On Oct. 1, 1962, President John Kennedy proclaimed May 15 of each year as "Peace Officer's Memorial Day." On May 15, U.S. flags across the nation are lowered to half-staff to honor federal, state and municipal officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty.
This year, National Police Officer's Week began on May 13, ending on May 19. In tribute, on May 15, Eastern's Police Department placed a black banner on the Police Department sign in front of its building. In addition, the department conducted a brief ceremony and placed a wreath in front of its sign. Officers also wore black bands over their badges in respect of their fallen comrades.
"In 2011, 166 U.S. law enforcement officers lost their lives in the line of duty," said Police Chief Garewski. "We honor the men and women who, night and day, stand guard over our communities. The officers and staff of Eastern's Police Department would like to thank the university community for its continued support and cooperation in providing a safe and secure environment for us all."