Waskom, like many other communities throughout the U.S., will be observing National Police Week, May 12-18.
Mayor Jessie Moore issued a proclamation, which was presented to police chief Westy Meisenheimer on Friday, May 10, in appreciation for the vital role that the Waskom police play in providing protection and safety in the community.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy issued a proclamation designating May 15 as Police Officer Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week.
An annual candlelight vigil is held in Washington DC honoring law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.
Names of the officers who have made the supreme sacrifice are engraved on the wall of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.
Twelve police officers and staff serve the city of Waskom, including: chief Meisenheimer, Sgt. Kevin Frazier, Det. Randy Payne, administrative assistant Patsy Jones, code enforcement/animal control officer Aaron Luce, animal control Nicky Heath, and officers Mark Warden, John Hickey, Brandon Mangham, David Thacker, William Jones and Scott Beck.
Moore’s proclamation calls for May 12-18 to be observed as National Police Week in Waskom and recognizes the members of the department who, “through their courageous deeds and professional performance of their duties, provide faithful, loyal, and dedicated service to the Waskom community.”