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The event was held in conjunction with the annual Police Officers Memorial Ceremony at the Elgin Police Department.

The sniper was eventually killed by a robot carrying an explosive as he hid in El Centro College.

Wynn then hailed those who are training to join the Pittsfield Police Department.

Police officers and city leaders gathered at DART Police Headquarters to remember Thompson and other fallen officers. "These officers died doing what they (were) trained and sworn to do". They talked about the importance of the day and that it's not we versus law enforcement but we versus the forces of evil.

"Most return home every night to their loved ones", he said.

The sound of "Amazing Grace" played on the bagpipes reverberated through Memorial Hall at the state Capitol as about 100 people remembered North Dakota law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

In tribute to the American law enforcement officers at the request of the national Law enforcement officers Memorial fund, public wall 103 - 322 designates May 15 national peace officers Memorial day, which is one of only two days each year during which government agencies, businesses, and residents are to fly their USA flags at half-staff. Departments across the country generally observe local memorial ceremonies during that week.

The Resident Officer Program of Elgin (ROPE) is one example of that, he said. Because they did feel safe in our community, that is because of our law enforcement.

Traxler said, "All of us together are able to work together as one group to provide the best service for our community". It was first observed in the early 1960s and signed into law by President Kennedy.

A wreath with patches from the five agencies, Lamar and Forrest County Sheriff's Department, Petal and Hattiesburg Police and Mississippi Highway Patrol was placed at the base of a flag during the ceremony.

"They deserve our honor", he said. She now serves on the board of the Virginia chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, she said. "With their service comes great risk and sacrifice", Santa Maria Police Lt. Dan Cohen said at the start of Wednesday's gathering.

He said he asked her if she could make it.

The chief called it the worst day in DPD history.

Over the last 10 years, 537 of the more than 1,500 officers who died in the line of duty were shot to death. It included representatives of eight area departments. The preliminary numbers released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation indicate that line of duty deaths increased by 61 percent from 41 deaths in 2015. "We just need to show more respect across the board; not just police officers, but everybody".