08/09/2013 12:53 pm ET Updated Aug 09, 2013

Chicago Police Memorial Vandalized, Police Seeking Vandals Responsible For Defacing Monument

Chicago police are on the hunt for the vandals who defaced a memorial dedicated to fallen officers near Soldier Field.

According to WGN, the Gold Star Families Memorial in the 1400 block of South Museum Campus Drive was tagged by vandals early Saturday morning, prompting police to issue an alert.

The writing has been already been removed and no permanent damage was made to the memorial, but Chicago Police Memorial Foundation president Phil Cline told CBS Chicago the defacement was "despicable" and a slap in the face.

Pat Camden, spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police, put it a little more bluntly, calling the vandal or vandals responsible "a piece of s---," according to DNAinfo Chicago.

"To me it's the equivalent of defacing a synagogue," Camden told DNAinfo. "It is a very sacred site to police officers, and we don't take it lightly."

This was not the first time the memorial has been defaced. In June 2012, the memorial was vandalized just ahead of a Father's Day mass that was slated to be held there.

According to ABC Chicago, Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to soon sign a bill that would increase the penalties facing anyone found guilty of defacing public monuments dedicated to first responders or the military.

Anyone with information about the latest vandalism incident is being urged to call detectives at 312-747-8380.