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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. This year the panel selected eight applicants for scholarships, five will be awarded at the NCPOA Luncheon on November 17, 2011 at the West Sacramento City Hall Galleria, 1110 West Capitol Ave, West Sacramento, California. The three spring recipients will receive their scholarships at the March 15th, 2012 NCPOA Luncheon at the Jose Rizal Center, 7320 Florin Mall Drive, Sacramento. Read more...


In the month of January we pay tribute to two fallen officers:

Detective David E. MillerDetective David E. Miller
End of Watch: January 2, 1983

Detective David E. Miller was killed in a vehicle accident while attempting to apprehend two assault suspects.

Click here to read the full memorial page for Detective David E. Miller.

Sergeant Richard DeffnerSergeant Richard Deffner
End of Watch: January 21, 1988

Sergeant Richard Deffner was shot and killed by an armed robbery suspect.

Click here to read the full memorial page for Sergeant Richard Deffner.