MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Members of local, state and federal agencies gathered Friday in Riley County to honor those killed in the line of duty.
The Riley County Police Department hosted their annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony at their headquarters.
The ceremony recognized the six officers killed in action in Riley County over the years and all officer who’ve lost their lives on the job, including the two policemen killed in Topeka this past December.
Several Riley County and Manhattan officials spoke during the ceremony as well as members of the law enforcement community, including RCPD Director Brad Schoen.
“You know as sad as those events are, it’s important that law enforcement officers everywhere understand that just because something like that happens, it doesn’t make the community our enemy. We know and we train for those scenarios where we need to be cautious and we know how to deal with individuals who are problematic but the problem is when we begin to view everybody as part of the problem because it’s not that way in any community. That was my message to my officers- the public is your ally,” Schoen said.
The RCPD also recognized all of their employees for their service to the public.