Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week is an observance in the United States that pays tribute to the local, state, and Federal peace officers who have died in the line of duty.
The SCMPD will hold its annual Police Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at the Police Officer Memorial on Oglethorpe Avenue. A reception will follow.
The holiday was created on October 1, 1961, when Congress asked the president to designate May 15 to honor peace officers. John F. Kennedy signed the bill into law on October 1, 1962. The Proclamation Signed by President John F. Kennedy:
To pay tribute to the law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and to voice our appreciation for all those who currently serve on the front lines of the battle against crime, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved October 1, 1962 (75 Stat.676), has authorized and requested the President to designate May 15 of each year as “Peace Officers Memorial Day,” and the week in which it falls as “Police Week” and by Public Law 103-322 (36 U.S.C. 175) has requested that the flag be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers’ Memorial Day.
Since 1868, 51 officers who served with either the Savannah Police Department or Chatham County Police Department have been killed in the line of duty.
Each year, SCMPD honors those officers, and other law enforcement officers from the area, who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and security of their community during its annual Police Memorial Day Service. The event is held at the Police Memorial Park located directly across the street from the historic Savannah Chatham Metro P.D. Barracks on Oglethorpe Street.