The Alameda Police Department has had two police officers killed in the line of duty. The City honored both officers by naming streets after them. The Alameda Police Officer's Association, with the support of the City of Alameda, has constructed a permanent memorial site to honor their sacrifice for this community. The Memorial provides a space for public rememberance in front of the Police Administration Building.
Deward Burton Gresham was killed in a motorcycle accident on July 11, 1942. He was attempting to make a traffic stop on his police motorcycle when another vehicle pulled in front of him. Officer Gresham suffered a fatal head injury as a result of the collision. He was 33 years old at the time and had been with the Alameda Police Department for three years.
Robert James Davey, Jr. was killed during the service of a search warrant on March 3, 1983. He died from injuries sustained by gunfire fired by the suspect who attempted to escape Alameda police officers. Officer Davey was also 33 years old at the time and had been with the Alameda Police Department for ten years. He left behind his wife and their four children.
This project was funded primarily by private donations.