Open houses at each Police District; Ceremonies begin at 11:00 a.m. Friday at Fire Memorial
CINCINNATI — Members of law enforcement have come together with the residents they serve for more than 50 years to recognize the dedication of peace officers and to honor those killed in the line of duty. That tradition will continue next week in Cincinnati — and across the country — as part of National Police Week.
In 1962 President John Kennedy signed the proclamation declaring May 15 Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week has come to be known as National Police Week. As part of the celebration, ceremonies and events throughout the week bring the community together to honor those who serve and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Ceremonies and Parade Friday, May 11 at the Fire Memorial (Sixth Street and Central Avenue) in Downtown Cincinnati (VIEW PHOTOS)
The many departments and agencies that make up Hamilton County’s Law Enforcement Community held their traditional Police Memorial observance on Friday, May 11. Ceremonies began at the Fire Memorial in Downtown Cincinnati, with the assembled Honor Guards’ call to order and a rendering of our national anthem.
The parade then formed outside the Duke Energy Convention Center with members of all area law enforcement agencies, their families, friends and supporters marching north on Central Avenue to the Police Memorial (311 Ezzard Charles Dr.) for final ceremonies.
The changing of the guard opened the program at the Police Memorial. Elements of the ceremonies symbolize loss and honor the memory of fallen officers: presentation of floral tributes; the bugler sounding Taps; a flyover in the “missing man” formation; and a 21-gun salute. A benediction closed the formal ceremonies.
Open Houses at Each District
During Police Memorial Week, open houses at each of the Cincinnati Police Districts allow citizens to meet the officers who work in their neighborhoods and to learn about some of the specialized units such as canine patrol and detection teams, Segway and bike patrol, and the Special Weapons and Tactics team. The schedule for open houses at the Districts is as follows:
Friday May 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. District 1 and CBS
Monday May 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. District 5
Tuesday May 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. District 2
Wednesday May 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. District 3
Thursday May 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. District 4