The annual Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony honored eight officers killed last year.
Thousands of officers stood at attention as family members of those killed walked from the Capitol to the California Peace Officers’ Memorial, where the names of their loved ones will be inscribed. Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel paid tribute to the officers killed in 2013.
“I am humbled by these fallen heroes," he said. "All of them would likely resist this attention. They’d tell us all to get back to work. But that’s part of why they are all so very special.”
Two Santa Cruz police officers were shot and killed in February 2013 while investigating a sexual assault complaint.
Five officers who were killed in the distant past were also memorialized.