DEPAULIS STAFF, POLICE JOIN FOR GROUNDBREAKING

IT WAS A RARE SIGHT SALT LAKE POLICE AND MEMBERS OF MAYOR PALMER DEPAULIS' STAFF TOGETHER, AND LIKING IT.

ABOUT TWO DOZEN PEOPLE WERE ON HAND MONDAY AFTERNOON FOR THE GROUND BREAKING OF A MICROPARK HONORING POLICE OFFICERS WHO DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY.The 19-foot-by-19-foot plot is adjacent to the Public Safety Building, 315 E. Second South, and construction began immediately after the ceremonies attended by Chief Mike Chabries and Pete Suazo, a DePaulis aide.

The Police Mutual Association, Salt Lake City Police Association and the Central City Community Council Youth Project contributed funds along with donations by a local florist and brick company for the monument.

Within 10 days, a bench, a stone monument, trees, grass and planters will adorn the memorial, said Sgt. Don Campbell, one of the organizers who spent the past eight months planning a suitable remembrance for officers killed in the line of duty.

And west-side youth who are members of a program that has built 16 houses and refurbished another eight will construct the green spot.

The memorial now at the Metropolitan Hall of Justice will be moved to the new spot, Campbell said.