KPD celebrates National Police Week

The Kaua‘i Police Department celebrates National Police Week, May 13 – 19, to pay tribute to law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. recognized the department and honored the families of fallen officers during a proclamation ceremony held Monday morning at the Līhu‘e Civic Center’s Mo‘ikeha Courtyard.

The Kaua‘i County Council will also present a Council Certificate of Recognition to the Kaua‘i Police Department on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. at the Historic County Building’s Council Chambers.

“Here on Kaua‘i, we join the nation and the tens of thousands of law enforcement officers in honoring those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. during his proclamation presentation. “We salute you and your families yesterday, today, and tomorrow.”

During the ceremony five police recruits read the names of the fallen officers throughout the state of Hawai‘i. A moment of silence followed.

“By the reading of the names we remember and honor the fallen so that we never forget,” said Deputy Chief Michael Contrades as he closed the ceremony. “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the brave officers of the Kaua‘i Police Department who every day strive to keep our community safe from those who choose to do it harm.”

National Police Week was created in 1962 by a Congressional Joint Resolution that was signed by President John F. Kennedy, proclaiming May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day in remembrance of police officers killed in the line of duty.

President Donald J. Trump has called upon all states to display the American flag at half-staff on May 15, 2018, in observance of this day.