SOMERSET — Interim Chief Todd Costa and the Somerset Police Department are honoring fallen officers from near and far during National Police Week this week.
National Police Week takes place this year from May 9-15 and is observed across the country as a way to honor local, state and federal law enforcement officers who have died or been disabled in the line of duty.
In honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day on Saturday, May 15, Somerset Police will join agencies nationwide in flying its flags at half-staff to honor officers who have given their lives in service to their communities, including Somerset Police Patrolman Benjamin Voss (2013) and Patrolman Roy Stout (1972).
“It is important for us to honor those in our profession who have given their life in service, including our own Patrolmen Voss and Stout,” Chief Costa said. “Though we remember them each day, National Police Week is a special week for us to commemorate fallen officers around the nation and their dedication and commitment to the safety of their communities.”
Every year, between 25,000-40,000 law enforcement officers from around the world would normally gather in Washington, D.C. to pay their respects during a number of planned events. Though this year’s in-person events are cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a candlelight vigil will be held virtually tonight, Thursday, May 13 at 8 p.m. to memorialize those who sacrificed all for their communities.