Chief Ed Moore of the Hudson Police Department announced yesterday an initiative to create a memorial garden at the police and court building at Union and Seventh streets. His message, which appeared on Facebook, appears below, after the rendering of the proposed garden.
I have joined a group of retired police officers and local citizens who are interested in beautifying the police and court building. It is our intent to raise money through donations and construct a 40' x 40' memorial park in front of the building. The park will include an engraved marble slab, flagpole, several benches, landscaping (to include flowering trees, flowers, and ground cover) and stairs from Union Street. The park will be dedicated to all police officers and employees of the department who have served this city.
The beginning of our department traces back to the original nightwatch more than 200 years ago, long before the term "police" become popular. Unfortunately, the city has very few historical records, artifacts, or memorials that acknowledge this long history. It only seems right to create a tribute. At the same time, as our city restores many of its old buildings, we can also make our building more attractive and inviting.
To some, it may seem counterintuitive or provocative to acknowledge police officers while our nation explores ways to reform and improve law enforcement. I don't see it that way. This is the perfect time to honor public service, commemorate those who have served with bravery and integrity, and to reinforce those values to our current officers.
The park, with its marble monument stone, will serve as a constant visual reminder to our police officers that dedication to public service will be recognized and memorialized.
We will also have to decide on a proper engraving for our memorial. One quote to consider comes from Dr. George F. Chandler in his book The Policeman's Art. It reads:
"The police shall give the maximum protection with the minimum interference with the lawful rights of our citizens."
Or perhaps the one we all learned at the police academy, Sir Robert Peel's:
"The Police are the Public; the Public are the Police."
I think everyone can get on board with a timely reminder about the true nature and desired standard for police work: bravery, service, integrity.
To learn more about the initiative, visit the Facebook page dedicated to the Memorial Garden: facebook.com/HPDMemorialGarden/. To make an online contribution to the initiative, click here.