Observing National Peace Officers Week

The Creek County Law Enforcement Memorial outside of the Creek County Courthouse in Sapulpa.

A banner hangs across Dewey Avenue that reads, “National Police Week – Honoring the Fallen.” Flags in Creek County will be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on May 15th, 2020, in honor of law enforcement officers who passed away in the line of duty. On Monday, May 11, 2020, the Board of Creek County Commissioners declared May 10-16th, 2020, “Police Week” in Creek County. Chair Newt Stephens read the proclamation that states:

“Whereas, there are more than 800,000 law enforcement officers serving in the communities across the United States, including the dedicated members of the Creek County Law Enforcement Community; Whereas, there were over 58,866 assaults against law enforcement officers in 2018, resulting in approximately 18,005 injuries; Whereas, since the first recorded death in 1786, there have been over 22,000 law enforcement officers in the United States that have made the ultimate sacrifice; Whereas, the names of these dedicated public servants are engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., Whereas, 307 new names of fallen heroes are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial this year, including 135 officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty in 2019; Whereas, the service of sacrifice of all officers killed in the line of duty within Creek County will be honored during the Law Enforcement Memorial, on the [evening] day of May [9] 15th, 2020; Whereas, the Law Enforcement Memorial is part of National Police Week, which takes place this year on May 10-16th, 2020; THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Creek County Board of County Commissioners formally designates May 10-16th, 2020, as Police Week in Creek County, and publicly salutes the service of law enforcement officers in our community and communities across the nation. And, that flags in Creek County be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on May 15th, 2020, in honor of our law enforcement community’s many sacrifices in dedicated service to our community.”

A wreath-laying ceremony to honor our Creek County officers who have died in the line of duty is scheduled for Friday, May 15th at Noon. The Honorable Laura Farris will say a few words and Representative Kyle Hilbert will lay a wreath at the Memorial. Two officers will be added to the roll call. Attendance is limited; therefore, the service will be live-streamed from the Creek County Law Enforcement Memorial Facebook page.

The national holiday, Peace Officers Memorial Day, is observed annually on May 15. The bill was signed into law by President John F. Kennedy on October 1, 1962.

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