Leesburg Police Chief Greg Brown kicked off National Police Week this morning with a wreath-laying ceremony at the department’s headquarters on Plaza Street.
May 15 is designated as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, which brings people from around the country to the region to witness the addition of more names to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall in Washington, DC.
“In 2018 alone, over 150 officers were killed in the line of duty nationwide,” Brown said. “Although this number is less than the preceding year, one officer lost is one too many. This year to date, we’ve already seen 40 law enforcement officer fatalities.”
The chief said officers act selflessly to serve and protect the public.
“Young, old, male, and female, officers throughout the United States report for duty at all times of the day and night to keep their communities safe from harm. They are away from family and friends. Many times, alone they answer the call not knowing if it will be their last, but they answer nonetheless,” he said.
Brown encouraged residents this week to take time to think about the men and women who chose to serve.
“As you go throughout your day and you see a police officer or deputy sheriff take a moment to reflect on what it is that they do and the sacrifices they make daily to ensure peace and order is kept and that no harm comes to you,” he said. “For many this week, it is a time of reflection, a time of mourning, a time to give thanks. It is a time to remember the fallen but not forgotten.”
The 38th annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday on the west front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.