Issaquah Police Department observes National Police Week

May 13, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. May 13, 2010

Officers tied blue ribbons to the antennae of Issaquah Police Department patrol vehicles to observe National Police Week.

Flying the blue ribbons shows support for fallen officers and working law enforcement professionals. Issaquah residents can also pick up a free blue ribbon at the police department, 130 E. Sunset Way.

National Police Week will be observed through Saturday. President John F. Kennedy declared May 15, 1962, as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day. The week of May 15 falls as National Police Week.

The memorial carries special significance in Washington because assailants killed seven law enforcement officers in the line of duty last year.

Congressman Dave Reichert said the week allows a chance for residents to honor fallen officers. Reichert represents Issaquah in Washington, D.C.

“This week allows us to come together as a family and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the safety and sanctity of our communities,” he said in a statement. “Please keep the immediate family members as well as the entire extended law enforcement family in your thoughts and prayers during this week of reflection and remembrance.”

Reichert, a former King County sheriff and Auburn Republican, joined other Washington congressmen, Democrats Jay Inslee and Adam Smith, to introduce the bipartisan Department of Justice Global Advisory Committee Authorization Act. The measure could enhance information sharing and give law enforcement officers better tools to stay safe.

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