PROCLAMATION – Police Week & Police Officers Memorial Day

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WHEREAS, there are approximately 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the United States, including the dedicated members of the Piqua Police Department; and

WHEREAS, there have been 15,725 assaults against law enforcement officers in 2016, resulting in approximately 13,824 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 died in the line of duty, including three members of the Piqua Police Department-Lt. Noah Studebaker, Patrolman Jan Mulder II, and Detective Robert Taylor; 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.; and

WHEREAS, 252 new names of fallen heroes are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial this spring, including 123 officers killed in 2015 and 129 officers killed in previous years; and

WHEREAS, the service and sacrifice of all officers killed in the line of duty will be honored during the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s 28th Annual Candlelight Vigil, on the evening of May 13, 2016; and

WHEREAS, the Candlelight Vigil is part of National Police Week, which takes place this year on May 15-21 NOTE: Because May 15, 2016 falls on a Sunday, some events will take place before the official dates of Police Week 2016; and

WHEREAS, May 15th is designated as Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of all fallen officers and their families and U.S. flags should be flown at half-staff; and

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Piqua formally designates May 15-21, 2016, as Police Week in the City of Piqua, Ohio and publicly salutes the service of law enforcement officers in our community and in communities across the nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the seal of the City of Piqua, Ohio on this 17th day of May 2016.

KATHRYN B. HINDS, MAYOR

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