National Police Week recognized
WHEREAS; there are more than 800,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the United States, including the dedicated members of the City of Fort Atkinson Police Department and area agencies; and
WHEREAS; the members of law enforcement in the City of Fort Atkinson and the surrounding area play an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of the City of Fort Atkinson; and
WHEREAS; it is important that all citizens know and understand the duties, responsibilities, hazards, and sacrifices of their law enforcement agencies and that members of our law enforcement agencies recognize their duty to serve the people by safeguarding life and property, by protecting them against violence and disorder, and by protecting the innocent against deception and the weak against oppression; and
WHEREAS, since the first recorded death in 1786, more than 23,785 law enforcement officers in the United States have made the ultimate sacrifice and been killed in the line of duty, and the names of these dedicated public servants are engraved on the wall of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C; and
WHEREAS, 556 new names of fallen heroes are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in 2023, including 224 officers killed in 2022 and 332 officers killed in previous years.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Bruce Johnson, as City Council President of the City of Fort Atkinson, do hereby declare May 14-20, 2023 as National Police Week in the City of Fort Atkinson.
Proclaimed this 16th day of May in the year 2023.
Officer Vanessa Leonard and Lieutenant Kevin Miller accept the National Police Week proclamation from Fort Atkinson City Council President Bruce Johnson.