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Houston Police Observe National Police Week

May 16, 2005 -- The Houston Police Department will observe National Police Week beginning Monday, May 16 through Friday, May 20, 2005 with activities that include a promotion and awards ceremony, A Day of Prayer ceremony an annual Memorial Service.

- On Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 2 p.m. the Houston Police Department will hold a Promotion and Awards ceremony in the gymnasium at the HPD Police Academy, 17000 Aldine-Westfield. The ceremony will feature the reading of the Mayor's Proclamation as well as special award presentations for Manager of the Year, Civilian Manager of the Year, Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year, just to mention a few.

- On Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 10 a.m. the Ministers Against Crime will hold its' Day of Prayer at the Houston Police Department Administration Building, 1200 Travis. Houston area clergy will attend this event to reinforce the partnership that exists between the community and the department.

- The Annual Police Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 20, 2005 at 7:15 p.m. at the Houston Police Officers Memorial site to honor those officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. A procession down Memorial Drive will begin at 7 p.m. A candlelight vigil will include the placing of a wreath on the memorial, a roll call of deceased officers, a 21-gun salute, the playing of TAPS and a missing man fly-over by the HPD Helicopters.

The purpose of this observance is to increase the public's awareness of the role of police officers. It is during this week that we remember and honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice of their lives so that we can live in safety and peace.

For information regarding these events contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-302-3200.

AW/ RMM 5-16-05

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.