U.S. Attorney’s Office Recognizes National Police Week

U.S. Attorney’s Office Recognizes National Police Week

LAS VEGAS, NE (STL.News) In honor of National Police Week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada honors the service and sacrifice of federal, state, local, and Tribal law enforcement. This year, National Police Week is observed from Sunday, May 9 through Saturday, May 15, 2021.

“This week is a time to honor our law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland.  “I am constantly inspired by the extraordinary courage and dedication with which members of law enforcement act each day, putting their lives on the line to make our communities safer.  To members of law enforcement and your families: we know that not a single day, nor a single week, is enough to recognize your service and sacrifice.  On behalf of the entire Department of Justice, you have our unwavering support and eternal gratitude.”

“Our law enforcement partners regularly face challenging and dangerous situations without hesitation,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou.  “Their jobs have only become more difficult during the pandemic.  Our office joins in expressing gratitude for individuals who belong to the noble profession of law enforcement and thanking them for their daily sacrifices, as guardians of peace and a system of equal justice are essential to thriving communities.”

Each year, during National Police Week, our nation celebrates the contributions of law enforcement from around the country, recognizing their hard work, dedication, loyalty, and commitment to keeping our communities safe.  Since last spring, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted law enforcement officers’ courage and unwavering devotion to the communities that they have sworn to serve.

In 1962, President Kennedy issued the first proclamation for Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week to remember and honor law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifices.  Peace Officers Memorial Day, which every year falls on May 15, specifically honors law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.

During the Roll Call of Heroes, a ceremony coordinated by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), more than 300 officers will be honored.  Based on data submitted to and analyzed by the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), of the law enforcement officers who died nationwide in the line of duty in 2020, nearly 60 percent succumbed to COVID-19.  Here in the District of Nevada, two officers died in the line of duty.  They were: Lt.  Erik Lloyd of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Sgt.  Benjamin Jenkins of the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Additionally, according to statistics reported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) through the Law Enforcement Officer Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Program, 46 law enforcement officers died as a result of felonious acts and 47 died in accidents in 2020.  LEOKA statistics can be found on FBI’s Crime Data Explorer website.

The names of the 394 fallen officers who have been added in 2020 to the wall at the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial will be read on Thursday, May 13, 2021, during a Virtual Candlelight Vigil, which will be livestreamed to the public at 8:00 pm EDT.  The Police Week in-person public events, originally scheduled for May, have been rescheduled due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns to October 13-17, 2021.  An in-person Candlelight Vigil event is scheduled for October 14, 2021.

SOURCE: USDOJ.Today

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