Police Week Activities
On October 1, 1962, John F. Kennedy was President of the United States and the 87th United States Congress which was in session at the time authorized the President to proclaim the week in which May 15 occurs as Police Week "in recognition of the service given by the men and women who, night and day, stand guard in our midst to protect us through enforcement of our laws". During this week throughout the Country and in Peoria we honor Peace Officers who died or became disabled while acting in the line of duty. It is a time we hold memorial services for those persons and their families, a time we promote to the public what we do via displays and interaction, a time we honor the men and women in the Law Enforcement and Public Safety Community, and a time we honor citizens who have given exceptional assistance so we could carry out our duties to the best of our abilities.
On May 17, 2017 during Police Week, the following awards were presented:
- Police Officer of the Year: Officer Jason Leigh
- Civilian Employee of the Year: Diana Delicath
- Distinguished Service - Citizen: James Wiggins
- Distinguished Service - Commissioned:
- Officer Nathan Adams
- Officer Robert Allen
- Officer Winfred Fallert
- Officer James Feehan Jr.
- Officer Morris Franklin
- Officer Scott Goforth
- Officer Jarvis Harrison
- Officer James Hartman
- Officer Ryan Isonhart
- Officer Brandon Kientzle
- Sergeant Robert McMillen
- Officer Michael Ott
- Distinguished Service - Civilian:
- Rachel Cook
- Denise Dougherty
- Kathleen Johnston
- Lifesaving Certificate: Officer Nathan Adams
- American Legion Meritorious Award: Officer Craig Johnson
Police week activities were observed during the week of May 14 to 20, 2017. The memorial service was held Wednesday, May 17 beginning at noon just outside of City Hall near the Solar Tide. An award program followed immediately after the service in the vestibule of the Civic Center Theatre.
For more information on Police Week, please visit the Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. website.