The Edmonds Police Department tonight — Thursday, May 15 — will be holding its annual awards presentation in the City of Edmonds council chambers, 250 5th Ave. N. This presentation honors the efforts and actions of officers and civilians during the past year.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the event starting at 6 p.m.
The awards ceremony is always held during National Police Week, chosen to honor those officers that have given the ultimate sacrifice during the year along with officers who have acted meritoriously in the line of duty. In 1962 President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation, which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reported 100 Law Enforcement deaths in 2013. Since the first known line of duty death in 1791, more than 20,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.
This year, 11 officers will be receiving awards including the support/civilian employee of the year and officer of the year. There will be seven citizen citation awards given this year recognizing local citizens for their actions in our community.