Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts and Mark Koberstein with Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation presented to our club today. Sheriff Roberts shared a variety of information about programs and services within the Clackamas County Justice system including a newly opened transition center, and family justice center. He also reported that human trafficking is exploding. Teen suicide is a huge problem and is much more prevalent on the West Coast than on the East Coast. It is also more common among middle and upper class households. (Sheriff’s website)
Mark Koberstein shared plans for a memorial which would honor and remember fallen law enforcement personnel. They broke ground last week on the new memorial and will be announcing the ceremony when they have determined a timeline. Total budget for the project is $240,000; they still need to raise $15,000 more to pay for the rest of it. The memorial is in the shape of Mt. Hood and should be quite beautiful and a meaningful tribute to the men and women that have fallen protecting citizens. It should be completed close to 09/11/17.
The concept of a Clackamas County Law Enforcement Memorial, to honor those Clackamas County Peace Officers killed in the line of duty, started in 2004 with the completion and dedication of four metal memorial benches, which are currently located at the Sheriff’s Office North Station. The Memorial will be located in the front plaza area of the Sheriff’s Office Brook’s Building. It will feature a back-drop of iconic Mt. Hood, a landmark which is seen from all parts of Clackamas County. Just touch the “Memorial” link to go to their website to learn more and view what the completed memorial will look like.