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About the Foundation

The Bruce Verhoeven Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in memory of Bruce R. Verhoeven, a Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff who was killed during the performance of his duties on December 4, 1973.

At the time of Corporal Verhoeven's death, an outpouring of donations were received from the community and Bruce's fellow officers to assist the Verhoeven family. Bruce's widow felt that the excess funds she had received should be returned to the Sheriff's Department, and suggested a fund be established to assist other Sacramento law enforcement families in times of crisis.

The Foundation was incorporated on May 23, 1975 as a tax exempt, charitable organization, with a seven-member board of directors. The number of board members has increased, and a nine-member board now governs the Foundation. All nine directors are either current or retired employees of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, representing both sworn and non sworn personnel. Read more...

NCPOA Awards Scholarships

The Northern California Peace Officers Association (NCPOA) is proud to announce the Fall Semester recipients of the NCPOA Scholarships. These scholarships, in the amount of $1,500 dollars each, are awarded to members of the junior or senior class enrolled in the Criminal Justice Degree Program at California State University, Sacramento. Each recipient also receives the Sergeant Kelley Allen - Shrine Peace Officers Scholarship Award, an additional $200 each from the Sacramento Shrine Law Enforcement Unit. These recipients were selected from qualified applicants and attended an interview panel to determine their eligibility. Read more...


In the month of August we pay tribute to one fallen officer:

Deputy Larry CanfieldSheriff Joseph McKinney
End of Watch: August 14, 1850

Sheriff Joseph McKinney was killed in a gun battle during the "Squatters Riots" of 1850.

Click here to read the full memorial page for Sheriff Joseph McKinney.