U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana issued the following announcement on May 13.
U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser recognized the service and sacrifice of federal, state, and local police officers on the occasion of National Police Week, which is being observed Sunday, May 12 to Saturday, May 18, 2019.
In October 1962, Congress enacted a joint resolution, which the President signed, declaring May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day to honor law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. The resolution also created National Police Week as an annual tribute to law enforcement service and sacrifice.
U.S. Attorney Strasser said, “During Police Week, our nation celebrates the selfless contributions from our brave men and women in law enforcement from around the country, and especially in the Eastern District of Louisiana, by recognizing their hard work, dedication, loyalty and commitment in keeping our communities safe. As the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, I want to acknowledge the work performed by federal, state, and local law enforcement and the choice made by them to protect and serve with full knowledge that they could one day find themselves facing dangerous situations. We want them and their families to know they have our unwavering support and appreciation. This week let us as a community take some time to reflect and honor the fallen and also those who continue to dutifully serve the public.”
According to statistics reported to the FBI, 106 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2018, including (1) one officer here in the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Comprehensive data tables about these incidents and brief narratives describing the fatal attacks are included in the sections of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2018 https://ucr.fbi.gov/leoka/2018/ released this week by the FBI.
The names of all 106 fallen officers nationwide will be formally dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, during the 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13, 2019. No tickets are required and everyone is welcome. For additional information please call 202-737-3400.
One Eastern District of Louisiana officer’s name was added this year. On November 17, 2018, Slidell Louisiana Police Department Officer Jason M. Seals died from injuries sustained on September 25, 2018 when he was involved in an on-duty motorcycle accident while escorting a funeral procession.
The Annual Candlelight Vigil is one of many commemorative events taking place in the nation’s capital during National Police Week 2019.
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