Police Officer II Valentin Contreras Martinez

Police Officer II Valentin Contreras Martinez

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, July 24, 2020

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Valentin Contreras Martinez

Police Officer Val Martinez died as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Officer Martinez had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 13 years and was assigned to the Mission Division. He is survived by his mother and pregnant partner, who is due with twins.

The Effects of COVID on Law Enforcement

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country began to contract COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Due to the nature of their job, law enforcement officers were required to work and interact with the community even as the majority of the country was self-quarantined. As a result, hundreds of officers died from COVID-related illnesses and other complications.

Corrections agencies, in particular, suffered tremendous losses due to the constant and close proximity between the corrections officers and large inmate populations. Since March 2020, ODMP has verified that over 900 law enforcement officers have died as the result of a confirmed or presumed exposure while on duty and continues to work with hundreds of other agencies that have suffered a COVID-related death.

Visit ODMP's COVID-19 memorial listing every officer who has died as a result of a confirmed or presumed exposure.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 38701

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Friday, May 15, 2020

COVID-19, communicable disease

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