Honoring Laurens County Law Enforcement During National Police Week 2024

May 13, 2024

This week marks National Police Week, observed annually from May 13th to May 19th, offering us an opportunity to honor and express gratitude to the brave men and women who serve in law enforcement, particularly here in Laurens County. National Police Week holds significant importance as we remember and pay homage to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

The history of National Police Week dates back to 1962 when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week it falls in as Police Week. Since then, this week has become a time of reflection and recognition for law enforcement officers across the nation.

“As Sheriff of Laurens County, I am privileged to witness firsthand the exceptional dedication and courage of our law enforcement officers. During National Police Week, we pause to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and express our gratitude to those who continue to serve with unwavering commitment,” said Laurens County Sheriff Don Reynolds. “Together, let us show our appreciation for their selfless dedication to protecting and serving our community.”

Each year, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers gather in Washington, DC for a series of events and ceremonies to honor fallen comrades and support their families. What began modestly in 1982 with a gathering of 120 survivors and supporters has evolved into a significant and deeply impactful event known as National Police Week.

While the national events draw tens of thousands of attendees, Police Week is a time for all of us to show our appreciation and support for our local law enforcement officers right here in Laurens County. These dedicated individuals work tirelessly to keep our neighborhoods safe, often facing extraordinary challenges and risks.

“As we observe National Police Week, we reflect on the profound dedication and sacrifice exhibited by our law enforcement personnel. This week serves as a poignant reminder of the bravery and selflessness demonstrated by those who uphold the values of justice and public safety in our community,” said Laurens Police Chief Heath Copeland. “We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all officers for their unwavering commitment and service.”

Let us take this opportunity during National Police Week to express our gratitude and thanks to the men and women who serve in law enforcement in Laurens County. Their commitment and sacrifice deserve our recognition and support, not just this week, but every day of the year.

Members of the community are encouraged to find a way to say “thank you” to our law enforcement officers this week. Whether it’s a kind word, a simple gesture of appreciation, or participating in a local event honoring our officers, let us show them that we value and appreciate their service.

Reflecting on the week and it’s meaning Clinton Police Chief Sonny Ledda remarked, “As we commemorate National Police Week, we stand united in honoring the dedicated men and women who serve on the front lines of law enforcement. Their unwavering commitment and selfless sacrifice ensure the safety and well-being of our community. Let us take this moment to express our deepest gratitude to all law enforcement officers, both past and present, for their bravery and service.”

To the law enforcement officers of Laurens County, we thank you for your dedication, courage, and unwavering commitment to keeping us safe. Your sacrifices do not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

Thank you, Laurens County law enforcement, for all that you do.