36th Annual Riverside County Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony & Run

Published: 05/18/2019



Saturday, May 18, 2019



Officer Ryan J. Railsback

Riverside Police Department

Community Services Bureau

(951) 373-6032

[email protected]


36th annual Riverside County Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony & run


Riverside, CA – On Monday, May 20, 2019, Riverside County law enforcement agencies and surviving family members will remember those peace officers who have died in the line of duty at a solemn ceremony.  It will take place in front of the “Safe in His Arms” memorial statue, at 4102 Orange Street in Riverside, beginning promptly at 6:15 p.m.  The public is invited to attend the ceremony and participate in the ceremonial run/jog which will begin prior at 5:45 p.m., at the corner of Orange Street and 12th Street.  Registration is NOT required for the run and is open to everyone of all ages and abilities.  This year’s run will be led by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s tactical staff and recruits of the current basic peace officer and corrections academies.  The Master of Ceremonies will be Inland Division Chief Bill Dance of the California Highway Patrol, and the keynote speech will be given by Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco.


The ceremony, steeped with police service traditions, will recognize those who died in service prior to 2019.   Fortunately, Riverside County did not see the tragedy of a Fallen Officer during 2018, but we suffered the devastating loss of Sergeant Steve Licon of the California Highway Patrol – Riverside just last month, and whose name will be added to the “Safe in His Arms” statue next year. 


The “Safe in His Arms” memorial statue displays the names of twenty-one Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies, sixteen Riverside Police Officers, nine California Highway Patrol Officers, eight United States Border Patrol Agents, four Palm Springs Police Officers, two Cathedral City Police Officers, and one each from the Corona Police Department, California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, Union Pacific Railroad Police Department, and the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation-Norco.


Join us as we honor those who have laid down their lives for the community members of Riverside County, and to support the families and friends they left behind.  


There will be free parking available in the parking structures located at 3535 12th Street and 4080 Lemon Street. 



Orange Street between 10th and 12th Streets will be closed from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  There will be no parking on Orange Street between 10th & 12th Streets, and on 12th Street between Orange and Lemon Streets from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Proper signs will be posted in the affected areas.