After visiting the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington, D.C., members of the Brighton, Colorado, Police Department decided to build their own monument. For three years, the department and the Fraternal Order of Police lodge raised funds for the memorial, dedicated in 2011. It consists of an open circle that represents the circle of life. The words “valor,” “respect,” and “honor” appear near the top of the semicircular wall. The monument contains pictures and patterns comprised of Native American symbology: an arrow represents protection, alternating triangles indicate day and night, deer tracks symbolize safety and shelter, and the whirlwind and water stand for rebirth and renewal. Lions convey strength, courage, and valor. A light projects a blue aura across the bricks inside the memorial. On the bricks are quotes, dedications, and words of encouragement and protection. A flagpole flies the American and National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial flags.
The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin seeks submissions from agencies that wish to have their memorials featured in the magazine’s Bulletin Honors department. Needed materials include a short description, a photograph, and an endorsement from the agency’s ranking officer. Submissions can be e-mailed to email@example.com or mailed to Editor, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, FBI Academy, Quantico, VA 22135.