SARASOTA, FL. -- April 16, 2015 -- 1:45 p.m.
The Sarasota Police Department will host the 30th annual Law Enforcement Service on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Martha’s Catholic Church, 200 North Orange Avenue, Sarasota. Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino encourages and welcomes residents, visitors and media to attend the service. The event is held annually during National Police Week, which is May 10 – 16, 2015.
Other agencies joining the Sarasota Police Department will include the City of Sarasota, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, North Port Police Department, Venice Police Department, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, Longboat Key Police Department, New College Campus Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol and Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
The annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service recognizes the men and women who serve and protect our communities and also honors Florida law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. In 2014, six officers and one K-9 were killed in the line of duty in Florida.
Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Scott Pine - Orange County Sheriff's Office, FL
Police Officer Robert G. German - Windermere Police Department, FL
Officer Mark H. Larson - Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, FL
Trooper Chelsea Richard - Florida Highway Patrol
K9 Baron - St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, FL
Deputy Sheriff Christopher Smith - Leon County Sheriff's Office, FL
Police Officer Charles Kondek - Tarpon Springs Police Department, FL
Similar memorial ceremonies will take place across the state and country during the month of May. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week is designed to honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty.