Peace officer’s day slated for May 15

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 designating May 15 as Peace Officer’s Memorial Day and the week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week.

The law was amended by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 – Public Law 103-322 – signed by President Bill Clinton, directing that the flag of the United States be displayed at half-staff on all government buildings on May 15 each year.

There are more than 836,787 sworn law enforcement officers now serving the U.S. Each year, ther are more than 33 million crimes committed nationwide, a staggering average of one crime every two seconds.

In 2013, 105 police officers gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities. So far in 2014, 31 officers have been killed.

On average, a law enforcement officers is killed every 58 hours.

We honor these officers every day but during this week, we ask everyone to tie a blue ribbon on the antenna of their vehicle to show respect and support to those officer’s that have given it all and to the officer that is there every day, giving freedom, protecting life and property and in doing so, knowing that one day, it may be one of them that gives that ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

Local residents may obtain blue ribbons for their automobiles at the Elkins Police Department on May 15.

Mayor Van Broughton also will be signing a proclamation commemorating the day.