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BPD Sergeant Dennis Moore passes away after a major medical event

The Bakersfield Police Department release a statement after the passing of Sergeant Dennis Moore. "Today the Bakersfield Police Department mourns the passing of our friend and colleague Sergeant Dennis Moore. Dennis previously served as a police officer with the Arvin Police Department and joined the Bakersfield Police Department in 1997. He served our department and this community with honor, dignity and integrity."

Sergeant Dennis Moore

As a police officer and sergeant, Dennis loved this department, this community and police work, but more than anything else, Dennis loved his family.  Our prayers are with his family, friends and all who loved him." He was given emergency medical treatment and taken to a local hospital where died at 10:44 a.m. Wednesday. Moore worked for BPD since 1997 and previously worked at the Arvin Police Department.  He leaves behind a wife and three children. A non-emergency phone number and email address have been set up for anyone wishing to express their condolences. They can be directed to 661-852-7800 or condolences@bakersfieldpd.us A member of the Bakersfield Police Department passed away Wednesday morning.  According to BPD, 47-year-old Sergeant Dennis Moore suffered a major medical event at home while getting ready for work.

Funeral services for Bakersfield Police Sergeant Dennis Moore, who passed away Wednesday morning, will be held Thursday. Police officials say a police procession will begin at 8 a.m. at Greenlawn Chapel on River Boulevard. The public service for Moore will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at RiverLakes Community Church on Calloway Drive.

Starting at about 0800 hours, the following roadways will be affected: Panorama Drive, southbound Union Avenue, State Route 178, westbound State Route 204, State Route 99, westbound Olive Drive, and southbound Calloway Drive. Later in the morning, the following roadways will be affected: Calloway Drive, Hageman Road, Knudsen Drive, Olive Drive, southbound State Route 99, westbound Hosking Avenue, northbound Wible Road, eastbound Panama Lane. You can expect traffic delays on the aforementioned roadways that time on Thursday, August 17th 2017.


Deadliest Day for Law Enforcement Since 9/11

We are eternally grateful to the fallen and wounded Dallas area police officers that were savagely attacked last night. While protecting and affording citizens’ their freedom of speech and right to peaceful protest, gunfire erupted. You ran towards that gunfire instead of away from it; engaged, isolated, and eliminated the threat. Your swift and decisive action undoubtedly saved the lives of countless citizens and fellow officers from further tragedy. You stared in the face of evil and upheld that solemn oath we all took in one form or another: “…that I will lay down my life, rather than swerve from the path of duty.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the fallen officers. The pain and void of their sudden exit from this world cannot be explained in words. Their selfless sacrifice will be forever remembered.

To the wounded and recovering; rest easy knowing your law enforcement brothers and sisters, even in the face of aggression and dissent, remain vigilant in their commitment to suit up, work their shift, and uphold their commitment to duty…tonight, tomorrow, and every day thereafter.

And to the mass of first responders who also selflessly and honorably reacted to the threat…though the wounds you sustained may not be physical, the emotional scars can cut just as deep. Take care of each other and know that the silent majority of the nation is behind you.

-Kern County 999 Foundation

BOOTS AND BREW COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL--TO BENEFIT KERN COUNTY 999 FOUNDATION'S OFFICER DAVID NELSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP--TAKING PLACE WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 AT TEMBLOR BREWING COMPANY

The Kern County 999 Foundation-David Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund is Proud to Partner with - Temblor Brewing Company in Bakersfield for a May 18th Country Music Scholarship Fundraiser during Police Week. More details will follow with a lineup of artists. In honor of National Police Week, established in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy, the first annual Boots & Brew Country Music Festival will take place Wednesday, May 18 from 5-9pm at Temblor Brewing Company (3200 Buck Owens Blvd., Bakersfield, CA 93308). The concert event--produced by the family of fallen Bakersfield police officer David Nelson--will feature performances by local Southern California musicians American Stone and Doug C and the Blacklisted, among others. The show is free and open to the public.

Bakersfield Police Department Officer David J. Nelson #1191 was killed in the line of duty on June 26, 2015 in a vehicle crash following a high-speed pursuit in NE Bakersfield. In his memory, the Nelson family has partnered with the Kern County 999 Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization assisting the families of Kern County Peace Officers who have died in the line of duty since 2007, to manage and operate a scholarship fund to be offered to graduating high school students of Kern High School District. All proceeds raised via the Boots & Brew Country Music Festival will go directly to the Officer David Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Proceeds from the first annual Boots & Brew Country Music Festival will benefit the Officer David Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund. Bakersfield Police Officer Nelson was killed in the line of duty on June 26, 2015.

