EDITOR’S NOTE: We asked Wess Winn, community services officer and crime prevention coordinator with the Waxahachie Police Department to write a weekly column in an effort to answer many of the law enforcement-related questions posed by our readers. Here’s this week’s column.
This week I we will take a break from crime prevention and talk about National Police Week.
This is a time we stop to honor those police officers who serve us every day and especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Police week begin in 1962 when then, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as “Police Week.”
Every year since, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, D.C. to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
One of the special things done at the Washington Peace Officers Memorial is “Roll Call.”
This is where they call all the names of the peace officers who died in the previous year and those just recently found, but have yet to be added.
Last year in the United States 160 peace officers paid the ultimate sacrifice while protecting and serving.
Texas alone had 21 peace officers killed.
Join us while we honor our own at the 5th annual Ellis Peace Officers Memorial from 9-9:40 a.m. on Friday, May 20.
It will be held at the Red Oak Police/Fire Station at 547 N. Methodist St. in Red Oak. All Ellis County peace officers who have died in the line of duty will be honored as well as those who died in the line of duty Texas in 2010.
All Ellis County agencies will be represented and the Dallas Police Department Color Guard will be on hand to help with the ceremonies. Part of the ceremonies will included “TAPPS,” a “21-gun salute” and the playing of “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes.
If you have never attended please take the time to stop by and watch. It is something that if you have never seen before you will not soon forget it once it is over.
If you have a Police Beat question for Officer Wess Winn, he may be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972-937-9940, Ext. 211. Look for your questions to be answered here in the Waxahachie Daily Light every Sunday or listen to officer Winn’s show on KBEC Radio AM 1390 at 9 a.m. every Monday.