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Virginia Sheriffs’ Association
The Voice of Virginia’s Sheriffs & Deputies

On May 10, Governor Northam issued a proclamation recognizing this week, May 13-19, as Virginia Police Week. He also declared May 15, 2018 as Peace Officers Memorial Day in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We hope that you will all join Governor Northam in recognizing the dedication, bravery, and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform who risk their lives every day to keep us safe.

Virginia is home to 367 law enforcement agencies and 22,000 officers. There is no question that these officers face serious dangers each time they respond to a call for service. In fact, they have the daunting task of running into dangerous situations while others are fleeing the scene. In 2017, over 1,800 Virginia law enforcement officers reported being the victim of offenses ranging from simple assault, to much more serious crimes.

Unfortunately, some of these brave officers have even made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities. In 2017, four Virginia law enforcement officers died in the line of duty. Those officers were Sheriff’s Deputy Curtis Allen Bartlett, Virginia State Police Special Agent Michael Walter, Virginia State Police Lt. H. Jay Cullen, III, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates.

Throughout the week of May 13-19, and especially on May 15, we ask that you remember and pay tribute not only to these four officers, but also to the many other heroic officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. We also ask that you recognize and thank law enforcement officers whose tireless efforts allow you and your families to live safely and peacefully in our Commonwealth.

On behalf of Governor Northam, thank you to all of our brave men and women and uniform for your service and commitment to the safety of the Commonwealth.