COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES HOST OFFICERS’ MEMORIAL

COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES HOST OFFICERS’ MEMORIAL

Law enforcement agencies of southern New Mexico will hold a May 16 memorial service in Las Cruces to honor peace officers who have died in the line of duty.

The Southern New Mexico Fallen Peace Officers’ Memorial Association will pay tribute to more than two dozen officers of Doña Ana, Luna, Sierra and Otero counties who have died while serving their respective communities in the last 124 years. A brief history and image of each officer will be featured. The event is scheduled as part of National Police Week, May 15-21.

“We’re proud to commemorate the brave officers who gave their lives to protect and serve this area,” Lt. Sal Betancourt, of the Doña Ana County Detention Center, said. “We also want to remind those who are in the field to be safe and vigilant in their duties as peace and detention officers.”

The memorial will be held Monday, May 16, at 10 a.m. at the Oñate High School Performing Arts Center, located at 6800 N. Main St. The service is hosted by the 24 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies serving southern New Mexico. The public is encouraged to attend.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229.