Great News! On May 11, 2016, following the annual commemoration of National Police Week and Law Enforcement Memorial Day, a Groundbreaking Ceremony was held for the Clackamas County Law Enforcement Memorial. Sheriff Craig Roberts facilitated the brief ceremony. The families of Deputy Sheriff Jimmy Shoop, Deputy Sheriff Bill Bowman and Officer Robert Libke were present and participated in the Groundbreaking. Construction should begin soon, with a finish in the Fall of 2016.
Read more about the Clackamas County Law Enforcement Memorial below.
The concept of a Clackamas County Law Enforcement Memorial, to honor those Clackamas County Peace Officers killed in the line of duty, started in 2004 with the completion and dedication of four metal memorial benches, which are currently located at the Sheriff’s Office North Station.
The Memorial will be located in the front plaza area of the Sheriff’s Office Brook’s Building. It will feature a back-drop of iconic Mt. Hood, a landmark which is seen from all parts of Clackamas County.
The Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit, began fund raising under the mission “To educate the public about the work and profession of law enforcement.”
Two bronze sculptures were commissioned from artist Rip Caswell in Troutdale. The first depicts a police duty belt and hat. The second is a full size sculpture of a police working dog. A total of $55,000 was raised and spent on these quality art pieces which will be an integral part of the memorial.
LRS Architects have donated their services to draw up the plans for the memorial. Their total donation to this project is estimated at $15,000.
P&C Construction has donated their services to create the Budget Estimate and will oversee the construction of the project. Their total donation to building the memorial is estimated at $20,800.
Construction can begin as soon as the estimated cost of $120,000 is raised.
At present (May 11, 2015), $44,000 has been raised. $76,000 is still needed.
Tentative completion date is May 15, 2016 National Police Memorial Day.
Seven names will be on the memorial; all died in the line of duty:
- Police Officer George J. Hanlon, Oregon City Police Department, April 23, 1906.
- Sheriff John R. Shaver, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, April 30, 1906.
- Sergeant James H. Worrell, Milwaukie, Police Department, December 31, 1953.
- Deputy Sheriff Jimmy L. Shoop, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, November 7, 1981.
- Deputy Sheriff William D. Bowman, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, September 12, 2000.
- Chief Daniel K. Duncan, Lake Oswego Police Department, May 20, 2010.
- Reserve Police Officer Robert A. Libke, Oregon City Police Department, November 4, 2013.
- One police working dog was also killed in the line of duty and may be included on the memorial.
Donors of $10,000 or above will be engraved as patrons for the Clackamas County Law Enforcement Memorial. At present, there have been three donors in this category: Bill & Dolores Call; Clackamas Federal Credit Union; and General Growth Properties.
All donations are to be made to the CCPOBF with LE Memorial in the memo line. Donations to the CCPOBF are tax deductible and a receipt will be given to donors promptly. The CCPOBF is not deducting any administrative fees, so 100% of donations will go to this project.