Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Fly flags at half staff May 15, National Peace Officers Memorial Day

Fly flags at half staff May 15, National Peace Officers Memorial Day

Each year, Washington State adds names of officers who lost their lives in the line of duty to the Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial in Olympia.

"This is a very special week for all law enforcement officers as a way to pay our respects to those who have died or have been injured in the line of duty", Newport Police Chief DiSanto said.

Steffen's delicate watercolor painting that will be stamped onto a metal license plate features shadowy outlines of different law enforcement divisions, while an honor guard member walks the "thin blue line".

Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our nation's capital each year.

Allery was fatally shot by 28-year-old Melvin Gene Delong, of Belcourt, after a pursuit on January 18, 2017.

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Our state has lost three law enforcement officers in the line of duty since December 31.

He said current policies "release violent criminals back into our communities" and put police and border patrol officers' lives at risk.

During the program, city Police Chief Dale Watson will honor the memory of two Mount Airy officers who were killed in the line of duty. "Despite the danger and personal risks, they show total commitment - their bravery and integrity sets an example for us all".

The annual service is a tradition for the department during National Law Enforcement Memorial Week.

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President Donald Trump embraced family members of a slain New York City police officer as he honored fallen officers and said cop killers should get the death penalty. "I think that our local law enforcement and federal law enforcement worked together in an effective way and they saved many lives from what they did".

Santa Barbara police officers gathered for a ceremony Tuesday morning in front of the police station downtown.

An estimated 30,000 people attended the vigil, at which U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave the keynote address. Over the last decade, on average 151 police officers are killed on duty in the United States each year and almost 50,000 are assaulted.

Officers say given the current political climate, this is a time to remember what law enforcement does on a daily basis. Mainhart spent more than 20 years serving and protecting Arkansas communities in law enforcement and was a veteran of the Air Force.

In the fall, the National Police Officers Museum will finally open.

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