Laurel Police Department holds Peace Officer's Memorial Ceremony

Laurel Police Department holds Peace Officer's Memorial Ceremony

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Laurel Police Department held its annual Peace Officer's Memorial Ceremony on Thursday to honor law enforcement officers killed in
the line of duty. 

Departments from across the Pine Belt were in attendance, including Ellisville Police Department, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Jones County Sheriff's Department and the Hattiesburg Police Department. 

The ceremony featured guest speaker, Richard M.Brown Sr., a community leader and owner of Hair World in Laurel.

Brown spoke of the importance of having a police department that is engaged with the community, and said that he believes the Laurel Police Department is a model for police departments across the country. 

The ceremony also included the reading of those officer's names who were killed in the line of duty in the past year, as well as the names of fallen canine officers that have died during their service. 

There was also a laying of the wreath, followed by a moment of silence that ended with playing of taps and a song of remembrance. 

There was a special presentation to honor Trooper Trea Staples, a former Laurel Police Officer who is now a Mississippi State Trooper and was wounded a few months ago while on duty.