Sen. Cox earns highest honor from sheriffs

By: Jenna Nielsen, Journal Staff Writer
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State Sen. Dave Cox received a special Valentine from Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner Thursday. The District 1 senator was presented with the California State Sheriff's Association Outstanding Senator for 2007 award at the Auburn Justice Senator. It is the highest honor given to elected officials by the state's sheriffs. We worked hard to schedule this today, on Valentine's Day, Bonner said. Because Dave is just a sweetheart of a guy. All joking aside, Bonner said Cox, R-Fair Oaks, has been a champion of public safety. Senator Cox has served his district with honor and distinction, Bonner said. During an election year, you hear the words ˜champion of public safety' a lot. But Sen. Cox does more than just talk about it. He works hard to ensure that law-enforcement officials have the necessary tools to serve and protect residents. Bonner, who is vice president of the Sheriff's Association, joined Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal, Sierra County Sheriff John Evans and former Sierra County Sheriff Lee Adams to present the honor to Cox, who also received the award in 2005. I am just delighted to receive this award, Cox said. Members of California's law-enforcement community risk their lives daily to protect ours. It is my honor and pleasure to ensure that their departments have the resources and support they need. Cox also warned of the budget constraints ahead for the state and local law enforcement. Regrettably, this year is going to be a very tough year, Cox said. I will continue to work hard to help make sure everyone comes out whole. Bonner noted Cox's support of law-enforcement programs including the California Organization of Police and Sheriffs, California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team as well as his help in securing rural and small-county law-enforcement funding and mentally ill offender crime-reduction grant funding. Adams praised Cox's commitment to smaller public safety jurisdictions. Dave's support for the rural crime monies that are allocated to the smallest California sheriff's offices have done more for the support of law enforcement in rural counties than all other actions taken by the Legislature and Congress put together, Adams said. I will always be grateful for his support for quality law enforcement. The Journal's Jenna Nielsen can be reached at or comment on this story at