National Police Week starts with ceremony in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG, W. Va. (WTAP) - Law enforcement and families gather to remember all the lives lost in the past year and recognize the everyday work of police.

Monday begins National Police Week. Parkersburg City Hall played host to dozens for a ceremony commemorating the efforts of law enforcement officials.

The ceremony opened with the laying of memorial wreaths to honor the lives lost in the line of duty in the past year.

Along with Officer of the Year, awards were also given for civilians who contribute to law enforcement.

"Probably aside from Christmas and my kid's birthdays, this is the most important day of the year for me," Parkersburg police sergeant Beniah Depue said. "I want to make sure every year we come, we do it right, we represent all those officers that paid the ultimate price in the last year and we give those awards to those who have earned them."

There were several guest speakers in attendance, including West Virginia Speaker of the House Tim Armstead.

National Police Week is celebrated every May.

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