Posted on April 16, 2014

The San Diego County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony will be held at the new sight of the Memorial Monument located at the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway in San Diego.  The monument has been moved to it’s new location, just north of where it previously sat.  As the construction of the Embarcadero Park nears completion, the sight should make for a very fitting location for the “Wall of Light.”  The public along with all law enforcement personnel are encouraged to attend the ceremony It will begin at 12;00 noon on May 7, 2014 and honor all 85 San Diego County law enforcement officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty.  Fortunately, so far this year we have not had to add any names to the Monument.
There will be a Candlelight Vigil held at the same location on May 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm.  There will be remarks by various law enforcement administrators as well as past survivors.  The program will also feature music and a video presentation.  The candlelight vigil is being sponsored by The San Diego County Motor Officers Association
For additional information about the events during Police Week, please link on the following web page

LA Police officer injured in Shootout

Posted on March 25, 2014

Suspect Dead, LAPD Officer Wounded After Hollywood Hills Shooting, Standoff
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HOLLYWOOD ( — A suspect was killed and a Los Angeles Police Department officer was wounded in a shooting and standoff Monday morning in the Hollywood Hills.

Officers responded to a domestic battery call just after 8 a.m. at a four-level apartment home in the 8100 block of Gould Avenue.

“Upon arrival, officers made contact with the individual. The individual produced a [semiautomatic handgun] and an officer-involved shooting did occur,” Sgt. Frank Preciado said.

The suspect then barricaded himself inside the residence.

KCAL9’s Kristine Lazar reported that two witnesses were able to escape the home.

A few hours later, the SWAT team found the gunman inside.

“They did find a male suspect slumped over. He has expired from a gunshot wound, it appears. It’s unknown if it was self-inflicted or that was gunfire from the officer,” Preciado said.

The female training officer was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with some kind of wound to her face. Her partner did not leave her side.

“When the shots were discharged, it’s unknown if it was shrap metal or the actual projectile from the firearm or wood from the surrounding wall [that hit her],” Preciado said.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck took to Twitter after speaking with the officer, a 14-year veteran of the force.

“She’s here in the hospital in good spirits. She’s awake and alert,” LAPD Hollywood Division Capt. Cory Palka said. “She’s a solid officer. She’s very well-liked by her peers. Very well-liked by the community.”

A civilian was also taken to a local hospital.

Both sides of Laurel Canyon Boulevard near Mount Olympus were closed for an investigation.

Many residents were stranded.

“This is crazy,” Stephen Schonfield said. “We have 24-hour patrol 24/7, so that kind of keeps things quiet.”

Smuggler get 55 years in agent’s killing

Posted on December 21, 2013

Reported in the Union Tribune by Dana Littlefield.  SAN DIEGO — He may not have been the one to fire the nine shots that killed Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas Jr., but Jose Ramirez Dorantes was just as culpable in the plot to ambush and rob the federal officer of his night vision goggles in the Campo desert, a federal judge said.

With AK-47 in hand, Ramirez acted as a lookout on the Mexican side of the border while the violence unfolded nearby.

U.S. District Judge M. James Lorenz said Thursday he had “no doubt” that if Ramirez had been given the order to fire, he would have.

With that, the judge sentenced Ramirez to 55 years in prison, accepting a plea deal that the judge hoped would give the 30-year-old agent’s family some closure. The prison term is virtually a life sentence, given Ramirez’s age. He’s 45.

Ramirez, a career human smuggler, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob an officer and aiding and abetting a violent crime while carrying a firearm.

He is the third out of five defendants to be sentenced in connection with the July 23, 2009, fatal shooting.

Rosas’ widow, Rosalie Rosas of El Centro, spoke in a courtroom packed with family members and Border Patrol agents dressed in olive-colored uniforms, asking the judge for a sentence that honors the legacy of her husband and all agents.

She scolded Ramirez for acting “so cowardly” and leaving her two young children without a father.

“We do forgive you,” she concluded.

The agent’s sister, Arlene, called the crime “malicious, evil, a prime example of cowardice.”

“The hole in my heart will remain the rest of my life,” she said, holding up a framed photo collage of Rosas and the family he left behind.

Ramirez apologized briefly to the family and the U.S. government.

“I am aware I am guilty. I accept whatever sentence you give me,” he said in Spanish.

The plan for the ambush was formulated after two of the defendants were robbed one day while they slept. Taken were a pair of night vision goggles, the prized possession of the gang’s leader, Jose Chacon Morales.

Chacon gathered his crew and also recruited Ramirez to track down the stolen goggles, said defense attorney Ricardo Gonzalez. A few homicides might have resulted from that hunt, he said.

When they didn’t find the goggles, they turned to their backup plan of robbing a Border Patrol agent.
photo Marcos Manuel Rodriguez Perez was identified by Tijuana police as the killer of Robert Rosas, a U.S. Border Patrol agent who was gunned down on July 23, 2009. Rodriguez was arrested while driving in Tijuana. — Sergio Ortiz of Frontera

Three men — Marcos Rodriguez Perez, Daniel Castro Alvarez and Emilio Gonzales Arezanas — crawled under the U.S. border fence and lured the agent to them, leaving tracks in the dirt and shaking bushes. Ramirez and Chacon remained on the Mexico side as lookouts, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Ko.

Rosas’ last radio call around 9 p.m. reported he was tracking a group. Then the sound of gunshots rang out.

Rosas got ahold of Castro, a teenager who then yelled at one of his accomplices to shoot.

Rodriguez fired the fatal volley of shots into the agent’s head and back. The trio then grabbed his handcuffs, gun and night-vision equipment before fleeing back into Mexico.

The group scattered, with Ramirez and Chacon escaping to Sinaloa. There is disputed information that the two had come up with a plan to execute two of the other men to eliminate witnesses, according to court documents.

Ramirez’s lawyer argued that his client played a lesser role in the killing and was only told of the plan to rob an agent at the last moment. But the prosecutor called that version of events unreliable given the many conflicting stories each of the defendants has told about the crime.

A month after the shooting, Castro, 17 at the time, turned himself in and pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Rodriguez was sentenced to 58 years last month, and Gonzales will be sentenced in January. Chacon remains at large.

A 5-mile stretch of Interstate 8 near Kitchen Creek Road has been dedicated in Rosas’ memory.

Heroes Behind the Badge

Posted 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 2013

Posted 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
California 7
Arkansas 5
Arizona 2
Florida 2
Louisiana 2
Mississippi 2
New York 2
Virginia 2
Alaska 1
Colorado 1
Georgia 1
Illinois 1
Kentucky 1
Massachusetts 1
Minnesota 1
Missouri 1
Oklahoma 1
Pennsylvania 1
South Carolina 1
Tennessee 1
Texas 1
West Virginia 1
Wisconsin 1

Federal Agencies: 5
U.S. Territories: 2

Note: All data are preliminary and are subject to change.

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