The Dalton Police Department will host a brief ceremony Monday afternoon to observe Peace Officers Memorial Day. The ceremony will be held near the Chief William Hannah Police Memorial on the grounds of the Police Services Center at 3:00 pm. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held inside the Police Services Center. The public is invited to attend.
Monday’s ceremony will continue the department’s tradition of observing National Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day. This year, department leaders will lay a wreath at the Chief William Hannah Police Memorial, and there will be a recognition of all Georgia law enforcement officers lost in the line of duty in the past year. The Chief Hannah Memorial was dedicated in May 2014 and stands in honor of Chief William “Bill” Hannah, a former Chief of the Dalton Police who was killed in the line of duty in 1899. The marker also bears the name of Officer Maurice William Phillips, Sr. who was killed by an accidental gunshot during training in 1956. The memorial marker stands near the intersection of Jones Street and Waugh Street.
May 15th was declared to be National Peace Officers Memorial Day by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. President Kennedy further declared that the week in which Peace Officers Memorial Day falls to be National Police Week. This year, Police Week runs from Sunday, May 14th through Saturday, May 20th.
The Chief William Hannah Police Memorial