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Colorado Honors Fallen Officers During National Police Week

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Colorado Honors Fallen Officers During National Police Week

Flags to fly at half staff Friday; virtual memorial honors three Colorado officers

WHEN: Friday, May 15, Peace Officers Memorial Day 

WHAT: Every year law enforcement officers die while protecting our homes, our highways and the people we hold most dear. In 2019, three Colorado officers died in the line of duty: William Moden of the Colorado State Patrol, Daniel H. Groves of the Colorado State Patrol, and Joshua Eli Voth of the Colorado Department of Corrections. They are among 135 officers nationwide who were killed in the line of the duty last year.

On Friday, May 15, Colorado and American flags will be lowered to half staff on all public buildings statewide from sunrise to sunset in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day. 

Gov. Polis Order: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/gov-polis-orders-flags-lowered-half-staff-peace-officers-memorial-day

President Donald Trump Proclamation: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-peace-officers-memorial-day-police-week-2020/

VISUALS:

WHY: In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community. The principal organizers of National Police Week include the Fraternal Order of Police, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, and Concerns of Police Survivors.

The Colorado Fraternal Order of Police is a statewide police labor organization that works to protect and improve law enforcement officers’ employment rights and benefits.

The Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police is a professional organization committed to excellence in delivering quality service to our membership, the law enforcement community and the citizens of Colorado. 

The County Sheriffs of Colorado is an association that provides education and professional assistance and promotes unity to enable sheriffs to best serve and protect the people of Colorado.