By Mike Hazlip—
The Citrus Heights City Council has officially recognized May 15-21 as National Police Week, honoring police officers who have lost their lives and expressing gratitude for “the dedicated service and courageous deeds of law enforcement officers.”
The council’s action follows a 1962 proclamation by President Kennedy designating May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and congressional action the same year recognizing the week following as National Police Week.
Councilman Bret Daniels read the proclamation during a May 12 council meeting, followed by statements from Citrus Heights Police Operations Commander Kris Frey, who called law enforcement a difficult and often thankless job.
“Law enforcement is a true calling that is answered daily by people that are willing to face the dangers and perils awaiting them to serve a greater good,” Frey said.
The commander encouraged community members to thank law enforcement officers for their service.
Several events have been held in the Sacramento region and around the country during the month of May in honor of fallen officers, including a memorial at the state capitol on May 2.