Services will honor fallen officers

From Press & Staff Reports

Fallen law enforcement officers will be honored at the national and state level during National Police Week, which is May 15-21.

The 35th annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m. May 15 on the west front of the U. S. Capitol in Washington. The Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police and the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary are sponsors. A wreath-laying ceremony will be held immediately following the service.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation that designated May 15 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington to participate in a number of planned events that honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Candlelight Vigil

On May 17 at 6:30 p.m., Attorney General Jim Hood and the Mississippi Chiefs of Police will join together to host the sixth annual Mississippi Fallen Law Enforcement Officers’ Candlelight Vigil at the statewide Fallen Officers Memorial between the Sillers and Gartin Justice buildings off High Street in downtown Jackson.

Law enforcement agencies statewide and members of the public, along with family and friends of any Mississippi law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty, are invited to join officers from the Mississippi Chiefs of Police Association, the Mississippi Sheriffs Association, the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office at the event.

Mississippi’s fallen officers include Cpl. Keith Crenshaw of the Eupora Police Department, who died in the line of duty on Oct. 23, 2013.