Thanks to Law Enforcement
National Police Week 2014 was Sunday, May 11th through Saturday, May 17th
. In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th 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.
Some people support our law enforcement 100%, some blame the whole group for a few bad apples or a few mistakes made by a few officers. As in any profession, any race, any economic status there are always going to be a few people who commit crimes, we just have to remember not to blame the profession, the race or the economic status but the actual individual who committed the crime. If you looked at the mistakes made by our officers, most of them could have been avoided, not by our officers, but by the people involved. If you really looked at what we, society, puts our officers through on a daily basis, the statistics speak for themselves, and you would understand why officers need to be in a reactive role every minute of their day, their daily goal is to keep their community safe and to be able to go home to their families.
On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 57 hours. Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1791, more than 19,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Today, in the United States, some 900,000 law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of others. They serve with valor and distinction - and with great success. Federal statistics show that violent and property crime rates in the United States are at historic lows, thanks in large measure to the dedicated service of the men and women of law enforcement.
That protection comes at a price, however. Each year, there are approximately 60,000 assaults on law enforcement officers, resulting in nearly 16,000 injuries. Sadly, over the last decade, an average of 160 officers a year have been killed in the line of duty. And throughout U.S. history, over 19,000 law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice. (National Law Enforcement
Officers Memorial Fund http://www.nleomf.org/)
Officers are responding to such a variety of calls every day. They may go on a call of a noisy dog then to a horrendous car accident then to a vicious domestic assault that their own life may be in jeopardy and then they may have to respond to a mundane argument between two people and be able to keep their calm and composure after everything they have just been through.
We can offer support and thanks to our officers' every day, not just during National Police week!!
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