“It’s symbolic of community policing – how we represent the quality of life in our community,” said Sgt. Valerie Weiss of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.
It’s a symbol that officials from the sheriff’s department hope will become a permanent monument to law enforcement and corrections officers – past, present and future.
Weiss said her department has already started raising funds for the plaza they hope to have constructed next year in the area across the street from the Ottawa County administration building at the Fillmore Street Complex.
Command officers from the department donated a $1,700 legacy fund to get the project started.
Weiss said she hopes the sale of bricks for the plaza will raise the rest of the $80,000 needed. An estimated 1,700 bricks are needed in the plaza as currently designed.
The project was initiated after the command officers completed a 10-month class, part of which was used to establish a legacy fund for the different police departments participating, Weiss said.
To buy a brick or to make a donation, go to www.miottawa.org. Click on Protector Monument in the Around the County spot on the page.
For more information, contact Weiss at email@example.com, or at 616-738-4622.
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