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The Lompoc Police Department commemorated Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day on Wednesday with an upbeat gathering that included open exhibits featuring the department’s equipment and vehicles, and a wide range of culinary treats.

Hundreds of people turned out for the Lompoc Police Department's second Food Truck Fest, one of many events nationwide marking Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, which were first observed in 1962 at the urging of then-President John F. Kennedy.

Wednesday’s Food Truck Fest was larger than the first event put on by the department in 2017. It included more food trucks — eight total — as well as games and activities for children, a mobile law enforcement museum and static displays by the Lompoc Police Department, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Maria Police Department, California Highway Patrol and Vandenberg Security Police, among other agencies.

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At Tuesday night’s Lompoc City Council meeting, Lompoc Police Chief Pat Walsh accepted a proclamation from Mayor Bob Lingl that recognized Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day locally. The proclamation noted that 93 officers had been killed in the line of duty in the U.S. over the past year.

“It’s meaningful to us that you would give us this proclamation,” Walsh said to Lingl at the meeting.

Among the other organizations that helped put on Wednesday’s event were Lompoc Foursquare Church and the Healthy Lompoc Coalition.

This report was prepared by Willis Jacobson. He can be reached at wjacobson@leecentralcoastnews.com.

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