DON MCKEE: This is Police Week: Thank you, law enforcement officers

BPD to honor fallen members of department during National Police Week

The public is invited.

In the United States, about every three days a police officer is killed in the line of duty.

Seventh-grader Sam Hendrix will give the speech this year.

Stephens also urges people to allow their children to meet and interact with law enforcement officers whenever they can. More than 40 law enforcement officers from the area including Jackson and Holmes counties in Florida were remembered, including the five fallen officers with the Dothan Police Department.

The weekend concludes with a memorial service for fallen officers at 9 a.m.in the Shepard Park amphitheater, and the public is invited.

As law enforcement members gathered in Santa Maria to remember the 10 officers killed in the line of duty across California in 2016, a retired lieutenant said he often has been asked why he chose the unsafe career. "You are that last line of defense to crime and to viciousness", Williams said.

The grim reality of the risks struck again just this past Tuesday when a Montana deputy sheriff was killed while doing his duty.

The event, which is set for May 19 and 21, includes fellowship, friendly competitions, cruises and other family-oriented activities, as well as seminars on police-related topics.

During that service, Jackson County sheriff's officials will place wreaths at the graves of six deputies killed in the line of duty.

"I want to let the men and women of the Santa Maria Police Department and their families know that we have their back". A black granite monument, surrounded by dewy grass, is a permanent symbol of the sacrifices police officers have made for the community.

About two dozen High Point police officers and staff along with their families pounded the pavement for the department's annual Run to Remember 5K.

I am grateful that National Police Week gives us a moment to pause to honor these courageous public servants and to reflect on their commitment and valor. "It's also to honor the officers that are still standing in the gap between good and evil and that's what they do day in and day out".

On Monday, tens of thousands of people gathered in Washington, D.C. for the National Police Week memorial service - among them were some 200 past and present Dallas police officers.

The nine men and one woman killed in 2016 had served their communities for various lengths of time before making the ultimate sacrifice.

"A nation of laws can only exist if there is law enforcement", he said.

Thanking them, Trump, who noted in his remarks that he was in NY when the September 11, 2001, attacks took place, said: "I will make it the personal priority of my administration to ensure that our police are finally treated fairly, with honour and the respect that they deserve".

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