Santa Monica Police Sponsor 5K Race in Memory of Officer Lost to an IED in Afghanistan in 2005
Police Activities League, Rick Crocker Challenge – 5K Run PAL Youth and SMPD Officers footrace, SMPD Memorial 5K Wednesday, May 26, 2021 @ 4:00 PM
May 28, 2021
The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) will be joining the Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL) to host the Inaugural Rick Crocker Challenge, a 5K run/walk pairing the youth of our community with SMPD Officers. This event is in honor of fallen SMPD Officer and Marine Corps Reserve Major, Ricardo Crocker, who was killed by a rocket propelled grenade while on tour in Iraq on May 26, 2005. Previous to being redeployed to Iraq, Rick was assigned at PAL where he was a passionate advocate of programs which mentored PAL youth in their scholastic and outdoor activities.
Twenty-three children of our community will each be paired with a police officer, and together will run five laps around Memorial Park to complete the 5k.
This event was created to raise funds for quality youth programs at PAL, and to provide another great opportunity for SMPD Officers to continue creating positive relationships with the most vulnerable youth of our community.
PAL is a city youth program that offers free after school programs to youth ages 6- 17 years that live and/or go to school in Santa Monica. PAL's mission is to foster trust between youth and the men and women of the Santa Monica Police Department by providing educational, cultural, fitness and leadership programs and activities. Our hope for this event is to raise funds for programming and bring awareness to PAL.