Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Robert Joe Washington, Sr.

Jackson Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Wednesday, November 15, 1995

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Reflections for Officer Robert Joe Washington, Sr.

Rest in peace Officer Washington.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 14, 2022

I remember RJ as a young man working at JSU then he became a JPD LEO, I always admired his knowledge of the law and the way he perform his duties .My coworkers and I at JSU Campus Police use to listen (via police scanner) to RJ getting the right call applying the right law to put it kindly. RIP Brother LEO

Franklin Mckee

January 16, 2020

Rj I worked loss prevention for macrae's at Metrocenter Mall when this happened. You are our favorite officer to call because we knew you would straighten the shoplifters up. You always asked me why didn't work for the police department... Well many years later you were one of the reasons I did. Rest in peace brother

Patrol officer Vance Gardner
Plaquemine city police

February 8, 2018

Rest in peace brother. As we observe those have given the ultimate sacrifice here at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial we are thinking of you and your family. God bless you all. We will cover you from here.

Motor Unit

May 13, 2016

I was twelve when Mr. Washington was killed in 1995. He was my science teacher at Rowan Middle School. I remember the day we found out. I think he may have been a substitute or Part time teacher. I can't remember. I just know that he cared a lot about all of the kids there even though the guys were pretty rough to deal with when he first started. He tamed them and taught them how to respect the girls, well one girl, particularly me. He taught them to treat me like a sister and not like they didn't care. It's weird but I still remember him and the faith he had in us. The encouragement he gave. I can't remember everybody in the classes, considering I was the youngest student and everyone else was older. I wish I could know more about him because what I remember he was great. Anybody can recall Mr. Washington at Rowan Middle School, teaching the special education Science course? LOL. Anyway. God bless his family. I never forgot his murder, never will. Anyway, God bless you all.

student, Brandy, 12/18/2015
Student at Rowan Middle School

December 18, 2015

would have been the greatest JPD chief of police!

He was the fairest....great description. I moved away from Jackson and JPD but feel wonderful knowing that killing was finally solved. RIP

Former Officer JPD MADDOX
1992 DART

December 6, 2014

rest in peace my fallen conrade, I have moved on to enjoy my retirement however I still think about you all the time when we were in roll call at the old Pct 2 behind the METRO CENTERROOKIE CAML AS YOU ALWAYS CALLED ME

Officer wandacamel
Jackson Police department

May 29, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 16th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

November 15, 2011

You will always be remembered for your sense of humor that shined through.


August 7, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 14th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I am glad your murderer was finally apprehended. I pray
for solace for your loved ones, and that you and they get the full measure of justice deserved.
Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 17, 2009

On the 13th anniversary of Officer Washington's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Officer Washington is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

November 15, 2008

I hope you and your family rest easier knowing your killer has been caught.

Clinton Police Officer Andrew McGahey

Patrolman Andrew McGahey
Former JPD

August 9, 2008

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 29, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 28, 2007

officer washington you were a great person to know you are missed everyday may you rest in peace

Richard Kuhn

June 13, 2007

Officer Washington Sr.,

On this the anniversary of your leaving us in the physical sense we pay tribute to your spirit. Tonight the Evening Watch of the Henry County Georgia Police Department’s North Precinct will hit the street in your honor. Please watch over us as we continue your fine work.

For the entire shift,
Sergeant V.T. Rosen

Sergeant V.T. Rosen
Henry County Police Department

November 15, 2006

Justice will follow for this is Our Lord's Hands.May you Rest in Peace knowing Our Father loves you and will take care of all for you.

November 15, 2006

Fallen 11 yrs. ago, but NEVER forgotten.

Mother, daughter, sister, and granddau. of LEO's

November 3, 2006

R.J. was my FTO and my friend. I learned from him what it first meant to "police", and I miss him to this day. He was the fairest police officer I have ever known.
Rest in Peace, old friend.
Justin Lancaster

Patrolman Justin Lancaster
Ridgeland MS PD

October 22, 2006

Officer Washington- I passed by your memorial and want to thank you for your service. I pray that your surviving brothers and sisters are able to find the person(s) who committed this terrible crime. Watch over us, you are not forgotten.

Sgt. Brian Wassmann
Alaska State Troopers

June 27, 2005

I worked with Officer Washington for several years as a dispatcher and a officer. R.J. knew his job and done it well. Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jeff Myers

March 22, 2005

You were a true friend to the end. Rest in peace.

Officer Alexander McGowan
Memphis Police Dept

December 23, 2004

Rest easy, Brother; you are not forgotten.

Sgt. Barbara L. Beland
Monroe Co. Sheriff Dept. Bloomington, IN USA

November 15, 2004

Rest In Peace Brother

May 12, 2004

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