Officer's Memorial ceremony will be held:

May 19, 2014
Riverside County Sheriff's Department
4095 Lemon Street
Riverside, CA 92501
1st Floor Conference Room

Survivor Reception - 5:15 PM
Memorial Run - 5:45 PM
Ceremony - 6:15 PM

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Fallen officers to be added to the memorial this year:

Support Organizations

Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (C.O.P.S.) provides resources to assist in rebuilding the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

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