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:
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.