Looking Back on National Police Week- a Time to Honor and Remember


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The week in which May 15 falls is a week of celebration and honor for all law enforcement officials across the country.  In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers day and that week as National Police Week to pay special recognition to those officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

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The Framingham Police Dept in Mass is charged with protecting and serving those who live, work and travel in Framingham and accomplishes its mission by establishing partnerships with the community, using innovative problem-solving approaches, and recognizing the value of strong leadership and organizational accountability.  Like all other law enforcement agencies across the country, we take great pride in our community and honor in our service to them.  It is in tragic times when one of own is lost as they protect and serve their community.

This year the names of 320 officers killed in the line of duty were added to the national Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC.  Of these 320, 119 were killed in 2012 and 201 were in years previous but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost until now.

At a time when our country has experienced much tragedy such as the shootings in Aurora, Co and Newtown CT and the bombings at the Boston Marathon, it is particularly necessary to remember those who put themselves in harm’s way each and every day to make cities and towns across the country safer for all who live there.  As a member of law enforcement we are reminded to honor their sacrifice and legacy each and every time we perform our duties.

To the communities we serve we say thank you for your support this week and throughout the year.  We are proud to represent not only our own communities but our brothers and sisters across the country.

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This blog trask_spost was provided by Deputy Chief Steven Trask of the Framingham Police Dept in Framingham, MA.  Deputy Chief Trask is a 24 year veteran of the department and has served in various roles including Patrolman, Dare Officer, Juvenile Officers, Sergeant, Police Prosecutor, Lieutenant, Shift Commander and Commander of the traffic and Safety Division.

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