Law enforcement officers on the Central Coast and across the country are taking time this week to remember officers who lost their lives on the job.
Tuesday is National Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 13-19 marks National Police Week.
Santa Barbara police officers gathered for a ceremony Tuesday morning in front of the police station downtown.
The last Santa Barbara police officer who died on the job was Detective H. Thomas Guerry. He was shot and killed by a robbery suspect in 1970, according to police. Guerry was 28-years-old.
The Santa Maria Police Department is inviting locals to a memorial ceremony and fundraiser luncheon Wednesday.
The ceremony to honor fallen law enforcement officers will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the police station on W. Betteravia Ave.
Following the ceremony, everyone can enjoy Santa Maria barbecue lunch for $10. Funds benefit the Santa Maria Police Officers Association.
Lompoc police officers will also hold a ceremony Wednesday. It will be from 4-8 p.m. in front of the Lompoc Police Department.
On Thursday, officers from different agencies across San Luis Obispo County will gather in Morro Bay for a ceremony. It’s set for 10 a.m. at Morro Rock. The public is invited to attend the free event.
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It’s also Law Enforcement Night at the downtown SLO farmers’ market Thursday. Downtown SLO has partnered with the San Luis Obispo Police Department to sponsor the special night. Members of SWAT, CHP, FBI and other police agencies will be on hand. If you go, you can check out special vehicles, police equipment and police dogs.