Representatives of West Virginia Universitys Department of Public Safety and other area law enforcement agencies will remember fallen peace officers in a ceremony at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, outside the Morgantown Public Safety Building.
Officers will observe National Police Week by placing a wreath in front of the statue of a police officer helping a child near the entrance to the Spruce Street facility. Other participating agencies will be the Morgantown, Star City and Westover police departments, Monongalia County Sheriffs Department and the Morgantown detachment of the West Virginia State Police.
“This is a special occasion for those of us in law enforcement,”said WVU Public Safety Director Bob Roberts, who is organizing the ceremony.”I think its important that we take time out of our schedule as police officers to recognize those who have sacrificed their lives for our community and our profession.”
Participating officers will gather at DPS headquarters at the University Services Center, then drive their cruisers in a procession to the ceremony site.
National Police Week honors the men and women in law enforcement who risk their lives each day to protect and serve the citizens in their communities. The week culminates Saturday, May 15, with National Peace OfficersMemorial Day, which honors the more than 16,500 police officers who have died in the line of duty during the past 200 years, including 145 in 2003.
In conjunction with the week, Concerns of Police Survivors Inc. sponsors a”Blue Ribbon Campaign,”distributing ribbons to police departments nationwide as a symbol of respect to those who have died and a show of support to officers working the streets.
Blue ribbons will be present on cruisers in the local procession, Roberts said.
While crime is not nearly as prevalent in the Morgantown area as it is in large cities, local police still face the same risks, Roberts said.
“Violence is unfortunately becoming a part of our culture, and officers face that on a daily basis,”he added.”The reason we do this is because we take pride in the community and want to thank the community for their support.”
On the Web:http://www.nationalcops.org/npw.htm