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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Indiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 11, 2018

ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS AND U.S. ATTORNEY MINKLER RECOGNIZE LAW ENFORCEMENT SERVICE AND SACRIFICE DURING NATIONAL POLICE WEEK

Former Southport Police Officer Aaron Allan’s name to be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC

Indianapolis – Attorney General Sessions and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Josh Minkler recognized the service and sacrifice of federal, state, local, and tribal police officers on the occasion of National Police Week, and commented on the FBI's 2017 Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted report.

“One officer death is too many,” Attorney General Sessions said.  “While we are inexpressibly grateful to have had a decrease in the number of officers killed in the line-of-duty last year, the number is still far too high.  At the Department of Justice, we honor the memories of the fallen and we pray for their families.  We are also following President Trump's Executive Orders to back the women and men in blue, to enhance law enforcement safety, and to reduce violent crime in America. Those priorities will help keep every American safe, including those who risk their lives for us.  As always, we have their backs and they have our thanks.”

“We have lost three police officers in our district in less than one year, all killed by gunfire,” said Minkler. “We will never forget the bravery demonstrated by Southport Police Officer Aaron Allan, Boone County Deputy Jacob Pickett and most recently, Terre Haute Police Officer and United States Marshal Task Force member Rob Pitts. All three are meaningful examples of the risks that we ask our officers to undertake every day. We owe them our gratitude, we owe them unwavering support and we owe their families our prayers when they make the ultimate sacrifice.” 

According to statistics collected by the FBI, 93 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2017 – a 21 percent decrease from 2016, when 118 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents. To date, 53 officers have been killed in the line of duty- 27 by gunfire.

In October 1962, Congress passed and President Kennedy signed a joint resolution declaring May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day to honor law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.  The resolution also created National Police Week as an annual tribute to law enforcement service and sacrifice.

During Police Week, which is observed from Sunday, May 13 to Saturday, May 19, 2018, our nation celebrates the contributions of police officers from around the country, recognizing their hard work, dedication, loyalty and commitment in keeping our communities safe.

Lt. Aaron Allan from the Southport Police Department along with 93 fallen officers nationwide will be formally dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, during the 30th Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13, 2018.  So that people across the country can experience this unique and powerful ceremony, the vigil will be livestreamed beginning at 8:00 p.m. EDT on May 13th. 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 2018.

For more information about other National Police Week events, please visit www.policeweek.org.

To access the FBI's 2017 Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted report, please visit www.fbi.gov.

 

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Updated May 11, 2018