The local Fraternal Order of Police held a candlelight vigil at Civic Center Park in St. Joseph.
The event is part of Peace Officers Memorial Day honoring officers killed in the line of duty.
"The minute a law enforcement officer puts on that uniform, he's in danger," said Bill Albertson, vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 of St. Joseph.
"There are people that will attack him just for that reason because he's wearing a uniform," he said. "The danger doesn't stop with different calls at work, different situations like domestic violence, people shooting, people with guns."
This was the 14th year for the candlelight vigil and ceremony.