Peace Officer Memorials
The Riverside County Sheriff's Department sponsors or participates in memorial ceremonies commemorating fallen peace officers throughout the year.
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 Officers' Memorial ceremony is open to the public and will be held:
May 18, 2015
Safe in His Arms Memorial
4102 Orange Street
Memorial Run - 5:45 PM
Memorial Ceremony - 6:15 PM
The memorial run is a moderate jog, for all ages, approximately 2 miles long. Early arrival is encouraged. All participants are asked to meet in front of the "Safe in His Arms" statue.
The ceremony will begin immediately following the run, and will include a multi-agency helicopter fly-over and a candlelight vigil.
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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.
Check back for this year's Blue Light Ceremony schedule.
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.