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Police Week 2010: May 9-15

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In many instances, police officers are the very first responders to traumatic events. Whether it is traffic accidents or violent crimes, police officers are at the forefront of trauma response, putting their lives on the line every day.

“During the span of a career, police officers are generally exposed to traumatic events more often and more intensely than those in other occupations,” writes John M. Violanti, Rochester Institute of Technology, Department of Criminal Justice.

Unfortunately, too often our officers lose their lives in the line of duty:

Each year, between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss.

To help honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty, in 1962 President John F. Kennedy declared May 15 National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day. “The calendar week containing May 15 has been designated National Police Week,” explains Terrie Maerritt of

Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc (C.O.P.S.) an organization which “provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty,” hosts an annual conference during Police Week (among many other things) to honor all those affected by the trauma sustained by police officers.

You can support your town’s cops on a local level this week by displaying a blue ribbon.


Written by traumalines

May 10, 2010 at 8:54 pm

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