“Looking at all the names on the wall and the memories left behind by loved ones really hit home. At any given point and time any of our names could be added to that wall of heroes, a reality of our job.” – CACI Member Steven Combre
SACRAMENTO - When the California Association of Criminal Investigators (CACI) learned that some of its members were travelling back to Washington D.C. for National Police Week, CACI directors voted to hold a drawing, awarding $1,000 to two members for assistance with travel and lodging expenses.
“It is important for us to remember our fallen brothers and sisters and we’re proud we were able to assist two of our members with, what really is, an experience of a lifetime,” said CACI President Dennis Maffei.
National Police Week includes a parade to the Peace Officer Memorial, a Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at National Park, and a somber ceremony at the Memorial, among other items on the agenda.
"It was a very moving experience visiting the memorial with all the pictures, patches, challenge coins and letters from loved ones left at the wall," said CACI Member James Potts. "While visiting the memorial I saw a family leaving the work boots of their fallen officer at the wall. It was very sorrowful watching the wife hold her son as they both cried at the memorial wall looking at the boots."
In addition to the serious, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 1 opened its facilities for food and comrade. “Their hospitality is incredible and they truly treat you like family,” said CACI Member Steven Combre. “I met law enforcement officials from the FBI, Secret Service, U.S. Treasury Department, DC police officers and others from across the country."
"I would like to say thank you to CACI for providing this opportunity for its members to participate in and experience," said Potts.