Dallas County Approves New Officer Memorial

Steven Pickering
June 06, 2018 - 5:47 am

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Dallas County Commissioners have approved plans for a new memorial honoring law enforcement officers who gave their lives in the line of duty. The sculpture will be installed in Founders Plaza in downtown Dallas.

"This is about honoring the public servants across this country that do a difficult job every day, day in and day out, without knowing what dangers they're walking in to," said Sergeant Demetrick Pennie with the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation.

The Foundation started work on the project after the attack on police officers in downtown Dallas in July of 2016, but the memorial will not be tied specifically to those officers. "We're not talking about a specific incident. We're not talking about the other social issues across this country," said Sgt. Pennie. "We are talking about law enforcement officers that do a difficult job...and we want to make sure we are respecting that here in Dallas County."

County Commissioners reviewed a design for the memorial, which calls for a bronze sculpture of a woman and child hugging a police officer. The Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation is working to raise just over $500,000 for the project. The artist commissioned for the work estimates it could take up to 18 months to finish.