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National Police Week past week was National Police Week.  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.


National Police Week allows us 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.


This year, the names of 252 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. These 252 officers include 123 officers who were killed during 2015, plus 129 officers who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now.  The names of all 252 fallen officers nationwide will be formally dedicated during the 28th Annual Candlelight Vigil that was held on the evening of May 13, 2016. 


Every day, a special breed of men and women pin on a badge with a desire to protect and serve the public.  They serve despite being cursed, ridiculed, slandered and challenged.  They serve with honor and endure the criticism.  They see the evil in this world and yet they still serve.  It's a special few who put their lives on the line every day just to keep us safe and they ask their families to make the same commitment because that's who they are inside and they don't know how to be anything else. And yet in spite of what they endure, in spite of what they see, in spite of what they have to do every day, there's room for a spot inside of them that makes them go out of their way to take a kid shopping at Christmas for toys they might not otherwise have.  As Sheriff, I would like to publicly salute the service of law enforcement officers in our community and in communities across the nation.