This is National Police Week, which is meant to pay tribute to those that have died in the line of duty, and also serve as a reminder that officers who pin on a badge and tuck a gun into a holster at the start of each shift put themselves at risk every day in order to protect their communities.

Mankato Department of Public Safety Commander Jeremy Clifton said, “It’s a reminder for us that are in this service what an honor it is, a privilege it is, to serve any community – but especially this one – and yet, how dangerous this job is.”

Clifton said the department has been fortunate never to have had a line-of-duty death of an officer, “Although day-to-day the percentages are very low that you’ll actually have to engage or might be in peril, or that your life might be in jeopardy, that is a sobering fact.”

Whenever an officer is killed on the job, Clifton explained it creates a ripple effect on not just the officer’s department but the police community as a whole and, “Those ripples are waves to those family members and police departments, because we have a family here that is a second home. When you lean on a brother or sister to make sure that your life is not in jeopardy, working in a dangerous profession at times, this is a second home. It has to be.

Minnesota’s fallen officers were memorialized Tuesday on the grounds of the state capitol.