Mayor recognizes Police Week
Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt recently recognized peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, have lost their lives or have become disabled in the performance of duty, by declaring May 12-18 as Police Week.
In 1962, the Congress and President of the United States designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which it falls as Police Week.
The Chapel Hill proclamation is in recognition of police officers, past and present, who by their faithful and loyal devotion to their responsibilities have rendered a dedicated service to their communities and, in doing so, have established for themselves an enviable and enduring reputation for preserving the rights and security of all citizens.
The proclamation also called upon citizens to observe May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of those peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, have lost their lives or have become disabled in the performance of duty.
Last week, the name of fallen Chapel Hill Police Detective Theodore Roosevelt Cole Jr. was added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial as part of the memorial week in Washington, D.C. Detective Cole was killed in 1969 when his killer, whom Cole had arrested many times, went to Cole’s home off of Piney Mountain Road and shot him without provocation. During the killer’s trial, it was revealed that he tracked Cole as an act of revenge for the previous arrests. Cole had been promoted in 1969 but was killed prior to his promotional ceremony. Cole was posthumously promoted to the rank of detective at the First Annual Orange County Peace Officers Memorial Service in May of 2012.