In 1962 President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation establishing May 15 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day. The week that includes this day is designated as Police Week.
“This week we at the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office honor all law enforcement officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice to their communities,” stated a press release.
Sioux County Sheriff Dan Altena recognizes Sioux County’s 13 full-time deputy sheriffs and six reserve deputies who work around the clock, 365 days a year, keeping our county residents safe.
“Each of our deputies can encounter unsafe situations at any time, whether it’s during traffic stops or responding to calls. They maintain professionalism while relying on their training to safely and effectively serve the people who live, work and travel in Sioux County. We also want to recognize the officers of the four city police departments (including Hawarden), Iowa State Patrol, Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement and Sioux County Conservation who all work to make Sioux County a safer place to live,” said Altena.
“Every single day, the public safety officers place themselves in harm’s way to protect our neighborhoods. Sometimes they are called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice,” he said.
“According to the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Fund, on average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty in the United States every 57 hours. Yet our officers face those dangers with courage and a devotion to duty,” said Altena. “We at the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office recognize our solemn duty to support and protect public safety officers as they answer this call.”