National Police Week & National Peace Officers Memorial Day

On October 1, 1962, President John Kennedy signed into law, Joint Resolution 76, designating May 15th of each year as Peace Officer’s Memorial Day to honor those Peace Officers who have died in the line of duty.  It further states that the week in which May 15th falls will be designated as Police Week.

The reasons given for the need to have these two special times set aside are:

  • Whereas the police officers of America have worked devotedly and selflessly in behalf of the people of this Nation, regardless of the peril or hazard to themselves; and
  • Whereas these officers have safeguarded the lives and property of their fellow Americans; and
  • Whereas by the enforcement of our laws, these same officers have given our country internal freedom from fear of the violence and civil disorder that is presently affecting other nations;
  • Whereas these men and women by their patriotic service and their dedicated efforts have earned the gratitude of the Republic.

There are many memorial services during Police Week which capture a great deal of attention.  They tend to focus on those who have paid the ultimate price for the protection of American’s lives and property.  They are indeed true heroes.

But we should not forget and should also honor in our services all those who have been injured, some permanently and severely, as well as those who will bear the memories, horrors and joys of a career in law enforcement.

Here is the entire Joint Resolution.

Peace Officers Memorial Day Law 

Be safe and watch out for each other.


Mark Koberstein, President, Clackamas County Peace Officer’s Benevolent Foundation


Clackamas County Law Enforcement Memorial

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.”

Bronze Duty Belt & Hat and Police K-9
Bronze Duty Belt & Hat and Police K-9

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.

Drawing of Memorial
Drawing of Memorial

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 Law Enforcement Memorial Day which is during National Police Week..

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.

Officer Mulligan! Entry Forms now available!

The Entry form for the Officer Mulligan charity golf tournament is now available by clicking here:

Officer Mulligan Entry Form

Only 36 teams of 4 will be competing for some pretty nice prizes!  Entrants can sign up as a team or as an individual.

Tournament sponsors are First Investors and General Distributors.  More information on our sponsors in a future email.  If you or  your company would like to be a sponsor, please email Bill Valenti at

Donate to Help Assist Deputy Sheriff Robby Nashif

Deputy Sheriff Robby Nashif
Deputy Sheriff Robby Nashif

Deputy Sheriff Robby Nashif suffered severe trauma to his leg when he and the Sheriff’s Office motorcycle he was riding were struck by an on-coming vehicle.  Robby’s condition at OHSU has been changed from Critical to Serious.  The nature of the injury may require an extended period of healing and rehabilitation.

If you would like to assist the Benevolent Foundation to assist Deputy Nashif during this time, please consider making a donation.

The Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation is prepared to assist Deputy Sheriff Robby Nashif.  If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to help us help him, please make a donation at any branch of the Clackamas Federal Credit Union.

Locations for CFCU can be found on-line by clicking on this link:

Be sure to let the teller know that the donation is for the CCPOBF to help Deputy Robby Nashif.  Or you can mail a check to CCPOBF, PO Box 678, Clackamas, Oregon 97015.  Make your check out to CCPOBF with “Deputy Sheriff Robby Nashif” in the memo line.

The CCPOBF is a volunteer run organization and currently assesses no administrative fees from donations.

The CCPOBF is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit.  A receipt will be sent to those donations received by mail.


Officer Mulligan charity golf tournament!!



 Come do the

Officer Mulligan!

A unique afternoon of golf at the

Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City.


August 13, 2015


All funds raised will benefit the

Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation,  a charitable non-profit.

Benevolent Foundation Logo

This tournament is in the planning process.  The date and location have been confirmed.  If  you would like to learn more about being a sponsor for this event, please contact Bill Valenti,; Mark Koberstein,; or Andrew Stein, 

Special thanks to First Investors in Beaverton for their donation and willingness to help coordinate the event.

More information to follow, to include sponsorship levels, cost for teams, contests, prizes, raffle and more!

click here for the Officer Mulligan Flyer


Accident Victim Kelsey Zionskowski

Kelsey Zionskowski and her son, Santino
Kelsey Zionskowski and her son, Santino

On August 5, 2014, 25-year-old Kelsey Zionskowski got off of a TriMet bus onto SE McLoughlin Boulevard near SE River Rd. She was on her way home from work at Oregon Health Sciences University, where she is working as a Clinical Student Worker.

Kelsey walked to a crosswalk and was standing waiting to cross McLoughlin. She was struck by a southbound car when it left its lane of travel. Kelsey was seriously injured, with massive trauma to both legs. After being transported by AMR to OHSU, she lost her left leg. Her right leg was severely injured as well. She also suffered other injuries in the crash and will never fully recover. Several surgeries are still in her future. Continue reading Accident Victim Kelsey Zionskowski

Colton Playground Equipment Needs to be Replaced

The Colton Booster Club has started efforts to raise $50,000 to replace the old, damaged and unsafe playground equipment located at the Colton Elementary School. This playground is the only playground in the Colton community. The only other playground is over 10 miles away. Continue reading Colton Playground Equipment Needs to be Replaced

Sheriff’s Office asks for Donations for Care Packages

This is a reprint of an article from the Oregonian on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2014.



The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is calling for donations for care packages that will be sent to service members overseas. Continue reading Sheriff’s Office asks for Donations for Care Packages

Operation Teddy Bear


Teddy_Bear_Vacuum_Bagged_2014 2 mb“Operation Teddy Bear”

The Clackamas County Peace Officers’ Benevolent Foundation is one of many lucky recipients of teddy bears donated by the Portland Winterhawks. Each year the Winterhawks have one game with a Teddy Bear Toss, where fans throw a Teddy Bear onto the ice. Last year over 10,000 bears were collected in this manner and made available to non-profits all over the Portland Metro area. Continue reading Operation Teddy Bear

All In for Arthritis Poker Tourney

Poker Flyer
Click on Flyer for Larger Size

This is a Ritter’s RA Allstar’s event and is raising money to help fund research into debilitating arthritis.

The Tourney will be held on Sunday, November 16th at 2:00 pm at the American Legion Post 180, 2146 SE Monroe Street, Milwaukie.  See the flyer for more information!

Providing charitable assistance to the Law Enforcement community and citizens of Clackmas County