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Officer Tara Christina O’Sullivan – EOW: June 19, 2019

Officer Tara O’Sullivan was hired by the Sacramento Police Department in January of 2018 as a Community Service Officer. In July of that same year, she entered our police academy as a police recruit and graduated from the academy on December 20, 2018. Officer O’Sullivan was also part of the 2017 inaugural class of graduates from Sacramento State University’s Law Enforcement Candidate Scholars program.

On Wednesday, June 19, 2019 Officer O’Sullivan was struck by gunfire while assisting on a disturbance call. Officer O’Sullivan was transported to a local area hospital where, despite the heroic efforts by all involved, she later succumbed to her injuries.

The life of Officer Tara O’Sullivan was honored in a memorial service held on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 10:00am. Please Click Here to watch a recording of the memorial service, which was streamed live on our Department's Facebook page.

Please review our Press Release from June 25, 2019 for additional details relating to the memorial service.



 The following are upcoming fundraising that have been coordinated through the department to benefit the Officer Tara O'Sullivan Memorial. (We will update with additional fundraisers as we learn of more events)  

Donations to Officer O’Sullivan’s family may be made through the CAHP Credit Union. Please Click Here if you would like to make a donation.

Donations to the Tara O'Sullivan Police Canine Memorial can be made via the official GoFundMe page for the fundraiser. Click Here if you would like to make a donation to this fund, the proceeds of which will go towards the purchase of additional K9 officers for the Sacramento Police Department and the Martinez Police Department. Please Click Here to view a press conference addressing this fundraising opportunity.





“This was a horrific day for our police department. We lost an amazing person and a bright light for our entire community. This will have an impact on Tara’s family, friends, our police department and our entire community for the rest of our lives.”

-Chief Daniel Hahn, Sacramento Police Department

“We are heartbroken for the loss of Tara O’Sullivan, an officer who served our community and the Sacramento Police Department with honor, integrity and commitment. Our hearts and thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues during this tragic time, and we at the City of Sacramento share in their immense grief.”

-Howard Chan, Sacramento City Manager

“To Tara’s parents and family, and Tara’s fellow officers, I am so sorry. As a father I am grieving with you. As Mayor of the city she swore to protect, our city is heartbroken and we are here for you every step of the way.”

-Mayor Darrell Steinberg, City of Sacramento


Click Here to review our initial Press Release related to the June 19, 2019 incident.