Message from Interim Chancellor Jane Close Conoley about Officer Andrew Tachias

Wounded officer attended UC Riverside

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Riverside Police Officer Andrew Tachias Photo courtesy of Riverside Police Department

Friends,

I have sent my heartfelt prayers and well wishes to Riverside Police Officer Andrew Tachias, a former UC Riverside track and cross country athlete, who was seriously wounded in the line of duty early February 7 while he and his training officer, Michael Crain, were on patrol.

While he is recovering in the hospital, I wanted Andrew to know that his Highlander family is proud of his actions, and wishes him well in his recovery and his return to duty. These last weeks have been an ordeal for our law enforcement community, and for all of Southern California.

Our UCPD officers remember Andrew as a community service officer during his student days. Even at that time he was there to protect and help this campus. Our track coach, Irv Ray, said that Andrew has always made our community proud academically, athletically, personally and professionally.

We admire the integrity, compassion, toughness and the sacrifice of our police officers and we will do everything we can to help in Andrew’s recovery. Keep your Highlander spirit strong.

With my personal thanks,

Jane Close Conoley
Interim Chancellor
University of California, Riverside

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