National Police Week
Written by andrew-rossi on May 15, 2018
It’s National Police Week, and government agencies around the state are commemorating those who have fallen in the line of duty, and those who continue to put their lives on the line for the safety of all of us.
Governor Matt Mead has ordered both the U.S. and State of Wyoming flag be flown at half-staff statewide from sunrise to sunset today in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day. And at tonight’s City Council Meeting, Mayor Matt Hall will proclaim the week of May 13-19 as National Police Week, and publicly salute the service of law enforcement officers in our community and in communities across the nation. In his proclamation, the Mayor will call upon all citizens of the City of Cody to observe today as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, and to recognize and pay respect to the survivors of our fallen heroes.
Additionally, Police Chief Chuck Baker will be issuing an Administrative Order for all on-duty Cody Police Department Officers to shroud their badge for the 24-hour period of May 15th. And on their Facebook page, the Park County Sheriff’s Office recognized the sacrifices made by all law enforcement officers across the nation in service to their communities.
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. More than 22,000 officers have made the ultimate sacrifice in the United States since 1791. In 2017, 135 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty, with 46 shot and killed. That’s down 16% from 2016, when 161 officers died, with 64 gunned down, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Down Memorial page.