The U.S. Attorney’s office has recognized the dedication, sacrifice of the Central Illinois Police Officers during the National Police Week. U. S. Attorney John C. Milhiser led the homage on the occasion of National Police Week, which is being observed this week, May 10-16, 2020. The Central Illinois District of Illinois has more than 300 municipal police departments, 46 county sheriff’s offices, Illinois State Police, and federal agents serve and protect more than 2.2 million citizens every day.
“During Police Week, we pause to reflect and honor police officers, who devote their careers to protecting us and our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Milhiser. “These men and women serve on the front line every day, not only to keep peace and enforce our laws, but also to protect our homes and communities from drugs, gun violence, child predators, domestic violence, and fraud. All of our law enforcement partners serve a vital role in ensuring victims receive the justice they deserve.”
He added, “We ask much of our police, who work alongside fellow first responders, to confront new and emerging threats, including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic; active shooters, gun and gang violence; addiction; the use of technology to exploit children and the elderly; and the unfortunate plight of those who live in poverty, on the streets, often with serious, untreated mental and physical health problems.”
The first proclamation for Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week was issued in 1962 by President Kennedy. It was placed to remember and honor law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifices. Peace Officers Memorial Day falls every year on May 15.
The Central Illinois law enforcement has lost two officers on the line of duty within the past two years. Fulton County Deputy Sheriff Troy Chisum and Hampton, Ill., Police Chief Terry A. Engle. Milhiser said, “As these selfless professionals pledge to serve and protect, they do so with the understanding that the risk of death and disabling injuries in the line of duty is real. They do it anyway, and it is therefore fitting that we honor and express our gratitude to these men and women for their service and sacrifice.”