Beginning today, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a limited edition commemorative Boots & Brew snap-back trucker hat.The hats will only be sold in advance through the free FanFlex app, available in the App Store on iPhones/iPads (http://bit.ly/fanflex-itunes), now until Sunday, May 8 at 11:59pm PT. All hats will be distributed on-site at the event (purchasers must come in person to pick up) and multiple quantities can be purchased. FanFlex is a technology platform that allows musicians to connect with their fans and venues, and was developed by Officer Nelson's oldest brother, Erik.  Unfortunately, the platform is yet to exist on Android, so if interested in purchasing a hat, contact a friend with an iPhone or iPad to do so.Philanthro-Pint brews from the Temblor Brewing Company will also be available for purchase at the show, as well as raffle tickets to win various prizes generously donated by local businesses.

For those interested in donating to the Officer David Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund, but not available to attend the event, contributions may be made online via Paypal at http://bit.ly/Kern999. There is also a line of customizable tank tops, t-shirts and sweatshirts dedicated to Officer Nelson available now at http://skreened.com/eow062615. A portion of the merchandise sales goes to the scholarship fund as well.

In addition to the Boots & Brew concert event, there will be two additional local National Police Week ceremonies honoring Officer Nelson, to be held the following morning on Thursday, May 19. The first will be held by the Bakersfield Police Department and take place at 7am in front of BPD (1601 Truxtun Avenue) and the second by the Kern County Sheriff's Office at 12pm in front of the Liberty Bell (1415 Truxtun Avenue). Both ceremonies are open to the public.

Thank you to sponsoring host Temblor Brewing Company for their contributions to make Boots & Brew possible. The 14,000 square foot state-of-the-art brewery, kitchen and event and concert venue is operated by a local ownership group consisting of passionate beer lovers who have gathered together to bring a high quality destination brewery experience to Bakersfield, CA. And a thank you to American Stone and Doug C and the Blacklisted for donating their time and talents to the cause.Local businesses or community members interested in donating items to the raffle or sponsoring the event, please contact Erik Nelson at erik@fanflex.com.

Competitive Team Shooting Event - Save the Date

Hone in on your shooting skills with Shoot for a Chance event provided by Advanced Personal Protection, LLC. Save the date for Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 8 am - 3 pm - Shafter Gun Range.
So, get your four person team together and test your skills in this fast paced, recreational shooting competition. Teams will be challenged during several competitive pistol and shotgun courses for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards. There will be a TOP SHOT competition.
Each participant will be given an "event bag" containing an event shirt and other items of value. During the event several vendors will be present offering tactical shooting related items for sale. Lunch is included in the entry fee and there will also be opportunities to buy raffle tickets for firearms, holsters and other great prizes. The Donation to register your four person team is $200.00.
For more information on the event or to purchase raffle tickets, contact: Randall Meyer at 661-340-4618 or protectingpeeps@gmail.com., or instant message on Facebook……

Proceeds will benefit the Kern County Law Enforcement Foundation and the Kern County 999 Foundation...all for a great non-profit cause! See you all there. Click here to download the event poster

Kern County 999 Foundation - Annual Event 2015 - UPDATE

Just a reminder folks, Friday's night pre-registration will be held at the Original Roadhouse Grill this year on October 2, 2015, from 6 pm - 9 pm - they will have a special menu for the 999 foundation at the pre-registration. Come hang out, buy some awesome 999 swag. We have new color t-shirts this year. And remember, all the money raised, stays here local to help local officers and families.
On Saturday, October 3, 2015, our event will start a Bikersfield at 2622 Fairhaven Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93308 from 7:30 - 9:30 am. Free breakfast will be provided by Sikh Riders of America, which will include breakfast burritos, coffee, and Danishes. You do not need a motorcycle to participate at this event. The parade ride will begin at 9:30 am and head to the Law Enforcement Memorial which is located at 1415 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301.
From 10:00 - 10:30 am there will be a Memorial Ceremony where we will honor our law enforcement fallen heroes and their survivors. After which, the poker memorial ride will continue to several locations to collect your poker cards to make the best poker hand. The ride will conclude at the Original Roadhouse Grill at 8490 Rosedale Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93312.
From 12 noon to 4:00 pm the Kern County 999 Foundation will have lunch, donated raffle prizes, live action, 50/50 drawings and a live band (Tsunami Surfers) - along with special guest speakers. There will be plenty of food eat and drink for all to come. Please come out and join us this year and remember, all the money that is raised, stays here locally to help Kern County Law Enforcement Officers and their surviving families.

