In Oregon, 180 officers have given their lives

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., reminds citizens of those who have given their lives to protect society. “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” –George Orwell 

May 2014 began tragically for law enforcement, when two Alaska State Troopers were gunned down in the line of duty on Thursday, May 1. The assailant has been arrested, but that is little consolation for the families of these heroes, who also sacrificed.

National Police Week is May 11 to17 this year. 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.

On the national level, 25,000 to 40,000 law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, D.C. , to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C., pays homage to the 20,267 peace officers whose names are engraved in its walls. In the U.S, a police officer is killed in the line of duty every 58 hours.Sherwood Chief Jeff Groth

In Oregon, 180 police officers have been killed in the line of duty and police officers and survivors from around the state paid tribute to those killed during the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Service on Tuesday, May 6, held at the Oregon Police Academy in Salem.

This year, to show our support of those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice and their surviving family members, the Sherwood Police Department was adorned with blue ribbons during National Police Week.

As I have done before, I would ask that every community member take an opportunity to “Thank-A-Cop” sometime, or several times, in May.

It is far too easy to take police officers for granted. They begin every work day by putting on a bullet proof vest; they arm themselves with a gun and other defensive tools and they wear a badge that represents everything good, offending only those who in society who would do us all harm.

Sherwood Police officers “stand watch” on your behalf 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year. Police officers are the courageous men and women who risk everything-including their lives-to protect and serve us.

In your service, Chief Jeff Groth, Sherwood Police Department

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