Heroes Behind the BadgePosted on May 31, 2013
Heroes Behind the Badge
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Heroes Behind the Badge is a moving documentary about the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers serving across America. Attend a film screening near you; DVD and Blu-ray versions are available for purchase.
Exciting news: The Heroes Behind the Badge team is currently filming a follow up film to be released this fall. For a peek behind the scenes of filming for the next documentary, check out some Heroes Behind the Badge Facebook albums from Police Week 2013.
Preliminary Fatality Statistics for 2013Posted on May 31, 2013
Preliminary 2013 Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities
May 31, 2013 vs. May 31, 2012
2012 % Change
Total Fatalities 46 38 +21%
Firearms-related 16 16 0%
Traffic-related 16 14 +14%
Other Causes 14 8 +75%
Please note: These numbers reflect total officer fatalities comparing May 31, 2013 to May 31, 2012.
2013 Fatalities by State
New York 2
South Carolina 1
West Virginia 1
Federal Agencies: 5
U.S. Territories: 2
Note: All data are preliminary and are subject to change.
California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation Schedule of Events 2013Posted on March 27, 2013
SURVIVORS’ RECEPTION 2:00 – 3:30 P.M.
HYATT REGENCY – Capitol View 15th Floor
This time is provided for honored families, past-year survivors, and co-workers to interact with each other as well as members from Concerns of Police Survivors. A great opportunity to extend encouragement and support to one another.
CEREMONY REHEARSAL FOR PARTICIPATING OFFICERS 2:00 – 5:00 P.M.
MEMORIAL MONUMENT – 10th Street & Capitol Mall
Mandatory participation required for all officers representing honored officers/agencies.
BUFFET DINNER 6:00 – 7:30 P.M.
HYATT REGENCY – Ballroom
Honored families, past survivors, and participating officers are invited to a buffet dinner sponsored by the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation.
CANDLIGHT VIGIL 8:30 – 9:30 P.M.
MEMORIAL MONUMENT – 10th Street & Capitol Mall
With welcoming comments from the CPOMF President, remarks from departmental and past survivor representatives, a Roll Call of Heroes, as well as music and prayer.
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BUFFET BREAKFAST 7:30 – 8:30 A.M.
HYATT REGENCY – Ballroom
A buffet breakfast is provided for honored families, past survivors, and participating officers. Sponsored by the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation.
LAW ENFORCEMENT CARAVAN 7:30 A.M.
CHP ACADEMY – West Sacramento
Staging for the Memorial Caravan begins at 0730 hours at the CHP Academy, 3500 Reed Avenue West Sacramento, departing the Academy at 0900 hours sharp. The procession travels through West Sacramento, concluding on 10th Street, at the Memorial Monument.
HONORED FAMILIES PRIVATE CEREMONY 9:30 – 10:30 A.M.
STATE CAPITOL – Senate Hearing Room 4203
Private ceremony with state representatives for honored families, their agency escort officers, and department heads.
ENROLLMENT CEREMONY 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
MEMORIAL MONUMENT– 10th Street & Capitol Mall
Formal ceremony begins with the ‘Walk of Honor’ from the State Capitol to the Memorial Monument. Presentations by state representatives, CPOMF’s president, and a departmental keynote speaker. Ceremony concludes with a 21-gun salute, taps, and retiring of the colors.
LUNCHEON 12:00 – 3:00 P.M.
Immediately following the outdoor ceremony, lunch is provided for honored families, all attending officers, and past survivors directly across from the memorial monument on the Capitol lawn.
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Annual San Diego County Motor Officers Association Memorial BreakfastPosted on March 27, 2013
San Diego County Motor Officers Association Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast
Wednesday May1, 2013 7:30 am
MCAS Miramar Officers Club
All Law Enforcement Officers Invited (Federal, Military, State, County, City)
Breakfast Buffet Includes:
Assorted Fruit Juices, Sliced Fresh Fruit
Assorted Muffins, Croissants and Danish, Butter and Preserves
Scrambled Eggs, Crisp Bacon, Sausage Links
Sautéed Red Potatoes
Coffee, Tea, Decaffeinated Coffee and Milk
Cost $10.00 per person - if paid in advance ($20.00 at the door)
SDCMOA Members $5.00 if paid in advance
Tables of 10 and individual seating will only be reserved if paid in advance
YOU MUST R.S.V.P. BY APRIL 26, 2013
Makes checks payable to SDCMOA
PO Box 232273
San Diego, CA 92123-2273
***CONTACT BOB VANWULVEN FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION @ 619-990-5804 OR FAX 619-766-4614 OR BOB4614@SBCGLOBAL.NET
Department of Corrections Officer Killed in Traffic CollisionPosted on March 27, 2013
A crash that killed a state Department of Corrections closed state Route 79 on Monday. A crash that killed a state Department of Corrections closed state Route 79 on Monday.
WARNER SPRINGS — An on-duty officer with the state corrections department and his canine partner were killed Monday morning in a rollover crash on state Route 79 near Warner Springs.
Sgt. Gil Cortez, 46, worked in the investigative services unit at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco and was a 23-year veteran of the state prisons force, said Luis Patiño of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The crash was reported at 7:20 a.m. about a half-mile south of San Felipe Road, the California Highway Patrol said. A portion of the highway was closed for more than seven hours while the crash was investigated. It reopened about 2:55 p.m.
photo Sgt. Gil Cortez and his dog Mattie.
Cortez was the lead car in a line of five corrections vehicles carrying dogs that were headed to La Cima Conservation Camp in Julian to conduct drug searches, Patiño said. The facility is a training fire camp for inmates.
For unknown reasons, Cortez lost control of his Crown Victoria and veered to the left, where the car hit dirt and rocks before flipping several times and landing upright on its wheels in the middle of the road, CHP Officer Brian Pennings said.
The officers who were following ran to the car and extricated him.
He was taken to a fire station to be airlifted to a hospital, but he died before he could be transported, Pennings said.
Cortez’s dog, Mattie, died at the scene, Patiño said.
Pennings said the car was traveling near the posted 55 mph speed limit on a straight stretch of the highway when the crash occurred.
Cortez, who lived in Eastvale in northwestern Riverside County, is survived by his parents, his wife and two children.
He became a state corrections officer in 1990, working first at the California Institution for Men in Chino. The next year, he transferred to the Calipatria State Prison and was assigned to the investigative services unit, where he was promoted to sergeant. He went to work at the Norco prison in 2001.
Mattie was a Belgian Malinois that had been donated by someone in the San Diego area, Patiño said.
“All of us at CDCR mourn the tragic death of Officer Gilbert Cortez,” Jeff Beard, secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said in a statement. “He was a valued member of our department, and his untimely passing in the line of duty is a huge loss to all who worked with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gil’s family, friends and colleagues. We are also deeply saddened by the death of Gil’s K-9 partner, Mattie.”
Staff writer Susan Shroder contributed to this report.