Thank cops during National Police Week

(Submitted) National Police Week is a time to honor police officers, both past and present. Debra Diane Hooks Fraley, pictured above, was Tallassee first female police officer. Fraley passed away last year. 

Tallassee city officials hope citizens will take time to show appreciation to those who protect the community during Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week.

"The law enforcement profession is very underappreciated,” Tallassee Mayor Johnny Hammock said. “It is tough to fill these positions, not just here in Tallassee but across the nation. Data shows that applicants are down. The shortage is a problem across the nation.”

National Police Week emphasizes law enforcement officers who gave their lives while protecting others. 

"We hear about police officers getting shot in the line of duty more and more often," Hammock said. "It's a very dangerous career."

National Police Week began in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

"I hope that everyone will be respectful to our law enforcement officers and if you see a police officer, especially during National Police Week, I hope you take the time to stop and tell them thanks for keeping everyone safe and secure," Hamm