Showing support for police officers is as easy as picking up a ribbon.

National Police Week is next week, and Terry Cummings, chaplain for the Hermiston Police Department, is reminding people around town to pick up a ribbon and support local police officers.

“This is just a week for the community to say, ‘Thank you, we appreciate you’ to these men and women who put their lives on the line every day,” Cummings said. “The idea is for people to go around town to some of these businesses, pick up a ribbon and put it on a vehicle to show their support.”

The ribbons are free and available at Ace Hardware, Banner Bank, the Chamber of Commerce office, city hall, the police department and Washington Trust Bank.

Last year, 1,300 ribbons were distributed across the west end of Umatilla County, and Cummings said he hopes to break that record this year. The ribbons come from the “Concerns of Police Survivors” — or C.O.P.S. — organization.

The ribbons were designed to tie around a radio antenna, but Cummings said the ribbons can be displayed anywhere on the vehicle — such as around rear-view mirrors or in a back window — to show support.

National Police Week traces its origins to 1962, when President John F. Kennedy established May 15 as Peace Officer’s Memorial Day. The week in which May 15 falls — beginning on a Sunday — is then National Police Week. Locally, a memorial event is scheduled at Til Taylor Park in Pendleton that week.

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