The McKinney Police Department will host a Police Memorial Ceremony on Thursday, May 19 at 6 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, 2200 Taylor Burk Drive. This ceremony honors the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty while protecting communities and safeguarding democracy.
The Police Memorial Ceremony is a part of National Police Week, which takes place this year from May 15-21. The general public is invited and encouraged to attend this free ceremony.
Participating in the program will be a McKinney police honor guard and the Plano Police Department’s Bag Pipes. The traditional ceremony will consist of the presenting of colors, 21-gun salute and playing of taps. Roll call will be held for the 17 Texas officers and three McKinney officers killed in the line of duty.
There are approximately 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the United States, including 157 sworn members of the McKinney Police Department. Some 60,000 assaults against law enforcement officers are reported each year, resulting in approximately 16,000 injuries. Since the first recorded death in 1792, more than 19,000 law enforcement officers in the United States have made the ultimate sacrifice and been killed in the line of duty, including three members of the McKinney Police Department.