National Police Week hits close to home for Biloxi PD

This week is ‘National Police Week,’ a week when tens of thousands of law enforcement officers join together in Washington D.C. to honor men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

This year, however, looks very different for those families and frontline workers as planned events in the nation’s capital and across the country have been canceled due to COVID-19.

Instead, on Wednesday night, names of last year’s fallen officers across the state of Mississippi and the country will be read aloud in an online vigil for families to continue to honor their loved ones.

Sgt. Joey Payne with the Biloxi Police Department says this year really hits close to home. “Every other year it affected us, but not like it does this year. This year one of our own officers that we all worked with, that we were all friends with, and we were gonna have a big group that was going up to D.C. to honor Mac, Officer McKeithen. And usually every year we do a big event here where we honor all our past fallen officers and this year we can’t do that. The fact that we can’t all come together and honor Officer McKeithen hurts, it’s devastating, but we’re gonna stay to the mission and we’re gonna keep doing our jobs just like Officer McKeithen would want us to.”

‘National Police Week’ this year runs through May 16th.

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