Fairfield Police Department Commemorates National Police Week

Chief Robert Kalamaras and the Fairfield Police Department are honoring fallen officers from near and far during National Police Week this week.

National Police Week takes place this year from May 9-15 and is observed across the country as a way to honor local, state and federal law enforcement officers who have died or been disabled in the line of duty. 

In honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day on Saturday, May 15, Fairfield Police will join agencies nationwide in flying its flags at half-staff to honor officers who have given their lives in service to their communities.

Fairfield Police will also be grilling and providing meals for Fairfield Police personnel of each shift and division throughout the week. The grill, generously donated by Fairfield resident Daniel Blanco, is the latest addition to the Fairfield Police Department’s new outdoor break area for sworn and civilian personnel.

“During this week, we honor and remember those who have lost their lives protecting the communities they serve,” Chief Kalamaras said. “We also recognize our current officers who continue to selflessly serve. Thanks to the generous donation from Daniel Blanco, we will be able to to express our appreciation to our officers throughout the week with meals.”

Every year, between 25,000-40,000 law enforcement officers from around the world would normally gather in Washington, D.C. to pay their respects during a number of planned events. Though this year’s in-person events are cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a candlelight vigil will be held virtually on Thursday, May 13 at 8 p.m. to memorialize those who sacrificed all for their communities.

A total of 362 officers were killed in the line of duty in 2020 and 119 have been killed so far in 2021.