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    Police officers throughout the Bay Area are offering condolences  to their colleagues in Lakewood, Wash., where four officers were shot to  death in an attack at a coffee shop on Sunday.

    In Oakland, where four officers were shot and killed by a wanted  parolee on March 21, Police Officers Association President Dom Arotzarena  said officers "are horrified at the events that took place this past weekend  in the state of Washington."

     In a statement, Arotzarena said, "We want to extend our deepest  sympathy to the families, friends and colleagues of the Lakewood police  officers who were killed. 

    He said, "Unfortunately, the loss of four officers is all too  familiar to us here at the Oakland Police Department. Our department is  continuing to heal from the events of March 21."

    Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason said Lakewood police  officials have contacted Oakland police for advice on arranging funeral  services for the four officers killed in the Lakewood area.

    More than 20,000 people, including police officers from throughout  the country, attended the service for the four slain Oakland officers on  March 27.

    "We stand ready to provide any guidance or assistance when called  upon," Arotzarena said. 

     He added, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the  Lakewood police officers."

    Thomason said some Oakland officers have expressed interest in  attending the service in Lakewood but no arrangements have been made because  the service hasn't yet been scheduled. Oakland officers will have to pay  their own way to Lakewood because the city doesn't have the money to pay  their expenses.    

    In East Palo Alto, where Officer Richard May was fatally shot in  January 2006, the Police Department also offered its "deepest sympathy and  condolences" to the Lakewood Police Department. 

    East Palo Alto police said in a statement, "Such a senseless  tragedy strikes at the heart of all our communities and to those who  selflessly serve and protect us despite great risk to their own safety."   

    The department said, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the  family, friends and colleagues of the four slain officers and we hope they  take solace in knowing that their loss is shared by millions of people across  this country and the entire law enforcement profession."

    Last Wednesday, 26-year-old Alberto Alvarez was convicted of  first-degree murder and the special circumstance of murdering a police  officer for killing May.    

    Alvarez's penalty phase, at which jurors will choose between  recommending the death penalty or life in prison without parole, will begin  next week.

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