New recruits to honor fallen officers

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The training director for the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Dept. has launched a running event for new recruits to honor fallen officers.

Gary Taylor launched a Run to Remember, in which new recruits will run to the Police Memorial in front of Police Headquarters.

The run completes the trainees' last week of training that includes 11 weeks at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center-Garden City and six weeks in-house SCMPD Patrol School.

The event recognizes May as the National Law Enforcement Memorial Month.

The run gives new recruits and long-term members of the department a chance to interact as they join together to honor fallen officers and has brought in members of other law enforcement and firefighting organizations and even the public to help build the event, according to SCMPD.

Staging for the run starts at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Forsyth Park. The run starts at 9:30. It works its way north on Drayton to Oglethorpe Street and then east to Police Headquarters at Habersham Street.

The recruits will lay a wreath at the Police Memorial Monument in the grassy median of Oglethorpe in a brief ceremony. Elder Willie Ferrell of the SCMPD Police Chaplains' Corps will deliver the invocation.

The public is invited to attend and join the run.

On Friday, the 22 recruits officially will be inducted into the department in the Pinning Ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Armstrong Atlantic State University Auditorium in Armstrong Center.

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