Both state and local governmental entities are recognizing Police Week over the next several days.
For example, the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission (OTIC) has joined the Light Ohio Blue campaign to show support for law enforcement personnel who protect our communities throughout the state of Ohio.
The Commission will shine blue lights on Post 90 (Milan) of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the administration building in Berea and on its 14 Service Plazas and eight Maintenance Buildings along the 241-mile Ohio Turnpike.
“The Ohio State Highway Patrol and all law enforcement personnel deserve our gratitude for the protection they provide,” said OTIC Chairman Jerry N. Hruby, himself a former police lieutenant. “We will light our facilities in blue along the Ohio Turnpike to honor law enforcement personnel and to pay respect to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” said Executive Director Ferzan M. Ahmed, P.E.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation to designate May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. The Light Ohio Blue campaign coincides with activities associated with Police Week. This year’s campaign runs from Wednesday, May 8 to Thursday, May 16.
Businesses and residents are encouraged to show their support for law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty and those currently serving, both sworn and civilian staff.
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Locally, the City of Mansfield is asking that all residents recognize Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15 in their own way. All during Police Week, Mansfield officers will wear mourning badges. Further, the Mansfield Police Honor Guard will recognize fallen officers with a ceremony on the second floor of the Mansfield Municipal Building at 9:00 on Wednesday. Everyone is invited to attend.