To recognize National Police Week 2019 and to honor the service and sacrifice of those law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty while protecting our communities and safeguarding our democracy.
Whereas, there are approximately 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the United States, including the dedicated members of the Berea Police Department;
Whereas, nearly 60,000 assaults against law enforcement officers are reported each year, resulting in approximately 16,000 injuries;
Whereas, since the first recorded death in 1791, almost 20,000 law enforcement officers in the United States have made the ultimate sacrifice and been killed in the line of duty, including Town Marshall John A. Collins, killed on August 23, 1914 within the city limits of Berea;
Whereas, the names of these dedicated public servants are engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.;
Whereas, new names of fallen heroes are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial this spring, including 158 officers killed in 2018 and 171 officers killed in previous years; Whereas, there are 541 names of fallen heroes on the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial in Richmond;
Whereas, in 1962 President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week;
Whereas, May 15 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.;
Therefore, be it resolved that the Berea City Council formally designates May 13-19, 2019 as Police Week in Berea, and publicly salutes the service of law enforcement officers in our community and communities across the nation.