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Longwood Police to honor fallen colleagues during National Police Week 2011

May 10, 2011

Longwood University

The Longwood University Police Department, in conjunction with the Town of Farmville Police Department and the Piedmont Law Enforcement Association, will be honoring and remembering fallen officers during National Police Week.

Again this year, communities across the United States will come together during National Police Week-May 15-21-to honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind.

This year, the names of 316 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. These 316 officers include 152 officers who were killed during 2010, plus 164 officers who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now.

Many do not realize that Central Virginia has lost five of its Peace Officers in the line of duty over the years. These five and all fallen law enforcement officers from Virginia will be remembered during Police Week at the services that will be held at the front steps of the Prince Edward County Court House at noon on Thursday, May 19.

Chief Bob Beach of the Longwood University Police Department states. "Homeland Security begins in each hometown with Local Law Enforcement officers patrolling and responding to community needs. These local law enforcement professionals sometimes get lost in the big picture of homeland security. Just like those five officers, who in past years left for work one day and never came home again. I doubt that many people, except for family and colleagues, will remember those officers or events.  On May 19th it will be a time to stop, take account of those who are serving, and those who have served, and to make sure that those who have fallen will always be remembered."

The names of all 316 fallen officers nationwide will be formally dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., during the 23rd Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13, 2011. So that people across the country can experience this unique and powerful ceremony, the vigil will be webcast live over the Internet beginning at 8 pm (EDT) on May 13. To register for this free online event, visit www.LawMemorial.org/webcast.

The Candlelight Vigil is one of many commemorative events taking place in the nation's capital during National Police Week 2011. The national observance is organized by a group of organizations led by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Concerns of Police Survivors, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary.

Final data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund show that for the 13th year in a row, traffic fatalities were the leading cause of officer fatalities, with 71 officers killed in the line of duty-an increase of 36 percent from 2009.

For more information about National Police Week, please visit www.LawMemorial.org/policeweek. For information about Police Week events occurring locally, contact Sgt. Ray Ostrander of the Longwood University Police Department at (434) 395-2091