Hundreds of law enforcement officers are visiting the City of Erie, for the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Convention over the next few days.

The convention opened Monday morning at the Bayfront Convention Center with a memorial service for fallen officers.

About 500 FOP members along with their guest members are in Erie.

They represent state and local police, the Fish and Boat Commission officers, and probation and parole officers.

"What our focus is the next couple days is to remind our members and, hopefully, the public that we're public servants," said Les Neri, FOP president. "We're here to protect and serve, and that's our primary mission. We're going to do our best to do the best job we can."

During the convention, FOP union members will also join in special education seminars and committee meetings on all the issues facing law enforcement across the state.