An Act to proclaim
a week of recognition
for Ontario's Police Officers
Every resident of, or visitor to, Ontario has a right to personal safety. Police officers who work throughout the Province take extraordinary risks in the line of duty in order to safeguard this right. The people of Ontario owe a debt of gratitude and respect to all officers for the work they do every day to ensure our safety.
On May 7, 2000, the first Sunday in May, the Ontario government unveiled the Police Memorial in tribute to the brave police officers who gave their lives in the service of the people of Ontario. The Memorial keeps alive the names and memories of these fallen officers for future generations. It also serves as a symbol of the high esteem in which the people of Ontario hold police officers and their families.
Given the important contribution of police officers to the well-being of people in Ontario, and the strong commitment the people of Ontario have shown to police services, it is appropriate to establish a week to honour the Province's police officers, and to pay tribute to them for ensuring safer communities today and in the future. The week shall commence on the first Sunday of May of every year, as a commemoration of the unveiling of the Memorial, and to honour those officers who have fallen in the line of duty.
Therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:
Ontario Police Week
1. The week beginning on the first Sunday in May in each year is proclaimed as Ontario Police Week.
2.This Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.
3.The short title of this Act is the Ontario Police Week Act, 2000.
The Bill proclaims the week beginning on the first Sunday in May in each year as Ontario Police Week.