This week in Broome County, it's the local observance of Police Week. It is a week that's dedicated to the memory and service of law enforcement personnel who gave their lives in the line of duty. Ronald Reagan declared National Police Week to be the first full week in May. Traditionally local agencies hold the activity the week before the national event so local police officers and their families can attend the national ceremonies in Washington DC.

The Broome County Police Week comes to a close today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City. Just about every local Department of Law Enforcement will be on hand. According to the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Memorial Association's Facebook page, there will be equipment and cruisers on display inside the mall. The Endicott Police Department will hold a bomb squad demonstration beginning at 2 Saturday. There will also be child safety seat inspections conducted by the New York State Police, the State University Police and the Vestal Police Department Saturday from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Oakdale Mall near Key Bank. The Binghamton and JC police will hold live K-9 demonstrations from 1 till 3 tomorrow.

Even if you can't make it to the mall, take a second and think of the family members who lost loved ones that were just doing their jobs keeping up safe. Cops never know when they kiss their children goodbye as they head out the door if that will be the last time they ever see them. I for one thank all of our brave men and women in blue for risking their lives on a daily basis to protect ours.


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