Support Your Local Police
Welcome to National Police Week, May 15th through May 21st, 2016. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) spearheads our national tradition of honoring the fallen heroes of our nation’s law enforcement community. Wear a blue ribbon, turn on a blue light and Support Your Local Police!
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.
“On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 61 hours. Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1791, more than 20,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice,” according to the NLEOMF.
As we enter National Police Week, locally we honor the ultimate sacrifice of Det. Brian Moore of the 105th Police Precinct. Office Moore gave his life while trying to make our community a safer place for everyone to live. Police Officers both nationally and locally have been the victims of progressive left-wing politics which promotes the disrespect of the police. From the President of the United States to New York City Hall, the disrespect for police officers has put them in the crosshairs of every radical just waiting for the right minute to strike. A 150% increase in police deaths is what Obama’s legacy will be to those in law enforcement.
This National Police Week, offer a gentle wave, a nod of your head or just a simple smile as you come into contact with any of our local officers. Policing is not perfect; it’s not a science. For policing to work, each of us in every community has to engage with the police so that the good in our communities prevails. Don’t let the outspoken agitators silence any of you! Don’t let de Blasio discourage you – speak up and be heard. Our police department is depending on each of you to support your local police and to participate in our democracy.
For a complete schedule of National Police Week activities see: http://www.nleomf.org/programs/policeweek/
by Joseph Concannon