Calif. Police Kill Murder Suspect Benjamin Peter Ashley, Ending Weeks-Long Manhunt

A murder suspect was shot and killed by Kern County Sheriff's deputies Saturday, August 15, 2015, concluding a weeks-long manhunt, according to police. Benjamin Peter Ashley was shot and killed just after 5 p.m. in Inyokern, California, according to the Kern County Coroner's Office. Ashley, 34, is suspected of killing one man (a retired Tehachapi, California dentist David Louis Markiewitz - 64-years old) , kidnapping three others and wounding two sheriff's deputies(Michael Booker and Jose Perez) in a spree of violence last month. Authorities had said they believed Ashley was hiding in a remote area east of Bakersfield, California. The shooting in Inyokern took place about 40 miles from where police had centered their search for Ashley. Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said Saturday that police got a tip that the suspect was in a local mini mart. Responding officers found a man walking on a dirt road nearby. Benjamin Ashley, identified as suspect in California manhunt Kern County Sheriff's Office When the suspect brandished a fire arm, two deputies fired and struck the suspect, Youngblood said. Youngblood said the fatal shooting is still under investigation and it was not immediately clear if Ashley had fired at the officers. Ashley is accused of a string of crimes that started on July 28. A gunman on that day took three young men hostage in their cabin near Twin Oaks. The trio later escaped. Two days later, the body of 64-year-old dentist David Louis Markiewitz was found by his family in his cabin about 10 miles away from the first incident. Markiewitz had been fatally shot. And on Aug. 1, two SWAT team members who were scouring a mobile home while looking for a suspect were shot and wounded.

Week-long manhunt underway in California following attacks

WELDON, Calif.- Friday, August 7, 2015 - Kern County Sheriff's officials say that two (2) deputies were shot in a gun battle with the suspect who allegedly killed 64-year-old David Louis Markiewitz at a cabin in Jawbone Canyon. Markiewitz, a retired dentist from Tehachapi, California was identified as the man who was killed by the suspect that has now lead the Kern County Sheriff's office on a 10-day manhunt. Officials say at around 8:20 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2015, Sheriff Deputies and a Bakersfield Police SWAT team were conducting a search of rural outbuildings in Twin Oaks - which is about 30 miles east of Bakersfield, California -- when the suspect opened fire. Deputies returned fire, and during the exchange of shots, one deputy was struck by a bullet. Kern County Sheriff's Office identified the two deputies that were shot as 40-year-old Michael Booker and Jose Perez. Booker, the more seriously wounded deputy, was airlifted to Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, California and is in stable condition. Booker has underwent a couple surgeries and is in good spirts. The suspect -- whose identity also hasn't been released -- is described as a white male between the ages of 30 & 35, weighing 160 lbs. with long brown hair. Officials say that the suspect was involved in the kidnapping of three men in the Twin Oaks area earlier last week. While the Kern County Sheriff's Office is taking the lead on this investigation, a number of different agencies are assisting including US Marshal Service, Ridgecrest Police Department, and Bakersfield Police Department. The Bureau of Land Management and the Red Cross are also involved in this investigation. LA County Sheriff's Office has loaned a helicopter and Orange County Sheriff's Office has provided night vision equipment for the search. The current search area for the suspect is about a four to five square mile area of rural farmland. Authorities are combing the area, including a number of outbuildings used for storage. Residents in Twin Oaks are warned to stay indoors during the search for the suspect.

Memorial Ceremony for Bakersfield Police Officer David Nelson


The Memorial Ceremony for Bakersfield Police Officer David Nelson will be held on Tuesday, July 7th at 3:00 PM at the Rabobank Theater (1001 Truxtun Ave). The public is invited to attend. Please help us fill the venue and show our support for local law enforcement. Officer Nelson was killed in a vehicle crash following a high-speed pursuit in NE Bakersfield on June 26th. A scholarship fund has been established in Officer Nelson's name you can dontate here...

