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City honors officers during ceremony for National Police week

City honors officers during ceremony for National Police week

With bagpipes playing and snow falling, a flag with the rose and shield logo was proudly raised by an honor guard during a ceremony Thursday, May 9, at the Public Safety Center (PSC) to mark National Police Week, which runs from Sunday, May 12, through Saturday, May 18. The rose and shield logo represents the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, an organization that honors the service and sacrifice of our nation’s law enforcement officers.

Westminster police officers lined up in the PSC plaza for the ceremony as Mayor Herb Atchison, Deputy Chief of Police Todd Reeves and Chaplain Larry Robbins spoke.

Mayor Atchison read a proclamation declaring May 9 to be Peace Officer Memorial Day and May 12-18 to be Police Week.

“Westminster police officers exemplify the good and decent character of America and we’re proud to appreciate them today,” said Mayor Atchison.

“We’re here today to recognize the 158 police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in 2018 and we unfortunately lost two officers during that time,” said Deputy Chief Reeves. “Today I want to recognize our officers serve this community with honor, pride and dignity, and they do it because of the support they get from our community.

The ceremony wrapped up with a moment of silence for all law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty and the playing of Amazing Grace on the bagpipes.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation that designated May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week. Officers and their families nationwide will hold a candlelight vigil on Saturday, May 13 at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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