On November 28, 2012, Officer Roy Curtis Marcum, 45, visited a Galt, California foreclosed home -- believed to be unoccupied -- to tend to animals left behind by an evicted resident. When Officer Marcum and a bank official approached the home, Officer Marcum was killed by a shotgun blast through the front door. Joseph Corey was arrested and remains in the custody of the Sacramento Sheriff while awaiting trial.
In recognition of the valuable and dangerous work animal control officers across the country carry out each day, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) provided a $100,000 grant to the National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) to help protect its officers.
In memory of Officer Marcum, NACA created the "Officer Roy Marcum Ballistic Vest Grant Program,” to provide funds for the purchase of ballistic vests for animal control officers to wear while performing field duties.
Following the announcement of the Officer Roy Marcum Ballistic Grant Program in December 2013, NACA received funding requests for a total of 704 ballistic vests, from 136 agencies representing municipal, county, and non-profit animal care and control departments across the United States.
In an effort to provide ballistic vests to as many officers as possible, grant funds were disbursed in $400.00 increments per officer, which allowed NACA to provide 250 ballistic vest grants to officers from 59 different agencies in 29 states. Although we could not fund all of the vest grant requests that we received, 250 animal care and control officers, who may not have otherwise been able to afford this important piece of safety equipment, now have the protection they need while performing their duties.
A list of the agencies that received Officer Roy Marcum Ballistic Grant Vest funds can be found HERE.
NACA has disbursed the entire $100,000.00 grant received from the ASPCA for the Officer Roy Marcum Ballistic Vest Grant Program, which brings this program to a close. We thank the ASPCA for making this program possible.