BRUNSWICK — The Brunswick Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association provided the police department with an honor garden to serve as a reminder of why they should continue to work hard to serve and protect the community.
“I think that in the back of our heads we’ve always been looking for something like this particular project,” said Sue Esker, alumni association secretary. “The opportunity sort of arose when we were informed that the Brunswick Student Council wanted to give us some money for a project.”
Esker said the organization has worked with the Brunswick High School Student Council in the past. This year’s donation provided the alumni association with a place to start in terms of putting the honor garden together.
The cost of the project and size of the donation was not revealed.
“You know what, I’d rather not say. It’s a gift,” Esker said.
Other partners on the project include Petitti’s Garden Center, the Brunswick Parks Department and Valley City Supply, which all played a part from helping to choose and plant flowers, providing the engraved boulder to helping to get the boulder into place.
“We didn’t do this all by ourselves. We didn’t want to do this all by ourselves,” Esker said.
Planning started for the project in November and work on the honor garden began in the spring. The alumni association revealed the honor garden May 31, showing off flowers planted around a boulder that has a police shield and the word “integrity” carved into it.
“They asked us to give one word that we would want to epitomize the service and dedication to the community,” said Brunswick police Lt. Robert Safran. “That in the end was an easy choice. It was the word ‘integrity.’ Integrity is part of our mission statement.”
The garden is behind the police station, where many officers enter every day for work.
“It’s nice because it’s in an area where all the officers for the Division of Police, they’re going to walk by every day,” Safran said. “It’s a reminder that we are here to serve the community first.”