Not half an hour after David Brown was sworn in as Dallas's newest police chief at 3 p.m. sharp today, a caravan of police officers on bicycles rolled up to Dallas Police Department HQ. They're participating in an annual 2,000-mile ride through the state -- the so-called "We Remember" Memorial Trek Across Texas -- during which the riders are stopping in various cities to pay tribute to fellow officers who've lost their lives in active duty. This year's visit to Dallas served as a tribute to Senior Corporal Norman Smith, who was killed in January 2009 while serving an aggravated assault warrant.
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The cyclists were met by the new chief, along with members of the gang unit to which Smith belonged; also there was his widow, Lt. Regina Smith. Heads were bowed, prayers were said, and a wreath was presented to the Dallas Police Honor Guard. Last May, you may recall, a Canadian police officer came to DPD HQ in a Hummer decorated with the names of Smith and Victor Lozada, who was killed in '08 while escorting Hillary Clinton's motorcade.