Today Mayor Richard Kos was joined by Chief Jebb, members of the Chicopee Police Department and other city officials in raising a “We Support Police” flag for Peace Officers Memorial Day during National Police Week.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week. National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. Today, National Police Week draws between 25,000 and 40,000 law enforcement officers and supporters from all over the world to Washington, D.C. for a number of events including conferences and a candlelight vigil.
“The City of Chicopee is proud to support our police today and every day!” said Mayor Kos.
In a statement from the Chicopee Police Department, “Chief Jebb wishes to thank Mayor Kos and City Council for their continued support of his department, and the men and women that work every day to provide the safety and protection for the citizens of Chicopee. We appreciate this display of support for us all, on a day designated for police officers around the country. We in Chicopee are blessed to have the relationship we do with our community. From our National Night Out, to Coffee with a Cop, to followers and tips on Facebook, we all show that, time and time again, a community that works, and has a positive relationship with their police, is a safer, better community to live, work and visit. On behalf of all of us, thank you.”
The ceremony took place outside of City Hall at 9AM Monday May 15th.