Hawaii Honors its Finest During Correctional Officers and Police Week Observances

ACO WeekLaw Enforcement WeekHONOLULU — Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Gov. Shan S. Tsutsui have proclaimed May 4-10 “Correctional Officers and Employees Week” and May 11-17 “Police Week” in Hawaii. The two proclamations were presented today by Acting Gov. Tsutsui to the Department of Public Safety’s (PSD) Corrections and Law Enforcement Divisions, which oversees state corrections and law enforcement with the Corrections Division, Sheriff Division and Narcotics Enforcement Division.

“We commend all those who currently serve in the corrections and law enforcement profession, those who have served and those who have been lost in pursuit of these most honorable professions,” Acting Gov. Tsutsui said.

Public Safety Director Ted Sakai added: “Many of our department’s personnel risk their lives every day to keep our communities safe. We honor these men and women for their devotion, bravery, and ongoing commitment to being the change that they would like to see in the world.”

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated this week as National Correctional Officers and Employees Week under Proclamation 5187. It is designed to provide correctional employees the respect and recognition they deserve. “Correctional officers and employees serve admirably in correctional facilities across the state as role models and change agents,” said Deputy Director of Corrections Max Otani. “Their job isn’t simply to secure the facility and the people in it.  Correctional officers and employees teach, train and mentor inmates every day all while promoting a safe and secure environment.”

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind.”

This year, the names of 286 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.   Hawaii Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation continues to work toward funding the construction of a monument in Hawaii to honor law enforcement officers from city, county, state, military and federal agencies who have died in the line of duty while serving the people of Hawaii. Currently, more than 60 names have been identified for placement on the Hawaii memorial. For more information on the Hawaii Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation and its effort to create a memorial wall in Hawaii, visit www.hlemf.org.