National Police Week - May 15 - May 21, 2016

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.

(May 15 - May 21, 2016)

Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Thank You to all of the great men and women that put their lives on the line for us everyday.

This year marks the twentieth straight year the Aurora Police Department and the City of Aurora are celebrating this occasion, which has been observed nationally since it was proclaimed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962.  For more information, see News Release Below.

Enjoy the Video!  Honoring all of our law enforcement heroes who wear the shield to keep us safe.
Music: Anticipation by Michael Mills.

For more information on how Aurora, IL will be honoring National Police Week, see News Release below.

 
NEWS RELEASE
Saturday, May 14, 2016 (Updated)
 
Contact:
Dan Ferrelli | Media Relations Manager
 
AURORA HONORS NATIONAL POLICE WEEK
AURORA - The City of Aurora joins the Aurora Police Department to pay tribute to the dedication of the men and women, past and present, who protect Aurora and communities nationwide during National Police Week, May 15 - May 21, 2016.
 
The local celebration will take place throughout the week and will be highlighted during the Aurora Police Department's Annual Memorial Ceremony on
 
Saturday, May 21 at 10:00 AM
at the Aurora Police Department Headquarters
1200 Indian Trail Road.
 
The ceremony will be held at the Memorial Plaza at APD Headquarters with a service dedicated to the memories of Alfred Olin and Thompson Richardson, the only two Aurora Police officers ever killed in the line of duty.
 
Also memorialized will be three Aurora Police officers who passed away since last year's police week: Retired Captain Lou "Duke" Beatus, Commander Joe Groom, and Sergeant Don Corp.
 
"These individuals are part of the history and legacy of our organization, and we vow never to forget them or their selfless service," said Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman.
 
The Aurora Police Honor Guard will stage formations and a gun salute during the ceremony and the Pipes and Drums of the Aurora Police will also perform. In addition, the names of police officers who have retired will be officially unveiled on the Aurora Police Service Wall.
 
Following the ceremony, a vintage baseball game will be played under the original rules established in the 1800's between the Aurora Town Club, a team consisting of Aurora Police officers and the Lemont Quarrymen at Simmons Park across from the police headquarters.
 
Food will be available for purchase courtesy of the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association.
 
Also during National Police Week, the annual Exchange Club of Aurora 'Police Officer of the Year Luncheon' will be held on Tuesday, May 17.
 
Aurora Police Officers are nominated for the award that celebrates actions that go far above and beyond the call of their duties.  The special guest speaker is Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon
 
This year marks the twentieth straight year the Aurora Police Department and the City of Aurora are celebrating this occasion, which has been observed nationally since it was proclaimed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962.

ABOUT THE CITY OF AURORA
Located 35 miles west of Chicago, Aurora is the second largest city in Illinois with a population of 200,456.  Aurora is known as the "City of Lights" because it was one of the first in the nation to illuminate its streets with electric lights.  Situated along the Fox River and the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway (Interstate 88), the city extends 46 square miles encompassing Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will counties.  Aurora also is home to six public school districts and seven townships.  For the latest news, access to an archive of past news releases or to follow the city on Facebook or Twitter, visit the city's website at 

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