Brookings residents invited to Back the Blue


BROOKINGS – Brookings area residents will show their gratitude and support for area law enforcement by participating in the Back the Blue Rally/Parade, starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.

The event, hosted and organized by the Brookings Police Department Foundation, aims to give encouragement and uplift the brave officers who demonstrate justice and compassion each day while upholding the law, protecting, honoring, and serving the community. 

“Police officers provide invaluable services to Brookings. The extent of their bravery and sacrifice can go unseen as they address actions of individuals who are faced with difficult challenges like addiction, abuse, mental illness and more – all while offering critical services during times of tragedy, crisis, and even under perilous circumstances where their own wellbeing may be at risk. The work that they do provides safety and security to the community and enhances the overall quality of life of Brookings residents,” the city press release says.

“We are fortunate to live in a community with a dedicated and professional police department that is always prepared to keep Brookings safe,” Brookings Mayor Keith Corbett said.

Local officers take an oath to support the constitution and laws when they join the department, and they are also held to a high standard by the community and to themselves. The City of Brookings has a strong set of values that are embodied by the city’s local law enforcement, city leaders say. 

“As an organization, we support and appreciate all employees that live our vision, mission and core values, especially our local law enforcement,” Brookings City Manager Paul Briseno said. “They provide exceptional services and make our community a safer place, for everyone. I am thankful for our officers’ commitment to each other and Brookings.”  

Community members are encouraged to join together Saturday morning to celebrate Brookings area law enforcement. Residents can participate in the event by lining up (vehicles) at the Brookings East Fire Station by 9 a.m. Saturday or lining Sixth Street to watch the event, hanging flags, or by creating signs. 

The procession will start at the fire station and travel west down Sixth Street to Third Street and conclude at the Brookings Police Department, where Brookings Mayor Keith Corbett will read a proclamation. 

The City of Brookings is reminding attendees that the event is a city permitted event, and those who line the street will be required to adhere to the mask mandate per City Ordinance 20-010.

More information can be found by visiting https://www.facebook.com/BrookingsPoliceDepartment-Foundation.

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