POLICE Magazine

JUN 2019

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Why Every Cop in America Should Attend Police Week 58 POLICE JUNE 2019 THE POLICE MUSEUM Immediately across the street from the Police Memorial stand two large glass structures. ey don't appear to have much inside other than a couple of metal detectors and some security staff manning them. However, these struc- tures are the portal to the most impres- sive collection of artifacts from Ameri- can policing history I've ever seen. Many police department lobbies have their own version of a police mu- seum, with old badges, revolvers, and other items from the agency's past on display in a glass case near the front desk. It's actually rare these days to go into a police station and not see such an installation. Imagine your agency's collection amplified by a thousand—ten thou- sand—percent. It's impressive. THE UNITY TOUR I didn't make it this year, but in years past I've been able to be present for the arrival of the Police Unity Tour. Watch- ing a couple thousand cops on bikes roll past the Memorial as they complete their four-day ride from New Jersey is an impressive thing to behold. e primary purpose of the ride is to raise awareness of line-of-duty deaths, but the Tour also raises millions of dol- lars to support the National Law En- forcement Officers Memorial Fund. Over the years the ride has raised al- most $23 million. BLUE HELP DINNER As I've previously mentioned, I am on the Board of Directors of BlueH.E.L.P. (https://bluehelp.org), an organization that tracks police officer suicides while simultaneously seeking to prevent such tragedies from occurring. According to our research, at least 158 officers died by suicide in 2018. Police officers who die by suicide are not considered duty deaths by many or- ganizations. We at BlueH.E.L.P. want to change that, and for the first time in our brief history brought the discussion of police suicide to the gathering at Police Week. We flew in more than 40 families and put them up at a nice hotel about five blocks from the Police Memorial. We held a quiet ceremony at the wall where families placed pictures of their departed loved ones. We then had a fantastic supper during which several speakers shared their stories and musicians performed moving songs of sorrow. ese families deserve our respect and support and all too often—even at events like Police Week—they are cast aside. is has to end. After the workday, keep your style on with an authentic Stratton Western Hat! Stratton Hats is the world's largest manufacturer of hats for uniformed personnel. Stratton Uniform Hats enhance authority and dignity, and have the added benefi t of opaque, sun-shielding brims for valuable protection against harmful UV rays. All Stratton Hats are made in the USA. Nothing tops a Stratton Hat. Visit our website or call today. Phone: 708-544-5220 Fax: 708-544-5243 TO SERVE AND PROTECT This Offi cer Wears a Stratton Hat and So Should You. Use your Smart Phone and QR code scanner to visit our web site. WWW.STRAT TONHATS.COM The BlueH.E.L.P. organization brought the discussion of police suicide to the gathering at Police Week this year. PHOTO: DOUG W YLLIE

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