WHEREAS, there are more than 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the United States, including the dedicated members of the Piqua Police Department; and
WHEREAS, there have been 58,627 assaults against law enforcement officers in 2016, resulting in approximately 16,677 injuries; and
WHEREAS, since the first recorded death in 1791, more than 20,000 law enforcement officers in the United States have made the ultimate sacrifice and have been killed in the line of duty, including three members of the Piqua Police Department-Lt. Noah Studebaker, Patrolman Jan Mulder II, and Detective Robert Taylor; and
WHEREAS, the names of these dedicated public servants are engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.; and
WHEREAS, 360 new names of fallen heroes are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial this spring, including 129 officers killed in 2017 and 231 officers killed in previous years; and
WHEREAS, the service and sacrifice of local officers killed in the line of duty will be honored during the Miami County Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service, at noon on Wednesday, May 2, 2018; and
WHEREAS, the service and sacrifice of Ohio officers killed in the line of duty will be honored during the Ohio Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony, at 11 am on Thursday, May 3, 2018; and
WHEREAS, the service and sacrifice of all officers killed in the line of duty will be honored during the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund’s 30th Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13, 2018; and
WHEREAS, the Candlelight Vigil is part of National Police Week, which takes place this year May 13-19; and
WHEREAS, May 15th is designated as Peace Officers Memorial Day, in honor of all fallen officers and their families and U.S. flags should be flown at half- staff.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Piqua formally designates May 13-19, 2018, as Police Week in the City of Piqua, Ohio and publicly salutes the service of law enforcement officers in our community and in communities across the nation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the seal of the City of Piqua, Ohio on this 1st day of May 2018.
KATHRYN B. HINDS, MAYOR