Police Week in Honolulu begins Monday

Honoring officers from May 12 through 18

 UPDATED 5:40 PM HST May 13, 2013
HONOLULU -

The Honolulu Police Department would like to invite the public to participate in two events on Monday, May 13, in honor of the officers who have died in the line of duty.

At 12:30 p.m., Mayor Kirk Caldwell will proclaim May 12 through 18 as Police Week in the City and County of Honolulu.  The proclamation will be held at Tamarind Park.

At 6 p.m., HPD officers and families of fallen officers will walk from the Alapai Headquarters to the State Capitol, where a memorial service to honor the fallen Honolulu police officers will be held.

Roads will be temporarily closed so participants can walk from the Alapai headquarters to the State Capitol, where a memorial service for fallen officers will be held in the Rotunda.  Drivers are asked to take alternate routes and expect delays.

 Beginning at 5 p.m., the three makai lanes on Beretania Street between Victoria and Richards Streets will be closed.

Beginning at 6 p.m., Alapai Street between King and Beretania Streets will be closed, and traffic will be redirected at the intersection of Punchbowl and King Streets.  Vehicles heading makai bound on Punchbowl Street toward the intersection will be required to turn right on Beretania Street.  No vehicles will be allowed to head in the mauka direction on Punchbowl Street between King and Beretania Streets.

Roads will progressively reopen once the participants have passed.

The candlelight vigil and memorial service will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Rotunda.  This touching tribute is the highlight of Police Week.

Since 1903, 45 HPD officers have been killed in the line of duty.  Their names are listed on the HPD Roll of Honor at: www.honolulupd.org/department/index.php?page=rollofhonor.

Police Week is observed around the nation as a time to honor and remember law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.  In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating the week in which May 15th falls on as National Police Week.

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