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May 13, 2020

Media Contact: Liz Brocker (701) 328-2213

“Thin Blue Line” to be displayed on Capitol building

BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem reminds citizens that this week is National Police Week, a time to recognize and honor the men and women in law enforcement who protect and serve our communities.

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th National Police Officers Memorial Day and the week as National Police Week. Nationally, 307 officers were killed in the line of duty last year.

Sixty-four North Dakota peace officers have died in the line of duty since 1882, when the first line of duty death was recorded in what was then Dakota Territory. During the state’s annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service held on the capitol grounds, a roll call of the state’s fallen heroes is read aloud, accompanied by the tolling of a bell to mark each officer’s end of watch. Although this year’s public Memorial service has been canceled because of the current COVID-19 public health restrictions, the state’s fallen heroes will be remembered on Friday, as Chaplains from the Crisis Care Chaplaincy read the roll call in a closed service at the Law Enforcement Memorial. The service will end with a trumpeter playing Taps. While the event is closed to the public, media is invited and encouraged to broadcast the service, which begins at 1PM.

“Although sixty-four officers have lost their lives in North Dakota since 1882, we are fortunate that last year, no officers were killed in the line of duty. Let us hope that next year we can say the same,” said Stenehjem.

After dusk on Thursday, the State Capitol building windows on two floors will be lit to display a ‘Thin Blue Line,’ in a show of support and respect for all law enforcement, past and present. The “Thin Blue Line” display at the Capitol will continue on Friday evening, in remembrance of the state’s fallen officers.

“The ‘Thin Blue Line’ symbolizes the line of law enforcement that stands between chaos and order, steadfast in the face of danger to ensure that we stay safe. As we remember the fallen, we will also have the opportunity to say thank you to those who continue to protect and serve,” said Stenehjem.

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The Roll Call of Fallen Officers is available at: End of Watch

The Crisis Care Chaplaincy serves first responders, law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS, and people experiencing traumatic events in the Bismarck-Mandan area.

Update May 15, 2020

Attorney General Stenehjem thanks:

  • The North Dakota Peace Officers Honor Guard
  • Chaplain Les Wolfgram and Chaplain Greg Carr, Crisis Care Chaplaincy
  • Trumpeters Duane Stanley and Jerry Seeklander, and
  • Dakota Sound, Bismarck.

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