Fallen police officers remembered at annual Peace Officer's Memorial Ceremony

Posted May 19, 2017

The annual Peace Officers' Memorial held outside at the Santa Maria Police Station on West Betteravia Road recognized the role of law enforcement officers.

There are approximately 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the United States, and to recognize those serving locally, including the members of the Spearfish Police Department, Mayor Dana Boke proclaimed May 14-20 as National Police Week during Monday's city council meeting.

"I'd really like for the officers that were here to understand that the community supports them and it really encourages them".

Also, George S. Frame from the now defunct Bassett Police Department was honored, as was John J. Johnston from the defunct Fieldale Police Department.

"It takes a special sort of person to put themselves in harm's way to protect others, but that is what members of the police family do every day". In the past decade, over 500 police officers have been killed in the line of duty by guns. Just before he retired, his wife was shot and killed near their home. "Today is about one thing", Pinkston said.

McDaniel, the event's keynote speaker, stressed the importance of blood relatives, but said law enforcement itself is a family.

The important thing to know about Police Week is that while it has its somber moments, it is an exciting event that any officer is honored to participate in.

It's been nearly a year since we lost five police officers in my hometown of Dallas. That officer's family has been impacted.

"It's always, always hard going through something like this. We focus on educating and empowering people to develop and implement solutions that build trust and collaboration amongst the various facets of our community". For that I will always be grateful. "May Americans learn from the example of the heroes we have lost, and always keep in mind to trust each other, work with each other, and love each other".

The Resident Officer Program of Elgin (ROPE) is one example of that, he said. And as a proud law enforcement officer, I have an obligation to fight for the policies I know will make my city and country safer.

This ceremony is a grim reminder of the dangers of the job that these officers wake up and do every day. Training is the best thing we can provide an officer with. Many officers are disabled and some paralyzed for life-their careers ended, their lives changed forever. (Applause.) I will make it the personal priority of my administration to ensure that our police are finally treated fairly, with honor and respect that they deserve.

He also stressed the importance of building a relationship with high risk communities. He says it's a time to support the police. "That is what it is all about, working together".

This year, the names of 394 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC.