(May 18, 2011)--In observance of National Peace Officers Memorial Day, the UTSA Police Department will host a ceremony to commemorate the service and sacrifice of state law enforcement officers at 10 a.m., Friday, May 20 at Bill Miller Plaza on the UTSA Downtown Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The National Police Officers Memorial Day ceremony brings together branches of San Antonio's law enforcement community including local police and special jurisdictions such as college campus police, park police, military police and federal agencies including ATF, DEA, FBI, Secret Service and U.S. Marshals.
The ceremony will include a reading of the proclamation by Kerry Kennedy, UTSA vice president for business affairs. Law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in Texas in 2010 will be honored through the reciting of names, wreath laying and the playing of "Taps." Michael Heidingsfield, director of police for the University of Texas System, will deliver the address.
National Peace Officers' Memorial Day has a long history. It began in 1962 by presidential proclamation signed by President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy also designated the week as National Police Week. Since that time, police departments across the nation have observed the week in different ways including open houses, SWAT demonstrations and memorial services.
Every 53 hours, a law enforcement officer gives up his or her life in the line of duty. In 2010, Texas lost 19 law enforcement officers. Since 1963, 31 university police officers nationwide have died in the line of duty.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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