For Immediate Release
May 5, 2014
Contact: Amy Mercer, FPCA
FLORIDA POLICE CHIEFS ASSOCIATION HONORS FALLEN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) today honored the law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2013, recognizing the sacrifices made to protect Florida’s citizens and communities. The Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony recognized the fallen officers in Tallahassee today.
“Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to protect our state and our citizens and when tragedy strikes, our hearts are heavy,” said Springfield Police Chief Philip Thorne, President of the FPCA. “We honor the memory of our fallen colleagues and we promise they and their sacrifices will never be forgotten.”
The FPCA also encouraged Florida law enforcement officers to recognize and participate in National Police Week, held the week of May 12, 2014. National Police Week is held annually to honor those individuals who have fallen in the line of duty. The scheduled events attract thousands of officers and personnel to Washington, D.C. each year from departments and agencies throughout the world. This commemoration provides an excellent great opportunity for officers to meet and honor their fallen comrades.
To support National Police Week, Florida law enforcement officers can participate in the Police Unity Tour, a bicycle ride beginning in Portsmouth, Virginia and ending at the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. More than 100 Florida officers will participate in the tour this year.
For more information about National Police Week, please visit www.policeweek.org.
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The Florida Police Chiefs Association is the fourth largest state police chiefs association in the United States. It is composed of more than 750 of the state’s top law enforcement executives. FPCA serves municipal police departments, airport police, college and university police, private business and security firms, as well as federal, state and county law enforcement agencies. The FPCA has members representing every region of the state.