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Posted on: May 12, 2016

Rockville Marks National Police Week with a Proclamation and Participation

National Police Week, May 15-21, Honors Officers’ Contributions and Sacrifices

Rockville, Md., May 12 – The Mayor and Council issued a proclamation on Monday declaring May 15-21 as National Police Week and calling upon the community to thank police officers, past and present, for their service.

Members of the Rockville City Police Department (RCPD) “play an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of the citizens of Rockville,” the proclamation said, in part.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. This year, because May 15 falls on a Sunday, some events are taking place before the official dates of National Police Week.

Rockville officers are joining officers from around the nation in attending observances in Washington, D.C., including:

  • Monday’s Washington Area Law Enforcement Memorial Service.
  • An arrival ceremony for the Police Unity Tour, a bike ride to raise awareness about officers killed in the line of duty that has raised nearly $16 million for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, at the memorial, in the 400 block of E Street, NW.
  • A candlelight vigil to remember fallen officers at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13 on the National Mall, between 4th and 7th streets.

The Rockville Police Honor Guard and Motor Units are providing escorts to family and friends of fallen officers from Reagan National Airport to hotels. Rockville officers also attended Montgomery County’s annual memorial ceremony on May 4.

The Rockville City Police Department reported a 4.2 percent overall decrease in crime in 2015, continuing an 11-year period in which Rockville has seen significant crime reduction.

Learn more about National Police Week at www.nleomf.org/programs/policeweek and more about the RCPD at www.rockvillemd.gov/police.

Find video of Monday’s proclamation presentation and more information at www.rockvillemd.gov/AgendaCenter.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Marylou Berg
Director of Communication
240-314-8105
mberg@rockvillemd.gov

Rockville City Police Department
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