Law Enforcement Ambassador Spotlight: Sergeant Joe Flanagan, Alhambra (CA) Police Department

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund enjoys the support of a special group of volunteers: Law Enforcement Ambassadors and Guardians. Law Enforcement Ambassadors are active and retired law enforcement officers from city, state, federal and military law enforcement agencies, while Law Enforcement Guardians are volunteers who support and honor law enforcement but are not sworn officers, allowing citizens, family members and corporate supporters to work closely with the Memorial Fund in achieving their goals.

This month we recognize Sergeant Joe Flanagan of the Alhambra (CA) Police Department, who has been a longtime friend and supporter of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and National Law Enforcement Museum. Joe serves on the Board of Directors for the Police Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) and is a past President of the Alhambra Police Officers Association. In 2008, Joe was instrumental in working with the Alhambra POA to donate $12,500 to the Museum campaign to fund a bench that will be located in the Main Concourse of the Museum and will bear the name ‘Alhambra Police Officers Association.’

Alhambra (CA) Police Sergeant Joe Flanagan

As a Memorial Fund Ambassador, Joe takes his role very seriously and volunteers his time to help support our work. Additionally, every year for the past several years, Joe has organized groups of Alhambra officers and police department staff to attend National Police Week. This year’s Police Week was especially important to Joe and his fellow officers, as one of their own was honored. The Alhambra P.D. suffered a great loss on July 10, 2011, when Officer Ryan Embert Stringer died in the line of duty in an automobile crash.  

Sgt. Joe Flanagan is the ideal example of what it means to be a Law Enforcement Ambassador. Joe is a true friend and leader, who we are honored to have as part of the Memorial Fund team.

If you would like to contribute to the Memorial Fund’s efforts in your own way, please contact John Shanks at 202.737.8529 or