“With respect and admiration, we remember those Colorado law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.”
Friday, May 6, 2011 -- Governor John Hickenlooper proclaimed today as “Colorado Law Enforcement Day” in honor of seven Colorado law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty and whose names were added to the Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial (CLEM) located at the Colorado State Patrol Academy, Golden, Colorado. Additionally, the Governor has ordered flags be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide today in honor of all Colorado law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty
Governor Hickenlooper presented the Colorado Wreath and then spoke at the ceremony which was attended by the families and friends of the officers being honored, as well as the more than 100 law enforcement officers from agencies across Colorado.
Officers added to the Memorial included: Weld County Deputy Samuel K. Brownlee, November 23, 2010; and 6 historical officers: Black Hawk City Marshal Robert A. Clark, July 10, 1869, Las Animas County Sheriff Juan C. Tafoya, February 6, 1872, Trinidad Police Department Officer John Solomon, November 21, 1895, Las Animas County Deputy William Green, April 21, 1896, Las Animas County Deputy William Kelly, April 21, 1896 and Denver Police Department Officer William O. Steam, February 18, 1921. (Note: Black Hawk City Marshal Robert Clark, July 10, 1869 is the oldest name by date to be added to the memorial.)
Ceremonies included an honor guard, placement of wreaths, bagpipe salute, taps, a 21-gun salute and a dove release.
The Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial (CLEM) was created on May 1, 1979. As of May 6, 2011, 243 names have been engraved on the memorial. The Colorado state legislature in 1998 declared the CLEM on the grounds of the training academy at Camp George West as the official memorial recognizing all law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in Colorado.