Mayor Hodges Honors Fallen Officers
Calls Upon Citizens to Observe Peace Officers Memorial Day
May 12, 2015 (MINNEAPOLIS) Today Mayor Betsy Hodges honored members of the Minneapolis Police Department who have fallen in the line of duty and thanked the men and women who dedicate their days to protecting the people of Minneapolis.
“On behalf of the city of Minneapolis, I offer my deepest gratitude to the brave officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our city,” said Mayor Hodges. “Today we honor these police officers and the members of our police department who serve with courage and compassion.”
In a proclamation the Mayor declared May 10 to May 16, 2015 as Police Week in Minneapolis and called on the residents of Minneapolis to observe May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day to honor the courageous sacrifices of the city’s officers and police across the country.
You can read the full proclamation below.
WHEREAS, in honor of all fallen officers and their families the President of the United States and Congress have designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which it falls as Police Week; and
WHEREAS, the members of the Minneapolis Police Department play an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of the citizens of Minneapolis; and
WHEREAS, we thank the members of our police department for serving the people by safeguarding life and property, and by protecting them against violence with courage and compassion; and
WHEREAS, the Minneapolis Police Department is recognized as a modern and scientific law enforcement agency and a national leader in professional standards which unceasingly provides a vital public service; and
WHEREAS, nearly 60,000 assaults against law enforcement officers are reported each year, resulting in approximately 16,000 injuries; and
WHEREAS, in 2014, 117 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty across the United States of America, including Officer Scott Patrick of the Mendota Heights Police Department;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BETSY HODGES, Mayor of the City of Minneapolis, do hereby proclaim May 10-16, 2015 as:
IN THE CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS
and with gratitude, acknowledge the service of law enforcement officers in our community and in communities across the nation.
I FURTHER call upon all residents of Minneapolis to observe May 15, 2015 as Peace Officers Memorial Day to honor those officers who, through their courageous deeds, have become disabled or made the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of duty.
Published May 12, 2015