Chief Shearer’s Statement On Peace Officer’s Memorial Day – May 15th
“On Peace Officers Memorial Day we honor law enforcement officers who’ve lost their lives in the line of duty. We thank them and their families for the extraordinary sacrifice and selflessness they demonstrated in the service of others. To pay our respects to the fallen on Peace Officers Memorial Day, the Springfield Justice Center American Flag will be flown at half-staff and black bands will be worn across the badges of our officers. It’s my honor as Chief to serve not only our community, but also our officers who protect and serve the people of Springfield with courage, honor, professionalism, and integrity every single day. We humbly ask that you take a moment on May 15th to remember those officers who never returned home to their loved ones at the end of shift. Thank you. “
Law Enforcement Week Proclamation
On May 3rd, SPD was invited to join the Springfield City Council Meeting to receive a special proclamation from the City. Mayor VanGordon has proclaimed that May 11th through the 17th be observed as National Law Enforcement Week in the City of Springfield. We are honored by this gesture and thank the Mayor & Council for their support. The Mayor’s proclamation can be found below here: Mayor VanGordon’s SPD Proclamation
About Peace Officers Memorial Day & National Police Week
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. It is a dedicated time to honor and remember the officers who have given their lives in the line of duty, and recognize the sacrifices made by the families of those officers.