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Police Week poem: Messages from a fallen officer

This poem is dedicated to the memory of our fallen brothers and sisters

As we commemorate National Police Week and solemnly remember those who have been killed in the line of duty, we present this memorial poem from the PoliceOne archives by PoliceOne columnist Dan Marcou. 

No police officer ever leaves home at night thinking, “Tonight I’m going to be killed in the line of duty.” Yet the memorial wall is filled with the names of thousands of officers who did leave home, never to return.

What would they say if they were allowed one opportunity to send a short note to the significant people in their lives?

I’ve tried to put myself in the shoes of a fallen officer and construct words for those left behind after their tragic and sudden exodus. This poem is dedicated to the memory of our fallen brothers and sisters.

Messages from a Fallen Officer

To My Partner
You did all that you could, I fell and you stood.
You know sadness was never my style.
Those were the cards that we drew, nothing else more to do,
Except remember me, friend, with a smile.

To My Spouse
Don’t think me gone, but away, though I wish I could stay,
I’m not there, but our love did not end.
We had faith, we had love, sure as God is above
I feel your love from here that you send.

To My Children
I know for you it is hard to be alone in the yard
In that place where we laughed and we played.
My girl, my boy, know you still give me joy,
Live your life as I did, unafraid.

To Officers Left Behind
Each day you hit the street to cover your beat,
Prepare for the dangers you face.
Train hard, wear your vest, you’ll be put to the test.
Each day with your family embrace.

To the Criminals
Now that I’m here and God’s plan is so clear
To you, there is but one thing to say.
You steal, rape and kill and abuse your free will
Your time will come when there’s Hell to pay.

To All
I seem gone from you now, but I know that somehow
We will reunite in another place.
For “The good they die young,” is a song often sung,
But this verse is flawed on its face.

You see the good don’t die young, but instead, they live on,
In memories, and many a heart.
The good that you do does not die when you do.
For the good, death’s not an end, but a start.

This poem, originally published 05/13/2013, has been updated.

About the author

Lt. Dan Marcou is an internationally-recognized police trainer who was a highly-decorated police officer with 33 years of full-time law enforcement experience. Marcou’s awards include Police Officer of the Year, SWAT Officer of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year and Domestic Violence Officer of the Year. Upon retiring, Lt. Marcou began writing. He is a co-author of “Street Survival II, Tactics for Deadly Encounters,” which is now available. His novels, “The Calling, the Making of a Veteran Cop,” “SWAT, Blue Knights in Black Armor,” “Nobody’s Heroes” and Destiny of Heroes,” as well as his latest non-fiction offering, “Law Dogs, Great Cops in American History,” are all available at Amazon. Dan is a member of the PoliceOne Editorial Advisory Board.

Officer Michael Katherman’s 4th
End of Watch Fundraiser
All funds raised will go directly to
San Jose Police Chaplaincy

For Mike’s End of Watch his sons Josh and Jason have created a shirt to sell that honors their dad as a police officer, as well as the love of basketball they share. The boys will be donating 100% of the proceeds from all shirt sales to an organization their dad not only loved, but also served on the board of, The San Jose Police Chaplaincy Program.
If you can, wear your new Officer Katherman attire on his End of Watch, June 14th

Honoring The Fallen K9 Heroes

Larry Lundberg

only in San Francisco………..………

People are showing up in San Francisco from other places and asking where their hotel room is,” Mayor Breed complained.

“People are coming from all over the place, Sacramento, Lake County, Bakersfield,” Jeanine Nicholson, the first lesbian head of the San Francisco Fire Department, grumbled. “People are getting released from jail in other counties and being told to go to San Francisco, where you will get a tent and then you will get housing.”

The people coming to the City by the Bay weren’t wearing flowers in their hair, they were homeless junkies who had heard that they were going to get free hotel rooms, along with pot and booze.

And it was all true. Every word of it.

San Francisco was spending $200 a night to house the homeless, or as the current politically correct euphemism insisted that they be called, the ‘unhoused’, in hotel rooms at a cost of over $100 million.

