In efforts to pay tribute to the Perry Police Department, Carolyn McNeill, former Director of the Chamber of Commerce proposed a police monument during Perry’s mid-June Rotary Club. McNeill’s plans include a stained, human-sized police officer with a rock backdrop and a blue light shining on the monument. The rock will also include a plaque.
“I want to see our police recognized,” McNeill said. “I want something that is going to stay and be nice.”
McNeill thought of the idea during a May Crime stoppers meeting while she listened to police officers discuss happenings in the Perry community.
“I just thought ‘Well they don’t have anything,’” McNeill said. “The Firemen have their things and they talk and talk about the Bicycle Trails, but what do the police have?”
While a monument had been in talks in the past, plans fell through. This time, she hopes to bring the project to life, honoring those who watch over the town.
“I would like to raise $10-12,000 because the rock is $1,300 and the policeman is $2,000, it could be a little bit more so some of the other things,” McNeill said.
After working closely and having family members involved in the police force, McNeill believes it’s time to pay tribute.
“It hits close to home,” McNeill said. “When I was working for the Chamber, on the City Council for eight years and part of the public safety, they were always so loyal and so good to me - and they are to all of the people.”
The Perry Rotary Club was the first spot for advertising, followed by the Perry Lions Club. McNeill hopes the project will work, honoring those who watch after the citizens.
“I just want it to be a positive thing for Perry,” McNeill said. “I think it would be attractive for the town; when people come into town and they’re looking for the police department, they look for those things.”