County Commissioners pass proclamation for 2013 Police Week

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Police Week 2013 ProclamationThe Caroline County Sheriff's Office would like to thank Caroline County Commissioners Larry Porter, Wilbur Levengood, and Jeff Ghrist for supporting the Sheriff's Office in our 2013 proclamation for "Police Week" that they just passed today (May 14, 2013). In addition, County Administrator Ken Decker and Chief of Staff Sara Visintainer also aided in the proclamations development and very much appreciate their support. 


Pictured (from left to right) Lt. Ronald Dixon-Patrol Division Commander, Commissioner Wilbur Levengood, Commissioner Larry Porter, Sheriff Randy Bounds, Commissioner Jeff Ghrist, Lt. Donald Baker-Criminal Investigation Division Commander, and Captain James Henning-Chief Deputy. 

Below is the wording on the proclamation passed by the commissioners:

MAY 12 - 18, 2013


WHEREAS, there are approximately 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the United States, including the dedicated members of the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office; and 

WHEREAS, nearly 60,000 assaults against law enforcement officers are reported each year, resulting in approximately 16,000 injuries; and 

WHEREAS, since the first recorded death in 1791, almost 20,000 law enforcement officers in the United States have made the ultimate sacrifice and been killed in the line of duty, including one member of the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office; and

WHEREAS, the names of these dedicated public servants are engraved on the walls of the national Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.; and 

WHEREAS, thirty seven new names of fallen heroes are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial this spring, including 120 officers killed in 2012; and 

WHEREAS, the service and sacrifice of all officers killed in the line of duty will be honored during the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s 25th Annual Candlelight Vigil, on the evening of May 13, 2013; and 

WHEREAS, the Candlelight Vigil is part of the National police Week, which takes place this year on May 12 - 18; and

WHEREAS, May 15 is designated as peace Officers Memorial Day, in honor of all fallen officers and their families;

NOW, THEREFORE, We, the County Commissioners of Caroline County, Maryland, do hereby proclaim the week of May 12-18, 2013 as Police Week in Caroline County and encourage all citizens of the County to recognize and honor the service and sacrifice of those law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty while protecting our communities and safeguarding the citizens of Caroline County.

Thank you again to the Caroline County Commissioners for their continued support of their Sheriff's Office and its members.