BEND, OR -- Law enforcement from across Central Oregon will honor those killed in the line of duty, and those who continue to serve across the country, at a memorial Tuesday.
There haven't been any local casualties, but Bend Police Lt. Clint Burleigh hopes today's event will show how much law enforcement care about the public. "Our job as police is to represent our community, protect our community and go forward with our how our community wants to live," He tells KBND. "No one ever wants to see tension between the community members and law enforcement. We're here to help people."
He also says local agencies want today's event to reflect that force is not the first line of action. "Being a police officer, there's definitely a microscope, whether it's in Bend, Oregon or Central California, Washington, New York City, wherever. I believe there's always people looking at police officers, and we should be the people setting the example, doing the right thing.
Today's ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at the Bend Heroes Memorial in Brooks Park. It is open to the public.