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Manhattan Beach Police Department
Tuesday May 14th, 2019 :: 01:43 p.m. PDT


PRESS RELEASE: National Police Week and Police Memorial Day

This year, May 12th – 18th is National Police Week which recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement officers.  In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th 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 and is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community.

During National Police Week, Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) promotes blue ribbons tied on car antennas as a reminder to the public that many law enforcement officers have paid the ultimate price and given their lives in the line of duty.  It is also to honor those officers who, day and night, stand guard in our communities.  Show your support for those fallen officers by flying a blue ribbon from your car antenna.  Pick up your blue ribbons at the Manhattan Beach Police Department lobby (420 15th Street, Manhattan Beach, CA) during National Police Week.
During Police Week, the Manhattan Beach Police Department will have a Police Officer Memorial Display in the lobby and at the Police Memorial Wall (north of the station lobby).  Come view these displays to honor and pay tribute to the three Manhattan Beach Police Officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice and were killed in the line of duty: 

Officer Charles Frederick Grau - End of Watch, September 11, 1952
Officer Richard Timothy Giles - End of Watch, February 14, 1962
Officer Martin Lane Ganz - End of Watch, December 27, 1993

To learn more about National Police Week and the Blue Ribbon Campaign, please visit:

Manhattan Beach Police Department
420 15th St
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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