Take the time to thank officers during this week

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Sheriff Barry Faile

During National Police Week, which is May 13-19, I’d like to encourage you to take the time to recognize our local law enforcement officers for their service to the Lancaster community. 
Our officers’ face many risks and challenges and their sacrifice and service are often taken for granted.
If you encounter a deputy, police officer, highway patrolman or corrections officer, show your support and let them know how much their work means to you this week.
National Police Week was created in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week within which it falls as Police Week. Most of the events and activities related to National Police Week are held in Washington, D.C., where homage is paid to those officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. So far this year, 36 law enforcement officers around the country have paid the ultimate sacrifice. One is from South Carolina.
Within the past year an undercover sheriff’s office investigator was critically wounded in the line of duty. The horror of this event makes the relevance of National Police Week even more significant in Lancaster County.
The immediate reaction of four highly trained officers halted a dangerous situation from developing further into a deadly one for others. Each of these officers received the S.C. Sheriffs’ Association Live Saving Award. I’m proud to say that I work with such dedicated and committed people.
As sheriff, I want to personally thank each law enforcement officer in Lancaster County for your commitment and willingness to do a tough job. In particular, I’d like to thank the deputies, investigators, communications officers, corrections officers, court security and support staff at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office for all of your help day in and day out.
While we don’t seek individual recognition, I do want to recognize and thank you for your many contributions. Our roles regularly extend beyond the typical job description of law enforcement officers, as we’re routinely called upon to serve in various other capacities. Lancaster County is lucky to have such a dedicated group of professionals. Thank you for all that you do.
Please join me in thanking our officers and troopers this week and let them know you appreciate all they do for us.

Barry Faile is sheriff of Lancaster County.