National Police Week events

  • Friday, May 9, 2014

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

This year, the names of 286 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. These 286 officers include 100 officers who were killed during 2013, plus 186 officers who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now.

On May 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, the Mount Pleasant Police Department will commemorate police week and highlight their assets. Displays will include the following:

• SWAT Team

• Police Bicycle Unit

• Traffic Unit

• Crime Scene Unit

• Animal Control

• Detectives

• Crime Prevention

• CDU

• McGruff the Crime Dog

• K-9 Unit

• Police Boat

The names of all 286 fallen officers nationwide will be formally dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., during the 26th Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13. So that people across the country can experience this unique and powerful ceremony, the vigil will be webcast live over the internet beginning at 8 p.m. (EDT) on May 13. To register for this free online event, visit www.lawmemorial.org/webcast.

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