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WHEREAS, National Police Week is observed throughout the nation to honor the service and sacrifice of those law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty while protecting our communities and safeguarding our democracy; and

WHEREAS, 2018 marks the 21st anniversary of the Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial which was dedicated to honor the memory of law enforcement officers who died in the service of the State; and

WHEREAS, the dedicated men and women who work as law enforcement officers face extraordinary risk and danger while preserving the freedom, safety and security of others; and

WHEREAS, there are approximately 900,000 law enforcement officers currently serving in communities across the United States, including 11,000 active law enforcement officers in the Silver State; and

WHEREAS, nearly 52,000 assaults against law enforcement officers were reported last year, resulting in approximately 15,000 injuries, and since the first recorded death in 1791, almost 21,000 law enforcement officers in the United States have made the ultimate sacrifice and been killed in the line of duty; and

WHEREAS, since 1861, 131 Nevada law enforcement officers have given their lives in the line of duty, including Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Charleston Hartfield who died from injuries incurred during the October 1 tragedy and Ranger Thomas K. Brown who died in a training accident August 31, 1973; and

WHEREAS, the names of these dedicated public servants are engraved on the Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on the Nevada Capitol grounds and honored annually, and during National Police Week, all Nevadans are encouraged to remember the law enforcement officers who have lost their lives while protecting their communities and express their appreciation to Nevada’s active and retired law enforcement officers;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  May 3, 2018 as

 Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day in Nevada

 

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