Saturday, May 18, 2019


Memorial Day ceremony honors fallen law enforcement officers

National Police Week. ceremony at the site of Dutchess County's planned Law Enforcement Center

POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian Anderson honored the memory of fallen officers at a memorial service on the grounds of the new Law Enforcement Center on Thursday.  The annual service is held during National Police Week.

The service draws elected officials and law enforcement officers from throughout the Hudson Valley to pay respects and honor the memory of those who have passed, in advance of Memorial Day. 

The sheriff praised the men and women of his department, along with their colleagues in other agencies and took a moment to recognize the recruits currently in the police academy.  In keeping with tradition, Anderson asked the recruits, who were in formation with the other officers, to tell those gathered what the first lesson they learned from him.  In unison, the recruits bellowed "treat people the way you want to be treated!"  Anderson said that phrase has meaning and it's something he demands from his employees every day.

County Executive Marcus Molinaro praised law enforcement for the sacrifices they make every day.

“On behalf of the people of Dutchess County we salute all of you," Molinaro said. "We make it perfectly clear that we are committed to providing the support, the services and the love to the men and women who sacrifice every day because they stand between us and chaos. They represent peace and order and respect and they provide for this community’s quality of life and we will always stand shoulder to shoulder with them.”

Following remarks from the dignitaries, uniformed officers were called to attention as wreaths were laid near the flagpole.  After the wreath ceremony, Chief of Deputies Jason Mark played Taps as flags were lowered to half-staff.


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