The police chief said he is hoping to make the ceremony an annual event.
By PEGGY SINKOVICH
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
WARREN -- A police memorial ceremony will be held at the city municipal justice building May 17 to honor police officers in Trumbull and Mahoning counties killed in the line of duty.
Police Chief John Mandopoulos and Patrol Officer Brian Crites said the ceremony will take place at noon in the front parking lot of the municipal building. The event is free and open to the public.
"During this ceremony, we want to also recognize those who have served this profession honorably and are now retired," Mandopoulos said.
Previous events: Crites and Mandopoulos noted that the department used to hold a memorial ceremony annually but stopped a few years ago.
"We don't know why the event stopped, but I believe it's important to hold this ceremony," Mandopoulos said. "I am hoping to make this an annual event and I look forward to a big turnout."
Crites noted that in the past the police department invited only Trumbull County officers to the memorial but decided this year to include Mahoning County.
"We often find ourselves working with Mahoning County officers and I just feel we should include them in the ceremony," the chief said.
Speakers planned: The ceremony will feature several guest speakers, including retired Cleveland Police Chief Edward Kovacic.
"We will also have bagpipes and the honor guard present," Crites said. "We have invited community officials including local judges."
The chief noted that the ceremony will last about 45 minutes.
A reception will follow the ceremony and will be held at the Warren Police Department Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 34, located at 3303 Parkman Road N.W. Soup, sandwiches and light refreshments will be provided.