Honoring police officers during special week

Posted 5/16/19

Hello and good day, my fellow Clevelanders.  I hope that this column finds you well. I wanted to take a few moments to recognize an important week for our city, as well as our country: National …

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Honoring police officers during special week


Hello and good day, my fellow Clevelanders. 

I hope that this column finds you well. I wanted to take a few moments to recognize an important week for our city, as well as our country: National Police Week.

During the summer of 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week immediately following as Police Week. Today, thousands of law enforcement personnel from around our country come together and participate in a series of ceremonies and events that are commemorative tributes that pay respect by honoring those officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

The 38th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service took place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, and was held in front (western side) of the U.S. Capital Building. The ceremony recognized the law enforcement officers who were killed while serving their respective communities.

Officer Matt Norfleet, who attended National Police Week ceremonies in 2018, said it best.

“National Police Week has been one of the most humbling experiences of my life," he stressed. "It has been equally amazing to see such an outpouring of support from people in attendance. Listening to our president tell me directly that he has our back is an unbelievable feeling!" 

Our local Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge 8 usually sponsors officers from the Cleveland Police Department  to participate in the memorial and celebratory services during Police Week in Washington, D.C. However, this year the local chapter donated those funds to Olivia Weatherford, a beautiful little Cleveland girl who is currently battling cancer.

That's why we are "The City With Spirit!" We band together and support one another in our most urgent time of need.

Our city is extremely blessed to have a highly skilled and professional police department that positively serves our extraordinary community 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The men and women serving in the Cleveland Police Department are some of the finest individuals and public servants in our community. Our law enforcement officers serve with pride, dedication and commitment to excellence

The dynamic leadership of Police Chief  Mark Gibson has transformed our city's police department into a world-class leader in professionalism for public safety agencies that meet the highest standards of conduct, policy, training and professional development.

Under Chief Gibson's leadership, the city of Cleveland has received the highest distinction from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Cleveland Police received the highest award for advanced accreditation with excellence after completing the Gold Standard Assessment.

This assessment is completely voluntary and demonstrates our commitment to our citizens.

I am extremely proud of the magnificent work and exemplary performances of all our police officers and public safety officials.


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