VALLEJO -- Signs have gone up in North Vallejo naming a stretch of Vallejo freeway in honor of slain police Officer Jim Capoot.

The Legislature approved in September the renaming of Highway 37 between Interstate 80 and Sonoma Boulevard as the "Vallejo Police Officer James Capoot Memorial Highway."

The renamed portion of the freeway abuts the Country Club Crest neighborhood where, on Nov. 17, 2011, Capoot, 45, was shot and killed after a high speed car and foot pursuit of a suspect in the robbery of a Bank of America branch.

The Vallejo Police Department, service organizations and businesses raised the $6,000 necessary to create and install the two new freeway signs.

The Vallejo Police Department announced the completion of the project in a press release Thursday night.

"While these signs will not bring back an American hero, they still stand to remind all that pass them that a great man gave his life without hesitation to Vallejo, and his courage and sacrifice will not be forgotten," Vallejo Lt. Jim O'Connell said in the statement.

The resolution that designated the freeway after Capoot was sponsored by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, who represents Vallejo.

A former Marine, Capoot served in Vallejo since 1992 and was well known for his community involvement.

Notably, Capoot served for years as the Vallejo High School girls basketball coach.

He was the fourth Vallejo police officer killed in the line of duty and the first since Jeff Azuar was killed on April 12, 2000.