In 1992, the Sacramento Police & Sheriff’s Memorial Foundation was formed to perpetually honor Sacramento police officers and sheriff’s deputies who have been killed or have died in the line of duty.
WOODLAKE PARK was selected as the location to construct the Memorial. The North Sacramento Land Company donated the land. Woodlake Neighborhood Association and the City of Sacramento formed a partnership to support the Memorial park. The Foundation received generous donations and fundraising support from the business and civic community to construct the Memorial. Significant construction labor was donated by Sacramento area building and trade union workers. The Sacramento Tree Foundation supplied the trees and landscaping that adorn the park.
In 2002, the Memorial construction was completed and readied for dedication. The Foundation held an inaugural remembrance ceremony with the community, supporters, and law enforcement in attendance at a signature landmark, still to this day.
In 2019, the Foundation launched its ANNUAL FALLEN FAMILY BBQ to bring together the families and immediate survivors of our recognized fallen officers. The inaugural social event had 65 family members meeting other survivors new and old, while enjoying great food and fond memories.
In 2020, the Foundation prepared to launch a HISTORIC MEMORIAL WALL, a static display (inside the adjacent Sacramento Fire Station) in conjunction with the ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY. Sacramento and the world would experience the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused a temporary delay to its debut and the hosting of the ANNUAL CEREMONY and FAMILY BBQ.
Annually thereafter, the Foundation has hosted an ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY to honor the past fallen officers and ceremoniously enroll any new fallen officers onto the Memorial in law enforcement tribute. Also, the Foundation has participated in other activities consistent with the Foundation’s mission to Remember Our Fallen and continues to seek opportunities to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in serving the citizens of Sacramento.