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City Leaders Join Mayor Bell and Officers to Recognize National Police Week

Their service and commitment to our city is something that we are thankful for everyday, but this week the city of Birmingham is joining the nation to honor those who work day in and day out to keep our communities safe. As they tackle the injustices of random crime, purposeful intimidation of threats and simple posturing of security with their presence, they too can often be overlooked as valuable elements of leadership that hold our nation together. In observance of National Police Week 2016 the City of Birmingham kicked off the week during a special ceremony held outside of Birmingham City Hall.

Mayor Bell, along with Chief A.C. Roper opened the service to express their thoughts on the challenges and circumstances that many officers face. Special guest speaker Attorney Luther Strange followed their speeches by offering uplifting words of encouragement and appreciation to all officers especially the newly enlisted cadets that joined the ranks of the Birmingham Police Department in solidarity.

To conclude the ceremony, officers read off the names of Birmingham Police officers who have lost their lives during the call of duty with a special wreath laying ceremony.

Birmingham City Council President Pro Tem Steven Hoyt, Chair of the Public Safety/Transportation Committee said he could not be more proud of the men and women who serve and protect our city.

“Our officers risk their lives daily just by showing up to their roles as the ultimate protectors and responders in our communities,” Councilor Hoyt said. “National Police Week should resonate with every leader and citizen alike. We appreciate their continued devotion to this great city, and we are honored to be able to say thanks by recognizing all of their efforts during National Police Week.”

About National Police Week

President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation in 1962, which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the following week as Police Week. Since then, thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world unite in Washington, DC to participate in special events to honor those that have sacrificed their lives. Decades later, this commemoration now more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and supporters of law enforcement officers to our Nation’s Capital each year.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry (chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov) in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.