Police Week May 15-21, 2022

Police Week 2022 in Mesa County has officially begun. The community is invited to join the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office this week in showing appreciation for the men and women in law enforcement who keep our community safe.

This morning, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office joined the Mesa County Board of Commissioners in recognizing the brave men and women of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and all of the public safety professionals in our community who are dedicated to the protection of others.

Since 1791, more than 22,000 law enforcement officers in the United States have given their lives while protecting our communities and safeguarding our democracy, including Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Wayne Weyler, Deputy Derek Geer, and Deputy Edward Innes.

Wreaths, first displayed in the Mesa County Sheriff's Office lobby, will be placed on Sgt. Weyler’s and Deputy Geer’s graves in a private ceremony to honor and remember their sacrifice this week. Learn more about Deputy Derek Geer here. Learn more about Sgt. Wayne Weyler here.

Police Week honors not only fallen law enforcement officers but also those who currently serve our community.

“This can be a thankless and demanding job. Every day, the men and women of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office put on their uniforms and risk their lives to protect our most vulnerable. They leave their families and miss birthdays and holidays to keep the community safe. And they do so with the integrity, compassion, and professionalism our citizens should be proud of,” said Sheriff Todd Rowell.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard began Police Week with a ceremony raising the American flag to half-staff to honor those who have given their lives in service to our community. The flag will remain at half-staff for the duration of Police Week.

Community Events

This week, community members are encouraged to wear blue ribbons to honor local peace officers as well as take part in several public events.

The community is invited to join us in remembering those who were taken too soon. Mesa County Law Enforcement will be gathering at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at 6:00 pm for the Police Week Memorial Vigil. Families are encouraged to come early for a free community touch-a-truck from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Friday, May 20, 2022, kicks off the return of Glow N Games presented by Red Rock Auto Group! This two-day event raises awareness and money for Special Olympics Colorado. The fun begins at 4:00 pm at Long’s Park with a free community touch-a-truck, music, games, food trucks, and more! Sign up for the glow-in-the-dark 5K and fitness team challenge here.

Please join us in thanking all of Mesa County Law Enforcement for their service to the community and the personal sacrifices made to ensure our safety.