National Police Week in the City of Obetz

Mayor Angela M. Kirk made two special proclamations during the May 8, 2023, council meeting. Not only did she announce the week of May 8 through 13, 2023, as Economic Development Week, but she also designated May 14 through 20, 2023, as National Police Week in the City of Obetz. We’re thrilled to be honoring our police force and celebrating their dedication and commitment to our community.

Why National Police Week, you ask? Well, it’s a tradition that dates back to 1962, when President John F. Kennedy, through a joint resolution, designated May 15 of each year as “Peace Officers’ Memorial Day” and the week in which it falls as “National Police Week.” This annual event pays tribute to the brave men and women in law enforcement who have dedicated their lives to protecting and serving our communities.

National Police Week provides us an invaluable opportunity to honor the memory of those law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. It’s also a moment to recognize the ongoing commitment of those who continue to serve. This year, we are proud to honor the twenty-one dedicated members of the Obetz Police Department, who work tirelessly to ensure the safety and security of our residents, businesses, and visitors.

The Obetz Police Department isn’t just about law enforcement; it’s about community. It plays an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of our citizens, fostering a sense of trust and collaboration between law enforcement and the community, and promoting public safety initiatives.

We deeply value the courage, dedication, and professionalism of our police officers. They are our everyday heroes who are often unseen but always present, keeping our city safe and secure. So it’s essential for us as a community to show our gratitude and appreciation for the many sacrifices our police officers make every day and for the unwavering support provided by their families.

In this spirit of gratitude, we encourage all citizens to take a moment to say thank you if they see an officer this week (or any time, really). A simple word of appreciation can go a long way in acknowledging the vital service they provide to our community.

To commemorate National Police Week, the City of Obetz has planned a series of special events. First, our Administrative Offices and the Obetz Police Department will be lit in blue, symbolizing our respect and gratitude for our brave officers. We’re also proud to announce that we’re sending Corporal Mitchell and Officer Copley to represent Obetz at the Light Ohio Blue Parade, a signature event of the week’s festivities. Furthermore, in a show of solidarity and remembrance, the flags throughout the city will be flown at half-staff.

Mayor Kirk calls upon all citizens of Obetz to observe May 15 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day in honor of all those law enforcement officers throughout the country who, through their courageous deeds, have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their community.

We are beyond proud of our Obetz Police Force for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to our community. We invite all Obetz residents to join us in celebrating and honoring our local heroes during National Police Week.

Thank you, Mayor Kirk, for this proclamation and for recognizing the vital role our police officers play in our community. And most importantly, thank you to our incredible police force for all you do.