California City Police Department
At the 1962 academy graduation for West Point cadets, General Douglas MacArthur was quoted as saying, "Duty," "Honor," "Country".
He added, "Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you want to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn."
This page is dedicated to the men and women of the California City Police Department, who have served this Department with honor, and have finished their last watch:
Sgt Thomas Snowney
Police K-9 Canto
Ofc T.W. "Bill" Herrington
Police K-9 Rondo
“A Policeman’s Prayer”
While you sleep, we're there. When you're sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner, or celebrating Christmas, we're there.
When its raining and cold, and you're glad to be in your home with your family, we're out there. When it's your children's birthday, we're out there. When it's our children's birthday, we're still out there.
You put on a suit and dress to go to work, we strap on a ballistic vest and a gun. There's little room for error in your job, in ours there is none. An error by you means a demotion, an error by us means a funeral.
When you tell your families "see you tonight" as you leave for work, you mean it. When we tell our family that, we pray we will.
At your job you strive to succeed, at our job we strive to survive. In your job, one bad person is the talk of the office, in our job, one bad officer makes the news and suddenly were all bad. In these headlines it's not what good we've done, but how much better it could have been done.
When you're scared you call us, when we're scared, we must carry on. While you're eating a home cooked meal, we're having another hamburger. While you're asleep with your spouse, ours sleep alone.
So the next time you're out with your family or friends, and you see a patrol car go by, remember the incredible sacrifice made by these officers everyday. Inside that car is a person that sacrifices his/her life, both professionally and personally every day.