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Top photo: UTSA police officers at last year's memorial ceremony.
Bottom photo: UTSA President Ricardo Romo and Police Chief David
Hernandez lay a memorial wreath.

UTSA to observe National Police Officers day May 15

By James Benavides
Public Affairs Specialist

(May 11, 2007)--In observance of National Peace Officers Memorial Day, the UTSA Police Department will host a ceremony to commemorate the service and sacrifice of peace officers at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 15 at Bill Miller Plaza on the UTSA Downtown Campus.

Part of National Police Week, the ceremony will include remarks from UTSA President Ricardo Romo, UTSA Chief of Police David Hernandez, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus and St. Mary's University Police Chief Paul Glowacki. Additionally, there will be posting of the colors, a wreath laying and playing of taps.

The UTSA Police Department also will send representatives to participate in the Texas Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony in Austin. Also, the police department will sponsor a coloring contest for children attending the UTSA Child Development Center. Each child will receive a certificate of participation from the UTSA chief of police.

Throughout the week, UTSA departments and student organizations will honor National Police Week with visits to the UTSA Police Department, cards from students, prayer services and other events.

National Peace Officers Memorial Day began in 1962 when Pres. John F. Kennedy designated the week encompassing May 15 as National Police Week. Police departments across the nation observe the week in different ways including open houses, SWAT demonstrations and memorial services. Through the efforts of Concerns of Police Survivors Inc., a half million blue ribbons have been distributed to law enforcement agencies to tie to their car antennas to call national attention to this day.

Every 57 hours, a law enforcement officer gives up his or her life in the line of duty. In 2006, Texas lost nine law enforcement officers. Since 1963, 29 university police officers nationwide have died in the line of duty at college campuses.

For more information, contact Lt. Stephanie Padula, UTSA Police Department, at (210) 458-4775.

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