In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial located in Washington, D.C. is the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Dedicated on October 15, 1991, the Memorial honors federal, state and local law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of our nation and its people.
On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 53 hours. To this date in 2011, there have been 71 law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1791, more than 19,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.
* There are more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers now serving in the United States, which is the highest figure ever. About 12 percent of those are female.
* The 1970s were the deadliest decade in law enforcement history, when a total of 2,286 officers died, or an average of almost 229 each year. The deadliest year in law enforcement history was 1930, when 285 officers were killed. That figure dropped dramatically in the 1990s, to an average of 160 per year.
* The deadliest day in law enforcement history was September 11, 2001, when 72 officers were killed while responding to the terrorist attacks on America.
* There are 237 female officers listed on the Memorial; just one female officer was killed in 2009, one of the lowest numbers in recent years.
* During the past ten years, more officers were killed feloniously on Friday than any other day of the week. The fewest number of felonious fatalities occurred on Sunday. Over the past decade, more officers were killed between 8:01 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. than during any other two-hour period.
The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department has tragically lost three of our own, who were killed in the line of duty; R. C. Choate in 1922, Hence C. Giles in 1926, and Lt. Ed Worrell in 1977. Throughout Officer Memorial week you will notice officers flying blue ribbons from their patrol units in observance of these officers and the many others who have lost their lives protecting the citizens of this city, state, and country. The Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department will also be participating in a memorial picnic and ceremony this Saturday, May 14th at Spring Lake Park. This event is organized and sponsored by the local chapter of C.O.P.S (Concerns Of Police Survivors).
Thank you and you can visit the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department online at http://www.txkusa.org/arkpolice.
Officer Kristi Mitchell
Public Information Officer