As part of the recognition of National Police Week, the Battle Creek Police Department will hold its annual Police Memorial Service and Awards Ceremony this Thursday, May 12.
In 1962, the late President John F. Kennedy designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. Activities are held around the world on that day and during National Police Week that honor officers who have died in the course of duty.
The local event is an opportunity for the BCPD to recognize its officers, and members of the community, who have performed above and beyond during the previous year.
“In 2015 we lost 128 officers in the line of duty in the United States and, already in 2016, we are at 34 lost,” said Police Chief Jim Blocker. “This week’s ceremony is to recognize the extreme commitment of our officers who serve Battle Creek and Bedford Township and to memorialize the officers lost during the past year.
“This year we will distribute over 114 Unit Citations; 41 Professional Excellence Citations; six Lifesaving Citations; three Bravery Citations and various recognitions to citizens and fellow agencies that stepped forward and did the extraordinary on behalf of our community.”
Sgt. Michael Wood has been chosen as this year’s Officer of the Year and will be formally recognized during the ceremony.
The honor designates Wood as the department’s representative at various civic group and organization events throughout the year. Wood was chosen based on the recommendation of an awards committee comprised of his peers, and with final approval from the chief’s office.