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Press Release: Honoring Deputy Sheriff Edward M. Schrader through the Silent Partner Program
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Riverside County
Written Date: July 11, 2019 Time: 08:00 AM
Incident Date: July 11, 1974 Time: N/A
Incident Location: Riverside County
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Albert Martinez
File Number(s): N/A


Today, we remember and honor the passing of Deputy Sheriff Edward M. Schrader, the 29th Peace Officer killed in the line of duty in Riverside County, on July 11, 1974. 

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at the Ben Clark Training Center is responsible for the county’s Basic Peace Officer Training Academy.  The Basic Academy is a six-month, high discipline/high stress-oriented program designed to meet the minimum requirements of a peace officer as established by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). During the start of our most recent Basic Academy, Class 208 on July 2, 2019, a new program has been adopted known as the Silent Partner Program.  The Program modeled after a like program created by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, seeks to remember and never forget Riverside County law enforcement officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice. 

At the introduction of the Basic Academy, recruits are provided a card of one of the 66 law enforcement officers from various agencies killed in the line of duty within Riverside County.  Each recruit is responsible to learn and be accountable for the information related to the line of duty death of their respective “Silent Partner” which is noted on the specific program card provided.  Their memory and the circumstances surrounding their death can provide a Basic Academy recruits with some measure of guidance in their new career and an increased connection with the proud traditions of law enforcement and public service.   The goal of the program is to create a meaningful, historical link between future law enforcement officers and those officers who died in the line of duty.  By preserving the memory of their Silent Partner, a Basic Academy recruit will be able to establish a lasting connection with the past that will help provide them with a deeper understanding of what it means to be a public servant and law enforcement officer. 

The program has already written a telling story because of its’ implementation.  During the fourth day of Basic Academy Class 208, the Silent Partner cards were handed out randomly to the recruits during “Leadership, Professionalism & Ethics” classroom instruction. One of the recruits, a Deputy Sheriff Trainee arbitrarily received the Silent Partner card of his great uncle, Deputy Sheriff Edward M. Schrader. This turn of event was a shocking moment for not only the Deputy Sheriff Trainee but the academy staff, as well.  This validation of the program shows how the memory of one of Riverside County’s finest will never be forgotten almost 45 years to the week, and what better way to be remembered than by his nephew.


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