Thursday, June 28, 2012

Law Enforcement Ambassador Spotlight: Carl R. Peed

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund enjoys the support of a special group of volunteers: Law Enforcement Ambassadors and Guardians. Law Enforcement Ambassadors are active and retired law enforcement officers from city, state, federal and military law enforcement agencies, while Law Enforcement Guardians are volunteers who support and honor law enforcement but are not sworn officers, allowing citizens, family members and corporate supporters to work closely with the Memorial Fund in achieving their goals.

This month we recognize Carl R. Peed, a long-time supporter of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the National Law Enforcement Museum. Even before the Museum capital campaign began, Carl supported our work and contributed efforts to honoring law enforcement. Through Carl’s leadership and vision, he helps identify individuals and companies that the Memorial Fund staff can contact to help raise awareness and funds for our mission.

Carl R. Peed
Carl has a long, respected career in law enforcement and criminal justice. He founded CP2, a Virginia consulting company, after retiring as director of the U.S. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), which he was appointed to by Attorney General John Ashcroft in 2001. At COPS, he managed the organization that supports state and local law enforcement nationwide.

Prior to COPS, he served as the Director of Juvenile Justice for the Commonwealth of Virginia, a statewide agency, where he was responsible for developing policy and providing administrative oversight for 38 regional offices and more than 110 local and state facilities.

Previously, he served as the Sheriff of Fairfax County (VA) for 10 years. He was elected to office three times beginning in 1990. As Sheriff he developed professional policies that received national and international recognition. He also introduced new technologies  to the criminal justice system.

Carl Peed is a family man and a resident of Oak Hill, Virginia. He has a Certificate of Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Virginia and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the National Institute of Corrections, and the National Sheriffs Institute. We are honored to have him as part of the Memorial Fund team.

If you would like to contribute to the Memorial Fund's efforts in your own way, please contact John Shanks at 202.737.8529 or

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Correctional Peace Officers Foundation Annual Memorial Ceremony

Earlier today, the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation held their Annual National Memorial Ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, to honor the brave men and women working the corrections beat --often considered the toughest beat in the law enforcement, -- including nine officers killed in the line of duty in 2011.

There are now 585 names of correctional officers inscribed on the marble walls of the Memorial. The Memorial Service is part of CPOF’s Project 200 XXIII weekend, an annual four-day gathering for correctional officers and families. Project 200 XXIII weekend and also includes educational seminars, counseling sessions, activities for kids, and more.

Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO, Craig W. Floyd, gave brief remarks as part of the ceremony. He shared the stories of brave officers, such as Andrew Turner, who was killed on March 26, 1916. Officer Turner was fatality stabbed in the heart by an inmate at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary in Kansas. He left behind a wife and two children.

Mr. Floyd concluded his remarks by thanking corrections officers for all they do to protect our communities. “You may not always hear the words, ‘thank you,’ nearly enough but your nation built a national monument here in your honor…Few professionals receive such a high honor, and few are so deserving.”

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

NASCAR Salutes Law Enforcement at Dover International Speedway®

On Sunday June 3, over 300 law enforcement officers and supporters attended the Fourth Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day at Dover International Speedway®, honoring all of America's law enforcement heroes and supporting the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s work. Event goers were treated to trackside tours, performances by bagpipers, and a Q&A appearance by driver David Gilliland of the No. 38 ModSpace Ford Fusion for Front Row Motorsports. Supporters then headed to the grandstands to take in the FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

During the pre-race ceremony Dover Motorsports® presented the Memorial Fund with a check for $2,800, raised via proceeds from a special “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day” ticket package offering. A $20 donation was made for every ticket package sold.

During the driver introductions on the track, Driver Carl Edwards was presented with the Memorial Fund Chairman’s Award. This award is presented annually by the Chairman, Craig W. Floyd, to a deserving individual or organization that has assisted the Memorial Fund in its work to honor the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers and has positively impacted the law enforcement profession. The Memorial Fund proudly presented this award to Carl Edwards, who has used his celebrity status and his role as a former reserve officer with the Boone County (MO) Sherriff’s Department to bring increased awareness to the work of nearly 800,000 men and women who serve and protect us every day.

After the Chairman’s Award presentation, Memorial Fund Director of Development & Law Enforcement Relations John Shanks, along with the Memorial Fund’s November 2010 Officer of the Month, Officer Raymond Blohm of the Upper Darby (PA) Police Department, and a young NASCAR fan and Memorial Fund supporter, joined Edwards for a lap around the Monster Mile prior to the race.