Police Week concludes with memorial walk in Woodland

This year's events will honor those officers killed in the line of duty from 2017.

Friday night's memorial and candlelight vigil were held as part of National Police Week, which ends on Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15. Major Jay Russell Memelaar, a 25-year veteran of the Goldsboro Police Department, who suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in his department's physical fitness program on February 15, 2017, will have his name added.

A ceremony recognizing National Police Week will take place at noon Wednesday near the flagpoles at the City and County Building.

The public is encouraged to attend and show its support for local law enforcement as well as for the families and friends of local officers who died in the line of duty.

The national monument now contains the names of 21,541 fallen law enforcement officers-from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, federal, corrections, railroad, and military police agencies-who died in the performance of duty throughout U.S. history, dating back to the first known officer death in 1791.

A delegation of Lafayette Police officers are in Washington, D.C.to join in the 37th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Day Services.

Forty-six law enforcement officers were shot and killed in 2017, a 31 percent decrease from the year before. I see firsthand how the men and women of law enforcement fulfill their sworn duty to uphold justice every day.

Broomfield employs 161 sworn police officers and more than 57 non-sworn staff.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions led the tribute in Washington DC, reading the names of the heroic officers killed in the line of duty. Bellefontaine Police Officer Michael Morgan, president of the Hi-Point Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 60, introduces the program beneath a projected fallen officer artwork. In 2018 three names were added to that memorial: Pierce County Sheriff's Deputy Daniel McCartney who passed away on January 8, 2018, Kent Police Officer Derrick W. Focht who passed away on April 7, 2017, and Mason County Sheriff's Deputy Fred Hickson who passed away on June 29, 1944.

"Law enforcement officers run toward conflict and gunfire to protect innocent lives in an environment where they are highly scrutinized on social media and in cell phone video clips", Kirsch said in a press release.

  • Eleanor Harrison