CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The annual National Police Week ceremony and parade for Cincinnati police and Hamilton County law enforcement will be held Downtown Friday.
This year's event has moved from Fountain Square to the Cincinnati Fire Memorial at Central Parkway and Sixth Street.
The keynote speaker at the 11 a..m ceremony will be Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco.
From the firefighter memorial, law enforcement, their relatives and other supporters will parade up Central Parkway to Ezzard Charles Drive.
A program will follow at the Police Memorial directly across Ezzard Charles Drive from Cincinnati Police District 1 headquarters.
It will symbolize the loss and honor the memory of fallen officers with the "Changing of the Guard," presentation of floral tributes, a buglar playing "Taps," a flyover in the "Missing Man" formation and the 21-gun salute.
A benediction will close the day's events.
Family members of at least four Cincinnati police officers who killed in the line of duty are expected to attend Friday's events, according to the police union.
A member of the Honor Guard will be stationed with the relatives of the following fallen heroes:
- Specialist Ron Jeter
- Patrolman David Cole
- Sgt. Charles Handforf
- Officer Cliff George
During Police Memorial Week, open houses are held at each of the five Cincinnati Police Districts.
This allows citizens the opportunity to meet the officers who work in their neighborhoods and to learn about some of the specialized units. They include canine patrol and detection teams, Segway and bike patrol, and the Special Weapons and Tactics team.
The schedule for open houses at the Districts is:
- Friday: District 1 and Central Business District, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Monday: District 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Tuesday: District 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Wednesday: District 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Thursday: District 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.