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Keep police in your thoughts next week
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From Chief Thomas Moczynski

Brodhead Police Department

This year, National Police Week will be observed from May 9 through May 15. National Police Day was established by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, establishing the week of May 15 as Law Enforcement Week, a time to recognize the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement. Here in Brodhead the Police Department will take time Thursday, May 13, to observe National Police week during a small ceremony at 1 p.m. in Tinker's Garden.

On Saturday, May 15, the annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service will be held on the steps of our nation's capitol. Each May 15 the memorial service is our nation's official remembrance of peace officers that were killed in the line of duty the previous year.

This year the names of 116 officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2009 will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. The names of another 208 offices who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now will be added. So, sadly, the names of 324 officers killed in the line of duty will be added to the memorial.

It is a great privilege to serve the great City of Brodhead as chief of police. And one of my greatest honors is the opportunity to work with the fine men and women of the Brodhead Police Department.

During this National Police Week, I would like to pause and express my heartfelt thank you to the members of the Brodhead Police Department for their dedication to duty and community.

National Police Week is also a time when the communities can reflect on the vital role played out every day by the 900,000 men and women who wear the badge of law enforcement in America. This 2010 Police Week I encourage members of the community to keep our officers in their thoughts and prayers.