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May 10 was Police Appreciation Day here, celebrated just before national Police Week. Three Evanston police officers have been killed in the line of duty since the force was created.

The Evanston police clergy and chaplain team took a few moments at 3 p.m. on May 10 to honor the 162 sworn officers of the Evanston Police Department.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl read a proclamation declaring May 10 as Police Appreciation Day in Evanston, and there was a moment of silence for the 166 police officers killed in the line of duty in the United States in the past year. “Thank God no one in the [Evanston Police] Department has been killed [this year],” said Rabbi Dov Hillel Klein.

“The three Evanston officers killed in the line of duty are tragic reminders of the frailty of human life. We have had officers who have been beaten and injured by our citizens. … We hope that God keeps them truly safe and out of harm’s way.”

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