Teamsters Local 700 Recognizes Law Enforcement Officers in Honor of National Police Week

National observance is May 15 – 21, 2016

In honor of National Police Week, Teamsters Local 700 would like to pay homage to all of the hardworking law enforcement officers who serve with integrity and pride, and often sacrifice their own personal safety to preserve the safety of the public.

National Police Week is an annual campaign to recognize law enforcement members and honor those fallen officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. This year’s national observance week is May 15 – 21, and several annual events will take place around the country and in Washington, D.C.

“Local 700 is proud to represent more than 5,000 law enforcement officers in Illinois,” said Becky Strzechowski, Teamsters Local 700 President. “These are people who face unpredictable situations everyday and often don’t receive enough recognition for the very tough and dangerous jobs they do. To the dedicated men and women who work in law enforcement and put their lives on the line everyday to serve and protect us – thank you for your service.”

Teamsters Local 700 represents the following law enforcement units:

Beecher Police Department
Bellwood Police Department
Bensenville Police Department Sergeants
Braidwood Police Department
Calumet Park Police Department
Cook County Department of Corrections
Cook County Fugitive Unit
Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center
Country Club Hills Police Department
East Hazel Crest Police Department
Grundy County Corrections
Grundy County Sergeants
Highland Park Police Department Sergeants
Highwood Police Department Lieutenants
Illinois Secretary of State Police Sergeants
Illinois State Police Master Sergeants
Lake County Corrections
Lake County Corrections Sergeants & Lieutenants
Lake County Road Sergeants & Lieutenants
Markham Police Department
Maywood Police Department
Midlothian Police Department
Mokena Police Department
Monee Police Department
Niles Police Department
Orland Hills Police Department
Park Ridge Police Department
Peotone Police Department
Somonauk Police Department
South Chicago Heights Police Department
Thornton Police Department
Villa Park Police Department Sergeants & Lieutenants
Waukegan Police Department Lieutenants
Wilmette Police Department
Wood Dale Police Department

History of National Police Week
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. 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.

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