Whereas, in 1962, John Fitzgerald Kennedy signed the Joint Resolution entitled Joint Resolution to authorize the President to proclaim May 15 of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week of each year during which such May 15 occurs as Police Week" (36 U.S.C. 136); and
Whereas the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, dedicated on October 15, 1991, is the national monument to honor law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty; and
Whereas Federal, State, local, and tribal police officers, sheriffs, and other law enforcement officers across the United States serve with valor, dignity and integrity; and
Whereas law enforcement officers are charged with pursuing justice for all individuals and performing their duties with fidelity to the constitutional and civil rights of the individuals that the law enforcement officers serve; and
Whereas the resolve of law enforcement officers in the service of their communities is unyielding, despite inherent dangers in the performance of their duties; and
Whereas the vigilance, compassion, and decency of law enforcement officers are the best defense of society against individuals who seek to do harm; and
Whereas Peace Officers Memorial Day 2019 honors the 144 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty during 2018, and nine of those were in North Carolina; and
Whereas, during the first four months of 2019, 35 law enforcement officers across the United States have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Now, therefore, be it Proclaimed, that the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners:
(l) designates the week of May 12 through May 18, 2019, as "National Police Week" in Lincoln County;
(2) expresses strong support for law enforcement officers across the United States for their efforts to build safer and more secure communities;
(3) recognizes the need to ensure that law enforcement officers have the equipment, training, and resources necessary to protect their health and safety while the law enforcement officers are protecting the public;
(4) recognizes the members of the law enforcement community for their selfless acts of bravery;
(5) acknowledges that police officers and other law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice should be remembered and honored;
(6) expresses condolences to the loved ones of each law enforcement officer who has made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty; and
(7) encourages the people of Lincoln County to observe National Police Week with appropriate ceremonies and activities that promote awareness of the vital role of law enforcement officers in building safer and more secure communities across the United States. Adopted this the 6th day of May, 2019.
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