The Virginia Beach Police Department will drape its officers’ badges until July 15, in recognition of Thursday’s Dallas shooting in which five law enforcement officers were killed and another seven were injured.
“This morning we learned of the mass shooting of 12 Dallas Police Officers,” reads a message posted Friday on the Virginia Beach Police Department Facebook page. “In the spirit of the nobility of policing, these officers were protecting the constitutional rights of citizens to rally and protest.”
The city’s Police Department stands in solidarity with the fallen Dallas officers, the statement by Chief James Cervera said.
“The thoughts and prayers of the men and women of the Virginia Beach Police Department go out to these officers, their families, the Dallas Police Department, and the City of Dallas,” the statement reads.
“In honor of the five officers who lost their lives protecting the citizens of Dallas, the sworn members of the Virginia Beach Police Department will drape their badges until July 15, 2016, as a sign of respect and a tribute to the courageous actions, their courageous sacrifice.”