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UTSA to honor peace officers Friday, May 15

By Stephanie Padula
Lieutenant, UTSA Police Department

(May 12, 2009)--The UTSA Police Department and the Alamo Area Chiefs Association will host a Peace Officers Memorial Day ceremony at 9 a.m., Friday, May 15 at Bill Miller Plaza on the UTSA Downtown Campus. As part of National Police Week, the event is free and open to the public.

The Peace Officers Memorial Day ceremony brings together all branches of the San Antonio and Bexar County law enforcement communities including local police, police from special jurisdictions such as college campuses, and park police, state troopers, military police and federal agencies including ATF, DEA, FBI, Secret Service and U.S. Marshals.

The ceremony will include presentation of the colors, roll call for the absent and a wreath presentation. Ralph Diaz, special agent in charge in the FBI San Antonio office, will speak at the ceremony. There will be an invocation by Rev. Peter De Jesus of Cornerstone Church.

National Peace Officers Memorial Day began in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy designated the week encompassing May 15 as National Police Week. Every 57 hours, a law enforcement officer gives up his or her life in the line of duty. In 2008, Texas lost 14 law enforcement officers. Since 1963, 29 university police officers nationwide have died in the line of duty protecting college campuses.

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