National Police Week 2012 (Press Release)

by Public Information Officer, Monday, April 30, 2012, 02:00 (2485 days ago)

This coming May, thousands of city, county, state and federal law enforcement officers around the nation and world will have memorials in their home towns. Some will also travel to Washington, D.C., for National Police Week to honor and show respect for officers killed in the line of duty, both present and past. We join all law enforcement agencies to honor our hero’s. Learn more about National Police Week at

This Wednesday (May 2, 2012) the Abilene Police Department will be honoring local and other Texas officers who have been killed in the line-of-duty or have died-on-duty. There will be two public events held on this day, the first being a flag ceremony/wreath presentation at the Abilene/Taylor County Law Enforcement Center at 8:00 a.m. The second event will be the Abilene Law Enforcement Memorial that will be held at the Abilene Christian University College of Biblical Studies, Chapel on the Hill, at 2:00 p.m. A Local and Texas Roll Call of Honor will take place during the memorial. We welcome anyone who wishes to attend the memorial and honor these officers.

The week of May 6th, two officers representing the Abilene Police Department, along with Chaplain Donna Kleman, will be traveling to Washington, D.C., for the National Law Enforcement Memorial. During the National Memorial, two fallen Abilene police officers will be included in the memorial for the first time: Chief of Police Robert E. “Bob” Burch (End of Watch 7/27/1929) and Patrolman Sam W. Beam (End of Watch 7/18/1940). Their names will be added to the Law Enforcement Wall and will be read at a candlelight vigil.

As part of the activities for National Police Week, Officers Carye Adkins and Joshua Ward will ride in the Police Unity Tour and represent Texas officers killed in the line-of-duty in 2011. The bike ride will start in Trenton, New Jersey, on May 9th and arrive in Washington, D.C, on May 12th. The primary purpose of the Police Unity Tour is to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line-of-duty. The secondary purpose is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum. These officers will proudly “Ride for Those Who Died.”

During National Police Week, Chaplain Kleman will be working directly with family members of Texas officers killed in the line-of-duty in 2011. During one of the toughest weeks in their lives, APD will be there to support the families of the fallen; we will not forget them. The names of fallen heroes, totaling 362, will be added to the Law Enforcement Wall this year.

The 24th Annual Candlelight Vigil will take place at the National Law Enforcement Memorial on Sunday, May 13, 2012. The 31st Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Day Services will take place on Tuesday, May 15, 2012.

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