SAVANNAH, GA (May 13, 2015) –On Friday, May 15 (National Peace Officers Memorial Day) the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department will be joined by other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout Chatham County to pay tribute to the officers from our community who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Police Memorial Day service will take place at 10 a.m. at the Police Officer Memorial statue in the median of Oglethorpe Avenue across from SCMPD Headquarters. Fifty-one officers from Chatham County have been killed in the line of duty since 1868. Many families of the fallen officers will attend the ceremony and place a rose at the base of the Police Officer Memorial.

So far in 2015, 44 law enforcement officers across the United States have been killed in the line of duty; that includes gunfire, motor vehicle accidents, accidental and health-related deaths.

Preliminary statistics released on Monday by the FBI show that 51 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2014. This is an increase of almost 89 percent when compared to the 27 officers who were victims of homicide in 2013.