Kennewick police officers got a standing ovation at a recent council meeting after Kennewick Mayor Steve Young pronounced May 12-18 National Police Week.
Young said it's important to understand that Kennewick has an officer shortage.
"And yet over the past several years our crime has been going down in the city of Kennewick," he said.
That's because of efforts by city police officers, Young said while standing with 19 officers.
Police Chief Ken Hohenberg said it's never been more complex or dangerous to be an officer as it is today.
"I am very proud of each and every member that I get to come to work with each day," he said.
Area groups are planning events to mark the week:
-- The Fraternal Order of Police Tri-Cities Lodge #7 plans events Saturday at Columbia Park in Kennewick. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., a law enforcement memorial will be on display, including law enforcement, fire response and military vehicles.
At noon, the order's honor guard will present the colors followed by a memorial service. The service will be followed by a barbecue lunch.
There is no fee for this event.
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., there also will be a "Kidz Dig Rigz" event. Kids of all ages will be able to explore race cars, tractors, fire trucks, tanks and other "big rigs."
Cost is $3 per child and $7 per adult. Tickets are available at the Kennewick Ranch and Home and in Kadlec Regional Medical Center's gift shop.
-- The Hermiston Police Department is planning a Meet Your First Responders eventfrom 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Residents can meet their local police officers, eat hot dogs and view police vehicles at 330 S. First St.