Park City will be draped in blue for law enforcement |

Park City will be draped in blue for law enforcement


Park City on Saturday will be draped in blue.

Wives of members of the Park City Police Department have organized an event on Saturday to support law enforcement officers after the shooting death of Darren Goforth, a deputy in Harris County, Texas.

MeriAnn Boxall, the wife of Park City officer Art Boxall, said in an interview law enforcement officers in the United States are being ambushed more than they have been in the past. Officers in the nation do not feel the support and the love from a community that they once enjoyed, she said.

"I think they’re more cautious. They pay more attention. They’re watching their back more," she said, adding that police officers are "on edge even more" than in the past.

Boxall has been a Park City officer since mid-2013. It is his first job in law enforcement.

The Saturday event is scheduled at The Market at Park City starting at 9 a.m. and ending at noon. It is part of the ‘Back the Blue’ movement in support of the police. There will be blue ribbons showing support for law enforcement available. Boxall said blue ribbons will be distributed to wear or to post on homes. So-called thin blue lines will be available to put in the back window of vehicles. They are removable.

"The wives of the Park City Police Department are joining this campaign in an effort to bring much needed appreciation to the men and women of law enforcement nationwide . . . ," a statement announcing the event says.

Wade Carpenter, the chief of police, said the Park City community supports law enforcement. He hopes members of the Police Department understand the community support. The spouses of police officers "see and feel and understand what goes on behind the scene," Carpenter said.

Carpenter said Park City officers are by choice in law enforcement in the community.

"They feel it’s an honorable profession, as do I," he said.

The police chief said the majority of people in the United States respect and appreciate members of law enforcement. But others do not, he acknowledged.

"There’s no question that law enforcement has been under attack," Carpenter said.

For more information about the event, contact MeriAnn Boxall at 491-0313.

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