Highway Renamed in Honor of Slain Officer

Photo courtesy of Times Herald.

Photo courtesy of Times Herald.

Highway 37 from Highway 80 to Highway 29 has been renamed the Vallejo Police Officer James Capoot Memorial Highway, in memory of the officer who was killed in the line of duty in November 2011.

Officer Capoot when he responded to a bank robbery at the Bank of America on Springs Road in Vallejo.

Officer James Capoot

Officer James Capoot

At the request of the Vallejo Police Department, Senator Lois Wolk introduced the bill to the State Senate, where it was approved.

Members of the VPD, along with local service organizations and businesses, provided the funding for the signs.

Officer Capoot began his law enforcement career with the California Highway Patrol in 1990. In 1992, he left the CHP to become a policeman in Vallejo.

Over the course of his career, he served as a motorcycle officer, motorcycle instructor, driving instructor, force options instructor and SWAT officer.

He received the Officer of the Year award in 2000 and two VPD Medals of Courage, a Life-Saving Medal and other department medals and commendations.

He is survived by his widow Jennifer, and daughters Jamie, Jillian, and Justine.

 

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