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Police Officer Memorial Group of Stanislaus County

Peace Officers Memorial Week
In 2002, it was decided that the people of Stanislaus County were not as informed as they could be about those members of our community who had given their lives to keep the community safe. At that time, the Peace Officer Memorial Group of Stanislaus County was formed. Its primary goals are to educate the public about officers who die in the line of duty, to support and assist the families of those officers, and to raise public awareness about and attendance at the Stanislaus County, State and National memorials for fallen officers. 


On October 1, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726, making May 15th Peace Officer Memorial Day to honor those peace officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.

This honorable day has since been turned into National Peace Officer Memorial Week, which will be May 9h through the 15th this year. The Peace Officer Memorial Week Committee, made up of members from all law enforcement agencies in Stanislaus County, planned some special events for May each year.

May 1st - Foot Pursuit

This year, 135 runners came between the ages of 6 and 65.  The results for 5K and 10K are posted here.  It was a great time!  Remember to save the first Saturday in May for next year!   

Click here for our application for pre-registration!  Pre-register to get a limited edition t-shirt!

May 5th - Stanislaus County Peace Officer Memorial

Lakewood Memorial Park
Area law enforcement agencies came together at 10 am to remember the 1116 peace officers nationwide and the 6 peace officers in California who gave their lives in 2009 as well as the 14 Stanislaus County Peace Officers who have given their lives since 1935. The ceremony was beautiful and all are welcome to attend. 

May 7th - California Peace Officer Memorial

Held at the State Capitol in Sacramento. Law enforcement from throughout California attend this event. The ceremony is beautiful with thousands in attendance including surviving family members from 2008 and prior years. All are welcome to attend. This ceremony occurs every year at the Peace Officer Memorial monument located across from the Capitol building. Fallen officer information

May 15th - Peace Officer Memorial Day

By order of the President of the United States, flags are flown at half staff this day to honor the officers across the nation whose lives have been lost in the line of duty. Peace Officers Memorial Day
We commemorate this special day with a short program at 6:30 pm at Earl Scott Park in Hughson (7212 Rhapsody Lane).. There will also be a beautiful balloon release in honor of the fallen officers from Stanislaus County.

May 29th

May Day Motorcycle Run. This run will begin at Mitchell’s Harley Davidson, 500 N. Carpenter Road, Modesto. Pre-registration and formation will began at 10 am. The run is in honor of Sgt Steve May , injured in a traffic collision on 7-29-02 who never regained consciousness and passed away 7-23-10. Last year, we had about 200 riders.  This year's ride will end in Coulterville!

Memorial Banners In 2009, numerous businesses in Stanislaus County helped the Peace Officer Memorial Group by their sponsorship of taglines on the Group's banners. These banners were displayed in downtown Modesto, downtown Ceres and downtown Hughson.  We will be reinstating this program in 2011.  
Anyone interested in sponsoring a tagline for 2011 should contact Gail Smith.
Locally, fourteen men have given their lives to keep our community safe. These men are honored in the Memorial Group brochure(PDF.)

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