San Diego Unified Celebrates National Police Week May 13 – 19

Posted: Monday, May 14th 2018


San Diego Unified Celebrates National Police Week May 13 – 19

The San Diego School Police Department is made up of 35 sworn police officers dedicated to providing a safe and secure learning environment year round.


SAN DIEGO (MAY 14, 2018) -  It's National Police Week, and the San Diego Unified School District is honoring its School Police Department.

The San Diego Unified School Police Department, is a fully accredited police agency employing full-time sworn police officers, community service officers, and a full complement of support staff. While their primary role is to maintain order and security on and near school facilities, school police officers provide far more than standard law enforcement efforts. They also take a leading edge, proactive role in creating the positive learning environment in which superb education is not only possible, but also probable.


"Our school police officers dedicate their lives to keeping our students, staff and school communities safe. They have the same professional training, experience and responsibilities as officers who work in county law enforcement agencies, with a primary focus on serving and protecting in a school setting. We are thankful and grateful for the commitment and security they provide our schools and students on a daily basis," said Superintendent Cindy Marten.

Officers engage in daily contact with students, teachers, staff, and members of the community to help promote a positive learning environment with the schools, and to build ever-growing cooperative partnerships between schools and communities.

The San Diego Unified School District Police Department is recognized as a leader in school-based community policing. Officers are equipped with state-of-the-art computer equipment, high-speed access to law enforcement databases and automated analysis and reporting systems.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.


A Memorial service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation's Capital each year.


Each year, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.


 The National Peace Officers Memorial Service, which is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, is one in a series of events which includes candlelight vigil, which is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and seminars sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)


National Police Week draws in between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees. The attendees come from departments throughout the United States as well as from agencies throughout the world. This provides a unique opportunity to meet others who work in law enforcement. In that spirit, the Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1 sponsors receptions each afternoon and evening during Police Week. These events are open to all law enforcement personnel and are an experience unlike any other.


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