National Police Week will be the week of May 15-21, 2016 and National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day will be Sunday, May 15, 2016.
There are approximately 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the United States, including sixty two sworn members of the Southlake Police Department; and,
Whereas, some 48,000 assaults against law enforcement officers are reported each year, resulting in approximately 13,600 injuries; and,
Whereas, since the first recorded death in 1791, more than 20,000 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 252 new names being added to the Memorial this spring; and,
Whereas, May 15th is designated as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, with federal law (United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1 §7) 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 Laura Hill on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim the week of May 15-21, 2016, as National Police Week and Sunday, May 15, 2016, as National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, and urge Southlake residents and civic organizations to salute our dedicated law enforcement professionals.