Submitted by City of McKinney
The McKinney Police Department will host a Police Memorial Ceremony at noon on Tuesday, May 15, at the Public Safety Building, 2200 Taylor Burk Dr. This ceremony honors the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty while protecting our communities and safeguarding our democracy. The general public is invited and encouraged to attend this free ceremony.
The ceremony is a part of National Police Week, which takes place this year from May 13-19. Established in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy and a joint resolution of Congress, National Police Week pays special tribute to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. Ceremonies are held in Washington, DC, and in communities across the country.
According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC there are approximately 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the United States, including 159 sworn members of the McKinney Police Department. Some 60,000 assaults against law enforcement officers are reported each year, resulting in approximately 16,000 injuries. Since the first recorded death in 1791, more than 20,000 law enforcement officers in the United States have made the ultimate sacrifice and been killed in the line of duty, including three members of the McKinney Police Department. In 2011, 163 law enforcement officers were killed nationwide, including 13 officers in Texas.