National Police Week to be observed by remembering fallen
In recognition of National Police Week 2016, May 15-21, communities across the United States will come together to honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind.
o There are approximately 900,000 law enforcement officers serving communities throughout the U.S.;
o There were 15,725 assaults against law enforcement officers in 2014, resulting in approximately 13,824 injuries;
o Since the first recorded death in 1791, more than 20,000 law enforcement officers in the United States have made the ultimate sacrifice and been killed in the line of duty;
o The names of these dedicated public servants are engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC;
o 252 new names of fallen heroes will be formally dedicated during the 28th Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13, 2016. These names include 123 officers killed in 2015 and 129 officers killed in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice has been lost to history until now;
o May 15, 2016, is designated as Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of all fallen officers and their families and U.S. flags should be flown at half-staff.
Barb Dinkel Goodrich
General Crime Services Coordinator
Hands of Hope Resource Center – Todd County