This is National Police Week and Friday, May 15, is Police Officer Memorial Day. According to FBI statistics, between the years 1980 and 2014 an average of 64 police officers were killed in the line of duty per year in the United States.

On Tuesday at a special city council meeting, Mayor Kenny Weldon signed a proclamation declaring May 10-16 as Police Week in Stephenville as well.

From his proclamation:

“Whereas, the Congress and President of the United States have designated May 15th as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, and the week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week…I call upon the citizens of the City of Stephenville to observe Friday, May 15th as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day in honor of those who, through their courageous deeds, have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their community or have become disabled in the performance of duty, and let us recognize and pay respect to the survivors of our fallen heroes.”

Each year by presidential proclamation it is required that the flags at government buildings be flown at half staff on May 15. Every president since John F. Kennedy who signed the first such proclamation in 1962 has urged the people of the United States to do the same.

Annually there is a national service on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington and a wreath-laying ceremony is held after that at the National Law Enforcement Officers memorial that is also in Washington. The event draws upwards of 40,000 people each year.

For more information visit the National Police Week page at www.policeweek.org or the Officer Down Memorial Page at www.odmp.org.