Halifax County E-911 Communications honored local law enforcement officers Monday during National Police Week with a “big cookout” complete with a National Police Week cake.

“Each year our nation loses between 140-160 law enforcement officers in the line of duty, and we wanted to show our appreciation for our local law enforcement officers with a cookout,” said Wendy E. Jones, Halifax County E-911 communications director.

National Police Week held May 11-17 each year honors the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement officers.

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week.

Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community.

On Monday, the “big cookout” at Halifax County’s E-911 Center showed appreciation for local law enforcement including officers from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, South Boston Police Department, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Halifax County Animal Control and Halifax Police Department.