Activities for National Police Week, May 12-18
National Police Week was originated by a butcher, Charles Sussman, of Philadelphia. He felt that law enforcement officers who had given their lives, or who had become disabled, in the line of duty should be honored. He began a one-man campaign, writing to city, state and federal officials as well as civic leaders and police associations. It took three years before Resolution 730 was presented to the 87th Congress and signed into law by President John Kennedy in May 1961.
Police Week activities in this area include:
1) We encourage everyone to participate in the Blue Ribbon Campaign sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. This campaign suggests that those who want to honor law enforcement officers tie a blue ribbon on their car antenna for Police Week. Any type of royal blue ribbon will do and can be purchased at your local craft or fabric store.
2) A Police Memorial Service is planned to honor 13 area law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. This service will be held Thursday, May 16 at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 2919 19th St., Rockford. The service begins promptly at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a short time of refreshment. The service is open to the public.
3) The Law Enforcement Display at CherryVale Mall will be exhibited from Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19. Representatives from many local agencies will be present, and many police vehicles will be on display.
For more information, contact Father William Wentink at OSF/St. Anthony Medical Center at 395-5209, or Inv. Billy Wilson at the Police Chaplain Division at 987-5889.
Cops N Kids to hold book fair
Barnes & Noble, in partnership with Quota of Rockford, will host a book fair at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 in support of the Cops N Kids program. A portion of the days sales will be donated in books to the Cops N Kids program to be distributed by officers in the field to children in need. A special story time will feature Buford the Dog. Local police officers and Cops N Kids founder Julia Burney will visit the store on Saturday to kick off this great program in Rockford. The Rockford Barnes & Noble will also accept gently used and new childrens books for the week leading up to the event (May 12-18). Any books purchased by customers for donation during that time will be discounted 10 percent.