UTSA observes National Peace Officers Memorial Day May 12

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(May 11, 2010)--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 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 12 at the flagpoles between the John Peace Library and Arts Building on the Main Campus.

Part of National Police Week, the ceremony will include a reading of a proclamation from UTSA Police Chief Steve Barrera and a reading of the names of the law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in Texas in 2009. Additionally, there will be a wreath laying and playing of taps.

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

National Peace Officers Memorial Day began in 1962 when President 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 2010, Texas lost 10 law enforcement officers. Since 1963, 31 university police officers nationwide have died in the line of duty.