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.

What: PAL Rick Crocker Challenge – 5K Run
Who: PAL Youth and SMPD Officers
When: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 @ 4 p.m.
Where: Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL)– 1401 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA.

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 afterschool 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.

Lieutenant Rudy Flores