Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has issued a proclamation honoring National Police Week throughout the state. Beginning May 12-18, Arkansas will join others nationwide to commemorate fallen officers and to commend those in service.
There are approximately 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the United States, including the dedicated members of the law enforcement in Arkansas.
According to that proclamation, nearly 60,000 assaults against law enforcement officers are reported each year, resulting in approximately 16,000 injuries. Since the first recorded death in 1791, more than 23,189 law enforcement officers in the U.S. have made the ultimate sacrifice and have been killed in the line of duty, including 295 in Arkansas.
May 15 is designated as Peace Officers Memorial Day to “honor the service and sacrifice of those law enforcement killed in the line of duty while protecting our communities and safeguarding our democracy.”