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Officer Benjamin Warren Worcester | Hayward Police Department, California Hayward Police Department, California

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Benjamin Warren Worcester

Hayward Police Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 25, 1987

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 360

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Not available

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Officer Benjamin Worcester was stabbed to death while investigating a suspicious person call several blocks from the police station. A struggle ensued after making contact with the suspect.

The suspect was able to get behind Officer Worcester, produced a kitchen knife, and began stabbing him in the vest several times. He then stabbed Officer Worcester in the neck, killing him.

The suspect was convicted of Officer Worcester's murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Officer Worcester had served with the Hayward Police Department for 5 years. He is buried in the Chapel Of The Chimes Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Union City, California.

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Ben's presence is strong now, I am motivated to share so many years later. I feel that his family needs to know that Ben was full of life the night he was killed.

I was a reserve officer assigned to transports, and I met Ben on Jackson to take a prisoner from him that night. It was about 30 minutes before that last call.


I had ten personal minutes with Ben, that I wouldn’t share until now. Ben was walking his prisoner to my old white prisoner transport van and he was in a happy mood. Ben had the suspect sit in the door of my transport van, as had in the past. Ben actually had a package of Rolo chocolate candies in ihis pocket, and he shared them with me. He even shared a candy with the handcuffed suspect. We talked about the reserves and had a small conversation about my new daughter.

This was different as Ben took a moment to share some good feelings that evening. He did something really different from most transports that I had made, it wasn’t so sterile black and white.

I do not feel sorry for expressing my feelings about that night, as Ben was excited about the evening. I didn’t hear about the last call, until I was at the station.

When the reserves were asked to work city beat areas with deputies so the regulars could attend Ben’s funeral, I was honored to be able to say goodbye and salute him as he went down Tennyson toward the cemetery. I must tell you that when an officer goes down, I see Ben. There really isn’t closure after all these years, he was one of us.

Like I said, he is not forgotten.

Alan Nichols. Reserve Officer #729
Hayward Police Reserves
September 28, 2017

 

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