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

WHEREAS, 2021 marks the 24th 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, there are approximately 900,000 dedicated men and women law enforcement officers currently serving our communities nationwide, including 11,000 active law enforcement officers in Nevada, who face extraordinary risk and danger to preserve our freedom, safety and security of others; 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, 137 Nevada Law Enforcement Officers have given their lives in the line of duty, including Nevada Highway Patrol Sergeant Ben Jackson who was gunned down on March 27th, 2020 while attempting to assist a stranded motorist, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Lieutenant Erick Lloyd who lost his life due to COVID-19 complications on July 29, 2020 and Pahrump Justice Court Bailiff Gerald Smith, who on January 18, 2021, also lost his life to COVID-19 complications; 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

WHEREAS, during National Police Week, all Nevadans are encouraged to remember the thousands of 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, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim May 6, 2021, as

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY IN NEVADA

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 22nd Day of April 2021

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