In 1962 President John F. Kennedy declared May 15 of each year to be Police Memorial Day, a day to remember the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers across the country. He also declared that the week in which May 15th falls to be known as Police Week.
it has been a tough year for our profession. Ours is a complex and ever evolving job. We understand that as police in a democratic society we are subject to criticism and challenge by the public we serve. And this has been a banner year for that.
This week we made a special effort to let you know who we are and why we choose to do a job like this.
This week we are participating in a national Twitter event called “Why I Wear the Badge.” Police from around the country are sharing why they choose to do this job. They post videos and photos of themselves and what they think about their job. You’ll see many AHPD personnel who are participating. And you’ll see a recurring theme–we do it to make a difference in the world–to make the world a better place.
I did one myself.
I urge you to visit the site to see us for yourself. Not what the media portrays about us, whether it is the news media or movies and television who so distort what we do–but the real cops.