05/02/2007

Ceremonies to honor officers killed on duty in Calif.

By Kim Minugh
Sacramento Bee 
 
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in California will be honored today across the region in several ceremonies.

The first will take place at 9:30 a.m. at the California Highway Patrol Academy, 3500 Reed Ave., West Sacramento. The ceremony will honor more than 200 CHP officers. Special tribute will be paid to Officer Brent Clearman, who died in August after being struck by a driver while investigating a traffic accident in Oakland.

The second ceremony will be held at noon at the joint Sacramento Police/Sheriff's Memorial, 500 Arden Way. A plaque will be dedicated in honor of Deputy Jeff Mitchell, who was fatally shot while conducting a traffic stop in rural Sacramento County six months ago.

Also, the California Peace Officers' Memorial Foundation will hold a candlelight vigil starting at 8:30 p.m. at the state's peace officer monument, at 10th Street and Capitol Mall in downtown Sacramento. That vigil is intended to honor California law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2006.

Ceremonies will continue at the Capitol on Thursday and are scheduled to include a private ceremony, a "Walk of Honor" for surviving family members and a keynote address by Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness.

The events precede National Police Week, which takes place next week and includes a national ceremony in Washington, D.C. 

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