National Police Week, being observed from Sunday, May 15 through Saturday, May 21 in 2016, is a time to remember and honor those in law enforcement who made the ultimate sacrifice throughout the nation. It is also known as Peace Officer Memorial Week and a number of events this month are designed to draw attention to it.
On Monday, May 2, at the State Capitol in Sacramento, in a solemn ceremony, four more names of California peace officers who died in the line of duty were added to the Peace Officers’ Memorial.
On Wednesday, May 4, at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department and other area law enforcement agencies will recognize those brave peace officers who gave their lives in Stanislaus County. The public is welcome to attend the memorial ceremony at 10 a.m. at Lakewood Memorial Park at 900 Santa Fe Ave., in Hughson,
Similarly, in San Joaquin County, a 9 a.m. ceremony on Wednesday, May 4 is planned at the Stockton Police Department at 22 E. Market St. Escalon Police Chief Mike Borges said he would be attending the Stockton remembrance.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which May 15 falls as Police Week. National Police Week pays special recognition and tribute to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. In 2015, 123 peace officers across the nation paid the ultimate price.