Law enforcement officers from different agencies will be speaking to the public in honor of National Police Week, today on the steps of the courthouse at 11 a.m.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.
All over the nation, law enforcement are honored and events are held which draw thousands.
Each year, about 60,000 assaults against law enforcement officers are reported, resulting in about 16,000 injuries, according to a state proclamation for Police Week 2012.
According to the proclamation, “Since the first recorded death in 1791, almost 20,000 law enforcement officers in the United States have made the ultimate sacrifice and been killed in the line of duty and new names of fallen heroes are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial this spring, including 163 officers killed in 2011 and 199 officers killed in previous years.”