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More than 4,000 people attended the funeral ceremony for slain Vallejo officer Jim Capoot.

SACRAMENTO - Hundreds of people attended the Annual Candlelight Vigil for the 36th California State Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony on Sunday night.

The vigil was held at the monument site on 10th Street and Capitol mall from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 pm.

More than 1500 names of fallen officer are listed on the monument. Eighteen of those names were added during Sunday's ceremony.

Organizers said more people than they expected turned out to attend the event. Executive Director of California Police Officers Mark Nichols believed the increase in attendance is due to the recent state of the economy and how dangerous the occupation has become.

"With all the demands and all the less staff that we have, it puts us at risk," said Nichols.

Each year during the month of May, officers killed in the line of duty nationwide receive special recognition.

Vallejo Officer James L. Capoot, killed on November 17, 2011, was honored at Sunday's ceremony and will receive further recognition on upcoming County, State, and National Memorials.

The events listed below are open to the public.

  • May 7 at 10:30 a.m. - Enrollment Ceremony - State Capitol, Sacramento
  • May 12 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Arrival of Unity Tour - Judiciary Square, Washington, D.C.
  • May 13 at 8:00 p.m. - Candlelight Vigil - Judiciary Square, Washington, D.C.
  • May 15 at 11:00 a.m. - Enrollment Ceremony - Judiciary Square, Washington, D.C.
  • May 23 at 12:00 p.m. - Enrollment Ceremony - Solano County Courthouse, Fairfield

By Natalie Sentz, nsentz@news10.net

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