The Erie County Legislature will present a proclamation to Buffalo Police Department officials in honor of National Police Week at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Buffalo Police Headquarters, 74 Franklin Street, Buffalo.
Legislature Chairperson Betty Jean Grant (D-Buffalo), Majority Leader Thomas J. Mazur (D-Buffalo, Cheektowaga) and Legislator Timothy R. Hogues (D-Buffalo), chair of the Public Safety Committee, will present a proclamation on behalf of the entire County Legislature marking May 15 National Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 13-19 as National Police Week 2012.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy first designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the commemoration that now lasts a week is called National Police Week.
“Our police officers and commanders, from the Buffalo Police Department to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, local, state and national police agencies, serve us citizens with pride, dedication and courage every day,” Chairperson Grant said. “These brave men and women work in a vital, high-pressure vocation every day, putting their lives on the line to protect us. It is fitting that we take the time to honor these police for all they do for us. Organizers are asking people to thank police officers for their service, and we feel this is a fine way to show our appreciation.”