By Jenna Quentin

Newton Kansan

Now is the perfect time to thank a law enforcement officer for the service they provide all year-long. The county has proclaimed May 11-17, 2014 National Police Week.

May 15 has been nationally recognized as Peace Officers' Memorial Day and the week around it, Police Week, since President John F. Kennedy signed the proclamation in 1962.

“This is the fourth year the Memorial Day and Police Week have been recognized here, through the Chaplain Corps,” said Chaplain Jason Reynolds. He thought the Memorial Day didn't get the attention it deserves.

The Harvey County Proclamation reads, “whereas, it is important that all citizens know and understand the duties, responsibilities, hazards, and sacrifices of their law enforcement agencies, and that members of our law enforcement agency recognize their duty to serve the people by safeguarding life and property, by shielding them against deception and the weak against oppression...”

While these proclamations are traditionally done at a city level, Administrator John Waltner said it was significant that this was passed by the county commission.

This year, the Sheriff's Office and the Newton Police Department are holding a memorial to recognize those who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. It will be at the monument in front of the law enforcement center, at 11:45am, Monday, May 12.

On that monument is a plaque to Harvey County Sheriff Deputy Kurt Ford, who was shot and killed on duty in 2005.

The proclamation calls upon citizens to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice, recognize those disabled and pay respect to the survivors of fallen heroes. Reynolds said they are encouraging businesses, residents, schools, civic groups and others to send cards throughout the week, thanking law enforcement for everything they do.