Posted on May 7, 2019 by admin
State Representative Stephanie Cummings (R-74) is encouraging legislators, staff and visitors to the state capitol complex during the week of May 12-18 to recognize the State Capitol Police, State Police and all local police departments for National Police Week.
“While many honor their commitment to the people of our state on a daily basis in their own quiet way, I think it’s wonderful to come together and show our appreciation and let these brave officers know how much we truly appreciate them and the job they do on our behalf,” Rep. Cummings said. “If you see a cop, take a second and say thank you.”
Peace Officers Memorial Day was originally proclaimed by President Kennedy, and then established by Congress in 1962 to include the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. This national event recognizes the sacrifices made by officers who lost their lives in the line of duty with programs, candlelight vigils, religious services, receptions and fellowship among officers. Each year, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers and their families travel to Washington D.C. for events to honor fallen officers. This year, National Police Week is recognized from Sunday, May 12 through Saturday, May 18, 2019.
Locally, the State Capitol Police will have a display featuring an explanation of who they are and what they do, statistics on their role in protecting state government functions and a photo and video display featuring their officers. The Connecticut Fraternal Order of Police will have a display with information related to Law Enforcement suicides, including memorial video footage, photos and statistics. The Connecticut Law Enforcement Memorial will also display information regarding the memorial and those it honors.
Rep. Cummings said she intends to introduce members of the Waterbury Police Department and State Capitol Police on the floor of the house during a public recognition of Police Week.
National events begin with the Police Unity Tour Arrival Ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Other events include the 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, Department of Interior Annual Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony featuring Acting Secretary David L. Bernhardt, and the 38th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service in front of the U.S. Capitol.
To read more about National Police Week please go to: http://www.policeweek.org/