Saturday, October 31, 2020

Mayor Hill Honors Southlake PD with Proclamation

On May 16th, Mayor Laura Hill, along with members of the City Council, honored the Southlake Police Department with the following proclamation:

“There are more than 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the United States, including sixty six sworn members of the Southlake Police Department; and,

Whereas, some 60,000 assaults against law enforcement officers are reported each year, resulting in approximately 16,000 injuries; and,

Whereas, since the first recorded death in 1791, more than 21,000 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 135 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 13-19, 2018 as National Police Week and Tuesday, May 15, 2018, as National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, and urge Southlake residents and civic organizations to salute our dedicated law enforcement professionals.”

After the proclamation, Chief Brandon spoke to his officers.  “Each of you are extraordinary individuals,” he said.  “None of you are ordinary.  That’s why you are here.  That’s why you are part of this Police Department and part of this noble profession.  You are uniquely suited to serve.

Your dedication keeps your heart in the right place, and your professionalism keeps your head in the right place.  Ronald Reagan once said that ‘Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference.  The Marines don’t have that problem,’ and I feel the same about you.”