Cincinnati officers mark National Police Week with open houses, parade

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CINCINNATI - This week the Tri-State will honor the men and women who keep its citizens safe.

Events are planned throughout the week for National Police Week.

The tradition was started in 1962 when President John Kennedy signed a proclamation making May 15 Police Officers Memorial Day.

The event has since grown into a weeklong opportunity for people to meet with their local officers and to honors those officers who have fallen in the line of duty.

In Cincinnati, open houses will be held at each of the Cincinnati Police Districts. Citizens will get to meet the officers who work their streets and learn about some of the specialized units such as the Segway and bike patrols, canine and mounted teams and the SWAT team.

The following is the schedule for the open houses at the districts:

· Monday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at District 5
· Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at District 4
· Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at District 3
· Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at District 2
· Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at District 1 and CBS

The event will culminate on Friday with a parade and ceremony at Fountain Square starting at 11 a.m.

During the ceremony, Police Chief James E. Craig is slated to present the Cincinnati Police Medal of Valor to Officer Benjamin Schneider and to Officer Orlando Smith.

Schnieder is being honored for his role in a shooting that happened on Aug. 17, 2012. Schnieder shot and killed 51-year-old Kevin Willingham at a home on York Street while protecting a guardian with Personal Guardianship Services during a wellness check.

Smith is being honored for his role in a gun battle in Avondale that happened on Nov. 21, 2012 . He was among several officers taking part in a drug investigation.

Officials said Dontez Oneal fired on Smith during the incident but missed. When Smith returned fire, he shot and killed Oneal.

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