Staff Report

From May 10 through May 16, the Town of Cedaredge will be celebrating National Police Week in honor of the service the Cedaredge Police Department (CPD) provides to the town.

CPD is a small enough department that each officer is constantly on call in the case a situation comes up where the department needs all hands on deck, meaning the officers sacrifice their time regardless of weekends, holidays and nights.

Cedaredge Mayor Ray Hanson made the proclamation for the town, which states that “The Town of Cedaredge formally recognizes and honors the members of the Cedaredge law enforcement team who work daily to keep our community safe, and we designate May 10-16, 2020, as Police Week. We also take this opportunity to pay tribute to law enforcement personnel who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. We will never forget their courage.”

As the Town of Cedaredge stated in a press release, the CPD has thankfully never experienced the death of an officer. “Instead, we use this week to honor our department and officers for the dangerous work that they do every day,” Hanson said.

In recognizing the CPD, the Town of Cedaredge is giving thanks to Chief Joe Roberts, officers Monty McDermith, Stewart Byrge, Mike O’Reilly and Keydon Long, in addition to administrative assistants Troy Ann Gray and Carrie Gardner and Victims Advocate Sharon Grotrain.

National Police Week stemmed from National Peace Officers Memorial Day, which previous president John F. Kennedy proclaimed on May 15, 1962. The week that May 15 fell on each year would furthermore be declared as National Police Week. National Police Week came together as a joint resolution of congress that year and now pays annual tribute to officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

“We are incredibly proud of our officers at Cedaredge Police Department and the job they do for all of our citizens,” Hanson said.

The Town of Cedaredge invites members of the community to show their appreciation for the Cedaredge Police Department on the CPD’s Facebook page, or to email Chief Roberts at chief@cedaredgecolorado.com.

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