In 1962 President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation that May 15 would be recognized as Peace Officers Memorial Day. The week in which that day falls is known as Police Week across the United States.
Long before I decided to pursue writing as a passion, I was a police officer in the city of Monroe MI. My end of watch was in December 2011, after 25 years of service I was fortunate to be able to retire in good health. Unfortunately, some officers, “end of watch” arrives tragically.
Like members of our military service police officers understand that they may have to give their lives during the performance of their duty. Police officers do not expect special accolades for performing their duties however, I do ask that during this week of remembrance for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, that you consider what our society would be like without peace officers. Any prayers, positive thoughts, or even a “be careful out there” expressed to an officer you may encounter would be appreciated.
In addition, if you are so inclined, there are many fine organizations that you can donate to that provide assistance to injured officers or to slain officer’s families.