This week, May 15-21, marks National Police Week across the country. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.
“Law enforcement officers around the country answer the call every day to protect and serve our communities,” said Mike Maloney, Butte College Director of Public Safety Education and Training Center. “It’s a job that takes courage with long shifts, and being placed in unpredictable and dangerous situations. Butte College is proud to help train those individuals who put their lives on the line each day and it’s a time to honor and pay respect to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty. It’s a week where we honor those law enforcement alumni who have lost their lives.”
Being a police officer was the 14th most dangerous job in America from 2007-2013, Bloomberg says, with nearly 16 deaths for every 100,000 officers employed. They’re also the second most likely to die from violence or homicide (behind taxi drivers).
National Police Week is especially somber for the Butte College Law Enforcement program. Sadly, at least 16 alumni have lost their lives in the line of duty since 1979, the most recent being Placer County Deputy Michael D. Davis Jr. whose life was taken October 24, 2014.
Maloney states that there are more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers now serving in the United States, which is the highest figure ever. It’s also noted a total of 1,439 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past 10 years, an average of one death every 61 hours or 144 per year. There were 123 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2015.
Butte College Public Safety Education and Training Center will hold its 137th Law Enforcement Academy graduation ceremony on Friday, June 10, at noon at Pleasant Valley High School Center for the Arts, 1475 East Avenue in Chico.