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AG Derek Schmidt, Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial organizations announce plans to expand the Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial

Release Date: Nov 19, 2018
Kansas AG Derek Schmidt - Law Enforcement Memorial Press Conference

New website launched to provide digital space honoring fallen law enforcement officers

TOPEKA – (November 19, 2018) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, along with members of the Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial Advisory Committee and the Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation, today announced plans to expand and renovate the Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial. The memorial, located on the northeast corner of the Statehouse grounds, honors Kansas law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

“The Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial stands as a permanent reminder to all Kansans of the sacrifice made by the 281 law enforcement officers whose names are inscribed on the memorial,” Schmidt said. “Today, we’re announcing plans to make sure the memorial continues to honor their memories with dignity for generations to come. I am deeply grateful to all who have worked so hard to make this important project a reality, as well as to every officer who honorably serves Kansas each and every day.”

The project, estimated to cost just under $500,000, will add an outer ring to the current memorial. Additional lighting and other modifications to the existing site are also planned and have received the required approvals.

Another component of the project, a website dedicated to the Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial, was also launched today. Designed by NIC, Inc., of Olathe, the website contains biographies of each officer whose name is enshrined on the memorial. As part of the renovation plans, each panel of the memorial will be numbered, and the mobile-friendly website will allow visitors to the memorial to search for the location of a particular officer’s name.

So far, the Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation has raised about $425,000 from major donors toward the total cost of the renovation. Those donors are recognized on the new website. Schmidt today announced a two-pronged approach to raise the remainder of the funds for the project. First, members of the public may donate any amount to the Foundation through the new website. Second, the Foundation is challenging Kansas law enforcement agencies to raise and contribute $10 per officer toward the project.

“This law enforcement challenge is intended to enable Kansas law enforcement officers themselves to carry this Memorial project across the finish line,” said Schmidt, noting that Kansas has about 8,000 officers statewide. “For about the price of one lunch – $10 – every officer in Kansas will have the opportunity to be part of maintaining and expanding the memorial.”

More information about the memorial and the expansion project, including information about making a donation, are available on the new website, www.kansaslawenforcementmemorial.com.

Photo Caption: Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt unveils plans to expand and renovate the Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial on the Statehouse grounds in Topeka.

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