Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The Mount Pleasant Police Department will kickoff National Police Week on Friday, May 10, from noon to 7 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, 1600 Palmetto Grande Drive.
“National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community,” said Police Chief Carl Ritchie.
“National Police Week 2013 will be Sunday, May 12 through May 18 and we plan to be at the Towne Centre on Friday, May 10 to pay special recognition to those law enforcement officers who serve our community.”
“We invite members of our community to come out to the Mount Pleasant Towne Centre and join us in recognizing the men and women of the Mount Pleasant Police Department and honoring those who have fallen protecting their community,” added Chief Ritchie.
“We will remember our own fallen hero, Mount Pleasant Police Officer Vaughn Kee, who was killed in 1985 after being struck by a drunk driver.”
The Mount Pleasant Police Department will be out in force at the Mount Pleasant Towne Centre on May 10 to commemorate National Police Week and to showcase the department’s resources to promote public safety.
Public displays will include the following:
• Police boat
• SWAT Team
• Police bikes
• Traffic cars
• Crime Scene Unit
• Recruitment booth
• Police Citizens Academy
• Civil Disturbance Unit
• Crime Prevention
• Animal Control
• Community Service Officers
• Training Unit
The Candlelight Vigil is one of many commemorative events taking place in the nation’s capital during National Police Week 2013. The national observance is organized by a group of organizations led by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), Concerns of Police Survivors, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary.
On May 15 each year, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary host a ceremony on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol to honor fallen law enforcement officers and their families.
In tribute to American law enforcement officers and at the request of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Public Law 103-322 designates May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is one of only two days each year during which government agencies, businesses and residents are to fly their U.S. flags at half-staff.
This year, the names of 320 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.
These 320 officers include 119 officers who were killed during 2012, plus 201 officers who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now.
For more information about National Police Week, please visit www.LawMemorial.org/policeweek.
For information about Police Week events occurring locally, contact the Mount Pleasant Police Department at 843-884-4176.