U.S. Attorney Kevin Ritz Honors National Police Week

U.S. Attorney Kevin G. Ritz recognizes law enforcement's service during National Police Week.

In Memphis, TN, U.S. Attorney Kevin G. Ritz has expressed profound respect for the commitment and sacrifices made by law enforcement personnel in light of National Police Week. This observance, set to take place from Saturday, May 11 through Friday, May 17, 2024, is a tribute to federal, state, local, and Tribal law enforcement officers.

Attorney General Merrick Garland emphasized the challenges and dangers faced by police officers and the importance of remembering those who have fallen in the line of duty. He highlighted the relentless dedication of officers and their families, and assured of the Justice Department’s commitment to support law enforcement with necessary resources.

Kevin Ritz, with nearly two decades of experience as a federal prosecutor, shared his personal admiration for the bravery and dedication of law enforcement officers, especially those in West Tennessee. He acknowledged the sacrifices made by officers and their families, extending gratitude from the U.S. Attorney’s Office to all men and women in law enforcement who protect the public at great personal risk.

National Police Week was established following a proclamation by President Kennedy in 1962, which also designated Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15 to honor officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. The week serves as a period of national reflection on the contributions and sacrifices of law enforcement officers across the country.

A Candlelight Vigil on Monday, May 13, 2024, saw the addition of over 280 officers killed in the line of duty to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. This solemn event, which was live-streamed, allows the public to join in remembering and honoring the fallen officers. The recording of the event can be viewed at National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website.

For more information about National Police Week and the virtual candlelight vigil, interested individuals can visit www.policeweek.org.

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