05-09-08 Boise Police part of National Police Week
Boise, May 8, 2008 - Boise Police are honored to be taking part in several activities as part of National Police Week in Washington, D.C. National Police Week recognizes those who risk their lives daily to provide public safety and law enforcement services to our communities, and to honor those who have given their lives while performing that service.
"This is a huge honor for us to represent the citizens of the City of Boise and the Boise Police Department in these very special activities in our nation's capital," said Officer Jered Bish, a BPD School Resource Officer and one of three members of the Boise Police Honor Guard making the trip to Washington, D.C.
"For the nation to pause and recognize the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers, and for us to be able to be a part of that is going to be very special and very memorable." said Officer Bish. "We're looking forward to being ambassadors for the City of Boise during this exceptional week."
Boise Police Officers will be part of the following activities:
- Monday, May 12th - TOP COP Award presented to Boise Police Officer Brek Orton. Officer Orton is being honored for his rescue of a woman from the Boise River last August (please see news release issued Mar. 11, 2007 at www.boisepolice.org). The award presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Warner Theatre. The 15th annual TOP COPS ceremony is hosted by John Walsh, host of Fox's America's Most Wanted. Those paying tribute to America's TOP COPS at the ceremony include several actors who portray police officers on some of television's most popular shows including Rex Linn CBS' CSI: Miami; Jack McGee and Diane Neal from NBC's Law & Order: SVU; Jeremy Ratchford of CBS' Cold Case; Linus Roache from NBC's Law & Order; and Carlo Rota of FOX's 24. For media outlets with Washington bureaus, Officer Orton will be available for interviews Monday, May 12th. Contact Nina Kunkel or Jill Sizelove at (703) 549-0775.
- Wednesday, May 14th - Boise Police Honor Guard will carry the colors in the Emerald Society Pipe Band March and Service. The parade starts at 6:00 p.m. at New Jersey Ave and F Street NW, and proceeds to the National Law Enforcement Memorial. Three members of the Boise Police Honor Guard are making the trip to Washington; Officers Mike Riley, Casey Hancuff, and Jered Bish. The Honor Guard will carry the colors of the City of Boise, the Boise Police Department, and the Boise PD Honor Guard.
- Friday, May 16th - Boise Police Honor Guard Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony starts at 6:15 p.m.. Boise officers will be hosted by 1st Sgt. Noah Edney, also of Boise, with the United States Army's 3rd Infantry Alpha Company, known as the "Old Guard", assigned to protect the Tomb. For media outlets with Washington bureaus wishing to cover the BPD Honor Guard activities, please call Officer Jered Bish at (208) 573-0302.
"I'm very pleased Boise officers are able to make the trip to Washington, D.C. in part to be honored for their service, and in part to honor others who have given their lives in the line of duty," said Boise Police Chief Michael Masterson. "These officers will carry the spirit of the citizens of Boise with them as they pay tribute to those who protect and serve our communities every day."
More about National Police Week: National Police Week is May 11 - 17. National Police Week began with a bill signed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. It was amended by the 103rd Congress as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. President Bill Clinton signed Public Law 103-322 which directs that the flag of the United States on all Government buildings be displayed at half-staff on May 15, National Peace Officers' Memorial Day.