Every year communities across the United States come together to recognize National Police Week — May 13-19 — to honor and remember law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those lost officers.
This year, the names of 360 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. These 360 officers include 129 officers who were killed during 2017, plus 231 officers who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now.
The fallen officers include one member of the law enforcement community in Douglas County:
Deputy Sheriff Zackari Parrish
Douglas County (CO) Sheriff's Office
End of Watch: December 31, 2017
Deputy Sheriff Zackari Parrish was shot and killed as he and several officers responded to a domestic disturbance call. The officers were speaking to the occupants of the apartment when a suspect opened fire with a rifle. Three officers were wounded and Deputy Parrish succumbed to his injuries. Deputy Parrish is the 45th law enforcement officer to be shot and killed in 2017 and the first officer fatality from the state of Colorado.
In recognition of Police Week the Lone Tree Police Department will host the following events:
Monday, May 14
- Keeping Our Children Safe: Classroom Safety Visits @ Eagle Ridge Elementary
Tuesday, May 15
- Keeping Our Children Safe: Classroom Safety Visits @ Lone Tree Elementary
- Keeping Our Seniors Safe: Safety Visit at Morningstar Senior Living
- Coffee With a Cop: 2:30pm-3:30pm @ Vibe Foods
- Blood Drive: 9am-2:30pm @ the Lone Tree Municipal Building
- Contact Chris Cooper at Chris.Cooper@cityoflonetree.com to schedule a donation appointment.
Wednesday, May 18
- Citizens’ Police Academy Graduation
Friday, May 18
- Refuse to Be a Victim: Class for College Students
- RSVP by emailing Officer Ted Bathauer at email@example.com
Saturday, May 19
- Lone Tree Police Department Open House: 11am-2pm @ the Lone Tree Municipal Building
- There will be K-9 Demo, 911 emergency education, SWAT, face painting and food. There will also be a Touch a Truck event hosted by the Lone Tree Public Works Department as they kick off Public Works Week.