In honor of National Police Week, Teamsters Local 700 would like to recognize all of the hardworking law enforcement officers who serve with integrity and pride, and who put their lives on the line everyday to serve and protect 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 12 -18, and several annual events will take place around the country and in Washington, D.C.
“Today’s law enforcement officers are under more scrutiny than ever before as they are faced with unpredictable situations everyday and do the very tough and dangerous job of protecting civilians,” said Michael G. Melone, Teamsters Local 700 President. “Local 700 is proud to represent more than 5,000 dedicated law enforcement officers across Illinois and we want to take this opportunity to say thank you for your service.”
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.