Detective Sergeant Mike Starrett with the Jacksboro Police Department.

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Jacksboro Chief of Police Jeremy Goins reminds us that this week is National Police Week.  The chief said, “Please help us honor the officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty.  #302 #heroesliveforever #nationalpoliceweek.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day. He also designated the calendar week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week.  Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week honors and pays special recognition to law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty while serving their communities and ensuring the safety and protection of others.

Fifteen law enforcement officers in Campbell County, dating back to 1858, have made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our citizens.

One – Jacksboro Police Department

Seven – Campbell County Sheriff’s Office

Four – La Follette Police Department

Three – Jellico Police Department

Nationwide 72 officers have been killed in the line of duty so far in 2020.

“We honor today and everyday Detective Michael L. Starrett with the Jacksboro Police Department for the ultimate sacrifice he made.  His End of Watch was January 30, 2015,” said Chief Goins.

The chief stated, “This week, we emphasize the sacrifices these men and women have made for the love of their communities.  Currently, 24,223 brave men and women have their names etched in the hallowed walls in Washington, DC. on the Law Enforcement Memorial.  Please take the time today and everyday to commemorate their lives.”  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/11/2020-NOON)