Attorney’s Office in EDVA Commemorates National Police Week

Attorney’s Office in EDVA Commemorates National Police Week

U.S. Attorney’s Office in EDVA Commemorates National Police Week

ALEXANDRIA, VA (STL.News) In honor of National Police Week, Acting U.S. Attorney Raj Parekh joins Attorney General Merrick B. Garland in recognizing the service and sacrifice of federal, state, local, and Tribal law enforcement.  This year, the week is observed Sunday, May 9 through Saturday, May 15, 2021.

“This week is a time to honor our law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation,” said Attorney General Garland.  “I am constantly inspired by the extraordinary courage and dedication with which members of law enforcement act each day, putting their lives on the line to make our communities safer.  To members of law enforcement and your families: we know that not a single day, nor a single week, is enough to recognize your service and sacrifice.  On behalf of the entire Department of Justice, you have our unwavering support and eternal gratitude.”

“The Eastern District of Virginia expresses its deep appreciation to the courageous women and men of law enforcement who serve on the front lines and put themselves in harm’s way to protect us and our loved ones, repeatedly sacrificing their safety to ensure ours,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Parekh.  “The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted pain, heartache, and tragedy on so many, including members of law enforcement and their families.  We mourn for and pay our respects to those who lost their lives in the line of duty, offer our condolences to their families, and express our gratitude to those who carry on their legacy with honor and valor each day.”

In 1962, President Kennedy issued the first proclamation for Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week to remember and honor law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifices.  Peace Officers Memorial Day, which every year falls on May 15, specifically honors law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.

Each year, during National Police Week, our nation celebrates the contributions of law enforcement from around the country, recognizing their hard work, dedication, loyalty, and commitment to keeping our communities safe.  This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted law enforcement officers’ courage and unwavering devotion to the communities that they have sworn to serve.

During the Roll Call of Heroes, a ceremony coordinated by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), more than 300 officers will be honored.  Based on data submitted to and analyzed by the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), of the law enforcement officers who died nationwide in the line of duty in 2020, nearly 60 percent succumbed to COVID-19.  Here in the Eastern District of Virginia, four law enforcement officers died in the line of duty and were added to the 2021 Roll Call of Heroes: Officer Katherine Mary Thyne of the Newport News Police Department, Master-at-Arms Oscar J. Temores of the U.S. Navy Security Forces, Major Angelanette Moore of the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, and Master Jail Officer Robert Charles Sunukjian of the Hampton Roads Regional Jail.

Additionally, according to statistics reported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) through the Law Enforcement Officer Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Program, 46 law enforcement officers died as a result of felonious acts and 47 died in accidents in 2020.  LEOKA statistics can be found on FBI’s Crime Data Explorer website.

The names of the 394 fallen officers who have been added in 2020 to the wall at the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial will be read on Thursday, May 13, 2021, during a Virtual Candlelight Vigil, which will be livestreamed to the public at 8:00 p.m. EDT.  The Police Week in-person public events, originally scheduled for May, have been rescheduled due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns to Oct. 13-17, 2021.  An in-person Candlelight Vigil event is scheduled for Oct. 14, 2021.

SOURCE: USDOJ.Today

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