The 19th annual Salute to Law Enforcement event, founded in 1994 by CFISD Chief of Police Alan Bragg and the largest known single law enforcement exhibition open to the public, will be held on May 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Willowbrook Mall in the parking lot near Sears.
The free event, aligned with the upcoming National Police Week (May 12-18), was established to honor and remember those officers who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. According to Bragg, Salute to Law Enforcement allows the community an opportunity to visit with local law enforcement agencies and officers and see the many resources used to protect them.
“This is a great event for the entire family and the perfect opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with the law enforcement officers who deliver services to our community,” Bragg said. During the event, Cy-Fair HS senior Troy Sorrells will be one of two recipients selected by the Salute to Law Enforcement committee to receive the Chief Alan Bragg Criminal Justice Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded each year to outstanding students planning to pursue a career in law enforcement.
“Earning this scholarship brings pride and honor to me and to my family. I am very grateful for this award and those who contributed to the scholarship program,” said Sorrells, who plans to attend Sam Houston State University. “Based on my concern for the safety of my community, a strong personal moral standard, and a respect for justice, I have chosen to pursue a respectable career in law enforcement.”
Salute to Law Enforcement is underwritten by Sprint and will showcase at least 80 different agencies, more than 300 officers and 90-plus indoor and outdoor exhibits. The event will start at 10 a.m., with the official opening ceremonies beginning at 11 a.m. featuring a presentation of the flag inside the mall across from Dillard’s. Spring ISD’s Meyer Elementary School Freedom Choir will sing the national anthem followed by a recognition ceremony for event sponsors and dignitaries, scholarship recipients and the organizations receiving donations from the proceeds of the event. Sponsors for the 2013 Salute to Law Enforcement include Bob and Darcy Mingoia, Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union, CFISD Police Department, Cypress Creek EMS, Harris County Precinct 4 – Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Kwik Kopy Store No. 117, St. Luke’s Hospital at The Vintage, Sweet Tomatoes and Willowbrook Mall.
For more information about Salute to Law Enforcement, go to: http://www.salutetolawenforcement.org.