Year after year, private security officers employed worldwide are killed while protecting life and property and in most cases receive little or no recognition, honors or respect.
This situation occurs because there has not been any centralized organization to step forward to thank these fallen heros and to be there as a support for the family that they have left behind.
But in the past several years all of that has changed with the inception of the Memorial Aid Fund sponsored and administered by
PRIVATE OFFICER INTERNATIONAL.
We also realized that there has never been any official week or dedicated time period to remember these men and woman who bravely, valiantly and willingly sacrificed their life to fulfill their duties to their client, their employer and to the public safety of the area that they were responsible for.
Therefore, a committee was formed to aid in the research and designation of a specific date in time when we as professionals in our field along with the rest of the law enforcement and security community,families, friends and the general public could pay homage and respect and gratitude to more than 300 Private Officers who have been killed in the past four years and the many others who died before that in service to those that they were hired to protect, serve, and guard against all criminal activity or other harm that would otherwise come against their
employer’s property, employees, visitors and the general public.
PRIVATEOFFICER INTERNATIONAL has worked diligently for almost a year to seek input from security agencies and organizations and professional associations to select a week each year when we could memorialize our fallen colleagues and we are extremely pleased to announce that we have determined a special time for us to do this each year beginning with 2009.
Each year, the third week in the month of September shall be recognized as the “Official”
“Private Officer Memorial Week”.
During this week each year, there will be many planned activities and they will be announced in advance of
the memorial week each year.
INTERNATIONAL PRIVATE OFFICER
SEPTEMBER 20-26 2009
Atlanta Ga. September 22 2009
The INTERNATIONAL PRIVATE OFFICER MEMORIAL WEEK has been scheduled for SEPTEMBER 20-26 2009.
This week has been designated for security officers along with law enforcement and others in the security community, families, friends and the
general public to pay their respects and gratitude to more than 300 Private Security Officers who have been killed in the past four years and the
many others who died before that in service to those that they were hired to protect, serve, and guard, preventing harm that would otherwise
come against their employer’s property, employees, visitors and the general public.
This year’s Memorial Week will include numerous events scheduled in Atlanta Georgia and in Charlotte North Carolina.
On September 20th the event will begin by reading the names of all security personnel
killed in the past five years.
In addition to this, a special remarks wall on the Private Officer website will be available for family members, friends and other visitors to leave
notes, poems, songs, pictures and other mementos for these fallen hero’s.
A candlelight vigil and prayer by the association Chaplain will also take place on
Wednesday evening in downtown Atlanta.
Other events are also planned in numerous states and in the U.K., Brazil, Canada, and Australia.
Each year, more than eighty security officers are killed in the U.S. while in the performance of their duties. Internationally, more than one thousand
security officers are killed yearly.
About Private Officer International: This international association was started in 2004 by Rick McCann, CEO/Founder, as a training and networking resource for private security officers and has grown to include members in six countries.
Membership is open to all security officers, loss prevention agents, campus and school officers, law enforcement, vendors of the security industry and the general public who support the association’s goals and purpose.
Contact Info: Kyle T. Greene