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Boca Raton Police Services Department to honor the fallen

Boca Raton, FL On Thursday, May 12, 2011, during the 2011 Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony, members of the Boca Raton Police Services Department will honor all officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Mayor Susan Whelchel and Chief Dan Alexander will mark the occasion by dedicating a wreath in memory of officers who were killed in the line of duty. Last year 158 law enforcement officers were killed in the United States. That represents a 37% increase from 2009. Already in 2011, 10 officers have been killed in Florida in the line of duty, compared to nine killed in all of 2010.

The ceremony will also include the presentation of colors by the Boca Raton Police Services Department's Honor Guard and a 21-gun salute by the Department's rifle team.

The ceremony will take place at the Boca Raton Police Services Department, 100 NW 2nd Avenue, in the front courtyard at 5:30 p.m.