WAYNE, NJ – In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Wayne Police Chief Jack McNiff offered a message to commemorate the day and the week.

“National Police Week honors the memory of law enforcement officers throughout the country who have lost their lives in service to others,” said McNiff.  “We at the Wayne Police Department are taking this time to remember one of our very own.”

McNiff then went on to speak about Wayne Police Detective George Cavill, Jr. who died in the line of duty on September 29, 1994. 

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“Detective Cavill was sworn to enforce the law and to protect others, and he paid the ultimate sacrifice while doing so.  His tragic death, and the recent deaths of other officers in New Jersey, must serve as a constant reminder of the dangers that exist in this profession and of the need to always remain vigilant.”

“George’s heroism will always serve as beacon of light for this agency as we continue his mission of service to others,” said McNiff.

Statistics show that across the nation, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty every 54 hours, and since the first known line-of-duty death in 1786, there have been more than 22,000 US law enforcement officers who have died on duty.

Take the time to thank those who put themselves in the line of fire to keep us all safe.