Correctional Peace Officers Foundation Project draws teams from across U.S., Canada
By Lt. Sarah Watson, AA/Public Information Officer
California Rehabilitation Center
On June 18, Honor Guard Teams from the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC), San Quentin, High Desert, and Pelican Bay state prisons, along with the state Transportation Unit were in attendance at the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation (CPOF) Project in Jacksonville, Florida.
Numerous Departments of Corrections, Federal Bureaus of Prisons, and other peace officer agencies from all corners of the United States and as far away as Canada were in attendance with over 30 honor guard teams.
The CPOF Annual National Memorial Ceremony is the largest event in the nation honoring those peace officers who died in the line of duty and assists the families who have been left behind.
Highlights of the weekend included Thursday, June 19, when a reception dinner was held for all the families of the fallen, the seriously injured victims and their families, the honor guard teams and guests.
On Friday, a luncheon was held where the families of the fallen were escorted through the Honor Guard chain and seated. Their loved ones were then honored with the posting of colors, the National Anthem, and words from various dignitaries and CPOF board members. The laying of the wreath and the playing of Taps was then conducted. There was a 21-gun salute for each fallen officer and the family was presented with a small decorative box holding the shells from the respective gun salute.
On Saturday, a luncheon was held to honor the seriously injured who received words of encouragement and plaques recognizing their survival.
The event concluded on Sunday with a prayer breakfast and honoring of the children of each fallen employee.
Approximately 90,000 CPOF members showed their support by donating their time and money to the CPOF Project and continue to do so with scholarships and ongoing donations of time and money. These efforts also assures no family member is ever forgotten.
The CRC Honor Guard has participated in the memorial event for the past 15 years utilizing their own money to fund the trip. This year, CRC staff and CRC‘s Employees’ Association participated in fundraisers to assist the Honor Guard with raising money to participate in this worthwhile cause.
“I am very pleased my staff are willing to go out of their way to support our Honor Guard and the CPOF Memorial event,” said Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins. “The event is an invaluable experience for all the family members who lost a love one in the line of duty. If you are not a member of the CPOF, I encourage you to join because the support they give to the family members is vital to their well being.”