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.” 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 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.