A Time for Honoring, Remembering, and Healing
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 that set aside May 15th as National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and the week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week. This year, National Police Week will run from Sunday, May 10th through Saturday, May 16th. The law was later amended by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1995, Public Law 103-322 signed by President Bill Clinton, directing that the flag of the United States be displayed at half-staff on all government buildings on May 15 each year as a tribute to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.
During National Police Week we show support by wearing Mourning Bands on our badges. These bands are worn for the entirety of Police Week.
COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc) asks that you “FLY THE BLUE” during National Police Week. The organization has distributed over 1,500,000 blue ribbons this year to be flown from police cars and
personal vehicles. The ribbons are flown in remembrance of those who have made the supreme sacrifice and to say thank you to those who still serve and protect us.
COPS, (Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc), provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Ms. Trina Scott, wife of Officer David Scott, is the President of the Middle and East Tennessee COPS Chapter.
The Clarksville Police Union will be hosting the annual Officer David Scott Top Gun Competition on Monday, May 11th, with the shooting portion beginning at 9:00 am at the police range (dead end of Franklin Street). Everyone present on the range will be required to wear ear and eye protection during the competition and with safety in mind, no small children will be allowed on the range while the competition is taking place.
After completion of the range competition, (time depends on amount of competitors), The Top Gun Award and the Officer Yamil Baez-Santiago Rookie of the Year Award will be presented at the police range. There will also be barbeque and chips served at the range for attendees.
The Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 15th at 12 noon at Police Headquarters, 135 Commerce Street.
Please come out and show your support.
The following provides the details behind the David Scott Memorial Top Gun Award and the Yamil Baez-Santiago Rookie of the Year Award.
David Scott Memorial Top Gun Award
The Annual David Scott Memorial Top Gun Award will be awarded to the best shot and will be determined after the shooting competition that will be held on May 11, 2009, at 0900 hrs, at the police range.
The Top Gun will receive a trophy to take home with them. There will be a large plaque housed inside the department where the Top Gun”s name will be added to the plaque after each yearly competition. After the shooting portion of the competition, awards and trophies will be presented at the Police Range at the dead-end of Franklin Street. There will be food served at the range after the award presentations. The competition will be open to Clarksville Police Officers, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol Troopers assigned to Montgomery County.
Yamil Baez-Santiago Rookie of the Year Award
The Yamil Baez-Santiago Rookie of the Year Award will be awarded each year during Law Enforcement Memorial Week (May of each year). The Rookie of the Year Award will be given to the Rookie who has the best solo performance from April to April. No records or performance while in a training status or while riding with a Field Training Officer will be counted. The Rookie of the Year will receive a trophy and their name will be added to a plaque at the department. The David Scott Memorial Top Gun Award and the Yamil Baez~Santiago Rookie of the Year Award is sponsored by the Police Union, in memory of our fallen officers.
About Jim Knoll
Jim Knoll is the Public Information Officer for the Clarksville Police Department