Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Police Memorial Service Remembers Fallen Officers

Police Memorial Service Remembers Fallen Officers

The public is invited, but parking will be limited.

"I am not so naive as to believe that these steps will somehow insure against further losses of life for police officers while in the line of duty", VandeWalle said.

Seventh-grader Sam Hendrix will give the speech this year.

"Our goal here today is that we live in very troubled times ... very scary times with a lot of controversy, contention ... and distrust", between citizens and police departments, said Danise Habun of the Elgin Human Relations Commission.

North Yorkshire Police is calling for members of the public to join the Force in getting behind a campaign to raise funds for a new UK Police Memorial to remember officers and staff who fall in the line of duty.

Law enforcement officers from across the area attended the memorial services held in the Dothan Police Department Municipal Courtroom.

The sound of "Amazing Grace" played on the bagpipes reverberated through Memorial Hall at the state Capitol as about 100 people remembered North Dakota law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

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This week, thank a police officer if you can, and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

"You know, being a student and getting into law enforcement it's there every day that it could very well be my family that's up there", says Steven Flanagan, a deputy sheriff with Hand County and part of the academy in Pierre.

The event, which is set for May 19 and 21, includes fellowship, friendly competitions, cruises and other family-oriented activities, as well as seminars on police-related topics.

Spearfish Police Chief Pat Rotert, in his 27th year of law enforcement, 17 of which have taken place in Spearfish, described that he has never worked with a better group of officers than those in the department.

What would cities do without courageous law enforcement officers who are willing to risk their lives to protect the rest of us from violent criminals, theft and other injustices?

Putting more silencers on the street would also diminish the effectiveness of gunshot detection technology, making it harder for police officers to safely respond to and investigate gun crimes, whether they have been called or not. For the civilians that came, I want them to know that there's great law enforcement in this city and county and that we're working for them. While he is often out in the community, officers don't often get to hear about how their work affects lives and the community, he said.

McCollum reminded those in attendance of the deaths of local law enforcement officials since 2000, when Mark Hiatt of the Bryan Police Department was killed in a motorcycle crash. He encouraged school children in the crowd to thank officers and deputies for the work they do and called them heroes.

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