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May 12, 2020

May 10-16 – National Police Week

This notice appeared in the Weekly Phoenix between May 12, 2020 and May 18, 2020.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. We are blessed to have our very own dedicated group of officers that make the University a safe place to live, learn, work, and play. If you encounter a police officer this week, take a moment to thank them for their service.


You’ve likely seen this symbol on a decorative flag, a decal on someone’s automobile, or possibly even an article of clothing. It’s a thin, blue line on a stark, black background. You may already know what it stands for, but for those who do not, this simple but impactful piece of artwork carries with it the recognition of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty as a law enforcement officer. It is a homage to those who have sworn to protect and defend their communities, despite their absence at holiday observances, birthday parties, graduation ceremonies, etc. In the eye of a hurricane, they monitor the streets, and afterward, they are the first to check each home for possible survivors. The thin blue line represents a tight rope walk that police officers experience every day. Even now, during a global pandemic, they continue with their regular duties while many are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work from home or at least remotely.