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Special Recognition: Law Enforcement Memoril Garden

December 2018

The EDC 2020 Keystone Awards recognize two Special Recognition projects that brought a major impact on the community. This one brings a unique impact for Metropolitan Kansas City: the Law Enforcement Memorial Garden.

Opened in October, the Memorial Garden recognizes the lives lost in Clay, Platte, Jackson and Cass counties, as well as state, federal, railroad and conservation officers from the region. Representing a nearly $4 million investment, the garden currently honors a total of 147 local, state and federal officers who were killed in the line of duty.

Located behind the Kansas City Regional Police Academy and the Shoal Creek Patrol Station, the beautiful, multi-level park provides a place for reflection and teaching future generations.

With more than three and a half acres of land, the area includes walking trails and benches with stone monuments engraved with fallen officers' names. A technological feature tells about all the officers killed in the line of duty.

Led by former Kansas City Police Commissioner John Dillingham and Kansas City Councilwoman Heather Hall, the garden is the culmination of an over two-year fund raising.

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