Proclamation from Mayor Barry Blount: National Police Week May 9 – 15, 2021

Published 11:17 am Tuesday, May 11, 2021

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To honor our law enforcement, Mayor Barry Blount proclaimed their goodness. The Americus Times Recorder joins with Mayor Blount in celebrating the men and women of law enforcement. It is our great honor to stand beside them as they provide us with sacred services. The Proclamation reads:

To recognize National Police Week 2021 and to honor the service and sacrifice of those law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty while protecting our communities and safeguarding our democracy. WHEREAS, the Congress and President of the United States have designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which it falls as Police Week;

WHEREAS, the International Association of Chiefs of Police has declared law enforcement officer safety and wellness a top priority, and the IACP’s Center for Officer Safety and Wellness promotes the importance of individual, agency, family, and community safety and wellness awareness; and WHEREAS, as members of the law enforcement agency of the City of Americus play an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of the citizens of this country; and

WHEREAS, it is important that all citizens know and understand the problems, duties and responsibilities of their police department, and that members of our police department recognize their duty to serve the people by safeguarding life and property, by protecting them against violence or disorder, and by protecting the innocent against deception and the weak against oppression or intimidation; and

WHEREAS, the police department of the City of Americus has grown to be a law enforcement agency which unceasingly provides a vital public service;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mayor Barry Blount, call upon all citizens of the City of Americus and Sumter County and upon all patriotic, civil and educational organizations to observe the week of May 9 – May 15, 2021, as Police Week and join in commemorating police officers, past and present, who by their faithful and loyal devotion to their responsibilities have rendered a dedicated service to their communities and, in doing so, have established for themselves an enviable and enduring reputation for preserving the rights and security of all citizens.

I FURTHER call upon all citizens of the City of Americus and Sumter County to observe May 15, 2019, as Peace Officers Memorial Day to honor our own Nicholas Smarr and Jody Smith as well as those peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, have lost their lives or have become disabled in the performance of duty.


Barry Blount, Mayor