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Posted on: May 13, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Village Celebrates National Police Week

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This year, the names of 619 officers killed in the line of duty (319 fatalities were COVID-19-related) are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. These 619 officers include 472 officers who were killed during 2021, plus 147 officers who died in previous years, but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now. The names of all 619 fallen officers nationwide will be formally dedicated during the 34th Annual Candlelight Vigil to be held on the National Mall in Washington, DC, at 8:00 pm EDT on May 13, 2022.

 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.

 On behalf of the Shorewood Police Department, I would like to recognize, remember, and honor those fallen officers. National Police Week is to remember their lives and their service and to honor our officers currently serving. Please join me in thanking our officers for their duty. During the next week, if you see one of our officers in your neighborhood or around the village, we would encourage residents to engage with getting to know our officers. Relationships between our officers and our residents are important as we work to keep our streets safe. 

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