Annual Police Week already underway in Houston

2021 National Police Week in Washington, D.C.

The annual Police Week Memorials in May feature tributes in three locations – Austin, Houston and Washington, D.C.

Several notable activities have already taken place in Austin and Houston with many more planned for Washington, D.C. during the actual National Police Week of May 12-16.

By the time you read this, the May 1 memorial service honoring the memories of officers killed in the line of duty this past year will have taken place in Austin.

Each year this service is held at the site of the police memorial on the state capitol grounds.

Houston’s Police Week activities also got underway the first week of May, well ahead of the regularly scheduled celebration.

 

Houston’s events began Tuesday, May 3 with the Police Week Awards Luncheon at the Downtown Aquarium Restaurant, 410 Bagby.

The luncheon featured Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston Police Foundation President Tilman Fertitta. The outstanding HPD individuals from the desks to the streets and everywhere in between will be recognized.

The Badge & Gun will have complete scripts detail the honored actions and deeds performed by each of these HPD Police Week honorees.

On Wednesday, May 4 from 10 a.m. until sundown there was a Day of Prayer open to the public on the front steps of HPD headquarters at 1200 Travis.

The 2021 walk to the Houston Police Memorial

And on Friday, May 6 there will be the traditional program at the Houston Police Memorial just down Memorial Drive from the HPOU.

Following tradition, the HPOU will hold a reception for the survivors of HPD officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Breckenridge Porter Building. These honorees will either walk or be driven to the Memorial for a 7 p.m. memorial service, emceed by Khambrel Marshall of KPRC-Channel 2.at police memorial capitol 6 p.m.

Washington, D.C., where a week-long number of events start with the May 13 candlelight vigil at the National Mall.

“National Police Memorial Day is always May 15,” HPOU 2nd Vice President Tim Whitaker said, “and on this day, officers killed in the line of duty will be honored and remembered on the Capitol grounds.”

“As in years past the HPD and the HPOU will be sending representation from the department to honor two of our own, Bill Jeffrey and John Wilbanks.”

Assist the Officer is sending Officers Christopher McCain and Raul Munoz, who were the Assist the Officer’s 2022 Heroes’ Gala patrol officer and investigator, respectively, for 2021. McCain is the officer credited with saving the life of Officer Sam Cleveland, who was shot out in Kingwood. Officer Munoz arrested and charged a suspect with sexually assaulting a non-verbal, autistic juvenile.

National Police Week offers honor, remembrance and peer support, while allowing law enforcement, survivors, and citizens to gather and pay homage to those who gave their lives in the line of duty.