Celebrating Police Week: Fayetteville Police Foundation Highlights

This past week, Fayetteville celebrated National Police Week with a series of events organized by the Fayetteville Police Foundation to honor the dedication and service of the Fayetteville Police Department. Here are the highlights from this year’s celebrations:

Field of Blue Flags

The week kicked off with the “Field of Blue” flag display in front of BJ’s Wholesale Club off of Glensford Dr. This moving tribute, consisting of flags purchased in memory or honor of law enforcement personnel, will remain up until June 13. The display is a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by officers and is open for the community to view.

Proclamation by Mayor and City Council

On May 13, the Fayetteville City Council issued a proclamation officially recognizing National Police Week. This significant event underscores the city’s commitment to supporting its police force and acknowledging their critical role in maintaining public safety.

Mattress Giveaway

Thanks to generous donations from Off-Road Outreach and the Dreams for All Foundation, 150 mattresses were distributed to Fayetteville police officers. This initiative aimed to provide comfort and support to the officers who work tirelessly to keep the community safe.

Police Department Cookout

The Fayetteville Police Foundation, with help from Mission BBQ, stepped up to show appreciation by hosting a cookout for the entire police department on May 14. This event allowed officers to enjoy a delicious meal together, fostering camaraderie and team spirit.

Back the Blue Night

On May 15, the community participated in “Back the Blue” night. Various local businesses, including Jersey Mike’s, Sammio’s, Chick-fil-A, Romeo’s Pizza, ReStore Warehouse, Scrub Oaks, and H8ters, donated a portion of their sales to support the police department. This initiative highlighted the community’s solidarity with law enforcement and provided financial support for their ongoing efforts.

Coffee and Pastries

Each precinct received a sweet surprise on May 16 with the delivery of coffee and pastries. These small tokens of appreciation went a long way in boosting the morale of the officers. Thank you to Duck Donuts and Krispy Kreme for your help here.

Laying of the Wreath Ceremony

A solemn wreath-laying ceremony was held on May 17 in front of the police department. Chief Braden and Pastor Blake Benge of Snyder Memorial Baptist Church led the ceremony, honoring fallen officers and offering prayers for the safety and well-being of the entire department.

Police Ball

The week’s events culminated in the annual Police Ball on May 18 at the Crown Coliseum. This elegant evening provided officers and their guests with a chance to relax, enjoy a good meal, and dance the night away. Community members and local businesses sponsored the event, ensuring that it was a night to remember.

These activities not only honored the officers’ hard work and sacrifice but also strengthened the bond between the police department and the Fayetteville community. The Fayetteville Police Foundation extends its heartfelt thanks to all who participated and supported these events, making Police Week a memorable celebration of our everyday heroes.