BEAVERCREEK — The week of May 14 marked the beginning of National Police Week. To celebrate the week, Mayor Bob Stone presented Chief Dennis Evers and the whole police department with a proclamation making National Police Week an annual celebration in the community.
“What we see before you today is an example of a great police force that we have in our community,” Mayor Stone said. “We couldn’t be more proud of them.”
The purpose of National Police Week is to remember the police officers that have been killed in the line of duty throughout the year and/or the ones that have been wounded. This is a week dedicated to police officers to show respect for their sacrifices and dedication to the communities in which they serve by putting the needs and safety of others before their own. The duties of the Beavercreek Police officers is to safeguard the rights and freedoms of each and every person that comes through the Beavercreek community, either through residents or employees or visitors.
“It’s important that the citizens know and understand the duties, responsibility, hazards and sacrifices of their law enforcement agency. And that members recognize their duty to serve people by safeguarding life and property, protecting them against violence and disorder. Protecting the innocent against deception. This police department has grown to be a modern and nationally accredited law enforcement agency and that the men and woman of the police department provide a vital service to the community,” Mayor Stone said.
As part of the celebration and respect for week, Chief Evers is sending three officers to Washington DC to participate in the Police Unity Tour, which is a 265 mile bike tour from Richmond, Virginia to the Capital. The officers that will be participating are Officer Chris Williams, Officer Mark Brown and Detective John Bondy. It’s a three day ride to help raise awareness for the officers killed in the line of duty and to honor the survivors.
“At the end of the ride, there will be a candlelight vigil attended by approximately 20,000-30,000 police officers,” Beavercreek Police Officer Chris Williams said. “Also, President Trump will be giving a presentation for the officers, survivors and families.”
Officer Williams also said that it’s a great opportunity for the Beavercreek Police Department to show their respect and also celebrate law enforcement with other agencies nationwide.
“Thank you for the support of the community,” Chief Evers said. “We couldn’t do it without you.”