Police Unity Tour
In 1962 President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15th as National Police Officer Memorial Day. In 2016, May 15th falls on a Sunday therefore the following week is designated as National Police Week. Thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington DC each year to participate in a number of planned events which honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their communities. Three of our officers; Frederik Ham, Jay Jackson and Kenneth Wrede are included in the National Police Memorial. Since 1791 almost 20,000 officers have been killed in the line of duty in the United States. In honor of National Police Week, this past Tuesday night the West Covina City Council formally designated May 15-21, 2016 as National Police Week in the City of West Covina.
The Police Unity Tour is one of the many events planned for National Police Week. The tour began in 1997 and since that time has raised 16 million dollars for the memorial. Huston Clements, Daniel Armas, Eddie Gomez, Douglas Weischedel, Matthew Sevilla and Stephen McLean are representing the West Covina Police Department in the 2016 Police Unity Tour. The tour began Tuesday May 10th in New Jersey and spans a distance of 300 miles ending at the memorial in Washington DC. The West Covina Team has trained hard to participate in this very honorable event. Teams from around the country are joining our officers in this very worthy cause to raise awareness of the many dangers law enforcement officers face each and every day. Please keep our team’s safety in your thoughts/prayers as they embark on this very important tribute. I am proud to see West Covina represented in Washington!