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HPD Recognizes National Police Week

May 12, 2006 -- The Houston Police Department will observe National Police Week from Monday, May 15 through Friday, May 19, 2006. The purpose of this observance is to increase the public awareness of the role of police officers. In addition to daily pre-scheduled tours and demonstrations at the Police Academy, this year's activities will include three important events in which employees and their families are encouraged to participate. It is during this week that we remember and honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice of their lives so that we live in safety and peace.

- On Monday, May 15, 2006 at 10 a.m. the HPD Ministers Against Crime will hold a Day of Prayer News Conference at the HPD Administration Building, 1200 Travis. Houston area clergy members will attend this event to reinforce the partnership that exists between the community and our department. For more information about this event contact Michael Martinez in the HPD Community Outreach Unit at 713-308-3200.

- On Tuesday, May 16, 2006 the Annual Memorial Service will be held at the Houston Police Officers Memorial site, 2400 Memorial Drive, to honor those officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. The processional down Memorial Drive will begin at 7 p.m. The 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 fly-over (missing man formation) by the HPD helicopters. For information about the Memorial Service contact Sergeant Cynthia Miller in the HPD Honor Guard office at 713-247-5826.

- On Thursday, May 18, 2006 HPD will hold the Police Week Awards Ceremony at 2 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Houston Police Academy, 17,000 Aldine-Westfield. The ceremony will feature the reading of the Mayor's Proclamation and awards presentations. For information about this event contact Ms. Debra Williams, Awards Coordinator at 713-308-3263.

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