City proclaims this to be Police Week

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Observance honors fallen officers’ service, sacrifices

CANNELTON – Cannelton Mayor Mary Snyder and the city’s common council proclaimed this to be Police Week there in a regular meeting Monday. 

She read a proclamation that noted 900,000 law-enforcement officers serve in communities across the nation, “including the dedicated members of the Cannelton Police Department.”

Nearly 60,000 assaults against law-enforcement officers each year and result in approximately 16,000 injuries, the proclamation continues. 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 … the names of these dedicated public servants are engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.”

The names of 166 more killed last year were to be added this spring, the proclamation reports. Tuesday was designated Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of all fallen officers and their families.

“We owe a profound debt to all those who have worn the badge, and to the families whose care enables them to serve with courage and pride,” President Barack Obama said in issuing a similar proclamation at the national level. “When the unthinkable happens and officers give their lives or are seriously injured in the line of duty, we have an obligation to give their loved ones the support they deserve. During Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, we recall the selflessness of our law-enforcement officers and their families, and we honor all those who devote their lives to forging a stronger, safer America. Let us reflect on their invaluable contributions as we enjoy the peace they bring to our communities, and let us vow that their service will never be taken for granted.”

“Be it resolved,” Snyder read, “that the Common Council, City of Cannelton formally designates May 13-19, 2012, as Police Week in the city of Cannelton, and publicly salutes the service of law-enforcement officers in our community and in communities across the nation.”