The Santa Monica Police Department was scheduled to participate in the 17th Annual California Peace Officers’ Memorial Caravan Thursday, May 3rd.
The California contingent consists of law enforcement agencies from the Southern California area, which were to join with Central and Northern California agencies in a statewide tour en route to Sacramento for the tribute.
The ceremonies in the state capital will honor officers who died in the line of duty last year and will continue to acknowledge and honor officers from past years.
The officers lost last year will be memorialized by adding their names to the Peace Officers’ Memorial Monument in Sacramento.
The event will pay tribute to officers who have given their lives to protect the lives of all citizens in the communities they serve, as well as acknowledge the courage and bravery of their service, said a spokesman.
There have been thousands of people in attendance at this memorial event in past years, according to the spokesman.
The caravan consists of uniformed officers who were to drive police vehicles representative of their agency in a procession that started Wednesday, May 2nd, in Valencia.
It was estimated that the procession line of police vehicles en route to Sacramento would be over a mile long.
The Santa Monica Police Department organized the memorial caravan 17 years ago.