On Wednesday, May 28, community members are invited to attend the 17th annual Police Appreciation Ceremony at 3 p.m., located outside of the Evanston Police Department, 1454 Elmwood Ave.
This 15-minute event will include an outdoor roll call, a moment of silence to honor the men and women who lost their lives while on duty, and words and reflections from members of the Chaplain Team and the Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association honoring the hard work and accomplishments of the Evanston Police Department. After the ceremony, community members can meet with the officers to ask questions, share their gratitude, or simply say hello.
The Police Appreciation Ceremony first began in May 1997 when the late Reverend John Norwood decided to make a public acknowledgment of officers of the Evanston Police Department. The event originally took place at the Merrick Rose Garden located on the corner of Lake St. and Oak Ave. After several years, the ceremony was relocated to the police station and an appreciation meal was added to provide officers in all three shifts with food before or after their day on the job.
Those observing this year’s ceremony are encouraged to park on Lake or Grove Streets, as Elmwood Ave. will be blocked off to all vehicular traffic to accommodate the ceremony. The event will take place rain or shine.
This event is a part of the Evanston Police Department Law Enforcement Celebration of Service and Memorial Program hosted by the Chaplain Team and the Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association.