NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Mayor Al Morgan and the Borough Council honored New Jersey police officers who have died in the line of duty. At the Monday, May 22 council meeting Morgan read a proclamation designating May 23, 2017 as New Jersey Police Memorial Day to remember and honor those police officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for keeping others safe.

“In New Providence, we rely on law enforcement officers to keep our neighborhoods safe, enforce our laws, and respond in times of crisis. The men and women of our Police Department sustain peace and order across our community and we look at them as models of courage and integrity,” the proclamation read. Furthermore, New Providence police officers are “mentors in our schools, familiar faces on the streets of New Providence and pillars of our communities.” Therefore, Morgan stressed the importance of all citizens knowing and understanding the responsibilities of their police department. It is also important “that members of our police department recognize their duty to serve the people by safeguarding life and property, by protecting them against violence and disorder, and by protecting the innocent against deception and the weak against oppression or intimidation,” Morgan read.

The proclamation described the New Providence police department as “a modern and scientific law enforcement agency which unceasingly provides a vital public service.”

“I have had an honor for over eleven years to work hand in hand with the police department. I would put my life in their hands,” Morgan stated.