Officers to wear mourning bands during National Police Week
Beaverton Police Department officers will wear mourning bands over their badges during National Police Week, which is Monday, May 15 through Sunday, May 21, to honor all those in public safety who have sacrificed their lives to protect their communities.
This year, officers will be wearing the bands in honor of Sergeant Brian Gaunt, a 21-year-veteran of the Beaverton Police Department who died from COVID related complications on October 24, 2021.
During police week, Sergeant Brian Gaunt’s name will be added to the State of Oregon Police Memorial in Salem, Oregon and to the National Police Memorial in Washington DC.
Every 57 hours a police officer will be killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week, to honor of the federal, state, and municipal officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty.
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