BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The memorial for East Baton Rouge law enforcement is being moved, as the city-parish prepares to create more green space behind city hall.
"It's part of the city's master plan to restore the area back there and waterproof the garage," said William Daniel, the interim chief administrative officer.
Later this week, an honor guard will escort the monument across town to a site on the campus of the Baton Rouge Police Department headquarters.
The Peace Officer Memorial has stood as a place of honor in the parish for several years. It memorializes fallen members of the Baton Rouge Police Deparment, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and Louisiana State Police.
"We have three more names that we have to put on it this year for the memorial. It's very close to everyone's heart, especially to law enforcement," said BRPD Chief Carl Dabadie, referencing the three officers killed in the police ambush of 2016.
The police department and the mayor's office are in talks to find a new permanent home for the memorial, possibly downtown. Representatives from both organizations say they want the monument to be bigger and better than ever before.
"We want a location that is accessible to the public, where the monument can be viewed respectfully," Daniel added.
"Maybe something with an eternal flame or something along those lines. Something really nice that we can be proud of and serve these officers' lives with dignity," Dabadie explained.
Depending on how conversations go, the memorial could even end up close to where it is currently located. The construction behind city hall could last several months.