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Governor Northam Issues Proclamation Recognizing 2018 Virginia Police Week

May 10, 2018 | Virginia News

News Image Governor Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation declaring May 13 – 19, 2018, as Virginia Police Week, and May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day in the Commonwealth.

Both Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day have been recognized every year since 1962, when President John F. Kennedy signed the first proclamation to honor the men and women who work to protect our communities, often at great personal sacrifice.

“I am honored to recognize Virginia law enforcement for their dedication to their profession,” said Governor Northam. “Their tireless efforts, personal sacrifice and bravery in the face of dangerous circumstances often go unnoticed and without thanks. This proclamation and the recognition ceremonies held across the Commonwealth give us the opportunity to show our support and express our gratitude for the men and women who work to keep our communities safe every day.”

“Law enforcement officers are often the first to place themselves in harm’s way to protect our communities,” said Brian J. Moran, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security. “We want to thank them for all of the sacrifices that they and their loved ones make on a daily basis to ensure the Commonwealth is a safe place to live, work and raise a family. I encourage all Virginians to take a moment and thank these courageous men and women.”

There are approximately 22,000 law enforcement officers in Virginia. In 2017, four Virginia law enforcement officers died in the line of duty and over 1,800 were victims of offenses ranging from a simple assault to homicide.*

*Statistics generated from the VA UCR files that the DCJS Research Center receives from the Virginia State Police.

Virginia Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day

MAY 13, 2018

WHEREAS, in 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed the first proclamation recognizing May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as National Police Week; and

WHEREAS, the safety and well-being of Virginians is important to the prosperity of Virginia’s families and communities; and

WHEREAS, police officers throughout our Commonwealth work tirelessly to protect and serve citizens across the Commonwealth, enforce our laws, and keep our neighborhoods, schools, and families safe; and

WHEREAS, police officers risk their lives each and every day in order to ensure public safety; and

WHEREAS, Virginians value the courage and devotion of our Commonwealth’s local, state, and other public sector police, as our collective prosperity depends on the integrity with which our law enforcement officers maintain peace and security; and

WHEREAS, Virginia Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day are opportunities to honor officers who have fallen in the line of duty, and recognize the sacrifices made by the families of those officers and the families of those who continue to protect and serve our communities;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 13-19, 2018, as VIRGINIA POLICE WEEK, and May 15, 2018, as PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call these observances to the attention of all our citizens.