In recognition of the dedication and sacrifices made by law enforcement officers, The University of Texas-Pan American hosted a "National Police Week" ceremony Monday, May 13 at the Administration Building.
UTPA President Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez declared the week of May 12-18 as "Police Appreciation Week" at the University and reflected on the events of Sept. 11.
"When tragic events occur, it is law enforcement officers who often give their lives doing their jobs to protect," Nevárez said.
"Prior to 9-11, I think we all kind of took what peace officers do for granted. I think now, however, there's a much greater recognition for the work that law officers do on their jobs to keep us safe. We really appreciate all that you do."
Nevárez and UTPA Police Chief Howard Miller welcomed peace officers from the Edinburg, Edinburg school district, McAllen, Alamo, San Juan and Donna police departments, as well as members of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The U.S. Congress designated the week of May 15 to be dedicated as "National Police Week" and May 15 of each year to be "Police Memorial Day."