Kansas Highway Patrol Media Release


NEWS  RELEASE  –  April 29, 2016    #2016-11


CONTACT:   Lieutenant Adam Winters, KHP PIO, (785) 296-6800

In honor of National Police Week, May 15-21, and National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, held annually on May 15, the State of Kansas will be having its annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony on Friday, May 6. A Candlelight Vigil will take place on Thursday, May 5.  The public is encouraged to attend the memorial events that take place in Kansas. 

The 34th Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 6 at the Kansas Statehouse, Second Floor Rotunda, at 12:00 p.m. A wreath-laying ceremony will follow at the Kansas Law Enforcement Monument, which is on the northeast quadrant of the Statehouse grounds. 

The 21st Annual Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial Candlelight Vigil, sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary, Topeka #3, will be on Thursday, May 5, in the First Floor Rotunda area of the Statehouse, with a candle lighting ceremony to follow at the Kansas Law Enforcement Monument. The vigil will begin at 8:00 p.m. 

There will be two names added to the Kansas Law Enforcement Monument this year.
Kansas Highway Patrol Technical Trooper Kent Newport, End of Watch: October 27, 2014
Technical Trooper Kent Newport of the Kansas Highway Patrol died on October 27, 2014, after assisting in the capture of a burglary suspect involved in a high-speed pursuit. At approximately 1:30 p.m., Technical Trooper Newport deployed a tire deflation device along K-96 Highway near Maize, in an attempt to stop the suspect vehicle, which was traveling at speeds greater than 100 mph. Later, his supervisors were advised that Technical Trooper Newport had become seriously ill and was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to a heart attack. 

Topeka Police Department Reserve Police Officer James Buffum, End of Watch: September 13, 1975
Reserve Police Officer James Buffum of the Topeka Police Department died September 13, 1975, after he and a fellow reserve officer struggled with a juvenile offender while taking the youth into custody at the scene of a disturbance. The offender continued his physical aggression towards the officers after arriving at juvenile intake, shoving Officer Buffum against a wall. After the juvenile was secured, Officer Buffum collapsed at the jail. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased due to a heart attack. 

In honor of National Police Week and National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, the Patrol joins COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors) for Project Blue Ribbon. COPS is a national non-profit organization for the families of officers lost in the line of duty. As part of Project Blue Ribbon, the Patrol will be tying blue ribbons to agency-owned vehicles, and encouraging civilians to do the same, to serve as a reminder of the many officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. It also honors those officers who are working every day, putting their lives on the line.  A limited supply of the official COPS ribbons will be available at local KHP troop headquarters, however, any 18-inch strip of royal blue ribbon will show your support.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, in 2015, the U.S. lost 123 law enforcement officers in the line of duty.. So far in 2016, as of April 28, the U.S. has lost 33 officers in the line of duty.

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