May 15th Celebrated as National Law Enforcement Officer's Day

(Bel Air, MD – Tuesday, May 13, 2008) — In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as "Police Week". Every year since, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. The tribute to American law enforcement is also part of the historic crime bill signed by President William Clinton in 1994. At the request of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Public Law 103-322 designates Peace Officers Memorial Day, May 15th, as one of only two days during the year in which all residences, businesses and government agencies are required to lower their United States flags. The other day with this designated honor is Memorial Day, which commemorates those who died in military service to our country.

In honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day, May 15, 2008, agency members are asked to wear the black mourning badges over their agency shields and to drape Sheriff’s Office flags with the agency mourning scarves.

Additional Local Activities for the week are as follows:

Wednesday, May 14th @ 5pm
Circuit Court
Harford County Council to present proclamation to the Sheriff’s Office recognizing May 15th as Police Officers Memorial Day and Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office to present DWI Appreciation Awards to Harford County deputies who have made the most DUI arrests in 2007
Thursday, May 15th @ 5pm
Court House Steps of Circuit Court
County Executive David Craig will present a proclamation to the Sheriff’s Office recognizing May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day

The first official memorial service took place on May 15, 1982. On that date, approximately 125 people gathered in Senate Park to honor 91 law enforcement officers. Over the past 22 years, over 3,000 law enforcement officers from around our nation have been honored. Harford County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard will be among the participants in this year’s ceremonial activities in Washington DC. “Ours is very dangerous job,” stated L. Jesse Bane - Sheriff. “We have lost two of our own in the history of this agency. Let us not forget their sacrifice and let us pray that all of us always return home safely to our families at the close of every working day.” The Harford County Sheriff’s Office has lived through two such losses in the history of the agency: Deputy Sheriff Frank Bateman – June 10, 1899 and Deputy First Class William H. Beebe – November 28, 2006. We pay tribute to the fallen heroes who have given their lives in the line of duty and remember their sacrifices as well as those of their families.

Harford County is served by professional and committed law enforcement agencies, whose men and women are dedicated to upholding the law. They accept the risks daily associated with their chosen profession. Take the time to remember the daily heroism of our officers; those currently serving the community or those that have served. Recognize the heroic efforts and accomplishment of these fine men and women from the many law enforcement agencies of Harford County; for it is they who will continue to work the hardest to make this one of the safest counties in Maryland.

Media Release

May 13, 2008


  • Monica A. Worrell
  • Sgt. David Betz

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