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Los Angeles Police Department

Los Angeles, California

Prominently sited in the plaza of the Los Angeles Police Department’s new headquarters, the Memorial to Fallen Officers pays moving tribute to those who have died in the line of duty. From a distance, the memorial appears as a solid, textural wall that conveys the shared purpose of public service. Up close, the names of individual officers are visible on more than 2,000 illuminated brass plates that recall badges as icons of law enforcement. Sited between an active entry space and a contemplative garden, the memorial mediates between the two, symbolizing the growing role of police as community mediators.