While the Florida Highway Patrol did not lose an officer in the line of duty during 2002, we recognize the sacrifice of our fellow law enforcement officers nationally and internationally. The National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial flag shown above is proudly flying above the Marianna Florida Highway Patrol Station.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed the following proclamation authorizing May 15 of each year to be designated as Peace Officers Memorial Day:
To pay tribute to the law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and to voice our appreciation for all those who currently serve on the front lines of the battle against crime, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved October 1, 1962 (75 Stat.676), has authorized and requested the President to designate May 15 of each year as "Peace Officers Memorial Day," and the week in which it falls as "Police Week" and by Public Law 103-322 (36 U.S.C. 175) has requested that the flag be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day.
Thirty-seven (37) Florida Highway Patrol troopers and one (1) auxiliary trooper have been killed in the line of duty since 1939.