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UTSA Police Department honor guard 2007
UTSA Police Department honor guard 2007
UTSA Police Department honor guard at 2007 ceremony

UTSA hosts police memorial ceremony May 14

By James Benavides
Public Affairs Specialist

(May 12, 2008)--Police Chief David Hernandez and the UTSA Police Department will host a ceremony in observance of National Police Officers Memorial Day at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 14 at Bill Miller Plaza on the Downtown Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

San Antonio and Bexar County law enforcement agencies will gather for the ceremony which will include presentation of the colors, roll call for the absent and a wreath presentation. Speakers will include Bettina J. Richardson, assistant U.S. attorney, Western District of Texas, and Kerry Kennedy, UTSA vice president for business affairs.

The National Police Officers Memorial Day ceremony brings together the branches of San Antonio's law enforcement community including local police, special jurisdictions such as college campus police and park police, military police and federal agencies including ATF, DEA, FBI, Secret Service and U.S. Marshals.

National Police Officers Memorial Day began in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy designated the week encompassing May 15 as National Police Week. Every 57 hours, a law enforcement officer gives up his or her life in the line of duty. In 2007, Texas lost 22 law enforcement officers. Since 1963, 29 university police officers nationwide have died in the line of duty protecting college campuses.

For more information, contact Stephanie Padula, UTSA Police Department lieutenant, at (210) 458-4775.

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