City Officers Will Also Ride for Fallen Officers and Escort Visiting Families
Rockville, Maryland, May 3 – The Mayor and Council issued a proclamation on Monday, April 30, declaring May 12-16 as National Police Week and recognizing how the Rockville City Police Department “has grown to be a modern and scientific law enforcement agency which unceasingly provides a vital public service, committed to ensuring the safety and protection of homes, businesses schools and the people who occupy them.”
The proclamation called upon the community to thank “police officers, past and present, who by their faithful and loyal devotion have established an enviable and enduring reputation for preserving the rights and security of all citizens.”
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.
National Police Week honors law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. As in past years, Rockville police will participate in events throughout the week, including a candlelight vigil Sunday, May 13 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., home of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, and a memorial service for fallen officers on Tuesday, May 15 at the U.S. Capitol.
Officers also attended the annual Montgomery County Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service on Wednesday, May 2, at county police headquarters in Gaithersburg.
Cpl. J. Pfaehler will ride for the eighth time in the Police Unity Tour, a three-day, 250-mile bicycle ride between Richmond, Virginia, and the national memorial. Pfaehler is riding in honor of three police officers who committed suicide in 2016 and 2017. It is the fourth year that he has ridden to raise awareness for mental wellness and suicide prevention within the law enforcement community.
The Rockville Police Honor Guard and Motor Units will once again join units from around the country to provide escorts to family and friends of fallen officers from Reagan National Airport to hotels.
Learn more at www.policeweek.org and www.rockvillemd.gov/police.
Find video of Monday’s proclamation presentation and more information at www.rockvillemd.gov/AgendaCenter.
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