Mayor John Terrell honored Southlake DPS Police Officers during the May 17, 2011 City Council meeting. After declaring the week of May 15th National Police Week, the Mayor issued a proclamation which not only recognized Southlake Police, but the officers across the nation who serve every day, and those who have given their lives in the line of duty.
NATIONAL POLICE WEEK May 15 through 21, 2011 and PEACE OFFICERS’ MEMORIAL DAY May 15, 2011
WHEREAS, there are approximately 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the United States, including fifty-four sworn members of the Southlake DPS Police Department; and
WHEREAS, some 16,000 assaults against law enforcement officers are reported each year, resulting in approximately 60,000 injuries; and
WHEREAS, since the first recorded death in 1791, nearly 19,000 law enforcement officers in the United States have made the ultimate sacrifice and been killed in the line of duty; and
WHEREAS, the names of these dedicated public servants are engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. with 316 new names being added to the Memorial this spring; and
WHEREAS, May 15th is designated as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, with federal law (P.L. 103-322) directing that all flags be flown at half-staff on that date in honor of fallen officers and their families; and
WHEREAS, the safety of our citizenry greatly depends on the services of the Southlake Police Officers, as well as the many local, state and federal agencies that make up the law enforcement community in Tarrant County.
NOW, THEREFORE, I Mayor John Terrell hereby proclaim the week of May 15-21, 2011, as National Police Week, and Sunday, May 15, 2011, as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day in the City of Southlake, and urge Southlake residents and civic organizations to salute our dedicated law enforcement professionals.