For Immediate ReleasePress Contact: Mary Kay Clunies-Ross, PIO, City Manager's Office, (510) 981-7008
BERKELEY FLIES FLAG HALF-STAFF TO HONOR OAKLAND OFFICERS
""The loss of one officer in the line of duty is always cause for grief; to lose four is a terrible tragedy for the department and for Oakland residents."
Berkeley, California (Monday, March 23, 2009) - Berkeley City Manager ordered all City of Berkeley flags to half-staff today and sent this message to all City staff:
"To honor the Oakland Police Officers who were killed in the line of duty on Saturday afternoon, the City of Berkeley will fly our flags at half-staff until the funeral. We will share the funeral details once they have been officially announced.
"The loss of one officer in the line of duty is always cause for grief; to lose four is a terrible tragedy for the department and for Oakland residents.
"The Berkeley Police Department has always worked closely with the Oakland Police Department, and as long as crime is not limited by city borders, neither will the camaraderie and affection of our two police departments. The men and women of our department, and of our whole City organization, grieve with our Oakland counterparts.
"I also want to take this opportunity to honor the work done every day by our police officers. Even with the risks of police work so freshly in the minds of officers and their families, the members of the police department came to work today. They came to do traffic stops, investigate burglaries, arrest drug dealers, and educate children. They are an essential part of a safe and healthy community, and we thank them.
"Our thoughts go out to the families of the officers, as well as the entire Oakland community."