The hotel rooms were Plan B after an attempt to house the homeless (or the unhoused) in the Palace of Fine Arts. The degradation of the former imitation Roman bath built for the 1915 Exposition would have been a fitting symbol for the new San Francisco, but homeless advocates thought it wasn’t good enough.

Hotels weren’t exactly enthusiastic about having paranoid schizophrenics urinating in their lobbies. Also, under San Francisco law, staying there for 30 days might give the homeless tenancy rights.

And then good luck evicting them.

Meanwhile the homeless were willing to take the hotel rooms, but they weren’t following the rules.

The whole reason that San Francisco taxpayers were going to be out $200 a night for months was to save each crazed homeless junkie from spreading the coronavirus. But how do you do that when they won’t stop punching each other from less than 6 feet away, and won’t wash their hands before shooting up?

“It’s been very challenging to get even some of the residents who are part of the shelter system and our hotels to comply with the orders, to even wear masks,” Mayor London Breed complained. “It’s been so much harder to really care for this population especially when they won’t comply with simple directions or the orders we’re implementing.” She described it as an, “incredible logistical challenge.”

The problem with homeless shelters has always been getting the homeless to stay in them. No matter how comfortable the facilities might be, the inhabitants go off searching for drugs and alcohol which they’re not allowed to have in the shelters, and there goes your whole shelter in place strategy.

But San Francisco is a uniquely creative place and the Health Department decided to convince the homeless to stay in their hotel rooms by delivering booze, pot, and cigarettes as part of room service.

Along with three meals a day.

In San Francisco, you can’t smoke in restaurants or bars (back when they were open), in public parks (when you could visit them), or near open doorways (back when people still left them open), and smoking in hotels was almost impossible, but now San Francisco has thousands of smoking hotel rooms.

All it took was a pandemic and a bunch of characters from a Tom Wolfe novel running the city.

And, best of all, the same Health Department waging a campaign against smoking is providing the tobacco, along with “medical cannabis”, and “medically appropriate amounts of alcohol”.

Don’t worry folks, it’s all medicinal.

The San Francisco Health Department claims that handing out drugs and booze to junkies with coronavirus is actually a “harm reduction practice” that has “significant individual and public health benefits”.

That’s a hell of a public health benefit.

Next time someone tries to stop you from lighting up in San Fran, tell thenicotine and opiate replacement, behavioral health counseling,” Dr. Grant Colfax, Obama’s former National AIDS Policy Director, gushed, “and in cases where people decide that they are going to continue to use, our focus is using the best evidence to help people manage their addictions.” 

Hey, if they’re going to get high, let’s help them “manage their addictions” by giving them the stuff.

Inexplicably, if you open up hotels for junkies and provide them with the stuff, they will come. They’ll come from Sacramento, Lake County, Bakersfield, Stockton, and anyplace that isn’t nice enough to offer drug and alcohol hotel rooms free of charge to anyone with open sores and delusions of grandeur.

“It is a mystery why the homeless are coming to San Francisco,” the San Francisco Chronicle wondered.

What’s a mystery is how anyone associated with the paper figures out how to put their pants on, but this correspondent might speculate that it has something to do with the free hotel rooms and booze.

Homeless “structures” have increased 285% and San Francisco can’t figure out where to stick them. And the first lesbian head of the San Francisco Fire Department is stuck with the problem because in that wonderous utopia, the job of the fire department isn’t just putting out fires, but dealing with vagrants.m that the Health Department said that it has “significant individual and public health benefits”.

“Our behavioral health experts are offering services every day, medication assisted treatment including

“Our folks are embedded in their communities and they know who is on the streets,” she said.

The homeless immigrating to San Francisco from less friendly parts of California are even dialing 911 to get a hotel room.

“These people are very honest when you talk with them,” a paramedic quoted by the San Francisco Chronicle said, “They come right out and ask, ‘How do I get a hotel room?’”

Then they start coughing and demand to be taken to their hotel suite.

