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Just one block away from the local memorial, police from around the country will gather to pay respects at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
Stephanie Kaye
Just one block away from the local memorial, police from around the country will gather to pay respects at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

This is Police Week, a time set aside to remember Washington area police officers killed in the line of duty.

More than three hundred local police officers are being remembered during this "Police Week" event, including a special tribute to Stephen Johns, a security guard killed at the Holocaust Memorial Museum last June. But unlike years past, Sergeant Rob Baechtel says so far, 2010 deserves to be celebrated. "We are focused on this year as a celebration. We don't have any new officers to add for our local memorial service. We didn't lose any this last year."

Sergeant Baechtel is Vice President of the local Concerns of Police Survivors chapter. "Our mission is to help the survivors cope with the loss and realize they are still part of the police family."

As they put their lives on the line, Baechtel asks one thing: "When you see an officer, even if it might be a negative experience for you - like when you get a ticket - say something nice to them." And there will be plenty of chances to "say something nice" -- officers from around the country will be in Washington for Police Week.

Stephanie Kaye reports...

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