Peace Officers Memorial Day Recognition
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Law enforcement is asking for residents to shine a blue light on houses and businesses this week to honor men and women who were killed in the line of duty.
National police week is from May 12 through May 18, and Wednesday is Peace Officers Memorial Day.
The event recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement.
This past year along the Western Slope, no police officers were lost, but for the state, it's a different story.
"This year it was 127 officers nationwide; we lost six [police officers] just in Colorado. It was one of the leading states this year for losing police officers. It [police week] gives us a chance to take some time to honor their sacrifice, and also celebrate and honor the work that our officers do on a daily basis," said Chief John Camper, with the Grand Junction Police Department.
Tonight at 6:30 tours of police vehicles will be given at the Grand Junction Police Department.
At 7:30 tonight, a memorial vigil will be held at the Grand Junction Police Department with performances by the Combined Honor Guard and Rifle Salute Team.