WHITMAN — Chief Timothy Hanlon and the Whitman Police Department are honoring fallen officers from near and far during National Police Week this week.
National Police Week takes place this year from May 9-15 and is observed across the country as a way to honor local, state and federal law enforcement officers who have died or been disabled in the line of duty.
In honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day on Saturday, May 15, Whitman Police will join agencies nationwide in flying its flags at half-staff to honor officers who have given their lives in service to their communities.
“We must never forget the men and women who gave their lives in service of their community, which is why National Police Week is so important,” Chief Hanlon said. “Whitman Police would like to remember not only the officers who have been lost in the line of duty, but also their family members and other officers who continue to serve to this day.”
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 in-person events are cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a candlelight vigil will be held virtually on Thursday, May 13 at 8 p.m. to memorialize those who sacrificed all for their communities.