Stockton Police Officer Jimmy Inn continues to be honored by friends, families and others within and outside Stockton.
The Beyond the Call of Duty caravan stopped at the Stockton Police Department on Saturday, June 4 to do so.
“We want to make sure that none of these officers are ever forgotten, so our mission every year is to ride around the country honoring the fallen officers from the previous year,” said Ray Schwabe, Beyond the Call of Duty ride coordinator.
Inn was fatally shot on May 11, 2021 while answering to a domestic disturbance call.
“I don’t think it will ever go away (the hurt, mourning), but stuff like this helps, especially the kids, seeing the community outpour and seeing that people do care,” Tela Inn, Stockton Police officer and Jimmy Inn’s wife , said. “It really does help in our healing journey. I appreciate it.”
The caravan arrived at the Stockton Police Department operations building on Market Street by 8:30 am. Once a trailer was parked, the Inn’s family placed a blue rose by his photo. His family wrote and signed messages in a memorial canvas next to Stockton Police’s shield and Tela Inn was presented with a challenge coin in memory of her husband.
She was accompanied by her three children: Josiah, 15, Genesis “Cookie,” 13, and Jason,1½, who had just turned 7 months old when his father died.
“Stockton gets a lot of bad things spoken about them, but I was born and raised here, and the outpouring of the community has been amazing,” Inn said. She’s been back on patrol since last August. “Sitting at home wasn’t helping, and so I decided to come back to work and finish what Jimmy and I started together and keep his legacy going that way.”
“Throughout the year, at different times, different organizations commemorate those losses and this is one of those organizations,” that honors fallen officers, Deputy Chief Kathryn Nance said.
“The support and the outpouring of love and affection from the whole community was so important, and it was so necessary for our officers to see,” she said. “We just want the community to be aware that we are very grateful for everything that they did at that time (of Inn’s death).”
This year’s ride to remember commemorates 608 officers from 43 states and 268 police departments, Schwabe said. The caravan will be visiting all departments traveling an estimated 22,000 miles, “stopping and letting their families and departments know that they will not be forgotten.”
Friends and colleagues were presented with commemorative medallion-sized challenge coins in Inn’s memory. These challenge coins were intentionally made small so those who received them can keep them close or carry them on themselves.
After the challenge coins were given, Stockton Police Champlain Jesse Kenyon led the group prayer during Schwabe’s address to officers and family present.
Stockton Police Department’s visit fell on the fourth day of the caravan’s tour. All visits are special, “but Jimmy’s story has truly hit this whole community,” Schwabe said. “We were in Sacramento and Galt yesterday, and at both of those departments one of the first questions asked was where is Jimmy Inn’s picture.”
“Obviously this whole situation impacted a lot further out than just Stockton, and that says a lot about his character and who he was as a person,” he said.
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