Mayor Breed has tried telling foreign homeless vagrants to go home and leave San Francisco alone. But how do you keep them down in Stockton once they’ve seen the free hotel rooms and booze in SF?

“The reality is we’ve got to focus our limited resources on reaching the people who have been here on our streets for a long time,” she insisted.

First squat, first served.

The interim director of the homelessness department (presumably soon to be changed to the unhoused department or the ministry of poop walks) warned that free hotels rooms and pot will only be dispensed to those homeless who “have roots in San Francisco.” The new arrivals will have to wait their turn.

You can’t just show up in San Francisco and demand free booze and a hotel room. They’re not suckers.

If you aren’t descended from the first hippies who came here with the first communes, go home. The free booze and hotel rooms are reserved for those with roots in the crackhead community.

But homeless advocates rightly argue that this sort of NIMBY attitude is cruel and selfish. Why shouldn’t the homeless of the coast, the country, the continent, and the planet all show up in San Francisco?

What’s with this homeless nativism that puts San Fran citizenship ahead of need?

Sadly, San Francisco responded parochially to the influx of homeless by sending police officers out to intimidate the new homeless and prevent them from displacing the old homeless. Sometimes you have to destroy the new makeshift homeless encampment to save the old homeless encampment.

And then, soon, you’re beating the undocumented and unhoused with nightsticks for social justice.

Mayor Breed might as well just start building a wall to keep the Stockton homeless out while vowing to Make Homelessness Great Again by giving away pot and booze only to the city’s own homeless.

Ofcr. Andrew Watson #4099
San Jose Police Department
Editor/Insider Magazine

May 6, 2020

From the President:

Hope you all are faring well during the current stay-at-home phase.  Unfortunately, there will be no membership meeting this month.  Hopefully things will open up in June to the extend that the POA Hall will be open to accept the 60 plus members that attend on average.  We will keep you posted.

It appears that some members may have been unsubscribed from the Farsider email rolls.  The link for the site and to subscribe is  Please provide to any member you may know who has not been receiving the newsletter or would like to get it on-line.

Lastly, Mike Amaral contacted me and offered to host an on-line get together via ZOOM.  You may respond on the Farsider comment section if you are interested or email me at so I can tell Mike if the interest is there.

Please take of yourselves and your families as we move through this pandemic. 

Ernie Alcantar,

PBA President

SJPD’s 26th annual police memorial ceremony

San Jose Police Department

The San Jose Police Department (SJPD) is the police agency for San JoseCalifornia. The San Jose Police Department is led by Chief of Police Edgardo (Eddie) Garcia.

The department makes its calls for service available to the public; it is the first American city police department to make all 911 calls available via online maps. The 911 call data is updated daily.


The San Jose Police Department was founded in 1849. During its beginnings, the most common offenses recorded for the department were public intoxication and vagrancy, according to old jailhouse records.[citation needed] In 1880, the department was averaging 120 arrests per month, and the position of police chief was created. The chief also acted as the superintendent of the city jail, and by the late 1880s, the department had gone from 10 officers to 25. In the early 1905s,[clarification needed] as the SJPD grew, more rules and regulations were instituted regarding police officers. Officers now needed to go through field training and revolver training.

The department, along with many others in the nation, changed with the introduction of the automobile and the advent of motorcycle units. The motorcycle unit mainly cited people for speeding and other traffic violations. San Jose was one of the first places to use radio and phone technology to help officers perform their duties.[citation needed] In 1925, the city council released the first rules and regulations manual. It was the precursor to the duty manual that the department currently uses. The San Jose Police Academy first started out as a police college for aspiring officers to earn four year bachelor’s degrees with an emphasis on criminal justice. Men made up the entire police force up until 1945, when Ida Waalkes became the first female to be a sworn officer with the San Jose Police Department.[citation needed]

