Local police officers celebrate National Police Week in Washington, D.C.

Eight police officers from the Tri-Cities celebrate National Police Week in Washington, D.C. The week was originally proclaimed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 as a way for police officers to come together nationwide to pay respects to those lost in the line of duty.

The event attracts thousands of law enforcement officers from all over the country to participate in a variety of Police Week activities, including a Candlelight Vigil, the 36th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, and the
Annual Steve Young National Honor Guard Competition and Pipe Band Competition, to name a few.

Local police officers celebrate National Police Week in Washington, D.C.

“It gives you an opportunity to renew and refresh the reasons why you became a police officer,” said Captain Mike Cobb with Richland Police Department. “In addition to being able to grieve with a lot of people who share your same experiences, it kind of renews that perspective on why I became a cop and the people that I serve.”

This year, over 100 officers will be remembered for their service, with ceremonies honoring those fallen in 2016 and on September 11th.