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Lancaster County, SC Sheriff's Office
Tuesday April 27th, 2010 :: 10:06 a.m. EDT


Please remember National Police Week May 9-15.

I wanted to take a second to remind everyone that May is National Law Enforcement Month and May 9-15 is National Police Week. This is a special time of year for us marked by the addition of the names of fallen heroes to the National Memorial in Washington, DC. Last year, 116 officers lost their lives in the line of duty in the United States. This strikes particularly close to home as Cpl. Kevin Cusack of the SC Highway Patrol lost his life in a fatal vehicle accident right here in Lancaster County this year. In recent months, we have also seen fellow officers injured in shootings in Rock Hill to our west and Cheraw to our east.

Especially troubling about 2009 was the spike in cold-blooded premeditated ambushes against officers late in the year and the rise in incidents involving multiple officers. Some of the deadliest days in law enforcement history occurred last year with the deaths of four Oakland police officers during a traffic stop and subsequent standoff, the ambush killings of four Lakewood, WA officers as they sat in a coffee shop before they even began their shift and three Pittsburgh Police Officers gunned down as they approached a domestic disturbance. There were also officers ambushed in other incidents in Washington, Alaska and Pennsylvania. Even as you read this, Miami-Dade Detective Carlos Castillos lies in critical condition after suspects snuck up behind him and brutally beat him with a cinder block before running over him with his own patrol car.

Please take a moment during May to consider these brave men and women and the sacrifices that they have made, but also consider the lives they led before that sacrifice. Vivian Cross, whose husband was a police officer killed during a training exercise, said it best: “it’s not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived.” We only ask one thing from the public. The words adorned a banner when President George W. Bush spoke at the Memorial during National Police Week in 2006: “Never Let Them Walk Alone”.

Lancaster County, SC Sheriff's Office
1941 Pageland Hwy
Lancaster, SC 29720

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 803-313-2123

Eric Brown
Crime Prevention Unit

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