As the Los Angeles Police Department reels from back-to-back deaths of officers in recent weeks, city officials unveiled a plan Thursday to install hundreds of street signs to honor those who have died in the line of duty.
Since the department's inception, 207 officers have made the "ultimate sacrifice," Mayor Eric Garcetti said at an event marking Police Memorial Week.
Roses are placed near the names of the fallen at the conclusion of the event honoring more than 200 officers killed over the years in the line of duty. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
As a joint project between the Police Department, the L.A. Department of Transportation and city officials, 207 signs will be put up at intersections near where the officers were killed. For those who died outside the city, their signs will be installed near the officer's police station, the downtown administration building or the Elysian Park Academy grounds.
The signs will be created and installed over the next six months. The first went up earlier this week at 2nd and Main streets in downtown. It commemorates Officer Edward Wilhoit, who was shot four times and killed in 1924 by a suspect carrying a concealed weapon, the Los Angeles Times reports.