TOWNSEND — Chief James Sartell announces that the Townsend Police Department will honor fallen officers from near and far during National Police Week this week.
National Police Week runs from May 10 to May 16 and is observed throughout the United States as a way to honor local, state and federal law enforcement officers who have died or been disabled in the line of duty.
Every year, between 25,000-40,000 law enforcement officers from around the world would normally gather in Washington, D.C. to pay their respects during a number of planned events.
Though this year’s events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Townsend Police Department will honor fallen officers throughout the week by wearing memorial badges and mourning bands.
On Tuesday, May 12, members of the department will also be laying a wreath at the monument at the Townsend Police station to honor fallen officers.
“During this week, we remember all the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives protecting the communities they serve,” Chief Sartell said. “We mourn the loss of these mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and friends, and remember their heroic efforts along with our fellow law enforcement agencies nationwide.”
The Townsend Police Department will join agencies nationwide for Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15 in flying its flags at half-staff to honor officers who have given their lives in service to their communities.