In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Officer’s Memorial Week (May 15-21, 2016). This week, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converged on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events to honor our men and women in blue.
Last year, 123 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officers were killed in the line of duty nationwide. On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 61 hours. Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1791, more than 20,000 American police have made the ultimate sacrifice to make the communities they serve more safe and secure.
Whether it’s something small, like teaching safety classes at a local school, or something big, like rushing to the scene of an accident or a home burglary, police officers are on the ground, keeping our communities safe, day and night.
During this Police Appreciation Week, we honor and remember all law enforcement officers nationwide who made the ultimate sacrifice. In tribute, Sonitrol New England would like to salute the police officers who protect and serve our country each and every day. Thank you for going above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you for your tireless efforts to make our communities safe and secure. We are forever grateful to you for your service, dedication, and brave sacrifice.
Many officers have made a significant difference in someone’s life. Many will never get recognized for their kindness. Whenever you get the chance, take the time to personally thank a police officer for their service and the risks they take every day to maintain peace and safety.
Please join Sonitrol New England as we say thanks to our men and women in blue this National Police Week, May 15 – 21. Donations to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund can be made at nleomf.org.