National Police Week was established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962 and this year is commemorated May 14 through May 20, 2017. National Police Week pays special recognition to law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
During National Police Week, Sunmark will show our appreciation to our local police who serve our communities with ‘Beyond The Badge’. Each day this week ‘Beyond The Badge’ will feature police officers from our area departments who go above and beyond in the pursuit of making a positive difference in law enforcement.
Today we salute Guilderland Police Department Officer Matt Hanzalik. Officer Hanzalik works with the Guilderland Central School District 5th grade students to provide them with the tools to make safe and responsible decisions.
Today we salute Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sheriff Joel Richardson. Deputy Sheriff Richardson spearheads a program that supports first responders and helps them cope with traumatic experiences while serving the community.
Today we salute Colonie Police Officer Javier Martinez. Officer Martinez has been instrumental in creating a boxing program for Wildwood Programs. The program helps to build confidence for youth and young adults with autism and developmental disabilities.
Today we salute Bethlehem Police Officer Bob Baldwin. Officer Baldwin has dedicated his life to serve his community. When he is not on the job, he volunteers his time as a member of the Elsmere Fire Dept.
Today we salute Troy Police Officer Ralph Southworth Jr. Officer Southworth is an adviser with the City of Troy, NY Police Cadet Post (Post #4102) a hands-on program designed for youth interested in law enforcement.