On December 8, 1941, the SJPD created an own Police Reserve Unit which exists until today, making it one of the oldest organizations of this kind in the United States.[1] SJPD Reserve Officers are California P.O.S.T Basic Police Academy certified[2] and therefore receive exactly the same training, including 500 hours of Field Training, as full-time police officers.[3] As level I reserve officers according to § 832.6(a)(1) California Penal Code, they are sworn peace officers pursuant to § 830.6(a)(1) California Penal Code who have the same duties and responsibilities as regular officers.[1] Today, the unit consists of over 100 reserve officers and is on call 24 hours, seven days a week.[1]

Community policing began to be used by the department in the early 1990s, as specific geographic areas were mapped out and assigned. This enabled officers to get to know the people and communities they patrolled, and is partially credited for keeping San Jose one of the safest large cities in America.[4]

In September 2007, the San Jose Police Department began making all its Calls for Service available to the public [5] through a partnership with Crime[6] San Jose was the first American city to make all 911 calls available via online “” maps.

Since fall 2014, the San Jose Police Department maintains a uniformed auxiliary police which consists 28 of Community Service Officers (CSOs) who attend a five-week academy.[7] The SJPD CSO is a civilian position; CSOs thus do not carry firearms and do not perform any enforcement duties.[7] Their tasks are limited to response to lower priority calls, which shall give sworn police officers more time to respond to high risk calls.[7]

Uniform and equipment[edit]


The uniform of the department consists of a dark navy blue shirt for sworn officers, and a light blue or white shirt for differing civilian classifications. On the left side of the chest is worn the departmental badge, or a patch replica on certain items. The badge of a sworn police officer is a silver seven-point star reading “San Jose Police”, the officer’s rank, and badge number. Gold-colored badges are issued to higher ranking police officers. Civilian staff are issued eagle-top or oval shaped shields depending on classification. The San Jose Police Department patch is worn on both sleeves, with a rocker denoting classification for civilian staff. Pants are regular navy blue uniform trousers with white piping running down the side of the leg.

Weapons and equipment[edit]

The San Jose Police Departments officers normally carry tasers. The standard taser for the department is the TASER(R) X26P(TM) Smart Weapon.[8] Officers are issued OC Spray, handcuffs, a baton, flashlight plus a handgun and two spare magazines. The standard issue semi-automatic handgun is a Glock. (Before 2013, it was from SIG Sauer). Squad cars are normally armed with shotguns and officers are allowed to purchase patrol rifles, with individual permission of the chief and a four-day training course. The officers own these weapons and can use them for personal use as well as departmental.[9]

In mid-2014, the department returned a mine-resistant military vehicle to the federal government.[10]

Department Chain of Command (Office of the Chief of Police)[edit]


  • Chief of Police Edgardo (Eddie) Garcia
  • Assistant Chief of Police Dave Knopf
  • Deputy Chief Tommy Troy, Bureau of Administration
  • Deputy Chief David Tindall, Bureau of Field Operations
  • Deputy Chief Anthony Mata, Executive Officer
  • Deputy Chief Heather Randol, Bureau of Investigations
  • Deputy Director Judi Torrico, Bureau of Technical Services

Police divisions

  • Foothill Division[12]
  • Western Division[13]
  • Southern Division[14]
  • Central Division[15]





SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS PHOTO BY AIMEE SANTOS (JULY 25, 2001) The present site of the Saddle Rack Bar is the future site of a new housing apartment complex along with a park between the town houses that are already making their appearance across the street. The bar, which got its start in San Jose before relocating to Fremont, is yet another victim of the coronavirus pandemic, which has sent countless local businesses into major financial hardship.
“Eight weeks ago, the Saddle Rack suspended operations in an attempt to protect our guests and staff,” the statement reads. “Today we have made the extremely difficult decision not to reopen.”
Thus ends one of the longest runs of any major nightlife spot in the South Bay. The Saddle Rack has been a beacon for country music fans since the mid-1970s, having withstood everything from the disco onslaught and New Wave to the “Urban Cowboy” fad and Garth mania. The club remained open when it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009. Yet, the one thing it could not withstand was COVID-19. Although, efforts were certainly made.


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