Topeka – In accordance with Executive Order 10-12, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff from sun-up to sun-down on Friday, May 5 in honor of the Kansas Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day.

The 35th annual Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony will be held beginning at noon Friday in the second floor rotunda of the Statehouse.

“Today provides an opportunity for us to remember the devotion and commitment of officers across our state and honor their sacrifices,” said Governor Brownback. “We pay special tribute to those who have paid the ultimate price in helping to keep us safe.”

The names of three Kansas law enforcement officers – Kansas City, Kansas Police Department Detective Brand Lancaster and Captain Robert Melton, and Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Master Deputy Brandon Collins – will be added to the memorial and honored this year. Detective Lancaster passed away in May 2016 from gunshot injuries incurred while pursuing a fleeing suspect. Captain Melton passed away in July 2016 from gunshot injuries incurred during pursuit of multiple suspects. Master Deputy Collins passed away when his patrol vehicle was struck from behind by a pickup truck traveling at high speeds.

With the addition of Detective Lancaster, Captain Melton and Master Deputy Collins, the names of 277 law enforcement officers are engraved on the Kansas Law Enforcement Officers Memorial located on the northeast corner of the capitol grounds.

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