Gov. Northam proclaims May 13-19 Virginia Police Week
RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) -- Gov. Ralph Northam has proclaimed May 13-19, 2018 as Virginia Police Week, and May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day.
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.
"I am honored to recognize Virginia law enforcement for their dedication to their profession," said Gov. 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."
There are approximately 22,000 law enforcement officers in Virginia.
"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."
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.