Tributes to local officers cap Police Week

Officers stand at attention during an annual ceremony paying tribute to fallen comrades in Cranston, R.I., May 16, 2014. (Photo by Scott Del Sole, WPRI-TV)

(WPRI) — This week, National Police Week, has seen several tributes to those killed or injured in the line of duty. Friday, both Cranston and Providence held ceremonies to celebrate their officers.

In Cranston, officers held the 22nd Annual Police Memorial Service at the city’s police headquarters. Cranston’s acting police chief, Kevin Barry, said there’s a chance an officer might not come home every day he or she puts on a uniform.

For National Police Week, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers are converging on Washington, DC in tribute.

“It’s so important, because it recognizes the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice in their law enforcement profession,” said Acting Chief Barry.

Cranston officers may have a little more reason for pause at Friday’s ceremony; just a few weeks ago, one of their officers was involved in a shooting incident. While nobody was hurt when the shots were fired, the potential for injury or death comes with the job.

In Providence, Mayor Angel Taveras, Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Pare and Col. Hugh T. Clements, Jr. joined police officers gathered for a wreath-laying ceremony at the the Public Safety Complex on Friday morning. The ceremony also honored the memory of retired members of the department who passed away during the past year.

The ceremonies in both cities were also punctuated by gun salutes and performances by bagpipers.

National Police Week ends Saturday.

Madeline Wright in East Providence, Allison Gaito in Providence, and Susan Campbell in Cranston contributed to this story.

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