MANSFIELD – To honor the start of National Police Week, Mansfield police conducted a ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday on the square downtown at the Police Memorial across from the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office.
The Mansfield Police Honor Guard Monday performed a 21-gun salute downtown in honor of National Police Week. Mansfield News Journal
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation that designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.
In recognition of law enforcement officers in Mansfield and throughout the country, the U.S. Congress this year designated May 10 through May 16 as Police Week.
Mansfield police Chief Keith Porch said Peace Officers Memorial Day will be held on Friday “and we ask that all residents take advantage of this opportunity to honor the men and women who serve Mansfield as police officers, in their own way.”
In Monday’s ceremony, Mansfield police Lt. Det. Rob Skropits placed a white carnation on the Mansfield police memorial and the Mansfield Police Honor Guard performed a 21-gun salute.
Mansfield police Capt. Shari Robertson said the police memorial will soon have two additional monuments added to the site. They were to be in place for Monday’s ceremony but were delayed and have just been shipped, she said.
The current memorial reads, “Dedicated to all members of the Mansfield Police Department past and present who have served this community with pride and dignity and dedication since 1857. May God be with our fallen brothers who have died in the line of duty.”
A group of Mansfield police and retired Mansfield police officers attended the ceremony in the brisk weather.