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Tacoma area prepares tribute for fallen Lakewood police

Two days from now, the families of the four Lakewood police officers killed last week will file past legions of honor guards and waving flags into the Tacoma Dome.

If all goes as planned, the memorial service for Mark Renninger, Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens and Greg Richards will be seamless and elegant, a model of decorum.

But behind the scenes, planning for the event has been anything but decorous.

Logistically, the event is staggering in its complexity.

More than 20,000 law enforcement personnel from across the country are descending on Tacoma for the occasion. Well over 1,000 police cruisers and other emergency vehicles will follow the families to the Dome, blocking traffic and interrupting bus routes for hours.Read this story on