The Santa Monica Police Department—as well as the Santa Monica Police Officers Association (SMPOA)—is mourning the loss of one of its officers in an off-duty tragedy.
The agency posted to Facebook that Officer Rashad Riley "was a beloved friend to all who knew him, and mentor to local youth in both the Santa Monica Police Explorer and Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL) programs. He served the Santa Monica Police Department with great pride, courage and integrity for the past 3 years. Officer Riley was a cherished member of the Department's Homeless Liaison Program. With an infectious and genuine smile, he always demonstrated compassion and empathy when interacting with the community."
Officer Riley passed away in a tragic drowning accident while on the island of Kauai. He leaves behind his loving wife, as well as three beautiful children.