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Two years since monument was erected, National Police Week

By Charlotte Smith

Two years ago today on May 15th, the Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers Association erected a monument in honor of the fallen officers in Bladen County. Many recognize the service and sacrifice of federal, state, local, and tribal police officers.


The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office hosted the 2019 Peace Officers Memorial Service last Wednesday. During the ceremony Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker unveiled two new flagstones to honor Officer James ARA Smith and Trooper Kevin K. Conner. Both men died in the line of duty within the past year.

National Police Week, which is being observed Sunday, May 12 to Saturday, May 18, 2019 is to honor law enforcement officers. Local citizens recognize this week  by participating in “Adopt A Cop”.

Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop offers citizens an opportunity twice per year to show their support for law enforcement. The program allows citizens the opportunity to show their appreciation by adopting an officer and providing them with small gifts and a thank you note. Adoptions include all local law enforcement officers, K-9s as well as their handlers. The appreciation campaign has been going on for a several years now. The program was first organized by Melanie Davis, a local law enforcement officer’s wife.

If you are interested in adopting an officer or making a donation, contact Davis by calling 910-308-8148, by email at

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2019 Bladen County Peace Officers Memorial Service

Adopt-A-Cop for National Peace Officers Week

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