'We lost a brother': Killed in a high-speed traffic accident while in the line of duty!

It has been reported that a Bakersfield Police officer has died this morning following a high-speed pursuit in Northeast Bakersfield at about 2:45 am. The crash happened in the area of Mt. Vernon and Panorama Drive.
The pursuit started in the area of Flower Street and Miller Street in east Bakersfield. The officer, lost control of his patrol car before crashing into a brick wall. The officer was pulled out of his patrol car by other police officers and taken to KMC where he was pronounced dead.
The Bakersfield Police Officers death is the first since William Sikola who was killed in a high-speed pursuit back in 1983.
As of this post, no arrests have been made and no suspect information is available. However, this crash is being investigated as a criminal and the California Highway Patrol and Bakersfield Police Department are currently searching for the suspect who led the officer on the pursuit.
On behalf of The Kern County 999 Foundation "Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of the fallen officer, and all our brothers and sisters who work every day to protect our beloved community with no reservations!"

Inaugural 999 Memorial Golf Tournament

The Kern County 999 Foundation is hosting our first "Inaugural" 999 Memorial Golf Tournament at the River Lakes Ranch Golf Course - located at 5201 Riverlakes Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93312.


All proceeds from this years inaugural event will benefit Kern County's injured and fallen law enforcement officers and financially help their survivors.

Below 100

The Kern County 999 Foundation proudly sponsors the below 100 initiative. For upcoming training events please contact Billy Owens at bowensbpd@gmail.com. For more information about the below 100 initiative, please visit their website at http://below100.com/

2014 8th Annual Officer Down Ride

2014 - What a year! The Kern County 999 Foundation annual "Officer Down Ride" was one of the best turn outs since the beginning of the organization!!! - THAT IS AMAZING!!! The Foundation would like to thank everyone for supporting a great cause for our local fallen / injured law enforcement personnel and the families that are left behind. There is absolutely NO WAY we could do this without "YOU!" A big thank you to all of our sponsors and attendees - Kern County is known for its generosity and hospitality in supporting the local community and its charity organizations. Remember all funds raised stays here locally (Kern County) and goes to help the families of Law Enforcement Officers who have been injured or killed in the line of duty since 2006!

RE-CAP: 2013 7th Annual Officer Down Ride

Over the past seven years the Kern County 999 Foundation has had a growing support from our community as well as law enforcement groups outside of Kern County. It has been our pleasure to organize an event ride to support, recognize, and honor Kern County's fallen peace officers who gave their lives 'In The Line of Duty' serving the citizens of this great county, and provide support to the family members left behind. The Kern County 999 Foundation would like to thank all of our generous sponsors and all of those who came out to help raise money for a great non-profit cause. Without each and every one of you, our cause would not survive. You are our heroes! Thanks to your efforts, we were able raise close to $5,000.00 after paying all of the bills - which is awesome. We would like to give a shout out to all of our volunteers who were out there this year helping make the whole event run smoothly - it is a lot of work - THANK YOU! As with any of our events, we are always looking for ways to evolve, and are open to suggestions to help provide the most awesome and fun experience. Please hit us up on Facebook and or our contact page on our website, and leave a comment or two. We are already planning for next year's event ride which is scheduled for Saturday, October 4, 2014…

RE-CAP: 2012 6th Annual Officer Down Ride

This year's event was AWESOME! The Kern County 999 Foundation would like to thank all of our dedicated sponsors and all of you who supported and participated in this years' event - to raise money of for a great non-profit cause. THANK YOU VERY MUCH! We could not have done it without any of you!

We are already working on next year's event, which is tentatively set for Saturday, October 5, 2013. We have a ton of new ideas that we excited about, and that would like to implement for next year's 2013 Officer Down Event Ride. Hopefully, you will see some of those exciting new ideas come to life in the next few months. As a non-profit organization, we continue to need your support to keep this worthwhile cause alive. We would appreciate any feedback you may have that will help us to make next year's event even better. All you have to do is kick us an email and we will respond.

Again, The Kern County 999 Foundation thanks all those who have supported us in the past and for all those who commit to our future endeavors…

What We Do

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Our Mission Statement.

The Kern County 999 Foundation, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to recognize and honor Kern County's fallen peace officers who gave their lives 'In The Line of Duty' serving the citizens of this great county, and provide support to the family members left behind.